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Summer Home Security Tips

The Home Safety Council offers tips to keep your home safe this summer. Turn Up the Lights •Put bright lights over porches and walkways in the front and back. Lock It Up •All doors to the outside should have working locks. •Garage and shed doors need working locks too. •All windows should have working locks. •Keep all doors to the outside, sliding doors, and windows locked. Be Able to Get Out •Make sure everyone can open all locks from inside your home. •Don't have deadbolt locks that lock with an inside key. You need to get out fast if a fire starts. A missing key could trap you inside. •Replace inside-key locks with deadbolt locks that have a “thumb turn” instead of an indoor key. •Make sure everyone in your family can reach the “thumb turn” latch. •Have window locks that open from inside. Do not nail windows shut. Make sure they open easily. •If you have security bars on doors and windows, have a “quick-release” latch. This makes it easy to get outsid

Protecting Profits with Video Surveillance

Prominently placed security cameras can help deter potential thieves and identify those who do steal. A store cashier pockets the $20 bill that a busy commuter hands him to pay for fuel. A shopper picks up a tube of lip balm and casually drops it into her purse. A customer slips on a wet floor next to a “caution” sign, but his attorney later claims no such signs were at the scene. These incidents occur in retail establishments on a regular basis. For years, convenience store operators relied on analog video surveillance to discourage employee theft, deter crime and record store activity, but traditional analog cameras typically provide blurry, unclear images. That drawback can prevent a retailer from actually using a recording to solve a problem or provide prosecutable evidence in a criminal case. Thanks to the Internet, store operators concerned about shrink, shortage and safety now have the ability to videotape all in-store activities, plus monitor their outlets in real time fr