Three Risks of Using DIY Alarm Systems

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,…

    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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    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…
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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…

    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…
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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…