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9 Easy Steps for Senior Citizens to Protect Themselves and Their Homes

Senior citizens are often seen as easy targets for robbery, burglary and similar crimes. As such, it’s important for seniors to be well-informed and to take every possible precaution to protect themselves from break-ins, fraud and other crimes.

There are a few easy steps that seniors (and their families and caregivers) can take to ensure that they remain safe and secure, as discussed in a recent Senior Living blog post. We’ll summarize those steps below.

Protect Your Identity

  1. Don’t have regular monthly checks – such a pension or Social Security checks – sent through the mail. Have them direct deposited instead.
  2. Don’t include sensitive personal information in emails or text messages.
  3. Beware of scams – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Increase Your Home Security

  1. Make sure all doors are locked when you’re both at home and out. Lock windows as well.
  2. When someone knocks on the door, use a peephole or small window to verify their identity before opening the door.
  3. Don’t leave a door key under the doormat or hidden in another location near the door. Give keys to trusted family members or caregivers, or install a smart lock that can be operated remotely.
  4. Install motion sensor lights near doors and in dark places throughout the lawn.
  5. Choose doors made from solid wood or metal, and ensure that the doorframe is strong.
  6. Invest in a home security system. Not only are security systems the best way to prevent break-ins, but they can also be valuable in medical emergencies, fires and more. Security systems are especially important for seniors who travel regularly or live in a different city for extended portions of every year.

At KMT Systems, we aim to ensure that all Atlanta-area senior citizens are well-protected and safe. Our home security systems and smart home automation can be easily customized to fit your needs and budget. Get in touch today to get started!

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Spring Break Home Security Tips

Spring break is a great opportunity to get out of town, visit somewhere new and spend quality time with family. Unfortunately, it’s also a good opportunity for burglars and thieves to break into homes and steal electronics, jewelry and other expensive and sentimental items.

Does this mean that Atlanta families shouldn’t take spring break trips? Of course not! It just means that you’ll have to take a few extra steps to secure your home before heading out of town. We’ll share some spring break security tips below.

Make It Look Like You’re Home

Don’t make it obvious that you’re out of town. Set lights on a timer, or better yet, hook lights up to your smart home system and turn them on and off remotely. Ask a neighbor to take your mail and newspaper inside, and to put the trash cans out on garbage day. If you’re going to be gone for more than a week, make plans to have your grass cut.

Don’t Broadcast Your Travel Plans

In the age of social media, it’s tempting to post about your exciting spring break plans. But even with your privacy settings turned up, would-be burglars may still be able to see that you’ll be gone. Keep quiet about your trip until after you return.

Make Breaking In More Difficult

Install a deadbolt on your doors and windows, and use motion sensor lights outside of your home.

Monitor Your Home Remotely

A smart home system allows you to check in from wherever you are. Consider installing smart cameras, lights, door locks, temperature controls and more.

Install a Home Security System

By far, the best way to prevent a break-in from occurring while you’re out of town is to install and use a home security system. Not only will this protect your home, but it will also give you peace of mind, allowing you to truly relax and enjoy your long-awaited vacation.

Give KMT Systems a call before you head out on your spring break trip. We can install a home security system, help automate your home and much more. Trusted by more than 6,000 Atlanta-area homes and businesses, our award-winning security company is committed to your safety.

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Why You Should Invest in Smart Home Automation

Smart home automation is increasingly popular these days – and for good reason. Home automation carries many benefits, and the individual devices are becoming more affordable, widely available, and easy to use. And it’s easy to customize your system to meet your needs, then add additional devices as you go.

If you’re new to home automation, it’s a good idea to let experienced professionals handle the installation. KMT Systems specializes in smart home automation, offering sales, installation, and guidance to customers who want to automate but aren’t sure of what they need. Give us a call at (770) 507-5828 to get started!

Not sold on smart home automation? Read on for a few of the many benefits of automating your home.

Increased Home Security

Internet surveillance cameras allow you to monitor your home from anywhere, smart locks and remote light controls give you control over your home when you’re not physically there. Being able to turn lights on at random times or check in on interior or exterior from a different location can significantly increase the security of your home.

Lower Energy Usage and Costs

We’ve all done it: turned the air conditioning on full blast, then left the house without remembering to turn it down. But what if you could change the temperature of your home from far away? Not only do smart automation devices give you the power to do just that, but many learn your schedule and habits, and optimize functions to reduce unnecessary energy use. Over time, the money you’ll save on your heating and cooling bills will fully cover the cost of a smart thermostat – and then some!

Make Day-to-Day Life Easier

Smart home devices can do many things. They can help you make a shopping list, check the weather, monitor your to-do list and play music. They can turn on your coffee maker when your alarm goes off. They can lock the door when you forget – and much more. Smart home automation makes your life simpler and easier.

KMT Systems offers a variety of residential and commercial security services, including security systems and alarm monitoring services, to homes and businesses throughout the Atlanta metro area. We can customize a security solution to meet your needs and budget. Get in touch with our Georgia home security experts today!

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Include Security in Your New Year’s Resolutions

As you think about the year to come, what do you want to achieve? What do you want to change? And what do you want to protect? While KMT Systems can’t help you with those individual goals, we can help you take steps to ensure your personal security in the coming year.

Strengthening and protecting your security doesn’t have to be a major time commitment – that’s where we come in! Our convenient and customizable home security and smart home installations make it easy to prioritize security in the new year. In addition, here are five easy ways to enhance your personal security in 2018, as detailed in a recent Wired article.

 

Use a password manager

With the increasing threat of hacks and ransomware, it’s important to use secure, unique passwords for each of your many accounts online. A password manager will make it easy to remember and manage all of those passwords and protect your accounts.

Enable two-factor authentication

If a site offers two-factor authentication – which usually involves temporary codes sent to you via text or by some other means – you should take advantage of it. This is especially important for accounts that store your personal information.

Back up data

Not only is this a common sense thing to do, but it can also protect your security. First, you’ll have a backup at the ready if you get hit with ransomware. Second, you can assess whether and what data has been stolen, and how you should react.

Use a VPN

VPNs create an encrypted connection between your computer or other device and a secure server, allowing you to browse the internet more securely. VPNs are becoming more mainstream and accessible, although many carry a small fee.

Use chat apps with end-to-end encryption

Switch to chat apps like Signal or WhatsApp, which offer full end-to-end encryption that will protect your conversation from prying eyes. Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, Slack and others don’t offer this level of security.

 

By taking these simple steps, you can better protect your personal security in the year to come. Want to learn how you can better protect your home and family through an affordable home security system or home security monitoring? Get in touch with our Atlanta security experts today.

Experts Forecast Security Industry Success in 2018

After an economic downturn and slow-but-steady recovery, the tide seems to have turned for the residential and business security industry. After significant revenue growth in 2017, experts predict that the industry will continue to flourish in the coming year. This is partially due to an increase in new home builds and the growing popularity of cloud-based services, among other factors.

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In a recent article in SDM, featuring KMT Systems’ owner and president Tommy Smith, the booming economy was touted as the main driver of the growth in the security industry. Specifically, Smith cited the growth in home builds as one key reason for KMT Systems’ success.

“In Atlanta, the new construction market is back almost as strong as it was pre-2008,” he said, noting that KMT Systems prewired 1,800 homes for eight different builders in 2017.

An increase in crime, contributed with consumers’ willingness to proactively invest in security systems to protect their homes, is also expected to be a factor in continued security industry growth. This is especially true in urban areas with high or increasing crime rates, as well as high-end residential areas and customers with disposable incomes.

In terms of specific security products, industry insiders expect video surveillance to drive growth in 2018, with monitoring also playing a key role. Both monitored and standalone cameras are likely to be popular in the coming year.

Cloud-based services will likely be popular and contribute to security industry growth in 2018 and beyond. These products all fit under the umbrella of “security as a service,” a package offering that provides ease and simplicity to customers while increasing company revenues.

Is there a downside to this sunny forecast for the security industry? Just one: a potential lack of skilled workers. KMT Systems is currently hiring an installer/technician – click here to learn more and apply.

If you’re looking to better protect your Atlanta home or business through affordable home security monitoring, give KMT Systems a call today.