Home Security Blog

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just opt out of receiving door-to-door solicitors? Some homeowners put up, “Please, No Soliciting” signs, but that doesn’t mean a few traveling salesmen won't disrespect the sign and knock on your door anyway. When we think of solicitors, we tend to think of them as an annoyance, but they can be much more than that. Door-to-door solicitation has given burglars an excuse to go right up to your door, knock, meet you and even ask you questions about your life without you suspecting a thing. If you live in a neighborhood that sees a lot of solicitation, keep these tips in mind the next time you hear a knock at your door. Step Out and Shut the Door Before even opening your front door, look through the peephole to see who's there. Ask questions through the door to find out if this person sounds legitimate. If they struggle to prove they’re from a business, send them on their way and stop communicating. If what they’re selling intrigues you, only open your door wide enough… Read more

Setting up a lemonade stand is an age-old summer tradition for children. Chances are, you had one, your parents had one and your parents' parents had one. Running a lemonade stand teaches a child about the value of a dollar, instills a strong work ethic and even makes them more comfortable with public speaking, since they often have to promote their product to people passing by. But since the world isn’t what it used to be, running a lemonade stand isn’t quite what it used to be, either. Here are lemonade stand safety rules - or any other home-based businesses, like yard sales - to abide by to keep your child and her customers safe. 1. Don’t set up right in front of your home. If you set up in front of your home, then strangers now know where you live. If you can, set up in a park, by the beach, or somewhere that doesn’t indicate your home address or even your neighborhood. If you absolutely must set up in front of your home, make sure your surveillance cameras… Read more

It’s hard to say a bad thing about summer, except for this: the bugs! Insects come out in hoards during the summer. When you set up for a lovely dinner on the patio, you forget that bees may start landing in your salad and swarming around your ice tea. When you go for a nice evening walk, you neglect to prepare for the mosquitoes that will be nipping at your legs. The heat brings out tons of flies and ants, but insects don’t have to ruin your summer if you’re prepared. Stop suffering! Use these 8 simple tips to stop those buggers from coming in and ruining your summer. 1. Seal Up Your Home Insects don’t need a very large opening to enter your home. Something as little as old, deteriorating bricks or tiny cracks in your walls can be big enough for insects to crawl or fly through. Carefully inspect your home at the beginning of each summer for rotting wood, a weak foundation, or any structural issues in your roof. People often find nests of bees living in their roof.… Read more

Safe rooms, otherwise known as panic rooms, aren’t just for thriller films and apocalypse-believers. Having a safe room in your home could prevent a major tragedy in the event of a break-in or certain natural disasters. Not sure if one's right for you? Safe rooms can be a cost and space-effective addition to your home. While reinforcing your entire home to make it tornado or burglary-proof can be quite expensive (not to mention aesthetically unappealing), building one room inside your otherwise traditional home can be a smart idea. Anybody can add a safe room to their home, either by purchasing a pre-made shelter or reinforcing an existing area like a closet or storage room. Safe rooms differ from other rooms in your home in that they are made from steel or concrete, and each wall is bolted to the base slab of your home, keeping it secure during even the worst weather. Most safe rooms are also designed to survive being hit by large objects moving at fast speeds. So if a tornado sent a car flying into the outside of your safe… Read more

If you plan on building a playground at home, your children will love you for it. You'll be giving your kids an endless outlet for their energy and you'll be doing something priceless for a parent: reducing the need to go to the park. When you have a home playground, you can stay away from some of the suspicious characters you might meet at the park and keep your children away from the bacteria found on public play equipment. That being said, when you go to the park, you have set aside time to watch your child play, whereas at home, you can’t always keep an eye on your child. You’re also responsible for building a structurally sound playground, something you can never be entirely sure of unless you're an especially skilled builder. But don't worry, we've got tips that should help you this summer when you decide to build the playground of your children's dreams. 1. Use Absorbent Grounds Build your playground on an absorbent material, like rubber mulch, wood chips or sand. Make sure the absorbent material runs at least… Read more