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Wayne Alarm: Tips for a pet-friendly home

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Our four-legged fur friends are not just pets, but a part of our families. Their safety is just as important as ours. Whether is making sure they get enough nutrition in their food or ensuring pavements are not too hot or cold to protect their paws, their safety is just as important. Follow along for some pet-friendly protocols to have in your homes for their safety:

  1. The best way to minimize damage is to create a space just for your furry friend. This helps acclimate and dog friendly near their bed can make a difference.
  2. Dogs enjoy hiding and running around and it can sometimes be too dangerous for them. The best way to prevent them from running out unsupervised is with deadbolts on doors, locks on windows and even baby gates on stairs. Cabinet doors should also maintain secure with latches, as it can cause your dog to get trapped in the cabinet.
  3. Get rid of dangerous items that they can reach and bite such as electrical cords by using cords protectors. Safely store detergents and other household cleaners in locked cabinets or high on a shelf. Be aware that trash cans can also be dangerous for their consumption, consider a closed-lid trash can instead. Prevent falls and kitchen fires by not allowing pets in the kitchen when cooking or when stove is on.
  4. Invest in a video surveillance security to keep track of what your dog does at home when you are not around. View live footage of your pets from work or anytime you are away from home, ensuring they are okay and not in any danger.
  5. It is common for pets to accidentally trigger home security motion detectors and cause false alarms. This is dangerous because an emergency personnel may not know if it is a real threat or if a pet triggered the alarm. The best way to prevent this is to ensure your system accommodates animals during the installation stage.

For additional safety information and security system installation, contact Wayne Alarm by calling us at: 781-595-0000 or visiting us online at www.waynealarm.com.

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Wayne Alarm: 4 reasons to get Total Connect

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There are times when security alarms aren’t enough to secure our homes and our business, and with technologic advances, using video security changes that. It adds extra security by allowing you to see what is happening around your home and motion activated events that can occur in and around your business. Here are four reasons why having a video surveillance is the best monitor to have.

  1. Wayne Alarm has notifications set up that work with video surveillance. If your camera detects a motion activated event, you are then automatically notified with an e-mail of the event or push notification on your mobile device, which allows you to monitor what occurred at a real time and date.
  2. Wayne Alarm Systems uses Honeywell Total Connect Cameras, allows you to stream videos live straight from the Total Connect directly to your phone, tablet or computer giving you an extra layer of protection. The cameras are portable, so changing locations to monitor new areas is easy. With infrared technology, which enhances your ability to see in the dark, records 10 second clips of a motion activates event and then sends it to you to investigate.
  3. With new technology such as SkyBell, we can help prevent break-ins into your business and home. When you’re a SkyBell owner, you receive a ring whenever the doorbell is pressed, or even have it alert you whenever it senses motion such as someone walks up to your front door. This allows you to remotely stream live video from your iPhone or iPad and interact with whoever is at your front door directly via two way communication. With extremely durable functions for weather, it gives you high definition video and full color night vision.
  4. There is strong data that suggest surveillance of employees in small business can boost productivity and profits. Allowing you to stay in control of dishonest claims, maintain the safety in your work environment and allows you as the manager to spend more time in more productive ways.

Having the best security is a top request everyone seeks for their home and business. With Total Connect video, it gives you enhanced security that allows you to stay on top of whatever happens in your environment, and giving you the added layer of protection that you want.

 

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Wayne Alarm: Danger of carbon monoxide

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Home Security ranges from having a burglar system to proper smoke and carbon monoxide systems. Wayne Alarm system wants to make sure that people not only have the correct carbon monoxide alarms set up in their homes but that they are also informed about the dangers that it can create.

Once carbon monoxide (CO) is breathed in, it actually replaces the oxygen in your blood, killing cells and starving vital organs. One of the biggest problems with CO is that it has no taste, smell and as humans our bodily senses cannot detect it. Without sufficient CO detectors installed in your home, you place you and your family in very serious danger.

CO gets produced whenever a material in your home starts to burn. Particularly homes that have fuel-burning appliances or attached garages are apt to have more CO issues. Some of the more frequent sources in which CO gets produced in our homes is from:

  • Furnaces/boilers
  • Ovens/gas stoves
  • Motor Vehicles
  • Fireplaces
  • Clothes dryers
  • And much more

It is estimated that around 500 people each year in the U.S. die from unintended CO exposure. The good news comes from the fact that carbon monoxide poisoning can be prevented with installing CO alarms in your home and having them professionally monitored by Wayne Alarm Systems.

For more information about Carbon Monoxide systems, please feel free to contact us. We can be reached over the phone at 781-595-0000 or through our online contact form at www.waynealarm.com.

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Wayne Alarm: Spring security check-ups

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Regular maintenance can help increase the life expectancy of your alarm system and insurance coverage, too. It is known that  security providers require monthly or yearly maintenance. However, you can do a self-maintenance as well. Older systems should be checked every three months, whereas newer systems are checked every six months. When doing check-ups, remember to notify your provider that it is just a test, so emergency support aren’t dispatched.

  • Fire and Smoke Detectors – According to The National Fire Alarm Code, smoke detector are required to be inspected annually. To ensure its proper functionality, check it by pressing and holding the button labeled “test.” In doing so, an alarm will sound. Remember to always follow along to the instructions instructed in the manual that can also give you help in keeping it up to date. Another tip is cleaning it with a vacuum cleaner(at least once a year) to remove any particles that couple affect the smoke alarm performance.
  • Video Surveillance –  If using video surveillance is one of your top security strategies, it can definitely use regular maintenance. To ensure a clear picture and uninterrupted feed, clean off the camera lens with a lens wipe and cleaner, and simply dust the camera’s exterior clean. Check daily for correct date and time that is often displayed on the monitor, sometimes brief power outages might require it to be reset.

Checking your system in your business is just as important, too.

  • Checking fire alarms in your businesses is just as important. Have it inspected to check if everything is up to date. If it is not being tested regularly, it could be more susceptible to false alarms.

Regularly checking if your security system is functioning properly can make a huge difference and can be useful in a time of emergency. Don’t hesitate to check on your system today, and reach our customer service for further questions.

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Marblehead police are lifesavers

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By GAYLA CAWLEY

MARBLEHEAD — Two Marblehead police officers were honored with statewide lifesaving awards on Thursday after they were able to save a man in full cardiac arrest earlier this year.

The awards were presented to Officers Andrew Clark and Adam Mastrangelo at Bentley University during a ceremony where 92 police officers from across the state were recognized, Marblehead police said.

Clark and Mastrangelo responded to Abbot Public Library on Jan. 31 shortly before noon on a disturbance call regarding a man yelling on the first floor. While responding, they were told that a person suffered from a seizure, police said.

Also responding were crews from the Marblehead Fire Department and paramedics from Atlantic Ambulance.

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But both Clark and Mastrangelo arrived just two minutes after the 911 call, ahead of other emergency responders, and found that a 66-year-old man had not suffered a seizure, but was in full cardiac arrest, police said.

Clark performed chest compressions while Mastrangelo set up the defibrillator. One shock from the device was delivered and stimulated a light pulse while the man was taken to the waiting ambulance, which took him to Salem Hospital. He survived and is enjoying life again, police said.

“I think these officers exemplify the importance of our training and used that training to make a real difference in someone’s life,” Marblehead Police Chief Robert Picariello wrote in an email. “I couldn’t be prouder of these officers and the department as a whole.”

Clark has been in law enforcement for 13 years and has been a state certified EMT for 16 years. Mastrangelo has been with the department for 11 years, and has been a member of its Mountain Bike Patrol Unit for the past five.

Daniel Bennett, secretary of public safety and security presented the awards on behalf of the Municipal Training Committee, the agency that oversees the state’s police academy system.


Gayla Cawley can be reached at gcawley@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @GaylaCawley.

Wayne Alarm: Security tips renters should know

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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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St. Mary’s breaks ground on STEM building

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Participating in the groundbreaking Wednesday for a new gateway entrance and STEM building at St. Mary’s were, from left; Paul Price, trustee; Bruce Gordon, president, Columbia Construction; William Mosakowski, Chair, Board of Trustees; Glenn Morris, Chair, Building Futures campaign; James Ridley, Principal; Grace Cotter Regan, Head of School; Rev. Brian Flynn, Pastor, St. Mary’s Parish; James Lyle, trustee; Marnie Moore, trustee; Darrin Ball, Building Committee; and Susan Blanchard, trustee.

By PAUL HALLORAN

LYNN — St. Mary’s broke ground Wednesday on a building project that will transform the school’s urban campus and significantly upgrade educational opportunities in critical subjects.

About 50 trustees, administrators, alumni and friends gathered in front of the William F. Connell Center, which opened in 2005, for a ceremonial groundbreaking on a new STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) building and a gateway entrance to the school’s campus.

The three-story glass entrance will be built between the Connell and Cardinal Cushing centers, while the new STEM building will be constructed behind the Connell Center. The annex, which houses the St. Mary’s Advancement staff and the parish chapel, will be torn down, beginning around August 1. The chapel will be relocated.

“St. Mary’s has moved with the times into the 21st century,” said Board of Trustees chair William Mosakowski, referencing the school’s 135-year history. “The requirements now are for students to be far better grounded in science. We need this building and we need these programs in order to provide a robust, comprehensive education for our students.”

The building project will be funded through the Building Futures campaign, which to date has raised almost $15 million. Funds raised during the campaign will also provide scholarship support for students, along with academic and extracurricular programming.

“That’s a remarkable feat,” said Grace Cotter Regan, head of school. “This is a wonderful time for Lynn and we are proud to be part of the great developments that are happening in the city.”

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Glenn Morris, a St. Mary’s alumnus who serves as chair of the Building Futures campaign, said the new entrance to the school will offer benefits in addition to aesthetics.

“Because it will serve as the central entrance point to the entire campus, it will enhance security,” Morris said, adding that when the project is complete, the Connell Center, Cushing Center and new STEM building will all be connected.

The STEM building will include technologically advanced classrooms, labs and makerspaces – areas where students can use their creativity to design, invent, experiment and build.

“One of the hallmarks of St. Mary’s is that it provides a foundation for students that will help them as they go through life,” Morris said. “Today, there is a groundbreaking. Later this summer, we will be installing a foundation.”

The timeline calls for work to be completed in time for the opening of the 2018-19 school year. Design work is being done by CBT Architects of Boston. North Reading-based Columbia Construction Company is the general contractor.

“As we celebrate 135 years, we are literally building the future,” Regan said. “That is a very exciting proposition.”

Ribbon cutting to be held for Bucchiere Park

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

SAUGUS — Children and families will join town officials for a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the grand opening of Bucchiere Park Thursday night.

The park, known commonly as Bristow Street Park, was renovated with funding from Town Meeting in 2016. The Bristow Street playground is one of three public parks that have seen major improvement projects since last summer, when the town broke ground at the Veterans Park outside the Veterans Memorial Elementary School on Hurd Avenue. Overall, the park improvement projects cost the town $2 million.

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The playground has a large, handicap-accessible play area with swings, slides, and a see-saw. The existing field has been irrigated and now includes a 10-foot tall, 30-foot long lacrosse wall and a tee-ball field has been rehabilitated with a new infield, backstop, bleachers, and players’ benches. There is a new basketball court, bathroom, storage shed, and concession stand.

A track surrounds the area and a series of workout stations are on site. The HealthBeat Outdoor Fitness Systems, which are for ages 13 and older, use the latest exercise methodologies to provide a tailored workout for teens and adults, according to Town Manager Scott Crabtree. The park has a squat press, chest and back press, parallel bars, assisted row and push up station, and an ab crunch and leg lift station.

The park has LED lights and security cameras will soon be added to increase safety and security. The park has 15 parking spots.


Bridget Turcotte can be reached at bturcotte@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @BridgetTurcotte.

Wayne Alarm: Small business security tips

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In 2010 there were roughly 28 million small businesses in the entire United States of America. While this number has fluctuated within the past 6 years, the fact is that we have a ton of small businesses out there. As a small business owner, so much of your time, money and energy has been developed to simply make your business run every day.

Whether you are providing a service or product, staying on top of your business security is extremely important. Below are some tips that you should make sure are implemented into your business plans.

Adequate Lighting: Having enough lighting is very important for not only inside your building but it’s also important for the outside of your building. During the night and especially when you leave, be sure that you have enough lighting both inside and outside of your business. Lighting which covers your doorways and parking lots will help keep away any potential threats.

Emergency Plans: Whether you are at home or in the office, you should always have emergency plans for different situations. Know what to do in the case of fire, robberies, theft, or major storms.

You should also keep your team in the loop so they understand and know what to do in each situation.

Strong Passwords: People often use passwords that are easy to remember but stay away from obvious ones that others can guess. Also, try to change them up. 47 percent of people actually use the same password for 5 straight years, so other people most likely know what you are using.

Public Wifi: You may not know it, but public Wifi is extremely unsafe for mobile devices. Hackers can actually go through it to attack person accounts. Never do any of your banking and online transactions on a public network.

Video Surveillance: Video cameras placed in and outside of your business are extremely helpful in order to give you proper security, limited shrinkage, improved customer service as well as other operational efficiencies.

Burglar & Theft Protection: When your business is closed and everyone is home for the night, it’s important that someone is looking out for you. With a Wayne Alarm security systems, your business can be monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For more information on keeping your business secure, please feel free to reach out to Wayne Alarm at (781)595-0000 or fill out an online contact form.

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Wayne Alarm: Questions to ask your landlord

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There are often important questions that you should be asking that you could forget about. Develop a checklist and take it with you to ensure that everything is how you want it. Below are some important safety questions that you should be asking before you move in.

Are The Appliances Working Properly?

It is extremely frustrating when you move into a new apartment to just realize that important appliances aren’t working the way they should. When checking out a home or apartment make sure that the burner, refrigerator and water tanks work.

Are Draperies, Blinds Or Curtains Included?

Windows treatments aren’t always included when you move into a new place. Sometimes they are and other times they are not. Be sure to check because you don’t want strangers looking in your home and seeing all your valuables.

Have The Locks Been Updated?

You want to be sure that nobody else has a key to your home. Ask your landlord if the locks have been changed before you move in.

How Are The Surrounding Apartments?

Getting some insight about who your close neighbors will be can make a difference. If you can find this information out, ask about children, pets, activities, what your neighbors do for a living, and more. This is especially the case if you live in an apartment complex as you will be interacting with these people more.

How’s The Lighting?

Ask your landlord about lighting but we also advise you to check out the complex at night. Proper lighting can make a big difference.

Do you have a fire extinguisher?

Make sure that your apartment comes with a fire extinguisher. If it doesn’t have one then consider buying one in the case of an emergency.

Is there currently a security system at your new place? Security systems not only provide safety and security for you and your family, but also saves about 10-15% on your home insurance.  Today they are much more than just security systems. You can control your lights, thermostat, video cameras, and more all thru your Wayne Alarm System. If you don’t have one, call us today at 781-595-0000 or email sales@waynealarm.com

Asking simple but extremely important questions such as these can make a big difference. When you are moving into a new place you more than ever want to know that you’re safe.

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Wayne Alarm: Increase security with fences

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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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Wayne Alarm: Why you should upgrade today

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Life changes – a new home, different financial situations, kids – often times prompt questions about our lifestyle and if security systems in our homes are good enough. Taking time to assess your systems and making sure they are still up to date, making sure they are still a good fit for your home, is important in order to have a stress-free life.

Most of the time, in the span of a year, exploitable vulnerabilities are likely to have been discovered. Technology advances so quickly that we never truly notice when it becomes outmoded. Criminals love older technology because they are fully aware of its weaknesses and where the systems are easy to crack through. Many security system owners also don’t realize that it’s more expensive to use landlines solely for the purpose of their security system, or that landlines can easily be disabled by criminals. Technology has improved security systems and, because of every change that it brings, an upgrade becomes necessary. With an advance use in touch compatibility, security systems that provide touch can bring a major boost to your home because it caters to your preferences whether it uses voice control, which allows for a safer use on the system, or even systems that alert you when it needs maintenance. Technology itself has allowed creators to think out of the box and provide home owners with better equipped systems that are more efficient to run and operate, as well as easier to use. For instance, most advanced systems provide access that can correct human errors such as forgetting to put it on, or even having the ability to check it remotely.

Although we never know what could happen, it’s important to be prepared by upgrading. Allowing you to feel comfortable knowing that your home security will do its job properly, the updated security systems can make a difference in your home and with technology advances, it puts your home out of harm’s way.

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Wayne Alarm: Free apps to increase security

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With mobile apps making our lives easier, there has been a growth within the app industry to provide more protection to our lives simply by using our mobile devices. All of these apps are free and compatible with Android and IOS.

  1.     NowSecure Mobile: We all know that companies and even sites such as Facebook can look through and collect our data. In order to protect yourself against unwanted threat, download NowSecure Mobile app. It monitors your phone’s operating system, network and other apps for security vulnerabilities, all while generating a code to protect your phone.
  2.     Companion: Even if they don’t have the app downloaded, Companion is great to allow friends and family, even your local police, see where you are when heading to your designation with a simple invite. The most important aspect the app provides, however, is the 15 second alarm called Smart Trigger, which checks in to make sure you are safe and, if by any chance you don’t respond within those 15 seconds, alerts your companions.
  3.     As the Internet continues to expand, public Wi-Fi has become a threat to personal information. A threat that experts say can be easily intercepted. Skycure, however, is an app that performs tests on wireless networks so that there are no breaches and sends you notifications on any cyber attacks you might reach. It is advanced enough to keep track of the locations of those networks so it can then prevent from hurting apps within your mobile device or other app users.
  4.     Lookout, an all-around security app, allows you to find a lost or misplaced phone and backup data. Lookout also warns you about other security risks: notifies you about how to improve your phone’s security settings, tells you which apps are tracking your phone or revealing your location, and uses machine intelligence to detect threats.
  5.    Although it’s more compatible with IOS 4.3 or later, Webroot SecureWeb is a great mobile browser that uses URL filtering to protect users from malicious websites. It automatically syncs with the company’s URL reputation database for protection and, search results are made to note safe and risky sites.

 

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Wayne Alarm: What small businesses should know

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When starting a small business, safety concerns and state, or federal regulations for your business can be overwhelming. To help your business thrive, here are a few regulations to keep in mind:

  1. Client’s personal information should always be private and should be an important issue to have. In 2010, The Massachusetts Data Protection Plan created stricter and stronger privacy regulations. It allows businesses that collect and retain personal information from its customers to be seriously implemented. Personal information including social security number, driver’s license numbers, and financial accounts that include debit or credit card numbers can create a huge risk of unwanted private breaches. It is an issue that many small businesses aren’t aware of and should be at the top of their concerns in learning ways to prevent it, by ensuring employees are regularly proceeding with the rules given.
  2. Computers. Computers can easily be breached and hacked if precautions are not taken. It’s important to follow compliances such as following Windows update for operating system patches or using daily antivirus software to ensure that your computer system is not functioning as it should, but also being checked for possible malfunctions or breaches.
  3.  Credit card fraud has been known to be one of the top reasons for identity thefts. As of October of 2016, measures were put into place to increase the use of chip cards, giving customers and clients double security. This change allowed a decrease in the possibility of fraud from issuing banks to merchants who have yet to install EMV terminals.
  4.  4. The renovation, repair, and painting rule for public and commercial buildings is a rule that covers residential housing and is now being expanded to commercial buildings. While it is issued to protect people from exposure of lead dust, it’s main concern is towards small business. Small businesses who operate their business outside of their homes, or own the buildings where their business is located can face higher costs as well.

 

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A new chapter for Saugus author

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Michael Coller is running for Saugus selectman.

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

SAUGUS — A private investigator and author of two controversial books is seeking a spot on the Board of Selectmen.

Given his law enforcement and investigation background, Michael Coller said he feels confident he can thoroughly research anything that comes before the board and make a well-informed decision in the town’s best interest.

“If you all have the same feelings to vote as one body, what’s the difference between having five different selectmen or just one,” said Coller. “I’m not challenging anyone on the board but I think finer points could be brought out. I’m hoping to create a little more degree of independence.”

Coller is on the Conservation Commission and Library Board of Trustees. He was born and raised in Saugus and graduated from Bridgewater State University with a degree in management.

He has worked as a security professional for 23 years, focusing specifically on large retail firms, criminal investigations, asset protection, and firearm licensing.

In his spare time, he enjoys writing. He takes pride in a series of books he’s working on, the Bruno Johnson series. He’s currently working on the third installment, which follows the main character, a private investigator, as he returns home to uncover political wrongdoings in local government.

Characters in the second book “Bruno Johnson: Against the Grain,” include Missiles, known for her “voluptuous breasts years ago (which) were worthy of being dipped in bronze. However, they now look like tube socks with baseballs sunk in the bottom;” Alisa, “a tiny peanut sized gal with what appeared to be fried eggs for breasts;” and Sue the Moo, who is “as big as a cow with four wrecking balls attached to her body. Two stuck on her chest and the other ones jammed in the seat of her pants.”

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Coller maintains that while the plot of the books may mirror local politics, the similarities are “purely coincidental.” He admitted he changed the names of characters in his book to protect the identities of real people but called his work fictional.

Like himself, he said Johnson is a character who refuses to knock on doors; he just opens them.

“I surely have the creativity to research what I need to research to come to a sound decision that will benefit the town,” he said. “This town shouldn’t be a stepping stone. I’m looking for a balance between property taxes and commercial taxes. As far as a new high school, it’s only going to help our property values. I don’t have children in the schools but I support a new high school. It’s going to help our town.”

If elected, Coller hopes to contribute to the revitalization of the town’s waterfront and Cliftondale Square.

“I went to Saugus High School with some of the people who own businesses (in Cliftondale Square),” he said. “It’s not as prominent as Saugus Center with the library and Town Hall. I think it’s gotten kind of dreary while Saugus Center is more welcoming. It needs some work. When I grew up here, it was as busy or busier than Saugus Center.”

Last year, a study of the square using a $10,000 Massachusetts Downtown Initiative grant found that 72 percent of the square’s businesses are independently owned. With more than 192,000 square feet of commercial space, the 66 existing businesses are underutilized, with some retail stores seeing fewer than 30 customers a day.

Coller worked as a commercial fisherman in Saugus, Gloucester, and Boston while putting himself through college and said he has an understanding for the importance of improving the waterfront area.

Town Clerk Ellen Schena said potential candidates can take out papers to run for office in July. Board of Selectmen candidates will be required to obtain 50 signatures and return the papers by Sept. 19.


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Wayne Alarm: Why you should join our team

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Does it fill you with pride to make a difference in people’s lives? Is providing security for others rewarding to you? Does a company who is as well known nationally as Wayne Alarm Systems sound like the perfect job you seek?

With a company that brings honest work all throughout the North Shore, joining a team whose main focus is to bring customers a system that provides them with the highest level of protection is rewarding. Sure, joining the team will provide you with full health benefits but there’s nothing better than being a part of a mission driven team that is providing innovation and growth in the security business. If you’re a self-motivated individual, your work will be an important factor that is significant to the Wayne Alarm Systems foundation.

With 48 years of Ralph Sevinor success, president of Wayne Alarm, you’ll become a part of their growing team in providing exceptional customer service, being one of their well certified sales professionals, or out on the field as a technician.

Additional to the work Wayne Alarms provides, you’ll be able to share the privilege of being in a team that believes in giving back to the community by being involved in local events, motivating fundraises and truly providing a difference that can not only benefit you as an employee, but as a member of the community. Ralph Sevinor believes in giving and getting back. As he gives, students at the local schools and colleges that Wayne Alarm sponsor, get back the chance to become employees and part of the Wayne Alarm family.

If interested, head to their careers page for open opportunities, or, if an entry you seem fit isn’t available, send Wayne Alarms your résumé to careers@waynealarm.com.

 

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Wayne Alarm: August Smart Control Lock

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There are moments when we leave in such a rush from our homes and business that we leave without our keys or even forget to lock our doors, only to remember hours later when it could already be too late. With technologic advances, Wayne Alarm provides another easier way to secure your home or business with ease. Here’s why you should call up Wayne Alarm and request the August Smart Control Lock.

The August Smart Control Lock allows you to never feel guilty for not unlocking your door, again. The smart control lock is a deadbolt lock that syncs to your phone wirelessly, allowing you to control anyone who comes in and anytime the doors are locked. With this specific use you are able to grant access to your family and friends, or you can also provide them with temporary access. The system uses different key codes to allow you to see who entered at what time and from where they did. With all these different features, it also sends you notifications straight to your mobile device.

This device works just as great for your small business, too. If employees forget to secure a specific door and you’re not in the office, a quick look at your phone can easily lock your doors for a sense of ease. It also has a cool feature where you can set up a schedule and only choose who is allowed to go in at the time. If someone unknown walks in, you’ll be notified instantly.

Feel free to give us a call at (781) 595-0000 for more information, or fill out our online contact form.

 

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Wayne Alarm: Security tips kids should know

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There are times when we must leave our kids home alone. However, when they are home alone it’s important that they know how  to remain safe, who to call in case of emergency or what to do at any situation. Although 911 is the perfect number your children  should call in an emergency, it’s important to know more. Follow these helpful tips to teach your kids about home security.

  1. Security Alarm Basics – Begin by teaching them how your specific alarm systems works, and how to turn it off. Also teach your child what can trigger the alarms from going off. It’s also important to go over how they can use the alarms to warn neighbors or anyone else in the area if a problem occurs. A cool way to keep your kids safe is to create a family safe code, one that you can only know and they can use if they are ever a stranger comes to the door.
  2. Don’t Open the Door to Strangers – It’s important that young children know to never open the door to anyone else other than mom and dad, unless specified. If your home doorbell rings, and you’re not home, it’s better to let your kids know who they can let into your home when you’re not there. Also remind them to not leave any windows open, making sure all doors are safely locked.
  3. Security Passwords – Teaching your kids to be the only one, besides you, who can know the passwords to the security system or their email and social media accounts. Remind them that giving it out their passwords to others can have serious consequences.
  4. Security Cameras – Remind your children that security cameras are strictly for security purposes and not playtime. For example, they should know what unwanted events they should watch out for. If you have security cameras installed, teaching them the difference is vital to their safety.
  5. Fire Prevention – Teaching fire prevention to your kids can help them when it comes to their safety. They should know the dangers of using  lighters or matches. In addition children should be taught not to use the stove or oven unless you’re at home. It’s also important to go over a fire escape plan that includes dropping to the floor or having a cloth over the mouth to avoid inhalation of smoke. You can also teach them how to use an extinguisher if the child is old enough.

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Wayne Alarm: 4 reasons you need ZWSTAT

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Your house is at a perfect temperature. You’re enjoying a nice movie under some blankets and comfortably cuddled on the couch. The very last thing any of us wants to do is to get up from our comfy spot just to adjust the temperature, enough to where it’s not overwhelming throughout the night.

However, wouldn’t you enjoy a thermostat that catered to your preferences and can still be controlled through your Total Connect app on your phone or your computer?

Honeywell is known to have the best thermostats in the  industry for a couple of decades. More recently they have switched to devices that are specifically tailored to smart homes. This gives you just the perfect amount of comfort in a safer way. With the newest adaptive intelligent recovery technology, a z-wave enabled thermostat, can reduce your monthly energy bills dramatically. This feature allows you to “learn” how long it takes for the furnace and/or air conditioner to reach its programmed settings, detecting when to reach it at a specific time! The z-wave enabled technology can provide a cost savings at approximately 33% of your annual heating and cooling costs. In the long run, the system basically pays for itself and provides  you with the ultimate temperature comfort.

Features like creating a keypad lockout for homes and businesses — keeping unauthorized personnel from changing the temperature — allow you to keep the comfort in your home or business a little easier. It also includes temperature settings which can be altered depending the temperature in your home or business, and even providing you with an alert reminder to keep up on maintenance. For instance an alert to change air filters and humidifier/dehumidifier filters, which only maximize performance can be handy. ZWSTAT also provides fan circulation – moving air when heating or cooling isn’t required, automatically helping you eliminate hot and cold spots.

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Wayne Alarm: Here’s why Nantucket needs us

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Wayne Alarm Systems has provided the best security and sense of comfort to our customers and several local businesses for the past 40 years. While we serve the Greater Boston area with reliable and top quality security, in 2012, Wayne Alarm saw a need for security on the island of Nantucket.

Nantucket is known for their cobblestoned streets lined with high-end boutiques and restaurants, it’s antique cedar shingled buildings, and let’s not forget the beautiful dune backed beaches. However, without proper security, its residents and its beauty can fall to terrible accidents and events we all wish to prevent. Wayne Alarm wants Nantucket to keep its beauty safe, and that’s why Wayne Alarm is here to help.

While keeping you in control, Wayne Alarm will provide you with top security in detecting fire and carbon monoxide for your home. With small mom-and-pop shops all throughout the island, security should be top priority. With Wayne Alarm, burglary and theft prevention security gets so much easier, instantly ensuring the security of your visiting tourist and loyal customers. Our fully installed commercial security systems features the access control systems which includes:

  • Performing a facility or area lockdown from any PC or proximity reader
  • Running a myriad of custom reports when you need to know who accessed what area and when
  • Interface your video security with your card access system

Wayne Alarm can also expertly install your top video surveillance systems that can be accessed and managed for your home or business all through the Total Connect App. This gives  the homeowner complete access and control in lighting, thermostat control, and all your access to locks from anywhere on the island with just the use of your phone, computer or tablet.

With a full-time locally based company, Wayne Alarm Systems is the only UL Listed, FM Approved, 5 Diamond Certified Alarm Monitoring provider in the island. Wayne Alarm will take care of the worry for you and provide you a peace  of mind. All while you enjoy the beauty that Nantucket has to offer.
More information reach us at (508) 825-9200 or fill out our contact form.

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Wayne Alarm: Utilizing security technology

With Wayne Alarm security systems, your business is monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year by trained and certified professionals.

Security technology is constantly being developed and are considered one of the top securities to have in businesses as well as in homes. At home, you are able to monitor what and who goes in and out your home, if alarms are in place and if doors and windows have been shut tight  before leaving the house. With businesses, it’s no different and similar protocols should be taken regularly. Here are a few reasons why using the best security technology can help you manage your business:

  1. Businesses today are subject to security threats and vandalism. Technology can easily be used to protect confidential executive decisions, financial data, client information, etc. By having computers and servers with passwords, businesses can ensure projects and information won’t be stolen.
  2. Using systems such as Wayne Alarm Access Control, keep you and your employees safe at all times. With the access control, you are able to have interface video security with your card system. It also includes the feature of creating a map with active icons for system status, control doors, and even show employee photos as they go through protected doors. For businesses, features that have integrated motion detectors, glass breaks and panic buttons help track and assign alarm conditions in case of an emergency.
  3. Video surveillance can be beneficial for businesses! Monitoring shoplifting and making sure everything else stays in place, having video surveillance gives you 24/7 security at all times. With surveillance, you can also receive an e-mail or video notification sent straight to your mobile device.

There are several advantages of having a modern security set-up in businesses that can and need to be taken advantage of. Protecting your assets shouldn’t be compromised. At Wayne Alarm, we understand that and help protect you and your business.

Wayne Alarm: Video can help reduce thefts

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In any business, there is always that inevitable problem: theft.

Some data suggest surveillance of employees in small business can boost productivity and profits. Allowing you to stay in control of dishonest claims, maintain the safety in your work environment and allowing you, as the manager, to spend more time in more productive ways. Using video surveillance is an effective method for putting a stop to thieves from stealing your belongings, wares or information. In any event, it can also help alert the police, as well as provide footage, which can help aid in identifying the thieves.

With lots of options you can take to reduce theft, however, having video surveillance saves you time and effort all while helping you decrease theft in your store. With Wayne Alarm video surveillance, you get 24/7 video surveillance specifically for your business.

In specific places, you increase your overall security that can oftentimes be overlooked. Here are some places where placing video surveillance in your store could be beneficial:

  • Front and back doors:  Not only are you able to identify who comes in and out of your business and when they leave, but it also helps when your business is closed. Having a monitored entrance system can detect any suspicious event during off  hours. Specifically your stores back entrance – placing it here can help deter anyone attempting to exit unnoticed. It can also help with any blind spots that might be hard to view, allowing you to be aware of any suspicious event.
  • Installing cameras in areas where your most valuable items or expensive equipment are, can help diminish losses. For example, placing a camera by the cash register can allow them to work more effectively by giving you a view from above, allowing you to directly monitor any exchange of cash, both limiting employee and customer theft.

With video surveillance, you’re also able to ensure to your customers that you care about their safety and well being too. Call us for a free consultation today and speak with a caring representative.

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Donald J. Keighley, 78

LYNN Mr. Donald J. Keighley, 78, of Lynn, died Thursday, May 11, 2017, at home after a long illness. He was the husband of Mrs. Marilyn (Merryfield) Keighley. He was born, raised and attended school in Holyoke. He was the son of the late Basil and Nora (Shea) Keighley. He lived in the Lynn and Swampscott area most of his life.

Mr. Keighley loved watching TV, especially old war movies and westerns. He enjoyed sports and he liked to exercise, whether it was walking or working out. He loved the Horse Track, Dog Track, and gambling. Mr. Keighley was a self-employed handyman and also worked in security at Walmart.

In addition to his wife with whom he shared 60 years of marriage he leaves his three sons, Donald J. Keighley Jr. of Exeter, N.H., Michael Keighley and his wife Kimberly of Lynn, James Keighley and his wife Robin of Lynn, a daughter Kathleen Davis and her husband Jeffrey of Lynn. He leaves eight grandchildren, Patrick, Jacqueline, Tyler, Jackson, Jessica, Marissa, Ashley, and Adam. He also leaves several nieces and nephews. He is the step-brother of the late Gary Gage.

Service information: His funeral will be held on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at 11 a.m. in the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Rt 129) Lynn. Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. Directions and guestbook at Solimine.com.

Wayne Alarm: Access control for your business?

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Your small business is gaining more and more customers, and you wonder if you should increase your security? Having top security is a must for many small businesses. Finding the right fit that meets the needs to each of your worries can be a difficult process, along with many test trials. However, what’s great about Wayne Alarm’s access control, is everything you need is directly at your disposal. With access control, you’re able to have complete control.

By switching to access control you are then able to:

  • Facilitate or lock down a specific area from any PC or proximity reader. If you have a specific area that isn’t accessible for  your employees or customers, you can block entrance to the area so that no one comes in unless they are authorized to.
  • Interface your video security with your card access system. With this feature, you’re able to monitor specific areas during any time of the day.
  • Create a map with active icons to annunciate system status. This includes your ability to control doors, a call up video, as well as having it show employee photos as they pass through protected doors. This can give you a sense of comfort to know who is exiting in and out of your business.
  • Run custom reports when you need to know who accessed what area and specifically when they did.

Access control comes with support and monitoring which ensures that your business, big or small, stays locked down and secure at all times.

Feel free to give us a call at (781) 595-0000 for more information, or fill out our online contact form.

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Saugus Town Meeting is at play

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

SAUGUS — Town Meeting agreed to appropriate $1 million for the town’s parks and playgrounds Monday night.

Two articles passed pertaining to the parks: one for $500,000 to repair and maintain existing playgrounds and a second for $500,000 to add security, lighting and cameras to three parks – Bristow Street Park, Veteran’s Elementary School and Belmonte Middle School.

“It seems we’re spending a lot of money on things we don’t really need,” said William Cash, a Saugus police officer. “When the Town Manager gets up here and talks about priorities – I think police and fire deserve to be priorities. So far this year, we’ve given half a million to parks and playgrounds and it looks like it’s going to be another half a million. I read different things are being allocated in this article – $30,000 for seesaws and some sort of fire engine playground equipment. The priority should be more on the town employees than $100,000 on a lacrosse wall.

“Last night a police officer told me he’s collecting food stamps,” Cash said. “That is completely unacceptable and that needs to be a priority. We didn’t ask for much in our negotiations and we deserve to be treated a little bit better by our community.”

But Town Manager Scott Crabtree said the money will be used for much-needed repairs to parks, some of which haven’t seen updates in half a decade. Improvements to Stackpole field and removing apparatuses such as steel slides are on the list.

“We’re ready to start doing this work immediately so that people can enjoy (the parks) this spring rather than waiting for the Annual (Town Meeting) to close,” Crabtree said. “The Department of Public Works will produce a short list for each playground. There are still a lot of safety issues – kids are getting hurt.”

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The second allocation will allow the installation of security cameras on the parks and around the perimeters of the parks and schools. The cameras will have remote access so police officers can monitor the parks on their laptops, Crabtree said.

Gregory Nickolas, director of Youth and Recreation, voiced his support for the motions. Nickolas said the fields are in deplorable conditions and many of the parks are dangerous.

A few Town Meeting members questioned why all of the articles had to be taken up in a special meeting and whether it had to do with tying up funds right out of the gate.

School Committee Member Peter Manoogian and several residents spoke about the School Department’s need for more funding and questioned whether the town really needed to move $1.5 million into the Stabilization Fund to maintain its bond rating or if a lesser amount would have the same effect. Many suggested cutting the number to $1.2 million and using the excess elsewhere, such as in the schools or to go toward the pumping station repairs. Parents hoped the money could be used to avoid the School Department’s proposed solution to closing the budget gap by closing the Ballard Early Education Center and increasing class sizes.

“Why couldn’t it have waited until Article 8 at the annual – was it to tie the money up? Perhaps,” said Manoogian.

Ultimately Town Meeting voted 35-3 to transfer the full $1.5 million in free cash to the fund.

Town Meeting members voted unanimously to support an article to borrow $4.3 million to fund the first two phases of improvement projects to the town’s main pumping station on Lincoln Avenue.

The station, constructed in the 1980s, has a poor design and is in need of a permanent bypass, said Crabtree. Saugus Public Schools was also allocated $82,000 for the one-time purchase of Chromebooks.

The annual meeting was suspended until next Monday, May 6, when members will take up the remaining issues.


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Wayne Alarm: Increasing Your Safety with Video Security

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4 REASONS HOW TOTAL CONNECT VIDEO CAN HELP INCREASE YOUR SECURITY

There are times when security alarms aren’t enough to secure our homes and our business, and with technologic advances, using video security changes that. It adds extra security by allowing you to see what is happening around your home and motion activated events that can occur in and around your business. Here are four reasons why having a video surveillance is the best monitor to have.

  1. Wayne Alarm has notifications set up that work with video surveillances. If your camera detects a motion activated event, you are then automatically notified with an e-mail of the event or push notification on your mobile device, which allows you to monitor what occurred at a real time and date.
  2. Wayne Alarm Systems uses Honeywell Total Connect Cameras, allows you to stream videos live straight from the Total Connect directly to your phone, tablet or computer giving you an extra layer of protection. The cameras are portable, so changing locations to monitor new areas is easy. With infrared technology, which enhances your ability to see in the dark, records 10 second clips of a motion activates event and then sends it to you to investigate.
  3. With new technology such as Skybell, we can help prevent break-ins into your business and home. When you’re a SkyBell owner, you receive a ring whenever the doorbell is pressed, or even have it alert you whenever it senses motion such as someone walks up to your front door. This allows you to remotely stream live video from your iPhone or iPad and interact with whoever is at your front door directly via two way communication. With extremely durable functions for weather, it gives you High Definition video and full color night vision.
  4. There is strong data that suggest surveillance of employees in small business can boost productivity and profits. Allowing you to stay in control of dishonest claims, maintain the safety in your work environment and allows you as the manager to spend more time in more productive ways.

Having the best security is a top request everyone seeks for their home and business. With Total Connect video, it gives you enhanced security that allows you to stay on top of whatever happens in your environment, and giving you the added layer of protection that you want.

For additional safety information and security system installation, contact Wayne Alarm by calling us at: 781-595-0000 or by visiting us online at www.waynealarm.com.

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Wayne Alarm: Change the Locks

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SAFETY TIP OF THE DAY:  MOVING INTO A NEW PLACE?  CHANGE THE LOCKS.

When moving to a new home, hire a reliable locksmith to re-key all exterior doors. If possible, have the locksmith make the key to fit all of your new locks. Also, make sure to call Wayne Alarm Systems to transfer your home security system.

For more information on commercial and residential security systems, call Wayne Alarm Systems at (781) 595-0000 or visit us online at: www.waynealarm.com.

 

Wayne Alarm: Mobile Security Apps

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SAFETY TIP OF THE DAY:  PROTECT YOUR MOBILE DEVICE SECURITY WITH APPS

With mobile apps making our lives easier, there has been a growth within the app industry to provide more protection to our lives simply by using our mobile devices. All of these apps are free and compatible with both Android and IOS.

  1.     NowSecure Mobile: We all know that companies and even sites such as Facebook can look through and collect our data. In order to protect yourself against unwanted online threats, download the NowSecure Mobile app. It monitors your phone’s operating system, network and other apps for security vulnerabilities, all while generating a code to protect your phone.
  2.     Companion: Even if you don’t have the app downloaded, Companion is a great tool that allows your friends and family, (even your local police) see where you are when you are heading to a destination, with a simple invite. The most important aspect the app provides, however, is the 15 second alarm called Smart Trigger, which checks in to make sure you are safe and if by any chance you don’t respond within those 15 seconds, alerts your companions.
  3.     Skycure:  As the Internet continues to expand, public Wi-Fi has become a threat to personal information, one that experts say can easily be enacted. Skycure, however, is an app that performs tests on wireless networks so that there are no breaches and sends you notifications on any cyber attacks you might encounter. It is advanced enough to keep track of the locations of those networks so it can prevent them from hurting apps on your mobile device or the devices of other people using the app.
  4.     Lookout:  This is an all-around security app, which allows you to find a lost or misplaced phone and backup data. Lookout also warns you about other security risks: notifies you about how to improve your phone’s security settings, tells you which apps are tracking your phone or revealing your location, and uses machine intelligence to detect threats.

5.   Webroot SecureWeb:  Although it’s more compatible with IOS 4.3 or later, Webroot SecureWeb is a great mobile browser that uses URL filtering to protect users from malicious websites. It automatically syncs with the company’s URL reputation database for protection and, search results are made to note safe and risky sites.

 

What’s next for Revere carnival after shooting?

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

REVERE Following a shooting Sunday night in the parking lot of Showcase Cinema where the 30th annual Fiesta Shows Revere Carnival was being held, Mayor Brian M. Arrigo is questioning whether it’s a good idea to bring the festival back.

“The investigation into this is ongoing,” Arrigo said in a statement. “We are currently evaluating the situation and will determine whether an event like the carnival can take place in Revere moving forward. As always, the safety of our residents is my first priority.

“Thank you to the first responders from Revere and surrounding communities who rushed to the scene, and thank you to the guests at the carnival and those at the movie theater for their patience and cooperation during a hectic and confusing situation.”

Police responded to a report of shots fired at about 8:40 p.m. No victims have been reported but three vehicles were damaged, according to Police Lt. Amy O’Hara. There was a report that a suspect may have fled into the cinema, which was evacuated.

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Since police have not determined whether the shooter was visiting the cinema or the carnival, City Councilors Anthony Zambuto and Arthur Guinasso said they weren’t comfortable commenting on what the shooting meant for the future of the carnival.

“I’m not certain if it’s attributed to the carnival or to Showcase Cinema,” said Guinasso. “There was obviously some incident of gun play and that’s completely unacceptable, no matter what. Once the police department makes a determination about the cause, we can pass judgement.”

E.J. Dean, vice president of operations of Dean & Flynn, Inc., also called Fiesta Shows, said he was deeply saddened by the incident.

“For generations, we have prided ourselves in creating a family-friendly environment and the safety of our guests is our top priority,” Dean said in a statement. “We maintain a large police and fire presence on site as part of our normal security procedures to ensure that our patrons are safe at all times.

“We are pleased that none of our guests or employees were injured in this incident, which took place outside the confines of our carnival event, but we are nonetheless providing any assistance we can to the Revere Police and Showcase Theaters regarding this matter. We feel bad for the good citizens and families of Revere that were enjoying their time at the carnival when this occurred.”


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Chaos at the carnival

Revere’s annual spring carnival is a well-intentioned effort that may have made its final appearance at the Showcase Cinema complex following Sunday’s gunshot incident.

Fortunately, no one was hurt or killed after shots were fired Easter evening, shattering glass in cars parked in the Showcase parking lot.

Social media descriptions of the shooting’s immediate aftermath described “mass hysteria erupting” as frightened carnival-goers fled to the street, children in tow, or cowered inside the cinema under orders from police who, according to news reports, were initially told the person responsible for the shooting hid inside a theater.

The Easter gunfire bears similarities to the 2015 incident at the carnival that resulted in three arrests. A Revere police lieutenant described how the 2015 incident escalated “almost to the point where the crowd got completely out of control.”

The 2015 disturbance and Sunday night’s gunfire drew police officers from Revere and surrounding communities who poured into the parking lot, some armed with assault weapons. Traffic backed up in Copeland Circle as police blocked off the exit to the cinema complex and carnival and moviegoers, their holiday evenings abruptly terminated, made their way on foot through the circle and down Squire Road.

Mayor Brian Arrigo interrupted his Patriots Day Monday to declare city officials are evaluating the carnival’s future inside Revere city limits. He praised the police response and the crowd’s overall calm demeanor, calling the chaos that followed the shooting “hectic and confusing.”

What’s next for Revere carnival after shooting?

Arrigo knows the nightmare his administration and his city could have faced if the shooting resulted in a stampeding crowd and fatalities. The image of panicked people pouring onto the streets with wailing children is enough to fill television screens for days and send cold chills down an elected official’s spine.

Sadly, the repeated problems plaguing the carnival are dooming a great cause. The carnival operated on the Showcase lot for three weeks without significant problems until its last night literally ended with a bang.

Carnival proceeds help support the McCarthy-Trifone Recreation Committee’s assistance to  seven local Revere youth organizations. Carnival producer Fiesta Shows, Showcase and the committee work together to help kids.

The shooting is a classic example of a bad incident by one person or a few ruining a good time for many people who just wanted to wrap up the Easter weekend with a movie or a little warm weather fun.

Arrigo will be acting as a prudent city leader if he decides the carnival cannot make a repeat performance in 2018 on the Showcase parking lot. Public safety may dictate that it be replaced by a smaller, more manageable event.

Another way to make the carnival safer is to make it a truly home-grown event with participation from a large number of Revere residents. Separating the carnival with adequate security measures from the Showcase Cinema complex and giving residents a role with police in keeping the carnival safe might go a long way to removing fear, chaos and confusion from the annual event.

The spring carnival is a fun tradition benefiting a great cause. But the carnival’s return to Revere next year will depend on more people taking responsibility to make it safer and more family oriented.