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Keeping Kids Safe at Home When You Can’t be There

     Crime Has no Age Limit As a general rule, for children to be safe at home, we’re talking about teens and preteens, from about 10 to 19 years old. Experts agree that for most children under the age of ten, being home unsupervised is a bad idea. But age alone doesn’t mean a

Crash and Smash Break-ins: Stop Them

    As crimes go, crash and smash is about as primitive as you can get. Crash and smash is what it sounds like: Burglars “crash” into your house and “smash” your alarm system so it never sends an alarm signal. Because it’s a crude but effective way to rob your home, the home security

Garage Security: Taking Care of Your Transport

    Is Your Ride in Danger Garages are easy marks and a favorite way for thieves to get inside your house.  Crooks scout around for potential objectives, checking out targets with simple entry points and of course the easier the better.  It’s often the lack of garage security that provides that key weak spot

Old Fashioned Neighborhood Watch: Good or Bad

    Are You Watching Your Neighbors?  Aside from a home security alarm system, the next best weapon in our arsenal against crime is the decidedly low-tech deterrent of the neighborhood watch.  The whole concept of strong communities watching out for each other began with our founding fathers and ye olde town watchman. In colonial

12 Steps to Choosing the Best Home Security

  Where to Start Installing a home security system is a really important decision to make. Sure, there aren’t many visible instant rewards. The little plastic wall boxes, flashing “eyes” and cool alarm key rings are cute, surveillance cameras are reassuring, and the signage is deterring. But having signed that contract, you want to know

New Angles on an Old Trade: Ruse Burglary

    The Rip-off Entrepreneurs Everyone is entrepreneurial these days; even common criminals are getting creative when it comes to gaining entry to your property and ruse burglary is on the rise. Hoping to get a better haul, crafty thieves can study a neighborhood for weeks before they pick their target and strike. They will

The Dangers of Home Invasion

    Unprovoked Attacks In today’s news, a man is recovering after he was taken hostage during a home invasion. According to police, three robbers charged into the home just after 9 p.m. Wednesday 13 November 2013, kidnapped him and tied up his wife. Yesterday, across the country, in a separate incident, three men forced

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)

    Making Crooks Uncomfortable  Although elements of CPTED are referred to individually in security applications, the complete CPTED is the right way it should be implemented. This theory, popular in modern crime prevention, promotes modifying existing environments in order to influence human behavior. CPTED objectives are to create a distinct sense of discomfort for