Whether you’re ready or not, Halloween week is finally here. This year, Halloween happens to fall on a Saturday, which could mean heavier traffic all around. Keep yourself, your loved ones, and those around you safe with these tips.
Because you can expect trick-or-treaters all night, some people may opt to leave their doors unlocked and/or unattended. However, you never know who’s lurking around, especially since costumes can easily mask a person’s identity. To be safe, stay close to your front door and keep it closed and locked. You may also opt to sit in the driveway to pass out candy, but be sure that all your other entrances are locked and someone is able to keep watch if your garage remains open.
Lighting is important since nightfall can make it hard to see. But as alluring as candles are, they are a fire hazard. For a safer alternative, try battery powered tea lights for your jack-o’-lanterns or Christmas lights to light up your walkway.
Safe Spooks & Scares
Spooky Halloween décor is always fun, but be sure that any potential malfunctions will not injure your visitors.
Protect Your Pets
Halloween is often a lively night. It’s likely that you want your furry friends to join in the fun, but overstimulation can frighten or overwhelm them. For your pet’s and everyone’s safety, keep them locked up until the celebrations die down.
Careful Costume Choices
As previously stated, it is harder to see at night, and with heavy foot traffic on the streets, pedestrian danger is increased. Drivers should be extra cautious, but it will help to add reflective tape to costumes and treat bags to ensure that trick-or-treaters are more easily seen.
You also want to make sure that your kids’ costumes are comfortable and not too restrictive or inconvenient. Props should be lightweight and easy to carry around, and wigs, masks, or ill-fitting pieces should be avoided.
Keep An Eye Out
Because this is a higher risk holiday, be sure to remain vigilant. If you are going out for the night, be sure that everything is locked up, and if you have an alarm or security cameras, be sure they are activated and properly working. Real time text or email alerts from your home security systems can help ease your mind while you’re away.
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Unfortunately, burglaries happen more often than we would like to think. You may think your home is safe and well protected, but when there’s a will, there’s a way. With the proper deterrents, you could keep your home and your loved ones safe. Review your home security and take heed of these security tips.
You’ve seen it in the movies and on television many times – a swift kick to the door and it swings right open. The weakest point of your door is where the deadbolt lock inserts into the doorjamb. If your locks are poorly reinforced, a forceful kick is all it takes to get into your home.
To properly reinforce your door, be sure that the screws holding the strike plate in place are at least 3 inches long. The longer the screws are, the better resistance from blunt forces.
Another way to protect your door is to invest in a doorjamb and strike plate reinforcement kits. These affordable kits provide steel guards and steel strike plates for more protection.
Are you prone to losing, misplacing, or forgetting your keys? Smart locks might be the answer for you. Smart locks allow you to lock and unlock your doors with either a keypad, finger scan, or your mobile device rather than with physical keys. These smart locks can be costly, but they offer convenience and can replace your current locks with minimal effort.
Loud Peel-And-Stick Alarms
If you’re looking for a cost-effective alternative to a complete alarm system, you might want to consider loud door and window alarms. While they do not automatically alert authorities, they will produce a deafening sound to alert you or anyone nearby and scare intruders away.
Did you ever add extra protection to your patio door by using a bat or a piece of wood to block the sliding track? Well, there’s an easier way to do that now. Patio door locks act like vertical deadbolts for your sliding doors. Some can even be activated by foot so you don’t have to reach down to manually lock and unlock your door.
Secure Your Perimeter
Keep the perimeter of your property neat and trimmed so that burglars can’t hideout behind trees or bushes. Bright lights can also help to prevent burglars from sneaking around. Place motion sensor lights around your property, focusing on poorly lit areas and points of entry. They will turn on when motion is detected, informing you that there is someone outside and will likely startle any potential intruders.
Mail theft may be the furthest thing from your mind, but the consequences can be quite severe. Because mailboxes are usually easily accessible, thieves can get a hold of your personal information and possibly steal your identity. Security mailboxes are much like traditional mailboxes, but they are usually made of heavy duty steel and require a key to open and access its contents.
Hide Your Safe
Storing valuables in a safe is smart, but it is also what burglars will look for. Be sure that your safe is always locked and not easily visible. It is also wise to bolt it to the floor in an inconspicuous area. You may even want to cover it with furniture to make it even harder to find.
Keep an eye on the inside of your home with indoor security cameras. You can go for a simple and inexpensive webcam, or opt for a more advanced security camera with features like night vision or high resolution.
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Security camera systems, whether installed at home or in public places, are growing in popularity. There are numerous surveillance solutions available, most of which boast convenience and affordability. An attractive trend is wireless security cameras because they are relatively easier to install and maintain. However, just because you can do it yourself, doesn’t necessarily mean you should. Before installing your wireless security cameras, take a look at these common mistakes so you can avoid them.
Number Of Cameras
You may think that investing in a single PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) camera will save you money because it has capabilities to expand your viewing range. Unfortunately, this camera may not get all the angles, and zooming in and out may not always produce the best picture. Instead, purchase enough security cameras to cover the different areas you wish to monitor around your property.
Aside from installing enough cameras, positioning plays an important role in adequate surveillance. Things to consider are lighting conditions and possible obstructions. You don’t want your video footage to be washed out from too much light during the day, nor do you want any branches or bushes blocking your view.
You should also be mindful of placing your cameras where there is reliable Wi-Fi signal. Without it, your live feed could be choppy and may not be connected at all times. If the Wi-Fi signal is poor in an area where you need a security camera, there are Wi-Fi extenders that you can purchase, or some security cameras have these technologies already built-in.
Because these cameras do not need to be physically connected to a router or Ethernet port, they are considered wireless. However, the power source is a different story. While most wireless security cameras are powered by batteries, others need to be plugged in. If that is the case with your cameras, be sure that power outlets are close by and accessible.
Since your wireless cameras will be connected to your network, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Your network should have a secure encryption configuration and a strong password to access it. Aside from that, your cameras should have specific passwords that are necessary to input during set up and installation. Most cameras come with default usernames and/or passwords, but it is pertinent that these be changed immediately to prevent hacking or unauthorized access. Passwords should be complex, but relatively easy for you to remember.
If you are looking to remotely access your surveillance feed, you will want to make sure that your wireless security cameras provide that option. More specifically, determine how you want to access your feed (ex. via web browser), and double check your cameras specifications to find out whether this is possible or not. Also, you will want to check the compatibility with your devices (ex. supports iOS, Android, or both).
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As you’ve probably noticed, biometric technology is slowly but surely making its way into our lives. More commonly used for authentication purposes, biometrics measure and analyze a variety of body characteristics. From automatic face-tagging on social media to thumbprint passwords on our smart devices, it’s likely that these technologies will continue to advance and afford us new and exciting experiences.
Of these biometric technologies, facial recognition seems to be the most promising. Facial recognition has come a long way and, in conjunction with information we already possess, will continue to refine its capabilities. Google has algorithms that can already match a child photo to the adult photo, while Facebook’s algorithms can recognize a person by hair style and body shape, sometimes without the presence of a face. The archives of driver’s license photos not only provide a focused, face forward picture with adequate lighting, but also identification information such as name and date of birth. The combination of these photos, plus photos from social media, which provide different angles and light conditions, allow for facial recognition technology to improve.
The proliferation of facial recognition technologies is fascinating, but you may wonder what exactly it may be used for. For business analytics, facial recognition can be a great asset. With customer information and behavior at the business’ fingertips, you, as the consumer, may get a more personalized experience. For example, based on your shopping history, they can determine which items you may prefer over others. And while ads can be bothersome, they are less so when they actually pertain to a product or service you are interested in.
Aside from retail, facial recognition can increase safety and security in public places such as amusement parks, sporting events, music festivals, or even in churches. Facial recognition allows authorities to identify and monitor attendees to these events and places. The goal is to spot any suspicious behaviors or possible threats before anything can happen.
As with any type of surveillance, privacy issues will arise. And as these technologies become more prevalent, regulations will need to be put into place. Those who may oppose this type of surveillance may solely be concerned with data collection, however, analysis of this data can afford us a great deal of information. Dangers will exist whether there is surveillance or not, but facial recognition and biometric technologies could give us the upper hand in capturing criminals or preventing crimes all together.
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