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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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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....

Face the Problem of Home Security in Chicago and Embrace the Solution

Sometimes, there are simple steps we can take that result in huge benefits. Securing your home or business with a professional and affordable security system is an example of one of these steps. Especially for Chicago residents, preventing burglaries and property damage is the main benefit gained, but also the peace of mind knowing home and business are safe. Problem: The following annual U.S. statistics have been reported by the FBI Uniform Crime Reports: Approximately 2.1 million burglaries 9.9 Million Property Crimes per year Solution: Homes with security...

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...