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When purchasing a home security system, you might ask yourself, “Why pay for 24/7 monitoring? I’m home most of the day. I can call the police myself if something should happen.” But even if you are home most of the day, there are plenty of instances in which you might not be aware an alarm has gone off, or might not be able to contact the authorities yourself. Here are just some of the many benefits of having 24/7 monitoring through your security provider. Passerbyers might ignore it Unfortunately false alarms are common—so common that your neighbors or people passing by might ignore it if they hear your alarm go off. Particularly if they see your car is in the driveway, they see your lights on and they hear no screams, your neighbors might assume it was a false alarm. Meanwhile you could be injured, or have your mouth covered. Your 24/7 monitoring team will never ignore your alarm, and will always contact you and send the police if they cannot verify that you are okay. The police are not… Read more

Just like when you’re picking out a car, you would consider your lifestyle, your needs and your own habits to find the right match. When picking out a security system, you need to consider all of those factors, as well. Deciding if a hardwired or wireless security system is best is a much-debated issue. Hardwired, based on the name alone, implies stability. However, some believe anything that involves wires and cables is outdated. Many people don’t even have landlines anymore, and wireless sounds the most modern. Here are some things to consider when choosing your security system. How the systems work Wireless systems connect the sensors throughout your house to the control panel using radio frequency technology, and that panel connects to the outside world the same way. A wired system connects the sensors to the control panel via a series of wires that are hidden inside the walls and ceilings. Those wires then communicate to the outside world via your telephone line. How they’re installed Installing a wireless system will require little to no physical modifications to your home.… Read more

You’ve seen that security systems come with something called “Smash & Crash” protection. Maybe you’ve considered getting a system that doesn’t come with this protection because it’s less expensive, and you don’t totally understand the benefit of purchasing Smash & Crash. But Smash & Crash protection is the only thing standing in the way of your burglar rendering your security system useless. We’ll explain. So your home is protected by a security system, and when that system is on, alarms go off when windows or doors are open. But you still need to get inside your house, right? That’s why your system has designated entryways (you know these as doors) that a person can come through, without setting off the alarm. When you or anyone comes through a designated entryway, your system begins a countdown (usually from anywhere between 60 and 30 seconds) during which time somebody must punch a code into the system, and disable the alarm. That small second window allows you to go in and out of your house without the police being called, but it also… Read more

Making your own home unappealing to burglars can only go so far: if your neighborhood still looks like an easy target for intruders, your home could still be at risk. That’s why if you and your neighbors can get on the same page about protecting your homes as a community, you can each individually be safer. Here are some home security tips you can give to your neighbor. Park nice cars in a garage If your neighbor drives a very expensive car, in front of his home is not the place to show it off. Suggest to your neighbor that he park his pricey car in a covered garage. When burglars see an expensive car parked in front of a home, they assume expensive items exist inside the home as well, and that house becomes a target. What’s even more troublesome about your neighbor parking his expensive car on the street is that, it’s unclear sometimes to burglars which house that car belongs to, and that immediately makes all houses near the parked car a target. Keep it down You’ll… Read more

Subletting your home can be a great way to fund your trip if you’re traveling for several months or to save money if you live bi-coastally and pay rent in two places. Subletting does, however, come with a unique set of security risks especially if it’s still your deposit and your funds on the line should something go wrong. Here is what you should know if you’re subletting your home. Get your landlord involved for your protection It can be tempting to sublet without your landlord’s knowledge because it gives you a chance to charge a higher rate than you would normally pay. However, you might end up losing more money that you made should something go wrong. If your landlord can add the sublet to the lease, then you still have many of the same protections in the event of an emergency or damage. However, if your sublease is staying there secretly and something breaks, your landlord may not direct the damages towards his insurance because he did not agree to allow that person to stay on his property.… Read more