Protecting your Home and Loved Ones
According to a Canadian Insurance website (insurancehotline.com), Canada had 578 thefts for every 100,000 people in 2010. We surely don’t want to be part of that 578. So it’s time to upgrade your home protection.
As they always say, it’s better to be safe than sorry. We could be sleeping better at night knowing that our house or condo is secure. This article will provide the latest information about home security and the reasons why it should be a priority.
Do I really need a home protection system?
Fifty-nine percent of home burglaries occur during the day while residents are at work or at school, and homes with a lot of cover, such as from trees, fences, and gardens, are most commonly broken into. Most break-ins occur in July and August, and February has the least amount of break-ins on average. Statistics show that more than 95 percent of burglaries involve break-in by force, such as by breaking a window or door lock. In many cases, a security system could prevent homes from becoming a part of these statistics.
Pros and Cons of a Security System
The main and most essential reason to invest in a home protection system is to deter crime in your home. According to the Electronic Security Association’s “Home Safety Fast Facts” report, 9 out of 10 burglars said that if they encountered an alarm or home security system, they would not attack the home. According to the Greenwich Study of Residential Security report, homes without a security system are 2.7 to 3.5 times more likely to be subject to a burglary. Thus, in addition to precautions like window locks and deadbolts on doors, a security system is a prime candidate for your home safety options.
Often the main deterrent for people thinking about getting a home security system is the cost, which usually includes a monthly bill and any initial installation products and fees. You may not think the cost is worth covering the potential risks-a decision that only you can make for yourself.
For further reading you can go to this site: https://www.safewise.com/home-security-faq/do-i-need-a-security-system
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Those are indeed valid reasons why home security should always be a priority. But, what if you don’t need window locks because you are in a high rise condo building?
The Case for Condo Security
Condominium, or high-rise residential security is considered an area of the security market with its own unique challenges. Unlike commercial facilities, the occupants of residential high-rise buildings call the buildings home, so for them it’s personal.
“The difference is people live here,” says David Hyde of David Hyde and Associates based in Toronto. “If you have a security issue, it impacts your home and your family and your private life. There have been incidents of high profile criminals working in luxury high-rise condos with reports of drug dealing or fringe activities involving firearms on the premises. It’s one thing when it’s a mall or retail situation but with condos there is more exposure to personal vulnerability.”
But security can still be a tough sell if those inhabiting the building and those managing the property don’t understand the value.
“The situation that often occurs is that half of the condo board members think they’re security experts while the other half want to use something that looks like it came from Fisher Price off of eBay. You should see some of the technology I see on site sometimes — it goes into my security hall of shame,” says consultant Terry Hoffman of Hoffman and Company who has seen the demand for security audits at condos increase in the last two years. “It’s a difficult segment of business to be in because too often condominium boards don’t see the value.”
Unless it’s a high-end building, the planning for security is left for the property management firm that takes it over after construction is complete. The property management firm must then answer to a group of residents who make up the condominium board — an often diverse group who knows very little about security. Too often the goal is to keep monthly condo fees low and pay as little as possible for security services.
“Often boards will complain about their security guards, but it all comes down to accountability,” says Hoffman. “The property management companies must be accountable to the boards. If they don’t like what the guards are doing, they should do something about it. Guard service is the most effective thing you can do if you implement standard tours and have them attend regular meetings with the residents.”
Hyde has performed security audits on condos and is called in more often when the property managers are asked to address a specific problem.
“There are two instances a condo building will call for security consulting support: when there are high end condos with a budget for it, or due to recent crime trends,” says Hyde. “The attitude about security in a condo also depends largely on the demographics of the residents and whether they own or rent. If a building is largely owner-inhabited versus rental inhabited it is likely to have a higher degree of security.
See more at: https://www.canadiansecuritymag.com/news/retail/the-case-for-condo-security-1368#sthash.8TNfv1SD.dpuf
Mike Fenton, the Director of Consulting and Client Support of Paragon Security, discusses further the latest standards of condo security in this 4 minute YouTube video:
So condo security is a little more complicated than the security of a house. And apparently, there’s a difference in security between a a high end building and a regular one. But the concept remains the same, there is a need for security, whether you are in a house or in a condo.
A research that was made by Rutgers University showed that as the home alarm systems increased in a group of residential houses, the number of thefts decreased in that area. Which makes sense.
Now that we have an idea why a home or condo security should be a priority, here’s…
The Latest Information about Home Protection
Here’s some of the services offered by this credible home security system provider in Canada:
Nationwide ADT owned and operated, monitoring centers with world-class back-up capabilities-ensuring 24/7 service through any condition. When an alarm is received, ADT can notify the police, fire department, or ambulance even if you’re not home.
Wireless home security options keep your system connected via a cellular network with CellGuard®..
Optional two-way voice intercom system lets you instantly talk to ADT whenever an alarm goes off with SecurityLink®
To know more about the packages of the most respected name in the security systems, check this out:
What is Safewatch CellGuard and how does it work?
For homeowners who rely on the comfort of 24/7 security monitoring, the only threat to that peace of mind is usually an interruption to the home phone line, which connects the home and the monitoring center. ADT eliminated that threat with their Safewatch CellGuard® monitoring service that utilizes a cellular phone connection rather than a land line. And in a time when more families are choosing to disconnect their home land line and go 100% cellular, it makes sense to have security options available that don’t rely on a land line.
CellGuard® provides entirely wireless security monitoring, which means ADT delivers reliable security monitoring to help keep your home and loved ones safe without requiring the extra expense of a home phone line. This optional upgrade for ADT monitored security customers uses cellular technology to help ensure ADT’s network of command centers remains connected to customers during a power outage, when phone lines are down or in the absence of a home phone line.
All that is required to take advantage of the extra security offered by CellGuard® is a cellular transmitter installed on the customer’s property. The transmitter provides the same reassurance of 24/7 monitoring that previously required a home phone. And customers can use their existing cell phone-there’s no need to switch plans or carriers because Safewatch CellGuard® works with any cellular phone.
For further reading, here’s the source article: https://www.safewise.com/home-security-faq/safewatch-cellguard
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And what is SecurityLink?
SecurityLink® is a powerful two-way system that gives you fast, reliable connection to ADT professionals in case of an emergency, whether your alarm system has activated, there is a fire, or you have a medical emergency.
- Two-way voice connection to ADT during an alarm condition
- Puts you in touch with an ADT trained professional who can help during a stressful situation
- ADT provides peace of mind during an alarm
A powerful, two-way voice communication system that puts you in touch with the ADT customer monitoring centre when your alarm is activatedNow you can enhance your ADT monitored system’s responsiveness in an emergency with SecurityLink®. Once your alarm is triggered, an ADT Customer Monitoring Specialist will come on the speaker/microphone to check on your situation. In an emergency, the operator can stay on the line and talk to you while you wait for the authorities to arrive.
Securitylink® is not just a way to communicate with ADT during an alarm, it’s also a two-way voice communication system that functions as an intercom inside your home.
- Intercom: Easy, hands-free conversations between family members through the speaker/microphone stations within the home
- Telephone/Speakerphone: Answer incoming calls through the speaker/microphone stations within the home – units also support call waiting feature
- Baby Monitor: Any station can become a baby monitor capable of detecting noises at low levels
- Front Door Intercom: With the addition of an outdoor station, you can answer the front door without opening it to strangers
To see their website: https://homealarmsafety.com/two-way.php
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For parents, having a baby monitor would be such a relief. Being able to hear your child while you are in your bedroom would indeed be sweet sounding music to a father or mother.
More home Security Updates
Aside from the obvious measures you can take to secure your property, there’s a host of new gadgets and smart systems to deter potential intruders.
Choose from out-of-the-box technology, such as a doorphone video intercom or a motion-and-sound sensor camera, or a professional integrated home protection system – the latter will not only give you control over your home’s safety, but will also work in harmony with any automatically controlled window treatments, lighting and audio/visual features.
‘It’s important to consider the type of security you want,’ says Simon Minor of Go-Green Electrical Brighton, a member of RatedPeople.com. ‘Do you want video surveillance? Would you pay a monthly fee to have a linked security service system that sends alerts to the police? And how much would you be prepared to spend? For example, a simple PIR (Passive Infrared) light can be very effective at giving excellent security coverage for large areas, and in some cases just one PIR can detect intruder movement in several areas.
For the complete article, check it out here: https://www.realhomesmagazine.co.uk/advice/the-latest-home-security-updates/
So we can have an idea how Passive Infrared works, check this short quote:
Infrared sensors receive heat radiated from the human body. Segment lenses divide the detection zone into passive and active zones. This way, the highly sensitive sensors can detect persons or warm objects moving between the zones as a change in voltage. Even the smallest of movements are registered. The quality is governed by resolution (number of detection zones), design and the software.
Amazing right? Motion detectors are obviously a very effective tools in securing your condo or house.
But what’s another consideration in putting a security system?
Last but not the the least important reason to set up a security system in your house is to detect instances of fire, and of course, smoke. It’s possible that an electrical short circuit can come from a phone over charging or a cooking accident leading to a spark from the heating device.
— Nichola Bell (@_NicholaBell) September 16, 2015
It’s also possible that there could be a mishap by the fireplace, oven or microwave. It is very crucial that you be notified so that you can disseminate the information about the fire quickly as possible as fires can cause great damage and they can, of course, be lethal.
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