Monthly Archives: February 2013

5 More Perks of Having a Home Security System

Consumers who believe that security systems only guard against theft haven’t done their homework. Surely the most obvious benefit of a home security system is burglary prevention, and that’s for good reason. According to the FBI crime stats, the average home theft in the U.S. results in $2,185 lost. Alarm systems work in both low-tech and high-tech ways to deter break-ins.

On the low tech side, yard signs and window decals often are enough to ward off potential intruders. Most criminals are cowards. Seeing that your home is protected with state of the art technology, burglars will think twice before breaking and entering. If they decide to proceed anyway, sensors by windows and doors detect when someone has entered or exited your home. When your system is armed and an intruder enters your home without punching in your security code, an alert is sent to a monitoring center, manned by security experts. Authorities will be dispatched nearly immediately.

But, as the late night commercials say, “Wait! There’s more!” Following are other ways your system can protect you from common problems:

Fire prevention

Fires pose a threat to your family, home and belongings, so you don’t take fire prevention lightly. You make sure to repair broken electronics, smoke outdoors and watch over lit candles. Security systems boost your protection from fires. Heat and smoke sensors send a signal to your system when they detect a threat. An alert then travels to monitoring center where security professionals will quickly make sure you are safe. If needed, firefighters will be sent to your home to handle the situation.

Carbon monoxide

The threat of carbon monoxide makes homeowners and parents nervous and for good reason: This poisonous gas is tasteless, colorless and odorless, which makes it nearly impossible to detect. But carbon monoxide sensors added to a home security system can sniff out the presence of this gas and alert your security system, much like heat and smoker sensors do for fire. Security experts will of course assess the situation and dispatch emergency professionals to your residence if necessary.

Medical emergencies

Disasters are sometimes manmade. Medical emergencies come about all on their own. Your father might fall in the tub or you break your leg while no one else is home. The truth is that accidents and severe illness can come out of nowhere. For these scenarios, security systems can be triggered manually. Instead of sensors detecting a menace, household members can trigger the alarm. Your system will contact a monitoring center, where a security professional will make sure that everyone in your home is all right. If anyone requires medical attention, an ambulance will be dispatched to your house.

Cold

Very often the elements take their toll on homes. In addition to carbon monoxide, heat and smoke alarms, you can purchase freezing temperature alarms for your home. Frozen pipes are no frivolous matter. You want to make sure that your pipe system stays in working condition. While you can take some precautionary measures, you shouldn’t leave the state of your home up to fate. Sensors can alert you to the presence of temperatures below the freezing temperature of water. Keep an eye on your pipe system with a home security system.

Water

You can also buy water sensors to alert you to the possibility of flooding in your home. Water can damage floors and furniture within a matter of minutes. With these sensors you can minimize damage when rising waters enter your home or a pipe bursts.

Home security systems protect against a wide range of dangers, and they have the potential to pay themselves off. With an alarm system, you can potentially earn a sizeable discount on your homeowners insurance. Savings could be as great as 10% off your premium. Twenty-four-hour monitoring for your home can be quite affordable, too. Considering you might save yourself $2,185 in lost valuables to burglary, the investment is worth it. Knowing that you are saving money and protecting yourself, family, home and belongings is key to peace of mind.

This article was contributed by Carrie Van Brunt-Wiley, Editor of the HomeInsurance.com blog. Carrie has been writing insurance news and consumer information for HomeInsurance.com since 2008. She graduated from the University of North Carolina in Wilmington in 2005 with a B.A. in Professional Writing and Journalism.

 

Meteorites and Car Cameras

Russia’s got a new fad. If you’ve watched the news or been on YouTube in the last week, you might’ve noticed multiple videos of an enormous 10-ton meteorite heading straight for us, majestically burning brighter than the Sun before making contact with Mother Earth. Have you noticed that 95 percent of the videos surfacing are from Russian Car Cameras? The footage is truly amazing. To view a clip, click here.

NASA reports that it is the largest meteor to enter the Earth’s atmosphere in over 100 years. Thanks to car cameras, the entire world witnessed history on a real and frightening level in a matter of minutes. How phenomenal is that?

What’s interesting is how many cameras picked up the meteorite footage. Why do so many Russians own dashboard cameras? Multiple reasons- according to the Washington Post- including reckless drivers, poor road conditions and intimidation from traffic police. To read the Washington Post article by Olga Khazan on Russian dash-cameras click here.

It makes me wonder why more drivers in the United States don’t own a dashboard cam. Don’t Americans face these same circumstances every time we drive to work or drop off the kids at baseball practice? According to the US Bureau of Transportation Statistics there are over 254 million registered passenger vehicles in the US (80 percent of the country) and over 10.8 million traffic accidents per year. Frightening? I think so.

This is why cave men avoided building cars. See, we were geniuses and had the technology- fact. We just understood how dangerous it was and opted to walk away from the idea. Plus, peaceful strolls on sunny days were so much more appealing to our romantic souls.

These viral videos are a reminder of the importance of car cameras. Beyond saving you ring time in insurance bouts, car cams pick up bizarre and memorable footage that you might normally miss while driving and- they’re affordable.

The Atrix HD Car Camera, for example, shoots in 720p resolution and has a 120 degree view angle. It’s reliable, records day and night and gives you piece of mind every time you step into your vehicle. Watch our video review of the Atrix HD Car Camera above.

What these meteor videos tell us: Record your own history with this new trend quickly sweeping across the world. Now that it’s 2013 and the world has developed into this crazy highway of information, I guess this is one fad I don’t mind following.

Caveman out.

TV & Radio Personality Tipman Tim features the Trinity 788 Biometric Door Lock in his latest TV Segment

Atlanta based Timpan Tim loves to tell people about tips, tools, and tricks for life.  He loves it so much that he has made a great living out of it.  Tipman Tim’s TV segments are featured on the FOX-TV affiliate’s morning show in Atlanta.  Tipman Tim has recently chosen to feature Home Security Store’s Trinity 788 Biometric Door Lock on his latest TV segment seen here.  We caught up with Tipman Tim and this is what we asked him:

What peaked your curiosity about the Adel Trinity 788?

I was interested in finding out more about the latest technology available for home security. This new generation of high-tech door locks really impressed me because it’s now accessible for the average homeowner. Plus, I love the idea that I can just use my finger to unlock my front door, rather than fumble for my keys.

How did you get into doing what you are doing now as a Tip expert?

I just love tips, and it’s been a hobby of mine for years. I started out by helping on a friend’s home-improvement radio show, partly offering some comedic relief, but that turned into a weekly newspaper column when I realized I had collected hundreds of tips, both from friends and on my own. I’ve been in the tip business for nearly a decade now, and I’m constantly on the lookout for new tips.

Do you have any unique Tips when it comes to your home’s security?

Well, I have a couple tips that can help keep you from getting things stolen. First, I love to use a tennis ball for small valuables — just slice it along one of its lines and squeeze to open it.  You can use this for rings or other valuables that you want to keep hidden “in plain sight.” (Who is going to steal a tennis ball?). Also, I have a tip on my website that shows how to easily hide a safe you’ve mounted into the wall. Basically, you attach the frame to a pair of drawer pulls; the picture stays put until you push it to the side and nobody would suspect that anything valuable is behind it because it covers the safe!

From more on Timpan Tim tips, check out his website.

6 Things You Can Do Today to Beef Up Your Home’s Security

Our main store is open 24/7 and even though we normally ship the same day that you order, you don’t have to wait until your products are delivered to begin beefing up your security. In addition to electronic security systems, there are a number of things that you can do today to deter a burglar. The following are just a few such examples:

Talk it Out

Have a sit down with everyone in the household to discuss the importance of home security, as well as any concerns that you may have. During this discussion have everyone share ways in which they’d break into your home if they were in a burglar’s shoes. Initially, this may seem like an odd or uncomfortable conversation, but it will definitely inspire your family or roommates to think of and identify gaps in your security.

During the course of conversation, also take time to formulate a few hard-fast rules for improving security. Examples might include:

  • Refusing to allow indoor access to unscheduled service workers
  • Closing blinds and draperies at dusk
  • Keeping mum about work and travel schedules while using social media sites
  • Safely storing house keys and garage remotes out of common reach when at home
  • Discussing a plan of action in case a burglar enters while someone is at home

Of course, if you do not already have an alarm system, security lighting or surveillance cameras installed at home, this time should also be spent discussing precisely what you need.

It is particularly important to include children in this discussion, especially those who are old enough to stay in the home without an adult’s supervision.

Lock Up

Obviously, locking your doors and windows are at the top of the list when it comes to securing your home. You might be surprised, however, at the number of people who leave bathroom and basement windows cracked for ventilation purposes or who even leave garage doors opened or unlocked during the daytime. If you’ve seen our Characteristics Of a Burglar infographic or even The Most Common Entry Points For a Break-In infographic, you know that burglars seek paths of least resistance…like unlocked barriers. They also tend to strike at an alarming rate during the daytime (as can be learned in our infographic entitled, Odds Of Burglary in America), which means that your doors and windows need to be locked at all times– even when you are at home during the day.

Get to Know Your Neighbors

When I was a kid, we knew everyone in the neighborhood. Not only did we know the families that lived on our block, but we knew our regular shopkeepers, the regular gardeners who tended neighborhood lawns and we even knew a couple of the “bad guys” (mostly neighborhood teens who’d managed to find the wrong path in life). When something or someone seemed out of place in our area, someone usually recognized it right away.

Beyond someone living immediately next door, many of us do not know our neighbors anymore. This is understandable since most of us– including our children– maintain very busy schedules and simply don’t have the free time at home that we used to. Still, developing a friendly relationship with your neighbors is a great way to beef up your home security. Sharing a rapport tends to lead to people looking after one another, which includes keeping an eye on your home while you are away.

Turn Off Your Location Settings

More and more people are accessing social media sites from handheld devices. This sort of on-the-go convenience is nice, but can also present a serious security risk if you are not careful. In particular, if using a device with GPS tracking, be sure to turn your location settings off lest a map pinpointing your exact (or near exact) location may be posted along with your updates.

Turn Your Alarm On

You may have the best alarm in the neighborhood, but even a top of the line Honeywell Vista 20P Total Connect Ultimate Kit will be useless if you don’t consistently arm it. Whether you are leaving your house for a few short minutes, working from home during the day or vacationing on the other side of the world, your alarm should be armed and ready to alert you at all times.

Invest in Good Monitoring

We understand that money is tight, which is why we want to introduce you to Alarm Relay. As important as alarm monitoring is, it is understandable that some simply cannot afford the several hundred dollars per year that so many alarm dealers charge for this service. Home Security Store values your safety over our profit and we are pleased to be able to offer security alarm monitoring for less than $9 per month. Please head to our main store today to learn more or to sign up for this very important service.

What’d We Miss?

Can you think of a few other security tips that our readers can implement today? Now’s not the time to bite your tongue. Instead, speak your mind and share your best advice below.

Home Security Quiz

How much effort have you put into securing your home? Answer the following questions as truthfully as possible before calculating your final score. This is an open book quiz, so feel free to search for answers throughout this blog, among our Knowledgebase articles or even in our main store if you need help.

Ready…set…go!

1. Do you have a security alarm?

Yes = 3 points

No = 0 points

2. How many “layers” of security are currently protecting your home?

A. 0-1 layer = 1 point

B. 2-3 layers = 2 points

C. 4+ layers = 3 points

3. Do you arm your security alarm each and every time you leave home (even for short errands)?

Yes = 3 points

No = 0 points

4. Do you have security lighting installed around your home’s exterior?

Yes = 3 points

No = 0 points

5. Do you have yard signs, window decals or any other clearly displayed notices warning burglars that your home is protected by a security system?

Yes = 3

No = 0

NOTE: The correct answers and points for the following questions will be shared at the end of this quiz:

6. A freeze alarm…

A. Stops burglars in their tracks

B. Alerts you when the temperature in your home has dropped below a preset temperature

C. Alerts you whenever the weather outside falls below freezing

7. What is a SuperCam application?

A. A technique used to get the widest field of vision from a surveillance camera

B. Something that allows you to view surveillance footage on an iPhone

C. Special instructions for installing a high-powered video surveillance system

8. What is the best reason for deciding upon a DIY home security system installation?

A. Doing so saves money

B. A DIY home security system works as well as any system installed by a professional installer

C. Installing your own system empowers you to take control of your home’s security

D. All of the above

9. What is a PIR sensor?

A. A paranormal instant recording sensor

B. A pet infrared sensor

C. A passive infrared sensor

10. Which offers the best protection for your home?

A. A wireless alarm system

B. A hardwired alarm system

C. Both may offer the same quality of protection depending upon your home’s size

Answers to Questions 6-10

6. B = 3 points

7. B = 3 points

8. D = 4 points

9. C = 3 points

10. C = 3 points

Score Yourself

0 – 17 Points – You’ve got a lot to learn, my friend. Don’t panic, though, because that’s why we’re here. For you, we suggest that you read through the pages of this blog to get up to speed on your home security game. We update this blog regularly, so be sure to bookmark it and visit it as often as possible in order to stay abreast of the many interesting topics and tips discussed here. Lastly, and most importantly, head on over to our main store and create a list of items that you need in order to improve your home’s security. We offer DIY home security devices that are affordable and effective, and we are always ready to answer any questions that you may have. We don’t want you to feel discouraged by your low score, but we do want you to take action to make sure that your home is secure (and that you score higher on future quizzes).

18 – 26 Points – While your score is probably on par with the average homeowner’s knowledge about DIY home security, there is definitely room for improvement here. Review some of the questions that you’ve missed and look for their answers on our main site or here on this blog. Use our search feature to explore keywords pertaining to the topics that you need to brush up on and spend some time learning how to strengthen your knowledge of home security, in general.

27 Points or higher - You are a home security rockstar! Give yourself a pat on the back for knowing your stuff when it comes to keeping your home and your family safe. Don’t stop here, though, share this quiz with your friends and family, and do your part to help them secure their homes, as well.

So, How’d You Do?

More than anything, we designed this quiz to help you identify areas where you may need to apply more thought in terms of your home’s security. Please don’t be too hard on yourself if you didn’t achieve a perfect score, but, instead, use this information to further your education on DIY home security. Overall, we hope that this quiz has inspired you to pay close attention to home security and to weigh your options in terms of installing a DIY security system.

So, now let us have it…how well did you do on this home security quiz?

Survive Outdoors Longer with this New Product at Home Security Store

The SOL (Survive Outdoors Longer) Survival Kit is a multi-functional life saving device that fits in the palm of your hand and adds a new level of safety to your emergency preparedness plan. Designed for outdoor use, the tools and supplies in this On-the-Go and indestructible survival pack will fulfill your most basic needs in the wake of disaster.  Learn more in Jared Nelson’s latest product video review.

Surviving the End of the World

Between “The Sun is going to explode” and “The Mayan Calendar is ending,” perhaps we all got a little caught up in these agents of fear that the media tried to make a buck off of in 2012. At the same time, this fear was a humbling reminder of the actual possibility of disaster striking at any moment.

Earthquakes, hurricanes and super storms – as we’ve recently seen- are real and terrifying creatures. So, if you can’t halt or predict disaster, the question becomes: What can I do to prepare?

Food. Water. Shelter.

The most basic needs of humans are food, water and shelter. If you’re not experienced in hunting, fishing or gathering- stock up on emergency food. Most emergency food comes ready to go in buckets with handles for fast action and usually, you’ll only need to add water for both a tasty and nutritious meal. Don’t take emergency food lightly either. Research major disasters in history and calculate the average of how long the following chaos lasts. Over-prepare so you know for sure that you’re going to make it without the aid of governing bodies.

An ice chest full of bottled water is always something good to have lying around. Even without food, your body will survive as long as it can with just water. Make sure you have it.

Small and easily portable tents will save your skin. If you’re in an area where the sun is blazing or the nights are chilling, a tent will literally save your skin from being harmed. Blankets and extra clothing are also a good idea, just make sure your body is always sheltered by something.

Trust experts. Already made and ready to use survival kits or emergency backpacks could save you the time and energy of worrying about all these little things.

Think Cave Man

Should a disaster leave you living in the wilderness for a questionable period of time, think like a cave man. With no technology and only basic human nature, how did Cave Men stay alive? They had a system.

They stayed close to large bodies of fresh water. They found natural environments of shelter, such as, wait for it….. Caves! They paid attention to the land and animals for food. These guys were the trail blazers of an End of the World Plan. Simplify your thought process, pay attention to your body and think like a cave man- it might save your life.

Technology

Sorry, but chances are your iPhone won’t be able to give you live, streaming updates on disaster as it happens. Get a portable AM/FM radio with extra batteries. If you’re ever getting a bad signal, get to a higher point. It seems mundane, but the little things are often the ones that matter most.

However you decide to prepare, do it now. I mean right now. Yes, these are all IFs, but you wouldn’t still be reading this if you didn’t think that it was possible that disaster could strike tomorrow. Be the person who says “I told you so,” because those are the people who often make it through dark times while everyone else wonders what they could’ve done differently.

Protecting Your Car From Theft and Vandalism

Few things are more frustrating than discovering that your car has been stolen or broken into. These events feel even worse when your wheels are parked at home and you know that such a crime has taken place right under your nose. Unfortunately, though, car theft happens every day and more discussion is needed so that we all might avoid becoming victims.

Of course, your home is your number one priority when it comes to security. Auto theft and vandalism, however, can also be a very expensive and burdensome interruption to our lives. When your car is parked at home, the following are a few of the most important things that you can do to reduce the likelihood of it being stolen or damaged by thieves:

Be Mindful About Where You Park

Parking your car in a locked garage is always the best way to avoid auto theft. If you do not have a garage or if you are a multi-car family and your garage cannot accommodate all of your vehicles, then it will be necessary to take additional steps to protect your ride. In these cases, make your best effort to park your car in a well-lit area and where you can easily see it from a window inside your home. Also, keep surrounding shrubs low enough that the field of vision between your home and your car  is not obstructed.

Install Outdoor Cameras

A good weatherproof surveillance camera is a great way to deter auto theft. Such can be added to your existing security system or can be used as a standalone device. By installing an outdoor surveillance system, you can keep a watchful eye over your vehicle and have a good record of all activity in your vehicle’s vicinity. You also never have to compromise your own personal security by stepping outdoors if you suspect that your car is being tampered with since a camera will allow you to safely view your car from inside your home as you place a call to local authorities.

Invest In a Good Driveway Alarm

A driveway alarm will alert you any and every time someone approaches your driveway. Devices like the WIRELESS2000 Optex Wireless Alert Driveway Alarm allow you to establish multiple sensitivity levels, as well as adjust the sound of the alarm in order to customize the system to work according to your unique needs. This device can also be programmed to trigger other security devices, such as your main burglary alarm.

Outdoor Security Lighting is Crucial

Streetlights often do illuminate enough to help you identify who is lurking around your vehicle. For good auto security, as well as home security, we highly recommend installing motion-activated security lighting outside of your home. Placing such lighting near your driveway or near where your car is parked is an excellent way to deter thieves. Few criminals are interested in breaking into your car (or your home) after a bright light has been triggered by their approach. In our main store, you’ll find an array of motion-activated wireless security lighting options– many of which are solar powered so as not to cause a rise in your utility costs.

Secure Your Car When You Travel

While you always want your home to appear occupied, you don’t want to leave your car a sitting duck when you are traveling. If you have a garage, of course, it is best to park your car there. But if you do not have one or if you don’t have space in your garage, consider asking a neighbor, friend or family member if you can use theirs. A car often suggests that an occupant may be at home, but if a burglar has been watching your house for an extended period of time, a parked car that never moves may also send a loud and clear message that you are away.

Don’t Keep Personal Information in Your Car

This tip doesn’t necessarily protect your car from theft or vandalism, but it might prevent a home burglary or identity theft. Never, ever leave documents containing sensitive personal information in your vehicle. Do not keep spare house keys inside of your car, either. Unless you are parking your car inside of a locked garage, for your home and personal safety, we also advise against leaving garage door openers inside of your car.

Today’s Actions May Save You Heartache Tomorrow

Having been the victim of both car theft and vandalism– multiple times, I know how unnerving both of these events can be. Just like home security, I’ve learned that it is better to try to avoid these crimes early as opposed to ignoring their possibilities until it’s too late. By taking steps to increase vehicle security now, you can drastically reduce the likelihood of your car being stolen or broken into in the future.

What’s Your Take?

Have you ever had a car stolen or vandalized? What did you learn from the experience? What tips can you share with our readers in order that they might avoid vehicle theft or vandalism?

6 Money-Saving DIY Home Security Tips

Besides saving on an expensive installation, there are a number of other ways that a Do-It-Yourself home security route can also save you cash. We all know that we can’t put a price on family safety and security, but we also know that we need to be cognizant of areas where we may be spending too much or even wasting our hard-earned dollars. The following are a few of the ways that you can save money with a DIY installation without compromising security:

Know What You Want and Need Ahead of Time

Taking the time to research the precise equipment that you need is an important first step in securing your home and saving money in the process. For example, knowing whether you need a hardwired system or a wireless one, knowing how many surveillance cameras you need, or even what kind of weather conditions your equipment will be exposed to are all important to consider prior to purchasing new home security devices. While a lot of the systems that Home Security Store sells can be expanded to accommodate additional cameras and other security devices, it is best (and often more cost-effective) to purchase precisely what you need the first time around. Knowing what you need ahead of time can also save you money on shipping costs since we offer free shipping on orders over a certain amount.

Avoid False Alarms

False alarms are not only a nuisance, but they can create gaps in security if a homeowner stops arming a system in order to avoid them. Some homeowners also stop arming systems in order to avoid costly fines imposed by local authorities after being summoned by too many false alarms. However, there are better and far more cost-effective ways of dealing with these events.

The first step in eliminating false alarms is to find out what is causing them. Often, such is due to a faulty installation, loose windows, loose window contacts, low batteries or some other equipment issue. False alarms are also sometimes caused by human error, such as inputting the wrong code. Pets can even trigger a false alarm, which is why we always recommend that pet owners invest in burglar alarms with passive infrared (PIR) sensors in order to reduce the likelihood of furry family members accidentally triggering an alarm.

Save on Monitoring

We’ve been very upfront in sharing some of the deceptive practices that take place in the home security industry. One thing that seems to surprise people the most is how home security vendors are profiting from expensive monitoring contracts. By self-installing an alarm system, however, people can save as much as $250 per year simply by also obtaining service directly from a monitoring company. The exact quality of service that vendors charge as much as $30 per month for can be had for as little as $9 per month when opting for a direct relationship with a monitoring service (visit our main store for details).

Save on Homeowner’s Insurance

Some insurance carriers offer discounts to homeowners with security systems. In certain instances, greater savings may also be offered if a home’s alarm system is professionally monitored. Of course, you’ll need to speak to your insurance agent to find out if this applies to you and to learn more, but while this doesn’t apply exclusively to DIY installations, it is a very good way to save money while making your best effort to keep your home safe.

Invest in Deterrents

Layering home security is not only important for the safety of your family, but doing so can also help save a ton of money. By displaying inexpensive security items like yard signs, window decals and the like, a burglar is more likely to heed the warning and look for someplace else to burglarize. Him doing so, of course, spares the valuables in your home, but it also saves you the cost of damaged security equipment, broken windows, broken doors and other structural damage that may take place during the course of a break-in.

Ask For Help

While installing a DIY home security system is something that most everybody can do in a single weekend (and often within only a few hours), some people may be met with special challenges in the process. When faced with a difficult installation challenge, it is better to ask for help than to risk structural damage or equipment damage…or completing a faulty installation. This is why we offer free technical support to our customers.

There’s No Need to Break the Bank

So as you can see, there are a number of ways to save on DIY home security without having to sacrifice your family’s safety in the process. Making the decision to install your own system can already save you a bundle, but with a little extra effort, you can save even more.

How Much Have You Saved?

How much money do you estimate you’ve saved by installing a DIY home security system? What are some of the money-saving home security strategies you’ve learned over the years? Please help our readers out by sharing your personal experiences below.

Security Tips For Business Travelers

If you frequently travel for business purposes, we definitely want you to make certain that your home is secure while you are away, but we also want you to go a step further in taking security with you. Home security manufacturers have introduced a number of portable solutions for home security that you should be aware of. In addition to discussing a couple of these, we also have a few security tips we’d like to share with you.

Secure Electronic Items

As a business traveler, you probably carry at least two electronic devices– a laptop and a smartphone. Some of you may even carry additional tablet devices, portable printers and so forth. These items also happen to be among the most sought after by criminals. Some of the things that you can do to better secure these items are:

  • Transport electronic devices in carry-on luggage and keep them close to you at all times
  • Consider investing in a laptop lock for times when you have to work in public spaces
  • When not in use, secure phones and tablets out of sight
  • Minimize the risk of losing valuable equipment and sensitive data by not leaving electronic devices behind when you leave your hotel room

Carry Small Bills

Hotel staff, cab drivers and the like depend upon your courtesy in tipping them during the course of your travels. Of course, you want to be prepared for these encounters by having cash on hand, but you also must be smart and always keep personal security at the forefront of your mind. Therefore, do not carry wads of cash, but instead carry small bills and store them in different places on your person.

For example, break the total amount being carried up by storing small amounts of cash in each of your pockets, a wallet and even in a sock or other article of clothing kept hidden from the general public. This way, you can carry enough cash to use for tipping, without tipping off a thief in the process. Whatever cash you do retrieve at any given time will appear to be very small and not worth a thief’s time in robbing you.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Let’s face it, we live in an age where we’re obsessed with digital media. Whether reading an email, sending a text message or consuming some other type of media, we’re often so engaged with our portable devices that we’re not entirely focused on our surroundings. Criminals rely on this sort of distraction. Reduce your chances of being mugged or otherwise assaulted by ignoring your devices as much as possible while in a public setting. If you must stop to answer your phone, read or send a message, stop at a safe location and scan the landscape first– taking note of everyone around you before you carry on with your business.

Guard Hotel Doors

Hopefully, you’ve been reading this blog long enough to know how to secure your home and office spaces. But we also want you to know how to secure your hotel room while traveling. For doing so, we highly recommend the Guard Dog portable door guard alarm, which not only stops a door from opening, but will also sound a loud alarm any time someone tries to do so. It attaches to any door and easily folds making it a completely portable security device.

Be Aware of Your Public Demeanor

Navigating your way through an unfamiliar neighborhood can make you feel like a fish out of water. It can also make you look like one to criminals. Therefore, we suggest that you thoroughly map your travels before leaving your hotel room. If you have to ask for directions in public, try to identify a cab driver, bus driver, police officer or some other working person likely to be able to help you without much effort. Avoid reading maps in public or asking random strangers for directions as much as possible.

Also, keep your head up and walk with confidence when in public. Don’t be afraid to look for (and at) suspicious looking people and be particularly aware of who may be following or watching you.

Carry Personal Protection

Arming yourself with personal protection in your daily life is a good idea. It is also an excellent idea if you are a business traveler. Criminals are often on the prowl for people just like you, so prepare yourself by carrying protection like Mace Pepper Guard. An item like this fits on a keychain and can spray tear gas, pepper spray and dye (to help identify an assailant) up to 12 feet away. Used properly, a security product like this can allow you time to run away from a crime, yell for help or at least give you a fighting chance at surviving an attack.

While many think such items are for women only, consider this: police officers with official training and who carry firearms are usually also armed with pepper spray. The reason for this? It works.

Stay Close To the Airport and To Your Hotel

If given the chance, opt to lodge at a hotel close to the airport. Also, stay as close to your hotel as possible during your leisure time. In general, security is often better around these areas and you’re more likely to find enough well-lit stores and restaurants to save you the hassle of having to find your way around town for something as simple as a good meal. Be aware, though, that criminals often hang out in these areas looking for business travelers, so be sure to heed all of the previous warnings, still.

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