Home Security Blog

One of the biggest boons to the home security marketplace has been the advent of wireless security systems, such as the Lasershield wireless home alarm system. Systems like this make installation a snap, meaning that home security do-it-yourself is something that’s now accessible to most folks. On top of that, operating a system like this tends to be simpler than many of the older, more clunky systems. Still, wireless security systems bring with them some unique challenges. You need to understand the system fully if you’re going to use it effectively, and you need to know how to tweak it. Here are some of the top wireless security tips we’ve come across: Don’t skimp on estimating coverage. Depending on the composition of your walls and the layout of your house, you might have some coverage challenges. You’re better off providing too much coverage than leaving gaps through which intruders might sneak. The same goes for estimating range, as you need to make sure every component can properly talk to the system. Pick the right place for your control panel. You… Read more

If you’re looking for a home security camera system, it’s easy to get at least a little bit overwhelmed. Every vendor out there wants you to believe their product is the best, that they can provide the highest degree of safety and that their technology is superior. The truth of the matter is that the type of home security cameras that are best for your home depends on a number of factors, and not every camera is right for every home. Here’s a look at some of the top types of security cameras and options on the market today: Motion-sensitive security cameras This kind of device relies on infrared light patterns to activate. It will watch the infrared spectrum and when it registers movement, it will trigger an action. Typically, this action is the sounding of an alarm or turning on of a floodlight, but (more…) Read more

Many folks don’t give home security a passing though, beyond perhaps locking their front doors. The fact of the matter is that it really doesn’t take a whole lot of time, effort or money to secure your home. All it takes is some awareness and a willingness to follow some basic home security principles. Here are seven of the easiest and most effective home security tips you can follow: 1.    Manage your keys. Don’t give your keys to other folks, even if you trust them. When you do, you instantly double the odds that they’ll be left somewhere and picked up by someone with nefarious intent. Don’t hide one in a fake rock in your garden either, because determined criminals have figured out how to tell a fake rock from a real one. 2.    Manage your front door. One of the most important aspects of home security is being picky about who enters your house. Anyone who enters your house has an instant wealth of information that could help them in a burglary. Install that peep hole! 3.    Manage your… Read more

Some security companies will try and convince you that you need elaborate home security systems to deter crime at your home. The reality is that you can protect yourself even if you don’t own an alarm system. You can deter break-ins rather inexpensively by just using smart lighting installations and cheap motion detectors. In fact, there are many more active ways for homeowners to protect there homes. Don’t let national well known home security companies give you the impression that your security alarm is going to ring right to your local police station, because that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Most security outfits utilize a central alarm station or third party contractor that may or may not be several states away from where you live and usually they neglect to tell their customers this. These central stations then contact police to respond to any (more…) Read more

As a homeowner, you have the option of either buying your home security system or renting one.  You might think that sounds like ridiculous notion, but there are certain circumstances that might warrant renting an alarm system. One must decide what situation will benefit you most and how much will it cost.  Let’s look at some reasons why you might want to rent an alarm system versus buying one.  If you lease or rent an apartment that you do not own, your best bet is to rent a system. A good rule of thumb to follow is “If you rent the home, then rent the system.”   Most apartment tenants only rent places for a short period of time, so it doesn’t make sense to invest in a home security system that you cannot take with you.  Most times when homes are sold, they are sold with the alarm system.  Systems can be uninstalled, but why take on that headache when you’ve got enough to worry about when moving.  Renting will also allow you to spend your hard earned money on… Read more