Seven Reasons Not to Buy an Alarm System from Your Cable Company

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Seven Reasons Not to Buy an Alarm System from Your Cable Company

  • Cable companies are good at getting you to purchase (potentially unnecessary) services by bundling because it appears to save money. Not many of us would have a landline nowadays, but the cable company tells you it is cheaper to have internet, cable, and a landline than it would be just to have internet and cable. The reason they do this is simple.  They know that the more services they provide you with, the more of a pain it will be…
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    Your Security Camera Questions Answered

  • Security cameras are a very hot topic these days, and lots of customers are asking about them. In an effort to provide people with all the information they need to make an educated decision about whether they need home security cameras, what type of cameras to purchase if they do need them, and how to best use cameras if they already have them, we are publishing this short guide to security cameras that addresses these and other commonly asked questions.…
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    Why You Need to Arm Your Alarm During the Day

  • Many people purchase a home security system so that they can sleep better at night, but the fact is that one of the most important reasons to have an alarm system is so that you can turn it on during the day. A lot of people say, "Well gosh, I'm really just concerned about my personal safety. I'm not so much worried about my stuff getting stolen." However, the truth is the most important time for you to protect yourself…
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    Best ID Theft Protection Services for 2017

  • When most people think about protecting themselves, their families, and their businesses, they look to home security systems armed with alarms designated to alert homeowners to entry as well as cameras that can catch intruders in the act, ensuring they will be brought to justice. It’s vital to find a company you can trust (such as Dynamark Security of Richmond) to provide this kind of physical security for your family and business. But what about your cybersecurity? You need to…

    How to Conduct a Small Business Security Audit

  • Is your small business secure? Are you sure? Businesses experience ten times more burglaries than households, yet many company owners consider their business more secure than their home. Businesses are also likely to be repeatedly re-victimized, with 17% of burgled businesses representing 69% of incidents. It’s easy to miss security flaws that leave a company exposed. Focusing on the day-in, day-out needs of the operation can push security by the wayside. Here’s an outline of a basic small business security…
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    How to Prevent Security Cameras from Being Hacked

  • You’ve probably heard some of the stories appearing in the news this year about widespread hacking attacks using the Internet of Things—in other words, devices other than computers that are connected to the internet, such as appliances, TVs, and security cameras. As a home security company, we want to arm you not just with the technology to protect your family but also the information you need to keep yourself safe.  To that end, here is a summary of what you…

    How to Interpret Crime Statistics

  • Understanding crime data isn’t easy. Friends, news stories - even mayors and police chiefs - often present crime statistics in an oversimplified way that allows easy conversation. But it’s important to understand the forces at work behind crime stats to have a truly accurate picture of what’s really going on. New York City crime rates are a classic case of tricky numbers. Over the years, various officials have claimed responsibility for lower overall crime rates, lower homicide rates, lower violent…
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    Home Security Scams for 2017

  • Every year, especially during the spring and summer, the home security industry and its customers are targeted by scams. The aim of these scams is to get homeowners to switch their monitoring system to a new, far inferior and far more expensive options, often with hidden fees and bad intentions. The alarming part of these scams is that these security companies don’t usually try to persuade you to switch to their company or even ask outright. Instead, they lie, pretending…
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    Home Automation Trends for 2017

  • As technology continues to steadily evolve, more and more tech innovations are finding their way into our homes. From voice-operated hubs and smart appliances to effortless security solutions, more tasks are being automated, bringing us many more benefits and new tech toys to enjoy.  Here are some of the top home automation trends for 2017, many of which are available through Dynamark Security of Richmond. Seamless Cooperation and Interconnectivity With several companies releasing in-home technology last year, it’s a wonder…
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    Frontpoint vs ADT vs Dynamark

  • Security systems play an important role in protecting your home and family. While these necessary systems are implemented by a variety of companies, it can be a real challenge deciding which one is right for you. Luckily, we’ve put together a quick guide to help you compare Frontpoint vs ADT vs Dynamark Security of Richmond. Frontpoint Frontpoint is a relative newcomer to the home security business having been operating for only ten years (compared to over 30 years for Dynamark…
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    Common Alarm Industry Scams

  • Spring is nearly here, and that means it's time for another reminder about some of the common scams that continue to plague the alarm industry.  While these alarm industry scams take a variety of forms, they all have the same purpose--tricking you into unknowingly switching your alarm monitoring to a new company, usually one with far inferior service than most reputable alarm companies (such as Dynamark Security).  The scams are more of a problem in warm weather due to the…

    Three Common Home Security Mistakes

  • Given that home ownership doesn't come with a manual explaining what exactly you should do to keep your home safe and secure, it's no wonder that most homeowners make at least a few mistakes on a regular basis when it comes to security.  Even homeowners who have a home security system are guilty of making some of these mistakes, although statistically speaking their chances of experiencing a break-in are much lower. While there are many mistakes we could list here,…
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    Planning Your Spring Break Vacation with Security in Mind

  • After a long cold winter, you probably want to go someplace warm and sunny for Spring Break. But instead of just looking for cheap flight and hotel deals to determine where you go and what you do, plan your vacation with security in mind. You’ll have a better vacation knowing that you are headed someplace where you won’t have to worry about your safety as you enjoy the beach or check out popular local destinations. Here are some things to…
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    Using Security Landscaping to Protect Your Home

  • The following article was contributed by Styer Landscaping, a trusted partner of Dynamark Security of Richmond. When most people think about home security, the first thing that comes to mind is alarm systems, locks, or possibly even firearms.  While these things can all play a part in protecting your home, what most people don’t realize is that the landscaping of your property can also have a big impact on home security.  This impact can either be positive or negative depending…
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    Is Your Home Secure? Take our Home Security Quiz to Find Out!

  • Are you worried about your home security? If you are, you’re not alone! Many people worry that their home, family, and expensive possessions are not safe while they are out. Whether you are at work, running errands, or on vacation, being away from home gives a burglar a chance to gain access to the most important things in your life. So, take this home security quiz to find out if your valuables are safe right now! At the end there…

    The Home Safety Risks of Christmas Decorations

  • Christmas and holiday decorations are a lot of fun for children and adults alike – they provide festive cheer and allow you to express your creativity both indoors and out. Decorations have gotten much safer over the years, significantly reducing risk of fire. Modern decorations are also energy-efficient, which allows them to be operated at a lower cost and in more unique patterns and styles than ever before. However, even well-made decorations still pose some risk for home use. To…

    Top 5 Home Security Gifts

  • If you haven’t started your holiday shopping yet, look no further! These top home security gifts will keep you and your loved ones safe year-round: Lockitron Bolt The Lockitron deadbolt lock is a smart solution to locking your home. It’s a unit that installs over your deadbolt to allow you to unlock your doors for others without having to give them a key or code to enter. This is more secure than lending a key to a neighbor or friend and…
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    How to Research the Security of Your New Neighborhood

  • The following article was contributed by Valentine Properties, a trusted partner of Dynamark Security of Richmond. If you’re thinking about moving to the Richmond area, or even moving to a new part of the city from another neighborhood in the area, you’ve got a lot of things to consider.  Everything from the quality of the local schools to the level of traffic on nearby streets might play a factor in your decision-making process.  One consideration that might be important is…
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    A Short History of Burglar Alarms

  • The latest state-of-the art home security systems have many features that make our lives easier, from keyless door locks to the ability to arm your alarm from your cell phone.  While these features are relatively new, the need to protect one’s home from intruders is not.  It may surprise you to learn that burglar alarms have been around in one form or another for hundreds of years, and that the modern burglar alarm was invented in 1853.  Even alarm monitoring…
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    Common Holiday Security Threats and How to Prevent Them

  • With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the 2015 holiday season is upon us.  It’s the time of year when our thoughts turn to family gatherings, parties and presents, but unfortunately there are also some holiday security threats that you should be aware of and plan for so that you can stay safe.  These common threats can strike at any time, but are especially heightened around the holidays. Burglary While the risk of home burglary is generally highest in the summer…
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    Wireless Alarm Systems vs Cellular Alarm Monitoring

  • Wireless alarm systems have become very popular in recent years, but many people are still confused when they're confronted with the term "wireless alarm systems." This is probably due to the fact that even within the alarm industry, that term sometimes has different meanings.  Sometimes it refers to the sensors used inside a home, while other times it refers to the way an alarm is monitored by the central station. We’ll explain the difference below, and for the purposes of…
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    Halloween Home Security Tips

  • Halloween time can be one of the most fun times of the year, for kids both young and old. The young in age of course, love the opportunity to dress up in fantastic costumes and masks, and campaign door-to-door for free candies and other treats. The young at heart enjoy the season as much if not more, because it's a great time to throw a party, whether it's at work or at someone's home. With all that good feeling surrounding…
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    Richmond Home Security Myth-Busting

  • Probably most of us feel that we are pretty well aware of the habits of burglars and what they're after, but you might be surprised to learn that Richmond home security statistics bear out some facts that most homeowners are likely unaware of. This discussion will center around four facts about burglars that are not commonly known, and which may be of value to you in helping you to protect your home against their incursions. Myth #1 - You are…
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    The Best Locations for Business Security Cameras

  • Security is one of the most important and commonly overlooked aspects of any business.  Monitoring daily operations not only safeguards your company but it also protects your customers.  While a variety of security solutions can help secure your business, video surveillance is one of the most efficient and cost-effective solutions available.  Before you install business security cameras you may want to consider which areas are the most critical to protect with consideration for the safety of everyone involved. Building Entrances…
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    The Risk of Retail: Businesses Most Likely to Get Robbed

  • It doesn’t matter what kind of business you are— a restaurant, a clinic, or even an airport can be the victim of a robbery. But while robbers can strike any business, it’s retail establishments need to take particular care. What is Robbery? Robbery is defined as the unlawful taking of property from a person by force, or by threat of force. This is why robbery is defined as a violent crime, while shoplifting, burglary, and employee theft are not. It…

    Home Security Risks Posed by Social Media

  • Most users of social media really love having the ability to stay in contact with friends, and exchange pleasantries on a daily basis. Posting photos of the latest activities and events is also a favorite habit among social media buffs. What many users don't realize is that all that information and all those photos can be used by criminals to determine vital facts about where you live, what kind of goods and valuables are in your home, and when the…

    Three Security Precautions to take Before and During the UCI Road World Championships

  • The 2015 UCI Road World Championships in Richmond are less than a month away, and preparations are proceeding at a frenetic pace.  The event, which is one of the top cycling races in the world, is expected to draw upwards of 450,000 spectators to the city, and unfortunately all of them may not be law-abiding citizens.  However, by taking a few basic security precautions, you can make sure that you not only keep yourself safe, but also help protect the…

    Four Ways a Smartphone can Improve Your Home Security

  • Interfacing your smartphone with your home security system adds to the capabilities you get out of your system. It’s not just peace of mind, but convenience. There are so many things that can be done through your smartphone that integrates with your home security.  Get the most out of your system with these four ways that improve the way your home security system works. Monitor Who Comes and Goes in Your Home With your smartphone, you have the power to…

    Security Systems for Fraternity and Sorority Houses

  • Controlled confusion is the norm at fraternity and sorority houses, with students and friends coming and going at all hours. For residents, it’s partying and socializing, with bouts of intermittent studying. Students may be oblivious to the dangers, but administrators know that trouble can happen anytime. Their concerns include keeping: Residents safe from intruders Their possessions protected from burglars The building wired with smoke detectors and fire alarms House Manager’s Guides recommend 24-hour lock-up and educating residents how to keep…

    Where to Place Motion Sensor Lights Around Your Home

  • Whether you want to light up a home for safety when walking or want to deter criminals from entering, motion sensors lights are one of the best investments you can make for your property.  In today's post, we cover where to place motion sensor lights around your home in order to get the most benefit from them. Within the Garage Installing motion sensor lights within the garage serve two purposes: first, motion sensor lights in the garage allow you to…

    The Basics of Home Security Cameras

  • With today’s technology, the price of home security cameras makes them more affordable than ever for residential use. However, many people find it overwhelming to shop for a system because there are so many options for and acronyms that describe home security cameras. Don’t look at price, but look for the features you need for your situation to find the best deal and camera. Wired or Wireless? A wired camera is powered by a cable, which means that you have…

    Security Risks of a Home Based Business

  • One of the biggest mistakes that home based business owners make is assuming their company is too small to worry about security. However, entrepreneurs who work from home may have even greater security risks than the typical brick and mortar company. Putting the trash out on the curb is one example of this.  At a typical office complex, many companies share a single trash container that only owners or employees can access.When you work from home, garbage from your home…

    Common Home Security Myths

  • Home security is obviously very important, but it's also equally important to separate fact from fiction when it comes to protecting yourself from a possible break-in. Here are some of the more common home security myths and the truth behind them. Common Home Security Myth #1: Deadbolts and Security Bars Will Stop Burglars  Truth: Deadbolts and security bars slow can slow down a burglar and help make your home a harder target. While a deadbolt lock or a security bar…

    Family-Friendly Events in Richmond for Summer 2015

  • Now that Richmond-area schools are out for the summer, it’s time to think about planning some family-friendly activities for the next few months.  Luckily, there’s always something exciting happening in the River City, but sometimes it can be hard to find out about the best events.  We’ve done the hard work for you, and come up with a list of fun family-friendly events in Richmond for summer 2015. Arts and Culture Expo at the Science Museum of Virginia June 27th,…

    Do Burglar Alarms Really Deter Crime?

  • Your home is your castle.  If there is any place in the world where you and your family should feel safe and secure, it’s at home…but unfortunately, that isn’t always the case.  Over a million home break-ins occur every year in the United States, and for the families who are unlucky enough to be victims of those crimes, that sense of security is shattered forever.  Of course you want to do everything within reason to keep this from happening to…

    What To Do If Your Home Has Been Burglarized

  • [caption id="attachment_490" align="alignleft" width="300"] Broken window on door by vandalism[/caption] No one wants to come home to a crime scene. Home safety is a high priority for most homeowners, and when you find you’ve been burglarized, your sense of security can come crashing down. Here's a list of what to do if your home has been burglarized. Contact the police When you realize your home has been robbed, it is essential to call the police as soon as possible. That…
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    Three Common Home Security Mistakes

  • If you fancy the idea that you're not at risk of being burglarized, think again. Burglars are always on the prowl looking for easy targets. When they find one, they'll strike when no one expects. So, don't take chances with your home security.  Let's look briefly at 3 common home security mistakes people make and how you can avoid them. Failing to Scrutinize Workers Burglars posing as agency employees or utility workers is a growing security concern. Unfortunately, some home…

    Richmond Security Alarm Door-to-door Scams

  • With the arrival of warmer weather, Richmond residents are once again dealing with a perennial problem that just doesn't seem to go away.  The problem, highlighted in this report from a Virginia NBC affiliate station, is door-to-door security alarm salespeople who pretend to represent your current Richmond security alarm company—for example, Dynamark Security—but who in fact work for a different alarm company. These unscrupulous salespeople attempt to trick unsuspecting homeowners into switching their alarm monitoring contract.  They often will claim…