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Where Should You Install Your Security Cameras?

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home securityHaving home security cameras — especially ones from SafeHouse LLC, your local security company — installed is sure to give you peace of mind about the protection of you and your loved ones. You need to make sure they are positioned just right however, in order to maximize how effective they will be. Knowing where the best places to install your home security cameras will only boost the level of safety for your family. Our team at SafeHouse LLC, your security system destination, have provided several tips on where you can place your home security cameras and ensure you have the security you deserve in your own household:

security system• Install Cameras In Vantage Points — You definitely will want to mount your home security cameras in high areas such as: the corners of your ceiling, above windows, doors and other entry points and on tall pieces of furnitures. Having them high enough will provide you with a clear view of what is happening in different rooms, as well cover access to your home and thwart would-be burglars.

• Regularly Clean The Lenses — Over time, the lenses of your home security cameras can become obscured due to dust, smudges and other debris. Naturally, this will lead to blurred and grainy footage. Our staff at SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, recommends periodically wiping those lenses and making sure your cameras are free of anything that can impair their performance.

• Perform Maintenance — Like all pieces of technology, your home security cameras need scheduled upkeep to function properly. Remember to check the charge of your cameras and keep them at full power, along with changing any old batteries out for new ones. That way they can continue watching over you and your loved ones.

Here at SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, we will be glad to give you more advice about where to place your home security cameras and also show you which models we offer, as well as our different security systems. Contact or visit us today!

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Check Us Out In The Community

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localsecuritysystemHere at SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, we are extremely proud of the connections that we have with our local community. It is important to us because the foundation of a local community is what helps businesses grow to new levels. Our work with organizations like the Better Business Bureau, the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary International Club and many others allows our experienced team at SafeHouse LLC, your home security destination, to meet people from all walks of life and pass along information about what their local security company can provide them. Our job is to keep everyone in our community as safe as possible and to ensure our local businesses have the protection they deserve. Contact or visit us today to see what SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, can do for you!

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Visit These Safe Towns On The Eastern Shore

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safehouse llcWe have the privilege to live on the beautiful Eastern Shore and be part of close-knit communities which always are there for us. Despite how great the Eastern Shore is, we can’t forget that crime can happen at anytime and anywhere. Our towns on the Shore value how safe they are for their residents, and our team at SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, is proud to do our part to help keep our towns secure and make sure all locals have the best systems for home security. We want to showcase that pride, and that is why we put together a quick list of several of the current safest towns on the Eastern Shore using information from Niche.com. We hope that this will help our customers decide where to visit, or even live, next:

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  • Cambridge — Located in Dorchester County, Cambridge is a town which more and more tourists visit each year. The Main Street of Cambridge is growing with various businesses, and the town has a rich history, including an historical spot which was used for the Underground Railroad.
  • Easton — A town that always attracts many people from different walks of life, Easton is right in Talbot County. With multiple shops, restaurants and landmarks, Easton also is a hub for those who live or work right in metropolitan areas like Baltimore or Annapolis.
  • Denton — This is a town with  a combination of rural charm and suburban life. Located in Caroline County, Denton offers various amenities to its residents and visitors while retaining its rustic appeal.

Here at SafeHouse LLC, we are glad to be based on the Eastern Shore for a variety of reasons. It is not only a fantastic place for families to live, but it is also where they can have peace of mind from knowing their home security is in the hands of the professionals at SafeHouse LLC. Contact us today or visit our website to learn more information about what we can do to make your Eastern Shore home the safest it can be.

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Celebrate National Electrical Safety Month

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Safehouse LLCElectricity is an integral part of our lives and is used to power our necessities, entertainment and so much more. However, there can be a tendency to overload our usage of electricity, which then leads to accidents, injuries and sometimes even fires. Since May is National Electrical Safety Month, our team at SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, thinks it is the perfect time to provide some tips to our customers about different practices to reduce any risks. That way, you can enjoy all of the benefits of electricity and ensure you have solid home security. Here are some practices recommended by the the Electrical Safety Foundation International:

home security• Prevent Electrical Overloads — This is one of the major causes of residential fires. You can lessen your chances of this happening by not having an enormous amount of devices plugged into your outlets.

• Turn Off Anything You Are Not Using If you are leaving a room or even your house, make sure you turn off every light and device that you do not need on. This can help reduce your chances of shortages and other occurrences.

Secure Your Extension Cords According to the ESFI, extension cords are the cause of roughly 3,300 home fires every year. They can overheat when used improperly, so be sure to keep an eye on any you have plugged in and unplug them when you are finished.

Monitor Your Smoke Alarms And Carbon Monoxide Detectors — If a home fire does break out, your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors will be essential for the safety of you and your loved ones. That is why our staff at SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, suggests that you periodically replace the batteries of these devices and ensure that they are in working order.

• Keep A Home Safety Checklist — This is useful because a checklist will promote safe practices and remind your family to make sure their electrical usage is not too excessive.

Here at SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, we also recommend that you have all of your electrical work performed by an experienced electrician. This will give you peace of mind about your home security and you will have a resource if a problem does occur. We encourage our customers to contact us with any questions they have about safe electrical practices and we hope everyone has a great National Electrical Safety Month!

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How To Outsmart A Burglar & Keep Your Home Safe

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SafeHouse LLCHere at SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, we always urge our clients to be on guard against any potential burglars or intruders. Though you may keep your home security tight and your home well-protected, thieves can always find a way to get inside if opportunities present themselves. They sometimes will spend enormous amounts of time studying a place for all possible points of entry. Naturally, our team at SafeHouse LLC is not trying to alarm our customers. We just want to ensure that you will have peace of mind when you leave your house and not be unnecessarily stressed out. Here are several tips on how you can continue to stay one step ahead of any crafty burglar:

Keeping Up Appearances — Our staff at SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, recommends that you always make sure the exterior of your home exudes confidence. To cut down how many hiding spots possible intruders can use, keep trees and shrubbery well-maintained and periodically check them. When you leave, be sure to lower the blinds on your windows or doors so that no one can see what is inside.

You also should keep your trash secure because — believe it or not — someone could look through it and see if you purchase big-ticket items. If you are going out of town, ask a neighbor or a friend to pick up your mail and packages so that they won’t build up. That is a red flag that you are away to would-be intruders. Try to change up your routine because burglars might attempt to determine patterns of behavior. Though these ideas may seem kind of elaborate, they actually will prove to be quite effective in deterring trouble.

home securityBe Aware Of Your Surroundings — One of the main preventive measures that you can take is to know everything that is going on around you. Take note if you see a strange vehicle on your street for extended periods of time on multiple days or if an unknown pedestrian is acting out of the ordinary. You should always ask to see proper identification of everyone that knocks on your door, especially if they offer to do some work for you or if they claim to be with a specific service or company. If you have an appointment with services like plumbing or moving, we suggest calling the company or searching online to verify they are who they say they are.

You also should try to remain home during such appointments. If you feel at all unsafe, do not hesitate to contact your police department. Don’t forget to occasionally check the outside of your house, to see if there have been any subtle changes like a small spray of paint or a missing welcome mat. These are markers that thieves as reminders to themselves to come back to your home and case it out further. Again, do not be afraid to contact the authorities if you find any of these signs.

Prevent Easy Access To Your Possessions — Here at SafeHouse LLC, your local security company, we believe that securing your valuables is crucial. That’s a no-brainer, but often people forget to do so because of the rush of daily life. Since they want to spend as little time in your home as possible, thieves have a check-list of items to immediately look for and take. These include liquor, identity-related information, home decorations, cash, prescription drugs, jewelry, technology and more. It always is smart to make sure these items and anything else precious to you are kept out of sight  when you are not using them and stored safely away when you are not home.Our team at SafeHouse LLC, your destination for home security, hopes these tips help our customers in keeping their homes safe and thwart any would-be burglars. We also would be glad to go over the various security systems that we offer, so stop by or contact us today.

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How To Keep Your Smart House From Getting Hacked

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The popularity of smart homes has skyrocketed lately, but so have the security risks associated with owning one of these homes. While having your home outfitted with a wide variety of smart devices can make living your daily life easier, it also makes your connected devices more susceptible to hacking and cyber intrusion. Internet security is a constantly evolving subject, so it is always important to keep up on the latest trends in this field. Protecting your internet connected devices is key to owning a smart home, so make sure you always follow these points.

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  1. Change Your Username and Password – You should never keep your username and password the same as the default factory settings. This default information can typically be easily found, meaning you should always come up with something original for your username and password.
  2. Make Your Passwords Long and Unique – If you use something like your name or your street address for your password, then hackers will have no issue guessing this and getting access to all of your technology. Make sure your passwords are not just lengthy, but are unique enough that nobody can guess what they are.
  3. Don’t Remotely Access Via Public Wi-Fi – You may be tempted to use a public wi-fi source to access your smart home remotely, but keep in mind that public wi-fi networks are very susceptible to hackers. These criminals can gain access to your home via a ‘man-in-the-middle’ attack.
  4. Update Your Devices – Make sure that you are always installing the latest version of your software. This ensures that you always have the most up-to-date protection against online threats such as malware and viruses.

We can’t promise that you’ll be 100% protected from cyber threats, but we can promise that if you follow these precautions, your chances at a cyber security issue will be greatly diminished. If you have any additional questions about cyber security, feel free to contact SafeHouse, your Smart House security source, and we will be happy to help!

Troubleshooting Your Security System

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Having a security system inside your home is one of the most effective ways to obtain peace of mind for you and your loved ones. When life becomes a little too busy however, regular maintenance of your home security system can fall to the wayside and small issues have more opportunities to become big ones. That is why our team at SafeHouse LLC recommends that you perform periodic check-ups on your home security to resolve existing or potential problems right away. The check-ups themselves do not have to take a lot of time; maybe about 10 to 15 minutes at the most. We have laid out several tips below that can help your security system continue to run efficiently and safeguard your family:

Alarms:

If you have noticed a persistent beeping throughout your house, it could be that your system’s alarms are running low on battery power. It would be a wise move to examine them, either manually or with a battery tester. If the beeping is still going, try disarming and rearming your system as a form of reset. If that does not help, our team at SafeHouse LLC encourages you to  have one of our professionals inspect the wiring of your security system and see if that is the cause. Before taking that step, we suggest that you ensure that the beeping is indeed coming from your security system. It could be that the noise is emitting from an external source that is not related to your home security system, like a smoke or carbon monoxide detector.

Cameras:

Have you discovered that the images from your security cameras are sometimes fuzzy or grainy, either on your desktop or on your mobile phone? That might be an indicator that it is time to clean off the lens of your camera. If that is the case, then all you have to do is: turn off the cameras, use a compressed air can that is able to gently blow away dirt or dust off your lens, clean your lens with a microfiber cloth and turn your camera back on. Our team at SafeHouse LLC also recommends that you check out the cables of your camera and make sure that their connections are secure because loose cables are often the culprits when it comes to a defective system.

Sensors:

Since sensors on your doors and windows are critical when it comes to efficient home security, it is vitally important to do inspections whenever possible. It is smart to check how well they are secured on the different frames and that the adhesives have not lost their strength. If they have, the sensors can slip and trigger false alarms. Different exterior temperatures, such as extreme cold or heat, also can make your sensors fall out of position. To get the best performance you can, our staff at SafeHouse LLC recommends that you do not install system sensors under easily-moveable objects like curtains, near vents or fans and areas that a child or pet can reach.

Here at SafeHouse LLC, we always want our customers to have the highest-performing security system for your home security. It is our goal to give you complete peace of mind for you and your loved ones. That is why we recommend that you schedule an appointment to have your security system inspected by one of our professionals. You can contact us by calling 410-673-1759 or by visiting our website today.

10 Good Habits For Home Security

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No matter where your family lives, home security is one of the most crucial components in giving you and your loved ones the peace of mind that you deserve. Due to the hustle and bustle of everyday life however, this is an aspect that sometimes can be overlooked. Our staff at SafeHouse LLC understands this and that is why we offer these 10 habits that can assist your family in choosing various ways to promote safety. These include remembering to arm your security system, making sure all of your keys and openers are hidden and maybe even stage a fake burglary. We hope you find them helpful.

  1. It is a smart move to hold a household meeting every month and talk with everyone in the family about any practices currently in place and ways to improve overall security. Brainstorming can lead to some really solid ideas.
  2. Agreeing to follow different routines also will help everyone remember the procedures. They could include: making sure doors and windows are locked, not opening the door to strangers without seeing some form of identification and always making sure your security system is activated when no one is at home.
  3. Though it can come in handy, our team at SafeHouse LLC recommends that families do not keep a spare key hidden outside of the house under the doormat, rock, etc. It might seem like a good idea, but unfortunately most burglars will be able to figure out where the key is hidden.
  4. The same principle applies to leaving your keys or garage openers out in the open or near a door when you are home. Instead, store them in a cabinet or drawer that you can access and keep them out of sight at the same time.
  5. Installing intimidating signs — like “Beware Of Dog,” stickers from security firms or small plaques on the front lawn — can be very effective illusions and serve to be deterrents against possible criminals.
  6. Making sure that you have plenty of outdoor lighting is an extremely good idea. It may seem costly, but there are options that will fit anyone’s budget. Our staff at SafeHouse LLC will be glad to go over some selections with you.
  7. By keeping any bushes, shrubs or trees well-maintained and trimmed, you will eliminate potential hiding spots that robbers could use.
  8. Periodically checking the status of the locks on windows and doors is wise, because you can find any problems right away and replace defective ones.
  9. When no one is at the house, be sure to at least leave one visible light or a TV on. This will give the appearance that someone is home.
  10. If there is a neighbor or neighbors that your family trusts, one fun way to promote strong home security is to stage a fake burglary. Allow your neighbor to roam through your house for about three minutes, find as many small valuables as they can and take them from your house. This way, you can see how easy it would be for a real robber to find what is precious to you. That might mean that you purchase a small safe, renting a safety-deposit box or more. You then can return the favor for your neighbor.

Here at SafeHouse LLC, we are glad to share these tips with you. If you do spot something out of the ordinary, get it fixed. In the case of an emergency, we encourage everyone to immediately contact the authorities. For more information, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions by calling us at 410-673-1759 or visit our website at www.thinksafehouse.com.

New Year’s Home Security Tips

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New Year's Security TipsIt’s the crescendo of the holiday season and the most wonderful time of the year. That means everyone is excited to show off the presents they received for Christmas and are busy planning to attend a friend’s party or make last-minute trips somewhere exotic, all to properly welcome the new year. In all the rush and preparations, it is only natural that home security tends to be the last thing on anyone’s mind. Our staff at SafeHouse LLC understands that your life can become very hectic, especially as the end of the year approaches. We want you to be able to celebrate worry-free, so that is why we have provided several tips on how to best protect what is yours while you are away. You deserve to be able to relax, enjoy your loved ones and give your farewells to 2017 with no distractions. We are confident that following these tips are certain to help you achieve that peace of mind:

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  1. Before you leave your house to go out for an extended period of time, double-check to make sure that your security system is activated and that all potential entry points — like windows, doors, cellars, etc. — are tightly locked.
  2. While you are away, remember to keep all of your new Christmas presents out of sight and away from windows or other places that people can see into your house with. This especially applies to expensive gifts such as laptops, tablets, gaming consoles, TVs and more.
  3. It is always a good idea to immediately dispose of all the packaging that your presents came in. That way, you are not advertising what brands you have inside your home. If you cannot remove the boxes or envelopes right away, hide them somewhere that is not visible.
  4. Insuring your most valuable presents can be a wise choice, in case a theft does occur.
  5. When you are heading out somewhere, try to leave a few lights on throughout your house. They do not have to be major overhead lights or anything like that, but rather small fixtures like desk lamps. This will give everyone around you or passing by the illusion that someone is at home.
  6. As you travel to your destination, whether it is local or far away, keep an eye out for suspicious activity in your neighborhood. Do not hesitate or be afraid to report anything you that is out of the ordinary.
  7. One method that is simple to do is to not post any holiday travel plans on social media. While getting likes and reactions are fun, security is definitely a priority.

Here at SafeHouse LLC, we are ready to answer any questions you might have and provide more information on how to you can be protected this season. We are always glad to help when it comes to making sure you have the best home security available. We wish everyone a safe and a Happy New Year.

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Holiday Safety Tips

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Holiday Safety Tips

With the holidays right around the corner, it is a time to celebrate the good tidings of the season with those closest to you. That can mean taking road trips to different parts of Maryland, across the United States or even to another country. However, in the rush to get out the door, people can sometimes forget to check to see if their home or possessions are secured before they leave. Since a majority of people shop online for their gifts, there also can be risk involved with the delivery of packages. We at SafeHouse LLC want you to be able to fully relax and have complete peace of mind either at home or away. This time of the year is stressful enough without you having to add another worry to your brain. That is why we wanted to share a couple of security tips, so that you can focus on all your comfort and joy.

Holiday Safety Tips

One of the most important pieces of advice is always to check to see if your house is locked up when you leave or turn in for the night. It never hurts to double-check if the front, back and window entrances are firmly shut. Another idea is that if you do leave your home, make sure that all appliances are off and that your security system — if there is one installed — is activated. If you will be leaving for a long trip, you also can ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your property. Something that is always smart to do, especially around the holidays, is to check the status of your fire alarms. That can be an area that is often overlooked, so it is never a bad idea to replace the batteries. When you order online, make sure to leave detailed instructions for the shipping company like “leave package near the front door” or “put the package inside the mailbox.” You can track its progress through the parent website’s daily notifications, so you will know when it arrives.

Our staff at SafeHouse LLC want you and your family to be protected in any situation. If you see a scenario that seems dangerous or an individual that is acting suspicious, make sure to report that to the proper authorities immediately. We understand that nothing is 100 percent guaranteed, but we hope that these tips can provide a foundation for you in all of your celebrations. We also are more than glad to answer any questions that you might have and provide additional information. So be sure to give us a call, and we wish you the safest and happiest of holidays.

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Sentech Merger Announcement

Safehouse is pleased to announce that we have entered into a definitive merger agreement with Sentech, a leading provider of security alarm systems!