Are your doors locked? Is your home alarm activated? You might want to double-check if you live in one of the five US cities with the highest crime rates. There’s no refuting that crime happens everywhere. Whether you live in an affluent suburban neighborhood or a struggling community, it’s smart to be cautious. But statistically speaking, you may want to be a bit more alert if you live in one of these five cities: St. Louis, MO; Camden, NJ; Detroit, MI; Flint, MI; or Oakland, CA. That’s because CQ Press, a leading publisher of books, directories, reference publications, and textbooks focusing on US government recently released its crime findings for 2010 and found these five locations to have the highest reported crime rates.
A note about how the rankings came to be (according to CQ Press.) The crime rate rankings are calculated using six crime categories: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft as reported to the FBI Continue reading 5 US Cities Where You Can’t Live without a Home Alarm
Along with installing a home or business security alarm system, one of the most important ways to prevent intruders from targeting your property is by making your home or business unappealing to burglars or vandals. It’s a kind of reverse curb appeal – landscaping that also makes your property look well groomed and well taken care of can also reduce its potential appeal to intruders.
A potential intruder evaluates the house or business he or she may be considering, to see just how viable that property is for his purposes. Noting the presence of a security system will certainly deter burglary as well as stopping a burglar in his tracks. Noting the landscaping of a piece of property can also be a significant deterrent. If a house or business has a clear sight line to the street and offers few hiding places for a would-be intruder, that will discourage him from selecting your property. If a property is well lit, or utilizes motion-triggered lighting, that will also discourage an intruder.
So, be sure to keep Continue reading Deterring robbery through landscape security
Complete home security systems are always monitored systems. In other words, once your home alarm system or systems are installed, they will also be connected to a monitoring service that will contact you or alert law enforcement authorities if there’s a problem on your premises. When you install a home alarm system, whether you do it yourself or have it installed by professionals, you will very likely be able to make a choice in monitoring service providers. And along with choosing a provider, you can also make another choice – to contract with a provider or utilize the services of a monitoring company without contractual obligation.
Alarm system monitoring services that provide a no-contract offer sometimes provide such a service because of the specialized nature of the system you’ve installed. If your home alarm system is technologically tied to the same company that installed or sold it, then as a “bonus” for selecting that specialized system, the monitoring service may be provided free of charge.
Similarly, some installation services or home security alarm companies may offer a Continue reading Is a No Contract Option Right for You?
Home security systems have long posed quite a conundrum for pet owners. In the past, home alarm systems were triggered by pet movement, causing pet owners to shut their pets up or shut them out of the house. Neither made for a very happy pet. And a home secured without sensors was not a fully secure home, making pet owners not very happy either. Today’s home security technology allows home owners purchasing a security system to use pet immune motion sensors. Pet immune sensors mean you can secure your home and keep your pet comfortably at home.
In the past, home owners worried about their pets comfort and safety versus the pets unfortunate ability to trigger a false alarm. Professional security installers could alter motion sensors to make them less likely to be triggered by the passing of pets, by covering a portion of the motion sensor lens, or even by utilizing unorthodox Continue reading Pets and Home Security Systems: Mix or Match
You keep your home secure from intruders, fire, flood and all the dangers that lurk in today’s world. But have you considered another security hazard just outside your home? Your mailbox. You may not consider your mailbox a security risk, but you should.
After all, a mailbox contains more than cards and letters from friends and family. It also contains confidential information contained on bills and government forms. Your home security can be seriously at risk from having your mail stolen, and from this theft, having your identity stolen as well. You shred your bills or personal documents once your mail is inside your home, but what is securing this information before it enters your household.
A locking mailbox is the simple but pertinent solution to today’s risks of identity theft and financial loss. Regardless of where you live, city or country, suburb or Continue reading Mailbox Security
When temperatures run severely hot or cold, major discomfort can occur. High heating or cooling bills can be hazardous to your wallet. But much more hazardous to both your economic and literal well being is the damage that temperature extremes can cause to your plumbing system.
Home owners have reported loss due to damage caused by either frozen or broken water pipes as second in cost only to hurricane damage. With repair costs for burst pipes running into thousands, it stands to reason that a practical home or business owner will want to prevent such damage from occurring in the first place. Most such damage happens in less than several hours time from a pipe’s bursting.
To eliminate or minimize the damage caused by such breakage, using a home or business security system that includes environmental alarm features focused on flooding and freezing is a sensible plan. Continue reading Temperature Alarms
Installing a wireless home security system can be the job of a professional security installer. Or you can elect to install a simple system yourself. If you’re handy with basic home maintenance you’ll find self-installation a cost effective and easy solution.
All you need to being installation of a wireless security system yourself are a few basic tools and the kit you’ve purchased which should contain a main control unit, sensors for windows and doors, a motion sensor and alarm.
The first step is planning: decide where to place your control panel, preferably in a central area that is easy to get to. Place it near an electrical outlet and away from any electronics that could cause interference in the signal such as televisions, microwaves, or ham radios. You may wish to place the panel close to your main entrance for convenience. However, don’t place it so that it is easily visible from the outside, where a potential intruder could spot it. Continue reading How to Install a Wireless Home Security System
Some times you need to solve a problem. But sometimes its best to prevent a problem from occurring in the first place. In regard to home or business security and safety, having an alarm system in place inside your home or work place will warn you if an intrusion has incurred, solving the problem of identifying an intruder in your residence or work place and notifying law enforcement about this serious problem. But having a perimeter alarm installed outside your property could eliminate any potential intruder problems before they occur. Continue reading Perimeter Alarms: Eliminating Safety Problems Before They Occur
Inside and out, keep your home safe – that’s the ultimate challenge. In today’s world, security alarm systems are vitally important, and so are other, more basic security steps.
First of all, make your property appealing – to you and your neighbors, not would be intruders! That means trim those shrubs and trees, get rid of any items in your yard that would make it easy for an intruder to use as cover – whether it’s an old camper shell left in the driveway or an unlocked storage shed. Illuminate your property: motion sensor lights are a great way to do this, triggering light to shine on the movement of expected and unexpected ‘guests’ alike. Be sure to leave lights on inside your home at night, whether automatically triggered or simply turned on before you go out for the evening. Making your home into a clean, well-lighted place is a major step in over coming any home security challenge. Continue reading Challenges in Home Security
Choosing a home security system is a vital safety step for your home and family. But along with selecting an alarm, lighting, or camera system, it’s also important to steer clear of some basic home security mis-steps and mistakes that could render your security technology useless.
A common and easily avoidable mistake: hiding your house key. The best alarm system in the world won’t keep out a thief you’ve handed him the key to your front door. Many people are concerned about being locked out of their home, and will place an extra key under a rock, above the door, or in a container somewhere on the property. A better plan: leave an extra key with a neighbor or purchase a finger print or keypad lock to replace a traditional keyed system. Don’t leave your house keys in your car either, even if your car is in your garage. That’s an open invitation to a car thief to come inside your home. And when you’re away from your property, the same rule applies – don’t leave your keys in your car. If you’re utilizing a valet parking system, remove your house keys from your key ring or keep a spare and separate car key for the valet’s use. Continue reading Secure Your Home – Avoid Security Mistakes