Knoxville Home Security

The Perfect Security Addition

on Monday, 16 September 2013. Posted in Knoxville Home Security

I don't know about you, but I'm always looking for ways to add more protection to my home. After I came home to an attempted break-in, I decided my alarm system wasn't going to be enough. Better safe than sorry, right? I explored several options, but eventually settled on the 2GIG Image-Sensor. I loved that it had wireless connectivity because seriously, who likes a bunch of wires all over the place? Plus, this bad boy features PIR motion detection that captures pictures in color or with IR illumination night vision so I don't have to worry about missing out on anything late at night.

The 2GIG Image-Sensor is programmed to send captured images straight to your phone or email so I can always stay up-to-date with what's going on. Also, advanced features like configurable PIR sensitivity and pet immunity ensure I don't get snapshots of my cat tearing through the house while I'm at work all day.

If you're like me and need a little extra peace of mind, I would definitely recommend an Image-Sensor. It really is a great little security extra for your home or business. Do any of you already own a 2GIG Image-Sensor?

Back to School Safety Tips and Gadgets

on Friday, 09 August 2013. Posted in Knoxville Home Security


It’s that time of the year again and the kids are heading back to school. It may mean restored peace and quiet for you at home, but also nervous jitters about sending your little ones off alone. With tons of new advancements in home surveillance technology and even GPS systems that track your children on the go, there are many options for protecting your young ones when they go back to school.

Track

GPS tracking devices are a great option for monitoring the whereabouts of your kids. The Amber Alert GPS is loaded with safety features that help ease your mind. This small device comes with a panic button that will automatically alert you if your child needs help. It can also alert you if your child goes outside a preset safety zone, or comes within 500 feet of a registered sex offender's home.

Video Monitor

Home video surveillance is also a great option for checking in and making sure your kids arrive home safely while your away. Alarm.com offers interative video surveillance that allows you check in whenever you want right from your smartphone or recieve video updates via text or email.


Are your kids heading off to college this month? Here are some tips for them:


Panic Phones

Most campuses have some kind of "panic phone" system. At the University of Tennessee they are called Emergency Blue Phones and you can see where they are located here.

Stick Together

It's always the best option to go places in pairs or groups. Never go anywhere alone at night or take shortcuts through alleys and side streets. Also avoid late night trips to the ATM.

Defend Yourself

It's never a bad idea to take a self-defense class and some campuses and communities even offer them for free. Make it a date with friends or family members and go educate yourself.

Check-In

Keep in touch with friends and family on a regular basis. It never hurts for loved ones to know your wherabouts or daily schedule. However, avoid checking-in on social media sites. You never know who may see it and be trying to track you down.

 

Benefits of Annual Home Alarm and Smoke Detector Inspections

on Monday, 29 July 2013. Posted in Knoxville Home Security

Just as you regularly maintain your yard or service your car, it is also important to maintain your alarm and smoke detection systems. A simple annual inspection could allow a technician to troubleshoot problems early on and potentially save your family’s life or valuables. When a service technician comes to your home, the following routine maintenance tasks will be performed: 

  • Smoke detectors will be tested to ensure they are working properly. Any old batteries will be replaced and recycled.

  • Smoke detectors will be cleaned of any dust or debris that may be obstructing sensors.

  • The alarm system battery will be tested. An alarm will not function long on low batteries if the power was to go out.

  • Motion and glass break detection will be checked throughout home.

  • Sensors on windows and doors will be tested for proper functioning. This is especially important on windows that may not be opened frequently.

  • Wireless transmitters sending signals to doors and windows will be examined.

  • The technician will make sure all your contact information is up-to-date.

Don’t let a simple check-up cost you and your family. Make upkeep on your system a priority and call to schedule an annual inspection today.

Tips For Keeping Your Home Safe While On Vacation

on Monday, 08 July 2013. Posted in Knoxville Home Security

Vacation season is in full swing! The car is packed and the hotel is booked, but is your home ready to be left behind? The Insurance Information Institute states that the majority of home break-ins occur during July and August. Don’t let a few simple mistakes cost you. These easy tips can save you big and keep you worry-free on your next adventure.

Keep Your Home Looking Fresh

While you’re gone, it's important to maintain the appearance of your home. Tall grass or a pile of newspapers in the driveway can be a green light for intruders. Pay a neighbor to mow the grass and collect your mail. Maybe they can even water your ferns while they’re at it.

Make It Look Like You Never Left

Keep a car parked in the driveway and buy timers for lights or televisions. Set them to come on at various times of the day to create the illusion that someone is home. Intruders are less likely to show interest in your home if it looks like you're still in it.

Get Monitored

A security system is a great tool to give you peace of mind while you enjoy your hard-earned vacation. Many insurance companies even give discounts to customers with security systems. Just make sure that you place signs and stickers in your yard and on your windows to show your house is monitored. This can steer thieves away before they even set foot on your property.

Keep Quiet

You’ve been saving up for months and you can’t wait to hit the beach, but the last thing you want to do is share your travel plans on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter. As harmless as it may seem to post that pic of your toes in the sand or little Jimmy riding the teacups at Disney World, you’re sending an open invite for intruders to come on over to your empty house.

While these tips are not a sure guarantee that your house will not become a victim to a break-in, they can definitely help. Take precautions before you leave so you can vacation worry-free and avoid coming home sorry.

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