Archive for September, 2010
- Know the route that your children will be taking and who they will be heading out with
- Check your local sex offenders list and instruct your children to stay away from dangerous homes
- Make sure your children are wearing reflective clothing that can be seen at night
- Avoid costumes that make it difficult to see or easy to trip
- Serve your children a meal before they head out to reduce their desires to snack on their treats
- Inspect all candy before your children eat it and throw out any items that may have been tampered with
- Give your child a flashlight to take with him or her
For iPhone users, there are a couple of applications available. One of the most complete applications is iRa Pro. It is available for download on iTunes. Another iPhone application for viewing security cameras remotely is uNetCams. Both applications are compatible with iPads as well.
For Android phones, IP Camera Viewer is a good choice.
Regardless of your choice of handset, the ability to view your security cameras from anywhere can add a great deal of usability to your home security system or office security system.
For more information, and to get a no obligation camera consultation, call 1-888-939-3733.
Audio version of this article:http://www.safetechalarms.com/podcast/watch-your-security-cameras-from-anywhere-using-your-phone.mp3
Also you can download this audio file and you can listen on your personal MP3 player.
Trois-Rivières, Quebec has the highest break and enter rate among Canadian census metropolitan areas. (Source: Statistics Canada)
These days people are sharing more and more of their personal information online. Thanks to Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and a variety of other social media websites, it is now easier than ever to invite friends to social events, post photos, share vacation plans and keep your social circle informed than ever before.
However, with this freedom comes new security risks as well. When sharing information online it’s important to remember that anything you share online could be easily distributed to the general public.
The first thing you should always do before sharing personal information online is consider who could possibly see your posting. Social media messages are easily shared and forwarded to others, so do not post anything that you do not want others to see.
It is also incredibly important to keep a diligent eye on your privacy settings. You will want to make sure that the general settings as well as the settings for particular posts or events are set to your specifications. Failure to do so can have very serious consequences.
For example, a teenage girl in the United Kingdom recently created a Facebook invitation for her birthday party. She meant to invite 15 friends, but accidentally marked the event as “public” rather than private. This meant that anyone could see the invite. More than 21,000 people replied and anyone who visited the public invitation was able to see the girl’s picture, address and phone number.
Obviously this was a huge security risk to the girl and her family. Always be aware of who can see the information that you post online.
The same is true for posting about your location. A post on Facebook or Twitter that you are going to be on vacation for a month could be seen by someone who wants to break into your home.
Police in British Columbia and Ontario recently warned people to avoid mentioning vacation plans on Twitter and other social media website for this exact reason
A Home Office research team in Britain conducted a burglary crime study to determine what criminals are most likely to steal. The results showed which items were most frequently taken from residential burglaries.
Purses, wallets and cash were stolen most often. In 46% percent of all burglaries, these were the items taken. The second most stolen items are electronics such as cameras, MP3 players and DVD players. Burglars stole these items 36% of the time.
Computers and computer equipment was the next most popular and the choice of 29% of burglars. Jewellery and cellular phones came next, having been stolen in 23% and 19% of robberies.
Most criminals look for an empty home and they do not want to be noticed when they strike. This is why most of their attacks happen during the week or after it’s dark.
Excellent ways to stop burglars from robbing your home include installing motion-activated lights outside and placing security cameras in strategic locations.
This will show potential burglars that they will be noticed if they attempt to break into your home and cause them to think twice before attempting to do so.
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Quick ways to keep your home safe from burglars.
Quick ways to keep your children safe and secure.
Quick ways to stay safe in a variety of situations.
Have interior & exterior lights on timers or make them motion activated
Keep your garage and all doors locked with secure locks
Cut your hedges so no one can hide on your property
Don’t leave a spare key under your door mat, in your garden or anywhere else it can be easily found
Make valuables difficult to find and out of sight from the street
Install an alarm system to draw attention to break ins and deter criminals
Install smoke and fire detection services
Install car seats properly according to manufacturers instructions
Teach children how to dial 911 in emergencies
Teach your child not to talk to strangers & create a “secret password” for emergencies that only your child & people you trust know
Keep dangerous items like knives & chemicals out of reach
Teach children their name, address & phone number as soon as they are old enough
Always supervise children in water, both the swimming pools & the bathtub
Stay in well-lit, busy areas when outside
Trust your instincts and avoid situations you feel uneasy about
Do not let strangers into your home or car
If you’re in a dangerous situation, try to draw attention to yourself & your attacker by making noise
Refuse to provide personal information to strangers in person as well as on the phone or online
Don’t advertise if you are moving or going on vacation on social media websites. This allows possible burglars or attackers to track your whereabouts
According to statistics released by the FBI, property crime cost an estimated $17.2 billion dollars in losses in 2008. The statistics, released as part of the FBI’s Crime In The United States publication, show the costly damage of property crime.
Property crimes include burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson. There were approximately 9,767,915 property crimes in the United States in 2008. There was, however, a 5.3 percent drop in property crime between 2004 and 2008.
Burglary accounted for 22.7 percent of all property crime. There were an estimated 2,222,196 burglaries in 2008, up 2 percent from 2007.
There were 3.6 percent more burglaries in 2008 than in 2004 and 5.8 percent more than in 1999. 61.2 percent of all burglaries in 2008 involved forcible entry.
Far more residential properties were broken into than commercial properties. 70.3 percent of all burglaries were residential.
When the power first goes out, be sure to check and make sure that it’s not limited to you home. If those around you have electricity, check your fuse box or call your power company.
You should also consider turning your appliances, electronics and any other devices that are plugged in. Unplug your computers and other sensitive equipment to protect yourself from potentially damaging power surges. Leave your refrigerator and freezer plugged in.
Use battery operated flashlights instead of candles. Candles can be quite dangerous and could cause a fire in your home. Do not attempt to light or heat your home with a gas stove, barbecue or any other dangerous device. Not only could you cause a fire, but you also risk carbon monoxide poisoning.
Home and personal security are also important. You will need to know if your alarm system and fire alarm will still function without power. If not, you will have to be prepared and not leave your home alone.