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The Best Home Security Pins

Home Security1Even though Flower Mound was recently ranked the #1 safest community in Texas, it’s still important to be mindful about your home security. Is your home security PIN easy to guess? With four digits you have exactly 10,000 choices — and some pins are stronger than others. This SAFEHOME article suggests do’s and don’ts for personal identification numbers you may find helpful.

Security PIN Don’ts

The best home security PINs are easy for you to remember yet difficult for others to guess. Therefore the worst PINs are 1) common or 2) easy to guess with research about your household. Here are examples of PINs to avoid.

  • The Default PIN: Your home security system might have a default PIN. Do not keep this code! Replace a default PIN as soon as possible.
  • Your Usual PIN: Don’t use the same PIN in different places. Using the same PIN for bank cards and your alarm system, for example, increases your vulnerability.
  • Patterns: Avoid choosing PINs with common number patterns such as 1234, 2222 and 2468. These sorts of PINs are very common and relatively easy to guess with sheer luck. (Don’t try to get clever with pi either; 3141 is a popular PIN too.) Also avoid physical patterns that simply move across or down the keypad, such as 2580.
  • Address and Phone: Don’t use part of your address or phone number when setting your PIN. For example, if your phone number is 867-5309, then “5309” would be a not-so-secure PIN.
  • Birthdays and Anniversaries: A criminal can easily research the dates of importance to you and your family members. Therefore don’t use birthday numbers or a wedding anniversary date as a PIN.
  • Years: It’s wise to avoid any PIN that starts with 19 or 20, such as 1968 or 2017, because criminals have found that these PINs are rather common. Also avoid using years that have historical significance such as 1776.

Home SecuritySecurity PIN Do’s

With so many don’ts, what’s left? Here are tips for choosing a home security PIN that’s memorable but can’t easily be compromised.

  • Start with a Digit 2-9. The best home security PINs start with a digit from 2 through 9. These are much less common than PINs starting with 1.
  • Space Your Numbers. People tend to choose PIN digits that are adjacent to each other on a security keypad. Make your PIN harder to guess by choosing digits that are more distant from each other. For example, 4917 is more difficult to guess compared with 4569.
  • Use Letters. Use letters instead of numbers to remember your home security code. For example, the phrase “A Very Fine House” is abbreviated AVFH. On a security keypad the corresponding digits are 2834.

Extra Security PIN Tips

For extra PIN security, be sure that your alarm control panel isn’t in view of prowlers, including prowlers with binoculars.

fingerprintsBe sure to clear your fingerprints or other signs of control pad wear. If you leave prints on a touchscreen control panel, you could make it easy for an intruder to narrow down the possibilities for your PIN. With pushbutton control panels, occasionally changing your PIN can help ensure that all the buttons wear evenly.

 

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Attention Flower Mound Foodies!

 

chefLocal “Foodies” are all smiles about the new eating and dining trends coming our way!

The Market at Lakeside, 2500 Lakeside Parkway, Suite 100 – opening this month, The Market at Lakeside is an independent grocery store, run by local owners Billy and Talitha Ledet. The neighborhood store will feature quality, unique, fresh food and ingredients to satisfy your everyday eating, entertaining and special occasion needs. In addition to offering basic staples, The Market will offer a variety of healthy grocery items, fresh produce, baked goods and deli sandwiches, as well as an assortment of wines and local craft beers. The Ledets strongly support local farmers and producers because they believe in the community they live in and serve. Curbside pick-up and delivery will be offered; outdoor seating is available to meet your friends and enjoy a Saturday morning croissant!

coffeeTrio Craft Coffee, 2650 Flower Mound Road (NE corner of FM2499 and FM3040) – After Carlos and Susan Palacio, owners of Trio, moved their shop down the road into a beautiful, larger new space, they wanted to bring to the community high-quality food prepared by reputable chefs. Carlos always believed that his pursuit of intentional, ingredient-focused coffee products was a natural pairing with cooking; to that end, the Palacios hosted their inaugural pop-up dinner on May 11 for 22 lucky diners.

A pop-up dinner is a dining trend in which diners are given a chance to try something new – like a meal eaten entirely in the dark, or a meal made entirely of food scaps, or in the case of Trio Craft Coffee, a meal that features coffee as both an ingredient as well as a meal pairing.

Trio plans to repeat the experiential dining experience with another pop-up dinner planned for the Fall.

Read more about Trio’s inaugural pop-up dinner: Dallas Observer

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Area Events for Memorial Day Weekend

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With warm weather forecast for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, you might enjoy these events scheduled in the Flower Mound, Lewisville and Highland Village areas:

The Flower Mound Concert Series – Friday, May 26 – 7 p.m. at Heritage Park (Free admission)

Audio House (party band) is a Texas band offering a fresh spin on familiar music. Their energy, musicianship and cutting edge technology will make you want to dance!

Food Trucks include Hook and Ladder Pizza and Fuddruckers.

Lewisville Splash Day at Sun Valley Aquatic Center  – Saturday, May 27th (Free Admission) 1 – 6 p.m.

Start off summer break by spending the day at the pool! Free admission on Saturday, May 27. The pool will be open from 1 – 6 p.m.

The facility will also be open on Sunday, May 28, 2 – 6 p.m. and Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day) from 12 – 6 p.m. Admission required for these dates.

shutterstock_636748966Memorial Day Observance – “A Day to Remember” – Monday, May 29, 2017, 9 a.m. 

The Town of Flower Mound invites the community to join together in observance of Memorial Day to remember all fallen soldiers of war at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 29 at the Flower Mound Senior Center (2701 W. Windsor Dr.). The program will feature a keynote speaker, Color Guard, patriotic music, bagpipers and a wreath presentation. This is a free event that is open to the public.

For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Division at 972.874.6300.

Flower Mound Splashtaculars – Monday, May 29, 1 – 5 p.m. 

Join Parks and Recreation staff at the Flower Mound Community Activity Center to celebrate Memorial Day at the CAC Outdoor Waterpark. Activities and games are spread throughout the day to encourage participation from patrons of all ages and abilities. Activities are FREE with paid admission.

Memorial Day Flag Lowering at Sunset – Monday, May 29, 8:15 – 8:40 p.m. (Free Admission)

Join together as a community to remember those who have died fighting for our country and our freedom. At sunset, 8:31 p.m., on Memorial Day the flags on The Flower Mound will be lowered as a lone trumpet player plays Taps. If you were at The Mound last year for this short ceremony, you’ll remember how moving it is.

Annual Women’s Leading Business Conference – Wednesday, May 31th – MCL Grand/Lewisville

The Women Leading Business Conference & Expo meets the unique professional and personal educational needs of women in business and women-owned businesses. This day long conference features speakers with inspiring messages of perseverance, leadership, and success. Contact Haley Carroll with questions or to secure your 2017 sponsorship.

Register for this event here.

fireworksCelebrate Highland Village – Saturday, June 3, 2017 

Celebrate the beginning of summer with Celebrate Highland Village on Saturday, June 3 at Unity Park. The morning events include a 1k/5k walk/run, a family fish out, and our Arbor Day Proclamation along with the giving away of Texas
Native Redbud trees. That same evening, head back to the park for music, food, drinks, kids activities, and a spectacular fireworks display.

Lewisville “Cell Phone Shots” Exhibit – April 20 – June 3 

The Visual Art League of Lewisville exhibit “Cell Phone Shots” will be on display in the North Corridor gallery at the Medical Center Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles.

The exhibit will include photographs taken exclusively with cell phones or tablets. The photographs reveal technical advancements in cell phone cameras as well as the outstanding creativity of Visual Art League members.

Lewisville “Urban Texas” Exhibit – May 20 – June 17Texas generic - longhorn

The Visual Art League of Lewisville exhibit “Urban Texas” will be on display in the Main Art Gallery at the Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles.

This exhibit is the annual juried show by Visual Art League of Lewisville members.  The exhibit will include pieces with a Texas theme.

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