Home security can be achieved with some simple precautions. Our tips will help you to protect yourself and your child with home security system.

Home Security Guards: Are they Necessary?

Home Security Guards: Are they Necessary?

Home security guards shield homes from burglars and intruders. However, this only happens, when you hire the right people and utilize them effectively. They come in handy, when you have a large area, needing monitoring. This is because they come at a price. That is why, security guards are common in business premises, but they have also become a necessity in homes. For those who travel a lot, a security guard can ensure the safety of your assets and the property when you are overseas. Let’s explore both the pros and the cons of hiring a security guard.

Benefits of hiring a security guard

Nothing wrecks the plans of thieves and burglars, than seeing a security guard. Their presence makes it challenging them to implement their bad plans. Unlike devices, which are rather programmable and easy to manipulate, guards can change their schedules and locations, to make it more complicated for the burglars. Since, home security guards are uniformed and with a level of security training, they are adequate obstacle to thieves. In addition, they are well trained to point out problems, before they blow up. They can also repair minor problems in your security system; hence, you will not need to hire a professional for some trivial issues. They are also able to arrest trespassers in your property and pass them to the police.

The cons

The main disadvantage of hiring a guard is the cost. If you hire one, get prepared to foot all the bills related to them.  You will either hire a security company to provide the guard or pay one directly. If you get a guard, who is not well trained, they will not be in a position to handle burglars and intruders. Moreover, if they breach the contract and decide to share some information about your home at a cost, you will be in big trouble. You will also have to do a lot of supervision. There are common cases of guards, sleeping on the job. You should know that the security company would not supervise the guard after they release them to you. Hence, it is your responsibility.
Therefore, it is important to choose a guard carefully. Remember you will be welcoming a stranger in your home.
Tips for using security guards

•    Make sure the guards are licensed, to ensure you do not get a raw deal. For armed guards, they will need extra licensing.
•    Look out for security guards who are experienced
•    Choose a good security company. Make use of the customer reviews, to assess their service delivery. You can also inquire from your friends, which company is the best.
•    Read and understand the contents of your security company. Do not sign a long-term contract, if you are not assured they can deliver.

The decision of whether to hire a security guard or not, is a matter of personal choice. If you have a large compound, which needs surveillance, then a security guard is necessary. Nevertheless, ensure to choose a good security guard, who will not compromise your security.  Home security guards are paid, so you have to ensure your can afford them.

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Why Key less Entry Locks

Why Key less Entry Locks

At one point in your life, you had to be held up by the door, looking for keys from your bag. It happens all the time and in some cases, you may be holding a crying child or in the urgency of getting in. It is even worse, if you are operating in the dark. Furthermore, thieves can get to you, before you open the door. Keyless entry locks were made to solve such problems. Unlike their conventional counterparts, they do not require keys and they are convenient.

Reasons you should consider installing keyless entry locks

They improve personal safety

With these locks, you can rest your fears about having somebody following you, when you are trying to find keys or open the door. The keyless locks,  are easy to operate and you can open the door, when you are some feet away, then safely lock, when you finally get inside. Some are advanced to allow you unlock the door, while switching the lights at the porch on, to ensure there is nobody.

They enhance home automation

When you install keyless locks, you can forget about waking up to let in your teenage children into the house. It is possible to open the door, with just one touch of a button. This makes it easier to close or open the door from anywhere. Some versions have the capabilities of being programmed to fit into your schedule. For instance, the system may be set to switch on the porch light, anytime the door unlocks.

There are no possibilities of key duplication

A good number of home-based burglaries are attributed to the poor management of keys. If you expose your keys, a person with a bad intention, may go ahead to copy the keys.

Keyless entry locks are not easy to manipulate

While thieves have skills enough to break down the traditional locks, it is quite headache for them, where keyless locks are concerned. Hence, by installing these locks, you will be preventing possible break-ins, while ensuring convenience.


Choosing keyless locks


The choice you make for the locks depends on your budget, needs, and the personal taste. Hence, one homeowner’s choice will be entirely different from another. You may opt for doorknobs, with a satin or brass finish. Whatever you want, there is something in the market for you. Here are some considerations to make before shopping:

•    The number of features you want in the lock- Do note that, the more the features, the higher the price.

•    Will you need a remote control? If so, determine the remotes you will require.

•    Do you want battery or electric powered keyless systems?

•    The level of convenience you want. For instance, you may want to be unlocking the door, right when you get out of your car.

•    Do you want automated keyless locks, which will turn your porch lights on, when the door opens?


If you are renovating your home, or you just want to boost your home security, ensure to install keyless entry locks. Besides ensuring you do not stay at the door for a long time, trying to locate keys from your bag; it is more secure, convenient and you can forget about exposing the keys to the wrong people.

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Connecting your IP Home Security Cameras to the Cloud

Connecting your IP Home Security Cameras to the Cloud

You have just invested in the IP home security cameras. The cameras now provide you with 24/7 surveillance and all the details, are being safely stored in your computer or DVR. You have thought about and researched possible threats to your home security system.  There are solutions available for most of the threats. However, there is one challenge; you cannot seem to find a solution for.  If your computer is stolen, it might mean losing your security footage details to the wrong hands. This is where you need to store all the footage to a cloud service. This will ensure you retrieve back information, if a burglar decides to cover their tracks by carrying the DVR or computer. The first step to getting your IP security cameras to offsite cloud storage is by selecting a provider.

Tips for selecting a provider for offsite cloud based storage

Research online

Although IP home security cameras are still a new technology, homeowners are embracing them, in large numbers. Different manufacturers have come up to meet this gap and in particular, in providing a backup storage plan. Hence, take your time to study various providers, to get the best among them.

Compare features

In most cases, the IP security cameras suppliers, are also the providers of the cloud storage services for security footage. If you can find a company, which provides as many features as possible at a reasonable price.  The kind of service package should be commensurate to your needs and affordable too. While it might be tiring to go through the services of each provider, it will be rewarding do the comparison.

Compare prices

It is natural to find a provider charging higher for a package you can get, from another at a relatively lower price. Usually, the rates for the cloud services range from a few dollars to high-end packages. The rate given for the package is for every year. You should therefore be keener to know whether you can afford it.

Go with experienced companies

It is better to work with somebody, who have been in operation for long.  Young companies may lure you with large discount offers, but they might mess you up. Some have no in-depth knowledge on how to handle various issues.

Do not ignore the customer reviews

Nothing can give you a better view of the company’s services, than the views of those, who have been served by the provider previously.  If you notice there are more negative comments than positive ones, you should continue looking.

Understand the terms and conditions

Do not sign the contract, before you get to know, what exactly you are getting yourself into. Some unscrupulous providers may encourage you to sign agreements, which may put you in jeopardy in the future. If you are planning to install IP home security cameras, you may also want to find an off-site cloud based storage provider. This ensures that your footage stays in the cloud and hence, not vulnerable to access by burglars and hackers. However, this comes at a price and you are not in control of who gets to see your security footage. Hence, it is essential to find the best provider.

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Tips to Better Home Security

Tips to Better Home Security

Having the best security system, is the first step to ensuring that your home is secure and safe. However, if the system is too sophisticated for the other occupants to understand, they will ignore the equipment or find a way to escape it all the same.  You should note that, the people you live with should be a part of your security plans. Hence, you must be realistic about how much; they are willing to put up with, in the name of better home security. Most importantly, do not make it easy for thieves to access your property.

Steps to enhanced security

1.    Ensure that your home appears active-Burglars are opportunistic, meaning they will wait until you are out of town, to get into your home without a hassle.  The first tip is never to allow mails or newspapers to pile up in your entrance. Instead, request a neighbor or a relative to pick them for you. You should also regulate the interior lights using timers, just as you would if the house was occupied.

2.    Another way to better home security is by laying out perimeter defenses.  This ensures that nobody gets access to your property. You can do this by investing in a high wall or fence. Nevertheless, that you own a high fence, should not make you complacent about enhancing your security.

3.    Illuminate the entrances- Most thieves like working in environments where they are not easily seen. Hence, while fences and security doors may seem like adequate measure against forceful entry, if the entrances are not well lit, they will be able to break in. There is no better way of illuminating these areas than with motion detector lights.  These can be placed anywhere to sense movement.

4.    Ensure the doors are fully secured- Most thieves concentrate to the doors. Hence, the construction of your door and the kind of locks, it features, will either allow or prevent a potential break-in incidence. For all the exterior doors, you should install deadbolt locks. The locks require a key to open.

5.    Guard your home windows- Your house may have a couple of windows. This implies that there are many points of entry.  Burglars know that sometimes you can forget to lock all the windows. Use sturdy locks on all your windows. If you have double hung windows, then, you can use window pins.

6.    Take note of all other entry points- The windows and the doors, are not the only entry points in your homer. Other access points, which burglars are likely to use include garages or any exterior structure that connects to your main house. Some other areas you need to check to better home security include attic, crawl spaces, and any other opening, which may lead an intruder into your house.

7.    Install an alarm system, if you are yet to install one.

8.    Label your valuables- In case, your possessions are stolen, the local police, will locate your valuables.


To better home security, you can employ the above tips.  This will ensure that the security in your home is at its best.

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Maintaining your Home Security without Alarms

Maintaining your Home Security without Alarms

It is paramount to feel comfortable and safe in your home. There are different ways of securing your property that are rather expensive.  Not every homeowner can afford some of these security systems. Most people cannot understand how you can achieve optimum home security without alarms. It is true you can secure your home, without investing large chunks of money, if you apply the following measures:


•    Install enough locks on your doors- Thieves love it the easier way, hence, a door with a few fortifying features will easily give in to a break-in. You might not have sensors on your door, to alert you when a thief gets near it, but if you install adequate locks, they will be discouraged.  For all exterior doors, deadbolt locks have never disappointed and are yet to.


•    Hide your spare key in a safe place- If you have an extra key, consider hiding it in a secure place. That said, the spare key should not be placed anywhere near the mat or the door frame.

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