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There’s a new company that has developed a line of unnique wireless spot lights. The compay is Wireless Enviroment,Inc. They have two product lines; Mr. Beams and Greenest Light.

The installation of them is really easy and they can be put in just about any area that needs a security light.

The spotlight is a LED design so it will produce light almost forever. Now there’s a light you don’t have to worry about replacing a bulb.

They have several models to choose from and some even come with remotes. They cover an average of 350sqft and will detect movement up to 75′ away to turn the light on.

The nice thing about them is that they are relatively inexpensive. This is important if you need to place lights in several areas. There is no wiring needed. They are battery operated and since they are LED’s you get extended battery life operation.

I don’t endorse very many products but I feel these lights are well worth looking into.

For more information about them and their products log on to Mrbeams.


The day after Thanksgiving is usually called “Black Friday.” It is when most stores advertise their best bargins for the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. in fact, most retailers will take-in almost 30% of their entire yearly income during the weekend following Thanksgiving.

Along with these great deals comes a greater chance of you becoming a victim because thieves realize that during the frendzy of grabbing these deals people let down their guard. Here are some tips that might keep you out of harms way:
* Always be aware of your surroundings. Don’t get too caught up in trying to “out grab” the person in front of you.
* Try to shop with a friend or relative. There’s safety in numbers. If needed, one can watch what you have already purchased while the other can go for the next deal.
* Never leave a package unattended.

* Be careful when using the restroom. Packages have been stolen right at your feet under the bathroom stall partition.
* Don’t overload yourself or have a stranger help you.
* Park in a well lighted area. Always look into the back seat of the car before you get into your vehicle.
* Needless to say, always lock your vehicle and never leave packages in plain sight inside it. Put them into the trunk and watch around you while you do.
* If you feel uneasy about going to your vehicle, ask one of the security guards to walk with you to your car.
* When leaving the shopping mall watch in your rear view mirror to be sure you are not being followed. Many times a thief will followed a shopper home only to attack the victim in their own driveway. So be aware when you are exiting your car at home.
* Have a purse with straps long enough to go over your shoulder. Do not lay it down even for a second.
* Be careful showing the inside of your purse. keep it zipped or locked until you are checking out.
* Be aware if someone starts jostling or rubbing up against you. thats how pick-pockets draw away your attention.

Don’t let a few bad apples spoil your shopping day. Happy Holidays and hope you find tons of bargains!!!


Posted on November 17th, 2009 at 05:09 by Alex Smith in PERSONAL SAFETY,protecting valuables - Comment (1)

I came across an interesting idea. I’m not endorsing the company or it’s products, but only to give out the information.

Years ago I worked for a company that sold “safe rooms” and hidden safes. Yes, they were steel vaulted rooms with unique hiding accesses. Even the experienced intruder would never suspect there was anything behind this hiding technique. Each safe room had an actual safe door behind the whatever they used to hide the existance of the safe room. Needless to say, they were not inexpensive to have installed. To date no one has reported ever having their safe room or safe found after over 30 years they have been installing them.

The problem bought up by the company Burglar Bombs has a valid drawback to a safe room. While most crimes are on the decrease home invasions are on the increase, most invasions are done at night while the victims are sleeping and the intruder can get a surprise attack. So getting into a safe room is not viable. So what can you do to prevent being surprised attacked in your own bedroom?

The best security system has a delay time after it has been triggered. It takes time for the police to get to you. So why not have a device that will cause a would be intruder to flee your home in seconds before he can harm you or take any of your possesions?

Burglar Bombs feel they have the answer. Place one of their devices in the hallway leading to your bedroom. When triggered it puts out a fine mist of non-toxic pepper spray that will engulf the hallway. It effects the breathing of the assailent such as coughing and making it hard to breath. Needless to say, if that were happening to you, you would find the nearest exit to get away from the pepper spray. So the intruder leaves the home before actually getting to his objective, you.

They have several different devices to be used in the area you want protected. They can also be used in conjunction with your existing security system.
You can get more information on their website here.


In a study done by the Jackson Police Department of Jackson, Tennessee, they found that certain crimes are most likely to occur according to the season of the year. There are many factors to consider as to why a certain crime is most likely at any one time of the year.

It seems that shorter days and cooler weather we find fewer assaults and car thefts. The closer you get to the Christmas Holidays, the more likely stores find higher shoplifting and identity theft.

Here’s a breakdown of incidents they found in their community:

Fall seemed to have more vandalism than in February
Winter showed the lowest number of burglaries as compared to July.
Spring had a rise in simple assaults whereas May and December were much lower.
As you might expect, Summer had the highest of violent crimes, murders and rapes.

You will notice that the frequency of crimes has a lot to do with the weather. People are more active in hot weather and less social in colder temperatures. Some increases can be attributed to juveniles out of school with more time on their hands. The dark hours of winter makes it easier for burglaries because it affords more cover the burglar more confidence he will gwt away with it.

What this article showed me was that we need to always be aware of our surroundings no matter what time of year. Summer months we tend to not lock windows and doors which allows more crime of opportunity. Winter months we’re so wrapped up to keep warm that we tend to not see around us. Spring brings a euphoria that we tend to be more trusting of people and may let our guard down. Fall brings us Halloween and more vandalism.

Your best thing a person can do to avoid being a target is to always be alert. Remember, most crimes are crimes of opportunity. People are too often preoccupied and not paying attention to their surroundings.

Report suspicious activity even if it’s not your home. You will be protecting yourself in the long run.


Posted on October 23rd, 2008 at 07:12 by Alex Smith in Home Safety,Identity theft,PERSONAL SAFETY,protecting valuables,Vehicle Security - Comments (5)

I’ve been asked many times over the years, “Why can’t I install my security system?” I’d answer, “yes you can, but it does take some knowledge of electronics, electrical wiring and computers in most cases.” I got asked that question again just yesterday so I went digging into and looking at some of the security systems available to the general public.

Security companies buy their components from a wholesaler. These wholesale distributors do not sell to the public because most states require a state license to install security systems. More manufacturers are now offering their products directly to the public via the internet. My opinion is that you might spend more money having a professional install your system, but it’s the best option you have. What kind of a price tag would you put on protecting your family or business? So you must ask yourself, is it worth taking the chance on a “self installed” security system.

Be that as it may, YES you can install your own system. I did have a lot of fun looking up systems and companies on the internet. Let me state, I DO NOT recommend the average person to install their own system.

There is a website called, Home Security Store that gives a good place for the do it yourselfer. They give a lot of options in many catagories. Here again, I am not endorsing them but they do give you several different companies to get information from.

Before trying to decide what system you are about to install first determine what you want it to do. Some of the questions are:

* Do you want the system monitored by a professional “central station.”
* Check out the central stations that might monitor your system. Is it UL approved? Is it one person
or are there many persons on duty 24/7? Can they receive signals from the security system you are
to install. Some security systems will only call their particular monitoring station.
* Do you want video surviellance? If so is it important to have “night vision.”?
* Do you want to be able to access your system remotely anywhere?
* Do you want a DVR (ditital video recorder) that saves and records all happenings to be reviewed at
a later date?
* Is the system going to blend in with the decor of where it is to be installed?
* Do you need to get permission from a landlord or historic society before you can install it?
* Do you need to get a permit from a city or management group? Some cities require a permit and
can fine you heavily if the police or fire department are dispatched to your home and you do not
have your system registered with them.
* Is the system user friendly? If a system is hard to operate most likely you will never use it.
* Is there weather or temperature conditions to be met? Some components have to be housed in
weather housings to operate under certain conditions.
* What distances will the devices transmit their siganals to what ever receiver it is programed into?
* What height must a device be installed at? Too high of a ceiling or too far of a distance may mean
the device will not cover the area you want to secure.

Before installing your own system contact your local Police department. They will be glad to give all the information you will need.


We all have to give more attention to the our surroundings no matter where we are. Sometimes we get into a routine and let our guard down because we are so familiar with our surroundings. Here are some tips of the different places you might be in during your daily routine for personal safety.

Office/Work Place:

Always have your purse locked up in a secure drawer. Don’t leave it on the floor or desk. If you can’t lock it up in your desk, always take it with you when you leave your work area.

Never leave personal phone numbers posted on the wall around your desk. Never give a number to anyone without their permission.

If you are planning a trip, don’t tell the whole office of your plans. Tell them about your trip after you get back. It makes for a better story anyway. You never know who’s listening.

Be cautious of all repair people or those who service your office. Especially if a new person that normally does not service your office comes in. Always ask for their proper identification. If suspicious, call the company they represent or inform your boss.

Elevators:

Always be aware of whose in the elevator. Look inside before you enter. If a person looks suspicious, wait for the next car. DON’T GET IN.

This also applies while you are waiting for an elevator. If you feel uncomfortable with anyone waiting as well, don’t get in. Walk away look like you changed your mind to do something else.

While on the elevator try to stand close to the controls. All elevators have an emergency alarm. Also if you feel threatened push all the buttons so the elevator will stop at all floors. This gives you a better chance to escape a situation.

Parking your car at work:

Try to park your car in a well lighted area next to an exit or elevator. Know where these exits are and have an escape plan.

Have your car keys out and in your hand before entering the parking garage. While searching for them in your purse can make you unaware of what’s happening around you and you can be approached easily without you noticing.

Always look into the back seat, floorboards, and around your car as you approach it.

Needless to say, ALWAYS lock you car even when you are in it. Keep the windows up so no one can reach in.

Keep your purse on the floorboards and don’t leave it on the seat. If you leave it in plain sight just to “pop” into a store you will take the chance someone will break your car window and steal your purse.

If you are bumped from behind DO NOT get out of your car immediately. Assess your suroundings. This could be a ploy to “car jack” you. It’s best to stay in your car and wait for the police to arrive. If the other party leaves the scene don’t try to follow. Try to get the tag number and write down a good description of the vehicle.

Always leave a good distance between your car in front of you. If threatened, you can step on the gas and make a get away. Don’t try to fight off an attacker. Give up your car and run away. Your car can be replaced, you can’t. Throw the keys if needed in the the opposite direction you are running. This will create a distraction and will give you a little more time to escape.

If your car breaks down, raise the hood and get back into the car and tie something to the car antenna. If someone stops to assist you DO NOT let them into your car. Ask them to call for help and do not accept a ride from them.


Posted on July 27th, 2008 at 05:03 by Alex Smith in Car Security,PERSONAL SAFETY,protecting valuables,Vehicle Security - Comments (3)

The most common entry point of a burglar into your home is a door. Once they get into your home they have to carry out of it what they steal, so why not prepare a fast exit route, a door.

A friend of mine had these cute little decorative frogs just outside his back door. They had a “secret” compartment in them. Looking at then the compartment it was so very obvious they had a compartment. When his neighbor went to check on his house the key was gone out of the frog and the back door wide open. DON”T hide a key ANYWHERE. Thieves will find it.

Do not tell anyone when or where you are going on vacation. This man told the whole town of his plans. At the coffee shop you never know who may be listening. You never know when even a friend might inadvertantly tell someone and it is overheard by the wrong person. Tell everyone about your trip after you get home. It will make a better story anyway.

Some sliding glass doors can be lifted out of their track. Some people put a broom handle or a stick in the track. This prevents the door from being slid open but it does not prevent the door to be lifted. You can get a kit at your local hardware store that will stop a thief from lifting the door. You have to drill a small hole through the track and door. Then put a steel peg or nail through it. This will prevent the door from being lifted out of it’s track.

A door that opens out could be a problem. The hinges are exposed to the outside. It is possible to remove the pins of the hinges and therefore the door can be opened from the hinge side. There are two ways to prevent this. Normally there are four screws in each hinge. Remove the middle screw of the middle hings on both the door and the door jam. Drill a hole the size of the screw hole into the door jam where you removed the screw. Then drive a finish nail into the door where you removed the door screw. Leave the nail sticking out of the door about 1/4 inch. When the door is closed the finish nail will go into the hole you drilled in the door jam. Now the door cannot be removed.

Windows can also be protected by drilling a small hole throught the window into the window casing. Place a nail into the hole and be sure it goes into the casing. Leave the nail sticking out so it can be removed from inside the home in case of an emerancy.

Lock ALL windows even the upstair ones. So many people don’t lock the second story windows or even leave them open. Then leave a nice extension ladder out in the yard. Or your neighbor provides the ladder for the thief. How many of your neighbors have a ladder in their back yard?

Sliding glass windows can be protected the same way I described the protection for a sliding door.

Finally, installing a good sturdy storm/security door is a excellent way to keep your property protected. Remember, most thieves are lazy. They don’t want to do extra work to break into your home. They see the security door and say it’s not worth the effort or the time it will take to to break in. I’ll go next door they don’t have one.


Posted on July 8th, 2008 at 03:16 by Alex Smith in Home Safety,Home Security,protecting valuables,security doors - Comments (4)

Home Invasions are increasing at an alarming rate. Thieves are getting bolder and more violent. They are planning their attacks and realize thier intended victims will be caught unaware and surprised. Remember, his actions are well planned and he knows you are not expecting what he has planned for you. Surprise is his best weapon.

Police departments are constantly telling people NOT TO open your door to an unannounced delivery or supposed repairman. Yet it seems this caution by the police is being ignored by many people. Let’s take a look at some of the tricks invaders like to use.

GAS LEAK INSPECTION

A person dressed in a hard hat and maybe forged ID tag will come to your door and say they have been called. There is a gas leak in the neighborhood. I need to come in and inspect your home to make sure there isn’t a leak.

In reality, gas companies don’t check for gas leaks in your home unless you’ve called them. Thier duties only are to inspect and repair the gas lines in the ground throughout your area, not in your home. Stop and think about it. If there was a gas leak in your home, believe me, you would smell it. Gas companies put special ingredients into the gas so you will smell any gas leak.

FLOWER SMALL PACKAGE DELIVERY

Flowers are hard to resist. If someone tries to deliver flowers or a small package don’t let them in. They do not have to come into your house to deliver a small package. You will know about any large package to be delivered and brought into your home. Large deliveries are always planned. If the person is insistant for you to open your door, especially if there is no special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary, etc. this should give you cause for concern. Call the police immediately.

ELECTRIC COMPANY REPAIRMAN

There in no reason for an electric company repairman to ask to come into your home. Their responsibility is only to work on the power lines outside of your home. If you had a problem in your home you have called a licensed electrician. Know the electrician you called and ask for his identification when he arrives. If there is a question as to who he really is don’t call the phone number he gives you. Look up the company’s number in the phone book to confirm his identity. All electricians have to be licensed and carry the proper identifcation with them.

ALARM REPAIRMAN

Most pople that have an alarm system have a sign posted in front of thier home. This is a warning to a would be criminal that you are protected by a security system. Some invaders will see this sign and pose as an alarm repairman. They will tell you thay are here to do preventative maitenance on your system and want to check to make sure it’s operating properly. Don’t believe them. These calls are usually planned ahead of time. Every alarm repairman is required to be licenced by the state he is working in. They ALL have to cary a picture ID an have gone through a security check by his company and state licensing commission. Again, don’t cnfirm his identity by the number he gives you.

Have all emergency numbers posted somewhere in your home with easy access. Have your doctor, alarm company, spouses work numbers, cell phones, gas, water, and electric comapnies number listed.


Posted on March 29th, 2008 at 11:10 by Alex Smith in Home Safety,Home Security,Home Security Systems,protecting valuables - Comment (1)

Most people give the information a person needs to steal their identity without knowing it. Leaving documents around or throwing them in the trash is an example. Here are a few tips to safegaurd your idenity information.

* Buy a shredder. You can purchase one very inexpensively at any discount store. They simply fit over a trash can and will shred paper documents as well as the “old” credit card. First rule of thumb, shred all personal documents. Even those unsolicited credit applications your receive .

* Protect your social security and driver’s license numbers. Don’t give them out to someone you don’t know. Your driver’s license numer can be just as dangerous to give out as your social security number. This number tags you to your identity. That’s why all wotk and credit applications ask for it. If fact, it’s best not to carry your social security card with you. Remit it to memory. Don’t have these printed on your checks.

* Never give out personal information over the phone, internet or mail before you know who you are dealing with.

* Protect any of your passwords. Don’t use an obvious password like your birthday, street address, some numbers of your social security card or mother’s maiden name. If you have forgotten your password, be suspicious of any website you click on to have them email it back to you.

* Remember, even your residence may not be a safe place to keep personal documents. This especially true if you have a roomate, employ outside domestic help, do a lot of entertaining, or work done in your home.

* A lot of links on the internet are “trogan Horses.” Never click on any unsolicited email link. Use only a website address you know. Have a “firewall”, spyware or antivirus software added to your computer. I have all three on my computer. Some antivrus programs, such as AVG, are free and very good. Use a program that always up-dates your software. They can automatically do this daily even at a time you don’t use your computer.
*The government has a great site for additional information. If you need to file a complaint for some type of identity or would like more information, check this site.


My last post was about documenting your valuables. Here is my recommendation as to the best way to do it.

There are several companies that do video taping in your home or business confirming the ownership of your valuables. Needless to say, be careful as to which one you pick. Be sure they are bonded and have a security background check. It wouldn’t even hurt to contact your local police about them.

They may store the results on a Video Tape or C D. Either way, be sure they make two copies of your video recording.

Before you have them to video your valuables get “certified” appraisals of any unique items. Have full descriptions of each to help further identify or confirm the value of the item. Have each item numbered on the video tape or CD to make identifying easier. This will also help to make a more accurate report to your insurance company if you have a loss. Items will not be accidentally omitted if you have consecutive numbers.

Keep two copies. Keep one in your safety deposit box and submit the other to your attorney.


Posted on January 8th, 2006 at 07:30 by Alex Smith in Home Security,protecting valuables - Comments (0)

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