The debate between self-monitored home security systems and professional security monitoring boils down to this simple question: who is paying attention? Self-monitoring is a cost-effect security solution, but it places the burden on you to receive the alert, notice it, and respond immediately. What if you’re busy or your phone battery is dead?
Exterior door and window sensors are your home’s first line of defense against intruders and flood sensors sound the alarm about leaks before they become floods. But don’t stop there! Our versatile sensors can alert you to a variety of security issues inside your home. Who got into the liquor cabinet? Who ate all the cookies? Who came home after curfew? Here’s how to find out.
Every school has at least one mean kid who delights in spoiling Santa for everyone else. “He’s not real! Your parents buy the presents!” Oh, but many home security cameras tell a different story when they capture Santa’s visit on video. Use your camera keep the wonder of Santa Claus alive – for at least a little longer.
Our culture has always influenced music. One recurring theme in modern music is crime. While every musical genre is different, most include some mention of illegal activity.
But how much of music mentions crime? Which musicians sing about it the most, and which types of crime? And has music always been like this?
Like many crimes, burglary doesn’t seem that serious – until it happens to you. Having someone break into your home and steal your stuff while you’re away is bad enough. What would you do if it happened while you were at home? Here are true tales of people who figured out how to fight off a burglar – and win!
It’s the middle of the week, and you’re shopping for groceries. As you’re pushing your cart through the aisles and minding your own business, you see a mother screaming at her toddler, a man violently shaking his wife, or a woman berating an elderly man. What do you do? Do you step in and say something? Tell the store manager? Call the police? Or do nothing?
At Bay Alarm Medical, we wondered how we might react to social injustice or an extreme situation. Are people prone to stepping in or staying out of things? When we see something that looks dangerous, what do we do? And how bad does it have to get before we take action?
We asked over 2,000 people just that. Here’s what we learned.
SPECTATORS AND VIGILANTES: HOW WE REACT TO INJUSTICE
What would you do if you witnessed an extreme situation or social injustice in public? According to our findings, 31 percent of survey respondents indicated they’d passively monitor the situation.Another 22 percent said they’d do nothing, 21 percent would call for help, and 21 percent claim they’d step in.
Women – a group that often reports feeling less safe than their male counterparts when engaging in everyday activities like walking down the street – were slightly more likely to passively monitor a situation, much more likely to call for help, and somewhat less likely to step in.
HOW RELIGION IMPACTS OUR REACTION
When we segmented our data by religion, we found that the group most likely to do nothing in the face of social injustice or an extreme situation were those who identified as Hindu. Respondents from this faith were over 30 percent more likely to do nothing than any other religious group. However, Hindus were also more likely – by roughly 30 percent – to take action and step in than any other group.
Agnostics were most likely the passively monitor a situation, followed by Jews, then Christian (Protestants). Hindus were the only group from which the majority of survey respondents said that they would step in. It may be that they understand what it’s like to be the victims of injustice.
HOW POLITICS IMPACT OUR REACTION
When it comes to political leanings, the split isn’t as noticeable. Republicans are about 4 percent more likely to call for help, while Democrats were slightly more likely to passively monitor (31 percent) the situation or provide comfort (6 percent).
SPECTATORSHIP, BY STATE
When we looked at the data by state, we discovered that respondents from New Hampshire, Montana, Wyoming, Delaware, and Hawaii were more likely to step in when witnessing an extreme situation or social injustice.
On the other side of the spectrum, New Mexico, Nevada, Rhode Island, Mississippi, and Arkansashad the lowest percentage of respondents willing to step in. Three of these states rank among the most dangerous in the nation, and people may be afraid that their heroics could be met with violence.
HOW WE REACT TO MALE OR FEMALE AGGRESSORS
Americans react much differently when the aggressor is a man versus a woman – and this possibly may have something to do with the fact that men commit significantly more violent crimes than women and tend to be physically larger.
If we witness a man getting aggressive in public, we’re about 40 percent more likely to call the police or security and more than twice as likely to physically step in to stop the violence. With female aggressors, we’re most likely – by a large margin – to stay out of it but keep an eye out in case things escalate. We’re also twice as likely to stay out of it altogether, citing that it’s none of our business.
ANIMALS OR PEOPLE: WHO DO WE DEFEND?
When we asked our survey takers what they would do if they witnessed violence against a person, the vast majority said they’d call the police or security (35 percent) or stay out of things but keep an eye out in case things escalated (28 percent). Would we do the same if it was a dog getting kicked, smacked, or otherwise assaulted?
The answer is yes – sort of. Respondents were still very likely to call security (28 percent) or stay out of it but keep an eye out in case it escalated (16 percent). But with a dog, people were also much more likely to step in themselves and tell the aggressor to stop (20 percent).
GETTING INVOLVED IN RACIAL INJUSTICE
With the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and the current press coverage of heartbreaking stories of innocent men shot with their hands up and a man detained by police for jogging at night, the U.S. is arguably more aware of racial injustice than ever before. What would we do if we saw it playing out right in front of us, though?
The scenario is this: You’re in the park when you witness a black person being harassed by police for seemingly no reason – what do you do?
Many of our survey respondents – about 60 percent – said they’d stay out of it. About 20 percent said it was none of their business, 21 percent indicated that the police must have a good reason for detaining that person, 13 percent admitted they’d stay out of it but would go home and contact the police, the media, or a law office, and 6 percent said they would try to forget it ever happened.
Finally, 24 percent said they’d film the encounter and reach out to the media or share it online.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
It’s hard to say what we’d do in an extreme situation. If you witnessed harassment, violence, or an outright crime, what do you think you’d do?
If our survey is any indication, you’d probably care enough to keep an eye out, but would hold back until help arrived.
Of course, we hope you never have to find out. Which is why we’re dedicated to making the world a little bit safer – at least in your home – with Bay Alarm Medical affordable home monitoring. Because like our survey respondents, we think keeping an eye out is an important thing to do.
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The holidays are a “season to be jolly” and a time when people let their guard down. This means that, for thieves, the holidays are a “season to steal.” In some areas, December is the peak month for burglaries, so use these holiday safety tips to keep your gifts and your family safe.
There is no way to know how many guns will be sold in the U.S. this year.
To better understand the patterns of gun sales in the U.S., we examined the number of background checks initiated through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in 2016 (through August, the last month data were available at the time of this writing). We compared the data to privately conducted background checks, as well as the total number of registered firearms in each state for the year, to ascertain not just how many guns are being sold, but how many guns are possibly being sold without extensive background checks being conducted. Read on to see what we uncovered.
While you might feel safe living in a state with strict gun control laws, it is possible for weapons stolen or reported missing to end up in an entirely different state. To help detect firearm trafficking and solve firearm crimes, as well as track movements of guns associated with crimes, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) provides critical information that helps domestic and international law enforcement agencies.
We took a look at the journey many guns go on after they are purchased. Continue reading to see what we discovered about tracing lost or stolen guns in the U.S.