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The business wrap: Arun Jaitley says GST will roll out as planned on July 1, and 7 other top stories

Other headlines: Markets closed on a high after Ramnath Kovind was nominated for president, and Google took new measures to tackle extremist content online.

A look at the headlines in this sector right now:

  1. GST to be rolled out as planned on July 1, announces Arun Jaitley, rates for hotels, lotteries fixed: The Centre also roped in veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan to promote the indirect tax regime.
  2. Sensex climbs up 255 points to close at record high, Nifty breaks 9,650-mark: Tata Steel, Adani Ports, and Hindalco gained the most on both indices.   
  3. Google, YouTube to introduce new measures to tackle extremist content online: The tech giant said its engineers have developed technology to prevent such content from being re-uploaded.   
  4. Indians have ‘relatively few’ deposits in Swiss banks, says bankers’ association: Switzerland had on Friday ratified automatic exchange of financial information with India and 40 other jurisdictions.  
  5. Poor driver incentives reduced Ola and Uber fleets by 25% in March quarter, says report: From December 2016 to March this year, the fleet shrunk from around 5,00,000 vehicles to 3,80,000.   
  6. I-T department orders coercive action against Cairn Energy Plc to recover Rs 10,247-crore tax: The oil company said it will continue with the arbitration proceedings against the retrospective tax demand. 
  7. BMW plans to invest Rs 130 crore in India and launch a new version of the 5 Series: However, the company said it is hard to make green vehicles popular in the country as there is not enough government support or infrastructure. 
  8. UK begins formal Brexit talks with EU, will focus on setting timetable for Britain’s exit: The talks will initially focus on Britain’s Brexit bill, the rights of three million EU nationals living in Britain, and the Ireland-North Ireland border.   
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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.


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.