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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.

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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!

Yes, The Holidays Really Can Be Peaceful

We all know how stressful the holidays can be, and how that stress detracts from quality time with our loved ones. But reducing those stresses means managing a multitude of small details, those unruly time robbers that add up far too quickly. Is it even possible? With home automation, the answer is a resounding, yes.

Here are some ways you can use home automation to manage holiday stress and leave more time to sit back and enjoy the spirit of the season.

Let Guests In

You never want to leave your key out where anyone can find it, but you can’t always be home to let in guests when they arrive. Now, there’s no need to rush home. Just unlock the door from your smart phone. You can even make them feel welcome and comfortable by turning on lights and music or turning up the temperature.

Set the Mood

Want to create some energy at a party or help things unwind? No problem! Just use home automation to set custom scenes that can create mood with lighting, temperature, and custom play lists.

Manage Deliveries

Of course, with all that online shopping you will be getting a few deliveries. Even if you aren’t home you can use your video doorbell and alerts to know that something wonderful has arrived.

Don’t Forget the Light Display

After spending hours (and hours) putting up all those incredible lights, you would think it is easy to remember to actually turn them on. With everything else there is to remember, sometimes we forget to light up our world. With home automation, you can be sure your hard work is not in vain and schedule the times you want them on or off.

Make Your Home Unattractive to Burglars

One big holiday stress is thinking about the increased vulnerability to burglary. Thieves know that residents are home less frequently and have more new, still in box items easily accessible in the home which makes every home a more attractive target. Keep thieves guessing by using home automation to make the home always look busy and occupied.

Did You Really Turn Off the Iron?

Busy schedules mean details fall through the cracks, causing even more stress and time lost. With home automation, you never need to go back or second guess whether or not you turned off the iron, locked the door, shut the garage, or enabled the alarm. Just check your phone and manage the details from there.

Complete Security Systems is New Jersey’s Premier electronic security and home automation company. If you have any questions about how to make your life safer and simpler, please give us a call.