How to Teach Your Teens to Be Safe Drivers

How to Teach Your Teens to Be Safe DriversMost teenagers start dreaming about getting their drivers’ licenses when they hit middle school. Parents, on the other hand, lie awake at night trying to figure out how to postpone the inevitable.

If your teen is on the road to getting on the road, they will likely need your assistance as a driving instructor to supplement any drivers’ education programs. For most parents, this can be a daunting task.

At American Alarm, we care more about just your home and business security—we care about your personal safety too. To that end, here are some tips to make teaching your teenager to drive less nerve-wracking while ensuring that you help your child become a safe and careful driver.

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How to Stay Safe After a Car Accident

Being in a car accident is an emotional, frightening, and exhausting experience.

Figuring out what to do after a crash can also be overwhelming. At the minimum, you’ll have to exchange information with the other drivers involved in the accident. You should always be prepared—this means keeping a pen and paper, some type of camera, and a copy of your insurance card and registration handy.

Here are some additional tips to help you remain calm and stay safe after an accident.

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Travel Safety During the Holidays

Travel Safety During the HolidaysFor many of us, the holidays often mean traveling to visit family and friends in other cities, states, and even across the country.

If you’re planning a family trip this year, these holiday travel tips will help you arrive at your destination safely.

However, before you set off for [insert name of your relative/family friend here]’s house, you should ensure that your home security system is working properly. Test all your burglar and fire devices as well as cameras. Let your alarm company know that you’ll be doing this and that you’ll be traveling so they know how to respond to signals when you’re gone.

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Personal Safety: Tips and Tools For The Holidays

Personal Safety Tips and Tools For The HolidaysThe holidays are upon us and that means big business for shopping malls and retail outlets. It also presents a wealth of opportunities for criminals looking to cash in and grab cash, credit cards, or gifts—either from your vehicle or by lifting it when you’re not looking. Here are some essential tips to help keep your personal property safe this holiday season.

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Wearable Safety Devices for Kids

Wearable Safety Devices for KidsAs a parent, the most important job you have is keeping your child or children safe. Installing a home security system can help protect them when they’re at home, but how do you keep an eye on them when they’re not?

Well, the answer might be found in new lightweight, wearable location devices designed specifically for kids that come in a number of designs—including a smartwatch that’s also a smartphone. Here are four wearable safety devices for you to check out:

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How to Stay Safe in a Parking Garage

AA-How to Stay Safe in a Parking GarageIf you’re like most people, you probably use parking garages in your daily life, whether it’s on campus, at the mall, or even where you work. It’s something you do without giving it any thought.

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, more than 1 in 10 property crimes occur in parking lots or garages. Anyone who walks alone can be a potential target.

You don’t have to be a victim if you remain aware of your surroundings. Keep these four safety tips in mind if you leave your car in a parking garage.

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5 Back to School Safety Tips

5 Back to School Safety TipsAs a parent, we try to keep our kids as safe as possible. When we’re with them, we hold their hands and tell them to look both ways when they cross the street. But what happens when your child goes to school?

Here are 5 back to school tips to help keep your child safe, when you’re not there to protect them.

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Campus Safety Tips for College Students

AA-Campus Safety Tips for College StudentsAs college students settle into their dorm rooms anticipating the fun and excitement that comes with the start of a new academic year, there’s one thing they may not be anticipating—campus crime.

According to the Boston University Police Department (BUPD), there’s a spike in crime on university campuses during the first two months of the school year. The most common crime on campus is theft, particularly of items students left unattended, says Scott Paré, deputy director of public safety and BUPD deputy chief. However, more serious offenses also occur.

From January 2015 to August 25, 2015, BU police received reports of 17 simple assaults, four aggravated assaults, three indecent assaults, one rape, seven burglaries, one robbery, and 209 larcenies, including 13 car break-ins and 39 bike thefts, Paré notes, adding that the crime rate at BU is very low.

If you’re a college student, worrying about being the victim of a crime is probably not keeping you awake at night. However, you should still be prepared just in case.

Here are four tips to help you stay safe on campus:

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