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The big news: BJP says Bihar governor is their pick for president, and nine other top stories

Other headlines: One dead and several injured after van runs over pedestrians in London, and GJM asked Centre to withdraw security forces from Darjeeling.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. BJP picks Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind to be presidential candidate: The election will be held on July 17, and current President Pranab Mukherjee finishes his term on July 24.
  2. One killed, eight injured after van runs over pedestrians near two mosques in London: The police are trying to verify whether it was a deliberate act or an accident, while Prime Minister Theresa May called it a ‘potential terror attack’.
  3. Withdraw security forces from Darjeeling, hold tripartite talks, GJM tells Modi government: MLA Amar Singh Rai said the GJM did not want to be ‘pawns’ in Centre-state politics, and that the party would not hold talks with Mamata Banerjee.
  4. Australia announces online visa applications for Indians from July 1, says will make process faster: The online procedure will offer benefits like 24/7 accessibility, e-payment of the visa application charge and the ability to check the status of applications.
  5. Donald Trump is not under investigation, says his lawyer, though the president had claimed otherwise: Jay Sekulow said Trump had merely been reacting to news report when he said he was being probed for obstruction of justice in the Russia scandal.
  6. Rs 10-crore deal helped ex-UP minister Gayatri Prajapati get bail in gangrape case, finds inquiry: A probe ordered by the Allahabad High Court found that then Posco judge OP Mishra, a district judge and three lawyers were the beneficiaries of the sum.
  7. CBI team at Delhi minister Satyendar Jain’s house, questions his wife about alleged money laundering: The agency had registered a preliminary inquiry against Jain in April on the allegations that he had laundered Rs 4.63 crore in 2015-16.
  8. US aircraft shot down Syrian fighter jet, says Pentagon: Iran launched missiles targeting the Islamic State group in East Syria in retaliation to the June 7 attacks in Tehran.
  9. Ramakrishna Mission head Swami Atmasthananda dead at 98: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who considered him his guru, called it a ‘personal loss’.
  10. Delhi social welfare minister to visit 80-year-old Urdu poet incorrectly declared dead in 2013: Scroll.in had reported that Asar Jamayee, who lives alone, had been deprived of his monthly pension since the department made the error.
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Advice from an ex-robber on how to keep your home safe

Tips on a more hands-on approach of keeping your house secure.

Home, a space that is entirely ours, holds together our entire world. Where our children grow-up, parents grow old and we collect a lifetime of memories, home is a feeling as much as it’s a place. So, what do you do when your home is eyed by miscreants who prowl the neighbourhood night and day, plotting to break in? Here are a few pre-emptive measures you can take to make your home safe from burglars:

1. Get inside the mind of a burglar

Before I break the lock of a home, first I bolt the doors of the neighbouring homes. So that, even if someone hears some noise, they can’t come to help.

— Som Pashar, committed nearly 100 robberies.

Burglars study the neighbourhood to keep a check on the ins and outs of residents and target homes that can be easily accessed. Understanding how the mind of a burglar works might give insights that can be used to ward off such danger. For instance, burglars judge a house by its front doors. A house with a sturdy door, secured by an alarm system or an intimidating lock, doesn’t end up on the burglar’s target list. Upgrade the locks on your doors to the latest technology to leave a strong impression.

Here are the videos of 3 reformed robbers talking about their modus operandi and what discouraged them from robbing a house, to give you some ideas on reinforcing your home.

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2. Survey your house from inside out to scout out weaknesses

Whether it’s a dodgy back door, a misaligned window in your parent’s room or the easily accessible balcony of your kid’s room, identify signs of weakness in your home and fix them. Any sign of neglect can give burglars the idea that the house can be easily robbed because of lax internal security.

3. Think like Kevin McCallister from Home Alone

You don’t need to plant intricate booby traps like the ones in the Home Alone movies, but try to stay one step ahead of thieves. Keep your car keys on your bed-stand in the night so that you can activate the car alarm in case of unwanted visitors. When out on a vacation, convince the burglars that the house is not empty by using smart light bulbs that can be remotely controlled and switched on at night. Make sure that your newspapers don’t pile up in front of the main-door (a clear indication that the house is empty).

4. Protect your home from the outside

Collaborate with your neighbours to increase the lighting around your house and on the street – a well-lit neighbourhood makes it difficult for burglars to get-away, deterring them from targeting the area. Make sure that the police verification of your hired help is done and that he/she is trustworthy.

While many of us take home security for granted, it’s important to be proactive to eliminate even the slight chance of a robbery. As the above videos show, robbers come up with ingenious ways to break in to homes. So, take their advice and invest in a good set of locks to protect your doors. Godrej Locks offer a range of innovative locks that are un-pickable and un-duplicable. To secure your house, see here.

The article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of Godrej Locks and not by the Scroll editorial team.