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  1. How to Avoid False Alarms

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    If you have a home security system you may very well understand the pain of a false alarm. Many, if not all of us are guilty of accidentally setting off the security alarm–whether it be from opening a door or window while the security alarm is set, or by messing up the secret code when the monitoring station calls in. This common mishap often results in loud sirens that disturb neighbors or law enforcement showing up at the door.

     

    Here are a few tips to help avoid the nuissance of a false alarm:

     

    1. Modern Systems offers several ways to turn off your security system, in turn you have the ability to quickly react in the event of an alarm system being falsely triggered. You can use the wired or wireless keypad, smart phone, tablet, computer or remote control.

     

    2. Make sure everyone who uses the security alarm knows how to use it properly, especially if you are setting up access to someone to enter your home while you are away. Provide specific, detailed instructions on how to disable and reset your home security system. After installation, your Modern Systems sales representative will train you on how to properly work your home alarm system.

     

    3. Have us set up your home alarm system to call your mobile first in the event of an alarm and your home phone secondly. This way you will have a quicker response time in the even of a false alarm while you are away.

     

    4. Program your mobile phone with your service provider’s number and call them the second to accidentally trigger you home alarm. Memorize your PIN so it is readily available (never carry your PIN written down in your wallet or purse, if it is stolen the theif could enter your home and disable the alarm).

     

    5. Make sure to have your alarm system for the home service regularly, and make sure the battery is replaced when needed. Weak system batteries and faulty equiptment can cause a false alarm.

     

    6. Make sure all windows and doors are secured before turning on your burglar alarm.

     
     

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  2. Safety Tips For Women Living Alone

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    Female headed house holds are sometimes very specific crime targets. Because of this, we would like to provide women with solid home security advice.

     

    One of the most important safety rules is to have layered home security, including a security system, surveillance cameras, security signs and outdoor lighting. Having a security system does not have to break the bank. With Modern Systems, you can have a basic, yet reliable system installed for less than $200. Insurance companies often give discounts to those with a home security system making the cost of monitoring just cents a day.

     

    In addition to a home security package, women living alone should often consider the following safety measures:

     

    Schedule Service Visits Carefully

     

    When scheduling service visits and deliveries, single women should go a step further by also arranging for a friend or family member to be present. Most laborers are trustworthy but there are occasional reports of crimes traced to individulas recently doing work in the home. To minimize the risk of being victimized by a similar crime, it is important to arrange service visits for a time when another trusted adult can also be in the home.

     

    Door Intercom

     

    There have been crimes reported where a person knocking at the door disguised him or herself as a sales person or some other non-threatening stranger. Usually the goal is to determine whether someone is home, but there is that occasion when a criminal is not deterred by a women answering the door, especially if he believe she is alone. This is where a video intercom would come in handy. Instead of approaching the door to see who is there, you can use the video intercom to view the person there and communicate with them. With this type of device a criminal is not able to peer inside or develope a good sense as to whether or not anyone else is in the home. Most importantly, however, a person is not able to strong-arm his way past a woman and forcibly enter her home.

     

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    The ability to immediately call for help is priceless. Some systems aloow you to use the key pad, a light switch or have a wireless one that you can keep with you at all times.

     

    Date in Public

     
    A woman living alone should strictly avoid hosting a first date at home or even allowing a suitor to pick her up or escort her back home. Instead, hold the first few meeting in a public place that is well-lit. Doing so will reduce the risk of being burglarized while away, as well as significantly reduce the chances of a physical crime inside the home.

     

    Personal Protection

     

    Always keep personal protection items such as pepper spray, nearby and ready to ward off an attacker. These items can be kept in a purse, on a keychain, next to the bed and other key locations that are within reach thorughout the day. Used correctly, these items can cause the criminal to flee, or stun them long enough for you to get to safety.

     

    Door and Window Locks

     

    Keep doors and windows locked at all times. If you enjoy having a window open to let in fresh air, consider getting a lock that will only allow a window to open a certain amount. Make sure you have good locks on doors and windows that can not be easily tampered with.

     

    Following these tips can greatly reduce your chances of being burglarized or a victim of a physical crime. For information on security, camera and intercom systems, contact Modern Systems. A sales representative will be able to give a free, no obligation consultation and quote. 1-800-252-7664

     
     

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  3. DIY Home Security Tips

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    By now I am sure you are aware of the many ways Modern Systems is able to help protect you, your family, home or business. Now what can you do to add even more protection? Let’s start with some DIY home security tips to get you going.

     

    Securing Doors And Windows

    • • It is important to have strong and solid doors for exterior entrances. Solid, heavy wood or metal doors are some of the strongest.
    • • Dead bolt locks offer added protection against a door being kicked in. Installing a door jamb brace will also aid in protection.
    • • Make sure you have non-removable hinges secured with screws around 3 inches long.
    • • Keep all doors and windows in your home locked when you are away.
    • • Treat all windows and sliding glass doors with glass protection film. This will help against them being broken for entry.
    • • Install anti-lift mechanisms to the interiors of windows that slide up and down, and insert a metal or wooden rod into the tracks of patio doors and windows that slide sideways.

     

    Landscaping For Home Security

    • • Keep bushes and hedges cut down around doors and windows. You do not want to give a potential burglar a place to hide.
    • • Consider planting bushes that are sharp or prickly around windows to keep someone from wanting to hide in them.
    • • Remember that every thing you plant could potentially become a hiding place for a burglar. Plan your landscaping accordingly.

     

    Lighting and Timers

    • • Having lights and a television on all of the time, day and night, can be a sign to any one watching that you are away. Instead, consider installing timers on your lights and tv or having a home automation system for control from anywhere in the world. Call a sales representative for more information on lighting and electronics control. 1-800-252-7664
    • • Add LED security motion lighting to the perimeter around your home.

     

    Make a plan to burglarize yourself. This way you can find all of the ways someone can enter your home. Look for hiding spots, areas where valuables are visible, and easy entrances to your home. There is no better way to completely protect your home than to understand what needs added security and protection.

     

    Installing a home security system will add another layer of protection to your home. Call a sales representative today for a free, no obligation consultation and quote. Modern Systems has been giving home owners in Lexington, KY, Bowling Green, KY , Somerset, KY and surrounding areas peace of mind since 1979. We are one of the largest home security companies in Kentucky and surrounding states.

     

     

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  4. Home Security Systems: Should I Have One?

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    If you have a family you want protected and/or valuables you want secure, the answer is a resounding yes! In this time of economic uncertainty and rising crime statistics, home safety and security is a top concern for most home owners.

     

    How Does a Home Security Alarm System Work?

    Security alarm systems usually include a combination of motion sensors and door and window contacts that connect to a home alarm device with keypad or touch screen controls. When the system is armed and active, the sensors and contacts will trigger the alarm if there is movement or if a door or window is opened. If the alarm is not immediately disarmed by punching in the correct code, the monitoring center is notified. In turn they will call you, and if needed, the police.

     

    Is It Worth The Cost?

    A security system is a proven deterrent for would-be burglars. In fact, a recent Rutgers University study found that the presence of residential burglar alarm systems actually decreases crime, making homes that have security alarms far less attractive to intruders.
    Peace of mind is another major benefit. The new features of systems make it possible to cover concerns beyond breaking and entering. It is now possible for your security system to alert you when your children arrive home from school, warn you of fires & carbon monoxide exposures, and even alert you to frozen pipes and potential plumbing disasters while out of town. Need another reason? Reduced insurance costs! Talk to your home insurance provider to find out what type of discount a security system will give you. With the insurance discount, the cost of monitoring goes down to just cents a day.

     

    Where Do I Start?

    Start by contacting Modern Systems. We have been in the business since 1979. Because we are locally owned and operated, we can offer you the best service and quick turn around time. After the initial call, we will send a system representative to your home (an appointment will be made at a time most convinient to you). Your representative will help put together the perfect system for you that works for your needs, home, and budget. This process leaves you under no-obligation to buy. You can then determine whether or not you are satisfied with what we can do for you, and if you are, then a contract will be signed and your new system will be installed quickly. Upon the completion of installation, your representative will meet with you again to train you on your new system. What are you waiting for? Call us today to schedule your no obligation consultation and quote.

    As one of the top Lexington alarm companies, we are able to deliver consistently great service and products and services for over 30 years. Not only do we do home security, we do commercial security as well. Now you have access to monitoring employees, preventing slip and fall fraud, controling lighting and temperature from anywhere in the world.

     

     

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