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Keep Yourself Safe With College Safety Products

By Ken Potter

As more and more instances of campus violence are reported on the news, college students and their parents are beginning to be concerned about campus safety, and with good reason. Unfortunately, colleges and universities are no longer just a haven for those pursuing an education. They are quickly becoming a haven for criminals as well. There are several products on the market today that college students can use, however, to protect themselves from dangerous individuals and make their campus homes as safe as possible. Whether you are a student yourself or are the parent of a student, take some time to consider the different college safety products on the market today, and what they can do to protect you or those you love.

One popular dual function door brace. A dual function door brace will enhance the current lock on your dorm or apartment door. Once you and your roommates are in for the night, you can place the dual function door brace against the door, and it will provide added protection against a potential intruder. These products are collapsible, so you can easily take them with you when you travel. A dual function door brace can be used on both hinged and sliding doors. They are made out of strong, 20-guage steel to add protection. When you are ready to go out in the morning, simply remove the brace, store it, and open the door.

Another essential college safety product that all college students, particularly women, should have is pepper spray. Pepper spray is a product that you carry with you in your purse, pocket, or on your key ring. If you are attacked, all you have to do is spray the pepper spray into the eyes of your attacker. It will cause the attacker's eyes to slam shut and begin watering profusely. Pepper spray is amazingly irritating, and it typically causes the attacker to become disoriented long enough for you to escape.

If you do not want to carry a large pepper spray container with you to and from school, consider buying a lipstick pepper spray container. These containers look just like a lipstick tube, but they actually contain pepper spray. You can put them in your purse and have them on hand any time you need some extra protection. If you are afraid that you will forget to carry it or will not be able to reach it during an attack, consider purchasing a pepper spray ring, which you can always wear to be safe in the event of an attack.

If you are concerned that someone near you, like a roommate, is taking your things or putting you in a dangerous situation, consider investing in wireless cameras. Wireless cameras are tiny and can be placed inside everyday objects. You have likely seen these cameras in teddy bears that are used to watch nannies while parents are at work. You can use these wireless cameras to keep tabs on the people who live in your room or apartment. They connect to your computer so you can review the video at your convenience. If you live in an apartment, you can also install outdoor wireless cameras near your front door. This will allow you to see anyone who wants to enter your home before you let them in. You and your roommates can screen the people who want to visit and avoid any dangerous situations.

Remember, whenever you leave your dorm or apartment, always lock the doors. Do not carry large quantities of money in your wallet. If you must carry a lot of cash, put it in a concealed pocket. Always look up when walking on campus, so if you are attacked, you will know what your attacker looks like. These tips will help keep you as safe as possible while you are pursuing your degree.

Ken Potter is the founder and owner of Protect Your Home and Family and Eyes Undetected. Please visit and EyesUndetected where you can buy self defense products and security cameras to protect your home and family. On these sites you will find a variety of personal protection products, including pepper sprays, a variety of stun guns, kubotans, telescopic stun batons, college safety products, cell phone stun guns, wireless security systems, surveillance cameras and many other self defense and personal protection products.

The Key to Family Safety - The Residential Alarm

By Todd Cavanaugh

It doesn't matter how wealthy you are or how big or small your house might be. Protecting your family and your property is important. When you understand that a burglary occurs in the U.S. every 12 seconds, it is time to ask what kind of residential alarm will keep your family safe.

Home security and choosing the right residential alarm for your home is really relatively simple. Whether you live in a house, a duplex, a large apartment, or condo building, keeping your family safe is the first priority. The best way to understand your security needs and what kind of residential alarm will be best in your home is to spend some time talking with a good home security professional.

A home security professional will probably tell you that homes without a security system are three times more likely to be robbed. The first conclusion you should reach is that you need some kind of residential alarm. If you plan to make all of your security decisions and equipment choices on your own, do the research thoroughly. If you plan to do your own installation, be sure that you know the best places to position the equipment.

Residential Alarm Types

A comprehensive security system will almost certainly include each of the following types of residential alarm.

  1. Door Alarms. Door alarms are triggered when a door is opened. Most alarm systems sound a chime when the door is opened and the residential alarm system is not activated. This can be very helpful with children or with older adults in letting you know when they open a door to re-enter or leave the house. These are perhaps the most basic element of every home security system. These should be placed on all exterior doors, garage doors and storage shed or other auxiliary buildings.
  2. Window Alarms. Window alarms are triggered by opening a window. Like door alarms, many types of window alarms also sound a chime to let you know someone has opened a window. Window alarms should be placed on all ground-level windows, windows in rooms where children sleep or people with special needs. Window alarms are also a good idea on out-buildings.
  3. Smoke Detector Alarms. No home should be without good smoke detector alarms. The sensitivity of the detectors is such that they are able to detect a smoldering fire even before it erupts into flames. These are the first line of defense for your family in case of fire. These should be placed outside sleeping areas, on each floor of the house (including the basement) and possibly in your garage and other accessory buildings.
  4. Heat Detector Alarms. This type of residential alarm uses hyper-sensitive sensors that trip an alarm if the temperature exceeds a set limit. If fire erupts somewhere in the house, it will quickly increase the temperature in the room above established norms. There are two types of heat detectors: those that sound if room temperature exceeds a set level and those that sound if the temperature in the room should increase so fast it can only be caused by a fire. Heat Detectors are appropriate in several areas of the home. They are also ideal for storage sheds, vacation homes, kitchens and more.
  5. Motion Sensor Alarms. Motion sensors are programmed to trigger the alarm if any type of motion is detected within their range of view. These are often placed inside exterior doors to detect intruders who manage to bypass other alarms or to detect activity in your yard. These residential alarms can be programmed in ways that allow them to ignore pets and young children moving around in the house.
  6. Glass-breakage Alarms. Glass-breakage alarms might be your first warning of an intruder. The sensors are programmed to know the difference between the glass in a window or door breaking and a drinking glass dropped nearby. These can be placed near any doors or windows through which someone might try to gain entry to your home. They can even be placed in a child's bedroom for extra security.
  7. Fence and Gate Alarms are not used as often as other types of residential alarm, but they could provide the first warning that someone is on your property and does not belong there. These can work in several ways ranging from sounding an alarm to turning on exterior flood lights.

Each of these residential alarm types serves a specific function and works in combination with other alarms and sensors. Together, they alert you that something is wrong. When monitored by a professional monitoring company, they will remove the danger of trying to reach a telephone if there is an intruder or sending emergency services to assist you.

About the author: Todd Cavanaugh is a 10-year home security business owner. His company installs home and business monitored security systems, 24-hour surveillance cameras, access control systems, and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. See his business web site for his recommendations on how to select a residential alarm.

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