Good neighbor. Good security.

You’ve equipped your home with a technologically advanced security system, complete with laser fencing, automated lights, and video surveillance to protect and secure your family.

But there’s an element that could be the finishing touch to your already perfect home security system – your neighbors.

In a society where we are increasingly coddled by the convenience of technology, we may overlook the simple component of basic human interaction as a complement to our technological lives.

Getting to know your neighbors is just as important as getting to know your own home, and they can play an integral part in completing your home security system, and the safety of your family.

Here’s how a little neighborliness can go a long way in home security.

Be a Know-it-All

Knowing who lives next door, across the street, even a few doors down is important in keeping your home and neighborhood safe. Take a mental note of the people who look familiar, so you’ll know when someone does not.
Being in-the-know of who lives on your street, as well as their daily patterns, will make you aware of any inconsistencies and suspicious activities that could compromise the safety and security of everyone who lives around the block.

Be Friendly

You probably don’t have to become a best friend to everyone in the neighborhood, but befriending at least one neighbor could help you in the long run. A friendly neighbor is a valuable resource when it comes to asking them to look out for your property when you go on vacation, or exchanging important information about any incidences or occurrences that may have occurred.

Be Proactive

Form a group or host periodic meetings with your neighbors. Make it a social occasion where you take time to get to know everyone, and also discuss and address issues of crime and safety. A proactive neighborhood watch is a strong deterrent that can thwart potential break-ins, theft, and other crimes.

While a technologically advanced system is ideal for protecting your home, being an aware and conscientious neighbor to your community can be a welcomed enhancement to the overall safety of your family as a whole.

Do you think being a watchful neighborhood enhances the security of your home and family?
We invite you to share your thoughts, experiences, and join the discussion with us at Signal Secure. Leave your comments below!

Stay Sane Caring for Elderly Parents

For those of us who care for our elderly parents and relatives, it’s disheartening to hear that statistically, seniors are the number one target for home related crimes. And to make matters worse, falls are the leading cause of injury and death for those over the age of 65.

While we strive to protect our elderly loved ones from unfortunate accidents and crime, it can be difficult to juggle the challenges of balancing our own lives, and the comfort and safety of theirs.

This dilemma becomes more worrisome and complicated especially when they live alone, as we cannot give them the immediate protection they need and deserve.

With Signal Secure’s advanced mobile technology, families can now have an integrated home security system to enhance the lives of their senior family members, providing added assurance and protection for them to live more independently.

Let’s examine a few of the ways Signal Secure can be a valuable asset in taking care of your loved one:

Automation

For seniors who have mobility difficulties, simple tasks such as turning on lights inside and outside the house can be burdensome, tiring, and even dangerous if it means they have to climb up or down the stairs. Your parents may find it difficult to get up and answer the door, to know who to trust and allow into the home, or to remember to turn off the stove.
But with an integrated home security system, you can conveniently control the feats that make it hard for your parents to live alone.

  • Automate the lights to turn on and off during the course of the day and night
  • Receive alerts if an appliance is left on, and turn them off with a simple touch on your smartphone
  • Schedule the sprinkler system to water the lawn on certain days of the week
  • Have the house call your phone if someone is at your elderly parent’s front door, and open the door from your own smartphone
  • Program approved (and trusted) users to unlock and open the door without assistance
  • At night, program the house to turn off all lights (except a nightlife in the bathroom), lower the temperature, secure the property, and keep your loved one safe all night long
    Monitoring

As our seniors enjoy the independence of living at home, alerts can play an essential role in ensuring their safety. With Signal Secure, you will receive an alert at the very first sign of potential danger! Make sure you’re the first to know! Receive an alert if/when:

  • Irregular activity is detected outside the home, or by a door or window
  • Irregular activity is detected outside the home, or by a door or window
  • There is a glass break, carbon monoxide, fire/smoke, or water leak detected
  • A safe has been breached
  • Your parent falls down or sustains any other injury in the home
  • Your loved one did not get out of bed
  • An appliance is broken or faulty
  • It’s time to change filters, batteries, etc throughout the home

Surveillance

Taking care of seniors can be especially stressful since we cannot be in two places at the same time.
Thankfully, an advanced security system like Signal Secure can provide remote video surveillance that will act as virtual nanny, allowing you to check their living conditions in real time, in the event of a fall or other related health issue – all from the convenience of the internet or smart phone.

While a home security system can’t fully replace the need for human care and protection, a well-integrated system can play an important role in protecting, assisting, and alerting our valuable seniors, as well as family members and caregivers alike.
Do you have elderly members of the family that you care for? How would a home security system like Signal Secure play a role in protecting your elderly loved ones?

We invite you to share your thoughts and experiences, and join us in the discussion below.

Intelligent Video Surveillance

Remember when video surveillance was limited to places like high-rise corporate office buildings and government institutions?

And when your sole option for a home security system consisted of a couple motion sensors and window alarms that you could only control on one control panel?
Thankfully, we’ve moved on from yesterday’s security.

Now you can have futuristic video surveillance from Signal Secure in your own home, keeping you safer by surveying your entire premises. And you might be surprised to learn that this high-tech surveillance technology is more accessible, user-friendly and convenient than anything you’ve experienced before. In fact, if you can operate a smart phone, you can completely control your home’s video surveillance in the palm of your hand.
Let’s explore some scenarios and advantages of Intelligent Video Surveillance in your home.

Keep watch of the premises.

You’re inside watching a movie with the family at night, when you get a text message that something tripped the laser fence outside.
Don’t get up! Use your smart phone to watch the live video footage, and rewind, pause, and play as needed. You can even use the 2-way listen in feature to hear what’s going on. And once you figure out it’s your daughter’s boyfriend sneaking in, you can talk to him (as forcibly as you like) directly from your phone to the cameras.
Since your video surveillance system is equipped with a DVR that records every action for days and months at a time, you can rewind through stock video footage to determine if this is the first time it’s happened!

Keep the family in sight.

The kids are playing with friends in the back yard.
You can’t be in two places at the same time, but Signal Secure Video Surveillance can be everywhere at once! As you prepare a meal in the kitchen, you can watch the live video stream of your children playing outside.
And if you have elderly parents (living with you or even a hundred miles away), our video surveillance will help you keep a loving eye on them at all times.

Keep tabs while you’re away.

You’re going on vacation for two weeks and you want to make sure your home is safe.
With remote technology made available, you can keep up with what’s going on inside and outside your home at all times. Just click on the app on your smart phone, or log into your online account from any computer. Live and archived video footage is at your fingertips 24/7 – no matter where you are!
No home security system is complete without Signal Secure video surveillance. Nothing gives you greater control and flexibility when it comes to the safety of your home and family.
What do you think about video surveillance as a part of a home security system? Share your thoughts and experiences, and join in the conversation with us below.