Monthly Archives: March 2013

March Madness: A Recap of New Products at Home Security Store in March

March’s new products at Home Security Store have been a great representation of 2013. Each product is pushing technology to its brink and maximizing the personal security of every home or business owner. It’s been a good month for security- take advantage of it.

The We.R Security System

In a word: futuristic. Guaranteed this is the design of the future. With the speed of technology and the “build the product so that it fits in the consumer’s hand” strategy, within a few years alarm systems will be built exclusively like this.

All operations of the alarm system are run directly through your smart phone. No longer do you need a call from an alarm monitoring company to know your security system has been triggered. You get a lightning-fast push notification AND VIDEO of what happens in your home, as it happens.

How this system separates itself from the pack is that video connection. Someday, I believe that cameras will be incorporated in every alarm system for two reasons: 1) Many people prefer visual communication and 2) Cameras are only becoming more and more cost-friendly. The We.R is a trailblazer and one of the best releases in the home security industry in a long time.

Nature Power

Built mostly for vacations and excursions, the Power Bank 5.0 and the Folding Solar Panel were impressive when I had the opportunity to test them. The folding solar panel is as advertised. You step out into the sunlight and it instantly begins charging your smart phone or other electronic device. I was truly startled when I stepped outside with this panel. Not only did it start charging my iPhone immediately, in the span of 30 minutes my phone was almost completely charged.

The Power Bank 5.0- same deal. With a 5000mAmp lithium polymer battery, it charges smart phones up to 5 times on one full charge. This is a manufacturer estimate, but in my personal test, I got 5 and a half charges on my iPhone with one full charge of the Power Bank. Basically- this thing is not afraid to show its strength and will probably surprise you- it sure surprised me. 9.5 out of 10.

AR500 Armored Backpack

Capable of defeating rifle rounds up to 7.62×51/.308 @ 2780ft/s, I haven’t personally tested this product in action because, well, I try to avoid being shot as much as possible. But I have worn it, seen it worn and seen the 9.5” x 13” pack plate in action, so I can say this: It’s comfortable, it blends with other backpacks and it might honestly save your life. The world is an unpredictable place. Violence is among us. I truly felt safer wearing around the AR500 Armored Backpack.

Lorex Video Baby Monitor

This thing is just cool. Everything you could want out of a video baby monitor- it has, including the freedom of a portable LCD video screen as you move about the house on a daily basis. The pan/tilt camera is also a plus. It allows you to push this camera any which way you like in case your baby changes positions or tries to make a run for it.

I didn’t use it as a video baby monitor because I don’t have children, but as I set it up near my front door it occurred to me that it was more than just a video baby monitor. I was watching my front door from my bedroom and I realized that this thing easily doubles as a smaller scaled Home Security System. The Skype capability also let me look in on my home while at work. I was truly impressed. 9 out of 10.

Moving Home Security Tips

Spring is approaching, which means that a lot of you will be relocating soon. Home Security Store wants to help make your move flow as easily as possible, which is why we have taken the time to compose a checklist of sorts that you can use to help guide you through the process.

Change All Of the Door Locks in Your New Home

Real estate and leasing agents, workmen, former residents…and anyone associated with a former resident is likely have a key to your new abode. Don’t assume that any of these individuals are above breaking into your home. From the day that you take possession, you and the people that you authorize should be the only ones with keys to your door locks. In fact, we recommend that you step into the 21st century and bypass keys altogether by investing in a DIY keyless entry system like the Eternity 5 Keypad Lock Satin Chrome. Place this beauty on all of your exterior doors maximize security. Remember to also place pin locks on all sliding doors (and windows).

Install an Alarm System

Before you spend a single night in your new home install an alarm system. If you need help moving your existing system from your old place to your new one, give us a call. Or, if you need a new system, visit our main store where you’ll find a wide selection of top-quality alarm systems which can usually be installed in a matter of hours. There’s no need to make an appointment with a salesman or spend a day waiting for an installer to arrive and complete your project when you can do it yourself. (NOTE: If you haven’t already done so, contact your insurance agent to inquire about any discounts that you may be eligible for by securing your home with an alarm system.)

Alert Your Monitoring Company

Contact your monitoring company to update them on your move. If you do not have a monitoring company or if you are paying more than $8.95 per month for this service, switch to Alarm Relay right away. More details about cost-effective monitoring from Alarm Relay are available on our main site.

Place Security Warnings Around Your Home

Deterrents are your first line of defense against burglary. Let the bad guys know that you’re prepared and they’ll likely move onto an unsuspecting residence, instead. One of the most effective ways to go about this is to place security warnings on your windows, your front lawn and anywhere else visible to the casual observer.

Secure Your Fencing

Walk around your front, side and back yard and check for holes or weak areas in your fencing and, if found, repair these issues right away. Not only will this help keep burglars away, but doing so will also help keep pets and young children inside.

Introduce Yourself to Your New neighbors

A face-to-face introduction helps neighbors establish a rapport with one another. Such an introduction may also heighten vigilance amongst homeowners. Without appearing paranoid, let your new neighbors know that they can contact you anytime they see or hear anything unusual around your property and that you will kindly do the same for them.

Inquire About a Neighborhood Watch Program

Call or visit your local police department to find out who is in charge of your local neighborhood watch meetings and when they are held. If you discover that no such program exists, speak to your police department about starting one. This is a great way to get to know your neighbors while fighting crime at the same time.

Set Up Environmental Controls and Alerts

Start fresh and change the batteries in all of the smoke detectors in your new home. This is also a good time to install new environmental controls, such as water, flood and temperature sensors in order to protect your home from damage caused by leaking or broken pipes, freezing temperatures, fire or other environmental hazards. Visit the Environmental Controls section of our main store to find a vast selection of products in this category.

Let Us Help

No matter how excited you are about your new digs, we know that moving can be a pain in the nether regions. Hopefully, this list will help you plan and execute a flawless move. Most importantly, we hope that the list will help you in securing your new home so that you and your family can begin adjusting to your new environment without stress, worry or fear.

If you have questions about relocating a DIY security device purchased from Home Security Store, please contact us right away. Our team is always on hand to answer your questions or to help you troubleshoot nagging issues. Remember, also, that a great deal of the security alarm kits that we sell are designed to be expandable so that you can customize your system according to your needs at your new home.

Sound Off

Have you moved recently? What tips or reminders to do you have to share with our readers that will help make the transitioning process smoother? As hard as we try to be thorough in these matters, we’re sure we left a few tips out and so we are counting on you to chime in and give your input in the comments section below.

When is a Burglar Most Like to Strike?

Many of us may be aware of how to prevent our homes from being a target to burglars, but understanding when burglars tend to strike and what they look for will help greatly with preventing your home from being burglarized. Do you know what time of year or day of the week in which most burglaries occur? Well, let’s find out.

Warmer Weather, More Burglaries

Spring is here, the weather is getting warmer, and with that, people start opening up their windows to enjoy the breeze. Although this is something that many of us do and enjoy, this also happens to be the time of year the in-home burglaries are on the rise. You may have your windows open and leave to run your errands forgetting that you didn’t close your windows.  With that mistake, a burglar has just gained the perfect point of entry into your home.

Spring and Summer are the two times during the year that burglaries are on the rise because of the fact that people open up their homes more. It is crucial to make sure that you don’t allow your home to be vulnerable to burglars. Something we may not realize is that most burglars are people who live no more than 2 miles away from your home. This can be someone who lives in or around your neighborhood. They know the area well, and depending on whether or not you live in tract homes, they may also know the exact layout of your home.  July and August are times when burglaries are the highest. Families are on vacation for long period of time, which gives the burglar not only more time in your house, but time to take bigger items. During the times when families are out vacationing is when people become have the highest chance of their entire home being burglarized and having everything taken.

When Will a Burglary Take Place?

Regardless of the time of year, burglaries are most likely to occur between the hours of 10a.m. and 3p.m. It may not come as a surprise that most burglaries occur during the hours that people are most likely to be away from the home. People are at work, kids are at school and for a burglar, and this is just the setting they need to take action. More than half of the burglaries that take place occur during the daytime.

One in every 36 homes in the U.S. will be burglarized, so it is important that you take the necessary precautions to help prevent your home from being one of the victims to this crime. Consequently, about every 13 seconds a burglary takes place and once the burglar has gained access in your home they are there for no longer than 15 minutes. Believe it or not, the most common point of entry for a burglar is actually the front door. Burglars want to look as innocent as possible which is why they will knock and try the front door first.

Most burglars go straight for the master bedroom.  Knowing this, do not keep valuables out. Burglars are looking for items that are easy to take and easy to sell. Items like jewelry or electronics are perfect to steal because they are essentially untraceable and easy to pawn. Having burglar deterrents is key to giving your home more protection. For those who want to be absolutely certain their home is protected, there are also options such as a home security systems, home alarm systems, or even dummy cameras. Regardless of how much you want to spend, home security is affordable for everyone.

Take Action Before a Burglar Does

The harder you make it to get into your home the lower your chances are for a burglar to try to break in. Obviously, make sure you lock your doors and windows while you are away from your home. No matter how safe you feel that your neighborhood is, it’s not worth risking your home being burglarized.

There are simple and affordable ways to protect your home and give you peace of mind while you are away. Having deadbolt locks and maintaining the plants and bushes in your yard will also help keep away potential burglars (fewer places to hide). If you are going on vacation it is a really good idea to have either a neighbor keep an eye on your house or have someone house sit. Ask whoever is watching your home to collect newspapers from your driveway to prevent your home from looking vacant. Although burglaries are most likely to occur during the day, you want to make sure your home still looks occupied at night. Keeping a couple of lights on a timer will usually do the trick.

Become Aware of Burglars Tactics

It is important that you are aware of the people that are around you. As mentioned before, some burglars will actually knock or ring the doorbell to check if someone is home. If you are home and answer, they may act like they are selling something or ask for directions somewhere. For many of us we may want to help this person out because they seem innocent, but knowing this is what burglars do can help prevent any burglaries. If you ever notice anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call the local authorizes. It is better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to your home, family, and personal belongings. If your home even looks like it will take too long to get into, chances are the burglar will skip your home and try somewhere else.

Knowing that burglars are out and about more this time of year because of the warm weather approaching us, make sure that your home and family are protected. The little things we do to secure our home can make a big difference in the long run.

Evolve Through Z-Wave

Everyone is a potential victim of breaking and entering, unfortunately. It’s a frightening thought: A creeper, prowling around, sniffing through your stuff, wanting to steal pieces of your life for their own personal gain. How do you stop it from happening?

Your first goal when it comes to home security should be this: Scare the living daylights out of thieves and stop them in their tracks- before they even consider targeting your home or business. The best way to do this is what I like to call preliminary warnings. Yard signs, window stickers and driveway security lights let burglars know that they are being watched and are stationed outside to scare them from coming inside. Basically: Stop them at your sidewalk.

Let’s think about the psychology of a petty thief for a moment. What do they want? Cash or high-valued goods- like jewelry. How do they want it? Fast. Did you know that over 50% of burglars live within 2 miles of the home they burglarize? To see a great visual of the characteristics of a burglar, click here: Characteristics of a Burglar.

What does this mean? Petty burglars don’t want to be seen or heard when they break in to your home, they don’t want anybody inside when they enter and they want to grab and go as fast as humanly possible. Did you know that most burglaries are non-violent, are usually committed by white men under the age of 25 and are over in less than 12 minutes?

Which again brings us back to: Stop them at your sidewalk. If it’s dark outside, the yard signs and warning stickers may not work. What if your driveway light malfunctions? What is your fail safe plan? Home automation. Make sure the lights are always on inside and keep the burglars outside.

Many new-aged alarm systems come with Z-Wave capability. This allows you to control lights and other appliances straight through your alarm system including- setting them on a timer.

Home Security Store recently started carrying Evolve Z-Wave products that really simplify and expand what you can do with home automation. Instead of buying a Z-Wave compatible lamp or other appliance, these products make electrical plugs Z-Wave compatible meaning all appliances plugged into that plug become Z-Wave compatible.

The LOM-15 Wall Mount Outlet Module  is actually a replacement wall outlet with two plugs for appliances. So if you install one of these, you can technically now schedule on/off times for 2 living room lamps through your home alarm system! Keep them on through the wee hours of the night and even though your electrical bill might slightly go up- you’ll be keeping those criminals outside.

The LDM-15 Plug In Lamp Module is similar to the LOM-15, but features an entirely different purpose. This module plugs directly into a wall outlet (and has a 3 prong plug of its own built in) and dims your lamps. Remember how I mentioned electricity bills going up? The LDM-15 works against that. It still keeps your home lit at night with less of a toll on your pocket book.

Thermostats, garage doors, and coffee machines other great appliances to set timers on through Z-Wave alarm systems. If you have a strong daily routine, you might honestly get to a point where you never have to flick a switch in your home ever again!

These new Evolve Z-Wave products have tremendous capability. They work to turn your humble abode into a fully functional smart home at an affordable price. Most importantly, they work to keep the bad guys out and the good guys safe.

Tips on Using Your Smartphone to Maximize Home Security

Today, most people use a smartphone to check email, send text messages, snap photos and some even still make phone calls on these devices. In addition to these basic activities, most people also enjoy customizing their smartphones with various applications which allow them to do everything from calculating mortgage rates to retaliating against mischievous animated pigs. Perhaps one of the niftiest things people are doing with smartphones, however, involves home security and home automation. Read on to discover the various ways that you can maximize your home’s security right from the palm of your hand.

Using Your Smartphone With Your Alarm System

One of the best ways to increase home security with a smartphone is to have a phone that communicates with your alarm system. It should be noted that security systems which offer this feature can typically also be used with tablets, laptops and personal computers. Essentially, these types of alarm systems allow you to perform a variety of tasks, including setting and resetting your alarm system by using your smartphone as a remote keypad. Alarm systems that interact with smartphones can be of the wireless or hardwired variety and offer a variety of different features, such as the We.R Self-Monitored Wireless Alarm and Security Camera Kit with Built-in GSM, which runs on your home’s internet network.

Handheld Surveillance

Video surveillance is another very popular way of integrating smartphone technology with home security. Depending upon which video surveillance kit you install in your home, you may be able to remotely view live video as well as recorded footage captured by your DVR. For example, the Lasertech Complete Surveillance Kit with 4 IR Cameras and DVR (featured in our main store) can be programmed so that homeowners can remotely view live video streams and even take still photos which can be saved for later. This especially comes in handy when using a burglar alarm with a smartphone. Imagine receiving an alert that an alarm is going off at your house while you are away and being able to remotely peer into your home to take photos and record video of anyone found to be inside.

In addition to home security, systems like these come in handy for monitoring teenagers while adults are away from home or even to make sure that children arrived home from school safely while you, the parent, are at work. The ability to watch what goes on inside of your home is also useful in situations where laborers are working in the home, including nannies, home improvement contractors, plumbers and others. Remote surveillance is even popular among family members who wish to check in on an elderly loved one remotely as this type of 24/7 video access helps to add a layer of security that simultaneously helps seniors maintain a sense of independence.

GPS Tracking

Of course, there’s nothing more important in our lives than the safety and security of our loved ones…especially our children. Fortunately, security manufacturers feel the same way and have created devices like the SecurTrac SecuraPAL GPS Child Tracking Device which allows parents to know a child’s whereabouts at all times. Easy to conceal in a pocket or a backpack, devices like this one allow parents to use a smartphone or other computing device to remotely locate a child on-demand. Whether children are outside playing in the neighborhood or traveling to or from school, parents can pinpoint that a child is where she or he is supposed to be and if danger is evident, this device also works to provide the street address closest to the child along with directions leading to that address.

A World of Possibilities

So, as you can see, there are a number of ways that you can interact with your home’s security system via your smartphone or tablet computer. With new technology being introduced at such a rapid pace, we believe that it is just a matter of time before everyone is using a smartphone to help protect their home against intruders and environmental dangers. We fully intend to continue offering these useful DIY solutions as they are made available to the public. Home Security Store is thrilled to be on the forefront of this automated revolution in offering you affordable smart technology that you can install on your own and expand as you see fit.

Share Your Experience

Do you currently use a smartphone with your home security system? Have you thought about doing so? Why or why not? In the future, what sort of home security functions would you like to be able to use a smartphone to engage in? Any special tips you’d like to share with our readers? We always appreciate your input and look forward to reading your comments in the space provided below.

Not A Boyscout? Get Ready Fuel

Andrew wasn’t a boy scout. He wasn’t the “outdoors” type. In fact, every time he reached the outer-limits of Los Angeles, his heart beat would speed up and his mind would slow down. He was a city boy, through and through. He believed the tallest mountain in the world was the US Bank Tower in Downtown and to this day, he still believes you can white water raft on the LA River.

I found myself always wondering: What creates a person of this genetic make-up? Is it possible a man could go his whole life without ever actually embracing the Earth’s natural beauty? You can imagine- as a Caveman- this was hard for me to fathom.

So one day, while we were chowing down at the Rainforest Cafe in Anaheim, he mentioned a business-wide retreat to Mammoth. He was basically debating with himself if he should go or not right in front of me at the table. LA people- I will never understand.

His words: “Upside, kids get to see what the wilderness is like. Downside, it’s Yosemite. Upside, day-long hikes and I have been feeling a bit beefy lately. Downside, it’s Yosemite.” So I cut in, hoping to find this deep discomfort he has with the outdoors: “What’s wrong with Yosemite?”

It was like I had just unlocked Pandora’s Box. He named every imaginable problem a person could ever run into in the wilderness: “Bears.. Mud slides.. You lose your compass, you lose your life.” It was eye-opening and frustrating at the same time. I was determined to get to the bottom of his kooky fear of the great outdoors by the end of this conversation. So finally I asked, “What happened?”

His fast-moving lips suddenly slowed down. Realizing he finally had to share this with somebody, he perfectly explained a story of how he was separated from his father and brother on a hike in the mountains once. He was alone, lost and the dark had set in on a chilly night. He had a backpack with supplies, none of which could really help him stay warm in the night- including emergency food and extra clothes.

Worst- he didn’t know how to start a fire. He was found the next morning by a search and rescue team and developed pneumonia because of the freezing temperatures the night before. His most poignant words: “I’ll never forget that cold.” Andrew almost died, mostly because he didn’t know how to start a fire.

If Andrew would’ve had Ready Fuel he wouldn’t have nearly froze to death. READY FUEL is this little gel substance that turns to fire with the strike of a match. It comes in on-the-go pouches, burns for up to 20 minutes and gets hot enough to boil a pot of water. Tested and approved by the U.S. Military, it’s great to have in a camping kit or as part of your survival gear.

I had to share this because, technically Andrew thought he was prepared for the outdoors. He had his first aid kit, extra clothes, water and food. He even had a lighter, but nothing to start a fire with.

If you’re an Outdoorsman and don’t know how to start a fire, fear not my friends. Ready fuel is your fast and easy solution. Don’t be an Andrew and more importantly- don’t get trapped in the pace of city life. Get out there and get out there with a plan. Cavemen for Ready Fuel 2013.

 

8 Simple Steps to Starting a Neighborhood Watch Program

In addition to a DIY home security system, you may also reduce the likelihood of becoming a burglary victim by starting a neighborhood watch program. Doing so raises your community’s awareness about crime as all of your neighbors work together to reduce the number of vandalisms, burglaries and other unfortunate events in your area. Starting a neighborhood watch program is not too difficult, but it does require a proper amount of planning and communication with others in your community.

The following steps do not have to be followed in this exact order, but serve as a general outline for starting a neighborhood watch program in your area:

1. Contact Your Local Law Enforcement Agency

It is very likely that your local police department has already identified an officer or two to act as a neighborhood watch liaison. This person is a central resource for identifying crime trends and statistics, as well as providing useful information for crime prevention. In many cases, a neighborhood watch officer will even attend your meetings in order to answer questions and address concerns, as well as distribute pertinent and reliable information about crimes in your area.

2. Select a Meeting Time and Location

Increasingly, neighborhood watch members are able to maintain contact with one another and learn about happenings in the community via websites and digital forums. However, it will be necessary, at least initially, to periodically meet in person in order to address crime in your neighborhood. It is, therefore, important to select a central location for your meeting place. Depending on the expected size of your group, some venues to consider are:

  • Libraries
  • Schools
  • Restaurants that offer private and reserved meeting areas
  • Community recreation centers
  • A member’s home

When targeting a location, be sure that it offers adequate and convenient parking. You may also want to select a location with an appropriate amount of electrical outlets and that offers wifi service if you plan to use a projector, a computer or a video device.

Be sure to also select a date and time that will be the most convenient for your neighbors to attend.

3. Identify Boundaries

Define the boundaries that your program will cover. For example, you may want to address the issue of crime within a four block radius or, if you live in a planned community, you may want to include the entire development. Your neighborhood watch program can be as small or as large as you think is necessary to be effective.

4. Invite the Neighborhood

After you’ve defined your neighborhood boundaries and have secured a meeting location, date and time, begin advertising your group and inviting your neighbors to participate. Some of the means by which you may choose to do so include:

  • Distributing flyers door-to-door
  • Posting information on community bulletin boards
  • Publishing a press release in your local newspapers
  • Advertising in local newsletters

Remember that it is illegal to place flyers or other items in private mailboxes. Also, if you live in an organized community with a homeowner’s association, be sure to check your bylaws for rules about distributing information.

You may also want to consider starting a private blog or a website where members can do things like view meeting calendars, access important contact information, read and share articles about home security, and stay abreast of agenda topics discussed at each meeting. This doesn’t have to be a costly endeavor as many free options for blogs and websites exist. You may, however, want to recruit an Internet-savvy neighbor to be responsible for the overall design and upkeep of your site or blog.

5. Prepare a Brief Presentation and Your Meeting Agenda

Prior to your actual meeting, it is important to draft an agenda that includes a brief presentation. You may lead the presentation yourself or you may find another member who is willing to do so. Schedule permitting, your law enforcement liaison may also offer a brief presentation. Be advised, however, that work-related duties may result in a liaison’s late cancellation, so it always helps to have a backup presentation ready just in case.

Topics that you may want to adddress in each meeting include things like:

  • Current crime statistics affecting your area
  • Current crime trends taking place in your area
  • Group concerns about crime
  • Crime prevention and home security tips
  • DIY home security (burglar alarms, security lighting, alarm monitoring, etc.)

6. Ask For Help

It helps to start your neighborhood watch program with others in your community. Even if you’ve spearheaded it alone, however, don’t plan on doing everything yourself in the future. Instead, at your first meeting ask others to volunteer for duties like:

  • Administrative support
  • Spokesperson (at other community events, press events, etc.)
  • Technical support
  • Organizing meetings

Busy schedules may cause people to shy away from volunteering for key group positions, so consider asking for short-term commitments like three month or six month terms.

7. Schedule Future Meeting Dates

Whether your group will meet weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or quarterly, it will help to have a calendar prepared and ready to distribute at your first meeting. This will help keep your group organized and keep its momentum going.

8. Provide Members With a Contact Roster

At your first meeting (and at all subsequent meetings) invite members to share their contact information. Provide a sign-in sheet that asks for two telephone numbers and an email address for each household. This way, if neighbors need to contact one another to question or point out suspicious activity in the neighborhood, they have a way of quickly, discreetly and conveniently doing so. After you’ve collected this information, prepare a roster that can be distributed at your next meeting. If you will feature this information on your group’s blog or website, be sure to feature it in a private section of your site that is password protected so that members are the only ones with access to this list.

Tell Us What You Think

Have you ever started a neighborhood watch program? Are you a member of a program in your area? What are your most pressing questions or concerns about neighborhood watch programs, in general?

Nature’s Power – Learn How to Power Your Devices Anywhere

Man is nature. Nature is man. Somehow, between the glorious days of living off the land and embracing our natural setting we’ve landed here. 2013. A time in which palm-sized devices filled with technology run our lives. The earth has become a concrete jungle.

Man must strike a balance. We need the wilderness. We need that peaceful release. But we also need this technology to keep today’s sense of life afloat. Where do they meet?

Let’s talk about power. Power is the single most important necessity beyond food, water and shelter that keeps our day-to-day and night-to-night lives moving forward. If us Cavemen would have thought of this, 2013 would feel like 4013. But hey- electricity wasn’t on top of our To-Do List 2 million years ago.

Power is also fragile. There’s no promise that it will be there tomorrow. What does life feel like when your neighborhood has a power outage? I think most would agree that it feels like the most frustrating, unproductive day of the year. So, how do you protect yourself from being the victim of power failure?

Nature Power. Nature Power has a new line of products currently stocked at Home Security Store that are built to keep your necessities powered when power either fails or is inaccessible. Before your imagination gets the best of you- these products are for personal power protection. They’re made for keeping iPhones, iPads, Androids, blackberries and all of those world-wide communication devices charged. They’re especially useful for camping trips and to include in your survival gear.

The 55006 Nature Power Solar Panel, for example, has a USB port built into it. Almost all brands and designs of cell phones and tablets connect to a power source via USB plug. This thing is a complete, self-sufficient charging unit that embraces the Sun’s power to keep you charged. It is water-resistant and has the portability to travel with you anywhere.

Some camping areas and end of the world hideouts are under some kind of shelter. How do you use the solar panel there? You don’t. That’s what the 80020 Power Bank 5.0 is for. This portable Power is charged ahead of time. On one full charge, it can charge one cell phone up to 5 times or double the life an iPad. It has a stunning 5000 mAh Lithium-Polymer battery built-in. That’s a portable power charger you don’t want to leave home without.

The gap between the wilderness and the real world will always be wide but portable power supplies work as the bridge that keeps your worlds together. In a way, we’ve victoriously out-smarted power. Store up while you can.

I am a Caveman and I endorsed this message.

Safety and Security For Every Age Group

In discussions about home security, adults tend to think about general security like burglar alarms, fire alarms, security lighting and the like. While these items are certainly among the top devices which need to be installed in order to protect a home, they are not the only options currently available on the DIY home security market. Let’s take a moment to explore some of the niche products that offer increased security and protection for people of all ages.

Security For Infants and Young Children

Households with little ones should all be baby-proofed and equipped with items designed to protect young children. Some of the items Home Security Store offers in this realm include:

  • Baby monitors
  • Outlet plugs
  • Child locators
  • Pool sensor alarms (households with small dogs should also make use of these)

A household might be equipped with an excellent DIY security alarm, such as the Honeywell Vista 20P Total Connect Starter Kit, but if little ones are not protected by pool sensor alarms, outlet plugs and other niche products that are especially designed to act as a barrier between children and danger, the results can be devastating.

Teen and Young Adult Security

Older children, teenagers and young adults enjoy a sense of independence and autonomy. Making the transition from a parent’s constant watchful eye to being able to stay home alone or even move about the community alone is an important time in a young person’s life. We can’t afford to throw caution to the wind at this stage, however, which is why it is important to arm young people with personal protection devices, such as Mace Pepper Guard spray.

Modern technology has also made it easier than ever to keep track of children when they are away from home. Today’s children can discreetly carry a device like SecuraTrac SecuraPAL GPS Child Tracking Device, which uses satellite and mobile technologies to pinpoint a person’s location at all times. Small enough to fit in a pocket, purse or a backpack, this nifty device communicates with parent’s smartphones and personal computing devices so that a young person’s whereabouts never have to be in question.

General Adult Homeowner Security

Every home should be equipped with a monitored home security alarm. DIY options make it possible for most budgets to afford a good system and with monitoring as low as $8.95 per month (see our main store for details), there really is no excuse for anyone to bypass this important security necessity. Adults should also be aware of general home security advice, such as maintaining adequate lighting around a home’s perimeter, clearly displaying signage indicating the presence of a home security system, using diversion safes for storing jewelry and other valuables, and equipping the home with environmental alarms in an effort to prevent disasters caused by flooding, humidity, freezing temperatures or fire.

Senior Citizen Security

Today’s senior citizens tend to live independently and lead active lifestyles. Still, special protection is needed in order to ensure their safety at home and while moving about the community. In addition to a security alarm system, some of the best devices and gadgets for this age group include:

  • Pepper spray
  • Medical alert systems
  • Wireless panic buttons
  • Video intercoms
  • GPS tracking devices (particularly if cognitive impairments are recognized)

In addition to being targeted for burglary crimes, seniors are often the target of scams and even pranks. Salespeople also often bombard this demographic with various unnecessary offers and products. Devices like video intercoms help reduce the contact that an elderly person has with unannounced strange visitors (i.e. scam artists, nagging salespeople or criminals) who may approach a senior’s front door. The Samsung Video Door Intercom Master Station is especially good for weeding out visitors and it can be programmed to work with electronic door strikes should the homeowner decide that it is safe to grant someone access without physically having to walk to the front door to do so.

Beyond the Burglar Alarm

As you can see, modern security manufacturers have been hard at work creating useful products to protect you and your loved ones. Home Security Store is rooting for your safety, which is why we offer everything from burglar alarms to survival kits in our main store. We believe that a person is never too young or too old to benefit from home security or personal protection devices, which is why we have taken the time to hand-select some of the best that are currently offered in the marketplace.

Your Thoughts?

As always, we welcome your thoughts and ideas. In your experience, what are some of the best devices for personal safety and security used by members of your family? Do you have any special concerns or ideas for increasing security for children or adults in your household or your community? Please take a moment and share your wisdom or ask your questions in the space provided below.