Monica Burton

At SmartSign, Monica manages and contributes to various blogs. Prior to joining the SmartSign team, she helped produce and manage content for online publications, including NYmag.com and StyleCaster.com. Monica studied journalism and French at New York University and attended the Columbia Publishing Course, where she learned the ins and outs of book, magazine and digital publishing. She grew up in Philadelphia, Tucson and Central New Jersey, but has called New York home for the past six years, and has lived in Brooklyn, specifically, for the last two. When not reading up on the latest in waste management for RecycleReminders, she enjoys reading long-form journalism, contemporary fiction and restaurant menus.

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What ‘Home Alone’ can teach us about home security

What ‘Home Alone’ can teach us about home security

| December 5, 2013

We’ve been enjoying the holiday classic “Home Alone” for more than 20 years now, and upon repeated viewings, the measures a young MacCauley Culkin takes to protect the family home seem increasingly alarming. Sure, he got the job done, but can one prevent theft without involving a blow torch? Of course. In case your memory […]

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Loss prevention expert King Rogers talks retail security

Loss prevention expert King Rogers talks retail security

| November 13, 2013

As the holiday shopping season reaches its peak, so does shoplifting. And while much of the Black Friday coverage you’ll read this year will cover the spectacular deals or the inevitably of stampedes, we’ve taken a moment to discuss the businesses on the receiving end of said stampedes and how they should approach loss prevention. MySecuritySign […]

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Safe Haven decals have fostered neighborhood safety for decades

Safe Haven decals have fostered neighborhood safety for decades

| November 5, 2013

On my way into my local dry cleaners in Park Slope, Brooklyn, I noticed a decal on the door that I had never given much thought to before. In a the traditional cluster of credit card decals was a bright yellow square emblazoned with the words “Safe Haven” in bold, black letters and a small […]

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6 tips to ward off Mischief Night vandals

6 tips to ward off Mischief Night vandals

| October 24, 2013

For most homeowners, Halloween isn’t scary. There’s nothing frightful about children seeking candy (as long as you’re willing to fork it over, that is).  Unfortunately, though, some neighborhoods have to contend with Mischief Night, now just six days away, and teen-aged Mischief Night vandals. This can be very scary. While police have managed to crack down on […]

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Nextdoor puts all the benefits of neighborhood watch in an app

Nextdoor puts all the benefits of neighborhood watch in an app

| October 16, 2013

If you haven’t heard about Nextdoor yet, chances are, you’ll hear about it soon. The “private social network” for neighborhoods is already being used by over 21,000 neighborhoods, and that number is growing at a rate of 70 per day. Your neighborhood could very well be next. MySecuritySign talked to Kelsey Grady, director of communications […]

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9 burglary tactics and how they can help you prevent home invasions

9 burglary tactics and how they can help you prevent home invasions

| September 16, 2013

Steve Niketopoulos, founder of the Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Watch, spoke to MySecuritySign a few weeks ago about working with his own and other neighborhood watch groups. In his efforts to educate his neighbors on community safety, he attended a meeting at Chicago’s 12th District police station during which five convicted burglars from the Safer Foundation […]

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People Power is the Silicon Valley startup behind your future smart house

People Power is the Silicon Valley startup behind your future smart house

| September 11, 2013

Calling all surveillance fanatics, supporters of upcycling and anyone who has ever dreamed of living in a smart house: People Power has an app that will satisfy all of you. It’s called Presence. We first wrote about the app that allows users to turn their apple devices into smartphone-controlled home security systems back in May, a […]

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