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Common Access Points for Burglars

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That Sliding Back Door Can Be Perceived as a Great Opportunity for Burglars

Home security systems are reliable, affordable ways to protect your home and family from burglary, theft, and property destruction. But as winter is approaching, visibility becomes more distorted, and burglars may try to find entry points to your home while you’re either away from your house entirely, or in another room away from the main living area. A great way to protect your home and family is with one of our many ADT Home Security Packages. As you decide on which package is best for you, consider these common access points for home burglars:

Back Sliding Door

That’s right, that convenient sliding door that leads to your backyard pool can actually be a target for intruders. They see these doors as an opportunity to avoid recognition from police or citizens driving by the neighborhood, or neighbors working in their yards. Sliding doors tend to have particularly faulty locks that are easier to pick than a normal front door bolt lock.

Garage Door

The danger of a garage door is two fold. First, residents have a tendency to leave their garage doors closed but unlocked, especially at certain times during the day. Secondly, they often leave unlocked the subsequent door that leads from the garage into the house. They look at it as a convenient way to get in and out of their house easily but burglars see it is a malicious opportunity. Your best course of action is to invest in a sturdy garage door lock, and to avoid leaving garage door openers in your car.

Low Level Windows

Windows are known as the least sturdy access point to your home. They don’t have the durability of a front door lock, or even a garage door lock. Instead, burglars see an opportunity to slide open the window by using their own force, or a crowbar. As part of ADT’s Pulse Security Package you can ensure that windows are armed with sensors, and can be constantly monitored for suspicious activity. If you require a home security system from ADT, give us a call now at 1-866-364-5184.

Protecting Your Rental or Vacation Home

Vacation HomeAre you the proud owner of a rental property? Or perhaps you have a vacation getaway for special occasions. In either case, your second home is subject to serious security risks. Why? Because 66% of all burglaries are home break-ins. So imagine what happens to that percentage when your home is left vacant for long periods of time? If you fail to take the necessary measures, you are essentially inviting burglars to rob your property. Here are some steps you can take to prevent that:

Hide Vacancy Status

Don’t want strangers to know your home is vacant? Make it appear as if it isn’t. In addition to a home security system, hire a lawn service to keep the landscape fresh and well maintained. You can even ask the neighbor to occasionally turn lights on and off. This is especially useful because consistent darkness around a home is one of the main indicators of its vacancy, and one of the biggest invitations for thieves.

Install ADT Home Security

The most foolproof way to ensure home safety while away, is to invest in an ADT Home Security System. With Safety Monitoring, your home can remain under security surveillance at all times. Additionally, with new Home Automation technology, you can make it look like someone is home without the help of your neighbor. An example setup would be If a motion sensor is activated, a light would turn on immediately. This would probably scare away a burglar expecting a vacant house.

Notify Law Enforcement

Don’t be afraid to notify local police that your home will be vacant for an extended period. In many cases, law enforcement will patrol the area more than usual to ensure no break ins have occurred, or are about to. Of course, you’ll want to call or email the law enforcement offices rather than using the emergency 911 line.

Talk to Neighbors

Depending on the neighborhood, striking up a conversation with neighbors can give you an extra set of eyes while you’re away. If you befriend neighbors in the direct vicinity of your home, you can ask them to casually keep an eye out for any suspicious behaviors. This helps give you peace of mind that your house is not completely ignored while you’re away. Call 1-866-364-5184 to discuss our ADT Home Security Packages.

Preventing Burglaries at Open Houses

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Realtor Sponsored Open Houses Can Be an Inviting Opportunity for Thieves

One of the most advantageous settings for discreet burglars is real estate showings, specifically open houses. These events literally open the front door for complete strangers, many of whom you have no idea of their intentions or criminal background. Since nearly 66% of all burglaries are residential, an open house sign is an invitation to thieves. With that said, the house must endure the selling process and you should focus on these theft prevention tactics:

Be Prepared

It may seem depressing, but during open houses you have to assume the worst. That doesn’t mean you screen your visitors or implicate them as criminals, it simply means the following:

  • Monitor Activity: Ask your real estate agent to keep an eye out for any overtly suspicious behavior, and arm your home security camera (if you have one) to record entry points
  • Safeguard Valuables: Take any remaining valuables that you can’t afford to lose and move them into storage, or the home of a friend or family member
  • Stage Your Home: Have your home staged by your real estate service instead of leaving all of your own pictures, furniture, and kitchen decorations for the taking

Again, it is not pleasant to assume the worst but you would rather be safe than sorry. If you require a home security system for extra precaution, contact ADT Smart Security Source and ask about our security packages.

Communicate With Your Realtor

Before you agree to an open house, discuss the possibility of a burglary with your real estate agent. If they have your best interest at heart, they will value your concerns and take steps for extra precaution. Some of those might include:

  • Crime Research: Check your local crime statistics with neighborhood scout and review the number of home burglaries reported in the area
  • Check In’s: Have a signup sheet at the front of the open house (ID required) — interested buyers will have no problem signing in and people are less likely to commit theft when their identification has been recorded
  • Visit Scheduling: Require any attendees of the open house to schedule via phone

Taking these steps can prevent unnecessary burglaries during your open house. Many of these tactics apply to individual house showings as well. Always be prepared but professional. Invest in home automation from ADT Smart Security Source to give you and your realtor increased peace of mind. Call 1-866-364-5184 for more information.

Fire Detection & Home Security

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Protect Your Family and Home With Home Safety Monitoring From ADT Smart Security Source

When most people think about home alarm systems, they are thinking about burglary prevention, trespasser deterrence, etc. But one of the most underrated factors in a home alarm system in fire detection. ADT offers fire detection alarms as part of our home safety monitoring packages. In contrast to intrusion alerts that must be activated, fire alarms work at all times. Think about the following circumstances where this would be extremely beneficial:

  • Insurance Savings: Depending on the policy of your insurance company, home safety monitoring can reward you with additional savings
  • On Vacation: Traditional smoke detectors will alert you of a fire at home but they don’t serve much purpose while you’re away — that’s not the case with fire detection monitors which can summon help from the monitoring center
  • Pet Safety: Our pets are often home alone during the day and a smoke alarm won’t do them much good without monitoring to ensure that help is on the way
  • Trapped: Most fire deaths aren’t caused by the flames, but rather by the smoke, so what good is being alerted of a fire if you are trapped in a smoke filled room — safety monitoring will send necessary help in a situation like this

The majority of fire deaths occur from a lack of smoke detectors, or units with dead batteries. This can be easily avoided by investing in home safety monitoring from ADT Smart Security Source. Not only will you be alerted in the case of a home emergency, but your safety will be continually monitored. For home security monitoring and fire detection, give us a call at 1-866-364-5184.

False Alarm Prevention for Security Systems

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False Alarm Prevention is Important for Security

False alarms can be a nightmare for homeowners, and the communities in which they reside. A set off alarm goes beyond the annoyance of the beep, but can actually cost homeowners money, and waste community time and resources, such as first responders who are forced to attend a false alarm. Here are some false alarm prevention tips for home security systems:

Be Aware of Severe Storms

Tornadoes can actually cause your alarm to go off, as can electrical storms and hailstorms. If you are expecting a severe storm, disarming your device temporarily can be an option for avoiding false alarms.

Fresh Battery Replacement

Batteries should be replaced every 3-5 years, either on your own or by an ADT technician. Power outages can cause batteries to die sooner than expected, so if you notice unexplained false alarms, or just a non-functioning security system, be sure to contact ADT today.

Keep Doors Closed

If you have people coming in and out of your house, you should probably temporarily disable your alarm during times of high traffic. The constant opening and closing of doors can cause a false alarm and a waste of resources.

Memorize Your Code

Make sure you write down your code when your security system is installed. The consequences of not knowing your code go far beyond a lost social media password. Prevent false alarms and memorize your code.

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Each of these techniques can help with false alarm prevention, and keep your home and family safer, while also looking out for the betterment of the community as a whole. If you are interested in a home security system, call ADT Smart Security Source at 1-866-364-5184.

Advantages of a Motion Detector Alarm

Motion Detector AlarmADT Smart Security Source is constantly evolving to better protect homes and families from criminal activity. Modern technology has produced exciting new security options for homeowners. Home security motion sensors, sometimes known as motion detector alarms, are a great way to oversee large spaces around your home, without requiring a sensor on every door and window. To learn more about home security motion sensors, call 1-866-364-5184. Here are some advantages of a motion detector alarm:

 

Burglar Deterrence

Infrared technology signals an alarm whenever human movement is recorded outside your home. Statistics show that a sounding alarm helps deter would be burglars. In situations like this, the trespasser is most likely to retreat as quickly as possible. Whether individuals are at home when the alarm sounds, or away, ADT Customer Monitoring Center will be notified immediately and determine the proper course of action that should proceed.

Custom Installation

At ADT Smart Security Source, our expert home security installers will assist you in determining the best locations for sensors around your property. Much of it will depend on the layout of your home, and the specific entry points that potential burglars would attempt to utilize. Instead of an inefficient “one size fits all” installation, we prioritize the overall security of your home, and tailor our installation to meet your personal security needs.

Pet Friendly

If you are concerned about the family dog or cat setting off false alarms, don’t be. A motion detector alarm uses mass and temperature to differentiate animal movement from human movement. False alarms will not be an issue with ADT Smart Security Source. We believe that home security should not create a headache for homeowners, but rather an enhanced peace of mind.

The Role of Modern Home Security

There was a time when home security systems were marketed only to wealthy neighborhoods. Today, security cameras are more accessible and affordable than ever before. What’s more, the role of modern home security has shifted over the past decade. There are now better reasons for homeowners to invest in security. Call 1-866-364-5184 to discuss home security and our ADT Home Security Packages. Here are some benefits to home security in modern society:

Affordability

Security systems are no longer considered a luxury, designed only for wealthy homeowners. Home security is more affordable than ever before. ADT Smart Alarm Source offers affordable security, safety monitoring, and home automation to homeowners of every income level. Every home should be protected, instead of only the most wealthy. Protect your home and your family with affordable security solutions.

Evidence

A security system doesn’t just make your home safer, it makes the entire neighborhood safer. With video evidence becoming more of a factor in high profile cases, security cam footage can be the difference in justice for criminal proceedings. Police are able to use security footage to determine the details of criminal incidents. Of course, homeowners would still have to grant permission for the video use, since it is considered their property.

Technology

Technological advancements have made security systems increasingly useful. Homeowners can now take advantage of things like smart door locks and garage systems, eliminating traditional marks of entry for burglars. Home sensors and remote monitoring help homeowners keep eyes on their home at all times. You can even enjoy vacations without the stress security concerns. Monitor your entryways at all time, and easily alert authorities when trespassing does occur. Call 1-866-364-5184 for ADT home security.

5 Advantages of Home Alarm Systems

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Only 15% of homeowners have an alarm system, yet those same systems can stop attempted burglaries 60% of the time

Protecting home and family is the number one priority for most people. Still, only about 15% of homes are equipped with alarms or security systems. If homeowners knew the benefits of an alarm system and how much it can help deter home robberies, they would likely reconsider investing in one. If you are thinking about investing in an alarm system, call 1-866-364-5184 to speak with one of ADTs security expert. Here are 5 advantages of home alarm systems:

Deter Burglars

Despite the plethora of residual benefits, home alarm systems are designed for the purpose of deterring criminals. An estimated 60% of burglaries attempted on home’s with alarm systems, proved unsuccessful. Studies indicate that 85% of police officials believe that home security systems help deter burglaries.

Insurance Rate Discount

In many cases, the installation of a home alarm system will lower your insurance rate. Insurance companies feel that the increased protection, decreases the likelihood of a burglary or home invasion. Depending on your provider, insurance rates can decrease by as much as 20%. Contact your insurance company directly for discount inquirers.

Immediate Alerts

One of the best components of an ADT Home Alarm System, is its ability to alert our Customer Monitoring Center immediately. In cases where you are unable to contact emergency services, ADT will contact them for you. This puts homeowners at peace of mind, knowing most steps in the process are handled directly by ADT.

Mobile Device Access

Have you ever considered the possibilities of accessing your alarm system from your mobile device? By using the ADT Pulse app, you can control your alarm system from anywhere in the world. If you forgot to give the neighbor a key, or you just forgot to activate your alarm before you left, the Pulse app can solve the problem with one click.

Remote Control

ADT security packages come with a remote control keychain that allows you to arm and disarm your alarm system, without ever getting up. This becomes convenient for homeowners who have people coming in and out of their home regularly. Families with young children might be inclined to disarm the system at certain times during the day. To speak with a security professional about your ADT Home Alarm System, call us at 1-866-364-5184

How Can Smart Home Automation Benefit You?

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Smart home automation and remote access can provide you with more protection and benefits than you may know!

When considering installing a new security system in your home, you may wonder whether smart home automation is right for you. With the improvement of technology over the years, smart home automation has become more and more common for homeowners. These systems use equipment and modules installed within the home to work in tandem with security systems, making your home more protected and secure than ever before. No matter where you may be, with your smart home automation, you can check on your home and make sure it is secure. Smart home automation provides a plethora of benefits for home owners, truly putting security in your hands.

Smart Home Automation Benefits

Energy Efficiency

Once installed, your smart home automation equipment can allow you to control your home’s energy efficiency. Some of the biggest offenders of energy consumption are your home appliances and your heating and cooling system. The equipment allows you to communicate with your appliances, shutting them off during down times or when the home is empty. Schedule your home thermostat to turn on, off, or maintain a steady temperature within your home. This means you can turn your system off while you are at work and schedule your system to turn on before you arrive, giving you a comfortable home year round. This sort of regulation allows you to maintain a constant and predictable amount of energy consumption and even regulate your utility bills.

Total Home Control and Access

With smart home automation, you never have to worry about forgotten daily tasks or family emergencies. With secure access available on your mobile device, you can connect to your home, quick and easy! This means all automated systems and security are available to you wherever you are. Have you ever been on vacation and wondered if you forgot to shut off your thermostat? With a quick tap of your mobile application, tell your thermostat and other home systems to shut down. Sometimes family members can have an emergency occur, such as spouses forgetting their keys or children having unexpected early release from the school. You can remotely unlock or lock your doors to allow your family or friends access no matter where you are.

Security and Safety

Smart home automation adds an extra layer of security and safety to your home. With remote access to your home lighting and appliances, deter criminals from breaking into your home by scheduling your lights to turn on before it gets dark. This will make burglars think the home is occupied. You can even communicate with your home security system, arming it and having your doors lock when your system is turned on. Alerts from your app allow you to schedule reminders to check your security system and resolve any events that your system registers as a threat. Finally, you can use your smart home automation and security app to review home security cameras to see what triggered your alert and playback old footage. 

Peace of Mind

The most important benefit of all is the peace of mind your smart home automation system gives you. With complete home control and home security, you can rest easy knowing that not only is your home monitored by live security agents but that you can check in whenever you need to. Smart home automation adds comfort and convenience that was impossible with security systems of the past. Keep your home truly protected with smart home automation and enjoy your day.

ADT provides you with quality smart home automation systems with our ADT Pulse Tier III plan. We are dedicated to giving you quality systems, affordable rates, and the ability to rest easy knowing your home is protected. Give us a call today at 1-866-364-5184 to speak with our expert security agents and get started on smart home automation!  

Top 4 Ways To Deter Burglars

what are the top four ways to deter burglars?

What are the top four ways to deter burglars?

What Are The Top Four Ways to Deter Burglars?

Leave The Lights On

A dark house is usually an empty house. To keep your home from looking like an easy target, it can be a good idea to leave some lights on. The idea is to make it seem as if someone is home, so you can also do things like leave TV’s on, or leave music playing. If a burglar assumes someone is home, they will likely look for an easier target.

Don’t Hide A Key

Occasionally you and your family members may forget your keys. However, hiding a key somewhere by your door, or in your yard is very dangerous. Burglars count on you using things suck as hiding rocks and bricks, and they have learned to look for them and use them. Instead, perhaps you can leave a key with your neighbors or family members you can call to get back in.

Lock All Entry Points Of Your Home

While the front door is the most common point of entry for burglars, it is not the only way into your home. Burglars will always choose the path of least resistance when it comes to breaking in. Check all of your windows, doors and even your garage for weak points. All entries should be locked and protected.

Invest in a Home Security System

A home security system is the best way to keep intruders and burglars off of your property. With signs and sensors, they can see at a glance that your home isn’t worth the trouble it will cause them. With a security system and monitoring service, your house is protected at all times, and the police can respond to emergencies whether you are home or not!

Give your home the best protection you can. With these tips, and an ADT Smart Alarm Source system, you will have state of the art protection at all times. Call us today at 1-866-364-5184 to get started!