Keeping Your Home Secure in a Technological World
by Tess Pennington
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on the rise, crime is bound to increase all around the country.
Not only are flash
mobs a continuing concern, but burglaries are becoming a prevalent
issue as well. Being aware of possible bouts of crime, the technologies
that are being used against you and and designing a home
defense system around this will help to better protect your
It is a common
misconception that all thieves are brainless halfwits who are easily
led by quick cash for drugs. Im not going to dismiss this,
in some cases it is true, however, with the continuing deterioration
of the economy, overall crime is going to double and there will
be some indivudals who will be desperate enough to turn to a new
found life in crime. The sooner you accept this as a reality, the
sooner you will realize that these new criminals are more evolved
from your everyday petty thief. They will be patient and take their
time by researching the best possible way to hit a residence in
order to bypass getting caught. That being said, you need to be
ready for it and do some research of your own to stay ahead of the
game. To beat these criminals, you have to let yourself begin to
think like a criminal.
once viewed as a convenience, should now be perceived as a double
edged sword. In order gain a birds eye view into your home,
thieves are now using google maps to find the best vantage points.
used Google Maps to target as many as nine suburban homes in
a Chicago neighborhood for break-ins since March 2011, police said.
has an application which
gives you detailed characteristics of properties (houses) in USA.
In this app, you can either search the map or just use your GPS
coordinates to get information such as price of the house, number
of floors, number of rooms, pictures taken from inside the house
if the house was part of any register (letting agencies etc.) before
you moved in, and other interesting information.
On the other
hand, iPhone also has a app that works in conjunction with an external
monitoring service and helps you check your home security system
while away from the home, send commands from a computer or cell
phone, even manage lighting and thermostat controls remotely. Home
security systems integrated with Alarm.com
will keep you updated on what you want to know about the security
of your property while youre away with email or text message
alerts when specific sensors are activated. The cost varies depending
on what feature you add to your customized alarm system.
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