Home Security Blog

You can’t always control who walks down your street and peers into your yard or home. All you can do is take the necessary precautions so that your house isn’t a target for burglary, like keeping your expensive car in the garage and leaving lights on when you’re away. That being said, there will be times when you’re at home and you can’t protect your house the way you normally would because you’re distracted. When you're cleaning, moving, watching the kids - these are all opportunities when burglars know your guard is down. But it doesn't have to be! Keep the following events in mind next time they come up and remember to not let your home fall prey to unwanted attention from strangers. Keep a close lookout during the following times. 1. When you’re installing your new TV If you are installing a new television or any entertainment equipment, ask the delivery personnel to be as discreet as possible. If you have a back entrance to your home, it might be a good idea to have the delivery truck back… Read more

Your neighborhood may not be on the police force’s radar as a hot spot for illegal activity, but that doesn’t mean none is happening. In your city, there are probably some neighborhoods where you’ll always find a cop car posted, while others receive little to no patrolling. But if you believe there is reason for police to pay a bit more attention to your neighborhood, it’s up to you to bring that to their attention. Certain specific behaviors and activities could get their attention, so keep an eye out for the following telltale signs of illicit activity. Regular and alarming screaming. If you hear regular screaming coming from the same residence on a daily or weekly basis, there could be anything from domestic abuse to gang activity. Any consistent and alarming screaming should be cause to call the police. If the residents of the unit where the screaming comes from tend to avoid eye contact, it's probably a sign that they’re doing something they shouldn’t be. A revolving door of individuals. Your neighbors are entitled to have guests over, but look… Read more

Consider it a sub-rule of Murphy’s Law: any little piece of information you don’t give your house sitter will be the one piece of information he or she needs to handle a crisis. Whenever homeowners leave their home in the hands of a house sitter, they don't want there to be any reason for the house sitter to have to call them during their trip. And without fail, the house sitter needs to call because they were left without some critical information. Don't let this happen to you! Be prepared - if you're leaving your home in the hands of a house sitter, follow these 9 steps before leaving to make sure they  have everything they need. Does anyone stop by unannounced? If you have gardeners, a pool man, a dog walker or any professional who comes by your property with some regularity, let your house sitter know. You don’t want them to be terrified if there is suddenly a man in the backyard. You also don’t want your pool man to think your house sitter is an intruder and call the… Read more

Even though your car doesn’t contain your most precious personal items, like private documents or your grandmother’s jewelry, it’s still your one of your most valuable belongings. You should take just as many precautions around your car’s safety as you do your home. You spend a lot of time in your car, and your car is just as valuable to a burglar—if not more valuable—than many of the things inside of your home. So if you're not already taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of your vehicle, here are a few essential safety tips to always keep in mind. 1. Don’t pre-load for camping. If you are leaving for a camping trip in the morning, don’t pack your car the night before. A car full of sleeping bags and coolers tells onlookers that you’re going on a trip and will be leaving your home unsupervised. 2. Pack essential medications. If anyone in your family relies on daily medication, keep a supply in your car. If you ever need to hit the road during an emergency, like a fire evacuation… Read more

Many families see their surveillance cameras as luxuries they’ll only need after a break-in or incident has occurred. Some don’t even think about viewing the actual footage on their cameras unless there's a burglary, but believe the mere presence of cameras will deter them away entirely. Surveillance cameras can be both offensive and defensive tools. Don’t wait for a break-in or a natural disaster to happen before looking at your archived surveillance footage. Regularly look at your saved footage in order to ensure the following. 1. Make sure they’re working. First and foremost, you should periodically review your archived surveillance footage to make sure each camera on your property is working properly. You could have a malfunctioning camera for years without knowing it. If you were to rely on that particular camera’s footage after a break-in, that would be a terrible time to find out it wasn’t working. 2. Ensure it doesn’t black out. Events like storms, power outages and severe winds could cause your cameras to black out sometimes. It’s important to know if this is happening and bring in… Read more