Home Security Blog

Educating yourself, your spouse and your children about home security is becoming increasingly more important in these crazy times we live in. When I was growing up in a small town, ignorance was bliss I guess - we would leave our doors unlocked whether we were home or not. People in my neighborhood let their dogs run loose because it was like one big happy community. We knew who all of the neighbors dogs were and the dogs I guess were smart enough to find their way back to their homes and remember who and where they got fed if they wanted to eat on a regular basis.  Nowadays in the big city I live in, if you take your dog off its leash for even a minute, you are slapped with a fine and verbal reprimand to take your self esteem to the basement, in case it wasn't there already, and to be honest,with all the horror stories I've heard and read, I don't even feel safe answering my door unless I am expecting someone at a certain exact time. So… Read more

Deciding to put a security system is a wise move towards a stronger and safer home front and it really doesn't have to cost much, if anything at all and it will go a long way to adding to your level of home security. Talk to you insurance company before you actually commit to any one brand or another as they may offer a better discount for certain accredited brand name security systems or security companies they may have an affiliation or partnership agreement with. No matter what company you choose, you should get a discount in your monthly insurance premium. If your company doesn't offer one, then you may want to consider switching to one that does. Installing a basic security system with a few sensors and one camera or two really shouldn't cost you anything in the end. Most security companies will install it for free if you agree to a contract with them for a year or two. And then your insurance company should discount you about the same amount of your monthly service bill from the security… Read more

Home security is indeed a team sport. If your community can learn to work together as a team of sorts, crime rates in your area can see significant declines. Meet your neighbors, give out some simple holiday presents to your immediate neighbors as a show of kindness and in an effort to build a stronger bond with them.  Friends look out for each other's homes when they are away, friends look out for each other's kids when they are playing outside. If you don't get to know your neighbors, not only could you be missing out on getting to know some nice, interesting people and all the safety benefits that of course do come with building a sense of community. Talk to your neighbors about having monthly community events - block parties, block sales(big group yard sale), pot luck bbq's, community talent shows and such.  These events are great for visibility, getting to know each other and also makes a clear show of force and mutual support to anyone that may be lurking in the shadows. Robbers and violent criminals don't… Read more

This concept may sound weird to you if you grew up in a small town as I did. My family used to go on vacation for a month and leave the front door on our house unlocked the whole time. Granted, those front doors were in two very small country towns, so I guess things are a bit different there than in the "real" world of living in an actual city in America, which I learned over time. I remember hearing in college of sketchy people that would walk around knocking on doors and if/when someone answered they would come in and rob, rape and basically pillage the place they had just gained access to. And this isn't some urban legend, there are countless stories that start and end this way. It may sound extreme, and in some cases even rude to leave a door unanswered. But if you aren't expecting someone at your door, think of all you have to gain and all you could potentially suffer from just blindly answering when someone randomly knocks on your door. You… Read more

When planning this summer's family vacation, there is much to think about, decide and take care of to facilitate a relaxing escape, including  making plans to insure the security of your home and belongings while you are away. Getting a home security system is never a bad idea, and with the savings you can get from your insurance company on your billing rates usually makes it a cost zero or cost positive decision. ADT and Broadview(formerly Brinks) are two of the biggest national chains in home security and of course there are many local options to choose from as well in each city and town across America. Most companies will offer a free installation deal and first 2-3 months free as well, then your billing will kick in around $20-100 per month depending on the level of security protection you select and the size and location of your home. Cameras are excellent deterrents when away from your home and in worst case scenarios where someone is still bold enough to break into your home, they give you some hope of recourse on the burglar themselves… Read more