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Altic Lock Service now stocks and recommends the Door Devil ™ reinforcement package. See the Altic Lock Service website for a special limited time offer. This package includes a 4′ steel jamb reinforcement, door edge guard, and hinge jamb pins.

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Using Social Networking as a Means to Report and Reduce Crime in Your Community, Safely and Effectively

 

Author: The Security Sensei

While social networking may have started off as a convenient way to connect with friends and family, it is now a primary method of communication among our society. With sites like Twitter and Facebook a household name, people are discovering new ways to use social networking to their benefit—including as a means to report and reduce crime in their communities.

social-media-sites_jpg.jpg?w=750From small groups of neighbors who live within the same cul-de-sac to law officials of entire police departments, more and more citizens and law enforcement agencies are using social networking to reduce crime and keep their communities safe.

As reported in an article published by StatesmanJournal.com, a Gannett Company, the Salem, Oregon police department is now using Twitter to post crime prevention messages. The purpose of the posts is to help educate Salem’s local residents and keep them safe by updating them on local criminal activity and trends.

If you’ve never used it, Twitter is a convenient online social media service that allows its users to send and receive messages to and from their mobile phones and/or email accounts. With a limit of 140 characters per message, many people find Twitter to be a convenient way to keep themselves and others informed of the most current news. It is not uncommon for Twitter users to receive messages about important events before they are reported by local news stations. This was the case when Michael Jackson died and when the devastating earthquake in China hit.

With social networking offering an easy and essentially instant method of communication, more and more communities are beginning to realize the benefits of using social networking as a means to keep their local residents informed about crime. The following are a few of those important benefits:

  • Residents are able to alert their neighbors and other members of the community of any suspicious people and activities at a moment’s notice using today’s primary methods of communication—mobile phone text messaging and email.
  • It helps reduce the burden on the local police department, as the messages residents post help them prioritize the crimes and the need to respond. For example, a report on suspected burglary in progress would take priority over a complaint about a solicitor or minor vandalism.
  • Social networking keeps residents aware of the level of crime occurring among surrounding communities. This encourages people to remain vigilant and helps bring the community together as one.
  • Reporting a suspicious person, car, or activity in writing the moment it happens aids police in their investigations. Taking a photo and posting it to a social networking account can also serve as important evidence.
  • By adding pre-approved security vendors from the community, residents can receive messages about discounts on alarm systems and other home security devices that are of importance to them.
  • Setting up a Twitter or Facebook account page helps members of Neighborhood Watch programs keep each other informed of upcoming meetings and other community news. This also provides an easy way to link to and communicate with other local Neighborhood Watch pages, police departments, and community recreation centers and organizations.

Using social networking as a means to keep local residents, law officials, and other organizations within the community updated on crime and other activities within the community works to everyone’s advantage. However, when setting up a crime-watch account, it’s important to ensure the safety and security of the account members. This can be achieved by following a few simple social networking rules:

  • Ensure only residents of the neighborhood or community the account is set up for are accepted as members/followers. Residents should be required to provide proof of residency before they are added to the account.
  • Create, implement, and enforce rules/guidelines for account members to follow in terms of the messages they post. This will help prevent the account from being used for personal means other than its true purpose.
  • If the account services a large neighborhood or community, ensure everyone understands the importance of keeping their private information private. Members should avoid sharing when they will be away on vacation, that they live alone, and other personal information that can make them targets for a home crime.
  • Add your local police department as an account member. If they don’t have a Twitter or Facebook account, share the benefits of collaborating through social networking and how it can be used to reduce crime and keep the residents of the community safe.

With more than 300 million users on Twitter and over 845 million people on Facebook, the foundation for creating safer communities is already in place. All it takes is for someone within the community to get the ball rolling—someone like you!

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/home-security-articles/using-social-networking-as-a-means-to-report-and-reduce-crime-in-your-community-safely-and-effectively-5650606.html

About the Author

Jordan Frankel, commonly known as the Security Sensei develops revolutionary security products and solutions that protect both lives & property. Countless agencies and corporations such as NASDAQ, the US Military, and law enforcement entrust Mr. Frankel with their security and safety.

Jordan Frankel is also frequent media guest addressing the personal and financial consequences associated with home invasions, burglaries and other serious threats. In addition, Mr. Frankel`s security products & inventions have been featured on Oprah, FOX news and in countless publications. Jordan`s ability to outsmart the proverbial bad guys – coupled with his commitment to making security an affordable reality for everyone is the key to Global Security Experts Inc success.

Mr. Frankel is a proud member of:

The American Society for Industrial Security.

The International Association for Counter Terrorism & Security.

The Society of Professional Locksmiths.

What’s your deadbolt made of?

Not all deadbolts are the same. We compared three deadbolts – one made by Kwikset, one by Schlage, and one by Arrow. Before disassembling the deadbolt assemblies, we weighed each. The Kwikset came in at 3.2 ounces, the Schlage at 3.7 ounces, and the Arrow at 4.8 ounces. The bolt assemblies are not designed to be disassembled or repaired – in case of a failure, the whole assembly is replaced – but we did anyway.

Arrow and Kwikset deadbolt assemblies

Arrow (top) and Kwikset (bottom)

Schlage deadbolt assembly

Schlage deadbolt assembly

Kwikset deadbolt assembly parts

Kwikset deadbolt assembly disassembled

Arrow deadbolt assembly

Arrow deadbolt assembly disassembled

Schlage deadbolt assembly

Schlage deadbolt assembly disassembled

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kwikset and Schlage assemblies were readily taken apart within a minute each by prying with a screwdriver. The Arrow assembly took some effort…and a hammer.

Arrow, Kwikset, Schlage bolts

Arrow, Kwikset, and Schlage bolts

Arrow, Kwikset, Schlage bolts side

Arrow, Kwikset, and Schlage bolts - side view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When viewed from the unexposed ends of the actual bolts (picture on the left), you can see that the Kwikset bolt (center) has a large square cavity – it is virtually hollow. The Arrow (left) and Schlage (right) bolts have holes in the center of the bolt containing hardened pins that make it very difficult to saw through the bolt. The photo on the right shows the slightly taller profile of the Arrow bolt. When just the actual bolt from each assembly was weighed, the Arrow bolt came in at 2.6 ounces, the Kwikset at 1.5 ounces, and the Schlage at 1.9 ounces.

In our view, the construction of the Arrow deadbolt is far superior to the others in quality and construction. That is why Altic Lock Service is proud to carry and recommend Arrow locks and door hardware.

Residential Crime and Practical Prevention

Visualize Your Home through the Eyes of a criminal.

Residential Crime and Practical Prevention

Author: The Security Sensei

She was going about her usual morning of cleaning in an uptown home in Santa Clara, California, when, according to a report released by MercuryNews.com, two men dressed in black entered the residence. One of the suspects was armed with a handgun. After stealing several personal items, the two men forced the housemaid into a room. Fortunately, the woman was not harmed—just terrified—and the two men fled the scene with their stolen goods.

In another report by News-Record.com, of Greensboro, North Carolina, the residents weren’t as lucky. At just after 1:00 a.m., three masked intruders, one of which was a woman, entered the couple’s apartment through a back door. One of the suspects had a gun. During the home invasion, the three thugs ransacked the place and physically assaulted the two victims, one of which required treatment at a local hospital.

Residential crimes like these occur across our nation every day. All it takes is to pick up the newspaper, browse the Internet, or watch your local news to find the troubling stories. Yet so many folks continue to live their lives in a way that leaves them, their homes, and their families unprotected. Why? Because when you’ve never been the victim of a crime, it’s easy to believe it only happens to other people. But this is a mistake. Crime is everywhere and it doesn’t discriminate. All it takes is an opportunity for a criminal to turn your world upside down.

Had the victims in the above news stories taken the time to educate themselves about residential crimes and put in place adequate home safety and security measures, they could have quite possibly been avoided.

Don’t make the mistakes that so many residents make. Educate yourself about residential crimes and how to prevent them, then take the time to incorporate the security measures you learn into your life. By doing so, you’ll significantly decrease your chances of being the center of a crime news report.

Lesson 1: Residential Crimes

Education goes a long way when it comes to crime. By learning what types of residential crimes occur, how often, and when, you can use that information to your advantage and protect yourself.

One of the best resources for learning about crime statistics is the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI conducts a thorough review of a variety of crimes that get reported across the nation each year. The results are released in their annual Uniform Crime Report (UCR). The following are some statistics on property and residential crimes from their most recent report:

  • There were over 9 million property crimes reported in the United States in 2010.
  • Over 2 million of the property crimes reported in 2010 involved burglaries.
  • More than 73% of the burglaries reported in 2010 involved residential properties.
  • Over 38% of residential burglaries occurred during the daytime.
  • More than 20% of residential burglaries occurred during the evening hours.
  • The remainder (more than 15%) occurred at an unknown time.
  • Approximately 60% of all burglaries occur through forcible entry (meaning a locked door or window)
  • Burglaries accounted for over $4 billion in property losses.

If you do the math, you can see that a burglary occurs in the United States approximately every 15 seconds. Astounding, isn’t it? That information alone should be enough for you to realize that it very well could be just a matter of time before a burglary catches up to you.

In summarizing the data from the UCR report, you can see that the majority of residential burglaries occur during the daytime hours. This is because most burglars prefer to carry out their crimes when no one is home. This makes it easier for them to steal what they want and leave without getting caught. So the daytime hours, when most people are at work or running errands, present prime opportunities for burglars.

As for the burglaries that occurred at an unknown time, it’s likely that the residents were away from their home for a few days when the burglary took place, which is why they can’t account for the time the crime occurred. You can still learn an important lesson from this data, however, because it again shows that the majority of burglaries occur when residents are not home.

Of course, from the news stories that get reported every day, burglaries in the form of home invasions do take place when one or more of the residents are present. Unfortunately, the 2010 UCR statistics don’t reveal how many of the burglaries occurred when a resident was home and whether the crime involved some form of violence or sexual assault. To find this data, we must look to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).

The NCVS is conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, which is a branch of the U.S. Department of Justice. Although much of the data is based on a sampling of the crimes reported during a specific year, it is quite valuable in terms of learning about how many home crimes involve violence, rape and/or sexual assault. The following is data from the most recent NCVS report released in May 2011:

  • Of the 108,000 violent home crimes that occurred in 2008, each was committed by a complete stranger.
  • Over 11,000 of the above violent home crimes involved rape and/or sexual assault

These numbers are disturbing, especially when you think about the fact that the above data is based on a sampling of the crimes reported to the police in 2008. Considering that there are a number of crimes that never get reported to the police, these numbers could very well be higher.

Lesson 2: Through the Eyes of a Burglar

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Just as important as knowing the statistics on residential crimes knows how criminals go about their dirty deeds. This is valuable information, as it can teach you what to look for when you evaluate your home for weakened areas of security. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Most burglars look for easy targets. They prefer residences that provide a quick and easy way to get in and out without getting caught.
  • Most burglars break in through a ground-floor entry point.
  • The majority of burglars look for vacant houses and apartments with an open window or an unlocked door.
  • The most common entry points are rear and side entry doors (locked or unlocked). A garage door is the second most common entry point.
  • The majority of burglars won’t spend more than two minutes trying to break into a targeted residence. Once inside, most burglars carry out the theft and leave the residence within five minutes.

Lesson 3: Residential Crime Prevention

Now it’s time to apply what you learned above to your own residence so that you can better protect you, your home, and your family, while reducing your risk of becoming a victim.

The first step is to assess your residence. This means walking around your home and looking for weakened points of security. Do you leave windows open during the day when you’re not home? Are the locks on your windows secured? Are there any damaged or missing glass windowpanes? What about your doors? Lock them and then push and pull on the knobs to check for loose hardware. Ensure the hinges are also in good repair. When assessing your home, be sure to inspect it from the inside and the outside, both during the day and night.

When inspecting the outside of your home, pay attention to the lighting. Inadequate lighting can help criminals conceal themselves. Too much lighting can make scoping out your home easier. You also need to look for and eliminate items such as trellises, ladders, tall trees, and walls around the perimeter of your home that could aid a potential burglar in gaining entry through a second story patio door or window.

Once you’ve eliminated the areas of your home that present as open invitations to criminals, the next step is to ensure you have an adequate layer of home security in place. That means fortifying your doors and windows in a way that makes breaking into them extremely difficult. This will help deter a potential criminal, as a home that takes more than a minute or two to break into is not worth the extra time or effort. It makes more sense to a burglar to move on to an easier target than to risk getting caught.

Here are a few ways you can effectively fortify the security of your home’s doors and windows:

  • Insert metal or solid-wood rods into the tracks of all glass doors and windows that slide horizontally.
  • Install protective security films on the windows of the ground level of your home. This protective film makes the glass difficult to break, thereby slowing down and deterring the burglar from proceeding any further.
  • Install a glass break sensor on the ceiling of each room that has windows and have the sensors linked to an extremely loud alarm. This will increase the chance of an intruder stopping in his tracks and fleeing the scene.
  • Main entry doors, such as your front door, should be constructed of solid wood or metal. All hollow-core doors should be replaced. Doorframes should also be reinforced with heavy-duty hinges and 2- to 3-inch stainless steel screws.
  • In addition to having a heavy-duty deadbolt lock on your front door, install a quality security door brace. This will ensure your door can withstand over 1700 pounds of pressure, which can prevent the most vigorous attempt of forcible entry.

By educating yourself and applying what you’ve learned to your home’s security, you’ve taken an important step in protecting not only your residence, but you, your family and you’re most prized possessions. You’ve also learned some valuable information that you can pass along to others as a way to help educate and protect them from residential crimes.

Sources:

1. U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Uniform Crime Reports, Crime in the United States 2010, Property Crime.

2. U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Criminal Victimization in the United States, 2008 Statistical Table, National Crime Victimization Survey, May 2011.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/home-security-articles/visualize-your-home-through-the-eyes-of-a-criminal-residential-crime-and-practical-prevention-5460624.html

About the Author

Jordan Frankel, commonly known as the Security Sensei develops revolutionary security products and solutions that protect both lives & property. Countless agencies and corporations such as NASDAQ, the US Military, and law enforcement entrust Mr. Frankel with their security and safety.

Jordan Frankel is also frequent media guest addressing the personal and financial consequences associated with home invasions, burglaries and other serious threats. In addition, Mr. Frankel`s security products & inventions have been featured on Oprah, FOX news and in countless publications. Jordan`s ability to outsmart the proverbial bad guys – coupled with his commitment to making security an affordable reality for everyone is the key to Global Security Experts Inc success.

Mr. Frankel is a proud member of:

The American Society for Industrial Security.

The International Association for Counter Terrorism & Security.

The Society of Professional Locksmiths.

www.globalsecurityexperts.com

For 2012, Resolve to Protect your Home from Break-ins

Take steps to prevent burglaries, break-ins, and home invasions. Let Altic Lock Service help you. We advise six steps:

  1. Ensure entry locks and deadbolts are installed and functioning correctly.
  2. Reinforce the door jamb, the weakest point of most doors.
  3. Reinforce the door edge. After the jamb, the door edge adjacent to the locks is the most vulnerable area.
  4. Reinforce the hinges. After the jamb and the door edge have been reinforced, the hinge area is the next most likely to fail.
  5. Upgrade your locks. With your door properly reinforced to prevent forced entry, it only makes sense to use quality locks that cannot be easily bypassed.
  6. Install and use a door viewer, and never open the door to a stranger.

We are offering a complete door reinforcement package (see website for details). Door jamb reinforcement, door edge reinforcement, hinge reinforcement is included. Free installation with optional additional purchase of door viewers, Arrow brand locks, or a sliding door deadbolt. Limited time offer – contact us today!

Prosecutors give safety reminders during holidays – 13 WTHR

Prosecutors give safety reminders during holidays – 13 WTHR.

Locksmithripoffs.com is the consumer advocate against locksmith scams.

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Choosing the Right Alarm Company

Choosing the Right Alarm Company: What You Should Know

Before Agreeing to a Cheap No-Frills Home Security System

Author: The Security Sensei

An alarm system is an essential part of home security. However, if you choose the wrong alarm company, you could wind up spending a lot more than you need to, or worse—wasting money on an alarm system that doesn’t provide adequate protection. Both scenarios can be as misfortunate as not having an alarm system at all.

Take the case of an innocent southwestern Berks County couple who became the victims of a home invasion. In the news story released by The Morning Call, a Lehigh Valley newspaper, the crime occurred at around 1:30 a.m. while the homeowners were sleeping. After incapacitating the homeowners with electrical cords and duct tape, the thugs spent close to an hour in the home before fleeing the scene with the victims’ valuables.

Like many victims of home crimes, the homeowners of the above news story might have been able to protect themselves or call for help had they had a home alarm system in place. Chances are they will likely invest in a home alarm system in the immediate future. The problem is that the trauma and fear they experienced may cause them to purchase a system from the first alarm company they find. This can be a crucial mistake, because not all alarm companies are backed by the values, integrity, or commitment that’s needed when it comes to protecting one’s home and family.

Like any business, there are reputable alarm companies and there are disreputable alarm companies. A reputable alarm company is one that takes its business very serious and takes pride in doing the job properly the first time. This can be witnessed through the quality of their products and workmanship, as well as the education and experience of their staff.

While meeting sales quotas is important, a reputable alarm company does so by exceeding its clients’ expectations through superior service and system design.

On the other hand, a disreputable alarm company doesn’t concern itself with quality or service. Its only goal is to make as much money as it can—even if it means taking advantage of people.

Alarm systems are no different. Security systems provided to homeowners are often give-aways and/or the $99.00 no-frills type. And of course the customer must be willing to sign a three-year (no cancellation) monitoring agreement to obtain these misleading deals. But as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. While most homeowners don’t need a top-of-the-line alarm system that costs a small fortune, the cheap systems can be a complete waste of money.

Here’s an inside look at what an average $99.00 alarm system includes:

  • Most no-frills systems monitor the doors only and do not include motion or glass break sensors. Windows are a common entry point for burglars, which is why motion and/or glass break sensors are imperative.
  • Most no-frills systems include only one siren. For adequate protection, an alarm system should be equipped with both an outdoor and indoor siren at the very least.

Basic systems don’t include an LCD keypad. This means there’s no way of knowing what room, door, or window has been breached in the event of a break-in. LCD keypads also allow you to know where in your home an intruder is roaming. Having such a keypad in your master bedroom is especially important.

  • Basic systems don’t include a battery backup source. In the event of a power failure, the alarm will not work. Cheaper systems also don’t include cellular dialers, which are essential should the phone lines be cut or you experience a service disruption. With a cellular dialer, the alarm system can still contact the monitoring company to alert the police of an emergency.

Just as you wouldn’t purchase a new car without learning all you can about it, you shouldn’t invest your money in an alarm company without doing your research first. To ensure you place your money and trust in the right alarm company, follow these important tips:

  • Check with your local Better Business Bureau (BBB) and other online sources for customer complaints against the company.
  • Ask for references from RECENT customers and contact them. Ask questions about their satisfaction with the company, such as how timely they were with their services, the professionalism of the staff and installers, and whether or not the company provided any follow-up services.
  • Inquire about what type of insurance the company carries. Although uncommon, accidents do happen. Should that antique vase or expensive painting on the wall be damaged, or a fire occurs as a result of the installation of the alarm system, you’ll want to know it will be covered by the company’s insurance policy.
  • Inquire about the type of training the company requires or provides its installers. An alarm company that employs technicians with certifications is a major plus, as they usually take their business very serious and provide top quality service.
  • Verify that the company has a business or contractor’s license. Ask for a copy. If they claim their installers are certified, verify their credentials as well.

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  • Research the alarm company online. Find out how long the company has been in business. Search for news stories about the company’s involvement with the community. Look to see if the company has posted any articles about their area of security expertise. What you find should tell you a lot in terms of the company’s commitment to the industry and their customers. The same holds true in terms of the education, experience, and credentials of the owner and other staff, including their installers.

Choosing the right alarm company is just as important as choosing the right alarm system for your home. To ensure you get the best of both, do your homework. While this may require a little more time, effort, and money on your part, you’ll find that doing business with a reputable alarm company is worth it.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/home-security-articles/choosing-the-right-alarm-company-what-you-should-know-before-agreeing-to-a-cheap-no-frills-home-security-system-5410846.html

About the Author

Jordan Frankel, commonly known as the Security Sensei develops revolutionary security products and solutions that protect both lives & property. Countless agencies and corporations such as NASDAQ, the US Military, and law enforcement entrust Mr. Frankel with their security and safety.

Jordan Frankel is also frequent media guest addressing the personal and financial consequences associated with home invasions, burglaries and other serious threats. In addition, Mr. Frankel`s security products & inventions have been featured on Oprah, FOX news and in countless publications. Jordan`s ability to outsmart the proverbial bad guys – coupled with his commitment to making security an affordable reality for everyone is the key to Global Security Experts Inc success.

Mr. Frankel is a proud member of:

The American Society for Industrial Security.

The International Association for Counter Terrorism & Security.

The Society of Professional Locksmiths.

Don’t Be This Year’s News Story!

Every year, we hear of families whose Christmas has been ruined by thieves stealing their stash of presents. It would be nice if the crooks took a break for the holidays, but they won’t. Don’t make yourself an easy target for their next “job.”

 

  • Use your locks, even if you are only going to be gone “for a minute.”
  • Use a deadbolt and entry lock on every exterior door, including the door from the house to the garage.
  • If a lock isn’t working properly and easily, have it serviced.
  • If you cannot account for every key to your home (or business), have it rekeyed.
  • If you want your home to look less attractive to the “bad guys” than your neighbor’s, upgrade your locks.

 

Give your family the gift of greater security this holiday season!

 

Altic Lock Service is offering special holiday discounts on quality Arrow Lock residential and commercial products from now until December 21, 2011. Call us at (317) 490-1469 for details.