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The big news: PM Modi criticises Rahul Gandhi’s nomination as Congress chief, and 9 other stories

Other headlines: Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor died, and Maharashtra declared a holiday for schools and colleges after a weather advisory.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Narendra Modi says Rahul Gandhi’s reign as Congress president will be like ‘Aurangzeb raj’: The Congress leader had filed his nomination papers for post of the party’s chief.
  2. Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor dies in Mumbai at 79: The ‘Kabhie Kabhie’ actor received the Padma Bhushan in 2011.  
  3. Maharashtra government declares school holiday in Mumbai and other regions on Tuesday after weather advisory: The BMC’s disaster management unit has advised residents against visiting beaches in Mumbai.
  4. Kingfisher Airlines misled IDBI about its net worth, says prosecution in Vijay Mallya extradition case: A London court was hearing India’s request to extradite the beleaguered businessman. 
  5. One soldier, two militants killed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam during encounter: Internet services in south Kashmir remained suspended on Monday because of the gun battle.
  6. Why was a Test match allowed in Delhi when the air quality is so poor, asks NGT: It also censured the AAP government for not filing an action plan on steps taken to control pollution in the city. Haryana and Uttar Pradesh have filed reports. 
  7. Madhya Pradesh Assembly passes bill to award death penalty for rape of minors aged 12 and below: It also proposes strict punishment for stalking, disrobing or sex on the pretext of marriage.  
  8. Former Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh believed to have been killed in Sanaa, say reports: Houthi militants had earlier destroyed the former president’s house in Sanaa.  
  9. Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor dies in Mumbai at 79: The ‘Kabhie Kabhie’ actor received the Padma Bhushan in 2011.
  10. Odisha government advises paddy farmers to shift harvested crops after IMD warns of heavy rain: The weather department said rainfall is likely in parts of the state starting from December 7.  
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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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