Why You Should Have Environmental Sensors in Your Home

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You’re a conscientious homeowner. You shovel your walk after every snowstorm, clean your gutters every fall and replace the batteries in your smoke alarms every six months.

It’s steps like these that make you a responsible citizen and keep your loved ones safe. But these aren’t the only things you can do to protect your home.

By adding environmental sensors to your home, you can protect your property and – more importantly – protect your family. Here’s how:

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How to Avoid Getting Locked Out of Your House

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It’s one of the unfortunate, unwritten laws of life: sooner or later, you’re going to lock yourself out of the house.

It’s not a fun experience, as anyone who’s ever found themselves locked out in the dead of winter or the middle of the night can tell you.

Fortunately, there are ways you to avoid getting locked out without calling a locksmith or – worse — having to drill holes in your locks. Montgomery, PA residents can make their lives easier with these few steps to keep from getting locked out.

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10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Home Security

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When you picture a burglary, don’t think of some high-tech criminal mastermind who figures out a way to bypass your home alarm system.

Nearly a third of all burglaries happen simply because someone neglected to lock their doors.

That’s why securing your property doesn’t have to start and stop with putting in a home alarm system. Bucks, PA residents can make themselves safer with these simple steps.

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6 Benefits of Home Security Camera Systems

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When you think you of a security camera, you might picture the grainy monitor behind the counter at a convenience store, or the type of high tech system detectives use to track the bad guys on cop shows.

Either way, not the type of thing you’d have at home.

The truth is, security cameras have come a long way over the years, offering homeowners an affordable, but still state-of-the-art – method of keeping themselves, their family and their belongings safe.

In this blog post, we’ll look at some of the benefits of installing security camera systems in Bucks, PA.

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The Anatomy of a Secure Door | Home Security Systems in Hunterdon, NJ

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When you think of a burglar, you might picture someone creeping into a home through a window in the dead of night.

But the reality is somewhat different.

Most burglaries happen between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., when people are at work or school.

And a more than third of all burglars enter a home through its front door, whether that means kicking the door in, or finding it unlocked.

That’s why anyone interested in upgrading their home security systems in Hunterdon, NJ should start with their front entrance. Let’s look at some of the features that make a secure front door.

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Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips | Gas Safety Systems

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Created when fuels such as oil, wood and coal don’t fully burn, carbon monoxide is a gas that’s colorless, odorless, invisible, and deadly.

Also known as “CO,” carbon monoxide is fatal to humans and pets alike, and kills hundreds of Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

But there are ways you can guard against carbon monoxide. Read on to learn more about the effects of CO poisoning, and the Bucks County gas safety systems such as carbon monoxide detectors that can protect you and your loved ones.

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Lock Out Scammers

locksmith companiesIf you find yourself locked out of your home or car, your first instinct is usually to call a locksmith. However, it is important to be cautious as a common locksmithing scam can have you paying exorbitant rates.

A traditional scam for shady locksmiths has been to have a number of fake listings (addresses and phone numbers) in a town or city. When a consumer calls one of these numbers, the call is diverted to an out-of-state call center, where the caller is given a reasonable estimate for work. When the disreputable locksmith arrives and the work is completed the actual cost can end up being much higher.

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Monitor Your Home Security System From Your Mobile Device

Smartphones and tablets may not be completely ubiquitous, but they are extremely common. To take advantage of this constant connectivity, it is now possible to access or receive notifications from your home security system in Bucks County on a multitude of devices. Here are some offerings that Holicong Security feels best benefit customers:

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Holicong Security recognizes that while people may be away from home, they are not out of contact. So we provide security system services that include notifications to your mobile device of any alarm signals that occur throughout the system. This includes not just perimeter monitoring and burglar alarms, but also our various environmental sensors that can detect gas leaks, flooding, and temperature spikes or drops. If your email account is suddenly unavailable, you can access a history of these notifications through our online account information system.

For more hands-on homeowners, additional technology enables access to a variety of video-based services. Holicong Security systems can provide a secure live stream of any cameras you have installed to a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet, or to any internet-connected computer. This allows you to always keep an eye on what’s going on in your home. We can also set up security monitoring installations that send short video clips of areas where a sensor or alarm system has been tripped. This makes it easy to tell if a burglar got into your home or a teenager forgot to disarm the alarm once they got in the door. Continue reading

Master Key Systems for Commercial Security

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Small business owners, commercial property owners, and even apartment building managers all share a common problem: there are many doors that require locks or access control and all key holders are not made equal. A building supervisor needs to be able to access all areas, an apartment renter just one. A cost-effective way of providing limited access to groups of people without high-tech alternatives for business security systems is the use of a master key system.

Any lock that can be opened with a key works in the same basic manner. There are a set of several pins of differing sizes that otherwise prevent the cylinder, or tumbler from rotating. When the key is inserted, it moves these pins to varying heights, creating a gap or shear line that enables the tumbler to rotate. However, one way to add more than one key is to use two pins instead of one. This allows for two different shear lines, or more simply, allows two keys cut in a slightly different fashion to open the same lock.How Master Key Lock Sets Work

Benefits of Master Keys from Trusted Locksmith Services Companies

As noted above, the primary use of a master key system is to restrict access to various locked areas so that only certain personnel can access them. There can be multiple levels of access possible, but the easiest way to explain it may be to imagine a hotel that offers regular rooms and luxury suites.

In that case, each traveler would receive a key that will only open the door to their room or suite. Cleaning personnel might only be assigned to the floors that offer the standard rooms and be able to access those floors or just one or two. Concierges or others that take care of suite users would only have access to those rooms. Any security staff would have access to all of those rooms, both luxury and regular, but perhaps not access to the back office, creating a sub-master key that enables them to open even more doors than the cleaning staff. Managers and building owners might then have the true master key that unlocks all of the doors in the building. Continue reading

Security Isn’t Just About Break-Ins

Home security systems are about protecting occupants from various threats, and for many people that means cameras and alarms to prevent intrusions and theft. For a long time now, smoke detectors, and more recently carbon monoxide detectors, have also played a critical role in limiting the effects of fire or toxic gases. Yet homes and buildings of all types face more problems than that, and firms like Holicong Security have the answers in the form of environmental sensors.

Fire and Dangerous Gas

The most common detection systems used in both residential and commercial security systems remain the most important. Having a working smoke detector and sensors designed to pick up carbon monoxide reduce the two primary concerns for homeowners and small business professionals. A fire can quickly destroy entire rooms and the costly electronics and furniture in them. Some studies indicate that within just a couple minutes, a small fire can spread to enough rooms that it is difficult to fight.

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Protect you home and family from hidden dangers.

Carbon monoxide is pernicious as well. Not only can it kill via suffocation, but it is colorless and odorless. Without a detector in place and operating, employees and residents may be at risk without even knowing about it. Propane does have an odor, but leaks can occur when no one is around with explosive consequences. Homeowners should consider adding detectors if they use propane in any capacity.

These two types of protection are critical in another way: both residential and commercial buildings must pass inspections by government officials before they may be used. Homeowners’ and business liability insurance policies may also require their installation in order to begin coverage. Adding sprinkler systems or other fire detection solutions may also be required in certain instances and may result in lower premiums. Continue reading