Here you will find informative articles about home and business alarm & security systems.

Did You Know?


The phrase "cold hard cash" was coined by merchants and traders who were used to handling coins that, because they had a high gold and silver content, were warm and soft and did not wear very well. When more durable metals came into use it was generally noticed that they were cold and hard.

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Top 10 Reasons to Install a Home Security System


Installing a home security system can be costly, but not installing one could cost you even more. Below we will take a look at the top ten reasons to install a home security system or upgrading your existing home alarm system.

1. Protect Your Home and Family from Intruders

The biggest reason a home owner should consider installing a home security system is that it offers protection to family members from intruders. According to “Securing Home and Business” by Simon Hakim/Erwin Blackstone, homes without security systems are 2.7 times more likely to be targeted by a burglar. This indicates that the mere presence of an alarm system is enough in most cases to protect the home and its occupants from break-in. In some cases, burglars may still target a home either knowingly or unknowingly when members of the family are inside. For the burglar who enters the home expecting it to be empty, finding members of the family inside can cause enough shock and panic to facilitate aggressive behavior. Having a security system in place often provides family members with enough warning to get to a safe location in our outside the home while the alarm system dispatches local authorities. For burglars that enter a home knowing that family members are inside, their intentions are often much more malicious and the home alarm system again serves as an early warning system and calls the authorities.

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Porch Pirating is a Growing Trend - Here’s How to Protect Yourself


Stealing packages and mail off a porch is considered a felony, and punishable up to 5 years in prison and fines, but that’s not stopping thief’s from taking your packages from your property and the crime statistics for this sky rockets during the holiday seasons.

It’s commonly called “Porch Pirating”, and the numbers of victims and cost of the valuables stolen is staggering. In 2015, online sales projected a total of 334 billion, and the United Postal Services estimated a total of 630 million packages the same year, just between Black Friday and Christmas alone. 2015 “Cyber Monday” sales amounted in 3 billion in sales in 24 hours. Data on actual theft from retail companies and delivery companies are extremely limited; with the US Postal services stating in 2015 "vast majority of the mail it delivers arrives intact", with UPS claiming thefts were “scant” out of tens of millions of packages it delivers, and FedeX declining to comment at all.

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Inside the Mind of a Burglar


Claire Nee is a forensic psychologist at University of Portsmouth and studies the mind patterns of a burglar; she has been studying and interviewing burglars for 20 years. Nee states, "By interviewing burglars over a number of years we've discovered that their thought process become like experts in any field, that is that; they learn to automatically pick up cues in the environment that signify a successful burglary without even being aware of it. We call that dysfunctional expertise" She goes on to state, "In the past, people thought of offenders as impulsive, indiscriminate, opportunistic- they didn't think they were very clever because they usually aren't well educated."

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