ENSURING A SAFE, CLEAN, AND SECURE HOTEL ROOM

It's a scenario familiar to any business traveler. Your airline flight was delayed, the cab line at the airport was endless and check-in was a mess. Jet lag has struck. It's very late, you're tired and you have a breakfast meeting with a key client at 6:30 AM. You grab your key, avoid the bellman and head to your room to collapse into bed. Stop. Take the next 5 minutes to perform these safety, security and cleanliness checks and prepare for the next day. These "how to's" will save you time the next morning, they could even save your life some day.

 

1. When you enter your room prop the door open, turn on the lights, and check the closets, bathroom, under the bed and behind the drapes. Mistakes do happen and sometimes someone else has been assigned to your room. This happens more frequently in suites with adjoining bedrooms that can be sold as separate rooms. Or there could be a thief. In any case, don't close the door until you are sure the room is empty.

 

2. Check that the connecting doors, windows and sliding doors are locked. In general, avoid first floor rooms with sliding doors.

 

3. Once you lock the door and attach the safety chain, check the diagram on the back to review the nearest exits and mentally plan your escape route. Look out the door to check that the exit signs are illuminated. If the lights are out, be helpful and contact the front desk to let them know. The few seconds that it takes to review the exit information can save your life in the event of a fire, earthquake or other emergency. Just do it. FYI, most fire engine ladders can only reach up to the 6th floor.

 

4. Be sure that the heat or air-conditioner, lights, phone, radio and television are working. Turn on the shower and sink to check the water pressure and temperature. If they aren't working, switch rooms now. It's not worth waiting for someone to fix the problem, especially late at night.

 

 

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Posted on August 24, 2019 .

STAYING SAFE DURING THE HOLIDAYS

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·         Even though you are rushing and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you. If possible, park your car in an area of high pedestrian activity. Avoid remote areas.

·         Lock your car and close the windows, even if you are only gone for a few minutes.

·         Loose change is a meal for a street person; they will break you window for small change.

·         Your cell phone can be sold and reprogrammed and is a sought item of theft.

·         A laptop computer will keep a drug user in a high state, at your expense

·         Lock your packages out-of-sight in the trunk. Place your valuables in the trunk before you get to your destination, not after, the thief may be watching.

·         Be sure and lock your car, many opportunists simply look for unlocked cars.

·         If waiting for a ride from a friend or public transportation, do so in busy, well-lit places.

·         Consider security film for automobile's windows.

·         Always report a theft to the police.

·         Teach your children to go to the store clerk and ask for help if you become separated while shopping. They should never go to the parking lot or the car alone.

·         Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible; and if the credit card receipt has carbons, ask for these too. Notify issuers immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen, or misused.

·         Be extra careful with purees and wallets. They may become targets for crime in crowded shopping areas, at bus stops, and on public transportation.

·         Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.

·         At home, be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes. Leave lights and a radio or television on so the house looks occupied. Do not put large displays of holiday gifts in view of your windows or doors.

·         If you go away for the holidays, try to keep your home appearing "lived in": Get an automatic timer for your lights. Have a neighbor watch your home and pick-up your newspapers and mail.

·         If you use lights on your tree, make sure that they are in good working order.

·         Immediately mark your new gifts with your driver's license number, and note all serial numbers, keeping records in a safe place.

·         Remember to be a good friend and neighbor this holiday season: Share these tips with others in your family and neighborhood. Also, why not get your neighborhood together and go caroling. Do not forget the elderly and other people who might be especially lonely during the holidays. Soon, you may wish to form a neighborhood watch group. People helping people, that's what it is all about!

·         And lastly, when hosting a party, find alternative transportation for intoxicated guests; and when going out drinking, please remember: Don't Drink and Drive.

Posted on December 9, 2018 .

INTERNET BUYING SAFETY

·         Despite these many concerns, some now argue that it is actually safer to buy online than buying over the phone or handing your credit card over to someone in a shop. This is because if the online payment is handled properly your banking details will be "encrypted", which means they cannot be viewed by anyone other than those handling the transaction - usually the banks.

·         If you're still unsure, Card Watch, the UK banking group that works with the police and retailers to stop credit card fraud, offer the following "top ten tips" when buying online:

·         Make sure your web-browser (that's the software that you use to view websites, most commonly Internet Explorer or Netscape) is set to the highest level of security notification and monitoring. These options are not always automatically activated when your computer is set-up, so check your manual or the "Help" option.

·         Check you are using a recent version of your web-browser as they often include better security features - up-to-date versions can be downloaded free from the Microsoft or Netscape websites. If you have a different browser or use on-line services such as AOL or CompuServe, contact your ISP (Internet Service Provider) or software supplier to find out how to activate their security features.

·         Before purchasing from a website, make a record of the retailer's contact details, including a street address and landline phone number. If these details are not available on the website, consider going elsewhere to buy, do not rely on the e-mail address alone.

·         Do not enter personal details unless the security icon is displayed (this is a small padlock that normally appears at the bottom of your browser when you begin your transaction over the Internet). You can click on the padlock to see if the retailer has an encryption certificate. This should explain the type and extent of security and encryption it uses. Only use companies that have an encryption certificate and use secure transaction technology. The address of the page where you enter personal details should also start https://.

·         If you have any queries or concerns, telephone the company before giving them your card details to reassure yourself that it is legitimate.

·         Print out your order and consider keeping copies of the retailer's terms and conditions and returns policy. Be aware that there may well be additional charges such as postage and VAT. When buying from overseas always err on the side of caution and remember that it may be difficult to seek redress if problems arise.

·         Check statements from your bank or card issuer carefully as soon as you receive them. Raise any discrepancies with the retailer concerned in the first instance. If you find any transaction on your statement that you are certain you did not make, contact your card issuer immediately.

·         Ensure that you are fully aware of any payment commitments you are entering into, including whether you are instructing a single payment or a series of payments.

·         Never disclose your card's PIN number to anyone, including people claiming to be from your bank or the police, and never write it down or send it over the Internet.

·         If you have any doubts about using your card, find another method of payment

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Posted on November 25, 2018 .

Tips for Handling Bogus Phone Calls

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They may say that their car has broken down and they need to phone someone for help. They may pretend to be a workman, saying that they need to check your electricity or water. They might even claim to be from the council and that they are carrying out a local survey. Whatever reason a caller gives, you need to be sure that they aren't just trying to get into your home to steal something.

 

There are around 12,000 incidents of "distraction burglary" each year, where callers get into homes and then steal cash or valuables while the occupier is distracted in some way. Sometimes they work in pairs, with one doing the talking while the other is stealing and they often target the elderly.

 

Be on your guard every time the doorbell rings, or there's a knock at your door. Look out of your window to see who's there first and if you don't know who the person is, open the window slightly and talk to them that way, rather than opening your door. Alternatively, have a viewer fitted in your front door so that you can take a good look at who's there first. If your eyesight isn't so good, don't worry as you can now get wide-angle viewers to help you see better.

 

Put the door chain or door bar on before opening the door and talk through the gap. You could even fit a small mirror to the wall next to the door so that you can easily see the person you are talking to. When the caller has left and you've closed the door, don't forget to unhook the chain so that any friend or relative you have given a key to can still get in.

 

Make sure your back door is locked if someone knocks at your front door. Sometimes thieves work together with one coming in the back way, while the other keeps you talking at the front.

 

Keeping the chain on the door, ask callers from the council or any other organization to pass through some identification. If you need your glasses to check this don't think it's rude to close the door and go and get them. A genuine caller won't mind. If you're still not sure, ask the caller to leave and tell them to write and make an appointment so that someone else can be with you the next time they call. The basic rule is if you don't know the person at your door don't let them in.

 

As part of the Government's "Stop, Chain, Check" campaign, local councils, social services and Age Concern centers have further information they can provide to older people. They can also help with door viewers, chains and mirrors, and in certain circumstances, may be able to supply a personal attack alarm that connects through to a control center.

 

Posted on October 15, 2018 .

SELF DEFENSE TIPS

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Do as much as you can to avoid a confrontation - "anticipation and avoidance" are the key words. If you get caught up in a situation, try to talk to an aggressor without provoking them. Practice relaxation, as appearing fearful or stressed can actually provoke an attack. Remember that body language is important in aggressive situations, so maintain a comfortable distance between you and the aggressor.

 

Use a gas or electronic attack alarm, as these give out a short piercing sound and will temporarily disorientate an attacker, giving you enough time to escape. Carry it somewhere where you can get to it quickly - don't leave it buried at the bottom of your bag. If you don't have an alarm, just make a noise yourself by screaming as loud as you can, or shouting "call the police" - if you're loud enough this can be just as effective as a personal alarm. If you have an alarm, use it and shout as well.

 

Steady yourself if danger threatens. Panic can disable you, so again it’s useful to learn how to keep control in a difficult situation. And if you must fight back, adopt what police term the "bash and dash" approach. Primary targets are the eyes, nose, mouth, ears, throat, groin, knees or shins; choose whichever is easiest to get to.

 

If held from behind don't struggle forward, you'll only exhaust yourself. Instead throw yourself backwards to surprise your attacker or stomp on the lower leg or foot.

 

You have the right to defend yourself with reasonable force and this includes using items you have with you such as an umbrella, bag, briefcase or keys. However, don't carry or use anything that the law would regard as an offensive weapon. Once you've achieved your primary aim of stunning or surprising your attacker, get away as fast as you can. If you manage to overcome them don't attack again, you could be putting yourself in more danger or you could end up being charged with assault.

 

These are just the very basics of self-defense, but to learn more about it and get some exercise at the same time, find a local self-defense class and encourage your family along to join you. Just remember "anticipation and avoidance" are the best forms of defense.

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Posted on September 16, 2018 .

This April Don't be Fool

Hi, friends! How are you doing this April? It's been warmer than usual, making for more time outdoors and busier streets. We would like to share with you some safety tips to keep you secure as you go about your daily activity! 

 

First of all, try to walk with a buddy or group of people when out, even during daylight hours. Have you heard of the Buddy System? It was first used in 1942 to describe “an arrangement in which two individuals are paired (as for mutual safety in a hazardous situation).” I would challenge you and your loved ones to create a list of examples where the buddy system can help you work and travel safer. Work this system into your safety plan and educate your family, friends, and coworkers on how to effectively make use of it. Everyone needs their wingman or woman, an extra set of eyes, ears, or more for safety’s sake.

 

When walking, always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic, not with it. Try to wear reflective or bright clothing, and don’t listen to music so loud that you can’t hear your surroundings.  Stay sober; walking while impaired increases your chance of being struck or attacked.

 

Finally, check out our safety products and let us know how you like them. Be on the lookout for flyers and handouts from Guard Your 6 at local businesses, and see you at the Westland Flealess Market in the Westland Flea Market on 4170 W. Broad St, Columbus, Oh 43228. Stay safe! We got your back!

Posted on April 29, 2017 .

Safety During Holiday Shopping and Activities

It’s officially holiday season, and what a year 2015 has been! As we near the end of this year, it is important to reflect and keep in mind how far you have come in terms of wellness and security. In order to help you with this moment of awareness and reflection, we have some tips we want to share with you for making it through this holiday season safely.

First off, let’s talk about shopping safety tactics. Try not to carry a lot of shopping bags in public or through a dark parking lot after you are done shopping, as this will make you a target for thieves and criminals. Keep your wallet and purse zipped and hidden away, perhaps inside your coat or pants pocket, in order to get your money and ID cards out of harm’s way. When you do drive with shopping bags in your car, keep them in the hidden trunk and not in your backseat, as backseat bags are viewable from the outside and can make your car a burglar’s target.

Drive safely through shopping centers, as pedestrians and crowds are more common during the busy holiday shopping season. Don’t get distracted or even hold your phone while driving, as this will tempt you to text or look down while driving a powerful and potentially dangerous vehicle. Once you get home, make sure you move your shopping bags inside discreetly and without strangers’ attention. This will ensure that the items and presents you have purchased are not on the radar of potential thieves.

After opening the presents that have been wrapped in beautiful décor and wrapping paper, it is always a good idea to break down cardboard boxes and place them in opaque/black garbage bags. This will help to hide your trash and curbside items from looking new or attainable to passersby. If a potential criminal passes by your home and sees gift boxes on your curb, he/she might be more inclined to invade your personal space and steal your brand new possessions. Thus, the lesson here is to not leave your items out in plain sight, as this could put you in harm’s way.

Safety is all about conscious awareness of your surroundings, and we hope that this holiday season, as you take in the beauty of the season, you remember to take care of your security and that of your loved ones. Remember to always ask yourself, how can I protect my loved ones and myself from threats both inside and outside of our homes? If you would like more information about our company, follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Guard-Your-6-289756621199148/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/Guardyour6).

Happy Holidays, and celebrate with love and safety! See you next year, friends!

Posted on December 6, 2015 .

The Power of a Community

The power of a community to protect each and every person in that community is a potent power of strength and loyalty. This is a call to action for safer neighborhoods and protected communities against crimes. How can we play a strong role in our communities against crimes committed against us and our families, our neighbors, and our friends? 

Posted on November 22, 2015 .

Safety at Night on Campus and Night Workers

        Think about ways in which we can defend ourselves proactively against danger, risk, injury, and/or death.

Specifically, safety at night is something that seems to be an issue for people from all ages and walks of life. When traveling alone at night or just being home alone, there are things you need to think about constantly in order to keep a vigilant awareness about your safety. For example, if you need to go to an ATM at night (or even during the day), try to go to an ATM in a well-lit, public place and where there is a nearby safety spot, such as police car patrol and protection. If you have to walk at night, do everything in your power not to walk alone, as being with just one other person decreases your chances of being attacked or put in harm’s way. If you do end up having to walk alone, make sure you have self-defense and awareness items like pepper spray, flashlight, reflective/bright clothing, working phone with GPS, and perhaps even put 911 on speed dial in case of emergency. Also, let your family and friends know where you are going and how long it should take, so that if you don’t return or respond to calls/texts by a certain time, they know you are in danger and to find out what is going on. If you ever are somewhere alone, let someone else know so that you are not the only person who knows where you are.

            This all might sound like common sense, but sometimes we take these things for granted and end up in danger that could have been easily avoided had we prepared vigilantly. According to statistics released by the U.S. Department of Education in 2014, during the years 2011-2013 on U.S. college campuses, arrest rates went up consistently, showing an increased crime rate across the board. Furthermore, the reported criminal offenses across U.S. college campuses remain in the 700-800 range, meaning that almost one thousand crimes a year are reported to law enforcement, making for quite a consistent level of criminal threat. College campuses are one particularly charged arena for individual safety concerns, as college students are young, naïve, newly independent, and unable to access the same resources as adults and parents.

            Other particularly endangered groups include nighttime delivery or taxi drivers, people working in the service industry who travel alone or work alone at night. Many of us like to order food late and take service industry workers for granted. The job they do is truly important and convenient. So if you’re a taxi or delivery driver, or anyone on duty at night, please be aware of your surroundings and consider keeping pepper spray and a safety alarm/whistle on hand to protect yourself from danger or injury. The extremely reasonable prices of pepper sprays and personal alarms are worth the minor cost, considering their important role in keeping your life safe!

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Posted on October 11, 2015 .

Back-to-School Time? Security Needed!

 

            Back-to-school is not a time for just work and play. It is also time to get serious about security, whether you are a parent, student, teacher, coach, or spectator. Now that fall is on its way and kids and adults alike are going back to fall schedules, thinking about safety and defense in all of your daily activities should be a top priority on your mind. This is why GUARD YOUR 6 was essentially started: to offer professional level security products to regular people, those who like to have control over their lives and in their own hands, not just in the hands of police or public officials.

Posted on August 23, 2015 .