Move-in day is an exciting time for all college students. It is the next chapter that they will embark on their lives. They will meet their lifelong friends, expand their knowledge, and grow as an individual.
Yet, before all that the most exciting time for any college students is when they finally grasp their independence through their dorm life. However, living in the dorms can be dangerous as 11,000 dormitory robberies occur every year.
I know– how can dorms get burglarized. Well, independence, meeting new people, and that “college experience” can be so euphoric that it keeps student’s guards down. Here are 3 security mishaps every college student should keep in mind.
1. Not locking your doors
If you are a parent, you will be shocked by how many students leave their dorm rooms unlocked when they go out. If you are a student, you probably understand why you leave the dorm room unlocked– it’s a hassle and the dorm security is already great.
However, getting inside a residence hall is ridiculously easy; you just wait for a resident to open the doors. There are also neighboring students who may go around stealing other people’s belongings.
Burglary in the dorm is no news, as it happens frequently; however, how easy students make it for burglars to steal their stuff can make you scratch your head. Always lock your doors and remind your roommates as well.
2. Opening doors for stranger
Many resident halls have a great security system that prevents outsiders from coming in. Yet, burglars always find a way to get inside the building. Actually, all you need to do is wait for a resident to come by and say “oh… I forgot my keys”, then they’re in.
Not even that, some students just let strangers into their residence hall without even asking. Echo the importance of not letting strangers in your residence hall.
3. Leaving valuables around
When you have hundreds of students living in the same residence hall, you can best believe that these students will visit each other’s dorms frequently. However, the issue occurs when a roommate invites his friend to his dorm, and then the friend steals a valuable in that room.
With so many students visiting each other’s dorm, an expensive laptop can just disappear if it is not attended for. Buy a Masterlock to store your valuables in a drawer or buy a home security camera to see who tries to steal your stuff.
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It is amazing how many residents do not think about home security because they live in an apartment complex. Breaking into an empty apartment is almost as easy as breaking into a house. In fact, there have been cases where some “cunning” home intruders, who dressed up as police officers, broke into two apartments.
Just as how burglars target apartments different from single family houses, we also have to approach some home security measures differently. Here is a list of security tips you should use if you live in an apartment.
1. Avoid Ground-Floor Apartments
Selecting which floor you live in an apartment can determine how much more you have to worry about your home security.
Ground floor apartments are vulnerable for break-in because tenants will have to worry about both the front door and windows, while most higher floor apartments only need to worry about the front door. So, if you plan to live on the ground floor, just remember to take extra precautions.
2. Create a Security Pact with Neighbors
If you live in an apartment complex, befriending a neighbor is way more effective than if you lived in a neighborhood of 2-story houses; your neighbors are literally a door over.
40% of burglars have stated that the proximity of neighbors is an effective deterrent. Create a pact with your neighbors and look out for each others’ homes.
3. Ask the Landlord A LOT of Questions
It is always smart to befriend your landlord and ask them any questions regarding the apartment security and any past incidences of break-ins. You want to know what extra security measures you need to take in order to ensure your apartment is safe.
Another question to ask your landlord is whether your door locks have been changed from the previous tenants. Sometimes landlords forget, so always keep your landlord accountable.
4. Place a Security Camera Inside Your Home
It is no surprise why burglars find security cameras as the number one factor to consider when targeting a home. Home Security Cameras provide surveillance, alarms, and concrete evidence.
However, security systems can become very expensive, if you purchase from companies like ADT. But, if you want a cheaper alternative that captures the whole apartment for a cheaper price, get yourself a smart home security camera.
5. Buy Extra EXTRA DeadBolts
Most burglars want to be in and out of a home as quick as possible; they only try to spend 8 to 12 minutes per home. That is why, having extra deadbolts are crucial. Apartment spaces are small, so searching and grabbing jewelry is quick and easy.
All they would need to do is break down the door and just quickly go through the apartment, compared to a house that is a bit bigger and more area to cover. Also, 59.2% of burglaries occurred with some form of force, so have that extra fortification for your front door.
6. Peephole Alternative
The peephole has always been the ultimate front door monitoring tool; however, with its fish lens view, you cannot get a clear picture of everything outside your apartment. Hence comes the peephole alternative: a wireless video doorbell. These devices are taking over the smart home security market because it monitors the most important entryway for an apartment — the front door.
The issue with many video doorbells is that it requires some type of wire; however, if you are worried about that then think of investing on a RemoBell that only require batteries. Place it anywhere outside your home and still get that full monitoring experience.
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One of the most terrifying experience a family member can encounter is being in the house during a break-in. No family should ever feel in danger while they’re in their own home; however, we also can’t think that an occurrence like this will never happen to us.
It is also not uncommon to have a family member in the home during a break-in as there have been a million burglaries with a household member inside and another 266,560 burglaries where a household member was a victim. So, make sure that you follow these tips in case you and your family experience a home intrusion.
1. Have your Car Keys around
Your car key can be one of your best manual home alarm systems in your house. If you ever hear a burglar or home invader come inside your home, press your car alarm and the whole neighborhood will hear. Not only will it alert others, but the home intruders will run away from the scene.
Remember to bring your car keys to your room so that you have it handy with you.
2. Call the Authorities Right away
The first thing we all probably would do when we suspect a home intruder is to call the police. This should be everyone’s first instinctive decision. It is also important to remember that you want to tell the operator your situation in a quick manner.
Tell them what’s happening; where you are; and where you’re hiding. You want to be fast and as efficient as possible when you dial 9-1-1. After you call the police, make sure that you find a safe place to hide until the police arrive. Do not try to confront the intruders head on as they may become very aggressive.
3. Security Camera
Home security cameras have become the booming product in the smart home industry, and for good reasons too. These wireless security cameras can detect motion, capture footage of the intruder, call the police, and even turn on a siren.
In fact, if we look at burglaries, only 13% of cases are cleared because of lack of evidence. With this camera, it deter home intruders away from your house because of the risk that comes with a security camera.
4. Have a Self-Defense Weapon Near By
Whether it may be a baseball bat, a pepper spray, or a frying pan, try to keep a self-defense weapon near by you. Although you should avoid any type of violence at all cost, it is smart to keep yourself protected.
If you do not have experience with a weapon, do not confront your intruder; rather, find a safe room and hide there with your weapon until the police arrive.
5. If you have a gun
According to each state, there are different gun laws for how you could use your weapon. Make sure that you look into your State’s “Stand Your Ground” law and whether the “Castle Doctrine” applies in your State.
See whether you are able to use your gun when you are in danger, or in some states, whether you have to retreat first in order to pull out your weapon. Keep your gun stored and locked, and make sure that you identify the intruder before using your weapon. You do not want to mistakenly harm anyone else, like an officer or family member.
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It is that beautiful time of the year where you start to see more Spirit Store Billboards, the best movies only seem to be horror movies, and Starbucks finally brings out the Pumpkin Spice Lattes. It’s — Halloween.
If you have kids, you are probably going to go trick or treating. But, did you know that Halloween is one of the three holidays where crime spikes the most? It wouldn’t hurt to make some safety precautions so that you and your family stays safe during this day of spooks and scares.
Protect your Home
If your family are trick or treating this year, you probably want to make sure that your home is secure and safe. There will be a lot of people walking around in the street, but that also means that burglars will suspect homes to be vacant. Make sure to leave all your lights on, or, in the best case scenario, have someone stay back at the house.
If everyone in your home plans to go outs, make sure you have some home security system to monitor your house. It’s always good to have an extra pair of eyes during this time of year.
Going Trick or Treating
There are couple things you want to make sure you do when you go trick or treating. Plan out which houses you are going to go to, bring a flashlight and comfortable shoes, and try to leave before the sun sets. Stay safe by trick or treating with your kids when there is still some light out. If you go out during the night, then no one would be able to see the amazing Halloween costumes that you and your family are wearing.
If your kids plan to go trick or treating with their friends, make sure that they do not go to homes that are not decorated or is too dark. You want to make sure that they know the rules and practice safety measures.
Trick or Treating can be a time of accomplishment for many kids. To be able to walk around the block and receive candies from their neighbors is rewarding. However,when you hear in the news that some parents found blades or tampered candy in their kids Halloween goodie bags, it can give you a heart attack. You want your kids to experience the festivities that comes from Halloween; however, you also want to make sure that you take precautionary measures to protect your children.
It is important that you do not let your kids either touch the candy or eat the candy before they get home. Always check the candy before you let your kids start eating their candies. Also, make sure that your kids only get packaged candies that haven’t been open. Candies that have been opened or were not packaged from a factory may be tampered.
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If you are a renter at an apartment or a home, there are probably a million prayers that ran through your head: “please let me have normal neighbors? Please… no rats in the building? Please, let there be no leaks?” However, the one prayer that is at the top of your list is that the landlord is fair and not a creep.
Unfortunately, there will always be those who are dealt with the worst hand in an untimely manner. You never know what your landlord could be up to, especially when you are not home. Here are 7 horror stories of tenants with the worst landlord that we found in the Internet.
“My landlord asked if I was going home for Christmas and I said I was. Christmas sucked so I came back early and found my landlord and three of his buddies smoking cigarettes, drinking beer and playing poker in my living room.”
“At my first apartment, if I didn’t answer the door, my landlord would knock on my bedroom window. If I still didn’t answer, he’d open the window (they were really crappy old windows) and shout into it.”
“I had a landlord years ago that was sneaking into my apartment and hanging out while I was at work. I found beer cans in our garbage, our TV was on different channels, and my dresser drawers (mainly my underwear drawer) were open and had been gone through. Creepy. Whenever he came around to “fix” things, he would wear 12″ hunting knife on his belt.”
“The reason she was moving is because she caught the building manager sneaking into her apartment at night and watching her sleep. She had a feeling someone had been in her apartment, perhaps while she was there, so she set up a camera. Sure enough, she caught him on camera using his key to let himself in about 3am and then standing by her bed for about an hour watching her sleep.”
“It wasn’t uncommon to wake up and find [our landlord] in your room (all of the units were just one room) “inspecting” something. We’d find him asleep on the couch in the front hall and stuff and the people who lived in his buildings said he’d sometimes take baths in other people’s bathrooms.”
“I had no door to my room, and [my roommates/landlord] would have parties, and [they] wouldn’t bother to stop anyone going in there. Finally, I come home one weekend and some of my things are missing. Someone went into my room during one of their parties and stole my things.”
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Posted on October 21, 2016 at 6:08 pm by Joe Kang / Blog, IoT | Connected Device | Smart Home, Security Camera / 2 Comments
Smart Home devices are quickly captivating the market in the tech industry. With the release of Amazon Echo and the announcement of Google Home, we can see that the integration of Smart Home products is going to be the next “Big Thing”.
Just as how mobile apps revolutionized the way we travel, connect, and go about our life, Smart Home devices will change how we live in our homes. In fact, experts believe that by the end of 2022, an individual home will have roughly 500 smart devices. On top of that, 61% of the Smart Home Revenue came from Security Cameras in 2015. So the question becomes: why is security camera the most popular Smart Home device?
Smart Home Security Camera
First off, people are looking towards Smart Home Security Cameras because they’re a whole lot cheaper. There are a variety of security system companies out there, such as ADT and Simplisafe; however, you would be spending $30-$50 a month including the $350 Installation fees. Why not just purchase a $199 Smart Home Security Camera without all the installation costs?
Protect your family
You’re in your bedroom about to go to sleep. Your phone starts to receive push notification because it detected motion near your front door. You go to your app, turn on your siren and call the police. You’ve just protected your loved one with a touch of a button.
The neat thing about a Smart Home Security Camera is that it allows you to protect your home through your phone. Whether you’re out of the house, at work, or on vacation, all of your monitoring can be done through your mobile device.
Monitor your family members
Smart Home security cameras do not only serve as a deterrent to burglars, but they can also serve as a monitoring camera for your loved ones. Let us say you want to check up on your kids while you are at work, or maybe you want to set it up as a nanny cam for your newborn child. The monitoring system lets you use the camera for multi-purposes.
Connect with other devices
The beauty of Smart Home security cameras doesn’t only come from being able to monitor your home, but that you can also connect with other devices. Imagine this– what if you forgot to turn off the AC or lights when you left the house? You could use your Smart Home security camera’s home automation capability to turn those devices off and save money on your electricity bill. There’s a reason why your camera is called “smart”.
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What if I told you that Smart Home Doorbells are essential to effectively monitor your homes? Now, if you are wondering what Smart Home Doorbells are, they are wireless video doorbells that show you real-time footage when someone rings the doorbell or is near it.
It’s exciting right — another alternative for walking up to the peephole to check who’s at door. However, video doorbell offers more than convenience; rather, they provide users with protection at an area of the house that is the focal point of break-ins.
1. Protect your family from home invasion
The front door has always been the primary entry point for many home intrusion; therefore, it makes sense that industries created Smart Home devices that focus on monitoring this entrance. If you are looking for home security, you probably want a device that will notify you whenever someone is at your front door. Whether they may be the delivery man, a burglar, or a porch pirate, your mind will be more at ease when you have the capability to monitor your front door. You will also want footage of the person who broke into your home since only 13.6% of burglars actually get arrested due to lack of evidence and witnesses.
2. Prevent your packages from being stolen
We all love online shopping. It’s convenient, sometimes cheaper, and everyone is doing it. But, your day could be completely ruined when you find out that someone had the nerves to steal one of your packages. It is also not uncommon. When you hear that 23 million Americans have had their packages stolen, it can strike fear to your heart. The great thing about wireless doorbells is that they have motion sensors that will alert you when someone is at your door. Be notified when your item is delivered at your doorstep and capture footages of the person who tries to steal your package.
3. Monitor for Broken packages
Stolen packages can be really rough, but opening a package with a broken item can be just as bad. It is possible that someone sent you a damaged product or that the delivery person mishandled your package. Either way, you need a video camera to make sure that no one is just tossing you new iPhone at your front door.
In the End, a wireless video doorbell has more to offer than just being a video camera in front of your house; these doorbells can serve as a home security monitoring system. Protect the most important entry point of your house and make sure that nothing happens to your packages.
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Words cannot explain how frightening it is when you and your family experiences a break-in. Sometimes, it is not that someone stole something from your home that is frightening–it’s what could’ve happened if you were still at the house. Your sense of security and peace of mind can get hindered. A Home Break-in is something we all hope to never experience; however it is still something we need to be prepared for. So, here is what you should do if you ever experience a break-in.
1. Call the officials
The first and immediate thought that will probably go through your head would be to call the police. You want to report the crime as soon as possible so that the officials can immediately start investigating. Write a list and report any belongings that were taken; if your security camera’s motion detector caught any footages, remember to hand it to the officials; and remember, do not touch anything until the officers arrive. You do not want to damage any evidence.
2. Contact your Insurance company
You will also want to contact the insurance company within a day to file an insurance claim. Remember that your insurance company will need a police report, pictures, and evidence to process your claim. It’s important that you call the police first before you contact your insurance company.
3. Get back on your feet
After you have filed your reports and made your claims, it’s time for you to pick everything up again. Clean the broken glass, fix the broken door, and try to put your house the way it was before the incident. This will be the first step to moving past this experience. Stay close with your family, talk to others about how you feel, and seek moral support. The best way to get past a traumatic experience is through support from others.
4. Secure your home
In order to get your sense of security back, you need to install some type of security system. Whether you decide to get a guard dog or install a Home Security Camera, make sure that you secure your home. Also, just because a burglar struck your home once, do not think they won’t strike again. Burglars may return to the crime scene, so it is important that you make sure that your house is protected.