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The Emergency Survival Manual (Outdoor Life) Paperback – October 6, 2015
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Joseph Pred has been working in emergency response and management in various capacities since 1989. While focused on unusual risk and operational environments, such as festivals and events like Burning Man, Joseph's background includes emergency medical services, fire safety, law enforcement, communications, mental health, disaster preparedness, risk and emergency management. Joseph also contributes to various media and regularly speaks at conferences on matters of public safety, risk management, and temporary mass gatherings. "Outdoor Life" is "The Source for Hunting and Fishing Adventure." For over 110 years, "Outdoor Life" has provided hunting and shooting expertise to millions of avid sportsmen, and they have kept up with the times with frequent articles on the latest technology. Their readers' hands-on spirit is reflected in the magazine's comprehensive gear tests and personal adventure stories.
Outdoor Life is “The Source for Hunting and Fishing Adventure.” For over 110 years, Outdoor Life has provided hunting and shooting expertise to millions of avid sportsmen, and they have kept up with the times with frequent articles on the latest technology. Their readers’ hands-on spirit is reflected in the magazine’s comprehensive gear tests and personal adventure stories.
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TIP 164: KEEP YOUR HOME SECURE
“Each man’s home is his safest refuge.” This 17th-century English legal concept has been interpreted as meaning that you can exclude whomever you wish from your home. To deter criminals, you’ll want more than the law on your side.
BE ALARMED Install a burglar alarm with a mix of sensor types, including motion, shock (to detect windows being broken), smoke, heat, and contact sensors.
TAPE IT Install security cameras that record to cloud storage so you’ll have evidence if anything happens. You can even view your camera feeds via a smartphone app or Web page if you want to check in on your property remotely.
TRICK THEM You can buy phony alarm company stickers and even fake cameras (which come complete with red LED indicators). Burglars generally make a split-second decision as to whether a target is worth the trouble, so you really
LIGHT ’EM UP Install a set of motion sensor lights or bright floodlights outside so that no one can hide in the shadows or sneak up to your house.
PRETEND YOU’RE HOME Install timers that turn lights, TVs, and radios on and then off at preprogrammed times to make it appear that you’re home.
LOCK UP Don’t make it easy; lock all doors and windows when you leave your home. Make sure all entrance doors have a deadbolt lock to better secure against intrusion.
KEEP YOUR KEYS Avoid hiding a key outside; if you do, don’t hide it in a flowerpot or other obvious place a burglar might check. Consider asking a trusted neighbor to hold duplicate keys for you instead.
BAR THE DOOR If you have sliding glass doors or windows, install security bars or wooden dowels cut to fit into the tracks so that they can’t be popped open. Add decorative reinforcement or kick plates to any entrance door to strengthen it.
WATCH OUT Create or join a neighborhood watch program so that people in your neighborhood will help keep an eye on each other’s property.