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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Carbon Monoxide Detection

Carbon Monoxide Detection

At Security First, we are capable of installing security systems that are the latest in carbon monoxide detection. Protect your loved ones from poisoning by this silent killer. This type of poisoning has caused over 20,000 Americans to be rushed to emergency rooms every year.

Carbon Monoxide Detection

Having something that will detect this poison installed in your home should be a priority of every type of homeowner. The best way to remain safe is to be able to detect the problem before dangerous amounts enter your home. Once you have a high level of gases inside your home, you will experience illness, possible explosion or even death.

Even if you do not have a security system that detects harmful gases in your home, you can still do things to recognize this problem. Here are a few suggestions from our experts.

Detecting the Odor of Carbon Monoxide

This type of poison is colorless and generally, odorless. This is why they are so difficult to detect in the home. If you have a natural gas stove, you will be able to smell a gas leak. If you smell gas, contact the gas company. Don’t ignore the smell of gas.

Have a Detector Installed

As was stated previously, we can install a security system that will be able to detect Carbon monoxide. There are individual detector’s that can also be installed specifically to this type of chemical.

You can even have your detector connected to communicate with your smartphone if this gas is detected in your home.

Pay Attention to Color

Make sure that when you turn on your gas stove that you pay attention to the color of the flames. If it is orange or yellow, this means there is a problem that should be addressed. Quickly turn off the stove and shut off the main gas source until the problem has been addressed.***

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