How Home Security Benefits Your Neighborhood

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In 2009, Rutgers University in New Jersey released an interesting study on the connection between burglar alarms and neighborhood crime rates.

While experts have long held that most burglars will stay away from alarm systems, this study finally credited a decline in burglaries and the overall crime rate throughout the city of Newark to the rise in people who use home security systems.

“In short, the study found that an installed burglar alarm makes a dwelling less attractive to the would-be and active intruders and protects the home without displacing burglaries to nearby homes,” Rutgers said in a news release.

It’s like that saying “a rising tide lifts all boats” put into practice. When we install home security measures, we’re not only helping ourselves, but our neighbors as well.

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

A good deadbolt lock is critical to any home security systems in Hunterdon, NJ

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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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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3 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Bucks-Montgomery County Locksmith

Bucks-Montgomery County LocksmithIf you’ve ever misplaced your keys or felt that familiar twist in your stomach as a door accidentally swung closed with your keys on the wrong side of it, you know how helpless and vulnerable a forgetful moment can make you feel.

What will you do now? How will you get back in?

As you mentally scour your list of people who may have a spare key and come up with nothing, you have a sudden moment of hope: You can call a locksmith!

Locksmiths are trained professionals who will help reunite you with your keys or access to a home or car quickly and safely — no fumbling with coat hangers or cards required.

Locksmiths can help you avoid that awkward late night call to a friend or family member with spare keys. You won’t need to inconvenience loved ones, and you won’t need to spend tense moments figuring out if you’ll look like a burglar trying to break into your own house or car.

Like most service industries, however, not all locksmiths are created equal — some provide superior service, and others … not so much. How can you tell the difference, especially when you’re in dire straits? It’s easy enough: Just use the following three questions as a guide.

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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

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

Your New Security Alarm System – Winter Tips

Home Security - Winter TipsWith a new year, many people may be reviewing their bills and, more importantly, their assets having had to look at their financial paperwork for taxes anyway. There are a number of benefits for people to consider installing an alarm system at this time of year. We’ll outline a few of them. However, the cold months also create some challenges for the sensors and for new users, so we’ll also touch on those issues.

Benefits of a Professionally-Installed Security Alarm System

For many people, home security systems are supposed to reduce the possibility of burglars or other criminal intruders from making off with valuables, including jewelry and electronics. Modern equipment does this very well: in addition to the normal door sensors, professional alarm system installation technicians can also include pressure sensors to identify thieves traipsing through certain areas and microphones that identify when window panes shatter. Along with those sensors, many families and businesses may also consider other factors.

After all, crime is not the only threat that a home or business can face where a home security system can help. Thanks to remote monitoring and updates in technology, freezing temperatures don’t have to mean coming home to a flooded basement. Modern alarm systems include options for moisture sensors that can be used to detect standing water due to pipes cracking. Even before that calamity occurs, temperature sensors set to notify homeowners and monitoring services of low temperatures can prevent problems. 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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