The Safety Tip Adviser
Beware of the Lurking Thief!
By Alvis Violo
s t h i s m o n t h ’s magazine theme deals with theft prevention products, I thought it might be an opporunte time to discuss tips on how to help prevent theft in our everyday lives. There will always be thieves around us but by just taking a few precautions, we can make their lives a little more difficult. Here are a few tips to help us keep our belongings where they belong. Never leave personal belongings unattended. Unguarded articles invite the thief which includes articles left in vehicles,
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whether the vehicle is locked or not. Always r e m ov e a r t i c l e s f r o m view. The trunk is the best place to leave them if they must stay in the vehicle. Wallets, pocketbooks, etc., are prime targets for the “hit and run” thief. These items should stay with you all of the time. Often people leave such items unguarded while leaving their rooms and offices for a moment or two (to visit a friend, go to a washroom, answer a phone, etc.), and upon their return find their valuables missing. Lock your doors when you are leaving your room, office, or vehicles. Most of the thefts from such areas occur when the areas are unlocked. Doors and windows have locks so use them. If they are not in proper working order, get them repaired immediately.
Whenever you notice juveniles or other strangers wandering about in areas that they should not be in, notify the police immediately. Officers will quickly respond. Try to avoid carrying large sums of cash in your pocket. Checking accounts, credit cards and traveler’s checks are much safer when you must deal in large sums. Obviously everyone carries some cash but anticipate what you’ll need, and refrain from carrying more. Also refrain from keeping large amounts of cash in your home or office. On the occasions when this may happen, keep this confidential. Flashing your cash invites theft. Consider installation of an automatic alarm system for your home and vehicle. There are many varieties of antitheft devices available on
the market today. While many seem to set themselves up as the ultimate in security, you should bear in mind that no system is “fool proof”. One last thing to remember is, “do not forcefully confront thieves or pursue them when they flee.” Such action involves a high degree of risk and has in the
past resulted in assaults upon the pursuer. It is far more advisable to be able to provide a good description of a thief and the direction of flight and notify the police. Drive safe, think positive and be prosperous. Alvis Violo is the C.E.O. of Emergency Road Services Corporation., a coast to coast bilingual road-
side assistance company dedicated to the trucking industry in Canada and the U.S. For more information v i s i t w w w. e m e r g e n cyroadservices.com or call 877.377.2262. Please send your questions, feedback or comments about this column to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eastern Trucking News, Issue 37, June 2011