Stay Safe Shopping Online
Online stores offer a convenient, easy-to-use and generally safe way to shop. This is why online shopping grows in popularity each year. However, it’s important to note that you’ll still need to take some precautions when purchasing items online.
First of all, you should always take note of which website you are on and ensure that this is the website you actually mean to visit. Criminals sometimes purchase domain names that are similar to official online stores in hopes of catching some people unaware. Misspellings and other variations can be used to trick someone into giving their payment information to the wrong people. These fradulent sites often look very convincing, so pay close attention. In the same sense, do some research into a company before you enter your credit card information on their website. Large, well-known retailers likely won’t steal your information but a smaller, unknown merchant just might. Before you give anyone your financial information, make sure you know who they are and that you have verified that they can be trusted.
You will also need to make sure that your computer’s security software is up to date. Some malicious programs track any information you enter into your web browser, including credit card information and website passwords. This is why it is so important to regularly check your computer for malware, spyware and viruses and to keep these security programs current.
If you are shopping via online auction sites or online classified websites, you will need to take several other precautions. First of all, if a deal found online seems too good to be true, it probably is. Be wary of someone who is selling items at very low prices or selling items that would be incredibly difficult to find in your area. Ask several questions about the item beforehand and if something seems wrong about the situation, trust your instincts. If you are shopping on a website that allows customers to rate the sellers, check out all feedback that has been left for the seller and look for any red flags.
If you are able to meet the seller in person in order to inspect the item before you pay for it, you should probably do so. However, when meeting someone in person you should not go alone. You should also always meet in a public place where other people will be around, such as a food court, busy coffee shop or other similar location. There are many instances of people setting up in person meetings in order to rob potential buyers of their money.
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In 2012 Resolve To Improve Security
If you haven’t made a New Year’s Resolution yet, consider improving your security as your goal for 2012. Keeping your home, business, belongings and family safe is a great way to kick off the new year!
There are many easy ways to improve the security of your home or business. One of the easiest and most effective ways to keep your property safe is to install proper lighting in key locations. Criminals often wait for darkness and they try to avoid being seen while they commit their crimes. Lightning eliminates this factor and makes it much more difficult for someone to break into your home, garage or office unseen. Motion-activated lighting is a great investment that will improve your security a great deal. These lights turn on whenever motion is detected nearby. Consider installing motion-sensitive lights in areas where criminals may try to hide, such as over your garage door. Not only will the lights make it easier to see potential intruders, but they could also scare some burglars away.
You should consider installing lighting above all entry points, including all windows and doors. These lights can be motion-activated as well. Placing lights around the perimeter of your property as well as near your driveway and walkway is also a good idea. Lights near a walkway will allow you to see if anyone is hiding in wait for you when you get home. They will also illuminate your walkway which will make it easier for you to avoid tripping hazards.
Another key to improving your security that would greatly help your 2012 resolution to stay safe is installing strong locks on all of your doors and windows. Exterior doors should always be locked with a high quality deadbolt. Deadbolts make your doors much more difficult to penetrate than other types of locks. Adding a security chain helps as well. Make sure that all of your windows lock properly. Remember that the door or window is only as strong as its weakest point. Door jams, hinges and window frames should all be reinforced. The strongest lock in the world won’t help you if your door can be easily removed from the hinges. Don’t forget to secure your garage door as well. Not only are valuables frequently kept in the garage, but criminals often break into garages to find tools (hammers, shovels, etc.) that can be used to help them break into the rest of your house.
If you don’t already have a home security system or a business security system installed, 2012 is the time to get one. Security technology is more powerful, more user-friendly and more affordable than ever before. Security Systems with 24-hour monitoring features can protect your home or business at all times and immediately alert you and the appropriate authorities if a break-in takes place. More information on alarm system monitoring is available here.
One of the best ways to protect your property and to deter criminals is to install security cameras. Surveillance cameras make it possible for you to watch your property at all times. It is even possible to keep track of what’s going on in your home or office via your smartphone! This means you can literally be anywhere in the world but still have the peace of mind that your home is safe. More on security cameras.
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The Most Dangerous Cities In Canada
MacLean’s magazine has released their annual report on the Most Dangerous Cities in Canada.
The report outlines the most dangerous cities as well as the safest cities in the country. It ranks cities based on a number of characteristics and the cities are broken down into a number of categories, including aggravated assault, robbery, homicide, breaking and entering, auto theft and sexual assault. The magazine also ranks the cities overall. The report was released in December 2011 and it uses 2010 statistics.
Prince George, British Columbia is the most dangerous city in Canada according to the ranking. It ranks number one in both violent crime and non-violent crime. The second most dangerous city in the country is also located in British Columbia: Victoria, BC. While Victoria is listed as second overall, it ranks fourth in violent crime and sixth in non-violent crime.
The safest city in the country is Caledon, Ontario. It ranks 100th overall in crime. It’s rate of non-violent crime is 100th as well and the city’s rate of violent crime is ranked 86th in the counrty.
The city you are most likely to suffer an aggravated assault in in Saskatoon, Saskatchwean followed by Regina, Saskatchewan. The report names Saskatchewan the “most dangerous province in Canada.” The most dangerous city in terms of robbery is Winnipeg, Manitoba. The city had 2000 robberies in 2010 and the odds of being a victim were 1 in 342. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Montreal, Quebec, Regina, Saskatchwan and Victoria, British Columbia round out the top five cities in Canada where the most robberies occur.
Canada’s most dangerous city in terms of homicide was Prince George, BC and you are most likely to have your car stolen in Joliette, Quebec and the most dangerous city in terms of sexual assault is Saint John, New Brunswick.
You are most likely to have your home broken into in Belleville, Ontario. This city has the highest rate of breaking and entering in Canada. The second highest rate of breaking and entering is in Prince George, BC. Langley Township, BC, Chilliwak, BC and Kelowna, BC are the final three cities in the top five. The city with the fewest number of breaking and entering cases is South Simcoe, Ontario.
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Fighting Crime With Coffee Sleeves
Can coffee be used to prevent crime? Halifax Regional Police believes that it can.
The police, along with Dalhousie University and Coburg Coffee in downtown Halifax have launched a pilot program that will see police warning and crime prevention tips listed on coffee sleeves. The goal is to get important messages out in a unique way that people will notice.
“I’ve been challenged with new and innovative ways to get crime-prevention messages out to the public” said Supt. Don Spicer, HRM public-safety officer. “We find brochures have simply become white noise and they get very little attention.”
The sleeves also have the Halifax Regional Police website address and Twitter feed listed on them as well as the phone number for Dalhousie University Security. Dalhousie and the police will split the cost of the sleeves. A similar campaign has been done in the past in Eugene, Oregon.
Crime prevention and safety tips listed on the sleeves include tips on changing behaviour to prevent breaking and entering and motor vehicle theft as well as information on liquor-related offences. The police also share tips and issue warnings on social media, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. If the coffee sleeve plan is successful, the police plan to expand the idea to different areas.
Knowledge is incredibly important when you are dealing with crime prevention. Specific information on breaking news (such as a new scam or crime trend or a rash of break-ins in your neighbourhood) as well as general information on crime prevention are both vital tools in the fight against criminals. Being able to deliver this information in a convenient, easy-to-understand and excessible manner is key.
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Toronto Barber Shot & Killed
A barber in his 30s has been shot and killed in Toronto’s east end.
Chris Thompson was shot several times while cutting a customer’s hair at the “Cut Creator” barbershop in Malvern Town Centre on Tapscott Road in Toronto.
“There’s no doubt this was a very cool, cold-blooded crime,” said Det.-Sgt. Dan Nielsen. “The shooter was very discriminating. There was no other people shot. It’s very clear that he was targeting Chris.”
“We don’t know why he was targeted.”
Toronto Police released security footage of the murder a few days after it occurred. They hope that the footage will allow the public to help them identify the killer who appears on the video. There is no video from inside the barbershop, but cameras outside show the killer walking up to the barbershop outside. He drops a bag to the ground in front of the shop, pulls out a shotgun and enters.
Later he is seen leaving the barbershop, putting the gun back in the bag and running from the scene.
“The video is shot from a distance, but you can see his clothing, his stature and how he moves,” Nielsen said.
Security cameras are incredibly powerful tools for law enforcement officials. In many cases, security camera footage is one of the first pieces of evidence that police ask for when arriving at the scene of a crime. Police often use footage to identify an individual at a place and time and to determine exactly what happened at a crime scene. This leads to a conviction.
There are a number of different types of security cameras and different types work best in different locations and situations. If you’re looking to install security cameras in your home or business and you are wondering which cameras will work best for you, please contact us today and we can set you up with the right camera for your needs.
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Serial Robber Arrested in BC
A 36-year-old man from Burnaby, British Columbia is facing 27 charges in relation to a series of armed robberies. The nine robberies took place over the past two months in Burnaby and Richmond, British Columbia. All of the crimes occurred at currency exchanges or financial institutions.
The man has been charged with 11 counts of robbery, nine counts of wearing a disguise in the commission of an indictable offence and seven counts of using an imitation firearm in the commission of an indictable offence.
He was caught after Richmond RCMP were notified of an attempted robbery in progress. The man allegedly tried to enter a currency exchange business through the rear door with a weapon and the authorities were called. Police in the area saw the man fleeing the premises and he was arrested.
Both Burnaby and Richmond police had been looking for the man. The two police forces recognized that there were similarities between the four robberies in Burnaby and the five that took place in Richmond and realized that the same person could be responsible.
“Burnaby and Richmond RCMP investigators quickly realized they could both be looking for the same suspect – the suspect description was similar, though he took pains to disguise his features, and there were similarities in the way the crimes were committed,” said Sgt. Peter Thiessen in a press release.
In each robbery, the man walked into the institution wearing a mask. He threatened those inside with a knife or a fake gun and demanded cash. The man has been remanded in custody until he returns to court later in February.
The man was not known to police before these robberies.
Business owners can protect their offices from crime and provide assistance to law enforcement officials by installing security systems and video surveillance cameras in their businesses. Not only to security cameras work as a deterrent, but they also provide detailed and very credible evidence to law enforcement officials. For information on which cameras will work best for you, please contact us today and we can set you up with the right security camera system for your needs.
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VoIP, Touchscreens, Smart Phone Access & More: The Modern Security System
Like most technology, security systems technology rapidly changes and improves. In some cases, consumers adjust their lifestyles to incorporate new technology. However, in most cases technology adapts to meet the changing needs of consumers. Alarm systems and security technology is no different.
SafeTech Alarm Systems has been protecting people and property for over 20 years and we pride ourselves on offering new technology that clients want. Lifestyles have changed over the last few years and more and more consumers are looking for alarm systems and security services that meet today’s modern lifestyles. The modern alarm system has adapted to these needs and your next security system could likely include a touchscreen keypad, smartphone access and VoIP communication.
More and more customers are dropping traditional landlines and using only mobile phones. Consumers are also switching to VoIP (voice over IP) services and therefore they looking for alarm systems that communicate through VoIP rather than through traditional phone lines.
Touchscreen smartphones such as those from Apple, Google and Microsoft have also influenced security technology. Touchscreen keypads are incredibly popular today. Rather than having a static keypad with a series of buttons, more and more alarm systems are using multi-function touchscreen keypads. Not only do these keypads look more aesthetically-pleasing than ever before, but they are also more intuitive, more powerful and easier to use.
Customers are used to using touchscreens on smart phones, bank ATMs, self-serve check out lines, gas stations and in a number of other places. It simply makes sense to have touchscreens on alarm systems as well. The graphical interface makes it easier than ever to use your alarm system and this puts more power in the hands of the user, where it belongs.
Touchscreens make it easy to perform a variety of functions and this gives you more control over exactly how you alarm system functions. Everything from setting the alarm to changing your security code can now be done in an easy, intuitive and accessible manner.
And you don’t have to be at home to control and monitor your alarm system any longer. Smartphones, laptops and mobile Internet access now make it possible for you to arm your security system, view images and video from your security cameras, turn off lights and other devices and be alerted when your alarm or motion detectors are activated no matter where you are.
For more information on alarm systems and security technology, please contact SafeTech Alarm Systems today.
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Paris Hilton was arrested Friday night in Las Vegas for possession of a controlled substance after cocaine was located in her clutch, a police spokesperson says.
Hilton, 29, was jailed soon before midnight on Las Vegas Boulevard after police pulled over a car that Hilton was in. The hotel and resort heiress was not driving.
Public Information officer Marcus Martin said the vehicle was ceased after officers felt hemp smoke was coming out of the vehicle in front of the Wynn Hotel and resort, where Hilton’s guy, Cy Stands by, runs a nightclub.
After a search of Hilton, cocaine was identified in her handbag, Martin stated.
Hilton was made a reservation for into the Clark County Detention Center early Sunday early morning but later released. The male motorist of the car was arrested on DUI medication fees.
This was the third drug-related incident including Hilton this summer time.
In July, Hilton was held by police on the French region of Corsica as well as caught with less than a gram of hemps in her bag however released without being charged.
Earlier in July, she was challenged by South African police at the Globe Cup after she was presumably caught cigarette smoking cannabis. Her distributor called it a “complete misunderstanding,” and also Hilton wasn’t charged.
Her most current tangles with the law come three years after she went to jail for violating probation in an alcohol-related driving circumstances.
Article from people.com
In a one-day sweep, Los Angeles Authorities Department detectives have arrested at the very least four girls in hookup with the thefts of Lindsay Lohan and also Audrina Patridge’s properties, a source near the circumstances advises PEOPLE.
One of the women, 19-year-old suspect Rachel J. Shelter, is also under inspection for perhaps being involved in the $ 2 ton pieces ofjewelry heist at Paris Hilton’s home last year, and is suspected of being the ringleader of these criminal offenses, the resource provides.
An LAPD spokesperson had no verification of the arrests.
According to district attorneys, Patridge’s residence was robbed on Feb. 23, and greater than $ 43,000 in precious jewelry and also developer clothing were taken. Lohan’s property was burgled on Aug. 23 and an estimated $ 128,000 in accessory, designer clothes and also accessories were taken.
Thursday’s clampdown follows the arrest last month of Nicholas Prugo, 18, who has currently been formally accused of the Lohan and also Patridge robberies.
Article from People.com
EAST HAMPTON, N.Y.– A New York man has certainly been implicated of burglarizing rap mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs’s East Hampton manor.
The New York Post states Quamine Taylor of Queens was jailed at the at home on April 1. He is being held in the Suffolk County Prison on trespassing and also petit larceny fees. The out of work 30-year-old has actually not posted $ 2,000 bail.
East Hampton Village Authorities say they were called to your home after a caretaker identified Taylor inside.
A police spokesperson did not promptly return a call on Friday. The Article stated Combs’ spokeswoman declined to comment.
In 2010, a Florida lady declaring to be Combs’ wife was arrested in East Hampton. Authorities stated she was found twice at a residence she wrongly thought was owned by Combs.
Article from Toronto.com
LOS ANGELES, CALIF.– Bobby Brown has definitely pleaded not guilty to dwi and also additional charges deriving from his arrest last days in Los Angeles.
City News Service says a lawyer entered pleas Monday on Brown’s part to misdemeanor counts of DUI, driving with an unlawful blood-alcohol content and driving on a suspended certificate. He could possibly face up to 6 calendar months in jail if sentenced.
Brown didn’t attend the Superior Court arraignment in Van Nuys.
The 43-year-old musician is the former spouse of the later Whitney Houston. He was arrested by the California Highway Patrol on March 26.
Article from Toronto.com
SAN FRANCISCO– A girl whose Grammy Prize guy’s beloved bass guitar was fairly recently wrenched from their San Francisco house is clambering to get the family members heirloom back– with any luck in time for Valentine’s Day.
The mechanism belonging to Tim McCord– bass guitar player for Grammy-winning stone band Evanescence– was thieved, along with other valued items, on Feb. 7 at the apartment on McAllister Road and Masonic Method that he shares with sweetheart, Ashley Dunlop.
Dunlop, 25, stated the bass guitar holds addedsweet worth for McCord, 32, whose daddy passed on the tool just before passing away of cancer 12 years back.
McCord is presently on tour with Evanescence in Japan.
After travelling with the bass guitar for years, he decided to retire it in his dad’s deference after a performance last fall in Tuscon, Ariz., where his father passed away, Dunlop pointed out.
“He didn’t choose it to get banged up on the road and he would like to keep it safe,” so McCord brought the material property throughout an excursion break in later January, she said.
A week and also half later, the valued bass guitar was taken when someone ransacked the couple’s condominium.
Dunlop returned property from work the night time of Feb. 7 to identify the apartment’s door wide open.
“It took me a moment to attempt and also piece it all together … the extremely first thing I spotted was that Tim’s bass was gone, as well as my heart merely stopped due to the fact that I knew he will be ravaged when I advised him,” she reminisced.
Since that time, Dunlop has definitely teamed with police to recover the guitar and is delivering an accolade for its return.
But, up until now, no bests have definitely shown up, she stated.
The San Francisco girl said she has no strategy who would certainly burgle their flat, which is on the 2nd floor of a secured facility.
A neighbor strolling by recognized that the condominium’s window was open simply 15 moments after Dunlop left for work.
“I believe someone was enjoying and also understood my schedule,” she stated. In spite of that problematic news, Dunlop is focused on recuperating her man’s beloved bass.
“I understand just how a lot this indicates to him so I’m trying to do utterly every little thing I can easily to obtain it back,” she pointed out.
The guitar is called a tobacco-burst Yamaha BB11005 four-string electric powered bass that was taken in a black situation with a yellow, rounded sticker label bearing the initials “NFG”.
Article from http://abclocal.go.com.
CALABASAS, Calif.– Justin Bieber is wanted for questioning by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s investigators after a photographer complained of being roughed up by the pop star at a shopping center.
Sheriff’s Lt. Robert Wiard (ward) says the photographer called 911 on Sunday and complained of pain to his chest. Wiard said the scuffle happened when the photographer tried to snap pictures of Bieber and his girlfriend, teen actress Selena Gomez, after they walked out of a theater at The Commons at Calabasas.
Wiard says the photographer was taken to a hospital where he was treated and released.
He says Bieber and Gomez left before deputies arrived, so investigators want to talk to him to get his side of the story.
A call to Bieber’s publicist was not immediately returned late Sunday.
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Hugh Grant, the British star of the film Four Weddings and a Funeral, was arrested in Hollywood yesterday and charged with indecent conduct with a prostitute in a public place after meeting her on Sunset Boulevard.
Grant, 34, whose girlfriend is Elizabeth Hurley, the actress, was arrested by vice squad police, who alleged that he drove up to a prostitute at about 1.30 am.
Officer Lorie Taylor, of Los Angeles Police, said: “Grant was observed to drive a vehicle up to a prostitute and allow her to enter. They drove a short distance to a residential street and engaged in lewd conduct.
“Vice officers walked up on the car and observed the act. Both the prostitute, described by police as a black woman named Divine Brown, 23, and Grant were taken into custody,” said Officer Taylor.
Officer Cory Palka said Grant was “extremely embarrassed” when the two officers introduced themselves, but was “very nice and very co-operative”.
Grant was released on bail. He and Brown, who was charged with soliciting, are due to to appear in court on July 18.
Eduardo Funes, a police spokesman, said that Grant would not have to appear. He could be represented by a lawyer.
“It’s a misdemeanor charge, which carries a custodial sentence,” he said. “You could be sent to jail for up to six months or have a $ 1,000 fine, or both.
“It’s up to the judge. It depends on whether there is a track record.”
The area in which police allege that Grant stopped is a notorious haunt of prostitutes, both male and female. It is also heavily patrolled by undercover police.
After his arrest, he said: “I did something completely insane. I have hurt people I love and embarrassed people I work with. For both things I am more sorry than I can say.”
A friend of Grant’s said last night: “This all seems very odd. It doesn’t seem at all like Hugh.”
Grant, one of the film industry’s most in-demand actors, is in Hollywood to promote his new film Nine Months, advertised on posters along Sunset Boulevard.
Yesterday’s press conference about Nine Months was canceled abruptly, although some journalists had flown in from as far away as Britain for it.
Grant, who read English at New College, Oxford, before becoming an actor, won the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globe award this year for Four Weddings and a Funeral.
He was virtually unknown outside Britain until he was cast opposite Andie MacDowell in that film, which was nominated for an Academy Award for best picture.
Known for his beguiling smile and self-deprecating wit, Grant is now starring in The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain.
After minor roles in repertory, Grant wrote and performed in satirical revues before James Ivory, the film director, spotted him and cast him in Maurice, an adaptation of E M Forster’s sombre novel about homosexual lovers.
He later appeared in Remains of the Day and Bitter Moon before being picked for Four Weddings and a Funeral, a low-budget production that turned out to be Britain’s highest earning film and helped to turn him into an international star.
Article from telegraph.com.uk
Home Invasion in Mississauga
A woman has been·injured in a home invasion in Mississauga. She suffered minor injuries and it is currently unknown what was stolen from the home during the invasion. The victim was at home with her three-year-old child when four men entered her home dressed as construction workers. They wore yellow construction vests and orange helmets as part of their disguises and·one man was carrying a toolbox. Police are also unsure as to whether or not the men forced their way into the home and an investigation into the crime is currently underway. The house is part of a newer development that is still under construction and thus there are often a number of actual construction workers in the area. It appears that the criminals used this fact to surprise the victim.
This incident highlights the fact that you should never allow strangers into your home regardless of how official they look. You should also be careful whenever strangers are working around your home. Criminals often pretend to work for utilities, construction companies or other services that may be working very close to your home. They do so in order to scout out your location for a possible break in and to instill a false sense of security. People are often more trusting of those who are “on the job” than they are of complete strangers who have no reason to be walking around their property.
Although Sean Young has been known to drink too much and get herself into trouble at Award ceremonies, she has come forward to claim that her latest arrest outside of the Governor’s Ball – after which she got physical with a security guard when she didn’t have a ticket to attend – was by no fault of her own!
“I just want everyone to know that I was sober, extremely well behaved when a very stupid security guard went postal on me and then The Academy’s very stupid lawyer recommended a ‘private person’s arrest’ and I have grounds for a lawsuit against the Academy although I believe a public apology to me would be much better. I am OK and I have the Hollywood Police Stations support who very carefully and kindly photographed the bruises on my arms which this guard is responsible for doing.”
Well yes, but you were still booked on misdemeanor battery charge and released on $ 20,000 bail, gurl!
Doesn’t seem to make sense that a security guard would just go out of his way to get physical on an unsuspecting woman without some sort of incentive!
But hey – we guess stranger things have happened!
We’ll be very curious to hear how this all develops!
What do U think ?? Team Sean or Team Security?
Article from perezhilton.com
“Girl, Interrupted” star Winona Ryder will have to wait until Feb. 8 for prosecutors to decide if they will bring criminal charges against her following her Dec. 12 arrest for allegedly lifting nearly $ 5,000 in clothing, hair clips and accessories from the Beverly Hills branch of the Saks Fifth Avenue department store. Investigators also said the star, 30, was carrying drugs without the proper prescriptions. Dressed in a black skirt, white blouse and black sweater, reports Reuters, Ryder entered Beverly Hills Superior Court through a back entrance for a brief hearing before Judge Elden Fox. The jurist extended her bond pending further investigation of the case, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office told the news service. Ryder has yet to be formally charged, district attorney spokeswoman Jane Robinson said, adding: “We want to review all the possible evidence before we make a decision on this case.” Ryder’s attorney, Mark Geragos, said at the time that Ryder’s arrest stemmed from a “misunderstanding” with the store manager and predicted charges against her would be dismissed. He also foresaw no drug charges being filed against his client. “She had prescriptions. We have evidence to prove that,” Geragos told the New York Post on Thursday.
Article from www.people.com