How safe is your home?


How Safe are you with your Home?


This is a question that only gets answer when you have just become a victim of a break in. One of the worst feelings you can imagine. You come home thinking what your going to cook for dinner and other things on your mind.

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You get Home and when you approach your door, you see that it’s open and your start feeling something is wrong. Your stomach starts to tremble and you step in the house. You just notice that you have been robbed and you feel like crap to put it politely.

First things you check is not what is worth more money but what is priceless. like a Family Jewel or item that is irreplaceable. This really sucks people. Don’t be a victim and protect yourself from what you think is not going to happen to you.

Nowadays the break ins are increasing. There’s no safe place anymore. You need to take the necessary steps to improve the security of your home and self preservation when confronted with an event you did not see for coming.

stock-photo-15466146-home-burglary-headlineYou know if you are not in the most safe place in the city. The first thing you should be thinking about getting to protect your home is a security system. When it comes to security systems you really have to do you research and see what system is right for you.

What do I mean by this? Are you single and don’t know crap about anything? Or are you the type that does everything and you know everything cause you GOOGLE it or you look in YOUTUBE for instructions.

The future of Electronic security is taking a turn into Do It Yourself security systems, One of the main reason this is possible, the advancement made in the wireless technology. Let’ not us forget the advancement in battery life power for these devices as well.

Easy installations, for some even this easy installation is not easy enough and they might require a Technician to install it. In this case you would not buy a DIY system. Your best bet will be looking for a company that will install system for you.

If the company is charging you to much for installation. i suggest you cancel and seek another company. The reason i say this. I been servicing and installing alarm systems for over 25 years. Wireless system are a cakewalk for any experience tech.

Usually when you sing up with an alarm company is for 3 to 5 year contract. There going to make over $3000 usually on an alarm contract. They can afford to pay the tech to install it and not charge you. You tell them what there getting for your signup they will comply normally and install it for free.

You have to remember something when considering a wireless system. How big is your house? These wireless devices have a range with the wireless signal. So when installing these wireless sensors you can’t have to much distance. If you keep range within 100 feet and not to many walls or obstructions in the way your good to go.

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If you get system installed by a tech the best thing to do is TEST your system after the installation has been completed. Have the Technician wait before he leaves and test that everything works. You need to arm system and open every single protective area and make sure it reports properly.

Same goes if you did installation. Test system by arming it and then opening every alarm point to make sure everything is received by your alarm system. After your done testing your system call the monitoring station and make sure every signals was received.

I can help you with anything that you have a question for. If you have any questions on anything on this post please feel free to leave drop a comment or a question. Thank you

 

 

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DIY Wireless Alarm System

 

41zDbHHsxFLThe best wireless home security system value on the market, the 8-piece Simplisafe2 Plus Package features pre-programmed sensors that work together instantly — right out of the box — and you can install them and fully protect your home in 15 minutes or less. All systems are fully customizable, so you can start with the sensors listed in this package and add more of the sensors you need, whenever you want

.Simplisafe2 Wireless Home Security System 8-piece Plus Package

 

New Wireless Alarms Save You Hundreds on Set-Up

Nobody wants a stranger drilling holes in their wall — so why should you pay over $200 for messy installations? SimpliSafe is wireless and installs in minutes: all the sensors arrive pre-programmed and ready to be mounted. No tools required, now wires, no hassles.

Plus, wireless means that you can easily take your system with you, wherever life may take you next.

Sophisticated Mobile Security for Control On-the-Go

Introducing the free app that gives you total control of your security system from anywhere in the world, whether you’re at the office or out enjoying the sun with the kids. Available for iPhone, Android, and Windows smartphones.

SMS and email alerts keep you informed 24/7. With alarm and activity alerts sent directly to your phone, you gain the peace of mind to enjoy your day.

SimpliSafe Guarantee: No Contracts, No Risk, No Hassle

Our customers keep coming back because of our exceptional security and legendary customer support, not because of contracts and commitments. No contracts means no cancellation fees, no minimum commitments: no hassle.

What’s in the Box

One Keypad — Unlike other alarms, if a SimpliSafe keypad were smashed, the alarm would continue to function. That’s because SimpliSafe took the “brains” out of the Keypad and put them into the separate Base Station.

One Base Station — Plug-and-play, the Base Station is responsible for sending all your alarm signals to SimpliSafe’s 24/7 alarm monitoring center. Using the same cellular technology that’s in your mobile phone, it includes a SIM card that gets activated when you subscribe to the SimpliSafe alarm monitoring service.

One Motion Sensor — Detects motion within 30 feet. The sensor has a “field of vision” of 90 degrees, giving you a full range of coverage when placed in a corner.

Four Entry Sensors — The sensor detects whenever the magnet moves more than two inches away from it, so it knows whenever the door or window opens. The magnet can be placed up to 2 inches from the sensor, so sensors fit on all types of doors and windows.

One Keychain Remote — Arm and disarm your alarm with a push of a button. Set your alarm to away after you leave to protect your home. Simply press off to disarm your system as you approach your front door. Pressing the panic button alerts SimpliSafe’s Emergency Monitoring Center that you need help fast.

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1,452 of 1,517 people found the following review helpful

By J_Onyx TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 3, 2012

I write this from conviction that people thinking of investing in this alarm system alternative need a more thoughtful review than the many here who quickly post a gushing review and the few who post nonsense negative reviews.1st Simplisafe is easy to install yourself and it is a quality budget alternative to the big alarm system companies (who rely on less than ethical sales methods) who relieve people of a few thousand dollars and lock them into an expensive 2 to 3 year monitoring contract.

The hardware is easy to install and get working & for less than $400 most people can seriously discourage felons from targeting their home. Simplisafe is much more up front & consumer oriented than other alarm companies BUT Simplisafe sales department does do its share of hype & exaggeration. You cannot install the sensors & motion detectors in the mindless simple way you are lead to believe. If you slap them up in a few minutes, you will regret it. Take a few minutes and determine the best places to position the sensors & detectors.

The advertising shows people just mindlessly sticking sensors and detectors around their house. Then, in response to criticism that people report their senors or detectors fell off, Simplisafe blames it on the owner for not (dah…) cleaning the area first. Even that is hype because cleaning is not enough. It’s not wise to just rely on the sticky tape for the heavier pieces, especially the keypad and the motion detectors. Simplisafe techs know this which is why each sensor has a removable installation panel with two screw holes and screws.

There are two significant flaws in the Simplisafe system which Simplisafe advertising and information tip toes around and buyers do not realize until after they buy and install their system.

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Fortress Security






715-yUC8exL._SL1500_Fortress Security Store (TM) GSM-B Wireless Cellular GSM Home Security Alarm System Auto Dial System : DIY Kit

  • All the functions of a high-end alarm monitoring system without the monthly fees!
  • Totally wireless system with built-in GMS dialer. Activates siren then dials your phone or sends a text message in case of intrusion
  • Remote monitoring. Call the system anytime and check status, remotely arm or disarm the alarm and use the intercom function
  • Dual Network. Connect the unit to both your landline and GSM simcard in case one fails.

Includes

* 1 X Main Console
* 10 X Window/Door Contacts
* 3 X Passive infrared motion detectors
* 3 X Remote control keyfobs
* 1 X Loud indoor siren (approx. 30 inch wire)
* 1 X Loud outdoor siren (includes approx. 5 ft 110v wall adapter)
* 1 X Panic Button
* 4 X Alarm Warning Stickers (two for windows, two for doors)

Product Description

 The Fortress GSM-B allows you to install a full-scale monitored alarm in your home without incurring costly monthly fees. A totally wireless system, the main console monitors the remote sensors (see below) and triggers the alarm in case of an intrusion. At the same time, it’ll send a text message or call you to notify you of a potential break-in. Enter 6 numbers to dial in case the first isn’t answered, and 3 SMS numbers. Text feature requires use of a SIM card.

The GSM-B has both landline and GMS capabilities, allowing one as a backup. In case an intruder manages to cut your landline, the system will still function with the GSM dialer. Furthermore, the alarm will automatically sound if the landline is forcibly cut and the system is armed.

Dial in to arm or disarm the system, check the status or use the built-in intercom. This allows you to talk to anyone near the main console. Intercom feature requires use of a SIM card.

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123 of 127 people found the following review helpful

By nexuspeer on June 27, 2014

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It was easy to set up (you do need to reed the included instructions, but they are easy)!
Set up took me about an hour. I did spent 15 min reading the included manual.
Then it took me another 30 min for the installation of the main unit and all the sensors.
I used my drill and just drilled all the motion sensors to the upper corners of the walls
where I needed them (screws are included). Then I attached all the door sensors the all the doors
using the included 2-sided stickers, and I added pieces of tape just in case the sticker glue doesn’t
last very long.Then I spend another 15 min for playing with the settings of the main unit – I made the settings to my liking,
including adding phone numbers for both making a phone call and sending a text in case the alarm is triggered.
I am using an AT&T SIM card. I tested it and it works great. Every time the alarm is triggered the main unit will call the number (my cell phone) and also send me a text.For thos of you wondering what kind of SIM card it is using – regular, micro or nano – it uses the regular SIM.
That info I couldn’t find anywhere online, and only found after I received the unit and opened it.Also – all sensors included in this package are per-registered to the unit. You don’t have to do anything but turn them on and they are already working with the main unit. The motion sensors have an ON/OFF button. The door sensors don’t have an ON/OFF button. You don’t have to install all included sensors, only install as many as you need. If you have some left over (not needed) just don’t put the batteries in them and/or leave them in OFF position. By the way – each sensor comes with its own battery included. If you need extra sensors just buy them separately.Read more ›

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99 of 103 people found the following review helpful

By JM on September 5, 2013

I purchased one of these units from directly from fortresssecuritystore.com, and I couldn’t be happier with the product. I work nights, and my wife was nervous to stay home with the kids by herself. After comparing this system to the “big name” companies, it was really a no-brainier.With this system, you will get much more secure coverage for a fraction of the cost. The unit comes with ten wireless contacts, and THREE motion sensors. Any of the major remote-monitoring companies in my area came with two contacts and one motion sensor. Each additional window contact was $50-75, and an extra motion sensor would set you back $175, I’m not joking. Fortress, by comparison, sells additional window contacts for $13, and motion sensors for $23 (the system can handle up to 99)The ability to call and text out from the unit works flawlessly. I do not have, or want, a $30 per month land-line, and this system has the ability to use a GSM wireless card. There are plenty of options from major cell carriers, but we chose to get a SIM card from mobalfreedom.com, a British-based company. There is a plan with an option to pay only for the calls/texts you use, and our monthly cost has never exceeded $5.For using the alarm while home, the siren is excruciatingly loud, and will alert ANY homeowner to an intrusion. Combine that with a firearm which is accessible, and you have excellent peace-of-mind. The system is very sensitive (in a good way), and we have yet to have a false alarm. If you are NOT home, the callout feature contacts you as soon as the alarm trips, in literally a couple seconds. You can then disable the system, listen in via your phone, or even communicate with the wall-unit. Or you can simply hang up and call police immediately.Read more ›

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Be Aware of Home Security Scams

 stock-illustration-45355880-set-of-stampsYou want to feel your safe at home. You know having a reliable security system is on your list to do. So if a Salesman all of a sudden shows up at your door, offering you a security system with a convincing sales pitch you tend to jump right on it with out checking first.

But be aware security systems that security salesman has to offer. The FTC(Federal Trade Commission) The nation’s consumer protection agency. The state attorney as well are warning you to be aware of these sales people tactics.

Before you let anyone in your home. You must first ask for an I.D. with there picture and name on it. Many states and cities you are supposed to get an alarm system certification to be able to sell security systems or work on them.

One ofCaptureqwqw the main reason this form of certification was created. People were impersonating an alarm salesman and then returning back and robbing people.

For Example in Florida i have two Alarm System Agent Card. One for Fire and one for Burglar Alarms. You must attend a renewal course every 2 years. So you have to make sure you check ID’s and licenses are up to date.



How to know if your getting scammed



Usually salespeople will use a variety of ways to persuade you to buy there alarm system and there monitoring services. Most of these salesman that try to scam you have no guilty conscience what so ever. Here is some tactics they use:

  • One of the commend ways is the “YOU NEED TO ACT NOW”. or ‘FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY AND YOU GET IT FOR FREE”. First of all, none of it is for free.  Usually is either increased in your monthly bill to pay for it. Then with it they increase you contract term. for example . from 3 to 5 years. So at the end you pay more interest.
  • They will try to pressure you in many different ways. They might refuse to leave. It’s not impolite to ask a salesman out of your house. If he refuses to leave and you feel trap. Call the Police.
  • Another way is they try to scare you and tell about robberies in your area that really haven’t occur.
  • If you have a sign outside your house that you have a security system, Some door to door salesman knock on your door and claim there from your alarm company and there upgrading your system. They will put a different system and make you sign a long term contract.
  • Other things they might say is,your company has gone under and we are taking over the account.

How do i know the Alarm company is legit?


There’s a few ways to check if the company or person you are dealing with is a real company or not. The FTC and Attorney General urge you to ask the following questions:

  • Contractor’s name
  • Street address (no P.O. Box)
  • Telephone number
  • Contractor’s license number
  • State that issued the license
  • Name under which the license is filed

If they don’t want to fork over that type of information. Then is time you raise your red flag and ask them to please leave your premises.If they do give you information. Use these links to check there information:

 

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Type of Home Security system Do you Want?


First thing you should do is as close friends,co-workers,neighbors and relatives if they heard of the companies you are currently researching and ask what alarm companies they have. And if they don’t mind telling you a little about them. Try to dig as much information about the company you are looking into doing business with.

Get written estimates of what is going to cost you to install system and monthly fee. Make sure you always read those little star quotes in the fine print. Ask a lot of questions and you always check what the other companies are offering.

Have they had any false alarm issues and how has the company dealt with it? Did they charge for coming to service the alarm?If they did how much was it?

I have been servicing alarm system for more then 25+ years. The most common thing i saw in the home security world was the poor training that was given after the initial installation.

Many times installers do a great job but forget the little thing like teaching the customer everything about the system. Not just how to turn it on and off. Make sure the company doing the installation is license to do so. Check with the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies for the agency in your state.xnascla_logo.png.pagespeed.ic.JEuUWuNerj

Make sure you check how long your signing a contract for. Most monitoring contracts do not include a service plan. Service plans are usually offer with a different form if not included with your monitoring.

If you sign a service contract. ask if it covers after hour service. Most service contracts are only Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. If does not cover after hours service,how much does the after hour service cost?

Make sure your system has a battery back up for Power failures. If the house looses Power your security system is backed up by batteries to keep security system running. Does your company offer services like smoke and fire detection, remote control, video surveillance, email notifications and special apps for smart phones?hand-with-app

In some cities you must register alarm with the county or the police department. You would have to check with your local authorities and see what are your options. Remember there’s laws that protect you. After you sign a contract many times you have up to 3 days to cancel it before it goes into effect.

You don’t have to give a reason either. Check with your state laws and the consumer protection agency, Make sure you ask salesman what if you want to cancel within that period.

There’s ways you can avoid all this. By installing a do it yourself alarm system. Wireless systems are more reliable then ever. Very easy to install. You don’t have to take a day off.

 

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Wireless burglar alarm systems

In the Old days wireless Burglar alarm systems. Where not really relied on. The Batteries would run out quicker then the alarm company told you it would.

If the neighbor down the street had the same House Id on there wireless system. Your door would trigger his alarm and his door could trigger yours.

When your testing the system and cops show up to the neighbors house. That is when you knew you had the wrong house id. You need it to change it right of way.

But today with Technology we don’t have that problem. Every single wireless device that’s used in Today’s wireless Burglar Alarm systems.

Has it’s own unique Serial Number. There are many different types of wireless devices from different manufacturers.

41zDbHHsxFLBut normally the alarm system your are installing or getting installed. Only works with certain type wireless devices.

Transmitters provide the most reliable, convenient and cost effective solutions for security protection.

These devices are powerful and versatile enough to help solve even the toughest, most labor intensive installations.

With a demonstrated outdoor range of over a mile. (Based On the 5800 series Sensor from Honeywell)

Most transmitters come with 2 zones.One zone is a hardwired input terminal where you insert wires from door or window contacts.

The other zone is usually just a magnet next to transmitter. Reed switch is located on the wireless sensor board.Close to the edge inside the transmitter.
Wireless Motion work a little different then transmitters. Since there job is to detect motion. They have  to conserve battery life more then a normal door sensor. Door sensor only transmits when the door or window is open.

5800PIR-RES-1Wireless motion detector transmits when motion is detected.

But after it sends the signal,the motion detector turns itself off for 3 minutes.

After 3 minutes the motion comes back in the stand by type mode waiting for motion again, before it transmits the signal again.

Depending on the brand of motion your using. Times will vary and the way it operates to.

 

 

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Home Security

HOME SECURITY SAFETY TIPS

Before you buy a House you should always research the neighborhood. Usually friends you have at work is way good wayto get advise on what areas of town to look in.
I suggest you look in this website www.crimemapping.com This site is to determine neighborhood crime statistics.

blue eye crime watch Check the House for Security.  Make sure All windows and door have proper locking mechanism. Before you start moving in you want to make sure you the sliding glass doors for proper locking. In the case of French doors or any other type of back door,make sure is locks properly.

If you feel the Doors have weak spot or they look worn out from the weather. You should replace it immediately or as soon as possible.  Check patio doors and Balcony doors if they are secure.

After you move in. You might want to walk around neighborhood and meet your new neighbors. Making friends with neighbors is important. They can watch your home when you are away.

Don’t give out too much personal information to the neighbors, at least not until you know them.

Now you Look for a Security System. An alarm in your home can give you piece of mind as a homeowner.

Make sure Motion detectors are installed properly and you have adequate Glass breakage  coverage.

Not all system that come with the house have this protection. If you didn’t get Glass coverage with system get it installed.

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If you can afford to get a video surveillance system. I highly recommend getting one.  sometimes scare off potential thieves.

But remember having a camera system only is not enough to keep your home secure. Some Thieves can spot cameras and disable them.

 

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