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My Alarm Center Recognized by SmartCEO with Future 50 Award

by Amy March 4, 2016

Philadelphia Business Award - Future 50

We are pleased to announce that My Alarm Center has been recognized with the SmartCEO’s Future 50 award, for being a leading company in the Philadelphia area. Our President and CEO, Amy Kothari accepted award, on behalf of the business and our dedicated home security team.

The companies selected for the Future 50 award represent the future of the region’s economy and embody the entrepreneurial spirit that is essential for leadership and success.

Since our inception in 2000, we remain steadfast in our commitment to provide the most technologically advanced security systems and professional and courteous customer service. This award is further evidence of our dedication to serving and protecting families with home automation and monitored security systems.

How to Conceal Your Valuables

by Cassie February 23, 2016

How to Conceal Your Valuables

How to Conceal Your Valuables

My Alarm Center understands how devastating a home break-in can be, and that’s why we strive to keep our customers aware of ways to keep valuables concealed and prevent themselves from falling victim to losing valuables. Protect your family with these easy home security steps:

Avoid the Usual Places

When a burglary occurs, the intruders are interested in getting in and out as quickly as possible. Therefore, they’ll be looking in the usual places to find easy-to-steal valuables such as expensive jewelry. This makes a jewelry box or dresser drawer a bad place to store these items. Avoid obvious hiding spots.

Control Viewing Possibilities

During the day, it’s difficult for people to see in your home. However, once the sun sets, anyone outside can easily see in your windows when your lights are on, and you can’t see them unless you peer out. One home security measure you can take is to hang dark curtains that can be closed during the evening. This prevents potential burglars from monitoring your activities and staking out the home in preparation for a quick burglary.

Don’t Keep Large Sums of Cash

We all need savings in the event of unexpected emergencies or expenses. However, that should never be in the form of large sums of cash in your home. Not only can it be easily stolen, but it can be difficult to prove to your insurance company and even harder to recover. Keep all your cash saved in your bank. They are insured, and you won’t have to worry about the allure the knowledge of cash savings creates if anyone were to find out.

Consider Your Passwords

In today’s highly technological world, thieves aren’t confined to traditional robberies. Today, they can achieve behind the screen of a computer or other device. It can be difficult to track down hackers, and, every year, they incur costs of more than $445 billion in our country alone. In order to ensure your virtual assets and information are protected:

  • Change your passwords regularly
  • Include numbers and special characters
  • Don’t use the same password or similar variations for all accounts

An Ounce of Prevention

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and this old adage certainly rings true when it comes to home security. Every year, an estimated 3.7 million household burglaries occur in our country. While we like to think it could never happen to us, if you fail to put up advanced safeguards, you increase your chances of becoming an unfortunate statistic. By following these convenient tips, in addition to arming your home security system, you can be on your way to giving your possessions the best protection against theft.

Common Home Security Mistakes You Can Avoid in 2016

by Cassie January 26, 2016

Home Security Mistakes

Every year, we promise to do better and every year, at least some of those promises fall through the cracks.

Your security cannot be one of those things. Not this year. Burglars have gotten downright savvy, so if you’re still making home security mistakes that were barely acceptable in the 90s, it’s time to up your game.

You Still Have a Hide-a-Key

Go outside and get it, right now. It doesn’t matter if you think it’s well hidden, it’s not. Thieves know all the tricks. All. Of. Them. Instead, give your spare key to a neighbor. Better yet, install smart locks so a key isn’t even necessary.

You Haven’t Upgraded Your Locks

Builder-standard door and window locks (or worse, locks on older homes) are often light-duty. Burglars eat light duty for breakfast. Consider upgrading your locks from standard to heavy duty, to make breaking in as hard as possible.

You Forget to Lock Up

We see this a lot. You live in a safe neighborhood. You love your neighbors. And so, you sometimes (almost always?) forget to lock your doors. Or, you lock your doors but leave the windows cracked for Fido. Or, you lock your doors and windows, but routinely forget to lock the garage. Folks, 2016 is the year for better locking-up.

Your Still Have Fake Surveillance Cameras

Dummy cameras were a great idea 20 years ago, but it’s 2016 and thieves are hip to this trick. Most burglars know when you’re faking them out and, what’s worse, your non-working surveillance equipment signals that you probably haven’t secured the rest of your home, either. You’ve just become a burglary target.

You’ve Let Your Landscaping Grow Wild

Did you know that trimming your trees, shrubs and bushes is important to your home’s security? That’s because burglars usually stake out a home in advance, and they use overgrown landscaping to hide while they peep. Cut back your plants, and thieves will have no place to lurk.

Your Perimeter is Dark

Speaking of, shadows are another good place to hide. Ban them with plenty of outdoor lighting and floodlights, preferably on motion sensors to save on your energy bill.

 Your Home is Dark

If you don’t get home until late, or if you’re going away for the weekend, or if you have a big business trip planned, don’t leave your home in the dark. Don’t leave just one light constantly on, either. Instead, automate your home’s lighting: create custom schedules, use the app to turn your lights on or off, and create rules to flip lights on if certain sensors are activated. In other words, create the appearance of someone at home.

Announcing Your Departure via Social Media

We know how tempting it is to post your excitement about an upcoming trip, or to check-in to Facebook at the airport, or post vacation-in-progress photos. But don’t. Wait until you get home, so the wrong person doesn’t catch wind that you’re away.

You Forget to Arm Your Alarm

This is such a common mistake, and it’s a bad one. This year, make sure to arm your security system every time you go out. (That’s why you bought it, right?) Stick a note on the doorknob until you get into the habit or, better yet, install smart features that auto-arm your system (or let you remote arm/disarm it via app, in case you forget).

Here’s to a safer, more enjoyable 2016!

New Trends in Home & Garden for 2016

by Cassie January 5, 2016

Home & Garden Trends for 2016

One of our favorite things about each new year, is planning our gardens and tweaking our design style.

This year, the Pinterest 100 – 100 of the most-pinned trends from the last few months – has clued us in to some of the hottest, most shared trends in home and garden:

2016 Home Trends

Is your home ready for an update?

Color Palette: Neutral Duality

What do you get when you mix black and white, geometric patterns, gentle accent colors, and organic elements? The favorite home interior palette for 2016, which chicly blends black and white to achieve a look that manages to be both warm and welcoming.

Gray is King

If black and white are hot, then so is their lovechild: gray. Home décor experts are calling gunmetal, slate and other dark grays the hot color of the year – as long as you dress it up with some seriously bold, seriously punchy accent colors. The overall look is cool, calm and collected, but your personality will still shine through in each accessory. 

Bold Accents

And speaking of pops of color, statement-making bold accent pillows will continue to be a trend in 2016. (They were already hot in 2015.) Choose stunning prints or bright graphics, and don’t be afraid to mix ’em up depending on the mood, the season or any other excuse you can invent.

Clean, Scandinavian Design

Were clean lines and minimalist design ever out of style? Maybe not, but they’re on the fast-track to super-star status this year.

African-Inspired Textiles

By now, the trend is becoming clear: 2016 will be a year of neutral backdrops, spiced up with bold accents that could only work with minimalist everything else. And one of those accents: artwork, décor and textiles either hailing from, or drawing inspiration from countries throughout the African continent.

Smart Space-Saving

You know those micro-homes you see all over the TV and Internet? We may not want to live in one, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn something from their tiny spaces: smart, space-saving organization that means more efficient, more enjoyable living.

2016 Garden Trends

Now we really can’t wait for spring to bloom!

Trend We Can’t Quite Love: Fire Escape Escapes

Let’s get this one out of the way: fire escape escapes made the list this year, and while they’re beautiful we can’t quite get on board. Why not? Well, there’s a reason that building codes prohibit putting anything on a fire escape: they’re escape routes. Any obstruction could be dangerous. That said, we love the idea of filling small spaces with flowers and greenery. Our suggestions? Try a window box, a ledge, or hanging planters.

Native (aka Low-Water) Gardens

Drought-prone areas have long been hip to this trend, but now everyone’s jumping on the bandwagon. (And we love it.) Basically, the idea is to populate your gardens with plants native to your area. The rationale: they know how to survive under normal, year-round conditions, so once they’re established you won’t have to waste water on your landscaping. Plus, they’re beautiful. Win-win.

Raised Garden Beds

Raise your hand if you’ve ever lovingly and painstakingly tended your garden (especially a veggie garden) for months, only to lose your produce to stray and wild animals. Us, too. Enter raised garden beds: pretty boxes that will protect your seedlings and plants, so you can enjoy the fruits of your labors.

Clever Garden Hacks

Have you ever hacked your own garden? We’re talking things like pot-in-pot landscaping, easy container gardens, upcycled seed starters, and grinding leftover eggshells to infuse your earth with calcium. Welcome to 2016.

Growing, Then Preserving Your Own Herbs

What gardener hasn’t worried over how to use pounds of fresh rosemary, sage or oregano? This year, don’t sacrifice your too-much-to-use-immediately herbs to frost; preserve them!

What home & garden trends are you most exited for this year?

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