Monthly Archives: June 2013

Baby Steps to Home Automation

Ever dream of living in a smart home? You know, a home where everything is automated and there’s little left for you to do but relax after coming home from a long day’s work. The ambient temperature is just right, your favorite CD is queued to play as soon as you walk in the door and home really does feel like sweet home.

The Future Has Arrived

Home automation may still sound foreign to some of our readers, but really it’s not some faraway future concept, but it’s here right now and completely accessible to you. Turning your home into a smart home is a lot easier than you may realize. In fact, a few baby steps that you can take today to raise your home’s IQ are as easy as lights, cameras, action.

Lights

Manually turning lights on and off is so 21st century. Also, there’s no need to rush home to turn your lights on in order to deter burglars any more than there are reasons why your home should be in the dark while you’re away (which is like a welcome sign to criminals). Instead, automate your home by installing X10 lighting, which allows you to automatically control which lights turn on and off in your home and when.

While this concept is not entirely new (my grandma had her lights on a timer in the 70s), devices like Skylink Home Deluxe Lighting Kit have brought this idea a long way from the early days when the technology was first used. We highly recommend this product, because not only does it come from a brand that you can trust, but it is affordable and involves a very simple installation so that you can begin using it right away.

In addition to being used for indoor and outdoor lighting, X10 lighting control can also be employed to power your media devices and other gadgets that rely on AC power. For those of you who’ve seriously considered what it would take to automate a home, this is your most logical and practical first step.

Cameras

After automating lighting and other electronic devices, the next step toward complete home automation is to install cameras throughout and around a home. Not only do these devices provide top-notch security, as well as burglary deterrents, but they also allow you remote access to your home at any time from wherever you are on the entire planet. Imagine vacationing thousands of miles away from home on the other side of the globe, yet still being able to peek inside of your home at any time during the day or night. This is exactly what can be done with devices like the Lorex Vantage Stream Wireless Network Camera.

Not only will remote surveillance cameras allow you 24/7 remote access inside of your home, but similar devices also allow you to know what’s going on around your home at all times. You can even interact with people who approach your home without ever having to compromise your own security by actually coming face to face with these individuals. Specifically, we’re referring to video intercoms like the Comelit Hands Free Expandable Color Intercom Kit. This device is also expandable to include as many as four monitors and two separate door bell cameras, and can even be set to remotely unlock a door once an occupant inside has deemed it safe to do so.

Action

With lights and cameras working to make your home more intelligent than you ever thought possible, consider taking another step into the future by controlling other actions, such as your home’s temperature. There’s nothing worse than having to wait for your home to heat up when it’s freezing outside except for possibly waiting for your air conditioning to cool it off when the weather reaches sweltering conditions. With the environmental control devices featured on our main site, however, there’s no need to wait for these ambient temperatures to reach the levels that you desire. Instead, while you’re en route to your home, a device like the Freeze Alarm Deluxe can allow you to adjust the temperature so that it is perfect by the time you arrive.

Simple, Affordable and Effective Approaches to Home Automation

So, as you can see, the future is here. Getting started with home automation only requires a few baby steps like the ones described above. These will serve as your smart home foundation while you continue to explore other options which will help your home achieve even greater automation. In fact, we have an entire section dedicated to home automation at our main store, so be sure to check it out before you go.

We Want to Hear From You

Have you begun automating your home? What devices have you installed, so far? Which ones would you like to install in the future? Your comments and thoughts play an important role on this blog and we hope that you’ll chime in below and share them with us now.

Safety From Domestic Violence

Domestic violence (DV) is often seen as a women’s issue. The truth, however, is that it is everyone’s issue. Allowing unnecessary and unwarranted violence toward anyone to exist anywhere only weakens society as a whole. Here at Home Security Store, home and personal safety is always a priority and today we want to explore some of the ways in which we can all combat domestic violence.

Beyond Just Being the Plight of Women

Let’s be clear, domestic violence does not only affect women, but children and even men are often victims of these crimes. DV is also not only defined in terms of physical harm, but also includes verbal assault, psychological threats, various forms of sexual abuse and emotional bullying. It does not only affect the person person being directly harmed either, but also those witnessing the abuse– including children and other eyewitnesses who suffer long term psychological, emotional and social trauma as a result. With an estimated 12 million reported victims of intimate partner violence per year in the United States, DV affects people of all social, ethnic and economic levels. It will, therefore, take people from every corner of America to educate others about the havoc it wreaks in our communities.

Be On the Lookout

In order to effectively fight against future occurrences of domestic violence, all of us must be diligent in recognizing and reporting it. In addition to obvious signs of physical abuse, such as bruising, bleeding and broken bones, a few of the tell-tale symptoms that another is being victimized by this sort of crime might include:

  • Social withdrawal
  • A person not being allowed access to household or personal money
  • Being publicly humiliated by a partner
  • A person indicating fear of a partner
  • Frequent absences in work, school or regular social meetings
  • The inability to be away from a partner for periods of time (as in spending time with family, friends or at social events apart from a spouse or partner)

Take Action

Often, when abuse is suspected in someone else’s home or relationship, people will avoid addressing it for a variety of reasons ranging from fear to simply feeling that it is not an outsider’s place to interfere. Consider this, however, it is far better to risk offending a neighbor by taking action against suspected abuse than it is to allow a victim to endure it without offering assistance. Just recently in Ohio, three women were rescued from a man who held them captive for 10 years inside of his home. The man who rescued the women, Charles Ramsey, originally believed that the plea for help coming from one of the women was stemming from a situation of domestic violence. Still, Mr. Ramsey chose to respond and as a result three women who’d been kidnapped and tortured for a decade were finally free. Along with this group of women, a child (the result of the rape of one of the victims) was also discovered. Had Charles Ramsey decided that the suspected abuse of a single woman was none of his business, where would these four victims be today?

When DV is suspected, we should take care in applying the following advice:

  • Listen to a victim’s pleas
  • Do not judge, criticize or condemn a victim for being in an abusive relationship
  • Do not try to second-guess a victim’s story– take it at face value and offer help
  • If a violent incident is in progress, immediately contact the authorities
  • If you suspect, but are unsure that a person is being abused don’t beat around the bush…ask them about it!

If You Are a Victim

Do not hesitate to remove yourself from a situation where physical, sexual, emotional or psychological abuse is taking place. You are not at fault and help is available. No matter what an abuser has told you, people will help you, they will believe you and you do not have to feel ashamed to be in your position.

If you have removed yourself from an abusive situation, yet still fear the perpetrator contact your local courts about taking legal steps to keep that person away from you. Also, invest in a good security alarm system and surveillance cameras to protect yourself while at home. If your abuser has keys to your home, immediately change your locks– preferably to deadbolts and even consider a gadget like the Keypout Lock Bumping/Dead Bolt Protector to make sure that a lock cannot be opened by a process known as bumping. Even better, a keyless entry system will assure that you and the people whom you authorize are the only ones allowed access to your home.

This Post Courtesy Of a Special Comment

This post was inspired by a reader who, in reference to an earlier post entitled Tips For Single Women Living Alone, found my advice misleading. According to Janette’s comment, a large number of violent crimes against women are perpetrated by someone that the woman knows. While I think that the advice given in the original post was appropriate for single women and not in the least bit misleading, I do agree with Janette that more attention needs to be drawn to the issue of domestic violence and, hopefully, have made some progress on this blog in that area today.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-787-3224 right away.

When You Speak, We Listen

We are grateful for all of your comments on this blog as they help us in addressing your most pressing security questions, issues and concerns. What are your thoughts on combatting domestic violence? Please, let’s continue this discussion in the space provided below.

5 Dangerous Mistakes That Alarm Owners Make

Installing a home security system is one of the best and wisest actions a homeowner can take. Unfortunately, even after taking the time to install a system, a lot of homeowners make serious mistakes which could lead to a loss of property or injury. The following are just a few of the most common mistakes made by homeowners AFTER an alarm installation:

Failure to Arm an Alarm System

This is a personal pet peeve of mine. Over and over again, I visit the homes of friends and relatives who have expensive state-of-the-art alarm systems that they do not arm. Why? What would cause a person to be so careless? A few of the reasons I know of include:

“I forgot the alarm code.”

“I leave it off, because I’m constantly triggering it by accident and it’s just too loud.”

“The kids don’t know how to use it, so we just leave it alone.”

“Ah, it’s broad daylight outside…no one’s going to break into our house at this time.”

The excuses go on and on, but you get the picture. The solutions to these issues are always a lot easier to implement than the loss of valuables due to a burglary, but people have a way of convincing themselves that such a crime will never actually happen to them.

Failure to Have an Alarm System Monitored

This is probably one of the most common failures among people who own alarm systems. To be fair, this one isn’t entirely their fault since alarm vendors routinely overcharge for this service. We’ve blogged about it before, but in case you’re just joining us, some of the biggest alarm vendors in town charge in excess of $30 per month for a service that actually costs less than $9 per month. Why, you ask? Well, the extra $21 or so dollars per month per household that a vendor actually pockets appears to be the motive here.

Oh, you thought those advertisements for free equipment and free installation were really free? Sorry. No.

Failure to Investigate the Source of Frequent False Alarms

False alarms aren’t really false. Sure, they may not indicate that a break-in is in progress, but they are typically signaling something important including:

  • A faulty installation
  • Loose door or window contacts
  • Something interfering with the contacts
  • A low battery

No alarm system in good working condition should emit false alarms…especially not frequent ones. Not only can this be costly (some police departments charge the homeowner a fee if they are repeatedly called out to investigate), but people become desensitized to frequent alarms and response times can suffer as a result. Frequent false alarms are a signal to investigate NOT ignore!

Failure to Replace an Alarm’s Battery

This applies mainly to homeowners with wireless alarm systems. Batteries on most alarm systems last at least a year and in many cases much longer. They should also be tested frequently according to the manufacturer’s instructions. When it is realized that a battery is getting low, it should be replaced right away. Even if the alarm was professionally installed, homeowners can and should replace the battery on their own as quickly as possible. Those who ignore this advice, however, frequently experience false alarms and other alarm failures.

Sharing the Alarm Code With Others

Outside of the people who live in your home, no one else should know your alarm’s code. Yet, I know people who randomly give the code out to other people without a second thought. Or, if they don’t outright give the code to someone, they do very little to shield it while disarming a system. Guess people don’t realize the percentage of homes that are broken into by people who are familiar to them.

Tip: If you have a cleaning service or other workers who you want to have access to your home while you’re away, most alarm systems allow you to have secondary codes for precisely this reason.

Are You Making a Serious Mistake With Your Alarm System?

Hopefully, you’re not making any of the mistakes detailed above. And if you are, please take this as a timely warning to stop and immediately change direction. There is no excuse under the sun for having an alarm system and not using it for your family’s security.

If you have questions about your alarm’s proper use, we encourage you to give us a call. Even if your alarm was purchased from another vendor or installed professionally, we still welcome the opportunity to discuss your alarm concerns with you.

Sound Off

What are some of the most common security alarm mistakes you’ve made or that you’ve witnessed other homeowners make? Don’t be shy, we’ve all made security mistakes before, but when we know better we do better, right? Here’s your chance to tell us all about yours below and, who knows? You just may be the person to help someone else avoid a similar mistake.

The Top 5 Reasons Burglars Love You

Yes, you. By the end of this post, I want you all to tell me to go jump in a lake; that I’m way off base and that you are appalled that I would even suggest such a thing. I want you to argue your case and tell me why this post doesn’t apply to you. Why? Well, because we hope that our long-time readers don’t fit the bill for the following list of the top 5 reasons why burglars love you:

You Believe That Burglaries Don’t Happen in Your Neighborhood

Your neighborhood is a safe one, right? You can leave your doors unlocked, sleep with your windows open and you can even leave your garage door wide open while you’re away without having to worry about an intruder violating your space. This sort of security is a perk of the neighborhood that you choose to live in, right? One where there’s very little crime, everyone knows each other and you don’t feel as though you have to look over your shoulder 24 hours a day, right?

Well, burglars love you because you’re misinformed about the types of neighborhoods where burglaries are prone to happen. Try this: call your local police department and ask them how safe all of the behaviors described above actually are. Ask them how likely it is that a burglar would target your home. Can’t blame a burglar for singling out homeowners like yourself (well, you can blame them, but…) because you make it so easy for them.

You Don’t Believe That Home Security Alarms Actually Work

Browsing the web, it’s easy to find armchair security experts disseminating false information. They maintain that security alarms are a waste of time and that alarm monitoring is a waste of money. Burglars love it when you listen to these people because then they don’t have to worry about you erecting barriers between them and the contents of your home.

You Believe That a Gun Is All the Security That You Need

On the one hand, a burglar may fear you if he knows that you have a gun. That’s a big if, though, since he likely wouldn’t know this just by looking at your house or even by watching you come and go. Still, burglars love you because, even if they know that you are armed and dangerous, they also know that you’re not always at home.

Since burglars have one goal  in mind…a good score, they may also find your home attractive because, let’s face it, guns can sometimes net a good profit. And if you’re an avid gun collector without an alarm system, even better! Yep, a gun can be a source of protection, but if it’s the only protection that exists, you just might attract a burglar who likes your guns, too.

You Believe That Your Dog Is All the Protection That You Need

Burglars study their trade and, believe it or not, not all of them are afraid of dogs. Besides, a lot of burglars are people who’ve been in your home before and who either know your dog or know that your dog is all bark and little bite. Even if you have a big ferocious dog, a determined burglar will likely get around her or him if the stakes are high enough for him to want to try. Things like poisoning dogs or harming them in some other way are stories which abound in the press. I’ll spare you the gory details, but Google: dog hurt during burglary if you don’t believe me.

Now, to be fair, not every burglar will love you if you’re of this mindset and a dog can be a good deterrent. We even sell the Rex Plus Electronic Watchdog Alarm, because we know that a barking dog is a good security layer. If it is the only security measure that you’ve taken to protect your home, however, you just may be warming a burglar’s heart without even knowing it.

By the way, did I ever tell you about the time that our dog was shot by burglars? Yeah, it can happen.

Beyond Locking Your Doors and Windows, Home Security Rarely Ever Crosses Your Mind

If home security isn’t even on your radar, you are a burglar’s dream. They love it when things like seeking security tips or installing an alarm kit are the furthest from your mind. Not to worry, they’ll probably find your home a less attractive target once it’s broken into, however. After all, it’s usually only after such an unfortunate event that people like yourself begin to fortify a home with various home security devices.

Do Burglars Fancy You?

As things stand right now, are you the type of homeowner that a burglar hopes to find? Or are we completely off base in terms of how you view home security? If you don’t want your house or apartment to be a burglar’s dream destination, then we’re here to help you figure out how to make it as unattractive to these types of criminals as possible.

Severe Weather Tips

Lately, various states throughout the country have been experiencing severe weather conditions that have destroyed their homes. Many people die in the United States each year because of severe weather conditions. Whether it is a result of heat, lightning, flash floods, thunderstorms, hail, hurricanes, tornadoes or other conditions, thousands of people face these weather patterns throughout the year.

It is important for you to become aware of the weather patterns that you may face in and around your area. For example, people who live in Southern California do not have to prepare for or be concerned with tornadoes or blizzards like those in Oklahoma have to.

 

There are some things that you can do when general severe weather conditions strike:

  1. Create a disaster plan for your family. This can greatly benefit your family because you will be   better prepared and remain calm when something takes place.
  2. Locate a safe place to take shelter. For those who live where hurricanes or tornadoes take place you will want to build a safe house or know where a sturdy shelter is close to you.
  3. Educate yourself on the weather patterns that occur where you live.
  4. Keep an NOAA radio handy as well as a three-day water supply, survival kits, and a first aid kit.

 

Tornado and Hurricane Safety

  • Seek shelter primarily in a safe house and if not there, then in a sturdy building.
  • Go to the lowest level of any buildings you take shelter in.
  • Get out of any vehicles you are in. Never try to outrun a tornado. Vehicles can be easily tosses around and tornadoes often change paths quickly.
  • Look out for flying debris. Most deaths and injuries from tornadoes are caused by flying debris.
  • Never seek shelter under bridges or highway overpasses.

 

Lightning Safety

  • Lightning can travel 5-10 miles away from the actual thunderstorm and can strike in clear skies.
  • Move to a sturdy shelter or vehicle.
  • If you are in your car when lightning strikes do not touch any metal surfaces.
  • Stay away from any tall trees, poles, or structures.
  • If the time between the lightning and thunder is 30 seconds or less, immediately find a safe shelter.

 

Flash Flood Safety

  • Half of all deaths in flash floods occur while people are driving.
  • Evacuate to high ground as soon as possible.
  • If you notice a flooded area while driving it is absolutely necessary that you turn around.
  • It only takes about six inches of fast moving water to sweep a person off of their feet.
  • If there is a flash flood do not drive at night.
  • Understand the difference between flash flood warning and flash flood watch. Flash flood warnings are only alerting people that a possible flash flood may occur. Flash flood watches are alerting people that a flash flood is either about to occur or already taking place and if advised, people should get to high grounds immediately.

 

Hail

  • Although it is rare that someone actually dies from large pieces of hail, they can still cause injuries.
  • Large hail clumps can actually fall at speeds up to 100mph.
  • Seek sturdy shelter and stay away from windows or anything that can be easily smashed.

 

In any severe weather situation you will want to make sure that your family members know the appropriate action to take. There are pre-made survival kits that can be purchased or you can create your own. Depending on the type of disaster you will want to check with your home insurance company to see what can be covered if a severe weather condition takes place. By educating yourself and being prepared you will know how to keep your family and loved ones safe. In many of these weather conditions we have no control over what happens to our belongings and homes but it is our biggest priority to keep our loved ones safe.

Devices That Help You Be in Two Places At Once

Ever wished you could be in two places at the same time? Perhaps you’d like to be able to stay home to spend time with your children, but you’ve got to work or have to travel away from home. And speaking of traveling, anyone with teenagers can surely relate to wanting to keep an eye on things at home while away. Business owners may also want to monitor work spaces remotely, not only to guard against theft and vandalism, but also just to look in on employees from time to time just to be certain that business is being handled as it should be.

Today’s technology not only makes it possible to do all of these things and more, but everyone reading this can do so at an affordable price. Gone are the days where a professional was needed to install complicated wiring and teach adults how to use the latest gadgets. Modern devices like the ones that you’re about to be introduced to can be used by just about anyone and they are are as simple to understand as they are to install.

Know Where Your Loved Ones Are at All Times

Unfortunately, we live in an age where parents must take extra precautions when allowing children to play outside alone, explore their neighborhoods or even travel to and from school on their own. Every parent reading this post has undoubtedly been shaken by news reports of children and young people disappearing, seemingly, into thin air. And not only must parents be concerned about abductions, but children who care for their own elderly parents and grandparents are frequently concerned about an elder becoming lost or disoriented, particularly if they’ve begun to experience a cognitive decline.

One solution to each of those scenarios is found in GPS technology. Devices such as the SleuthGear iTrail Passive GPS Logger w/Magnetic Case make it possible to know where a child or other loved one is 24-hours per day 7 days per week. This tiny device not only tracks a loved one’s whereabouts, but can continuously record up to 120-hours of their activity. Its motion-activated function even helps to assure that battery levels remain as strong as possible whenever this device is used.

A similar gadget, the SecuraTrac SecuraPAL GPS Child Tracking Device can even be used internationally. Regardless of age or mental capacity, we recommend that every family own at least one of these when traveling in an effort to help maintain a level of personal security while in a foreign place. This particular GPS tracking device makes it possible to communicate with the system in order to find a loved one’s location by text message, email or by using the web. It also works with smartphones, thus making it a completely portable device.

Keep a Keen Eye On Your Enterprise

Business owners concerned about theft or those who merely want to remotely monitor a workplace environment are advised to take a close look at the Lasertech Hi-Resolution Mirror Covert Camera. As mirrors are frequently found in public places, no one will even suspect that something so common also doubles as a hidden camera.

Another Dual-Purpose Device

Homeowners and business owners alike may also want to consider installing a Functional Smoke Detector Covert Color Camera. Operating as any normal smoke detector would, this device also records all of the activity in the area where it is installed. Like the Lasertech Hi-Resolution Mirror Covert Camera, no one will suspect that this device has a dual function.

Devices That Give Parents a Helping Hand

Parents of very young children will be quite impressed with the Lorex Live Snap Video Baby Monitor. This particular monitor does more than merely allow parents to hear a child in another room, but it also allows parents to see inside of a child’s room even in dark conditions. With two-way audio communication, parents and children can communicate remotely and this device can even be expanded to accommodate up to 4 cameras making it a great tool for households with multiple children, especially as young ones age and began to move more freely about the home. Completely portable, this device can go wherever the family does in order to provide security right where you are.

Home Security Store Is Here For You

All of the devices discussed here are available in our main store. Each one can be self-installed and our tech support team is always ready to answer any questions or concerns about how to install or operate any one of them.

Your Thoughts?

What are some of the devices you’re currently using that help you track or remotely monitor your home and the people in it? What devices do think would make your life easier right now? Your comments are always welcome and we look forward to reading what’s on your mind.

The Possibilities of Mobile Access

Security systems have adapted to today’s busy lifestyle and technology by providing users with mobile access. With mobile access capabilities, you can take charge of your home security like never before, using a smartphone or other web-enabled device to control your home from anywhere in the world. Here are some of the futuristic possibilities that mobile access offers:

Security system access: A security system with mobile access means that you can take charge of your home’s safety remotely. With many mobile access systems, you can arm, disarm, and regulate your system’s capabilities all from your mobile device, whether you’re at work or halfway around the world.

One of the many systems that allows for mobile security system access is the Honeywell Lynx Touch 5100 Self-Contained Wireless Alarm Kit. This kit can be bought in conjunction with the Honeywell Android Mobile Internet Device with built-in wi-fi, both found at Home Security Store. The internet tablet comes pre-loaded with security system software, as well as additional internet surfing capabilities. From this tablet, you can regulate your home’s lighting, adjust your home’s temperature, lock and unlock doors, all with just the touch of the screen.

Video:  Want to see what’s going on in your home while you’re away? With a security system supplied with mobile access, you can check your security cameras no matter where you are. If your cameras detect motion while you’re away, you can receive text or email alerts letting you know of any suspicious activity.

One video system that allows for remote viewing is the Lorex Complete 8 Channel Security Camera System with 18.5” TFT LCD monitor. This high-tech system allows you view live surveillance video on your Android, iPhone, Windows Mobile, or Blackberry smartphones. You can also set up and view your system using a PC or a Mac. With this system, you’ll always know exactly what’s going on at home. You can check on your pets while you’re at work or see who’s at the door while you’re cooking dinner.

Image sensor:  Capturing video is only a small part of what a security system can do. An image sensor will not only capture images in real time, but it can also capture hard-to-see images using night vision.

The Home Security Store’s 11020-SVAT 4 Channel Smart Security DVR with 500gb HDD and 4 Outdoor 75ft. Night Vision Security Cameras  will completely survey your home, night or day. The system provides you with weather and vandal-resistant cameras, high resolution video, and automatic night vision that monitors up to 75 feet away, so you can see anyone lurking around your home in the dark. The system also comes with an easy-to-operate DVR, which allows you to view video anywhere with remote viewing via your smartphone, tablet, or other internet connection. Email alerts, with photos, are sent to you if there is any motion detected around your home.

Home automation: With remote home automation, you can do more than control your lights, door locks, and thermostat. You can also control small appliances, reduce electricity usage, and more.

The Visonic Powermax Plus Wireless Home Security System allows for remote home management through telephone, cellular, or internet connections. The system also provides status updates and is able to control up to 15 electrical devices. Along with complete home control, the system sends event reporting messages to pagers, email, mobile phones, monitoring stations, and more. This way, you always know what’s going on at home, and you can be sure to keep the thermostat and appliances how you want them.

Energy management: By using your security system’s home automation capabilities, such as lighting controls, appliance controls, and smart thermostat, you help your family save money by reducing energy usage.

Home Security Store’s Honeywell Tuxedo Touch Screen Keypad with built-in wi-fi can help you manage your energy usage. The keypad, which can be used with VISTA20P Honeywell Security System, is built to seamlessly work with Z-Wave enabled thermostats, lights, shades, and locks. The keypad manages energy costs with customized scenes that control Z-Wave enabled lights and thermostats based on system events or time of day. You can feel good about reducing electricity waste and saving money with your remote capabilities.

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Using Security Devices to Protect Seniors

If you love a senior adult, you owe it to yourself and to that person to think about their security. Whether this person lives alone, in a nursing home or is just home alone with a caregiver while the rest of the family is busy with work and school, there are home security and home automation devices, which can keep your loved one as safe as possible when no one else is around.

Keeping a Close Eye On Aging Adults

Sadly, reports of elder abuse are rampant throughout our modern society. Across the nation, public debate is waging over the need for surveillance cameras in nursing homes and hospital rooms. This, of course, because of instances of abuse being discovered in these places. Nanny cams are commonly installed in homes where small children are cared for by paid professionals and these same types of devices are also becoming standard in homes where an aging adult lives, too.

A Sad Reality

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that a half-million senior adults suffer from various types of abuse and neglect in America every year. Some of the most typical types of abuse reported are physical abuse, verbal and emotional abuse, withholding food and medications, and outright neglect. Often, this abuse is at the hands of a family member or a paid caregiver. Many such instances happen in nursing homes, but a great deal also occur in the senior’s private residence, too.

If you have aging relatives, the following are some of the ways that Home Security Store can immediately help you increase their safety and protection.

Install Surveillance Cameras

Whether hidden and disguised as an alarm clock or whether installed in clear view of anyone entering your loved one’s home, a surveillance camera offers you an opportunity for the 24/7 monitoring of your parents, grandparents or other aging relatives. Cameras can be wireless or hardwired, and you can even install devices that not only record activity, but that allow you to remotely view a live stream of the camera’s view from a computer or a mobile device. We invite you to check out the surveillance camera section on our main page and take a close look at the LOREX Vantage Stream Wireless Network Camera to help familiarize yourself with the latest in remote surveillance technology.

Install a Video Intercom System

Physical and emotional abuse are not the only things you’ve got to protect your aging relatives from. Sadly, some people specialize in the financial abuse of elderly people. These days a senior doesn’t even have to leave home to encounter these types as plenty of door-to-door salespeople will use pushy intimidation tactics to force seniors into bad financial decisions.

A video intercom system is a good device to install in order to minimize the contact that a senior citizen has with people of this ilk. Doing so allows seniors to engage in a video conversation with someone at a front door without ever having to actually open it. Devices like these are precisely what some seniors need to feel comfortable saying no to pushy salespeople or to would-be burglars who are looking to take advantage of an elderly person at home alone.

Medical Alarms

Of course, not all seniors are victimized at the hands of another. Some, especially those who live alone, suffer injury as the result of not being able to call for help when it is needed. We recommend our own medical alert device, which is available on our main page, and offers a wearable pendant that can immediately contact family members or emergency personnel when activated.

Burglar Alarms

We believe that every household should be equipped with a home security system. This is particularly true for seniors who are sometimes actively targeted by burglars who regard their homes as easy prey. If installing a home security system in a senior’s home, check out some of our systems that also feature emergency keys that are useful for panic alarms, medical alarms or even fire emergencies. One of our bestsellers in this category is the DSC Power Series 9047 Wireless Alarm Kit.

Help Stop Elder Abuse

In order to stop elder abuse, it must first be recognized, documented and reported to the proper authorities. Home Security Store is here to help and we hope that you’ll take advantage of the suggestions and recommendations we’ve offered you today. If you or someone you know is a victim of elder abuse, we encourage you to contact your local police department. More information on services and resources for optimal eldercare can also be discovered by using the national Eldercare Locator service at 1-800-677-1116.

What Are Your Thoughts?

Should surveillance cameras be installed in all nursing care facilities? Do staff members working in such facilities have a right to privacy while at work? What are some of the challenges that you find yourself faced with in trying to keep your aging family members safe? We hope you’ll share thoughts, resources and information in the space provided below.