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Tips to Keep Your Family Safe at Home

Our homes are important to us. Home is where we eat, sleep and live with our families. Above all, we want our families and our children to be safe and to feel safe, especially at home.

Following are some tips you can use to keep your family safe at home:

  • Change exterior door locks. When purchasing a new home, be sure to change out the exterior door locks as soon as you take possession. Also, be sure to reprogram the exterior garage door opener if there is one. Whether it's a new home or a previously owned home, chances are that there are people you donít know who have copies of your house key and who may know codes to exterior door locks or openers. Once you change out the locks, donít spoil the effort by leaving a spare key outside under a planter or rock. Instead, give a spare key to a neighbor you trust or to a family member who lives nearby.
  • Improve your home's exterior lighting. Statistics show that homes that are well-lit are less likely to be burglarized. Install floodlights around the exterior of your home, especially around entries. Consider installing an automatic timer so the exterior lights are always on in the evening, even when you forget to turn them on. Also, when you're not home, turn on lights on the inside of your home especially those near entryways and stairs.
  • Install a security system. Todayís security systems have options that go beyond just alerting the homeowner of a break-in. With a home security system, you can be alerted to a variety of emergencies including fire, flood, high levels of carbon monoxide and low temperatures which may cause water pipes to freeze, just to name a few.
  • Develop an emergency plan. Be sure to discuss with your family an emergency plan in case of a fire or break-in. Make sure everyone knows how to get out of the house and where everyone is to meet afterwards. Make time to actually practice your emergency plan so that in case of emergency, you and your family are prepared.

While these suggestions will help keep your home and family safe all year round, when you're going out of town take extra precautions. Be sure not to announce your travel plans or other plans to be away from your house on social media sites and monitor your childrenís activities on the same sites to ensure that they arenít posting family information. Also, ask a neighbor or friend to pick up newspapers, mail, packages and door hangers so they donít pile up while youíre gone, announcing your absence.

With a few precautions, you can keep yourself, your family and your home safe and secure.

Security system records cougar approaching Brookfield home

A Brookfield resident's Nest security system recorded a cougar approaching the home on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. "Black Panther" shatters records during opening weekend

Published:  Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:34:00 GMT



Wyze's new smart home security camera, the Wyze Cam v2, gains Alexa functionality

The upcoming Wyze Cam v2, the latest version of the affordable smart home security camera from Wyze Labs, will be getting a firmware upgrade in March that will add Alexa functionality and allow actions through IFTTT. With the upgrade, users will be able ...

Published:  Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:00:00 GMT



The $26 security camera that gives you 14 days of free cloud storage is back in stock on Amazon

Last week, the Wyze Labs WyzeCam Smart Home Security Camera was finally back in stock on Amazon, so we told our readers about it like we always do. Soon after that, it sold out again - like it always does when we cover it. If you missed out, we have ...

Published:  Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:23:00 GMT



Home security for the do-it-yourselfer

Feeling secure at home is a priority for many people. Many people consider installing security systems in their homes to improve their sense of well-being. Whether one owns or rents, individuals may be surprised to learn that do-it-yourself security ...

Published:  Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:06:00 GMT



JOOAN Security Camera System Wireless with Motion Detection and Remote Access Infrared Night Vision for Home and Business Surveillance kit

LaView 4-Megapixel 2688 x 1520 8 CH PoE NVR Security Cameras System - 4 4MP Bullet IP Surveillance Cameras, 100ft Night Vision, Pre-Installed 4TB Hard Drive Save up to 20% on the Ring Floodlight Cam JOOAN Security Camera System Wireless with Motion ...

Published:  Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:09:00 GMT



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The nation's 54 million residential computer networks, which often have inadequate or out-of-date security safeguards, leave millions of Americans vulnerable to fraud, compromise, and even property damage. Poorly protected home computers and other ...

Published:  Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:15:00 GMT



"Those who threaten our security would like nothing more than to see us fractured." May's security speech in Munich speech. Full text.

And we invest in global security knowing this is how we best protect our people at home and abroad. That is why we are the second largest defence spender in NATO, and the only EU member to spend two per cent of our GDP on defence as well as 0.7 per cent of ...

Published:  Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:19:00 GMT



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Activation Fee and 42-Month Monitoring Agreement at a minimum of $49.99/mo., home ownership, and satisfactory credit history required. Local permit fees and/or sales tax may apply. Services not available in all areas.

 

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