Car Remote Jammers

Car Remote Jammers

Thieves have discovered an easy way to get into vehicles — car remote jammers. These are cheap electronic devices which block the signal between your car remote and your car. Many people click their car remote to lock their vehicle and then fail to verify that their vehicle actually locked. The thieves know this and they wait for vehicle owners to leave their cars and jam the signal so that the cars do not successfully lock. The thieves may not be intending to steal the vehicles, but may only be interested in stealing the contents of the vehicles. This can […]

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Bullet Resistant Vests

Bullet Resistant Vests

A bullet resistant vest should be a part of any comprehensive security plan. A properly designed, manufactured, maintained, and worn vest can make the difference between a bad day and a very bad day. Most bullet resistant vests are manufactured to standards published by the National Institute of Justice. The current revision of the standard is 0101.06. The standard defines five classifications of bullet resistant vests, based upon their ability to stop various common handgun and rifle rounds.  In general, large slow bullets are easier to stop than small fast bullets. The current classifications are IIA, II, IIIA, III, and […]

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Access Control Systems

Access Control Systems

Access control systems are designed to limit physical or virtual access to physical locations, resources, or computer networks. One of the most basic examples of an access control system preventing physical access to an area or room is a locked door. More advanced models include electronic-based systems that require the use of a unique identity and authentication method such as a password. More advanced access control systems integrate physical and electronic systems and can use a combination of access authentication along with biometric information. The complexity of the model of control system implemented typically correlates to the risk or value […]

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Storm Shelters

Storm Shelters

Home storm shelters are becoming more common, due to numerous examples where they have saved peoples lives. These stories have come from across the United States, including Alabama, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Threats Storm shelters are designed to protect against high winds from natural causes — hurricanes and tornadoes. Shelters for protection against NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) and home invasions have different requirements. Terminology FEMA uses the term “safe room” to refer to constructions which meet FEMA 320 and 361 criteria; they use the term “shelters” to refer to constructions designed to meet the ICC 500 criteria. Section 442 of Florida Building […]

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Home Security Safes

Home Security Safes

Over the past two decades, it has become increasingly popular for consumers to purchase home security safes to store valuables and private documentation. Making a smart choice on the type of safe or lockable box can save valuable time and / or money in the event of a home break-in or fire. There are a variety of safe-types available on the open market today depending on one’s budget, value of material to be safe-guarded, and whether or not the purchaser needs to buy a fireproof container. Home Security Facts Before making a decision regarding the type of safe to purchase […]

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Job Security

Job Security

The US government is on a wild spending spree in an attempt to prop up truly dismal employment numbers. More Americans are out of work than at any time since the Carter recession of the 1970’s. Worse, unemployment is no longer a temporary situation for most. Millions of Americans have been unemployed for so long that the government no longer counts them in the unemployment statistics. They are now officially “not part of the work force.” Even worse, many Americans who do have jobs have seen their working hours and they paychecks slashed to cover the costs of ObamaCare. The […]

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Door Locks

Door Locks

Common door locks fall into one of three categories: cylinder locks, rim locks, and mortise locks. Cylinder locks are the most common type of door lock.  They are designed to fit into pre-cut holes in standard doors. Rim locks are an older type of lock that is seldom seen anymore.  They can sometimes be useful to add an additional layer of security to an existing door lock. Instead of going through a hole in the door like a cylinder lock, rim locks are screwed onto the interior surface of the door. Mortise locks are similar to cylinder locks in that […]

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Garage Door Security

Garage Door Security

Garage doors create a number of security vulnerabilities for the average home.  They are often weak points against entry, but they can also enable surreptitious entry where attackers can then wait for your family or attack your main defenses without being visible. Remote Garage Door Opener Security Remote control garage door openers work by sending an electronic code from the remote to the receiver in the garage door opener. Remote garage door opening systems have had many security vulnerabilities since their introduction: The first remotes featured no security. All remotes opened all doors of that model. The next generation of remotes […]

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Fire Security

Fire Security

Home fires kill approximately 2,500 Americans every year and injure five times that many. They also cause more than six billion dollars a year in property damage. Burns and smoke inhalation damage can be extremely unpleasant, even if you do survive. Children five and under are twice as likely to die in a house fire as adults. Nearly 100% of these tragedies are preventable. Fire security begins with preventing unintended fires from occurring in the first place. Grab a notebook and a pen and walk through your house, conducting a fire audit of each room. Note the presence of any […]

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Don’t Eat Wild Mushrooms

Don't Eat Wild Mushrooms

Every few years another “expert” on wild mushrooms dies from poisoning themselves by eating the wrong mushroom. They die painfully of liver, kidney, or heart failure. There is no fool-proof test for differentiating edible and poisonous mushrooms. There are simply too many mushrooms species for any human to learn all of them — and the penalties for being wrong are often fatal. Experienced mushroom gatherers can pick mushrooms in their own local area fairly safely but even they cannot safely pick mushrooms in another region. Identification of wild mushrooms is extremely difficult. People die every year by mistaking Amanita phalloides […]

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