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The Christmas and New Year periods are important seasons of the year with festivities that trigger various forms of security challenges in Nigeria and the world over. These security challenges include armed robbery, kidnapping, carjacking, petty theft and all forms financial fraud/crimes.
The following precautionary measures therefore need to be taken note of as they will help in averting or dealing with some of the above mentioned security challenges.
- Avoid carrying large volume of cash and discussing your finances with strangers, including close family members, as most kidnap cases are masterminded by close relatives.
- Always delete from your mobile phone ‘Alert’ messages about your financial transactions and account details received from your bank.
- Do not send your domestic staff /driver on a financial errand especially if it involves huge sums of money, as this may trigger some negative ideas in his/her head.
- When travelling by air always ensure that your carry-on bag is always within your view.
- If you are travelling by road, avoid as much as possible travelling at night.
· Avoid large gatherings as much as possible, as this has become targets of terrorists attacks
- Also ensure that your car window glasses are wound up and doors locked. Be observant while driving as this will enable you to detect when you are being trailed. If you are convinced you are being trailed, drive into the nearest police station or any public place.
- Educate your household including your children on the importance of not opening your door/gate to a stranger under any guise of PHCN, Water Cooperation or any utility officer, unless his / her ID is properly verified.
- If you are using power generating set at night, do not rush out if the set suddenly goes off. It could be bait to drag you out of your secured zone.
- Ensure that your perimeter lights are all functioning at all times and discourage night visitors as much as possible.
- Avoid getting used to a particular route with regards to leaving and coming back home.
- Keep a low profile and avoid an extravagant lifestyle. (
- Always have a small cash readily available both at home and while on transit in case of any emergency. And in an event of armed robbery attack, always comply with their instructions and do not try to play a ‘hero.’