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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.


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.


Nov 01

6 Reasons to Avoid a DIY Illinois Home Security System

6 Reasons to Avoid a DIY Illinois Home Security System


In an effort to save money, many people choose to purchase a DIY Illinois home security system. However, despite the temptation of money savings, installing a home security system yourself may not be the right answer for a number of reasons. Here are just a few of them.

1. Installation requires some technical knowledge.

Installing a home security system is more challenging than it may seem. Many homeowners attempt installation only to find out it requires more technical knowledge than they had anticipated. These homeowners are then forced to abandon their project and consult with a professional instead. If you wind up paying someone to finish what you have already started it could cost you more money in the long run, especially if you must hire a professional to undo mistakes.

2. Installing a security system takes time.

A good number of homeowners are also surprised at the amount of time it takes to install a security system. If you have never installed a security system before, it could take hours or even days to complete this project. You might also have to take time off from work or reschedule activities in order to get the job done. In the meantime, your home is unprotected and so is your family.

On the other hand, our professional team can install your system in no time. That way, you can go on doing more important things and have peace of mind knowing your home and family are safe.

3. The quality of systems isn’t always reliable.

The old saying, “You get what you pay for,” goes for security systems as much as it does anything else. The problem with some inexpensive DIY systems is that they use inferior parts in an effort to cut costs. This means you could suffer frequent breakdowns or that your system may not last quite as long as you had hoped. Even worse, your security system may not operate as expected, thereby jeopardizing your family’s safety. You could even spend a great deal of money on repairs over time, negating any savings you do realize initially.

4. Troubleshooting can be a headache.

You’ll need to test your home security system before putting it to use. For many people, this is the most frustrating part of the process, as furniture and other objects must often be moved around for sensors to work properly. Many times, this is due to the improper placement of sensors--something that can be avoided by using an experienced installation technician.

5. Monitoring can be substandard.

DIY home security systems often come with monitoring for a very low price. However, just as the quality of your system matters, so does the quality of your monitoring service.

Some DIY home security customers discover there are extended wait times when an alarm goes off. This could be problematic during an emergency because it could take first responders longer to reach you. Many monitoring services do not even offer a connection to the police but, instead, only notify you or others whom you put on a call list. It is then your responsibility to call the authorities if you deem it necessary.

6. DIY systems offer limited warranties and/or support.

The warranty period on DIY security systems is often rather limited, meaning that if you do experience a malfunction, you could be on your own for repairs or replacements. There is also limited customer service support in the event you have a technical question or otherwise need assistance with your account.

These are just a few reasons DIY security systems may not be the best option for your home or business. Fortunately, your fully managed Illinois home security system doesn’t have to break the bank. Contact us today to learn more.


Oct 03

5 Tips for Talking to Kids About Home Security

5 Tips for Talking to Kids About Home Security

Whether you live in an area that's prone to crime, or in an area where break-ins are so uncommon that it's a jarring reality check when one does occur, you want to be sure that your home security is up to par. Even more importantly, you want to be sure that your kids are familiar with your home security system. Some parents, however, worry that keeping the kids in the loop about the home security system will only frighten them, often unnecessarily. Finding that happy medium requires a different balance for each family, but there are some strategies that can help.

1. Keep it Simple

The more elaborate your escape plan is, the more nervous it's going to make the kids. When it's obvious that this is just another strategy that you have in place to keep them safe—like your fire escape plan or their seat belts and car seats in the carit's less likely to be frightening.

2. Make it Routine

Every time you get into the car, your kids know that they're going to be buckled into age-appropriate child restraints. Young children expect to ride in a car seat simply because it's what they do every time they get in the car. Using your home security system should be just as routine. If you arm the system every time you leave the house, your kids won't think twice about it.

3. Keep it Age-Appropriate

You know your kids better than anyone else, so only you know what is likely to scare them and what will simply make them think. You don't have to go into gruesome detail about might happen if someone breaks into the house for your children to understand how to handle an emergency situation. For little ones or kids who are prone to worry, simply start the discussion by saying, "If the alarm goes off after we're in bed, this is what we're going to do."

4. Go Over the Plan

Kids often hear more than you think they do. Older kids, in particular, are often more aware of what is going on around them than their parents realize. Don't keep your kids in the dark! Take the time to discuss your emergency plans with them. Discuss the measures you've taken to keep them safe: strong locks, a home security system that will give the alert if there are intruders, and any other steps that your family has taken. Knowing that you know what to do about an emergency often makes kids feel safer and can help reduce fear.

5. Discuss Their Fears

You can tell when your child is worrying about something. Often, recent events in the news or something that has happened to a friend or family member can trigger worry or even fear. While some kids can sail through a family emergency or bad circumstances in the local community without ever noticing what's going on, others may be overwhelmed by "what-if" scenarios playing out in their heads.

If you notice your child growing fearful or withdrawn, discuss whatever it is that they're worried about. Explain how you would respond if the situation were to occur in your home. Sometimes, this may mean answering difficult questions, but if your child is already worrying about the scenario, it's better to give calm, honest answers than to brush it off.

If you're ready to install a home security system that will help keep your family safe and provide your kids with an extra layer of security, contact us! We're happy to answer all of your family's questions and start providing you with the peace of mind you seek. 


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