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  1. Is There a Silent Killer Lurking in Your Lexington, KY Home?

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    ​You can purchase top-of-the-line locks for windows and doors; install state of the art security systems; and even install a surveillance system throughout your home. However, the most deadly killer of all can be lurking around any corner of your home just waiting to harm your family. In fact, there is no room safe within your home including your child’s nursery, the family room, or even the breakfast table. This silent killer is none other than Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.

    Modern Systems Inc. is a reputable company that specializes in all types of Lexington alarm systems. Among a variety of security products, you will find carbon monoxide detectors that will provide the protection your family needs against this poisonous gas. These detectors can be wired directly into any home security system. Should carbon monoxide be detected, an alert will go out to the monitoring station, which will then dispatch lifesaving assistance to your home immediately. The team at Modern Systems Inc. monitors these Lexington alarm systems 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

    Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless, and invisible gas. These characteristic traits only make this poisonous gas even more dangerous. While children, household pets, and the elderly are especially vulnerable to the side effects of carbon monoxide gases, no one is safe. Should you experience flu like symptoms including dizziness, vomiting, confusion, nausea, fatigue, or severe headaches, you may have been exposed to toxic amounts of carbon monoxide.

    When installing carbon monoxide detectors in your home from Modern Systems Inc. you can trust that their professional technicians will follow all regulations set by the Center for Disease Control. This will include installing alarms outside of each bedroom throughout the home, as well as on each floor of the home. Alarms will also be installed within 15 feet of fuel-burning appliances in your home. A home with an attached garage needs a CO detector right near the door to the house, in case the car is left running without ventilation.

    While home security systems for Lexington KY residents are the specialty of Modern Systems Inc., they also offer superior carbon monoxide detection systems for businesses and building facilities as well. From nursing homes to hotels, the installation of carbon monoxide detectors and alarm systems can create a safer environment for your customers, while increasing the value of your property as a whole. When businesses throughout Lexington and the surrounding Kentucky communities can provide their guests with proof that they are dedicated to their safety and well-being, the customer is more likely to return time and again.

    So before you find yourself faced with the devastation that carbon monoxide gases can cause within your Lexington, KY home or business facilities, contact the professionals at Modern Systems Inc. You will quickly see the dedication they have for providing top notch alarm and monitoring services that are second to none within this service industry.


  2. How To Protect Yourself and Family From Home Invasions

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    With upwards of 8,000+ home invasions happening every year in the United States, it is important to know how to protect yourself and your family, and how to secure your home to better resist becoming a victim.


    There is a difference between a burglary and a home invasion. A burglary takes place when no one is home, while a home invasion takes place when you are. Most home invasions happen in the early evening hours through early morning on weekdays and weekends.


    It is important to understand the criminals of a home invasion and some characteristics of these potentially violent people. They like to target homes where they are less likely to face resistance and they will gain access to important information such as jewelry, cash, pin numbers and safe codes.


    Unlike typical home burglars, home invasions require time, forethought and homework. These criminals will typically spend the time to properly target a person or residence. They will pay attention to things such as your routine, when neighbors are usually away, the types of places you shop and what person in typically at home at what time.


    These criminals are known to use deception to approach your residence posing as a delivery man or salesman. Always be suspicious of those that you allow into your home. If something doesn’t feel right ask them to leave and request someone else or go with another company, if that doesn’t make them leave, call the police immediately and alert your neighbors of the incident.


    Know your neighborhood—if you notice something is out of place or suspicious, report it to the local authorities. It is better to be safe than sorry.


    Home invaders typically look for what is referred to as a soft target. Single women, women with children, elderly and the disabled are prime targets. This is because they typically put up less resistance, mostly out of fear or inability.


    Method of Operation


    The most common point of attack is through the front door or garage. Sometimes the home invader will simply kick open the door and confront everyone inside. More common is when the home invaders knock on the door first or ring the bell. The home invader hopes that the occupant will simply open the door, without question, in response to their knock. Unfortunately, many people do just that.


    Home invaders will sometimes use a ruse or impersonation to get you to open the door. They have been known to pretend to be delivering a package, flowers or lie about an accident like hitting your parked car or an animal (do not open the door and offer to call the police for them, if they become persistant, irritated or if you notice they move on to the next residence, call the police immediately.) Once the door is opened for them, the home invaders will use an explosive amount of force and threats to gain control of the home and produce fear in the victims. Once the occupants are under control the robbers will begin to collect your valuables.


    Some home robbers have been known to spend hours ransacking a residence while the homeowners are bound nearby watching in terror. Some robbers have been known to eat meals, watch TV, or even take a nap. A major fear is that the robbers might commit more violence like sexual assault or even murder. Some robbers have kidnapped and forced a victim to withdraw cash from their ATM machine or take them to their small business to rob it as well.


    So how do you protect yourself from these sort of crimes? The same tactics used to prevent daytime burglaries will go a long way to preventing forced entry home robberies. If you can delay a home invader at the point of entry then you have a chance of deterring them or have time to call the police.


    Home Exterior:

    • • Keep your house well lit at night. Motion detecting flood lights on low lit areas of your home are typically a good idea.
    • • Have an alarm system and place stickers on all the windows and a sign in the yard to let them know you are protected.
    • • Do not leave heavy objects in the backyard that can be used to throw through windows, particularly patio furniture and heavy stones.
    • • Invest in security cameras with motion sensors and a solid recording device like a DVR. Internet cameras or a remote controlling system such as Total Connect is a good option if you are away from home but still want to monitor it.
    • • Have a zone alarm to alert you when someone is coming to the door or up the driveway.
    • • Use highly visible house numbers so police can easily identify your home.
    • • Have security gate and fence around your home.
    • • Do not enter your home if it looks like it has been broken in to or if something seems out of place. Leave the premises and contact your local authorities immediately.
    • • Be aware of the trash that you leave on the curb. Break down boxes from recently purchase big ticket items and conceal them from prying eyes.


    • • Always lock windows, even those on the second floor.
    • • Use secondary locking devices on windows to prevent them from opening past a certain height.
    • • Ensure windows have vibration or glass-break sensors connected to your home alarm system.
    • • Consider solar screens on your windows which will not only save you on cooling costs, but allow privacy.
    • • Look at anti-break window film as an option.
    • • Put a dowel rod in the track of your sliding glass door.
    • • Be aware of bushes surrounding exterior windows, you do not want to provide them with a place to hide. If you do want one, consider one with sharp leaves or thorns to discourage these as entry points, but keep them trimmed.


    • • Invest in anti-kick door solutions to prevent brute force entry. A door chain isn’t going to help one bit.
    • • Upgrade your locks to high security locks.
    • • At the very least, install longer screws into your door hinges, preferably 3 inch screws.
    • • Do not hide a spare key outside, instead keep one with a trust worthy neighbor.

    Home Interior:

    • • Get a home security system with interior motion detectors and set the alarm when you are at home. Criminals rely on an alarm not being set while someone is home and awake.
    • • Ensure your alarm is monitored and has power back up and cellular capabilities incase the power or phone lines are cut.
    • • Have a secondary alarm keypad in your master bedroom that can be used to sound a panic alarm or quickly access alarm controls.
    • • Keep a spare cell phone stashed in a spot with in the home and make sure all family members know where it is. This can be used to call the police.
    • • Get a dog. A barking dog will bring unwanted attention to a potential burglar.
    • • Change alarm codes often.
    • • Discuss the importance of home security with everyone, it only takes one person to forget to lock a door or window.
    • • Bolt down safes and lock up expensive items like bikes and four-wheelers.

    Now a few statistics about home invasions and why you should take steps necessary to protect you and your family from them:

    • • One in five homes undergoes a home invasion or break-in.
    • • There are more than 8,000 home invasions every year in the U.S.
    • • 50% of home invasions involve the use of a weapon.
    • • In 48% of home invasions, victims sustain physical injuries.
    • • Victims age 60 or older make up 17% of home invasion victims.
    • • In 68% of home invasions, victims and the accused are strangers, in 11% of these cases, victims and the accused are friends, business associates or family.
    • • 38% of physical assaults and 60% of sexual assaults occur during home invasions.


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  3. Total Connect Remote Services Keeps You Connected and in Control

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    With Total Connect, you can stay connected and in control of your home or office whenever you want, wherever you are.

    • ·Remotely arm, disarm or check the status of your security system.
    • ·Keep an eye on your kids, babysitters, elderly relatives, pets, housekeepers or contractors.
    • ·Be alerted to important events occurring inside or outside your home, such as a child returning home from school, a gate being opened, a flood or extreme temperature being sensed, a valuable object being moved or if an even does not occur on schedule.
    • ·View live video on up to 6 cameras at a time.
    • ·Remotely control your Z-Wave enabled lights, locks and thermostats when using select Honeywell security systems.
    • ·Access informative content like local weather, traffic and news on your mobile devices and touch screen keypads.
    • ·Works across all major platforms including iPhone, Android and BlackBerry. Free apps available.

    With the user friendly interface, you have complete control over your system. You can set up and manage accounts, configure the system to notify you if events do or do not occur, trigger cameras by zone event, control your system, add users and more all on your own with an easy to navigate menu.


    The multi-site feature lets you view up to 100 multiple locations from one convenient login – great for franchise owners, real estate investors, vacation home owners and more. The hierarchal user structure lets the primary account holder add multiple users and customize access and settings for each one.



    Energy management is a great way to save money on energy and utility bills, conserve resources and live more comfortable, efficient lifestyles. With Z-Wave Energy Management you can have remote control via computers, smartphones and compatible mobile devices, make temperature adjustments, set schedules, have reduced utility bills and receive notifications.



    With Z-Wave Lock and Lighting Control, you can remotely monitor and control the locks on your home or business wherever you are. There’s no need to make multiple copies of keys anymore. By simply visiting your account on a computer or mobile device, you can instantly grant access to employees, service workers, babysitters, neighbors, relatives, house keepers and dog walkers at any time, as well as track activity and receive e-mail or video alerts when someone unlocks a door. You can also set lighting scenes and schedules for ambiance, security and energy savings.


    Honeywell Total Connect Video Services gives you an attractive, easy-to-use interface with customizable multiple images, sizing capability, streaming views and optional pan/tilt control with compatible cameras. With the video services you will also receive:

    • ·Secure communications and firewall-friendly video streaming.
    • ·Web-based camera configuration.
    • ·Up to six cameras per account
    • ·Event driven video notification with adjustable video motion detection technology.
    • ·Video storage of up to 100MB of clips
    • ·Adobe Flash player based application.
    • ·QuickTime video player.

    For more information on how you can have the capabilities of Total Connect, call us today!





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