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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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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Your Guide to Home Security Hardware

bucks county home security keypadThere are a lot of simple, practical measures you can take to protect your home. Having fresh batteries in your smoke alarms. Locking your doors, and leaving some lights on at night if you’re out. Making sure mail/newspapers don’t pile up when you’re on vacation.

But for an added layer of protection, you need professional-installed security hardware. In the interest of Bucks County home security, we’ve put together this list of some common security hardware you can install in your home.

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Security Camera Maintenance Checklist

surveillance security system in PAIf you or the company you work for owns and operates a CCTV surveillance security system in PA, you’re surely already aware of the system’s many benefits. Closed circuit television security cameras are well known the world over for their ability to reduce and even deter crime. They can be used in both internal and external environments, even in instances of extreme weather. And because CCTV cameras are so omnipresent in our environment, the criminals or vandals whose images and actions are captured by the closed circuit cameras are often not even aware of the system’s presence.

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Tips for Summer Home Security in Bucks County PA

alarm system Bucks PAIt’s summer time. Your kids are out of school, and you’re about to embark on a well-earned vacation.

Do you know who isn’t going on a vacation this summer?

Your local burglar. While you’re planning your getaway, he’s plotting his next break-in. Don’t make life easy for him. Follow these summer security tips to guard your home while you’re away.

1. Think like a burglar

What would a thief see if he looked at your home? A ladder left near a widow? Overgrown shrubs where he could hide? A dog door? Can you see valuables from outside the home?

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A Security Checklist for Bucks County New Homeowners

PA home security systemIn the time it takes you to read this sentence, someone in America will have committed a burglary.

It’s just basic statistics. According to the FBI crime clock, someone commits a burglary every 16 seconds.

We recognize that this might seem like an alarming statistic for new homeowners, but our aim here isn’t to scare people, but to get them to think about PA home security systems. Use this security checklist to help make your new home a safer place.

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Which Environmental Sensors Should You Install In Your Bucks County Home?

environmental sensors - smoke detectorThe popularity of security measures against home invasion robberies and similar crimes is quite understandable, given that one in every five residences experiences a home invasion every year – according to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics division. The steps you can take to protect your home from such attempted burglaries are relatively simple, and include locking your windows and making sure “bump keys” don’t work on your front door.

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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

Security Monitoring – Keep Your Home Safe at All times

Home and business security systems are designed to protect you from intruders and other dangers, but consumers may miss out on total peace of mind if they opt not to sign up for ongoing monitoring with a trusted service provider. There are numerous advantages, ranging from improved response times from police and fire departments to the ability to protect against a variety of building concerns including extreme temperature drops and flooding monitoring.

Improvements with Monitoring

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In most cases, the sensors and other components that are connected to the central alarm system act in a passive manner. That means that if a burglar trips a pressure sensor in a foyer or a magnetic reed sensor that protects a window, a combination of an alarm will sound and a strobe will begin flashing to dissuade intruders from moving through one’s home. However, this can occasionally lead to false alarms, and without monitoring it could limit the response time of first responders.

Instead, many homeowners and small businesses will sign up for monitoring by a home security system provider that offers locations near Bucks County and the surrounding areas. Trained staff monitor sensors and other equipment designed to detect intruders and as soon as one is tripped, the representative contacts the home or a contact number provided by the consumer. If they do not get a response, or do not hear a previously-agreed-to safe word, they will call to dispatch local police or fire departments. Continue reading