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Top Tech Gifts In Home Security

 

iStock_000004856960XSmallSome of the best tech gifts of this holiday season also offer better personal and home security to your loved ones. Items like these have a particular ‘wow’ factor, but also serve very useful purposes. Such devices are perfect considerations for anyone on your gift list who loves technology, but who may not yet be aware of the many DIY home security options that are available to them.

Why Give Tech Gifts?

Simply put, people are fascinated with technology. From grandparents to toddlers, most people are intrigued by gadgets that they can use to do everyday things like turning lights on and off or engaging in a video call with someone on the other side of the globe. While many of these gadgets are used for entertainment and convenience, several of them can also be used to increase one’s personal safety and even protect the home. With this in mind, there’s no good reason to not give someone a home security tech gift this holiday season.

The Best Security Tech Gifts For Mobile Users

Smartphone Surveillance

Did you know that it’s possible to remotely view what is going on in and around your home from wherever you may be? Did you know that you can do all of this from a smartphone or a tablet computer? Heavy mobile users are sure to appreciate home security devices like the Schlage Wireless Indoor Network IP Camera. A system like this allows homeowners to strategically place one or more cameras in key locations around the home in order to enjoy remote viewing on a smartphone, tablet or computer while away.

Tech gifts like this one are perfect for the parents of children old enough to stay at home alone, as well as those who rely on a caretaker to take care of other family members. Others, like devoted pet owners or people who employ a household staff, will love having the ability to glimpse into the home while working or traveling. Owners of a monitored home alarm system are also prime candidates for such a tech gift since it offers them the ability to see inside of the home anytime they are contacted about an alarm being triggered at their household. Within seconds, users can access a live visual feed to help them in assessing whether an alarm is false or whether someone has actually broken into the home.

A Full Alarm System

Fans of the iPhone will love the iSmartAlarm system, which combines the full protection of a burglar alarm system with the convenience of the iPhone. This neat little gadget is also completely wireless, which most techies will especially appreciate. As a completely DIY alarm system, the iSmartAlarm comes standard with an iCamera for video surveillance, as well as motion, door and window sensors which will immediately alert a user’s iPhone anytime their home’s security has been breached. Remotely, an owner is able to view inside the home (and even pan and tilt the iCamera for best visibility, if needed), turn the device on and off, and take still pictures in addition to watching a live streaming feed.

Personal Security

What parent will not love a GPS system enabling them to track a young child’s movements at all times? Sadly, in today’s world such is not only a nice gadget to have, but one that is desperately needed to protect young ones as they walk to and from school or even play in familiar neighborhoods. While we offer several GPS devices on our main page, we’d like you to take a good look at the SecuraTrac SecuraPAL GPS Child Tracking Device. Tracking can be done from a parent’s computer, as well as their smartphone whether it’s an iPhone, an Android or even the BlackBerry smartphone.

In addition to tracking technology, the SecuraTrac SecuraPAL GPS Child Tracking Device also features a panic button. With this feature, anytime that a child feels threatened she or he can depress the panic button which will immediately text an alert to a parent or caretaker along with the child’s location and a link that contains precise directions to wherever the child is. While this sort of technology is marketed directly to parents of young children, it is actually an excellent device to give to anyone who may be concerned enough to track a senior relative’s movements or any number of other loved ones as they move throughout the day.

The Top Tech Gifts In Home Security Are All DIY

Perhaps the best thing about security tech gifts that also make use of mobile and GPS technology is that they are completely DIY in their installation and operation. Hassle-free installations and ease of operation mean that gift recipients can begin using and appreciating these unique security devices right away. With the popularity of tech gifts all over the country, why not invest in a few that are as functional as they are fun and easy to use?

Ralph Winn


Home Security Store Opens Production on 2nd Commercial

CocoNo Coco or cookies this time around, but the Home Security Store Web and Marketing Department has just announced another comedy-based commercial, set for release in early October. It will appear on HSS’s homepage and YouTube channel and also as an advertisement before other home security industry-related videos on YouTube. Set for a 60 second slate, it’s another high-energy mini-story promoting major technological advances for do-it-yourself home security system owners.

The commercial focuses on a brand new home security system- the iSmart Alarm which requires no monthly fees and is completely operated through an iPhone. Soon it will be compatible with Android mobile devices as well. The iSmart Alarm has every fully functional wireless alarm accessory you would find in a standard system including 2 door/window sensors, a motion detector, 2 keyfobs and a control panel that connects to your internet router.

Do-it-yourself home alarm system owners will find the iSmart Alarm one of the easiest home improvement projects they’ll ever stumble upon according to tech professionals. Along with no monthly fees or contracts with alarm monitoring companies, the system easily picks right up and travels with you should you switch homes or be a renter.

But does it function as well as other alarm systems? Our industry professionals argue- it’s even better. With an alarm monitoring company, here’s what happens when your alarm is triggered: A message is sent to the alarm central station, where an operator then calls your home phone to see if it was a false alarm. If no one answers, they call the police. By the time police have arrived, chances are, it’s too late as most burglaries are statistically over in less than 15 minutes.

Here’s what happens with the iSmart Alarm: When your alarm is triggered, you get an instant Push Notification through your smart phone telling you exactly which door or window has been compromised. Immediately you have the option to call the police, a neighbor (or both) and let your family know to stay away from the house. If we’re doing the math on time to prevent a burglary- the iSmart Alarm dominates a traditional monitoring service.

Extra functions with the system also allow home owners to keep a closer eye on their family. Every family member who possesses a keyfob is now on your radar. When they enter/exit the house- you know immediately. This is great for making sure the kids got home from school safe and getting your family on a healthy schedule.

If you want more coverage of your property- the system easily expands. It can hold up to 99 different sensors. Lock down all the doors and windows and place motion detectors in every room of your house if you want to. The iSmart Alarm is completely self-monitored and is a legitimate game changer in the home security industry. It’s a smarter way to protect.

At the helm of production for the iSmart Alarm commercial is the same crew from Home Security Store’s first online commercial “Monitor Everything,” which can be seen right above this article.

Ralph Winn


iSmart Alarm – See the iPhone-Controlled Wireless Security System

iSmart Alarm – Intelligent and affordable iPhone controlled Home Security System

Home Security Technology changes in the blink of an eye, and with the internet and high-tech gadgets like the iPhone dominating today’s digital landscape, it was only a matter of time before someone mastered the link between iPhone and residential security.

Home Security Store is changing the home security industry by delivering the most cutting edge wireless home security system. It’s an easy to self-install security system from iSmart Alarm. It is wireless and comes straight to your door professionally configured by Home Security Store.

Best of all: NO Monthly Alarm Monitoring Fee! That’s right!

DIY installation. It’s “plug & play”: all your sensors arrive pre-programmed, batteries installed and adhesive strips ready-mounted, so set-up just takes minutes. No tools required—just peel and stick

Very simple – No telephone landline required. All you need is internet service, router,  iPhone and you’re  good to go.

Easy access. Intuitively designed mobile interfaces make it easy to interact with your security system.

Real-Time Alerts Have your home tell you what’s going on the moment it happens. With iSmart Alarm, you can have your house send you a text or email message automatically when there’s activity that you would like to know about.

Preferred Package

(1) CubeOne (CPU hub)   (2) Door/Window sensor   (1) Motion sensor   (2) Remote Tag (Remote control for home use or for use by children without an iPhone)   (1) iSmartAlarm sign for your yard or window   Free iPhone App, automated phone alert and push notifications

I believe if cost is a factor for you, but safety is what you desire, then the iSmart Alarm Home Security System is the answer

Ralph Winn

 


The Next Step In Spy Gear

Until recently, I always had this blockade in my brain when it came to writing about spy gear. See, you want to bring out the best in a product, but you don’t want to lie about it. I’ve seen some pretty impressive spy gear enter our doors and quickly exit to our customers, spy gear that takes great imagination to create. But even with these groundbreaking and excitingly innovative products, the question still rang in my head: Can I truly call any of these ‘The Best?’

So I went with the process of elimination to find Home Security Store’s greatest spy camera. That list was narrowed down to about 10 products. Suddenly I realized, I have to ask a different question: What is missing from home security spy gear? We have high-resolution cameras, brilliant mediums for them to hide in (clock radios, sunglasses, etc.), large storage spaces for footage and even night-vision. But something is still missing.

As fate would have it, the answer was delivered to Home Security Store’s doorstep a few weeks ago. It is safe to say that we’ve turned a corner in the spy camera world and even the home security world in general. No more setting up cameras around the house and scrolling through hours of meaningless, uneventful footage. No more waiting for something to happen..

Imagine a spy camera system that sends your video footage directly to your phone, tablet or computer- as it happens. That’s what the SleuthGear ZoneShield Hidden Camera System is all about.

Let’s start with the disguises. We carry 7 different disguises for the Spy Cameras, all of which will fit in any corner of your home. We’re talking every day appliances that are normal home fixtures from bedrooms to kitchens. Here are the disguises: Hidden Camera Smoke Detector, Hidden Camera Digital Picture Frame, Hidden Camera Clock Radio (some models w/ Night-Vision), Hidden Camera Wall Clock, Hidden Camera Oscillating Fan (w/ Night-Vision), Hidden Camera Air Purifier and the SleuthGear Zone Shield Hidden Camera iPod Dock w/ Night-Vision.

In each of these well-crafted disguises is a high quality camera that shoots in color at 500 TV Lines (TVL), or 720×480 pixel resolution. High Quality Camera? Check.

Here’s what makes this system unique. With each camera (excluding add-ons) you receive a Quad Receiver. The Quad receiver captures, stores and relays footage to mobile devices.

For example, you have the option to record to an SD card (up to 32GB) or directly to a computer to save even more footage. Each receiver comes with a unique web link, which you just type in to your internet address bar (for Internet Explorer or Chrome) and Shazam! With an internet connection, immediately you’re looking at live footage of your bedroom, kitchen or den. For an iPhone or iPad, simply download the Free “EZ-SEE” App and your video will show up there.

The receiver also relays to a home monitor, should you want to look-in on the living room while you’re in the bedroom. The regular quad receiver feeds a monitor via RCA cables- and just so there’s no confusion, these Quad Receivers are virtually DVRs (Digital Video Recorders). If you want to combine the DVR and monitor experience in to one device, the alternative to a simple Quad Receiver is the Quad LCD Receiver, which is no bigger than a tablet. That’s a full hidden camera home security system- literally- right in the palm of your hands.

Just like most home security camera systems, you don’t have to stop with one camera. Each receiver supports up to 4 of them and we stock Zone Shield Hidden Cameras individually as add-ons. Also- the Receivers can record all 4 channels at once and the App and computer web link will feed you all 4 of them live.

Thankfully, the blockade has vanished from my brain. It is clear that this is top-notch spy equipment and I’m not afraid to write about the stellar capability of it. The power of the human imagination and how it can be used to protect all of us has come to fruition with the SleuthGear Zone Shield Hidden Camera System.


It’s a Steal!

Early birds, coupon collectors and penny pinchin’ patrons- If you’ve been waiting for the stars to align and the universe to send you a wake-up call about investing in home security- TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS DEAL NOW. Home Security store is offering an entire home security package- that means a DVR, Monitor and 4 Indoor/Outdoor Cameras for just $299.

Usually you’ll have to spend anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars on a full-proof security kit this good and you’ll have to buy parts all separate from each other. This 4-Channel Surveillance Kit has the works and is perfect for all types of homes, apartments, convenient stores and small businesses.

I’m famous for telling friends and family “Make sure you’re the one who says ‘I told you so’” because I believe in taking the necessary precautions to take care of my belongings. I don’t want to be the guy chasing my tail my entire life. And I’m guessing- if you’re like me- your single most valuable belonging (speaking financially here) is your home. And your home houses all your other valuables. So my question is: How could you not invest in it?! What are you waiting for?!

This kit is built by Cam Star- a leading manufacturer in the home and business security industry and from top to bottom, this is one steal of a deal. The system is built around its DVR/ Monitor combination. The color monitor on it is 7 inches diagonally and the DVR controls are all right at your fingertips. Watch live video feeds of 4 different camera angles on your property at once and record at will while you’re away or sleeping. To get an idea of its size, remember those black and white TVs you used to have in the kitchen while Mom and Dad were cooking? This is that- except, built with today’s technology.

The super steal of this deal is the 4 included cameras. These are 4 weatherproof, indoor-or-outdoor bullet cameras with infrared night-vision and flexibility in mounting. 4 cameras with this capability alone will cost you hundreds, Plus- if you decide you want to upgrade your DVR or Monitor later, they’ll connect to a new analog system with no hassle!

Now, the sweetener. Remote monitoring has been on the rise for quite some time now in the home security industry. It allows home owners or business owners the ability to look-in on their property while they are away via their cameras and home security system. Whether it’s a business trip, a vacation, or if you want to look in on your vacation property- this technology gives you that capability. And you bet this kit has that technology. It’s as simple as having an internet connection.

Do you want to know what goes on while you’re away? Are the kids throwing a party? Does the neighbor keep sneaking in to the backyard to steal oranges? If you’ve always wanted to know- don’t let this deal slip by. This is a blowout sale because the product is running out. Grab yours before it’s gone and treat yourself to the security and protection you’ve always wanted. Here’s a link directly to the product: Cam Star 4 Channel DVR Surveillance Kit w/ 4 Weatherproof IR Bullet Cameras & Remote Viewing.


90 MPH Discharge – Protecting Yourself with Pepper Spray

The line between life and death is paper thin. True, we all have an expiration date, but false is the idea that until then we must live in fear of violence. Simple personal protection items can mean the difference between life and death for violent crime victims across the world. With the right precautionary choices, that paper thin line will become a phone book of thickness- and have you ever tried to cut through a phone book? It’s quite difficult.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice (2011 Statistics), Every 4.1 in 1,000 females between the ages of 12 and 17 experienced rape or sexual assault between 2005-2010 and every 3.7 in 1,000 between the ages of 18-34. That’s 0.4% of women between the ages of 12 and 34.

Let’s think about this. If a 100,000 seat football stadium is full of women, about 400 of those women are highly likely to be a victim of sexual violence. I don’t know about you, but with that visual- I can’t live with 0.4%. If you don’t want to or don’t have time to take self-defense classes, at least, for your own sake- purchase a personal protection item like Mace or Pepper Spray.

Let’s look at violent crime statistics for our entire population. “In 2011, U.S. residents age 12 or older experienced an estimated 5.8 million violent victimizations and 17.1 million property victimizations.” With a population of 314 million, that means 1.9% are likely to experience a violent crime. So if we’re looking at the same 100,000 seat football stadium scattered with both men and women, about 1900 people are going to experience violence first hand.

This goes without saying all the undocumented violence out there. Do you have a plan to protect yourself? We have some great choices for both Mace and Pepper Spray here at Home Security Store to keep you protected.

If you’re looking for the simple key chain pepper spray, the 17 Grams Mace Pepper Guard is a great investment. For something with a little quicker action, the StreetWise Designer Pink Camo Pepper Spray offers a belt clip, a sweet disguise and accessibility at a moment’s notice.

We also carry pepper spray blasters, or as I like to call them- Weapons of Optical Destruction. If you want to destroy a violent offender, the Pink MACE Pepper Gun fires out a stream of pepper spray up to 25 feet! If that wasn’t enough, it also has a trigger-activated bright LED light for perfect aim at night. Want something even stronger? Our Kimber Pepper Blaster II discharges pepper spray at 90 miles per hour and fires through clothing, masks and around glasses!

Depending on how much protection you want to have, you have options. But with these staggering statistics and – let’s face it- the decline of the Western Empire right before our eyes, cover your back and more importantly, start building up the thickness of that phone book.


10 Must-have Products from the Home Security Store

SafeWise is a huge fan of the Home Security Store. Like the good people at Home Security Store, SafeWise is on a mission to help make homes and communities safe. SafeWise shares resources and security reviews, so folks can quickly and easily get the information they need to protect themselves, their families, and their communities. Part of that means sharing information about all the latest and coolest home security equipment, which the Home Security Store has in spades. Looking over all their products, it’s impossible not to feel tempted to buy them all. For the sake of brevity, we’ve narrowed or list to our top 10 favorite products offered by Home Security Store:

1. Incognito Safes

You can have a lot of fun just browsing the safes offered by the Home Security Store, mostly because they resemble just about everything besides a safe. You can get a hollowed-out fake self-help book that secretly holds small valuables. But the book safe is run-of-the-mill compared to all the other safes. The decoys range from wall clocks to fruit cans to water bottles—all look real, but are hollowed-out to hide your valuables in inconspicuous hiding places.

2. Video Intercoms

Home Security Store offers a variety of video intercoms, and one of our favorites is this hands-free one. It includes a 7-inch color LCD monitor with a night vision security camera, so you can see who’s at your door any time night or day, without lifting a finger. When a visitor arrive and presses the doorbell, the video monitor will chime and display the visitor on your screen. You can shoo away unwanted solicitors or ask a visitor to identify themselves before you open your door. What’s more, if you hear a suspicious noise, you can press the “view” button and instantly monitor your entranceway anytime.

3. Survival Kit

Home Security Store knows that safety is about more than just security system equipment. A safety must-have for any home is an emergency survival kit. One of our favorites is this one because it’s very affordable, it covers a wide range of basic needs in case of emergency, and everything fits into an easy-to-carry backpack. It would be exhaustive to list everything that comes in this awesome kit, but some of the things it includes are food and water, lights, matches, a radio, items for shelter and warmth, tools, and first-aid essentials. If you don’t have an emergency survival kit, we’d strongly encourage you to consider one.

4. Child Locator

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare to be unable to find their child. With a GPS child locator, you never have to worry about losing track of your child at a crowded place or event. This small device is meant to be placed in a child’s pocket or on a wristband, so you always check the location of your child from any smartphone or web-enabled device. If your child needs help, they can press a panic button to immediately alert you a text message or email. You can even set virtual boundaries around certain geographical areas and receive an alert if your child wanders outside the boundaries.

5. Hidden Cameras

Although visible cameras can be a burglar deterrent, sometimes burglars will tamper with them or cover them, so they’re not caught so easily. Therefore, a hidden camera inside the home isn’t a bad idea, and Home Security Store has lots of options. You can get a camera that looks like a smoke detector, an alarm clock, a teddy bear, and more.

6. Gate Alarm

To make sure your kids don’t stray from the backyard or to make sure they don’t get into an area with a pool, install a gate alarm. If the gate is opened without pressing the bypass button, a loud, 110 decibel, alarm will sound from the base station, alerting adults that someone has opened a gate. The equipment is completely wireless, so it’s quick and easy to install. Plus, it’s waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about rain or splash from a pool.

7. Solar-powered Floodlight

Save on electricity and scare potential intruders away with a solar-powered floodlight. All day, this light soaks up rays to power it in the evening, and one day’s worth of rays is enough to activate it 180 times, for a minute each time. The light is motion-activated, so if someone tries to lurk around your front yard, backyard, patio, or other outdoor areas, they will be caught like a deer in the headlights. This would be a great safety addition to any home.

8. Electronic Watchdog

If you don’t want to invest the time and money into a real dog, consider an electronic watchdog. When the sensor detects someone on the other side of a wall or window, the speaker will emit scary barking sounds to scare potential intruders away. You can choose the barking alone, or opt for a dog barking along with a warning siren. With advanced technology, the closer the intruder gets, the more frequent the barking. The best part is that there’s no maintenance. Just plug it in, and you’re done.

9. Spy Sunglasses

If you ever need to go undercover or play spy, these security camera sunglasses will have your back. Already popular with police divisions, these sunglasses are designed to discreetly record video. Most people probably wouldn’t find an everyday use for this piece of equipment, but it’s like something from a Mission Impossible movie, so we had to include it on our list!

10. Driveway Alarm

This driveway alarm can detect motion in a large area, and the sensor and receiver can be placed pretty far away. You can use this alarm as a perimeter alert around your store or home, as a driveway alarm to detect approaching vehicles, as a wireless doorbell, or as a warehouse delivery system. It’s a versatile piece of equipment that could be easily incorporated into any home or business.

Home Security Store offers a lot of cool products, and we had to really strain ourselves to keep our list to our favorite ten. If you have comments on any of the products we’ve mentioned, or if we didn’t list one of your favorite pieces of equipment, please let us know in the comments! For more safety tips and security system reviews, visit www.safewise.com.

 


Property Lines and Neighbor Disputes – One Creative Solution

4 million years ago, there were no property lines. There was no distinction of where this Caveman’s territory began and where others’ ended. Sure we used lake banks and tree lines as indicators, but if any neighboring facial-haired savages dared step foot anywhere this side of Lake Halomalopalo (named after my wife), we would spar- and I didn’t lose a sparring match. Ever.

Not much has changed in humans over the last 4 million years. We’ve become cleaner and a little more sophisticated, but we still fight for land, for law, for love. One thing that has done a complete 180 is property line disputes.

A few months ago, I had a property line dispute with my neighbor. He wanted to pour concrete between his side yard and house for a walk way, but needed a certain amount of distance from his house to meet city code. Because we were part of the curve of our cul-de-sac, our homes sit in an odd position and I made it clear I didn’t want part of his new side walk way taking up my lawn space. Ignoring my wishes, he chose to pour on my property line anyway. Was it the end of the world? No. But I must say- it’s pretty slimy to go against your neighbor’s wishes and he made sure the concrete truck showed up while I was at work.

I could’ve lost my cool. I could’ve called the cops. I could’ve done a lot of things to get in his face and make my point. Instead, I got creative. Because of the strange caddy-corner positioning of our house, I always figured the property line was skewed and our fences were built despite it. After doing some research, my theory was proved true. The fence in his backyard stuck in to my backyard 7 more feet than it should have. 7 feet! And wouldn’t you like to know what I did with this in my back pocket.

One of the top selling perimeter protectors in the home security industry is the BBA-2500 Dakota Alert Solar Powered Wireless Break Beam System. Basically, you set the two transmitters up evenly on posts up to 300 feet apart from each other. Then, they shoot out an invisible and infrared beam of light. When the beam is broken, a signal is sent to the receiver inside your home and the receiver begins to chime. Guess what I did with mine.

I went in to my neighbor’s backyard one day while he was at work and installed the transmitters right on my property line. When dark begins to fall, the BBA-2500 is near impossible to see. At dusk every day, my neighbor would come in to his backyard and water his garden, which, unfortunately for him- was actually on my property according to the city planning schematics. Then, I rigged up a huge speaker and microphone next to the BBA-2500’s receiver- cranking up the speaker volume and pointing it directly at his home.

The first night he triggered it was HILARIOUS. He takes his hose towards his garden, begins to water his roses and “WAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!” The alarm goes off. This dude was scared brainless. He fell on his back, yelped like a Chihauhau and judging by his very slow bodily movement afterwards- he might’ve had a mild heart attack. Then there was the puppy dog experimentation phase. He’d cross the beam line, get startled, do it again- over and over. He just could not figure it out.

After being in fear of watering his own garden for 2 days, he finally knocks on my door. I open it and get an ear full of this: “I know you’re setting off some kind of alarm when I go to garden and it needs to stop!”

I’m not setting off some kind of alarm” I reply in a sly tone. He goes to speak again and I hand him the manual for the BBA-2500. He reads through it quickly and looks back at me. “YOU INSTALLED SECURITY IN MY BACKYAR—“ I hand him a copy of the property line schematics. His face drops. It’s perfect.

I’m not the rub-it-in-your-face type, so I kindly explain that I’ll take down the BBA-2500 and use it for more meaningful perimeter protection in my backyard and that I’m not angry about the concrete, but now Chihauhau Man knows that he needs to obey my wishes next time. Cause next time, I won’t use a Wireless Break Beam System. Next time, we’ll spar. And this Caveman doesn’t lose in a sparring match.


Senior Citizen Safety

People these days are almost forced to be overly protective with their children. Times aren’t like they used to be and now parents even have things such as child locator’s to make sure their children are safe. It’s great that we have all of this protection for our children, but what about our elderly? It may sometimes slip our minds to insure that our elderly loved ones are safe, especially in their homes. Our elderly family and friends still want their independence so it is important that we aid them with having a safe living situation. One may wonder, how can I go about providing a safe environment for our senior citizens? Where are the areas that accidents are most likely to happen? In the home the kitchen, bathrooms, and staircases are the areas that elderly people tend to have the most accidents. These accidents mainly consist of slips and falls. With that being said, there are a number of precautions that we can take to ensure the amount of accidents are to a minimum. Keep in mind that about one third of adults over the age of 65 fall in their homes each year. Falls among elderly people are actually the leading cause of death due to injury.

Lighting

One thing that can make a big difference in every area of the house of an elderly person is the lighting. We may feel that we know our way around our homes but, at night we might second guess that thought. Whether it’s a simple night light in the bathroom or hallways or even automated lights it is important to have things well lit. Something that is not only inexpensive but, also very beneficial to the elderly are motion censored lights. These can be placed in areas that when dark make it easier for the elderly to navigate through their home’s accident free. Always have a light on at night in the bathroom. It is also a good precaution to have rails on the walls where the toilet and shower are. In the kitchen you want to make sure that the floors are kept uncluttered and clean. Illuminate work areas and store heavier items at waist level to help prevent accidents.

Medical Alert

What happens if your elderly loved one falls and needs help? Even if we think that their homes are accident free we still have to make sure that they are prepared if an accident does take place. There are products out there such as the Medical Alert that are perfect for when our senior citizens need help or have an accident. The Medical Alert gives you the best of both worlds. It allows elderly people to maintain their independence yet still insures their safety. With the Medical Alert there is a one-time fee that is the purchase of the product itself. With this purchase you are guaranteed an exceptional product without having to make month-to-month monitoring fee payments. The Medical Alert is very user- friendly and easy to install. With the press of one button you can instantly notify any or all per-programmed contacts. Just knowing that our elderly have instant help will not only give them, but also their family and friends peace of mind. The Medical Alert provides people with 24 Hour Monitoring. It also allows people to call for immediate help in case of any emergency. There is a variety of medical alert systems which allow for you to find the one that fits your exact needs. There are some medical alert systems that that require monthly payments and others that have a one-time fee. Depending on the system you choose to purchase some will actually alert people when it is time for them to take their medications. Others are actually equipped with GPS which can be very beneficial for someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. One benefit to it is that it allows our elderly to live independently. Many devices are waterproof which allow our elderly to wear them at all times. Personal information such as allergies, medical conditions, etc. can be kept on file for any emergency personnel a medical alert gives family members peace of mind  knowing that their loved ones are safe whether or not they are around.

There are other small things that senior citizens can get to insure their safety. For example, MACE is always handy to have just in case something were to happen where it was necessary to have. The statistics for accidents around the home can be scary to think about. But by making the necessary precautions we can help prevent accidents within the home. It is important to always keep our elderly not just safe, but more importantly prepared.


A Parent’s Worst Nightmare

What is a parent’s worst nightmare? We’re all different, but I can personally say that more than death, a Caveman’s biggest fear is the loss of his child. You spend your whole life protecting, nourishing and making them fit for the world. The most unimaginable is that same world stealing them away from you.

Reading statistics on child kidnappings per year really got my blood flowing and it should get your insides fiery too. Did you know that the U.S. Department of Justice has reported “797,500 children younger than 18 were reported missing in a one-year period of time” (MissingKids.com). That’s over two thousand children a day. Two Thousand. I hope you’d agree with me when I say: That is unacceptable. I’d prefer not to talk about the demented stories of each kidnapping due to some of the graphic nature, but if you would like to read more on the subject, visit this link: MissingKids.com.

My question is: Why? How is your child’s safety not your top priority every day? Are you doing everything you can to at least keep them in your peripherals? Obviously, we put a lot of trust in each other in this society. We expect our teachers to guide, our officers to protect and our neighbors to keep a watchful eye on our property as we will theirs’.

But: Two thousand a day. If that doesn’t scream “THIS IS A FLAWED SYSTEM” I don’t know what does.

This life is a busy one, I know that as well as anyone and nobody expects parents to hold their child’s hand through everything they do in life, but you need to know that there are ways to protect them even when they’re out of sight. And there are ways to do it discreetly.

GPS and tracking devices are step one. Trackers can go everywhere from pant pockets to shoe laces to backpacks. They come in lots of different guises, from teddy bears to key chains to classic plastic or metal devices. The physical appearance of the tracker depends on you and your child’s age but truthfully, after reading those statistics I would’ve bought a 10 pound brick and dropped it in my kid’s bag if it meant their safety. Luckily 10 pound brick trackers have no place in today’s GPS technology. To find a GPS/Tracking Device that fits your needs, visit Home Security Store’s dedicated tracking page: http://www.homesecuritystore.com/c-127-gps-tracking.aspx.

There are lots of folks out there who think child GPS tracking devices are inhumane- a breach of natural rights if you will. I turn around and ask them this: Is it less humane to place a GPS device in a child’s back pack, or to watch them leave for school one day and never come home?

Forget unspoken rules of the collective well-being of all and putting your children’s lives in the trust of this society. You as well as I know that America’s once shared quiet brotherhood of common good and safety hardly exists anymore, if at all. Prepare, prepare, prepare! Two Thousand Children a day- don’t let your child be a statistic.


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