Tuesday, December 27, 2016

4 Ways To Protect Your Home From Intruder Invasion

It's difficult to find specific statistics regarding the precise number of home invasions that occur each day in the United States. The reason for this is that quite often if intruders are caught, they are charged with a crime such as burglary, assault or various other charges rather than their crime being recorded statistically as an invasion. There are numerous steps you can take to avoid becoming a statistic of any type of intruder invasion.

Security system

Having a security system installed, especially one with a video monitoring system is one of the best ways to prevent intruder invasion. Take time to explore the many types of systems that are available and select the best system your budget allows. Preventing intruder invasion isn't just about theft, it's also about keeping yourself and your family safe.

Keep quiet

Keeping quiet can reduce your risk of intruder invasion, especially when theft is the intruder's motive. Refrain from revealing travel plans or your daily schedule to others or as a status update on your social media networks. Don't brag about new purchases you've made, especially when they involve electronics or other items that are enticing to burglars. Revealing travel plans on the phone in a public place or putting out boxes and old equipment that indicate you've made new purchases or updated electronic equipment are two ways to make your home a target for thieves.

Seek advice

Take advantage of the resources available to you to help keep your home safe from intruders. If you know or can be directed to a person who has achieved an online degree in criminology, they can provide you with invaluable information on ways to keep your home and family safe. In the course of their study, they will have acquired knowledge regarding what burglars who have been arrested say deterred them from targeting certain homes. They will also have learned tips that they can pass onto you regarding measures you can take to make your home more secure.

Get a dog

Noise scares intruders. A large dog may provide physical protect, but a small, barking dog stirs enough noise to attract attention and discourage an intruder. Small dogs can be excellent at warning you or alerting neighbors to unusual activity around the house.

Intruders aren't always strangers. You need to be selective about the personal information you reveal to others and who you invite into your home. It's also essential that you invest in quality locks and that you be diligent about locking windows and doors in order to keep your family, and your house, protected.

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

5 Easy Steps for Emergency Preparedness at Home

Nobody likes to think the worst, but being prepared can make you feel more secure about the future. These five strategies can help you deal with a multitude of scenarios.

Invest in a Security System

A security system not only deters burglars, but the company that monitors the home can alert the police and send you messages in regards to the status of your house. Invest in a security system that will provide you peace of mind in the event of an intrusion or other home front emergency. Alarm monitoring can also detect detect smoke and fire, whether they're the result of an electrical issue, a cooking mishap or a spark from a heating unit.

Prepare an Emergency Kit

An emergency kit should contain a NOAA weather radio, flashlight, cell phone, whistle, dust masks, antibacterial wipes, manual can opener, local map, and enough food and water for at least three days. Keep in mind that you’ll need one gallon of water per day per person, and don’t forget supplies for pets, if applicable. Additionally, keep extra batteries and an emergency gas shut-off wrench with the kit.

Learn Basic Emergency Skills

If you don't already have a fire extinguisher, get one and make sure to familiarize yourself with the instructions. Consider getting trained in basic first aid such as CPR. You can find classes by contacting Red Cross, a local community college or your library.

Learn How to Shut Off Utilities

If your home uses gas, familiarize yourself with the shutoff valve on the gas meter. The utility line closes when you turn the valve a quarter in either direction. The goal is to have it run crosswise to the pipe. Once the gas is shut off, only a professional can turn it back on.

The location of the valve for the waterline depends on your home and location. In warm climates, it’s usually located near the water meter. In colder regions, you might find it in the basement or near the pipe that leads to the water heater.

In regards to electricity, always turn off all individual circuits before switching off the main breaker.

Have a Plan for Pets

If you need to leave your home in an emergency, keep in mind that pets aren’t allowed in most designated evacuation shelters. Prepare for that scenario by making arrangements with a friend or family member beforehand. You should also microchip any pets and invest in a GPS tracker.

While you can’t prepare for everything, completing these steps beforehand will allow you to keep your focus when dealing with a potential emergency. Make sure that everyone in your family is on board with these steps, and discuss your safety plans regularly.

Rachael Murphey is an entrepreneur and writer on topics relating to business, personal finance, personal growth, and emergency preparedness. She currently lives in Denver, CO with her dog Charlie.

Monday, December 05, 2016

How to Keep Your Students Safe in an Era of Random Violence

An uptick in violence has taken place in the United States in recent years. With over 10 incidents of school shootings in 2016 so far and additional incidents expected before the end of the year, it's more important than ever that school staff prepare themselves for these and other so-called "random" acts of violence.

Students and adult campus visitors acquire weapons from:
  • Family members and friends
  • 3D printer designs shared freely online
  • Merchants who don't follow gun control laws
  • Domestic and international terrorist groups

To keep students and yourself as safe as possible when violence erupts, do the following at your school immediately.

Educate Students and Staff

Educating students and colleagues about random violence is critical to their safety. Speak with your school administrator about providing classes that deal with situational awareness and recognizing the signs of a potential sudden violent event, protocols for reporting these signs and appropriate reactions to violence. Run live drills involving different scenarios to help students and staff better understand what to expect so that they're more likely to remember their lessons during the real thing.

Involve Parents and Guardians

A community that works together to prevent violence has a better chance of doing so. Beyond asking parents/guardians for permission to teach their children critical survival skills, ask them to become active participants in the process. If any parents/guardians or their relatives are emergency first responders, ask them to speak at the school about their jobs and their protocols for responding to different worse case scenarios of random violence. Prepare parents/guardians for the potential questions about random violence that they might receive from their children. Additionally, talk to them about their own situational awareness and the actions they should take if they observe questionable events taking place when visiting the campus.

Take Self Defense Classes

You can't hope to protect others if you don't know how to protect yourself. Seek out a self-defense teacher who has a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice. Keep in mind that the degree is important as post-graduate studies often focus on individual and group security measures related to random acts of violence. Take notes so that you can pass the knowledge and guidance you receive from your own teacher to students, teachers, other staff members and parents/guardians.

You can't always prevent violence from occurring on a school campus, but you can help reduce injuries and deaths. Be as prepared as possible by implementing these techniques into your educational routine. Preventative safety measures save lives.

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.

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