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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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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6 Security Measures That Improve Senior Citizen Safety in the Home

By Ryan Bell / February 16, 2018 / Comments Off on 6 Security Measures That Improve Senior Citizen Safety in the Home

Senior citizen safety is a major concern in the security industry. As a homeowner’s age rises, so do the odds of a household accident or emergency. We are often approached by elderly homeowners and their families or friends to help keep their loved ones safe and in their own home. These requests can take many…

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Smart Security System Design

By Ryan Bell / February 2, 2018 / Comments Off on Smart Security System Design

We’ve given a lot of advice for using a security system in previous posts. It goes without saying, though, that those tips only become useful once you have a system installed. In this week’s discussion topic, we’ll rewind to the start of the security system design process. We’ll dive into some of the basic decisions…

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7 Important Security System Add-Ons for Your Smart Home

By Ryan Bell / January 10, 2018 / Comments Off on 7 Important Security System Add-Ons for Your Smart Home

When it comes to security systems, most of you know the basics. Door and window contacts, motion detectors, and fire detection make up most home security systems. However, security systems have come a long way during this age of home automation. Security systems do a better job than ever keeping an eye on your home.…

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5 Security System Use Tips

By Ryan Bell / June 9, 2016 /

You’ve Installed a Home Security System…Now What? A home security system can provide some of the most effective and affordable detection and notification of a crime, as well as peace of mind. For one, a burglar alarm lowers your risk of becoming a break-in victim. It is widely estimated that homes without an alarm are…

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How the 2G Sunset Will Affect Your Alarm System

By David Condon / March 31, 2016 /

What is the 2G Sunset? 2G refers to the 2nd generation of cellular communication networks that have been in use since 1991.¬† Since then, most cell phone networks have been upgraded to the much more powerful 3G and 4G technologies (4G is also referred to as LTE or VoLTE by some providers). ¬†Recently, AT&T and…

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Cameras: Choosing IP vs Analog

By Ryan Bell / February 3, 2016 /

So you’ve decided you want to buy a camera system for your home or business. Perhaps you need the cameras because you had a burglary you’re responding to or maybe you just want to deter an incident from ever happening. Either way, you’ll want to make sure you’re an educated consumer before making a purchase.…

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VoIP is a Poor Choice for Alarm Systems

By Ryan Bell / April 26, 2015 /

Over the past decade and a half or so, major communications companies such as Comcast, Time Warner, and Charter have begun pushing internet-based phone service as part of their communications and cable options. This phone service is often part of a “bundle” that allows you to pay one rate for phone, internet, and cable access.…

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Residential Fire Alarm Code Change

By David Condon / March 7, 2015 /

If you have a fire alarm system in your home, a new requirement in the National Fire Protection Association’s (or NFPA) fire alarm code will change the way that you must maintain your system. Every three years, the NFPA updates their code in order to improve life safety or clarify previous editions that have either…

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