The United States sees 136 burglaries happen every hour and homeowners in Chicago are 20 percent more likely to experience a crime to their property. However, there are several steps you can take to better ensure that your home and loved ones remain safe.
Most burglars are criminals of opportunity. They are typically only going to target homes they can access easily without being detected. Studies show thieves have found three common factors they use to determine whether or not they will rob a home:
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These Five Tips Will Reduce The Chances of Your Home Being Burglarized
1. Install a home security system.
Research shows that homes without a security system are three times more likely to be broken into than homes with one. If you cannot afford a home security system, consider installing alarms that, once set, emit a loud noise whenever someone opens a door or breaks a window.
2. Deadbolt your doors.
34 percent of intruders enter through the front door, and another 22 percent come through the back door. One of the easiest and most cost-effective solutions is to install a deadbolt lock.
3. Get a dog.
While you should not rely on your dog as your primary means of home security, having a barking dog in the backyard of your house will make intruders think twice about attempting to break into your home.
4. Keep the outside of your house well-lit.
Intruders do not want to be seen. Installing lights on parts of the outside of your house that would allow your neighbors to see a suspicious person within 100 feet of your home, is an effective deterrent.
5. Be careful who you let into your home.
Anytime you let someone into your home, you give them the opportunity to steal from you right then and there. This also gives people an opportunity to see what you have and prepare to come back later.
Following these five tips will decrease the chances of someone trying to get into your home. If you think someone is in your home when you get there DO NOT go inside. Confronting a burglar can have far worse consequences than missing valuables. These tips will serve as a first step to show any potential burglars that your home is too difficult to get into and the chances of being caught are high.
With violent crime garnering so many headlines across Chicago, crimes against property do not carry the same significance for law enforcement. Following these suggestions will help you proactively keep your home safer, your valuables more secure, and most important your family out of harm’s way.
From all of us here at Glen Lerner, be safe and take precautionary steps to avoid burglary.
With Super Bowl 51 now complete, concussion awareness is in the spotlight. Males playing football have a 75% chance of sustaining this type of traumatic brain injury, and female soccer players have a 50% chance for concussion. The Center for Disease Control has estimated that somewhere between 1.6 million and 3.8 million concussions occur each year. Clearly, the problem is widespread.
But instead of turning the other cheek about a controversial sports injury, we can all become more knowledgeable. New studies and statistics on both the short and long-term repercussions of concussions have come to light, alongside a popular movie about the effects of head injuries in sports.
More Americans than ever are talking about what can be done to prevent such dangers, especially in youth contact sports. Schools and states are implementing entirely new concussion protocols, special protective gear is coming online, and parents are joining forces with coaches and trainers to ensure the safety of children in highly physical sports.
At Glen Lerner, we meet with accident victims every day, so we encourage everyone to continue to talk and learn about the seriousness of concussions and how they can impact people and families of all ages.
What is a Concussion?
The Mayo Clinic describes a concussion as “a traumatic brain injury that alters the way your brain functions. Effects are usually temporary but can include headaches and problems with concentration, memory, balance and coordination.”
How Do Concussions Typically Occur?
Usually from a strong blow to the head, but a concussion can also result when the head and upper body are shaken violently. The injury, which can happen to anyone during any accident involving the upper body, transpires when the soft tissue of the brain forcefully knocks against the inner walls of the skull.
How Do You Identify a Concussion?
Generally, a concussed person shows some symptom related to a headache, loss of memory and/or confusion. However, some signs are subtle (fatigue, light sensitivity, sleep disorders, etc.) and are missed because they’re not immediately apparent. In fact, nearly half of athletes report no symptoms at all after a concussive blow. Luckily, schools and athletic programs are becoming more adept at helping athletes identify, monitor and recover from concussions.
How Do You Recover From a Concussion?
Rest is the No. 1 healing agent. It’s important for both children and adults suffering from a concussion to get reliable rest at night. Concussed people should also avoid high-risk activities that could cause another blow to the head, as well as physically demanding daily chores that could slow recovery. Other key elements include eating well, avoiding alcohol, limiting computer time and delaying air travel until you get an “all clear” from a doctor.
This discussion just skims the surface of concussions, which if sustained enough times can lead to serious health issues later in life. The best thing we can do to keep our loved ones safe is to be aware of the warning signs—and continue the concussion conversation.
Faith and Action!
Representatives from several churches, the Chicago Patrolmen’s Federal Credit Union, Chicago PD District 009 CAPS office, Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys, Illinois Action for Children and World Vision met on January 23, 2017, to discuss issues that impact local neighborhoods.
Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys is committed to the mission and success of the Chicago PD’s CAPS program and look forward to future collaboration to meet community needs in each of its 25 Districts.
Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys joins Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s (LVMPD) – Bolden Area Command, the Nevada Black Police Association and other community partners for the 5th Annual Santa in the 106! During this free event, underprivileged families of Las Vegas are treated to two hours jam-packed full of holiday cheer that includes: amazing food catered by John Mull’s Road Kill Grill, games and bounce house fun, photos with Santa, stockings stuffed with toys, fruit and snacks, live performances by JayR Beatbox, Michael Jackson impersonator “Santana” and the Young Gifted Squad and so much more! Santa will arrive in style via LVMPD’s helicopter whereupon he will kick off the Tuesday, December 20th party to be held from 3 PM to 5 PM at the Doolittle Community Park.
“There were 700 children at the first Santa in the 106! event held five years ago. Since then the annual Christmas party has steadily grown to over 1250 underprivileged children and family members that attended and enjoyed a merrier Christmas in 2015,” said attorney Glen Lerner. “We are pleased to support the efforts of this year’s event sponsors, volunteers and donors that help make it possible for there to be toys for children and an abundance of food for the financially challenged families living in and around the Las Vegas zip code 89106.”
Other community sponsors of the 5th Annual Santa in the 106! include Mario’s Westside Market, Win-Win Entertainment, Clark County Credit Union, Lou’s Diner and MEMRA. Free food and stockings will be shared while supplies last. For more information, please contact Officer Regina Coward-Holman via phone at (702) 884-7282, and connect on Facebook (Facebook.com/BACLVMPD) and Twitter (@LVMPDBAC).
About Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys
Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys began helping people with personal injury and dangerous drugs claims in Nevada over 25 years ago. Over the past two decades, Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys has grown into one of the largest plaintiff’s personal injury law firms in the country, with over 40 attorneys and nearly three hundred employees located in Nevada, Arizona, California, Illinois and Indiana. The Glen Lerner attorneys also have relationships with attorneys across the country to help those hurt outside of states where the firm practices. The firm also assists with social security claims nationally and dangerous product lawsuits such as talcum powder ovarian cancer cases and diabetes drug Onglyza heart attack claims. For additional information, visit glenlerner.wpengine.com/las-vegas/ or call (702) 877-1500.
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With Veterans Day and Thanksgiving having just passed, there has never been a better time to remember all of the blessings in our lives. Unfortunately, in our line of work we see a great deal of tragedy, which highlights the importance of keeping friends and family close and being grateful for all that we have. We hope this Thanksgiving was one to remember not because of accidentally burning the turkey or some other kitchen disaster, but because of the memories you created with family and friends.
This past Saturday, November 19th, Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys gave back 1000 times by helping families in need with a Thanksgiving meal. With the help of Southside Chicago Businesses and other non-profit organizations, Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys hosted its 1st Regional 2016 Give Thanks, Give Hope, Give Back 1000x event. Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys took the initiative to make sure those less fortunate had something to look forward to. So, no matter how small or insignificant a deed may seem, make sure you do your part this holiday season and give thanks.
It is easy to become distracted with the hustle and bustle of our daily lives and overlook the little things that have a massive impact on our lives and others around us. This year recognize the good things in our lives, the good people we know, and especially the good times we share with our loved ones.
From everyone here at Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys, we would like to thank all of our clients and the great people all across Chicagoland for their trust and support. Let’s all share some gratitude this holiday season.
We hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving and we wish you a wonderful Holiday Season!