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Environmental Sensors are a Must in Home Security. Here’s Why.

When thinking of home security, the first thing that comes to mind is usually protecting your home and family using intrusion deterrents such as burglar alarms. Home security, however, also includes protecting your home and property from other dangers, such as environmental ones. Once you understand the risks, however, you see that environmental sensors are an integral part of smart home security.

What is the Value of Environmental Sensors in Home Security?

Too often, it is easy to overlook serious, often unseen, dangerous, and devastating but detectable problems such as water or gas leaks, carbon monoxide, heat and smoke, and others. Environmental sensors are part of an early warning system that can prevent disaster or minimize damage caused by environmental factors such as extreme temperature fluctuation, carbon monoxide, poisonous gas leaks, broken pipes and more. With early warning, you can minimize the risks, dangers, and damages that these things can cause.

What Environmental Sensors Should You Include in Your Home Security System?

Home security does not stop with keeping intruders out. It also includes detecting other serious environmental dangers to prevent damage, injury, or fatalities. Talk to your home security provider about these important home security environmental sensors.

  • Smoke and Heat Sensors– Smoke and heat sensors are components that make up a fire alarm system. These sensors either detect the concentration of smoke or heat in a particular area and generate an alert if either reaches a concerning level.
  • Carbon Monoxide Sensors– Carbon is an invisible, odorless, and poisonous gas produced by the combustion of fossil fuels. It can build up in a home without notice and once occupants notice the effects enough to attribute it to the gas, it is often once they have already become sick and incapacitated. These detectors alert you immediately so you can get out safely.
  • Water Sensors– Even a little water can create a tremendous amount of damage if left unchecked. When water sensors come in contact with water, they alert you to the problem immediately.
  • Freeze and Temperature Sensors–Temperature sensors can detect concerning temperature fluctuation and can provide a warning if indoor temperatures dip below a certain level for example.

When planning your home security, it is important to consider all of your options. Environmental sensors are a very valuable part of your overall smart home security system and add an additional layer of safety. Since 1983, Complete Security Systems, Inc. has been meeting the needs of homes and businesses throughout New Jersey with custom tailored security systems and offer a wide range of options in environmental sensors.

 

The Lazy Days of Summer Starts With Smart Security

Okay, maybe most people would describe their summer as anything but lazy. Summer is a busy season that includes everything from trying to juggle schedules with the kids out of school, filling in for others on vacation, and taking off for a well-earned break of our own. In the midst of it all, you are trying to figure out how to keep the family and the house, safe and in one piece. It is a near impossible task, if not for home automation.

Home Automation Addresses Some of Summer’s Most Pressing Issues

The increased activity in summer brings a lot of fun, but it also brings its own set of challenges and dangers.

  • In summer, the house may be quite obviously empty while you’re on vacation.
  • With kids going in and out of the house a million times, the doors get left unlocked pretty frequently too, leaving the home vulnerable to intruders.
  • Keeping the doors and gates leading to pools closed and locked to prevent accidental drownings is also a huge concern.

The Fear is Real

Being concerned about summer safety makes sense. The combination of increased activities, having our attention diverted in a multitude of directions, and more people around naturally increases the opportunity for things like injury, accidental death, fire, and theft. Fortunately, home automation technologies can help address these concerns.

Have Fun, But Stay Safe

Fire up the barbeque and grab your towels, because summer is made for fun. In the middle of all the fun, though, do not neglect safety and security. When things get busy, it is easy to forget things like locking doors, or have our attention pulled away from supervising kids by someone at the door among many other common summer dangers. Problem solved. With home automation you can:

  • Monitor children playing outside or in a different room using smart cameras
  • Use smart sensors and alerts to tell you if doors or gates open unexpectedly
  • Keep kids out of pools or other dangerous areas
  • Monitor the home via smart cameras when you are away
  • Reduce the chances of theft
  • Check on pets throughout the day (some of that video just might be Youtube worthy)
  • Get alerts if there is unusual movement around the house while you are away
  • Lock those smart locks…. Again
  • Get an alert that you left the smart garage door open
  • Know exactly who is at the door via the video doorbell before getting pulled away from your activity, or answer from afar so you always look home
  • Make sure you turned off the roast in the oven
  • Fake occupancy with smart lighting and other enabled electronics while on vacation to further deter burglars.
  • Go Away on vacation knowing your home is covered by 24/7 monitoring.
  • Save money using smart lighting and a smart thermostat so you have more savings for vacation

Complete Security Systems is one of the largest independently owned, full service security and fire alarm companies in New Jersey, and recipient of Dealer of the Year by NJ Electronic Security Association three times:2003, 2013, and 2015.

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

What You Know About Burglaries May Be All Wrong

Most of us believe we know enough about burglaries: Someone in dark clothes and a ski mask breaks in your home in the middle of the night and takes your television, right? Wrong. Technically, burglary is defined as the unlawful or forcible entry or attempted entry into a residence. Usually, but not always, this crime involves theft. Mind. Blown. Right?
The surprising facts don’t stop there. Here is our myth dispelling list of important burglary facts everyone should know.

  • Most burglaries could have been prevented. In fact, 87% of them could have been avoided with simple acts such as locking a door or window.
  • Burglars choose the front door as the preferred point of entry.
  • One in three burglars enter through unlocked doors or windows.
  • Most (95%) burglars are male.
  • Typically, burglars are 25 years old or younger.
  • Burglars are surprisingly local. Most live within 2 miles of the victims and they likely have met before.
  • A burglary happens every 15 seconds somewhere in the United States.
  • The average burglary lasts between 90 seconds to 12 minutes.
  • The arrest rate for burglary is 13%.
  • The average loss per burglary is substantial at $2,230.
  • Contrary to popular belief, most burglaries happen in the daytime while residents are at work and when they can pose a visitor or service provider without drawing attention.
  • Detached-single family detached homes are most vulnerable to theft, providing the most entry points and cover.
  • Homes in the middle of the block are more vulnerable to burglary than ones on corners.
  • Most burglars check social media and use Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare as a tool to target homes.
  • Burglars evaluate the home and age of the residents to plan whet to look for before striking. Young people might have more electronics while an older person might have more prescription drugs, both of which are easily and quickly sold.
  • Incredibly, only 17% of homes have home security systems.
  • When convicted burglars were polled, 60% said they would avoid a home with a security system in place.
  • Possessions can be replaced but most victims feel traumatized as a result of a burglary for a long time to come.

Burglars steal much more than your property. They take the feeling of being safe within your own four walls and the peace of mind that comes with that. At Complete Security Systems, we treat our clients like family and want to help them employ the most reliable tools available to protect their homes and family. If you have questions about how to implement some of the many advanced security technologies, call Complete Security today.

Top Security Tips for Living Alone

It is easy to understand why many people opt in to living alone. It gives you the freedom to live life on your own terms and have a small section of the world carved out just for you. It means coming home whenever you want and never having to share the television remote with anyone. Seriously, there is a lot for non-solos to envy for sure. But living alone also comes with some safety risks, and giving them some serious consideration can keep you safe.
There is no need to give up freedom when you implement these smart, but easy safety tools and practices for living alone.

Don’t Advertise

Most people think they are already pretty careful about not telling too much, but the chances are good that a great deal more information escapes than we realize. Go the extra mile and really scrutinize every detail. Change the often forgotten but tell-tale signs of living alone, such as one name on the mail box or apartment roster, or a telephone answering message that uses singular pronouns like “Leave a message and I will call right back!”.

Be Extra Cautious on Social Media

Okay, this may fall victim to semantic satiation, the phenomenon where you hear something so often that your mind stops hearing it, but it does deserve repeating. It is very easy to get casual and careless when using social media. No matter how “private” your settings, always act as if you are talking to your 300 close friends and 3 million strangers. Before you post, ask yourself if the post or picture shows that you live alone or tell what time you will be home or away? Avoid comments like “Super long workday tomorrow, 8-11! Ugh!” which tell people far too much information that can jeopardize your safety.

Be Proactive

Develop safety plans for various safety events. Have escape routes planned for every room of your home in the event of a fire or other emergency. Know how to turn off the gas and have a tool kit handy at strategic locations. Set up emergency codes with family and friends and have one emergency contact saved as “Pizza” on your phone to add opportunity in extreme safety events.

Get to Know Your Neighbors

Get to know your neighbors well and, when possible and with caution, share enough information that they are able to recognize trouble and act on it.

Set the Stage with Home Automation and Other Sneaky Tricks

Nobody needs to know that you live alone—ever—if you set the stage. Do simple things like leaving muddy work boots, or several different kinds and sizes of shoes by the front door. Keep the home looking constantly occupied by using home automation to turn off and on light and entertainment at various times throughout the day.

Opt in to a Home Security System

One of the best reasons to opt into a monitored security system if you live alone is that it can detect trouble and have help deployed far more quickly than you can. In an emergency, it takes time to process the threat and then act on it, if acting on it is even possible. With monitored security, help is on the way almost immediately and that saved time can be all the difference.

In the United States, living alone is common with 28% of households having just one person. As common as it is, it always helps to exercise as much caution as possible.

Do Burglars Really Come Back to the Scene of the Crime?

You have probably heard it all of your life and seen it as a plot line in movies and on television, “burglars always return to the scene of the crime.” But is it true? And if it is true, why do they come back?  While it seems counter-intuitive to most people, burglars actually do return to a home they have already burglarized, and unfortunately for the resident lightening does indeed often strike twice.

Increased Odds of Being Burglarized

If you have been a victim of a burglary one time, you are more likely to be burgled a second time. Usually, the second crime is committed by the same person or persons that committed the first- but not always. In some cases, it is a second burglar who finds your home an attractive mark for the same reason, such as a lack of a visible security system and security cameras.

You Have Probably Replaced Valuable Items

Burglars frequently wait 6 to 8 weeks before returning to a home. This is to give insurance enough time to be processed, and owners enough time to replace the items. If the items were high-priced, they know they are likely to be replaced with equally valuable items, and this time– new.

They Already Know the Layout of the Home

Burglars save time coming back to the scene of the crime. They already know the layout of the home and what items are stored where. Since burglars choose a target based on a risk and reward measure, knowing the home lowers the risk considerably. If they could not take all they intended the first time, it is an easy grab the second time.

They Know Your Home Security System

Once a burglar makes entry to your home, they know what security elements you have in place. If they came in through the front door, they know whether you have smart locks or a video doorbell. If they came through the window, they know you do not have window or glass break sensors. Of course, a lack of security cameras is always a plus for a criminal.

They May Have a Buyer

Another reason a burglar may return to a home the second time is that they had time to see what else you have in your home. Large or unusual items may be difficult to get the first time, but if they find a buyer for it they will come back to get it.

They Know You Are Not Expecting It

A burglar knows that most people are not expecting to be robbed again, especially in a very short time frame. In fact, they expect that you are a bit off kilter which makes it that much easier for them.

About Complete Security Systems

To avoid being a burglary victim, or repeat burglary victim review your home security measures. Evaluate whether features such as home automation, smart security, and video surveillance could help provide better protection. Complete Security Systems can help you meet your home security needs, with over 30 years of superior service serving NJ.

Like Agent 007, But Better

Ok, there’s just something exceptionally cool about Agent 007. But have you ever wondered what has made the character retain such huge popularity over 50 years? Is it that he is impeccably dressed and remains unruffled no matter the peril? Or that he is a hero through and through and never flinches at danger? Our favorite is his hallmark use of technology. Even before it was popular for film heroes to brandish futuristic anything, bond had the high-tech gadgetry thing nailed down tight.

Maybe we don’t have “Q Branch” supplying us with jetpacks, gyrocopters, and submersible cars with ejector seats, but Agent 007 has nothing on us when it comes to super cool home security and home automation technologies.

Be an Intruder’s Worst Nightmare

Having the house boobytrapped with giant nets or poison darts is out, but that’s okay. You have this under control with a real-world arsenal of practical, and super high-tech electronic home security solutions. Submersible cars are a great effect, but seeing your personal villain hauled away in the back of a squad car isn’t so bad either.

Mission: Save (Your) World

Cue the 007 music. When it comes to smart home security technologies, truth is far better than fiction. In fact, if you aren’t sure of what sort of technologies are available and the wide range of ways they can be implemented, you might want to dig in and be amazed. You can leverage smart security technologies in ways even Bond never dreamed of. Even better, while you are ordering, managing, and protecting your world you can do it all from bright, sleek touchscreen control panels and up your cool factor exponentially.

Smart Security Features Villains Hate

Whether it is Goldfinger, Blofeld, or Colonel Von Hammerstein, you have the weapons they fear most. Motion sensors, door and window contacts, glass break sensors, and monitoring form an impenetrable wall of protection that would even impress Bond himself.

But Bond would never stop there, and neither would you.

Every agent needs a steady stream of classified intelligence and indoor and outdoor surveillance provides exactly what you need. And you can access that information instantly and discreetly from your mobile device from anywhere in the world.

Of course, it is always important to keep villains on their toes, and one of the best ways to do that is with great fake-out maneuvers. Home automation is one of the best tools for confusing the enemy, providing a way to look home with lights and entertainment going off and on, and even sound home with the ability to answer the door via video doorbell and your mobile device. Even the most determined criminal doesn’t want to mess with that.

All that and we don’t need the Aston Martin. Of course, it never hurts to have one.

Complete Security Systems goes beyond old-fashioned burglar alarm systems to a complete home security system, offering a wide range of options that would even impress Agent 007.

Home Fire Safety and Prevention Tips

When was the last time you thought about your smoke detector? If you are like most Americans, probably not recently enough. In fact, most Americans do not know the age of their smoke detector or when they last put in batteries. Just as startling, far too few Americans know enough about fire or fire safety measures.

We’d like to share a fast, easy to browse tip sheet that you can use to increase your awareness and safety.

How Fire Works

  • Fire can smolder undetected for some time, but while it smolders it emits poisonous fumes that can incapacitate residents.
  • You have two minutes or less to escape a fire safely.
  • A home can be completely engulfed in 5 minutes.
  • It takes only 4 minutes for the temperature in a home’s living room to reach 1,400 degrees Fahrenheit, the point known as “flashover”, when spontaneous ignition occurs.
  • Most people assume that neighbors would of course see a fire in a timely manner and call for help. This is dangerous because it assumes the neighbors are home, awake, or able to call.
  • There is no time to gather belongings or make a call once fire erupts.
  • You cannot see through black smoke in a fire. This increases the time it takes to get out.
  • Fires emit poisonous fumes which can cause sleepiness or disorientation, which can cause residents to not seek or be unable to seek help.
  • Asphyxiation, not flame, is the leading killer by a ratio of three- to -one.
  • Heat and smoke kill long before flame.

Fire Prevention and Detection Tips

  • Develop and practice a fire safety plan.
  • Remove fire hazards such as trash or debris.
  • Store chemicals properly.
  • Have both fire and CO detectors.
  • Ensure appliances are off when not in use.
  • Equip your home with fire protection equipment such as fire extinguishers, and escape ladders.
  • Have a monitored and integrated fire and home security and home automation system that can initiate help swiftly.
  • Use home automation to schedule or remotely turn off appliances.
  • Keep your fire safety and detection equipment in working order.

Having the right fire and life safety systems in place is critical to your protection. If you have any questions about the latest technologies, or how they can help complete your safety plan, please give us a call. Complete Security Systems has been serving NJ customers with integrity for over 30 years.

Minimizing Fire Damage With Smart Home Technology

Each year more than 2,500 people die and 12,600 are injured in home fires. Direct property loss due to fire damage is estimated at $7.3 billion each year. These statistics are sobering and even more so knowing that most fires can be prevented, and much of the damage limited with early detection and notification.

Fires spread quickly. In less than five minutes a home can be engulfed in flame. In less than two minutes, heat, smoke, and fumes from fire become life threatening. In fact, asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire related death exceeding burns by a tree-to-one ratio.

Critical Components in Fire Safety

Two minutes is a very short time, especially in a crisis situation. Even that short time is cut short for many people because of the amount of time it takes to become aware of fire. In some cases, residents may be away from home, sleeping, or the fire may erupt behind a wall or in an unoccupied portion of the structure where the fire may progress undetected for some time. This makes fire prevention, early detection and early notification critical components in fire safety.

The Solutions are Simple

The use of home automation and complimentary home security technologies could help prevent a fire, or detect and alert early enough to help everyone evacuate safely and minimize possible fire damage.

Here are some important ways home automation and smart technologies can make a lifesaving difference in an emergency.

Fire Prevention

Residents can reduce the likelihood of fire by using smart technology to schedule turn off or remotely turn off appliances, such as the coffee pot or curing iron that could start a fire.

Early Detection and Early Response

With integration of your home security system to your automation system, you can initiate help sooner, as well as take immediate emergency measures.  If a system is monitored, once a system detects heat or smoke, a signal goes to the owner’s smart device as well as to the monitoring station who then alerts emergency services. A resident can act proactively and use their home automation platform to turn off air systems which help feed fire.

Sometimes, all it takes to limit fire damage are a few proactive steps. Complete Security Systems has the technology you need to help take control of your life and the tools that can help you do all that you can to prevent and limit the damage caused by fire.

Home Automation For The Busy Parent

Today’s parents are at the forefront of smart home technology. With modern systems providing parents new ways to stay connected and in touch, it’s not hard to see why. Smart home technology gives parents a bevy of tools at their fingers and provides unique ways of keeping the family safe and comfortable. With that being said, it’s not about choosing the first option available. Instead, parents are selective about the technology they use to ensure that all of their needs are met.

Because of this, parents can benefit from Complete Security Systems.

Safety as a Priority

Complete Security Systems takes home security very seriously and dedicates a number of resources to ensure that families feel safe inside and out. Numerous sensors are used throughout to ensure that parents have peace of mind. These include fire, smoke, CO, and much more. Complete Security Systems also provides complete security monitoring so that the entire home is covered. Parents will have eyes and ears wherever they need it most. When it comes to the protection of kids, Complete Security Systems takes childproofing into the modern age. High-tech sensors will send alerts to a smartphone if tripped. As the needs of the family change, parents can adapt their security options.

Technology to Make Life Easier

Smart home technology with Complete Security Systems means that the entire house is connected to make life easier. Simple tasks will prove to be a breeze. Parents can save time and access their home on the go. For example, smart locks and connected doorbells provide remote access and contact with the push of a button. Unlocking and securing the home is a breeze. Parents can check up on the security of their home and lock up after a child has left.

Automate Simple Tasks

Complete Security Systems uses advanced technology that automates everyday tasks so that families don’t have to. Furthermore, systems can be set up to change the home with the press of a button. Everything from the thermostat to the garage door opener is easy to control. The home can even understand what you need to be done before you even arrive. Geo-Services technology keeps track of where you are. It uses this information to adapt the home based on your needs. When the system sees that you’re on the way home, the lights will, temperature, and any other connected device will adapt for maximum comfort right when you walk through the door.

Easy and Connected Technology

Complete Security Systems has a handy smartphone app that acts as the epicenter of home automation. Every connected device can be manipulated in one organized space. Families can even use Amazon Echo to control the home with the sound of their voice. The entire family from the kids to the parents can have their own control of the home. Whether it’s on a tablet or a smart watch, control has never been easier. Complete Security System is your local home security and automation company, leading the way in advanced home automation technologies. Contact us today for a free consultation and schedule installation.