Home Security Blog

For many people, moving into a gated community is a monumental change; it signifies moving up in life, being a part of a new income bracket, and succeeding. And there is some truth to that since many gated communities vet new residents thoroughly, and even require that they have a certain income level. In many ways, living in a gated community provides an element of safety that non-gated ones do not. But some of the same characteristics of a gated community that make it safer can also be a danger. Private parks and recreation areas Gated communities usually have private parks and recreation areas. These are a huge relief for parents because they feel safe allowing their children to play here without much supervision. It also means they don’t need to travel far to take their children somewhere to play. But the microcosmic nature created by these private parks can make children feel too at ease. If your child mostly plays in the park in a gated community, he may not have the same awareness and caution that other children… Read more

If you live in a major city, then you know how quickly the landscape can change from one block to the next. One moment you might be passing by five-star hotels, and the next, you could be going down a dark street where a homeless community has set up tents. Micro communities pop up everywhere, based on everything from the industry that has shops there to the cultures that build their religious buildings there. It’s very important to be able to tell from a quick glance what streets are safe to walk down, and which are not. This even extends to suburban areas. So here are some things to look for. Bars on the windows Take a cue from the residents; if they have bars on their windows, they probably don’t live on the safest street. Try to walk down streets where the homes look welcoming, and the residents haven’t put up several barriers to protect themselves against crime. Beware of dog signs There are plenty of ways that people who live in unsafe neighborhoods try to fend off criminals.… Read more

Moving into an up and coming neighborhood can be a smart financial decision. These neighborhoods usually still enjoy property prices that are relatively low compared to already “up” neighborhoods. If you buy or rent a home in one before it’s been fully developed and changed, you can get the best of both worlds; the cost of a home in an undesirable neighborhood, right in the middle of what is becoming a very desirable neighborhood. But, up and coming neighborhoods are, as the saying states, still in transition. So there are some things to consider. Empty lots Up and coming neighborhoods tend to have a lot of empty lots. These are left over from older apartment buildings and businesses that have been leveled to make room for more modern buildings. But while these lots are still empty, they can attract squatters, crime, and even wild animals looking to eat the trash left over. Don’t walk by these at night time—take an alternative path if they’re on your way to a restaurant or other business. Abandoned and empty buildings Some buildings may… Read more

Running outdoors can be far superior to running on a treadmill in the gym. Why stare at the same wall when you can pass by charming cafes, be in nature, and see the world? Well, there is one reason: safety. There is no knowing what or whom you’ll encounter when you’re a jogger, especially if you like to run at night. So here are important safety tips for daily joggers. Change your route If someone has been following you on your runs, keeping track of when and where you jog, it will be very easy for them to attack you. So run at different times every day, and alter your route as much as possible. This makes it very hard for someone to predict where they can find you. Ideally, you should run during the day and never after dark. Wear neon If you’re already spending money on special jogging clothes, make them neon. This is not only important for making you visible to cars at night, but it makes you less of a target for attackers. The brighter you… Read more

Halloween has a way of bringing the community together. If you have children, you walk around, knocking on doors, hoping for candy and meeting some neighbors you never knew before. If you don’t have kids, maybe you set up shop on your porch with candy for your neighbors’ children, and some spiked cider for your adult friends. Halloween certainly does bring the neighborhood together, but it also brings them outside, away from their homes, and off their guard. Those are just some of the reasons that burglars love Halloween. Here are some more. They can pose as trick or treaters Burglars can easily show up at your door in costume, pretending to want candy, but actually scoping out your home. When you open the front door, they can get a look inside, see where your big screen TV sits and see if you have a security system by the front door. If you want to give out candy, sit on your porch and greet trick or treaters there, rather than opening your front door. And if nobody answers the door…… Read more