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Where Burglars Target Your Home

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Every home has a weakness, and when a burglar targets your home they are looking to exploit those weaknesses. They target a home for a specific reason, and if you can avoid those mistakes, you can protect your home from a potential threat. Security systems are the first step and act as a deterrent, but there’s a lot you can do in addition to protect your home.

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Cellular Security Systems for Power Outages

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So your power goes out. There’s a big storm and the entire block is down, what do you do? What if a burglar cuts your power or phone lines. Is there anyway for you to be protected and contact the right people? The answer is not in a conventional security system. You need a cellular security system in order to be prepared for situations like this. A cellular security system which is also a wireless security system is your best option and here’s why: Cellular security systems do not use conventional phone lines or broadband to contact the security system company. You are able to contact in case of an emergency 24/7- despite the status of your electricity or phone. A wireless security system is charged by batteries, which last a very long time. You are not reliant on external batteries to keep the alarm system going.

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Learn to Use Your Home Security System Part 2

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We wanted to continue our discussion today with some more tips on how to best use your home security system. Many people purchase and install their system but don’t get to know everything it can actually do. Yesterday we covered arming, disarming and how to call or help on a disarmed system. Today we are going to cover how to set up a silent alarm and how to arm individual sensors in a home. Both tips have a use in the right situation, so take note.

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Learn to Use Your Security System Part 1

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People are installing security systems across the country. One of the biggest mistakes that new security system owners make is that they do not take the time to learn the the ins and outs of their security system. Really sit down and spend some time learning about the system that you just installed. There are dozens of different functions and sometimes you’ve just gotta read the instruction manual to get the details.

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Interactive Monitoring in a Top Security System

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Interactive monitoring is a newer feature that allows a customer to view their home and maintain a top security system when they are not at home. This can be done via smart phone, tablet or computer. Interactive monitoring goes hand in hand with cellular monitoring, although it is also offered via broadband as well. It allows for greater flexibility for home owners and can definitely spice up any boring old security system.

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How Home Automation Helps You

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Home Automation technology has slowly been perfected over the past 10 years. With the commonplace of smart phones, tablets and laptops in the workplace, it is now easier than ever to save some money and manage your home from afar. It’s a pretty simple process, but most home automation security systems allow for remote access to your home, allowing you to turn off lights, lower/raise the thermostat, lock doors ad arm/disarm your security system.

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What makes a good security system review?

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Before you go making a large financial investment for a product you will likely use for years to come, you are going to want to read some reviews out there. The reviews should help you make a solid decision about which product you plan on investing in. The catch is, not all security system reviews are built the same.

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What makes a good wireless security system?

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Not all wireless security systems are built the same. You need to know how to differentiate a good wireless security system from an average one. There are a number of high quality wireless security systems which you can choose from, but finding the right one is much harder to do.

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Security System Stats

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We went over to one of the best security systems on the market (Protect America’s) website and snagged one of their graphics to help illustrate a few of the most basic statistics about home security systems. The front door is by far, the most common method for breaking into a home. 34% of home invasions are through the front door. The first floor window and back door are he 2nd and 3rd most common modes of entry for a burglar, at 23% and 22%, respectively.

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Pet peeves of security systems

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So I wanted to take some time today to go over some of my pet peeves when dealing with a security system. Not all security systems are built alike, and these pet peeves are not associated with the reviews we have here of the top security systems on the market. But I wanted to list off a few of the most annoying problems consumers (myself included) face when dealing with security systems. If you have these problems on a regular basis, if might be time to try something new.

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How to prepare your home for a security system

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There are a few steps that you need to take in order to properly prepare your home for the security system which you have just purchased. We want to go over those steps in order for you to have the smoothest set up process possible. There are a lot of great DIY security system opportunities out there now. We generally recommend these systems for your everyday home owner. Security systems are not hard to install and should only take you 30-60 minutes, depending on the size of your home.

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Why Cellular Security Systems are the Best

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We use cellular technology in our phones everyday. Right when cell phones were getting more popular, security system companies began to invest more into the cellular technology of their security systems. For a while cellular technology was less reliable than it’s phone line counterparts. Since it’s inception, the technology has been vastly improved and we strongly recommend purchasing a cellular security system over other kinds of security systems.

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How Security System Pricing Works

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One of the first things that people try to do before making a big purchase is figure out why the price is what it is. We definitely understand that there are savvy consumers out there, and we wanted to give you a few tips on why security systems are priced the way that they are. Hopefully it will help you make an informed decision as to what kind of security system that you want for your home, and maybe save you some money along the way

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FAQ: Wireless Security System

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We wanted to go over some frequently asked questions about wireless security systems. We get a lot of questions on this part of the market simply because a wireless security system is not what we traditionally think of as a high end security system. Hopefully below we can break some of the stereotypes and get you thinking that a wireless security system might be the best bet for you!

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The do it yourself security system

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The do it yourself security system can be a little intimidating at first, but we promise they’re really not that hard to complete! Not too long ago it was standard to have you security system installed by a professional. That’s not necessarily the case now. You don’t need to take time off of work to have a professional come and install your security system. It only takes 30 minutes to an hour to install yourself. We’re going to go over the steps to a do it yourself security system below.

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Apps for Cellular Security Systems

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The best security systems out there are powered by cellular technology. This basically means that your alarm system is not connected to the company by a phone line. The benefits of having a cellular security system over a traditional phone-line system are numerous. It basically means that your security system will be up and running 24 hours a day. The phone lines can get cut and your power can go out, but the cell towers will keep feeding information to the company in case of emergency. But it also means you’ll have easier access to your home via a smart phone. No matter the brand of phone that you have, there is certainly an app out there for it that will allow you to manage you home from afar.

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What makes up the best security systems?

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This seems simple enough. We want to cover all the parts of the security system that you have just purchased. The best security systems on the market all have a similar makeup. There are basically 3 different parts that you need to look for when you open up your system. We’re going to go over them now so that you’re familiar with what is coming your way.

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3 Myths About Home Security Systems

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Home security systems have been around for a while now (well over 50 years). With every service that has aged, myths come about and are sometimes hard to escape. We wanted to discuss some of these that are giving home security systems a bad reputation. We obviously think that alarm systems are a fantastic investment in your home’s security. But unfortunately the myths that travel with getting a security system, can sometimes persuade you from making an uneducated decision. So right now we are going to discuss some of he most common myths that you will hear about a security system.

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Security System Spotlight: Protect America

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We’re going to continue our security system spotlight and talk a little but about Protect America security systems. Protect America security systems is one of our favorite security systems on the market. Well, our experts gave it a 4.5 out of 5 on a very thorough review which you can view here. Butwhat merits such a high score? Protect America security systems offers some of the lowest up-front costs on the market. Some of their equipment packages are even free and all utilize GE technology. You are getting a quality product for a low price. In addition, Protect America security systems is both a wireless security system and a cellular security system. So what we’re saying is, you get the best of both worlds! There aren’t a lot of companies out there that offer all the options like Protect America does.

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How Do I Choose The Best Security System For My Needs?

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Best Security System Questions

There is a lot of variety out there and sometimes figuring out the “best” can be confusing. We want you to be able to find the best security system for you. The first thing you need to do is identify your needs for a home security system. Once you’ve done that, you can whittle down your options for the best security systemon the market for you. Fact of the matter is, there are plenty of good home security systems. There is not one right answer to the question, “Which one is best?” You have to ask yourself these questions and from there you can choose what works best for you.

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Bringing Your Home Security System When You Move

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Moving A Home Security System

You’ve just sold your house and are preparing to move into a new home. One of the things that you invested in a while back was a home security system. Obviously you are going to want to bring this with you to your new home, but can you? The answer to this question depends on how old your home security system is or whether it is hard wired. If you had to have a professional come in and install your security system, then the chances are you will be forced into leaving it in your former home.

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Features Of The Best Security Systems

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Best Security System Features - Home Security

We have reviewed some of the best security systems out there! But there is a lot of information out there that you’ll need to digest before choosing. We wanted to cut down the features and give you some of the “non-negotiable” items when it comes to choosing the best security system for you.

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Best Do It Yourself Home Security Systems For Renters

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Do It Yourself Home Security System For Renters

About 1/3rd of the United States’ rents homes and many more are choosing to rent instead of making the investment in a home. So what makes for the best security system if you fall into this category? Your home still needs a safeguard. The top security system for a renter is going to be a do it yourself home security system. Often times there are strict regulations about work you can have done to the home and security systems that need a professional installation generally require a slightly more invasive procedure than a do it yourself home security system.

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Questions To Ask When Purchasing A Security System

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Consumer Questions About Purchasing A Security System

We are going to start a new series here on Security System Reviews in which we discuss good questions to ask when making an investment in a home security system. You can read every home security system review out there, but sometimes basic principles get missed and we want you to cover all your bases! We are going to cover a few questions today (and what various responses from these questions mean).

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Installing A Security System

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Homeowner Install DIY Security System

With the huge rise of do it yourself security systems more and more homeowners are looking to install a security system on their own. “Why in the world would they do that?”, you say? Well there are some very simple reasons behind it. Today we’ll take a look at a few reasons why people are installing a security system on their own.

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Security System Spotlight: ADT

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Today, we are going to spotlight a longstanding security system company, ADT. ADT is one of (if not THE) most recognizable security system companies out there today – and there is a reason for that. You don’t get to be this popular with a lousy security system and bad service. ADT knows what makes the best security system and they do it well. They’ve been in the security system industry for over 100 years, and in that time they have become a staple of it.

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Security System Spotlight: Vivint

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We are on to look into another one of our well reviewed home security system companies, Vivint. Vivint was originally called APX Alarm Security Solutions Inc but was re-branded in 2011 and is now known as Vivint. The company did a complete face lift and has reaped the benefits ever since. The new name was given in order to be reflective of the new type of company it would become. “Viv” comes from the word “living” and “int” comes from the word intelligently, the new name Vivint, was to be reflective of their new and innovative systems, “Living Intelligently.”

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What We Look For In Security System Reviews

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Security System Reviews is here to help you make a great investment in a quality security system. But how can we help you do that? We review some of the best security systems out there on the market and we want to tell you about it. But obviously, there can be a lot of information to take in. We have tried to organize it as best as possible for you. There are a lot of components to a good security system and subsequently a security system review, and we want you to be able to understand them.

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Security System Spotlight:LifeShield Security

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Over the next few weeks we will be doing brief security system company spotlights. You can always visit the security company website or you can check out our thorough security system reviews as well for more information on each security system company.

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Why Cellular Security System Monitoring Is Important

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It is imperative that the security system in your home armed when you need it most, so it’s important to keep your system armed when you’re away and while you are home. If the power goes out, your home would still be monitored and protected just like normal, as most home security systems come with a backup battery that should last up to a full day. One thing that could be interrupted, however, is your connection to the monitoring station. But only if you have sub-par monitoring or use a standard phone line. Cellular security system monitoring will keep you protected no matter what crazy events may occur. Cellular security system monitoring is by far the best and most reliable.

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