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Keeping Your Home Safe This Holiday

The old tune might say there’s no place like home for the holidays, but the reality is a lot of folks have to travel. While leaving your home behind can be stressful, there are numerous ways to incorporate smart technology into your home to keep it and your belongings safe while you’re away.

 

Amp up your security system

The best defense against intruders is a security system. Whether you’ve already integrated the basics, like an alarm, or you’re just starting from scratch, let our experienced security and surveillance pros at SoundVision help you figure out the best security system to help defend your home. There are endless options to amp up your security – from digital doorbells and locks, to round-the-clock surveillance cameras. From basic essentials to a robust system with all the bells and whistles, we can help make sure your belongings stay safe!

 

Leave a light (or a few) on

We don’t mean permanently! Use lighting and shade control to your advantage by setting “scenes” based off the time of day to make it look like you’re home. By incorporating dynamic lighting and shade settings, your home will look a little more “lived-in” than if you had just set a simple timer for the living room lamp. What’s more, having the right settings for your lighting and shades can help you save on energy costs whether you’re at home or away!

 

Connectivity is the key

All of this smart tech isn’t being used to its potential if you’re not able to monitor your home from your mobile device. Make sure you have the best apps to keep you connected to your home no matter how far away! By having the right connectivity, you’ll be able to check if the doors are locked, your kitchen appliances are off, the thermostat is properly set, and even chat with anyone who rings the doorbell! Staying connected to your home will give you peace of mind while you’re away for the holidays.

 

Check with the pros

Consulting a professional integrator whenever you’re considering new safety or smart home tech is always a great way to make sure you’re getting the best tech to suit your needs! Whether you already have the basics or you’re starting from scratch, we can help you.

 

Protecting Your Physical and Cyber Security

In the wake of yet another horrific shooting, our personal security is again weighing on our minds. As we send our kids off to school or attend a crowded venue, or even before clicking the “place order” button on an online purchase, we’re constantly reminded of security risks. We find ourselves asking, ”What can I do”?

Stay Alert

First and foremost, we must be alert. Situational awareness is your first line of defense. Pay close attention to your surroundings and be conscious of your vulnerabilities. Take a proactive role to ensure the personal safety of your family, employees, clients and community. Install a CCTV (closed circuit television) camera system. We’ve all seen how effective doorbell cameras are; visible cameras are not only an excellent deterrent for would-be criminals but can also provide critical evidence should a crime be committed. A monitored system is invaluable as well, especially when tied in to a comprehensive life-safety and security system that includes smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, motion and glass-break detectors and window sensors. And imagine the comfort of having a single panic button to call out to police, fire fighters or paramedics.

Criminal’s Dreaded Foe

Light it up! Automated Lighting and motorized shades are an invaluable and effective deterrent for would-be criminals. Both interior and exterior landscape lighting can be programmed to imitate home occupancy, whether you’re just out for a day of shopping at Birkdale Village or traveling for weeks abroad. Integrated in to your camera system, lights can be triggered when motion is sensed with text alerts and video sent to your smart phone. Regardless of whether it’s your home, house of worship or favorite restaurant, a well-lit building and parking lot are a criminal’s worst enemy.

How is Your Cyber Health?

It seems that we’re seeing more and more “big data” breeches among major retailers and, with the holidays fast approaching and many of us shopping online, we need to be diligent to protect ourselves from cyber-crimes. Again, be smart and take every measure to ensure the security of your networks, both at home and in your business. If your infrastructure is outdated, make it a priority to upgrade now!

Be Proactive and Prepared

Finally, formulate a plan. What will you do in the event of a robbery or natural disaster? Does everyone know how to alert authorities, access fire extinguishers, engage smart door locks, etc.? Take the time to check your community’s resources and formulate a plan. If you are interested in having a complimentary assessment of your security or infrastructure systems, please contact us and we’ll get it scheduled.

Please share links to any resources you’ve found to be valuable from your school, our local law enforcement and fire departments, etc. Together, we can make our community a safer place.

Additional Reading from our blog: Put Your Smart Home to Work; Tips to keep your home safe for the holidays

 

 

 

 

 

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