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Aug 15

Home Security Innovations Provide Always-On Access to Your Home

Home Security Innovations Provide Always-On Access to Your Home

Here at Security Doctors of Illinois, we’ve helped homeowners throughout Chicago and the Chicago suburbs outfit their homes with comprehensive home security systems. Whether or not you feel your home is the safest place in the world, a home security system provides added peace of mind. After you’ve locked and double-checked the windows and doors, it’s reassuring to know that our 24/7/365 Monitoring Center is keeping a watchful eye on you and your family.

As the technology in our phones and computers leaps forward, it impacts the capabilities of home security systems as well. With recent advances, your home security system can do more than ever before.

Integration with Home Automation

In the past, home security meant locked doors and motion-sensing lights. Now, a home security system can integrate with your thermostat, indoor lights, and more. This is all possible thanks to the growing prevalence of smart home technology.

Take your heating and cooling for example. You don’t need the air conditioning running all day while you and your family are out at work, school, or camp. But waiting for the house to cool down when you get home can make for a sweaty homecoming. With new technology, thermostats can be programmed with heating and cooling protocols timed to your schedule. The A/C kicks on while everyone is on their way home, and the house is at the perfect temperature when you step through the door.

Your lighting system can be similarly programmed to keep pace with your schedule. Do your work hours have you coming home in the dark? Program your lights to turn on before you walk in. Like home security, home automation provides peace of mind. Walking into a dark house is never fun, but with the lights on, things are much more welcoming.

You remember the days where your television, cable box, and DVD or Blu-ray player all had different remotes? That’s how home automation used to be. Now, it can all be tied into your home security system, giving you all-in-one access and control.

Secure, On-the-Go Access

That all-in-one access lives right on your smart phone. It’s great to know that the lights will be on and the house will be cool when you get home, but what if you’re out and about and you can’t remember if you locked the doors? Just take out your phone and re-lock everything. Have you ever gotten a call from someone in your family that they’re home early, but they’ve misplaced their keys? You no longer need to stop what you’re doing and double back. Just unlock the door right there on your phone.

Many folks don’t like for their home to look empty. If your afternoon out on the town has suddenly changed to include dinner and drinks, you can activate your lights remotely to make it look like someone is home. With that worry taken care of, you can relax and enjoy your time out with friends.

To learn more about the latest home security innovations, including live video feed from security cameras right on your smart phone, contact the Security Doctors of Illinois at 847-386-8838.

Jul 14

Why The Right Business Security System is Essential

Why The Right Business Security System is Essential

If you had to make a list of the most pressing threats facing small business owners, things like increased competition and a struggling economy would certainly be present but theft from all angles would undoubtedly be right at the top. According to one study from the University of Florida, retail businesses in the United States lose $44 billion every year to shoplifters - that breaks down to between $25,000 and $33,000 per minute. But internal theft is a major factor, too - something that 64% of small businesses fall victim to at some point according to Kessler International.

 
All told, a typical business can expect to lose approximately 5% of its total revenue to fraud according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. The right business security system can help make sure this doesn't happen to you.

 

Business Security Systems: Addressing the Challenges of the Modern Era

These days, the right business security system is one that is able to grow as your organization does. The security concerns of a small business with 5 employees would obviously be a bit different from one with 50. While you may be in the former situation, you no doubt soon hope to find yourself in the latter and beyond - which is why building a scalable business security solution is integral.
 
As your business continues to grow and evolve, you shouldn't have to pull out your security system every few years because your current solution is woefully inadequate to how you stand today. Your security system should absolutely be able to grow and evolve as your business does the same.
 
Another factor to consider when it comes to modern day business security systems is one of information distribution. Modern systems can be configured in a way that allows you to receive instantly alerts when something does or does not happen. If someone walks into a room they're not supposed to be in, the motion detector on your Internet-connected camera can instantly send you a smartphone alert about it. However, the reverse is also true - if a supplier doesn't show up when they're supposed to, you can get an alert about that as well.
 
In many ways, this doesn't just help protect your business in terms of security - it lets you use technology to work smarter, not harder, in many normal ways, too. You can pick the information you need and set up a system that works with those goals, not against them.
 
This is another reason why partnering with the right business security systems solutions provider is so important. You may be an expert in how you run your business, but you shouldn't be expected to be an expert when it comes to modern day security. When you're talking about the safety and security of something you've already worked so hard to build, every decision is a critical one - even down to how many cameras you might need and where they should be pointed.
 
A professional business security systems provider can work with you, using their years of experience to your advantage (and yours to theirs) to come up with the right, customized and highly scalable option that is built specifically to fit your needs. You'll talk with one another, working hard to play to each other's strengths - in the end, you'll wind up with something much more comprehensive or effective than either one of you could have done on your own.

 

The Security Doctors of Illinois Approach

As a dedicated security systems Chicago solutions provider, Security Doctors of Illinois considers itself a partner in your business in every sense of the word. We pride ourselves on our ability to learn as much about your organization as possible, coming up with a solution that meets your needs and addresses your own unique challenges in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible.
If you're in or around the Chicago area and are looking for more information about business security system or security system app options, don't delay - contact Security Doctors of Illinois today.

 

Jun 20

The Myth of the "One Size Fits All" Approach to Home Security

The Myth of the "One Size Fits All" Approach to Home Security

Two of the major factors that one must consider when putting together a home security system are A) the design of the home in question, and B) the way you and your loved ones actually live in that home in the first place. Every house is a little bit different, yes - but every family is a little bit different, too. Only by taking these unique factors into consideration will you be able to design the complete, comprehensive home security system that is right for you.

 

A Connected Home is a Protected Home

 
Different types of homes have different vulnerabilities by their very design. "One size fits all" or "off-the-shelf" home security systems aren't necessarily designed to account for this, regardless of the total number of cameras you're buying. Only by pairing with the right, experienced solutions provider like Security Doctors of Illinois will you be able to build a system that plays to your home's strengths and addresses its natural environmental challenges.
 
A home security expert will be able to walk through your home, examining both the interior and exterior along the way. They'll be able to use their years of experience to your advantage, telling you precisely what type of camera or other security device is needed to address the specific challenge at hand. Remember that even the most powerful, expensive security camera that money can buy ultimately won't do you any good if it isn't pointed in the right place to begin with.
 
You'll also need to carefully consider how you actually live in your home as you design a home security system around those lifestyle choices. Maybe your family always enters towards the rear, leaving your front door essentially unused. In that case, you would definitely want to install a front door camera system to monitor anyone trying to access through the front, as this is fairly irregular in your daily life.
 
If there is a particular room of your home that nobody really uses, this represents a vulnerability just waiting to be taken advantage of by someone like a burglar. Installing motion detectors connected to your larger home security system (or video cameras that automatically record when motion is detected) would eliminate this problem once and for all.
 
Thanks to the mobile world that we're now living in, it is now easier than ever to bring the entire system together through one point-of-contact: your smartphone. Using a home security app like the one provided by Security Doctors of Illinois, it is now possible to maintain complete visibility over your home at all times from any location on Earth where you have cellular reception.
 
Do you want to be able to view a live, HD feed of one of your home's many cameras to make sure that the kids got home from school safe and sound? You can do so right from the app. Are you expecting a package and want to see if the delivery person left it on your porch? Load up the feed from your front door camera system at work and go through the rest of your day with peace-of-mind. Do you want to check to make sure that all of your doors are locked, open or close your shades or even turn interior lights on to give the appearance that your home is occupied when it isn't? The right home security app can do all of this and more.
 

The Security Doctors of Illinois Approach

 
Every home is just a little bit different - which is why the myth of the "one size fits all" approach to home security protection needs to be shattered, both now and for all time. At Security Doctors of Illinois, we've been doing our part to help people come up with the customized, agile and comprehensive solutions they need for the last three decades. We're honored to have the opportunity to do the same for you, too.
 
If you're located in or around the Chicago area and are looking for more information about creating the right, customized home security solution to fit your needs, or if you'd like to find out more information about protecting your home and your loved ones through technology in general, please don't hesitate to contact us today.

May 31

Crimes Against Small Businesses

Crimes Against Small Businesses

 

Many Chicago small business owners believe that security is not a top concern since they are the little guys in stores and offices across the metro Chicago area. Many are wrong, as small retailers lose $25,000 to $33,000 every minute to shoplifters. But, shoplifting is not the only type of illegal activity that threatens a small business owner.

Crimes Against Small Business

Threats to your business’s security come from external as well as internal sources. Following are the highlights of why your business needs to plan and act to improve security.

Employee Theft

Sixty-four percent of small businesses are victims of employee theft. A survey by Kessler International in the spring of 2013 revealed that 95% of employees confirmed they steal from their employers in an anonymous survey. Some of the theft is stealing time – this is when an employee is on the clock but shirking work by disappearing for a time, taking too many breaks or falsifying time records. Though the number of dollars involved in time theft may be small, over the course of a year it becomes significant. 

Some of the losses incurred by the lack of a small business security system stem from stolen office supplies, but, a study in 2014 presented to the Annual Academy of Criminal Justices Science Meeting showed that most losses due to employees is theft of cash.

Burglary

Did you know that businesses are 4 times more likely to be a victim of a burglary than a residence? It’s true, and if you think about it, this makes sense. Businesses have valuable merchandise, computers and other office equipment, data, and more that can easily be sold.

Protecting Your Small Business

While a monitored security system goes a long way to secure your small business, there are other low-cost things you can buy that helps improve security.

Better Door Locks

If your door is the thing that secures your business from unwanted entry, make sure you have a lock that is not pickable. Options offered by lock manufacturers include unique key designs that thwart lock picks. Once a lock pick can’t open your door lock, unauthorized entry is stopped. 

Better Exterior Lighting/Interior Lighting

When a building is well-lit at dark through daylight it deters burglars from your business. It also helps to keep some interior lights on as well.

Add Security Cameras

Video has proven its worth as a deterrent to shoplifting, employee theft, and burglary. Using video cameras in your office or retail shop is an affordable way to gain more security. Whether the video system is monitored professionally or by you on an app, the mere presence of video cameras helps to limit crimes against your business by professional thieves, casual shoplifters, and employees.

Buy a Bolted Down Safe

If you have clients for whom you prepare and store confidential documents consider buying a safe that bolts to the floor. Make sure it is also fireproof. Your clients will appreciate the extra effort you make to guard their privacy. It is a clever idea to have the safe hidden as well as bolted to the floor.

Cybersecurity Matters

Speaking of privacy, data stored on computers is subject to theft too. So, be sure your software is patched as soon as a security patch is available, educate employees about opening emails from unknown sources, and backup your system daily. These are free ways to keep your business data, client financial data and personal identification information, your own client lists, and bookkeeping information for your own business secure. 

These are just a few of the reasons you want to keep your company at the highest security level possible. At Security Doctors, we’re experts when it comes to Chicago business security. Don't wait until something bad happens to think about investing in business security systems that could have prevented the problem. Call us at 847-386-8838 or use our online contact form to set up your free consultation, and we will gladly work with you to customize a small business security system that suits your company's needs.

 

Apr 20

4 Tips To Help Keep Your Home More Secure in Chicago

4 Tips To Help Keep Your Home More Secure in Chicago

Homeowners should take the security of their home seriously. According to the FBI, there is a burglary in the United States every 15 seconds, with an average of $1,725 worth of stolen property. Most people, whose homes have been burglarized, thought they had done enough to avoid becoming a victim.

What many homeowners underestimate is that most homes are actually quite easy to get into when you’re a burglar, and not worried about damaging property. We help Chicago residents improve their home security by providing consultations of what you’re currently doing and not doing. This includes everything from the door and gate locks you choose, the windows you install and even the garage door opener that you use.

While some of these tips below seem standard, time and time again homeowners realize the benefits of them only after it's too late. To be proactive with your home’s security consider these five relatively easy measures to take.

1. Install Alarm System

Burglars don’t like to be noticed when they are breaking into a home, and some are sophisticated in deploying stealthy actions to avoid detection. This works well for them when homes are not armed with alarm systems. Alarms are a great deterrent because they not only let would-be home invaders know it won’t go unnoticed, they also draw attention to what is going on within the home when activated. It’s even better if your alarm system is programmed to contact local authorities once it goes off. By installing an alarm system, and advertising on all or most of you windows, your front door, or even your yard that you have one, you’re already sending a signal to them that your home is probably not the one to break into today.

2. Do Not Broadcast Empty Home Online

Sometimes it’s not about what you’re not doing, but more so, what you are doing that’s making conditions ripe for potential home invasion. Right now on your Facebook feed you probably have a friend who is sharing pictures of their vacation while they are still enjoying it. They’re basically advertising the fact that their home is potentially sitting empty. We know it’s fun to share where you’re going and what you’re doing, but do this when you’re back in your home. Also, don’t think that just because you only have 45 Facebook friends who you personally know, that your updates cannot be accessed by outsiders. Internet crimes are a real thing. Check your security settings and save you celebratory shoutouts From Europe till after your vacation has ended.

3. Let Light Be Your Friend

Having ample outdoor lighting isn’t something many people think about, as far as being a good deterrent for home breakins. Without exterior lighting thieves can maneuver around your home and avoid being noticed by your neighbors and even people walking by. Make sure that all potential entrances to your home have ample lighting - not just the front door. Though many homeowners choose to go with motion-sensor lights, the sensor can be easily covered. Consider just leaving a light on during hours of darkness.

Also, the vast majority of break-ins occur when the homeowner is not present, so it makes sense to also leave at least one light on indoors as well, so it’s more challenging for them to decipher whether or not you are in the home.

4. Invest In Quality Doors And Locks

Locking a door is the most common security measure people take, but if your door is cheap you're taking an unnecessary security risk. If it can be easily picked or broken, then it’s not worth the money you pay for it, no matter how inexpensive. If you can, install solid or heavy-duty doors, as this will make your door more challenging to break down. Additionally, the strike plate should be heavy-duty and tightly secured to wall with no looseness. While you’re investing in a good door add high-quality locks as well. You wouldn’t put old, worn-out tires on a $90K sports car so don’t add shoddy locks to good doors. Deadbolt locks provide the best home security for residential doors. Because these locks do not contain springs thieves have to have decent lock-picking knowledge to successfully open them, and most will just forego if it seems too difficult.

For a professional home security consultation to begin a discussion about a ideal alarm system, outdoor lighting, and best locks for your residence, contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with our home security experts.

Apr 19

5 Home Security Tips for Families with Kids

5 Home Security Tips for Families with Kids

 

It's the middle of the night, and your home security system is blaring. You roll over, hoping that it's just been triggered by that loose wire again, but something tells you that this time is different. As you turn off the alarm, you can hear strange noises that tell you there's someone in your home. Your heart clenches, and your first thought is, "What about the kids?"

Developing a home security strategy when you have children at home adds an extra layer of assurance to your security plans. You don't have to panic yourself or them over the details of home security to develop a firm strategy that will keep everyone safe in the event of an emergency. In fact, having a plan in place can make things easier and less scary for everyone.

1. Decide on a Plan.

Consult with your spouse and older children to help develop a plan of action in the event of a home security emergency. Decide how you will react if someone breaks into your home. Do you expect older children to help the younger ones get out? Will you confront an intruder while your spouse gets the children to safety? Where should they go? Discuss all of these possibilities with your spouse and older children to ensure that if an emergency does arise, they know how to react.

2. Practice.

Reacting in the middle of the night is a challenge for anyone. Reacting in the middle of the night on the grounds of a discussion that you've had only once is harder. Instead of leaving it to chance, take the time to practice your responses with your spouse and kids during daylight. This doesn't have to be scary, and in fact, you should make it as age-appropriate as possible. It's just a technique for ensuring that your kids know how to respond.

3. Pack "Go Bags" for the Kids.

Depending on the emergency, you might not always have time to grab them, but keeping "go bags" at the appropriate exit from your home can make things easier in the event of an emergency. Include clothing, toiletries, and essentials like diapers, wipes, and formula for little ones. Keep in mind that it may be a while before you can return to your home and pack accordingly.

4. Arrange Your Home Appropriately.

Have you ever thought about how long it would take you to get to your kids in the event of an emergency? What about whether or not you're between your kids and the entrance to the house? Even if it means rearranging bedrooms, make sure that you can get to your kids quickly and efficiently if someone does try to break into your home.

5. Remember the Important Things.

Your kids are your most precious possessions. It can be tempting to confront a thief who breaks into your home, but if you're wasting your energy protecting things, it's harder to protect the people who matter most. If someone does break into your home, make getting your kids out safely your first priority. Then, call the police to deal with the rest. All the rest of your possessions can be replaced. Your kids, on the other hand, are priceless.

If you want the comfort and peace of mind that comes from having a home security system in place, contact us. We'll work with you to put together a security system that is ideal for your home, teach you how to use it, and discuss how to take full advantage of it when you have kids at home. Your kids are precious to you, and we're here to help you make sure that they're protected.

Apr 05

4 Modern Home Security Features to Consider

4 Modern Home Security Features to Consider

 

As the world becomes more and more dangerous, home security becomes more and more important. This is especially true in big cities like Chicago, where crime is particularly common.

Home security, however, has become a little more complicated in recent years. There are so many options that it can be tough to choose exactly what you want. Of course, you can just ask for the basic package, but even that can include all sorts of technology that you didn't even realize existed. It's best to know the basics, at least, before you begin searching for the perfect home security system.

Here are a few features you might want to consider for your new system.

1. Wireless

As with almost everything else in this age, home security systems can now be connected wirelessly. In the past, a homeowner or technician would have to run wires through the walls to connect each system component. This process was expensive, complicated, and destructive. Although you can still have this type of system installed if you want, most people elect to install the wireless version. You simply connect each device to power and attach it to the wall. No experience, cables, or holes in the wall required.

2. Video and Audio

Many security systems also offer the ability to store and transmit video and audio. This can be helpful in a number of situations.

In the unhappy scenario where your house is broken into, your security system will provide video evidence of the break in. This will be beneficial to the police as they track down the criminal, in court if charges are brought, and with your insurance company as you negotiate a settlement. In addition, if something happens in or around your house that doesn't make sense—even if it isn't a break in—the tape will still be able to answer your questions. Without this feature, you'd be left guessing.

In some systems, the video and audio features can be used in real time. For example, if someone intentionally or accidentally activates this feature by stepping onto your property, you'll be able to see them on your mobile device and communicate with them. This would be a great way to deter burglars or let the delivery person know when they should come back.

3. App Interfacing

Let's talk a little more about how your new security system could interface with your mobile phone. Many modern security systems come with a free app that allows much more control over the system.

With this app, you can do things like watch and communicate with wanted and unwanted guests, turn sensors and alarms on and off, and monitor the state of the entire system. It will alert you anytime something occurs that needs your attention. Sometimes this app can even interface with other appliances in your house, like the heating and air system.

4. Extraneous Sensors

Many home security systems now extend beyond simply protecting your home from burglars. They can also include extra alarms and sensors.

For example, many of these systems come with smoke and fire sensors that can be connected to the security system. Some include carbon monoxide detectors, and a few even come with connectable water and temperature sensors.

Purchasing a system that comes with these types of sensors means that you don't have to buy or maintain them separately. The best part is that, since all of the sensors are tied into the security system, they can all be monitored from the mobile app. Depending on the package that you purchase, you may also be able to have them monitored by a security company. If anything goes wrong, they can inform the appropriate authorities.

Need help finding the perfect home security system for you? Contact us! We're experts in Chicago home security, and it’s our mission to make your home a safer and happier place.

 

Mar 09

3 Reasons You Need a High-Quality Business Security System

3 Reasons You Need a High-Quality Business Security System

 

As the owner or manager of a business, you have a lot of responsibility. Both your employees and your customers expect you to keep things running smoothly and to maintain an exceptional level of service. One key component that often gets overlooked is the physical security of your business. Burglary, theft, and natural disasters we never expect to happen, but they do. And when they do, it’s important that your company is prepared.

Here are 3 reasons investing in a high-quality business security system should be one of your top priorities.

1. Security systems help protect customer information.

If you have any sensitive files or data on-site, you want it to be as secure as possible—especially when it comes to your customers' information. If this data becomes compromised, it can quickly undermine your customers’ trust in your company and even get you in legal trouble. Apologizing to them, telling them that the door was locked when someone broke in, won’t offer much consolation when they realize their private information has fallen into the wrong hands.

Protecting sensitive information is especially important for businesses that keep medical or legal records—whether electronic or on paper. A leak of someone's private information, such as their name, address, date of birth, or social security number, could be enough to disrupt their peace of mind. In some situations, it may be difficult to determine how much information was compromised, which can be even more disturbing. The best way you can prevent such an occurrence is to make sure your building is adequately secured, inside and out, with a high-quality security system.

2. Security cameras can deter workers from being dishonest.

Having a security system for your company does more than just prevent outside break-ins. It can also protect you from security problems within your business. Even with extensive screening, dishonest employees can find their way into a good company. From slipping money out of a coworker's purse to stealing inventory or money from cash registers, employee theft can become major a problem. Fortunately, these situations can be prevented by a security system that utilizes cameras throughout the building.

Additionally, it is not just things people steal. Employees can also steal time. They might be on the clock surfing the web or chatting with coworkers while there are still tasks to be done. Well-placed cameras can allow you to check in on employees from time to time, making sure they are performing their duties as expected.

Also, if you have hired outside workers, such as cleaners or repair people, cameras can confirm that they are doing honest and efficient work. Just knowing you have cameras on-site may also dissuade them from snooping around parts of the building where they shouldn't be.

3. A security system can save you money.

Aside from mitigating risks of burglary and theft, you can also save money on your business insurance. A good business security system can help to lower your premium rate. After all, insurance companies know they are less likely to have to pay damages if your business has taken steps to prevent problems from occurring.

A security system can also help to prevent things such as fires, gas leaks, and freezing pipes, spotting these issues before any serious damage is done. These events can be costly to your business, which makes a good security system well-worth the investment.

These are just three reasons you'll want to make sure your company is as secure as possible. At Security Doctors, we’re experts when it comes to Chicago business security. Don't wait until something bad happens to think about investing in a system that could have prevented the problem. Contact us today to set up your free consultation, and we will gladly work with you to customize a security system that suits your company's needs.

 

Feb 21

How a Home Security System Can Lower Homeowner's Insurance Rates

How a Home Security System Can Lower Homeowner's Insurance Rates

 

A home security system doesn’t just keep a household safe; it can also go towards lowering the cost of your homeowner’s insurance policy. Though every insurance company is different, many of them offer incentives and rewards for improving your home security.

If you’ve been thinking of installing a security system in your home, here is just one more reason why you should stop thinking about it and call Security Doctors today.

Better Security Means Better Discounts

At Security Doctors, our alarm systems provide unparalleled security to a variety of residential properties, from houses and condos to townhomes and duplexes. Having a security system installed proves to your insurance agent that you’re serious about the security of your home and that your home is less vulnerable to threats that could lead to costly damages. Typically, you can become eligible for insurance premium discounts just by showing that a security system has been activated or installed in your home.

According to the Insurance Information Institute, “You can usually get discounts of at least 5 percent for a smoke detector, burglar alarm, or dead-bolt locks. Some companies offer to cut your premium by as much as 15 or 20 percent if you install a sophisticated sprinkler system and a fire and burglar alarm that automatically alerts the police, fire, or other monitoring stations.”

Taking into consideration your specific security needs and the discounts offered by your insurance agency, Security Doctors can help you customize the perfect security package for your home. Just bear in mind that the more secure and thorough your system is, the larger the discounts you’re eligible for will be.

Make Your Home More Insurable

We not only provide systems that can help protect your home from criminal acts. We also offer security in the event of a fire, high levels of carbon monoxide, or a water pipe break. The capabilities of your home security system will help your insurance company determine how insurable your home really is. This is a major factor when it comes time to renew your insurance or sign on with a new company.

Inspection surveys are commonly used by underwriters in order to determine if a dwelling is a good risk to insure. The types of surveys conducted can vary, but typically they will involve a company hiring independent contractors to visit a property, take photos, and conduct brief interviews.

The questions asked during these interviews are aimed at determining if hard-wired smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and a security system exist within the home. Homeowners who can answer yes to all of these questions will have a greater chance of getting renewed with little hassle, while receiving monetary discounts to their premium.

Additionally, insurers know that security systems keep homes safe from potential risks, which can mean a lower number of claims being initiated by the policyholder. The number of insurance claims filed by a homeowner is a major determining factor when it comes to pricing out a person's premium. A home security system gives you a much better chance of having no claims due to theft or vandalism, and fire alarm system can mean the difference between minor smoke damage and severe fire damage.

Combined, these security features make you a very low-risk and high-value insurance customer.

Costs vs. Savings

Purchasing a home security system may seem expensive, but the safety benefits and accompanying discounts often far outweigh the costs. An investment now can pay dividends over time. Every year your home is protected by Security Doctors, you’ll pay less in home insurance premiums and have the peace of mind of knowing your home and your family are protected from crime and natural disasters.

Contact us to learn more about Security Doctors and the variety of home security solutions we offer.

Jan 04

7 Security Tips to Keep Your Home Safe in the New Year

7 Security Tips to Keep Your Home Safe in the New Year

 

With the holiday season behind us, many of us are ready to start the new year off with new habits and routines. We focus on taking better care of our bodies, our finances, and our loved ones, but what about our homes? Home burglaries are common, especially in the winter months when lots of holiday gifts and money are lying around. Take steps to keep yourself from being the victim of a break-in this new year by following a few simple tips.

Everyday Security Strategies

The winter is a time when darkness falls early and many people spend time away from home. Whether you are out running errands, attending parties, or playing in the snow, be sure your home is safe from intruders.

1. Lock Doors and Windows

Sometimes the most obvious act is the one people forget. Be sure that every entrance to your house is bolted shut. Put reinforcements on doors if yours are too easy to break open, and keep all windows securely locked.

Notice places where glass can be broken for access, and have additional locks or safer doors installed.

2. Keep Gifts and Other Items Out of Sight

With the holidays just passed, our homes are full of new clothes, jewelry, electronics, toys, and other gifts. Don't advertise what is in your home by keeping gifts or other expensive items in full view.

Close your window blinds to keep potential intruders from making a plan, and don't leave valuable items where anyone can see them from the outside of your home.

Also, check your trash to be sure that you aren't displaying boxes from high ticket items like televisions and electronics.

3. Light up the Night

Make sure your home has plenty of light. Put indoor lights on a timer, so they are shining like someone is home when night falls. You should also have motion sensor lights outside your home and at your front door that go on whenever someone approaches.

Vacation Security

If you are planning a winter getaway, you'll want to take extra precautions to keep your home protected.

4. Let a Trusted Neighbor Know You're Away

Your neighbors are one of your best lines of defense when it comes to intruders. They will be able to tell when something doesn't seem quite right.

Let your neighbors know that you are going away, and ask them to call you or the police if they see anything strange.

5. Stop Mail and Newspapers

Avoid letting mail and newspapers pile up in front of your home. It advertises to intruders that you are away.

Either stop the mail and newspaper delivery while you are gone, or ask someone to pick these items up for you each day.

6. Keep Your Plans Off Social Media

It's tempting to show off each leg of your trip with fun stories and pictures, but you never know who is watching your posts. Someone scouting your neighborhood can easily find out who is on vacation by paying attention to social media.

Be careful not to let everyone know that your home is sitting empty. Either post to a select group of people only or wait until you are home to post your pictures.

7. Consider an Alarm System

Is your house protected by a security system that will sound an alarm when your house is compromised? Simply installing an alarm system is a great way to keep potential burglars away. An intruder would much rather break into a home that isn't secured than one that is. And in the case that an intruder does gain access, alarms will sound and police can be notified immediately.

Don't let a criminal take the fun out of your new year. Protect your home and your family by taking steps to secure your property.

For more information on home security during the winter and throughout the new year, contact us.

 

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