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What to Do When Your Home Has Been Burglarized

burglarThere are few events worse than coming home and discovering that your personal and private space has been violated. No one ever expects that a break-in will happen at their home and when it does many are caught so off guard that they are not certain of what to do next. In the event that you are the victim of a break-in, the following are just a few of the things that you should do as soon as possible in order to secure your home, allow a proper police report and ensure your family’s safety.

Make Sure No One is In the Home

Whether family member or criminal, try to determine if anyone is inside of the home. We don’t suggest checking closets and under beds by yourself as this may lead to a confrontation if a thief is still inside when you arrive. You’ll have to rely on your instincts here in order to determine which approach is best for your safety, but if you suspect that a criminal may be inside of your home it is best to exit right away. Also, call other household members from outside the home to check on their whereabouts if you are uncertain.

 Immediately Call Law Enforcement

The moment that you realize your home has been burgled, call the authorities. While you’re probably thinking that this is a no-brainer, this needs to be made clear as some people may figure that the event is over and that they’ll call law enforcement after investigating the scene on their own. You are ill-advised to take this route, however, as it may be possible that someone is still inside the house or that a neighbor has called the police already, which may lead to you be mistaken for a criminal when officers do arrive.

Do Not Attempt to Clean or Straighten Your Home

Burglars have a tendency to leave a mess behind as they ransack a victim’s home. Upon walking into your house, you may immediately notice papers, books, furnishings and other items strewn about. As tempted as you may be to begin immediately restoring order, it is important to first let the authorities do a thorough inspection of the crime scene as it is.

Notify Your Neighbors

Thieves will sometimes hit multiple homes in a single area at the same time or within a few days of each crime. It is, therefore, a courteous idea to notify your neighbors of your misfortune so that they may increase their security vigilance and possibly avoid becoming victims themselves. Notifying your neighbors may also uncover information useful to your own investigation as neighbors may share having seen someone around your home just prior to your break-in. As we’ve stated in previous posts, criminals don’t always look suspicious, but will sometimes appear to be a teenager selling magazine subscriptions or an ordinary service man. Talking to neighbors might help jog someone’s memory about strangers in the area just prior to your event.

Assess Your Home’s Security

If you did not have a security system in place, don’t think that it’s too late to explore your options now. Considering that your home may have sustained some damage as a result of this incident in addition to the items that you may now need to replace, shelling out more money on a home security system may seem like an expense that you can’t afford right now. Truth be told, however, this event should highlight the fact that you can’t afford to put off investing in your home another day.

Fortunately, there are options beyond the expensive quotes provided to you by other vendors. Of course, we’re referring to do-it-yourself systems which include alarms, surveillance cameras, security lighting and a broad array of deterrents. Each of these can be secured at affordable prices and installing them is something that can be done without terrible difficulty. It will even please you to know that your system can also be monitored for less than nine dollars per month, which is a mere fraction of what some of the most popular names in home security will offer you. For more information, visit our main page or contact our customer service department today.

While you’ll likely feel somewhat uncomfortable at home for a while, know that your break-in was likely a one-time event. Knowing that a criminal has spent time exploring your private space can be unsettling, but in time this feeling will fade and you’ll eventually be able to relax again.

 What’s Your Story?

 Have you or someone you know recently experienced a break-in? Did you learn anything from this event that you wish you’d known sooner? What tips might you add to our list of things to do after a home has been burglarized? Home Security Store sincerely hopes that you do not have a story to share…but if you do, please take a moment to enlighten our readers on some of the lessons learned through your burglary experience.

 Ralph Winn

Home Security Store Opens Production on 2nd Commercial

CocoNo Coco or cookies this time around, but the Home Security Store Web and Marketing Department has just announced another comedy-based commercial, set for release in early October. It will appear on HSS’s homepage and YouTube channel and also as an advertisement before other home security industry-related videos on YouTube. Set for a 60 second slate, it’s another high-energy mini-story promoting major technological advances for do-it-yourself home security system owners.

The commercial focuses on a brand new home security system- the iSmart Alarm which requires no monthly fees and is completely operated through an iPhone. Soon it will be compatible with Android mobile devices as well. The iSmart Alarm has every fully functional wireless alarm accessory you would find in a standard system including 2 door/window sensors, a motion detector, 2 keyfobs and a control panel that connects to your internet router.

Do-it-yourself home alarm system owners will find the iSmart Alarm one of the easiest home improvement projects they’ll ever stumble upon according to tech professionals. Along with no monthly fees or contracts with alarm monitoring companies, the system easily picks right up and travels with you should you switch homes or be a renter.

But does it function as well as other alarm systems? Our industry professionals argue- it’s even better. With an alarm monitoring company, here’s what happens when your alarm is triggered: A message is sent to the alarm central station, where an operator then calls your home phone to see if it was a false alarm. If no one answers, they call the police. By the time police have arrived, chances are, it’s too late as most burglaries are statistically over in less than 15 minutes.

Here’s what happens with the iSmart Alarm: When your alarm is triggered, you get an instant Push Notification through your smart phone telling you exactly which door or window has been compromised. Immediately you have the option to call the police, a neighbor (or both) and let your family know to stay away from the house. If we’re doing the math on time to prevent a burglary- the iSmart Alarm dominates a traditional monitoring service.

Extra functions with the system also allow home owners to keep a closer eye on their family. Every family member who possesses a keyfob is now on your radar. When they enter/exit the house- you know immediately. This is great for making sure the kids got home from school safe and getting your family on a healthy schedule.

If you want more coverage of your property- the system easily expands. It can hold up to 99 different sensors. Lock down all the doors and windows and place motion detectors in every room of your house if you want to. The iSmart Alarm is completely self-monitored and is a legitimate game changer in the home security industry. It’s a smarter way to protect.

At the helm of production for the iSmart Alarm commercial is the same crew from Home Security Store’s first online commercial “Monitor Everything,” which can be seen right above this article.

Ralph Winn

HSS Launches a New Emergency Medical Alert System for Seniors Living at Home

In the United States there are now 35 million people over the age of 65, that’s 13% of the population, reports online magazine Psychology Today. With the reluctant help of the baby boom generation, it is estimated there will be 70 million elderly people by the year 2030. Getting old inevitably means one will encounter additional health risks and challenges, according to Director of San Diego County’s Aging and Independent Services Pam Smith.

“Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths for people age 65 years or older, and the number of hospitalizations from falls keeps rising every year, but this is preventable,” said Smith.

One way to help seniors prevent death or serious injury from a fall is being able to react quickly and summon help within seconds.

Michael Sise, MD of Scripps Mercy Hospital adds, “Once you fall, particularly if you break something, there’s a good chance you won’t live independently again, and that’s if you survive. When your older and you fall you can injure your brain, you can break bones, you can break your hip or your spine. It’s a major problem. It can have lifelong implications.”

Because a very common problem for the elderly is falling, being able to reach help quickly is paramount. This is where Home Security Store’s new SilverCare Personal Daily Living Assistant - Watch Kit comes in, which offers something typical medical alarms do not.

“Statistics show that about 70% of slip and fall accidents occur in the bathroom, and most traditional alert devices don’t allow 2-way communication unless you are close to the base console that attaches to your phone line,” said SilverPlus, Inc. Sales & Customer Care Manager Pam Niemi.

“SilverCare integrates advanced technology to provide features well beyond a traditional medical alert system, including two-way communication directly from the watch; a dedicated 911 button; the ability to auto-dial up to 6 loved ones; remote call-answering; medication and appointment reminders; and an optional accessory that allows the user to turn lights on and off remotely.“

What’s even better, adds Niemi, are no monthly monitoring fees and no hidden costs. But don’t just take Niemi’s word for it. 81-year-old JoAn Case was paying a monitored monthly fee for about 5 years until she found out about SilverCare from her neighbor. Case says that the SIlverCare Watch Kit met her expectations and then some.

“My watch I love. It’s convenient and the numbers on it are big enough so I can read the time,” said Case.

Case has 11 grandchildren and keeps busy with them and volunteering. However, Case also lives alone so she needed a medical alert solution that fit her needs. Here’s one reason she chose the watch over a traditional pendant, “Whenever I would bend over, I would catch the pendant on things and so I didn’t wear it very much so it wasn’t really beneficial.”

In addition, with the SilverLite accessory, the SilverCare watch can control the lighting within your home. All one has to do is press a button on the watch and it will turn a light on.

“What I like about it is when I come home to a dark house or I stay out later than expected, I can turn the light on with my watch and just walk right in the door into the light,” said Case.

The SilverCare Personal Daily Living Assistant – Watch Kit has also been awarded the 2011 Caregiver Award for best product from Caregiver magazine.

About Home Security Store, Inc.

Home Security Store is the premiere online ecommerce website specializing in home security, including: affordable DIY wireless and hardwired security systems, security camera systems, fire alarm systems, spy equipment, survival gear, and more. The company brings together highly-trained, professional technicians and a state-of-the-art product line to provide the most comprehensive home security source found online. The company offers FREE and FAST shipping, plus FREE tech support. For more go to http://www.homesecuritystore.com

Home Security Store and Atrix Debut New HD Car Camera Recorder

In most cases, traffic accidents are unpleasant to deal with for all parties involved.  This is especially true when an accident is in dispute between drivers.  But now you can collect valuable information through a new HD Car Camera to determine exactly what happened during the crash and who is at fault, says Atrix President Raymond Choy.  Atrix and Home Security Store are selling the new DVRG0101M Atrix HD Car Camera Recorder at a very reasonable price.  Choy says it’s a smart investment.

“We have more motor vehicles then any country in the world, according to 2007 DOT study, there were an estimated 254.4 million registered motor vehicles in United States.  The use of this Car camera DVR is very valuable, it records continuously and digitally to a secure SD card, provides helpful evidence of any accidents or events, thus, avoid disputes and crash and cash scams.  Therefore, this Car Camera DVR is sensible to have in our vehicle.”

Choy says you can rewind and play recorded video, viewing it on a 2.5 inch LCD display screen that flips out.  You can also simply download the images to your computer.  The camera also comes equipped with 10 LEDs for excellent picture quality in low light situations.

The Car Camera kit includes a mount suction cup base so you can mount the camera to hang down from your windshield, adds Home Security Store Purchasing Manager Andre Perkic.  You can then position the camera in almost any desired position.  Perkic says the DVRG0101N Car Camera is lightweight and unique.  It can be used for fun or more serious applications.

Choy knows first-hand the benefits of the Car Camera, “I have one Car Camera DVR in my car and I found it very practical in our daily life.  I spend over 60 minutes daily on the road and this Car Camera DVR captured many phenomenal clips that I can share with you.”

  1. There was a car accident on a highway and I recorded paramedics doing their best to save lives.
  2. There was a rude cashier at a drive through restaurant, and thanks for the built-in microphone in my Car Camera DVR that recorded the whole conversation at the drive through window.  With the easy adjustable camera bracket, I turned the camera to the cashier and told her that my camera was recording, she then changed her mean face to a big smile.
  3. There was a morning I rushed to my daughter’s school, attending her award assembly.  I was so rush that I forgot to bring my video camera.  Luckily, my Car Camera DVR has a built-in battery and I took it down and use it as a camcorder.  Downloading the video clips was so easy, simply insert the SD card to my laptop and click and drop the video files.    

This Car Camera Recorder can be set to automatically record and stop.  Once one starts the car, the device will start recording, when one turns off the engine, it will stop and power off.  This camera features a 2.2mm mini wide angle lens and its view angle is 120 degree, adds Choy.

“Again, the camera records on an SD card.  At high resolution recording, 1 GB records around 10 minutes, and a 32GB SD card can record up to 5 and a half hours.  Once the SD card is full, it will recycle the recordings,” said Choy.

About Home Security Store, Inc.

Home Security Store is the premiere online ecommerce website specializing in home security, including: affordable DIY wireless and hardwired security systems, security cameras, fire alarm systems, spy equipment, survival gear, and more.  The company brings together highly-trained, professional technicians and a state-of-the-art product line to provide the most comprehensive home security source found online.  The company offers FREE and FAST shipping, plus FREE tech support.  For more go to http://www.homesecuritystore.com

Burglars Caught on Video by Lorex Surveillance

In mid May, Jose Alonso’s wife came home to find her house in the Quebrada Arriba de Cayey neighborhood in Puerto Rico had been broken into.  The thieves made off with $4,000 worth of stolen goods, including a television and some jewelry.  Alonso knew that it was two burglars who broke into his house in broad daylight because he caught the armed culprits on video with his Lorex Surveillance System that he had bought at Home Security Store.

“I bought the system for under $400 and set it up myself.  I had it up and running in less than one hour.    It was also easy to program.  The cameras can be setup to record once motion is detected or can be set to a schedule,” Alonso told Home Security Store.

Alonso and his wife quickly went to the local police department and showed investigators the surveillance footage, which showed the suspects prying open a door, entering the home, and then walking out the door with the loot.  In turn, the police went to the media releasing the footage and suspect descriptions.

“From the footage you could see what the two suspects were wearing and how tall they are.  You could also clearly see that one suspect has a star tattoo on the back of his neck,” Alonso said.

The suspects were also armed with a silver 357 revolver and other pistols.  The images of the suspects were broadcast on local TV news stations and the video was posted on the front page of the online version of the main newspaper in Puerto Rico (El Nuevo Dia).

Investigators have received several anonymous tips, but the suspects are still at large.  Since the burglary, Alonso has added two more cameras to his existing Lorex system.  Therefore, the perimeter of his home is covered and so too is the driveway.  Alonso says if someone drives near his home, he will now be able to capture on video the car’s license plate.

Home Security Store Featured in Garage Style Magazine

Garage Style Magazine has featured one of Home Security Store’s most popular products.  Our very own 04-WI – WINN Imitation Dummy Camera made the Garage Door Buyer’s Guide.  In compiling the guide, Garage Style Magazine editors selected only the best products to help readers construct the perfect garage from architectural garage doors to security.  The Garage Door Buyer’s Guide can be found in the magazine’s Spring 2010 issue.  That issue is on stands now and can be purchased at most area Borders and Barnes & Noble Bookstores.  You may also order the magazine online at http://www.garagestylemagazine.com/home

In addition, Garage Style Magazine chose to run Home Security Store’s trademarked photograph of the WINN Dummy Camera.  On that note, Home Security Store’s marketing and web department prides itself on producing original product photos and videos.  That’s probably why we are asked so much by various media outlets for permission to use and/or reproduce our work.  If you ask, Home Security Store is usually more than happy to oblige.  If you represent such a media publication, don’t hesitate to call us!

About Garage Style Magazine

Whether you enjoy the do-it-yourself lifestyle, museum style, eclectic collector style, or something in between, Garage Style Magazine is all about your style!  Garage Style Magazine is on its eighth issue.

AspDotNetStorefront Powers the Launch of Home Security Store

Westlake, OH (PRWEB) December 11, 2009 — AspDotNetStorefront announces the official site launch of Home Security Store, powered by the AspDotNetStorefront ML e-Commerce shoppingcart software.

Building on top of the AspDotNetStorefront platform (the same software used to power high-profile online stores such as Z-Gallerie and Virgin Mobile Australia), a team of programmers, coders, and website developers at Home Security Store built a fully customized website designed to meet and exceed customer expectations by extending the included functionality and building new features on top of the core architecture.    Home Security Store Vice-President Ralph Winn, who has 36 years of experience in the home security field, says:

“I’m very pleased and excited to announce a brand new website that gives our customers new features and more savings. It has been such a great project to work on and is a true example of the collaborative way in which we all worked together here at the Home Security Store.”

Lisa Van Kuren, Marketing Manager for AspDotNetStorefront commented that, “AspDotNetStorefront prides itself on being able to provide both a substantial out-of-the-box feature set as well as a robust and flexible platform for developers and e-commerce merchants. We were wonderfully pleased to be a part of such a well-executed project. It is an excellent example of both capabilities of Home Security Store’s development team as well as the extensibility of the AspDotNetStorefront platform.”

The new website site took over six months to build and launch after a year of planning and researching what the customer wants and needs most. Home Security Store Web Supervisor Justin Marini:      “We put ourselves in the customer’s shoes. We know today’s smart shopper wants to make a quick and informative decision without the hassle of unnecessary marketing and a tedious checkout process. Therefore, we built an intelligent online store that is secure, fun, informative, and to the point.”

The new website organizes and features the most popular and efficient home security and home automation products on the market today. The site features new product pages which offer more information to give consumers a better understanding of products, systems, and purchases. The site also has a new Home Security Store TV section that features a video review library which you can browse through to help you get a better look at product designs and features.

Furthermore, the new website is home to Knowledgebase, a section in which sought after technicians share much needed information and answers to the most frequently asked questions. In addition, Home Security Store’s new customer account section is a more reliable platform in which customers can track orders and shipments in real time.

Building value for the consumer is what Home Security Store is all about. The company has enjoyed much success over the past two decades serving as the number one destination for the do-it-yourself home security industry for both home and business use.

“Our success is gratifying, but we know we have to be better than our adversary. I think we are, but we can’t rest on our laurels. We have to keep improvising,” Winn said.

The team at Home Security Store embraces the years to come and the changes that will inevitably come with it. They also thank AspDotNetStorefront for helping to make the new website a success.

About AspDotNetStorefront

AspDotNetStorefront.com, a division of Discovery Productions, Inc., is a privately held company headquartered in Westlake, OH that provides online e-commerce shopping cart software for over 10,000 merchants and over 6,000 developers and DevNet partners. For more information, visit http://www.aspdotnetstorefront.com or call 602-490-0243, x2.

About Home Security Store

Home Security Store is the premiere website for all your home security needs, offering thousands of products at an affordable cost. Home Security Store features hardwired and wireless home alarms, surveillance systems, fire protection, and more by top name companies. For more information, visit http://www.HomeSecurityStore.com or call (888) 501-7870.

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