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Burglary Crime

Home Security Ground Rules for Family Members and Guests

Do you have children or house guests in your home on occasion? Or extended family who often stay with you? If so, do they all know the basic rules about keeping your home safe from burglars and criminals? For example: Do your children give out your garage passcode to friends? Do your house guests and...

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Burglary Residential Security

Why Your House Is Vulnerable to Burglary

Is your home susceptible to burglary? Even if you “think” it’s safe and secure, it could very well be a prime target for burglary. By conducting a security audit, you can identify vulnerabilities and take action to minimize them. Outskirts of Town or Near Major Thoroughfares Homes that are in areas with more distance from...

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Burglary Crime Property Crime Residential Security

How Burglars Know When to Strike

When you think of a burglary, do you envision a dark-clothed man creeping around a home under the cover of darkness? You might be surprised to learn that 65 percent of home burglaries occur between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., with the majority of those between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Why? Because most burglars...

Burglary Network Security Residential Security

Home Security: Planning for the Worst

It’s Friday evening and you and your family are settling in for a pizza, popcorn and movie night. Everyone’s agreed on a movie and what toppings should go on the pizza, and you feel yourself unwinding from the busy week. You’re gathered in your family room with your spouse and 10-year-old son while your 14-year-old...

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Burglary Property Crime Residential Security

Knock, Knock, Who’s There? Scamming Solicitors, That’s Who

Spring has sprung. Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping and fraudulent solicitors are rousing themselves from their winter hibernation. They may appear well-dressed and credible, though an unsavory motive lies behind the smile. Not all door-to-door salespeople are fraudulent, but how do you know which is which? Ways to Spot a Door-to-Door Scammers Emotional Sales...

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Commercial Security School Security

How Secure Is Your School Campus?

It will be 50 years this August since the tragic shooting at the University of Texas that claimed 14 lives and injured 32 others. “Tower,” a documentary scheduled to air later this year, recounts the events of that day and places school security once again at the center of media attention. Sadly, violent acts like...

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Burglary Residential Security

Did You Know Your Home Security System Can Be Hacked?

Are you enjoying the convenience and features your “smart” home security system offers such as the ability to control your thermostat and security system from your smartphone? If so, you should be aware that criminals have become increasingly savvy in their ability to hack into security systems. Burglars have figured out ways to detect the wireless...

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Burglary Residential Security Video Surveillance

5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Security System

Looking to purchase a security system for your home or place of business? There’s no denying the fact that security systems are an excellent burglary deterrent. Studies have shown that homes with security systems are up to three times less likely to be burglarized than homes without them. But not all security systems are made...

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Commercial Security Crime

4 Tips to Protect Against Shoplifting in Retail

Do you own and/or manage a retail store? If so, you are probably well aware of the importance of preventing shoplifting. According to the 27th Annual Retail Theft Survey conducted by Jack L. Hayes International, roughly 1.2 million shoplifters were caught during 2014 by just 25 of the nation’s leading retailers. Retailers lose billions of...

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Burglary Residential Security

How to Secure Your Home While You are Away

It’s estimated that 60% of residential burglaries occur during the daytime hours when homes are unoccupied. Of course, it’s impossible to occupy your home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, nor would you want to. Most of us must leave our homes during the day for work and for longer stretches of time...

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