Tip of the Week – Home Alone – 5 Security Tips for Kids

27 September in Tip of the Week, Tip of the Week Personal Safety

5 tips to ensure your child is ready to stay home alone Eventually, there comes the time when all kids prefer to be left at home alone rather than with a sitter, and as parents, it is our responsibility to ensure their security while we are away. Many child psychologists suggest age 12 as the minimum to safely leave a child home alone. But, your decision should be guided by your child’s maturity. The more responsibility and maturity kids show while we are present, the more they will...

Tip of the Week – Neighborhood Security

27 September in Tip of the Week, Tip of the Week Investigations, Tip of the Week Personal Safety, Tip of the Week Protective Services

Who Owns Neighborhood Security - You! 9 Tips to Help Make Your Neighborhood a More Secure Place Neighborhood safety is a team effort, but it starts with YOU. Here are 9 tips to help make your neighborhood a safer place: 1. Know your neighbors. You can do this without being too intrusive. Simply know whether they work during the day, whether they have children (and, if so, what they look like), and what their needs are. Do you live next to a single elderly person that stays home,...

Parking Lots and Personal Security – 15 Key Tips to Keep You Safe

27 September in Personal Safety, Travel Safety

A Normal Day Gone Bad and Never to Be Forgotten The day was September 30, 1991 and I was working as an FBI Special Agent in Houston, Texas, when I heard the news through local law enforcement sources that an eyewitness reported a woman, returning to her parked car just outside a local mall, was forced into her van and abducted by two unidentified males. The abduction occurred sometime around 7:30pm that evening. The torched van was later recovered by law enforcement and inside was the...

Women and Online Dating: 6 Tips in Finding Mr. Right and Not Mr. Wrong

27 September in Personal Safety

For women, the days of finding Mr. Right at traditional places like work, at church, or even in a bar have gradually been replaced with online dating services that have exploded in membership within the last decade. The #1 rated dating service Zoosk now reports it has a cadre of 35 million singles in its database who send over 3 million messages daily to their prospective match. And that’s just one online dating service! Services such as Zoosk, Match, eHarmony and others are replete with...

Five Steps in Securing Special Events

27 September in Business Continuity Planning, Corporate Security, Legal Security, Personal Safety

Special events take many forms and are commonplace in today’s business environment. Awards ceremonies, trade shows, product launches, special sales and holiday events are examples of “special events” common to the business environment and security industry. These occasions are unique in many ways but share a common element in that they are irregularly scheduled and do not occur on a frequent basis. Examples may include special sales gatherings, company recognition picnics and parties, employee gatherings off site, company award trips, going out of business sales,...

Realtor’s Beware: 3 Security Tips for Real Estate Agents

27 September in Personal Safety, Workplace Violence

The year was 1986 and I was a first office FBI Special Agent in Atlanta, GA. It was the same year I bought my first house. I remember working with a great realtor and the excitement that amassed when she provided me with the house keys after all the documents were signed at closing. I’d have to say my realtor experience was a good one that totally assuaged my adulthood fears of home buying. But my association with realtors didn’t end there. That same year on...