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  1. 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.


    Panic Button


    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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  2. Tips For Fire Escape Planning

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    Creating a fire escape plan is a great way to prepare for when tragedy strikes. When a smoke alarm sounds, you don’t have much time to get out of the home before you risk injuries or death due to smoke inhalation and fire. Having a plan in place and practicing it will help your family know how to react and evacuate quickly and safely. Here are a few tips in fire escape planning:

    • •Children as youngg as 3 years old can follow a fire escape plan they have practiced often. Yet, many families don’t have detailed escape plans, and those that do usually don’t practice them.
    • •Practicing a fire escape plan and fire-safe behaviors on a regular basis can mean the difference between life and death.
    • •Draw a basic diagram of your home, marking all windows and doors, and plan 2 routes of escape out of each room. Consider various fire scenarios when creating your plan and develop actions for a safe escape. Plan for each member of your family, including babies or toddlers who may be unable to escape on their own. Download a grid to create an escape plan. Click Here.
    • •Keep exits clear of debris and toys.
    • •Keep your child’s bedroom door closed. If a ahllway fire occurs, a closed door may hinder the smoke from over powering your baby or toddler, giving fire fighters extra time for rescue.
    • •Teach toddlers not to hide from fire fighters. Their uniforms can be scary in time of crisis. Teach children that fire fighters are there to help in an emergency. Take children for a tour at your local fire station so that they can see a fire fighter in full gear.
    • •Teach your children to crawl under smoke to reduce smoke inhalation.
    • •Teach your children how to touch closed doors to see if they are hot before opening. If so, use an alternate escape plan.
    • •Have a safe meeting place outside the home and teach children never to go back inside.

    Creating a fire escape plan helps prepare a child and lets them know how to respond in the event of a fire. Practice the plan as a family once a month. When you first create one, you may want to practice it a little more often until your children can remember it well, especially for small children and toddlers. Remember to change the batteries in your smoke alarm when you change time on your clock for daylight savings time, and to test the alarm regularly. Call us to learn how Modern Systems can help you. Ask a representative about our fire alarm systems.



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  3. Geo-Tagging: Is Your Smartphone Telling People Where You Are?

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    Location-based tagging is a really cool way of letting friends and family keep track of you. But do we really know who is watching? With the use of social media, such as Facebook and Foursquare, on the rise, security issues associated with them are becoming all too common.



    Foursquare, a popular location-based mobile network, allows users to “check-in” at various establishments. The problem with this is you are sharing with the world exactly where you are, and where you aren’t. If you use it to check in at your home, or the home of a friend or relative, you are giving away the address of that home, making it all the easier for potential burglars and home invaders to know where you or someone else lives, and when you are and aren’t home. The same issues arise for those who “check-in” to places on Google+, Facebook, Twitter and other social media networks. Some smart phones and devices automatically insert a line of information with each photo or location tag that can enable someone with moderate computer skills to track you and your location, with out you even telling your device to do so, and many times with out your knowledge.


    Aside from potential burglaries and home invasions, this also opens the door to “cyber-stalking.” Your routines, your location, and your friends and family can all be tracked easily. Although this rapid evolution in locational technology does not cause stalking, it definitely makes it much easier.


    So how do you protect yourself from these risks? Here are a few tips:


    1. Know if your smartphone, laptop or tablet is capable of geo-tagging. Most smartphones are and their default settings are for the geo-tagging to be on. Change the setting so it is not permitted. If you do not know if your device has these capabilities, or how to turn them off, check with your service provider. They will be able to instruct you on disabling this feature.


    2. Understand the risks involved if you decide to take advantage of location based networking. Avoid tagging the home of you or a loved one. Never tag photos of children as it can pose a risk for predators.


    3. Control who is able to see your location. Most of these social networks allow you to edit your privacy settings. Only allow those you trust to see your location and photos.


    4. Make sure your children are aware of the dangers of over sharing information. They can put the entire family at risk just as easily. Make sure to disable this feature on their devices if you do not want them using it.


  4. The Power of Home Automation and Security

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    We all know that sinking feeling you get in your stomach when you open that shockingly high utility bill—or the feeling of complete loss when something near and dear to you is stolen but could have easily been prevented. With realities such as these we are left to wonder what solutions are out there that can beat the current system.


    Many people are educating themselves on basic energy management and home security. There are so many solutions available to us and we are left scratching our heads wondering which ones will give us the most value for the buck and will work the way we need it to. That is where Modern Systems steps in. With multiple solutions for the most basic and elaborate home owner needs, you can rest easy knowing you are getting quality products and services from reputable brands at prices hard to beat. Let’s take a look at some of the available solutions to many problems home owners face.


    My Energy Bills Are Out of Control!


    I know the burn of an unexpectedly high utility bill. Mine seem to be getting bigger and bigger by the month, but alas, there are solutions to this! First you need to find out where the high energy use is coming from. Could it be from the fridge? The HVAC? With the Tuxedo Touch, not only can you have affordable home security systems, but there is a program on the control panel to manage home energy use. You can pinpoint where the energy is being consumed, and take steps to remedy the situation. Check out this video to see how it works:



    The Lynx and Tuxedo Touch give you power to have basic automation of your home. You can control your HVAC and Lighting right from the control panel, or from your computer, smart phone, or tablet. You can set schedules for the temperature to change to your preferred settings at a given time, or for chosen lights to turn off and on as you please. Perfect for those days when you are pulling in to work, and you suddenly realize you left the lights on, or you forgot to set the thermostat to a few degrees cooler while you are away. All you have to do is get on to your computer, phone, or tablet and turn the lights off and change the thermostat. It is that simple. You will never have to suffer the high utilities because of forgetfulness ever again.



    Control 4 products take it all even a step further. Not only can you control your lights and thermostat, you can also control practically any appliance in the home. Left the TV on? That’s just fine. Simply get on your phone, computer or tablet and turn it off. You can control so many aspects of your home with this system it is mind boggling. But, with the simple and easy to use interface, any person – young or old- can operate the system.


    I Have Valuables And Personal Items That I Cannot Leave Unsecure


    Although I personally do not own too much of monetary value, I have a few things that I hold near and dear to my heart that I want to always be protected, even when I am not there. With any of the security systems Modern Systems has to offer, you will know that your possessions are safe and sound around the clock. From door contacts, to sirens, panic buttons and motion sensors, with a trusted brand like Honeywell, the products are tested and proven to be top of the line.


    Not only will you be able to protect your valuables from theft, they will be protected from fire, smoke and water damage as well. Receive email alerts on your phone if the temperature in your home rises or drops to certain levels or if there is flooding in the home. If there is a fire, the correct authorities will be contacted. With quicker response times, you can prevent a lot of damage to your home and the things inside it.


    We also have a special product designed to work with your HVAC unit to protect the copper pipes from theft and tampering.



    I Have Way Too Many Remotes Cluttering My Table!


    Ah, remotes. I love their convenience, but between my television, satellite and DVD player I have 3 remotes sitting on my coffee table. Go into another room in the house, and then there are 4 remotes for the systems in there. Wouldn’t it be just amazing to have one to operate all of the systems? Well, there is a way! With Control4 you can operate all of these things with just a single remote. Because Control4 is a modular system, you can start with just one room, and then add music, lighting, temperature and other rooms as the budget allows. Dream Big. Start Small.


    I Want To Be Able To Communicate With People Throughout My Home


    With 3 people living in a 2 story home, it always seems like we are all on different sides of the house, on different floors, all at different times. I am tired of yelling up the stairs at my husband. It wakes up my daughter and hurts my throat, plus, he never seems to hear me. With Control4 video intercom, the days of yelling and hoping he heard me are a thing of the past. I just go to my panel in my living room, push a button, and there he is, looking right at me and able to hear every word.


    I can also check in on my daughter during nap time without waking her or just watch her sleep. She is so cute when she does that. Moments I normally would miss like her singing herself to sleep, singing her own made up silly song or writing on the walls with crayons are easily accessible with the tap of a finger. I can either watch without her ever knowing or I can catch her in the act. It’s always a wonderful thing.


    The days of opening my door to complete strangers or people I’m really not in the mood for a visit from are gone as well. I can now view who is at my door and then make an informed decision on whether I should answer it, ignore it, or even just communicate with them through the intercom because I don’t want them to see me still in my PJ’s at 5 in the evening.


    Click here to learn more about video intercom.


    Modern Systems can make your life a whole lot more worry free and because we have been in the business for over 30 years, you know you are working with a company you can trust to give you flawless home automation and security. We are one of the largest home security companies in Kentucky and serve the Lexington, Somerset, Bowling Green and surrounding areas. Give us a call today to talk to someone about your needs, or for a free no obligation consultation and quote.


    Isn’t technology a wonderful thing?


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  5. The Best Apps for Crime Statistics and Home Security

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    Implementing a quality home security system and strategy requires planning. Knowing your neighborhood and the types of crime that are more common allows you to plan for the type of security that will be most beneficial to you, your family and your home. Fortunately, there are a few apps that make crime searching in your neighborhood easier than ever before. The apps are not just beneficial for home security planning, but also to trips in unfamiliar areas while out on the town or on vacation. Here are a few apps that may be useful to you.


    Crime Reports

    Crimereports.com allows you to view crime reports for most areas. You just type in your location, or find it on the map and it will show icons for various types of crime where it happened. You can also view registered sex offenders living in your area. If your local police department does not report to Crime Reports, you can submit a request for that localion via the website, or by going talking with your local police. You can use the app on the website, or by downloading it from iTunes on to your phone, ipod or tablet.


    Crime Mapping

    CrimeMapping.com is one of the leaders in online crime information. The company’s primary focus is providing law enforcement agencies with tools for informing the people about crimes in the area. You can also view your area’s rankings to national averages and filter crimes to focus only on things related to home security, such as burglary and vandalism. You can use this app on their website or download it for free from iTunes onto your phone, iPod or tablet. If it is not offered in your location, you can submit a request via their website for them to report on your location.


    Crime Stats

    Crime Stats list local crimes by location and type of crime such as Violent Crimes and Property Crimes.



    Total Connect allows you to operate your security system from anywhere, anytime. You can control your thermostat, lock and unlock doors, turn lights on and off, arm and disarm your systems, view video and receive alerts, all on your computer, smart phone, iPod or tablet. Talk to your security provider for information on how to get the Total Connect App.


  6. 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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