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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
Even if you have a handle on the obvious security risks—you park your expensive car out of plain sight and don’t keep any fancy lawn furniture out front—there are still plenty of small things that tempt a burglar onto your property. Here are small ways you didn’t realize you were putting your home at risk. Letting shrubs overgrow An overgrown shrub is just an added area that a burglar can hide as he darts across your yard. Always keep shrubs cut shorter than the height of an average human, so burglars can’t walk behind these. Leaving glass doors exposed If you have sliding glass doors, put up a fence or bush in front of these. Sliding glass doors give burglars a clear view into your home, letting them know if someone is home, or where you keep certain valuables. Leaving out a spare key If you think a burglar won’t bother to take an extra five minutes to find your hidden spare key, you’re wrong. Most burglars know of just about every hiding place that exists, but even if a… Read more
Living with a lot of housemates can be very fun and even comes with built-in safety benefits, like a higher chance that someone is always home. However, living with several people who are not your family, but rather busy individuals with all sorts of jobs, friends and schedules, does come with its own set of security risks. Here is why home security is important when you live with a lot of people. Locking doors can get sloppy When several people live in a house and are coming and going, it’s hard to tell when someone is or isn’t home. Perhaps your housemate just went to the end of the driveway to get the newspaper and that’s why the front door is wide open. Maybe one housemate is out back in the shed, and that’s why the back door is unlocked. If someone left a light on in the back of the house, you might believe he is home, so you don’t bother to lock the front door when you leave. There is a high likelihood that you or the other… Read more
Almost anyone can benefit from a home automated security system, but things like the sort of neighborhood you live in, how many people regularly go in and out of your home, and even the residents in your home, can determine how visible your security system should be. Here are some things to consider when choosing and setting up the aesthetics of your home security system. Yard sign If you have a front yard, putting up a sign indicating to potential burglars that your home is armed can be very beneficial. This sign might stop a criminal before he’s even come onto your property. Even if you have all other security features turned on like motion sensors and cameras, there is always the chance that the burglar outsmarts these. Don’t take the risk of letting him get close; putting up a yard sign could deter an intruder from even stepping on your front lawn. If you live in a neighborhood with plenty of close neighbors, putting up a yard sign could even decrease crime in your neighborhood, including in homes that… Read more
Writing up a list of emergency contacts is a task plenty of people put off, mainly because it’s riddled with scary emotions. But if you don’t have your list ready to go, that can be even scarier, should something happen. Here are some tips on who to name as emergency contacts, and who not to name. Keep in mind that, if your security company mistakes your emergency contact for an intruder in your home, using a two-way voice feature, they can ask the individual’s name, check your list of emergency contacts, and clear them to stay in the house. --- Do list… 1. Your doctor In the event that you have to be rushed to the hospital unconscious, your emergency contact should know what medications you’re allergic to, what medications you’re currently on and what pre-existing conditions you suffer from. You want to list a contact who will know the right answer to the paramedic’s pressing questions, and your doctor can do that. 2. The babysitter In case you have to go to the hospital, or be taken away from… Read more
The only screaming you should be doing on Super Bowl Sunday is at the Seahawks or Patriots and certainly not at the fact that your home was robbed during your party. But there are plenty of security hazards that come with the territory of throwing a Super Bowl bash, including the front door that you probably left unlocked for hoards of people, the loud volume of the TV covering up the sounds of suspicious activity, the strangers that attend as your guests’ +1's, your address that is circling around on invitations, and how could we forget, the exuberant amounts of alcohol available. Here are some ways an automated security system can prepare your home for Super Bowl Sunday. Set up automatic locks on private areas After a few beers, you may not be in the condition to wander your house, making sure you locked the door to your safe, your bedroom, the garage and other areas that might contain valuable items. Set up automatic locks scheduled to lock during your party, so you don’t have to worry about it. Pre-heat the oven… 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.