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  1. How To Protect Your Home and Family During The Holidays

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    The Holidays. A time for joy, getting together with friends and family, giving gifts, and… break-ins?


    Unfortunately burglars view the holiday season a little differently…for them, it is a time of opportunity to burglarize your home for cash, credit cards, and gifts.


    According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, nearly 400,000 burglaries take place in the U.S. between November and December each year.


    The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) says families should be extra careful during the winter months, especially if your home is filled with new gifts or if you have impending travel plans.


    Here are a few tips to help keep you, your family and your home safe during the Holidays.


    Do Not Advertise Your Travel Plans


    However your home looks when you are home, is how it needs to look when you are away. Consider buying timers for your lights or having home automation which allows you to turn your lights on or off from your smartphone and gives you the ability to set “scenes” ahead of time so your lights come on and off automatically at times you have set. Our Lynx Touch and Tuxedo Touch security systems give you the ability to control your lights from your panel, and when coupled with Total Connect, you have the ability to control them straight from your smartphone, tablet or computer.


    Ask your neighbors to make tracks in the snow going from the drive way to the front door and to park their car in your driveway from time to time. This will give the impression that you are home to potential burglars. Fresh snow drifts are a dead giveaway that your home is unoccupied. You can also put in a request with your local post office to hold your mail and packages while you are away.


    Avoid posting your travel plans on social networking sites. You never know who may see them. Also, avoid posting pictures of your vacation until you return home.


    Do Not Show Off Your Gifts


    Your loved ones are not the only ones excited by gifts, burglars can be too. Avoid placing wrapped or unwrapped presents where they can be viewed from the outside of the home. Keep them away from windows, doors and any other part of the house that gives outsiders a peek in. Do not put boxes in your trash that advertise expensive or valuable items. Instead, burn them or cut them up and place them securely in a trash bag and/or can. It is not all too uncommon for burglars to look at someone’s trash in order to determine the value of breaking into their home.


    Update and Secure Your Home Entry Points


    Windows and doors are main entry points into your home. Make sure they are secure. A solid door with updated locks and a window with locks can be the deciding factor in whether or not your home is a good target. Easy target homes are the ones most often broken in to.


    People often have the misconception that a deadbolt lock will keep you secure. The area around the dealbolt needs to be secure as well. Use atleast 3 inch screws when securing your locks and be sure the door ways are solid and strong. If the doorway gives in when someone tries to kick in your door, the type of locks you have no longer matter.


    If running an extension cord through a window for outside holiday décor, make sure to secure the window. Use a rod to keep the window from opening past a certain point.


    Be Very Aware Of Your Surroundings


    Most burglars live in the neighborhood in which they commit the crime. When unloading your gifts from your car, be sure to look around and make sure no one is watching. It is also important to be mindful when loading your gifts into your car from the store. Make sure no one is following you to or from your car and be aware of any suspicious people lurking around. Avoid parking next to large vans as it not only hides you from the view of other people, but someone can be in the van waiting for an opportunity.


    Get A Home Security System


    The biggest deterrent for burglars is an alarm system. According to statistics from a 2009 study by the Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice, an installed burglar alarm makes a home less attractive to intruders by 20 percent. Not only does it protect your home, but may help protect your neighbors’ as well. It has been found that neighborhoods where security systems are present are less likely to be a target for burglaries.


    Modern Systems offers top of the line home security systems. With a trusted brand like Honeywell, you know you are getting reliable products. Whether you are in need of a simple system with a few door and window contacts, or a more complex system with sirens, cameras and remote access from your smart phone, we can help. Call and talk with a Systems Representative for a free, no obligation consultation and quote. 1-800-252-7664


  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.


    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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  3. 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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  4. Smoke Alarms Increase Your Chances For Safety– Information and Tips

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    Kentucky’s average fire death rate tied for the eighth highest in the U.S. A lounge fire in May 1977, which killed 165 people, accounted for the highest death toll in a Kentucky fire since 1899.


    Two-thirds of home fires that kill children under the age of 5 occur in homes without a working smoke alarm. Below are a few facts and tips about smoke alarms in the home.

    • • When fire breaks out, you have only seconds to escape its powerful heat, blinding smoke and deadly gases.
    • • Families can dramatically decrease their chances of surviving a fire simply by installing and maintaining working smoke alarms.
    • • Install and maintain smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside of sleeping areas. Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound
    • • Test your smoke alarms monthly and replace the batteries at least once a year.
    • • If you keep the door of your baby’s bedroom closed, keep a working smoke alarm in the room and use a baby monitor so you can hear when the alarm sounds.
    • • As soon as your children are old enough to understand, familiarize them with the sound of the smoke alarm.
    • • Teach your children that when a smoke alarm goes off, they must leave the home and go to the designated family meeting place outside.
    • • An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires, and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, both types of alarms or a combination alarm (photoelectric and ionization) should be installed in homes.
    • • Smoke alarms that include a recordable voice announcement in addition to the usual alarm sound, may be helpful in waking children through the use of a familiar voice.
    • • Smoke rises; install smoke alarms following manufacturer’s instructions high on a wall or on a ceiling. Save manufacturer’s instructions for testing and maintenance.
    • • If cooking fumes or steam sets off nuisance alarms, replace the alarm with an alarm that has a “hush” button. A “hush” button will reduce the alarm’s sensitivity for a short period of time.

    Modern Systems Inc. offers fire alarms along with security and entertainment. To learn more about how we can help you and your family have peace of mind, call us for a free, no obligation consultation and quote.




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  5. 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.


  6. 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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  7. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and How To Avoid It.

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    Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless and initially non irritating toxic gas produced by incomplete combustion in fuel burning devices. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that CO exposures and poisonings occur more often during the fall and winter, when people are more likely to use gas furnaces, heaters and generators in their homes. CDC statistics show more than 15,000 emergency room visits and nearly 500 deaths from unintentional, no-fire related CO poisoning each year.


    Persons with CO poisoning often overlook the symptoms (e.g., headache, nausea, dizziness, or confusion), and undetected exposure can be fatal. CO poisoning is often mistooken for a viral illness such as the flu because the symptoms are very similar.


    Sources of CO poisoning are: fires, vehicles left running in doors, faulty furnaces, generators, portable heaters, unventilated power equiptment, dryers, water heaters and other house hold appliances.


    You are probably asking yourself right now what you can do to protect you and your family form this silent killer. Here are a few tips to keep you safe.

    • •Have your heating system, water heater, and any other gas-, oil-, or coal-burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year.
    • •Install a battery-operated CO detector in your home and check or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall.
    • •If your CO detector sounds, evacuate your home immediately and telephone 911.
    • •Seek prompt medical attention if you suspect CO poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed, or nauseated.
    • •Do not use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove, or other gasoline- or charcoal-burning device inside your home, basement, or garage or near a window.
    • •Do not run a car or truck inside a garage attached to your house, even if you leave the door open.
    • •Do not burn anything in a stove or fireplace that is not vented.
    • •Do not heat your house with a gas oven.

    Did you know Modern Systems can not only provide you with a security system, but we can also install a CO detector. Coupled with Total Connect, you can receive alerts and text messages if an abnormal amount of CO is detected. We service Lexington, KY, Somerset, KY, Bowling Green, KY and all surrounding areas. Why wait? Call us today for a free no obligation consultation and quote from one of our highly trained Security Representatives.



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  8. 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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  9. Home Solutions: Intercom System

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    Get A Taste Of More Home Control



    Available in both 5″ and 7″ models, the Control4 Touch Screen is a stylish way to add total home control that’s always there when you need it. From the easy-to-use home page you can control music, television, security, lights, comfort and more. Enable whole house video intercom functionality to easily communicate with other people in other rooms, keep an ear out for the children, or announce dinner time to the family.


    Always Know Who Is At The Door



    With Control4 front door video intercom, you never again have to answer the door without knowing who is on the other side. Check on the children in the play room, or look in on the baby during naps with disturbing them. You can rest easy knowing what is going on in your home at all times.


    Get The Whole House Talking



    Make calls to any room in the house from what ever room you are in. Just selct the room you wish to connect to and instantly be able to communicate. Want to have a group conversation from multiple rooms? Easy, select “all” and connect instantly to every room in your home! It really is that easy. Keep the whole house talking with a whole house intercom system for your home or business.



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  10. HVAC Protection: The WHIP

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    How Does It Work?

    The WHIP is a theft detection device that connects to an electronic security system and the service valve of the air conditioner or heat pump to be protected. It triggers the security system whe the pressure inside the refrigerant line of the air conditioner or heat pump drops below an acceptable level. This Drop in pressure happens very rapidly when the thieves cut the copper refrigerant line. Your security system will also be activated if the cables connecting the WHIP and security system together are cut, shorted, tampered with or removed.


    How Do I Get One?

    Easy! Call Modern Systems today and we can connect one to most existing security systems. If you do not have an existing system, we can quote one for you that fits your budget and needs.


    With offices in Lexington, Bowling Green, and Somerset, KY, we can offer quick response and installation time.



    Lexington Office: 859.264.8772

    Somerset Office: 606.679.4556

    Bowling Green Office: 270.783.0100