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Home Security and Safety Tips for Senior Citizens

As more and more seniors choose to live in their own houses instead of living with children, safety in the home for seniors has become an important issue.   We are sensitive to the home security and safety issues that are unique to senior citizens. In addition to the increased risk of age-related injuries and illnesses, seniors are increasingly susceptible to burglary and other cold-hearted crimes. Here are some of our top home safety tips for older adults, to help make sure senior citizens are safe in their home.

Basic Home Protection Tips

There are several important precautions you can take that will help keep you safe and secure in your home:

  1. Even when you are at home, make sure all doors are locked. Whether you live in an apartment or a house, have a peephole installed in your front door. If you hear a knock at the door, first identify the person and then decide whether you want to be home for them or not.  Remember, be suspicious of anyone who asks to enter your home for any type of “maintenance” reason. There are numerous cases of impersonating electricians or gas line inspectors who turn out to be dangerous. Always demand to see an official company ID.
  2. Always choose solid wood or metal for any door that has access to the outside. The frame of the door needs to be strong, so either have the current frame reinforced or have a metal one installed. Reinforcing your front door with a security door brace is an effective and inexpensive way to protect your home against a forced entry.
  3. Install proper exterior lighting. The outside of the residence should be properly lit so as to ensure minimum cases of fall. Falls are one of the major reasons for accidents. Proper lighting also deters would be intruders.The purpose of your home’s exterior lighting should be to detract criminals, not attract them. So while too little light allows intruders to hide, too much light gives would-be intruders easy viewing of the various entry points into your home. To avoid both mistakes, equip your home with outdoor motion detection lights that shine nice and bright only when the sensors detect movement around the perimeter of your home. Such lights can serve as an early warning as well as startle and give a would-be intruder a reason to flee the scene.
  4. Windows need protection too. Place Plexiglas or security film on the inside to increase safety and make it more difficult for the glass to be broken. The best option is to have an alarm system installed with window and doors sensors.
  5. When you hear a knock at the door, bring your phone with you in case you quickly need to call for help.
  6. If you live in a house with a gate, always keep your gate locked.  If you live in an apartment complex or condo, don’t buzz in anyone you don’t know.
  7. Never leave the door key under the mat. Instead, give copies of the key to family members and a trustworthy neighbor.

Extended Home Protection Tips

  • Have a security system installed.  They will not only help thwart thieves but are invaluable tools in medical and fire emergencies. If you plan on spending a period of your retirement traveling, then a security system is a must have.
  • Install motion sensor lighting. These lights are a great way to know when somebody is outside your door and they will help prevent vandalism, too. The lights can be installed on both a house and in a hallway of an apartment or condominium building.
  • If possible, restrain from having any regular monthly checks (such as social security) mailed to you. Thieves can figure out dates and time of their arrival. The best way to receive money is through direct transfer to your bank account.
  • Protect yourself from Internet scams and identity theft by following these tips:
    1. Personal and bank information should never be included in emails
    2. Password changes should be done frequently- monthly or quarterly
    3. Shop online only at reputable websites with secure checkout shopping carts
    4. Don’t click on any links from random companies. They usually steal your information through phony emails that appear to come from reputable businesses.
    5. Never give anyone your personal information over email.

Home security is a priority for senior citizens. To help prevent being targeted, take the advice of an experienced home security expert, and take responsibility for your safety and security today. For a free on-site security estimate, contact our office at 954-925-2127 or email us to schedule an appointment.

Do You Need a Security System if You Live in a Condo?

Do you live in a South Florida condominium and are you considering getting a home alarm and security system? Are you thinking to yourself, “My building has a security guard, do I really need a home alarm system?” Whether it’s a condominium or an apartment, owned or leased, the truth is you should always be protected with a home security and alarm system, whether you’re in your home or away.

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Here’s why:

1. Protection from the Unknown.

Yes, your condo may have a security guard, but the truth is they can’t monitor your condo or apartment at all times. Living in a condo or apartment does not exempt you from burglars or break-ins. A condo security and alarm system will bring you peace of mind when you are not home.

2. Know Who is Entering Your Condo.

Every condominium has maintenance workers as well as outside contractors and vendors they work with. Although advance notice is commonplace in most associations, sometimes when work is being done on the property, they don’t always schedule work around a unit owner’s schedule. Installing a home security and alarm system can let you rest easy knowing that you’ll be notified if someone ever enters your condo without your permission.

3. Wireless Home Security Options.

Whether you are a renter or a condo owner who rents their condo to tenants, you don’t have to worry about wiring and drilling through the walls. There are many professional-grade wireless security systems on the market that do not require hardwiring or drilling into your walls, making alarm systems accessible for all renters. Wireless systems are a snap to install, and they work just as well. In fact, many proponents consider them safer than wired systems, since an intruder cannot cut vital communication lines.

4. Volume Control.

Many condo boards are very concerned about the loudness of an alarm siren, fearing it will disrupt other residents and cause complaints. Many alarm systems give you the ability to adjust the volume of the alarm, so as not to disturb other residents of your building.

5. You Do Not Need an Expensive System

Most condominiums have fewer entrances than single-family houses, so you probably need only a few sensors to monitor the unauthorized opening of doors and windows or motion sensors. A reputable home security firm can work with you to set up a reasonably priced plan with minimal equipment, but enough devices to note if anyone tries to break in.

DIY Condo Security

There also are a few simple steps to help you protect your condo that does not cost much but go a long way toward keeping you and your loved ones safe.

Install fire, smoke, and carbon monoxide detectors.

These are readily available through many retail stores and all operate on batteries. These devices save lives and are well worth their purchase price and the annual cost of batteries.

Request permission for a front door with a viewing hole.

Ask your condo association to let you install a door with a small peephole so you can see who is at the door. This is a simple and reasonable safety precaution, and you should not be met with resistance if you cover the cost.

Get automatic timers for lights.

If you are away from your condo, automatic timers can trick would-be burglars from breaking in, since they would suspect someone is at home. The key is to reprogram them often so that they turn lights on and off at different times.
As you can see, if you are a condo owner or renter you have some relatively simple and inexpensive choices for securing your unit and giving your peace of mind.

 

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Home Safety Tips: Summer Guide

Memorial Day is the harbinger of summer. But before you set off on your summer vacation, don’t forget to protect your home while you’re away.  Did you know that Memorial Day is the third top holiday for car thefts, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau?

Your home may also be at an increased risk if you live in or near a tourist town. On Memorial Day weekend in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina—a popular vacation spot—saw“hundreds of police reports,” and more violence took place that weekend than Independence Day. According to the report, the top Memorial Day weekend crimes were larceny and burglary.

We’ve outlined some simple guidelines to ensure your home is secure this holiday weekend and whenever you are away:

Call a Friend

Ask a family member, neighbor or close friend to keep an eye on your home for any suspicious activity. If you’re going to be away for more than a few days, discuss lawn care with maintenance company or your house sitter; a lawn that looks unkempt is a sign of vacancy. Place a hold on your mail or have a neighbor collect your mail and any packages for you.  Overflowing mail and packages left unattended are a sure sign that a house is vacant.

Pull the Plug

Unplugging electronics and appliances not only saves you money, but it safeguards your home from an electrical fire or power surge. Unplug your TV, microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker, and any extension cords or power strips not being used for lamps. According to the National Fire Protection Association, “an estimated 47,700 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments involved some type of electrical failure or malfunction.”

All Systems Go

Now is the perfect time to install a home security system or home automation system, or upgrade your existing security system to include home automation devices. You’ll see the value of having an interactive surveillance system’s when you’re on vacation, as it offers unprecedented levels of convenience and peace of mind.

You can use your smartphone or tablet to monitor and control your home remotely while you’re away, such as

  • Ensuring doors and windows are securely locked throughout your home.
  • Adjusting the heating and cooling with a comfortable temperature, which saves money.
  • Creating the illusion that you’re home. By programming your lights on an automatic schedule to switch on and off, it makes your home appear active.
  • Keep tabs on visitors with automatic alerts through video surveillance. You’ll know the exact moment when your house sitter, or anyone else, arrives at your home.
  • Check in on your property utilizing remote camera monitoring. Take a peek in or outside your house to ensure all systems are running smoothly, and everything is in its place.

In closing, it’s very important to think through the risks that are unique to your home. Do you have a faulty garage door? Are expensive electronics or other valuable items in plain view from your first-floor windows?  Take a look at your house from an intruder’s perspective: what’s vulnerable and valuable about your property and assets? Take proactive steps to mitigate any risks in order to enjoy your vacation and return to find your home safe and secure.

remote home automation

Remote home control system on a digital tablet or phone.