Security by the Numbers - Did You Know?By Home Security Source Jun 15, 2011 | 10:35:00 amPosted in: Home Security Tips
Consumer Reports recently released a survey full of interesting security statistics. Here are of the some top home, car and money security stats we bet you didn’t know.
At home: - 26% of survey respondents said they occasionally leave windows unlocked when they are not at home.
- 19% of people in the survey said they occasionally leave doors at home unlocked while they are out.
- 66% of participants said they have given a key to someone other than a resident of their home, while 12% said they often leave a key under the doormat or someplace outside the home.
In the car: - 11% of survey participants said they occasionally leave car keys in the ignition when parked.
- 52% of people living in non-metro areas in the survey who said they occasionally leave their car unlocked.
With your money: - According to ACI Worldwide, 1 in 10 people carry their PIN code with their ATM card making it even easier to drain a bank account with a stolen wallet.
- The average black market price for an online bank account name and password is around $1,000, while a mother’s maiden name is a mere $6 and a social security number $3.
So what can you do to avoid becoming part of the statistics? Remember to always lock your home, including garage doors and windows, before leaving the house. Set your alarm system and consider ADT Pulse™, you can use it remotely set your alarm and check in on your home.
Also remember to lock your car and consider parallel parking to make it harder for thieves to drive it away.
For your finances, change your PIN and passwords often to keep online information safe. Never use an unsecured network for banking transactions and keep a close eye on accounts to monitor any unauthorized charges.
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