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Jacksonville, FloridaFrom Jaguars games to the Jazz Festival to countless other artistic, sporting, and educational endeavors, Jacksonville residents are proud of all the wonderful things our town has to offer. But that doesn’t mean the River City is immune to problems. Like any major metropolis, Jacksonville has its share of struggles, chief among them the challenge of crime in our community. Read more »

Beware of door to door sales scammers parading as legitimate agencies.There is some wisdom in aphorisms; one example is particularly relevant today: if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Reports are coming in from around Jacksonville of a man claiming to be a city worker offering to inspect/upgrade home security systems for free. Read more »

Vanilla Ice a.k.a. Robert Van Winkle shows off knuckle tattoosBesides demonstrating the depths to which a celebrity can sink, Vanilla Ice’s recent burglary attempt is a wake-up call to homeowners who haven’t secured their property. While few will ever have the honor of being burgled by a star of such (former) renown, anyone can be robbed, often by friends, family, and others whom you would never suspect. It is thus imperative that you take proper precautions to secure your home. The following tips will keep the risk of burglary to a minimum: Read more »

2014 review - year summary concept on a vintage slate blackboardWith today’s busy lifestyles and work schedules, our society has become a very mobile environment. If you’re like most people, you probably spend a lot of time away from home. Between long days at work, family outings and social activities, home is a welcomed retreat. But, what if you returned home to find your house had been burglarized? An advanced mobile surveillance system can secure your home while you’re away. Read more »

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has issued its 2010 Crime Clock to better notify you of Florida’s crime statistics as they currently stand.

Here are the Florida crime statistics for 2010:

  • One index crime every 41 seconds
  • One violent crime every 5 minutes and 9 seconds
  • One property crime every 47 seconds
  • One murder every 8 hours and 53 minutes
  • One forcible sex offense every 53 minutes
  • One forcible rape every 1 hour and 38 minutes
  • One robbery every 20 minutes
  • One aggravated assault every 8 minutes
  • One burglary every 3 minutes
  • One larceny every 1 minute
  • One motor vehicle theft every thirteen minutes

Florida is still considered to have the highest rate of crime of any state. Our state made national headlines last year when it appeared our crime rates had decreased, but it still was not enough to remove our state from the top of the list. According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the crime rate in Florida is the lowest it has been in 40 years. Overall, crime in 2010 dropped by 6.7% over 2009. Although the news is more positive than it has been in recent years, it’s still important to secure your home, your business, and your person from any crimes.

Don’t be another statistic

The best way to prevent yourself from becoming one of the tragic statistics listed above is to be prepared for any situation. Stay alert and be smart when you’re alone. For instance, if you’re a woman who works late at night, be sure to have a man walk you to your car at the end of the day. Schedule the end of your office hours with others so you don’t leave by yourself, especially in the winter when it gets darker earlier outside. Lock all doors behind you once you enter your home. Invest in a trusted security system. If you already have one, be sure to utilize all of the features that come along with it, including phone apps that allow you to monitor your home from a distance.

To learn more about the Florida crime rates for 2010-2011, contact one of our safety technicians today. We’ll be happy to discuss your personal safety needs and how to make you feel safe and secure no matter where you are.

Have you ever been at work and wanted to know what was going on at home? Did you kids make it home from school okay? Did you leave the stove on and your home is now on fire?! Your mind can go crazy with the what ifs if you let your imagination run wild. You can’t necessarily leave work so what can do you do? New advances in technology allow you to check visually monitor your home with you smartphone.

History of Smartphone Monitoring

In May 2009, America saw the first available security app that would allow you to visually monitor your home from your iPhone and/or iPod Touch. It was not long after this, that the development and execution of the other apps started to appear for the Android and Blackberry systems. It seemed so basic and yet so technologically advanced – with just a few buttons on your personal phone, you could be watching what is going on in your home no matter where you are. The sense of security that these apps brought made it essential to any homeowner.

Who is this Service Ideal For?

This service is ideal for a variety of different homeowners:

  • If you have teenage children that go to and from school on their own, then this service will allow you to ensure they made it home from school okay.
  • If you travel often from your home, it is an ideal service to ensure the safety of the valuables of your home should a fire, flood, or break-in occur.
  • If you are having a significant amount of work being complete on your home then this service is ideal to monitor the progress and ensure it is on tact.

To learn more about our home security systems, contact us today. We’ll be happy to review the line of security systems we install and help you choose the right one for your family.

Sherriff John Rutherford begins layoffs in department calling the plan “horrific.” Rutherford started cutting department jobs leaving dozens of law enforcement employees without jobs and Jacksonville, Florida a little more vulnerable to crime.

Union attorney Paul Daragjati said that he saw about 20 officers being told they were laid off, a process that began about 6:30 p.m. at a drill hall in the Police Memorial Building. There is supposed to be another group today, Daragjati said, but he doesn’t know how many employees will soon lose their jobs as well.

Some officers came from surrounding cities and had left good jobs, Daragjati said.

Nelson Cuba, the union president, said there will be as many as 46 to 50 total layoffs and, with vacancies, as many as 70 positions lost.

Homeowners across Jacksonville, Florida, and beyond are wondering what effects these layoffs could have to their own security. According to NeighborhoodScout.com, there are 885,199 break-ins every year in the state of Florida. That’s a number that can see a sizeable increase as law enforcement officials find themselves at a decrease.

Secure your home and your family now more than ever with the help of SafeTouch Security. We provide state-of-the-art, affordable home security options so you will rest easy knowing your family is safe in a scary, and now less guarded world.

It was a scene straight out of a horror movie. Unfortunately, there were no cameras, no costumes, just a scared man and his roommate fighting to turn this horrifying home invasion from turning into murder.

One 37-year-old man was carjacked and bound in duct tape early Tuesday at Boulevard and 17th Street, then his 52-year-old roommate was secured in more tape as their home on St. Augustine Road near Emerson Street was invaded.

The attackers threatened to set the younger man’s head on fire after they tied up his 8-year-old daughter with a belt, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office incident report.

But things didn’t end there as a female acquaintance was attacked at the Studio 6 Extended Stay motel on Baymeadows Road after the assailants went there in the first victim’s Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

The first man said he was flagged down by a woman at 2:15 a.m. on Boulevard. She pulled out a gun and was quickly joined by two men with guns. Told to lie on the ground while his pockets were emptied, the man’s eyes were covered in tape and his hands wrapped, all the time being asked where the money was, police said.

When he said he had none, they threw him in the trunk and drove to his home on St. Augustine Road, he told police.

Going inside, the attackers pulled the older man out of bed, taped his hands and feet and covered him with a sheet.

The suspects pulled the other man out of the trunk, pouring rubbing alcohol on his head and threatening to light it if he didn’t tell them where his money was. They also threatened to kill his daughter if he didn’t tell them the whereabouts of the female acquaintance.

Camden County sheriff’s deputies are searching for a gunman impersonating a police officer who has been stopping motorists on Interstate 95 and near St. Marys for three years.

Sheriff Tommy Gregory released a composite drawing of the impostor Monday and advised residents and travelers to remain calm but take precautions when someone they think might not be a real law enforcement officer tries to pull them over.

The phony cop has a badge and is armed with a handgun that he has kept holstered during the four incidents motorists reported, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Deputy William Terrell told the Times-Union.

The motorists include two men and two women. Although one man was verbally harassed because of his nationality, none of the four victims were injured, Terrell said.

He said the victims were stopped during both daylight and nighttime hours. The first incident reported was in late 2008, followed by similar encounters in November 2010 and February.

The impostor most recently confronted a motorist about 8:10 a.m. July 24. Two incidents occurred near St. Marys and the others happened on I-95, Terrell said.

Each time, the impostor was driving a car with flashing blue lights, and he showed the drivers a police badge. Deputies don’t know if it was a real badge, he said.

“He [impostor] tells them they are speeding or committed some other traffic violation. He doesn’t give them a ticket; he warns them, then lets them go,” Terrell said.

The man poses a danger both to the public and real police, who may stop to back up or otherwise assist another officer, Terrell said.

“If they don’t realize it’s someone impersonating an officer, they could be killed or injured by him,” Terrell said.

Deputies described the impostor as a white man who looks to be in his early 30s. Clean-shaven with short reddish hair and blue eyes, he is about 6 feet 2 and weighs about 200 pounds.

He was last seen wearing a police-style uniform shirt, fatigue-like pants and a police cap, Terrell said.

Terrell also said the gunman possibly was driving a Ford Crown Victoria or a Dodge Charger equipped with blue lights.

Southeast Georgia law enforcement officials say motorists can take some precautions if concerned about the authenticity of an officer trying to get them to pull over.

– Stay calm and slow down if you see a vehicle with flashing blue lights approaching you.

– Don’t speed away because a real officer will interpret that as fleeing the scene.

– Drive at a reasonable speed to a well-lit or well-populated area where you feel safe stopping.

– If you have a cellphone, call 911 and tell the dispatcher what is going on. Ask if there is a real officer in that area who is trying to stop you, and ask the dispatcher to send another officer to your location. If it is possible, leave the cellphone line open during the stop so the dispatcher can hear what is going on during the stop.

Authorities said motorists should pay close attention to their exact location, to the officer’s clothing, physical appearance including any distinguishing features and the type of vehicle they are driving

They also should ask for the officer’s name and their law enforcement agency.

Motorists should call 911 and report the encounter immediately if you think the officer was bogus, Terrell said.

Anyone with any information is urged to call the Sheriff’s Office at (912) 729-1442, Lt. Jerald Brannen at (912) 510-5173 or Capt. Chuck Byerly at (912) 510-5113.

McAfee, an antivirus software company, recently released a list of the most dangerous places to give out your Social Security number. Many of the places will surprise you. It has seem common to give out your social security number as means of identification. However, that should not be the case. As a result, you unfortunately have to give your number to receive the following services:

  1. Universities & Colleges
  2. Banking & Financial Institutions
  3. Hospitals
  4. State Governments
  5. Local Governments
  6. Federal Governments
  7. Medical Businesses
  8. Non-Profit Organizations
  9. Technology Companies
  10. Health Insurers & Medical Offices

Why are these dangerous?

Any institution that extends any type of credit is going to need the following information: name, address, date of birth, and Social Security number in order to verify your identity and complete a credit check.

Criminal hackers have mastered hacking into databases that contain Social Security numbers then using that information to open new financial accounts. Hackers can then use that number to obtain mobile phones, credit cards, and bank loans.

When you should and should not provide your Social Security number:

According to the Social Security Administration, you should:

  1. Show your card to your employer when you start a new job so your records are correct
  2. Provide your number to your financial institution(s) for tax reporting purposes
  3. Keep your card and any other document that shows your number on it in a safe place
  4. Do not routinely carry your card or other documents that display your number

In a world where it’s become all-too easy to lose your identity with a simple mouse click or telephone call, it’s important to keep your Social Security number and your livelihood safe. Contact us today for more information.