Halloween Home Safety Tips

While Halloween haunted houses, ghouls, and goblins should be scary, Halloween and its festivities should also be safe. Each year sees the highest number of pedestrian fatalities and auto related injuries on Halloween. Non-auto related injuries such as those caused by falling also increase on Halloween as well as incidents of vandalism.

If you are going to be out on Halloween, be sure to observe these important safety practices.

Tips for Trick or Treaters

Parents should be happy to know that there has never been a documented incident of a child ingesting tainted Halloween candy. It should also comfort parents to know that the incidence of abductions does not increase on Halloween. However, product tampering can and does occur any time of year and abductions can and do happen on any day of the year.  It is still important to take precautions to keep kids safe on Halloween.

  1. Choose to attend alternate celebrations that keep kids in one place and among trusted friends, such as a trunk-or-treat event.
  2. Accompany children 12 or younger
  3. Stay in groups at all times
  4. Choose well-fitting costumes that do not obscure the vision
  5. Choose light colored costumes or add reflective tape to the front and back of costume
  6. Carry flashlights
  7. Observe pedestrian safety
  8. Go to only well-lit houses
  9. Stay in familiar neighborhoods
  10. Children and adults should carry a phone
  11. Inspect all candy to make sure it is unopened and safe for your child

Home Safety and Security on Halloween

Remember that others will be walking on your property at night, so you will want to make it as safe as possible. It is also important to consider your pets, and keeping your home secure at all times.  Here are some tips to help keep your friends safe and your home secure.

  1. Make sure the walkway is free of cracks that could trip trick-or-treaters
  2. Ensure the walkway leading to your home is free of obstructions, such as hoses, newspapers, garden tools, toys, rocks, or Halloween decorations
  3. Light the pathway as well as your doorway to your home
  4. Keep pets restrained in a room away from the front door
  5. Keep black cats indoors to avoid those that may cause harm or mischief
  6. Report any suspicious activity
  7. Make sure valuables are not visible from the doorway
  8. Be sure not to overload electrical sockets with automated Halloween decorations and use only safe extension cords
  9. If you leave the home for the evening, turn on your home security alarm system

5 Important Reasons Why Home Automation is a Necessity

If you are like most people, when you think of home automation you think of all the cool conveniences it provides, such as being able to have your home climate controlled or having the ability to lock doors remotely. But this has led to an important question: Is home automation a convenience, luxury, or necessity? We believe that it has increasingly become a necessity. Here are 5 important reasons why.

Times Are Changing

Times change and things that were once considered luxuries are now absolute necessities. For example, in 1995, only 10% of homes had the internet. Now, a short time later, nearly not only does nearly every home have it, our society depends on it for just about every function. While home automation was convenient, the services it provides makes it increasingly indispensable to running a household.

Resources Management is Increasingly Important

Not only is it true that as a society we have become more conscious about conserving our resources, we also understand that it is increasingly important to do so because of the political and economic climate we live in. Home automation provides one of the best tools available for conserving our resources.

Time Management is Important

As we move to a more information drive society, how we spend our time is more important. Home automation provides the tools we need to increase productivity and to do more, more effectively. It also allows us to multi-task mush more effectively than ever before.

It Allows Us to Improve Our Caregiving

Today, it is not uncommon to have both small children and aged adults in the home requiring some special oversight. Home automation allows you to provide that without compromising a loved one’s dignity but allowing you to check in remotely and receive custom alerts for activity that might indicate trouble. Home automation also allows you to provide care to those living outside the home, too. With the ability to check in via security camera or keep track of activity through sensors, you can call for help the minute you suspect a problem.

Home Automation Creates A More Hospitable Environment

As we learn more about ourselves and how the mind works we learn how our environment effects things like mood and productivity. Creating a hospitable environment is also important for homes with occupants with sensory issues. Home automation can control those elements that create disturbance, such as glaring lights or noise.

As time changes, tools such as home automation move quickly from being a convenience to an indispensable tool. If you have any questions about home automation, please give Complete Security Systems a call.

Is CCTV Really A Deterrent for Intruders?

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras are a crucial component of security systems in New Jersey. In fact, CCTV cameras are the most effective deterrent for commercial burglary, and when an actual burglary occurs, cameras lead to a much higher rate of resolution that occurs in crimes where cameras were not present. In addition, insurance companies favor the use of CCTV cameras, and many policies include discounts for NJ businesses that have cameras monitoring their property.

Employee Theft

Security cameras have many uses beyond just burglaries. CCTV cameras are also the most effective form of deterrent for employee theft, and the vast majority of businesses that install CCTV cameras experience significant drops in loss attributed to employee theft. Most employee theft is casual and done without much thought, and the cameras keep honest people honest by forcing them to think about what they are doing.

Effect on Crime

Crime statistics show that just the presence of CCTV cameras has a very real effect on a wide range of crimes. Businesses with security cameras are much less likely to experience property and vehicle vandalism and theft. They are also less likely to attract loiterers and thus have drug crimes or violent crimes perpetrated on site.

Remote Access

There have also been great advances in security camera technology. Traditionally, access to the cameras was limited to the site, so if a business wanted 24-hour monitoring, it required an around-the-clock security staff. Modern security cameras, however, allow for remote access via the Internet. It is even possible to watch the camera feeds from a smartphone or dashboard computer.

Push Notification

Modern security cameras are also able to provide push notifications. A security camera does less good if a crime occurs and no one is able to see it happen in the moment. Using motion detection and other advanced features, the camera can recognize the event and push the feed to a remote computer in the business owner’s home or a central monitoring station.

Advanced Storage and Retrieval

Modern technology also makes it very easy to store and retrieve large amounts of video data. Gone are the days of having to recycle recording media. NJ businesses can easily store video captured 24 hours a day to the cloud, and they can store video for a year, five years or even an indefinite length of time. It is also easier to retrieve and search for the exact video you need should a crime or accident take place.

More Cost-Effective Than Ever

Security cameras used to be cost-prohibitive for many businesses so many businesses went without. Falling prices on electronics have made cameras and other electronic equipment more affordable than ever, and now, security cameras are a standard component in even the most basic commercial security systems.

Complete Security Systems

If you a business owner considering CCTV-based security systems in New Jersey, then contact CSS.  We are one of the most respected names in the industry, and the company has an impeccable track record of providing outstanding service to its NJ clients. CSS is also a Honeywell-authorized dealer and is proud to install and use the most sophisticated commercial and residential security equipment available.