Stay safe, Cleveland

Friday, May 3, 2013

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So this next post is probably a bit atypical for you expect here on the plum, but it's something that when I was approached about sharing it I couldn't not see the value. You guys, I live in the Cleveland city limits and I LOVE it. But it's also not for the faint of heart, this ain't the 'burbs baby.

You need to be alert and aware of your surroundings to enjoy all the perks of living in the city - but I promise you it's worth it. And when it doubt, just get an alarm system like me and sleep a little more soundly at night.

Happy Friday, kids!


Daily Safety Tips for Living Clevelanders - by Adina Berzofsky

Cleveland's a unique place to work, play and enjoy life. It has the same issue as any other city, ranging from construction to crime. Locals know where the speed traps are, and how to avoid downtown crowds after a Browns game. It's a relatively safe city, as long as you use common sense and pay attention to your surroundings. Here are a few basic safety tips to help you stay safe in any city:

- Keep your location private. That means being careful about what you share online - even the location tags your smart phone adds to tweets and status updates. Check your settings and turn off any geo-tags or GPS tracking. On this blog, Alexa does a great job of posting photos and information after her weekend, not sharing where she will be in advance. Follow her example and don't give anyone clues when your home will be empty or where to find you.

- Be aware of where you are. It's so easy to get absorbed by a phone call or to pop in your headphones and get lost in the music when you run errands or commute. Unfortunately you might not notice someone steal your wallet or accidentally walk into a poorly lit area. When you stop paying attention, you put yourself at risk. Save the status update or YouTube video for when you get home.

- Get security apps for your phone, tablet or laptop. If any of your devices get stolen, you'll be able to retrieve your data, track its location, or shut it down and render it useless. Identity theft is a big mess and not something you want to risk.

- Pay attention to the battery life on your cell phone. A dead phone can be big trouble if you find yourself stranded somewhere. It's easy to buy an extra power cord for your office so your phone can charge on your desk all day. If you don't have an iPhone, you can also buy extra-long-life batteries online for less than you think.

- Make sure your home is secure, whether you are at home or away. Whether you rent or own, you need security. Home security systems in Cleveland are affordable, and can be installed in any house or apartment. Wireless apartment alarm systems can be installed without drilling holes and can move with you when you move.

Staying safe in Cleveland doesn't require paranoia or a big expense. If you make tiny adjustments to your daily routines, you can develop good security habits that will keep you safe throughout your life. Share these safety tips with your friends and enjoy Cleveland life!

About the Author: Adina Berzofsky is a writer for LifeShield Home Security. She writes about home security, family safety, technology and parenting topics. She shares safety and security tips on the LifeShield blog and social media. You can find Adina Berzofsky on Google+.


  1. these are all great tips, i think a lot of people probably never even realize that having your location on your phone alone puts you at risk. luckily my mom watches ID channel 24-7 so I'm privy to all the ins and outs of being secure!!

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