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Company spotlight Frontpoint If you're considering a wireless home alarm system, Frontpoint is a great option. Frontpoint is one of the leading wireless home security system providers in the nation. Let's take a look at Frontpoint's equipment and service and see how they stack up against other home security options Read Review
You use Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media to keep up with friends and family. Unfortunately, plenty of people you’ll never meet can keep up with your life, too, by searching your social media profiles. Here are just some of the links between social media and home security. Checking in Any sort of business from a restaurant to a gym might prompt you to “check in” on Facebook, Foursquare and other such apps, offering you deals in return. But is a free latte or four points towards a yoga class worth risking your home security? When you check in at a business, you notify people on social media platforms that you’re not home. Translation: your home is currently unattended and easy to break into. Keep in mind that, while you only intend for your list of “friends” or “followers” to see your social media activity, most apps like Facebook and Twitter are designed to have posts go viral. So, when a friend of yours engages with your post (by liking, commenting, sharing etc.) your post is automatically made… Read more
Hopefully you never experience the trauma of having your home invaded while you are there. Most burglars are intelligent enough to attack a home when it’s unattended, but some home invasions happen when the residents are present. If you’re sleeping with all the lights off, it could appear to a burglar as if nobody is at home. And if that happens, you’ll be glad you didn’t disarm your security system. That’s just one of the many reasons keeping on your security system is important, even when you’re at home. Let's look at a few others: Headphones or loud music If you have on headphones or are listening to loud music, you wont hear a burglar who is tiptoeing through your home. When you are home alone and want to enjoy loud music, turn on motion sensors in the rooms you’re not occupying. That way, should somebody move through another area of the house, alarms will notify you immediately and, hopefully, scare off the intruder. You can also set up door and window chimes to notify you if somebody has opened… Read more
Dear Daniel, I realize I promised to pay you the money I owe you this week, but my method of getting said money didn’t work out. I knew of this very wealthy home, often left unattended, that I was planning on, um “borrowing” some things from, but I wasn’t able to get in. I spent days observing the property. Seeing the resident’s patterns, I noticed that a back window is often left unlocked. I attempted to enter the house through that window one evening, but almost wet myself when these very loud alarms went off! It seemed like, simply by opening the window—even though it was unlocked—I triggered some sort of sensor. The following night, the resident actually left a back door completely open. I thought for sure this was my chance. But the moment I walked in the door, alarms went off once again. I think motion sensors in the house detected I was walking through, and sounded the alarms. I tried entering through another part of the house, but I noticed security cameras outside. I didn’t think these… Read more
When you think home automation systems, you probably think about safety, protection and emergencies. But there is a softer side to home automation. Aside from helping you protect your home, it can help you enjoy it more, too. Here is why a home automation system is perfect for a date night. You can control the music remotely The wrong song can ruin the mood on date night, and the longer it plays, the more damage it does. You might normally have to get up from your cozy couch with your date, walk across the room and fumble with controls on your stereo to change a song, but with home automation, you can remotely control appliances from your smartphone or tablet. If your date arrives early to your home before you get back from wherever you are, you can turn the music on for him or her…assuming her or she can enter the house, of course. If not, home automation makes it easy to remotely lock/unlock doors, as well. Dim lights When you’re already cozied up in bed, you don’t want… Read more
The winter months are a hectic time of year, filled with travel, holiday parties, gift shopping and unpredictable weather. You don’t need one more thing to worry about - especially your own safety and the safety of your home. Here are 5 reasons home security is important during winter months. 1) You can control the temperature in your home. With remote access to your thermostat, you don’t need to leave the heat on all day while you’re at work. You can just turn it on from your wireless device a few hours before you get home, so your house is nice and warm when you return. If you have kids or others in your home that might accidentally leave a window or door shut (letting out your hot air and driving up your utility bill) door and window sensors can alert you of the matter. If you travel but leave a pet at home, you can monitor the thermostat throughout the day so your pet is comfortable. 2) Peace of mind while you travel. If you travel to visit family… Read more
3Customer has 14 days from date that equipment was shipped to terminate the agreement and all services by returning the equipment in its original packaging and in like new condition. If customer returns within 14 days they will owe Protection 1 a $79 restocking fee. Monthly service charge requires you to sign a minimum of a 36 month monitoring contract (may be longer based on specific offer) starting at $41.99 per month (36-month total starting at $1,511.64). Offer applies only to new customers with satisfactory credit rating. Offer requires customer to sign up for payment via Automated Clearing House (also referred to as ACH). Equipment to remain the property of Protection One until end of initial 36 month term, at which time the customer owns the equipment.