The Secrets of Crime Reporting and Home Protection

BeyondHeadlines (BH) is a leading alternative news portal providing information and analysis that the mainstream media have chosen to ignore. BH’s focus on local events, alternative analysis and RTI exposes have been great sources for national and international stories. In this article we will focus on the essentials of crime reporting, as well as how to protect your house form crime with locks!

How Is Crime Rported On

Crime reporting teaches some of the essential techniques of journalism. You learn how to dig for a story, how to follow leads, how to interview people to extract information and how to write crisp, clear, interesting stories under pressure of a deadline. In small newspapers, radio and television stations, general reporters cover crime stories.

Although recent criminological studies in Britain have analyzed in detail the nature, and potential impact, of the media’s reporting of crime and criminal justice issues, istorians working on the eighteenth century have given relatively little attention to the ways such issues were reported in the period’s key medium of information exchange – the newspaper.

Local media covers most of the crime stories in a specific geographic area. They often provide the most in depth coverage of crime that occurs, as well as limited coverage of items from the national media. Due to their focus on events, victim service workers will likely be in touch with local media more frequently than national media.

Protecting Your House With Locks

Free security improvement of the day: lock your doors and windows! (and the garage, too.) This applies also when you’re at home, especially when your guard is down (for example, when you’re sleeping). Even the best locks can’t protect if you don’t use them.

Are the window locks operable? If not, get them fixed or replace them. Also consider installing aftermarket window locks, which let you open the window a few inches while still keeping it secure. Another alternative is to use inexpensive window-break alarms.

Use solid core or metal doors that are secured with good quality deadbolt locks. Look for or ask the locksmith for door locks with an ANSI grade 1 rating. Deadbolt locks should have a horizontal bolt at least 1 inch long. With shorter bolts, a burglar can more easily use tools to spread the door frame and open the door.

Buy a crappy, broken laptop from a flea market for $5. Leave it in the entrance hall. Leave the front door unlocked. Most intruders just want to grab something valuable and get the heck out. The faster you can give them something that they think is (a) portable and (b) valuable, the faster they will leave.

Nearly 70% of burglars enter your home through a door. Install thick, solid wood doors that will be hard to kick in. If your doors have a window, install a secondary floor lock, so that after breaking the door window, a burglar cannot reach down to unlock your door and waltz into your home. Install hidden bracing in the doorframe.

As mentioned earlier, more than 40 percent of break-ins happen without the use of force. That means a lot of people are leaving their houses without locking the doors and windows. If you have a thumb latch lock and a deadbolt on your doors, always lock the dead bolt. Double-check weaker doors such as patio and sliding ones to make sure their locks are strong enough to withstand kicks.

The sole thing you need to do now if find a good quality locksmith to prevent any breakign and entering. Find out prices at in order to find a good, trusted locksmith. You may find others in your general area, too.


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