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Mistakes made in installing an alarm system:

Most alarm systems are tied into your phone system to call the monitoring center when the alarm is activated. Quite often the alarm companies tie the alarm system into your phone line leaving the wire exposed to the outside. Even if they tie it into the phone lines inside the home, the out-going phone lines are still exposed outside the home. These exposed lines can be cut by a would be burglar so the alarm system will not call the monitoring center.

There are several solutions to this problem. The easiest way is to have your alarm technician to run a (6) wire to connect the system to your phone line. They have to run a (4) pair anyway so the extra pair could be used for a loop when cut would sound the alarm.

The best solution is a “cellular system“. This system is secured inside your home and will automatically sieze the line if the phone line goes down for any reason. This system will call the monitoring center via radio waves just as your cellular phone system works. This is the best protection you can add to your security system. The expense is worth every penny for security.

There are also “line siezure” systems. These monitor your phone line at all times and if there is and interuption of phone service your alarm will activate causing the siren to sound. Even if they phone line is cut, the burglar does not know if you have a wireless back-up system. So when the system goes into alarm and the siren is blaring away the burglar will flee.

Talk to your alarm company and ask about the different ways they have of protecting your phone lines. A system that does not report to the monitoring center is dangerous. It gives you a false sense of security.


Posted on November 30th, 2005 at 20:01 by Alex Smith in Home Security,Home Security Systems,security services,wireless security systems - Comments (0)

The four things burglars hate are: Light, Noise, Exposure and Time.

Records show that most burglaries are done during the hours of 10am to 2:30 pm. Why? Dad’s at work and mom’s out doing her errands while the kids are at school. He’ll be home around 5:30 pm but mom wants to be home when the kids get home from school. This time of day he has all the natural light he needs.

Noise .A security system should have the loudess siren on it. Even if you do not have the system monitored, which is not good, he knows he’s been detected and will flee the home. This also why he would rather kick in a door than break a window. Windows make a distinct noise when they break alerting your neighbors. Doors just a low thud noise. Put good locks and dead-bolts on all doors.

Exposure. Does your home have high shrubberies, dense trees, stockade fencing or something that will give a burglar a place where he can’t be seen? Trim the shrubs so they are no taller than waist high.

Time is the burglars most worst enemies. Most burglars are in your home only three to ten minutes. They have a system of where to go to grab what they want and leave as fast as they can. Don’t leave items out to cut down on the time it takes to steal from you.

Start looking at your home inside and out as a burglar would do.


Posted on November 22nd, 2005 at 09:22 by Alex Smith in Home Security,Home Security Systems,motion sensors,security doors - Comment (1)

It’s that time of year again when it starts to get dark early. Do you leave an outside light on at a front or side door all day?

A lot of people do so when they get get home from work , the door they use to come into the home is lit.
This is a beacon to a burglar. Leaving this light on is a pretty good indication that the home owner is gone for the day and will not be home until after dark. Not only is this a good indication but it gives him a time frame of how much time he has to steal from you.

The solution is to replace your outside lights with automatic dusk to dawn lights. They have some very decorative lights for all styles of homes. Using this type of lighting, there will be no lights on during the day, but plenty of lights at night.


Posted on November 20th, 2005 at 07:05 by Alex Smith in Home Security,home surveillance and monitoring - Comments (0)

It always amazed me of how many people would put in a security system and not arm the second floor windows. Most of these homes had the Master Bedroom on the second floor. That’s the most treasured room in the home because that’s where most of the “stuff” a burglar wants is in the master bedroom. Jewelry, cash, passports, blanks checks, guns, etc.

Many ladders are left outside giving the burglar access to the second floor. It might not be your ladder, it could be your neighbors.

Even if you don’t have an alarm system it’s still wise to lock ALL windows & doors in your home. A burglar that sees a window cracked open on the second story will go to great lengths to come into your home through it. Word for today, “Lock It.”


Have you ever walked into your home and just had the feeling some one had come into your home or is there right now? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a way to tell if this had happened.

One way is to leave a small amount of one dollar bills on a table near the door you use the most often. Place them in plain sight on a table by the door and easily seen by you when you enter your home.

If a burglar has entered your home he most likely will pick up this money as moves through your home. It’s too tempting to leave it there and he feels it’s ready cash for him.

The first things you should do when you come home is to look to see if the money is still there where you left it. If you see it’s gone, back out of the home immediately and call the police.

I would recommend installing a security system in your home. If you already have one in place and your home has been violated without setting off the alarm, call the company to have it checked out.


Posted on November 14th, 2005 at 20:44 by Alex Smith in Home Security Systems,home surveillance and monitoring - Comments (0)

I know everyone thinks they have the perfect place to hide a key to their home incase they lock themselves out.

The problem is many people use the same hiding place. It is not wise to leave a hidden key for your home. In fact, take a look at your home as a burgler would do. That’s where you hid your key.

Some would be criminals actually follow the school bus and watch the children coming home.

Example: Let’s see, this is 123 Any Street and little johnny went to the third rock from the front door. I’ll come back tomorrow when everyone is gone.

There are new door locks in which a key is not necessary. It unlocks using a numbered key pad. You decide what numbers you want to use to unlock the door. They cost approximately $100.00. This product makes your home more secure.

Many homes have been robbed by hidden keys and the owners wonder how they got into the house. If a key gets lost or stolen, it will cost you more than $100.oo to change locks.


Posted on November 13th, 2005 at 18:49 by Alex Smith in Home Security,security services - Comments (0)

If you have an automatic garage door opener your over-head door could opened by a would be burglar.

Go out into your garage and notice a string with a handle on it. This should be hanging near the front of the door when the door is in it’s down position. It is used in case you loose power and pulling on it releases the door latch from the rail so you can raise the door manually.

A criminal can use an “Electrician’s fish” to run it over the top of your door and snag this string. Pulling on the fish may un-latch your over-head door. Wham! he’s in your garage.

I have developed a devise that will cure this problem. Email me for complete details at: handymaniv@yahoo.com.


Posted on November 13th, 2005 at 18:42 by Alex Smith in Uncategorized - Comments (0)

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