This Back-to-School Essential Keeps Delivering all Year

This Back-to-School Essential Keeps Delivering all Year

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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

9 Easy Steps for Senior Citizens to Protect Themselves and Their Homes

9 Easy Steps for Senior Citizens to Protect Themselves and Their Homes

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

  1. Don’t have regular monthly checks – such a pension or Social Security checks – sent through the mail. Have them direct deposited instead.
  2. Don’t include sensitive personal information in emails or text messages.
  3. Beware of scams – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Increase Your Home Security

  1. Make sure all doors are locked when you’re both at home and out. Lock windows as well.
  2. When someone knocks on the door, use a peephole or small window to verify their identity before opening the door.
  3. 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.
  4. Install motion sensor lights near doors and in dark places throughout the lawn.
  5. Choose doors made from solid wood or metal, and ensure that the doorframe is strong.
  6. 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!

Preventing Home Burglaries

Preventing Home Burglaries

On our blog, Protection Concepts shares many tips on preventing home burglaries.   I thought you would benefit from tips from the insurance industry on ways to prevent home burglaries. Here’s a short article I found from the insurance perspective on how to prevent home burglaries.

Taking steps to prevent theft can reduce your insurance premiums and save you from the heartbreak of losing items that are worth more to you than money. The ring that your grandmother gave you, your great-grandfather’s watch, the charm bracelet that all of your children saved to buy as a Mother’s Day gift, or a special item that you bought on your honeymoon can’t be replaced if they are stolen.

Preventing Home Burglaries.

Invest in solid doors and good quality locks on doors and windows. This includes on all sliding glass doors as well. Make it not only difficult but also time consuming for a burglar to gain entry.

Whenever you go outside, lock the door and take the key with you, even if you are just stepping next door or out mowing the back yard.

Don’t put valuables where they can be seen from the window, especially items that can be easily carried.

Be sure your garage door can be secured. Do not leave it open when you are away; an empty garage broadcasts your absence.

When you aren’t home, use a timer set to turn interior lights on and off at varying intervals as though your home was still occupied.

Don’t keep large amounts of cash or really valuable jewelry around the house.

If someone comes to your door asking to use the telephone, make the call yourself. Don’t invite them in.

Don’t hide a spare key under the door mat or under a flower pot. Thieves know all the good hiding places

Plant thorny bushes under all windows. Trim back any trees or shrubs near doors and windows to eliminate hiding places for would-be thieves.

Don’t leave ladders outside. Keep any tools that could be used to break in your home safely locked away in a garage or shed.

Get a barking dog or “beware of dog” signs. If you own a dog and go out of town, have someone come in and care for your dog in your home

Always double check doors at night and lock all windows

Engrave all valuables such as stereos, microwaves, video cameras, with your driver’s license number. (Engraving tools are usually available through your local law enforcement agency.) Videotape the contents of your home. Keep the video and the list of all valuables in a safe place, such as a safety deposit box

Conclusion

Your are concerned about home burglaries.  Your insurance company is concerned about preventing home burglaries.  Protection Concepts is concerned about preventing home burglaries. Call us to see the tools we can provide you to prevent a home burglary happening to your home.

My Top Five Home Security Tips for 2015

My Top Five Home Security Tips for 2015

My Top Five Home Security Tips for 2015…At the start of each year I publish my top five home security tips for the year. People use these tips to make their family home more secure. Here are this year’s home security tips.

  • Internet security is on everyone’s mind with the data breaches experienced by large and small corporations. Are you award that the bad guy also use the internet to scope out their next home targets? It seems harmless to tell the world on Facebook that you will be away in Florida for a winter’s vacation. What more does a bad guy need to target your home? Keep your whereabouts off of social media.
  • The doormat. This is one of my favorites items about home security. Where do you think the bad guys will look for your house key? In all the obvious places, including under the doormat? Don’t make this obvious home security mistake.
  • Darkness is a friend of the home intruder. Inside lights put on a timer and outdoor lighting that makes your home visible are some of the best home security defenses. Bad guys hate lights.
  • Secure your entry points. Outside doors should be solid wood or metal with 3” screws to secure the strike plate. All windows should have working locks. You don’t want to be cheap and security sorry about your doors and windows.
  • Home security systems can provide peace of mind for you and your family. But like other security measures, they only work when you arm and use them properly. The signs that notify others you have a home security system do keep the bad guys away. Don’t hide them away behind a bush.

Conclusion

According to FBI statistics every 15 seconds a house is broken into. Follow these five home security tips to make you and your family safer during 2015.

If 2015 is your time for installing a home security system, give us a call. We will show you how to make your home more secure.

Save Home Security Money in 2015

Save Home Security Money in 2015

Save Home Security Money in 2015.  Your 2015 resolution is to save dollars! Besides the costs, you are unhappy with your current home security provider.

Good news. Protection Concepts can save you money on home security. Our rates are the lowest in the Atlanta area. $14.95 per months.

We can help you make the switch to our system to save you dollars. We will evaluate your current system and contract. We don’t have long term contracts for our home security services.

When we meet with you, we will evaluate your existing system. This will allow us to better serve you, as we will be able to gauge the age, condition, and compatibility of your existing equipment. This free evaluation also allows you to discuss other options for upgrading or customizing your alarm system. During the evaluation, we can provide information about the newest security system technology.

If your existing system is proprietary, (which means you do not own your equipment) or if the system is locked-out (as it sounds…the previous company locked-out any other company from monitoring your system) then you would have to change your alarm panel and possibly the keypads so that we can monitor your system.

Let us review you current system and contract to help you save the 2015 dollars you want.

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

From our family at Protections Concepts to your family, we wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season.  Below is one of my favorite holiday videos.  I hope you enjoy it and celebration the holidays with much peace and love.  Happy Holidays.