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Become The Eyes And Ears Of Your Neighbourhood

May 29, 2016
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A city is as good as its citizens. People constitute the heart of communities and neighbourhoods, and it would be unmindful to dismiss the effectiveness of community patrol which brings together several watchful eyes. When every citizen decides to take onus of his or her neighbourhood’s welfare, their small steps taken will reap big dividends down the road. Safety and security is often the least interesting subject to pursue and owing to its sensitive nature, people choose to avoid associating with it. Though, becoming a volunteer to upkeep the safety of your neighbourhood has much more than just keeping vigil.

It will make your family and you feel safer

When you work with your neighbours you learn more about them and make friends. You will together look out for homebound seniors or latchkey children and in return, learn about each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

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You’ll reduce crime

An empty house in a neighbourhood, where none of the neighbours know the owner, is a prime target for burglary. By knowing all your neighbours you will indirectly add to more watchdogs to ensure the safety of your home.

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You’ll have a way to get help addressing neighbourhood problems

You can discuss ideas to enhance facilities or address community welfare issues and contribute with your suggestions.

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You’ll learn new skills and gain experience using them

You’ll learn crime prevention skills, first aid implementation and enhance your ability to be the eyes and ears for your city. These skills will last a lifetime.

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You can become the role model for your family

There’s a role for everyone where safety is concerned and you can encourage your family to join you. Young children can take part in safety programmes designed just for them. Youth can teach younger children how to stay safe and the elderly can keep an eye out for daytime problems.

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Since its inception, Palava has been governed by Palava Citizens Management Association that ensures 24×7 safety and security for all citizens while regularly liaising with the local police and intelligence, emergency response teams and security experts. Since last year, PCMA has been supported by active citizen engagement teams of the recently formed Civic Volunteers Committee. Formed in association with the PCMA last December, this committee works closely towards creating a model of citizen stewardship in Palava and helps in regulating safety and security in the city. Globally, ‘neighbourhood’ or ‘town’ watch committees are much respected and have contributed to the betterment of society. Be it a Community Emergency Response Team, National Crime Prevention Council, National Association of Town Watch or others. Palava is proud to have its citizens follow this path in India and it encourages you too to take some time out to improve your future. You don’t have to take on a leadership role. Be it a few phone calls, a story for a newsletter or simply going about daily routines and observing the surroundings. Every effort helps and it makes a difference.

Silly Home Security Mistakes!

May 14, 2016
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It is time to leave on a holiday and ensure the house is secure before you leave. You are in a hurry or worried about the last minute checks before leaving the house. You are running late or juggling luggage with house keys. You are simply too excited about your holiday or preoccupied with unfinished work. The reasons may be plenty but they all result in silly mistakes that may turn grave for home safety if you get unlucky. Let’s make a note of a few essentials you need to fix right before you leave on a holiday!

Leaving house keys under the doormat.

This may be an old habit as you always made sure it was easy for the maid to access them while you were away at work. Break this habit when on holiday as the doormat or pot is the easiest place to be traced by a burglar.

Safety tip – Instead, hand them over to a trusted neighbour. Leaving the damaged door lock unattended. The lock has been failing to clasp a few times, it needs to be repeatedly shut tight or it’s unlocking by itself. Yet you have continued to prolong repair and now have run short of time so you just postpone it for a later date. This provides any burglar an effortless entry into your house. Safety tip – Ensure the locks for the safety door and main door are always in optimum conditions, and replaced, if necessary.

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Using fake security equipment.

Security cameras are expensive and the apartment has a plenty of alert security guards, therefore, you choose to save money and install a fake camera. Remember, burglars do their homework well and are the first to spot the difference.

Safety tip – Invest in a good quality security camera which can be regularly monitored on your smartphone.

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Updating travel plans on social media.

‘Vietnam calling’ or ‘In the mountains in 15 days’ is your new status update for the week as the holiday is about to begin. Remember, social media is accessed by plenty from your social circuit and beyond. Your status message may encourage someone’s ulterior motives.

Safety tip – Do not post travel itineraries on Facebook and other social and public forums.

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Keeping all lights switched off.

When you are travelling, as a practice, all lights are switched off, though, remember, for a burglar it is indicative of a chance to strike. Darkness means lack of any activity at home.

Safety tip – Invest in digitally timed lights that can be programmed to switch on and off at particular intervals.

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Forgetting to stop your mail or newspapers.

While you are on a holiday, your doorstep is gathering piles of news. One look at your doorstep and a burglar can identify that the house has no occupants. This can encourage him to strike.

Safety tip – Stop your mail or newspapers before you leave on holiday.

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