Home Security Blog

                One of the reasons people prefer to rent rather than buy a home is they don’t feel they need to worry as much about a place that isn’t theirs. While it’s true that, should a pipe burst or mold develop, it’s typically the landlord's responsibility to handle it, that doesn’t mean renters are free and clear of worrying about living hazards. Security - up to a point - can fall under the tenant's responsibility. And though there are security requirements your landlord should make, you should do everything you can to make sure your home and your property stay safe. Follow these important safety tips and rest a little easier tonight. Change the locks. This should be one of the first things you do or your landlord does for you. Remember, other people have lived in this property before. They’ve likely given out spare keys to their friends, babysitters, dog walkers and more. Any number of complete strangers could have a key to your home by the time you become the tenant. Ask your landlord to change… Read more

Do you think that most burglaries occur at night, when homeowners are fast asleep and criminals can work under the cover of darkness? Think again. While that may be when other, more viscous crimes like drug dealing and bank robberies occur, home burglaries happen most often in broad daylight—when you’re at work and your kids are at school. Most burglars prefer to enter an unoccupied house, and they can expect to find one in the middle of the workday. Worried about your home while you're away? Here are ways to protect your home between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. — the busiest time for burglary. Activate property perimeter alarms. The best thing you can do is keep burglars off your property entirely during the day. So set up motion sensor alarms around the perimeter of your property. You can schedule these to turn off if you have a dog walker stopping by, but at any other time, they could deter a burglar from even stepping foot on your front lawn. With a smart security system, you’ll receive a notification if one… Read more

The end of the school year is quickly approaching, but your children still have some time to improve their grades and show their teachers the performance they're capable of. You may not have thought about your home automated system as something that could help enhance your child’s academic performance, but it can. Here are ways to use your smart home system to help your child do better in school. Shut down gaming areas. Using smart outlets, you can remotely shut off the power in the gaming room. If your child tries to sneak in there for a game of Mario Cart while you’re away, he won’t even be able to power up his gaming system. Peacefully wake your child. Waking up properly is a big part of having energy throughout the day, so help your child with a smooth and easy wake-up. Use your smart lights to gradually turn on the lights in the morning, mimicking the sunrise. This has been shown to help the brain have an easier time waking up, and is better for your child than sudden… Read more

                Living with a significant other can provide a tremendous sense of security. Not only do you have somebody else in the house, but it’s somebody who cares a lot about you and would probably do anything to protect your safety. And since burglars target empty homes, when your partner leaves town, your home is just one step away from vacant. If burglars casing your neighborhood know that your significant other is out of town, then all they have to do is wait for you to head out to make their move. Don't let this happen to you! Stay safe, even when your partner is gone, by following a few simple (but crucial) steps. Don’t do a big goodbye outside. Though you want to walk your partner right up to the taxi door and do a big, teary-eyed goodbye, you have to understand that that’s a spectacle for burglars. Do your big goodbye indoors, behind closed doors. You can walk outside with him or her, but when you say goodbye, say “See you… Read more

There is so much to think about when becoming first-time parents. The shopping list is enormous and the must-read books are never ending. It’s easy to overlook the ground on which you stand—literally. Before having children, people are so used to having their home a certain way. To adults, a home isn’t full of hazards—it’s full of their favorite furniture, knickknacks and art. But the belongings, appliances and decorations you painstakingly collected over the years can be dangerous for a newborn, toddler or child. If you're about to be first time parents, it’s time to view your home through a different lens. Here are safety tips for first time parents to help get you started. Lock up kitchen appliances. The moment your little one can crawl and stand, he’ll start reaching for everything in sight, including garbage compactor handles, oven handles and stove knobs. Put locks on any device that gets hot or contains sharp items, and put covers on stove knobs. Block your staircase. Falling down a staircase can be more dangerous for a baby than it is for an… Read more