Home Security Blog

Living within walking distance of major shopping and entertainment areas can be quite convenient; you don’t need to worry about taking a pricey taxi if you have a bit too much wine at dinner, and you aren’t stranded if you share a vehicle with your family member and they need to use it. But living right next to a major shopping or entertainment area brings a lot of characters into your life that wouldn’t otherwise be there if you lived in a purely residential area, and not all of them come in peace. Here are businesses you should not live near. If you're looking at a new apartment or home, be sure to look for locations far away from the following places. They aren't inherently dangerous, but do increase your risk of higher foot traffic, break-ins, and strange people and vehicles in and around your neighborhood. 1. Convenience Stores Convenience stores are some of the most highly-robbed businesses. They tend to keep cash in the register and have ATMs full of cash that robbers can easily break open. As a result,… Read more

You probably have a hundred things racing through your brain when you’re at home. You have laundry to take out of the machine, a phone call you need to listen for in twenty minutes and a package arriving within the hour that will require your signature, and, don't forget, you also have to walk the dog. It’s no surprise that, sometimes, you forget little things like turning an appliance off or latching a pantry door. But forgetting these tiny things can lead to big accidents. No matter how you do it—through giant neon post-it notes or phone alarms—find a way to make remembering these things a priority. Here are small common things we often forget that could lead to major accidents. 1. Locking the Swimming Pool Gate If you live with children, set up a gate that is at least four feet high around your swimming pool and make sure always to lock it when you come in and out of it. It is too easy for a small child to wander into the swimming pool area and fall in—kids are… Read more

Though homeowners sometimes come face-to-face with burglars, chances are the burglar did not plan it that way. Burglars specifically look for homes that appear empty to make their heist swift and without incident. One way of helping keep your home off a burglar's hit list? Make it look like someone is always home. A few simple steps, used individually or in combination, could make all the difference when it comes to keeping your home safe when you're away. 1. Talk to someone inside when you leave. As you walk out the door, carry on a full conversation with a fake person inside. Remind them to turn the oven on at 7 p.m., to record a television show for you at 8 p.m. and so on. If a burglar were looking at your street, scoping out properties that had been low on activity for a while, this false conversation could make them write off your home. 2. Have someone park in your driveway. If you’re going on a road trip and leaving your driveway empty for days, ask a neighbor who has several cars… Read more

Using GPS trackers to keep an eye on one’s children is a controversial subject for parents. Does it invade their privacy? Does it make you a bad parent? Does it make you a better parent? Is relying on other tech options, like smartphones or apps, not good enough? New technology is always a little scary. It may encroach on our old ways, but similar to the Internet and smartphone technology, gadgets that seem to drive us apart may actually help us stay more connected. GPS watches are a prime example. They can especially mean a world of difference when it comes to keeping your children safe. Not sure they're for you? Check out these GPS pros and decide for yourself! 1. Set safety zones. A GPS watch can give your child a greater sense of freedom, while still allowing you to keep an eye on them. Most watches allow you to set safety zones. Within the GPS, you can set parameters for your child to play and wander in. If he/she leaves those parameters, the watch will immediately send a notification to your smartphone. If you’ve… Read more

Seasons come and go, but rarely are we prepared for them. We’re too busy focusing on unpacking our favorite winter outfits to notice that leaves are starting to regain their color and there are birds chirping in the morning again. When it comes to keeping your home safe and conserving energy, it’s best to stay ahead of the curve on seasonal changes. With Spring upon us, it's important to keep security updates in mind as we surveil our homes and prepare for the latest change in season. 1. Change the Light Schedule You likely had your automatic driveway and porch lights turning on in the early evening during the winter. You didn’t want to drive up to a dark house and carry your groceries to the front door in the pitch black night. But every hour those lights are on costs you money and, now that the sun is setting later, you can adjust their schedule. If your home automated system allows for day-by-day light scheduling, look at local weather reports to see when the sun in your area will… Read more