Security Systems: Does It Really Work?


It is easy to fend off burglars and thieves when you have security system installed in your home. So yes, the short answer to the title’s question is that studies have shown homes with security systems are less likely to get targeted than those who do not.

According to three different studies by two universities and the National Institute of Justice, burglars and thieves are less likely to target homes with visible security systems symbolized by cameras, lighting and stickers or signs. Each study was conducted in different places and time, but the results are similar.

The study of the University of North Carolina in Charlotte asked 400 burglars about their motives and methods. About 80 percent said they would first try to determine if a security system is in place before targeting a specific home. About 60 percent said they would move on to another target if the original one has security system.


You Know You Need This: The ITS Discreet Messenger Bag


The ITS Discreet Messenger Bag is a product of five years of design and production brainstorming. It has been originally marketed for the US audience, but is now also making a scene outside of America.


The new iteration comes with a rugged, dependable and modular messenger bag designs. The company wanted to make the bag more versatile for a wider range of market through combining the bag’s four expandable interior SnapPockets with the optional ITS Zip Bags.


Shrinking The Police Budget


A review by KPMG revealed that the Toronto government could be saving a lot from its police budget if they only follow these simple tips:

• Use a more flexible deployment system by consolidating divisions and establishing strategic hubs. At least 220,000 hours per year can be saved once this is done. After it was found out that 16 percent of an estimated 1.9 million calls in 2013 were related to parking complaints, a suggestion to outsource all parking enforcement functions was made. If this is done, a total of $30 million in salaries and benefits can be put to better use.
• Since some duties of officers can be performed by civilian members, it is therefore suggested that the work of civilian members of the force be better enunciated. About $3 to $7 million can be saved at the Toronto Police College, where 85 percent of instructors are sworn officers, through shared labor, e-learning and partnering with other colleges and institutions.


Tips To Preventing Garage Door Break Ins


Garage doors are normally a weak point in our home security system. Burglars and criminals often use the garage door to enter an unsuspecting home. It can also act as protection for them since a parked truck in the garage is no cause of concern for your neighbors as you can simply be hauling your things.

The garage door is especially vulnerable if it’s automatic and you just leave your remote unattended. Your locks and passwords can be switched simply without you knowing. Sometimes, it is still better to do it the old fashioned way—with locks and bolts.


Calling a Professional During a Missing Person Case

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When do you know it’s time to call a professional to look for someone? Whether it is a missing loved one or a criminal, chances are you won’t have the resources to find someone who doesn’t want to be found.

Here are some specific moments when you know it’s time to give the task to a professional:

When a loved one (a child) went missing suddenly

When a loved, specifically a child, went missing, you may want to tap the professional resources already. Although the police have the legal means to look for a missing person, they can’t do so within the confines of 24 hours. Now, 24 hours is too long to wait for the police to act on your concern. A lot can happen in 24 hours, so you better call a professional to start the search.


Understanding the Home Mode in Your Security Alarm


It’s completely understandable that you would want to ensure your home is safe and secure while you’re away. The problem is, most of us don’t understand the concept of home mode in our home security alarm system.

So what exactly is home mode?

The key features in this mode are what alarms and sensors are armed. Mostly, your Entry Sensors, Panic Buttons, Glassbreak Sensors and environmental sensors such as Smoke Detectors and Water Sensors must be armed.


Tower Dump Case Opens Privacy and Enforcement Issues


The case of R v Rogers, 2016 ONSC 70(Canadian Privacy Law Blog: Ontario court provides clear guidance on privacy and “tower dumps” in R v Rogers and Telus) raises issues about the privacy rights of Canadians and the Charter that creates them.

The summary of the said case goes as follows: the Peel Regional Police investigated a string of jewelry store robberies. They asked telecommunication companies to submit the records of all cellphone towers in the area where the crimes are being committed.


How to Keep Your Home Safe While Travelling


Travelling is the one time we can escape from the harsh realities of work, relationships and even family matters. It’s the regeneration of our spirits that catapult us to another year of misses and hopefully, successes. But when travelling, we can sometimes get stressed, too, because we tend to concern ourselves about the safety of the homes we left.

That’s the last thing you want when you’re travelling—worry about home. What you want to do is enjoy the sun (or snow) and the perks of travelling and rejuvenating your soul.

In that case, here are some tips to ensure your home is safe while you’re out in the beaches of Ibiza or traversing with the wilds in Africa.