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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”...

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...

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,...

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...

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....

Four Unusual Home Security Tips

Four Unusual Home Security Tips

by Carlos Lopez

Home security is a vital topic. Your home is your castle, so you must prioritize home security. There is a wealth of home security information, but the same tips are found all over the internet. Every website tells you to hire a security firm, lock your doors, and keep your system armed. These are all great tips, but there are other ideas for keeping your home safe. Here are some unique ideas to keep your home secure.   1. Hide valuables in your kid's rooms: People often place valuables...

Prescribing Security to Chicago

Prescribing Security to Chicago

by Carlos Lopez

In the world we live in today, simply locking your door no longer constitutes security, especially in the massive city of Chicago. What do you do, then? Sure, we have heard it all: try this system, put up cameras, and lock your windows, but where do your questions begin and end? In other words, how do you improve your home security beyond installing a camera? Here are some helpful tips on how to do this:  1. Be alert: If a sound, movement outside, or general gut feeling does not seem right, it most likely...

If you are focused on home security, you may have thought about installing new deadbolts on your doors or installing a burglar alarm in your home. However, taking a few steps now can make your home look a lot less appealing from the outside, which can prevent a would-be thief from tampering with your windows and doors in the first place. Follow these tips to make the outside of your home look a lot less thief-friendly. Install Visible Security Cameras Thieves don't like security cameras. Not only do they not want to be captured on...

4 Home Security Tips for Illinois Residents

by Carlos Lopez

Illinois is known as the Prairie State, but our homes are as diverse as any in the world From Addison to Zion, from Penthouse to farmstead,  Home Security in Illinois is always a priority. Here are 4 top security tips for protecting your home: 1) Have a Monitored Security System. Having an alarm system is good, but if it just rings a bell outside your home for hours on end, it will just annoy your neighbors, without deterring criminals. A properly installed monitored system, on the other hand, will ensure that in the...