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Avoid These Home Security Blunders

We all like to think that we implement smart and effective home security measures, but unfortunately, there are vulnerabilities that we often overlook. It may be time to reevaluate your home security and beware of these common home security mistakes.

  • Overestimating Door Frame Strength
    There’s more to door security than a high quality deadbolt lock. When someone kicks down a door, it’s usually the door frame that gives way. Easily reinforce your door frame by using long (3-4 inch screws) to hold the strike plates in place instead of short screws. This is a quick, easy, and cost-effective security measure that can greatly improve your home security.
  • “Hiding” A Spare Key
    It’s the oldest trick in the book that even casual burglars are privy to. If losing your keys or getting locked out is more common for you than normal, try leaving a spare key with a trusted neighbor or friend close by. Or you can invest in a biometric (fingerprint) or digital keycode lock for your exterior doors.
  • Not Securing Garages & Sheds
    Do you lock your garage or shed? If you answered no, you are not alone. Garages and sheds house many valuable things that are often targeted by thieves, so it would be wise to invest in locks to secure these areas.
  • Neglecting Second Floor Security
    You may not bother securing your second floor, but remember, if there’s a will there’s a way. Burglars have used deck railing to reach a second story window, or some have even used the ladder stored in that unlocked shed to gain access. Remember to lock those windows and lock up your ladder.
  • Leaving Home Security Systems Unarmed
    So you’ve gone so far as to install a home security system, but what’s the use if you continually forget to set it? Make arming your system a habit at night and when you’re away. And remember, change the default code that came with the system and create hard-to-guess security codes.

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Back To School Safety

As summer vacation draws to a close, back to school season is here again. If your children have started school, or will start school shortly, be sure to review and apply these school safety guidelines from the National Safety Council.

Transportation Safety
Proper safety precautions are crucial for the trip to and from school. You want to ensure that your kids arrive at school and return home in one piece.

• Walkers
Review family’s walking safety rules and practice walking to school with your child.

• Walk on the sidewalk, if one is available. When walking on a street with no sidewalk, walk facing the traffic.
• Before you cross the street, stop and look left, right, and left again to see if cars are coming. Proceed if the roadway is clear.
• Make eye contact with drivers before crossing and always cross streets at crosswalks or intersections.
• Stay alert and avoid distracted walking.

• Bike Riders
Teach your child the rules of the road and practice riding the bike route to school with your child.

• Ride bikes on the right side of the road, with traffic, and in a single file.
• Come to a complete stop before crossing the street and, when clear, walk bikes across the street.
• Stay alert and avoid distracted riding.
• Make sure your child always wears a properly fitted helmet and bright clothing.

• Bus Riders
Teach your children school bus safety rules and practice with them.

• Go to the bus stop with your child to teach them the proper way to get on and off the bus.
• Teach your children to stand 6 feet (or three giant steps) away from the curb.
• If your child must cross the street in front of the bus, teach him or her to walk on the side of the road until they are 10 feet ahead of the bus. Your child and the bus driver should always be able to see each other.

• Driving Your Child To School
Stay alert and avoid distracted driving.

• Obey school zone speed limits and follow your school’s drop-off procedure.
• Make eye contact with children who are crossing the street.
• Never pass a bus loading or unloading children.
• The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children – stop far enough back to allow them to safely enter and exit the bus.

• Teen Drivers
Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens. Fortunately, there are ways to decrease this risk.

• Crashes can be attributed to teens’ inexperience. Practice with new drivers every week, before and after they get their license.
• Set a good example by driving the way you want your teen to drive.
• Set up an agreement between you and your teen driver that helps define rules and expectations of both parties. As time goes on, responsibilities and restrictions can be adjusted accordingly. This is sometimes referred to as a Parent-Teen Agreement or New Driver Deal.

School Safety
Many School-related injuries are completely preventable. Here are some ways to ensure your child’s safety at school.

• Backpacks
Your child’s backpack should have ergonomically designed features to enhance safety and comfort.

• Ask your children to use both straps when wearing their backpack to even distribute the weight on their shoulders.
• Don’t overstuff a backpack – Backpacks should weigh no more than 5% to 10% of your child’s body weight.
• Rolling backpacks should be used cautiously since they can create a trip hazard in crossed school hallways.

Playgrounds & Sports

• To reduce strangulation hazards on playgrounds, keep necklaces and jackets with drawstrings at home.
• A few bumps and bruises can be expected when your child plays sports, but head injuries should never be ignored.

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Summer Travel & Cyber Security

Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, cyber security is important and essential. You should always do your best to safeguard your personal data, but business travelers should take extra precaution as both personal and business data may be at risk. Before you leave, be sure to review and apply these smart cyber security tips.

Lock Devices
Most devices (smartphones, laptops, tablets) have a security setting that enables you to lock your device using a PIN number or fingerprint ID. You should enable this on every device. In addition, you should change the PIN numbers you regularly use. Should your devices be temporarily misplaced or forgotten, this will be the first line of defense against a security breach.

Be Cautious Of Public Wi-Fi
If you are traveling abroad, the laws and regulations that govern cyber security are typically not the same as those in the United States. Although free Wi-Fi access can be very appealing, it can be particularly vulnerable to security issues.

Avoid any unencrypted Wi-Fi networks – ask the hotel about its security protocol before connecting. Be extra cautious using Internet cafes and free Wi-Fi hotspots. If you must use them, avoid accessing personal accounts or sensitive data while connected to that network.

Disable Auto-Connect
If your phone has a setting which allows your device to automatically connect to Wi-Fi networks as you pass through them, turn it off before you leave. It can be convenient when you are at home, but it is not something you should allow while traveling.

Disable Bluetooth Connectivity
Along with your Wi-Fi connectivity, you should also disable Bluetooth connectivity. Bluetooth signals can come from anywhere, and if left on, nearby assailants can connect to your phone and potentially hack into your device.

Minimize Location Sharing
When traveling, it may be tempting to share your experiences in real time on social networks. The problem with this is that it creates a security threat at home. Knowing where you are helps criminals determine that you’re not in your hotel room or at home, leaving these areas vulnerable to physical intrusion. Limit what you post online or save it until after you have returned home to minimize potential threats.

Install Anti-Virus Protection
One of the easiest and most effective ways to keep personal and company information secure while traveling is to utilize anti-virus protection. Choose a trusted brand of security and be sure to regularly update this software as new versions become available.

Update Operating Systems
Much like anti-virus software, your operating system should be kept up-to-date. This also applies to apps on your phone, especially those which you use regularly to conduct financial or personal business.

Update Passwords
Password management is ever important, so if you are going to travel, be sure to change all of the passwords you regularly use. If you must create a PIN for a safe or security box in a hotel room, make sure it’s unique and not something you commonly use. Don’t skimp on password creation either. Take the time to create something that will keep a criminal out of your personal property. Once you return home, you can changes all the passwords back.

In addition to these tips, you should also review the laws and regulations governing cyber security in each country you plan to visit. Be aware of your surroundings, networks, and devices to reduce the risk of cyber threats. Share your own cyber security tips with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

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Security Tips For Your Home

Summer is here and many of us are planning and going on vacations, leaving homes unoccupied and prime targets for burglars. Don’t be a victim – be sure your home is protected whether you are work or away on a trip. Here are a few simple ways to keep your home safe this summer and year-round.

  • Lock Doors & Windows
    It should be a habit by know, but sometimes we may forget. Before leaving your home or going to bed, be sure to lock the doors and windows of your home. Some smart home devices may even allow you to lock your doors remotely in case you forget, or if an authorized guest needs to access your home while you’re away.
  • Use A Home Security System
    A home security system is a great defense against burglaries. The mere presence may make burglars think twice about targeting your home. These days, there are various systems available to suit different homes and budgets. If you need assistance choosing the right system for you, give us a call 888-203-6294.
  • Check The Locks
    Much like every other area of your home, locks need maintenance, too. For the best security, install deadbolt locks on outside doors, and use the appropriate locks on sliding doors. Don’t forget to secure any pet doors before leaving as well.
  • Always Occupied
    Your house should always appear occupied, whether you’re home or not. If you are away, use a timer to turn lights on and off to make it appear that someone is home.
  • Reduce Shrubbery
    Don’t make it easier for burglars to hide on your property. Keep your shrubs and trees trim, especially those near upper levels and windows.
  • Secure Your Garage
    Secure your garage like you do with your home. With the exception of detached garages, the garage has an entrance into your home and is a common target for burglars because it is often overlooked. The door leading to your garage should have a lock (a deadbolt for added security) and it is wise to park inside to make it hard to tell whether you’re home or not.
  • Lights
    Use exterior lights to illuminate your perimeter. Motion sensing lights can be helpful for dark areas of your lawn, too.
  • Mail
    If you’re going n vacation, stop your mail delivery or have someone pick it up. Built up mail is a tell tale sign that no one is home.
  • Outdoor Wires
    Telephone lines and electrical wires should not be easily accessible. If these are exposed and easy to get to, intruders will attempt to disarm systems by cutting the wires.
  • Change The Locks
    If you lose your keys, move to a new home, or have someone move out of your home, change the locks on the doors.

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Summer Water Safety

Water safety is especially important in the summertime, when beach and pool days and lake trips are abundant. Keep children and loved ones safe by heeding these essential water safety tips.

General Tips

  • Look for U.S. Coast Guard approved labels.
    Lifejackets should have labels that read “US Coast Guard Approved” or “USCG approved,” otherwise you can assume they are not safe. As your child grows, their lifejacket should meet their new weight, and should be replaced when rips, tears, or fraying straps are present. And remember, any items filled with air (arm floaties, rafts) are not considered life saving devices.
  • Assign adult, non-distracted Water Watchers.
    At least one adult, non-distracted Water Watcher should be monitoring children in and around water at all times with no distractions (conversations, cell phone, reading, etc.). The Water Watcher should always be within reach and is usually safest in the pool with the children. For social gatherings, 10-15 minute Water Watcher shifts are recommended. And remember, if a child goes missing, always check the pool/water first.
  • Take family CPR lessons.
    Learning CPR can make a difference while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive.
  • Schedule water safety & swim lessons.
    Drownings and near-drownings are much more likely to occur with children that don’t know how to swim or are being supervised by adults that don’t know how to swim. While there are still risks with children who know how to swim, knowing how to and practicing proper water safety can significantly reduce the risks.

Open Water

  • Have a safety plan in place.
    Whether you’re at the lake or the beach, you should implement a safety plan before anyone gets anywhere near the water. The “Toe In/Vest On” policy is recommended, which basically means that if a toe is in the water, a life jacket must be on.
  • Know the water conditions.
    Conditions in lakes and oceans can vary on a daily basis. From clear to murky and calm to rough waters, it’s important to know the conditions before getting in.

Pools

  • Install four-sided fences with self-latching gates.
    Implementing this safety mechanism could prevent 50-90% of childhood drowning and near-drowning accidents. The fence should at least be 4 feet (ideally 5 feet) high with a self-closing gate that only opens out. In addition, pool gates should have child proof locks and remain locked when the pool is not in use. If you have pool and/or spa covers, they should be strong enough to support the weight of multiple children. Any doggie doors that have direct access to the pool area should be rerouted as well.
  • Create and follow all pool rules.
    Your guest should understand your expectations about watching children in the water and abide by your pool rules. You may even consider creating a Water Watcher schedule so that non-distracted adult Water Watchers can work in 10-15 minute shifts.
  • Use pool/door/child alarms.
    Doors and windows that open directly to the pool area should be equipped with alarms. These alarms can alert you when children may be going outside to the pool. Furthermore, pool surface alarms can alert you when anyone or anything falls into the pool. For added security, you can even put an alarm on your child that is activated when they are submersed.
  • Update pool drains and cleaning systems.
    Pool drains and other cleaning equipment have powerful suction that could create a dangerous situation and should be avoided. Because swimsuit straps, hair, and other items can easily get caught, safety drain covers should be used as a prevention method.

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The Advantages & Disadvantages Of Nanny Cams

Nanny cams can give parents peace of mind when they’re away from home. They can be hidden or installed in plain sight to monitor the nanny and children’s activities and behaviors. While some see as it as helpful, others may see it as an invasion of privacy or an uncomfortable situation.

Of course, there are rules and regulations in place to combat these issues. Recording a video of anything that happens in your home is legal, however, you must have a legitimate reason for doing it. Monitoring your baby or caregiver falls into that category, but regardless of whether the surveillance camera is hidden or not, they must be located in public areas of the house such as the kitchen or living room. Video recording in areas where there is an expectation of privacy (such as the bathroom or your bedroom) is not permitted.

When it comes to audio recording, you must inform and get the consent of the person being recorded. Because of this, often times nanny cams do not record audio. If you do record a video with audio that has evidence of abuse, the footage would be inadmissible in court and you could be liable for breaking privacy laws.

With that said, if used appropriately and within legal limitations, nanny cams can be a useful tool for parents. If you are considering installing a nanny cam, here are some of the pros and cons.

Pros

  • Peace Of Mind
    Especially with new parents, it can be hard leaving your children in someone else’s care. With a nanny cam, you can ease your worries by checking in on your children to see that they are safe.
  • Nanny Behavior
    If your children are young, they may not be able to tell you what is happening while you’re away. You can’t always rely on feedback from friends and neighbors who may see your children and nanny together at the park or school. The nanny cam allows you to monitor behavior and address any issues accordingly.
  • Connection
    For parents who feel guilty for going back to work and missing quality time with their children, nanny cams can enable them to feel more of a connection as they can periodically check in and see what their kids are up to.

Cons

  • Trust
    Aside from privacy issues, the person being recorded may feel violated or offended if they find a hidden camera. To combat this issue, it’s best if you are upfront and honest about your plans to install a nanny cam. Most nannies are comfortable working in the presence of a nanny cam.
  • Misuse
    Your nanny cam should be used to deter or prevent potential neglect or abuse, not used to capture it. Communicate your expectations and take action if you feel something isn’t right.
  • Legalities
    As mentioned, you must abide by the law. Look into your state’s laws regarding privacy and recording and be sure that your nanny cams and surveillance system are in compliance.

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Shopping For Dash Cams

Security cameras are not only reserved for residential or commercial properties. Aside from protecting your home or business, you can also keep an eye on your car and driving habits.

Dash cams are small security cameras that are installed on your dashboard. Depending on the type, you can monitor the road ahead, inside your car, or both. While these surveillance devices are not mandatory, their use in your own car can be rather beneficial. Some insurance companies offer discounts, you can gather useful video footage in the event of a car accident (whether involved or as a witness), and it can simply give you peace of mind.

If you’re looking to purchase a dash cam for your vehicle, here are a few things to look for:

  • Looping Feature
    The looping feature on a dash cam will enable it to automatically record over old video you no longer need. This will help save space while eliminating the need for you to delete the footage manually.
  • G-Force Sensors
    Dash cams with g-force sensors can detect when you’ve been in an accident. This technology will enable the dash cam to record and save the footage recorded at the time instead of looping over it.
  • Overnight Recording
    We may drive at all hours, so a dash cam that can record during nighttime reliably is crucial. Just because a dash cam has infrared or night vision does not necessarily mean that overnight footage is the best quality. Do research, read reviews, and look into the cameras performance in different environments.
  • Image Quality
    With that said, you also want to ensure that your dash cam records in at least 1080p. For a better, wider view, opt for a dash cam that records in 2560×1080. Be sure to evaluate your needs and ensure that the field of view is sufficient for your standards.
  • Additional Features
    You may want to invest in dash cams that have lane departure sensors to help keep you focused on the road, or motion sensors that can sense and record break-ins or vandalism. You may also want to invest in battery backups to ensure your camera doesn’t run out of power.

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Stay Safe When Traveling

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and thus, the unofficial start of the summer. Many people like to go on fun summer trips and vacations to relax and unwind from the daily stresses of life. Unfortunately, thieves know summertime is prime vacation time, meaning unoccupied homes ripe for invasion. However, if you prepare and enlist the proper security measures, you can put your mind at ease. Here are some things you should do to ensure your property (and you) are safe and secure.

Before You Leave
Preparations should begin before you even leave for your trip.

  • Inform a trusted neighbor about your travel plans and ask them to keep an eye on your property. Or enlist a loved one to check in on your home periodically while you’re away. Any suspicious activity should be reported to the police.
  • Lock all of your windows and doors, including doors leading to the garage and second story windows.
  • Halt mail and newspaper delivery while you’re away. A tell-tale sign that nobody is home is a stack of mail and newspapers, along with garbage cans left at the curb. You can contact your newspaper carrier and the post office to temporarily hold your mail, and ask a trusted neighbor to bring your garbage bins in.
  • Put your yard tools away. A ladder, rakes, and even patio furniture can all be used to gain entry to your home.

At The Airport
Airports are often busy and filled with people rushing to get around. You must keep a close eye on your luggage at all times, even once you board the plane.

  • If you’re traveling alone, try to befriend someone in line. This could be someone who could assist you in keeping an eye on your luggage at the counter or going through security.
  • If you are traveling with your laptop, put it on the x-ray belt last. That way, it will come out after your carryon luggage and hopefully around the time you are cleared (you don’t want your laptop out in the open unattended for too long).
  • Once you board, you can either put your luggage under the seat in front of you, or in the overhead bin across the aisle from you. Both of these places are within your view so you can make sure that nobody is opening your luggage.

While On Vacation
Once you’ve arrived at your destination safely, don’t put your guards down just yet.

  • Refrain from sharing too much information on social media. Even if you have the strictest security settings on your social networks, hold off on posting photos and “checking in” just in case.
  • Share your itinerary with friends and family at home. In case something happens, this information can come in handy. Let them know your plans as well as departure and arrival routes and times.
  • Keep cash and credit cards in separate places. Never carry your credit cards, cash, and passport at the same time – keeping these things apart may help you in case of pickpocketers. Keep some cash in your wallet and stash the rest in a pocket or money pouch. Utilize the safe in your hotel room (if available) and leave the majority of your cash there – only bring what you need for the day.
  • Make copies of your passport before you leave. Leave one copy with a trusted friend or family member at home and take the other copy with you. When you’re out and about on vacation, take the copy with you and leave the original in a hotel safe until you travel again.

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Secure Your Home

When was the last time you evaluated your home security? With summer, and likely a vacation or two, around the corner, now is a great to time reassess your home security measures and upgrade or improve them as needed.

Doors
A surprising amount of burglars enter homes through the front door, so be sure that all of your doors (especially the front door) are strong and secure. Inspect the door frame, ensure the hinges are protected, and if your door has a mail slot, make sure someone can’t reach through and unlock the door.

To further safeguard your doors and entryways, you can install a deadbolt and/or add a strike plate. You can even upgrade to smart locks or install a doorbell camera. And if you have any sliding glass doors, remember to reinforce them by using a window bar or dowel in the track. Or you can invest in a door sensor or glass break sensor, which will alert you if the door is opened or tampered with.

Windows
Another common entry point for burglars is windows. And unfortunately, window latches and locks can be flimsy and rather ineffective. To better secure your windows, install improved locks or key-operated levers, or implement window bars. You can even reinforce the glass with window security film and install window or glass break sensors. In addition, you can plant prickly bushes under first-floor windows, but be sure to keep them trimmed.

Lighting & Landscape
Intruders want to be as inconspicuous as possible, so why not shine a light on them? Outdoor lighting can help to keep burglars at bay. Light up your yard (front and back) and pathways and place lights near the garage or other outdoor structures. Motion-activated lighting, solar-powered lights and timers can be helpful as well.

While the lights help to prevent burglars from hiding in the darkness, maintaining your landscape plays an important role, too. Be sure that trees and shrubs are trimmed down to eliminate any hiding spots. If there are trees near windows, remove them or add extra security to those windows. And remember to put away stools, ladders, and other tools and lock your gates and sheds.

Garage
An attached garage offers another way to access your house. But even if it is detached, burglars know there’s likely good stuff stored in there. You should always lock all doors to the garage, both interior and exterior. Consider keeping your garage door opener in the house. That way, a burglar can’t steal it from your car. You may even consider upgrading to a smart garage door opener, which alerts you when the door is opened or closed and enables you to control it remotely.

Wi-Fi Network
Securing your home wireless network is also an important part of your overall home security. To keep hackers off your home network, be sure to secure your wireless router and enable WPA (Wi-Fi protected Access) or WPA2 encryption. You should also rename and hide your network, use a firewall, install antivirus and anti-malware protection, and always create strong passwords and change them periodically.

Security System
These days, you can find a home security system that suits your needs and budget. Depending on your unique situation, you may consider DIY versus professional installation, along with the upfront and monthly costs, and the different features offered.

If they are not part of your security system, you may want to install security cameras outdoors, indoors, or both. Some features to look for include remote access, motion detection, night vision, and Wi-Fi capability. If you need assistance, you can visit SecurityCamExpert.com or call us at 888-203-6294.

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Security Camera: What NOT To Do

When it comes to security cameras, there are many mistakes that can compromise the effectiveness of your surveillance system. Don’t make these mistakes when installing your security cameras.

  • Don’t use indoor security cameras outdoors.

Sounds like common sense, right? Indoor security cameras are tailored to indoor conditions, so using them outside would produce poor quality videos and images. And the same goes for outdoor cameras being used indoors – just don’t do it.

  • Don’t mount security cameras in or near direct sunlight.

Direct sunlight can damage your camera overtime, decreasing its overall lifespan. In addition, it can wash out images, deeming your footage useless. Consider investing in outdoor housing that can protect your cameras and adjusting the angle of your camera so that the sunlight does not interfere with your images.

  • Don’t place your camera in an area where it will be completely exposed to the weather.

You want to be wary of weather conditions when installing outdoor cameras. Be sure to check the IP ratings of the cameras and any additional housing you may invest in. And, if possible, install your outdoor cameras under the eaves for added protection.

  • Don’t install surveillance cameras in areas that are not well lit at night.

That is, unless you have a night vision camera. Cameras without night vision or a comparable feature will not produce any usable images in the dark.

  • Don’t install cameras without informing employees, neighbors, the public, or loved ones.

When recording, you must inform others that they are under surveillance. The easiest way is to install a well-designed sign in a high traffic area so that it is seen by everyone. Be sure to check with local laws and ensure you are in compliance with all laws before implementing your surveillance system.

  • Don’t use substandard or weak mounting equipment.

If your mounting equipment is not as sturdy, you decrease performance and safety and leave your equipment vulnerable to tampering or theft. Also, it should go without saying, but please do NOT attach your cameras to the gutter.

  • Don’t place cameras where there may be obstructions.

Again, this may sound like common sense but it must be said. While it may seem like there are no obstructions when you first install your cameras, sometimes natural elements can change that. For example, on a particularly windy day, a branch from a nearby tree may block your camera’s view. Be sure to consider all potential obstructions before settling on a location.

  • Don’t leave wires exposed.

By doing so, you may invite others to hack, damage, or disable your camera system. In addition, exposed wires can pose a safety hazards for young children and adults.

  • Don’t place your camera where it will be easily accessible or within reach.

Again, this makes it easier for intruders to hack, disable, or even steal your cameras. It helps to install your cameras high and out of reach, not only to prevent theft or vandalism, but to also get a better view of the area.

  • Don’t merely place your camera viewing your front door.

Of course the front door is an important place to monitor, but really, you should be watching all potential points of entry (ex. sliding doors, basement doors, windows).

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