Security System technology has come a long way from the early years.
In the early 1900s, telephone lines helped create the security systems that we are familiar with today. After the phone line technology became the standard, not much changed until motion sensors were introduced in the 1970s.
The more modern security systems rely on sensors that are either hardwired or battery operated. The relatively recent technology allows the addition of security cameras which bring more peace of mind to the home or business owner.
Thanks to advancements in Smart Home Technology, home and business owners can now receive instant alerts on their cell phone whenever an event occurs. This is done through an “Interactive” app available for your PC or mobile device. Live video feed can now be monitored through the same Interactive app.
Smart home technology allows you to lock and unlock doors from your mobile device when using Smart Locks. You can also turn on light bulbs remotely with smart bulbs or appliance modules.
Below are some helpful tips to remember when getting your new Smart Home Security System.
Watch Those Fingers
Though many newer systems no longer require a code, some alarms may go off when the user keys in the wrong code. If your system is like this it’s important to be careful. Everyone knows how easy it is to tap the wrong key when you’re in a rush, so slow down even if it’s just for that few seconds.
Having a pet trigger your motion sensor is a sure way to trigger a false alarm and get your security company moving for nothing. If you have pets, or even use oscillating fans during the day, make sure your security installer sets the motion sensor at the correct level so the alarm isn’t triggered on a false alarm.
Remember to Disarm
Here’s a common scenario; you arm the system and go out to the car to leave, then remember you forgot something inside. You run in quickly without disarming the alarm and it goes off. If there’s any chance you’ll be in the building long enough to trigger the alarm, disarm it first.
Check Doors and Windows
If any of the door or window sensors aren’t securely closed, a false alarm may result. The alarm system will think someone is trying to break in, so make sure you close all the doors and windows properly before arming the system.
Faulty equipment is a common culprit when it comes to false alarms, so keep up on your maintenance. Nutec Electro Tel can provide system checks and equipment maintenance to help you keep it all running smoothly.
The Right Company
It makes sense that choosing a quality security company will help you minimize false alarms. Good companies rarely make mistakes during installation and take you through the system step-by-step so you won’t have any issues when using it. If you have strong customer service, chances are any false alarms will be kept to an absolute minimum.
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Contributed by Erick Preza
For effective burglary prevention, consider varying your routine and have someone take care of your home when you’re away. Many break-ins are committed by burglars who live in your neighborhood. By living nearby, it’s easy for them to learn your schedule and strike when they know you’re not home. They may also check for signs that you’re on vacation, such as flyers or newspapers accumulating at your door, or garbage cans left at the curb.
Keep all entry points closed, locked, and alarmed, even when you are at home. Make your home less appealing to intruders by keeping shrubs and trees trimmed back. Often burglars gain access to homes through open or unlocked entrances. First floor windows and doors are well-liked by burglars, especially when they can hide behind overgrown vegetation. Evidence of a security system influences the burglar’s decision to target another home. A monitored home security system will help reduce the chance of being a burglary victim. Use the yard signs and window stickers to alert potential intruders to your security system. Make sure the signs and stickers are visible from every approach to your home, not just the front entrance.
The majority of home and apartment burglaries occur during the daytime when most people are away at work or school. Install indoor and outdoor motion-activated home security cameras so you can check on your home throughout the day. Plus, you’ll receive an alert if the camera detects motion. This gives you a chance to evaluate the situation immediately.
Whether they walk through an open front door or kick in a locked one, burglars aren’t shy about using your home’s primary entry point. Keep your front door closed and locked at all times. If the door is worn or has a hollow core, replace it with a solid wood or metal door—they’re much harder to break down. Mount a security camera or motion sensor light above the door, and install a smart doorbell. Never give your house key to contractors or hide a key outside your home.
Unfortunately, most people don’t hide their valuables carefully, and burglars know it. Once they break in, burglars head straight for the master bedroom, where they scavenge through dresser drawers and nightstands, look under mattresses, and search closets. Cash, jewelry, and weapons are some of the things a burglar wants most from your home. Store your valuables in a safe that’s bolted to the floor. Install it away from the master bedroom or closet.
Burglaries are often hard crimes to solve. Even if the burglar is found, your lost property may not be returned. Keep a record of your assets to assist in identifying them. Photograph and record the serial numbers of all valuables. Store the copies in a safe deposit box or with a relative.
Burglary prevention is a very important undertaking. Learn more about your home security options, and find one that meets your needs and fits your budget. Having a monitored security system may also qualify you for a discount on your homeowner’s insurance policy.