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postheadericon Apartment Security: What should you look for?

There are many benefits to living in an apartment, especially when compared to homeownership. No mortgages! A landlord to cater to most of your problems! What could be better? However, according to the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), apartments are significantly more likely to fall victim to burglars than the average, single-family household.

Now I know what you’re thinking—shouldn’t the landlord be responsible for securing the apartment complex, as well as the individual units? The short answer is, yes. However, as I’m sure we have all experienced at one point or another, not all landlords are as attentive or responsible as we would like. Unfortunately, that puts the bearing on you—the renter—to study a particular apartment complex before moving in to ensure that it is as secure as possible.

After all, this is your family we’re talking about.

While the most secure apartment complexes are considered “upscale,” it is becoming increasingly more common to find affordable apartments for rent that feature superior security features. With that in mind, before choosing to take up residence in any apartment complex, there are a few considerations you should take into account. These include:

Home security systems

Yes, something as trivial and inconspicuous as the common security system should be up-to-date, or at the very least, present on the premises. If an apartment complex lacks the appropriate system, consider installing your own personal system. In fact, because contemporary systems are usually small and wireless, negotiations with your landlord should be quick and painless.

Consider this…in a recent survey conducted by the NCPC, 85 percent of police and fire chiefs attested that a security system decreases the likelihood of a house being targeted by burglars.

A Solid Door

This is one aspect most apartment-hunters don’t pay much attention too unfortunately. When you are hunting for apartments, look for doors that have a solid-core structure. In other words, steer clear from apartments that feature doors with large glass panes that allow people to look inside and/or bust out the glass. Also, a good door should have a deadbolt in addition to the regular lock on the end of the doorknob. The actual deadbolt itself should secure inside of a reinforced doorjamb that can withstand a brute force entry. Another good security feature to look for is reinforced hinges as not many doors have them.

A Peephole

While you don’t want people peeping in at you, the ability to peep at them is a fantastic security feature that all apartment doors should feature. These nifty little devices essentially allow you to view who is at your door before you actually open it. This allows you to effectively screen individuals, only allowing the appropriate people to gain entry. If a door already has a peephole, go to the outside of the door and try to stare into the apartment through it. An inadequate peephole will allow some visibility into the apartment and should be replaced.

Visible, Clearly-Marked Cameras

A secure apartment complex will feature an array of surveillance cameras, strategically placed throughout the entire complex. A good landlord will have 10 or more depending on the size of the complex, with some having upwards of 20 to capture each and every angle. Most landlords will go one step further by placing a sign underneath the cameras letting would-be burglars know that they are on camera. Moreover, if the cameras are fairly new, they can most likely be accessed remotely via laptop, tablet, or even on a smart phone.

Perimeter Fencing

Many apartment complexes will feature fencing around the entire perimeter of the complex. If it were not obvious already, the purpose of this fencing is to keep unwanted intruders from entering the premises without permission. For optimal security, a perimeter fence should be at least 6 feet tall (as tall or taller than the average man) to make it difficult to get over.

postheadericon Recovery Options for Injured Workers

Disability is something that occurs unexpectedly to many workers. A hard worker may suffer from a mental condition or physical illness during his or her time with a specific company. Employers sometimes provide disability benefits to their full-time workers. These benefits cover the workers in cases of temporary illness or injury. Another way that an employee can receive disability protection is by purchasing a third-party policy. The disability plan serves the purpose of covering a portion of an employee’s wages while he or she is ill. The portion of the payroll that the plan covers depends on the institution and the policy. Some companies pay as much as 100 percent for disability, while others have a lower payout percentage of approximately 70 percent.

How Disability Claims Work

Generally, an employee must pay the insurance company a premium once per month. Many employers subsidize a large portion of their employees’ insurance premiums. A covered employee must contact the employer and the insurance company immediately upon falling ill. The worker may either complete a claim form online or contact the insurance company by phone. The person will want to visit a medical professional as quickly as possible.

The insurance company will request full medical records from the participating doctor. The company will want to see information such as the diagnosed condition and the estimated dates that the employee will be out of work. The condition must fall into the category of illnesses or injuries that the insurance company covers. Experts examine the medical evidence, and the insurance company makes a decision on whether or not it will pay a claim. Short-term disability claims can last for up to a year. Long term disability claims usually kick in after the short-term claims end.

Denial of a disability claim is an unfortunate incident that happens to some people. The insurance company may disqualify if covered person for “not having a qualifying illness,” incomplete paperwork or some other such reason. The employee is then left with a disability and no way to pay bills or expenses. A disability attorney can help a denied person to file an appeal and obtain the funds that he or she rightfully deserves. HSH lawyers is a trusted firm that works for the good of disabled employees. A specialist at the firm can help a person to apply for a new disability claim fight the denial of an existing claim.

postheadericon 5 Military Charity Organizations Fueled by Gamers

Gamers experience an incredible amount of bad publicity in the mainstream media. Arguments of violence and laziness plague the gaming community as single stories are ballooned in order to drive ratings. What doesn’t get as much publicity is the charitable activities that many game developers and players operate that benefit those less fortunate. When it comes to helping military personnel and their families, there is no shortage of support from those that engage themselves in digital entertainment.

Indie Ammo Box

Independent game developers are growing as technology and marketing allow virtually anyone to begin creating digital entertainment. Indie Ammo Box is a platform that allows these developers to create and post those games. The digital game store then donates some of the proceeds to Operation Supply Drop, the charity that supports deployed troops in combat operations and veterans recovering from injuries in the line of duty. Active gamers can provide a great deal of income for the charity while playing the games they enjoy.

WarGaming.Net

World of Tanks is a worldwide popular gaming platform. It also encourages donations to a wide range of military charities including the aforementioned Operation Supply Drop. Premium users are capable of buying bundles of in-game components that help these charity organizations. During Military Appreciation Month, special offers and unique bundles of digital goods are packaged up and ready to be purchased. The popularity of the games developed by WarGaming.Net provides an incredible amount of awareness for the needs of military personnel.

Blizzard

Even large business platforms provide charitable support as part of the gaming community. Activision Blizzard has donated millions of dollars to the Call of Duty Endowment, founded by Bobby Kotick, and has provided millions in grants to organizations through the United States helping veterans find jobs. Gamers help to raise funds through awareness and gameplay to encourage a greater response from others. In October of 2014, many Call of Duty players joined in the campaign to raise $1 million to help place 1,000 veterans in high-quality careers.

Operation Game Drop

Developed by Tech Sgt Clayton Holcomb, operation game drop is a charity drive that benefits children within government hospitals. Since many charities such as Child’s Play is unable to help in those facilities, a new charity drive had been developed to help the children cope with illnesses and injuries through digital entertainment. The drive was based on the gaming community and using “The Grid” gaming tournament, supporters were able to assist in helping Tech Sgt Holcomb realize the charitable contributions.

Twitch

Although Twitch.tv isn’t exactly a charitable organization such as those listed earlier, it still deserves regocnition. Twitch allows game players to stream live video feeds of games they play while an audience watches. During virtual charity drives, Twitch is at the epicenter of most events as gamewatchers are able to donate to specific charities through links provided in the gamer’s bio. When there is a charity drive within the gaming community, there is a safe bet that many will be streaming gameplay live on the website.

Arguments of violence in games contributing to violence in the real world flood various types of media any time someone loses self-control and does something horrific. There should be more emphasis on those that contribute to the world outside of their living room and who put effort into making the world a better place. There is more of these kinds of players and companies than what mainstream media promotes on television.

postheadericon Organization Is The Key To Successful Moving

When a move is coming up, there is anticipation and excitement in the air! Everyone hopes moving goes well, that everything is packed safely, arrives in good condition and that the chosen movers do a fantastic job. With pre-planning and good organization, all these things can happen.

Military people probably have more experience moving than the average person. In fact, the average for military families is a move about every two years. This involves a lot of logistics, planning and coordination. Towards the end of a military career, most families have become experts at successful moving.

Organize Paperwork For Smoother Moves

One thing that’s easy to overlook is crucial paperwork for moving and documents for life events. Important papers should be kept in an accordion style file folder. This includes birth certificates, shot records, marriage certificates, financial records, power of attorney, receipts for the move, resumes and health records. If you’re a military family, a copy of your PCS (moving) orders should also be in the folder.

When paperwork is in one convenient place, some of the pressure of moving is eased. You find that you’re not stuffing important receipts in places where they’ll probably be forgotten. With all the stress that naturally happens with moving, you don’t want to add time spent searching for important documents.

More Tips For A Successful Move

Other helpful moving tips include:

- Use your camera – Your camera is an important tool that comes in handy for moving. If it’s a cell phone camera, you’ll probably have it handy all the time. Use it to take pictures of belongings. Pictures are easier than keeping detailed written records of possessions for insurance and liability purposes. Take pictures of electronics, too. The back of your television set is a good place to start, so you’ll remember how wires were connected without a manual.

- Ziploc bags – Ziploc bags are also helpful. Use them for things like silverware, small items in drawers and for pieces of assembled furniture hardware like that used for children’s beds. The more you can keep things together and keep them where they were in your former home, the easier things will be.

Moving is an exciting, adventure filled time. Learning experiences are waiting and new friendships are going to be made. When it’s an organized experience, it becomes a successful venture for everyone.

postheadericon Home Security System – Tips To Choose

Home Security System - Tips To ChooseIf you have ever happen to be the victim of the burglary, you’ll undoubtedly appreciate the benefit of real estate security process, but even for all those that didn’t endure such an awful experience, it ought to be quite crystal clear that working with a powerful security alarm system is really important today, when criminals are becoming a lot more clever along with witty.

No matter which of your two circumstances you come under, choosing real estate security system isn’t the best of preferences, mainly because the multitude regarding options you’ll be getting and the lot of little details you will have to consider. Let’s observe what your primary concerns might be when needing to choose your home security procedure.

This isn’t a cosmetic alternative, as the majority think; it can in fact affect your reliability of the house security process. Hardwired security systems are considered to be more trusted than wireless security alarm systems including a general viewpoint have formed during this sense, although since the previous few years, wireless technology swept up with their hardwired equal in what exactly regards safeness and excellence. Some home security manufacturers like Safemart offer both wired, as well wireless products. So if you are opting for any modern security alarm system, remember of which their performance is rather close and you ought to focus upon other causes when starting the process of between both.

One of the very important factors designed to come in to play when ever choosing between a radio and some hardwired security alarm system is usually price. The price will change heavily with respect to the state of your abode when you choose to install the property security program. You observe, hardwired security alarm systems absolutely are a lot harder to set up in property that is completed than per that is without a doubt under engineering.

Installing your hardwired security alarm system from a finished house requires much more work to achieve the cables at home, reaching any control -panel, keypad, security alarm or digital camera. In the following case, it will likely be cheaper and much more convenient for any wireless security alarm system.

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