Home Security Blog

If you love opening your windows to allow fresh air into your home, or as an alternative to air conditioning, then unfortunately, you’re putting yourself in a safety predicament. You’ve likely heard the saying that when a door closes, a window opens; well, this is actually a blessing to burglars who rely on you leaving a window open in your home to strike. But opening windows doesn’t just make it easy for some people to get in; it also makes it easy for children and pets to get out. If you do love to keep your windows open, here's how to do so, all while remaining safe. Add Window Stops Visit your local home goods store and explain the types of windows you have to an employee. There is a window stop for every window style that will allow you to open your window only partially. This makes it difficult for burglars to climb in, or children to crawl out. Open Higher Windows If you have a multi-floor home, only open windows on the top floor. If you only have one… Read more

If you’ve ever experienced the feeling of violation that comes with having your wallet or phone stolen, then just imagine something a thousand times worse - that’s close to how it feels to have your car stolen. Your car is a mobile memory bank, and chances are you keep a number of personal items in there, too. It’s probably also crucial in getting you to work, picking up your children, running errands and navigating your life. Even if you have insurance for theft, there is usually still a large deductible and it doesn’t eliminate the feeling of violation. If you don’t have a garage, you're not alone, but you do need to take extra steps to prevent car theft. Here are some helpful tips to consider that may help keep you from falling victim. Park Directly in Front of a Home or Business When looking for a parking spot on the street, don’t select one right in front of a large hedge, wall, or empty lot. Try to park your car in front of a home or a business to increase the… Read more

If you’ve made the decision to have an elderly relative live with you rather than at a retirement community, that’s an admirable choice, but also a big responsibility. Retirement homes have special features around every corner, designed for the specific needs and limitations of the elderly. While you probably won’t (and don't) have to fully renovate your home to mimic a retirement home, there are steps you can take to make it safer for your elderly relative. Bathroom Safety Bathrooms typically have tile floors, sharp corners and many other elements that can make them unsafe for an elderly individual. Purchase a toilet seat riser so that your relative does not need to fully bend their knees to use the restroom. Installing a small ramp leading into the shower is very important, since stepping into it can be hazardous for older individuals. If your relative requires a walker, install motion-sensor lights in the restroom so that they do not need to let go of their walker to turn on the lights. Put a phone in the bathroom, next to the toilet, so… Read more

Living in a climate that gets the real four seasons can be magical. Not many people get to wake up to their trees covered in snow and dramatic icicles on their windows. But, as anyone who lives in a colder climate knows, sometimes the stormy season can be frightening. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind during snow and ice season. Have Your Thermostat Checked Your thermostat will likely get a lot of use during the snowy season. Have a professional inspect your heating system before you put it into overdrive. You want to make sure there are no loose wires or any issues that could cause a fire. Set Fireplace Safety Rules If you plan on building a lot of fires, go over some ground rules for the home. Parents should never leave their children unattended by the fireplace. There shouldn’t be anything within at least ten feet of the flame. Be aware of extra-long curtains that can fly towards the fire if a window is open. Never let a fire burn out on its own: put… Read more

The mere fact that your apartment or condo is hundreds of feet above the ground can give you the feeling of being secluded, out-of-sight and safe. The reality is that ground-floor units are easier to break into than above-ground ones. However, burglars know that in most buildings, the higher the level, the pricier the apartments, and the pricier the apartments, the more valuables there may be. Don’t be too certain that burglars won’t take the time to get into your high-rise; it may require more work, but for them, it may also be worth it. Not convinced? Here are some reasons you may still be at risk of burglary in a high-rise. Unreliable Lobby Security First and foremost, if your high-rise building does not have a security guard on the lobby floor, speak to the other residents about convincing the landlord to hire one. If you all sign a petition stating you require one to continue your leases (a necessary step for stingier landlords,) it will be difficult for the building owner to put off that expense any longer. If that… Read more