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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.

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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.

Could These Crazy Home Security Ideas Work?

by Amy October 5, 2018

Some people use more common ideas like wireless home security systems, but some others have taken it to the next level. Here are some of the craziest home security ideas.

  1. Robot Spy Dogs

Regular dogs can scare away potential robbers when you are not at home, but a robot spy dog can do even better than that! These faceless robotic creatures are built to maneuver over any terrain and are more than enough to frighten away even the most stolid of burglars. Some of them even take video and can talk!

  1. Cell Phone-Operated Locks

Once in a while, you might lock yourself out and forgot the keys in the house. With our home automation services, you can install a smart door lock, which will allow you to lock and unlock your door with the press of a button on your smartphone.

  1. Tweeting Laser Tripwire

This laser tripwire tweets every time it’s been touched. It will even take a photo of the intruder, tweet that photo, and then continue to monitor the intruder with the surveillance system. This device makes it impossible for any intruder to go unnoticed.

  1. Personal Drone

Drones are the wave of the future, and your personal drone will live in its own mini home that looks just like a mailbox. This neat gadget can launch itself into the sky, record video, and then return to you all on its own! Perfect for keeping an eye on suspicious persons that may be around your home.

If you’re not interested in some of these wilder ideas, My Alarm Center provides a home security system that allows you to protect your home and your family while also giving you the opportunity to utilize home automation and come up with some crazy home security ideas of your own.

2016 Home Security Customer Survey Results

by Amy March 21, 2016

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A recent survey provided by Harris Poll, shows that peace of mind is not surprisingly the main motivation behind purchasing a home security system, specifically achieved through professional monitoring. The survey was conducted on behalf of  , a member of the My Alarm Center family of brand.

Based on the survey results, an overwhelming majority percentage of Americans, at 93%, answered that it’s critical for local, emergency response authorities to be contacted in the event of a home security emergency, as detected by the home alarm system. These emergencies include a burglary attempt, home fire or carbon monoxide detection.

Other survey results include monitoring importance as well as convenience. Nearly 2 in 3 Americans, at 63%, do not consider personally monitored alarm systems to be as safe as professionally monitored home security systems. Four in five Americans, or 81%, indicate that it’s important that their security system is accessible remotely from a mobile device, computer or tablet, for wireless alarm access outside the home. 72% of Americans are interested in integrating their home alarm system with other day to day home functions, including thermostats and lighting, for automated smart home convenience.

As summarized by Amy Kothari, CEO and President of My Alarm Center, “smart home technology is popular, but the survey shows that homeowners want more than a ‘smart thing’ when it comes to protecting their home and family. Homeowners want assurances that help will arrive when their family needs it, and professional monitoring alerts first responders in case of an emergency.”

The results of the survey confirm that customers are most interested in professionally monitored security systems with added features for convenience. To see the survey results, visit LivSecure. We, at My Alarm Center, pride ourselves in providing customers with complete peace of mind as it pertains to home safety. Our services include, but are not limited to, 24/7 professional alarm monitoring, remote security monitoring and home automation for homes in the Philadelphia and Seattle regions.