Assuredly, crime will happen anywhere. What you do beforehand could mean the difference between it happening to you or it being avoided. While we’d like to think that the world around us is safe, a home or business is broken into every 14.6 seconds in the United States, according to the FBI. Here are 10 security recommendations from Smart Security Camera to give you the smartest home safety tips you can use.
Should I Upgrade My Existing Security System?
This is a very good question to ask your self when you are looking at an outdated security system and scratching your head. Every year hundreds of people move into their new home with an old security system which is already installed. It can be a little bit confusing whether to re-activate that system, get rid of it or if it’s time to upgrade to a new security system. Here is what you should do…
If it is older than 10 years, you need a new one!
If it is all wired, it’s got to go!
If the motion detectors are hardwired into the wall along with door sensors, it’s time to pull that security system out and call one of the top security companies Smart Security Camera to come to upgrade and install a wireless one. If it looks old, then do yourself a favor and get a new one! People continually upgrade cell phones to newer, sleeker versions. The same should be done every 5-7 years with their home security systems. With Smart Security Camera promotions the cost of paying to restart the old security system is going to be close to the same as getting a new system altogether so it only makes sense to get a new one.
Can I reconnect it with the current provider?
Yes, but it is not recommended. Then you are missing out on the new promotions they offer to new customers and going straight to the monthly monitoring billing. If the equipment is still in good condition, see what you can get added to it!
Will the technician charge more for an existing security system in my home?
No, this is our job to work around the current security system. We should be able to pull out the old panel and put in a new one. The new one will still be wired and connected to a power source but the rest of the equipment, such as motions, cameras and window sensors, should all be wireless.
Will security companies buy back my equipment?
Not any that we have reviewed or know of. But like most technology, it is outdated and replaced with new and updated technology after 3 to 5 years.
It is more secure and better to get updated to the latest security system. If you moved to a place with an existing system, you can either replace it yourself with a security kit or have Smart Security Camera come out for a FREE Estimate and install a new one for you. Regardless, if it is older than 10 years, it is time to upgrade with a new Smart Security System. Out with the old, in with the new!
Stay safe and Protect What Matters Most with Smart Security Camera!
Living in a condo in South Florida is very different than living in a single family house, and although some safety tips are the same there are some differences that should be addressed to keep yourself, and the entire building, safe. Here are our 10 simple safety tips specifically geared to condominium owners.
- Perhaps the most obvious and easiest action you can take towards safe condo living is to be aware of your surroundings. Acquainting yourself with your neighbors will give you a better idea of their regular arrival and departure times so you will be better prepared to notice anything suspicious in the building. Take note of all the fire exits and stairwells in your building as well as the parking structures and storage areas.
- Have a clear understanding of the “access control” devices. Access control systems are not the same as security surveillance systems. Access control systems selectively restrict entrance into a building. Look for doors propped open or left open longer than the allotted time.If you notice an exterior door being propped open notify the property manager or security about a potential breach.
- When entering, or exiting the garage always make sure that the garage door is completely closed before driving away, or parking, to thwart unwanted visitors from gaining access to the building.
- Keep your unit locked at all times, not only when you are gone, but also when you are home. Always make use of your peephole; if you do not have a peephole talk to management about getting one installed. If you do not know the person on the other side of the door take precautions before opening the door to a stranger. Accessible windows and openings should be secured against forced entry.
- Personal safety is extremely important in condominium and apartment living. Prior to moving into a condo make sure the locks have been changed since the previous tenant or owner. If you make copies of your keys keep track of how many there are and who is in possession of them. You should never hide or leave a key outside of your unit. Secure all windows in your condominium. Test each lock monthly to make sure they are functioning well.
- As a new tenant or owner, you should take the precaution of not putting your full name on your mailbox. Instead, you should only use your initials or your last name. This will prevent unwanted people from trying to trick your neighbors into believing they know you and thus letting strangers into the building.
- Be extra cautious if you live on the lower floors of your condo building. Make sure you do not leave your valuables on display, particularly when you are not home. Also, make sure to keep the balcony doors locked when not in use, even if you are home.
- Install a home security system in your condo. You can prevent crime from happening because the mere sight of cameras and the thought of getting caught are intimidating enough for potential robbers. We do not recommend that you buy dummy cameras. Real cameras offer protection and they provide a lot of help in monitoring the activities of people in your condo. In addition, criminals can usually tell dummy cameras as they can give themselves away so there really is no point in having them.
- Report to your property manager any burnt out lights in entry ways, hallways, stairwells and parking garages. Lighting is one of the cheapest and easiest deterrents to crime. By notifying the building manager about dimmed or burnt out lights you are increasing the safety of the overall condo.
- Regularly check if the smoke alarms are properly installed and in working order. There should be smoke alarms installed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the common areas of the condo.
By following these low or no-cost simple condo security tips you will significantly deter a would be thief from targeting your personal condo residence and your building. The goal in condo security is to make it so that the casual burglar will be deterred, it’s impossible to make your condo perfectly secure, but there are low-tech measures that will do 90 percent of the job.
For a free on-site security estimate, contact our office at 954-925-2127 or email us to schedule an appointment.