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Homeowners are aware of the need to protect themselves and their property while inside the home and while they are away, as burglars do target homes more than they do other types of properties. According to FBI reports, burglaries of residential properties accounted for 73.9 percent of all burglary offenses. Of all burglaries, 60.5 percent involved forcible entry, 33.2 percent were unlawful entries (without force), and the remainder (6.3 percent) were forcible entry attempts. Source: “Crime in the United States” The Federal Bureau of Investigation. 2010. 05/31/2012 http://www.fbi.gov. Keep in mind that these statistics are only on burglaries, not robberies and other home invasions.

When homeowners decide to focus on security for themselves and their property, there are many things to take into consideration. One of the first and most important things is a home alarm system. When considering an alarm system, homeowners are well advised to place their trust in a professional security company rather than purchasing a self-installed alarm system. One such company is Gaylord Security Systems. Not only can they do an analysis of a home and neighborhood, they specialize in the installation and service of security and fire alarm systems. At a reasonable cost, homeowners can enjoy the heightened level of protection that comes from professional installation and 24/hr monitoring by ADT Security Services.

In addition to an ADT monitored alarm system, homeowners are urged to consider points of entry, lighting, line-of-sight and other vulnerabilities appealing to burglars such as windows. Having a Pet Friendly Wireless Motion Sensor installed by Gaylord Security can help homeowners with window security. The professionals at Gaylord Security provide ADT monitoring, digital keypad, entryway contacts, keychain remote, pet sensitive motion detector, high decibel alarm, backup battery, yard sign and window decals. Many customers choose the Premium Bundles which offer the choice of additional capabilities such as two-way voice and CellGuard technology.

Homeowners are encouraged to set the motion sensor so that the windows are protected when they are at home. When having an ADT monitored security system installed by Gaylord Security, remember to fully utilize the security system at all times to help to create a “peace of mind” environment.

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Many people don’t realize that their basement windows present a significant security vulnerability. While most people are aware that burglars may enter through a ground-floor entry point, it’s also important to note that basement windows may allow an intruder to access your home by entering through the basement. Here are a few quick tips to guide you through improving the security of your basement windows.

Install Secure Locks
Since the construction of basement windows is usually different from standard windows, you will want to purchase a secure lock that is compatible. Basement window locks need to be durable, secure and impossible to tamper with from the outside. If possible, purchase a lock that will be unable to be manipulated from the outside, even if the window is broken. In many cases, you can find a secure lock for your basement window at your local hardware store. If you are unable to find a good security lock locally, you can always try ordering a product from an online retailer.

Shatter-Proof Glass
To improve the security of your basement windows, it can also be beneficial to have shatter-proof glass installed as a replacement for regular glass. Since basement windows are usually fairly small in size, installing shatter-proof glass can be relatively affordable. Unless you have experience in glass installation, it’s highly recommended that you hire a professional to upgrade the glass in your basement windows. Research professional glass installation services in your area, choosing a highly rated service that has positive customer reviews.

Installing Security Bars
Many people choose to install security bars on their basement windows. Since basement windows aren’t within normal viewing range, security bars can usually be installed without being too noticeable. If you have windows that open inward, install the security bars on the outside (between the screen and the window, if you have a screen). If you have a sliding basement window, you can place the bars on the interior of the window, and leave enough space so that the windows can still be easily opened. Though it is possible to find security bars that meet the specifications of your basement windows, you may have to have them custom-cut. Take an accurate measurement of the dimensions of your basement window, and take these measurements to your local hardware store. Most hardware stores will be able to custom-cut security bars to meet your specifications.

Tactical Landscaping
To help limit access to your basement windows, you can also use tactical landscaping methods. Plant low, thorny bushes around your basement windows, making them difficult or nearly impossible for an intruder to access. If you are worried about the appearance of your home, you can use Hawthorne, Rosebushes or Barberry bushes to create a visually pleasing “barrier” around your basement window area. If you need to have access to your basement windows, you can also use thick, thorn-free shrubbery that still provides limited access.

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The recent tragedies in Japan and Australia remind us to question whether we would be prepared if a flood were to happen. Do we have things that we may need at a moments notice? Do we have contact information to get in touch with loved ones? Do we have an evacuation plan or a meeting spot if family gets separated? According to the American Red Cross here are some important things that we can do now to be prepared if the worst does happen…..

Flood Safety Tips:

• Listen to area radio and television stations and a NOAA Weather Radio for possible flood warnings and reports of flooding in progress or other critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).

• Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Having important documents at hand in an air tight container is extremely important.

• When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.

• Stay away from flood waters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.

• If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.

• Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.

• Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.

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