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Restaurant Owners Chase Down Burglary Suspect Caught on Surveillance Video

burglar-or-copA Colorado burglary suspect has been arrested after being recognized and chased down by a restaurant owner whose business he had allegedly robbed. Karim Moulkelleh and Said Ouag, two brothers-in-law from the Denver area, arrived at their newly opened restaurant last Wednesday to discover that it had been broken into. The crook had made off with cash and a laptop, and the whole ordeal was caught on surveillance video, according to a report from ABC Denver.

Caught on Tape

“I watched it at least 10 times in one hour,” Moulkelleh told reporters. “I watched it and re-watched it.” One day after the burglary, Moulkelleh saw the man again – this time in the flesh. “When I saw his eyes, I recognized him from his face,” he said. “And he was wearing the same clothes, too.” Moulkelleh then called out to Ouag, who called 911.

Fortunately, an officer drove by as Moulkelleh and Ouag were confronting the man. The suspect tried to flee the scene, but Moulkelleh chased him and tackled him. “I was so lucky,” Moulkelleh said with a laugh. “The police car was next to us in 15 seconds. He was there.”

Busted

The suspect was discovered to be in possession of a pry bar and was taken into custody by police. According to police records, 50-year-old James Harvey was charged with second-degree burglary and possession of burglary tools. The brothers’ cash and laptop have not been returned, but Moulkelleh told reporters that they aren’t concerned about the stolen items. Said Moulkelleh,”We care that those kind of guys should not be on the street because it’s a threat for everybody.”

Surveillance cameraSurveillance…Not Just a Good Idea

Stories like this serve to remind us about the tremendous value of business surveillance. If it weren’t for the brothers’24-hour security system, Moulkelleh would never have identified the suspect, and James Harvey would still be on the loose, possibly burglarizing other homes and businesses (all suspects are innocent until proven guilty…but Mr. Harvey is going to have a heck of a time explaining the pry bar in his possession).

Every day we read about cases in which burglaries are solved by video surveillance footage. In fact, you may recall a story that we covered only a couple of weeks ago, involving a burglary suspect in Florida who unknowingly left his ID at the scene of the crime. The ID itself was a pretty powerful piece of evidence, but the surveillance footage allowed investigators to make a positive identification and definitively place the suspect at the scene of the crime.

Protect Your Business

If your business doesn’t already have a surveillance system in place, the time to act is yesterday. Not only will a quality surveillance system enable you to prevent the loss of valuables and stop burglars in their tracks, but it can even improve workplace productivity and help you to identify areas for improvement in your business. You can find surveillance systems for every business size, and suited for every budget. Regardless of where you purchase your system and what type of system you choose, the important thing is that you do it, because you never know when a 50-year-old man with a pry bar is going to force his way into your establishment.

A Burglar In Your Bed?

Just when you think that home security crimes can’t get anymore bizarre, a story like this one comes along to prove you wrong. I’m sure many of you heard this week’s dumb criminal story about a Santa Ana, California burglar sleeping in a victim’s bed. What you may not have realized (at least I didn’t when I first heard about it) is that the victim was already in the bed…fast asleep! Can you imagine waking up to discover that someone has broken into your home and joined you for a little late-night snooze?!

The Story

For those of you who missed this one, according to Los Angeles’ ABC website, a man was awakened in the middle of the night when he felt something touching his leg. Okay, that’s creepy enough, but upon further inspection this poor guy discovers that the bedroom intruder is none other than his 20-year old neighbor, Ruben Diego Ortega. After chasing this familiar criminal out of his home, he discovers that he’s been robbed. Of course, he calls the police and leads them to Ruben’s front door at which time the 20-year old confesses.

As for seeking out his neighbor’s bed for a rest, Ruben says he got sleepy on his way out of the home and it sounded like a good idea at the time.

Home Security Lessons

Oh, the lessons we can learn from this story:

  • Sometimes your neighbors are burglars
  • Burglars get sleepy on the job, too
  • Arm your security system at night
  • Keep your doors and windows locked at all times
  • Drugs make you stupid

For clarity’s sake, no one’s reported it, but I’m just assuming that this guy was on drugs. What else explains his unique style of burglary? Lucky for him, though, he’s probably got a little detoxification period in his future.

But Seriously…

Never let your guard down as home security is nothing to play around with. This guy could have just as easily been a murderer, a rapist or could have just simply robbed his neighbor blind. That he managed to break into the house and lie down next to his victim without immediately awakening him should be terrifying enough to make us all think seriously about strengthening our home security systems to make sure that such a bizarre event never takes place in our homes.
Ralph Winn

Home Security Offers Independent Living Options to Seniors

seniorsHome security devices can make it possible for seniors to live independently in their own homes. There are exceptions, of course, but the installation of things like alarms and surveillance systems can prolong the amount of time that the average senior citizen can live at home alone. If you are a senior citizen or if you are fond of an aging adult in your life, pay close attention to some of the technologies which help make independent living a reality for so many in this age group.

Alarm Systems For the Elderly

- Burglar Alarm Systems -

Burglar alarms are a smart choice for everyone, including senior citizens. Individuals in the more mature stages of life are sometimes targeted for burglary as they may be seen as frail and easier to intimidate or overpower. Just as it would for a resident of any age, a properly installed burglar alarm creates a barrier of protection between a senior and the outside world. Additionally, alarms with panic buttons enable seniors to immediately call for help in case of emergency.

- Medical Alert System -

By their very nature, medical alert alarms exist to bridge the gaps between users and those who may assist them in a time of need. Some of these specialized devices even come with pendants, which can even be worn on a person’s body so that help is never too far away. With the press of a button, seniors are able to engage in two-way communication with a loved one or with emergency personnel.

Alarm Services For the Elderly

As we’ve discussed many times on this blog, alarm monitoring is essential to good home security. Many avoid this optional service due to cost, however. This is understandable since most alarm companies inflate the actual cost of this service in order to increase their own bottom lines. Seniors living on a fixed income are probably even more prone to skip these costs even though doing so may very well be to their detriment someday.

With alarm monitoring, someone from a remote location is able to respond to an alarm just moments after it is triggered. This response begins with a call to the homeowner, before it is escalated to the attention of one or more designated contacts and, ultimately, to law enforcement if necessary. To an aging adult, this service is invaluable and does not have to cost an arm and a leg. In fact, through our main store customers can access this service for a mere $8.95 per month.

Audio-Visual Security

By installing security cameras in and around a home, seniors can always have a visual on every area of the household. Camera systems with remote capabilities also allow loved ones to see into a home in order to check on a resident’s security and well-being at any given time. This sort of home security also acts as a deterrent to would-be burglars…especially those intent on targeting elderly homeowners.

In addition to being able to see inside of a home, IP cameras like the Lorex Vantage Stream Wireless Network Camera allow for two-way audio in order to remotely communicate with a person inside the home. Affordable equipment like this may help alleviate fears about an adult of a certain age falling down or becoming ill while being unable to reach a telephone. From any web-enabled device, loved ones are able to remotely watch what is going on inside of a home and even communicate with whomever is there.

Protection Against Fire and Gas

Threats of intrusion are not the only ones that residents need to safeguard themselves against. Carbon monoxide poisoning, fire or excessive smoke inhalation can happen to anyone. Special care should be taken to protect seniors who live alone from these types of emergencies.

Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are a must in every home. As people age, it is incumbent upon everyone in that person’s life to ensure that these technologies are up to date and in proper working order. Outdated devices can be immediately replaced at a low cost and with very little DIY time commitment.

Independent Living Preserves Self-Respect

Being able to remain in one’s home for as long as possible helps promote confidence and self-respect in aging residents. Fortunately, today’s home security devices are budget-friendly, easy to install and easy to operate. Depending upon an existing security system, most peripheral devices can also be added onto an alarm in order to create a more robust home security system that protects seniors preferring to live on their own.

What Did We Miss?

Are you a senior citizen who lives alone? Do you have concerns about an aging member of your family living alone? What would you like to add to this post in order to educate our readers on home security devices that assist seniors in living independently?

Ralph Winn

Victims Use Built-In GPS on iPhone to Find Burglar

At 23 years old, you should have a firm understanding on today’s technology. iPhones aren’t anything new. GPS went main-stream more than 6 years ago and there is no place in the world that you can hide from Siri or the On-Star lady, unless you turn your ‘Location Services’ setting off and even then- somebody somewhere (*cough* US Government *cough*)is always tracking a smart phone’s whereabouts.

I’m not an expert on iPhones or Droids, but even I could tell you these simple facts. Either oblivious, delirious or plain stupid, 23 year old Timothy Patrick from Arcadian Park, South Carolina somehow managed to let this very common, very public knowledge slip his mind the night of Friday, September 21st in Charleston, SC (according to WTOC-TV 11, Southeastern Georgia).

Charleston PD Information Officer Charles Francis said Patrick had broken in to a downtown apartment and stolen several items, including 2 iPhones. The victims woke up about 7am the next morning and tracked the phones to two downtown cross streets. There they found Patrick carrying one of their book bags that was also stolen during the burglary. They notified the police and Patrick was taken in to custody and charged with first-degree burglary as well as possession of marijuana and another controlled substance.

Without a doubt- he is our dumb criminal of the week. I don’t know the Charleston area well, but let’s put some pieces of this story together to try to understand the nature of this criminal and how we prevent similar morons in the future from intruding on our lives.

First unintelligent choice: Patrick didn’t power down the iPhones. It’s the only way to get an iPhone off the grid. It’s almost as if he was waiting for a call…

Second unintelligent choice: Downtown areas are always populated. First he steals from a downtown apartment, and then he takes a Saturday morning stroll around… downtown? I guess we’re passed the era of getaway cars and hide-outs?

Third unintelligent choice: Wearing around a stolen book bag. I mean- come on man. Why don’t you just paint a target on yourself? And while you’re at it, use one of the stolen iPhones, post a picture of you and your righteous new bag on Facebook, ‘check-in’ with your cross streets and make sure the Charleston Police Department is ‘following’ you. Heck, you might even get a ‘Like’ on your pic, bro.

What can we learn from Patrick, who- might I add- was already on probation for another burglary? I can assure you that not all criminals are this dumb. Some are- and for these slow thinking prowlers, a simple door-window sensor or trip wire system near the front and back doors of your home or business will probably be enough to at least scare them away.

For the burglars who find weak points on your property- we always recommend a camera system. With a home surveillance system, you now have visual proof of what your criminal looks like. If they escape their attempted burglary unscathed, their picture will now be on public display because of your cameras- and for the innocence they steal from you, they’ll lose their own in public. Just in case they put a little more tact into their iPhone-napping than Good Ole’ Tim.

Ralph Winn

 

 

See the article on wtoc.com here.

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

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?

Aaron Hernandez and GPS Devices

American football player Aaron Hernandez was recently arrested on suspicion of murder. Since his arrest, details of this crime have been public news. Without rehashing the entire story here, I do want to explore one aspect, which caught my eye and even stirred a bit of public debate over tracking technology and its place in our daily lives.

Tracking Technology Provides Evidence Against Aaron Hernandez Of the NFL

Hernandez is accused of murdering an acquaintance by the name of Odin Lloyd who was a semi-professional football player for a Boston team. Through records recovered since his death, it’s been discovered that Odin actually sent a text message to his sister to verify that she was aware that he’d left a location with Hernandez who picked him up in a car just after 2:30a. The message, itself, seemed to suggest that the victim sensed danger on the horizon with Hernandez.

In addition to the text message, GPS tracking on Hernandez’s phone places him in the vicinity of where the victim’s body was discovered at the same time that investigators believe he was killed. GPS data from the phone does not make this an open and shut case, but officials did believe the evidence to be enough to add to the suspicion of Hernandez’s involvement in the victim’s death. Since the suspected timeline of events, more information has been released to the public and a number of conversations on social media sites have revolved around the possibilities of GPS technology present in most late generation mobile devices.

What Is GPS?

GPS stands for Global Positioning System. Originally developed by the U.S. Military for tracking operations, GPS has been available for consumer use for just over a decade. With 28 space satellites currently in orbit, the system can pinpoint the exact location of a person or an object in possession of a receiver that communicates with these strategically placed satellites.

Why Would Anyone Need a Separate GPS Device?

In addition to GPS receivers being installed in cars or purchased as peripheral devices to assist drivers with navigation, this technology is also common in mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones. This leads some to question why they would need to purchase an additional device to be used for tracking and personal security. Well, the answer to that is simple, GPS devices created specifically for security can be more effective primarily because of how they are used.

For example, someone using a SecuraTrac SecuraPAL GPS Child Tracking Device for personal security is likely to place the receiver somewhere where it will not be easily detected by a criminal or lost. Doing so, of course, takes into consideration the possibility of abduction or being involved in an event where a cellphone might be lost, stolen or damaged. A SecuraTrac SecuraPAL device is much smaller and may be safely concealed in a pocket or backpack…or even worn on the wrist, and may go undetected by a criminal long enough for a victim to be located. And don’t let the word ‘child’ fool you; this tracking device provides protection to adults and pets, too.

Personal GPS devices also have other safety features, such as:

  • The ability to pinpoint a location on demand
  • A faster response time in terms of communicating a location via text message or email (no need to go through a mobile carrier in order to have access to such highly time-sensitive and important data)
  • Devices like SecuraTrac can even offer directions to a location, which is particularly helpful if someone wearing the receiver is in an unfamiliar area or country
  • A panic button to can be depressed at any time a person wearing the device senses that they are in danger (a message detailing their location is then immediately sent by text and by email)

So, while cars and cellphones may be equipped with GPS technology, devices created specifically for personal security are best recommended for those interested in such. More information and a variety of GPS tracking devices can be found on our main page under Child Safety as well as under GPS & Tracking.

Aren’t These Devices Too Intrusive?

A common concern about GPS tracking often relates to privacy concerns. When information about GPS and its use in the Hernandez arrest first broke, several members of Twitter shared that they prefer to keep the GPS on their phones turned off in order to prevent their movements from being traced on a daily basis. Journalist Roland S. Martin, however, offered a different take. Not only does he purposely leave his GPS devices on at all times, but he shared on his Twitter feed that he even goes a step further by using plastic to pay for his purchases at all times just to provide another trail of evidence should his steps ever need to be retraced. According to him, in his line of work, one can never be too cautious.

Join the Conversation

How do you feel about GPS tracking, in general? Has this technology ever been useful to you? Do you have concerns about tracking devices, in general?

Severe Weather Tips

Lately, various states throughout the country have been experiencing severe weather conditions that have destroyed their homes. Many people die in the United States each year because of severe weather conditions. Whether it is a result of heat, lightning, flash floods, thunderstorms, hail, hurricanes, tornadoes or other conditions, thousands of people face these weather patterns throughout the year.

It is important for you to become aware of the weather patterns that you may face in and around your area. For example, people who live in Southern California do not have to prepare for or be concerned with tornadoes or blizzards like those in Oklahoma have to.

 

There are some things that you can do when general severe weather conditions strike:

  1. Create a disaster plan for your family. This can greatly benefit your family because you will be   better prepared and remain calm when something takes place.
  2. Locate a safe place to take shelter. For those who live where hurricanes or tornadoes take place you will want to build a safe house or know where a sturdy shelter is close to you.
  3. Educate yourself on the weather patterns that occur where you live.
  4. Keep an NOAA radio handy as well as a three-day water supply, survival kits, and a first aid kit.

 

Tornado and Hurricane Safety

  • Seek shelter primarily in a safe house and if not there, then in a sturdy building.
  • Go to the lowest level of any buildings you take shelter in.
  • Get out of any vehicles you are in. Never try to outrun a tornado. Vehicles can be easily tosses around and tornadoes often change paths quickly.
  • Look out for flying debris. Most deaths and injuries from tornadoes are caused by flying debris.
  • Never seek shelter under bridges or highway overpasses.

 

Lightning Safety

  • Lightning can travel 5-10 miles away from the actual thunderstorm and can strike in clear skies.
  • Move to a sturdy shelter or vehicle.
  • If you are in your car when lightning strikes do not touch any metal surfaces.
  • Stay away from any tall trees, poles, or structures.
  • If the time between the lightning and thunder is 30 seconds or less, immediately find a safe shelter.

 

Flash Flood Safety

  • Half of all deaths in flash floods occur while people are driving.
  • Evacuate to high ground as soon as possible.
  • If you notice a flooded area while driving it is absolutely necessary that you turn around.
  • It only takes about six inches of fast moving water to sweep a person off of their feet.
  • If there is a flash flood do not drive at night.
  • Understand the difference between flash flood warning and flash flood watch. Flash flood warnings are only alerting people that a possible flash flood may occur. Flash flood watches are alerting people that a flash flood is either about to occur or already taking place and if advised, people should get to high grounds immediately.

 

Hail

  • Although it is rare that someone actually dies from large pieces of hail, they can still cause injuries.
  • Large hail clumps can actually fall at speeds up to 100mph.
  • Seek sturdy shelter and stay away from windows or anything that can be easily smashed.

 

In any severe weather situation you will want to make sure that your family members know the appropriate action to take. There are pre-made survival kits that can be purchased or you can create your own. Depending on the type of disaster you will want to check with your home insurance company to see what can be covered if a severe weather condition takes place. By educating yourself and being prepared you will know how to keep your family and loved ones safe. In many of these weather conditions we have no control over what happens to our belongings and homes but it is our biggest priority to keep our loved ones safe.

A Parent’s Worst Nightmare

What is a parent’s worst nightmare? We’re all different, but I can personally say that more than death, a Caveman’s biggest fear is the loss of his child. You spend your whole life protecting, nourishing and making them fit for the world. The most unimaginable is that same world stealing them away from you.

Reading statistics on child kidnappings per year really got my blood flowing and it should get your insides fiery too. Did you know that the U.S. Department of Justice has reported “797,500 children younger than 18 were reported missing in a one-year period of time” (MissingKids.com). That’s over two thousand children a day. Two Thousand. I hope you’d agree with me when I say: That is unacceptable. I’d prefer not to talk about the demented stories of each kidnapping due to some of the graphic nature, but if you would like to read more on the subject, visit this link: MissingKids.com.

My question is: Why? How is your child’s safety not your top priority every day? Are you doing everything you can to at least keep them in your peripherals? Obviously, we put a lot of trust in each other in this society. We expect our teachers to guide, our officers to protect and our neighbors to keep a watchful eye on our property as we will theirs’.

But: Two thousand a day. If that doesn’t scream “THIS IS A FLAWED SYSTEM” I don’t know what does.

This life is a busy one, I know that as well as anyone and nobody expects parents to hold their child’s hand through everything they do in life, but you need to know that there are ways to protect them even when they’re out of sight. And there are ways to do it discreetly.

GPS and tracking devices are step one. Trackers can go everywhere from pant pockets to shoe laces to backpacks. They come in lots of different guises, from teddy bears to key chains to classic plastic or metal devices. The physical appearance of the tracker depends on you and your child’s age but truthfully, after reading those statistics I would’ve bought a 10 pound brick and dropped it in my kid’s bag if it meant their safety. Luckily 10 pound brick trackers have no place in today’s GPS technology. To find a GPS/Tracking Device that fits your needs, visit Home Security Store’s dedicated tracking page: http://www.homesecuritystore.com/c-127-gps-tracking.aspx.

There are lots of folks out there who think child GPS tracking devices are inhumane- a breach of natural rights if you will. I turn around and ask them this: Is it less humane to place a GPS device in a child’s back pack, or to watch them leave for school one day and never come home?

Forget unspoken rules of the collective well-being of all and putting your children’s lives in the trust of this society. You as well as I know that America’s once shared quiet brotherhood of common good and safety hardly exists anymore, if at all. Prepare, prepare, prepare! Two Thousand Children a day- don’t let your child be a statistic.

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!

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