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The Latest Innovations in Home Security & Alarm Systems

We can date the beginnings of home security to the 1870’s, when homeowners banded together to protect their lives and property. Succeeding years have seen home security improve in fits and starts with the introduction of new technologies like burglar alarms, security cameras, and motion detection. The last decade has been a time of explosive growth, and Security Doctors Illinois has helped homeowners take advantage of the latest and best home security technology. Here are some trends we find especially exciting. Better Video CCTV systems...

Top Five Benefits of Business Security Monitoring

If you’re a business owner, you pride yourself on running a tight ship. You’ve weathered recessions, shifting market conditions, fierce competition, and razor-thin margins. But are you taking other threats into account? The right business security system, backed by 24/7 security monitoring, can help protect all the time, money, and sweat equity you’ve built into your business, and Security Doctors of Illinois can help at every step of the way. Reinforce Your Hardware Good hardware makes up the backbone of any business security system. Security...

Home Monitoring for Aging Adults and Senior Citizens

Advances in medicine mean that more of us are living longer than ever before. Besides longevity and health, independence is a prime concern for many aging adults. StatNews mentions a wide variety of technologies that help seniors live active and independent lives in their own homes, but for many people, the simplest solutions work best. Of course, not everyone reading this will be older adults buying for themselves. As CBS News reports, more and more of us are finding ourselves caring for those who...

Home Automation Guide: An Introduction from Security Doctors

The “smart home” has officially arrived. A few years ago, the ability to control aspects of the home—from lights to blinds—was the realm of that tech-savvy friend you knew. It took a good deal of setup, and after all that, the lights would dim with a simple click from a smartphone…sometimes. Then, slowly but surely, “smart” technology started to spread. It seemed that overnight, smart lightbulbs had a front-and-center spot at the hardware store—and there were a lot of them! Smart technology companies came into existence, with new names like “Nest”...

Selecting the Right Security Company to Protect Your Home

There are few decisions as important as choosing the security company that will look after your home. With plenty of options, weighing the pros and cons of each can seem overwhelming. After all, your peace of mind is on the line, and the safety and well-being of your home and family. While there are a lot of variables to consider, ultimately, it all comes down to trust. Do you trust the people? Some folks may start by reviewing the different hardware provided by various security companies. But here at Security Doctors of Illinois, our first concern ...

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...

Crimes Against Small Businesses

Crimes Against Small Businesses

by Carlos Lopez

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...

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....

5 Home Security Tips for Families with Kids

5 Home Security Tips for Families with Kids

by Carlos Lopez

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...

4 Modern Home Security Features to Consider

4 Modern Home Security Features to Consider

by Carlos Lopez

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...