Why Dog Families Still Need Security Systems

Everybody loves your family’s dog, including visitors who aren’t in your family. Who doesn’t love him? A criminal who wants to break into your home. But even though he may be an inconvenience to a burglar, the presence of a dog is not always enough to keep an intruder away altogether. And that’s just one reason why dog families still need a home security system; here are some others.

Dogs’ senses are not infallible.

Dogs have great senses of hearing and smell. Even so, they can still fall short in the decision-making department. If you find yourself frustrated that your pet doesn’t act like a “guard dog” should, then he falls even shorter. Some dogs are just more intuitive than others.

But what is reliably intuitive? A professionally installed home security system, which senses home intrusion with powerful motion sensors, glass break detectors and other technology – all of it monitored 24/7 by the central station. All of this works together so that help will be on its way as soon as an intruder is detected.

Dogs are not connected to the central station. 

Speaking of the central station, your loyal pet isn’t “built” with technology that connects to it. But your security system is, and it will make sure a specially trained security operator is speaking with you the moment there’s a trigger. In seconds, the operator is locating your emergency and sending help.

Dogs are vulnerable creatures.

Unlike a home security system, your lovable family dog can be easily influenced by a criminal. For a cunning burglar who has done this before, it’s as easy as dangling a delicious-smelling piece of food on his way in the door. Your pet is vulnerable, and it’s just not fair to make home security his responsibility.

Questions about electronic security solutions for dog families? Contact Complete Security Systems for a free home security evaluation in New Jersey. We will be happy to answer your questions.

Home Security Checks Before Going on Vacation

Summer means travel for you and your family. While it’s all fun and exciting, it also means more time away, leaving your home and your belongings vulnerable to burglaries. There are ways you can protect your home, even if you will be gone for an extended period of time.

Home Security Checks to Perform Before Leaving

While home security should be a top priority year round, summer is a peak times for burglaries, so you need to step up your defenses. Before you head out for your summer vacation, make sure to perform these critical tasks on your checklist:

  • Install a Home Security System – Summer is a great time to install a security system. You will want to give yourself a little time between travel and installation. A security system will provide you with added peace of mind while you are away.
  • Inform Your Alarm Monitoring Service – If you already have a home security system, do not forget to tell the monitoring service you will be away (and give them the dates). Let your security service know who has authorized access to your home while you are away and provide the service with your contact information in case of an emergency.
  • Use Home Automation Systems – Home automation systems allow you to put your home on a timer. You can have lights turn on and off at specific times and even program your comfort systems to activate as you are on your way home, so everything is warm and well-lit for your arrival.
  • Put Mail and Newspapers on Hold – Nothing tells burglars you are away more than piled up mail and newspapers. Put any delivery services on hold or ask a neighbor to pick up the paper and mail so that you are not leaving a tell-tale sign you are gone.
  • Check All Entry Points – Check all entry points to your home and ensure they are locked. This includes basement entrances, attic windows, second-floor windows, etc.
  • Inform the Neighbors – Let your neighbors or the head of your neighborhood watch program know you will be away and ask if they could keep an eye on things for you.
  • Do Not Publicly Announce Your Travel Plans – Avoid the temptation to announce you will be away online or publicly. Burglars monitor the web, especially social media, to see where you check-in, if you plan to travel and how long your house will be vacant.

Learn more about how you can protect your home while you travel or get a free home assessment from your local home security professionals.

Protect your home while you travel this summer by installing a security system. Call CSS for a free consultation today.

4 Home Security Tools that Help in Dementia Care

The symptoms of dementia are not only frustrating and disheartening to the sufferer; they can also pose a risk to their safety. As the condition progresses, individuals with dementia experience diminished abilities that causes memory loss, dulled or changed senses, poor judgment, and a loss of the awareness of time and place. These symptoms can cause the individual to put themselves in danger as they attempt to accomplish familiar tasks.

Assuring the safety of someone with dementia is one of the most critical concerns for caregivers, and often one of the most difficult. As the needs increase, caregivers must adapt the home to meet those needs. This can be especially challenging for caregivers who want their loved ones to be happy and to remain active and safe, yet do not want the home to feel restrictive. In light of Older Americans Month, here are some valuable home security solutions that provide safety, yet help retain all the warmth of the home environment.

Use Alarms to Secure Dangerous Items

Cabinet alarms can keep items such as medications, alcohol, and firearms safely unreachable.

Door and Window Alarms

Many instances of wandering happen while the other members of the household are sound asleep. This is because dementia can affect a person’s sense of time and cause them to have unusual sleep patterns. They may wake in the middle of the night and become confused when the house is quiet, causing them to attempt to leave. Door and window alarms can alert you should they be opened.

Keypad Locks

Commonly, individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia forget familiar faces, momentarily and unexpectedly. This often makes them feel afraid and suspicious and act out in attempt to protect themselves from these new strangers by locking out loved ones when they get the mail or perform other outdoor tasks. Since hiding a key outside the home increases the risk of burglary, a keypad entry is a perfect home security solution.

Security System with CCTV

Depending on the stage of dementia, individuals may be able to stay home alone for short periods of time. Using security camera systems, or CCTV, can help you view what is going on remotely, enabling you to spot and prevent danger, yet lets the loved one retain as much autonomy as possible for as long as possible.

About Complete Security Systems

Dealing with the effects of dementia is not easy, but you do not have to do it alone. If you want more information on how you can leverage home security products to help in Alzheimer’s and dementia care, call us today at (732) 780-6787.

3 Ways to Keep Life on Track Using Home Security and Mobile Control

One of the best ways to improve one’s safety and security at home is through the use home security technologies. But if you think home security and mobile control is just about security, it’s time to think again. Automation and security technologies are also a powerful tool in managing real life, from scheduling and productivity to energy efficiency.

Here are 3 ways to use these technologies to improve the way life works.

Navigate Family Schedules

You have three busy young teens that all need to be somewhere at the exact same time and the destinations are cities apart. Getting them all there is one problem, and getting them home is another. So, you coordinate with two other parents to get two kids to their destination, and you take the other. When the events are over the kids come home and let themselves home using a unique code, so you know who got home and when. Then, to be sure they are safe you check in on them via live streaming video, and check the status of the home to make sure the doors are locked and windows are shut.

Keeping Everyone on Track

Getting and keeping everyone on track and on the schedule is a monumental task, even if the only schedule you need to worry about is your own. One of the best ways to use home security and mobile technologies is for personal productivity– to keep things moving forward, eliminate routine tasks, and to prepare the way for more efficient daily processes from dawn to dusk, whether you are at home or not. For example, the lights go on for simulated dawn to wake you, the coffee is already brewing, the doors lock behind you, the system arms, you get regular alerts of any unusual activity, manage daily deliveries and services remotely, and have the home ready when you get home. You are never held back, or captive, by the duties of life. Pretty phenomenal.

No More Waiting Around

It has happened to all of us. We have services, friends, or family coming by the home and are late. Now it is time to go to work or another appointment or you’ll be late. What do you do? With mobile control, you can get to your appointment and when the expected company arrives, let them in remotely.

Complete Security Services is New Jersey’s premier electronic security company, providing home and business security systems across the greater New Jersey area.

Your Landscaping has a lot to do with Home Security

When we think of home security, we most often think of home security alarm systems. While alarm systems are always a great number one choice in home protection, there is something more you can do to help protect your property—consider the landscaping.

Surprisingly few people think of landscaping as a security feature, and because of this it very often becomes a security hazard. Here’s what you can do to make your landscaping an asset in home protection.

Tall Trees and Bushes Provide Beauty and Cover

A lush landscape filled with beautiful trees makes a property very attractive, but it can also provide excellent cover to thieves and intruders. A tall tree next to a second story window is like a ladder, and even has leaves to work as camouflage, for example. Consider spacing trees and cutting back anything located against the home structure.

The Visibility Factor Plays an Important Role in Attracting or Deterring Crime

We all value our privacy, but if you are using a lush landscape as a property border you are doing your home security a disservice. Remember, criminals want to avoid detection so the very thing that gives YOU privacy gives the criminal the perfect environment to carry out crime.

Lighting Attracts Mosquitos, Not Burglars

Landscape lighting not only adds beauty to your yard; it also adds security. Again, criminals want to carry out their objective successfully so a significant amount of lighting can be a real deterrent. In addition to pathway lighting, consider motion activated floodlighting that cover places such as doors and windows.

Keeping the Yard Freshly Mowed Tells Everyone You Are Home

An unkempt lawn may tell an intruder that you are frequently away from home or currently on vacation. If you are going to be away from home or tied up in work, schedule a visit from landscape professionals to keep things in order.

Fences Provide Security, Right?

It may sound counter intuitive, but fencing can actually be a problem to your security unless you have the home and property line additionally secured with some of the many options in home protection. Fences and walls can provide the cover intruders need to breach your home.

Criminals Take Prominent Home Security Warnings Seriously

Studies show that the vast majority of criminals will pass by a home that is clearly protected by home security alarm systems. Break out the lawn signs and window decals. They work.

About Complete Security Systems

If you are thinking about how to integrate home security alarm systems into your life, call Complete Security Systems today. We offer advanced solutions for homes and businesses and specializes in smart technologies.

Who can Help You Evaluate your Home Security Needs?

Protecting your home and property depends a lot on how much you know about crime, how a criminal works, and where your home lacks in security features. While conducting your own home security check can provide useful information, it may not be enough. Without industry knowledge, most residents only know to cover the basics with security features, leaving gaps in their protection.

Professional Installation vs. DIY

Having a professional security evaluation can help assure you do not miss any areas of concern, and help you in deciding on what home security features are the best fit for your needs.

Since Home security is such an important matter, it makes sense to get a professional security evaluation. Here’s why:

  1. A professional knows about the available options and technologies. Home security is a vast, highly technical industry. Industry professionals have dedicated themselves to knowing these options and can provide the best information on each.
  2. In evaluating a home, an industry expert can match the right feature to the need, and make a recommendation based on your concerns.
  3. While a homeowner might be aware of many of the basic home security needs, they may not be aware of such things as how criminals work. This knowledge helps industry professionals make the best recommendations in security features and functions.
  4. A security professional is trained to see how all of the aspects of the property either add or detract from personal security, rather than looking at each element as a stand-alone component.
  5. A professional is likely to see security concerns the resident overlooks.

Where to get Qualified Information

In addition to companies who specialize in evaluating security, there are others that can help evaluate your home and make valuable recommendations. First, local police departments can often provide important tips on how you can improve your security and might even provide a cursory walk-though of your property. While the police department can provide important information on where your security lacks, or on how criminals work, they likely do not know about all of the home security options to address these issues. Secondly, home security technology providers, like Complete Security Systems, can help you identify your needs and recommend the best home security systems.

About Complete Security Systems

Complete Security Systems New Jersey’s premier electronic security company, providing home and business security systems across the greater New Jersey area for over 30 years. If you are making decisions about how to protect your home, family and property, call Complete Security Systems today.

Burglary Deterrence Ideas For New Homeowners

Few things in life are as exciting as owning your first home, and the experience should remain one you remember with fondness for the rest of your life. Crime, however, can tarnish that experience. While new homeowners are wrapped up in the fun of settling in to their new home and getting familiar with the new neighborhood, criminals are very likely getting familiar with them, too! The fact is, crime does not take a break and the very nature of a bust move may make your home a target for crime.

If you are buying a new home, here are some important home security tips you should consider right now:

  1. Take steps to remove anything that obstructs your view of the property. Overgrown shrubs and trees provide the perfect cover a burglar wanting to gain access to you home.
  2. Make gaining access to your property difficult. If the property does not already have one, install a fence or wall, and a locked gate.
  3. Install outdoor lighting. Use motion sensor lighting around the property so that there are no dark or secluded areas where a burglar can hide.
  4. Change the locks immediately. It is impossible to know if a previous homeowner had and shared extra keys to your new home. Play it safe and have the locks changed even before your first night.
  5. Have a home alarm systems installed. Burglars count on it taking time for a new homeowner to settle in to a new property. They also know that they likely have made a few purchases to go with that new home, like new furniture or electronics.  Be proactive and have a home security system installed as soon as possible.
  6. Install a video surveillance system. CCTV can provide just the right amount of visibility, and the right amount of visible deterrence.
  7. Install a peephole in your front door. If your home is a new structure the front door is likely stock, which means it may not yet have a peephole installed. If it does not yet have one, have one, get one installed at a height that is most comfortable to all of the people in your household.
  8. Find out about area crime trends. While any crime can happen in any area, it helps to know what crimes are common so you can make a purposeful effort to thwart that particular crime.
  9. Get familiar with neighborhood service providers and schedules.  It is difficult to pick out suspicious activity if you do not know legitimate activity. Be able to identity local utility and delivery services so suspicious activity stands out.
  10. Join a neighborhood watch program. Get to know your neighbors and join forces to keep your neighborhood safe. If you do not have a neighborhood watch program, call the local police department and ask for information about starting one.

About Complete Security Systems

Owning a home is the American dream. Make sure you take all the necessary precautions against crime that can make the experience a nightmare. If you have questions about how to make your new home a safe haven, the best home security and home alarm products, or video surveillance systems, give us a call today.

Burglary and Property Crime in New Jersey

Many of our New Jersey alarm systems customers want to know what parts of the state are the most vulnerable to burglary and other property crimes – in other words, crimes that security systems are designed to ward off. Thanks to the FBI Uniform Crime Report, which runs about a year behind and recently released the preliminary data for 2017, we can provide you with that information. Right now, it appears that New Jersey cities with high incidents of these crimes in 2017 include:

City Burglaries Property Crimes
Newark 1,019 4,559
Jersey City 575 2,524
Paterson 744 2,140

There are a few in the report that were something of an anomaly when it comes to being hit hard by burglary and property crime. For example, Woodbridge Township experienced 971 property crimes in 2016, but only 135 reported burglaries. The same was true of Edison Township, where 633 property crimes took place, but only 136 burglaries – and Elizabeth, which experienced an astonishing 1,747 property crimes as opposed to 386 burglaries.

What Is Property Crime?

For those who don’t know, property crime is defined as any crimes involving burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The burglary numbers are included in the property crime numbers for each city.

In any case, these stats confirm what those of us in the security industry already knew: There has never been a greater need for homeowners to protect their properties with electronic security products, including alarm systems and video surveillance cameras, all monitored by a reliable, local monitoring center.

Our New Jersey alarm systems customers benefit from those products and services, so their chances of experiencing burglary and certain property crimes are much lower. If you would like more information, contact Complete Security Systems; we will be glad to help.

About Complete Security Systems

Since 1983, CSS has been meeting the needs of homes and businesses throughout New Jersey with intelligent security systems custom tailored to protect life and property. Integrity in sales & consulting, painstaking care during installation and superior customer service have earned Complete Security Systems the trust and respect of New Jersey residents, and the brand names that you know and trust.

 

Give The Gift of Professional Home Security This Christmas

As you head out to the big box retailers this holiday season, you’ll no doubt see many “off the shelf” DIY home security systems that promise a “plug and play” out of the box experience.

In many cases, DIY is a great, affordable option. It is easy to see why it is an attractive consideration even in home security. But do DIY home security systems measure up to consumer expectations? In most cases, the answer is a resounding, no. In home security, the stakes are high and the system’s capability and functionality matter. While many tout the ease of installation in DYI systems, most consumers do not realize these systems lack the very features that make home security alarm systems desirable.

Here are some important ways DIY products do not measure up:

1. Installation is not as Easy as You Think

The installation of DIY systems may seem simple, and that fact alone may be a red flag. High-quality home security systems have many components that need expert placement. A system that is too simple may not provide the type of security coverage necessary to protect your family. A complex system requires expert installation of the components is crucial so that you do not leave gaps in your security. Improper installation can lead to a system failure which can place your family or property at risk.

2. Proper Placement

Setting up a DIY security system might seem like a slam dunk, but underestimating the importance of expert placement is a disservice to your security. Home security systems are highly technical systems that require professional knowledge to gain the most advantage from them. Not only can improper placement make components less effective, it can make the system nearly useless!

3. DIY Systems Cost More Than You Expect

Contrary to popular belief, DIY home systems are not the most economical choice in home security. Most DIY home security systems come with a few components, such as window sensors, with the expectation you WILL need more. Those expensive components add up quickly.

4. Incompatibility Issues

The technologies used to support home security systems are constantly changing and needing product support. With professional systems, these updates are never a problem to the end user, the consumer. With DIY systems, a simple computer system upgrade can make the entire system incompatible. Further, should technology advances make the system outmoded, the manufacturer of the DIY system may no longer provide any updates or support if they ever provided these at all.

5. No Connection to Police

Your home alarm system is your lifeline. At least that is what most people intend and expect. One of the most important components of any home security system is the connection to emergency services such as fire or police, something DIY systems do not offer.

6. A DIY System is not the Same as Professional Systems

While a DIY security system can provide some of the same features of a professional system, it is important to realize that it is not a comparable substitute. DIY systems meet a few needs specific to the widest number of people possible. A professional system is designed to meet the very specific needs of your family and the home structure. The technologies used are often different and the capabilities of the systems vary dramatically.

About Complete Security Systems

Contact us today. The experts at Complete Security Systems design professional home security systems that will keep your family safe and be supported by local staff right here in New Jersey for years to come.

Holiday Vacation Checklist To Keep Your Home Safe While Traveling

Whether you will be traveling to visit family or just taking a much-needed vacation, there are some very important security measures to put in place before you leave. Please keep in mind that thieves don’t take a vacation for the holiday season. In fact, the holiday season is their busiest time of the year!  

What You Can Do To Keep Your Home Safe While You’re Away

The following are some simple steps you can take to make your home less attractive to would-be burglars. The best way is to combine the list of ideas below with a professionally installed and monitored electronic security alarm system in your home.        

Before you leave on your trip, be sure to:

  • Get a trusted friend or relative to “house sit” or make sure your neighbors know you will be away.
  • Have a neighbor pick up your newspapers and your mail for you daily.
  • Lock all doors and windows and secure the garage door.
  • Leave a car parked in the driveway, or ask a neighbor to park in your driveway.
  • Leave a house key — and a number where you can be reached — with a trusted friend or neighbor.

Pro Tip: The best way is to combine the list of ideas below with a professionally installed and monitored electronic security alarm system in your home. Ask us how today!

 

  • Use timers to turn lights on and off at certain times, altering lighting patterns, to create an occupied look.
  • Leave drapes and shades open as normal. (Closed blinds during the day are a sure sign of an empty house, plus they allow a burglar to attend to his business unseen by neighbors.)
  • Arrange to have your lawn mowed.
  • Be sure your trees and hedges have been trimmed. This gives burglars fewer places to hide.
  • Consider upgrading outdoor light fixtures with devices that have built-in motion detectors, which turn on the lights whenever anyone walks past.
  • If you have an alarm system, make sure to arm it EVERY time you leave your home…yes, EVEN if you will only be gone for a short while.

Technology Can Help – Talk To A Security Expert Today!

Following these practical safety tips can go a long way towards keeping your property safe. Adding professional burglar and fire alarm monitoring for your home (or business!), mobile app control and video monitoring can take your family’s safety to a new level. Contact us today to speak to a security expert and schedule your free consultation today!