Steps To Ensure Your Teen Is Safe When Home Alone

Happy Teenager Girl Sitting Home On Sofa

By the time children reach their teen years, most are ready to be left home alone while you are away. Certainly they are too old to have a babysitter. As a parent you know your child best. No matter what, you must decide if your teenager is responsible, mature and independent enough to be left home alone.

Factors to Consider

  • Discuss the idea of your teens staying home alone with your children. Allow them to come up with questions and situations. Ask them how they would handle things in various scenarios.

  • In the case of an only child, make sure that they are ready and feel comfortable being left home alone. Read more »

Tips to Secure Your Garage From A Break-In

garagedoorsecurityWhen it comes to break-ins, the garage door is one of the most vulnerable parts of a home. This is common knowledge to criminals; however, most homeowners aren’t aware of this fact. Here are some tips to help you secure your garage from a break-in.

Know your neighbors – Nothing deters crime better than nosy neighbors. If you go away for the weekend, will your neighbors wonder about your garage door being open or the truck in your driveway? Do they even know you well enough to realize that you’re not home? If not, you need to get to know your neighbors better now so they will know to ask questions in the future! Read more »

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

cybersecurityAs cyber-technology deepens it’s hold on our lives, the need for protection from online fraud, theft, and abuse becomes more of a concern.  That’s why the Department of Homeland Security has kicked off National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  The month of October is dedicated to educating citizens and raising awareness about cyber security, offering tips on ways to stay safe online, and strengthening the nation’s security in the event of a cyber-related incident. Read more »

Tips to Prevent Your Home from Flooding

flood damaged homeYou can’t feel safe in your home if you can’t even live in it because of a recent flood. In the final stretch of rainy season in Florida, it is important to keep your home dry and safe.

From smelly soaked carpet to damaged warped wood floors, your home can quickly become a victim of a storm. Not only are your floors in danger, but your electronics, appliances, furniture, lighting and personal keepsakes are susceptible to water damage. In addition to water damage, mold can set in after a flood. There are many initial home protocols you can follow when it comes to flooding prevention for you home. Keeping your home above the water is one of them. Unless you live at the top of a mountain, this is probably easier said than done. However, the only way towards safety and less water damage is to go upward. While your home can be designed structurally against hurricanes, water can easily cross the threshold if you have not taken the necessary precautions for your home. A general rule to significant water damage is when the water reaches an inch above your floor. Read more »

How To Create A Neighborhood Watch Program

neighborhoodwatchCrime in your neighborhood is one of the most unsettling experiences. Your home should be your sanctuary and the place where you feel the most safe. But in our modern society, security is increasingly hard to come by. A good neighborhood can become questionable, seemingly overnight, when undesirable elements move in. And while cities still try to recover from the financial challenges of recent years, local police budgets may not be getting the funding they really deserve. Before you give up on feeling safe at home, there is a way to take back your streets: band together with your neighbors to create a Neighborhood Watch Program. It may sound like a major undertaking, but it’s really not as difficult as you might think. Read more »

How To Prevent Accidental Poisoning At Home

child_housecleanerDeath from accidental poisoning is one of the most tragic events, mainly because most poisonings can be prevented. Even if you live alone, with no pets or children in the house, there are steps you should take to prevent injury, illness and death from poisoning. Here’s what you need to know to stay safe.

Children and Household Chemicals

Small children learn by touching things and putting them in their mouths and older children are naturally curious about what different things are and what they do. Few children will ask questions or seek permission before trying something out or experimenting with new things. Always keep cleaning products and household chemicals in locked cabinets or on very high shelves. Read more »

How to Avoid Lock Bumping

alarm monitoring JacksonvilleYou would be surprised to learn how easy it is to unlock most common locks without an original key. In most cases, this is done using a technique known as “lock bumping”. Burglars and intruders use this technique to get into homes without signs of a forced entry.

How can you know that your lock is safe, and what precautions can you take to ensure that your home is not “lock bumped”? Read more »

Business Tips to Avoid Security False Alarms

business securityAvoiding false alarms is a good idea for business owners and managers. By following some simple guidelines, it is possible for business owners and employees to reduce the number of false alarms generated at their facilities. Read more »

How to Keep Your Home Secure While Remodeling

Home renovation

Whether it’s re-tiling your bathroom floor or extending the exterior walls of your kitchen, remodeling puts your home and family at risk for burglary and intruders. Most likely, there will be many strangers going in and out of your home during your remodel and you should be cautious. If you are planning a renovation with exposed walls, the lack of home security will be heightened. However, there are many steps to take in order to ensure your belongings and your family stay safe. Read more »

How to Deter Burglars When Your Vacation Home is Vacant

Vacation Home

A vacation home is still a home which is why you should protect your property as well as you would your main residence. After all crime can happen anywhere. As such, most crime is also preventable and with the proper steps you too will be able to rest well knowing your vacation home is safe and secure even if you’re miles away. Read more »


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