When Should You Get A Home Alarm System?

People often ask themselves when is the best time to get a home alarm system. Usually, there is a life event that triggers the thought that they need protection at home. It could be a break-in in the neighborhood or a suspicious door-to-door salesman that gave you the creeps. The truth is though that most people who get a home alarm system, usually wait too long.

The reality is that everyone should have a home alarm system. A home alarm system gives the homeowner unmatched peace of mind. Unlike a guard dog, a home alarm can’t be bypassed (a dog can be distracted or shot). And a home alarm is more reliable than a gun, as a gun is only effective if you’re home and instantly leads to a confrontation that could end up getting you hurt.

Don’t wait until after a break-in is attempted in your home to get a home alarm system. Too often people wait until after the fact to then get a security system. If they would have been proactive and gotten a system earlier the break-in most likely would never have happened!

Houses with home alarm systems are 3 times less likely to have a break-in than those without. Plus the lawn sign and decals that come with a home alarm system are incredibly strong deterrents as they show the would-be burglar that the home is protected and that they should move on to another house. Burglars don’t want to be caught and a home alarm system is a powerful tool in catching them.

So, get the best protection available by calling Think Protection today. Don’t wait until something happens in your home. Be proactive and protect yourself with the absolute best security at the lowest price – Think Protection!

Two Wanted In Break & Enter, Police Chase In Burlington

Two criminals are being sought in a break-in and police chase that happened in Burlington, Ontario. Halton Police are looking for a man and woman who are responsible for this Toronto crime.

The couple broke into a home, where they were confronted by the homeowner. The couple then threatened the homeowner and fled, which led to a police chase. Ultimately the couple got away, and luckily nobody was hurt in the chase. The police are currently searching for the two suspects.

If anyone has any information on the two burglars please contact Halton Police at 905-825-4747 ex. 2316.

For more information about the would-be crime, read the Toronto Star crime story here: http://on.thestar.com/1cQaWeD

This Burlington crime story shows the importance of having a home alarm system, and keeping it armed even when you are home. All home alarm systems have a home mode, where motion sensors are disarmed but perimeter protection is still active. Home mode adds a level of protection, even when there are people inside the home.

Think Protection when home or away.

 

Do Burglars Break Into The Same Home Multiple Times?

People are often relieved after a burglary to think that it won’t happen again.  Unfortunately, that first time may not have been the last, especially if no changes are made to stop up the security of home. If there was a weak door or window and you just replace it with an inexpensive version of the same you may find yourself the victim of another break in.

A burglar wants to find an easy way to get into your home, he wants to be able to remove valuable items and he doesn’t want to get caught. He doesn’t care whether it is fair or not that you have already been targeted.  If you are going to give him a way to get in again, and he finds a time that seems safe, he will definitely come back. He already knows the layout of the house and knows where your things are. It might even be a situation where he noticed a lot of appealing items that he wasn’t able to take with him the first time.

A burglar may also strike your home again within four to six weeks because he feels that anything of value will have been replaced by your insurance. There are several reasons why a burglar may choose to return to a home for a second session, and it is up to you to prevent that from happening.

Identify the weakest point of your home and fix it. Chances are that’s how he got in the first time, but not always. Check the doors to make sure they have all the necessary security features and have an experienced locksmith come out and go over the various entry points with you. Your home was an attractive target for a reason, and if you don’t make changes to your security, it will remain an attractive target for the same burglar and others. Definitely consider putting in a monitored home security system.

Think protection and learn from this experience and try to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Only you can be the best deterrent to being a victim multiple times, by adding extra levels of security to your home.

What To Look For When Buying A Safe

Sometimes, door and window security features, outdoor lighting, landscaping modifications and even alarms don’t end up keeping an experienced, determined burglar out of your home. Home alarms are a deterrent, they won’t however stop a thief from breaking in.

However, a good residential safe might keep your valued belongings from being taken.

Safes are the last line of defence after someone has already gained entry to the home, and despite the stories you hear of burglars carting entire safes out the door, it rarely, if ever happens that way.

First of all, a well-built safe is heavy. Even a modest-sized residential unit can weigh more than 100 pounds with nothing in it. You can even find home safes with locking mechanisms that require fingerprint identification or similar features that it is impossible for a burglar to reproduce.

A safe might seem like an old-fashioned way to protect your belongings, but the vast majority of the time it will keep your important documents, jewelry and similar items secure. You can even find home safes that are designed to hold a laptop, if you hate the thought of someone making off with all your personal information. Basically, most of the smaller things that a burglar will typically look for will fit into your home safe.

It’s important to note that most burglars are in a rush when they get into a house. He is looking for smaller items that he knows he will be able to sell, and that won’t take up a lot of space or energy to carry with him. That’s not to say he won’t try to get into your safe, but he certainly won’t try to pick it up and take it with him, and if it won’t open within a minute or two, he will abandon that part of the project and move on. Look for a safe that protects against fire and water too, so your documents and possessions stay safe no matter what happens.

How Do Residential Alarm Systems And Commercial Alarm Systems Differ?

All alarm systems are the same, right? Is the security system I have at work is the same as my system at home? How different could each one be?

Well, you’d be surprised. You have an alarm in your home. You also have an alarm at your office. Both do the same job, but when you think about it are being used for different purposes. To truly understand what makes each unique, we need to look at what they do and how each is constructed.

If you’re looking into ways to make your home safer, it’s a good idea to observe what businesses are doing to prevent theft, vandalism and break-ins.

Advanced commercial security companies can provide great insight into the latest security technologies available.

Commercial properties usually have far more equipment that a residential alarm system. They contain things like swipe card access, which while being very useful in a business, have limited functionality for a home. Commercial systems are far more expensive because of the enhanced abilities and needs.

Here are just some of the principles that can be taken from commercial security companies and used in your own home security.

Home Invasions and Robberies

Many commercial security experts advise business owners to always do as the robber says. This rule can also be applied to break-in situations in private homes as well. Often times, the thieves are just as scared as the ones being robbed. That’s why it’s dangerous to aggravate or enrage the criminal by not doing as he says — especially if he is armed with a weapon.

If you are being robbed in a hold-up situation, try to memorize all details about the thief. Observe his mannerisms and his voice. It is also crucial to note things like his race, age, weight and eye colour, etc. It is these details that will help police identity the criminal quickly. As terrifying as the situation may be, you are helping yourself and your family by getting a good mental snapshot of the perpetrator.

Locks

Many homeowners feel a high-tech alarm system is all they need to protect their house and belongings. But simple devices like high-quality locks are crucial when it comes to security. Consider hiring a locksmith to advise you on the best safeguards for your home. From electronic code systems to sturdier lock-and-key devices, there are lots of options on the market today. A good lock is a worthwhile investment that will protect your family and valuables for years to come.

Working Late vs. Being Home Alone Late

Women are often vulnerable to late-night intrusions, particularly if the criminal knows a female is alone. Commercial security companies advise female employees to lock office doors and let bosses know they are staying at the office after-hours. The same principle can be applied to women who live alone or arrive home late at night. Thieves are known to stalk females so that they can memorize a woman’s daily routine and familiarize themselves with the types of people in her life.

Install an automated lighting system in your home. Have the lights turn on an hour or so before you are set to arrive.  Another good tip is to let friends and relatives know your whereabouts after dark. Give them a heads-up that you are working late hours so that they have a reference point should something go wrong.