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The Guard Dogs Who Called Wolf

Posted by Rob on Monday, 19 May, 2008

A rather interesting technology is being tested and
used in Israel, using a computer program to decipher the
stress or aggression in the barks of their guard dogs.
This information can help determine the difference between
a dog’s everyday woof and the warning bark of a breakout
or other security problem.

Apparently, even the highly trained guard dogs have been
known to occasionally “cry wolf”, which has contributed
to a lack of urgency at times for human guards to react
to the canine alarm. However, because of the heightened
senses of the guard dogs, they can often smell or hear
the activity of suspicious persons before an electronic
is tripped. This is when the dogs are not being
harrassed by squirrels or barking to hear themselves bark.

This new canine-computer system collected the barks
through a microphone under different scenarios, then
sorted and graded them producing a set of control barks
that measure the significance of new live barks. Once
they collected several thousand barks into the computer,
the program effectively figured out “what makes the
emergency bark different than the other barks,” said
Bio-Sense project manager, the high-tech company out of
Tel Aviv who developed this K-9 technology.

Now the prisons, or any other of the 100 Israeli clients
using this system, can set up loud speakers and CCTV
to automatically target and zoom in on the
“emergency barks”.

Back on the home front, we have an alarm technology that
takes the canine out of the equation, but still provides
functional security to your home or business.

Police say a barking dog is an excellent way to deter
burglars. The Electronic Secure Dog is the ideal watchdog
because he does what even the best living, breathing
watchdog can’t do (without some of the annoying problems
that go with owning a dog, like “barking wolf” all night,
alerting the house of squirrels in trees or the mail carrier
delivering mail down the street.).

With his electronic radar eyes, the Electronic Watch Dog
can “see” through thick doors, walls and glass. Once his
cord is plugged in, he’ll stay on duty around the clock,
indefinitely and will bark louder and more frequent as
intruder gets closer. The Electronic Secure Dog can
protect homes, apartments, mobile homes, RV’s, jewelry
stores, hotels, factories, warehouses, public and private
buildings of virtually every kind.

And best of all, the Electronic Secure Dog requires no
food, no water, no walks and produces no dog poop! Check out
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It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to you,
but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection could
be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth
Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your
personal well-being?

Yours in safety,


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No Phone, No Problem for the CyberEye

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 30 April, 2008

When Jimmy discovered plans for a row of executive townhouses on
his street, he wondered if his new neighbors would attract
burglars to the neighborhood.

So Jimmy installed a security system that calls the police
department during break-ins. Staring at the sensors and the
controls, he wondered if it was enough.

That’s when he bought his CyberEye.

He mounted the CyberEye facing his front door and his bay window
and set it to capture an image every fifteen seconds.

Months later, Jimmy took his family to the movies. They drove
right past the construction site, where a backhoe had severed a
fiber optic cable. Jimmy didn’t know it then, but his entire
neighborhood had lost their phone service!

Meanwhile, a plain white van parked in front of Jimmy’s house.
Three men wearing hooded sweatshirts sauntered up the lawn. One
produced a crow bar from his sleeve and smashed right through
that beautiful bay window.

Before Jimmy’s neighbors heard the alarm bells, those felons had
vanished. With no landlines, the alarm system could not contact

Giggles turned to gasps inside Jimmy’s station wagon when they
pulled up to their home behind two police cars. Never losing his
cool, Jimmy led the detectives to his television, it had been too
heavy for the thieves to snatch and activated the remote control
for his CyberEye.

Even with no lights on, the infrared lens captured everything:
the broken window, the first thief climbing in and opening the
front door for his companions… everything.

It even captured all three of them, taking off their hoods,
staring DIRECTLY into that lens.

Not only did the cops know exactly who they were dealing with,
but the CyberEye put a time stamp on each frame. Now the
investigators knew exactly WHEN the crooks made off with Jimmy’s

That date stamp came in handy the next day, when Jimmy’s
insurance adjuster looked at the tape Jimmy made by connecting
the CyberEye to a VCR. The agent always hated tracking down
receipts and evidence for homeowners’ insurance cases. This time,
he could see who was aking what items and when.

Jimmy got even more good news that week. One of the ringleader’s
so-called friends saw his picture on the evening news. That
‘friend’ wanted the small reward from the neighborhood watch
association, and he told police where to find the burglars.

Even the fanciest lawyer couldn’t talk his way around that
powerful image of the crooks, with their hands on Jimmy’s things,
stamped with a time and a date for everyone to see.

Jimmy’s insurance company fixed the window and replaced all of
the stolen goods. And Jimmy’s neighbors ask him constantly about
his CyberEye. He tells them every time how it was the best
purchase he ever made.

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It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to you, but
the reality of it is that an ounce of protection could be worth
more than a pound of cure. What is Worth Protection to you? Your
belongings? Your family? Your personal well-being?

For your safety,


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Hot Weather Theft Warning

Posted by Rob on Sunday, 5 August, 2007

As the hot summer weather continues, I’d like to warn you
that homeowners and apartment dwellers need to be aware
that opportunist thieves are out there looking to take
advantage of the warm and sunny weather.

It is important at this time of year to be extra cautious
while trying to keep cool, and ensure that you do not leave
your windows open when rooms are unoccupied. Although this
may help keep your home cooler, it may also serve as an
invitation for a burglar to easily slip into your house.
Make sure you take extra care in the safety and security of
your home.

The chance of falling victim to crimes of opportunity can be
lowered by reducing the opportunities that the criminals
have. Another word of caution goes out to those relying on
window unit air conditioners to keep cool. These air
conditioners, often found in bedrooms, tend to drown out
background noise in other rooms of the house at night. While
this may sound nice, as well as cool, this is an increased
opportunity for someone to slip into your house at night and
take a look around without you hearing the rustling. These
units have also been known to be easily pushed into a house
to gain easy access at street level. Sure it may make a
thud, but if no one is home in the middle of the day, it is
an easy access point.

Burglars don’t like to work too hard getting in, and don’t
want to be heard while on the prowl. Please be cautious on
how you choose to keep cool during the remainder of the

Am I telling you to lock all your doors and windows, remove
your air conditioners and sit inside your house sweltering
from the heat? Of course not, but please take some extra
precautions without leaving your house opened up inviting
the wrong crowd.

Be extremely cautious of what windows you leave opened and
how secure your air conditioners are, especially at ground
level. If you are leaving the house, make sure you lock up.
No excuses, no matter where you live. Nice neighborhoods are
where the burglars come, it is where the nicer stuff is. It
might be time to invest in some sort of room alarms.
Burglars hate loud noises that draw attention.

Even an electronic barking dog may do the trick if you do
not have the real thing. Just make sure you take some
measures before it is too late.

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to
you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection
could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth
Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your
personal well-being?

Yours in safety,

Rob Cook

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Inside the Criminal Mind: Home Burglary

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 23 May, 2007

It does not matter where you live. Middle-class suburbs,
high-class condos, low-income housing, your home is a
target. A burglar with his mind set on your house will walk
through your front door, crawl through a window or even
smash a sledge hammer through your roof.

I recently came across an interview of a reformed burglar
who was extremely prolific in his day, breaking into about
60 homes with a grand total of tens of thousands of dollars
of jewelry and electronics. Of course, he has now vowed to
lead a more law-abiding lifestyle. Probably due to the fact
he is serving house arrest and will say anything. Speaking
of saying anything, he also decided to spill the beans on
tactics and secrets of the trade of burglarizing homes.

The burglars already know, but this knowledge may be of
great benefit to a clueless homeowner.

The following are some of the highlights from inside the
mind of a criminal:

Point of Entry:

Windows – French windows, roll outs, weak metal frames (many
times the windows can be put back in or reclosed once
burglar has entered, leaving homeowners to wonder how their
home was broken into)

Roof – Apparently a sledge hammer through the back of the
roof is an increasingly common point of entry. Who’d have

Front Door – Popped hinges, weak wooden frame or an unlocked
door (come on, let’s not make it that easy!)

Alarm Systems:

No Problem – Cut the phone line on the side of the house.
Contact to the alarm company is now snipped…

Surveillance Systems:

Time Consuming – Not often worth the trouble, unless main
power shutoff is available…

Time of Crime:

Broad daylight, between noon and three, in and out within a
half-hour. Weekends were not desirable.

Prep Work:

Neighborhood scoped out for about a week – who lives there,
how many people, notable routine, kids or pets, married or

Usually wears a worker’s outfit… Handy man, Meter Reader,
Utility Company. You’d be surprised what is available at the
Goodwill shops.


Jewelry, Electronics, Money

With a burglary occurring on average every 15 seconds, it
would be foolish to leave your home attractive to those
creeps looking for an easy buck. Curb appeal is fine. Plant
pretty flowers, paint your fence, mow your lawn. But
Burglar Appeal is best left off your to do list.

For a list of Home Protection tips when you are going on
vacation check out:

Vacation Safety Tips

For a selection of Security Products that might interest you
in providing an additional layer of protection for your home
and belongings check out:

Home Alarm and Protection Products
Telespy Telephone Alert
Diversion Safes
Surveillance Systems, Cameras, and Nanny Cams

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to you,
but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection could
be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth Protection
to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your personal

Stay safe and be prepared!

Yours in Safety,

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