Home Security

Tips Regarding How To Secure Your Ideal Home From Intruders

Monday, December 17th, 2012

As a real estate broker I know how difficult it is to search for the ideal house. Take me for example: I had to spend almost 4 months to look for the ideal two-bedroom apartment. With many ocular inspections that you take in order to check out a prospective house it is just smart that you do everything you can in defending your home from burglars and stuff like that.

The need to burglarproof your property is consistently a leading priority particularly in these times of recession where everyone seems to be in serious need of work cash as well as food. I read on the web about a home security system that could secure my apartment. This would notify me and if I were unavailable several people close to me that someone had entered into my place.

This type of wireless security system works by setting up a door or window sensor or a motion detector at any entry point where a burglar may break in. As soon as this sensor discovers movement it will transmit a signal to a base unit.

The base unit will then call the first number on a pre-programmed list of five phone numbers that the owner should have provided previously.

The person on the other line the moment he answers the call will hear a prerecorded message. He can then listen to what is going on inside the room to know whether the individual who has entered the apartment is an intruder or a buddy.

Hes got 2 steps to choose from when he has identified who is in the room. These are disarming the home alarm system or speaking out loud through the base unit to scare off the burglar.

In the event that the safety alarm system is not disarmed it will call the second person on the pre-programmed list and the process repeats anew.

Positive that this kind of gadget could work I purchased the HomeSafe wireless home security system which offered all the aforementioned features. Indeed protecting your home has never been simpler than using this kind of alarming device.

Suggestions Regarding How To Safeguard Your Belongings Even If You Lose A Door Literally

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Soon after I rented my first office space at a local industrial compound, the in-house cleaning crew had an accident. One of the janitors which attended to that floor slipped on a wet tile and bumped my door clean off of its rusted hinges.

As soon as I phoned my landlord, he advised me that it would take two weeks to fix the door. Given that my business office at that time was pretty much open to any individual, I made a decision to invest in a motion alert alarm to keep intruders away.

I acquired a small, passive infrared alarm which was designed to watch entryways and installed it facing the hole where my door used to be. My plan was to make use of it to alert the after-hours security guards to any likely trespassers.

The motion-detecting alarm would sound whenever somebody walks by it. And it could even be set up to perform a simple two-tone entry chime for when you’re at the office and do not want the alarming to go off and call the guards.

It was battery-powered, so that meant I could position it in any convenient location around my office doorway. I would not have worry about getting landlord approval to drill and also run wires through the walls.

In the weeks that I had this security alarm, I activated the two-tone chime while I was in the office so that I would know anytime somebody wanted to see me. I then switched it to alarm mode before I left for the day.

During this time, the guards actually caught some people attempting to sneak into my office in the after-hours. These were mainly homeless bums off the street that were trying to steal whatever wasn’t nailed down to sell it off for some quick money.

It looks silly to have to go two weeks without a door however I was able to improvise a clever solution using a motion alert alarm. Instead of throwing the thing away, I plan on keeping it and utilizing it at some point as part of a complete security system.

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Affordable Methods To Keep Your Property Protected

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

That sense of peace you get in the home is as precious as your life. It makes simply any outdated security device ineffective, particularly in this age and time. Thieves make use of sophisticated gear to get into your house. Be a step forward and surround your home with a wireless home security system that matches or even goes beyond your presumptions.

You don’t have to break the bank to get yourself a tight home protection system. There are numerous inexpensive options for looking after your house whenever you are at your most susceptible time: asleep.

Many housebreakers would attempt to sneak into your dwelling whenever you are away at work or running errands. So, look for a HomeSafe wireless home security system that will send out alarm signals to you, neighbors or perhaps close friends when this occurs.

alarm systems using many security device are practical solutions to home safety needs. These types of systems normally include several gadgets that complement one another with regards to making your home secure.

The perfect wireless home security system ought to be able to keep an eye simultaneously on a number of areas where a thief might enter. It need to have door and window sensors, motion-detecting capabilities and a base unit for auto-calling as well.

They are crucial characteristics that you ought to make note of whenever searching for an alarm system. Do include an auto dialer, which is a necessary component responsible for warning you whenever another person trespasses on your house.

A wireless home security system with an auto-dialer is ready of holding approximately five essential phone numbers. Select folks whom you can rely on and you know will display concern once they receive the warning. Better let them know that they are in your system’s list in order that they won’t simply ignore calls.

When the call is received, the individual at the end of the line can perform one of three things: listen to just what is going on within your house, boom his or her voice through the base unit or deactivate the system.

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Woman Escapes Her attacker

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

These are the kind of stories that bring a good feeling. I’ve been selling pepper spray and stun guns since 2003 and it brings a sense of purpose when I see that it actually helped someone escape a rape or attack.BY



The Wichita Eagle

WICHITA | A 23-year-old woman used pepper spray to fend off a would-be rapist in her west Wichita home early Friday morning, police said.

The woman told officers a stranger came into her house through an unlocked back door shortly before 1 a.m. near Central and St. Paul. He then put a towel over her face and began to assault her, police reports indicate.

At some point during the attack, police said, she was able to reach some pepper spray and use it on the attacker, who immediately left through the rear door.

She suffered visible bruising to her legs, buttocks and back, according to a police document.

Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/10/28/3234818/woman-fends-off-attacker-in-wichita.html#ixzz1cOZtbGDv

Some Great Tips for Holiday Safety

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Ran across this great article from a Security Company in Omaha.  They offer good tips, not only for the holidays but these should be practiced all year long, especially about the home security. Maybe a door alarm or barking dog alarm for that siding door.

Signal 88 Security Experts Provide Personal Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

Security experts from Signal 88 Security, an Omaha, Neb.-based private security company with more than 70 franchise offices around the country, suggest that people guard their wallets in more ways than one this holiday season, as the economic downturn can be tied to increased theft during the months of November and December. Because of this trend, tips on how to shop safely during the holiday season are important for security experts to share with consumers. Representatives from Signal 88 Security see an uptick in burglaries during the holidays and say economic desperation is a leading cause of the rise.

Quote start“We see a strong correlation between a weak economy and rise in theft,” said Nyffeler. “People become desperate and commit crimes because they don’t know how else to provide for themselves.”Quote end

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With the economy still in turmoil and unemployment rates remaining high at 9.1 percent, according to the September report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it’s reasonable to assume that holiday shoppers may continue to reign in their spending habits.

However, security experts from Signal 88 Security suggest that people guard their wallets in more ways than one, as the economic downturn can be tied to increased theft during the months of November and December. Because of this trend, tips on how to shop safely during the holiday season are important for security experts to share with consumers.

Representatives from Signal 88 Security, an Omaha, Neb.-based private security company with more than 70 franchise offices throughout the country, see an uptick in burglaries during the holidays and say economic desperation is a leading cause of the rise.

“We see a strong correlation between a weak economy and rise in theft,” said Reed Nyffeler, chief executive officer of Signal 88 Security. “People become desperate and commit crimes because they don’t know how else to provide for themselves.”

The types of crimes that increase during the holiday season are often preventable, if you take extra holiday theft precautions. According to Nyffeler, the following holiday safety tips can reduce the likelihood of being targeted by a thief:

  • Remove holiday gifts from your car after a shopping trip; otherwise you could be an easy target for a holiday thief. If you must keep gifts in your car, secure them in the trunk or cover them with a blanket. And always lock your car doors.
  • If you have a walk-out basement with accessible windows or a sliding glass door, consider adding extra diy home security measures to keep your family and holiday gifts safe. Keep the shades drawn – especially at night – and consider using PVC pipe or a piece of wood to ensure sliding glass doors can’t be opened.
  • When you’re shopping, keep a tight hold on your purse or wallet. Also, try to avoid carrying cash. Visible bills can entice a holiday thief to snatch your purse or pick your pocket.
  • If you do your holiday shopping at night, be sure to park your car in a well-lit section of the parking lot. If you feel at all uncomfortable walking to your vehicle alone, enlist the help of the business’ security personnel.

While taking extra holiday safety precautions may seem like an unnecessary burden, ensuring the security of your family, home and possessions is worth the effort.

“Our job is to educate people and businesses on how they can avoid becoming victims of crime,” Nyffeler said. “Since the holidays are a known opportunity for crime, you can’t ever be too careful when it comes to personal safety.”

ABOUT SIGNAL 88 SECURITY: Founded in 2003 by former law enforcement professionals, Signal 88 Security provides a wide variety of technologically enabled and advanced security services to public and private sector clients through more than 70 franchise offices nationwide. The company offers site and risk assessments, video monitoring and patrolling, and enhanced patrol services. Signal 88 Security specializes in business and commercial security as well as security for apartment complexes, home owner associations, shopping centers, events and more. Additional information can be found at http://www.signal88.com.

What do Criminals look for when breaking into your home?

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

I’ve read several articles on this and the latest gave some information that I wasn’t  aware of.  Some thieves are really getting bold and creative. For example, they are hiring youth’s to knock on your door.  They stand off of the property but are watching how easily you open the door and what vulnerability you have.   The youth’s are trained to listen for a bell or some sound when the door is opened indicating that there might be an alarm system, they will also peer inside the home to see if there any valuable’s  in sight.  They also tend to not hit the rich affluent homes in nicer neighborhoods because they are more likely to be able to afford elaborate security systems, so they go after the middle class and elderly homes.  

Some homes they tend to pass on because of motion sensor lights and barking dogs.

A proactive and aware approach is key to deterring crime.

Keep houses secured, don’t leave property in plain sight and deny access to strangers

Discover the safest Cities in America

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Here is some interesting reading.  Where ever you live, I’m sure you’ve read about layoffs in the police departments, It’s everywhere as cities try to balance their budgets. And wit that it’s time you need to take responsibility for your own personal safety and the safety of your family.  Take the proper steps now, buy a non-lethal self defense weapon to carry with you, keep in your car and in your home.  Also some sort of alarm system or device to let you know when someone I attempting to break into your home.  It just makes sense.  Why wait till after it happens then go out and buy?  I mean really these things are cheap security!


Maps are complimented by detailed crime data developed exclusively by NeighborhoodScout’s statisticians and geographers (example is Boston, MA).

Discover the lowest crime neighborhoods in any city or town, before you buy a home or site a facility. Additionally, discover the types (violent or property) of crimes common to any particular neighborhood. Our exclusive crime data are developed for each neighborhood using our mathematical algorithms and municipal crime statistics from the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department.

Subscribers get instant access to see where the lowest crime rate areas are located.

What our crime search provides

NeighborhoodScout reveals the safety from crime for every neighborhood in America, and shows you how each neighborhood compares to other neighborhoods nationwide, so you can make good decisions for your family or your company’s location needs.

Users can search by overall crime rate, property crime rate, violent crime rate, or crimes per square mile. Users can specify any search area they need – by distance around a city or around a specific address (1 to 75 miles in any direction), by state, or nationwide.

Crime maps are complimented by detailed data. We show both the number of crimes and crime rate per 1,000 residents for violent crime, property crime, and total crime, for each neighborhood. Neighborhood crimes are compared in a graph to the overall crime rate for the city containing the neighborhood, the state crime rate, and the national median for both violent and property crime. We also provide an individual’s chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime within any neighborhood, and show that comparison to the overall city and the state. Finally, we have calculated the crime density – which is the number of crimes per square mile – for each neighborhood, city, and state, and present this information in a table for ease of comparison.

The crime rates we have developed are based on data and crime statistics from the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department. We gather data from all 17,000 local law enforcement agencies in the United States, and use a relational database to associate crime incidences from all of these law enforcement agencies to the specific local communities the agency covers, and hence in which community the crimes have occurred. We then researched and developed mathematical algorithms to statistically estimate the incidences of both violent and property crimes for each neighborhood in America. This project took nearly 6-months to complete. The resultant formulae produce numbers of crimes and crime rates for neighborhoods with upwards of 87% accuracy in most cases. We use a total of twenty different formulas to increase the accuracy of our estimates, and apply them based on city or town characteristics, to produce the best model fit in each case.

About the Crime Data

The data used from these 17,000 local law enforcement agencies are the FBI defined "crime index" crimes. Index crimes are the eight crimes the FBI combines to produce its annual crime index.

The index seeks to overcome differences in individual state statues – that would ignore how the individual is charged – and create a standardized definition of crime classification. This was done through defining serious and non-serious offenses. Part I crimes are comprised of serious felonies and Part II crimes are comprised of non-serious felonies and misdemeanors. Together these two types of classifications make up the crimes reported in the Uniform Crime Reports.

These offenses include willful homicide, forcible rape, robbery, burglary, aggravated assault, larceny over $50, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In order to compare statistical information on a national basis the FBI came up with a common definition for crime comparison.

Crime data reporting from local law enforcement agencies to the Federal Government, and what it means to you

It is important to note that local law enforcement agencies voluntarily report their crime data and incidences to the FBI and U.S. Justice Department. More often than we would expect, the local agency will err in the numbers they report, or possibly withhold information that would reflect less than favorably on their agency, or their community.

Crime rates and tourist areas

Crime rates can appear higher than you think if you have a lot of tourists (non-permanent residents) in your community, because the number of crimes (violent, property, or both) is divided by the permanent population, creating a crime rate per 1,000 residents. If you have a lot of visitors, these people can increase the number of crimes, but do not count in establishing the rate because they don’t live there, thus increasing the crime rate score per 1,000 residents. Therefore it is always valuable to look at both the crime rate, and the actual reported or estimated number of crime incidences in the neighborhood or community.

Some After School Tips For Kids

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Here is another great article by Mark Bello (this guy knows his stuff) about safety in the home after school

Home Alone 2011: After School Safety Tips For Your Child

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Unfortunately, in many families, both parents must work; consequently, children are caring for themselves at least a few hours before and/or after school. How do you know when your child is ready to be left alone after school?

Parents must judge for themselves when their child is mature enough to be left alone at home after school. When making the decision, it is important to teach your child the necessary skills to be safe and responsible. How will your child deal with phone calls and visitors at the door? Does your child know how to prepare a simple snack or what to do if choking? Will he/she know what to do in an emergency?

  • Reviewing some important safety tips with your child will help protect them, and ease your worries.
  • Discuss house rules, expectations, and the daily routine – rules for homework, chores, having friends over, use of appliances, etc.
  • Make sure your child knows how to reach you – place of employment, work phone, cell phone, and what to do in the event he/she can’t.
  • Ensure that your child knows his/her own phone number, address, and major cross roads. You would be amazed how many children are left alone and don’t know these things.
  • Prepare communication cards. These cards contain phone numbers and addresses of relatives and friends, and emergency personnel to call in case of an emergency.
  • Discuss potential emergencies, the best way to handle the situation, and when they should call 9-1-1.
  • Practice a fire drill.
  • Make sure your child checks the home for open doors or broken windows before entering.
  • Remind your child to lock all doors after entering the house and to call you when he/she arrives.
  • Remind your child to never tell anyone that he/she will be home alone, and don’t open the door for anyone they don’t know.
  • Teach your child first aid.

Being home alone no matter how briefly, is a big responsibility for a child; make sure your child is well-prepared and emotionally ready. If your child is not confident about being left alone, seek alternative solutions.

Back To School Tips, For Child Safety

Friday, August 19th, 2011

It’s very difficult when you send your child off to school for the first time.  I can remember the first day of school for me, it was very exciting but I was also scared.  Scared of the unknown.  You really don’t know what to expect, so safety and security are basically the last things on their mind.  That’s why it is so important to each kids at a very early age, the things you are about to read, that way it becomes second nature to them and not just something else they have to remember at the last moment.


As you prepare to send the kids back to school, personal safety conversations should be taking place before children return to class.

One very important conversation for children who walk to school is to point out the “helping hand” houses they will find along their walking route. These are houses where children can go when they need emergency adult assistance.

Parents should  walk with their child along the route to familiarize them with the path.

Here are some safety rules:

Use the crosswalk, follow traffic signals: Teach children how to safely cross the street and explain that children should cross with the crossing guard if one is available. Younger children should always have supervision. (should really go without saying)

Buddy system: Children should walk to or from school with a buddy because there is safety in numbers. For children who ride the bus, parents and children should visit the bus stop together and make sure they know the bus route number.

Walk-ride in well-lit area; don’t take short cuts: Tell your children to avoid areas where they can’t be seen or heard and explain they need to stay on the “Safe Routes to School.

Have a family password: Teach children that they cannot go anywhere with anyone, family members included, unless the person knows the family password. Make sure they know not to share the password with others.(make it a  fun easy to remember password)  Also, do role-playing activities to make them aware of situations that could occur, which show how someone who doesn’t know the password might use persuasion. Make sure children know to never leave school with anyone they have not been told to leave with.

Explain to your child that if anyone approaches him or her, whether offering a ride, asking for directions or just making him or her feel uncomfortable, instruct them to say “no,” run away from the situation go and tell a trusted adult. Discuss who trusted adults may be, such as teachers, parents, friends’ parents, neighbors, police officers, firefighters and relatives.


Safety Tips for Women 2

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

I know I just posted something like this but I ran across this artcle from ABC’ Good Morning America and there’s even more good information in it.  Sorry if some of this has ben repeated but read the whole thing and I think you will find even more good stuff


Protect Yourself

Personal Safety Tips for Women

Some 1.9 million women are physically assaulted annually in the United States, and 15 percent  to 25 percent of all American women will report a sexual attack or rape at some time in their lives, according to studies conducted by the Justice Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And experts say that because the majority of sexual assaults go unreported, the numbers from these studies may represent only a fraction of the violent of crimes against women.

But while these numbers may seem frighteningly high, safety authorities are quick to point out that women need not view themselves as helpless victims. ABCNEWS’ Healthy Woman asked crime and safety specialists the most effective precautions a woman can take when walking alone to keep herself from becoming a statistic:

Dress to Kill.  Clogs, high heels, and tight skirts are hard to run and fight in, while scarves and long necklaces are easy to grab. If possible, modify your fashion style or wear comfortable clothing when walking alone. You can always change into dress-up clothes later.  Or, think through how you would fight in your dress-up clothes.  Would you kick off your high heels or hike your skirt up around your hips to run or kick?

Make Eye Contact.  It may be your first instinct to lower your gaze as you walk to your destination. But looking straight into the face of potential enemies is the better option.  “Eye contact may scare off attackers because they fear you will be able to identify them,” says Mary Ellen Burns, a spokesperson for the Boston Police Department.

Keep Eyes and Ears Open, Hands Free. It is important to be alert to who and what is around you.  Talking on a cell phone or listening to headphones makes you easy prey for a predator.  The only reason you should be using your mobile phone is notify a friend of your whereabouts or to call for help.  Also, limit the number of bundles you have to carry by using a backpack or bag with a shoulder strap.  This will ensure that your hands are free to defend.

Be Lazy, Take the Elevator Over the Stairs.  And when in the elevator, stand in front of the doors, then if someone you feel uneasy about gets on with you, you can step off immediately.

Fight Your Inner Woman.  Experts say that women tend to be sympathetic — don’t be! History has shown that serial killers and other criminals often play on the sympathies of unsuspecting women to lure them into dangerous situations. If someone asks for the time, directions, or help in or around their car, be as courteous as possible but keep moving. You can always assist the stranger by making a phone call to police from a safe location, or by finding others to go back and help with you.

Change It Up.  Regularly change your walking routine. Plan out a few different routes that you can take and mark out “safe houses” in your mind at intervals along the way.  In the event of attacks, you can stop at these shops or homes where you know you will be safe.  Try to incorporate these houses every time you vary your route

Be Paranoid and Suspicious.  It is always better to be safe than sorry.  When in a parking lot, look at the cars parked on either side of your vehicle. If a male in a vehicle is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, or if you are parked next to a van, always enter your car from the side opposite the strange vehicle. If the parking lot is particularly dark or deserted, it may be wise to go back and find a friend or guard who can walk you to your car.


If you have gotten yourself into a violent situation, the most important thing is to react immediately.

Run, Run, Run.  If the predator has a gun but you are not under his control, take off.  Experts say the predator will only hit you, a running target, four out of every 100 shots. And even then, it most likely will not be a vital organ.
Stay Put.  Do not let your attacker take you to an abandoned area.  If he does, the likelihood that you will be seriously injured increases tenfold, says Burns. You do not want to get to “crime scene number two” so do whatever it takes and never give up.

Hit the Attacker Where It Counts.  The eyes, knees, throat and groin are very vulnerable, good places to gouge and kick.  But listen to your instincts and try to determine if a counter attack by you is the best approach. If you do decide to fight,  make sure your first move is as forceful as possible. It may be your only hope.

Try Anything and Everything. Additional approaches are offering your wallet, jumping out at a stoplight, doing something to cause an accident, or signaling to other drivers. If you are thrown into the trunk of a car, experts advise you to kick out the back tail lights, stick your arm out the hole, and start waving wildly. The driver won’t see you but everyone else will. This trick is said to have saved lives.

Safety Tips compiled from contributions by; Jayne Hitchock, president of Women Halting Online Abuse,  Mary Ellen Burns, spokesperson for the Boston Police Department, and The Women’s Safety Project, a non-profit organization founded to provide self-defense information to women and girls.

Like I said, I know this is repeditive, but maybe one day if this even does happen you will remember one little thing that may save your life