Despite the coronavirus pandemic appearing to be on the wane, it remains a constant presence in the background and has led to fundamental changes in our home and work lives. Unfortunately criminals see in this an ongoing opportunity.
If you’re working from home or self-isolating due to COVID-19, make sure you’re taking the proper crime-prevention precautions to protect yourself and your things.
If you have to leave your work cars parked in your driveway or on the street, be sure you don’t leave anything expensive inside. If you’re a tradesperson, for example, don’t leave your tools inside your van.
Similarly, if you have a keyless car and intend to leave it parked in your driveway for an extended length of time, make sure the keys are stored away from the door or in a faraday bag.
When accepting aid from strangers, whether online or in person, people should exercise caution. We applaud the community spirit and goodwill shown at this very trying time, but please keep in mind that not everyone has the best of intentions. Sharing personal information with strangers, such as your address or pin number, should be avoided.
There have also been allegations of COVID-19-related scams, such as phishing emails or phone calls, being made throughout the nation with the purpose of tricking individuals into opening dangerous attachments or giving sensitive personal or financial information. Remember that your bank or the police would never ask you to give up personal information over the phone, such as your pin number.
Avoid opening links in emails from unknown senders; if the email seems to be dubious, delete it immediately.
Unfortunately, some individuals will take advantage of those who are most vulnerable at this frightening time for their own selfish benefit. We can all work together to prevent this from occurring.
To keep your home & family safe from criminals during the pandemic wherever you are in central Scotland, get in touch with us at Ultimate Alarms