Home security is about more than just safeguarding your loved ones and your property. It should also include the safety of anyone who works for you, or carries out any work on your property. They are often home alone for hours at a time while the family is at work and at school, or they could be the ones looking after your kids during the June school holidays.
Fidelity ADT urges all homeowners to make sure anyone who works on their property knows the basic principles of personal safety, so that they are familiar with how to act in an emergency.
It boils down to asking three easy but simple questions. The answers will determine whether or not your domestic employees or contractors are properly prepared.
You should ask them – what would they do if someone tried to illegally gain access to the property? Do they know where the panic buttons are, and how to call for help? If there is any kind of medical emergency, would they know how to respond?
There are five points that domestic employees should remember:
- Be careful of having unguarded conversations about your employer or the property you are working at. You never know who might be listening.
- Be observant and speak up if you see something suspicious anywhere in the suburb.
- Use the camera on your cell-phone. If you see something or someone that appears to be out of place, take a photo.
- Don’t let your phone be a distraction. Pay attention to your surroundings.
- Never allow anyone onto the property or indoors unless they have an appointment or if they have a legitimate reason to be there, and your employer confirmed it for you.
- Exchange cell phone numbers with other domestic workers at properties adjacent or opposite so that you can alert each other of suspicious people or vehicles.