img_2338In just a few weeks it will be Black Friday and the official start of the holiday shopping season. The malls will be super crowded, patrons will get pushy, and shopping carts will be stacked high with Christmas and Hanukkah gifts. In the midst of all this craziness, your child is very likely to be lured by a shiny object somewhere and wander off. Worse, a stranger can take advantage of this situation. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, over 780,000 children are reported missing each year in the United States.

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attfamilymap1When we think of airports in the U.S., we think of intense security checks and measures that no regular person would be able to bypass. Well this blind trust was proven wrong earlier this week when Dakota Davis, a young 14-year-old with Asperger Syndrome, was able to use his mother’s credit card to purchase an airline ticket, board the plane, and fly there, without proper identification.

But thankfully, police were able to locate Dakota before any real damage was done thanks to the GPS tracking capabilities of his cell phone. With help from AT&T, police were able to triangulate Dakota’s position in Chicago using the signal from his cell phone. AT&T used the GPS service called the “AT&T Family Map” to track Dakota all the way to the Chicago O’Hare Airport. The company also found text messages between the 14-year-old and a female girlfriend in the area. Dakota was never able to see his friend as he was caught at the baggage claim in the airport and sent on the next flight home free of charge.

(Via KOIN Local 6)

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_dsc0771It’s 5 a.m. in Broomfield, Colorado and volunteers are already arriving (coffee in hand) at the Broadlands Golf Course for a 7:30 a.m. tee time. But they’re not here to play golf. They’re here to raise money for the Missing Children Task Force during Colorado’s Missing Children’s Week.

The Missing Children’s Task Force is a non-profit organization whose primary mission is to investigate, locate, and recover missing children at no cost to the family.  In Colorado alone there were over 14,000 children reported missing in 2006. Nationwide, that number increases to 797,500 children reported missing each year. The Missing Children Task force is working to lower these horrific numbers by raising money and awareness for child safety.

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April is Child Safety Month. The Brickhouse Security experts are here to offer you safety advice.

1. Home Security

Your home is your sanctuary, it may seem safe but, its easy to overlook the hidden dangers within your own household. You spend the majority of time in your home, so you should be extra vigilant when it comes to your home’s security. Even the most secure locations imaginable have their weak points. Make sure all of your external windows and doors have working locking mechanisms, and be sure to make good use of the home security technology available at Brickhouse Security.

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Kidnappers are motivated by large sums of money. The thought process being, why even bother taking the risk if the target isn’t worth the trouble. Due to SEC disclosure laws, finding out which executives make the most money is now easier than ever before. Your business, or your family may be at risk. Here are four tips on how to improve security.

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