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:

Home Security Systems - Home MonitoringE-Technology Notification and Monitoring

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

Advanced security with home monitoring systems

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

Home Security: Protecting Your Home From Intruders

Home Security Systems Bucks PAMany people have lock-boxes at home or safe deposit boxes at their local banks in order to store important documents like stock certificates, birth records and more. However, when considering home security systems, many don’t think of upgrading their protection to include safes and vaults depending on their requirements for protection from burglary. Whether it is at home or for businesses of all sizes, these types of protection can offer one last line of defense against criminals looking for an easy burglary.

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Protecting Your Home While Away for the Holidays

Home Security during HolidaysVisiting friend and loved ones this winter is supposed to be joyful, or at least a time to share moments. Many people who will travel to see their family will have a packing checklist to ensure they don’t miss anything before they head out. Homeowners should also consider a “stay-list” of things to do to ensure that their house or apartment is secure and limiting the potential to come home to any nasty surprises. Here are some ideas to keep properties secure while traveling during the holidays.

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Technology is Making Home Security Systems More Useful For Families

Home Security Systems Bucks PAIt used to be that a home security system would include sensors on doors and perhaps windows, linked to a central device that would notify a security company and/or local first responders if a crime was to occur. With rapid advances in technology, however, families can take advantage of the internet and smartphones for an unprecedented look into homes protected by Bucks County security companies.

 Offsite Monitoring and Notifications

The biggest trend in home security is remote viewing. Many security systems are now connected to central monitoring stations and are also connected to the internet as a result. Homeowners and others with secure access can use smartphones, tablets and computers around the world to monitor camera feeds, tripped sensors and more.

In addition, some systems even offer email or text alerts if an event happens so that an authorized person does not miss any potential emergencies even if they are away from home. There is also the opportunity for recorded video clips either over a set time-frame or based on sensors such as a door alarm.

More importantly, there are a number of different camera options available. Wifi-enabled camera capabilities save time and money because there is no wiring  to be run throughout the house or to an outdoor location. They can also be constructed in weatherproof housings for people worried about detached garages or storage sheds. In addition, there are now image sensor packages, where a motion detector is combined with a camera to hopefully produce an image of an intruder for police to review.

New Sensor Locations and Types

While they may have been available to the extremely wealthy in the past, for most homeowners, glass-break and stress sensors can offer an additional layer of protection. The former can come in the form of acoustic sensors tuned for the frequencies of a pane breaking, while seismic versions note vibrations likely to cause a window to crack. Stress sensors, placed under mats or carpets, detect footfalls in case an intruder  has made it through an unprotected entrance and is now inside the house.

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