Articles tagged with: Knoxville Home Security

Keep Your Home Safe While Away

on Tuesday, 19 May 2015. Posted in Knoxville Home Security

Keeping you and your family safe is always your number one priority, but keeping your home safe should be a big deal, too.

With schools now getting out for the summer, those fun filled weekend trips, and family vacations to the beach on the horizon; we want to take a moment to tell you some tips about how to protect your home from potential burglars while you are away.

Our top 5 tips:

1. Security System

Maintenance your security system before your leave. Check to make sure all smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and door and window contacts are free from dust and are properly secured.

Also, make sure your security system panel has been tested and all functions are working properly. Furthermore, if you have security cameras, make sure to keep them clean so that you can clearly see the picture.

2. Lighting

Use automatic light timers throughout the house and have them turn on and off in a way that simulates your normal patterns. By using timers that have more than one on/off cycle can create the illusion of movement from room to room.

Also, the same kind of timers you use on lights can also be used to turn radios or TVs on and off.

3. Curtains

Consider using timed automatic drape and curtain openers. Drapes that are always closed or always open suggest no one is home.

4. Doors & Windows

Make sure to double check all doors and windows. Making sure none of the locks or latches are loose and a potential burglar could easily get into.

5. Know your neighbors

By trusting in a neighbor, they can help keep an eye on your home. For example, instead of stopping your mail and newspaper delivery, ask a neighbor to pick them up and hold them for you. Seeing deliveries being made makes a burglar think someone is at home.

Also, you could ask a neighbor to use your trash can from time to time and to put it out at the curb and bring it back on trash day. Furthermore, if you are going to be gone for a long period, have someone scheduled to cut your lawn.

We hope these tips will help, because we are here to help give you the safety and peace of mind you deserve. Also, if you need any help with maintenance or upgrades to your security system, please give us a call. We would be happy to help!

The Benefits of using One Company for Custom Home Installations

on Wednesday, 13 May 2015.

With so many different companies offering security systems, home automation, sound, lighting control, and custom home theaters...it can all be a little overwhelming when you begin your search for an installer.

You may have found someone to do the audio, but you still need someone to do security cameras. Or maybe you found a company that does media rooms, but you still need to get a fire protection system. You will probably feel like you are getting pulled in so many directions that you will want to abandon your projects altogether.

Fortunately, by selecting one company that is licensed and trained to do all of the above home upgrades, you will be saving yourself time, money, and lots of headaches for several reasons.

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Time

In this day and age time really is a precious resource. When you choose one company that is experienced in all aspects of audio, sound, lighting, and security; then the help you need is only one call away. You also only have to worry about setting up one appointment.

Money

You may have heard that buying in bulk or package deals can save you money. The same is true for all your customized home technology needs. Hiring individual companies for various services will add up fast. Before you know it you will be covered up in invoices and fees. By using one company you will not only save money, but also saves that headache of remembering to pay multiple bills each month.

Experience

Any company that can specialize in multiple aspects of home automation, fire protection, lighting and security is certain to have more knowledge and a better understanding of whole house or commercial property installations. Other installers might get snagged up if they get out of their area of expertise, but installers that have experience in all aspects can sail on through.

This is especially important in troubleshooting. Perhaps your audio system has malfunctioned and you call the company that installed it, but they tell you the company that just did the whole house WiFi must have changed a setting on the system and to call them. This is not a situation you want to find yourself in.

If you would like to find out more about how we can maximize the quality of your space, call us at 865-690-0154. It is only one call and one team, and we are here to offer you better life solutions.

Some Spring Cleaning Tips for your Security System!

on Tuesday, 17 March 2015. Posted in Knoxville Home Security

Spring has sprung and we could not be more excited for warmer temperatures and longer days. For many homeowners, the changing season means spring cleaning time. Just like your kitchen and closet could use a good scrub down, your security system could use some attention as well. Here are some tips to keep your system functioning at its best:

  • Do a run through of all the windows and doors. Check the sensors to make sure they are still attached properly and the batteries are still charged. The adhesive on door and window sensors may need some occasional readjusting. Also, check for any rotting or other warping around windows and door frames that could interfere with sensors.
  • If you have surveillance cameras, it's a good idea to clean them of any dust and grime and check for any signs of moisture. Doing so will ensure the clearest picture and an uninterrupted camera feed. Simply use a gentle lens or monitor cleaner and a soft cloth to clear any debris.
  • Inspect the panel for any signs of wear and tear. Make sure all the wires are intact and there are no unknown flashing lights or service lights blinking on the system. When you're inspecting your panel, it may be a good idea to run the system in test mode. This can ensure no false alarms to your monitoring company.

Spring is a great time to check your smoke detectors as well. A smoke detector with a dead battery is not going to do you much good when you need it most. Also, make sure fire extinguishers are still in working order and there is one located on every floor of your home and definitely in the kitchen.

Checking a security system for minor malfunctions is important to keep things running properly. The best line of defense is to have a qualified tech from your local security company come out and do a thorough inspection. They have the skills to catch something you may have previously missed. Keeping your system clean and healthy will ensure it runs properly for many years to come!

 

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.

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