Why You Need to Arm Your Alarm During the Day

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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…

    Home Security Risks Posed by Garage Doors

  • Garage doors present one of the largest access points in a home--and one of the most vulnerable. They are an easy target for burglars. In fact almost 10% of all break-ins start in the garage, according to an article on This Old House. Here is an overview of problems you need to look out for and ways to increase the security of the doors connected to your garage. Access Door Between the Home and the Garage Treat the access door…

    The Five Most Commonly Stolen Items During a Burglary

  • As a homeowner, it’s natural to think of expensive jewelry and flat screens as some of the most commonly stolen items in a home burglary. It is also natural to think that this kind of theft occurs when you are away from your home or when you are asleep. These assumptions are not entirely wrong, but with burglaries taking place every 13.0 seconds in the United States, some of these criminal activities are more likely to be purely optimistic and…

    Benefits of a Neighborhood Watch

  • The National Safety Council has named June National Safety Month, and each week during the month has a different theme related to helping people stay safe and avoid injury.  The theme for this week is “watch out for danger”, and in honor of that occasion we’d like to highlight some of the ways a neighborhood watch program can help you watch out for dangers in your community and improve your home security. In its modern form in the U.S., the…
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    How to Prepare a Home Emergency Kit

  • While having a monitored home security system is an important part of making your home a safe place to live, it doesn’t protect you against everything.  In order to help raise awareness about dangers you can encounter in and around your home and workplace, the National Safety Council promotes June as National Safety Month. Each week of the month has a theme related to a different subject, and throughout the month we’ll be posting articles to our blog related to…
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    How Neighborhood Social Media Groups Can Increase Home Security

  • Knowing your neighbors has always been the best way to keep your home, your street and your community safe. Before computers, it was over the fence, in the park and at local get-togethers. People posted signs on telephone polls and at the neighborhood grocery store. But over the last three decades, people have bemoaned how impersonal neighborhoods have become, largely due to the inroads of technology. Children and adults commune with their computers, smartphones and Xboxes, not in real time…
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    Five Ways to Burglar Proof Your Windows

  • As a homeowner you may be diligent about burglar proofing your doors, yet did you know that your windows are also vulnerable? It's important to realize that this is a viable point of entry, yet in many homes they go unprotected. Here are five ways to burglar proof your windows to provide more safety to your home. Replace Window Panes with Reinforced Glass There are several types of reinforced glass with which you can replace your existing window panes, however…

    Three Risks of Using DIY Alarm Systems

  • When it comes to maintaining your home, one way to save money is to “do it yourself”.  While this is a great approach to tasks like painting, yard work, or simple remodeling projects, when it comes to home security the “DIY” approach might leave your home vulnerable to burglary.  There are three main risks to using DIY alarm systems, which we have outlined below. Risk #1: No professional installation The first problem with DIY alarm systems is that, by definition,…
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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…

    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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    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…

    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…

    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…