It is typical to believe that having one camera with enough coverage for an entire room is all you need to keep your business or home secure, but is that true? What if the area you want to cover is a lobby, a large office space, or even your front porch, will one camera be enough to see what happened in the event of a burglary? (more…)
A home invasion is when robbers force their way into an occupied home, apartment or hotel room to commit a robbery or other crime. The entry point of attack is often through the front door, garage or unlocked window. It is very important for the occupant to not automatically open the front door before asking who is there. Home invaders often knock on the door first or ring the bell with the hope that the resident will simply open the door without question. In most cases, people do just that. (more…)
Children under the age of 5-years-old account for 52 percent of all child fire deaths according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Each year, approximately 488 children ages 14 and under die in residential fires, but what some fail to realize is that burns don’t just come from fires. Unattended cookware on the stove, curling irons, bathwater, etc. can cause an equal amount of damage if handled improperly. Water heaters should be set no higher than 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Here are some things to remember: (more…)
The first step in protecting yourself against becresidential crimes is education. What does that really mean? That means facing the hard facts and using that information to your advantage. One of the most comprehensive sources for learning about crime statistics is the U.S. Department of Justice, which oversees the FBI.
Every year, the FBI puts together a Uniform Crime Report (UCR) that includes data on a variety of crimes reported across the United States. The following are a few statistics about property crimes from their 2011 report:
- Over 2.1 million of property crimes involved burglaries.
The scenario goes something like this – You get a knock on your door and a salesman claiming to represent a home alarm company gives you one of these pitches:
- Your current alarm company has gone out of business and he’s there to transfer your account to the organization he represents.
- He represents your current alarm company and just needs to update your equipment.
- If you don’t have an alarm, he’s willing to immediately install one and put a sign in your yard if you sign a long-term contract on the spot.