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Home Fire Safety Guide

Home Fire Safety Guide

by Carlos Lopez

Fires in a home can be devastating - both financially and emotionally. Billions are estimated to be lost each year due to fire and three out of five deaths occur on properties with no smoke alarm. The point is - there are things that any homeowner can do to both prevent fires and ensure that their loved ones and possessions remain safe. It’s scary to even think about being woken by the smell of smoke and the sound of alarms, but preparing in advance of this potentially tragic event ...

Reduce & Eliminate Home Security Risks

Reduce & Eliminate Home Security Risks

by Carlos Lopez

The only thing more terrifying than realizing that a burglar has been insider your home is realizing they are still there. While home security systems provide a stronger sense of safety, there are many things that homeowners can do to minimize risk and ensure their possessions and their loved ones remain safe. Here are a few ideas to consider to ensure that your home is not a target of criminals. CLOSE THE CURTAINS Burglars and criminals in general routinely peer through windows to see what's inside - that includes the items within your home as well as...

The Safest Neighborhoods in Chicago

The Safest Neighborhoods in Chicago

by Carlos Lopez

Despite the negative media attention received, Chicago is actually much safer than most visitors (and some residents) might expect. While there is no denying that certain neighborhoods in Chicago are undoubtedly unsafe if not downright dangerous (like those cited in the article on the Most Dangerous Chicago Neighborhoods, there are many community areas that are as safe in the middle of the night as they are at mid-day. What is most interesting about this data visualization is that while many will think that only the north and north-west side neighborhoods of Chicago are ...

Buyer Beware: CBS Chicago Finds ADT Ads Too Good To Be True

CBS Chicago recently published results of an investigation into the business practices (false and deceptive advertising) of ADT's largest authorized reseller.  If you have been approached by a sales person claiming to be from ADT, or a sales flyer in your mailbox, advertising a "FREE" ADT alarm system and thought that it sounded too good to be true, that's likely because it is.  This recent CBS Chicago report found that the company responsible for the phony advertising had over 1,600 complaints with the Better Business Bureau. What is strange, and quite puzzling really, is that the...

Preventing False Alarms with Home Security Systems

by Carlos Lopez

The false alarm problem in the Chicago home security market is one that demands serious attention. Not only do false alarms waste the resources of first responders such as police and fire departments, they also put homeowners at risk of not getting an emergency response when it is needed the most which is counter to the reason for having a home security system in the first place. While a difficult thing to hear, most false alarms are actually the result of user error. While most home security system owners understand the importance of learning how their systems work,...

The Ten Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in Chicago

The Ten Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in Chicago

by Carlos Lopez

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods - 77 total defined "community areas" in fact - and some are (far) more dangerous than others. While you'll likely not be in immediate danger in downtown or the North side, some parts of the South and West sides are incredibly dangerous at certain times of the day and should be avoided unless absolutely neccessary. The city of Chicago is eclectic and diverse from the north to the south, from the lakeshore to the Western suburbs, and living and visiting a large metropolitan area like Chicago however can be...

5 Steps to A Better Security Plan for Home or Business

5 Steps to A Better Security Plan for Home or Business

by Carlos Lopez

When it comes to security, there is no stronger deterrent to criminals than knowing that homeowners and property managers have a security plan in place and are increasingly turning to systems to keep their valuables, and more importantly their families or business personnel, safe. Security systems are proven effective at keeping people and things safe, but without a formal plan, systems designed to improve a family’s or business’ security can sometimes actually do the opposite. If you are serious about making sure that your home or business remains as secure as necessary, read through and...

What to Consider When Installing a Home Security System

The website Neighborhood Scout has some eye-opening statistics about crime in Illinois. Some places are safer than others, of course, but property crimes (burglary, theft, and motor vehicle theft) for the state as a whole total 262,306 per annum. You’re nearly five times more likely to be a victim of property crime than violent crime, and one of the most dangerous assumptions you can make is that it can’t happen to you. Rather than worrying, however, the best step to take is protecting your home and family with a home security...

Reduce Employee Theft with Business Video Surveillance

  A recent report by the National Retail Federation (NRF) pegs annual retail inventory shrinkage at 1.44 percent. As with any other business statistic, your mileage may vary, but there’s no such thing as “good” shrink. After all, most retail businesses operate on tight margins, so any loss hurts. A business video surveillance system installed by Security Doctors can help you reduce or eliminate shrink in the forms of shoplifting and employee theft. Why Security Cameras? A good remote-monitored camera system protects more...

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...