Keeping Your Home Valuables Safe

Keeping Your Home Valuables Safe

A report in 2015 by the FBI revealed that over 15,000 burglaries cause property losses of up to 3.6 billion. There are usually very specific things that a burglar is looking for when they gain access into your home.

They only need the time and the opportunity to get into your home to find those things. You may think you know what type of things want but our list of things that burglars target might surprise you.

Items Targeted by Thieves

At Security First, we understand that there may be some things that are of value to you but that might not be all that interesting or valuable to a thief. Here are some of the things that thieves target.

    • Cash
    • Bicycles
    • Firearms
    • Jewelry
    • Golf Equipment
    • Electronics
    • TV’s
    • Power Tools

Now that you have a better understanding of what they want from inside your home, you are able to figure out how you’ll protect these items if someone happens to make their way into your home.

How to Protect Most Targeted Items

You probably think that as long as you have a security system, you don’t have to worry about a thief taking anything. This is not always true. If they make their way into your home, they will still find something of value that they can grab and go. Here are some suggested ways to protect your valuables.

    • Use a safe that requires a code to lock things, such as jewelry, firearms and small electronics. You can go even further by installer sensors that will detect if your safe has been tampered with.
    • Surveillance cameras are a good idea.
    • Have an alarm connected to your security system to scare off an intruder.
    • Take most valuable items with you, if you plan on being away for a long time.***
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Why Upgrade Your Security System

Why Upgrade Your Security System

At Security First, we encourage our New York City, Manhattan, Long Island, and Queens customers to upgrade their security systems when necessary.

You might feel as though the same system will be just as effective 20 years from now as it was when it was initially installed.

This might not necessarily be true, as some of our Suffolk County and Nassau County customers have had to find out the hard way.

Remember that thieves are becoming smarter at breaking through certain types of residential security systems. In fact, some get jobs in this industry in order to figure out the systems and how they can compromise them. This is just one of the reasons for upgrading your security system, whether it is your residential or commercial security system.

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If you are expecting a baby, you likely already have a lot on your plate. You might want to add an upgrade to your home security system.

Besides, when your family or business grows, your needs will also undoubtedly change. This is another reason for you to consider upgrading your system.

  • Living Situation

If you now live alone, you might need to upgrade your system. If you are away from your home more often than usual, you’ll likely need a system that can let you know when there is a problem at your home.

  • Living With Others

When there is more than one person in the home, you may need a system that supports multiple people residing in the home. You might appreciate a system that will allow access into your home via a keypad access code rather than a key.

  • A New Edition to Your Family

If you are expecting a baby, you likely already have a lot on your plate. You might want to add an upgrade to your home security system. You might consider having video surveillance installed in the baby nursery to keep an eye on the baby at all times.***

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Keeping Your Smartphone Security Feature Safe

Keeping Your Smartphone Security Feature Safe

If you are not connecting your smartphone to your home or business security system, you are not using it to the fullest. Some people do not even realize that they are capable of having their smartphone connected to their home security system.

Since we use our phones for practically everything these days, it only makes sense that manufacturers would tap into this resource. Yes, you can now utilize your smartphone to monitor your security system from wherever you are.

Our customers in Nassau County, NY and Suffolk County, NY, appreciate knowing that they can call on Security First to program their systems to communicate to their phones. This feature does come with a few risks, as does anything that uses modern technology. You risk the possibility of being hacked.

Avoid Having Your Smartphone Hacked

#1. Update your smartphone

We simply cannot stress how important it is that you update your smartphone features when you are alerted to do so. Many of the consumers we deal with in Queens, Brooklyn and Long Island tell us that they simply ignore these alerts when they see them. We are here to tell you that this is not good. Updates are necessary, especially if there have been security breaches.

#2. Create a strong password

It is common knowledge that when you have a strong password, you can avoid being hacked. This is a necessary precaution to take if you wish to avoid the unfortunate event of having your phone hacked into.

#3. Be cautious about what you download

There are hacks that make things appear to official and legit that it is hard to detect what you can and cannot download. If you have any doubts, contact us and we’ll see if we can help you determine whether or not it is safe or not.***

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Hiding Home Security Cameras

Hiding Home Security Cameras

At Security First, plenty of our Long Island, Manhattan, and Queens, NY customers want to know just how they can conceal their home security cameras.

While you might find this odd, since the presence can sometimes scare off an intruder, in some instances, a hidden camera might prove more useful. We have plenty of small, covert cameras for our customers to choose from, which are small enough to transport anywhere you need them.

Why Hide Your Camera

So you might wonder why to hide your camera. Here are some of the reasons our Suffolk County and Nassau County customers choose to keep their cameras out of sight.

    • Monitor a babysitter who might be neglecting or abusing their children
    • Monitor a private nurse who might be mistreating their parents or slacking off in doing their job
    • Someone who might be stealing from them
    • To figure out why their alarm continues to go off

No matter what their reason is, we have some rather clever ways to hide your cameras.

Where to Hide Surveillance Cameras

Inside Most Common Home Items – They will not be detected because they will blend in.

  • Curtain rods

The higher up the camera is placed, the less likely someone will notice it.

  • Plants

You can use the leaves from the plant to conceal the camera

  • Stuffed toys

This helps to monitor your children and their babysitter

  • Hollow books

You can keep it with your other books to keep it concealed without detection

You may not know this but there are certain regulations that we must adhere to when installing video cameras. In some states, you are not able to record people without their consent.

You also cannot install them in places like bathrooms. We know where you can’t and can hide your camera. Consult with us if you’re interested in concealing your camera.***

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Top 7 Security Systems 2018 in Suffolk County

Top 7 Security Systems 2018 in Suffolk County

When referring to home security, some people have a home security system, or an alarm system installed. Whatever you refer to them, unfortunately, they are a necessity in today’s world.

Not all types of security systems are the same. They have different features and functionalities. However, in short, they all do the same things. Some have more to offer as far as features, while others offer fewer features. Regardless of which type you have, they can all benefit you if properly installed and programmed.

At Security First, we provide our customers with Top 7 Security Systems 2017 in Suffolk County. Since there is a top list, this means some are obviously preferred over others. At Security First, we offer a wide variety of security systems. Since we do offer such a large variety of security systems, many come to us to find the best one suited for their needs.

Our security services are the most widely used in Suffolk, NY. Since we offer many different types of products and services, customers are sure to find all that they want and need in one place.

When we are installing your security system, we will do so in a timely manner. Your safety and security are important to us. We make sure that your security needs are quickly addressed. Many of the systems that we offer today have combined features.

Some of the features are simple while some are a little more advanced. Just because they are advanced doesn’t mean that they are difficult to use. In many cases, older customers simply do not want to learn anything new; they prefer the most basic features possible. This is often why a combination of features is necessary.

Manufacturers are aware of the need to make things simple yet functional; this is no doubt why they have designed the types of security systems that are offered today.

Centralized Monitoring Service

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Along with the Top 7 Security Systems 2017 in Suffolk County, we also have a centralized monitoring center. With a centralized monitoring service here in Suffolk, we are also able to quickly respond to any alarms that sound in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan or Long Island.

Your safety and security is our first priority and that is why we use the most advanced technology when addressing your security needs. Our central monitoring center has been approved by (UL) Underwriters Laboratories.

Having our operations in Suffolk means our customers are able to receive the best customer service. We can quickly install a wireless or hardwire security system. With the talent of our security experts, we know how to get the job done in no time. They have a thorough knowledge of the industry and can effectively get the job done.

At Security First we even offer custom servicing to suit the needs of anyone with special requirements. It is because of the personalized attention that we offer our customers that we are able to provide you with the most comprehensive services possible. We know that our customers have different needs and this is why we are willing to cater to the needs of our customers in Suffolk.

The Importance of Trustworthy Home Security Systems

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Not only does a security system keep us from burglars, they also serve to keep you and your loved ones safe from potential harm.

When there is a system in place that is able to alert us to the potential of danger, we can all sleep soundly at night. Whether your home or not, you’ll be happy to know that you’re home is safe and secure.

We don’t only make sure your security system is fully functional; we also make sure that the alarm is working properly. This is vital to your system because it is the signal from your alarm that our monitoring center will receive.

If we are unable to receive the signal, we can respond. Our security experts are thorough in all they do. They pay close attention to detail and make sure that every aspect of your security system is functioning the way that it should before they leave your side. We keep your home safe from the outside so that no one gets inside with advanced security options.

A security camera installed outside your home helps us keep burglars away. Homes that have a camera installed are less likely to experience a break-in. The sight of a camera is often enough to scare off a would-be intruder.

They also realize that there are certain advances in technology that will allow homeowners to view their activity. Since they realize they can be tracked and traced, they are reluctant to approach a home with a camera. It could be the end of the career as a criminal. Most burglars will avoid a home with cameras. Your camera could aid in catching a neighborhood burglar.

Finding the Right Security System

Let Security First help you find the right security system. You might think that the one you are buying is the best one but if you lack experience in the industry, this may not be true.

We will discuss your needs and perform an evaluation of your property to help determine which types of security systems will work to fit your needs. Get the most from your security system with the help of our expertly trained security experts at Security First.***

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