Halloween Safety Tips - Keep Your Children Safe Today!

October 30, 2009 by admin  
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Times have dramatically changed since my kids were little.  We have child predators, child molesters, and just flat out crazy people who steal kids in a split second.  In the past Halloween safety was about making sure your kids didn’t get razor blades inside their candy.  Now when we stress child safety it’s about parents praying they don’t lost their kids through some type of abduction or worse while they are out “trick or treating.”

Here are the 2009 Halloween Safety Tips that we all know but it never hurts to reiterate and remind ourselves again about Child Safety.

2009 Halloween Safety Tips

1. Be sure older children TAKE FRIENDS and younger children are accompanied by a TRUSTED ADULT when “Trick or Treating.”

2. Accompany younger children to the door of every home they approach and make sure parents and guardians are familiar with every home and all people from which the children receive treats.

3. Teach children to NEVER enter a home without prior permission from their parents or guardian.

4. Teach children to NEVER approach a vehicle, occupied or not, unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

5. Make sure all children wear reflective clothing and carry a glow stick when out at dusk and at night.

6. Make sure children are able to see and breathe properly and easily when using facial masks. All costumes and masks should be clearly marked as flame resistant.

7. Teach children to NEVER approach a home that is not well lit both inside and outside.

8. Teach children to stay alert for any suspicious incidents and report them to their parents, guardians, and/or the proper authority.

9. Teach children if anyone tries to grab them to make a scene; loudly yell this person is not my father/mother/guardian

10. Consider organizing or attending parties at home, in schools, or in community centers as a good alternative to “Trick or Treating.”

11. Take a flashlight with fresh batteries to help guide you and your child’s way even if there are street lights in your neighborhood. Again, reflective tape added to your child’s costume or shoes is good idea.

12. Tell your children not to eat any of their treats until they come home so parents can inspect each and every piece.

13. Walk don’t run. Walking is safer and by not running children will be able to observe traffic more easily and each other.

14. Children should stay on sidewalks whenever possible. Avoid walking through yards and driveways.

15. Provide your child with emergency identification - like a bracelet or necklace. Place your child’s name, telephone number and address somewhere on their costume, closing or a piece of paper in their pocket.

* Partial list from Oregon State Police Missing Children Clearinghouse and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Have a fun time with your children and a Safe Halloween!!

Have a fun time with your children and a Safe Halloween!!

Remember, Stay Aware…Stay Alert…Stay Alive!!

Target Harden Your Home

October 29, 2009 by admin  
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home-pic-for-website-8-6-08rStrengthen The Perimeter Of Your Home With A Quality Security System And Common-Sense Products From Local Hardware Stores

Here is a list of simple but effective products that can be used to upgrade and give your home a stronger more impenetrable level of protection. These products will work exceptionally well with your home security system and make your home a less vulnerable target of a home invasion or home burglary.

 

These products can be purchased from your local Lowes, Home Depot, or Menard’s hardware store, and are excellent common-sense products that  help build layers of protection to an existing security system or one that you are planning to have installed.

1.   Solid core wood or metal doors for main entry and perimeter doors.  Reinforce frames around doors that are older or weaker.

2.   Upgraded solid, multi-strong locks for both doors and windows.  Deadbolts should have a minimum of 2-3″ bolt with reinforced strike plates. The Ultimate Lock is an exceptional lock for main entry doors. This lock can also be used on a designated Safe Room door and glass slider doors as well.  Make sure you have strong upgraded locks.

3.   Secure existing windows with new locks and/or replace with upgraded windows. To strengthen single pane glass windows install security film to given an impenetrable shield. If this is not available at the hardware store, ShatterGARD security window film is an exceptional product.

4.   One-way wide angle viewing peephole for front door if you have no sidelights next to door.  Before opening your door you need to KNOW who is there first! Otherwise DON’T OPEN THE DOOR!

5.   Intercom System - install a unit at the front door to talk with whoever is knocking. Gives better communication without having to open the front door. If budget permits, install a video intercom system so you can actually see who is at the front door.

6.   Automatic outdoor lighting system with lights that come on at a pre-set time.  Install motion detector lights in the front, back, and garage side of the house. For best results install lights on all 4-sides of the house.  Also consider having outside lights connected to one or more lamps/lights inside the home that will come on at the same time. This gives the appearance that someone is home. Most burglars don’t want to confront homeowners!

7.   Outdoor surveillance camera at front and garage area and/or interior webcam.  These cameras can send an alert to your cell phone and computer with video viewing.  Great technology!

8.   Make sure your home phone system has a wireless unit that you can carry with you.  Also keep a cell phone handy in case your phone lines are cut.

9.  Dowell rods can be placed inside windows that slide up/down or sideways as well as slider doors making it difficult to open without breaking. These rods come in various diameters and offer excellent strength to windows and slider doors at a reasonable cost.

10. Adding a quality storm door to the front entry can add an extra layer of protection and strength.  This will make it even harder for a home invasion attack on your front door.  You could also do the same to the garage entry door. 

Your first line of defense is having a good quality security system.   Make sure you place a security yard sign in both the front and back of your home as well as putting window decals on all vulnerable windows.   Intruders can see the signs and stickers from the street and will typically move to an easier home (one that doesn’t have a security system).

Intruders also know that people who have made the effort to protect their home with a security system are usually more security conscious and have hardened other areas of the home as well. 

Your goal should be to build layers of protection making your home’s  perimeter stronger and hardened enough to withstand an attack by a home intruder.  When you slow down the home intruder’s progress and make him work hard to get through, he will likely give up and move to an easier home to attack!  (One with NO security system).

Starting today take action and protect your home and family! 

Get a copy of the FREE REPORT-“HOME INVASION   PREVENTION” @ www.homeinvasionfreereport.com

Top 25 Most Dangerous Cities In The United States

October 29, 2009 by admin  
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Is your city one of the top 25 most dangerous cities in the United States?  Crime is increasing in almost every city throughout the country but in some areas it is infecting the entire fiber of the community.

You see unemployment dramatically increasing, people are losing their jobs every day, drugs are on the rise, and people are turning to the easiest way to make a buck - through violent home invasion robberies, home burglaries, personal assault robberies, and business burglaries. 

Having been a security consultant for a large alarm company for twenty years I saw crime on a daily basis.  Never have I seen crime exploding as it is today!  People need to be more proactive and take responsibility for setting up their home security protection.  By target hardening your home - both the perimeter and interior - you can make your home a less likely target of a violent home invasion or home burglary crime. 

As we approach the holiday season this has always been a time for giving and a time for “increased crime.”  We don’t need an increase in crime!  My recommendation is to start today by implementing optimum protection strategies -building layers of protection - for your home.  Refuse to become a victim of a senseless and violent home burglary - home invasion robbery crime.

Click this link and review the steps you can take to provide a solid and secure home for you and your family.

Here is the list of the Top 25 most dangerous cities in the United States.  Is your city one of them?

  1. St. Louis, Missouri
  2. Detroit, Michigan
  3. Flint, Michigan
  4. Compton, California
  5. Camden, New Jersey
  6. Birmingham, Alabama
  7. Cleveland, Ohio
  8. Oakland, California
  9. Youngstown, Ohio
  10. Gary, Indiana
  11. Richmond, California
  12. Baltimore, Maryland
  13. Memphis, Tennessee
  14. Trenton, New Jersey
  15. Richmond, Virginia
  16. Kansas City, Missouri
  17. Atlanta, Georgia
  18. Cincinnati, Ohio
  19. Washington, DC
  20. North Charleston, South Carolina
  21. Reading, Pennsylvania
  22. Newark, New Jersey
  23. Little Rock, Arkansas
  24. San Bernardino, California
  25. Orlando, Florida

*List Courtesy Of www.worst-city.com

If you haven’t already done so, take action and start your home protection today!! 

Get a copy of the FREE REPORT-“HOME INVASION   PREVENTION @ www.homeinvasionfreereport.com

 

 

 

 

FrontPoint Security, 10/23/09

October 23, 2009 by admin  
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On Friday, 10-23-09, Lets Talk Home Security radio host Cheryl Watterson interviewed Peter Rogers, Founder and Chief Operating Officer of FrontPoint Security.

FrontPoint Security is the leading nationwide provider of wireless, interactive DIY alarm systems.  FrontPoint combines next generation alarm technology, unrivaled simplicity, and an amazing commitment to service to create a truly unique customer experience.

When you listen to the audio interview, you’ll learn about the home security products and some interesting features that FrontPoint’s 24/7 monitoring services offer.  In particular-the cellular backup system that is built right into the control panel - adding a tremendous benefit of phone line integrity; the interactive  monitoring which alerts the homeowner via cell phone when certain functions that are pre-programmed happen in your home; and video - web cameras that can be setup to monitor activity in and around your home.

Again, I would like to thank Peter Rogers of FrontPoint Security for taking the time to let our audience learn about his company and the security products they offer.

To learn more about FrontPoint Security and how you can purchase their security system for your home, go to www.frontpointsecurity.com.

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 21, 2009 by admin  
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  This is the time we get  the greatest amount of information and resources about breast cancer and what we need to do to catch this disease early before it has an opportunity   to destroy a person’s chance for a long and healthy life.  This goes for both men and women.

If you have a mother, sister, wife, cousin, friend or even yourself - if you are a man - schedule a mammogram if you have never had one, schedule if you have not had one in 2009, or if you fall within the high risk for breast cancer category.  Also remember to do your monthly “at home” breast exams.  The experts say this is where most breast cancer lumps are caught in the early stages.

Here is a short video from the Komen For The Cure Group.  Breast cancer is something many women don’t want to think about or are partly afraid of - but it is something that if caught early may save your life! 

Here at Lets Talk Home Security we’re all about being proactive and want to remind all women and men of the imporance of this testing.    Again, if you haven’t had your 2009 mammogram - schedule an exam now.  Remind those women in your life whom you love that if they haven’t had their 2009 mammogram to please schedule it today!!

Video Courtesy Of Komen For The Cure

Website Resources:

http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/

http://ww5.komen.org/

http://www.nbcam.org/

Violent Home Invasions, Kidnappings, & Killers Dressed Like Cops

October 13, 2009 by admin  
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Doesn’t that title sound like something out of a Dirty Harry movie?  This type of crime has actually been happening in beautiful Phoenix, Arizona over the past year or so.  (See what Harry thinks of those who impersonate a police officer).

The landscape in Phoenix, Arizona is starting to be about as dangerous as ”Pakistan.”  That is what one top Phoenix cop had to say.   Another talks about the tremendous increase in deadly home invasions in Phoenix.  While another article says there’s no proof home invasion suspects were part of the Mexican Militia. 

What was that?  The Mexican Militia on U.S. soil all the way up into Phoenix, Arizona?  If that is a true case, where’s the U.S. military force?

Here’s an article link  Click Here that states after an incident at a home in Phoenix which resulted in the death of the homeowner, about 50 and100 rounds of ammo fired at the house.  A top member of the Phoenix police union said that the suspects in the shooting were active members of the Mexican Army hired by drug cartels to perform home invasions and murders.

The fellow added that all of them were dressed in military tactical gear and armed with AR-15 assault rifles. 

Whether or not these criminals were part of the Mexican Army, the fact that someone approaches a home with the intent of a violent home invasion and are dressed like police should place homeowners in the Phoenix area on high alert.  

If you have not been involved in illegal activities, dealing drugs, smuggling illegal immigrants, then you probably don’t have too much to worry about.  You are probably not going to have a police officer knocking on your door.  However, if you are involved in these types of illegal activities, you could be possibly be the next victim!

Are the BAD guys dressed like the GOOD guys?  Be aware and be alert if you live in Phoenix, Arizona.

No matter where you live it seems we are seeing a tremendous increase in home burglary and home invasion robbery crimes.  Homeowners should take the necessary security steps to tighten up the perimeter of their home, install a good quality security system, set up an early alert warning system, and ensure their home and family are protected against a violent home invasion robbery crime!

Be Proactive - Protect Your Home & Family Today!

Protect Your Home with a FREE Home Security System  ($850 Value). You pay only $99 Installation Fee + 24-Hour ADT Monitoring Services.  Call  866-755-6137 or Click Here to go to the website.

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Could Your Home Be The Next Shoot Out By Brazen Gun Fighters?

October 12, 2009 by admin  
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Watch the video of the gun battle at the O.K. Corral back in the 1800’s and the gun battle at a Toledo, Ohio bar 2009 a few nights ago. This is a frightening scene of lawlessness, brazen boldness with a lethal firearm, and a careless attitude for anyone’s life?

Courtesy of Monte 1880 - Shootout at the O.K. Corral - 1800’s

Courtesy of ConservativeMediaNews - Toledo, OH Bar -2009

If these gun-toten punks are just right around the corner at the local “shady” bar, residents may want to take the necessary precautions to ensure they have hardened the perimeter of their home.  Wherever there is illegal activity like selling guns and drugs, other crimes like home burglary/home invasion robbery crimes are sure to be next.

We all must be responsible for our own personal safety and the protection and safety of our home and family.  Be proactive and take the necessary steps to secure your home by target hardening the perimeter, installing a security system/early alert warning system, and make your home the least desirable home to try and break into.

Stay safe and protect your home and family.

Protect Your Home with a FREE Home Security System ($850 Value). You pay only $99 Installation Fee + 24-Hour ADT Monitoring Services.  Call  866-755-6137  or Click Here to go to the website. Get a copy of the FREE REPORT-“HOME INVASION PREVENTION” @  www.homeinvasionfreereport.com

Apartment Security Protection

October 11, 2009 by admin  
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Does your apartment provide any type of security protection for tenants?  For most apartment dwellers, the answer is NO.

On Friday’s LTHS radio show I interviewed Mark Kramer of Kramer Properties, South Bend, Indiana. His company owns 120 houses, 44 apartments, and 30 townhomes in South Bend.  Because he also has 800 tenants, many who are college students from Notre Dame, St. Mary’s, and Holy Cross, he has a real concern for the personal safety and home security of his tenants.

You can listen to the conversation I had with Mark and learn that his apartments and properties offer tremendous security and safety values as well as peace of mind for not only the tenants but for the parents who send their kids off to college.

The thing that impressed me the most is that Kramer Properties does apartment security protection a lot different than most apartment property owners.  That is - they actually provide security systems for their apartment tenants which is something most apartments don’t.  This stands out as being a value-added proposition, peace of mind, and a big plus for anyone looking for quality apartment living.

When a property owner provides security systems, quality deadbolt locking systems on exterior doors, deadbolt locks on master bedroom doors, solid core metal front doors, outdoor lights for parking lot area, and a security service that does a security/safety check - that equals a quality apartment complex and peace of mind for the tenants. (And peace of mind for parents).

It seems to me that Kramer Properties is setting a high quality standard for apartment living that other apartment complexes should follow.  Parents who have loved ones living in an apartment complex on their own or have college-aged kids who are living off -campus in apartments would rest a whole lot easier knowing the apartment management has placed a high priority on keeping their tenants well-protected with security protection measures.

If you are interested in learning more about Kramer Properties for yourself or a a student who will be attending one of the local university/colleges in the South Bend, IN, go to www.kramerhouses.com.

How To Protect Your Family Against The H1N1 Flu Virus?

October 10, 2009 by admin  
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H1N1 Influenza Information

Are you doing all you can to protect your children, your family, and yourself against the H1N1 Flu virus?  We are providing important information regarding signs, symptoms and prevention against the H1N1 Flu flu virus.  Each day we hear about individuals who are becoming infected by this virus; therefore, it is vitally important that we are able to recognize the signs of this flu and how to prevent the virus from spreading to others.

(Video Courtesy of CDCStreamingHealth)

Information from “She” Health News for Women magazine.

If you become ill and experience any of the symptoms mentioned, contact a health care provider.  They advise DO NOT go to the physician office without calling first.  For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/H1N1FLU

PREVENTION:

  1. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.  Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  2. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  3. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.
  4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.  Germs spread that way.
  5. Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

SYMPTOMS:

  1. Fever (greater than 100 degrees F)
  2. Sore throat and cough
  3. Stuffy nose
  4. Chills
  5. Headache & body aches
  6. Fatigue
  7. Nausea & vomiting
  8. Severe illness (respiratory distress and pneumonia have been reported in people with this virus).

Keep your family well during this coming cold and flu season.  Follow these guidelines and remember - for more information on the H1N1 Flu go to http://www.cdc.gov/H1N1FLU.

October Is Fire Safety Month

October 8, 2009 by admin  
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 OCTOBER IS FIRE SAFETY MONTH

Courtesy of The Continuous News Desk

We all know October as the month we change our smoke detector batteries.  So right now - if you have battery operated smoke detectors - change your batteries.  The last thing you want is a deadly fire with no smoke alarm going off.  Smoke detectors are very important life safety devices!  Make sure your detectors are in proper working condition.

October is the time out of the entire year that we start hearing the horrible, sad stories of people who die in house fires.  A house fire is one of the biggest threats to your home and family. The sad part about house fires is most of them could have been prevented.  

When a fire starts, time is of the essence.  People need to be alerted immediately and have enough time to respond before the fire overtakes the entire house.  If there are children or elderly individuals in the home, it is even more urgent that you have ample time to react.  A smoke detector can give you time. 

The first thing that all homeowners, apartment dwellers, and college students living in dormscw-housefire-10-08 and off-campus housing should do is make sure there are adequate smoke detectors in the home or dwelling.  Don’t skimp on your smoke detectors – whether it is the cost or the number of smoke detectors.

There should be at least one smoke detector on each level p preferrably more.  On the main level make sure there is a smoke detector in a hallway, laundry room, and any bedrooms.  On the second level have a smoke detector in the main hallway and again in each bedroom.  If you have a basement, put one near any major electrical panel, furnace area, or at the top of the stairs leading out of the basement.

Be sure to test your smoke detectors at this time and during the year – again ensuring they are working properly.  Follow these guidelines as you want your smoke detectors to work when you absolutely need them to. 

I am a huge proponent of having a home security system that is monitored 24/7.  Not only does the security system protect your family from burglaries and intrusions, but can also be set up to provide 24-hour monitored fire protection.  This is life saving protection that is so valuable for your family! Whether you are home or away, a fire alarm coming from your home will immediately alert the monitoring facility so they can dispatch the fire department and others to your home.

That’s peace of mind—for you, your family, and even your insurance company! (Check with your agent on any homeowner discounts for having a security system that includes fire protection).

Keep your home and family safe 24/7!

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