Do Fake Security Cameras Deter Criminals?

By Ryan Bell / December 24, 2018 / Comments Off on Do Fake Security Cameras Deter Criminals?

We’ve detailed in a few posts how the presence of surveillance equipment can act as a deterrent. Our Steps to Defeat Smart Criminals even discussed how the presence of cameras alone can deter crime. The mere threat of getting caught through recorded video can convince criminals to go elsewhere. Taking this line of logic one…

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Five Tips for Your Security System Upgrade

By Ryan Bell / December 14, 2018 / Comments Off on Five Tips for Your Security System Upgrade

One of the most common requests we receive from customers is to receive a “security system upgrade.” While this may seem like a simple request, it could refer to many features or services. In general, a security system upgrade allows us to utilize existing alarm components while adding new equipment and features. People have several potential reasons to call us…

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Identifying and Defeating the Most Popular Burglary Tools

By Ryan Bell / December 7, 2018 / Comments Off on Identifying and Defeating the Most Popular Burglary Tools

In our post on Defeating Smart Criminals, we discussed the precautions burglars often take before choosing a target. Stopping burglars involves knowing when and how burglars try to get into homes. It also requires knowing what types of features or conditions make homes an attractive target. Our Yard and Driveway Security Tips help you make your…

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5 Steps to Stay Safe and Secure this Holiday Season

By Ryan Bell / November 29, 2018 / Comments Off on 5 Steps to Stay Safe and Secure this Holiday Season

The holidays are upon us, and with them come so many things that we look forward to all year. Listening to holiday music while gazing at Christmas lights, spending time with friends and family, and eating seasonal goodies create some of our best memories. However, some people look forward to this time of year with…

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Creating a Plan for Cold Weather Security

By Ryan Bell / November 21, 2018 / Comments Off on Creating a Plan for Cold Weather Security

At the beginning of autumn we shared a seasonal post with some of our most Important Autumn Security Tips. This post focused largely on the change of scenery that comes with the fall. Longer nights, the falling of leaves, and watching out for Halloween pranks all deserve special attention. In this post, we focus not…

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Thanksgiving Security Tips

By Ryan Bell / November 16, 2018 / Comments Off on Thanksgiving Security Tips

Ahh, the sights, smells, and tastes of Thanksgiving! Many people count this late autumn holiday among their favorite. The festive fall decorations, large family gatherings, and gut-busting dishes set this day apart. However, Thanksgiving traditions also bring about the potential for safety and security risks. The near-constant cooking and frequent family travel make it a good…

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A QOLSYS IQ Panel 2, along with door contacts and a motion detector.

QOLSYS IQ Panel 2 Alarm Troubleshooting and Unique Features

By Ryan Bell / November 9, 2018 / Comments Off on QOLSYS IQ Panel 2 Alarm Troubleshooting and Unique Features

Our last two posts have featured troubleshooting tips for two of our most popular alarm systems, the Concord 4 by Interlogix and the Networx NX-8. These panels certainly have more similarities than differences. Both panels look similar and have similar functions from an end user perspective. However, troubleshooting each panel requires following far different steps. If you are one…

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Security System Troubleshooting for Networx Alarm Panels

By Ryan Bell / November 2, 2018 / Comments Off on Security System Troubleshooting for Networx Alarm Panels

Nothing frustrates alarm customers more than having security system issues that create a constant nuisance. In last week’s post, we dove into Diagnosing Security System Trouble Signals on a Concord Panel. This week, we apply the same treatment to the NX-8 panel, another one of our most popular alarm systems. The Interlogix NX-8 panel uses the…

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Diagnosing Security System Trouble Signals on a Concord Panel

By Ryan Bell / October 26, 2018 / Comments Off on Diagnosing Security System Trouble Signals on a Concord Panel

In our post on Common Home Security Myths, we discussed the fear that a burglar alarm could cause more trouble that it’s worth. Modern home security systems have alleviated this fear quite a bit. Much like computers have evolved since the early DOS days, security system technology has improved as well. Older security systems communicated through…

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How to Spot (and Stop) Burglars in Disguise

By Ryan Bell / October 19, 2018 / Comments Off on How to Spot (and Stop) Burglars in Disguise

In last week’s post on Overlooked Home Security Risks, we identified specific rooms or areas that homeowners often leave unsecured. This week, we’ll look at how burglars themselves often hide their intentions and identities. Then, we’ll suggest some tips for stopping these “burglars in disguise.” Many of our customers have ideas about what burglars look…

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