Keeping your Home Safe when you Are Away
It’s estimated that 60% of residential burglaries occur during the daytime hours when homes are unoccupied. Of course, it’s impossible to occupy your home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, nor would you want to. Most of us must leave our homes during the day for work and for longer stretches of time…
Tell Me About Permits for My Alarm System
Congratulations on your decision to install an alarm system! It’s the single most effective way to protect against burglary, while also lowering the cost of your homeowner’s insurance premium. Studies have shown homes with alarm systems are three times less likely to be burglarized when compared to homes without alarm systems. But unless you want…
5 Ways to Secure Your Home Security System from Hackers
Are you enjoying the convenience and features your “smart” home security system offers such as the ability to control your thermostat and security system from your smartphone? If so, you should be aware that criminals have become increasingly savvy in their ability to hack into security systems. Burglars have figured out ways to detect the wireless…
5 Home Security FAQs
It’s never too late to learn about home security! Take a look at these 5 FAQs to keep your home and family safe. 1. Will a Pet Trip My Alarm System? Being that more than half of all U.S. households own at least one dog or cat, this is a question asked by many homeowners….
Top 6 Items Stolen During a Home Burglary
Ever wonder what items thieves are most interested in during a home burglary? Items, such as cash, are pretty obvious, but burglars are also looking for items they can sell or pawn for quick cash. Keep reading for a list of the six most stolen items. 1. Cash It should come as no surprise cash…
2 Ways to Plan for the Worst
You’re gathered in your family room with your family for movie night. Just as the movie’s theme music begins playing, you suddenly hear a glass breaking at the front of the house, then voices. Usually, the intruders’ intent is to steal cash, jewelry and anything else they can sell, often to buy drugs. However, sometimes a…
7 Tips to Shut Down Crimes of Opportunity on Your Street
Recent posts on neighborhood communication tools like NextDoor and Facebook reveal people waking in the morning to discover thieves have rifled through their cars during the night and taken items. Replies to these posts indicate others on the same street or nearby experienced the same thing on the same night! The common thread almost every…
Knock, Knock, Who’s There?
Spring has sprung. Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping and fraudulent solicitors are rousing themselves from their winter hibernation. They may appear well-dressed and credible, though an unsavory motive lies behind the smile. Here are tips to avoid getting scammed by solicitors. 1. Ask for Identification Don’t be afraid to ask for identification. Some states require…
Safety Tips While Selling Your Home
You can easily overlook safety while trying to sell your home. You probably have a million things on your mind, and typically, safety is not omnipresent. It can also be stressful and harried. Not only are you trying to get the best possible offer, but you may be dealing with time constraints and the stress of moving….
5 Inexpensive Ways to Make Your Home More Secure
Your neighborhood has recently been in the newspaper for break-ins. You know you need a security system, but funds are tight right now. Don’t worry! Here are five inexpensive ways to make your home more secure until you can purchase a home security system. 1. Install Heavy-Duty Kick Plates One of the easiest (and cheapest)…