Home Security Tips: What to Look for in a Home Alarm System in 2016

When choosing a home alarm system for your family, it is crucial that you choose an alarm system with all of the features that are essential to stay safe. Additionally, you need to make sure the home alarm company providing the home security will be there when a crisis strikes. To help you choose the best home alarm system for you, these are the features to look for:

Ability to Update Home Security Technology

Technology is ever changing, and the home security industry is no exception. When choosing a home security system, make sure you will be able to update or upgrade the software when newer technology is available. With the Digital Monitoring Products at Nationwide, you can remotely update your home alarm system to incorporate the newest technologies. This allows you to keep your family safe without having to pay for a complete upgrade to obsolete equipment.

Reliable Home Alarm Systems

Of course, a home alarm system does no good if it doesn’t work when you need it. Our integrated home security systems use advanced technology and fewer components to effectively protect your home, which means you can count on your home alarm system to work in an emergency.

Customizable Intrusion Alarms

Not every home has the same needs every moment of every day. It’s important that a home security system allows the user to create custom patrol areas on demand. With Nationwide, our home alarm systems allow you to choose which alarm sensors you want activated at any given time. You can also choose from a variety of control panel designs to ensure your home alarm system coordinates with your design style.

False Alarm Protection

When an alarm goes off, it is not always immediately clear if it was triggered falsely. However, with today’s average alarm, if you disarm it to check, the entire system will turn off. On the contrary, the home security systems from Nationwide will still remain active even if you silence the alarm, giving you the chance to confirm an intrusion while staying protected.

Integrated Emergency Alarms

As you know, a break-in is not the only problem your home can face. There are also fires and carbon monoxide leaks to be concerned with. To give you complete peace-of-mind, you will want a home alarm system that also monitors for these emergencies (like the ones at Nationwide).

Continuous Support and Monitoring

Just because you go to bed, that doesn’t mean your home will stay safe. You need a home security system that will monitor your home no matter what time of day it is. You also need a company that respects your right to privacy, which is exactly what you get with Nationwide Security Corporation. Day or night, and even on holidays, you can rest easy knowing our Central Station is monitoring your home in real time.

On-the-go Peace of Mind

Being able to keep an eye on your home alarm system no matter where you are is another vital feature to look for. That way, you can relax knowing your home is secure. At Nationwide, our home security systems let you monitor your home through your smartphone. You can also get mobile alerts when a door is opened or closed, letting you know your family arrived home safely.

Contact Our Connecticut Home Security System Company

If you want a home alarm system with all of these important features, contact Nationwide Security Corporation today. We would love to discuss our innovative technologies with you and show you how we can keep your family safe.

6 Home Security Tips to Keep You Safe for the Holidays

To you, the holiday season may be all about spending time with family and giving gifts to those you love, but to burglars, it’s all about striking the jackpot. With a lot of people traveling, and a lot of valuables up for display, it’s a prime time for them to break into homes and make out like bandits. By following these home security tips, you can reduce your Connecticut home’s attraction to criminals and keep your holiday season merry and bright.

Watch the Windows

As exciting as it is to pull up to your home in the evening and see your gorgeous Christmas tree from the curb, this is just like tantalizing a dog with a bone. When you can see the Christmas tree lit inside of your home, so can burglars. It may be hard for them to resist the temptation of breaking in to get some of the goods for themselves.

Use Exterior Outlets

Speaking of windows, a crucial step of house security is to make sure you don’t keep any of yours open in order to run an extension cord through them. No lock means way-too-easy access for someone looking for a simple score. If you don’t have any exterior outlets, hire an electrician to come install one, or just skip the outdoor lights altogether. It’s not worth the risk.

Incorporate Light Timers

If you do have exterior lights, make sure that you install timers with every strand. That way, your lights will go on and off at the same time each night, so the burglar won’t you aren’t actually home.

Schedule a Mail Hold

If you are headed away from your Connecticut home for the holidays, you must put your mail on hold before you leave. By following this home security tip, you can make sure that your mail won’t stack up, making it obvious that you are away. An even better option for house security is to have a friend or neighbor stop by your CT home to collect the mail and check for any newspapers or solicitations tucked into your door.

Stay Silent Online

No matter how amazing you think your privacy settings are online, our next holiday home security tip is to always play it safe by staying quiet on your social media accounts. Wait until you are back home to brag about your incredible vacation so that criminals don’t know when your Connecticut home will be empty.

Secure Your Home

Out of all of our holiday home security tips, the most important is to install a home security system. Even if you don’t let the burglars know when you will be away, or what you have inside, a house security system is the only way to ensure you will get the help you need should a break-in occur. And with options like our smartphone home security management and video surveillance, you can even keep an eye on things while you are away from your CT home so that you can just focus on the fun you are having.

At Nationwide Security Corporation, your family’s safety is a top priority, especially during the holiday season. To make sure your Connecticut home security is as solid as it needs to be, contact us today.

These 2 Steps could Save Your Life in a House Fire

October is Fire Prevention Month, which is an expanded version of the National Fire Prevention Association’s (NFPA) Fire Prevention Week. As home security professionals, the staff at Nationwide Security Systems would like to take this opportunity to provide information and household fire safety tips for our clients and the local Connecticut community.

Focus on Home Fire Safety: October is the Ideal Time

As the month of October begins, homeowners typically start thinking of Halloween costumes and parties, along with the coming holiday season ahead, and (hopefully) some vacation time during the season. These activities and occasions bring up specific fire dangers, especially when combined with the increased use of fireplaces, gas heating systems and portable heaters in wintertime. All in all, it’s a perfect time of year to talk about fire safety in and around your home.

House Fires in Recent Times

House Fire Facts

  • Household fires are more common than you might think–and they can be deadly. On average, 8 people per day die in home fires across the US, according to the latest NFPA figures.

  • Nearly 40 people are injured in these residential fires (in addition to the deaths) and the annual property damage amounts to $7 billion, according to the Red Cross.

  • Fire deaths are increasing. Residential fire deaths actually went up 15% in 2013.

  • Smoke alarms are your most effective prevention tool, cutting the risk of death from fire in half.

Staying Safe at Home

The two basic home fire safety tips that the Red Cross is focusing on are:

1.) Installing Smoke Alarms

  • Set up your in-home fire warning system. Installing smoke alarms can help keep you safe in case of a fire, by giving you enough warning to exit the home.

  • Smoke detectors should be placed in your home’s bedrooms and the area outside the bedrooms, such as a common hallway between bedrooms.

  • Test your smoke alarms monthly and replace batteries annually. As Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern recently pointed out, “smoke alarms cut the risk of death from a fire in half.”

  • If the smoke alarm goes off, get out of the house as quickly as you can, before you become trapped or fall victim to smoke inhalation and pass out. To get ready for evacuation, see tip #2.

2.) Making an Escape Plan

  • Create your home fire escape plan: Take a few minutes right now to plan a fire escape route for your family at your home.

  • Practice following your fire escape route a couple times each year, so that it will be second nature if you are awakened by fire at the most common time (late night to early morning, when people are typically sound asleep. Keep in mind that half of all household fire deaths occur between 11 pm and 7 am when you are likely to be groggy and disoriented. The Red Cross estimates that you have 2 minutes to escape a house fire.

  • Map out two different paths from each room to the outdoors in case of fire.

  • Have escape ladders nearby for bedrooms on the second floor or higher up.

  • Choose a meeting place safely away from the home where everyone can gather to be accounted for.

  • Time your fire drill, practicing until everyone can complete it in under two minutes. A Red Cross’ survey showed that less than 20 percent of families with young children have practiced household fire drills. Don’t be one of those families. Avoid an unnecessary tragedy with these 2 simple steps for home fire safety.

If you need additional incentive to follow these safety tips, consider this: About 60% of those who died in household fires had no smoke alarm in their home, according to the most recent stats from the NFPA.

To learn more about keeping your home, family and business safe, visit our blog regularly or contact Nationwide Security Systems today.

 

Why Security Cameras for Your Connecticut Home?

Do homeowners here in Connecticut really need home security camera systems? After all, most residents would agree that CT is a great place to live and FBI stats say violent crime is decreasing. If your home happens to be burgled, however, the occurrence rate is 100% for you and your family—and at that point, statistics don’t matter too much.

Are You Confident that Your Family is Safe at Home?

We’re not trying to frighten you with this article. We simply believe that every family deserves to feel and be safe in their home; this has been the mission of our family-founded business since 1983. There are plenty of areas in Connecticut that are not as safe, of course. Looking at online tools such as this Connecticut neighborhood crime map can provide perspective. Still, points of view on the CT crime problem’s severity vary widely, depending upon whom you consult. Some in the media point to the significant gang problem in the state, as in this article from Business Insider, citing Bridgeport, New Haven, and Hartford as particularly plagued. In fact, they are placed within the 25 most dangerous US cities. Of course, gang members are not only notorious for violence and drugs, but also for burglary of local homes and businesses. Even if you feel that your home and family are not in the path of crime or and your belongings are not targets for criminals, home security cameras fulfill other valuable roles around the house.

Security Camera Systems for Peace of Mind and More in CT

When you have a state-of-the-art home camera system installed, you get added security and much more. There are many advantages of wireless home security cameras besides helping to catch criminals. Security systems for the home also deter crime, of course, making theft and property damage less likely as burglars tend to pass up camera-protected homes. When you have your own, professionally installed and monitored CCTV system, you also enjoy:

  • Protection for your property when you’re away at work or on vacation.

  • Protection for your family when at home — with different home and away settings that protect you while preventing false alarms.

  • Theft, trespass and break-in deterrence.

  • Notifications that a door (and which door) has been opened and closed, which could tell you that your children are home from school, for example.

  • Remote and mobile controls for convenience.

  • Professional monitoring 24/7/365 while maintaining your privacy.

  • Possible discount on homeowner’s insurance.

  • Resale incentive to homebuyers: your upgradable home security system means that new buyers won’t need to install a new NSC system.

  • Household emergency protection from dangers such as fire.

In addition to burglary and fire monitoring, home security cameras from NSC can be set up to provide or integrate with additional related services as needed, including: medical signaling, GPS tracking, 2-way voice systems and much more. Our home security experts will be happy to design a system to meet your needs.

At NSC, we’ve been providing household, business, school and governmental security systems for more than 30 years. For professional home security tips or to learn more about installing wireless home security cameras in your home – contact Nationwide Security Corporation online or call us at 203-785-0300.

 

 

10 Home Security Tips to Minimize Your Chances of Burglary

Home Security Tips

Did you know that a home without a security system is 2 to 3 times more likely to be burglarized? Home security statistics show that burglars will typically bypass a home if it requires too much effort, so to thwart thieves, here are 10 home security tips designed to make your house a less appealing target to burglary.

Use Locks on Doors & Windows

Thieves prefer an easy point of access and unlocked doors and windows are a great point of entry. One of the benefits of a home security system is the reminder they provide when windows/doors are left open or unlocked.

Don’t Be Loose With Your House Keys

While it may sound obvious, be cautious of who you lend your keys to. Keys can easily be replicated, so think twice before leaving a key for a repairman.

Don’t Brag About Your Vacation on Social Media

Burglars have admitted that they monitor social media to see who’s on vacation. Think twice about posting to Facebook or Twitter next time you’re headed to the airport.

Put Yourself in Their Shoes

Take a walk to the end of your driveway & approach your home as a would-be thief. Do you easily see anything you would want to steal? Consider moving attractive targets out of sight.

Don’t Advertise Valuables at the Curb

Finally get that new flat screen TV or computer you’ve been wanting? Don’t put the boxes by the curb for trash pickup – this can serve as an advertisement to people driving by. Instead, break down boxes and place them in trash bags or bins.

Don’t Let Mail/Newspapers Pile Up

Have you ever driven by a home and seen multiple newspapers sitting at the end of the driveway? You probably thought the homeowner(s) must be away – don’t let burglars think the same of your home. Arrange for nearby family or neighbors to pick up your mail when away for more than a couple days.

Store Valuables in a Safe

Again, the harder you make things for thieves the less likely you’ll be targeted. Keep valuables like cash and jewelry stashed in a locked safe.

Install a Home Security System

As mentioned at the beginning of the article, a house without a home security system is 2-3 times more likely to be burglarized. Install a home security system to deter burglars from targeting your property.

 

Nationwide Security Corporation provides integrated security systems for home, business, government, utilities, schools and museums. For additional home security tips or to learn more about installing a security system in your home – Request a free quote today.

Tips for a Happy and Safe Holiday Season

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can make it very easy to overlook some simple safety tips to ensure that your holiday is a happy one for you and your loved ones.

Indoor and outdoor decorations can really help you get into the holiday spirit, but it is important to take the necessary fire safety measures when using decorative lighting throughout your home. The winter season, accompanied by holiday lights and other decorative lighting, is the leading time of year for home fires.

Here are some tips to make sure your holiday season is nothing less than the most wonderful time of year.

  • Holiday lights used to decorate the exterior of your home should be powered through a safe ground fault circuit interrupter (GCFI) outlet. A GCFI outlet will shut down a circuit if there is an overcurrent caused by plugging too many lights or electric decorations into one power source. This type of outlet could help prevent an electrical fire from occurring.
  • Make sure to keep all wreaths and Christmas trees away from radiators, heating ducts, and open flames such as wood burning stoves or fireplaces. A dried tree or flammable decorations, or even flame resistant artificial trees can easily ignite, but this can just as easily be prevented with thoughtful placement. Also remember to keep trees out of doorways, exits, and frequently used walkways in the case of an emergency.
  • It is important to test out your fire detection and alarm equipment throughout your home, checking batteries in fire detectors to make sure everything is in working order. Placing fire or smoke detectors in the correct locations throughout the different levels of your home, in halls, living areas, and bedrooms can help to notify you and your family of a possible fire.

If you would like to learn more about the ways you can improve the fire protection and notification systems in your home, for your family’s safety, contact us online, or call us at 203-785-0300.

Protect Your Vacation Home, Too

Owning a vacation home is great, but when you return home to your primary residence, how safe is the one you just left? You must ensure that your great getaway is protected against theft and vandalism at all times. Installing a home security system will help you have peace of mind.

Home security systems are the best way to protect your vacation home, regardless of whether or not you make regular visits or not. The alarm system will automatically alert the authorities when an intruder enters your home; If you have video surveillance, you can watch what’s going on from wherever you are. As long as you have an Internet connection, you can watch your home from anywhere around the world with video surveillance.

In addition to installing a home security system, you should also make accommodations to make it appear as if your second residence is being occupied at all times. To do this, could keep the lawn maintained on a regular basis. You should also cancel mail that is delivered to this residence; have it forwarded to your primary residence instead. This keeps the mail from being stacked up, which is typically a sign that no one has been occupying the residence. It’s a great idea to keep the second floor curtains completely open; on the first floor, keep the curtains slightly open. Your vacation home should always give off an impression that someone is living there, or at least keeping an eye on things.

To keep your vacation home protected at all times, have a home security system installed. To learn more about the security systems and services that are available for your vacation home in Connecticut, Rhode Island or Massachusetts, contact us online, or call 203-785-3000.

Halloween Home Security Tips

Halloween is a fun time where your children dress up in costume and run around the neighborhood for candy and treats from neighbors. But it could also be a risky time, pertaining to home security. It’s a fact that many burglars take advantage of holidays, and Halloween is no exception. It’s imperative that your home remains protected by a home security system during this time.

Forgetting about home security on Halloween is easy to do. Many residents and homeowners become relaxed during this fun time, and that is a huge mistake. Here are some tips that could help you maintain a secured home, especially on Halloween.

  • Keep your doors and windows locked during ‘trick or treat’ hours. If you’re not sitting outside while passing out candy, lock your door every time a child comes and goes. It only takes a burglar one moment to enter your home through an unlocked door, so always keep the doors and windows locked.
  • Make sure that all of your sensor lights are working properly. Doing so can help you keep the ‘trick or treaters’ safe, and you can protect your home at the same time. Sensor lights can also deter potential vandals or burglars from targeting your home.
  • Set a time to end ‘trick or treat’ hours at your home, and stick to it. Many counties have their own set hours for ‘trick or treat,’ but that doesn’t mean everyone will follow them. While some ‘trick or treaters’ could come to your home after those hours, you should always be suspicious. It could be a group of individuals targeting your home for theft; therefore, it is best to set a time to end ‘trick or treat’ at your home.

To get the home security system that could keep your property safe from burglars and vandals, contact us online, or call 203-785-3000.

Latchkey Kids Should be Kept Safe

With school back in session, many children will be coming home alone; therefore, they are considered “latchkey kids.” There are more than 13 million children around the world – under the age of 13 – who come home by themselves after school. It is necessary for you to keep them safe from an intruder, as well as other situations, such as a fire. You can do so by installing a security system for your home; the applications that a home security system provides for your children’s safety are invaluable.

With today’s technological advances, you are able to have home security systems installed on your property that allow you to keep “your eyes” on your children while they are at home, regardless if you are at work, running errands, or away from the house for any other reason. Video monitoring is one of the most popular features that you can choose from when you install a home security system. You can arm and disarm the alarm from any web-enabled device, and you can also monitor the activity of your children in various rooms throughout your home. It is always best to teach your child how to use the security equipment, just in case they are unable to reach you during an emergency situation.

A home security system is a powerful ally for parents who have latchkey kids. It allows you to receive messages and text alerts once your child has arrived home from school; you can also watch video in real-time, so you know exactly what is going at that moment.

Install a home security system so you too can be confident that your latchkey kids are safe while they are home alone. If you wish to learn more about the products and services that can establish a safe environment for your children, please contact us online, or call us at 203-785-0300.

Door to Door Scam Protection

While home security systems cannot stop door-to-door scams from occurring, they can help you protect your family from being a victim of theft. Salespeople are more likely to come to your home during the day to sell you a product, including fraudulent home security services. This unethical tactic is done to confuse you about your current home security system services; or to get you to signup for a new security system with “their company.” You will need to be aware of these scams, because it is one way that intruders force themselves into your home, before they attempt to steal your personal property.

Some of these door-to-door salesmen also ask for your security information, hoping to return and burglarize your property while you are not at home. Always be cautious before you open your door to any salesman. Before unlocking your door, ask to see identification from the salesman, which will allow you to see what company he is representing. A reputable company will notify you to schedule an appointment before coming to your home. Be very skeptical if the salesman insists on checking your security system, or offering to upgrade the services and equipment for free. Before taking the word of the salesman, call your security provider to verify any claims.

It is imperative that you only make changes to your account with a verified representative; therefore, you should always call to speak with the service provider, and never give out your security codes or information to a salesman. You can contact your home security system provider 24 hours-a-day, 365 days a year, including weekends and holidays. Having a home security system installed on your property will protect you from potential threats, including scammers.

If you do not have home security services and wish to learn more about protecting your family from potential door-to-door scams, contact us online, or call us at 203-785-0300.