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The big news: PM Modi says GST revision is like an early Diwali, and nine other top stories

Other headlines: ‘Stop Adani’ protests were held across Australia to oppose a coal mine project, and a woman was gangraped in Uttar Pradesh.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Diwali has come early with GST relief, PM Modi says during visit to poll-bound Gujarat: Several small and medium enterprises and exporters had approached the council with the issues they faced, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said. 
  2. ‘Stop Adani’ protests held across Australia to oppose Carmichael coal mine project: Protestors formed human signs that said ‘#STOP ADANI’ at beaches and prominent locations across the country. 
  3. Four men allegedly gangrape woman in front of her husband in Muzaffarnagar: The men held a knife to the couple’s son’s throat and then raped the woman.
  4. BSF says it has launched a campaign against ‘criminal gangs’ that help Rohingya enter India: BSF Director General KK Sharma said that more security personnel and surveillance gadgets had been deployed at 140 points along the Indo-Bangladesh border.
  5. Honeypreet Insan paid Dera followers to incite violence in Panchkula, say police: Dera men planned to help Ram Rahim Singh escape while he was being taken to jail, Panchkula Police Commissioner AS Chawla said.   
  6. Dalit teenager staged attack on himself to get publicity, say Gujarat police: The forensic team found no blade at the spot of the alleged attack, and the investigators could not trace the accused or the vehicle, police said.   
  7. ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’ director Kundan Shah dies of heart attack in Mumbai: He was among the directors who announced they were returning their National Awards to the Centre as part of a protest against growing intolerance.
  8. Family of four, security guard found stabbed to death in Delhi’s Shahdara: The police have formed several teams to identify the suspects, but are yet to make any progress.
  9. Spanish government apologises to Catalans injured during referendum: The separatists are working on a unilateral declaration of independence from the country, which may be adopted in defiance of a top court order next week.   
  10. Major fire breaks out on Butcher Island near Mumbai, no casualties reported: The firefighting operation is still underway.   
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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.

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