Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tighter Security and Security Systems May prevent the Next Newtown Tragedy

The Newtown tragedy is one of the most heinous and egreous acts of violence I have personally ever witnessed in my lifetime.  Since last Friday I, like many, have wrestled with intense feelings of sadness and anger over this sensless and barbaric act.  The politicians and reporters have been quick to offer and adovacate for tighter gun restrictions as the answer to a problem with far deeper and complex origins.  Tighter gun restrictions, in my opinion, won't keep guns out of the hands of criminals, all it will do is keep certain types of guns of out the hands of some criminals.  Tighter gun restriction will not prevent the next mass shooting spree like the ones we are so frequently witnessing.  A major part of the solution lies in having tighter manned security, security sytems and access control devices.

Proposing that tighter gun restrictions won't keep guns out of the hands of criminals bears an explaination.  Break-ins occur every 15.4 seconds in the United States and one of the top items stolen is firearms.  Only 13% of burglaries are solved  and only 14% of the population has a monitored security system. 

If criminals want guns, the best place to get them is from the honest, hard-working folks that could pass an psychriatic or background check and have obtained their firearms legally - but didn't have enough sense to protect the guns and the public by having a monitored security system and a gun safe (bolted to the wall) that would deter and prevent burglars from getting them.

Security Systems are truly a great deterent because homes with security systems are  3 times less likely to be burglarized.  Security systems are only part of the solution.  A quality gun safe that is heavy and can be bolted to the studs in the wall is the next line of defense.  By having both criminals , criminals are less likely to get the firearms that could be used in the commision of a crime.
In order to get gun owners to comply, legislation could be passed that requires gun owners to have a monitored security system and a gun safe prior to obtaining a firearm.  Auto insurance is required before driving so why not having to put safety first befor aquiring a gun of any sort?

The Newtown tragedy occured in a school, so one would ask how could manned security, security systems and access control devices could play a role in preventing the next gun shooting tradegy?  Having magnetic locks on the doors that lead into the building would require anyone looking to access the building to be buzzed in or have the access code to the door.  Also, if a metal dectector was placed outside the building, manned by an armed security officer, like at the courthouse it is far less likey that a crazed individual could gain unauthorized access to the building.

Security Systems, Access Control Locks, and Security Guards are only a small part of solving the problem we collectively face.  The fact is there are many disturbed and deranged individuals in our society; getting to the root of their deep seated issues, along with being more security conscious and taking responsibility for our collective safety, is the only way we can quell the tide of the spree shooting madness we are forced to endure.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Could your Postman be the Reason You Were Burglarized?

You ordered some really cool stuff from, Ebay or Adam and Eve and you've eagerly awaited its arrival.  You got an email confirmation that it was going to be there on a certain day but when you arrived home there was no package waiting.  Is the Postman, UPS or FedEx guy the reason?  Is it possible that they said they delivered it but didn't or did they deliver it and it was a sitting and open target for an opportunistic crook?  The later is the most likely case?  Criminals will take the path of least resistance and if they can get some good stuff without having to break into a home they most certainly will.

The postman, UPS or FedEx guy isn't to blame- you are!  It is not the job of the delivery guy to provide security services.  There job is to deliver.  Now I realize that you have to work and you can't be home to receive packages.  So you may ask what could be done to assure that you won't fall victim to having your nest package scarfed? 

You can get a post office box or one at a UPS store that has a physical address and will be received by an individual and protected by their security.  This will cost you less than $18 a month.

The next option for people that can't afford or are too cheap to invest in a box at the Post Office or UPS Store, is to get a reliable neighbor that stays at home and have your packages delivered there.  Now this may be risky if you are having items delivered from Adam and Eve.  Imagine that getting out over the neighborhood list serve, but you get what you pay for.

The final solution is to get a security camera that is net-workable so it can be viewed from a remote location from a tablet, computer, I-phone or smart phone.  If a criminal knows that they are being recorded they are far less likely to act.  A camera will put you in control by alerting you anytime someone comes to the door by sending you an email or text message.  It may also provide you with the side benefit of alerting you to the fact that your teenage daughter is her boyfriend in the house while you and mama are away.  That alone makes it worth the investment.  So if you are looking for a cool Christmas gift that pays dividends, a remote IP camera is a great option.  Call 919-228-8361 for more details.

Chose either of the three options and assure that your packages will be there when you arrive, but don't blame the Postman, UPS or FedEx guy.  

Friday, December 7, 2012

Top 10 Ways to Keep our Seniors Safe

Sadly, our elderly in society are not revered and respected as in times past.  This is evident with the inceased crimes against the elderly.  There are an increasing number of robberies, home invasions, burglaries and scams targeting the elderly.  The incident in Apex, NC where an 84 year old woman was taken at knife point and robbed is infuriating.  No elderly person should ever have to endure the trauma of having a weapon caring, drug addicted hoodlum threating to rape and kill them if they don't hand over their possessions. 

Criminals like the lions we watch in documentaries, look the the easy prey: the sick, young and elderly but our neighborhoods are not the plains of Africa and our seniors can not be allowed to be the prey of the day.  In order for our neighborhoods to be safe here are the Top 10 things we can do in our neighborhoods to stay safe.

  1. Use the buddy system:  There is power in numbers.  Always travel with a companion. 
  2. Carry a cell phone with the Bsafe app.  This app allows you to select guardians that will be notified if you press  the red SOS button.  You select guardians, which are people you know that will receive a text message that you are in trouble along with a map of your location.  One person will receive a phone call.  The app is free and can be downloaded to an Iphone or android smart phone.  It is available at
  3. Carry a whistle:  A cheap whistle is better than a yell.  Always have it with you and don't be afraid to blow it if you are in trouble.
  4. Don't talk to strangers; often criminals will try to befriend elderly people for the purpose of taking advantage of them.  If you don't know them don't talk to them.
  5. If you see someone suspious call the police.  Don't be afraid to make the call.  It is better to be safe than sorry.
  6. Look out for one another in the community, if there is a senor that has mobility issues pick up any distributed phone books or newspapers for them.  Check the perimeter of the home and make sure that nothing has been tampered with.  Also make sure you have their phone number and call and check on them daily.
  7. Use lighting; having motion lights is a great deterent to criminals.
  8. Cut any bushes that could provide hiding places for potential burglars.
  9. Have a quality security system installed with a special duress code in case of an attempted home invasion or robbery.  Call 919-228-8361 for a free assessment in North Carolina
  10. Install security cameras on the property.
By applying these simple, easy and inexpensive tips we can assure that our senior citizens can enjoy their golden years . safety is not something that we should take lightly.  For additional tips on how to stay safe download my free book, The Homeowners and Consumers Toolbox: Safety to Savings, Tips and Tools at Your Fingertips ( Click the link to download) 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Top 5 Reasons To Get a Security System For Christmas

The Christmas holiday season is anticipated and waited on not only by children and adults who are looking to spend time with family, exchange presents, eat delicious food, but by criminals who seize the opportunity to the play the Grinch.  It is for this reason that I will reveal the Top 5 reasons to get a security system for Christmas.

  • Property crime tends to escalate between Thanksgiving and New Year.  Criminals realize that many homes will be unoccupied while people shop and travel and attend holiday gatherings.  As the old saying goes, "when the cat is away the mice will play."  A home with a monitored security system is 3 times less likely to be burglarized.

  • Fires also occur at a higher rate during the holiday season.  With Christams trees, lighting, fireplaces and exterior decorations plugged into outlets, and cooking of holiday meals the conditions for a fire emergency increase dramatically during the holidays.  A monitored fire system can quickly detect the danger and dispatch the fire department averting the tragedy that could befall you and the ones you love.

  • Medical emergencies also increase during the holidays.  EMS is often the busiest during the holidays.  Heart attacks are generally at their highest during the holiday season as people consume high fat, high sugar, and cholesteral filled dishes that clog arteries.  Having a security system with a medical alert button can assure that help will be on the way.

  • You may qualify for a homeowners insurance discount up to 20% off your existing rate.

  • You don't have to wait to put it on your New Years Resolution List .  By installing prior to the end of the year you can take advantage of great year end deals such as the Safe Haven Security-One Call Secures It All Special that includes a keypad, smoke detector, motion detector, glass-break detection, siren, mastercontrol panel, door sensors, cellular device and mobile app arming and disarming from a smartphone or computer for $99.   For additional details call (919) 228-8361