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Fire Risks at Home: 3 Little-Known Culprits

Posted by Bob Ryan

Although some parts of the country conclude their official “fire season” in September, it’s still important to remember that a fire can happen any time of the year – especially inside your home. In fact, fire risks are in places you may not have even considered. Take a look at the following culprits of fire risk, and then ask yourself: Could this start a fire in my home?


The High Cost of Minding Your Own Business

Posted by Bob Ryan

It seems like many people are apprehensive about contacting the authorities when they suspect something illegal is going on in their neighborhoods. This is unfortunate, because people who fail to report illegal activity may actually be putting themselves at risk. Here are some possible consequences of “minding your own business” too much, specifically when you believe your neighbor is committing an ongoing crime.


Stay in Compliance with Your HOA

Posted by Bob Ryan

If you live in a community that is governed by a homeowner’s association, you may be under the impression you are immune to burglary and property crimes. Unfortunately, that is not the case. In fact, Consumer Affairs reports that some HOAs actually make it easier for burglars to break in by forbidding features on the home that are designed to keep burglars out.


It’s Time for the National Night Out!

Posted by Bob Ryan

As we do every year, we want to make sure you know about the National Night Out, a nationwide event that takes place in local communities every first Tuesday of August. On the evening of August 5, local law enforcement agencies will sponsor the Night Out events in their towns; you can take the family out for a safe, fun night of free food, fun activities and valuable safety services your kids will love.


Be Smart When Hiring Summer Employees

Posted by Bob Ryan

Do you have temporary employees working for you for the summer? If so, there may be a security risk there. It may come as a surprise, but companies suffer $50 billion to $660 billion in employee theft every year; some of the offenders are long-term, trusted employees, while others are the young friends-of-friends who come to work at a business during summer vacation. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, make sure you always, always, always:


Can a Light Bulb Start a Fire ?

Posted by Bob Ryan

Yes, it can! Any kind of light bulbs, from fluorescent to incandescent to halogen, can cause fires if they are not used correctly. Here are the specific features on common household light bulbs that can potentially lead to fire.


Who Are You Really Sharing Your Vacation with Online?

Posted by Bob Ryan

It’s that time of year again: Time for us to remind you to keep your vacation plans, photos and updates off of social media for the sake of your home security. When you make the decision to tell your entire social network about your plans to leave town – or even to leave home for a night or two – you may think of it as sharing the information with true friends and family members. But here is who you are also sharing it with, if people like these are in your circle of “friends” online:


Summer Pest Control Doesn’t Have to Mean Summer Burglary

Posted by Bob Ryan

If you are in an area that is prone to pest problems in the summer (which is many of our service areas, so this definitely applies to our North Carolina, Virginia and Houston home security customers), then you may be interested in knowing how hiring a pest control service can potentially put your home at risk of burglary. We’re not disparaging pest control services, of course; instead, we are simply asking anyone who may be hiring a pest control service this summer to put security on their radar.


Alarm Codes for the Sub-Users in Your Home!

Posted by Bob Ryan

Today’s families are more welcoming than ever; often, we take the sentiment “mi casa is su casa” seriously. That’s great, but it can be a big security risk. To reduce this risk, we strongly urge you to program sub-user alarm codes for the people who you open your home to on a regular basis. Of course, you can do this at your discretion; what we recommend is that you consider assigning a code to anyone who needs access to the home when you aren’t available, such as people who work for you. This is far preferable to sharing your “real” alarm code with them, and their code can be deactivated at any time. These people include your:


Is Loitering a Crime?

Posted by Bob Ryan

The answer to that question depends on where you live. Some cities have ordinances against it, and a few states even make loitering an offense that is punishable with jail time. So until you find out what the legality of loitering is in your area, perhaps the more important question to ask is, “If someone is loitering in front of my business, what can I do about it?” After all, a person can’t activate your alarm system just by loitering.


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About The Author

Bob is the SVP of Sales and Marketing at ASG Security, the 9th largest U.S. security company. He has over 23 years experience in the electronic security industry and has won numerous awards for his work. Bob is an avid sports fan, lives part-time in Costa Rica, and loves steak houses and angry birds. He lives with his wife and 4 daughters in Annapolis, MD.

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