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How Often Should You Test Your Security System?

How Often Should You Test Your Security System?   Even after putting your security system in place, you should consider testing it regularly.  Whether we’re talking about a residential or commercial system, we want it to make sure it’s up-to-date and fully operational.  Today, it’s easier than ever to test whatever features you have.  Especially when you work with an experienced company—like ARM Security Systems—that’s able to walk you through the process. Stick to Once a Month At a minimum, you should plan to test your security equipment once a month.  Whether you have a full security panel, a doorbell camera, smart locks, garage door controls, indoor/outdoor video cameras, and smoke/CO2 detectors, most manufacturers recommend monthly tests.  Even if you think you use your equipment regularly, it never hurts to make sure everything’s performing optimally.  Some security experts recommend conducting your test(s) on the same day... Read more

Home Energy Management for Spring

Home Energy Management for Spring As the seasons change, and you switch from heating to air conditioning at home, it’s the perfect time to install an energy management system. Even changing your daily habits for energy use can save you hundreds of dollars each month!  By lowering your utility bills, you gain more control of your money.  Plus, you contribute to the eco-friendly movement overall!  To help, here are a list of effective tips, products, and life-hacks to help you increase your home energy efficiency. Let There Be Light! …Or not. Lighting costs make up on average 12% of utility bills. When not using a room, we recommend turning off the lights. As the days get longer in the next few months, you can take advantage of more natural light. Also, replacing incandescent light bulbs with LEDs will allow you to save on electricity and get brighter lighting.  Don’t forget to ask about our home energy management smart... Read more

Porch Pirates in the New Year

Porch Pirates in the New Year Although the holidays may be over, porch pirates are still working hard.  These thieves take advantage of the popularity of online shopping, as well as the absence of many homeowners during the day.  If you can’t be there when your packages are delivered, then consider improving your home security to deter these criminals in the new year. It Could Happen to Anyone You might not think porch pirates exist in your neighborhood, but that doesn’t mean they can’t visit.  This is a growing problem driven by opportunism.  All it takes is the right package, and the right timing.  Statistics estimate that nearly 26 million Americans have been affected by this “victimless” crime, with the majority occurring in the suburbs. Many mistakenly assume that their orders are protected by the company who sent it and/or the people who delivered it—but that’s not always the case.  So, we’re seeing a trend... 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

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