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Why Criminals Go To The Front Door Before Breaking In

As time goes on more and more people are being subject to break-ins. In society today people are purchasing more and more high-end goods that they wish to protect in all of their homes and or businesses. So criminals are taking advantage of this opportunity and studying their victims for the best opportunity to break and enter.

Have you ever wondered why a criminal will go to your front door first before ever attempting to break in? The answer is, criminals now a day are just getting smarter. What I mean, criminals are starting to study your patterns and by going to the front door peeking in or even knocking could very well tell the criminal that you’re not home. This is becoming more and more common as were seeing many more break-ins with forced front door entry. This also gives criminals the ability to work in groups; if the criminal approaches your front door and notices that you’re not home they can secure the front and have someone force their way in through the back entrance.

So you’re probably thinking right now if you don’t have a security system that you’re not safe and if you do have a system you’re well taken care of. There is some truth to both scenarios, but as a customer you really need to dig deeper and do your homework. Paying a monthly bill for a security system you have or looking for the best security system that you are led to believe is out there doesn’t always give you the security need you are looking for. Remember when the criminal is in your house you want to get them out as fast as possible so having something like two way voice will do just that. Companies like Rogers, Vivint and ADT don’t offer that as a standard package, you would think they do with the amount of money they are charging you month to month.

It’s easy to be swayed by big box companies saying they have the best system out there. The majority of these companies aren’t even alarm companies. There focus is on other products and services, but due to their size and greediness they look to promise poor customers that they are receiving the best security out there for the best price. That couldn’t be any further from the truth as Rogers Smart Home Monitoring is a prime example. How does a company like Rogers provide security to customers when they have spent all their time promoting and revolutionizing TV, Internet and home phone? I don’t know about you but that gives me little to no faith that they are going to be able to truly keep my family and me secure.

Don’t think for one second that criminals don’t think like this either. Criminals are well aware of the security systems out there and will target houses with Rogers Smart Home Monitoring, Vivint and ADT signs on their front lawn because they know those companies are not in business to secure homes but rather make money. At the end of the day all the gadgets, shiny fancy equipment and promises that Rogers, Protect America, CPI, Protectron, Vivint and ADT give you to make you feel good about paying those crazy high monthly fees will not protect you from criminals trying to break in through the front door.

So if you have an alarm company or looking for one, be sure to investigate how they do business and where they are located and what you are getting for the price you are paying. So if you ever have a criminal creeping around your neighborhood you want to be confident in knowing that you really do have the best system for your home which will make that criminal think twice before approaching your front door.

3 Things To Remember To Stay Safe At Christmas

Ho, Ho, Ho – the Holiday season is here again – a time of celebration and gatherings.  However, it is always best to pay attention to safety issues so that nothing spoils the occasion.  Here are three suggestions to bear in mind to help keep you and family safe and secure:

1)   Trees and Decorations

When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label “Fire Resistant.” Keep in mind that this doesn’t mean the tree won’t catch fire but it does mean that the tree will resist burning and should be able to be extinguished quickly.

When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness. A fresh tree is green, needles are hard to pull from branches and when bent between your fingers, needles do not break. The trunk of a fresh tree is sticky with resin, and when tapped on the ground, the tree should not lose many needles.

When setting up a tree at home, place it away from fireplaces and radiators. Because heated rooms dry live trees out rapidly, it is safer to keep the stand filled with water.

Cut a few inches off the trunk of your tree to expose the fresh wood. This will allow the tree to absorb the water and help to keep it from drying out and becoming a fire hazard.

Never use lighted candles on a tree or near other evergreens. Always use nonflammable holders and place candles out of children’s reach.

Indoors or outside, always use lights that have been tested for safety by a recognized testing agency that indicates conformance with safety standards.

Check each set of lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections, and throw out damaged sets.

Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord.

Never use electric lights on a metallic tree. The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights, and a person touching a branch could be electrocuted.

Before using lights outdoors, check to be sure they have been certified for outdoor use.

Fasten outdoor lights securely to trees, house walls, or other firm supports to protect the lights from wind damage. Use insulated staples to hold strings in place, not nails or tacks. Or run strings of lights through hooks.

Plug all outdoor electric decorations into circuits with ground fault circuit interrupters to avoid potential shocks. Turn off all lights when you go to bed or leave the house. The lights could short out and start a fire.

2)   Drinking and Driving

If you are planning outings to celebrate the season and they include alcohol, the best approach to ensure your safety and the safety of others is to use common sense. If you are driving home, don’t take any chances – stick to soft drinks all night. If you do wish to drink alcohol make plans in advance about how you will get home – book a taxi, arrange a designated driver or ask a friend or family member to pick you up. Make use of specialist companies that arrange to drive you home if you have drunk more than you planned – or book yourself into a hotel.

3)  Alarm System

Burglars are well known to target homes at Christmas.  They know there is a possibility that the home owner may be away and there are potentially lots of expensive gifts around.  Installing a monitored security system can help to protect your home and family.  If you already have a home alarm remember it is only effective when it is armed, so make sure you have it turned on when you are away!

 

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