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Something about the summer makes criminals come out in hoards - maybe the warm weather makes them braver, or perhaps they know the hot sun makes you a little less on your guard. Whatever the reason, crime rates go up with the temperature (by about 10 percent in June, July and August), which means so, too, should your security protocol. If you're not sure where your security vulnerabilities lie during the summer, start with the following tips. Remember the screen door is not a real door. You may like to leave your solid door open and just keep the screen door shut to let in a nice breeze. Even if you have a lock on your screen door, a burglar doesn’t need more than a switchblade to cut his way into your home. Keep your doors closed, even when you are at home. While it can feel nice to leave a back or side door open to allow in some natural air, this also welcomes burglars into your home. Remember that some burglars will enter your house, even if you are clearly… Read more

Summer time comes with some pretty fun traditions. You probably remember your neighborhood lighting up with activity during the hottest months of the year as a kid. It's true - people feel more social during the summer. The days are longer, the weather is warmer and school is out, making for some great summer traditions. But, while you're out having some fun in the sun, make sure you're not welcoming any security threats. Let's take a look at some summer neighborhood traditions that could pose safety hazards. 1. Block Parties Block parties provide a wonderful way to get to know your new neighbors, while catching up with old ones. In most cases, neighborhoods will block off one street with traffic cones so cars cannot come through, making it one large pedestrian walkway. But when everyone is out on the street, they are not keeping an eye on their homes. When dozens of people are swarming the street, it can make it harder to spot someone who doesn’t belong there. If your neighborhood throws a block party, make sure some residents take turns… Read more

If you have children, a career and a busy life, you’re bound to need a little help. This help could come in the form of babysitters, dog walkers, a cleaning staff and more. If you’re someone who likes to host a lot, then you also have friends stopping by for dinner parties and barbecues. When you think about it, your home probably sees a lot of foot traffic. You know most people who come over pretty well, but what about your friend’s date that they brought to your dinner party? What about the replacement your babysitter sent when she couldn’t make it? Without realizing it, we let strangers into our home and near our personal items—items they could steal, hack our accounts with, or use against us in any number of ways. Keep this from happening by hiding your most personal items anytime you suspect you may have some visitors. 1. Garage Door Opener Since you likely have multiple garage door openers, you may not notice if one goes missing. We often don’t think of garage door openers as being very valuable,… Read more

We live in a time when people don’t really get to know their neighbors. This can be especially true for people living in apartment buildings. Since the residents of apartment buildings seem to change yearly, they may not feel the need to invest much time or effort into getting to know each other. But getting to know your neighbors can be the first step to building a safety alliance together. Not sure how to start? Here are a few tips! First, get to know each other. It’s human nature to be more protective and respectful of people with whom we have a connection. If you introduce yourself to your neighbors, make small talk, get to know them and let them get to know you, your neighbors are bound to care a little more if they see someone suspicious lurking around your unit. They know you, you're friendly and they care about your well being. That means they'll notice when anything strange is up. Grab loose mail for neighbors you're friendly with. While each unit likely has its own mailbox, UPS,… Read more

Coming home to realize someone has broken into your house, damaged your property and stolen things can shake you to your core. Nobody ever expects it. What begins as a perfectly regular day, where you expect to get home for dinner and your favorite TV show, can quickly become one of the worst days of your life. It shows you one of the worst aspects of humanity: theft, invasion of property and privacy, vulnerability, and lack of empathy from your fellow man. When it touches you personally, it can traumatize you and leave you in shock. Needless to say, you may not be able to think straight. When you’re in fight or flight mode, your normal order of operations goes out the window. So make this list now while you’re calm, and refer to it should you ever need it when you’re panicked. Make Sure the Intruder is Gone. The intruder may still be in your home, and willing to use violence if confronted. If you have a smart security system, take out your smart phone and check in on the live… Read more