The Importance of Burglar #Security for Your Home This Summer by Pavel Asanov

The highest recorded amount of burglaries takes place during the summer months. Without a home security system your home is 300% more likely to get broken into. As a homeowner, it is important to consider installing a home alarm system to aid in burglar security. Not only do home alarm systems deter crime, but they also offer other benefits for controlling various systems in your home. The following benefits of a burglar security system will help you keep your home safe for your family this summer. 

Burglar Security and CCTV

  • A home alarm system can help deter crime in your home. When an alarm is triggered police are immediately notified and help is sent out right away. The more houses in a neighborhood with home security systems also reduces the number of burglaries. During the summer burglaries happen more frequently, especially when people go on vacation. By installing a home alarm system and a CCTV, you will ensure that your home is protected from intruders and that your valuables are safe while you are away. Many alarm systems can also send you notifications if a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector is triggered. Give yourself peace of mind when you travel this summer by installing a home alarm system.

Monitoring Other Systems in Your Home

  • Many alarm systems come with the benefit of monitoring other systems within your home. These smart security systems allow you to regulate the thermostat in your home from your mobile device. Many systems can also allow you to turn off appliances remotely including closing your garage door or turning off the coffee maker. You can also turn lights on and off in your home, giving you added security while you are away. Perhaps a neighbor is house sitting for you while you are away on vacation. By utilizing CCTV video surveillance, you will be able to monitor their comings and goings, as well as check in on pets that they are watching while you are gone. 

Keeping your home safe while you are away on vacation is a main priority come summertime. Consider installing a burglar security system or CCTV video surveillance to give you peace of mind this summer. 

5 Ways to Protect Your Home from Burglary by Pavel Asanov

Home break-ins have become a serious problem here in the U.S. It's estimated that a home is burglarized once every fifteen seconds., according to the Department of Justice. The good news, however, is that you can protect your home burglary by implementing the following security measures.

#1) Install Video Surveillance

Installing a video surveillance system is an effective way to protect your home and property from burglary. Just the sight of a video camera will often make a burglar think twice before breaking into a home.

When choosing a video surveillance system, it's recommended that you opt for a closed circuit television (CCTV) model. Unlike Internet Protocol (IP) video surveillance systems, CCTVs are "closed" and do not connect to the Internet. Therefore, you can rest assured knowing that no one else watching footage of your home.

#2) Install an Alarm System

We can't talk about ways to protect a home from burglary without mentioning an alarm system. Residential alarm systems typically consist of door and window contacts, a control panel, an audible siren, and at least one motion sensor.  If a burglar attempts to enter through a protected door or window, it will trip the contact; thus, triggering the alarm.

#3) Exterior Lighting

One of the most overlooked elements of home security is lighting. Burglars typically choose homes that are poorly lit, as this offers a source of concealment in which they can conduct their illegal activities. You can increase your home's security, however, by installing motion-sensing lights around the perimeter.

#4) Locks the Doors and Windows

Be sure to lock the doors and windows before leaving your home. Studies have shown that roughly one-third of all home break-ins occur through an unlocked door or window. Granted, this alone isn't going to prevent a burglar from entering your home, but it's one more step in safeguarding your property from intrusion.

#5) Monitor Your Mail

An overstuffed mailbox is a tall-tale of an unoccupied home. When a burglar sees mail spilling out the sides of your mailbox, he or she may assume that your family is away on vacation, using this opportunity to break in and burglarize your home. You can request a hold on your mail either by visiting your local USPS office, or by completing the online form at https://holdmail.usps.com/holdmail/.

5 Reasons to Install a CCTV #Security System In Your Home by Pavel Asanov

Many homeowners associate CCTV (closed circuit television) systems with a type of security used only in businesses. However, this type of security system can also be a valuable asset for your home. Here are 5 reasons for installing Burglar Security and CCTV system in your home:

Protection From Intruders

The number one reasons home owners should consider installing a CCTV system in that it offers protection to your family members from intruders. Homes without a security system are at a higher risk of being burglarized. The mere presence of an alarm system often prevents an intruder from breaking in. A CCTV system allows you to install cameras almost anywhere on the premises, including outdoors, so you will be able to see who is at the door, without getting close to it. This feature is especially beneficial for families with children of working parents, as it will allow the children and you (remotely) to see who is at the door.

Monitor Your Home From Anywhere

CCTV allows you to monitor your home from work, vacation, anywhere that you have internet access. This type of system also allows you to remotely arm or disarm the cameras. Some systems can also have additional features installed that allows you to remotely turn on the lights and/or access the heating or air conditioning to adjust the temperature in your home.

Save on Homeowners Insurance

The cost of homeowners insurance can be high, depending on where you live and the type of policy you have. Reduced insurance premiums are another benefit of CCTV for your home. The installation of a CCTV system is a one time investment, but you will continue to save on your homeowners insurance cost for as long as you carry insurance.

Nanny's, Pets and Home Care Nursing

One of the best reasons to install a CCTV system is that you can monitor everyone and everything in your home at all times. For example, if you have a babysitter or nanny watching your children or a home care nurse taking care of an elderly parent, you can monitor how well they are taking care of your family. If you have pets, a CCTV system allows you to make sure your pets are okay while you are away.

Secure Less Frequented Areas of the Home

A home security system will allow you to secure the less frequented areas of your home, such as the garage and the basement. This makes it more difficult for an intruder to gain entry into your home and go unnoticed.

The presence of a CCTV home security system provides families with a peace of mind knowing that their family, pets and home are protected from a range of devastating scenarios. If there is an intruder, you can alert the police from anywhere, which means a quicker response time and in many situations, the intruder may be caught before they leave with your valuables.

Reclaim Your Domain with Home Automation by Pavel Asanov

"Smart House." It's a loaded concept. It looks good on paper. It sounds pleasant enough But...who would want a smart house? And what does that really mean? More importantly, why does it concern you? After all, you've never had any trouble turning off your own lights. You can remember to lock all of your doors and windows before you leave for work. You're perfectly comfortable belonging to your house...aren't you?

One of the first things any professional learns is that the best process is a streamlined process. E-mails, spreadsheets, graphs, reports -- these all work for you to make the act of working easier by removing unnecessary efforts. You can perform smarter, not harder. By these means, you work your project. You don't let it work you. But faced with the prospect of streamlining our homes, we begin to grow uncomfortable. But home automation is about making you morecomfortable, more creative, more effective in the process of living. Let's unpack what's involved.  

  • What is home automation?

Home automation is simply the process of making the tasks involved in having a home automatic. What that means is: maximized for efficiency. Keeping your home and family safe and secure, enjoying savings by means of energy efficiency and monitoring, even ordering the things you need as you need them, are all part of what you can incorporate into a comprehensive home automation system.  

  • How does that work?

The technology involved in automating your home has come a long way from the complex and expensive processes involved in making machines more robotic and human-centric. Home automation now includes technology such as Z-Wave technology, which essentially turns your home into a network of processes which communicate with each other. These become controllable via touch pads placed throughout your home, in key rooms, or even installed on your smart phone. You can now control lights, locks, security, sound, and video from the comfort of your office or your favorite reclining chair. Think about a remote control for your television, and then expand the possibilities by about a thousand.  

  • But why would I care about that stuff?

If you think you don't care about the things you call simple and mundane, think about how often you've had to stop what you're doing to make sure all the kids are coming down for dinner. Or had to run off to the store because you forgot to get laundry detergent. Or needed to walk across your house to change the thermostat. They are all simple tasks, easily within the reach of most capable humans. But they interrupted something that was much more worth your time. They added to an environment that demanded your attention. How many moments have you lost worrying about the security of your home? Would you really gain nothing by being able to monitor the safety of your most valuable possession with your phone, even while you're on a business trip on the other side of the city, or the country, or the world? The fact is that you do care about these things. Home automation and the technologies that continually add to its capabilities allow you to take care of your home's upkeep without distancing you from the things that make you happy.

If the savings in time doesn't seem valuable enough, maybe the savings in money will mean something to you.  

  • Okay, tell me about the money.

Let's imagine you've added smart control to your HVAC system. You leave at 7 a.m. and leave the temperature comfortable for the rest of the household. But everyone else is gone by 9, and nobody turns the thermostat down before they leave. But that's okay - just check the thermostat from your office, and drop the temperature with the touch of a finger. You've made your home more energy-efficient. But how do you know if everyone is out of the house? Well, you've added monitoring to your home, and you can see what's going on in every room. You can see if any suspicious activity is taking place in your absence. While checking the cameras, you notice that someone left the bathroom light on. Another tap -- and it's off.

You can already see the potential savings stacking up.  

  • Okay...but is it really worth it?

Is it worth it to you to own your home and have it work for you, or are you always going to be comfortable belonging to your house and all of your assets? While an alternative is possible, why would you want to slave over your things and their needs? Didn't you buy that stuff to take care of your needs?  

  • So...what kinds of systems are available? And what do they cost?

If you're curious about what home automation can do for you, and which system might be the right one for you, you should contact a systems specialist immediately. There are already so many possibilities, and the prospect of even more innovations in efficient living has never been brighter.

Does A Z-Wave Device Fit In Your Home Security? by Pavel Asanov

   Everyone's home is different. They have been designed individually and situated in their own spot, which means that they have their own security needs, which calls for individualized products and accessories.  Fortunately, there is a wide choice of devices on the market, many of which have the Z-Wave home automation control protocol.

What Is It?

   Z-Wave devices are automated products that use a radio frequency control protocol that  works in the 900 MHz band of radio frequency to send messages between products.  

What Are The Benefits?

  The Z-Wave is particularly geared towards compatibility with practically anything you can automate. Your CCTV cameras, automatic dimmer switches and door locks can all work together to make your home safe. You only need 2 to start your home automation. It is easy to get the requisite 2-or-more, too. As of 2013, Z-Wave protocol was in 900 products, from dimmers to security alarms and was supported by 250 companies. It comes in automated door locks, thermostats, and a whole slew of other options. What's more, the more of these devices you have, the better their performance gets because of the mesh network the devices create. 

   And the protocol has performance benefits. Using devices with the Z-Wave RF protocol means that there is little interference from the lower frequencies, and the wave length of the sound allows Z-Wave devices to communicate easily through walls and objects. 

  You can hook the Z-Wave devices up to the internet if you get a gateway or central control device, and this will allow you to control your security system from anywhere while adding the rest of your home automation devices to the network. You can put the control on a wireless keyfob or a wall-mounted keypad, too.

  On top of this, the radio wave frequency is lower than wifi, so the batteries in your products will last 3-5 years.

  Talk to the person installing your automated security system about the products they are using. Z-Wave devices may be the best fit for your home.

Do I Need a Home Alarm System? by Pavel Asanov

Have you thought options for home alarm systems for your house? Most home owners consider systems but never go through with purchasing them because they don't think that they really need them. Consider the fact that every year, there over two million home burglaries in America. More than 70 percent of these burglaries took place in home residences. The victims of these burglaries claimed approximately $4.6 billion in lost property. With an average burglary loss of $2,110.

 The biggest reason to install home alarm systems is to protect families and personal assets. The act of installing the system wards off crime. If you're still not convinced that home alarm systems are a good fit for your family and your neighbors, consider the following reasons.

  •  Ward off potential crime. It has been established that burglars spend under a minute breaking into a home. Any measure that makes a home more difficult to access including deadbolt locks, home security alarms, pins in sash windows, and window bars will deter potential burglars. Additionally, the simple presence of an alarm system will send nine out of ten burglars away.
  • Detect smoke and fire. Typically a home fire alarm system is one component in a larger security system that offers both burglary and fire protection. This kind of system monitors windows, doors, and additional entrances to a home (i.e. basement crawl space) for break-ins. The system will also contact a security office to report a fire or break in. The office will then relayed a message to a fire or police department accordingly.
  • Get a home insurance discount. Some insurance companies offer discounts up to 15 or 20 percent when a home owner installs a high tech burglar and fire alarm that contacts a monitoring station. When a home has a security system, there is less of a chance that someone will successfully break into it. In turn, the insurer has a decreased chance of covering losses that would result from a robbery. Thus, when home owners have home alarm systems, they are at a decreased risk for insurers.
  • Control a home through an app. Many home security alarms come with the option for a text or email alert when there are certain types of activity in a home, such as turning on a basement light or opening a liquor cabinet. A number of these systems include live video feeds that can be viewed online or on a phone. Do you have children who are at home alone after school? Some systems will send a photo of a child returning home from school via text or email. All systems with these types of alerts and notifications allow for full customization, enabling users to set their preferences as they choose.
  • Assist law enforcement with faster responses in emergencies. When children or seniors are in an emergency, home security alarms can help them help more quickly. People who live alone may opt to carry a wireless transmitter that can trigger a security system as needed. Once a security system has been tripped, a monitoring system will receive an immediate notification. Additionally, many home security alarms feature two-way intercoms. These intercoms allow family members to communicate with monitoring operators directly when they are not able to reach a phone. These features may not seem important to many people, but they can be vital to individuals with compromised mobility who cannot always reach a phone quickly.

 Talk to family and friends who have home alarm systems to find out what they do and don't like about their current systems. Their input will help guide your search for the alarm system that is the best fit for your security needs.

 

Choosing the Right Security System to Lower Home Insurance Cost by Pavel Asanov

Home insurance may seem like an afterthought for many home buyers. After going through the difficult mortgage process, insurance may get pushed to the back burner. New home buyers need to do everything in their power to save money on insurance, though. A good security system can provide much more than just home protection. If you choose the right system, you can save money each month on insurance premiums. Just what does the right system look like?

 Door and window indicators are important

 Certain features set security systems apart. While you might spend a little more money on door and window protection, this will help lower your insurance costs. The majority of home invasions occur when a person breaks through a window. A good security system will be immediately triggered when a window is broken, and this will lower the risk of personal property loss.

 Monitoring service matters

 When you buy a security system, you get to choose to whether or not to have automatic monitoring. Without it, a security system is little more than a sound alarm. While this might be able to scare away some would-be criminals, it does not provide the comprehensive protection that monitoring provides. With a monitored system, the police will be at your home within a few minutes. This gives them a much better chance of apprehending the assailants in the act, and you will get your property back if this happens. Insurance companies recognize that this means fewer claims on your policy, and that lowers your risk.

 The deterrent value of security cameras

 Very few people add on outside security cameras with their basic system. The costs of video monitoring are extensive, and the system requires much more space. Likewise, many people find security cameras to be overly intrusive and unsightly. There is a certain deterrent value to video cameras, though, and statistics suggest that homes are much less likely to be robbed when owners choose a visible camera setup. Insurance companies recognize this statistic, and they will adjust your rates accordingly. Though adding cameras might represent a significant initial cost, owners can recoup those costs over the course of many years.

 Choosing a system to match your neighborhood

 Because home insurance is a function of total risk, a number of different factors come into play. People who own homes or apartments in dangerous neighborhoods will notice that a larger portion of their risk profile is a consequence of crime possibilities. People in those neighborhoods can experience greater savings from taking on a higher-end security system. While people in safe neighborhoods can still lower their rates by choosing a good system, these individuals will need much less security to secure the same level of savings.

 Different insurance companies place different value on various security features. As a general rule, more features will bring about more savings. Insurance companies recognize that some of the most common policy claims occur when people are robbed. When homeowners choose a security system that features door and window protection, outside monitoring, and visible cameras, they are both less likely to get robbed and more likely to catch the criminal before he is able to make off with valuable property. If you are interested in saving on your monthly home insurance premiums, then upgrading your home security may be a wise choice. 

Do You Need #CCTV Video Surveillance? by Pavel Asanov

CCTV video surveillance is important for any home or business in need of security, safety monitoring, and general surveillance. Video surveillance using CCTV provides property and business owners with a security level that can offer peace of mind. Any person or business with property to protect can benefit from the use of CCTV for surveillance.

Traditionally, CCTV video surveillance has been used in locations with the need for a high level of security monitoring, particularly airports, casinos, and banks. However, CCTV is applicable to a variety of settings, including homes and businesses. Its small size and easily scalable technology makes it easy to get started just about anywhere, while also offering the option to add on additional cameras and features later.

CCTV will prove to be valuable for loss prevention, safety, and security. With closed circuit video surveillance, you'll be able to keep constant watch over your property as well as ensure that any theft or crime that occurs will be caught on video. You can use CCTV to pursue criminals as well as maintain security within your property. By using CCTV, you'll be alerted to security and safety situations so that they can be dealt with properly. With CCTV, you will also be provided with a record of events. In the case of theft, CCTV can be used to identify and apprehend perpetrators. CCTV is also useful for compiling evidence against dishonest employees or monitoring child care providers.

Although CCTV video surveillance systems were prohibitively expensive in the past, new technology has made them inexpensive. Modern surveillance systems are very affordable, even for small businesses and homeowners. This affordability makes CCTV systems attractive for any person or business who may have a use for them. With a manageable price tag, CCTV systems are also easily expandable to grow along with your needs. For many CCTV owners, using CCTV will also provide a savings on liability and homeowner's insurance premiums.

CCTV often comes with incredibly useful features including Digital Video Recorders (DVRs), motion detection, and even email alerts. Digital CCTV surveillance cameras are the most useful for many applications, offering a way to view and record video digitally. For those who need remote surveillance, internet protocol (IP) CCTV cameras allow for viewing video online using any computer or 3G-enabled phone.

You should strongly consider using CCTV as a part of your security system. Doing so will ensure that you can keep a watchful eye on the property that you need to protect. 

5 Home Security Steps to Take Before You Head to Bed by Pavel Asanov

Getting ready to go to bed at night can be a little taxing. Sometimes, all you want to do is go to sleep. No matter how tired you are, however, one thing you should never overlook doing before you hit the hay is making sure that your home is secure. If you forget to go over your checklist for even one night, you are unnecessarily leaving yourself vulnerable against a burglar or other home intruder. Here are five simple security steps that you should make sure to take every night before you go to bed.

1. Lock your doors – It may sound like common sense, but the most important step you can take to secure your house at night is to lock your doors. Most people lock their front door, but many stop there. What is really important, however, is that you securely lock any doors that can be used to get into your home. This includes patio doors, sliding glass doors, and the exterior garage door. Other doors you should lock include the one coming up from your basement and the interior door out to your garage. Should an intruder somehow gain access to these remote areas of your house, you want to make it as difficult as possible for them to actually get into your living space.

2. Lock windows and draw your blinds – Feel free to enjoy all the natural light and fresh air that your windows afford throughout the day, but when night falls, you should make sure to close them. If you like to leave certain windows cracked at night for cooling purposes, you should get a thick metal or wooden rod to put into the window track, making sure that it can’t be opened far enough for someone to use it as a point of entry. Next, you should draw your blinds and/or shut your curtains, especially in any rooms containing valuable items that could attract a burglar.

3. Lock your car and bring in your garage door opener – If you are going to park your car out on the street overnight, make sure it is locked. You should also bring your remote garage door opener into the house rather than leaving it in your car. Otherwise, a burglar could simply break into your car first, then use your garage door opener to access your garage and your home.

4. Turn on patio lights or motion-sensor lights – It is generally a good idea to leave the outside of your house at least somewhat lit up when you go to bed at night. Intruders thrive in total darkness, so you don’t want to provide them easier access. You can either choose to leave on a few exterior lights when you go to bed (both at your front and back doors), or you can install motion-sensor lights. These lights, which are tripped when anyone approaches your house, are often surprising enough to scare away a potential intruder if they are on their way to break in.

5. Enable your alarm system – You should always make sure that it is turned on before you go to bed. Enable the alarm, and do not forget to test your system weekly to make sure it is working properly. If you aren’t going to be the last one awake in your household, make sure that everyone in your family knows how to enable the alarm so that the last person who goes to sleep can set it before they head to bed.