We all want to believe that our neighborhood is safe and that we’d never be the victim of a break-in. The sad and frightening fact is that over two million home burglaries are reported every year in the United States. Of those, only about 13% are prosecuted due to lack of evidence and witnesses. That’s pretty startling.

Burglars Take More Than Stuff

When a burglary happens, the perpetrator takes far more than your belongings. They violate your privacy, cross personal boundaries, and rob your sense of security and safety. All of these things take a huge emotional toll that can last a lifetime. And the effects of burglary do not stop with the immediate victims. When one home is burglarized, there is an increased chance of another home or homes in the neighborhood being burglarized. It also encourages a rise in other crimes in the neighborhood.

Home Security Matters

The good news about burglary is that there are things you can do to dramatically reduce your chances of being burglarized—and the benefits can extend into your neighborhood. Here are just a few of the many ways you can improve your safety and security using home security and home automation.

  • Make it obvious that you are serious about security. Nearly 60% of burglars say they will avoid a home that has security systems in place.
  • Use home automation to simulate presence in the home. Most burglars will avoid a home that is occupied.
  • Install home security cameras both inside and out. Use remote viewing to check on the property.
  • Use glass break and motion sensors on windows.
  • Use motion sensors throughout the home.
  • Install smart locks on your door instead of traditional lock and key.
  • Use codes to let in service providers instead of providing or hiding keys.
  • Get a smart garage door.
  • Install a video doorbell and use it to answer the door when you are not home so you do not disclose your absence.
  • Check video doorbell footage when activity trips the motion sensor. Take a snapshot or video clip of all suspicious activity.
  • Use motion sensor lighting around the perimeter of the property.
  • Use home automation to provide alerts if doors are left unlocked, and either lock them remotely or have them lock automatically if you leave the area.

Having a home security system and using home automation can greatly reduce your chances of being burglarized. It can also reduce the chances of y00ur neighbors being burglarized as well. When a neighborhood has a number of homes with home security systems, burglars tend to avoid those neighborhoods because of a greatly increased chance of being caught on tape.

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All Action Alarm is a family owned business that has been caring for Long Island families since 1980. Our 5 diamond central monitoring station keeps watch 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Believe it or not, air conditioning is a 100+ year old invention – one we all continue to embrace to this day. Unfortunately, utilizing this invention doesn’t come cheap. But if you own a smart home security system, your system can help you lower your AC bills as we move into the hot summer months. Here’s how.

The Smart Thermostat

One of the coolest (no pun intended!) optional features of a smart home security system is the smart thermostat. A smart thermostat is no ordinary thermostat; rather, it’s engineered with advanced technology that connects to your home security system. This technology intuitively communicates what’s happening in the house – like who’s home and how much longer they’ll be there – and adjusts the temperature accordingly.

Smart Temperature Sensors

But that’s not the only difference between a traditional thermostat and a smart one. Unlike your “regular” thermostat, which is likely mounted in a single hallway of the home, a smart thermostat has multiple temperature sensors. These can be placed on many walls throughout the house, in any room you want. That means the thermostat will know the temperature of all those rooms. You can cool down each and every one, using the same amount of energy your previous thermostat used to cool down only the hallway.

Change Up Points of Reference

Your smart thermostat will have a precision comfort feature that lets you switch the device’s main point of reference to any temperature sensor in the home. What that means: If you want the temperature in the master bedroom to be 72 degrees, you can make the bedroom the point of reference. It will cool the house until your bedroom temperature is that magic number of 72.

And the more specific your routine, the more specific you can be with the temperature sensor. Want a different room to be the point of reference on a certain day of the week? You’ll be able to do that. What about weekends? Make the most popular weekend hangout room – the family room, kitchen or dining room – the point of reference on Saturday and Sunday. While a traditional thermostat only cools down the room it “wants” to cool down, a smart thermostat can be programmed to cool down the room you’re in. That extra control can lower your AC bill substantially this summer.

To learn more about smart thermostats and your home security, Long Island homeowners can call All Action Alarm. We would love to tell you more.

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.

For students, the internet is a great tool for connecting with friends, researching, and doing homework. It can also be a dangerous place, filled with serious risks such as online predators, cyber bullies, and internet scams. Thankfully, with a little knowledge and precautions, you and your children can stay safe on the internet.
If you have children or teens in the home and using the internet, the safety guidelines you put in place will positively impact their safety as well as their online safety. Here are some important tips for internet safety.

Parents Lead the Way in Internet Safety

To keep kids safe online, you must be involved and take an active role in how the computer and other internet devices are used in your home and family. Consider these tips just for parents.

  • Keep computer and internet device usage in the open and in communal areas such as the living room.
  • Install computer safety programs that restrict usage and filter websites.
  • Set up alerts if usage goes beyond certain set boundaries.
  • Take all incidents of bullying seriously and report it to the authorities.
  • Always report suspicious activity or threats of self-harm.
  • Have regular talks with your kids and ask the hard questions about what they are doing on the internet.
  • Set and enforce internet safety rules.

Important Internet Safety Tips for Children and Teens

When used safely the internet provides a lot of value. The problem is, many kids just do not realize that what they do could put them in serious danger. Consider implementing these rules.

  • Do not give out any personal information about your name, birthdate, current or past locations, or the school you attend.
  • Do not use personal information such as names or birth date as part of your screen name.
  • Use online screen names that do not identify you as male or female.
  • Choose complex passwords and never share them.
  • Do not send or share photos of yourself, your family or friends without checking with your parents first.
  • Before sharing pictures, make sure there is no identifying information in the background.
  • No matter how close you become online with someone, never agree to meet in person.
  • Talk to your parents if an online friend suggests meeting in person.
  • If something about the person or conversation does not feel right, tell your parents immediately. Trust your instincts.
  • Tell your parents about inappropriate or threatening messages.
  • Never download anything without permission.
  • Never shop online without permission.
  • Do not engage in online fights.
  • Never send messages that could be considered mean-spirited or threatening.
  • Never use the internet to make anyone feel sad or scared or to encourage others to engage in bullying.
  • Report bullying to your parents immediately.

About Our Long Island Alarm Company

All Action Alarm is a family owned business that has been protecting Long Island and New York City homes and businesses since 1980.

After a year of slower homeownership rates among people in their 20s and early 30s in 2018, U.S. News and World Report declared that 2019 would be the “year of the millennial homebuyer.” With more of these young professionals buying homes this year – and, with May (also known as “moving month”) right around the corner – this is the perfect time to talk about how members of this generation are also fans of home security. Here are some key reasons why.

It’s what you do.

Many millennials believe that securing your home with technology is just “what you do” – after all, this is the generation that is accustomed to finding a mobile app to meet their every need. Others will insist on investing in a home security system because they grew up with an alarm at Mom and Dad’s house. Many of them have heard about the great technology that today’s systems have, like smartphone connectivity to your system and the capacity to integrate your system with an Alexa or other smart speaker. Young professionals are busy, and they embrace everything they can to keep life simple and enjoyable.

The wires are gone.

Young homeowners know that security systems are no longer dependent on cable connections. Because wireless sensors are used to detect motion while the system is armed, they have confidence that an alarm signal will reach the central station no matter what. There’s no worry that an intruder will cut the phone cord to disable the alarm, because a wireless security system has “cut the cord” from landline phones completely. And, they know it doesn’t matter if there’s a storm, power outage or some other external interference – because wireless technology is reliable technology.

Word gets around.

Millennials are pros at spreading information, and that doesn’t stop when it comes to home security. If a young family finds value in their system, they’ll tell their friends – and soon, the whole neighborhood will have their homes protected. It won’t take long for word to get out that this is a street criminals shouldn’t even bother with – because they will get caught.

Young professionals buying starter homes understand the value of home security, and this is something older homeowners can learn from. To see for yourself what millennials already understand about home security, Long Island homeowners can call All Action Alarm. We’ll be happy to schedule your complimentary home security audit.

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.

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.