Eight Common Home Security System Misconceptions

Home security systems are a proven deterrent against burglary and have helped save countless lives from fire and other emergencies when professionally monitored. Millions of people have experienced the benefits of having a professionally-installed home security system, but there are many more who still view security systems as expensive, unnecessary, or inadequate. With KMT Systems being Atlanta’s foremost security provider, we’ve taken the time to dispel several of the most common misconceptions about home security systems to show you how they can help to secure both your home and your family.

I don’t have anything worth protecting.

Many homeowners don’t believe they’ve accumulated enough “stuff” to warrant investing in a security system, but burglars aren’t always after the plasma screens and family jewels. Guns and prescription pills are some of the highest-targeted goods because they are easy to move on the street at a high value. Even then, most people own electronics of some sort – televisions, computers, phones—or personal documents that are also targeted by thieves. The average cost of a burglary is $2,251 per incident, but the psychological cost or long-term damage can be much higher.

Additionally, the most valuable thing you stand to lose is your life. Protecting yourself and your family from home invasion, fire, carbon monoxide poisoning, and the like is well worth the investment in a 24/7-monitored home security system.

Home security systems are too expensive.

If this were the 1960s, you might have a point. Technology has advanced so much in the last few decades that a reliable, high-quality, professionally-installed home security system can be purchased for only a few hundred dollars. Professional monitoring of said system can be purchased for the price of a night of take-out for the family per month. Again, it’s a worthwhile investment when considering what a burglary or home fire would cost you.

I already have a security system—my dog.

Dogs can certainly act as a deterrent to home invaders, but a barking dog isn’t going to do much to stop a burglar whose mind is made up. Most home burglaries occur during the day, so a barking dog is likely to be ignored by neighbors who hear the same dog barking at the mailman or passersby daily. In the event of a home invasion, most dogs nowadays are family dogs who are socialized not to jump on people entering the house. They are easily swayed by treats or some small amount of attention. If a dog does act aggressively toward a burglar, the sad truth is the dog is likely to be harmed or worse in the process of the burglary. What’s more, no matter what Lassie may have led you to believe, the odds are your Pomeranian will not be able to rescue you if your home goes up in flames. Especially if you consider your dog a part of your family, your pup deserves the same protection afforded to the rest of your household.

Your pet is a valued member of your family, but perhaps not the best source of security.

I have pets, so a security system won’t work for me.

If you own Marmaduke or a small elephant, a security system might not be for you. For the rest of us, there are pet-friendly motion sensors whose sensitivity can be adjusted to ignore the movement of small- to medium-sized pets whose sensitivity can be adjusted. It’s just one benefit of professional installation—a custom-engineered solution to fit your (and your pet’s!) needs.

I can just put a security system up myself.

One piece of advice: don’t. Firstly, the “latest and greatest” do-it-yourself (DIY) devices aren’t made to the same standards as those made by professional security vendors. When you hear about home security devices being hacked, it is almost always a DIY device. Even if DIY devices were of higher quality, designing a security system for any building requires thorough training and an understanding of the capacities and limitations of every single device going into the house. Even basic considerations such as device placement can affect the overall functionality of a home security system. Professional security providers have a wealth of experience and training in system engineering and installment that most well-intentioned DIYers have never received. In short, something as vital as securing your property and family is better left to the professionals.

Modern “smart home” security systems are easily hackable.

There’s been a lot of noise in the media about the deficiencies of homes that utilize the internet to connect their devices. Namely, how someone with malicious intent can hack into various devices and control their security system or even communicate with those inside the house. These concerns are valid, but a quick look at these incidents reveals they occurred on DIY systems. Professional security providers use sophisticated, highly-rated control panels and devices that utilize security protocols such as high-level encryption to protect homes from hacking. Making sure to password-protect your home Wi-Fi, another major risk factor should help to cover the rest of the bases. Something a professional security provider is likely to tell you during installation. If you’re willing to spend money on a DIY system that contains security deficiencies, it’s spending the small amount more to have a professional put in high-quality devices.

Professionally-installed smart home systems are far more secure than the problematic “DIY” solutions flooding the market.

Can’t an experienced burglar just cut my phone line, rendering my system useless?

While an uncommon occurrence, this is technically possible on dated plain-old-telephone-service (POTS) lines and systems that use them. Most telephone service providers are turning away from copper phone lines as it is and turning to voice-over-IP (VOIP) lines that are incompatible with most security systems. Forward-thinking security providers such as KMT Systems have turned away from installing phone line-dependent systems in homes and now almost exclusively install home security systems that utilize cellular and internet communication. With these cellular communication devices, there is no phone line to cut, making home security systems more reliable than ever.

I live in a nice neighborhood. I’ll just lock my doors.

Believe it or not, the more affluent neighborhoods can be targeted the most frequently. It’s a simple calculation of risk/reward on the part of the prospective burglar: what house is more likely to have goods of the most value to me? The very mentality of “my neighborhood is nice enough” actually encourages burglars to target these “nice” neighborhoods with more frequency. If you think your neighborhood will be targeted by burglars, you’re more likely to get a security system, and smart burglars understand that. Also, considering the fact that most home burglaries occur by simply breaking in the front door, a normal door lock isn’t likely to cut it.

The KMT Advantage

As you can see, home security systems are safer, more advanced, and more affordable than ever before. If you’re interested in finding out what a professional-grade security system has to offer you and yours in terms of protection, look no further than KMT Systems. KMT has been securing Georgia homes for 15 years and uses that experience to customize security solutions to fit your individual needs.

To learn more about purchasing a security system for your home, talk to an KMT Systems Customer Representative at (770) 284-3144

8 Reasons to Get a Home Security System

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Home security is one of the most important gifts you can give your family. Knowing you are safe when you are home is priceless. Knowing your home is safe when you are not in it is equally priceless. If you are on the fence about a home security system, here are eight great reasons it’s time to invest today. 

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Deter Criminals 

Burglars and criminals are less likely to target a home that has a security system. Home security is a powerful deterrent, which means your family is safer at home. Criminals look for these when they want to target a home, and most turn around when they notice a system. 

Protect Your Family 

If your family sleeps through a criminal breaking into your home, you may not be able to save them. However, you can protect your family by providing them the benefit of knowing that someone has opened a window or door any time of the day. This helps them prepare for what’s happening instead of ending up surprised when it’s too late. 

Keep Your Kids Safe 

Did you know a security system is about more than just criminals? You can protect your family from the dangers lurking outside even if they aren’t the kind that come inside. For example, if your system comes with a door chime, you will know anytime a door is opened. This might be the notification you need to keep a child inside rather than in the pool. 

Save Money on Homeowners Insurance 

Your homeowner’s insurance premium might go down if you have a security system at home. Call them to find out if you have this option. If you don’t, you can shop around for a lower rate elsewhere by providing them with the name of your security system. 

Provide Your Family with Peace of Mind 

How often do you travel and wonder what’s going on at home? Now you don’t have to wonder. A security system allows you to know if your home is safe and sound even when you are not there to check on it. 

Protect Your Home From Anywhere 

With a security system, you can protect your home from anywhere in the world. You can use your app to turn on the lights, to set the alarm, and even the check on other things. Being remotely connected makes your life easier. It also helps you sleep better at night. 

Control Your Home 

Many security systems now come with smart thermostats and outlets you can control remotely. You can save money on utilities by changing the thermostat anywhere in the world. You can save on worry by turning off outlets if you’re not sure you unplugged something. You can even control the lights and other features in your home. 

Check on the Kids 

If you have kids, you worry about them. With a security system, you can check on them using cameras and other smart technology. You know when they get home from school in the afternoons. You know if they open a door or window. You know everything, and you can even keep track of who comes to your front door when you’re not home. 

A security system is a great investment for the simple reason it makes you feel better about your own life. You are more relaxed, and that’s a priceless feeling. Your home and your family are your priority, and a security system helps you keep them safe.

The Benefits of Home Security Automation and Why You Should Upgrade

Today you live in a smart home, and your home is being made capable of being able to do a lot of automated tasks. One of the areas of interest that is becoming popular is improved home security. Since the technology and processing power exists to do some pretty amazing things with the security of your home, this makes it possible for a home owner to get a lot of security tweaks for an ever-reducing cost. With that in mind, the following are a few areas of automation that will benefit you and your family. 

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Remote Access 

You left your smart home and were a good way down the road before you remembered you forgot to arm your home alarm. While most people would be fuming by realizing this and complaining about the hassle of having to turn around to fix it, you calmly pull out your smart phone and use your onboard app to arm your alarm system by remote. The added benefit of not having to go back to do this manually means that you will have saved a ton of time and gas in the process that would have been wasted otherwise. 

Learning Your Schedule 

One of the great aspects of technology-based security upgrades for a home is that more and more security devices are able to learn and adapt to your schedule. If you regularly come in late at night, your home can prepare for your arrival by turning on the lights for you. This is an important home security measure, because you do not have to get out of your car in the darkness anymore and fumble for the right key. Rather, your security lighting is ready to go as you pull into the driveway and will fire up when you get into a close enough proximity to your home. The lighting that comes on for you will illuminate your path to the front door. 

Monitoring Your Perimeter 

While it is nice to have cameras watching everything that goes on outside your dwelling, you can set your home security system up to alert your smartphone any time someone gets too close to your home. You can access any camera by remote and watch a real time feed of the kind of activity going on outside. This also gives you the advantage of taking a solid look around your smart home for intruders before leaving your house.

This Back-to-School Essential Keeps Delivering all Year

This Back-to-School Essential Keeps Delivering all Year

Time flies when you’re a parent. So does money. For example: is it already a year since your last back-to-school shopping extravaganza?

At least some parenting purchases have more staying power than a new backpack. Take smart home security powered by Alarm.com, a back-to-school essential for many working families with older children.

With an array of after-school safeguards for your kids, it delivers peace of mind throughout the school year, and for years to come. Your kids can even grow into it as they become more independent—which is more than we can say for their new sneakers.

Fewer keys means fewer worries
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As soon as your kids are old enough to arrive home on their own, Alarm.com starts making things easier with keyless smart locks and user codes for easy access.

Unlike keys, user codes can’t be dropped, lost on the bus, or left in the door. If forgotten, its owner can ring the doorbell camera and you can unlock the door from work. Like a set of keys, however, your child’s first user code can still confer a sense of responsibility that they’ll love.

Find out more: Four Ways to Use a Smart Lock

Technology makes check-ins less challenging
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With every school year, your kids grow a little more independent. Meanwhile, you worry just as much as you ever did, and you need to know they’re okay after school.

Your Alarm.com app is here to help, offering peace of mind via quick, visual check-ins. You can see a quick snapshot from any Image Sensor, view a live feed from your indoor or outdoor cameras, and even get front-door video clips of your kids arriving home.

If you prefer a hands-off approach, Alarm.com also offers a range of custom alerts for specific activity and events, such as the kids not arriving home on time, or even the videogame cabinet being open for too long.

Find out more: Four Essential Alarm.com Back-to-School Alerts

Smart reminders ensure that your house stays secure
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As kids get older, they have more going on, which means they forget things. Unfortunately, this often includes securing the house when they’re last to leave.

Alarm.com can help with actionable smartphone reminders. Once your teens have their own Alarm.com app, your house can remind them directly if a door isn’t locked, or the garage is open, or the security system isn’t armed when it should be. They’ll be able to fix things quickly with a remote command.

Read more: Alarm.com Versus Unlawful Entry

As kids grow, Alarm.com keeps up
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Unlike this month’s back-to-school buys, Alarm.com keeps up with your family as you grow. When it’s time to add a new device like a doorbell camera or smart lock, your service provider is on hand to help. We also deliver new features and updates digitally through the cloud, keeping your Alarm.com-powered home at the cutting edge of smart home technology.

To add smart home security to your parenting toolkit this year, enter your ZIP code below and get connected with an Alarm.com service provider.

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

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!

Preventing Home Burglaries

Preventing Home Burglaries

On our blog, Protection Concepts shares many tips on preventing home burglaries.   I thought you would benefit from tips from the insurance industry on ways to prevent home burglaries. Here’s a short article I found from the insurance perspective on how to prevent home burglaries.

Taking steps to prevent theft can reduce your insurance premiums and save you from the heartbreak of losing items that are worth more to you than money. The ring that your grandmother gave you, your great-grandfather’s watch, the charm bracelet that all of your children saved to buy as a Mother’s Day gift, or a special item that you bought on your honeymoon can’t be replaced if they are stolen.

Preventing Home Burglaries.

Invest in solid doors and good quality locks on doors and windows. This includes on all sliding glass doors as well. Make it not only difficult but also time consuming for a burglar to gain entry.

Whenever you go outside, lock the door and take the key with you, even if you are just stepping next door or out mowing the back yard.

Don’t put valuables where they can be seen from the window, especially items that can be easily carried.

Be sure your garage door can be secured. Do not leave it open when you are away; an empty garage broadcasts your absence.

When you aren’t home, use a timer set to turn interior lights on and off at varying intervals as though your home was still occupied.

Don’t keep large amounts of cash or really valuable jewelry around the house.

If someone comes to your door asking to use the telephone, make the call yourself. Don’t invite them in.

Don’t hide a spare key under the door mat or under a flower pot. Thieves know all the good hiding places

Plant thorny bushes under all windows. Trim back any trees or shrubs near doors and windows to eliminate hiding places for would-be thieves.

Don’t leave ladders outside. Keep any tools that could be used to break in your home safely locked away in a garage or shed.

Get a barking dog or “beware of dog” signs. If you own a dog and go out of town, have someone come in and care for your dog in your home

Always double check doors at night and lock all windows

Engrave all valuables such as stereos, microwaves, video cameras, with your driver’s license number. (Engraving tools are usually available through your local law enforcement agency.) Videotape the contents of your home. Keep the video and the list of all valuables in a safe place, such as a safety deposit box

Conclusion

Your are concerned about home burglaries.  Your insurance company is concerned about preventing home burglaries.  Protection Concepts is concerned about preventing home burglaries. Call us to see the tools we can provide you to prevent a home burglary happening to your home.