Wayne Alarm: Security tips renters should know



Renters are just as likely to have burglary, a fire, and any other form of danger that any homeowner can experience as well. Renting a home can be an entirely different experience, however, since it all depends on the landlord. There is nothing to worry about, there are still options on securing your apartment!

  1. As most common entrances for burglary are through windows and back doors, it’s important to ensure they are closed at all time. If your door doesn’t have a deadbolt, and your landlord won’t provide one, see if you can install one yourself, or even a chain lock. If a deadbolt is installed, consider asking the landlord to replace it, provide them with a spare key if necessary.
  2. Strike plates, the metal plate on your door frame, are often found old and worn out in rental homes. This means it is not as secure as it once was. Instead, try replacing the screws with longer ones to secure it or replace it with a more secure plate altogether.

When living on the first floor of a building, windows should be your main priority. You want to always make sure all of your windows lock.

  1. Most importantly, however, don’t make it easier for thieves to hide.  Avoid having tall plants or shrubbery near your windows and use a rod on the tracks of a sliding window or sliding a glass door. Since these don’t require much maintenance or work to do in a rental, making it perfect for renters.
  2. Avoid placing your most valuable items near your windows. You don’t necessarily have to hide your valuables, but don’t place big screen TVs and such by the windows as it can intrigue thieves to take it.

Most importantly, make sure you’re aware of your neighbors and get to know them. Not only can they help in case of any emergency, but can also share any privacy concern that they might have. It also helps to keep a line of communication between your landlord and yourself, so you can feel comfortable in bringing any security concerns.

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Wayne Alarm: Increase security with fences



Security Alarm Systems are a great way to help protect your home in the event that a burglar is to break into your house. There are a also a wide range of additional improvements that you can do to help make you safer. When targeting specific homes, burglars often look for homes that have plenty of covering such as shrubs and traditional fences. When it comes to fencing, are you as protected as you would like?

If you currently have a fence or are looking to install one, what can you do to improve your home security?

  • Make sure that your fence goes all the way around your yard instead of just being placed down as a decoration.
  • Be sure that your fence has a good locking mechanism so people can’t reach their arms around to open up the door.
  • To ensure that burglars cannot get under your fence, make sure that it’s secured with concrete pillars if possible.
  • To restrict any climbing you can add spear tops, razor wires or any-climb spikes.

Types Of Fencing

Some of the more popular fencing types include wood, chain link, wrought iron, PVC, & much more. Listed below are some of the more popular ones used for home security.

Wood: Being one of the more popular fencing options, wood provides good privacy due to its height and isn’t see through.

Aluminum: This maintenance free options is also a very attractive and popular option. These fences are used barred though which means that people can usually see into your property. But, you’ll still have a great amount of safety & security.

PVC Fencing: This is the most affordable fencing option.  Also, with the material being made out of PVC, you’ll learn that the material is able to handle harsh climates.

When installing a fence, each person may have their own reasons for doing so. From security and privacy to aesthetics, be sure that you weigh what’s important to you. Do further research on materials of fencing and how it will be laid out.

For additional questions on home security and services that can make you safer, please feel free to reach out. Wayne Alarm can be contacted over the phone at (781) 595-0000 or through our online contact form at www.waynealarm.com.

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Peabody man found with hatchet in backpack


LYNN — A Peabody man was arrested early Sunday morning after police saw him standing on the corner of Boston Street wearing a black backpack and holding a flashlight shortly after they responded to two motor vehicle break-ins in the area.

Timothy Quill, 44, was charged with possession of a burglarious instrument, unlawful possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, violation of the city knife ordinance, carrying a dangerous weapon and Class B and E drug possession.

Police saw Quill in the area of 630 Boston St. around 1:40 a.m. holding the items and decided to stop and talk to him to find out what he was doing after the nearby break-ins. Quill allegedly told officers he was waiting for a ride. He was fidgety and looking around in all directions, Lynn Police Lt. Rick Donnelly said.

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Police saw bulges in his sweatpants and jacket pockets. Officers asked Quill what was in his pockets and he allegedly claimed he had some change. Because of his behavior and concerned with what he had in the backpack, an officer looked down into it and saw a hatchet. Police pulled the hatchet out and could see the handle of a knife well over six inches, Donnelly said.

When police asked Quill why he was carrying the the items, he allegedly told them he had been kicked out of his house. He was arrested and brought into the police station. Police also found allen wrenches, a Hawaiian figurine and a pocket knife in the backpack, Donnelly said.

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Man leads police on North Shore chase

SAUGUS—A Newburyport man was arrested after leading police on a chase through three towns on Saturday afternoon, while hitting several parked cars in the process.

Shortly before 2 p.m., State Police stopped Stephen Staffiery, 48, the driver of a 1998 Infinity QX4, on the Lynnway for motor vehicle violations. During the traffic stop, Staffiery ran away, before eventually getting back into his vehicle and taking off, state police said.

Transit Police attempted to pull over the vehicle on Route 1A in Revere, but Staffiery didn’t stop. The Infinity made its way onto Revere Street, and while continuing to evade police, Staffiery struck one vehicle, before fleeing onto Route 60 westbound, where he struck two more cars. The crashes didn’t result in any injuries, state police said.

The chase continued, as the Infinity entered Copeland Circle, at the intersection of Route 1. Staffiery left the highway at the Salem Street area in North Revere, and fled into a Saugus residential area. He pulled over on Dale Street in Saugus and ran away through backyards, state police said.

Transit, Revere and Saugus police ran after Staffiery, and after a brief struggle, he was arrested on 16 charges.

  • Equipment violation
  • Attaching plates
  • Unregistered motor vehicle
  • Uninsured motor vehicle
  • Failure to stop for police
  • Operating on a suspended/revoked license
  • Speeding
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Negligent operation of a motor vehicle
  • Leaving the scene of a property damage crash
  • Resisting arrest
  • Receiving stolen property
  • OUI drugs
  • Heroin possession
  • Possession of a burglarious instrument
  • Fugitive from justice warrant out of New Hampshire

Staffiery is scheduled to be arraigned in Lynn District Court on Tuesday.