A Summer Solstice Message from N.A.S Security - A Safety Plan for Vacation Season
Stay cool in the city of Newburgh today - the Activity Center at 401 Washington Street is open to residents. Spend the day in air-conditioning; perhaps bring a board game, cards or a book. The cooling center will be open Wednesday & Thursday, June 20 and 21 from 8:30 a.m.- 10 p.m. For more information, contact the City of Newburgh Recreation Department at 565-3230, or the City Hall hotline at 569-7398.
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10 tips for staying safe this summer from N.A.S.*
1. You're home preparing for an afternoon of sipping lemonade when there's a knock at the door. Did Mr. Worksalot schedule an appointment for roof inspection? Don’t ever open your door for someone you don’t recognize no matter what their story is. Also, keep your back door locked. They may be trying to distract you at your front door while their accomplice easily enters the back door. Don't hesitate to call the police to report suspicious activity.
2. If you do have work scheduled - carpet cleaning, painting the shutters, fridge delivery...etc- be sure and ask your contractor for proof of license for the work they're doing. If possible, take pictures and/or make copies of licenses from all contractors and vendors you allow on your property. This will help keep them accountable and leave you with a record that may help law enforcement should a situation ever arise. 2. Leaving for an afternoon at the beach? Double check those window locks before leaving the house - a simple measure that takes 10 minutes. 3. Where do your hide your valuables? The sock drawer is a classic hiding place - others common places are the dresser, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet. Your hiding places are usually the first place burglar’s look – a combination safe in the panic room is the best way to go.
4. Consider the street level angle - keep curtains drawn in unoccupied ground level rooms and keep expensive objects locked away and out of sight. You never know who’s outside looking in. Plus a hot tip : Those yard toys your kids leave out always may stir curiosity about what type of gaming system You have. 5. Always suspend your newspaper and mail delivery when you’re going to be on vacation so they don’t pile up at the end of your drive way or in your mailbox- This is a dead giveaway that you’re not home and you may be gone for a while. 6. If you're leaving town for a few weeks make sure someone is scheduled to cut the grass. Same rules apply in Winter - if it snows while you’re out of town, get a neighbor, friend, or relative to create car and foot tracks into the house.
old fashioned lawn mower
7. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your security company install the keypad where it can be easily seen. Pick a reputable company to establish a relationship with. If you have to, ask for a few stickers for strategic placement on doors and windows- not just a lawn or post sign..a few extra stickers go a long way! 8. Beware social media! Do not ever tell people where you're going and what you're doing. I know your friends list seems secure, but you never know what eyes are picking up these 'house may be vacant' messages over someone's shoulder. Talk to your kids about keeping their home alone status a secret!
always lock your door before you leave the house
9. It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door – understandable. We know that life gets hectic, but no house has a push-button lock. If you have no memory of putting that locking measure manually into place it's possible that it didn’t get done. Double check! 10. If you check your smoke detectors on the fall and spring equinox - great! Make summer solstice the day you practice your evacuation plan with the family - going over details and even running a drill. Stay cool and safe this summer! Call N.A.S. if you have any questions about safety and security for your home or office. N.A.S. offers : Central Station Monitoring and Repair Service; Security Systems with remote control capabilities; Fire and Life Safety Systems; Remotely viewable CCTV Systems; Intercom and Access Control Systems; Home Automation for lights, drapes, and temperature; Distributed Audio and Home Theater Systems; Structured Cabling and Network Wiring, and even Central Vacuum Systems.