We would all like a peace of mind knowing that our homes are safe when leaving or on vacation. Unfortunately, the greatest number of break-ins occur when families are on vacation or away for longer periods. By installing a home surveillance system, this dramatically reduces the chance of your home being burglarized. In addition, a home surveillance system has other features such as options for calling your local fire or police department by pushing one button. Elderly or small children in the household would benefit from this feature, as a live person would be available in any state of emergency without using the phone. Here are the basic choices to choose from: Simple Surveillance: The system may include motion sensors, sound detectors, and photocells. Individual window alarms could be set in place, do-it-yourself wireless systems, and timers that would turn on lights at a programmed time to create an illusion that someone is home. Other options with the Simple Surveillance would include interior alarms that monitor intrusions inside the home including panic switches, noise detection, motion sensors, photoelectric beams (light beams that trigger when interrupted) and pressure mats (flat switches that trigger by footsteps). In addition to home surveillance systems, adding dead bolts, “heavy-duty strike plates,” can help you secure your home. Outdoor motion detectors are sensor lights that also offer assistance in home surveillance. The last option would be Perimeter Alarms where any perimeter being violated will ring a bell, or siren scaring most burglars away. When it comes to the security and safety of your property and family, there is never an exact cost to help consider which system, but always know that there is a solution for keeping your home safe from violators. Anything new takes a short time to adjust, and before long, it becomes systematic in your everyday living. In addition to burglary, fires and carbon monoxide claims a life each day. According to statistics over 1000 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning also referred to as “the odorless killer”. Another 10,000 fall injury to carbon monoxide and/or fire. Fires claim more lives than carbon monoxide, therefore adding a CO, (Carbon Monoxide Alarm) Smoke alarm, and a home surveillance device to your home is not much to ask for compared to the lives you will save. When you take action to protect your home, your family will have the security they need to survive such harsh worldly conditions. Taking action means to set up alarms, as well as securing your doors, windows, etc. The more security you supply to your home, the better chance you will have. Currently every 30 seconds someone dies in fires. In addition, someone’s home is robbed at the same time a fire claims a life. While there is no such thing as complete home surveillance, there are measures you can take to protect your home. Alarms Alarms include smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms, commonly referred to as CO alarms. The CO-alarms and smoke detectors combined could bring you security. You can also purchase combined smoke and CO alarms to save money. The units alert you when smoke and/or carbon monoxide is putting you at risk. Fires If your home catches on fire you should have prepared ahead of time to get your family to safety. Do your kids know what to do if their clothing catches fire? Do they know to cover their face, drop, and roll until the fire is out? You can prevent fires however by adding updated fire alarms, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide alarms to your home. Check the devices weekly and restore the batteries when necessary. If you install updated fire, smoke, or CO-alarms it is important that you repeatedly remind your family what to do in the event the systems sound. The children should be taught to avoid hiding from the fire. Rather, the children should have a safety plan which instructs them to safety. Practicing safety plans weekly can help you children prepare. Since heat rises, the children should be instructed to drop to the floor and stay low to the ground while working their way out of the home. The children should be informed to avoid stopping for pickups, such as favorite items. Safety first means forget materials and get out of the home. Once the family is outside of the home on safe grounds, it is important that you inform your family to meet in the same place. Do a head count to make sure everyone is out of the home safely. Carbon Monoxide: If you have a CO-alarm setup in your home, teach your children what to do just as you would instruct them to do with smoke alarms. Set up the same plan that you would set for home fires. If carbon monoxide leaks into your home, it is important to call 911 now, and get out of the house. Stay in the air until the emergency team arrives, and do not go back into the home until you have been properly instructed by the emergency team.
The holiday season is ripe with festivities, goodwill and goodies. The season also comes with criminals and scam artists who want to enjoy and celebrate the holidays too. But they want to do it with your stuff and money. And it only takes you letting down your home security and holiday safety defenses one time for this type of scrooge to strike your home or family successfully. Just one time! Don’t get so giddy with goodwill toward all mankind this season that you overlook sensible home security precautions and holiday safety tips. Here are seven home security tips to help you and your home stay safe and secure year-round but particularly during the holidays. Read these home security tips and see how many you practice 1.) Lock doors and windows when you leave your home (upstairs too)–no matter the length of time you’ll be gone. Do this even if you’re only going next door for a minute. It only takes a minute for someone watching your departure to enter your home and swipe your gifts or other belongings in easy reach and sight (like your holiday gifts under the tree). 2.) Everybody loves to see a pile of gifts under the Christmas tree, including potential burglars. Don’t leave piles of gifts in clear view of glass doors and windows with open blinds, especially when you go out. Your gifts may not be there when you return. In their place may be shattered glass. 3.) Find out who is at the door before you open it. Be wary of couriers you don’t know delivering unexpected items or door-to-door solicitors asking for your money. Ask for identification. Ask questions. Don’t make hasty decisions when it comes to donating your money. And don’t invite these strangers into your home or entryway. You step outside to speak with them. If it’s after dark and you’re alone, don’t feel obligated to open the door at all. In fact, you don’t even need to open your door to deliveries after dark. Most couriers are allowed by their companies to leave packages under a certain value at your doorstep (in typically low crime neighborhoods) without requesting your signature and they will do so. Or you can call to make arrangements to pick up packages yourself at the delivery center. 4.) When you’re planning to be away on extended visits to relatives and friends, ask neighbors who will be home to collect your newspapers and mail. If you don’t want to do that, ask your carriers to hold or stop the deliveries. They will. Also, some home security experts recommend that you utilize automatic timers to work your indoor and outdoor lighting, radio and televisions to give the appearance that someone is home. But they suggest you try to change the pattern of when and where these items turn on and off so someone watching your home doesn’t see this pattern (a clear indication that no one is really home). 5.) If you’re having a holiday party, move and secure your valuables in the common areas of your home. While you may know who you’ve invited to your home for a party, you may not know their date or friend very well. If guests have to walk through your bedroom to get to a bathroom, don’t leave tempting items like expensive (or even sentimental) jewelry in plain sight. 6.) Don’t leave extra house keys under flower pots, loose bricks, fake rocks or on or attached under the rims of your doors and windows. Don’t leave spare house keys in your automobiles not secured in garages. Also, don’t buy those awful “labeled” container gadgets in the store to “hide-a-key”. If you can’t give your spare key to a “trusted” relative and you must leave one outside for whatever reason when you’re away from your home, try to be a bit more creative with its hiding spot. And make sure nobody is watching when you hide the key. 7.) Do a home security checkup. Put on your black hat and walk through your home, inside and out, with the eye of criminal. How would you break into your home if you had to do so and how long would it take you to do so? That’s how long it will take a thief. An experienced thief with the right tools may take less time. You may want to have every member of your family do this home security walk-through including the children. Multiple minds will come up with more ideas. And what a perfect opportunity to talk about home security tips with your children. The holiday season is a good time to decide which places and items in your home can be more secure and then how to make them more secure for you and your family. Treat yourself this holiday season to the gift of home security and holiday safety by checking out some of the many home security products available to the average person like home safes, house alarm systems, doorway monitors or intercom systems and more. These days everyone likes electronic gadgets–not just James Bond types. Shop for fun electronic gadgets that can help secure your home and possessions in various ways as well as for the less glamorous but effective items like deadbolts and window pins. You’ve got everything to gain by doing so and everything to lose by not practicing home security tips year-round and holiday safety tips as needed at these special times of the year.