Tips for Keeping Your New Home Safe from Burglary

With school out for the summer and vacation from work in full swing, it is an ideal time to move into a new home. But with the warm weather, comes an increase in burglaries. Don’t let the excitement of moving make you lose focus on protecting your new investment with proper security measures.

Even in the safest neighborhoods, you are still at risk of becoming a victim of a crime. According to the FBI crime statistics, a robbery occurs every 15 seconds in the United States with 73% Of those robberies being committed in residential properties.

Here are a few tips to help you secure your new home:

Replace the locks

Replacing the locks is a simple way to help increase your home’s security, but it is something that is often overlooked by homeowners. There is no way to know who still has a copy of a key to your home. From neighbors and friends to former house cleaners or handymen, there could still be a key to your home out there that could fall into the hands of someone with ill intentions.

Hire a locksmith to rekey your home as soon as you move in and be sure to inspect all entry doors to ensure they are sturdy. You may also want to consider having a peephole or a deadbolt installed for additional security.

Secure your windows

Inspect the latches on your windows to ensure all the locks are functional and solid, replacing any broken or flimsy latches. Many times, manufacturers will use flimsy latches that don’t effectively lock the window, leaving your home unsecured. Most burglaries will occur through the first-story windows, but it is still important to secure the second story and basement windows.

Install an alarm system

A quality alarm system is a great way to protect your home and your family from burglary. Entry points of your home, like doors and windows, are outfitted with sensors that are monitored by a control panel. When the system is armed and a door or window is opened, an alarm will sound. Be sure to put your alarm system signs and stickers on display to help deter burglars as well.

It is important to have your alarm system installed by the security professionals at SSA, to ensure you get a quality residential alarm system.

Install a video surveillance system

With a video/CCTV surveillance system, you can keep an eye on your home no matter where you are via a secure internet connection. Security cameras act as an effective deterrent to criminal acts such as burglary. Also, if a crime does occur, video surveillance can provide important documentation of the crime that can be used as evidence.

SSA Home Automation for Convenient Security

With our home automation services, you can combine your home’s security, video, locking, climate control, and lighting and control them all from an app on your smartphone or device. Home automation makes monitoring your home convenient and accessible.

At SSA we can come to your home and evaluate your security needs, recommending security options that suit both your needs and your budget. Contact SSA today to learn more about how we can help you secure your new home.

Don’t miss These Security Tips this Holiday Season

The holiday season is an exciting and busy time of year, but did you know this is when you are most vulnerable to break-ins?

Tis the season for this year’s holiday security tips from Security Systems of America.
Holiday Security Tips

Out of site. Out of mind: We spend a majority of the holiday season shopping and traveling. When you’re not home, don’t forget to keep your blinds and curtains closed. Exposed windows provide strangers with a glimpse into your home. Think of your home as a shopping mall, while consumers are invited into stores by window displays, criminals may be enticed to enter your home because they can see into your living room.

Social media mischief: You’ve just booked flights for a remote island holiday and want to share this moment on your social media newsfeed. But wait! Posting your travel plans and revealing your whereabouts make you an easy target for a burglary. Try waiting until you come back to share your memories.

Leave the lights on: An unlit home is a sure sign the homeowner isn’t around. Invest in timers for your lights to come on when you are not home. You can even control your home’s security system right from your laptop or smartphone with SSA Interactive.

Trash your trash: The holiday season is filled with great deals, especially on electronics and jewelry. What you put outside for trash is an indicator of the valuables inside, so be discreet when tossing out boxes and bags of costly items.

Invest in a home security system: A home with a security system is less at risk of a burglary than those without. From burglar alarms to video surveillance systems and everything in between, Security Systems of America has what you need so you can rest easy this holiday season.

Make Sure Your Retail Business is Safe

The security that is required to keep a retail business safe year-round is critically important. Loss prevention strategies have to be considered, employees vetted, and of course, your customers must be kept safe.

However, many business owners don’t think that they afford a business security system. Thanks to the capabilities of the internet, costs have been kept in check. Also, it’s important to keep in mind just how much you’ll save each year by using security systems: there will be fewer instances of theft and shrinkage, and you’ll be able to monitor your retail business from far away if you need to travel.

Retail Security from Nearby or Far Away

A retail business requires owners and managers to create a safe space for employees, customers, and business partners. You’ll also want to guard against theft and prevent break-ins and vandalism. As long as you have a smart phone or tablet, you can keep tabs on your business when you’re on your property or thousands of miles away. A complete commercial retail security system should include:

  • Interactive systems. Using an interactive security system for a retail store manages your gates, locks, and doors. You can use your phone or tablet to simply open your locks to let an employee or package delivery person in, and with a simple tap on your screen, lock the door again when it’s time to close your store.
  • Video monitoring and surveillance. Closely monitor the interior and exterior of your business with a security system that allows you to see exactly what is happening at all times. These cameras can be motion activated and remote controlled, and you can view the video from your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smart phone.
  • Burglar Alarm, fire alarm and life safety systems. We know that you can’t be at your retail business all the time—and we know that you can’t monitor video yourself 24 hours a day. That’s why it’s so important to have an integrated fire alarm system, with smoke detectors, heat detectors, and floor detectors that will give you, your employees, and your customers early warning to any problems that are on your retail floor.

Security Systems of America is happy to work with you and your budget to design any of these systems that will keep your retail business secure. We offer easy, one-stop shopping for all your security and life safety needs.

Security Tips for the Season

Seasonal Security Tips

You may think that summer is the most typical time for a home burglary to take place, but unfortunately, burglaries happen year-round.

That’s because this is the time of year when people leave to go down South for a few months, or go on vacation for a few weeks to a warm island. But while you’re away, thieves will dream up ways to get into your home or business.

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Are You a New Year’s Traveler?

New Years Traveler

Many people travel at the beginning of the new year to visit family and friends, or to go on a long-awaited vacation to someplace warm (maybe to relax on the beach) or someplace cold (perhaps to ski). If you’re planning a getaway for New Year’s Day, you should be sure that your home is protected. Burglars know that this time of year is a popular period for homeowners to leave. You can ensure your home security by taking a few steps prior to your trip.

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Keeping an Eye on Your Business

Business Video Surveillance

We commonly hear from business owners who would like to keep a better eye on their business, but aren’t sure how they can do that, both economically and technically. In the past few years, there have been quite a few advancements in the security world that make it easy for business owners and managers to watch their business. You can now monitor from across the globe or from the other side of the building. Additionally, commercial security makes it possible to watch several business locations all from one place, such as your computer or mobile device.

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Four Reasons to Upgrade Your Security System

Upgrading your Security System

Security systems are a long-term investment that will keep you, your family, your business, and your employees safe for years to come. If you already have a security system, you may have heard about the advantages of modern security systems. Existing systems, while still providing a good service, may serve you better once they’ve been updated.

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Summer Break-Ins & Safety

Summer Safety Tips

Summertime is unfortunately, the season of burglary. Compared to the rest of the year, simple summertime weather increases break-in rates by 10%, no matter if you are in a secured building or private house. This is why our team at Security Systems of America has formed a few summer tips on how to protect your home from break-ins this season, for a summer that is full of both fun and security.
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