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Yard Sale Items That Can Help Secure Your Home

by Amy April 24, 2019

Spring might be the time to de-clutter and rearrange your home, but it could also be a time to get things for sale that will help with your home. Here are some things you may be able to find at local yard sales that could help to secure your home and your property:

Lamps and Spotlights

Well-lit spaces are more secure places. Smart bulbs applied to smart lamps are compatible with our home automation solution. You can also attach lamps to a timer switch to make your house seem occupied while you are away on vacation or on a business trip. Installing bright spotlights can be connected to motion sensors and scare off nighttime pests and nefarious people.

Storage Solutions

Furniture including file cabinets, lockable shelving, and storage ottomans let you tuck clutter and valuables out of the way, so they are not easily spotted by prospective thieves. If you’re lucky, you might be able to spot a fireproof safe to help hide your things.

Etched Glass Window Film and Blackout Blinds

Stick-on films let the light come through, but people cannot see in. Tinted and patterned window films work the same way. Blackout blinds work similarly to window films except they help give you a deep night’s sleep in a darkened room! All these products can help stay secure for any unwanted onlookers spying your home.

Important Home Safety & Security Statistics

Lockboxes

Real estate agents often use lockboxes to access the keys of the homes they’re trying to sell, so why wouldn’t you consider? These magnetic boxes let you hide spare keys around the property with a password. However, don’t install them by the garage or by the front of the house– thieves know to check there. Make sure to view the best lockboxes in the market and snag one at the next yard sale.

Smart Plug Outlet

These handy gadgets connect to a power strip, letting you control multiple devices at once by phone, also compatible with our home automation solution.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Chances are you already have these in your home but doubling up gives you extra peace of mind if one unit fails. Fire and Carbon Monoxide monitoring with the support of our central monitoring station can make the difference in securing your home from flames.

Yard Signs

Home security yard signs such as ‘Warning: Security Cameras in Use’ can be the turning point in thieves deciding to try their luck at a less protected home. Dog signs can also help compliment an existing home security system.

The Next Step

While all these DIY security measures can help keep your home safe, nothing beats the effectiveness of a properly and professionally installed home security system. My Alarm Center Home Security offers a wide range of home products and alarm system monitoring. Contact us for more information about My Alarm Center Security Services.

The Definitive Spring Cleaning Guide For You And Your Home

by Amy

The cold bite in the air is fading and quickly being replaced by hints of warmer weather. With the arrival of spring comes flowers blooming, adventure planning and, spring cleaning. The heralding of a new season brings fresh new energy and the need to organize, declutter, and dust-off from a winter spent indoors. But save for a select few, no one likes cleaning. Sure, the aftermath is satisfying, but moving appliances and throwing out clothes? I’d rather not. If spring cleaning is getting you down, here are some ways to get started:

Clean Your Equipment

The winter months might’ve taken a toll on your outdoor equipment, so make sure to target the cameras, lights, and sensors outside your home for cleaning. Well-kept equipment can help ensure the alerts and monitoring you get is up-to-date.

Break It Down

Not knowing where to start can make a task seem insurmountable. Talk yourself through it and break down the task into small pieces and create a checklist. Aside from not feeling so overwhelmed, crossing things off your list will bring a sense of satisfaction and make you want to keep going.

Procrastinate and Take it Slow

You did not read that wrong. Knowing when and how to take breaks will actually get the job done faster and with more precision than not taking a break at all. Every hour, give yourself 10 minutes of nothing time. It can be scrolling through Instagram or staring at the wall, but taking a break will help you stay energized.

Move It!

If you’re in the middle of a task and feel like you just don’t want to finish, turn up some music and dance or exercise. It’ll give you the extra burst of energy you need to power through to the end.

Goals and Rewards

Sticker charts and ice cream treats are not just for kids! Set goals for yourself and decide on a treat for when you get there. It’ll keep you motivated to focus on getting the job done.

There’s nothing like the feeling of clean living space but getting there can be a drag. With these tips, you’ll stay motivated and can even have some fun in the process.

Whatever shape your home is in, My Alarm Center offers a wide range of home products and alarm monitoring. Contact us for more information about My Alarm Center Security Services.

Animal Break Ins

by Amy April 1, 2019

Whether you live in the city or out in the countryside, sometimes nature comes a-calling when you aren’t at home. These crafty animal intruders as they slip around alarm systems and help themselves to food, couches, and more. Here are four furry and feathery break-ins caught on video.

Ever Heard of Cow Bingo?

Two cows came calling when the homeowner accidentally left her front door open. They took a self-guided tour of the bottom floor and then left large, unwelcome presents on the carpet. I bet the homeowner wishes she’d sprung for Scotchgard on that white rug!

Not Just a Doggie Door

Sometimes the animal kingdom creates some surprising best friends. These homeowners would have never guessed that their aloof cat would befriend a baby deer … or invite it inside. How does a deer that’s wobbly on its legs squeeze through a pet door? That’s a mystery for the ages.

A Too-Tight Squeeze

Word of the deer burglar may have spread through the animal kingdom, inspiring this bear to try the same trick. However, the cub should have done more yoga before making the attempt. He got as far as his head before getting stuck. The homeowner had a camera handy and snapped some shots of this furry goofball.

Picky and Pecky Eaters

Not every animal burglar is of the furry variety, and everyone who lives near the shore knows how sneaky seagulls can be. This bold bird went for the Doritos in the store. Without any scruples, he stole all the bags of his favorite flavor leaving the dregs behind for paying customers.

These animal break-ins sure are funny … when they’re happening to someone else. However, you don’t want to be stuck cleaning up a pile of manure from Aunt Irma’s heirloom rug. This is where complete home security systems come in. My Alarm Center offers both home security and alarm monitoring that can help keep your house secure from all types of unwanted visitors.