Some Spring Cleaning Tips for your Security System!

Spring has sprung and we could not be more excited for warmer temperatures and longer days. For many homeowners, the changing season means spring cleaning time. Just like your kitchen and closet could use a good scrub down, your security system could use some attention as well. Here are some tips to keep your system functioning at its best:

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Keep Your Home Safe While Away

Keeping you and your family safe is always your number one priority, but keeping your home safe should be a big deal, too.

With schools now getting out for the summer, those fun filled weekend trips, and family vacations to the beach on the horizon; we want to take a moment to tell you some tips about how to protect your home from potential burglars while you are away.

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Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes

With temps hitting record lows, it's as important as ever to prevent your home from frozen pipes. When water freezes in pipes, it expands causing the pipe to bust. Then you have a major situation on your hands as the water thaws and flows freely into your home. Because we don't want you to have to go chasing waterfalls in your living room, we came up with 5 quick tips to help prevent frozen pipes.

  1. Check where your pipes are. You want to make sure they aren't exposed to cold air and if they are, they need to be insulated. Pipe sleeves provide much needed insulation for pipes in drafty areas.
  2. Leave a steady stream of water dripping in a kitchen or bathroom sink. It doesn't have to be a ton of water, but just enough to keep things moving. The cost of leaving a sink dripping is far less than the mess of a flooded house.
  3. Leave cabinet doors open to allow warm inside air to circulate around pipes. Keep garage doors closed to ensure pipes aren't exposed to freezing temperatures.
  4. Don't drastically adjust your thermostat throughout the day and night. By maintaining a steady temperature, you reduce your chances of a frozen pipe.
  5. Know where your water cut off valves are located. If you don't have one inside your house, then make sure you know where the water main is outside. If you have a leak, your #1 priority is shutting off the water.

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Securing the Exterior of your Home

When you hear 'home security' what comes to mind? Security systems designed just for the interior of a home? While a security system can do a lot to keep intruders out, the right outdoor lighting can do a lot to keep problems from arising in the first place.

Lighting is a homeowner’s best friend when it comes to protecting home and property. Burglars love the darkness and feed on creeping around in the shadows. A poorly lit home reads like an invitation for them to commit a robbery. There is no such thing as having too much lighting inside and outside your home.

Strategically placing outdoor lights can deter potential intruders. Criminals do not want to be identified which is why they target property that offers them the most protection from neighbors and passersby.

Here are 5 tips to consider when securing your exterior:

1. Install motion sensors

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Security Systems

 

The term "security system" means many different things to many different people - a family pet, a shot gun, even Legos scattered on the floor. If you recognize your definition in the aforementioned, then it is time to ask yourself a very important question. Can you trust your family and your possessions to nontraditional forms of security?

According to the FBI data for 2010, our country experienced 2,159,878 burglaries. Victims of burglary offenses suffered an estimated $4.6 billion in lost property in 2010; overall, the average dollar loss per burglary offense was $2,119

No family would welcome such a frustrating and scary offense; and no family has to.

Security systems of today are relatively inexpensive and have a multitude of uses. Not only can law enforcement be dispatched quickly, security systems can capture imperative evidence on film for prosecutions. Plus, they make your life easier. Most burglaries are unlawful entries (without force) that happen during the day. Simply put, people tend to forget to lock their doors or do not have window sensors. But what if you could lock your home on the go with your cell phone? You can? What if you were immediately notified when a window broke or became ajar? You can. What if the cost was less than what you spend on gas in a week? It is.

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Smart Door Locks

Security and peace of mind are usually what tops the list for homeowners looking to invest in a home security system. Smart door locks are one of the most beneficial aspects of security and even home automation. With just one touch you can lock and unlock your doors from anywhere, have a ‘goodnight’ button, and let the right guests into your home at the right time.

Smart door locks provide you with convenience. They can help you make sure your doors are locked or unlocked with access from your phone or tablet. They can also help you go key-free. Compatible door locks include keypads or touch screens where you can enter your own unique access code. So no need to carry those keys or try to remember where you placed them, enter your code and welcome home! You could also set your lights to come on immediately when your door opens. Smart door locks can also help you lock your doors from the bed and sleep securely with a touch of one ‘Goodnight’ button.

Also, smart door locks can help you let the right people into your home. For example, you have some family coming from out of town; you can give them their own personal code that works when you are expecting them. You can even get a text alert when they arrive. Another instance is you may have someone coming to work on or clean your home, you could do the same thing and give them their own code and even set an allotted amount of time for their code to work. You don’t have to worry anymore if they try to come back at a later date and time to try to break into your home. Their code will not work.

Another great thing about smart door locks is you can keep tabs on who is coming and going in your home. You can view door lock history and look at each specific code. For example, if you have children, especially teenagers, you could get an alert to know when they come home from school or if they came home on time from curfew.

We can help you pick the best lock for your needs and can provide insight on additional features and benefits. You’ll love the safety, convenience and peace of mind a smart lock can deliver. Let us know how we can help you.

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Home Automation Made Easy

Ah, that time between Spring and Summer has finally arrived in Knoxville. Pollen covers every exterior surface imaginable in yellow blankets of dust. The quickly-warming temperatures remind you that the humidity of a Tennessee summer isn’t far off. Right now it is baseball season, but soon enough, the UT fight song will be echoing from every living room in Rocky Top while we watch our football team make it all the way to the national championship this year (a girl can dream). You begin to think about the home theater you always wanted, and how great these games would look on a big screen. You think of the home theater that would allow you to be immersed in the experience of the stadium, without having to buy tickets to the game or spend eight dollars on a beer--that theater with state-of-the-art audio technology, the one you always put off on installing because other things came up along the way. Hey, we know that life happens, and things get put off. Here at iSS LLC.  we are here to make your life a little easier—and a lot more fun. Now featuring Control4 home automation software, we can create the home theater of your dreams--and tailor home automation installations to your personal wants and needs. Still not convinced? Check out a few of the things we can do for your home or your commercial business space by clicking the link below.

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Commercial Security

Last month we talked about Commercial Automation and how it can help enhance the atmosphere and organization of any restaurant or sports bar. Well this month we would like to touch on Commercial Security and how it can help improve the security of ANY business establishment.

The basics of commercial security should first and foremost be an adequate alarm system. As a business owner we are here to fit your needs. You could have the simplest security system with just a few alarms and motion detectors or the most enhanced system with cameras and a key code entry system. Whatever you need, we are here to provide you with security and peace of mind for your business.

For example, we suggest that the best security system for any commercial property would be a sufficient alarm system along with key codes for employees and visitors. You could manage employee and visitor access of the establishment; such as where only management should have access. Also, with cameras in and around the business, you can remotely log into the video feeds from anywhere on your smart phone or tablet to check on the property.

Lastly, exterior lighting is another step in providing security to any business property. For instance, exterior lighting goes a long way to provide security for your business, but also the safety of you and your employees. By using motion sensors and light timers, they can offer more visibility in multiple directions and stop a potential burglar when lights suddenly flip on if they are snooping around. Also, a great tip is to put lights and sensors out of reach so that they will not be tampered with by a potential burglar or even an animal.

We always suggest what fits your needs, but more importantly we provide you with better life solutions. Let us know if we can help you in providing security to your business establishment, we are just a call away.

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Commercial Services, Part 1

At iSS, we provide an extensive amount of services to homeowners. From security to automation and everything in between, those services can also be provided to any business owner and their establishment. As a business owner, one of the most important things should be the security of your property, and most importantly yourself and your employees.

The basics of commercial security should first and foremost be an adequate alarm system. For example, we suggest that the best security system for any commercial property would be a sufficient alarm system with alarms, motion sensors, and security cameras. With cameras in and around the establishment, as a business owner, you can remotely log into the video feeds from anywhere on your smart phone or tablet to check on the property.

Furthermore, a business establishment should have key codes/cards for employees and visitors, this way you could manage employee and visitor access. Such as where only management should have access to certain areas, or to check on who came in and out on a specific day.

Lastly, exterior lighting is another step in providing security to any business property. For instance, exterior lighting goes a long way to provide security for your business, but also the safety of you and your employees. By using motion sensors and light timers, they can offer more visibility in multiple directions and stop a potential burglar when lights suddenly flip on if they are snooping around.

If you are business owner, and feel that your business is not adequately equipped with the best security system, give us a call and we would be happy to help. Also, be looking for our blog next week about some of the other commercial services we provide!

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Are our Schools and Daycares properly secured?

A question that is always in the back of our minds is, are our children safe when they are not with us? Since one of the most tragic events involving an elementary school happened in December 2012, many school districts and even daycares are making a proactive statement against these acts of violence by trying their best efforts to prevent them. 

Between added security features, “crisis plans”, and local law enforcement cooperation they are being able to provide peace of mind and security to faculty, parents, and most importantly students. Quite a few school districts have upgraded their security systems to include more cameras, key card entry system for the teachers and employees, and even having a full-time police officer on the premises. 

One school district in Ohio has gone further to ensure the safety of their children by teachers being able to send alerts from their phones if a lock down ever occurred. Teachers can silently communicate to the outside world without sound or vibrations, so they do not pique the interest of the intruder if they are near the classroom.

Also, a school district in Texas has included a “secure vestibule”, a bulletproof glass room. They can literally hold a visitor inside this room until they are fully cleared within the school’s system as being a non-threat or if they were a threat; their local law enforcement comes to the aid.

Lastly, daycares have taken extra pre-caution as well. Some have updated their security systems with adequate cameras and alarms as well as adding panic buttons to each room. Some daycares even provide video streaming for parents so they can check in on their child’s classroom.

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