Home Security Blog

People often see their home automated system solely as a tool to promote their safety, but it’s a powerhouse system capable of much more. While it can certainly help you lock doors and monitor surveillance cameras, it can also help you control plenty of other appliances just for your enjoyment. This Valentine's Day is the perfect example! If you have a special someone you're trying to impress, here's how your home automated system can help set the romantic mood. Protect surprises You may have ordered some flowers or a gift to be delivered for your partner. If the company didn’t offer specific drop-off times, you might need a way to ensure your partner isn’t there if his or her gift arrives early. Your motion sensor alarms can help you here. Set up notifications to your smart phone so you know the moment someone drops off a package on your front step. Then, call your neighbor and ask them to immediately run next door and collect the package. This way, your spouse won’t see it until Valentine’s Day. Dim the lights and… Read more

Having your belongings stolen leads to a feeling of vulnerability and violation. These items have memories. Perhaps you spent hard-earned money on them, or they were gifted to you as a child and have spent more time in your possession than anywhere else. And now they’re in the hands of someone who just sees your items as a pile of cash. You should definitely file a police report when your items are stolen, but there are a few other things you can do to speed along the process of getting your things back. Write down serial numbers. When you bring any expensive item home, like a television, video game console or set of speakers, write down the serial model numbers. These will help the police identify your stolen items later, if it turns out the thief is selling them on Craigslist or the black market. Mark your property. If something is really important to you, mark it. You can carve your name, very small, into the bottom of a piece of furniture, or write it with permanent pen on an electronic. This way,… Read more

We all wish we could give our dogs a big house with an even bigger yard, but for some of us, that isn’t a possibility (at least not yet). On top of that, apartment buildings can be a bit chaotic. And, since your pet doesn’t have as much room to roam as he would in a big house, you can’t really limit his access to half the place, since that would put him near some hazardous areas. If you have to move into an apartment but are unsure of how your little one will react, your options may seem dim. But don't worry - living in an apartment with a pet doesn't have to be a bad thing! Be sure to take a few precautions into account and both you and your pet could lead happy, healthy lives in your new home. 1. Secure the balconies. If your balcony has bars, measure them to make sure your pet cannot fit through. You may think your dog is smart enough to never jump off the balcony, but there is no knowing what… Read more

  Surveillance cameras can be invaluable in the event of a break-in, accident or theft in your home. But your surveillance cameras can only be of help if you take care of them. Should someone tamper with or disable them, or should a severe storm take them out, all of your important footage could be gone - or you may miss an important incident entirely. Don't let that happen! Keep your cameras in tip-top shape by following the tips below. Require a Password for Each Login You’ve likely noticed that after inputting the Wi-fi password into your phone or laptop the first time, you don’t need to do it subsequent times—your device just remembers that password. Your surveillance cameras can do the same thing, but that's not necessarily a good thing! Adjust the security settings such that a password is required anytime someone wants to use the cameras or review the footage. This can stop criminals from deleting the footage of the crime they just committed in your home. Add Password Encryption You can also add WPA2 encryption to your cameras,… Read more

With the cold weather and hazardous conditions, you may be craving a weekend getaway to a beach-side home or little house on the lake. There’s nothing like staying in a real home when you want a cozy vacation, so you’ll probably turn to AirBnb. The hosts on AirBnb need to make an income, and in order to do that, they need to make their home as appealing as possible. But you can’t always be certain what you see online will be what you get in real life. So is your AirBnb safe? Here are red flags to look for. The price is too good to be true. If the price is too good to be true, it probably is. Remember that in major cities, walking just two blocks can mean a drastic change in your surroundings. If most places in an area are priced at $200 a night but one is $80, it’s probably just around the corner on the wrong side of town. It’s very far from other Airbnbs on the map. Take a look at the map that shows where… Read more