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Who’s Watching the House?

Don’t leave your home security up to chance

An average of 47 break-ins happen each day in San Antonio. During 2013, city police responded to 14,850 burglaries and almost 2,200 robberies. If you wish to avoid costly repairs and property losses, it’s vital to take home security seriously. An alarm system can protect your family from intruders, cut insurance costs and give you greater peace of mind.

How it Works

Modern home security systems use several different devices to detect uninvited guests. Window and door sensors trigger the alarm when they perceive that someone has breached an entryway. Motion detectors can recognize any movement inside or outside of your house. This makes it rather difficult for criminals to evade detection as they infiltrate the home or search for valuables.

Communication

When this equipment senses an intruder and the alarm sounds, the system will notify a monitoring center. It uses wireless communication or a phone line … Read Full Post »

The True Cost of Home Insecurity

Why a home security system is a sound investment for your property

You should feel that your home is secure whether or not you’re in the house. Without a home security system, however, your Austin property may be vulnerable to break-ins. Professional installation of a state-of-the-art system offers many benefits for you and your family.

Keeps Possessions Safe

The number one reason for a security system is to prevent break-ins and theft. Burglars who hear an alarm when they enter a home know it’s only a matter of time before the police arrive and will usually make a quick getaway without taking anything. Simply having a sign or a sticker outside your home declaring it’s protected by an alarm can help deter potential thieves.

Cheaper Insurance

Safeguarding your home with a security system means your insurance company won’t have to worry as much about potential burglaries. Thus, you can enjoy as much as a 20% … Read Full Post »

Practice Family Safety With Home Alarm Drills

Installing fire alarms and other security measures is a great way to keep your home safer, but alarms alone can’t save you if disaster strikes. Regular safety drills, however, can. In a real emergency, flailing wildly, screaming and running in random circles with your hair on fire just isn’t helpful. To increase your family’s survival skills, become a home drill sergeant by conducting safety drills regularly to make sure everyone knows exactly where to go and what to do. You can even add a few fun elements to make it less of a chore. For example, let your kids take turns running safety inspections. Give your star inspector a toy detective’s badge, or offer a small reward for flawless performances. For fire drills, designate a junior fire chief to oversee the operation. Here are a few more essential tips for conducting safety drills:

Fire Drill Tips

•    Before the drill, make a … Read Full Post »

Don’t Make These Home Security Mistakes

If your leaving routine consists of nothing more than turning off the lights and making sure the doors are locked, you might be unknowingly setting yourself up to become a burglary victim. With plenty of time to work their way inside and load up on valuables, burglars much prefer to break into homes when the owners are away. Remember that thieves steal for a living. Just as you think of yourself as an expert at your job, small-time criminals know every trick in the book for targeting the right homes and getting in undetected. Learning how to avoid the common mistakes that make some properties more attractive to burglars than others is the key to keeping your home safe and sound from afar.

Piles of Old Mail

Nothing says that you’re not home more clearly than stacks of paper scattered all over your porch. From daily newspapers to regular mail, it’s a … Read Full Post »

When You Need More Than a Dead Bolt

Improving the Protection of Your Dallas Property

Although the rate of burglaries in Dallas has been dropping since 2007, it’s still a good idea to take steps to protect your home or business. Fortunately, the latest security systems are high-tech marvels that offer a customizable range of features, and this will enable you to put the appropriate measures in place. As an added bonus, installing a home security system will have a positive impact on your annual homeowners insurance premium.

How Do Alarm Systems Work?

The latest home security technology combines a mixture of cameras, motion detectors and window and door sensors in order to protect your home or business. These features are closely monitored so that the police can be quickly called for assistance in the event of a home invasion or burglary. Additionally, the presence of an alarm system is often enough to deter criminals from targeting your property.

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Don’t Cry Wolf: Tips to Prevent False Alarms

Many home security systems in Dallas unintentionally draw police.

In the story of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” a boy learns a valuable lesson when his repeated false alarms cause the villagers to not come to his aid when help is actually needed. Although we know that you would never intentionally cause a false alarm with your security system, unintentional ones can still cause some pretty significant things to happen. Fortunately, the majority of these instances are avoidable.

Many false alarms are triggered by the movement of things such as pets, plants, and even curtains that have been blown by heating and cooling systems. Anything that could accidentally set off the motion detectors should be kept away from these areas. Pet-friendly sensors are useful in ensuring that cats and dogs won’t be able to trigger alarms.

It’s also essential for anybody who has a key for your residence to be well versed in … Read Full Post »

Installing Home Security Without a Phone Line

Methods for securing your home while embracing modern technology

According to the FBI, Dallas has the third highest burglary rate in the nation, and this makes it imperative for homeowners to take steps to protect their property. Many people erroneously believe that they have to have a landline in order to use a monitored home security system. Fortunately, this is no longer the case—you likely already have what you need for a monitored security system to work in your home.

How Does Home Security Work Without a Landline?

In the past, each home security system was wired through the homeowner’s landline. However, it’s now possible for you to have a security system placed inside your home that was created with the ability to work via landline, Internet connection or wireless cellular technology. Due to this, you don’t need to take the risk of becoming a burglary victim simply because you’ve gotten rid of … Read Full Post »

Security Risks You Didn’t Even Know You Were Taking

Are you making mistakes when it comes to your personal security?

According to the FBI’s latest crime statistics, there were more than two million burglaries in 2012 alone. Nearly 75% of those occurred at private residences. No one likes to think about their home security being compromised, but it can be dangerous to regard these statistics as just numbers on a page. At ABC Home & Commercial Services, we believe that the best defense is a good offense. That doesn’t mean you should start tracking down Dallas criminals, but it does mean that you should avoid making some common personal security mistakes.

Security Mistake: Friendly Neighborhood Silence

They say that the Internet puts us in constant contact with friends and family, so why is it that most people feel more disconnected than ever before? The truth is that we lead more insular lives than previous generations. Did you know that solitude could endanger … Read Full Post »

Home Automation at a Glance

Changing technology affects us all in our everyday lives, and you might be surprised by what technology can do for you and your home. If you’re looking for an innovative way to make your home more safe and comfortable, and to save money at the same time, you should consider learning more about home automation.

Control the Temperature in Your Home

Keeping close watch on the temperature of your home can help ensure that you and your family stay comfortable, and it can also save you a lot of money. Keeping your home heated or cooled all day long when no one is home can be costly, but it can be miserable to walk into your home if the system has been turned off all day.

With a home automation system, you don’t have to worry about any of these things. You can control the temperature in your home from your smartphone, which … Read Full Post »

Businesses and Biometric Security

Houston businesses must be vigilant when it comes to their security protocols. At ABC Home & Commercial Services, we have developed a number of access control systems that can be used to keep a business protected from intrusion. One of the most important modern-day aspects of security lies in biometric systems. The use of biometrics for identification purposes has been around in one form or another since at least the late 19th century. We’ve used the technology behind biometrics to introduce effective, flexible, identity-based solutions that work. Here are some of the ways biometric security can benefit a business.

Increased Protection

If you employ only a lock-and-key system to keep your business protected, what happens when you run afoul of an expert lockpick? One of the most important advantages of biometric security systems is that it simply gives you another level of protection. The more you can do to keep your data, … Read Full Post »