Home Security Blog

If you’re a very busy person, you might consider your car your second home. With all the time you need to spend in there, you might keep snacks, water, a change of clothes, a car charger, some books, and a number of other things to help get you through the week. While it’s convenient to let some belongings permanently live in your car, you have to remember that your vehicle is vulnerable. You likely park it on streets and in public lots several times a week. Even in your driveway, your car is still exposed to the elements and people passing by. With that in mind, here are things you should never leave in your car. Electronics You probably wouldn’t leave your laptop in plain view on your passenger seat, but don’t forget about the smaller electronics you use in your vehicle on a regular basis. A GPS system, for example,  can easily be resold for several hundred dollars. While it may be a hassle to detach it from your dashboard every time you park your car, not doing so… Read more

It’s easy to get caught up in our own lives, rushing from appointment to appointment, and barely spending time in our own neighborhood except when we’re in our homes, eating or sleeping. But taking a little time to get to know your community, stroll the sidewalks, and meet neighbors can be an important factor in improving your safety. A community that doesn’t communicate or look out for one another is an easy target for burglars, so be the neighborhood that stays in touch. Here is why befriending your community could enhance your safety. Differentiate residents from strangers If you get to know who does live in your neighborhood, as well as who their regular visitors are (between friends, family, boyfriends, and girlfriends) then you can also quickly identify when someone doesn’t live there or know someone who lives there. Having a general awareness of who regularly comes and goes from your street will help you notice any suspicious characters who look out of place. Extra eyes on your child It never hurts to know the other parents in your neighborhood… Read more

  If you’re going to invest in a surveillance system, you should make the most out of it. Many homeowners only check their live surveillance when they get an alert that an alarm has been activated, and only review archived surveillance footage after a criminal event like a burglary. But your security cameras can teach you a lot about what goes on in and around your property. Don’t just ignore it until a burglary happens—monitoring and reviewing your footage regularly could prevent a catastrophe. Here are times you should monitor and look over your security footage. After you’ve had renters Should anything have gone missing while you had renters, you can check your footage to see if they took it. Also, if something broke while renters were in your home—like an air conditioning unit or a Jacuzzi—you could get caught up in a legal battle, trying to prove your renters were responsible. Skip the guesswork and check your footage. When you travel Any time you travel for a prolonged period of time, you should check your footage once a day. Should… Read more

                  Whether you’re renting out your own home to make a little extra money or renting out an additional property, it’s important to get to know your tenants pretty well before approving their applications. If you want to remove an occupying tenant before his or her lease ends, you’ll have to deal with a headache-inducing battle involving hefty legal fees. Ideally, you should try to find tenants you love -- right from the start. Here are 12 questions to ask potential tenants. Where did you live the last five years? Have your tenant write down the move-in and move-out dates of all his homes over the last five years. You’re doing this just to make sure he hasn’t moved every six months to a year for the last five years. Can you cover the move-in expenses? If you require a security deposit, as well as first and last month’s rent, ask the applicant if he can afford to pay that upon move-in. If he hesitates, or asks if he can give it to you late, it's a sign… Read more

  Making your home safe and making your home look like a correctional institution don’t have to go hand in hand. There are several attractive decorating ideas that also happen to enhance the security of your property. When thinking how to adorn your property, consider if your choices will make it more or less enticing—and vulnerable—to a burglar. Here are home decorating ideas that could enhance your security. Tinted windows Burglars like to know whether or not people are inside a house, before approaching it. Most won’t target a house if they can’t confirm its occupancy. Tinted windows allow you to look out, but don’t let burglars look in, which may make burglars pass up your property entirely. Tinted windows don’t need to be those dark panels you see on cars. There are plenty of options in gorgeous hues that complement the look of your home and yard. Spiked fences Wire fences don’t have the most welcoming appearance, but there are some lovely fences—from art deco to romantic—that look gorgeous lining a property and happen to be spiked. If you… Read more