Panic Button Options for Your Security System

By Ryan Bell / April 27, 2018 / Comments Off on Panic Button Options for Your Security System

When most people think about security systems, they think about systems that alert the authorities and sound an alarm in the case of a burglary or fire. However, many of our customers install security systems in order to install panic devices. Panic buttons come in many different forms for many different purposes. Our customers often…

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Your Vacation Security System “To-Do” List

By Ryan Bell / April 20, 2018 / Comments Off on Your Vacation Security System “To-Do” List

Spring break is here, and summer is following closely. Peak vacation season is right around the corner. Not coincidentally, peak burglary season will begin exactly when vacation season starts up. The U.S. Department of Justice details various trends in home burglaries in this report, and a quick glance shows a strong correlation between burglaries and the arrival…

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6 Ways to Improve Your Door Security

By Ryan Bell / April 13, 2018 / Comments Off on 6 Ways to Improve Your Door Security

Door security is one of the top priorities to security professionals, and for good reason. Doors provide the easiest and, for criminals, often the safest entry point into a victim’s home. As one inmate at the Oregon Department of Corrections said to KGW8 News in a study conducted late last year: “I would kick in the door rather…

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6 Important Questions to Ask Security System Providers

By Ryan Bell / April 6, 2018 / Comments Off on 6 Important Questions to Ask Security System Providers

If you are in the market for a security system, you may find yourself overwhelmed. As with many products, the options for security system types and providers appear nearly endless. However, you may find that you know less about security systems than many other items or services you shop for. For example, when car shopping, you likely…

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5 Tips for Using Your Security System to Secure Your Pets

By Ryan Bell / March 30, 2018 / Comments Off on 5 Tips for Using Your Security System to Secure Your Pets

One of the most common reasons people install a security system is to help them keep watch over their pets. Ironically enough, some people also believe that they do not need a security system if they have a pet — especially if that pet is a large dog. Of course, both a fire or burglary…

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Should I Have My Security System Monitored?

By Ryan Bell / March 23, 2018 / Comments Off on Should I Have My Security System Monitored?

You have almost countless options when it comes to security system installation. One of the most important decisions involves if (and how) you will monitor your system. Recently, there has been a lot in the news about cities and towns trying to cut down on false alarms. For an example local to us, the city of Springfield,…

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5 Steps to Improving Fire Safety for Your Family

By Ryan Bell / March 16, 2018 / Comments Off on 5 Steps to Improving Fire Safety for Your Family

When it comes to fire safety, the biggest thing to understand is that every second counts. We’ve previously discussed fire requirements for homes as well as where these laws and codes come from. In addition to these concerns, however, we have many customers ask us for general fire safety tips. Of course, making sure your…

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7 Tips to Improve Home Security for New Homeowners

By Ryan Bell / March 9, 2018 / Comments Off on 7 Tips to Improve Home Security for New Homeowners

As we turn our calendars to March, the weather starts to warm up after a long winter. Likewise, the real estate market begins to warm up as well at this time of year. Spring has long been the most popular time to buy a home. While owning a new home is fun, the process to…

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5 Unconventional Uses for Contact Sensors

By Ryan Bell / March 2, 2018 / Comments Off on 5 Unconventional Uses for Contact Sensors

We have previously discussed in 7 Important Security System Add-Ons for Your Smart Home that using contact sensors on doors and windows adds extra security and value to your security system. After all, perimeter doors and windows are the most common use of contact sensors. However, the idea of adding these sensors to other areas of the house…

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Residential Smoke Alarm Requirements in Massachusetts

By Ryan Bell / February 23, 2018 / Comments Off on Residential Smoke Alarm Requirements in Massachusetts

There is little debate that working smoke alarms and smoke detectors save lives. The Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security cites that of the deaths that occurred in 2014 due to residential fires, nearly 25% of them happened in homes without smoke alarms and another 12% happened in homes with smoke alarms that…

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