Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Burglar Alarm Sounds, Man Arrested

A man was arrested in Deri Court, Edison, New Jersey after police responded to a home protection alarm that went off at 9:46 p.m. As reported by the Edison/Metuchen Sentinel yesterday, the suspect was charged with burglary and possession of burglary tools. When Patrolman Wilfredo Brown arrived at the scene, he saw that the home’s rear sliding door had been forced open, the carpet had muddy footprints on it and the suspect was moving at a fast pace toward the front of the home. The suspect was apprehended while trying to flee the scene. Nearby, officers found a backpack containing burglary tools.

While this Deri Court home was invaded in the evening, home burglaries also commonly take place during weekdays (when homeowners are typically at work) and in the early hours of the morning (when homeowners are typically asleep). At least 2,000,000 home burglaries occur each year in the U.S., and renters are just as likely as property owners to be targeted, according to SAFEGUARDTHEWORLD. The same company reports that homes “without security systems are up to 300% more likely to be broken into.” 

The good news is that you can use these statistics to work toward protecting your home. Achieve peace of mind by installing a simple, affordable device in your home that can help deter burglars and alert those necessary. Browse the variety of SABRE products in our Home Series, from wireless home systems to standalone alarms to personal alarms.

If you’re traveling this holiday season, be sure to check in with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and G+ for a series of Safe Travel Tips. You’ll not only learn how to secure your home while you’re gone, but also how to enjoy a stress-free vacation with your loved ones.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Police Offer Advice for Safe Holiday Shopping

“The chances of becoming a victim of theft are a lot higher during the holiday season,” began a recent news article from OzarksFirst. With this in mind, a number of Missouri police departments offered advice on keeping yourself, your loved ones and your new purchases safe this holiday season.

Their first instruction seems simple enough, but is something we can easily forget when holiday gift-buying becomes hectic. Be sure to lock your car doors, and hide your valuables at all times. SABRE advises you to keep new purchases locked in the trunk, where criminals can’t see them. 
Matt Stewart, Joplin Police Department captain drives home the prevalence of shoppers overlooking this basic recommendation: “…we’re just seeing people who either aren’t taking the time to secure their vehicle,” he said, adding that shoppers are also seen “leaving things out in plain sight.”

Be sure to bring your wallet and phone with you in the store, instead of leaving it in your car’s cup holder or passenger seat – but keep track of these valuable items as you shop. Stewart offered some perspective on how important keeping a close eye on your valuables really is: “A lot of times when we get to shopping we get busy, and we may set our phone down or set our wallet down, and then forget about it and go off and leave it. Many times when they come back, that item is gone.”

A few shoppers interviewed in the same article stress the importance of being “always on guard” and outsmarting “people who want to take advantage.”

For tips on how to adopt a safety mindset during your holiday shopping season, follow SABRE on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and G+. Today we shared SABRE Smart Shopping Tip #6, which explains why you should, if possible, shop at stores where the cash register is near the window. Connect with us on social media to find out! 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Holiday Wish List for the Safe and Savvy Gal

Today we have another guest blog from Jennifer Cassetta, a self-defense expert, public speaker, author, blogger, and so much more! Cassetta is sharing a list of gift ideas for the safe and savvy gal. Happy shopping!

Not sure what to get for your daughter, sister, and girlfriend? I’ve put this list together for out-of-the-box gifts for that smart woman in your life who puts her health and safety first.

Stocking Stuffers (under $20)

This gift is a no brainer. Every woman should have one on her keychain. When walking to her car in the parking garage or out for a evening run, carrying this alarm in your hand keeps you aware and can sound off up to 300 feet if set off. This can scare off your attacker and alert others in the area that you are in harms way. For just $9.99, you can grab one here

Of course I think my book is a good idea as a gift, but here’s why. We wrote the book in young people’s language so they wouldn’t feel like it’s their parents giving them safety tips. The book is a great learning tool for any young woman in high school, college or in their early 20-somethings. They will learn tools to become more self confident, how to stay safe on social media, on dates and on the streets. There’s even a few recipes and food tips to keep them strong and healthy! You can find it on for less than the listed price of $14.95.

This book was a game changer for me. Gavin DeBecker explains how our intuition and gut feelings are actually our greatest gift when it comes to keeping us out of trouble. Oprah raves about it and says it’s a must read for every woman. I agree! My only regret is that I didn’t read this earlier on in my life. The Gift of Fear is also found on Amazon.

Is your girl not a reader and more of a visual learner? Try my Stilettos and Self Defense DVD so she can watch from home and practice along with 5 other women. She’ll learn the ABC’s of self-defense as well as the basic moves: knees, elbow, hammer fists and kicks. For $19.95 you can find it here.

$20 - $50

I personally LOVE this item. It’s got everything a girl needs to stay safe if she’s living on her own, either in a dorm room or her first apartment. The door alarm helps her sleep easy knowing that if anyone should try and break in the door, the alarm will sound and wake her up and also her neighbors while hopefully scaring off the perpetrator. The kit also includes a personal alarm and a window alarm to safeguard your home against intruders. You can find it at Target too!

Here’s a fashionable way to stay safe! This scarf allows you to hide your money, keys, license and credit cards all tucked away without having to carry a bag or purse. Your new hands-free way of carrying your valuables give you peace of mind and the ability to fight back when you need to.

Feel like giving back while you're gifting? When you buy this cool shirt you are giving a woman a fighting chance (and it says so on the back of the shirt!). When any Kuros! products are purchased, pepper spray is given to women in developing countries where sexual assault runs rampant. It’s literally a gift that gives twice!

1 Month membership to a Martial Arts Studio (Price will vary)

If you want to invest a little more into your loved one’s safety I strongly suggest a month membership at a reputable martial arts studio in her area. Not only is martial arts a great physical workout, it’s a way to build stronger mental and emotional muscles. Her confidence will soar as she gets stronger and learns life-saving skills. Here’s some tips on choosing a martial arts studio near you.

Follow Jennifer Cassetta on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for more tips on health and safety, the gifts that keep on giving.