Lock up - and keep the key

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THE thought that our homes are too easy for burglars is an alarming one, made worse by the knowledge that it’s our fault.

A few simple steps could change this situation, so it is time we acted.

Police patrols across the city this month revealed hundreds with doors and windows left open or with valuable property on show. Detectives say thse houses are easy targets and are urging the culprits to rethink their security arrangements.

The days of your front door always being open are long gone. We might bemoan this loss, but not as much as we would bemoan a burglary. It takes seconds to lock a window or door and involves a minimum of effort. If this is all it takes to put off a burglar, why wouldn’t you do it?

Embrace change or face the scrapheap

WITH a well-earned reputation for innovation, this region is always ready to embrace developments in technology. But while our engineering industries forge ahead, other employers are often slower to accept change.

Take the bring-your-own-device culture, which sees more and more workers linking their Smartphones and iPads into their employer’s systems.

Many organisations have resisted this, leaving workers unable to access sites like Facebook and Twitter. But a Yorkshire-based firm says companies should get involved because social media spreads the word of what is good and what isn’t. Star Business reports how ITogether says giving workers access to these sites also makes them feel valued and encourages company loyalty.

Social media can be an effective way of spreading the word about businesses to a new audience. Unless companies react, they risk being left on the scrapheap.

Turn off TV dinner

EVERYTHING in moderation was the advice handed down by generations and it still stands true today.

Although it might be tempting to have that extra portion, overeating is never the healthy option.

Television doctor Christian Jessen knows this, which is why he’s urging men and women across Sheffield to get calorie smart or risk serious disease.

He says eating too much and avoiding exercise could lead to diabetes and heart disease.

And Dr Jessen is particularly concerned by the growing trend of having an evening meal in front of the television, as people often eat a lot of food without noticing it because they’re concentrating on their favourite programme.

So the message is clear - make meal times special and watch what you eat, not the TV.