The Importance Of Keeping Your Personal Info Safe

There are so many different reasons why it is so important for each and every person to keep all of their personal information as safe as they possibly can. The first and most important reasons is going to be because it is so easy for someone to take your personal information and pretend to be you for financial reasons. With your personal information anyone can open up many different banking accounts, credit cards, or other items that can cost you a lot of money, and also potentially destroy your credit.

When someone has your personal information they can pretend to be you easily online or on the phone, and there are many different things that can do on the internet or by phone. Also as soon as your report that you have had your identity stolen, your credit score is going to go down. That is regardless to the other things that may happen to your credit if someone has opened an account in your name without you knowing it. There are many different ways that you can keep your personal information as private and safe as possible, and you want to make sure that you do everything that you can.

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CSI: Commonly Stolen Items

Despite the best efforts of home security systems, community watch groups and local police departments, homes are burglarized every day. While certain neighborhoods and parts of the country see lower crime trends than others, there are always consistencies in why homes are robbed and what criminals are looking for. The answer may be simpler than one would think.It’s not televisions, computers or electronic equipment that is most often stolen from households nationwide, even as more and more of these technologically sophisticated items permeate the population regardless of socioeconomic status. Rather, cash is still the most stolen item in burglaries today. Even other some items are often swiped with cash in mind. What happens to your fancy laptop or speakers when they disappear from your home? Aside from some smaller scale cases of petty crime, it is most likely not intended for personal use. Instead, these items are sold to pawn shops or on street corners, often times for relative pennies to the dollar, as cash is difficult to trace back to the culprit and openly exchanged for any sort of good or service. Technologically advanced items, on the other hand, run the risk of being tracked or identified, either by unique identification number or Global Positioning Device, which must be expertly removed or disarmed to avoid suspicion/apprehension.

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Why Wireless?

Most of the major home security companies are now offering wireless security devices.  These systems save time and money in installation because, unlike traditional wired security systems, no walls have to be cut to run the wires. Traditional wired systems are most easily installed with the building of a new home, because otherwise installation is very messy and invasive.  However, wireless systems can be installed anytime, anywhere.  Another difference in these systems is the way in which information is sent to the security company or police station.  Wired systems send signals through cable lines, while wireless devices use radio signals, which can often be faster.

In addition to the easier installation and faster communication times, wireless systems have a number of additional features that can be incorporated using the technology.  ADT, one of the nation’s leading security companies, offers a wireless keychain remote that allows you to turn your alarm on or off with one simple button.  Wireless systems are also now permitting activation and deactivation from remote sites, particularly with the use of smart phones.  The Apple App store recently introduced the ADT Pulse Interactive Control which can be downloaded onto the iphone for free and used to arm or disarm your system no matter where you are.

Another big name in the home security industry, GE, is also offering wireless devices for their home security packages.  The GE Security Pro 1000 is a sophisticated yet easy to use system that can be installed using wireless technology.  The system also provides a wireless key chain for easy control.  Your system can also be set to control appliances, lights and the garage door, allowing for consolidated management of your home.

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Stop a Burglar in His Tracks

Hopefully you never find yourself the victim of a home burglary.  Dealing with that is much more severe than if you could deter a burglar before he ever enters your home.  One of the new trends in the home security market is driveway alarms.  Coming with a range of different features and uses, the basic goal of these alarms is to alert you if someone is approaching your house.  These systems can also be useful in non-threatening situations by informing you when expected guests are arriving.

Infrared motion detectors are gaining popularity in the security market and are now being used in driveway alarms as well.  The 600 ft. Range Deluxe Driveway Alarm from Gadget Shack is a two-device system that uses infrared technology.  The motion detector is used to pick up human or vehicle motion, which will then trigger a sound on the receiver.  You can also program the device to use different beeps which will sound according to which area the motion was detected from.  Additional receivers can be added to this device so that you can be alerted of motion wherever you are in your house.

The wireless age is also moving into the home security market and many driveway alarms use wireless technology for easier installation and larger monitoring ranges.  The Murs Alert device combines infrared and wireless technology for added protection.  The monitor can send signals to the receiver from several miles away.  The two devices can also be used for voice communication.

Some home owners prefer a device that can’t be seen by visitors or burglars, in which case the MIER DA-500 Driveway Alarm is a great product to consider. A metal detecting probe is buried in the ground which detects vehicles and then sends a signal to a receiver in your home or business alerting you of visitors.

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Home Security Devices for Extra Protection

Using a security alarm and secure locks on all doors should be your top priorities when it comes to protecting your family and belongings.  Safe practices and tips also help to ensure your protection, but if you are looking for something a little extra to ensure peace of mind, there are many useful products on the market to consider.

Security cameras are great ways to deter burglars as well as catch a thief in the unfortunate event of a break in.  These devices come in an array of styles and designs to meet your needs.  The Swann Digital Wireless Security Camera with Receiver provides adjustable surveillance with pan, tilt and zoom features.  IR night vision technology ensures that you can capture whatever image necessary, even at night.

Another device that is an easy way to increase security at your home is a door brace.  These bars are usually made of steel and are placed under the door knob to prevent entry.  They are especially useful when you plan on traveling.  Even if a burglar found a hidden key, they won’t be able to open the door.  The Master Lock Dual Function Door Security Bar is made of 20-gauge steel and is adjustable to fit different size doors.  This product can be bought at Kmart for $23.49, making it an inexpensive way to improve your home security.

Glass break sensors are another useful device to install in your home.  Some home security systems offer this as part of a package, but if you don’t have this feature and don’t want to change packages, separate glass break sensors can be purchased and installed.  Brick House Security‘s GlassBreak sensor can be purchased for $149.00 and can detect the sound of breaking glass from 2,000 feet away.  The lithium battery in this device can last for 2-3 years so you aren’t constantly changing a battery or worrying if the battery will die.

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Creating a Burglar-Proof Home

Even if you aren’t planning any big vacations, there are many ways to improve the day to day security of your home. Locking doors and activating your alarm at night and whenever you leave the house is the most important form of home protection. However, following these few rules will help make your home one from which a potential burglar will walk away.

  1. Don’t leave valuables in plain sight. It may be habit to put your purse or keys in a certain place every day, but it that location is in view of a window or glass door it could be easily seen by anyone outside. When you’re home or away always put valuables out of view, so as not to tempt a potential burglar.
  2. Trim shrubs and trees that grow around your house. Never let outdoor plants grow so that they block windows or provide significant cover around the perimeter of your house. A burglar loves a well-hidden home. If he would be well concealed from the street when inside your home, the chances of your house being broken into greatly increase.
  3. Always keep your garage door shut when you aren’t around. Most people store some amount of valuable items in their garage, and if the door isn’t even shut all a burglar has to do is walk in and walk out. Also keep any cars outside or in a garage locked at all times.
  4. Advertise your home security system. Obviously, setting your alarm is key, but putting the company sign in your yard or a sticker on your window immediately alerts a burglar that the home is protected and they will probably keep on walking.
  5. Install motion detector lights. These are particularly useful at night. A burglar is strongly deterred from a home where he is easily visible. These lights are relatively inexpensive and can go a long way to protecting your home and valuables.

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