Home Security Blog

There is a lot of waiting around that happens at the airport after you’ve checked your luggage and gone through TSA. Most people take that time to research activities in their destination town, check in with the house sitter, and let their family know they made it to their gate on time. But just because you don’t plan on ever interacting with the people at your gate again doesn’t mean that they don’t plan on interacting with you on some level. Indeed, buying the cheapest airline ticket available to gain access to the gate area can definitely be worth the effort to some thieves. Gate areas are filled with cash, passports, and pricey gifts in suitcases. Gate areas are also filled with people speaking loudly about their travel plans. Be smart and be alert; don’t have these conversations at the gate. For Your Safety - Avoid These Topics at the Airport The Hidden Key If you have a dog or house sitter stopping by your house, don’t tell them the location of the hidden key over the phone. Remember; your… Read more

Holiday party season is here. Whether you’re celebrating a certain religion, or just taking the last year of the month to appreciate and catch up with your friends, you likely want to have a little gathering. To most, the sounds of laughter and holiday music blaring from a home covered in twinkle lights are magical; for others, it’s an opportunity to burglarize while a homeowner isn’t paying attention. Here is how to keep your home safe from a burglary during a holiday party. Don’t put a giant Christmas tree in your front window Positioning a huge Christmas tree in your front living room window may look gorgeous to people walking by, but it obscures your view to your yard and the surrounding areas. Make sure that your Christmas tree, or giant blow up Santa, doesn’t block any main windows through which you could supervise your front yard. Don’t overextend your electricity You likely have holiday lights strung up, possibly a fake fireplace roaring, music blasting, crock pots warming stews, a television playing a sports game and more. Then keep in… Read more

This holiday season, give the gift of security. Some people say the feeling of safety is priceless, but you can spend a little money to help somebody get it. Home security gifts can help someone protect all of the other presents they’ll get this month. Personal security items will help them safely go from holiday party to holiday party. Here are great security gifts to give this holiday season. Bluetooth enabled lights If you already have the motion sensor lights on your property, you’re off to a great start. But Bluetooth enabled lights—otherwise known as smart lights—let you turn your lights on and off, or dim them, any time you want, anywhere you are, from your smartphone. If you’re worried about burglars vetting your property and determining your daily patterns, a smart light allows you to make it look as if you’re always home. Burglars will think, “There must be somebody home because somebody is turning the lights on and off at odd times.” Key Hiders If you are just looking for some affordable party favors you can buy in… Read more

Regardless of your political beliefs, or your level of comfort with the current political climate, there is no denying that for many people, the recent election has created a social divide as well as an emotional divide. There is an air of paranoia and stress, and even if you don’t feel it, it’s likely happening around you. Unfortunately, political divide can make a neighborhood unsafe. It likely won’t stay that way forever, but at least for the months following the election, it may not be the perfectly peaceful place it usually is. Here is how political divide could put your security at risk and what to do about it. Your mail can say a lot If people get some idea of your spending habits and reading habits, they might form ideas about your political stances. If you do a lot of online shopping, this may be a time to either cut back or order several items at once to cut down on the number of times a delivery person shows up at your door. If anyone in your neighborhood is… Read more

In the fall, you want to stay warm and toasty. Speaking of toast, you want to toast food, roast food, bake food, and broil food. You want to keep your home lit up even if the sun goes down earlier. It’s the beginning of the time of year when you need a little help from your appliances to stay comfortable. That’s another reason people tend to waste a good amount of energy on their appliances in the fall. Here are the top energy hungry fall appliances. The television As the sun sets earlier, and it gets too cold to go out as much, people become a bit lonelier. To make up for that, people often leave their televisions on for background noise. But this can waste a lot of energy. You’re better off turning on a small radio for background noise or simply hosting more people for dinner. Your computer The computer is another thing people turn to to feel connected during the less social fall months. You use it to Skype, check social media, watch Netflix and the like.… Read more