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Having a security guard in your apartment building is an added luxury, but it’s not a guarantee of your security. The term “human error” exists for a reason and, unfortunately, security guards can overlook some critical details, and fall for lies. Here are shocking ways people sneak past security. Posing as plumbers/handymen Your security guard often doesn’t have the direct phone number to your landlord, or somebody who would have authorized a visit from a plumber, handyman, cell phone tower repairman—you name it. Add to that that it’s very easy to simply purchase an authentic Verizon or Rooters uniform at a thrift store, or online. So if someone claiming to be a hired repairman shows up in your lobby, and your security guard can’t get in contact with someone to confirm that he was supposed to be there, he might just let him in. He wouldn’t want to risk getting in trouble with a resident or the property manager for sending away a much-needed plumber. Hanging outside and collecting information If a burglar stood outside your building for just a… Read more

Nannies have a direct line to your heart strings: they have the love of your children. Once your kids are nuts about a nanny, it’s easy to think he/she must be trustworthy. But, while kids—with their unbiased and naïve views—can sometimes be the greatest judges of character, they can also be easily manipulated. Anytime you have a regular visitor to your home who is there without your supervision; you should turn your surveillance cameras on. Here is nanny misconduct your surveillance can catch. The wrong kind of conditioning You work hard all week to get your child to learn to behave for the right reasons. You don’t give in and give him his Gameboy when he starts screaming, or won’t eat his vegetables. You teach him that he will get that after he does the proper behavior. You teach him that if he screams he definitely will not get his Gamebody—in fact, the chances go down! But your nanny might undo all of that hard work after you leave. Some nannies don’t have the patience to listen to a screaming… Read more

If you’re sending your kid off to college, you might feel like your baby is all grown up and doesn’t need you anymore. He can drive, feed himself, and maybe even make a little money on his own. But there is one thing that you can still teach a college-aged kid, and that’s how to be alert and be aware of his surroundings—two things college kids often are not. Here is how your college kid can prevent dorm room theft. Put things away Cleanliness can equal security in a college dorm. A lot of dorms encourage new students to leave their doors open, to socialize and make friends. But that also means anyone passing by can see everything in that dorm room, including items on tables like phones, laptops and wallets. Most dorm room thieves won’t risk making sounds opening drawers and rummaging through cabinets. In fact, a lot of times the thief wasn’t even planning on robbing a dorm, but they saw a laptop sitting in plain sight, and things changed. Simply putting things away can protect your college… Read more

Renting out your guest house can be a great way to earn extra income. Many homeowners purchase a pricey house that is pricey because it has a guest house, only to realize later that mortgage payments are getting ahead of them. Then, that money pit of a guest house can, in fact, get them out of trouble. Others just rent out a guest house because why not make a little vacation money? Whatever your reason for renting yours out, doing so always poses some risks. So here are precautions to take if you’re renting out your guest house. Your guests have guests When welcoming someone to live in your guests house, you’re also welcoming all of her guests. Your renter has a social life, and family, and perhaps a romantic life; she’ll want to have people over. But you can’t vet every one of your renter’s guests the way that you vetted your renter. And you can’t guarantee that she is the greatest judge of character. So you can either have a no-guests rule, which will inevitably mean you have… Read more

Like most thing that matter in life—fitness, friendships, finances—security is mostly a result of your own daily habits. In addition to having a solid home security system in place, there are seemingly small but significant habits that you could take on to make your home and family safer. Here area few security New Year’s Resolutions for 2016. Always lock up When you’re in a rush to get out the front door, it can be annoying to check every other door to make sure they’re locked. If you know a family member will be home just 20 minutes have you leave; it becomes even more tempting just to leave the house unlocked—somebody else will be around to guard it soon enough. What can happen in 20 minutes, right? A lot, actually. No matter how annoying it is, take three extra minutes to lock up before you leave, even if the home will be unattended for just 20 minutes. Don’t share personal information with neighbors You want a feeling of community in your neighborhood, and when you meet neighbors in the street… Read more