The increasingly hectic and stressful rhythms of everyday life sometimes lead to slight distractions or oversights which may adversely affect our personal or household security.How many times do you leave home and forget to set up the alarm? Or leave a window, the car or the garage door open?
This forgetfulness, although it may seem of little importance, runs the risk of being very costly.
It may unwittingly facilitate the “work” of thieves, allowing them easier access to our belongings. What are the things we often forget to protect?
First in the list are documents. Sometimes one doesn’t realise that leaving an important document in the wrong hands is equivalent to “authorising” a theft. One does not immediately think that a piece of paper left on a desk or on a table can compromise security.
However, one should not underestimate the relevance of bank data, certificates, insurance policies, identity cards and all documents that contain personal information and / or sensitive data, which should remain private as it can be potentially used for scams or fraud.
Work equipment, whether it is an electric drill or a professional camera, is very popular amongst objects to be stolen, as it is easy to carry and resell, often with a quick profit, and at the same time it is more difficult to protect or hide.
Whether it has a personal value rather than an economic one does not matter: when we have jewelleryor watches stolen, which we probably wear every day, the feeling of anger is very strong. This is usually the main reason we decide to buy a safe.
It is also true that often, either due to laziness or tiredness, after have taken them off when at home, we do not bother to put them in a safe place, but we just leave them on a shelf or table without thinking of the risk of them being stolen.
Carrying a lot of money around is not a normal behaviour, but hiding some away somewhere in our home, which we feel is secure (such as in a drawer or in books), is very widespread.
Unfortunately, however, this a common mistake; in fact, the corners of the house we believe to be the safest are often the first place where thieves look.
Passwords and access codes to devices, external hard drives
And, last but not least … Here it is a question of digital security, which nowadays is fundamental, and not at all negligible, despite it being a relatively recent and not always well understood issue. Even e-mails can contain very sensitive information, such as passwords for access to your bankaccount, or access to online payments, such as Paypal.
Also, the super-used external hard drive, containing billions of backed-up data, is also at risk of theft. It might only contain family photos, but it would still be extremely upsetting if it was stolen, and it would be truly dramatic if it actually contained months or years of archived work. It is therefore wise not to leave mobile devices such as tablets, laptops, or smartphones on view, possibly without security codes.
The fundamental rule to prevent personal belongings or items of monetary value from being stolen is to be always aware and careful, as well as relying on products which can help you to protect them!