Monthly Archives: August 2013

Back-To-School Security Advice

Ballistick BackpackGrowing up, the only real security advice most of us received was the admonition to not talk to strangers. Today’s children, however, live in a far more dangerous world and vigilant parents must offer stricter advice. Unfortunately, strangers aren’t the only threat to a child’s safety, but so are familiar criminals who happen to hold trusted jobs like bus drivers, teachers and other neighborhood workers. Heck, these days, children have to be aware of security even when it comes to interacting with peers, as another student may just as easily pose a violent threat on a school campus.

Tell Somebody

Children are often more aware of their environment and the people in it than adults are. From being among the first to know who’s got a crush on whom, to hearing rumors about a possible attack on campus, it is not unusual for children to be among the first to receive such news. It is therefore important to instruct children on reporting threatening situations. Make sure that children know the seriousness of bullying and threats of violence, and that they are prepared to tell an adult anytime they have knowledge of these events.

Protection

Hopefully, this school year will be a safe one for students across the board. We cannot, however, afford to ignore the possibilities of violence such as what we’ve seen in the recent past. Since school campuses can sometimes turn into places of chaos and danger, it is important to shield children from harm just in case. One of the ways that children may be protected by bullets and sharp objects is by wearing a  backpack specially designed to do just that. I’m speaking, of course, of the Armored Youth Ballistic Backpack, which functions just as an ordinary backpack would except that it is made from RynoHide, which gives a child wearing it a fair amount of protection from a dangerous weapon. If a new backpack was already on your back-to-school shopping list, you owe it to your children and yourself to head on over to our main store and check this item out now.

Know How to Easily Pinpoint a Child’s Location at All Times

From young children to teenagers, it is important for parents to know where kids are at all times. Mobile technology makes it easier for children and parents to keep in touch on school days, but what if a child is in an emergency situation and a cellphone has been lost or stolen? Luckily, security manufacturers have introduced wearable and affordable security options such as the SecuraTrac Secura Pal GPS Child Tracking Device, which allows a parent to immediately locate a child by address and mapping directions. This particular GPS device also features a panic button, which gives children an added comfort in knowing that help is always just a touch away.

Keep an Eye On Children When You’re Not at Home

Parents who cannot be home during afterschool hours will be relieved to know that they can still monitor what goes on in the home during their absence. Whether you’ve got teenagers who you’d like to keep a close eye on or whether you simply want to be able to monitor a paid caretaker’s performance while you’re away, an indoor surveillance system is the way to go. Surveillance cameras are affordable, are easy to add to an existing security system and, best of all, can be installed as a DIY project. Many even offer remote viewing so that you can use your smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer to literally see what is going on in your home at all times.

Give Security a Good Once-Over

Back to school season is as good a time as any to sit down with everyone in the household and review security procedures. While an emergency situation is almost always a frightening one, children often feel better prepared for these events when armed with information and allowed to ask questions. Take this time to review alarm passwords and special instructions that relate to panic alarm codes, panic buttons and general household security. This is also a good time to make certain that security system batteries are fully functional, as well as door and window sensors, intercoms, etc.

Listen To Your Children About Security

The world is full of content and no matter how much we try to shield children from horrific news stories, many of them already have a sense that the world can be a dangerous place. As children return to school routines and even develop new ones, it is important to make time to listen to their security concerns. Ask your children their thoughts on bullying, “stranger danger” and any other times when they may feel uncomfortable when you are not around. Encourage them to keep lines of communication open with you and assure them that their safety is your number one priority. Often, just by listening to the concerns of a child, we can take more appropriate steps to ensure their safety.

 What’s Your Take?

What back-to-school security tips did you share with your children this year? How have these tips changed in comparison to the security advice you were given as a child? Your thoughts and comments are always important to us and we look forward to you sharing them right now!

Ralph Winn

Home Security Store Opens Production on 2nd Commercial

CocoNo Coco or cookies this time around, but the Home Security Store Web and Marketing Department has just announced another comedy-based commercial, set for release in early October. It will appear on HSS’s homepage and YouTube channel and also as an advertisement before other home security industry-related videos on YouTube. Set for a 60 second slate, it’s another high-energy mini-story promoting major technological advances for do-it-yourself home security system owners.

The commercial focuses on a brand new home security system- the iSmart Alarm which requires no monthly fees and is completely operated through an iPhone. Soon it will be compatible with Android mobile devices as well. The iSmart Alarm has every fully functional wireless alarm accessory you would find in a standard system including 2 door/window sensors, a motion detector, 2 keyfobs and a control panel that connects to your internet router.

Do-it-yourself home alarm system owners will find the iSmart Alarm one of the easiest home improvement projects they’ll ever stumble upon according to tech professionals. Along with no monthly fees or contracts with alarm monitoring companies, the system easily picks right up and travels with you should you switch homes or be a renter.

But does it function as well as other alarm systems? Our industry professionals argue- it’s even better. With an alarm monitoring company, here’s what happens when your alarm is triggered: A message is sent to the alarm central station, where an operator then calls your home phone to see if it was a false alarm. If no one answers, they call the police. By the time police have arrived, chances are, it’s too late as most burglaries are statistically over in less than 15 minutes.

Here’s what happens with the iSmart Alarm: When your alarm is triggered, you get an instant Push Notification through your smart phone telling you exactly which door or window has been compromised. Immediately you have the option to call the police, a neighbor (or both) and let your family know to stay away from the house. If we’re doing the math on time to prevent a burglary- the iSmart Alarm dominates a traditional monitoring service.

Extra functions with the system also allow home owners to keep a closer eye on their family. Every family member who possesses a keyfob is now on your radar. When they enter/exit the house- you know immediately. This is great for making sure the kids got home from school safe and getting your family on a healthy schedule.

If you want more coverage of your property- the system easily expands. It can hold up to 99 different sensors. Lock down all the doors and windows and place motion detectors in every room of your house if you want to. The iSmart Alarm is completely self-monitored and is a legitimate game changer in the home security industry. It’s a smarter way to protect.

At the helm of production for the iSmart Alarm commercial is the same crew from Home Security Store’s first online commercial “Monitor Everything,” which can be seen right above this article.

Ralph Winn

Do You Carry Personal Protection?

LA98001When asked this question, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? A gun? Maybe a knife? In a day and age where there is much public debate over the sale and use of firearms, it is understandable that discussions about personal defense tools can be a touchy subject for some. At Home security Store, however, we know that there are a variety of non-lethal tools which can help rescue you from an attacker’s bad intentions and which are perfectly legal to own.

A Time to Run

When confronted with a personal attack, you can do one of three things: run, endure or fight back. In selecting a personal defense tool to use in public, you should be aware of its primary purpose and know in advance which of these three choices it will best equip you for. For example, one of our pepper spray products may offer you time to run away from an assailant. Whether using the Mace Pen Defender, one of our Mace Pepper Guns or any of our other pepper spray products, strategically spraying an attacker in the face with pepper spray will momentarily disable and distract a criminal, and possibly give you enough time to flee the scene.

A Time to Fight Back

Not every attack is life-threatening, but great bodily harm as well as a loss of property may ensue anyway. In many of these instances, you may be able to successfully fight back in order to ward off an attacker and avoid injury or loss. Situations like these call for special tools, which can be inconspicuously carried so that they are within reach when you need them the most. One such tool offered at our main store is the United Defense Pen. While this tool is fully functional as a writing pen, it can also double as a kubotan if you ever need to square off with a attacker. Made of anodized aluminum, the pen is extra hard and when used on an assailant’s bony or fleshy areas, as well as on nerve endings, it can cause great pain. When not in use, the United Defense Pen easily clips to a pocket or a belt making it a practical solution for personal protection.

A Time to Endure

Unfortunately, there are some situations where running to safety or fighting back just isn’t an immediate option. We’re speaking, of course, to situations where there may be a mass gun attack or even where you may be caught in a crossfire situation. In these instances, the best thing that you can do while having to endure the attack is to shield your body from harm as best you can. Our Armored Go Pack and our Armored Youth Ballistic Backpack offer you the protection that you need in situations like this. Made for adults and children, these backpacs offer armored protection by way of a ballistic plate (as is installed in the adult pack) or by way of a special ballistic protection material known as RynoHide, which is built into our youth backpacks.

Rethinking Personal Protection

So, as you can see, there are options beyond what is usually discussed in the media and in everyday conversations. Whether or not you are comfortable with owning a gun or carrying a knife on you in public, there are other ways to protect yourself and your family against an assailant. Personal defense items do not have to be of a lethal variety, they just have to be strong enough and effective enough to provide you with an opportunity to escape or fight back should you ever be confronted by a criminal intent on doing you bodily harm.

At Home Security Store, we’ve done our best to educate you on the ways in which you can protect your home, your family and yourself. Beyond that, we’ve also placed a lot of effort behind finding the right tools, devices and products to keep you as safe as possible at all times. Before you leave today, we hope you’ll take some time to browse our security and survival sections to learn more about the items which have been hand-selected to provide you the best in personal protection and security.

What’s Your Take?

What personal defense tools do you think are the most effective against an attacker? Which would you feel comfortable allowing your children and other loved ones to own or carry? Have you ever encountered a situation where one of these tools may have been useful to your survival? Which tools do you recommend to anyone considering purchasing a product to protect themselves? Are there any other defensive tools that you’d like to see us carry in our main store? Your input helps keep this important conversation alive. Please take a moment to post your thoughts about personal protection tools in the space we’ve reserved for you below.

Ralph Winn

Protecting Yourself Against Gun Crimes and Injury

Whether mass public shootings or individual gun crimes, the threat of being shot is, unfortunately, all too real these days. Of course, we should avoid violent confrontations as much as possible, but what happens when we’re in a situation that we can’t easily escape from? How can we minimize the chances of being shot or killed by someone with a gun? Well, there are never any guarantees in a situation like this, but Home Security Store has given it some thought and we have a few ideas we’d like to share with you.

Shield Yourself

Police officers wear armored vests while on duty and there’s no reason civilians can’t shield themselves in a similar fashion. This goes for adults and children as, sadly, young people are sometimes the targets of gun violence, too. Personal security experts and manufacturers know this, which is why items like the Armored Go Pack w/AR500 Armor Pack Plate are offered to the general public. Items like this one offer useful versatility as it is a fully-functional backpack that also contains a Certified Ballistic Plate to help protect a wearer from bullet injuries.

Be a Responsible Gun Owner

If you own a firearm, be sure to take extra care when cleaning and storing your weapon. You may also want to make an extra effort in learning how to properly use it, especially if you’ve never handled a gun before. It is not unusual for homeowners to make a gun purchase following a break-in or an assault and while protecting yourself from future crimes through gun ownership is your prerogative, you will be in a far better position to do so with proper training and practice. A local gun club or association can help you by providing useful resources and training as a new gun owner.

Invest In a Gun Safe

Unfortunately, a good portion of gun injuries are accidental or are the result of a homeowner’s gun falling into the wrong hands. Guns stored in unlocked drawers or on closet shelves are easier to access than guns that are securely locked in sturdy safes. In fact, a heavy safe that cannot be easily transported (i.e. stolen) or a safe that is built into a home is a good idea, in general, for storing other valuables and, thus, decreasing the likelihood of them being stolen.

Keep Strangers At Bay

Your home is your castle and, without an invitation, strangers should seldom be allowed to pass your threshold. It may surprise you to learn how many criminals gain access to a home by merely posing as a salesperson, a utility worker or some other nondescript, but innocent employee. Once a homeowner opens the front door for conversation with an individual like this, it is not uncommon for them to be threatened with a weapon as the criminal forces his (or her!) way inside the home. The best way to avoid these sorts of crimes is to install a video intercom, which allows two-way conversation while a homeowner is at a safe distance…as in behind a closed and locked front door. One of the best-selling video intercoms in our main store, the Comelit Hands Free Expandable Color Intercom Kit, activates a camera the second someone rings a doorbell.

Distance Yourself From Potentially Violent Scenes

Recently, a friend confided in me that she was concerned that her young adult son ran towards an area where a real-life fight was happening at an outdoor event. Of course, her son told her she was being paranoid and overreacting by lecturing him about it, but the reality is that this is often how people are hurt or killed. As a child, I remember my favorite aunt telling me that bullets don’t have names on them. In other words, avoid places and situations where violence may erupt, because while a bullet may not be intended for a bystander, the potential for injury is very high whenever an angry person wields a gun.

Be Responsible

While no one can guarantee safety from gun crimes, the tips and advice offered here can certainly help to minimize their occurrence. Take responsibility for your own personal safety now by making a conscious effort to remember these tips and put them to use in your real life. Remember to also bookmark this page and share it with your friends and relatives in an effort to raise their awareness about avoiding gun crimes and injury, too.

What’s Your Take?

We are looking forward to reading your ideas, thoughts, experiences and advice in the space reserved for your comments below. So tell us, have you ever been the victim of a gun crime or injury? What do you think of the tips we’ve shared? Can you share any advice that may help our readers better protect themselves?

Ralph Winn

iSmart Alarm – See the iPhone-Controlled Wireless Security System

iSmart Alarm – Intelligent and affordable iPhone controlled Home Security System

Home Security Technology changes in the blink of an eye, and with the internet and high-tech gadgets like the iPhone dominating today’s digital landscape, it was only a matter of time before someone mastered the link between iPhone and residential security.

Home Security Store is changing the home security industry by delivering the most cutting edge wireless home security system. It’s an easy to self-install security system from iSmart Alarm. It is wireless and comes straight to your door professionally configured by Home Security Store.

Best of all: NO Monthly Alarm Monitoring Fee! That’s right!

DIY installation. It’s “plug & play”: all your sensors arrive pre-programmed, batteries installed and adhesive strips ready-mounted, so set-up just takes minutes. No tools required—just peel and stick

Very simple – No telephone landline required. All you need is internet service, router,  iPhone and you’re  good to go.

Easy access. Intuitively designed mobile interfaces make it easy to interact with your security system.

Real-Time Alerts Have your home tell you what’s going on the moment it happens. With iSmart Alarm, you can have your house send you a text or email message automatically when there’s activity that you would like to know about.

Preferred Package

(1) CubeOne (CPU hub)   (2) Door/Window sensor   (1) Motion sensor   (2) Remote Tag (Remote control for home use or for use by children without an iPhone)   (1) iSmartAlarm sign for your yard or window   Free iPhone App, automated phone alert and push notifications

I believe if cost is a factor for you, but safety is what you desire, then the iSmart Alarm Home Security System is the answer

Ralph Winn

 

How Safe Is Your City?

Every year the FBI publishes head-scratching statistics on all crimes committed across the United States, going into great detail, city-by-city. Why is it head-scratching? Because the numbers are outrageous! If football is our most popular sport and the Fast and the Furious is still making sequels, it’s clear that we are a violent culture, but these numbers might change the way you look at your neighborhood. In this blog we’ll go through four U.S. cities, ranging from the suburbs to the Big City to ask the question: How safe is your city? And just a heads up- we’re going to stay away from murders, rapes and aggravated assaults- you get enough of that on TruTV. Instead we’ll keep our attention at property crimes, robberies and burglaries. Let’s start at Home Security Store’s home in Riverside, California.

Riverside, California

Riverside is a suburb of Los Angeles, in the heart of Southern California and the Inland Empire. Filled by a somewhat desert landscape, Riverside features both suburbs and a popular downtown area: A great representation of two types of American city structure. In 2012, Riverside featured some staggering numbers in regards to crime. With a population just over 313,000 people, 10,818 property crimes were committed. That means 3 and half percent of Riverside’s citizens were bound to fall victim to property crime. 2,247 burglaries were committed and 517 robberies took place. Now let’s look at the middle of our country.

Norman, Oklahoma

Norman is home to the University of Oklahoma Sooners and features a more open-ended landscape. Hills are sparse and although there is a downtown area, this Middle-of-the-US town could be best classified as a suburb with much more space between properties than you’d find in a place like sunny Southern California. In 2012, Norman had a population of near 114,000 people and 3,050 property crimes were committed. The good news? The numbers are similar to Southern California, giving consistency to our crime-to-population statistics. The bad news? 2.67% of Normans were on the unfortunate end of a property crime. 629 burglaries were committed and 54 robberies took place last year. Based on the numbers, this is one of the more safe places to live. Especially when you look at our next city.

Flint, Michigan

Flint is well known in American culture as the city that lost its way. Featured in Michael Moore’s documentary ‘Roger and Me,’ we often think of scarce jobs and empty automotive factories as the face of Flint. Perhaps an image not often associated with this once great American city though is its very high crime rates. Over 101,000 residents occupied Flint in 2012 and 5,645 of those residents felt the heartache and frustration of property crime (5.5%). With basically the same population, Flint experiences twice the property crime rate as Norman and 2,979 burglaries and 673 robberies were committed there last year. Let’s jump the largest city on the map to see if over-population has any effect on crime.

New York, New York

With over 8 million Americans crowding the city, The Big Apple features the largest population of a single city in America. Sky scrapers, ever-stretching parks and Atlantic Ocean access characterize this conglomerate of a city. With more population comes more crime, right? Let’s check it out: In 2012, 142,760 property crimes were reported in NYC. If we do the math.. that’s.. wait a second.. 1.7% of New Yorkers have property crime committed against them? The biggest city in America has the lowest property crime rate on this list? Only 18,635 burglaries and 20,201 robberies took place in the city last year. Although those numbers are large, for a city this big a culture this violent- not bad New Yorkers.

In no way is this short list a great portrait of American crime culture, but I do believe there is something to be learned here. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a suburb, a college town, a broken city or a world powerhouse of population- crime exists everywhere and it comes in all different shapes and sizes. What you’ll never be able to read on a statistic table is the fabric of human nature, of American nature. We’re consumers and when we run out of our own things to consume, we’ll naturally consume each other.

Our goal at Home Security Store is to shrink all of these numbers. There is a solution to avoid being one of these statistics and the answer ranges from business and home alarm systems to full surveillance camera set-ups. Enrich yourselves with all we have to offer on our website and join the large percentage of Americans who are not effected by senseless crimes.

Data Source: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2012/preliminary-annual-uniform-crime-report-january-december-2012/tables/table-4/view

How Much Do You Trust Your Neighbors?

In just 24 hours, I’ve encountered two separate conversations about trust between neighbors. One conversation revolved around two neighbors who hadn’t spoken in years over a minor property line dispute, which produced a lot of tit for tat behavior, and the other was about a neighbor stealing two bicycles from another. While examining these conversations and in looking for feedback from others on trust between neighbors, I’ve come to the realization that a lot of people don’t really even know their neighbors, much less do they trust them. And, yes, in some instances I’ve heard of people being a bit too trusting of neighbors who haven’t earned that trust and who have proven themselves to be untrustworthy.

Develop a Polite Vigilance

Now, we’ve been known to advise our readers to join (or start) their own Neighborhood Watch Program. We stand behind this suggestion as such programs have been known to reduce crime in areas where members are the most active and vigilant. We’ve also been known to advise our readers to get to know their neighbors better and to offer friendly assistance when it comes to sharing home security information. Of course, we believe that most of your neighbors are good people and that looking out for one another is in the best interest of the entire neighborhood.

None of our neighborly advice, however, is intended to suggest that someone should get a free pass from your watchful eyes just because they live near you. I like to call this attitude polite vigilance. Essentially, it involves being kind and neighborly while never letting your guard down to the possibility that a neighbor just may be a criminal…and plotting to make you their next victim.

Suggestions for Polite Vigilance Include:

  • Never give a neighbor carte blanche access to your home or yard, especially if you haven’t known them for very long or very well.
  • Do not allow your neighbors to “borrow” items from a tool shed or garage without your express permission.
  • Do not ask neighbors you don’t know well to keep an eye on your home while you’re traveling. In fact, when going out of town try to only let neighbors whom you have built trust with know about your plans and, even then, it’s a good idea to ask more than one trusted neighbor to keep an eye out, just in case.
  • Do not share info with your neighbors about any expensive items that you may keep hidden in your home.
  • At appropriate times during conversation with neighbors, do casually mention that you layer your home’s security, but do not offer too many specifics. The goal here is to let a potential criminal know that you are vigilant about home security and that your house is secured in ways that will make breaking into it difficult…and any attempts will likely lead to a thief’s capture and imprisonment.
  • If you live in a private community with controlled access
    areas, never ever share or loan a key or an access card to a neighbor unless you know that person very, very well.
  • Teach children to safely store bikes and other toys where they belong when they’re done playing with them.
  • Do not leave tools and equipment that are not in use out in the open or in an unlocked outdoor storage.
  • Do not leave your garage or patio doors open when you are not at home.
  • Do not advertise your work routine to your neighbors. In fact, it’s a good idea, in general, to change your routine occasionally just in case someone– neighbor or not– is watching your home while plotting a burglary.

Building Trust With Neighbors

Naturally, most of your neighbors are trustworthy people. We don’t ever want you to automatically avoid getting close to your neighbors for fear that one of them might eventually rip you off. All we are suggesting here is that you don’t instantly assume that someone isn’t a criminal just because they keep their lawn trimmed and perhaps smile and speak to you when you see one another.

Some of the ways that you can work to build trust between neighbors includes engaging in conversation and developing a rapport, slowly getting to know one another better on a personal level, and waiting until you’ve met other people in the neighbor’s life (other family members who don’t live with them, co-workers, friends, etc.) before you allow them a bit more access into yours. This may sound like a lot of work, but building a relationship usually is. If you intend to know your neighbors beyond offering a quick wave in the afternoon, consider that these tips are actually a natural progression in any relationship. To keep an even closer eye on your neighbors, think about finding an affordable Home Surveillance System.

What Do You Think?

So tell us, how much do you trust your neighbors? Criminals have to live somewhere. How do you know one isn’t living next door to you?

Home Invasion Robberies Can Happen Anywhere

Recently, I stumbled upon video footage of a man beating a woman. This wasn’t a case of domestic violence, however. Instead, it was taped evidence in a home invasion robbery. As a three year old girl sat on the sofa and witnessed her mother being savagely punched, kicked and tossed around like a ragdoll, the home’s nanny cam gave testament to more than just a crime in progress. It told the story of how brutally violent robberies can take place in the light of day, in the privacy of one’s own home and in the best of neighborhoods.

In the news video I watched, a veteran police officer was stunned by the nanny cam footage, which quickly went viral and was also broadcast on national news channels. It’s hard to imagine anyone feeling too differently about seeing a defenseless woman beaten by a man twice her size as her baby girl looked on. By his own account, what caught the officer even more off guard though was the fact that these sorts of crimes rarely happen in the New Jersey suburb where this incident happened. Here’s where I have to disagree with the officer despite him having spent decades on the force.

Why Am I Not Surprised?

As hard as the video was to watch, I was not surprised that it happened. Much less was I surprised that it happened in such a nice suburb. This isn’t me being callous. It’s me being aware that home invasion robberies can happen anywhere.

Think about it. If you were a robber, would you prefer to force your way into a home in a low-income area or one where homeowners enjoy a very comfortable lifestyle? Which one is likely to have more expensive items for the taking? In which neighborhood are homeowners more prone to be lulled into a false sense of security?

I also found it difficult to be surprised by the fact that this man entered through the woman’s front door during broad daylight. After all, if you’ve read this blog for any length of time or even care to browse through our archives right now, we’ve repeatedly told you that criminals often try access through front doors first. You wouldn’t believe how many people leave these doors unlocked during the daytime or how many people feel comfortable opening their front doors to strangers during daylight hours.

While searching for information on this case, I discovered a number of similar stories in other parts of New Jersey. This problem is not restricted by boundaries, however, as home invasion robberies can take place in any town. Let this story merely serve as a reminder of this fact.

Surveillance Video Saves the Day

I’m happy to report that the intruder has since been caught. Considering the videotaped evidence against him, it’s unlikely that he’ll see the light of day for a while. In addition to his capture, a few other elements of this ordeal leave me feeling thankful.

Why would I feel thankful about anything other than his capture? Well, for one, while the woman sustained serious bruising, cuts and chipped teeth, she is alive; ditto for her three year old daughter who witnessed it and her one year old son who was sleeping upstairs. Neither of the children were physically harmed either.

I am even more thankful for the fact that this woman had a nanny cam installed in the home. Imagine if this monster had been allowed to roam free forever, or if he were caught, but without enough evidence to convict him. Thanks to surveillance cameras in the home, just about every second is recorded on film. Imagine who else he might have hurt, possibly even killed without proper evidence leading to his capture and conviction. Her nanny cam will make sure that this guy never gets a chance to repeat his offense.

Let This Be a Lesson to Us All

Despite my relief about this poor woman’s survival and her attacker being removed from society, I can’t help but realize certain security details which may have reduced the likelihood of this ever happening in the first place. I don’t blame victims and that’s not what I’m doing here. What I am saying, though, is that we can learn a thing or two about home security in this scenario. In addition to installing indoor and outdoor surveillance cameras everywhere, we should all:

  • Keep security alarms on even in the daytime
  • Have multiple panic buttons stationed throughout the home (and teach everyone how to use them)
  • Never open our doors unnecessarily (this is where video intercoms really come in handy)

It’s impossible to say whether these tips may have prevented this family’s terrible ordeal. They may, however, prevent another one from happening elsewhere. While this criminal is off of the streets for the time being, there are scores of others waiting to take his place. Don’t let this frighten you, but, instead, empower yourself with knowledge and secure your home while you have time: Home Security Store Camera Systems.

Your Thoughts?

Did you see the viral video referenced in this post? Do you know anyone who’s ever been the victim of a home invasion robbery? What advice do you have to share with our readers?

5 Must-Have Survival Items

Whether due to a natural disaster, terrorist attack or zombie apocalypse, one can never rule out the possibility of being without food, water and electricity for an extended period of time. These days, to even attempt to ignore this possibility is tantamount to playing Russian roulette with your life and your family’s safety. If such an event never takes place– great! But what if it does? Are you prepared to survive on your own and protect your family in the process?

Water

You may be able to survive several weeks without food, but can die after just a few days without water. While this list is in no particular order, we can’t think of anything more important to your survival than having fresh clean drinking water. As a rule, you should be prepared with at least a gallon per day per family member (remember that pets are family, too!). Depending upon the climate and a person’s physical exertion, however, more may be needed. And this is just for drinking and cooking…additional water will also be needed for hygiene.

In addition to actual water, it is important to also understand how to properly store it in preparation for emergency use. Also, in order to survive a long-term disaster, it will help to know how to purify water in order to use for other sources including hydration, cooking and hygiene. Storing water is a good start, but knowing how to locate and prepare other sources of water is even better.

Food

While you can survive several days without it, if you prepare ahead of time you may not need to. Food is energy and it supplies the vital nutrients that our bodies need in order to engage in physical labor and to keep all of our organs operating as they should. In the event of a large-scale disaster, however, fresh food will quickly disappear and having the ability to cook food will likely be nonexistent. For these reasons, it is best to have enough non-perishable food stored for each family member to survive at least a week without having to go out in search of more.

Medical Kit

Quality medical care will be one of the first things missed at a time when it is needed the most. Undoubtedly, medical assistance will still exist, but so will several barriers to access such as crowded emergency rooms and triage centers, a lack of electricity, and a shortage of medical supplies and medications.

A good standard first-aid kit is essential, but you can’t afford to stop there. Thinking about any medical conditions that your family members may have, a good supply of essential medications and items needed for their health is advised. Other items sometimes overlooked in this category include things like an additional pair of prescription eyeglasses, over-the-counter tummy treatments and allergy medications.

Power

Batteries and one or more portable charging stations are a must when all other power fails. How else will you power flashlights, lanterns and radio equipment? Solar powered items in this category are highly recommended and many, like the Nature Power 6W Folding Solar Panel w/USB Port Output can be used repeatedly to power multiple items needed to survive when disaster strikes.

Weapons

Criminals don’t take breaks during periods of mass pandemonium. In fact, when law enforcement is overwhelmed during a large-scale emergency, criminals deliberately capitalize by going on crime sprees. From looting to violent crimes, the world around you can turn to an all out free-for-all before your eyes. In addition to this sad possibility, hungry and frightened animals can often be a threat to your family’s safety. Are you prepared to defend your family under such circumstances?

Now, you must obey the laws of your state when gathering weapons for your own protection. Some of the ones that we feature in our main store include things like pepper spray and the United Defense Pen, which can be used as a kubotan when needed. We recommend that you speak to authorities in your jurisdiction to determine which weapons are permissible for you to own and that you invest time in learning how to use them correctly in case you are ever forced to do so.

Better Safe Than Sorry

So, as you can see, this list is pretty serious. Fortunately, everything on it is also fairly easy to attain. We strongly encourage you to visit our Survival Kits section to browse our inventory of kits and related survival gear. Home Security Store takes your protection very seriously and we’ve put a lot of thought and time into featuring items to help you survive even the worst circumstances. For all of these necessities in one on-the-go and affordable survival pack, follow this link: SKTK Survival Kit

Tell Us About Your List

What survival items do you already own? Which ones are you planning on purchasing in the future? Would you like to add any must-have items to this list? Your thoughts and ideas are always appreciated and we want to hear from you in the comments section below. Tell us, how prepared are you to take charge of your life and survive on your own?