5 Tips to Burglar Proof Your Home

There are 136 burglaries that occur every hour in the United States and homeowners in Las Vegas are 18 percent more likely to have a crime perpetrated against their home. However, there are a number of different measures you can take to make sure your property is a less attractive target for burglars.

Most burglars are simply criminals of easy opportunity. Almost always, they will only attempt to rob homes that are obviously easy targets that pose little threat. Studies have shown three primary factors that thieves use to determine if they will rob a house:

  • Time of Day
  • Noise
  • Visibility

The Following Five Tips Will Reduce the Chances of Your Home Being Burglarized.

1. Get a home security system.
Research has shown that homes that do not have a security system are three times more likely to be broken into than homes that have one. If you cannot afford a home security system, then consider installing more cost-effective alarms that emit loud noise if somebody opens a door or breaks a window.

2. Deadbolt lock your doors.
34 percent of intruders enter through the front door, and another 22 percent come through the back door. One of the simplest solutions is to install a deadbolt lock.

3. Man’s best friend.
While relying on your dog as a primary means of home security is not a good idea, having a noisy barking dog in your backyard will make burglars think twice before trying to break into your home.

4. Make sure your home is well-lit. 
Potential intruders do not want to be seen. Installing a set of lights on the outside of your home that would allow your neighbors to see a suspicious person can be a very 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, as well as allowing them an opportunity to see what valuables you have and prepare to come back later.

Following these five tips will greatly decrease the chances of an intruder trying to break into your home. If you believe that someone is in your home when you get there DO NOT go inside. Confronting a burglar can have far worse consequences than missing some 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 them getting caught is high.

While violent crime dominates most headlines across Las Vegas, crimes against property often do not carry as much significance for law enforcement. Going along with these suggestions will help you proactively keep your home safer, your valuables more secure, and most importantly, keep your family out of harm’s way.

From all of us here at Glen Lerner, be safe and make sure to take precautionary steps to avoid burglary.

Concussions: A Conversation Worth Having

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.

Halloween Safety Message From Glen

2bfbc8a9-55a3-4411-8dd5-98e37fde1984Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to child safety. We are all thinking about it and so should you! Whether you are staying in for the night or heading out, make sure you review these quick safety tips to prevent something scary from happening.

There are several easy and effective precautions that parents can share with kids to help reduce their risk of injury.

Safe Kids Worldwide™ recommends the following tips:

If you’re staying in:

  1. Make sure the porch light is on or the entrance is well lit. Accidents happen and your front door is not where you want one.
  2. Make an effort to periodically check outside to make sure nothing spooky is going on.
  3. Make sure your car is in the garage or covered parking spot (if you have one). Kids are more prone to be “egged” on into doing mischievous things on Halloween.
  4. Popular trick-or-treat hours are between 5:30PM and 9:30PM so be ready for trick-or-treaters and attentive during those hours.

If you’re going out:

  1. Cross the street at corners avoid cutting across the middle of a street at all costs.
  2. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
  3. Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  4. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  5. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
  6. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  7. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
  8. Trick-or-treat with an adult. Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
  9. ALWAYS check your children’s candy prior to them consuming it. Children should know not to snack on their treats while out trick-or-treating.

Also be sure to:

  1. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  2. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  3. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  4. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

When Driving on Halloween:

  1. Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  2. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  3. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  4. Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  5. Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.

Be sure to take a few minutes and review these safety tips before beginning Halloween festivities. From everyone here at Glen Lerner, have a wonderful and safe Halloween!

Lake Mead Boating Accident Safety Tips

lake mead boating safety tipsAre you planning on doing some boating at Lake Mead this summer? Be prepared for company. According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, there can be up to 5,000 boats on the lake during any given weekend during peak season.

Stay Afloat with Tips from Las Vegas Boat Accident Attorneys

Don’t let a day of fun on the water take a tragic turn due to a preventable boating accident. Our Las Vegas boat accident attorneys have some helpful tips to enjoy a fun day on the water and to get you safely back to shore.

Complete a Boating Safety Course 

Statistics from the U.S. Coast Guard show that operator error accounts for almost three-quarters of recreational boating accidents. Our Las Vegas boat accident attorneys recommend that you complete a boating safety course, either in person or online.

Conduct a Pre-Launch Boat Check

  • Check the hatch and fuel systems for fluid leaks or excess water.
  • Make sure all lights are functioning properly.
  • Test any communication devices.
  • Let a friend or relative know where you’re going along with expected departure and arrival times.
  • Monitor current weather conditions.
  • Review emergency procedures, including locations of fire extinguishers and personal flotation devices, with your passengers.
  • Run the blowers before starting the engine to rid the bilge of fumes and vapors.

Observe the Passenger Limit

When it comes to boating, more is NOT merrier. Keep the number of passengers within the limit for your watercraft.

Use Personal Flotation Devices

The state of Nevada requires all children under the age of 13 to wear life jackets or other personal flotation devices.

While it’s not enforced by law, our Las Vegas boat accident attorneys encourage other to use them as well. More than 85 percent of drowning victims were not wearing PFDs. Think of them as floating seat belts.

Get Help from Experienced Las Vegas Boat Accident Attorneys

If you or a loved one is involved in a boating accident this summer, don’t go it alone. Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys offer free consultations with our Las Vegas boat accident attorneys.

Contact us via our website or call (702) 877-1500 any time of the day or night to schedule an appointment.

Avoid Swimming Pool Accidents in Las Vegas Over July Fourth Weekend

las-vegas-swimming-poolSwimming pools can provide hours of July Fourth fun, but they can also be dangerous. According to the CDC, about 10 people die every day from accidental drowning. Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys can help you if you suffer a swimming pool accident as a result of someone else’s negligence – but the best defense is to avoid those accidents altogether whenever possible.

Swimming Pool Safety Tips

As, our Las Vegas personal injury attorneys have experience representing swimming pool accident claims, we put together the following safety tips for parents, guardians and care-takers to keep in mind this summer.

  • Never let children swim or play in water unsupervised

Drowning ranks fifth in the leading causes of unintentional death caused by injury in the US – but it’s the number one cause of injury-related death in children ages 1 to 4.

Always supervise your children whenever they are near or in water, even if a lifeguard is present. Small children can drown in less than two inches of water, and swimming pool accident attorneys Las Vegas are no substitute for safety. Your own eyes are your child’s best defense against accidental drowning.

  • Even adults shouldn’t swim alone

Even the strongest swimmer can get in trouble. Swimming pool accident attorneys Las Vegas can intervene for you after an accident happens, but  a buddy can alert staff instantly if you get a cramp or suffer injury and need to be rescued.

  • Make sure children wear lifejackets or vests when they’re in the water

Lifejackets and vests approved by the Coast Guard are the recommended flotation devices to prevent drowning. These devices have size and weight recommendations on the label, and proper fit is a must if they’re to provide the necessary protection.

  • Don’t “dive” headfirst into shallow pools

Head and neck injuries, paralysis, and even death can occur instantly. Be safe, and just don’t do it.

  • Don’t run near the pool

A slip-and-fall can mean significant injury or even drowning if a child or adult who can’t swim falls in.

  • Be trained in CPR

Although there may be staff nearby who are trained in CPR and first aid, make sure at least one adult in your group is also trained.

If you or someone you love is hurt in an accident by a swimming pool this Fourth of July weekend due to someone else negligence, contact our Las Vegas swimming pool accident attorneys. The call is free, the consultation is free and we are prepared to go after the most compensation for any injuries.