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Maintain Your Independence with Medical Alert Systems

Maintain Your Independence with Medical Alert Systems How do you ensure your safety and security without giving up your independence?  By utilizing a medical alert system.  It’s the perfect compromise that gives you access to immediate care and provides your family with peace of mind.  If you’re wary about adding this technology to your home, here are a few ways it can make your life easier without being invasive. Wearable for Your Convenience Everyone has a cellphone today, but who actually carries this device around the house?  When you’re at home, it’s easy to forget to bring your phone with you from room to room.  Plus, many smartphones are simply too large to put in your pocket or some similar place on your person.  Our medical alert systems use small, wearable devices that are designed to your lifestyle.  They’re lightweight and convenient, so you don’t even have to think about where it could’ve gone—it’s with you!  Ask us about our... Read more

Prepare your Home (Security) for Halloween

Prepare your Home (Security) for Halloween Millions of Americans look forward to Halloween every year—and who can blame them?  This holiday has it all:  fun costumes, over-the-top decorations, and tons of candy!  Still, half of the trick-or-treating tradition involves the key word “trick.”  So, as you prepare to welcome guests this holiday season, make sure you also take the time to double-check your security. A Little Mood Lighting Sure, spooky lights and smoke machines set the tone for trick-or-treating, but they also create opportunities for vandalism.  You can certainly add a little Halloween flair, as long as you keep your walkways illuminated.  Any spotlights you have in place should remain operational, especially the motion-activated models.  And if you don’t have any now, consider adding some before the holiday!  Pay particular attention to the area around your garage and any dark corners on the property that could... Read more

Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency with Technology

September is a tricky time temperature-wise.  Summer’s on its way out and fall’s just around the corner, so some days it feels like we’re alternating between the two seasons!  Rather than let the weather wreak havoc with your home—not to mention your energy bills—consider adding an energy management system this month. How does it work? Our systems can easily integrate your thermostat, lights, and other energy uses into one accessible app.  With a smart phone and/or internet access, you can control your devices and minimize your energy output!  As long as you have a modern HVAC system in place (or you’re planning to upgrade soon), we can install our smart thermostat in place of a more traditional one.  Plus, we’re happy to make recommendations for compatible LED lightbulbs as an added benefit to integration.  Once everything’s in place, we can help you navigate the settings, so... Read more

Pre-Vacation Security Tips

Whether you’re preparing for your last trip of the summer—or your first—take a break from packing to ensure your home security before you leave. Thanks to smart technology, you can still be connected to your residence, even if you’re miles away. However, we know how easy it is to get overwhelmed right before you leave, so here’s our list of suggestions to keep your home safe while you’re on vacation. 1. Consider professional monitoring. Many of today’s security features offer you the option to self-monitor. With affordable security cameras, video doorbells, and more, you can watch what’s happening from anywhere in the world. The only problem with that is sometimes you actually want to unplug. If you’ve constantly got your phone in hand, worrying about what’s going on at home, how much fun are you going to have on vacation? Plus, you’re assuming you’re going to have internet access and... Read more

Protect Your Home from Summer Break-Ins

Protect Your Home from Summer Break-Ins Did you know that crime rates rise every year during the summer months?  Break-ins, in particular, increase drastically this time of year, but there are steps you can take to protect your home.  By being aware of the risks and adding certain security measures, you can deter would-be burglars and create a safer environment for your family. Start with your Front Door Not only is it your main entry way, but it’s also a popular target for burglars.  So, when it comes to beefing up security, here’s where you should begin.  First consider, how visible is your front door?  Do you have tall shrubs or other growth that could easily camouflage someone?  Does your landscaping need a little TLC?  Places that look overgrown or unkempt are more likely to be targeted.  Either they think you’re away or you’re not paying attention to your property.  But, a well-manicured lawn with clear sight lines to... Read more

Smart Phones & Security: Keeping Your Home Safe with Technology

Smart Phones & Security:  Keeping Your Home Safe with Technology Today’s top smart phones pack a wide variety of capabilities—including keeping your home safe.  It may sound like far-fetched, futuristic concept, but thanks to recent technological advancements, it’s possible for virtually every household.  Depending on your budget (and your comfort level with technology), we’ve got a security solution for you. Option 1:  Smart Doorbells Unlike a traditional doorbell, which only alerts you to the presence of a visitor, these “smart” varieties offer a lot more features.  Typically, they require a bit more installation to include a tiny video camera, along with speakers and even a microphone.  But then, you’re able to see anyone who comes within a certain range of the door in question—whether or not they ring the doorbell.  You’re also able to engage with them, even if you’re not home!  So, if someone unexpectedly shows up while you’re out running... Read more

Is your commercial security state-of-the-art?

Is your commercial security state-of-the-art? Crime data from Neighborhood Scout indicate the chances of becoming a victim of property crime in Maryland is 1 in 43, below the national median. And yet more than 30% of business failures can be traced to crime, according to the US Chamber of Commerce. Good reason to be certain your security and surveillance system is up to date. Especially for large commercial enterprises like shopping malls, apartment complexes, universities or other multi-building commercial complexes, the need for reliable security has taken on new importance in these modern times. Maybe you’ve experienced a break-in of some sort or the instance of crime has increased in your neighborhood. Maybe it’s time to take your security to the next level. So how do you know when you need a security update? Answer these questions: How old is your current alarm system? If your current system assuming you have one) is more... Read more

Smart home security and how to choose the right solution

Smart home security and how to choose the right solution Home security systems can range from fire and burglary alarms, door and window entry alarms, internal and external video monitoring systems, to complete home automation systems. What are the key home security considerations to help you determine which solution is right for you? Home security considerations: 1) Wireless vs. Hardwired? Most systems these days are hybrids of some sort but it’s good to consider how much equipment much be hard-wired and installed into your home versus less intrusive wireless solutions. As technologies change, so will the long-term viability of your solution. Also, some systems can be impacted by loss of power or loss of internet connection. 2) Standard Alarm vs Smart Home? With most advanced systems you can connect and control almost anything in your home from a smart phone app. But, how much is too much? Which functionality features will you actually use?... Read more

How to make your home safer NOW with little dough

How to make your home safer NOW with little dough Taking steps to secure your home is a prudent step in a risky world. We might like to think we can fully trust our neighborhood but reality suggests that might not be the case. So, what can you do? Installing and using a reliable burglary and fire alarm solution is a great start. But there are also things you can do right now with little investment. 1. Think deterrence Is your mail secure? Consider a lockable model, especially if you have bills and bank statements mailed to your home and you are generally away for the bulk of the day. Windows and doors? If these are easily accessible, consider placing dowels in your window tracks and sliding doors. Perhaps invest in secondary locks, or gated doors. Make your windows less accessible with planter boxes or shrubbery. Make a routine of checking doors and windows each night before bed and again each morning before leaving home. Can’t afford... Read more