Home Security Blog

If you are going to spend money on a burglar deterrent, you want to make sure it works, right? To that point, even if your burglar deterrent didn’t cost you a dime, you'd still want the peace of mind that comes with it, resting assured burglars wouldn't be able to steal thousands of dollars worth of valuables from you. Unfortunately, there are some techniques people believe scare criminals away that don't actually do much. Here are burglar deterrents that aren’t as effective as you may think. 5 Ineffective Burglar Deterrents  Inactive Security Systems This one is a no-brainer, but it must be stated; what good is a security system if you don’t arm it when you leave the house? What good are lights that you can schedule to turn on and off at specific times if you don’t schedule them? The answer is no good at all. Anything that Stops a Door This includes a chain, doorstoppers, or seven locks on your front door. Burglars typically don’t enter through your front door, but favor windows, back and side doors. Focus less on… Read more

Neighbors can be tremendous allies when it comes to creating a safe neighborhood. Today, of course, people don’t get to know their neighbors the way they did a few decades ago, which is a shame because we likely have a few things in common with the people who live on our street. One thing everyone certainly has in common with their neighbor is the desire to keep their block safe. Take this desire and turn it into action! Befriend your neighbors and form symbiotic relationships. After all, they can be your security allies and you theirs, helping protect the neighborhood you all know and love. Here are just a few of the ways in which having a watchful neighbor can make for a great security ally. Notifying You About Someone on Your Property Tell your neighbors not to take it at face value if they see someone walking around your property who claims to be your landscaper or handyman. If your neighbor has never seen this person before, they should just tell you, “There was someone checking out your back yard… Read more

Hopefully you and your family are never victims of a break-in, but it’s better to prepare for something that will probably never happen then to be unprepared if the unlikely event does occur. Everyone believes they would be calm and collected in the event of an intrusion, but the truth is, when it actually happens, your heart pounds, your adrenaline rushes, you can hear your pulse in your ears and you cannot focus. If you memorize crucial actions in advance, you’ll have a chance of safely escaping an intrusion, should it occur. First and foremost: remain calm. Read and re-read these to-dos and be sure everyone under your roof has a plan of action in case of a break-in. Be Wary of Your Location (and Theirs) Make sure you and anyone else who lives with you knows to remain quiet. You do not want the intruder to know your location, because they may try to find you and intimidate information out of you, like passwords, safe codes, or the location of your valuables. Do not try to intimidate them by yelling… Read more

You moved into a safe neighborhood, you always keep an eye on weather alerts and you do just about everything you can to prevent an emergency from happening. But sometimes, emergencies have a way out outsmarting your plans. There are some things you simply cannot plan for and if you and your family are ever trapped in your home without power or water for days, or under attack by intruders, there are some things you’ll want to have on hand. Don’t look at these items as “only for the paranoid” or outdated. These are underrated emergency items you should keep within arm's reach, just in case you're ever in a situation that calls for them. Thermal Sleeping Bags Invest in a thermal sleeping bag for each member of your family. There are sleeping bags available that can keep a person warm in negative thirty-degree weather. If you live in an area subject to this kind of weather, imagine what would happen if you were snowed in and lost power for days? The insulation of your home can only keep you… Read more

When you think about installing security cameras in and around your home, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the potential to identify and catch burglars. Most people know, unfortunately, how rare it is for police to ever track down your burglar and the little chance there is of recovering your belongings even if he is found. That's the reason most people don't install cameras, thinking, “If the criminal is already in my house, it’s too late.” But there are a lot of reasons to install a security camera, other than catching a burglar in the act. Here are just a handful to consider. Checking the Honesty of Your Employees Between babysitters, personal assistants, cleaning crews, and handymen, you likely have a lot of people come through your home on a regular basis. Many of them might have access to private areas of your home, like your office, where you keep financial documents, or your bedroom, where you store valuable family heirlooms. If something goes missing, interrogating the people you hire can be quite uncomfortable. Furthermore, it can tarnish your… Read more