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General tips about security at your home, buying, installing and using a home security system as well security system alternatives and basic safety guidelines.

Remodeling Your Home: Security Tips to Consider

Entering into any kind of home remodeling project, whether it’s a kitchen update or a full-house renovation, is both exciting and stressful for homeowners. There are so many decisions for you to make and cost variables to consider; but what sometimes is forgotten is the potential security threat from possible burglars, shady contractors and anyone […]

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Redundant Monitoring and Why It’s Important

Redundancy, sometimes referred to as geo-redundacy under certain providers, is a safeguard that adds an additional layer of protection to home security systems when every second might count. Most alarm companies have only one system for monitoring, but companies such as Protection 1 and LifeShield are starting to understand that natural disasters, power failures, weak […]

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Securing Home Automation Against Cyber Criminals

The slew of celebrity phone hacks over the weekend has left many people looking to service providers and cellular tech manufacturers for answers. While authorities are not sure what exactly caused the security breaches, many reports point to weaknesses in the phone providers’ cloud based networks. On the surface, this is an issue of personal […]

Posted in General Tips, Smart Home

Protecting Yourself From Potentially Harmful Solicitors

Solicitors come in all shapes and sizes. They could be Girl Scouts trying to sell cookies, Mormon missionaries, neighborhood kids trying to earn money for a trip or businessmen trying to sell a service or product. Some occupants might not mind some solicitors at their door, but all homeowners should be mindful of people who […]

Posted in Doors and locks, General Tips, Outdoor Alarms, Pre-vacation

Protection 1 Pushes for Solar Energy

CHICAGO, ILL. – If you’re a resident of Illinois looking to merge your home security efforts with your minimal global footprint, you may need to look no further than Protection 1. The company revealed plans of joining the solar energy wave earlier this month, noting that it will begin selling solar home security equipment as […]

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What to do When a Wild Animal Enters Your Home

If you rent or own a home, the chances are pretty good that you have come across a wild animal wandering around in your yard.  Though most encounters you might experience are a part of outdoor life, these animals can also sneak inside your house from time to time.  Once inside your house, these wild […]

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Home Security for Large Homes vs. Smaller Homes

Home security systems are everywhere these days and you might be wondering to yourself, “do I really need a system with such a small apartment/house/townhouse/condo; or do I need a more complete system with a larger house?”  The answer to both of these questions is an emphatic, YES.  Nothing is more reassuring than the knowledge […]

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Carbon Monoxide Monitoring – An Absolute Necessity

We all hear of fire/smoke detectors, but oftentimes carbon monoxide detectors are on the backburner when looked at side by side with its popular counterpart. However, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has stated, “carbon monoxide detectors are as important to home safety as smoke detectors are,” and recommends each home have at least one carbon […]

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Sneaky Home Security Tips: Be The Burglar

Burglars are generally lazy individuals who don’t want to do more work than they have to. Burglars would prefer just opening an unlocked door or crawling in an open window rather than picking a lock or breaking the window.  So, as a homeowner, one thing I’d suggest doing is to tap into your inner Blane […]

Posted in Do-it-yourself, General Tips

Does Your Community Require a Permit for Your Home Security System?

For whatever reason – an increase of crime in your neighborhood or for insurance purposes, for instance – you decided it was time to install a home security system. You did your homework to determine exactly what you wanted and needed in a system; you found the right system in your price range. You think […]

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Benefits of Home Security Systems with Cameras

  • Keep an eye on your home, family, or pets from anywhere in the world
  • Get motion activated alerts, pictures, and video clips sent directly to you
  • Know when your kids come home from school
  • Know when your contractor or cleaning crew arrived and what they did

Home Security Statistics

Every 14.6 seconds, a burglary takes place in the US. ±
Average loss per burglary: $1,725. ±
Homes without security systems are about three times as likely to be broken into than homes with security systems. ±
Favorite items: cash, jewelry, electronic equipment, silver, guns and other items easy to sell. ±
± Washington Post, 2007 (link)
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