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6 Reasons to Avoid a DIY Illinois Home Security System

6 Reasons to Avoid a DIY Illinois Home Security System

by Carlos Lopez

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...

5 Tips for Talking to Kids About Home Security

5 Tips for Talking to Kids About Home Security

by Carlos Lopez

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...

The 4 "D’s" of Illinois Home Security

The 4 "D’s" of Illinois Home Security

by Carlos Lopez

  Homes targeted by burglars usually fail to meet the four lines of defense: deter, deny, delay, and detect. When it comes to home security in Illinois, these four proactive measures can help keep you and your home safe from injury, damage, or theft. Here's how each "D" works to help keep you safe. Deter Deterring a burglar from entering your home plays a significant role in reducing the chances of a burglary or home invasion. Measures that can deter a burglar include a well-lit property or clever landscaping that removes any blind...

Social Media & Home Security: Are Your Posts Leaving You Vulnerable?

  Social media has certainly changed our lives in the last decade and a half. For the most part, these have been good changes that involve facilitating rapid communication and the spread of vital information. As we continue to learn more and more about the information we share and how it is perceived by what could potentially be a global audience, we are also coming to the realization that just because a person can share information, doesn't mean it is always wise to do so. When it comes to your own home security,...

Manage & Secure Multiple Properties Using One Mobile App

Do you own or manage multiple homes, properties, or office spaces, or a combination the three? Make your life easier by managing and securing all of your properties using a single mobile app! After all, you can't be in two places at the same time. Imagine a security management system that is mobile, provides live security video and real-time alerts, and is able to be armed or disarmed remotely. Sound too good to be true? It’s not! The security of our homes and businesses is of the utmost importance in today's world....

3 Ways to Keep Your Home Secure While You're on Vacation

  So, the summer is almost here. You've been counting the days until it's time to make your break for vacation, planning every detail of your upcoming getaway, and now it's just about time to put your plan into action. However, keeping your home secure while you’re away on vacation can be a major concern for many homeowners. Don’t let your home’s security keep you from enjoying a relaxing break. Let technology do the work for you by following this simple home security advice. 1. Install a Home Security System The very first thing you should do to...

Home Security Tips for Protecting Your Senior Loved Ones

For many families, an aging relative home alone can be a cause of worry. Even though they can live completely independent lives, seniors are still likely targets for burglars or scam artists. The best way to make sure your family member stays safe is to provide educational home security and safety tips that will leave them protected and less vulnerable. Here are a few helpful ideas to keep in mind for your senior.  Install a Home Security System The first step to ensuring a safe home is to prevent and deter burglars...

Things To Look For in a Secure Chicago Home for First-Time Buyers

Buying a home in Chicago for the first time is exciting, whether you're a long-time resident or new to the area. But as you create your "must have" list, it's important to make sure that home security in Chicago is one of your priorities. Here are 3 items to keep in mind that could help you find a safe and comfortable home. Lighting around the house and street: Ample lighting on the property, whether it's motion lights, garage lights, or landscape lights, can help to deter burglars from targeting the house....

3 Home Security and Safety Tips for Chicago Students

In recent Chicago news, two Northwestern University students were victims of a home invasion and robbery on February 2, 2016. The robber got into the 2nd floor apartment in Evanston and forced the students to give up their laptops and wallets. While an unfortunate event, the students were safe from injury. But this case is an important reminder for students to think carefully about their  Chicago home or apartment security, whether living on or off campus. To prevent this from happening to you or a student you know, here are some...

How Secure is Your Illinois Smart Home?

How Secure is Your Illinois Smart Home?

by Carlos Lopez

Using smart technology in a home can offer security and convenience, but only when the right steps are taken to make sure security cannot become compromised. What are the first places to look for in understanding the security of your smart home? We urge you to check: 1. Your WiFi security: It's important to make sure your WiFi network is secure and password protected. There have been cases of hackers getting into networks, which have allowed them to unlock smart locks or change their PIN codes, tamper with smart thermostats, and even download...