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Home Security in Virginia

Virginia MapThere are more than 26,000 burglaries in Virginia in an average year. When residents want to avoid becoming the 1 in 48 people to fall victim to property crime or home invasion, they have a number of steps they can take that will help increase their home security.

In order to accomplish this, residents should decrease the probability that potential criminals will see their homes as a target. Because they prefer homes that will let them in and out without being noticed, intruders tend to avoid Virginia homes that have good exterior lighting (especially fixtures triggered by motion detectors) and without landscaping to serve a hiding place near doors and windows. However, many easily-preventable burglaries occur when Pennsylvania residents leave their doors and windows unlocked.

Also, Virginians' preparation for long-term periods without home occupancy can determine if their residences come to the attention of burglars. While on vacation or otherwise absent, homeowners should make sure to have lights and other commonly-used devices (e.g. radios) on timers in a pattern that copies normal usage: lights go on in the evening and off at night instead of being turned on all the time. Asking a neighbor or friend to collect mail and other deliveries, instead of placing them on hold, gives the impression that someone is still at home. Turning phone ringers lower or off, so that someone on the street can't hear that calls are not being answered, will also fool possible intruders into believing that occupants of the home are still present.

But, the best protection available to Virginians is with an extensive home security system. Most home security packages available in today's market offer around-the-clock monitoring of window and door sensor and all other system components. For Virginia residents who are away from home for extended periods of time - for work or vacation, for example - remote technology included by many home security companies lets them see the details of their system from anywhere that their smartphone or laptop has a connection to the Internet.


San Diego VA's haywire alert system led to bad flu vaccine, 'accountability' actions underway

Also, VA leaders have since realized that the alarm system had been sending out alerts in harmless situations, such as when a refrigerator door was opened and closed. It led VA staff to assume the alerts weren't meaningful. "I think people had a level ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:38:00 GMT

TMA releases new Level 1 operator training course

VIENNA, Va.-The Monitoring Association recently announced a new ... "Next we're going to create a false alarm class geared toward alarm users, as well as update the Level 2 training," Hauhn said. Lasko said that the course is "already approved ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:09:00 GMT

West Virginia BOE to meet at MU this week

The West Virginia Board of Education will travel to Cabell County ... For Mason County, the board will vote whether to approve replacing the fire alarm systems at Ashton Elementary School and Roosevelt Elementary School, as well as fund grounding ...

Published:  Tue, 05 Dec 2017 21:22:00 GMT


"Thank God the VA has been helping the property mate with oxygen but ... quite grasp the dire life threatening situation a week or longer puts you in." She observed that alarm system don't work without electricity. "If dirtbags know your power ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:24:00 GMT

Opioid crisis strains foster system as kids pried from homes

It's a tsunami," Moores said of a child welfare system grappling with an unprecedented crush of ... Around 4 a.m., a series of texts alerted her that an alarm went off at a foster home and police showed up. Since 8 a.m., she's been furiously tapping ...

Published:  Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:40:00 GMT

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At the close of trading on Thursday, shares in Tysons, Virginia headquartered Alarm.Com Holdings Inc. finished 0.53% higher ... San Jose, California headquartered Adobe Systems Inc.'s shares recorded a trading volume of 2.44 million shares at the end ...

Published:  Fri, 08 Dec 2017 03:49:00 GMT

Police: Man charged with stealing packages from porch of Danville home

DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- The Danville Police Department has charged ... had been stolen from their home and their home security system caught the suspect on video. Police said the victim then posted the video to social media asking the public to share ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:34:00 GMT

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"It gives us an early warning system in known overflow areas," said Wilson. "In both of those cases, it tripped the alarm, so our Collection & Distribution ... and this fall has been dry in Northern Virginia, the current flow through that part ...

Published:  Tue, 05 Dec 2017 03:55:00 GMT

The Lesson of $40 Highway Tolls in Virginia

This week in northern Virginia, the congested stretch ... in transit can create a better transportation system at lower cost. More recommended reading today: Smart Growth America sounds the alarm about provisions of the GOP tax bill that will hurt cities ...

Published:  Wed, 06 Dec 2017 11:32:00 GMT

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