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DIY Home Security Tips: Adding Layers of Protection
By Frank Santamorena September 24, 2012 | 10:00 AM
Posted in: Burglary & Loss Prevention, Family
When families reach out to better protect their homes and property, it’s usually a good idea to consider installing an alarm system, and also setting up “Layers of Security” to try and prevent a burglar from breaking into your home. The More Layers The Better. Approach protecting your home with this methodology in mind. There are many ways to better protect ourselves, so let’s start with these DIY home security tips to get ourselves going; then afterwards, come up with some with your families.
Home Security Landscaping. Be sure to cut back all landscaping near or around the perimeter of your home.
Landscaping is beautiful, but it serves as a cover for the intruder to hide in the darkness.
Protecting your home and family is all about multiple layers of security, so that any attempt a burglar makes to break into your home is met with "several" layers of preventative security measures. By adding multiple security layers, your home will require more effort and skill than most burglars are willing to put forth and significantly reduce the likelihood of your home being marked as a burglar’s next target.
Lighting & Timers. Timers should be used to put lights on or off when you’re away, and should be used to turn on a radio or television too. Add outdoor LED security motion lighting to the perimeter of your home and install a couple of light timers inside your home to give the appearance of occupancy when you are not there.
Installing Home Alarm Systems. Consider using your alarm system when you are home as well as when you’re away. Arm the system at night time or before you go to bed. It’s not a bad idea to consider to ALWAYS keep your alarm system set! Prominently display the signs that come with your alarm system. This will serve as an added deterrent for criminals. Please remember-an alarm system won’t stop a burglar from entering your home, but the blaring siren can act as a great deterrent and encourage them to flee the premises. Install an obscenely loud alarm system that contains magnetic door contacts, glass break sensors, motion detectors, back-up cellular dialer, wireless panic buttons, and interior/exterior sirens.
Securing Doors and Windows. All entry doors should be made of solid core, metal or wood. They should have deadbolt locks with a 1-inch throw and non-removable hinges. Keep your doors and windows locked when your home is vacant. Basement window wells or ground level windows should be protected. Install high quality dead bolts to all entry doors. Peepholes should be within viewing level and have a wide-angle lens. Install a high quality door jamb brace to withstand someone trying to kick in or break it down. Treat all accessible windows and sliding glass doors with glass protection film. Install anti-lift mechanisms to the interior of windows that slide up and down. Insert a metal rod or solid wooden closet dowel into the tracks of accessible patio doors and windows that slide sideways.
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When Buying an Intrusion Detection System for your Business there are several things to consider
We have the unique perspective of working for the buyer. The biggest problem we see buyers face is general confusion. A simple search on Google returns an array of logos and offers – it puts Las Vegas and NASCAR to shame. So let us offer you a few suggestions when buying a security system for your business.
We will list 3 intrusion detection system buying considerations below:
1) Avoid “Trunk Slammers”: These folks don’t exactly office out of their trunks but not too far from it. They will install your system and then sell off the monitoring. Though they may present an enticing offer – they will not be able to service and support your system. And unlike other things you may purchase in life – with an intrusion detection security system there are times your life could depend on it. (or at least your job)
2) Have a means to “verify” an alarm: Picture this – it is 2am and your alarm at the office goes off. Your alarm company calls you and asks what you want to do about it. They have 2 choices – call the police or do not call the police. Since 98% of the alarms are false, calling the police could quickly results in stiff false alarm fines and over time, possible suspension of permits. If they do not call the police and it is real – then you are in big trouble.
There are technologies that provide greater intelligence and pay off in the long run. We always recommend audio or video surveillance monitoring which gives you, your alarm company and law enforcement better information about what is actually occurring at the premises. If you are installing motion detectors, ask the installer to add multiple zones. This way if multiple zones are activated – then there is a greater chance it is real.
3) Get a 2-button Panic Button: An alarm system is great for when your business is closed but what about during the day. We recommend a wireless 2-button panic button that can be carried by the manager. By having 2-buttons it significantly reduces false alarms.
We also recommend a hard wired panic button near a register but have it installed about 3 feet off the ground. This allows you to still reach it if asked to lie down flat on the floor. If you own a restaurant or convenience store – place one in the walk-in refrigerator.
Buying a security system is a big decision, make sure to stay informed. When it comes to protecting your business, we recommend that you always have someone first come out and walk the premises. These systems are much more complex than a TV or toaster.
Here at Post Alarm Systems are technicians are able to simplify these complex issues and provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision. All of our security systems are customized to meet your specific needs. Please call 800-654-7678 to schedule an appointment.
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Protect Yourself Against Home Burglary
Feb 15, 2011
By Staff writer State Farm™ Employee
According to the FBI, a house, apartment, or condominium in the United States is burglarized once every 15 seconds. In 2008, victims of burglary lost an estimated $4.6 billion.
Even if you’re not there when it happens, a break-in can permanently shatter your feeling of security at home.
Fortunately, taking a few simple precautions can dramatically reduce the risks of an invader gaining access to your home.
Common Sense Care
Believe it or not, it’s often the simplest and most obvious precautions that homeowners tend to forget—and which burglars tend to exploit. Maybe you’ve lived on the same street for decades and doubt it could ever happen to you. Maybe you’re in a rush and skip the usual routine.
Whatever the situation, you should always lock your doors and windows when you go out. Keep close track of any spare keys that exist. Do you know where they are? Do you trust who has them?
Here are a few more common sense tips to minimize the chances of a break-in:
Do not have money or jewelry lying out in view from a window. If possible, keep jewelry and other small valuables and important documents in a safe deposit box. Thieves who otherwise would have passed up your home might attempt a “smash and grab” to get at your valuables.
Don’t tell strangers your daily routines, and avoid telling others about the valuables in your home. If you’re at home working outside, leave all other doors that are out of sight locked.
Be wary about posting your vacation plans and updates on social media websites—even though you trust your friends, you never know who might learn that you’re not home.
If you have children, discuss home security with them, such as not talking with strangers about their home, its contents or family schedules.
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Reduce The Chance For A Break-In
Fool burglars by making your home look occupied all the time.
Use automatic timers on lights when away.
Always park your cars in the garage with the garage door shut. A burglar may otherwise notice a pattern that a closed garage door or no cars in the driveway means no one is home. Closing the garage door and having curtains or blinds on the garage windows also hides some of your belongings.
Place radios on automatic timers and raise the volume so they can be heard outside.
Never leave notes on your door that can tip off burglars.
Make Your Home A Tough Target
The average burglar will spend no more than four to five minutes trying to break into a residence. Keep your property safe by making your home an inconvenient mark.
When moving into a new residence, have the locks changed.
Consult a good locksmith to make sure you have the right types of locks on your doors and windows and that they’re all functioning. Don’t make assumptions. It’s always possible that previous owners or tenants improperly installed a lock, or that your locks are broken and need replacing.
Secure your exterior doors and any doors from attached garages by installing good quality deadbolt door locks, doorjamb reinforcement, security-type door strikes, and strong, properly installed doors and doorframes that cannot be spread apart.
Use ANSI Grade 1 locks—look for the designation on the packaging.
Secure your windows by installing additional locks and installing impact-resistant glass on any windows within 42" of a door lock. This will make it more difficult to break the glass, reach in, and unlock the lock.
Prune lower branches of trees near your house if they could help a burglar gain access to a second story window.
Secure your patio door with a pin-type lock, a key lock, or a steel rod inserted into the door channel.
When You’re Away For More Than A Day…
Extended vacations can change the look of your home—and thieves can often see those changes. If you’re going to be away, take measures to make your home appear to still be occupied.
If possible, have your telephone calls forwarded when you are away from home. Burglars sometimes check to see if someone is home by making a telephone call.
Have a trusted neighbor pick up the mail and newspaper. If possible, do not have either stopped. That gives information about you being away from home to others whom you do not know.
If away for an extended period, have a plan in place to have the grass mowed or snow shoveled.
If you are away from home
on garbage pickup day, ask a trusted neighbor to put your garbage cans out to the street and take them back in. You may wish to have your neighbor use your garbage cans while you are out. Burglars sometimes check for empty cans as a sign the family is away.
Be A Good Neighbor, Too
Protecting yourself against break-ins goes both ways. Just as you rely on them, your neighbors rely on you to keep the whole neighborhood safe. What can you do?
Organize a cookout or other apartment or neighborhood get-together so neighbors can get to know one another.
Organize or participate in an Apartment Watch or Neighborhood Watch program.
Arrange for a local police officer to complete an apartment security survey, or educate your neighborhood about specific safety concerns.
If you live in an apartment, notify management if you notice burned out light bulbs, dark corridors, broken locks on mailboxes and doors and/or other safety concerns in shared spaces.
Call the police immediately if you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood.
Call 800-654-7678 now to speak to a home security specialist at Post Alarm Systems to learn more about protecting you, your family and home from burglay.
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HOME SECURITY TIPS
Arm your alarm system even if you are leaving for a couple of minutes.
When traveling put your office address and cell phone numbers on your luggage tags. A baggage handler will know that you are not home.
Remove all address information from your parked car at the airport. Anyone who breaks into your vehicle would know you are not home and have your address and garage door opener.
Don’t hide keys outside your home, as they will be found. Leave a spare with a trusted neighbor instead.
If your last name is posted on your mailbox, a burglar can get your listed phone number from information. By ringing your phone with no answer, they would be able to assume that you are not home.
Turn down the volume on your answering machine so that burglars can’t hear that no one’s home if the phone should ring.
Place timers on a few of your inside lights to give the appearance that someone is home. It is always smart to vary the time every few days so that a pattern is not realized, if you are being cased. X10 makes a variable timer that will change the timing for you automatically.
When checking out of a hotel keep the key cards, take them home with you and destroy it by cutting it up, especially through the electronic information strip!", a lot of valuable personal information on it that could be easily lifted off with any simple scanning device card reader. Hotels save money by reusing them but it is illegal for them to charge you if you keep them.
Leaving ladders and tools outside your home can trigger a burglar’s impulse, even if that was not on the schedule today.
A quality deadbolt lock on all perimeter doors is always your first line of defense. A door is most often the point of entry for an intruder. If you don’t have a quality lock the perpetrator knows that a good blow will break the non-fortified wood that is holding the door lock cylinder in place. A quick entry and closing of the door hides the damage, as it will be on the inside.
If you see signs of entry, DO NOT ENTER the house. Go to the neighbors, to call for help and be on the lookout for strange cars or people near your home.
If you just moved in to your home or business, you should change the key cylinders on all locks, as you don’t know who has a copy of the key.
Cut the cord handle off your electric garage door openers. It’s easy to push the top of your garage door in enough to put a wire hanger in and hook the release handle. By pulling on the handle, a burglar will override the screw or chain drive and be able to manually lift the overhead door. Once protected by the privacy of your garage, entry to the home is inevitable. Be sure to leave just enough cord so that you can use it from inside if needed, but not enough to reach the top of the overhead door!
Burglars hate light. You should replace outside perimeter lighting with motion activated lamps. These are very inexpensive these days and readily available at most hardware and electronic stores. The protection they will provide coupled with the convenience of having a well lit area to come home to, make them a must have.
When you are leaving your home for daily routine, be sure to vary times and direction of travel. Your repetitive actions are a gift to potential burglars who are always on the prowl for their next victim.
Remove or place a light on shrubs that can easily conceal a waiting burglar from site.
When you buy new appliances like televisions or stereo’s and computers be sure to hide or destroy the boxes. New valuables are an invitation to a burglars, already distorted senses.
Don’t ever tell a stranger that you are home alone.
Install a peep hole viewer, if you do not have a convenient window to check who is at your door before opening it to a stranger.
If someone asks to use your phone for an emergency take the information through closed doors and inform them that you will make the call for them.
Always keep your cell phone in your bedroom with you. If the phone lines are cut you will need it to call for help.
Don’t leave a purse, wallet or laptop on the counters that can be seen from a window. This will almost always trigger a forced entry.
Security signs without corresponding security company stickers on the windows, may lead a passing burglar to believe that you don’t really have an alarm system installed.
Don't leave notes on the door telling someone that you are not home and what time you will be back.
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Alarm Systems: One of the best investments a homeowner can make...
by Kathy Scott
Few industries enjoy a high positive customer relationship like that of alarm companies. According to a study done by Dr. Simon Hakim, director of the Center for Competitive Government at Temple University, 94 percent of alarm owners are satisfied with their systems. With one in five homes currently electronically protected, that's a pretty amazing statistic.
According to FBI statistics, a home is burglarized every 14 seconds in the United States. Dr. Hakim's study reported that homes without security systems are nearly three times more likely to be broken into than homes with security systems.
Security Systems Save Lives and Property
Alarm systems are no longer simply a first line of protection for burglaries. Many safety related features have been added to the main alarm system like carbon monoxide (CO) detectors, smoke detectors and flood detectors for high risk areas. Even low temperature sensors are available which will alert the alarm company if the temperature within a home drops below a preset level. There is also more sophisticated equipment such as closed circuit television (CCTV), video cameras connected directly to a television or VCR, which provide additional surveillance.
Choosing the Right Alarm Company
With hundreds of companies and plans to cull through, choosing the right alarm company can often be overwhelming. Fortunately, the NBFAA offers help and a checklist on choosing the right system for you and your family. Not all alarm companies are created equal. When interviewing different companies, make sure to follow these simple steps:
Contact your insurance agent, the NBFAA or your local police department's crime prevention unit for names of security system companies.
Make sure the alarm company is licensed in the state.
Ask if pre-employment screening is done on all their employees such as background checks.
Ask the salesperson for a free security inspection and system recommendations.
Get a written estimate for the entire system including monthly monitoring fees.
Compare similar systems and pricing.
Determine if you will own the system or lease it from the alarm company.
Make sure your system will be monitored around the clock (24/7) by the central station.
Negotiate. Most alarm companies will negotiate on system add-ons, providing a free motion detector, additional keypads or even one month free monitoring service.
Make sure the system you choose is equipped with a battery for backup power.
Once your system is installed, choose a user-friendly code that everyone in the family can remember. Let your insurance agent know that your home is being monitored, and additional insurance discounts may be available. Check to see if your municipality requires homeowners with security alarms to register with the local police department.
Monitored alarm systems are one of the best investments a homeowner can make. Not only does it provide security but it can provide safety-nets.
For more information on how an alarm system can improve the value of your home and increase the safety and peace of mind for you and your entire family call Post Alarm Systems at (800) 654-7678