Home security matters just as much when you aren’t home as it does when you are. So if your family plans to take a trip for this year’s spring break and you haven’t yet invested in a smart home security system – or if you have made the upgrade to a smart home system, but you aren’t sure how to get the most out of it – then it’s time to consider how such a system can protect your house while you’re away. Let’s address some of the most important ways it can do this.

Remind You to Lock Doors

“Did we remember to lock the garage?” That’s a question you won’t need to ask if you make the most of the alert features on your system. The night before you leave, set an alert on your phone that reminds you to lock up at the right time; that way, you’ll have one less thing to worry about from the road. And if you somehow manage to ignore your alert, you’re still in luck because you can turn on your electronic locks remotely with your smartphone. Electronic locks are an especially great feature of smart home systems for vacationing families.

Help You Check on House Sitters

If someone is staying at the house while you’re away, it’s obviously a person you trust. But what if you have concerns about your pets being fed, walked, or let outside? After all, your house sitter may not be around 24/7. In that case, use your smart home security system to get notified when the person enters the house. If you haven’t received an alert by the time you’re expecting them, you can make the choice to text them a quick request for a pet update. How does your system know when your house sitter is coming and going? It allows you to give them their own code for the keyless entry keypad. It can be activated when you leave for your trip, and deactivated when you return.

Alert You to House Emergencies

Springtime can be notoriously rainy, and even the best-kept home is not immune to the risk of leaks. Likewise, sometimes things just “happen” to plumbing systems – and the worst time for it to happen is when you’re away on vacation. To prevent a minor mishap from becoming a major emergency, flood detection can be programmed into your smart home security system ahead of time. That way, you get a smartphone alert if there’s water on the floor and can call someone to check it out. Remember, you can let them in with a temporary code that you activate when they arrive and deactivate when they leave. There are many ways that remote access to your system is a valuable thing to have when you’re away from home.

To learn about more ways a smart home security system can give your vacationing family peace of mind, contact All Action Alarm. We will be glad to answer your questions.

About All Action Alarm

All Action Alarm is a family owned business that has been protecting Long Island homes and businesses since 1980. Our 5 diamond central monitoring station keeps watch over our customers alarm systems 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. When you choose All Action Alarm you get the personal service you expect from a locally owned security company.

They certainly are. Let’s talk about the reasons why there’s no better way to manage your home security than with a mobile app connected to your system.

We live on our smart phones.

That’s just the reality, and it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Tech Crunch reports that smartphone owners use about nine apps per day, and up to 30 per month. You can bet they’re not just checking Facebook; they’re also paying bills, managing bank accounts and conducting other business. Why shouldn’t they also be looking at their home security cameras or making sure their doors are locked? It just makes sense.  

No more login headaches.

People have been using the web to manage their personal accounts for a long time. And yet, there’s been a dip in enthusiasm for visiting the website of your bank or credit card company. Why? People don’t enjoy logging in, especially remembering usernames and passwords. With a mobile app to manage your home security, there’s no need to enter your credentials; a simple tap is all you do to see what you want to see. You’ll be able to check on your cameras, alarm and even the locks on your doors. No login necessary.

Add and delete as necessary.

With a mobile app, you can add people to your account as needed in a totally hassle-free manner. Asking a friend to house sit while you’re out of town? Add him or her to the account temporarily, so they can use their own code to enter the house and arm/disarm the system as needed. When you return home, you simply remove them until the next time you ask them to stay over. Your mobile app makes it easy.

These are some pretty compelling reasons to use a mobile app for the management of your home security. Long Island homeowners who have questions are welcome to call All Action Alarm for more information.

About All Action Alarm

We have experience in the electronic security industry and experts in home automation technologies. If you are looking for ways to simplify your life, give us a call.

Believe it or not, sometimes it’s resigned burglars who have the best tips on burglary prevention. It can be thought-provoking to find out what types of complications ex-criminals came across “back in the day” – obstacles that were so great, they actually sabotaged a criminal’s plans. So, what are those complications? Here are a few you may want to make a note of.

A Locked Front Door

“Lock your doors” is hardly a hot home security tip – but have you ever thought about the first thing a burglar checks when he approaches a home? Nine times out of ten, it’s the front door. Think about it: An unlocked door is a jackpot for a burglar. If the door is open, he can slip in quickly without tampering the lock, pulling out tools or worrying about the neighbors. And with one in three residential burglaries classified as “unlawful entries,” it seems too many homeowners make it easy for this to happen.

What can be done? We recommend smart locks, which can be included in any home security system upgrade. With smart locks, homeowners can lock the doors using a cell phone app – which means they can do it from anywhere. 

An Occupied Home

Homeowners often miscalculate the intelligence of criminals, and that’s a big mistake. The truth is, many burglars will check out a neighborhood ahead of time to see what the best times of day are to strike. This is why daytime burglaries are now much more frequent than evening burglaries; unfortunately, criminals have simply gotten smarter.

But with the same home security upgrade that gives you smart locks, you can reduce the risk of being targeted while you’re at work. With security alerts that come straight to your phone, you’ll know about any suspicious activity that happens at home wherever you are. And if you have video incorporated into your security, you’ll be able to see what’s happening on your video alerts. If someone does try to force entry, your motion detectors will trigger the alarm – which means the UL listed, certified central station will be sending help immediately.

Smart Home Security Systems

They may not have admitted this when they were “working” – but once they retire, criminals will tell you that home security systems really work. In one survey of convicted burglars, 83 percent of them confirmed that they looked for signs of home security when staking out houses, and 60 percent said they avoided a house if they felt a system was installed. The numbers don’t lie, and neither do ex-criminals.

To learn more about preventing burglary with home security, Long Island homeowners should call All Action Alarm. We will be happy to provide a free home security consultation.

About All Action Alarm

We have experience in the electronic security industry and experts in home automation technologies. If you are looking for ways to simplify your life, give us a call.

Alarm systems are designed to help protect every member of your family, and that includes the ones with fur on their backs. That’s right, we’re talking about your family pets. Understandably, some homeowners are concerned about integrating a security system with their beloved family dogs. With that in mind, here are ways you can do it easily and conveniently.   

Use your smart locks for walk time.

Busy homeowners don’t always have time for the things they really want to do, like walking their best friends on four legs. If that’s you, maybe you’ve decided to hire a neighbor or professional dog walker. No matter who you decide to employ, you need a safe way to let them in the house that only takes seconds – something you can do with your phone without leaving work or your other responsibilities. That’s where the smart locks on your home security system come in.

When you receive the smartphone alert that your dog walker is waiting, simply tap on the app to unlock the door so they can enter the house and greet your pet. When the two of them walk out, you can lock up again until they return. One last time, unlock it again when they return so your pet can be let back in the house. When the walker leaves, lock back up and get back to work. Job well done!

Set Boundaries around the Home

Your pet keeps watch over the yard and home, and so do your home security cameras. Working together, they can establish a clear barrier around the home. And if a break-in ever takes place, your dog can get in attack mode while your burglar alarm sounds and the central station is called. Very quickly, help will be on its way. This is a great way to allow your pet to partner up with your alarm, so there will be multiple layers of home security.

For more ideas on combining your pet with your burglar alarm, Long Island homeowners can learn more by calling All Action Alarm. We would love to speak with you.

About All Action Alarm

We have experience in the electronic security industry and experts in home automation technologies. If you are looking for ways to simplify your life, give us a call.

When it’s National Fire Prevention Week, remember it’s time to “check the date.” The date of what? Smoke alarms in your home. If your smoke alarms are more than ten years old, then the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) advises that it’s time to replace them.

Finding Out How Old Your Smoke Detectors Are

Most people have no idea how old their smoke detectors are, but it’s easy to find out. Simply unscrew each smoke detector from its mounting, and check the date on the back. That is the date of manufacture.

What to Do Next

If you discover you need new smoke detectors this year, you’ll probably find more choices than the last time you shopped for them. If you go to a big box store, you may even find some that send you a text alert if they are activated.

However, even these don’t necessarily provide the maximum protection for your home.

The smartest smoke detectors are those installed as part of a smart home security system by a certified alarm installation company. These are detectors that communicate with your security system if smoke is detected, sending a signal to the central station so that security operators can call you right away and get the help you need.

When Smoke Detectors Aren’t Expired

Even if your smoke detectors aren’t expired, you can still upgrade to smart smoke detection and integrate it with your home security system. Call All Action Alarm to get started; we will be happy to show you your options, long after National Fire Prevention Week is over. 

About All Action Alarm

We have experience in the electronic security industry and experts in home automation technologies. If you are looking for ways to simplify your life, give us a call.

“I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up.” We all know the slogan, but those TV ads were a long time ago. Medical alert devices are still popular, but today’s systems are far more powerful. While the user still wears a pendant around the neck, they and their families can rest assured there are other ways to summon help when it’s needed in today’s smart home wellness systems. For example, they can send alerts when:

Important activity is missed.

What if the user doesn’t move for an extended period of time? What if he or she experiences a major change in patterns: for example, stops eating or taking medication? With a smart home wellness system, that will trigger an alert to the monitoring center. The operators will be able to check in with the user, and also alert the people on the user’s authorized list of contacts.

Unusual activity is detected.

What if the user is wandering away from the home, well past the peripheries of their normal routine? What if he or she is leaving the house at odd hours of the day or night? These are unusual activities that should trigger a signal to the monitoring center – and with a smart home wellness system, it will. What happens next can be determined in the user’s customized action plan.

The user is immobile in bed.

If a user is in bed with no activity for an extended period of time, a bed sensor connected to the system will trigger an alert. The sensor is designed to detect if there is no moving in bed: turning over, stretching and other normal nighttime activity. That way, help can be sent to the home to check things out and intervene if necessary.

These are some of the most important distinctions between traditional medical pendants and smart home wellness systems. To speak with a professional dealer that can explain additional benefits, contact All Action Alarm.

About All Action Alarm

We have experience in the electronic security industry and experts in home automation technologies. If you are looking for ways to simplify your life, give us a call.

There is no such thing as being too cautious when it comes to protecting your home and your loved ones. As the winter season rolls on and spring is on the horizon, it may be time to consider a new security system (or an upgrade to your current one). More homeowners are opting for wireless burglar systems because they outsmart the average burglar and are just as efficient as wired systems.

Reasons to Choose a Wireless Burglar Alarm System

  • Outsmart Even the Most ‘Talented’ Burglar – While most burglaries are done by amateurs, there are some sophisticated home robberies occurring these days. A wired system can be easily disarmed by a trained burglar, but with a wireless system, a cut phone line will not deactivate your home security system.
  • Remote Access – Traditional, wired systems are not as easy to operate as wireless systems. With a wireless alarm, you can activate/deactivate from a smartphone app even if you are across town. Also, if you have video surveillance tied to your system, you can view video on a smartphone, computer or tablet regardless of where you are.
  • Cost Effective – More security companies are offering wireless systems and they are not more expensive to install. In fact, wireless systems are less expensive than wired, because they do not require electrical work.
  • Attaches to Home Automation – Wireless systems can also be attached to your home automation, which allows you to turn lights on and off, lock doors and even set the thermostat.

About All Action Alarm

Wireless systems protect your home and offer a level of convenience you cannot get with traditional systems. With the holidays just around the corner, now is the best time to upgrade to a wireless system. Contact your Long Island home security company to learn more about how a wireless system makes your life more convenient and your home more secure. All Action Alarm offers free consultations and can assist you with your wireless installation.

Hard rains, snow storms, wind gusts, power outages…the weather phenomenons of winter and their impact on our communities are more than an inconvenience. In many cases, these things can be very dangerous. And even in this season of transition from summer to fall, power outages can still occur during heat waves. All things considered, weather risks are present all year round. What if your household has members who are especially sensitive to weather changes, like infants or elderly loved ones? You need to know ahead of time in order to get everyone to a safer, more comfortable place. And since undergoing a temporary relocation is no small decision, you need to know as quickly as possible.

Here’s How We Can Help

Fortunately, we have something that can help: smart home alarm systems. Homeowners who choose to protect their homes with these advanced security systems have access to real-time weather alerts from the most reliable source possible, the National Weather Service. When the situation is a power outage, our customers have access to an interactive map that shows how widespread the outage is. It all starts with an alert to the customer’s smartphone, so it’s easy to check out quickly.

Immediate Action for Informed Decisions

As soon as we receive National Weather Service information regarding the inclement weather alert, we send a signal to the security systems of homes that are at risk. Our customers know about the weather as soon as we do, so families can make quick, informed decisions regarding how to proceed. If you happen to be away from home, you can ask someone to check on your pets, turn off your power, or secure your home in some other way. Whatever other fortification may be appropriate, you’ll be able to make a decision about it.

Other Ways of Protecting the Home

Smart home security systems are designed for more than safety. To help homeowners spare their property from the expensive results of flood damage due to burst pipes in the winter – or, when leaky roofs cause flooding on the floor – smart home security systems feature flood detection and low temperature threshold alerts. When you receive an alert for these conditions, you can do what you need to stop the situation before it gets out of control.

About All Action Alarm

We have experience in the electronic security industry and experts in home automation technologies. If you are looking for ways to simplify your life, give us a call.

In the month of July, most families are knee deep in summer vacation. There are pros and cons to summer break, and most of the cons have to do with the upended schedules parents deal with this time of year. Fortunately, today’s parents can turn to technology to help them cope. If your smartphone is already a personal assistant, then going one step further by linking it to your home security system can be just the thing you need to help your family get through summer a little more easily. For example, utilizing smart home security can help you do the following.

Circumvent Scheduling Issues

Summer is busy enough for a young family – and if you’re a parent who relies on coaches, tutors, lesson givers and other parents to help keep your small kids busy on long summer days, then you have to work with all of those people’s scheduling issues as well. When appointment times, practices and events with these providers get changed, you may need to find new rides, backup caregivers and other support.

To make this simpler, your smart security system can help with the keyless entry function of smart locks. Rather than giving a house key to everyone who picks up your kids, comes in the house to teach them or offers some other support while you’re at work in the summer, you can give out a temporary access code that can be activated and deactivated as needed. You can even generate an alert on your phone when the code is used, so you can be aware when these trusted adults arrive.

Managing Your Teen’s Time Out

For parents of teens, a whole new set of challenges emerges in the summer. When teenagers see the start of summer vacation as a signal that they can stay out late at night, parents need support with enforcing curfews and keeping the house secure after everyone else in the family goes to bed (after all, you still have work in the morning!).

Using the smart technology of your home security system, you can program the system to trigger an alert when kids get home at night. That way, you’ll always know exactly what time they walked in the door. You can also create alerts for the kids’ phones, including one that reminds them when curfew is approaching and it’s time to leave.

These are just a couple of key ways that upgrading your home security system to smart home technology can make your family’s life easier in the summer. For questions on this easy upgrade, contact Park Security Systems. We will be glad to help.

About All Action Alarm

All Action Alarm is a full-service Long Island home security company that is locally owned and operated. Our certified expert technicians offer residential and commercial security solutions to Long Island, NY homes and businesses.

One of the reasons we all want to live in a nice neighborhood is because nicer neighborhoods are perceived as being safer. Sometimes they are. But no neighborhood is completely immune to crime. Break-ins and other devastating crimes can happen to anyone, in any neighborhood and there are some good reasons why home security is an asset in crime prevention.

Home Security and Automation Technologies Deters Crime

No criminal wants to get caught and having visible signs of security such as video surveillance cameras makes your home less attractive as a target for crime, whether it is burglary, vandalism, robbery, home invasion, or worse.

Home Automation and Security Helps Manage Busy Households

Whether you have a large family or are a busy student or entrepreneur, life can get so busy that security details can fall through the cracks. You might forget to close the garage door, lock the front door, close windows or turn off appliances. All of those things can lead to danger and tragedy, but all of them can be addressed using home security and automation.

Keep an Eye on the Kids

Security cameras are not just to protect your home and valuables while you are away, or keep out the bad guys. They are also helpful in helping keep an eye on the kids even if they are just in another room, or playing in the backyard. Motion sensors can also help keep the kids out of dangerous areas such as cleaning cabinets or outdoor storage sheds.

Home Security Protects from Other Threats, Too

Another reason it is important to have home security even if you live in a safe neighborhood is that every home is susceptible to other threats, like leaks, smoke, fire, and carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless gas that can poison and incapacitate individuals before they even know something is wrong. Home security systems can monitor for such dangers and if monitored, initiate emergency services even if the occupants are unable to call for help.

Allows You to Control and Monitor Your Home

Home security and automation have become so sophisticated that you can control and monitor your home from anywhere in the world using your smart phone or another smart device. Whether you want to let in an unexpected guest, check on the pets, or view a video of suspicious activity, you can do it all using home automation and your home security app.

Improved Efficiency

Home security and automation offer a ton of benefits in helping improve energy efficiency with tools such as smart thermostats and smart lighting. But these smart home tools can also help in personal productivity, taking chores off the table and aiding in keeping everything on track and on schedule.

There are many reasons to invest in home security and home automation even if you live in a safe neighborhood. All Action Alarm has been helping resident realize home protection and efficiency needs since 1980 with a dedication to outstanding service. Contact All Action Alarm today to learn more about your home security options on Long Island.