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Use Your Smartphone to Keep Your Home Secure And Your Family Safe

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Where is your phone right now? In your pocket? Beside your computer? Chances are, it’s close enough for you to grab from where you are, and that you feel like it has your whole life on it. Your contacts? Your GPS? Your calendar? Your to-do list? Your photos? It’s all there. Did you know that you can also literally control your house with your smartphone — from anywhere in the world?

That’s what security automation is about. Not only is it the most convenient way to secure your home, but — bonus! — you’ll probably feel a little like Tony Stark with it too.

With home automation, you can control nearly any device in your home, such as lights, appliances, electrical outlets, heating and cooling systems, and sprinklers. Your alarm system and even your doors, windows, locks, smoke detectors and surveillance cameras can be managed. You can manage anything with a sensor linked to it!

At All Secure Lock and Security, we see home automation as being broken down into four parts:

  1. Security System: Your security system is connected to Central Station, which will call the appropriate authorities when necessary. Automation of your security system also allows you to arm or disarm it remotely and view and bypass sensors. Your security system can include sensors for doors, windows, motion, glass breaking, the doorbell, carbon monoxide, or smoke, heat or freezing. Smoke, carbon monoxide and water sensors work with your security system to help you act fast and keep your family safe.
  2. Video Monitoring: Through video monitoring, you can see what’s happening at your home in real time, get instant alerts and never miss a moment with continuous recording. See exactly what is happening when an alarm is triggered. You can also set custom alerts for the activities you want to know about, such as a car pulling into the driveway, the front door opening, when motion is detected or a package is delivered.
  3. Access: Most of us have left home and second-guessed whether we left the garage door open or a door unlocked. But with a home automation system, you have complete control over your home’s access points, which means worrying about locked doors and open garages is a thing of the past. With home automation, you can receive an alert if you left home and didn’t close the garage door or if someone uses their entry code. You can even receive a no-show alert when your kids aren’t home by a certain time. You can also set unique user codes that are only valid during a specific period of time. This is great for those people who need access to your house when you aren’t there, but who you don’t want to give the master access code to, such as a house cleaner or babysitter.
  4. Energy Management: Saving energy is on a lot of homeowners’ minds these days, and home automation is the easiest way to take the guesswork out of it and effectively save energy. It lets your home work for you and control your thermostat based on location, activity and even the weather. You can even set location-based rules so that your thermostat can dial down to an energy-saving temperature when you leave, and begin re-adjusting to the perfect temperature when it senses that you’re on the way home.

If you’re interested in learning about the latest (and dare we say, coolest) technologies to keep your business or home secure and your family safe, give All Secure Lock & Security a call at 303-667-2736 or visit our store at 12371-C W. 64th Ave. in Arvada, Colorado.

Prevention is Key to Keeping Burglars from Having a Happy Holiday Courtesy of Your Valuables this Season

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

The holiday season in upon us! It’s time to hang festive lights inside and out, attend holiday parties galore, shop and wrap countless gifts, and head out of town to visit friends and family.  Tis the season, indeed. But did you know it’s also open season for home burglars?

 According to the FBI, a whopping 400,000 burglaries occur in the United States during the months of November and December alone. How can you protect yourself and your valuables? Learn about the anatomy of a burglar, and remember to follow a few common sense tips, along with some less obvious advice to ensure the security of your home. 

 The anatomy of a burglar

A favorite ruse of a would-be burglar is to get a lay of the land. They might be a contractor you’ve hired, or pose as a friendly guy looking for directions, offering to shovel the driveway, or clean the gutters. Opening the door offers a great opportunity to take a peek inside. If you’re not expecting someone, try asking who’s there through the door and give  firm “no” to whatever good or service is being offered. 

 Burglars also enjoy a twilight walk through the neighborhood to get a good look in your windows before you draw your shades to see what valuables live inside: flat-screen TVs, gaming systems, and computers are all favorites.  

What are a would-be burglar’s favorite sights? How about an un-shoveled, pristine driveway, a sales flyer hanging on the door for longer than a day, or a pile of newspapers at the end of your driveway? All are clear signs of an out of town family.

Don’t forget the obvious!

The best prevention for a would-be burglar is to remember lock your doors, close your garage, and set your alarm system EVERY time you leave the house! Daytime is as good a time as nighttime for a break-in.

You should also get to know your neighbors. Build a relationship whereby you agree to exchange mobile numbers and provide travel dates. You and your neighbors can create footprints on your snow-covered driveway (or better yet shovel it!) and take in each other’s newspapers and mail. Rely on each other to report suspicious behavior, especially if you know the other is out of town. 

A bit of prevention and watchful eyes on the street go a long way toward protecting the neighborhood.

Learn a few not-too-obvious tips

Here are a few tips that can increase the security of your home:

  • Avoid announcing you’re going out of town for the holidays on Facebook. It isn’t difficult to find your home address in a directory.
  • Make sure to store extra car and house keys inside the house-it’s all too easy for a robber to breach your garage, move inside, and leave in your car.
  • Keep your shrubbery and bushes well trimmed to prevent an easy hiding spot.
  • Utilize adequate outdoor lighting. Front, side , and back porch lights are a great deterrent, and motion-activated lights in the backyard are even better.

Your final line of defense

The above tips will go a long way to keep a burglar outside your home, but if the worst happens, you can still protect your valuables.

  • Burglars are least likely to look for valuables in your children’s room, so consider storing a safe high in the back of a child’s closet.
  • Keep in mind though, if the safe isn’t bolted it can be removed! Out of sight and bolted down is the best practice.
  • Maintain an inventory of your electronics, along with the serial numbers. Keep a record of the date of purchase, original value, and serial numbers.
  • For heirloom items and antiques, keep a photographic or video record of each piece.

While you make sure to enjoy the festivities the family time the holidays have to offer, don’t forget Benjamin Franklin’s quote, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”