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Holiday Vacation Checklist To Keep Your Home Safe While Traveling

Whether you will be traveling to visit family or just taking a much-needed vacation, there are some very important security measures to put in place before you leave. Please keep in mind that thieves don’t take a vacation for the holiday season. In fact the holiday season is their busiest time of the year!  

What You Can Do To Keep Your Home Safe While You’re Away

The following are some simple steps you can take to make your home less attractive to would-be burglars. The best way is to combine the list of ideas below with a professionally installed and monitored electronic security alarm system in your home.      

 Before you leave on your trip, be sure to:

  • Get a trusted friend or relative to “house sit” or make sure your neighbors know you will be away.
  • Have a neighbor pick up your newspapers and your mail for you daily.
  • Lock all doors and windows and secure the garage door.
  • Leave a car parked in the driveway, or ask a neighbor to park in your driveway.
  • Leave a house key — and a number where you can be reached — with a trusted friend or neighbor.

 

Pro Tip: The best way is to combine the list of ideas below with a professionally installed and monitored electronic security alarm system in your home. Ask us how today!

 

  • Use timers to turn lights on and off at certain times, altering lighting patterns, to create an occupied look.
  • Leave drapes and shades open as normal. (Closed blinds during the day are a sure sign of an empty house, plus they allow a burglar to attend to his business unseen by neighbors.)
  • Arrange to have your lawn mowed.
  • Be sure your trees and hedges have been trimmed. This gives burglars fewer places to hide.
  • Consider upgrading outdoor light fixtures with devices that have built-in motion detectors, which turn on the lights whenever anyone walks past.
  • If you have an alarm system, make sure to arm it EVERY time you leave your home…yes, EVEN if you will only be gone for a short while.

Technology Can Help – Talk To A Security Expert Today!

Following these practical safety tips can go a long way towards keeping your property safe. Adding professional burglar and fire alarm monitoring for your home (or business!), mobile app control and video monitoring can take your family’s safety to a new level. Contact us today to speak with a security expert and schedule your free consultation today!

Stay Safe This Halloween: 12 Essential Tips For The Big Night Out

Although children look forward to tricks, treats, and ghoulish garb, Halloween can be fraught with fright for parents, with candy given to their kids by strangers and a legion of masked and costumed trick-or-treaters at the door. However, following a few safety tips can ensure safe fun for kids and candy-givers alike.

The activities below focus on Halloween, which is celebrated in the last week of October. The efforts throughout the month generate enthusiasm for crime prevention so it can grow stronger and become more widespread.

To ensure that trick-or-treaters, you, and your house stay safe, remember the following tips.

  • Clear your yard and sidewalk of any obstacles or decorations that may be hard to see in the dark, lest someone go bump in the night.
  • Keep your house well lighted, both inside and out; you wouldn’t want to miss any particularly good costumes, would you?
  • Ask your Neighborhood Watch or local citizen’s group to haunt (patrol) your community.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your police or sheriff’s department.

To make sure even the scariest costumes are safe, keep the following in mind when buying or designing one.

  • Try makeup instead of masks; it’s more comfortable and doesn’t obstruct vision the way masks can.
  • Check to ensure that costumes are flame-retardant so that young ones are safe around jack-o’-lanterns, candles, and other flames.
  • Keep costumes short to ensure that the only trip taken is the one around the neighborhood.
  • Look for brightly colored costumes, attach reflector strips to costumes and bags, and remind trick-or-treaters to carry glow sticks and flashlights.
  • If a costume involves any sort of fake weapon, make sure that it is made of a flexible material such as cardboard or foam. Or, avoid the whole problem of weapons by challenging your child to design a costume that is scary without one.

Keep in mind the next few tips to make sure your trick-or-treater’s night in the neighborhood will be safe and fun.

  • Older kids should trick-or-treat in groups; kids walking around alone are never as safe as those in groups, and especially not at night. Younger kids should be accompanied by a parent or trusted neighbor.
  • Review the route for trick-or-treating beforehand and set a time set when kids should be home. Also, have a plan if your child gets separated from his or her friends or from you.
  • Remind your children not to enter strange houses or cars.

After a successful and safe night around the neighborhood, remember that the treats still need scrutiny before anyone eats them.

  • Remind your children not to eat treats until they’ve come home. To help ensure this, feed them a meal or a substantial snack before they go out.
  • Check all treats at home in a well-lighted place. Be especially wary of anything that is not wrapped by the factory or that is no longer sealed.
  • Remind kids not to eat everything at once, lest they be green even without the makeup.

About Elite Security Alarms

Elite Security is a family owned security company protecting homes and businesses throughout South Florida. Our commitment is to provide top quality protection at affordable rates. Our customers receive exceptional service, fully backed by one of the areas only customer satisfaction guarantees.

How Home Automation Simplifies Your Life

Everyone knows the age-old adage “time is money,” but translating that into life may seem difficult for a lot of people. With only so many hours in the day, how is it possible for somebody to be that much more productive than they already are? The answer is science. A recent study shows that the application of home automation technology can save a solid half an hour a day. That’s over a hundred hours in the course of a year that can be spent on personal projects, education, or even just extra leisure time.

Let’s take a closer look and see how you can go about saving your time by using smart home technology.

Keep home appointments from cluttering up your week

It used to be that if we scheduled a contractor such as a plumber or maintenance man to come in, we’d have to stay home for hours to ensure they can get in. The same is true when it comes to visitors. There are now smart access controls that let you unlock the door from your office and even give certain people access codes to come and go as they please.

Combating Morning Forgetfulness

Everyone has had that chaotic morning where they’re late for work or an appointment and rush out the door to their car just to get a few miles down the road and wonder if they remembered to lock the door or shut the garage. Now with Elite Security Alarms, there is a mobile app that reminds you when you’ve forgotten and will let you secure your home with just the simple press of a button.

A recent study shows that the application of home automation technology can save a solid half an hour a day. That’s over a hundred hours in the course of a year that can be spent on personal projects, education, or even just extra leisure time.

Feeling Safe

Sometimes it can be hard to leave your home empty for long periods of time such as when taking business trips of vacations. Our home security company offers professional home monitoring throughout South Florida twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week to ensure that your home is protected constantly.

Saving on your energy bills

If you’re trying to save energy, you already know how much of a hassle it can be to do an overview of your house and try to determine what needs to be turned off when. There are now options that allow thermostats to be programmed to turn off and on throughout the day, appliances to turn off, and lights that automatically turn off when you turn on your security system. These are easy changes to make and will be even easier when you realize just how much money you’re saving.

Set Up Time

You may be thinking all of this sounds great, but nobody wants to go through all the time it’d take to hardwire an electrical system or learn about how to program high-tech gadgets. Luckily, we offer accredited installation by professional installers that is quick and easy. Even after installation, they’re there to help take care of your home without any worry.

Upgrading to a smart home is a smart investment for anyone looking to have more time in the day. For a complimentary home automation consultation, contact Elite Security Alarms today.