Time flies when you’re a parent. So does money. For example: is it already a year since your last back-to-school shopping extravaganza?
At least some parenting purchases have more staying power than a new backpack. Take smart home security powered by Alarm.com, a back-to-school essential for many working families with older children.
With an array of after-school safeguards for your kids, it delivers peace of mind throughout the school year, and for years to come. Your kids can even grow into it as they become more independent—which is more than we can say for their new sneakers.
Fewer keys means fewer worries
As soon as your kids are old enough to arrive home on their own, Alarm.com starts making things easier with keyless smart locks and user codes for easy access.
Unlike keys, user codes can’t be dropped, lost on the bus, or left in the door. If forgotten, its owner can ring the doorbell camera and you can unlock the door from work. Like a set of keys, however, your child’s first user code can still confer a sense of responsibility that they’ll love.
Find out more: Four Ways to Use a Smart Lock
Technology makes check-ins less challenging
With every school year, your kids grow a little more independent. Meanwhile, you worry just as much as you ever did, and you need to know they’re okay after school.
Your Alarm.com app is here to help, offering peace of mind via quick, visual check-ins. You can see a quick snapshot from any Image Sensor, view a live feed from your indoor or outdoor cameras, and even get front-door video clips of your kids arriving home.
If you prefer a hands-off approach, Alarm.com also offers a range of custom alerts for specific activity and events, such as the kids not arriving home on time, or even the videogame cabinet being open for too long.
Find out more: Four Essential Alarm.com Back-to-School Alerts
Smart reminders ensure that your house stays secure
As kids get older, they have more going on, which means they forget things. Unfortunately, this often includes securing the house when they’re last to leave.
Alarm.com can help with actionable smartphone reminders. Once your teens have their own Alarm.com app, your house can remind them directly if a door isn’t locked, or the garage is open, or the security system isn’t armed when it should be. They’ll be able to fix things quickly with a remote command.
Read more: Alarm.com Versus Unlawful Entry
As kids grow, Alarm.com keeps up
Unlike this month’s back-to-school buys, Alarm.com keeps up with your family as you grow. When it’s time to add a new device like a doorbell camera or smart lock, your service provider is on hand to help. We also deliver new features and updates digitally through the cloud, keeping your Alarm.com-powered home at the cutting edge of smart home technology.
To add smart home security to your parenting toolkit this year, enter your ZIP code below and get connected with an Alarm.com service provider.
Senior citizens are often seen as easy targets for robbery, burglary and similar crimes. As such, it’s important for seniors to be well-informed and to take every possible precaution to protect themselves from break-ins, fraud and other crimes.
There are a few easy steps that seniors (and their families and caregivers) can take to ensure that they remain safe and secure, as discussed in a recent Senior Living blog post. We’ll summarize those steps below.
Protect Your Identity
- Don’t have regular monthly checks – such a pension or Social Security checks – sent through the mail. Have them direct deposited instead.
- Don’t include sensitive personal information in emails or text messages.
- Beware of scams – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Increase Your Home Security
- Make sure all doors are locked when you’re both at home and out. Lock windows as well.
- When someone knocks on the door, use a peephole or small window to verify their identity before opening the door.
- Don’t leave a door key under the doormat or hidden in another location near the door. Give keys to trusted family members or caregivers, or install a smart lock that can be operated remotely.
- Install motion sensor lights near doors and in dark places throughout the lawn.
- Choose doors made from solid wood or metal, and ensure that the doorframe is strong.
- Invest in a home security system. Not only are security systems the best way to prevent break-ins, but they can also be valuable in medical emergencies, fires and more. Security systems are especially important for seniors who travel regularly or live in a different city for extended portions of every year.
At KMT Systems, we aim to ensure that all Atlanta-area senior citizens are well-protected and safe. Our home security systems and smart home automation can be easily customized to fit your needs and budget. Get in touch today to get started!
Spring break is a great opportunity to get out of town, visit somewhere new and spend quality time with family. Unfortunately, it’s also a good opportunity for burglars and thieves to break into homes and steal electronics, jewelry and other expensive and sentimental items.
Does this mean that Atlanta families shouldn’t take spring break trips? Of course not! It just means that you’ll have to take a few extra steps to secure your home before heading out of town. We’ll share some spring break security tips below.
Make It Look Like You’re Home
Don’t make it obvious that you’re out of town. Set lights on a timer, or better yet, hook lights up to your smart home system and turn them on and off remotely. Ask a neighbor to take your mail and newspaper inside, and to put the trash cans out on garbage day. If you’re going to be gone for more than a week, make plans to have your grass cut.
Don’t Broadcast Your Travel Plans
In the age of social media, it’s tempting to post about your exciting spring break plans. But even with your privacy settings turned up, would-be burglars may still be able to see that you’ll be gone. Keep quiet about your trip until after you return.
Make Breaking In More Difficult
Install a deadbolt on your doors and windows, and use motion sensor lights outside of your home.
Monitor Your Home Remotely
A smart home system allows you to check in from wherever you are. Consider installing smart cameras, lights, door locks, temperature controls and more.
Install a Home Security System
By far, the best way to prevent a break-in from occurring while you’re out of town is to install and use a home security system. Not only will this protect your home, but it will also give you peace of mind, allowing you to truly relax and enjoy your long-awaited vacation.
Give KMT Systems a call before you head out on your spring break trip. We can install a home security system, help automate your home and much more. Trusted by more than 6,000 Atlanta-area homes and businesses, our award-winning security company is committed to your safety.
Smart home automation is increasingly popular these days – and for good reason. Home automation carries many benefits, and the individual devices are becoming more affordable, widely available, and easy to use. And it’s easy to customize your system to meet your needs, then add additional devices as you go.
If you’re new to home automation, it’s a good idea to let experienced professionals handle the installation. KMT Systems specializes in smart home automation, offering sales, installation, and guidance to customers who want to automate but aren’t sure of what they need. Give us a call at (770) 507-5828 to get started!
Not sold on smart home automation? Read on for a few of the many benefits of automating your home.
Increased Home Security
Internet surveillance cameras allow you to monitor your home from anywhere, smart locks and remote light controls give you control over your home when you’re not physically there. Being able to turn lights on at random times or check in on interior or exterior from a different location can significantly increase the security of your home.
Lower Energy Usage and Costs
We’ve all done it: turned the air conditioning on full blast, then left the house without remembering to turn it down. But what if you could change the temperature of your home from far away? Not only do smart automation devices give you the power to do just that, but many learn your schedule and habits, and optimize functions to reduce unnecessary energy use. Over time, the money you’ll save on your heating and cooling bills will fully cover the cost of a smart thermostat – and then some!
Make Day-to-Day Life Easier
Smart home devices can do many things. They can help you make a shopping list, check the weather, monitor your to-do list and play music. They can turn on your coffee maker when your alarm goes off. They can lock the door when you forget – and much more. Smart home automation makes your life simpler and easier.
KMT Systems offers a variety of residential and commercial security services, including security systems and alarm monitoring services, to homes and businesses throughout the Atlanta metro area. We can customize a security solution to meet your needs and budget. Get in touch with our Georgia home security experts today!
As you think about the year to come, what do you want to achieve? What do you want to change? And what do you want to protect? While KMT Systems can’t help you with those individual goals, we can help you take steps to ensure your personal security in the coming year.
Strengthening and protecting your security doesn’t have to be a major time commitment – that’s where we come in! Our convenient and customizable home security and smart home installations make it easy to prioritize security in the new year. In addition, here are five easy ways to enhance your personal security in 2018, as detailed in a recent Wired article.
Use a password manager
With the increasing threat of hacks and ransomware, it’s important to use secure, unique passwords for each of your many accounts online. A password manager will make it easy to remember and manage all of those passwords and protect your accounts.
Enable two-factor authentication
If a site offers two-factor authentication – which usually involves temporary codes sent to you via text or by some other means – you should take advantage of it. This is especially important for accounts that store your personal information.
Back up data
Not only is this a common sense thing to do, but it can also protect your security. First, you’ll have a backup at the ready if you get hit with ransomware. Second, you can assess whether and what data has been stolen, and how you should react.
Use a VPN
VPNs create an encrypted connection between your computer or other device and a secure server, allowing you to browse the internet more securely. VPNs are becoming more mainstream and accessible, although many carry a small fee.
Use chat apps with end-to-end encryption
Switch to chat apps like Signal or WhatsApp, which offer full end-to-end encryption that will protect your conversation from prying eyes. Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, Slack and others don’t offer this level of security.
By taking these simple steps, you can better protect your personal security in the year to come. Want to learn how you can better protect your home and family through an affordable home security system or home security monitoring? Get in touch with our Atlanta security experts today.