Camera Security Best Protects Your Family

Camera security helped Philadelphia police solve an “unprecedented” 30 percent of cases that had video evidence. But surveillance cameras can now do more than protect against burglars; they can be the first line of defense to keep your family safe from other dangers.

More than 15.1 million children stay home alone after school, a number that continues to rise, according to the Afterschool Alliance. Whether your kids come to the house alone or with a nanny, security cameras can help you extend your watch even when you can’t be physically present. Learn how to keep the most precious part of your home safe with indoor and outdoor home surveillance:

  1. Install a front door camera so your kids never have to open the door when they’re alone. You can monitor package drop-offs and other activity with motion-activated cameras, so you only need to check your security system when someone crosses the step.
  2. Monitor your teenage driver by placing a security camera near your garage. Ensure Junior isn’t taking the family wheels out for a spin, and that your children come home before curfew.
  3. Avoid dangerous, unsupervised play near pools and other backyard hazards. Motion-activated cameras are the perfect solution to protect both your kids and any neighborhood children who may wander near a pool without an adult present.
  4. Keep an eye on the nanny with household cameras. Make sure babysitters come to the house on time and interact well with the kids — instead of watching television.
  5. Set up a camera near the crib to watch your baby sleeping right from your smartphone if you’re outside with the kids or away from home. You don’t have to worry about being in range of a monitor to hear a little one’s cries because you can see the baby in real time.

How do you keep your family safe with camera security? Leave us a comment to help other customers learn how to protect what’s priceless.

Go Green With Home Automation and Home Control

Earth Day falls on April 22, 2013, but you don’t need a particular day to conserve energy. Home automation is one of the most efficient ways to save both the planet and your wallet.

A “smart home” with home control features used to be a futuristic idea, but millions of homeowners now enjoy the ease of — and energy savings from — controlling their homes from just a smartphone. Homeowners spend an average of $2,100 on energy bills each year, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, but just a few simple tips can improve your home automation and lower your monthly bills:

  1. Install a programmable thermostat:  As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling, and a programmable thermostat can save you $180 — or more — every year in energy costs. Home automation takes the hassle out of remembering to adjust the temperature when entering the house and reduces the time it takes to warm or cool a home. You can even program the temperature from your smartphone anywhere in the world.
  2. Program devices together so that, for example, when you open the door, the hallway lights turn on and the temperature rises. Synced events like this avoid wasting your time and your home’s energy.
  3. Remotely monitor your lights and other devices to turn off the appliances you don’t need, even if you forget when running out of the house in the morning. Use SafeMart’s smartphone app to dim or turn off your lights.

Home automation is the perfect intersection of energy and financial savings. With today’s technology, you can easily configure a home automation system to fit your home’s unique needs.

10 Things to Know When Buying Home Security

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LiveWatch has just published an updated version of our handy "Top 10 Things You Should Know When Buying A Home Security System" guide. Check it out today and learn how you can make yourself an informed customer.

Some top questions to ask when you consider buying a system include:

  • "If I need a replacement, will you send it to me and help me configure it for free?"
  • "Can I contact the person who sold me my system? Some companies outsource their service and sell customer contracts."
  • "Are you willing to let me sign a 1-year contract versus the industry’s standard 3 to 5-year contract without increasing my prices?"

And remember, don’t even think about buying a home security system until you’ve read our tips and asked the questions to all the companies you might consider. There is nothing more powerful than an informed customer!

The Best Home Security Systems Are Wire Free

Home security systems have protected homeowners and their valuable property for decades. One problem with traditional wired security systems, however, was a lack of reliability in the dangerous situations the security system is meant to protect against. Smart burglars cut the phone line on the security system to disable communication between the home security system and the police, and the home was left defenseless.

Homeowners have no reason to fear that type of situation now, with wireless home security systems that protect against cut wires and other dangers. Most 21st century security systems are wireless, so a home invader can not disable it by cutting the phone line. Additionally, technological advancements also protect against power outages and wires damaged by environmental factors, such as storms.

A wireless home security system has advantages beyond dangerous situations. Those with less technological expertise find these security systems much easier to put in place themselves without waiting for an unknown, and potentially untrustworthy, installer to come to the house. These new home security systems eliminate the need to drill holes around a home.

New home security systems fit Americans’ lifestyle better than wired security systems. One in 10 Americans moved in 2009, according to the US Census Bureau, and the rate continues to increase. In case of a job transfer or other move, a wireless home security system can relocate with the homeowner, saving time and money during what can be a stressful period.

Home security systems help protect what’s priceless. Learn more about how you can customize a home security system to fit your needs today.