- Burglary cases often increase during festive seasons such as Christmas
- It is important you take measures to keep your house, loved ones and most treasured items protected
- YEN.com.gh highlights some security measures you can apply to keep your home safe
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Christmas is already here and many have stashed gifts for loved ones somewhere in their homes and under Christmas trees, but it’s only reasonable you’d want to keep your family, house and the valuables safe from thieves.
Burglary cases often increase during festive seasons and it is important that people take measures to keep themselves safe.
YEN.com.gh highlights some safety mistakes and some security measures you can apply to keep criminal from having access to your homes or valuables.
1. Smart-ligting automation
If your house is going to be vacant for a while, consider investing in a smart-lighting home automation systems where you can set different rooms to turn on and off lights at different points in the day.
You can set it up in the kitchen during dinner time and the bedrooms at night.
2. Be careful about what you post online
It’s always exciting to share holiday memories, but avoid posting too much information about your travel plans on social media.
The wrong people may find out you are away from home and take advantage of your absence.
3. Hide packages
Perhaps you got yourself a new TV set to enjoy all your favourite movies this Christmas.
To be safe, break down the box it came in and don’t just leave it by your garbage bin.
Boxes of new items in the thrash only tell a burglar with experience that you just got something valuable worth stealing.
4. Hide valuables
When you are going on vacation or going to be away from home for a very long time, you may want to throw the mind off a thief off your most treasured items by placing one or two at not too easy to find but can be found when they come looking.
When it’s too easy to find they know there are more.
5. Think like a thief
Figure out how you would break into your own house, as it will show you where you’re vulnerable to thieves.
It’s a very helpful exercise to test your security.
6. Observe COVID-19 protocols
The novel coronavirus pandemic that has hit Ghana and the entire world is far from being gone.
As Christmas is a time to make merry, meet old folks and make new friends, it is important to ensure that all of this is done with COVID-19 in mind.
Wear your nose mask, ensure social distancing, wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.
7. Be careful with candles
The top three days for home fires started by candles are Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
To avoid a disaster, keep Christmas candles at least a foot away from anything flammable.
Make sure candles are in stable holders that can’t be easily knocked down, and never leave burning candles unattended.
In other stories, the Ghana Tourism Authority has reportedly banned the latest Ghanaian movie by Kobi Rana titled Freedom and Justice from premiering in any movie theatre in the country.
In an official statement from the movie producers sighted by YEN.com.gh on the verified Instagram handle of Kafui Danku, it is indicated that the movie had already sold 2,154 tickets.
It was also stated that the venues for the premiers were served a notice from the Ghana Tourism Authority to stop showing the movie, with no information to the movie producers themselves.
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