While Ben and I were at school today, someone called our house saying I got into an accident. The person knew my name and said I was injured on the road. It was our helper who took the call. Good thing she was smart enough to pass the phone to yaya, who was smart enough not to be fooled. It was very scary though. I never thought that this would happen to us but it did. Which made me realize that we must all be extra careful. Here are a few tips which might help keep us safe in our own home and outside. Readers, please feel free to share your tips as well so we can learn from each other.
1. Constantly remind the whole household about your rules on security and emergencies
Be clear on who will be contacted when there are emergencies and what to do when such things happen. Let them know who are allowed inside the house and how to be firm when saying no should the need arises. Make a list if needed.
2. Secure your valuables
People who would pull off a scam would usually target getting valuables out of the house. They'd target jewelries and cash since they're the easiest to transport so make sure they are in a safe place. Consider getting a safe inside the house or renting a safety deposit box at the bank.
3. Beware of people entering your house
Ask for identification if strangers need to enter your home (like repairmen, etc) to ensure they are officially employed by the company.
4. Remind the whole household to be very selective when giving information. Though "tsismis" among helpers/yayas is unavoidable, it wouldn't hurt to remind them not to give be too chatty
5. Stay alert and calm. No matter how smart you are, you can be fooled if you panic and let your fear get to you. And should anything happen, learn from the mistake then move on.
Stay Safe, Everyone!!! Have to get back to my Ben duties :)