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Four Ways to be a Good Neighbor

By Duncan Cottrell | Jun 1, 2017

Summer is here! Days are getting longer, and we’re all spending more time outside. It’s the perfect opportunity to reach out and meet your neighbors, or reconnect with the ones you already know. Here are four ways you can be a good neighbor and — as a bonus —  participate in keeping your neighborhood safe.…

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Ten True Confessions of a Highly Effective Burglar

By Duncan Cottrell | Feb 13, 2017

Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook. If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in. The two things I hate most: loud dogs…

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Home Security for Children

By Duncan Cottrell | Feb 13, 2017

Make it a ritual for a child to lock the doors and windows. Whether they are coming in with you, or preparing for bed at night, be sure they not only know how, but are in the habit of locking up. If they are old enough to stay at home alone, be sure they: don’t…

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Window Film as a Deterrent

By Duncan Cottrell | Feb 13, 2017

One of the best security products for glass windows and doors is a tough, polyester window security film. It is crystal clear, four mils thick, and is applied from edge-to-edge on the inside of the glass with a super-strong, transparent adhesive. If the glass is broken—like with a brick or baseball bat—the shards won’t fall…

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The Truth about Alarms

By Duncan Cottrell | Feb 13, 2017

Security alarm systems are a standard feature in homes these days, and are usually the first thing we think of for protection. They have their benefits, but they are not the first line of defense. The best home security plan is multi-fold, or layered. An alarm tells you when someone has gained entry. Burglars know…

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Selecting Doorknobs

By Duncan Cottrell | Feb 13, 2017

When is a doorknob not a doorknob? First, let’s establish the vocabulary. The doorknob, or handset, is usually round, oval or tulip-shaped, and throws a latch that slides into a hole in the doorjamb to keep a door closed. The rounded shape can be difficult for children or older folks to maneuver, so a door…

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Choosing a Deadbolt

By Duncan Cottrell | Feb 13, 2017

What is the best reasonably priced door lock? Yep. “You get what you pay for.” The adage holds true for many products, and especially for deadbolts. They come in three qualities: Grade 3 is the builder standard for residential, Grade 2 is for light to medium commercial, and Grade 1 is heavy duty. The better—and…

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