Top 10 Home Security Tips for Summer Travel

Home security may not be foremost on your mind when you’re planning your summer vacation. But once you’ve purchased your travel tickets and booked your accommodations, take some steps to keep your home safe and secure while you’re away. Nothing’s more of a buzzkill than returning from a great trip to find your home ransacked and your stuff stolen.

Reading the tips below is a good start:


1. Halt mail and newspaper delivery service.You can sign up online to have the USPS hold your mail at your local post office for free for 30 days. You can also ask a neighbor to pick up your mail and papers – and offer to do the same for them when they travel. Piled up mail and newspapers are a sure sign you’re away.


2. Block entry through your sliding glass patio door.Secure your glass patio door by using a broom handle or metal pipe as a wedge in the middle bottom track of the door slide. Make sure it’s a tight fit.


3. Don’t publicly promote your absence.Why announce to the world that you’re away? Save posting trip pics until you get home. Don’t change your voicemail message. Make your out-of-office email reply vague. Simply say, “I am temporarily out of the office. If you need immediate assistance, please contact (name) at (email address). Otherwise I will reply when I return. Thank you.”


4. Don’t tape notes for delivery or service people to your doors.This serves as advertising to burglars that you’re away. Instead contact them directly via their phones or company website.


5. Install a surveillance system and not just cameras.Security systems that depend on you to monitor your phone may not help when your phone’s on airplane mode. Or you’re snorkeling, hiking or listening to a tour guide. Deep Sentinel’s 24/7 trained surveillance agents call the police for you when your property’s perimeter is breached.


6. Trim trees and shrubs.Spring and summer leafing out of your trees and shrubs may be lovely but not when it shields burglars robbing your home. Be sure to trim all that lush foliage away from your windows and doors.


7. Leave on lights, radio and TV using a programmable timer.Confuse would-be thieves by leaving on a few bright lights as well as TV and/or radio with the volume up to a level that can be heard from your front door. Make sure to use a programmable timer. Here at Deep Sentinel, we like the Honeywell Home light switch timer that includes a random setting to really fool thieves.


8. Stash valuables.Thieves often scoop up jewelry, watches, and cash left lying in plain sight on top of dressers and night tables. Put all your stuff away before you go. Thieves aim to be in and out of a house in less than 10 minutes.


9. Shut and lock all windows and doors.Do this even if you’re going on a day trip. Many thieves simply hop in through open windows and doors. (If you tend to be forgetful, consider getting a smart lock you can monitor and program though a phone app.) Also close all curtains, shades and blinds.


10. Make sure your outdoor lighting includes motion sensors and/or a timer.Many thieves prefer to do their evil deeds under the cover of darkness. Bright outdoor lighting that flashes on when motion is detected can be a deterrent.  Or you can use a programmable timer (see #8 above.)

CrimeWatch | Kansas City, MO

Kansas City may not come to mind when you think tech hub. But as skyrocketing housing costs make traditional tech centers like Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Seattle and New York out of reach for even STEM folks, other urban areas are on the rise.  Thanks to the advent of cloud computing, work forces can be more decentralized than ever before. And Kansas City, with its central location and affordable housing stock is reaping the benefits.

And by the way, as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz famously says, “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore,” the Kansas City we’re talking about isn’t in Kansas. The city is in two states. But the urban engine of economic development is firing up in Kansas City, Missouri.

Kansas City MO: Number 1 Affordable City for Tech Jobs

Kansas City MO ranked in first place in a survey that rated best cities for tech jobs where you can also afford to live. The author crunched data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for job trends, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for rent costs and the prices of goods and services from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Kansas City MO earned first place because of its higher than average number of tech jobs, low cost of goods and services and affordable rents. Rent for a one-bedroom apartment was listed as $681, about one-third the cost of a similar unit in San Francisco.  The median cost of a home is $109,000. You could add another zero for the San Francisco Bay Area equivalent.

Well-known companies headquartered in Kansas City include Sprint, H & R Block, Hallmark and Garmin International. And according to the region’s economic development website, Kansas City recently attracted 500 new companies and created 60,000 new jobs.

Property Crime in Kansas City Metro Area in Line with U.S. Average

Kansas City, like many older U.S. cities, went through a steep decline in the 1960s and 1970s. That was when traditional factories and freight train transport began to fade and populations chose to move to newer suburbs.

Current trends for tech jobs and the revitalization of urban centers including micro-breweries, art galleries and coffee houses are renewing the city. Crime for the Kansas City Metro Area are only slightly above average for property crime but higher for all of Kansas City.

For the metro area Kansas City, Missouri, property crime, on a scale from 1 (lowest) to 100, is 44 states Best Places, a website that tracks data from U.S. cities. Property crimes include the offenses such as burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of these types of offenses is primarily the taking of money or property. There is no force or threat of force against the victims. The US average for property crime in cities and towns is 38.1.  The property crime rate for all of Kansas City, Mo is 66.

Unfortunately, violent crime including murder, aggravated assault and robbery stands at 91 on a scale of 1 to 100 for Kansas City, MO but is only 42 for the Kansas City Metro Area. The U.S. average is 31.1. However, with future job growth predicted at 42.81% and salaries higher than the U.S. averages, it can be hoped that property crime rates will improve.

Burglars Hit Rams Head Coach McVay’s LA Home

Thieves Take $20,000 In Jewelry, Cash and Other Pricey Items

Three burglars brazenly broke into the Los Angeles-area home of Sean McVay, head coach for the Los Angeles Rams football team.  The thieves stole over $20,000 worth of cash, jewelry and purses from the home, according to TMZ Sports and other media reports.

In addition, the crooks damaged the home itself, including the back door where they forced open to gain entry. The extent of the damage has not yet been assessed.

McVay’s Ring Security System Fails to Deter Break-In

Once again, the Ring Security System, unlike Deep Sentinel which employs live 24/7 live video security surveillance agents who deter thieves before they get inside, failed to prevent or halt a home break-in. McVay’s Ring system reportedly sent an alarm to the police. But a recent Deep Sentinel survey finds that police departments in the U.S. often may ignore or may be slow to respond to burglar alarms because of the overwhelming number of false alarms straining their resources.

Deep Sentinel’s surveillance agents, many of whom are retired police officers, talk directly to police dispatchers. They quickly convey to police personnel that they see a crime in progress; not a dog or squirrel accidently setting off an alarm.

McVay’s Ring system also passively captured brief video footage of the burglars once they entered the home. Deep Sentinel believes it’s important to prevent thieves from entering a home. Our artificial intelligence-enhanced cameras focus on all the perimeters of a home’s property and alert our agents as soon as that perimeter is breached.

Police involved in the McVay case say they will try to identify the thieves based on the Ring surveillance footage, according to media reports. But we’ve seen the footage and it is brief, blurry, black and white. It offers only a glimpse at the thieves whose faces are covered and one of whom puts his hand over the camera lens to hide their nefarious deeds. Deep Sentinel’s cutting-edge cameras get sharp full-color imagery. And if activity sets off our cameras, that means one of our live agents has been alerted and is viewing it live; ready to intervene.

McVay Bought Luxury Home Following Rams Hire

McVay bought the six-bedroom six-bathroom home in the hills of Encino, California for $2.71 million in March 2017.  He purchased the home after accepting the position as head coach for the LA Rams; becoming at age 30 the youngest head coach in NFL history. “The 4,660 square-foot home, originally built in 1966, features an open concept floor plan,” real estate website Trulia reported at the time.

McVay moved to the upscale home with his live-in girlfriend Veronika Khomyn after selling his Reston, Virginia townhouse. McVay spent six years coaching for the Washington D.C. Redskins team. McVay told ESPN during an interview at the time he was surprised to learn from his girlfriend that details about their new home appeared all over social media. “It’s everywhere, where we live and all that stuff,” he said.

Neither McVay nor Woods were home during the Thursday night break-in.

Several LA athletes, including Rams wide receiver Robert Woods and many celebrities returned home to face burglarized homes lately. The LAPD busted not one but two separate burglary operations breaking into celebrity homes. One group of alleged gang members tracked celebrities’ social media and online performance/game calendars to determine when they’d be away. Another burglar, likely working with accomplices, attended real estate open houses for celebrities’ homes, then returned later to rob them.

Although police sidelined these criminals, it seems there are new ones in town. We recommend calling Deep Sentinel today.

Porch Pirates Steal Scientist’s Package of 500 Live Cockroaches

Stolen Cockroaches Delivered for Research Project

Karma, as they say, is a… well, it rhymes with rich. In this case, it’s also ick. Some unlucky porch pirates stole a delivered package containing 500 live cockroaches.

It wasn’t a prank or a trap. The highly resourceful insects were ordered by Rosalinda Vizina, a research biologist in the Sacramento CA area.  Vizina told local news sources that she needed the cockroaches for an entomology research study she is conducting.

“I feel bad for the roaches if they got smooshed, Vizina told Action News KSBW, “But as for the thieves,  I hope they (the cockroaches) went everywhere.”  Vizina is a National Science Foundation is a grant recipient for her research on insects, bats and other wildlife.

We feel bad for the roaches too. But we hope they did get smooshed and didn’t end up spreading into local people’s homes.

Most Packages Get Delivered When No One’s Home

Consider these facts:

  • More than 20% of Americans had a package stolen just within this past year.
  • Pew Research survey cited in TechCrunch reports that eight out of ten Americans now shop online.
  • Last year, Amazon shipped an estimated 1.22 billion packages in the U.S., according to MWPVL International, a supply-chain consultancy.

Deep Sentinel Scares Off Home Intruder Again

Surveillance Agent Gets Intruder to Leave Via Remote Technology

For the first time ever, a new lightning fast one-two combo of artificial intelligence and human intervention stopped a potential home intruder in his tracks. And even better yet, prompted him to turn tail and run. As a result, no harm came to the frightened young mother inside the Seattle-area home with her three young children, including a new-born infant.

So move over, Batman and Robin. There’s a new dynamic duo on the crime-fighting scene. Deep Sentinel’s system breakthrough is among the first ever to harness deep machine learning to collaborate with humans on crime prevention and intervention.

Newest Home Security Technology Aces First Real-Life Test

Deep Sentinel’s new home security system launched in February 2019. As proved this week, it successfully empowers 24/7 trained surveillance agents to intervene to stop a crime in progress. Without missing a beat, the agents also can speedily summon local police to a home. A resident does not need to be home or even on the app. Once Deep Sentinel’s AI-enhanced cameras alert Deep Sentinel’s surveillance agents, they take it from there. This feature proved to be an important one in the system’s first ever real life test this week. Jackeline Nowell, the young mother, was too overwhelmed trying to hide her children from the menacing figure outside the family’s home to stop and call 911.

She didn’t have to. The Deep Sentinel agent called the police for her after chasing off the would-be intruder. In a nutshell: the system works!

Husband At Work During Daytime Crime Attempt

Jackeline’s husband Anthony Nowell was at work when the suspect approached the family’s home in broad daylight on a weekday morning. Deep Sentinel’s phone app notified Jackeline that someone was outside the home, according to an account of the incident in the Renton Reporter, a local paper.

Looking up, she saw a shadowy figure at the window. She immediately began trying to gather up her three young children to head for a safe hideaway in the home. At the same time, she texted her husband about what was happening. He could hear the youngest, an infant, crying in the background.

But the app had also alerted Deep Sentinel’s remote live security agents and activated their screens to zero in on the Nowell’s home.

Deep Sentinel Agent Confronts Intruder Through Camera Microphone

“Sir, this is Deep Sentinel Security. Is there something I can help you with?” the agent can be heard in the camera’s recorded video addressing a man in a hooded windbreaker lurking around the home.

“Sir, this is Deep Sentinel Security,” the agent repeats except this time adding, “Your image is being recorded.”

The man, who was carrying a paper shopping bag, mutters something inaudible and walks off.  Deep Sentinel agents also are equipped with a one-button push to summon the police as the agent did in this situation.

With experienced trained agents monitoring and quickly assessing each situation, Deep Sentinel promises “no false alarms.”  Police often refuse to respond to alarms triggered by simple home alarm systems because they mostly prove to be a waste of their resources. Almost 96 percent of 911 calls last year were false alarms in Renton, WA, the Seattle suburb where the incident occurred.

That was why the Nowells, whose new home was broken into twice before they moved in last month, chose Deep Sentinel. The fact that Nowell works in tech gave him additional confidence in the new artificial intelligence aspects of the system.

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Deep Sentinel Thwarts Potential Intruder in Seattle Suburb

Deep Sentinel, the only home security system that provides live remote security guards protecting your home 24/7, recently scared off a potential intruder in Renton, Washington, a suburb of Seattle, while a frightened mother and child were inside the home.

The incident occurred March 4, 2019 during daylight hours, a common time for residential burglaries. A trespasser entered the property and wandered around the home, setting off Deep Sentinel’s next-generation AI cameras.

Jackeline, the young mother, was too overwhelmed trying to hide her children from the menacing figure outside the family’s home to stop and call 911. She didn’t have to.

Immediately, a LiveSentinel agent confronted the man via two-way speaker, informing him he was being recorded. The man abruptly left the property, while Deep Sentinel contacted the police. You can watch exclusive video of the incident below:



This particular home had been burglarized several times prior to Deep Sentinel being installed. The relieved husband and father, Anthony Nowell, has since spoken out about the incident:

“This is exactly why we got Deep Sentinel. The safety of my family is my number one priority and Deep Sentinel provides vital protection and peace of mind. This situation could have been much, much worse had Deep Sentinel not been there to intervene.”

Deep Sentinel’s Smart Home Surveillance System is an all-in-one home security system that combines next-generation wireless cameras, predictive local artificial intelligence and LiveSentinel™ 24/7 video surveillance guards. The company was co-founded by Dave Selinger, an Amazon AI & Deep Learning pioneer. Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos is also a key investor in the company.

“We are proud that we could provide a happy ending for the family in this incident,” said Dave Selinger, CEO and co-founder, Deep Sentinel. “When we set out to create Deep Sentinel, this is exactly the type of scenario we envisioned. We take pride in knowing that our solution works as advertised and that users are depending on us 24/7 to help keep their families and their homes safe.”

You can read more about the incident in the Renton paper, a local paper.

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