Home Security = Happy Vacation

When you’re traveling, thousands of miles of ocean can separate you from the home you spent your whole life saving for. Know with certainty that your castle is safe and secure, wherever you are, with Honeywell’s Total Connect System from Complete Security Systems.

With Total Connect, you can control your security system, watch live video of your home and receive security alerts through the Internet or a smart phone.

It’s easy to use, because the remote keypad has the same functions as the alarm control panel in your home. You can set or disarm your alarm; view security alerts; open a door for maintenance, cleaning or pet care; control garage doors and turn lights on or off on a schedule or manually.

The Total Connect System can proactively send you alerts about your home. Know almost instantly when motion detectors are disturbed or doors are opened (and record video of the event.) It can also warn you if a leaky pipe is flooding your house, a fire has started or the air conditioning has stopped working.

Since you can set or disarm your alarm wherever you are, you won’t have to give out your security code to people who need in your home while you’re away. You’re able to confirm the pet sitter or housekeeper is coming and going at appropriate times and only entering authorized areas by controlling their access to your home remotely.

An empty-looking house is a magnet for those who want to take your property. With Total Connect, you can remotely turn lights on and off or schedule them to operate at set times. If an intruder thinks someone is home, they will hopefully think twice about breaking and entering.

Never wake up in the middle of the night again because you “just had a bad feeling.” With just a few keystrokes, you can confirm your alarm is active and see for yourself that your home is empty, safe and secure with Complete Security Systems Video Services.

With Video Services, you can view and control multiple live cameras inside or outside your home. Through the interface, you can view one camera or several on the same screen. Video alerts are also part of the system. Do you want to see exactly what set off a motion detector? The system can automatically record and show you a video of the event. Rest easy knowing your home is just a tap or click away, no matter where you are in the world.

Remote Video Services  from CSS work through the Internet. With your smart phone (Apple, Android or Blackberry) computer or any device connected to the Web (iPod Touch, iPad, or other tablet), the service creates a secure, safe connection to your security system.

No matter where you’re traveling or when you want to know, Honeywell’s Total Connect System from Complete Security Systems will ease your fears when you leave home and enable you to have a worry-free and enjoyable journey.

Since 1983, Complete Security Systems has been in the business of keeping you safe. We are one of the largest independently owned, full service security and fire alarm companies in New Jersey, recognized in 2003 as the state’s Outstanding Alarm Dealer of the Year. Contact us today for a complimentary security evaluation.

Wired vs. Wireless Home Alarms: Which is Better?

Home security systems have spared many people from the stress of break-ins and robberies. Just knowing that a house has a security system is enough to deter some criminals from attempting to break into a home. But some intruders think they have it figured out and know ways around a security system. In order to safeguard against criminal activity, you need to ensure that your security system is tamper-proof. That is why it is a good idea to get a wireless GSM system for your home.

WHAT IS A GSM (WIRELESS) ALARM SYSTEM?

GSM systems are communication systems that work through wireless telephone signals. Unlike wired security systems, wireless alarms don’t implement the use of the nearby phone lines to work. GSM systems work much in the same way that your cell phone does. They utilize a wireless communications system to send and receive alerts and messages.

WORRIES OF THE WIRED WORLD

Many home security systems work through physical wires and telephone lines in order to send their alerts and messages to the proper authorities. This was the most common transmission method for older security systems. However, there are many potential risks involved with using wired systems.

TAMPERING

Some models function on a battery backup, so even if the security system still has power to it, it cannot send a signal to the monitoring station without a working phone line. Many wired security systems can be rendered useless with just a few cut wires.

GSM systems have the ability to wirelessly contact the authorities, security system operator and you of the intrusion or emergency even if power and phone lines have been cut.

RANDOM OUTAGES AND WEATHER

Sometimes your phone service may have too much traffic to operate properly, or the service may be temporarily unavailable. Bad weather may also snap telephone lines, causing the lines to be down for hours, days or even weeks at a time. Downed power and phone lines from natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy a few years ago can leave a wired security system vulnerable.

COST

Land lines also cost you more money every month. Many people have completely switched over to cellular phone service. Having the extra expense of keeping a landline available purely for your home security system seems like a waste. You could spend hundreds of dollars every year just to ensure that your home security system has a phone line to use in case of an emergency.

GSM systems allow you to transition completely from using landlines to relying on wireless phone service without any added expenses.

Having wireless alarms in your home can protect you from intruders, burglars and fires, to name a few. If you’re going to have a home security system consider getting a GSM system from Complete Security Systems. We can free you from the risks and hassles of a wired system with the quick installation of a wireless GSM system.

Since 1983, Complete Security Systems has been in the business of keeping you safe. We are one of the largest independently owned, full service security and fire alarm companies in New Jersey, recognized in 2003 as the state’s Outstanding Alarm Dealer of the Year. That gives us the flexibility and versatility to respond to your specific needs quickly, while still giving you the kind of personal service that is so important when dealing with your security concerns.

7 Summertime Home Security Tips

In addition to installing a home security system, what should NJ homeowners know about preventing their homes from being burglarized?

As a homeowner, ask yourself these important questions:

Is my schedule obvious to burglars who may be watching my home?

  • Are windows and doors left open – even those that are not easily accessible?
  • Are there places around my home that are hidden from neighbors and others?
  • How well is the exterior of my home lit – can I see every entry point at night?
  • What equipment do I keep in my garage that may be used to help a burglar break in?

There are many common-sense recommendations for preventing burglaries. 

  • Locking doors and windows anytime you leave (and place a bar in the track of sliding glass doors)
  • Install motion sensor lights to shine light on otherwise dark places around your home
  • Program lights to turn on at random times, especially when traveling

These are just a few of the common recommendations, but each of these is improved ten-fold by adding a home security alarm to the mix. After all, what good is a locked window if a burglar simply breaks the glass to enter your home? What good are deadbolts when the burglar can simply climb a ladder and enter the second-story window instead? What good are motion sensor lights if no one is home to see what’s happening outside?

A modern home security alarm in NJ from CSS combines the basic home security features with technology and 24/7 monitoring to implement a more complete security system.

To learn more about home security alarms in NJ, call the expert team at Complete Security Systems.