Articles tagged with: East Tennessee Security

A Home Automation System

on Monday, 09 March 2015. Posted in Knoxville Home Automation

 The desire to have home automation is often a complex decision for any homeowner. Some may want their home to showcase exceptional technology or to entertain guests. While others may want a powerful experience that helps to ease the actions of their everyday lives. However, most commonly, users of home automation systems want one thing: to feel safe and secure in their homes.

The good news is that we are a Control4 dealer! A Control4 system can integrate seamlessly with most security systems. Providing homeowners with the peace of mind they desire. By using the broad selection of motion sensors, door and window contacts, stylish smart door locks, surveillance cameras and video recorders, plus whole home audio and lighting products—as a homeowner, you can provide the deterrent measures that create the illusion that somebody is home even when no one is there. There are so many things you can do with a home automation system, that the possiblities are endless!

Any homeowner will appreciate the safety they feel when they use these products daily. Both within the home and remotely, because they have confidence that their home is helping to protect their most valuable assets.

If you are thinking about a whole home automation system or need a few additions to your home security system, give us a call. We are always here to offer you better life solutions.

 

10 Tips to Help Prevent Theft and Break-ins, Part 2

on Monday, 23 February 2015. Posted in Knoxville Home Security

Now, if you have not read Part 1, we urge you to do so....These are some awesome tips to help prevent thefts and break-ins, and we want to make sure you have them all!

Tip 6: Stay Vigilant

While it may seem like a symptom of paranoia, keep your identity and any travel plans on the down low. For instance, only put your street address on your mailbox. Give away your last name, and someone could find your phone number, work place and other stats with a few mouse clicks. Before you jet off to a nice vacation, try not to openly talk about it in public because a sinister stranger could be taking note.

Also, educate yourself as well about crime in your area. Most local police stations have online crime maps that will show you precisely where reported incidents occurred around you. If you notice a lot of criminal activity, that is your signal to pay extra attention to security. Always keep an eye out of suspicious activity in your neighborhood. A little added effort can go a long way to protect your home and your safety.

Tip 7: Know Your Neighbors

Getting to know the people you live around is one of the most important safety steps you can take. Closer-knit neighborhoods generally report fewer break-ins because strangers will stick out. People are more likely to keep a casual eye on other people's property. This is how many of the Neighboorhood Watch Programs came about, and can be very effective at lowering and preventing crime. If you live in a neighborhood that has an active Neighborhood Watch Program we urge you to get involved.

Tip 8: Get Police Help

Take advantage of a recent trend in police practices called community policing. Community policing involves officers being assigned to neighborhoods where they make a greater effort to build relationships with the residences. This may include walking instead of driving through or setting up community safety workshops. If the police in your area practice this, get to know the officers who patrol your neighborhood. Police can help you stop crime before it happens, rather than just responding to it. Successful community policing has been linked to lowered crime and healthier neighborhoods; and could lower the chance of break-ins.

Tip 9: Prepare before Vacation

Most residential crimes happens between June, July, and August as people set off on summer vacations. If you are going out of town for an extended period of time, alert neighbors you trust the most and just ask that they keep an eye on your property during that time. Also, it is of utmost importance that when you leave town, do not leave signs of an empty house.

Avoid having piled up mail, over grown lawns, and newspapers strewn about your yard. These signs send surefire signals that you are miles away. Have a friend house sit or at least pick up your mail and newspapers. Also, arrange someone to cut your lawn. That way you are fully prepared, and do not have to worry about a thing while you are swimming in the sea!

Tip 10: Do NOT Leave a Spare Key Out

It may seem like a good idea to leave a spare key hidden under a flower pot or doormat in case you get locked out of your home...BUT this creates an open invitation for a burglar to walk inside without any difficulty. Someone could see you retrieve the key at some point, thus giving away your hiding place.

Instead, give a spare key to a trusted neighbor or friend. Since now in days everyone has a cell phone, if you lock yourself out you can call for help or walk over the the person's house. You could also put the spare key into a combination lock box and hide that somewhere outside. If you get into it at some point, no one will know the code but you.

Also, remember to never put any identifying information on your house keys. If you lose them, and someone finds them, it would be fairly easy to trace them back to your home and possibly break in.

These may be simple tips, but are often over looked. We are here to offer you better life solutions, however big or small they may be.

10 Tips to Help Prevent Theft and Break-ins, Part 1

on Friday, 13 February 2015. Posted in Knoxville Home Security

In our previous blog we provided some 'winter tips' to prevent frozen pipes. If you haven't read it, please do....it is suppose to be a chilly Valentine's weekend and next week! Now, these tips may not be 'winter tip' related, but they are some GREAT tips to help prevent thefts and break-ins to your home.

Tip 1: Lock it Up

The most important thing you can do to stop a potential break-in occuring is to make sure all your doors and windows are locked. If you have a thumb latch lock and a deadbolt on your doors, always double check that the deadbolt is locked. A great prevention to any potenital thefts would be installing automatic smart door locks; because more than 40% of break-ins happen without use of force. That means a lot of people are leaving their houses without locking their doors or windows.

Also, when you leave home it is best to lock up the door leading from the garage to inside. Even if your garage door is down, someone can easily open it.

Tip 2: Secure Sliding Doors and Windows

Take extra precaution to secure your doors and windows. Double check weaker doors such as patio or sliding ones to make sure their locks are strong enough to withstand kicks. Also, you can simply take a steel bar or two-by-four and slide it in to the back groove. This ensures that if potential burglars try to pick the lock, the rod stops the door from sliding back and opening.

Also, for windows you can install a simple pin or nail into the frame to stop it from raising more than a few inches. This will add an additional layer of security if a would be burglar pops off the window screen and tries to mess with the window lock. You can remove the stopper if you want to open the window completely, and then put it back in for security.

Tip 3: Secure Your Yard

By keeping things regularly manicured, like larger bushes and tree branches, eliminates hiding places and shadows that would help hide intruders. We are not saying you have to cut down every plant in your yard; but by keeping up with things, it shows that you are creating an outdoor environment that makes it difficult for a burglar to target your home. To go a step further, motion sensored lights are a great way to ward off any criminal activity.

Tip 4: Fake Out Potential Burglars

If a burglar can tell that someone is home, there is a greater chance that they will not attempt to break in. Most break-ins occur during the day when many people are at work. For that reason, when you leave the house, create an illusion that someone is still at home. The best way you can do that is by installing automatic lighting control switches to a few lights in the home. These switches can be on timers to randomly turn on and off the lights between rooms. You can even add your stereo or TV to switch on randomly as well; truly giving an illusion that someone is at home.

Tip 5: Don't Show Off

By leaving certain things lying around or in plain sight, like a nice scooter or bicycle, can unwittingly lure criminals onto your property. An easy solution would be to keep all items your garage and out of sight.

Also, after purchasing anything pricey and new, make sure not to leave the box out beside the trash can or recycling bin. That tells would be theives you have something brand new that could be big bucks on the street. It also might leave them wondering what other goodies are inside your home.

Now, these tips may be simple, but are often over looked. Be sure to look for Part 2 of our top 10 tips to help prevent thefts and break-ins.

A Happy Holiday Season with a Whole Home Automation System

on Thursday, 11 December 2014. Posted in Knoxville Home Automation

Spending time with family and loved ones is what Christmas is all about. You may have to travel this holiday season and leave the comfort and security of your own home, but with a whole home automation system you do not have to worry about a thing.

Those never ending and worrying questions- Did I remember to arm the security system? Did I turn the heat down? Are all of the lights in the house taken care? Did I leave the garage door open? Are all the doors locked?

All of these questions can be answered with your whole home automation system and connection through your smartphone. While you travel this holiday season, take the stress out by knowing your home is secured while you are away.

For example, your bags are pack and you are pulling out of the driveway; a whole home automation can be securing your home. With one button pressed from your smartphone, you can simultaneously arm the security system, turn all the lights off in your home, lock your doors, and the temperature in the home gets adjusted. Also, if you have security cameras, you can view the live security video feeds from your smartphone or tablet. Allowing you to truly have peace of mind know your home is secured. You could also go a step further and adjust your lights and TV’s to come on at random times. That way it looks like your home, when you may be many miles away. Giving possible intruders a second guess.

While a whole home automation system can help you secure your home, it can also help you with energy savings. When you are not at home, you may not want the heater to kick in as often, and you may not want certain appliances to run or turn on. With smart home controls, you could change things up. For example, ensure that the power is off to certain devices, and cycle through energy cycles with relative ease.

Peace of mind, comfort, and security are the real benefits that comes through when smartening up your home. Worry less with a whole home automation system, and see what your home can really do for you. We hope everyone has a great Holiday season!

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