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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Detroit bike watch takes a novel approach to community safety

Detroit bike watch takes a novel approach to community safety

| September 3, 2013

Five months ago, Andre Masnari began spending a few hours twice a week biking around the Midtown area of Detroit. He wasn’t training for a triathlon or even enjoying the mild Spring weather. He was watching out for crime. An AmeriCorps member at Wayne State University’s Center for Urban Studies, Andre worked closely with Wayne […]

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How to write an effective No Trespassing letter

How to write an effective No Trespassing letter

| August 23, 2013

If  simply posting “No Trespassing” signs has done little to stop someone from illegally trespassing on your property—stealing your rhubarb or using your lake to fish, for instance—sending  a “No Trespassing” letter is the next course of action. A No Trespassing letter, sometimes called a “Letter of No Trespass” or “Notice of No Trespass,” is useful […]

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Chicago’s Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Watch uses social media to engage neighbors, stop crime

Chicago’s Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Watch uses social media to engage neighbors, stop crime

| August 19, 2013

Steve Niketopoulos is a good neighbor. Since he founded the Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Watch group in Chicago in 2011, he has encouraged 7,000 other neighbors to actively watch out for crime in their communities and has even helped thwart some crimes himself. Thanks to Steve’s efforts, watch groups now exist in Wicker Park, East Humboldt Park, Noble Square, […]

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Sheriffs offer ‘No Open Carry’ signs to businesses

Sheriffs offer ‘No Open Carry’ signs to businesses

| August 13, 2013

Sheriffs in Alabama are responding to that state’s open carry gun law—with signs. In the Montgomery tri-county area, sheriff’s offices are offering “No Open Carry” signs to local businesses for free, the Montgomery Advertiser reports. Alabama is an “open carry” state, meaning that people can carry a handgun in a holster, in plain sight without having […]

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This Georgia neighborhood watch successfully cuts crime

This Georgia neighborhood watch successfully cuts crime

| August 5, 2013

The image is familiar to most: a dark figure in a trench coat and low-brimmed hat, his eyes peering out suspiciously from behind the universal “no” symbol. Above and below it, the announcement, “Warning Neighborhood Watch.” These signs have dotted American communities since the 1960s when outrage stemming from the lack of witness-response during the […]

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Concealed carry more likely to harm than protect

Concealed carry more likely to harm than protect

| July 17, 2013

If you think the concealed carry regulations (the legal carrying of a concealed weapon) protect you from a potential assailant, you may be mistaken. Statistics suggest that those who legally carry concealed weapons have often been responsible for taking lives rather than saving them. A test by the TV show 20/20 found that just having a weapon […]

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High Tech Surveillance Equipment Used to Track Bats’ Movements

High Tech Surveillance Equipment Used to Track Bats’ Movements

| July 16, 2013

In Georgia, officials are turning their high tech surveillance equipment towards activities that won’t compromise your civil liberties. With the help of a team of volunteers, Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources’ Nongame Conservation Section is tracking the lives and migrations of bats using a surveillance device called the Anabat. Twice a month, the volunteers strap […]

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