Thursday, October 27, 2011

(Review and giveaway) Celebrate Crime Prevention Month with Master Lock

Did you know that October is Crime Prevention Month? To help us keep our families safe, Master Lock has released a few tips to help prevent crime.  Here is the information, from a press release that I received:

More than13 million Americans become victims of crime every year*.  While much is done reactively when crimes are committed, Master Lock, the industry leader in safety and security, is encouraging consumers to begin practicing basic daily crime prevention tactics during Crime Prevention Month this October.

“With varying commitments and the demands on our time on a daily basis, overall safety and crime prevention can easily slip people’s minds,” said Rebecca Smith, vice president, marketing for Master Lock. “Crime Prevention Month is the perfect time to remind consumers to take just a small amount of time to think about not only their own general safety, but crime prevention overall.”  

Master Lock has created a series of simple tips to help consumers change their safety mindset, be aware of their surroundings and take small precautions to stay safe during Crime Prevention Month and beyond:

1.      Lock everything up. It is essential to keep your home, vehicles, valuables and family safe at all times. Whether you’re at home or away for the day, all points of entry should be locked and more valuable items should be stored in secure areas. Consider utilizing such Master Lock security products as key safes, locking storage boxes and padlocks for extra protection. Every family member, including children, should know how to secure everything from windows and doors to garages and sheds.
2.      Limit availability of personal information. When on the go, carry only what you need. Do not keep social security cards, birth certificates or passports in purses or wallets. If possible, remove your name from marketing lists to reduce identifying junk mail and shred credit card offers that still come through to decrease the chance that your personal information could be accepted on your behalf by a stranger. You may even want to consider storing confidential data and information in a secure, online location where only you have access, such as the Master Lock Vault.  
3.      Start a neighborhood watch. Your street, parks and neighborhood should be an area where you and your family feel most comfortable. Forming relationships with neighbors can ensure there are additional watchful eyes on your home. Take this one step further by mobilizing a group of surrounding homeowners, encouraging each other to keep your eyes and ears open for anything suspicious and arranging regular patrols to increase neighborhood activity. In many cases, local police departments or PTAs will have resources to help you get started.
4.      Trust your instincts. If a specific person or place causes you to feel uneasy, avoid the situation by removing yourself completely, and alert authorities if a suspicious person is lurking in your neighborhood.
5.      If a crime occurs, report it! Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to share with the police, family or friends if you experience some sort of crime, regardless of how small. Relating your experiences can help the police or other families ensure the incident does not occur again.
To help keep my family's belongings safe, Master Lock sent me the Combination Cable to review.  Here's a bit about that product, from the Master Lock website:

  • Quantum® 8 set-your-own combination cable lock
  • Combination locking mechanism for keyless convenience
  • Easy to set and reset
  • 6' (1.8m) long x 5/16" (8mm) diameter steel cable for strong cut resistance
  • Protective vinyl coating helps prevent scratching
This is a great, seriously sturdy lock that can be used to secure bikes, gates/fences, lawnmowers, grills or tools and ladders.   For the past five years, my husband has been storing his bike in our small condo, rather than downstairs in our parking garage, because he didn't have a good enough lock to secure the bike. Now that problem is solved!

To help keep your family's belongings safe as well, Master Lock is letting me give away one combination cable lock to one lucky reader. Open to US mailing addresses, enter at the Rafflecopter widget below.

For more information on Master Lock and its products, visit the Master Lock website.

Disclosure: I received this product and information to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone. 


Heather! said...
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Nannie Reviews said...

I need this lock for my grandson at college to lock up his bike. He had one bike stolen already and we bought him another one. the lock he has now is not that good. Phyllis Dolen

nannie reviews at gmail dot com

Frugal Mom from California said...

We need this lock for our backyard, because someone tried to break our gate lock a few weeks ago.


Christian said...

A bike!! This can give a little peace of mind! Thanks for having this giveaway! (