Safety Tips

  • Residential Areas
    1. Never take law into your own hands. Whenever there is an ongoing issue between you and somebody else, inform the local Police Station of the same.
    2. Keep the doors and windows of your house locked when you are going out.
    3. Check the antecedents/credentials of chowkidars and domestic servants before hiring them.
    4. Make an enquiry if a taxi or auto-rickshaw is seen parked inside the compound or outside the building for a long time.
    5. Do not keep huge amounts of cash, valuable ornaments etc., in the house.
    6. Do not talk loudly on the telephone about money matters.
    7. Avoid discussing money transactions and other important family matters in the presence of servants/outsiders.
    8. Install a peep-hole in your door to see who is at your door before opening the door.
    9. Multiple entry/exit to a house can be helpful in emergencies.
    10. Install CCTV cameras in your house if possible.
    11. Inform police about any suspicious happening or unclaimed object found in suspicious circumstances. Extend full cooperation to the police.
    12. Save the number of your local Police Station in your mobile phone. This number can be then put on speed-dial for use in emergencies.
  • Commercial Areas
    1. Use transport for carrying all valuables. If you regularly carry money, or any other precious commodity, change the route and time randomly.
    2. Avoid cash payments as far as possible, especially in the presence of servants / outsiders
    3. Install CCTV cameras and electronic alarm systems in your office/shop.
  • Vehicle Theft
    • What you should do
      1. Use securing devices like steering lock, clutch lock, brake lock, etc.
      2. Double-check all doors, including the boot.
      3. If possible, install loud alarm systems in your car, so that thieves can be discouraged even if they manage to break into your car.
      4. Try and use detachable music systems and take them with you whenever you park the car for a long time, so that there is no temptation for thieves to make a quick steal when they see expensive items in parked cars.
      5. Paint your car number on the front and rear end of the body, apart from the number plates. Ideally, have it etched on the windscreens and window glasses too. This prevents them from being misused by criminals using fake number plates.
    • What you should not do
      1. Never leave the vehicle door unlocked, nor the windows partially open. Make sure that the quarter glasses are properly secured.
      2. Do not leave valuables inside the car, even if it is locked, as this will attract thieves.
      3. Do not overdo extra fittings, as these tempt prospective thieves.
      4. Never leave the key dangling in the ignition.
    • In case of vehicle theft
      1. Report the theft to the nearest police station.
      2. Inform your insurance company.
  • Banking precautions
    1. Never share your ATM card number, pin/cvv, OTP (One Time Password), expiry date, bank account details, internet-banking username/password, etc with anyone.
    2. Never introduce an unknown person for the purpose of opening an account in your Bank.
    3. Never encash cheques / drafts of an unknown person through your account.
    4. Do not keep your account in-operative for a long time.
    5. To avoid theft in postal transit or courier services and subsequent cheating, keep a track on the cheques / drafts / pay orders sent through post and courier services.
    6. As far as possible, bank transactions should be handled personally.
    7. Take care of your cheque books. Do not keep signed cheques in the drawer or any place where outsiders have an easy access.
    8. All bank transactions should be counter checked to ensure that deposited cheques have been realised.
    9. Monthly statements of your bank account should be invariably checked.
    10. At the time of withdrawal of cash, the account holder must physically check the cash. Never hand over the cash to a third person for counting.
  • Job offers
    1. Always check the authenticity of the advertisements that you see on websites like OLX, Quikr, etc with the companies mentioned.
    2. If the advertisers ask for some money as a security amount, it might quite possibly be a fake job advertisement.
    3. Search online about the advertising agency online to check if there are any previous complaints against them.
    4. Check with the general public of the locality about the credentials of the agency.
    5. In case you have been defrauded by such an advertisement, register a complaint in the nearest Police Station.
  • Fraud money schemes
    • What they say
      1. Double your money in two months or less
      2. Post dated cheques as a guarantee for the same
      3. Claim they do it by investing in some wonder projects or plantations
      4. Huge sums of money by being a part of the gift chain i.e. you gift a certain amount of money to two people, then find two people who will enter the chain by gifting you the sum. They in turn will get two more subscribers, and so on
      5. As the scheme is run by a registered company, it is absolutely safe
    • Reality
      1. All schemes offering high returns of double money within two months or such short spans have no legal sanction, nor they are reliable
      2. Postdated cheques is not a guaranteed payment device, as they could bounce when you finally present them
      3. There are no projects, especially agriculture based, which can give returns in less than a year. In fact, tree plantations take at least 10 years to mature
      4. Gift schemes and chains are an offence under the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act of 1978
      5. Even registered companies are not allowed to promote and run any such schemes
  • Senior citizens’ safety
    1. Never discuss financial matters in front of your servant.
    2. It is always safe to deposit your valuables in safe deposit vault of any Bank.
    3. Treat your servant in a humane way.
    4. Do not allow any of the relatives or friends of your servant to visit your house. If at all he has any frequent visitor, get his antecedents checked from police and try to keep the number of such persons.
    5. Make your neighbour know of you being staying alone. The Housing Society also needs to know this.
    6. Use of modern security gadgets is always advantageous. Door alarm, electronic eye bell etc. is available in market. Consult the professionals in this regard.
    7. Install a peephole in your front door and always check the identification of strangers before you let them inside your home.
    8. Never leave spare keys in open or in the conventional hiding places.
    9. Verify the identity of any repairmen. Use the telephone number listed in the phone book, not the one suggested by them.
    10. Inform your society about the unacquainted visitors, so that their identity could be checked at the very gate of the society.
    11. A well-designed electronic alarm system attached to the office of your Housing. Society or to the watchman’s cabin would be advisable so as to send alarm signals to all simultaneously.
    12. When you admit a workman or a salesman, do not leave him alone at any time.
  • Cyber cafe
    1. Consider it a better idea to use a single Internet Café whose owners and administrators you trust.
    2. Be aware of your surroundings. Keep an eye out for anyone who might be observing your computer.
    3. Check whether the computer has an antivirus installed or not. The computer is most probably safe if the antivirus is installed and updated.
    4. Create a free Google mail account separate from those that you use for business and personal matters. Give it a random name and password. Use it anytime a website requires one, but attach as little person information to it as possible. This will help keep spam out of your way.
    5. When you are finished browsing, log out of any sites you logged into. Double-check the browser’s history, cookies, and cache.
    6. If it is a computer that already was ON, it could be running background applications that jeopardize our security, such as keyloggers or trojan. Thus it is always better to restart an already running computer.
    7. Assume that everything you type, including your passwords and all content of your USB flash drive or CD/DVD you connect to the Internet Café computer may be copied and shared. In such situations, it is always better to use the On-Screen Keyboard provided by the Operating System of the computer.
    8. Don’t click on the unfamiliar alert messages.
    9. NEVER use it for banking or any other sensitive work.
    10. Always delete any important files that you downloaded from the internet.
    11. Never click on the ‘save password’ or ‘remember me’ options if prompted by web browsers.
    12. Do the obvious checks when you are entering your credential, look as the address bar and ensure it begins with HTTPS. This means the data being transmitted from/to your machine is secured.