Don’t Live Scared. Live Prepared

Do you know where your exits are? What would you do in case of an emergency? Jason Bourne knows…

And so does Stephanie Kendall of the Boise Police Department. She presented at the iCare Lunch & Learn last Thursday on “Crime Prevention.” The event was organized in partnership by Compassus Hospice and Palliative Care with hosts Genesis HealthCare. Keep reading for more great tips and tricks on protecting yourself and your loved ones. We found some to be new ideas in response to a rapidly changing society, while others were good reminders not to grow complacent.

  • Three keys to home safety: Locks, Lighting and Landscaping.
    • Make sure the dead bolt screws are long enough (usually 3”) to drill into the door frame.
    • Residents can set up a camera at their front door and view the footage on your smart phone when someone rings the doorbell.
    • You can speak to the visitor and even turn on the lights from anywhere in the world.
    • 2-feet/6-feet rule: Shrubs should be less than 2’ high (knee high) and branches trimmed above 6’ to prevent intruders from hiding in blind spots.
  • Take your trash out to the curb early in the morning, rather than the night before.
  • Keep gas in your car and your cell phone charged.
  • If you suspect someone is following you, DO NOT go home. Drive to the busiest place you can find and call 9-1-1.
  • “At what magical age do we all of a sudden decide we don’t need the buddy system anymore?”
  • In these warm summer months, it can be tempting for passengers to kick their feet up on the dashboard, especially during road trips. Take it from the police: this does not end well in an accident.
  • File taxes early before someone files them for you! There were at least a couple people in attendance who discovered someone had stolen their refund and expressed that it was a major pain to right the wrong.

If you missed this opportunity to network, sharpen your street smarts and score a free lunch, don’t worry! The iCare series will be back every 2nd Thursday of the month.

Stephanie Kendall of the Boise Police Department making the Duke proud with her presentation on Crime Prevention at the 1st iCare Lunch

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