Since a vacation might be something you enjoy only one or two times per year, it’s easy to get excited about what to pack and what you’ll see while you’re away. However, it’s important not to overlook home security during this time, especially since you won’t be around. To help increase your security and peace of mind, take into account the home protection tips below.
1. Plug Electronics Into Timers
Avoid a dark and empty looking home by installing timers on a few of your electronics, such as the TVs and lamps. The best type of timer is one that works at random intervals so the electronics don’t turn on at the same time every day.
2. Plan for Mail Collection
You can easily contact USPS to hold your mail while you’re on vacation. Alternatively, you can ask a trusted neighbor to pick up packages and mail for you and store them at their house.
3. Install a Security System
If you are away often, a home security system is one of the best investments you can make. This is especially true now that home automation and wifi video surveillance make it easy to see everything right from your phone. In fact, with many systems, you can log onto your app, look at videos, turn lights on, change your thermostat, and even lock/unlock doors.
4. Plan for Trash Collection
To make it look like you are home, ask a neighbor to take your bins out and put them away once trash has been collected.
5. Invite Someone Over
If you have a friend or family member who needs some extra cash (or time away from home), invite them to be a house sitter.
6. Keep Your Home Maintained
A home with a lawn that isn’t mowed is a clear signal that someone is unlikely to be home. Hire someone to come by and take care of your landscaping for you.
7. Don’t Post Online
Posting online that you’re leaving is a bad idea, especially if your accounts are public. Don’t let others know you’re going to be away from home. Instead, talk about your vacation when you’re back and are going to be home regularly.
8. Set Up Cameras
If you don’t want a full-on home security system, then consider using wifi video surveillance. With this, you can log onto an app and have a real-time view of the camera footage.
9. Use a Video Doorbell
One great investment you can make in home automation is a video doorbell. With this, you’ll be able to see and talk to who is at your door right when they ring the doorbell.
10. Keep Your Garage Door Opener
If you keep your garage door opener in your vehicle, take it out and place it somewhere safe. It’s also recommended to lock your garage door, even if this is something you don’t normally need to do.
By using the tips above, you can keep your home safe, even while you’re far away. More importantly, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your home is fully protected at all times.
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Home security is one of the most important gifts you can give your family. Knowing you are safe when you are home is priceless. Knowing your home is safe when you are not in it is equally priceless. If you are on the fence about a home security system, here are eight great reasons it’s time to invest today.
Burglars and criminals are less likely to target a home that has a security system. Home security is a powerful deterrent, which means your family is safer at home. Criminals look for these when they want to target a home, and most turn around when they notice a system.
Protect Your Family
If your family sleeps through a criminal breaking into your home, you may not be able to save them. However, you can protect your family by providing them the benefit of knowing that someone has opened a window or door any time of the day. This helps them prepare for what’s happening instead of ending up surprised when it’s too late.
Keep Your Kids Safe
Did you know a security system is about more than just criminals? You can protect your family from the dangers lurking outside even if they aren’t the kind that come inside. For example, if your system comes with a door chime, you will know anytime a door is opened. This might be the notification you need to keep a child inside rather than in the pool.
Save Money on Homeowners Insurance
Your homeowner’s insurance premium might go down if you have a security system at home. Call them to find out if you have this option. If you don’t, you can shop around for a lower rate elsewhere by providing them with the name of your security system.
Provide Your Family with Peace of Mind
How often do you travel and wonder what’s going on at home? Now you don’t have to wonder. A security system allows you to know if your home is safe and sound even when you are not there to check on it.
Protect Your Home From Anywhere
With a security system, you can protect your home from anywhere in the world. You can use your app to turn on the lights, to set the alarm, and even the check on other things. Being remotely connected makes your life easier. It also helps you sleep better at night.
Control Your Home
Many security systems now come with smart thermostats and outlets you can control remotely. You can save money on utilities by changing the thermostat anywhere in the world. You can save on worry by turning off outlets if you’re not sure you unplugged something. You can even control the lights and other features in your home.
Check on the Kids
If you have kids, you worry about them. With a security system, you can check on them using cameras and other smart technology. You know when they get home from school in the afternoons. You know if they open a door or window. You know everything, and you can even keep track of who comes to your front door when you’re not home.
A security system is a great investment for the simple reason it makes you feel better about your own life. You are more relaxed, and that’s a priceless feeling. Your home and your family are your priority, and a security system helps you keep them safe.
Today you live in a smart home, and your home is being made capable of being able to do a lot of automated tasks. One of the areas of interest that is becoming popular is improved home security. Since the technology and processing power exists to do some pretty amazing things with the security of your home, this makes it possible for a home owner to get a lot of security tweaks for an ever-reducing cost. With that in mind, the following are a few areas of automation that will benefit you and your family.
You left your smart home and were a good way down the road before you remembered you forgot to arm your home alarm. While most people would be fuming by realizing this and complaining about the hassle of having to turn around to fix it, you calmly pull out your smart phone and use your onboard app to arm your alarm system by remote. The added benefit of not having to go back to do this manually means that you will have saved a ton of time and gas in the process that would have been wasted otherwise.
Learning Your Schedule
One of the great aspects of technology-based security upgrades for a home is that more and more security devices are able to learn and adapt to your schedule. If you regularly come in late at night, your home can prepare for your arrival by turning on the lights for you. This is an important home security measure, because you do not have to get out of your car in the darkness anymore and fumble for the right key. Rather, your security lighting is ready to go as you pull into the driveway and will fire up when you get into a close enough proximity to your home. The lighting that comes on for you will illuminate your path to the front door.
Monitoring Your Perimeter
While it is nice to have cameras watching everything that goes on outside your dwelling, you can set your home security system up to alert your smartphone any time someone gets too close to your home. You can access any camera by remote and watch a real time feed of the kind of activity going on outside. This also gives you the advantage of taking a solid look around your smart home for intruders before leaving your house.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!