Monthly Archives: February 2011

Digital Wireless Technology at an Affordable Price

The Lorex LW2100 Digital Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Color Camera System is the ideal solution when searching for a fast and easy way to add video surveillance to your home or business. The unit is equipped with digital wireless technology that reliably provides a video feed that is both crisp and free of interference while eliminating any need to run cables between camera and receiver. For more on this product please click here.  Also note – for a limited time Home Security Store and Lorex are offering a $25 rebate.

Will a Home Security System lower my Homeowner’s Insurance?

The average home insurance premium in the U.S. is $800 per year.  How would you like to lower some of those fees?  Doing so is easy.  Here’s how –

Insurance companies are encouraging homeowners to install monitored security systems by offering them substantial discounts on homeowner’s insurance.

“A survey of the 10 largest insurance companies offering homeowners coverage found premium discounts up to 20 percent if a home is equipped with a monitored alarm system,” said Dom D’Ascoli, president of the Electronic Security Association in a recent PRNewswire press release. “The discounts can be substantial enough to pay a portion of the monitoring costs or installation of the system,” said D’Ascoli.   

“The majority of insurance companies offer discounts for alarm systems,” said Michael Barry, spokesperson for the Insurance Information Institute. “Homeowners should check with their individual carrier to determine the amount and availability of the discounts.”

Furthermore, according to a study by Dr. Simon Hakim of Temple University, “An alarmed single family home is more than 60 percent less likely to be burgled than a similar home without an alarm.” 

Considering that a home is broken into every 15 seconds and the average lost is around $2000, can you really afford to be without a home alarm system?  We think not.

Where should I install my Surveillance Camera?

For years, banks, casinos, gas stations, and other businesses have used surveillance cameras to catch robbers, burglars, shoplifters, and other criminals.  But now more homeowners are finding that surveillance cameras are the way to go.  Complete surveillance systems will help secure your home, and can be both fun and affordable.  Furthermore, video footage is now becoming a more common way for lawmakers to prosecute intruders.

So now that you have decided to buy a surveillance camera, where should you install it?  If you are thinking about mounting cameras outside your home look for a place that covers a vulnerable area.  It is recommended that you have at least one visible camera and at least one hidden camera.  House corners are good locations to mount cameras, so is above the garage door.  If your cameras do not have built in motion detectors, be sure to align the cameras to point towards a highlighted area in front of the house or at a door, not pointed away or towards the sky.  Also, repair damage to the cameras and trim back branches that block the view.  Good Luck!

Burglarized Once? Get Ready for Round 2!

Many people don’t realize it, but if your home is burglarized once then your chances of your home being burglarized twice increases.  Not only does the thief know the layout of your home, but he knows that you will be replacing the stolen items with brand new ones.  This was certainly the case for victim Debra Bailey, “I was crying. I was devastated because we just lost our jobs.  We just lost all of the money that we were going to pay our house payment off on.”

Bailey, a mother of two, recently lost her job and had just received her tax refund, which was stolen along with jewelry and some popular children toys.

This isn’t the first time someone has broken into Bailey’s home, but she wants it to be the last.  WTVG-TV reports that it happened early in the afternoon, while most people are at work.  However, technology has made it easier to have a pair of eyes on your home all the time.  

Experts say the internet has changed everything.  A newer solution is an IP camera, which allows you to see what’s going on inside your home from anywhere in the world.  There are also sophisticated camera systems and smart pad alarms that interact with a cell phone.   Furthermore, there are cheaper solutions for property and personal safety as well, such as a driveway alarm which will warn you whenever someone pulls up your driveway.

Daytime Break-ins are Not Uncommon

Police in Gastonia, North Carolina, are looking for a burglar who broke into a home in broad daylight and took several thousand dollars worth of items, including two handguns and some antique jewelry.

Curtis and Cheryl Lewis say they locked their doors and left for Charlotte, but when they returned home the bathroom window was open and the house a mess.

“I work very, very hard for what I’ve got and when somebody breaks into my house and takes what I’ve earned…it makes me want to go out and hunt the people down,” Mr. Lewis told WBTV-TV.

Mr. Lewis says the burglar entered through the bathroom window, ransacked the house, and walked out the front door, and he did so all in broad daylight.  This story is proof that break-ins happen during the daytime.  Furthermore, the odds are it’s going to happen during the day.  That’s because the odds are you’re not home.

Houston criminal attorney Brian Laviage says, “Most burglars will sit outside of a residence and wait until the occupants leave for work or school.  They wait until they are absolutely sure that no one is in the home.”

To avoid someone breaking in to your home during the day, be sure to continue to lock your doors and windows.  Plus, keep your curtains and draperies closed.  Remember, with no one at home to scare away a burglar, a home alarm system is more necessary than ever before.

Is the Month of February Late Winter or Early Spring?

While parts of the country are in record-breaking freezing conditions, other parts are basking in the sunlight.  This all beckons the question – Is the month of February late winter or early spring?  To figure out the present, let’s look to the past.  According to Celtic folklore, the first of February is when the earth was said to wake up after sleeping since Halloween.  Although in 2011, winter does not technically end until March 21st, some people will argue February is early spring.  Whatever the case may be, you might be asking, what the heck does this have to do with home security?  The answer is simple – everything! 

Quite often the season has everything to do with human behavior and with our home security.  You see, when the mercury rises we think pool alarms and when it falls we think freeze alarms.  At this point, it’s a great time to talk about both!   

We have many freeze and temperature alarms to choose from.  Several of which will not only sound an alarm, but actually call you when or if the temperature drops or rises to a certain degree. 

Now let’s talk about pool alarms.  Pool accidents are the number one cause of death for children under the age of 14.  While a pool is a great addition to your home, it can also pose many risks to your children and your pets.  Check out our new pool alarms and get ready for spring!

Improving Your Home Security

There are many ways you can improve your home security, such as always locking your doors, leaving some light on, and ensuring your garage door is closed.  But what are some other tips?  Select Patrol Founder Darin Williams has some advice concerning your trash and strangers at the door, as reported by The Eastsider LA.

Your trash – Set boundaries for people who attempt to remove recyclable items from your trash.  Although some residents may not be particularly troubled by persons collecting cans and bottles from containers on the street, we often receive calls about men who come directly onto private property to gather up recyclables.  This is a potentially dangerous situation and must not be allowed.  Tell anyone you see trying to remove your discards to move on or you will call the police.  If you are not comfortable with the direct approach simply call the police and provide a complete description of what the person looks like

Strangers at the door – We are often called about suspicious circumstances when a person appears either at the front door or down the driveway of a member’s home.  When confronted, the individual will often say that he/she is looking for a friend or relative who lived at the particular address in the past.  This may be legitimate or it could be a burglar who is probing to determine if someone is at home.  If the person’s story does not add up in your mind call the police to investigate.  Better safe than sorry.