What are the Safety Challenges that Keep Every Homeowner Awake at Night

Nothing compares to a good night’s sleep. That moment when you rest your back flat on the bed, close your eyes, and shut down all the worries of the world is just priceless.

But what if you can’t?

What if you can’t find it in you to sleep peacefully into the night? What if you can’t seem to shut down the monsters in your head?  What if you just can’t let go of these terrible thoughts?

Home safety and security are among the reasons why people lie in their beds wide awake at night. A 2015 survey revealed that more than two-thirds of Americans, including 72% of women, do not feel safe in their homes. This is on top of other problems that people are thinking at night, which are obviously making it hard for them to drift away to dreamland.

What are the things that keep people up all night? We listed eight of them here.

Nightmare of financial (in)security

Oh c’mon, how many of you can honestly say that credit card debt and other bills did not keep you up at night, as if staying wide awake would reduce the interest? A research by CreditCards.com found that 62% of respondents admit to being kept awake by at least one financial concern.

The fear of not being financially secure is a cause for worry for a lot of people. While people say money can’t buy happiness, well so does being broke. Money management, anyone?

When a fortress is unsafe

Blame it on action thrillers. According to the FBI, around 2 million home burglaries are reported each year. Every 13 seconds, a home intrusion is committed. That is how serious the issue of home security is.

Unfortunately, it’s the small things that oftentimes put homes and families in danger. Among the top security mistakes homeowners are doing is forgetting to lock the doors, leaving a key under a mat, and displaying all precious belongings near a window.  

A reliable home alarm system is this generation’s best defense against burglary. Convicted burglars admit to abandoning their plans when they realize that an alarm is installed. The debate on the best home alarm system available these days goes beyond the reduction of false alarms and extends to the importance of utility. What else can an alarm do?

Over the past decade, wireless home alarm systems were the coolest and most popular security devices. No cables, no wires, no sweat. But these days, a look into home alarm systems reviews would tell you that you can get so much more from a security system. With the power of technology and the Internet, you can now access, monitor, and control your home wherever you are. Remote capabilities also allow you to manage your home’s electric consumption. Now, that’s hitting two birds with one stone—security and energy.

An accident-prone home

In the list of home safety challenges, especially among parents with toddlers, is how to childproof their home. Parents stay up all night until they are sure that their child is peacefully sleeping. For homeowners with babies, crib safety is very important. For those with toddlers who never run out of energy, stairs, slippery floors, locks, doors, sharp objects, and just about anything they can climb, are very dangerous territories.

Living in dangerous times

So, you’re next-door neighbor just reported a case of burglary. Let’s see if you can sleep tight tonight. One of the safety challenges that keep people awake at night is living in a community that they thought was secure, and then proven wrong. At a time when guns can be bought like French fries and at a time when criminals have never been so daring, it is hard to get a peaceful sleep.

Perhaps, the top home security mistake that most homeowners are guilty of is pretending that crimes, violent crimes, can never happen to them. Crime does not discriminate. No community is totally safe so never let your guard down.

When something hurts

Another top sleep stealer, according to a survey conducted by Braun Research, are body aches and other physical pains. The study indicated that 69% of respondents are finding it hard to sleep when they feel something is wrong with their body. If your back or neck is strained or when your migraine does not seem to go away, good luck on getting that shuteye.

Losing sleep over work

People have never worked so hard in their life. A lot of employees clock in more than eight hours a day and are lucky to sleep for five or six hours. Not only will performance suffer, but overall health also takes a toll.

Job concerns are among the top stressors that keep people up at night. You would be surprised at how two hours have gone by just by thinking about your horrible boss. When you leave a pile of paperwork on your desk, you think about them too much during bedtime as if they are going to be completed just by obsessing over them. Job security is another major sleep stealer. When you are not sure whether you still got a job in the morning, you’d really rather not sleep.

Security in the family

We love our families dearly. And that’s also why we stay up wide awake at night thinking about them. Family stressors such as when someone needs medical help, someone goes through a tough divorce or when you don’t know how to pay for your child’s education expenses, a good night sleep is often let go. We want everyone in our family to be secure in every aspect—physically, spiritually and mentally.

Obsessing about the future

A research by CreditCards.com likewise revealed the most common fear among people who can’t get a shuteye: not saving enough for retirement. About 40% of Americans worry that they have not saved enough for retirement and half of respondents approaching the retirement age admit that this concern keeps them up at night.

We work hard today to secure our future and that of our children’s. But when the certainty of a good retirement seems bleak, it is almost certain that people are going to lose sleep over it. So, up your money game now before it’s too late. Invest and save.

Of course, we are just humans and we worry. Sleep is elusive to people who worry. They think too much and they think too hard. For parents and homeowners, security in various forms, is a major concern. Whether it’s home safety, health security, financial security or job issues, they can cause sleepless nights. Do something about them now while you’re wide awake and ensure a peaceful and restful sleep in the days to come.

Now What?: A Guide to Coping After Burglary

When something feels like home, it should be sacred, almost like a sanctuary.  It is secure, it is safe.  But not until someone violates your space and breaks into your private world.

At the mention of burglary, people automatically think about monetary loss.  They think about the victim and how devastating it must be to lose everything you worked so hard for.  But what a lot of people do not realize is how violated a victim feels after a burglar breaks into the one place he thought was the safest — his home.

In an article for the Los Angeles Times, psychologist Mory Framer described the many layers of emotions that a burglary victim goes through: feeling of being violated, helplessness, anger, sadness, fear.  He said most victims cannot deal with the realization that an intruder has invaded their most sacred space. These intrusions are taken very personally by victims because to them, the home is an extension of themselves.

Homes are like castles to a lot of people.  So imagine how heart-breaking it must be to have that last bastion of security breached.  The fear that it may happen again is the reason why victims have trouble putting themselves to sleep, getting themselves to trust people, and make themselves believe that everything is going to be okay.

When burglary victims tell their story, they usually get responses like:  “thank God you weren’t home” or “thank God there was no confrontation.”  But while you are unharmed, the feeling of being violated does not go away.  According to most experts like Framer, there is no timetable for recovery and the best way to cope is to just let all the bad emotions take their course. Here are some of the steps that you can do to increase your home’s security and to avoid being a target of burglaries (again).

 

Report the Incident

Letting the police know immediately after the incident just happen or if it is still occurring will heighten the chance of stopping the burglar. Though not all break-ins would be stopped, the police will at least get a record of it and your insurance agent would take notice about the valuables that would be covered. If you’re away and your house have been broken into, don’t touch anything that the burglar might have touched and wait outside for the police to arrive.

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Safeguard Your Home

While you let yourself heal, there are practical and easy things you can do to make sure you won’t have to go through that ordeal again.   According to FBI statistics, more than 2 million home break-ins are recorded every year, 30 per cent of which were through an open window or an unlocked door.  Home intrusions happen every thirteen seconds and homes without a security alarm system or surveillance equipment are 300 percent more likely to be broken into.

Burglars mark their target through a simple selection process — homes with easy access, greatest amount of cover and escape routes.  This process is even made simpler by homeowners who fail to take simple precautions.

According to a 2009 study by the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, installed surveillance cameras or a home alarm system discourages a would-be burglar from breaking into his target residence.  It also showed that neighborhoods where burglar alarms are densely installed have lower incidence of home burglaries.

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Showing the same results is a study by Cromwell-Olson-Avary about offenders’ perception of risk in criminal activities.  It found that nearly all surveyed convicted burglars, 90 per cent of them, said they would avoid homes with alarm systems.  Seventy-five per cent said they would think the planned attack over once they see even just alarm signs or decals.

A research team from the University of North Carolina also interviewed 400 convicted offenders to inquire about their decision making process when choosing a target and carrying out the attack.  Results of the study show that 83% of those surveyed took time and steps to determine whether a potential target has alarms or has a security system installed.

The importance of having security and alarm systems around the house cannot be denied but it seems majority of Americans see these burglary prevention techniques a little too lightly.  Based on FBI statistics, only 17% of homes in the United States are equipped with a security system.

So before you become part of the statistics and be one of the more than 2 million burglary victims yearly, do yourself and your loved ones a favor — secure your home and never let intruders and criminals brutally take away your possessions, your sacred space and your peace of mind.

 

Move to A Safer Haven

If the ordeal of having your private world violated becomes too tormenting and the hassle of never letting your guard down is taking everything out of you, maybe it’s time to look for a new place.  True, you would have to make adjustments here and there but there is no way that you are compromising your safety.

One of the most secured places to live is a condominium.  Unlike a regular gated and guarded subdivision, a condo takes pride in its many layers of security — from the main entrance, through the gate of a community, up to the lobby of the condo building, a security guard is on duty 24/7.  They also make rounds regularly to assure tenants that they have nothing to worry about.

As times get more and more dangerous, real estate companies have made it a requirement to install security cameras and alarms all over the place.  There are surveillance cameras and alarms in every common area, along streets and pathways, above hallways, and practically everywhere.

A good condo unit should be able to guarantee every owner or buyer a good night sleep, something that is very hard to get these days.  Having a condominium unit should be an assurance that you are living in a crime-free community.

So if you are planning on getting one for yourself, make sure that you put on top of your requirements a good security system when you look for condominiums for sale.   And as safety precaution, take simple yet necessary steps to protect your unit.  As soon as you move in, check all door and window locks.  If possible, install an extra lock or a deadbolt on your door.  If you decide to go for keyless entry, choose a reliable brand.  If you have balconies, make sure entrance is securely locked.  You may also add alarms and even covert spy cameras for monitoring.

These are just some of the few and easy steps you can take to make sure you won’t have to go through hell and back by being a victim of burglary.

 

Bizarre Security Systems That You’ll Surely Be Hunting In Stores

Home security has been there ever since people started to acquire houses and other properties. It is something that we normally have to prevent unauthorized access, damage, harm and sudden danger to our loved ones and personal property. Before, it was all about just protecting the area by putting barriers and signage to keep burglars away. As the times modernized, technological advancements became accessible that definitely guarantee home safety for owners.

These home security alarm systems include closed-circuit television or CCTV surveillance, mechanical alarm locks, access control panels, hidden cameras and sensors, and many others. These items make our lives easier, make us feel more secure and maintain our safety as well as protection to our belongings. Aside from these usual devices that we commonly see, there are a lot of weird but creative ways on how we can provide ourselves with home security. Below are just some of the interesting ones.

1. Wall Socket Safe

Who would have thought that you could actually hide something inside the wall socket? We all know that wall safes are the most common and are usually hidden behind huge paintings or shelves. Since everybody sees these kinds of safes everywhere, burglars might go for it first. They will not even think about looking into that tiny rectangle on the wall. The wall socket safe is simple and proven very effective. It looks like a simple and harmless electric outlet but it slides out like an ordinary drawer, revealing the hidden items inside. It is cheaper than any other type of hidden safes in the market.

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Wall Socket Safe
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A Question of Privacy: Subtle Threats we’ve permitted

It has already been three months since NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, stunned the whole world with information leakage regarding NSA phone and Internet surveillance programs. Since then, people have been arguing nonstop and contemplating on the issue but where have these put us, so far?

People must stop arguing about the issue of privacy v. security – which isn’t getting us anywhere – and instead focus on another, slightly overlooked, factor in this equation: ourselves.

The Trade-Off
In this ridiculously overwhelming information-ran world of today, information-trading is the name of the game. Francis Bacon was right. Knowledge is, indeed, power and whoever holds the most knowledge holds the most power. Surely, our intelligence agencies are at the heart of it. But maybe we played along ourselves.

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Combating Paranoia: What we really need to protect ourselves from

You go online to check your twitter and your Facebook and to update yourself whether the person you’ve been stalking has done something different since the last time you checked on him 30 minutes ago. Hey, a lot can happen in 30 minutes right?  You enjoy the fact that he has no way of finding out that you’ve been stalking him. And yet you feel bad that the “Big brother era” is here and now. You worry that the government is trying to keep an eye on your activities online because you think your privacy is being put at stake.

Based on a research by the University of Southern California, an increasing number of internet users are concerned about what seems to be internet spies of the government. In addition to their opinions on confidentiality, the latest report also found that 86 percent of Americans are online, from 82 percent in 2010. This is the highest level in the study’s history and auxiliary proof of how fundamental the Internet has become in American’s lives, especially in the age of mobile devices. Who doesn’t have a phone nowadays? Everybody is online. Even those who we thought despised technology are now embracing it fully.  One of the reasons the typical American is worried about their online activity being spied on is the fact they do not feel comfortable knowing that some agencies are collecting their information. Online activity is one way of understanding the behavior and interests of people. However, the government has for so many times reassured that what they do is to protect ad not invade our privacy.

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