Articles tagged with: Knoxville Home Security

A Proud Moment for iSS

on Thursday, 19 February 2015.

Today at iSS, we have a big moment to annouce.....this is our 100th blog entry! We love writing about all the things that inspire us, and hope you enjoy reading our entries. Now is our chance to enjoy what YOU have to write.

Below is our FaceBook page link. We would love for you to write and tell us what your favorite blog was, what would you like to see us write next, or simply write us a review of your last experience with iSS. We look forward to reading all of your entries!

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 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!

How Home Security/Automation can help protect your children

on Thursday, 13 November 2014. Posted in Knoxville Home Security

When it comes to protecting our families, we all want to have our bases covered. Knowing how to react ahead of time to any situation is the best way to remain safe. With home security and automation, you can truly protect your family from any situation that may arise.

First thing is to teach your children how to use the home security system. Make sure they understand how to turn it on and off properly so they do not accidentally trigger a false alarm. Secondly, make a list. It is important to have the ‘in case of emergency’ list handy and within each for them. A great list would include 911, the police department, the fire department, and a neighbor that you trust with your children. These two things may be easy and simple, but are often over-looked.

Now you may be thinking to yourself, how does automation fit into this? Well imagine for a moment, someone has just knocked on the front door while you are down the hall finishing the laundry. Of course the little one is intrigued and immediately runs to the front door to see who is there. With automation you can have your smart door locks stay locked with a touch of a button from your control panel or smartphone. So no more easy access for the little one or for strangers.

Another scenario, you have children old enough to ride the bus home while you are finishing up from the office. When they get home from school in the afternoon, they use their own special code on the front door smart lock to let themselves into the house. A text can automatically be sent to your phone saying ‘Alex is home’ with a time stamp. Also, if their code on the smart lock has not been entered during a 30-minute window when they should have been home after school, you can also get a text.

Now, we all know kids getting home from school may not remember to lock doors and arm the alarm system. Luckily, once you get the text that they are home, you can do it for them by using your smartphone to arm your system from anywhere. Also, installing surveillance cameras can give you a great deal of peace of mind. Having kids old enough to home alone is still a scary thing, but you can easily check in on them with a smartphone app that is connected to your home cameras.

There are so many different scenarios that you can control easily with home security and home automation. Let us help provide peace of mind and comfort to your family by offering you better life solutions.

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