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When looking to purchase a new home, prospective buyers are usually concerned issues like the number of bedrooms and baths and the functionality of the kitchen. If home security ever comes up, it tends to come in the form of a simple question: “How safe is this neighborhood?” Ironic, isn’t it? For the vast majority of us, our home is the most expensive single item we purchase and it holds not only all of our belongings but everything we hold most dear. And yet, we tend to overlook ways to keep it best secured. If building a new home, Canadian security consultant Frank Fourchalk pointed out that home security measures should be included with the plans of granite countertops and walk-in showers. In a Vancouver Sun article, Fourchalk recommended that every new home should include a built-in video intercom system. “With the decreasing costs of this type of technology, there is no excuse not to have one of these units installed as standard equipment. This allows you to view and speak to visitors at your front door without having to… Read more

With the December holiday season comes plenty of shopping, parties, exchanging gifts, and spending time with friends and family – or, if thinking like a burglar, homes are dark and empty more than usual, and full of brand-new expensive gadgets and perhaps extra cash for gift purchases and travel expenses. While it is important to practice good home security all through the year, the holidays require an extra level of vigilance. Here are some tips for keeping your home and family safe through the holiday season. If you have a security system, use it! According to the New York Police Department, plenty of people have a security system installed in their home, but they don’t turn it on. The holidays are a good time to evaluate your home security system, as well. Are you protecting the areas of the home that are most vulnerable? If you use security cameras, plan to aim one at your Christmas tree or wherever you are storing (or hiding) presents as well as on doors or windows. Well-placed cameras may not stop a burglary, but… Read more

In the world of home security it is often times a hassle to figure out which home security service fits your personal needs, which has much to do with why so many home security companies have been able to succeed in the home security space over the years. HSS had the wonderful opportunity of getting to ask the CEO of LaserShield, Anthony Dohrmann, several questions about his company, the different offerings of LaserShield, and what we can look forward to going into the future from LaserShield. HomeSecuritySystems: How and when was LaserShield created? Anthony Dohrmann: LaserShield was founded in 1999. The goal of the company was to create instant burglar protection for renters of homes and apartments, who are burglarized over 80% more than those with owned homes. Especially in multi-family apartment environments, the noise level of service providers along with (more…) Read more

ADS Security, headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, has bundled together their original product of home security with product offerings from the up-and-coming industry of home automation. The move echoes the initiatives of competitors who are also attempting to gain a foothold in the movement to consolidate home electronics under one master system. “ADS is proud to offer a home automation service from a company that has always had safety and security as its primary focus,” ADS President and COO, John Cerasuolo, said. “ADS Home Control merges seamlessly with our core business, home security, to offer an ideal home management experience.” Capabilities include remote access to your alarm system allowing you to arm and disarm from a smartphone, as well as the ability to lock and unlock doors, turn lights on and off, adjust your thermostat settings, and even turn on and off your home’s appliances. These different components can all be (more…) Read more

Apple Store Burglary Suspect crashes through the front of an Apple store with what looks like a BMW. Second suspect rushes in and tries to take as many valuables as he can while the driver tries to back out of the store. After several attempts the driver is able to back out of the store, soon after his accomplice has already left. (more…) Read more

3Customer has 14 days from date that equipment was shipped to terminate the agreement and all services by returning the equipment in its original packaging and in like new condition. If customer returns within 14 days they will owe Protection 1 a $79 restocking fee. Monthly service charge requires you to sign a minimum of a 36 month monitoring contract (may be longer based on specific offer) starting at $41.99 per month (36-month total starting at $1,511.64). Offer applies only to new customers with satisfactory credit rating. Offer requires customer to sign up for payment via Automated Clearing House (also referred to as ACH). Equipment to remain the property of Protection One until end of initial 36 month term, at which time the customer owns the equipment.