October 23rd, 2015
That oh so scary time of year is here again with Halloween right around the corner! Costumes, haunted houses, parades, tricks and treats, course, parties are awaiting us and our loved ones. Let’s face it. Of all the age groups, teenagers probably love Halloween more than most. They especially love spending Halloween night out and about the town with their friends and peers – leaving parents worried about what dangers they may face on the most frightful night of the year. So parents, how do you better ensure your teens Halloween safety when you’re not around?
Fortunately for you, parents, there are discussions you can have with your teen and technologies you can invest in for your teen that can help keep them safety, track their whereabouts, and give you greater peace of mind throughout the night. Here are just a few tips to help ensure a fun and safe Halloween night:
Set a curfew – Give your teens a curfew and call-in times when they need to check in with you and give you an update. Making your teen accountable for where they are and what they are doing. Oh and be sure they carry a fully-charged smartphone!
Get friends contact information – Be sure to ask your teen who they are going out with – and get first and last name, phone number and parent’s phone number in case curfew rules are broken. Halloween can be chaotic holiday – so arm yourself with as much information as possible to protect your teen.
Establish boundaries – Set limits (city or town limits, zip codes, county lines, etc) to where your teens can and cannot go. Some neighborhoods may have high crime and/or trafficking rates, and should be avoided especially on a holiday like Halloween night.
Download personal security app – To ensure they abide by curfews and boundaries without being a nag, we recommend to parents to download a personal security app to their teen’s smartphone. With a SmartTek app such as that offered though LifeFone Family Guard™ , once downloaded to your phone and your teen’s phone, you are not only able track your teen’s location right from your cell phone, but also have added security knowing that a 24-7 professionally monitored call center is ready to assist you or your teen in case of an emergency or cause for concern.
LifeFone’s Family Guard™ not only allows you to monitor real-time locations of family members, but also comes equipped with a personal panic button. With one press of the button, your teen is connected to the LifeFone call center which staffed 24/7 by professional monitoring personnel, who are able to quickly pinpoint their location and respond accordingly – often more quickly and accurately than calling 9-1-1.
Family Guard™ is a subscription app that is easy to use, intuitive and offers immediate access to assistance if needed. Download LifeFone’s Family Guard™ App for FREE on iTunes and Google Play.
Wishing you and your teens a safe and happy Halloween!
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October 6th, 2015
Believe it or not, real estate agents face many dangers in their profession. Private showings, listing appointments, hosting open houses, among others, are routine duties for a real estate agent and often involve one-on-one interaction with complete strangers. Crimes against realtors are referred to by a 2011 Realtor.org article as “crimes of opportunity”. They are targeted not only because of the valuable items they carry such as a cell phone, purse or wallet, but also because they drive up in a car and often show up alone.
Since you can’t assume that every client you meet with has the best intentions, real estate agents, especially women, need to be prepared to encounter the worst of the worst. Safety is key. Check out and share these safety tips for real estate agents that could help save a life:
Make sure to have all new clients or prospects complete an information form that includes the essentials like name, copy of driver’s license, vehicle information, etc. before scheduling a private showing. This way, you have all the information you need to file a complaint should that be needed.
Before you meet your client for a private showing, take a drive through the neighborhood and look out for any potential hazards and/or people lurking around. Also, be sure to inspect the home prior to showing and identify the exits.
Download a personal safety app to your smartphone that has a personal assistance button and GPS tracking. We recommend Mobile Alert™ and/or Family Guard™ by LifeFone, both of which are affordable, come with 24/7 professional monitoring, personalized user profiling and GPS tracking. Oh, and always keep your cell phone in your hand during a showing.
In the event that something bad does happen, you want to be prepared for the worst. Beef up your own protection with self defense classes and keep pepper spray on hand – best on a key chain.
BE AN UNATTRACTIVE TARGET
Leave your purse, jewelry – everything – but your cell phone and your car keys – in the trunk of your car. Place it in the trunk before you arrive to a showing or open house. Also, feel free to bring a friend, your dog, grandmother, and/or neighbor – with you. Criminals are less likely to attack if there are witnesses – or your dog is snarling.
Although these safety tips may seem a bit extreme, it is far better to be safe than sorry.
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September 14th, 2015
Do you ever get the creeps working by yourself late at night, or when you’re the last one to leave the office? That fear is legitimate, as you truly don’t know what or who is out there, and what they’re motivation might be to harm you. Be sure to follow the below safety tips while working alone so you don’t become a statistic.
INSTALL A HIGH TECH SECURITY SYSTEM
This is one of the most important safety tips for working alone. A robust security system is essential to making sure you stay safe and your space is protected, especially if you’re always the last one out of the office. Not to mention, you’ll be able to tell if someone is breaking in due to the alarm going off and the police will be notified as well. Luckily, the alarm may scare off the potential criminal and you may not need law enforcement. Either way, be sure your employer has cameras set up surrounding the building.
LOCK THE DOORS WHEN YOU ENTER AND EXIT
The last thing you want is for an unwanted person entering your office when you’re working alone. This situation not only exposes the valuables in your office to culprits, but it make YOU vulnerable to attack or potentially threatening situation. Be sure to lock the door behind you and have your keys AND cell phone on you at ALL times.
BE AWARE + PREPARE
Before exiting your office building or car, look out the window and around the parking lot to acquaint yourself with what is outside. When exiting, be sure that your back is not to the outside for too long and always have your car or house keys and smartphone (with a personal security app installed) in your hand – not in your purse, in a briefcase or on the floor. If you have a pepper spray keychain or something to that effect, have that in your hands as well. That way, if you are surprised by an unwanted individual or group, you’ll be prepared to take action IMMEDIATELY.
EQUIP WITH A PERSONAL SECURITY APP
Also, be sure to download a personal security app with a panic button, GPS tracking and fast response like LifeFone Mobile Alert™ to help protect you when you leave the office. Crimes can occur anywhere and the journey from your office to your car is no exception. Protect yourself and ensure that in the event of an attack or unwanted approach you are ready to access help – fast.
DON’T LEAVE VALUABLES IN CAR
One of our other safety tips also pertains to outside of the office. Don’t leave valuables in the car, ever. Although it may not always involve the safety of yourself per se, it could potentially involve the safety of your belongings such as your identity – if there is a credit card or passport in your vehicle and it is stolen. Save yourself a headache and don’t leave jewelry, technology, money, or anything else of value in your car. Not to mention, a broken window can be pretty pricey if the thief sees something they like. Be sure to have or install an alarm system in your car as well.
Although these safety tips may seem a bit extreme, it is far better to be safe than sorry. We are smart about security and only want the best safety for our customers. Visit our blog for more safety tips and tricks! Have add your own safety tips in the comments below!
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September 8th, 2015
Let’s face it – school is terrifying in more ways than one. As you drop your child off day after day, nervous thoughts race through your mind, aside from whether or not your kid will make friends. These thoughts are normal as it seems as though violence has only increased throughout schools as well as the country. Here are a few school safety tips to keep your child safe and give you more piece of mind.
TEST SCHOOL SECURITY MEASURES
It sounds extreme and a bit silly, but ensuring that your child will be safe at school is a must. The establishment does not need metal detectors per se, but are there guards around? Is just about anyone allowed to walk in the building or through the halls? Do a test and see if you are stopped when you walk in, or asked to verify your identity. This will help ensure your child and others are safe from strangers and potential threats during their time on premises.
ESTABLISH A KNOWN MEETING SPOT
Even if your child does or does not have a cell phone, its good practice to establish a known meeting spot to pick them up on a regular basis. When you drop your child off back to school, show them a nearby location to meet you if there is trouble and they cannot go back to the school. Granted, be sure to tell them that they can’t just leave during class, but at least if things are chaotic during an emergency situation, you know where to find them and they know where to find you.
MEMORIZE, MEMORIZE, MEMORIZE
In addition to memorizing a meeting spot, be sure your child memorizes your cell phone number, address and a ‘safety word” now – regardless of if they are in school or not…have a cell phone or don’t have a cell phone. This way, they will always have a way to reach you, tell a teacher or police officer where they live, and in the case that they have to be picked up by someone else, they will only go with parent-approved adults that know the “safety word”. Also be sure the school has your number as well as a backup number, just in case. Times tables aren’t the only thing you child must learn to memorize!
GET SECURITY ON THEIR PHONE (IF THEY HAVE ONE)
If your child has a cell phone, download a personal security app like Mobile Alert™ and Family Guard™ by LifeFone that can get them help at the touch of a button. With sometimes thousands of kids at a school on any given day, it’s tough for administrators and teachers to pay attention to everyone. This is especially crucial if you’re child say has a peanut allergy or suffers from asthma attacks or seizures. Ensuring they can get the medical help they need regardless of if an adult is present or not – could mean the difference between life and death for your child. These apps can send help to your child at the touch of a button – with access to exact medical information that you provide to ensure they receive the right help – the first time.
Trusted mobile personal security technology will help ensure the safety of individuals and their most precious belongings. Learn more on LifeFone’s app website at http://www.lifefone.com/apps.
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