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Employees and customers in just about every business type steal over one billion dollars a week from employers. You can prevent employee theft:

Install security cameras. Our newest cameras allow you to log in from your phone, tablet or computer to watch real-time what is happening while you’re away. Many times employees are unwilling to report another person’s theft, but the camera doesn’t lie.

“There’s an app for that.” Yes, there is an app for keeping an eye on your home from your smartphone, computer or tablet. Our newest high-tech solutions offer the ability for you to remotely connect to your home while you’re away. Your phone or other device can transform into a fully functioning keypad so that you can arm or disarm just as you would if you were home. Need to adjust the lighting at your house? No problem now. Want to check to see what the kids or babysitter are doing? You can now view live video from your home streaming on your phone, computer or iPad. Since you probably use your cell phone for much more than a phone now, why not use it to control your alarm system and literally watch what’s going on at your house when you’re away? It’s a great way to manage your family’s security all with the touch of a fingertip.

According to 90% of all reformed burglars, household theft is a very simple task. Here are a few tips from a reformed thief:

Make sure you arm your alarm system. It’s your #1 defense against a break-in.

Another good defense is a barking dog.

An open window might cool you down, but I see it as an open invitation.

I might leave a flyer on your front door just to see how long it takes you to remove it. This is a good way for me to know if you are in or out of town.

I’ll knock before I attempt a break-in. If you come to the door, I’ll make up something to ask you. If not, I know the coast is clear.

I also watch to see what kinds of boxes are left for the trash collectors. Thanks for the heads-up about your fancy new TV.

When I am there working at your house, I may ask to use the bathroom and take a detour to unlock a window on my way back to finish my “day job.”

I am able to read your Facebook and Twitter posts where you wrote about your fabulous vacation. Thanks for letting me know.

I also can break-in your second story. Make sure those windows are monitored as well. A motion detector on the second floor might not be a bad idea either.

I know that you hide your valuables in your nightstand, your underwear drawer, refrigerator and medicine cabinet. I rarely look in the kids’ rooms though.

I may not have time to break into your fancy safe when I’m in your house, but if it’s not securely bolted in, I will just take it with me.

Your neighbors will ignore one loud noise. As a matter of fact, they probably won’t notice I’m in your house at all.

If I hear a loud TV or radio, I’ll assume you’re home.

When you leave a note on the door saying you’ll be back at a certain time, I find it extremely helpful with planning my burglary.

I do know the best places to hide keys. Trust me, your hiding place is a breeze to a trained professional like me.

A recent article on AOL reported that home fires can rage out of control in an average of 3 minutes. In the year 1975, this time was up to 17 minutes. So what’s the difference? Investigators say the furnishings in our homes are largely to blame.

Most of us think it could never happen to us, but in the United States there are over 1.5 million fires each year, many of them preventable. Fires affect more families than all other disasters combined. Over 3,000 people die in fires each year and 17,000 are seriously injured. Property damage exceeds 10 billion annually due to fire damage. The most common causes of fires are cooking, smoking, children playing with matches, heating sources, candles and electrical problems.

Smoke Detectors: Properly functioning smoke detectors cut the chances of dying in a fire by half. Make sure that you have smoke detectors on each level of your house, including the basement if you have one. Be certain they are inside or near each bedroom and that the batteries are good. If you have an alarm system, your smoke detectors are wired into that system, meaning you are monitored for fire 24/7 even if your system is not armed. If our monitoring station gets a fire signal from your house, they will immediately dispatch the fire department. This means that when you are away from your home, your house is monitored not only for intrusion, but also for fire. Smoke detectors that sometimes chirp are not part of your security system. The chirping simply means the batteries need replacement. These types of smoke detectors may make a noise when a fire occurs, but they will not alert our monitoring center of the fire.