Home Security Blog

  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

                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