ROBERT SICILIANO, CSP, a
No. 1 best-selling Amazon.com author
and CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com,
is fun—but he’s also serious about
teaching you and your audience fraud
prevention and personal security.
Road warriors know to keep their heads up and be aware of their environment. But
even the wariest of professionals get
complacent and make themselves
vulnerable. Before you take off, keep
the following tips in mind.
Don’t advertise that you’re away
from home. If a burglar were casing your street on trash-pickup
day, he might notice the one house
whose trash cans aren’t at the curb.
Ask a neighbor to bring your trash
cans out on trash day—with trash
in them—and bring them back in.
Set up an automatic timed lighting system and open curtains or
shades enough to reveal this to
anyone passing by, but not enough
for someone to be able to see your
valuables through your windows.
While everyone loves to share
travel plans on social media, don’t.
Burglars love this.
TAKE THIS, NOT THAT
Make copies of your important
personal documents, such as your
driver’s license, passport, and
health and auto insurance cards.
Take a copy with you, and email a
digital scan to yourself.
Make a note of the phone numbers for your bank and credit cards
in case you need to report them
lost or stolen.
Lighten your wallet. Carry only
two credit cards, some cash, and
BY ROBERT SICILIANO, CSP