Monthly Archives: September 2012

It’s Time For Fall Sweeps…Security Sweeps, That Is

Now that summer’s over, it’s time to make sure that our home security is tight for fall and winter. We like to call this Fall Sweeps, because you’re going to “sweep” your home in order to assess that all of your entry points are secure and that your security devices are in good working order. This should actually be done a few times each year, so be sure to bookmark this page so that you can return to it periodically.

Sweep One: How Secure Are Your Doors and Windows?

Take a few minutes and walk around your home right now. Ask yourself questions like if you were locked out of your house, how would you get in? Do you have a secret entry method that you’d rely on like a window that doesn’t lock properly or a door that is easy to unlock without a key?

For doors and windows that are securely locked, how many locks does each one have? Can your door locks be bumped? How difficult would it be for someone to bypass a lock or break any glass windows or panels to get inside of your home?

Realize that most burglaries happen in the daytime during the week when most people are at work. Also, even if your neighbors hear a sound, most will pause for a moment to listen for other sounds and when nothing else is heard, they will return their attention to their previous activity. Most people will barely give a second thought to glass breaking or a heavy thud. Keep this in mind when performing your sweep and consider protecting your home with locks that cannot be bumped, as well as glass break sensors and a security alarm.

Sweep Two: Where Would a Burglar Hide?

Walk around your home’s perimeter and take note of any places where a burglar is likely to hide. Pay special attention to shrubs, porches or even objects like barbecue grills and trash cans. For a moment, think like a burglar and consider where you could hide while waiting for the right opportunity to enter the house.

Next, walk around your home’s interior and assess how much of your home’s exterior is actually visible to you from inside. For example, can you see your entire driveway and your garage’s exterior door from inside of your home? Are there places around your home that are like blind spots when you’re on the inside looking out?

Every place that you cannot see from the inside of your home is a potential security risk, for sure. Places that you can see, however, may also be a security risk, especially if your visibility is minimized at certain times of the day, such as at night. Consider placing security cameras at every entrance around your home. Also, make sure that exterior entrances are well-lit at all hours of the day and night. Install outdoor lighting in any areas where a burglar may hide or where a visitor may encounter an injury due to poor lighting.

Sweep Three: Is All of Your Equipment Operational?

Unless you have fake security cameras installed, all of your security devices should be fully functional. Take the time to check your cords, wiring and power supplies to make sure that everything is operating as it should. Check camera angles to be sure that viewing fields are where you want them to be and make any adjustments, if necessary.

Sweep Four: How Vulnerable Does Your Home Look From the Outside?

Once again, imagine yourself as a burglar. Stand at the curb in front of your home and consider, strictly by sight, whether or not you’d contemplate a break-in. Are there any lawn signs or window decals that may lead you to believe that the home’s owner has invested in home security? At a glance, can you tell whether or not the home has a burglar alarm or whether that alarm is monitored?

Review Our Home Security Checklist

If you haven’t already done so, we strongly encourage you to read our security checklist. There, you will find additional information on places around your home where attention to detail is needed on the security front. While performing your Fall Sweeps, this is also a good time to review the checklist step-by-step just to make sure that all of your security bases are covered.

Your Ideas for Fall Sweeps

What are some additional ideas for performing a Fall Sweep on your home? Have you ever done a security sweep before? Did you find any gaps in security that surprised you or that you wouldn’t have noticed without taking time out for a full assessment? We love reading your comments and look forward to you leaving a few of your own ideas and suggestions below.

9 Solid Reasons to Install a Do-It-Yourself Home Security System

Upon first discovering that do-it-yourself home security systems exist, homeowners often find themselves faced with an important decision. This decision being, of course, to either trust themselves while saving money or enter into a contract with a third-party security vendor. While we are certain that quality and security do not have to be compromised when opting for a self-installation, we do understand the insecurity some may feel if they’ve never done anything like this before. The following are some of the best reasons to invest in a do-it-yourself home security system and we share these with you today with the hopes of helping you make the best decision about your home’s security and your family’s safety.

Quality Equipment

One of the greatest concerns that people have when considering a do-it-yourself home security system is the quality of the equipment being purchased. Rest assured, however, that this is not an issue, after all. While a third-party security company’s logo may be affixed to a security device, that equipment was likely made by a manufacturer like Ademco, Simon or DSC. Systems made by each of these manufacturers, and several others known for their top-quality security devices, can be self-installed which means that there is no difference in quality.

Do-It-Yourself Systems Are Economical

Of course, the number one reason to invest in a do-it-yourself home security system is to save money. Not only will you save on labor costs, but also on things like maintenance, expanding your system and on alarm monitoring. Should you ever need to relocate, you will also save money by moving your alarm system on your own as opposed to having to call a third-party security provider to do it for you.

Do it Yourself…Because You Can

A lot of people automatically opt for purchasing an alarm system through a third-party vendor simply because they do not know that there are other options. Even upon learning that they can install their own systems, however, some people simply lack the confidence to actually do so. This is why we provide ongoing tech support to all of our customers. Even though systems come with their own instructions and are not terribly difficult to install, we are always available for additional support because we don’t want anyone to shy away from a more cost-effective security alternative simply because they feel that they lack technical or mechanical abilities.

An Empowering Accomplishment

Once you discover that you can install your own home security system, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of actually doing so. Whether you are a homeowner or a renter, a certain satisfaction comes with knowing that you can do things to improve your home all by yourself. As humans, these sort of accomplishments often lead to us feeling a greater sense of control over our homes and our family’s well-being.

More Options

After installing an alarm system, many people go on to purchase and install more security devices in and around their homes and offices. There are a number of reasons for this, of course, but one is that the money saved by installing an initial system allows for additional investments in things like security lighting, intercom systems and surveillance cameras. The experience of previously installing a system tends to add to a person’s confidence in this area, which may also lead to the installation of more equipment.

Heightened Awareness

Shopping for and installing your own home security system helps to raise your awareness about your home’s security, in general. While a lot of people don’t give home security much thought until their security is compromised, people who have comparison shopped for home security systems and who have gone so far as to install their own devices are generally more aware of areas where a potential security breach may occur. This heightened sense of awareness often leads to people being able to lower the risk of a home break-in.

Fun

Weekend projects help relax the mind while accomplishing something positive. Though they can sometimes require a great deal of focus and attention to detail, home improvement projects also help break up the monotony in our lives. Even people who love their jobs and weekday obligations, appreciate a bit of a distraction and find immersing themselves in a weekend project to be refreshing.

Educational

If you’ve never done anything similar to installing a home security system, actually doing so can be very educational. Not only will you learn technical and mechanical details that may be useful when applied to other home improvement projects, but installing a do-it-yourself security device will also help educate you on your home’s security, in general. We suggest that you begin your search for knowledge with our home security checklist, which will help you identify potential areas of security weakness and educate you on how to eliminate these security risks. This process is a great to teach the family about security while also leading them in taking control of the home environment.

Avoid Being Overcharged or Outright Scammed

Installing your own home security system is one way to avoid being taken in by high-priced security dealers or by outright con artists. We’ve been very vocal about the price gouging that goes on in the security industry and how some of the biggest names in the business are luring customers into contracts by advertising very low equipment fees, but then overcharging for things like monitoring. Installing a do-it-yourself system also helps you avoid con artists who approach your doorstep, lie about the company that they represent and insist that your system needs updating. As you are your own security installer and you pay directly for your own monitoring, no one can come along and lie to you about your equipment or services. Simply by eliminating an unnecessary middle-man, a lot of misleading communication can be avoided.

Share Your Reasons

Have you already installed your own home security system? What led you to do so? What do you believe to be the number one reason anyone should choose a do-it-yourself system?

The Home Security Risk of Fumigating Your Home

Recently, California has experienced a rash of burglaries involving homes that were tented for fumigation. While California may have realized an uptick in this burglary method, it is not uncommon for it to also happen in other parts of the country. Before fumigating your home, there are a few things that you should do to make certain that your valuables are safe while you are away.

How Fumigating Your Home Can Present a Security Risk

For those of you unfamiliar, when we speak of tenting for home fumigation, we’re referring to houses that pest control experts cover with an enormous rubber tent for several days in order to give heavy-duty pesticides time to work. While a home is being fumigated, however, occupants are not allowed to live on the premises for several days. In fact, once the tent is erected, no one is allowed to go inside of the home until it is removed. This is because the chemicals used in the fumigation process are not only lethal for pests, but are also present serious health risks to humans and pets.

Given the dangers involved, most people steer clear of homes undergoing this type of fumigation process. Burglars aren’t necessarily rocket scientists, however, and many of them do not heed the warnings displayed at such properties. Instead, some criminals view a tented house as an easy score and boldly enter these homes anyway.

If you’re battling pests and have been told that you need a fumigation tent, the following are a few of the things you should consider before actually having the process done:

Monitored Alarm System

Short of hiring a security guard to protect your home while you are away, a monitored alarm system is the best anti-burglary investment you can make. Many of you reading this may already have an alarm system, which is great, but going a step further to invest in monitoring is crucial. This is because, hidden under a cloak of protection from the tent, a burglar might be successful in disabling an alarm or even getting in and out of your home before being apprehended even as an alarm is going off. By opting to deal directly with a monitoring provider, alarm monitoring costs less than $9 per month and is highly recommended for home security, in general, and particularly when your home is tented for fumigation.

Door and Window Security

Making sure that all of your doors and windows are locked is a given anytime you are leaving your home, especially for an extended stay. Remember, however, that an occupied home shielded entirely by a giant tent is vulnerable even when securely locked. This is because doors can be kicked in, locks can be picked or bumped and windows can be broken with hardly a witness to notice. We, therefore, suggest checking the door jambs on all of your entrances to be sure they are sturdy enough to create a resistance against force. Also, make sure that you install the types of locks that are nearly impossible to bump such as Medeco or Schlage Primus locks; or consider placing a device like the Keypout Lock Bumping/Dead bolt Protector on each door.

For windows, make sure that glass break sensors are installed. Also, pin locks should be placed on each sliding window and sliding glass door. If you have an alarm system (and you should), be sure that all of your window sensors are working properly before you leave home.

CCTV Cameras

Not only might security cameras deter thieves, but they’ll also capture all of the activity around your home while you are away. Even at night or when natural light is blocked by a tent’s presence, cameras with infrared technology will record activity at your home. Devices like the Lorex ECO2 8 Channel DVR Security Camera System can even offer you real-time, remote access from a computer or even a smartphone to see what is going on in and around your home.

Fake Security Devices

Fake home security devices may also help deter a burglar while your home is tented. Consider fake surveillance cameras or even something like the Global Link Laser Scanner Burglar Deterrent W/Transformer. With red beams of light constantly moving through your home, burglars will be given the perception that you have a high-tech security system in place. Even when shielded by a huge tent, most burglars will avoid contact with devices like these.

Make Home Security a Priority

Battling termites or a cockroach infestation is enough stress for a homeowner to have to deal with. Adding burglars to the list of pests you have to defend against may seem annoying, but failing to consider the very real possibility of a break-in during a tented fumigation can be very costly. On the other hand, just like there are things that you can do to stop critters in their tracks, burglary can be prevented too. We hope that you’ll take our home security tips under strong advisement and that your pest extermination goes off without criminal incident.

Let Us Know Your Thoughts

Have you ever had your home tent fumigated? What security precautions did you take to prevent a break-in while you were away? Did your precautions work? What security advice do you have to offer other homeowners considering this method of extermination?

Do You Need an Uninterruptible Power Supply?

If you have hardwired security devices at your home, we recommend that you invest in an uninterruptible power supply (UPS). Such is also useful for your computer and telephone equipment, as well as a variety of other important electronic and data devices. Often referred to as a backup power supply, an uninterruptible power supply will assure that your hardwired devices have a continuous supply of energy in the event of a brief power failure. An uninterruptible power supply is also one of the best ways to guarantee that your power is not interrupted through tampering or wire cutting.

How Does an Uninterruptible Power Supply Work?

Depending upon which UPS you invest in, your devices can be powered for up to 15 minutes after your regular power source has failed. There are three main types of uninterruptible supplies that you can use for this purpose: On-line UPS, standby UPS or a line interactive UPS. Each works slightly differently, but all three essentially keep energy stored at capacity in a backup battery. When a power failure occurs, stored energy is immediately sent to the device(s) attached to the uninterruptible power supply. This all happens in the blink of an eye and stored power is also regulated so as not to allow a power surge, which can cause permanent damage to electronic devices.

Is a UPS Good For a Blackout?

Yes, a uninterrupted power supply can be useful during a short-term blackout (commonly referred to as a brown-out). Bear in mind, however, that many UPS devices only offer power for up to 15 minutes and are, therefore, not recommended to be used as a main backup power source in the event of a blackout lasting longer than a few minutes. A UPS will, however, give you enough time to properly power your devices down in the event of a blackout. Such is particularly useful if you need to backup sensitive data to avoid its complete loss during an ongoing power outage.

Who Else Needs a Uninterruptible Power Supply?

Well, we believe it is a good idea for everyone to have a UPS. Most homes and businesses today run multiple electronic devices ranging from personal computers and laptops to various home security devices. An unexpected power failure can not only leave you in the dark, but it can also cause the loss of sensitive data and may even cause damage to devices that are not shut down properly. A UPS is a reliable, affordable and practical solution to help you avoid these common issues.

How to Choose the Right UPS

The process of selecting an uninterruptible power supply largely depends on what sort of electronic equipment you intend to use the UPS for. If you are merely needing a backup power supply for computer equipment, we strongly recommend the Direct UPS 600va Designed for PC Only. This small and lightweight device will provide you with several minutes worth of backup power for your personal computer, telephone and Internet connections during a brown-out, all without an overload risk.

If you intend to use an uninterruptible power supply for your closed-circuit television devices and other electronic security equipment, we recommend the Direct UPS 600va Off line UPS. Also compact and lightweight, this device is able to control input voltage, while also providing a DC start when necessary. This model also provides surge and overload protection.

In addition to knowing in advance what you intend to use an uninterruptible power supply for, you should also have an idea of how long you will need its power. We know that this is hard to know ahead of time, since you likely haven’t a clue about when you’ll actually need to use backup power, much less for how long. Bear in mind, however that an uninterruptible power supply is intended only for short-term power failures usually lasting between five to 15 minutes. For longer power outages, a backup power generator is a better option. With this in mind, consider how much extra time it will realistically take you to properly protect your data by manually powering your devices down in the event of a power failure and then select an uninterruptible power supply accordingly.

Further Assistance

As always, our technical support team is available to answer your questions about uninterruptible power supplies and to help you choose which type is right for you. We encourage you to visit our main store to familiarize yourself with the several UPS options currently offered. Don’t forget that you may also read each associated product manual to help you determine exactly which one is right for you.

What’s Your Story?

Do you currently own an uninterruptible power supply? Have you had an occasion to use it yet? We’re always interested in hearing your comments and experiences, and we look forward to you sharing both in the comments section below.

Armed Guard – Doomed if you Do, Doom if you Don’t

A polite way of putting it, if you know what I  mean. In respect to arming guards,  what does this old “idiom” mean? Well. here goes:

  • No matter what you do, it could cause trouble.
  • There are problems if you do and if you don’t.
  • You will be criticized when you do and when you don’t.

Are you, “doomed if you do, or doomed if you don’t “, when to comes to arming your guards  ? I don’t necessarily think so. A company must have a detailed documented policy  for all type security precautions, including armed personal.

Now, does your company have a “firearms” policy and does it contain certain legal  buzz  words such as ” foreseeable”, ” preventable” ,  ‘inherent  risk”, ”  reasonable and appropriate etc. ? Or, does your company rely on a contract guard service contract, to cover your assets  ?

Even though you may use a guard service, your company should also have a “firearms” policy which details the responsibilities such as :

  • A contract providing guard shall submit a complete outline of firearms training given to the employees. Upon approval of the program and certification by the contract guard services, the guard shall be considered trained.

What are the specifics of your contract guard Post Orders, with respect to “detaining suspected trouble makers” , as opposed to just ” observing and reporting” ? There’s a vast difference, you know, with respect to physically  intervening and just being a good witness.

We also have an incalculable  difference between a spontaneous civil disturbance and a conflict  expected to occur, due to intelligence gathering information. I have always held, if information is obtained in advance, then the corporation should make the necessary plans, including getting the appropriate  law enforcement agency involved.

Whether your guards are armed or unarmed, makes little difference, when it comes to legal action. Legally speaking, it’s a  “catch 22″ .If a guard draws a weapon and fires, resulting in a fatal or non-fatal injury, your company could, in all probably, stand to be the victim of legal action. On the other hand, if an unarmed guard only observers as a witness, you could also be sued for not attempting to prevent the occurrence.

You see, it’s a common response in today’s environment, that all uniformed officers have a duty to prevent,  or at least attempt to prevent, any type violence. When someone  see a person with a badge, law enforcement type belt,  a radio, a flash light etc, mimicking a  law enforcement style uniform, they assume that person has some sort of authority or means to protect them. Sometimes, however, the invited  may  find out, after it’s too late, that the security person is nothing but a uniformed witness.   And when the officer does react, the officer ” best be right”.  It’s that old “Monday morning quarterbacking” syndrome, you see.

So, what’s the solution, as far as your company is concerned. Should  uniformed security personal  be armed or unarmed ? Hypothetically speaking, is it better as a matter of speech, to “live or die” armed ? This controversy of security ” going armed”  has probably been around since the cave men started carried loaded spears. And of the many articles, which I have read on the subject, there have probably been more “pro and cons” than any other security subject.

In my former life, as a bank Security Director, I had the dubious privilege of drafting a “Guard Security” policy.  The preamble of the policy went something like this:

  • While it is desirable that certain personnel be armed in the execution of certain duties, only those assigned security duties and who are authorized to do so by Senior Management may carry firearms or other weapons with the intent of “going armed” while on company premises, in company owned vehicles or while on company business. These persons are: ( And the positions are then named )

The policy continued similar to this:

Employees, or outside contract personnel, who may be authorized to carry or posses firearms in the line of duty or  in company-owned vehicles must be approved by a member of Senior Management.

  • Each person who believes his/her job content requires or makes beneficial the carrying of weapons shall apply for authorization by completing the company “Internal Pistol Permit”  form.
  • Persons not having security duties to whom a company vehicle is assigned and who wishes to have therein a firearm “for protection” shall apply in writing to the designed  member of Senior Management, for permission to do so.
  • No one shall carry firearms with the intent of “going armed” or “for protection” on company business until he/she has received authorization or permission, as listed above.

The most important subject detailed, in any firearms policy, should be the ” section on the use of “deadly force”. Here’s a sample: .

  • A firearm shall never be drawn unless there is strong probability that it will become necessary to fire a shot or shots. Under no circumstances shall a warning shot be fired. The use of deadly force, including firearms, is justified only when all of the following conditions are present.
  • Defending against deadly physical force directed against the employee or other employees, customers or others on corporate property.
  • Apprehending an individual known to have committed a deadly felony, in the presence of the employee.
  • When all other reasonable alternatives have been exhausted.
  • It does not threaten other employees, customers or by-standers

 Obviously, this statement, or any other company policy written by a company legal staff, will still not prevent legal action. In our country.  anyone may be sued by  anyone else for just about any activity.  However, it does pay to have a very strong “firearms policy”.

The presents  of security personal, be them armed or not,  just seems to have a calming effect on employees, as well as customers alike.  Employees may feel more secure walking to a vehicle or in a parking garage. Customers also feel more secure walking from a parking lot knowing that a security guard is there to deter robberies or assaults. The simple presence of a security guard provides a comfort level of safety.

AUTHOR’S NOTE

The following questions were ask on an internet web site:  Does anyone have any statistics on the effectiveness of armed vs unarmed guards? Is there an impact on the customer/employee that we should consider? What liabilities should we consider? I am open to opinions, suggestions and anything that might help me with this decision. Statistics are very persuasive with the execs.

Answer: There are no statistics, to my knowledge — and determining if using guards at a particular location actually deters a criminal act is virtually impossible.  ( Bankers Online.com )

So, one must use their better judgment, when considering utilizing armed verses unarmed guards. As mention before, anyone may sue for anything.

About The Author

Charles (Chuck)  Robey’s 40 plus years of  professional diversified service includes such management areas as:  Deputy Sheriff, Deputy Coroner-Medical Examiner, Bank Security/Auditing, Brinks Armored Transportation, and American Kennel Club Field Inspection. Mr. Robey has published numerous articles, addressing his areas of expertise and  is available, to assist in any form of Security.  He may be reached at ccrobey@charter.net)

The Girl Next Door…Is a Burglar

Too often, people stereotype criminals. Many believe them to dress in a certain style, wear dark colors or even reveal a telltale expression like shifty eyes or a nervous demeanor that somehow indicates that they are up to no good. Right now if everyone reading were asked to close their eyes for a moment and imagine what a typical burglar looks like, certainly they’d report a variety of different descriptions– some rooted in reality and some even attributed to the images often portrayed on television and in the movies. While the imagined physical characteristics of a burglar may vary from person to person, I’d be willing to bet that everyone reading this shares a very common image of a burglar in that it is almost always of a male suspect. What everyone needs to be aware of, however, is that women break into homes, too. In fact, just recently there have been multiple stories in the press about female burglars.

A Female Crime Boss?

At just 17 years old, Claudia Hidic of Fort Worth, Texas was shot and killed in a robbery gone bad. Upon hearing this, most will assume that Hidic was the unfortunate victim of a robbery. However, authorities believe that she was the actual criminal.

Incidences of women burglarizing or robbing homes, while rare, are not completely unheard of. More often than not, however, a man is usually accused of concocting the burglary plan and coercing a woman into participating. The Hidic case is presents a more unusual story, though, since it has been alleged that the slain teen was actually the one who masterminded the failed heist.

Photographs of Claudia Hidic don’t seem to suggest that she was anything other than a typical teenager. A pretty brunette who often posted pictures of herself on social media sites, commenters across the web have mixed feelings about the way that this young girl died. Regardless of sentiments, by all appearances, most agree that she doesn’t fit the profile that most people think of when it comes to crimes like burglary and robbery.

Female-Initiated Crimes Are Not Isolated Incidents

Recently, we produced an infographic on the characteristics of a burglar where it was reported that the average burglar is a white male younger than 25 years old. Despite this fact, we don’t want you to think that every young white male is a suspect any more than we want to leave you with the impression that anyone with a different description is not. In addition to the Hidic case, other recent news reports about thieving women reveal that 26 year old Brandi Balasavage of Pennsylvania and Meredith O’Flaherty of Nevada both had prior criminal records when they were apprehended in separate and unrelated robbery incidents. We see that not only are burglary-related crimes sometimes spearheaded by women, but some are even repeat offenders.

Anyone Can Be a Suspect

If you’ve been keeping up with our recent infographic series, you know that most burglars live close to the homes that they burglarize. This means that a burglar could be lurking in your midst right now. Of course, there’s no need to become suspicious and distrusting of your neighbors, but you do need to pay close attention to your surroundings, be careful of who you invite into your home and make sure that you have taken extra precautions to make sure that your home is not targeted by criminals. As we hope to highlight in the stories of Hidic, Balasavage and O’Flaherty, do not allow yourself to be taken in by someone who doesn’t fit the profile of a criminal that you may hold in your mind’s eye. Simply put, anyone can be a suspect.

Basic security precautions to avoid being victimized by a criminal of any profile include:

● Keeping your doors and windows locked at all times (even when you are at home, since reports of criminals breaking into homes while the occupants are inside are becoming all too common).

● Remember, that your alarm only works when it is armed. Keep it on at all times, especially when you leave home.

● When at home, do not open your door for strangers. Instead, invest in a video intercom system like Atrix Wireless 2-Way Video Intercom, which will allow you to see who is at your door and communicate with unexpected visitors without ever having to approach your front door.

● Install motion-detected outdoor lighting around your home, especially around all exterior doors and windows.
● Do not let your guard down around strangers, especially if you have allowed them access to your home. Don’t assume that a woman, a teenager or someone that you perceive to be physically weaker than you cannot overpower you with a weapon or simply steal from you when you are distracted.

Expect the Unexpected

Movies where a man dons women’s clothing as a disguise can be entertaining and even amusing at times. In real life, reports of criminals dressing as women in order to avoid identification are not the least bit surprising. That women, many with multiple criminal offenses, are actually in the burglary business is probably shocking to some. Now that you we’ve shown you that they’re out there, however, we hope that you will make good use of this information and protect yourself against the girl next door types who just may be sizing your home up for their next job.

Pet Friendly Burglar Alarms

When it comes to our pets, they are essentially a part of our families. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) pet statistics says that 62% of households in the U.S. have pets. About 78.2 million households own dogs and 86.4 million own cats.  Studies have shown 55% of people were more relaxed after spending time with their pets. This just goes to show that pets can help us in a plethora of ways in and around our homes. Whether our pets are helping us by securing our home or by putting us at ease knowing they are there, they are important to us and a big part of our home.

Pet-Immune Motion Detectors

Pets are always a good deterrent when it comes to potential burglars or strangers approaching your home. They can help warn us when something is going on in or around our household that may be a problem. But, there are times when pets can actually set off your home alarm, and this can be a costly mistake. Some alarm companies will charge you if your home alarm system has mistakenly gone off and the police is sent out for no reason. It is a good idea for us to avoid this accident as much as possible. Luckily, with how quickly technology continues to progress, this no longer has no be an issue. Thanks to pet-immune motion detectors. Home Security Store has many pet immune alarms to choose from that are pet-immune for pets ranging anywhere from 20 pounds to 100 pounds.

Your Home Can Never Be Too Secure

Some people figure that because they have a dog, they don’t need any type of home security system. Having a pet, particularly a dog, is a great form of security because if an intruder is present they can scare them off as well as notify you that something is not right. Although they may be an a helpful  factor with protecting your home, it is not enough. Unfortunately, some burglars will actually hurt or even kill dogs because they feel they are a threat to them gaining entry. For this reason it is important that you have alternatives other than using strictly your dog as your primary security option.

Double Check Before You Leave

One of the number one reasons false alarms occur with home security systems is because pets set them off due to overly sensitive sensors. When contemplating which security system you want to purchase for your home, keep in mind making sure that they are pet immune. Having your pet set off your alarm can be costly and inconvenient. Save yourself both time and money by investing in a pet immune motion detector. However, even with the use of pet immune detectors, a household pet any size has the potential to weaken your home security system. It can be something as simple as you’re pet pushing open a door or window that can set off an alarm while you are away from your home. Before leaving your home, check to make sure that all doors and windows are closed and securely locked. If your animals have the option of going in and out of the house at their leisure, it is your responsibility to insure that your home is still safe and secure while you are not present.

How Do Pet-Immune Sensors Work?

Pet-immune sensors use passive infrared technology that has the ability to sense sudden changes is temperature that would not be caused by a shift in the room temperature, therefore knowing that something is in the room. The alarm will trigger is the living being in the room is over a certain weight. There are some alarms that are pet-immune up to 100 pounds. These detectors are very easy to use and installation takes no time at all. These are perfect for any home and will help you avoid setting off any false home security alarms.

It is important to not only protect your home and family but also your pets as well.

Other Ways to Protect Your Pet

Aside from the pet immune alarms, there are other precautionary steps one can take to protect their pet around the home, mainly the pool area. With the warm weather here it is not just your children that we need to keep an eye out for around the water, it’s our pets as well. Some pets love the water and swimming around. But, there are pets that dislike the water and swimming around and when they accidentally fall into the pool they do not know that to do. Every year there is an estimated 5,000 family pets drown in backyard swimming pools. With the Safety Turtle Pet Velcro Strap an alarm will sound the instant your pets falls into water. This is the perfect thing to keep you at ease with your pets around the pool. All you have to do is place the strap around your collar and they are good to go. While you are away from your home it is important to have some sort of gate around your pool. That way you will not have to worry about your beloved pet falling into the pool while you are away from your home.

Take the precautionary steps needed to protect your pets and home! Your home alarm should no longer  have false alarms with use of the pet-immune detectors.