Personal Security

On the lookout for fraud

If you lose your wallet or purse over the holidays, make sure you contact one of the credit bureaus to have them put a fraud alert on your file. The three credit bureaus are www.equifax.com, www.experian.com and www.transunion.com. If you contact one, they’ll notify the other two.

Help your credit card get read

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If your credit card doesn’t read well when it’s swiped, cover it in a plastic bag, or run a piece of cellophane tape along the stripe. It will help the card reader make the connection to the magnetic stripe.

Hot stuff

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Don’t sterilize sponges in the microwave. A study by the Journal of Environmental Health claimed that doing this killed 99.9 percent of the bacteria. But you could also catch it on fire if it’s not sufficiently damp. Just stick it in the dishwasher.

On the high wire

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Whenever you’re going to grab a bare electrical wire, (even when you’re sure the power is off), never grab it with the front of your hand. Always touch it first with the back of your hand. Why? Because if the wire is energized and you grab it with the...

Hide your valuables

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Do you have some small valuables you want to hide? Try using a tennis ball. Cut a slit in the ball and then put your valuables inside it. Who would think to look in a tennis ball? Just don’t forget and try to use it in a match!

Look ‘em up

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Want to do a criminal history search on somebody? Check out the website www.criminalsearches.com. It’s free and the website can also tell you if you have any sex offenders living near you.

In the spotlight

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Dimmers are not just for indoor lights. You can use them for your patio lights. Turn the lights down to create a romantic mood or turn them up full for security!

Use it or lose it,

Guys, if you have a problem with your wallet falling out of your back pocket, consider sewing a small strip of Velcro inside it. By pressing the Velcro closed it will keep your wallet safe and might even help with pickpockets.

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Do you have some small valuables you want to hide? Try using a tennis ball. Cut a slit in the ball and then put your valuables inside it. Who would think to look in a tennis ball? Just don’t forget and try to use it in a match.

Fire down below

Interestingly, most people don’t have a smoke detector in their basement. If you think about it, there are more flammable items in your basement than probably anywhere else in your house. Put one down there!

Do not call list

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You can still use a deactivated cell phone to make 911 calls. But keep in mind that if you’re on a 911 call with a deactivated phone and hang up, the operator won’t be able to call you back.

It pays to be paranoid

There’s a phone scam going on that you need to be aware of. Criminals are randomly calling people out of the phone book claiming that they’re with a local bank. They say that there are problems with your account and need to confirm some personal information. If the criminals...