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3 Smart and Simple Holiday Home Security Tips

‘Tis the season to be jolly!

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or another holiday in December, it’s a great time to get together with family and friends.

We light candles. We eat meals. We give gifts. It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Except when it is not! Disaster can strike even during the holiday season. Prepare now and don’t sweat it in December.

Here are 3 smart and simple holiday home security tips you need in your life!

3 Smart and Simple Holiday Home Security Tips

Holiday Home Security Tips To Sink Your Teeth In!

In the past, we’ve talked about holiday home security tips right here on this blog.

Here are our previous tips:

5 of the best home for the holidays security tips

3 smart home security tips for a worry-free holiday season

How to prevent being a burglary victim during the holiday season

But…

We dug deep and came up with 3 additional holiday home security tips to share with you.

1 Prevent a Home Fire

1 If you have a wood stove or fireplace in your home, get your chimney swept this month. As it gets colder, we will be looking for alternate sources of heat and fireplaces that are not swept cna catch on fire, easily. There might be a build up of soot, or a bird may have nested and obstructed your chimney. Either way, protect your home and your family and get this service scheduled asap.

2 Alternatively, if you do not have a good heating source and you are looking at space heaters to warm up your home, please, please please be aware of the dangers of space heaters. Do not use them without supervision. Do not use them when you sleep. Do not use them near flammable materials. Do not plug them into extension cords. Space heaters cause a lot of fires each winter. If you must use them, please take precautions.

2 Time your Lights

More often than not, burglaries happen during the day and are an impulsive act, meaning – a criminal sees an opportunity and jumps on it. Those burglaries that happen at night, are often premeditated and planned out. To prevent being a targeted victim of a home burglar during the holiday season, put your holiday lights on timers. Better yet, put them on timers and on your smarthome system so that you can adjust the timing of them daily if you are not home! Lights that pop up at the exact time each day, day after day, can signal ‘We are not home’ to a criminal.

3 Use Your Sound System to Your Advantage

Much like the lights deter criminals, turning on tunes to keep them away works as well! Smarthome homeowners who have a surround sound system can time (and chime) music to be played. Who knew jingle bells could prevent break-ins? If a criminal sees lights and hears music played, they will move to an empty house.

FACT: Burglars do NOT want to confront homeowners. They rather go to a home where it is dark and quiet!

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Does the Start of Daylight Saving Time Bring Us More or Less Crime?

Daylight Saving Time – Love it or Hate it?

Do you like Daylight Saving time, or do you dread it? It’s almost that time, on Sunday, March 13 we will be ‘springing ahead’ to add an extra hour of daylight into our days!

There is a movement to do away with it all together while most western countries are still adhering to Daylight Saving Time.

Here is some history on it as found on Wikipedia

“Daylight saving time in the United States is the practice of setting the clock forward by one hour when there is longer daylight during the day, so that evenings have more daylight and mornings have less. Most areas of the United States observe daylight saving time (DST). The Uniform Time Act of 1966 established the system of uniform daylight saving time throughout the US.

In the U.S., daylight saving time starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November, with the time changes taking place at 2:00 a.m. local time. With a mnemonic word play referring to seasons, clocks “spring forward, fall back”—that is, in springtime the clocks are moved forward from 2:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. and in fall they are moved back from 2:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Daylight saving time lasts for a total of 34 weeks (238 days) every year, about 65% of the entire year.”

More daylight and warmer weather in spring time means… more criminal activity!

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Does Daylight Saving Time Reduce or Increase Crime?

You might be surprised to find out how Daylight Saving time affects crime! We were!

“In a new paper forthcoming in The Review of Economics and Statistics, we find that shifting daylight from the morning to the early evening has pretty hefty returns for public safety. When DST begins in the spring, robbery rates for the entire day fall an average of 7 percent, with a much larger 27 percent drop during the evening hour that gained some extra sunlight.

Why might this time shift matter? The timing of sunset is pretty close to the time many of us leave work, and walking to our cars or homes in the dark makes us easier targets for street criminals. We feel safer when we’re walking in the daylight, and it’s easy to imagine why light might have a deterrent effect on crime: offenders know they’re more likely to be recognized and get caught if they’re fully visible. The timing of sunset matters because our daily schedules can’t easily adapt to follow the daylight. Most people can’t leave work before 5pm, even if it would be safer to do so.”

source: brooking.edu

Spring Season is Not a Big Crime Season (but Summer is!)

More daylight means less darkness which in turn translates to less crime.

Most criminals do want cover of darkness to commit their crimes. The biggest exception is burglaries, which happen most often between the time of 10 AM – 2 PM, when people are not home but at work!

So what can you do in spring?

  • Relax!
  • Go outside and play.
  • Make sure to activate your home security system, but enjoy that extra daylight and sunshine.

If you are the spring cleaning kind, read this.

If you are the worrying kind, here are some spring home security tips to consider implementing.

Daylight Saving Time Bring Us Less Crime!

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The 2022 Home Security Trends You Don’t Want to Miss, Myrtle Beach!

Grand Strand and Myrtle Beach Area Population Boom in 2022!

We are almost into the second quarter of 2022. Spring is here and we are looking ahead to what else is to come in 2022. Myrtle Beach, Horry County and Georgetown county are booming!

Houses can not be built quickly enough for the demand. Older homes are getting facelifts and updates while new homes and whole new developments are popping out of the ground like mushrooms.

While we love the Grand Strand – we live and work here just like you – we are well aware that crime rates go up when the number of residents keep increasing.

Home security along, with location, is a huge factor when looking at who might be a victim of crime and criminal activity. While you can’t always just up and move your home to a new, better, more secure neighborhood, you CAN update your home with the latest trends and technology.

Myrtle Beach and Grand Strand Residents: Here are the 2022 home security trends you don’t want to miss!

1 More Smart Home Integrations

Homeowners are waking up to the fact that technology is here to stay and technology is our friend – and can make our lives so much easier.

While smart homes and smart home technology isn’t new, there are a few trends to look for in 2022.

They include

  • Smarter sensors (see #4 facial recognition)
  • Energy efficiency is one of the top requests from homeowners: devices connected to thermostats, window shades, electronics and solar panels all help to reduce energy waste and cost!
  • Health tracking and health management while at home can now be integrated with smart home technology as the system can communicate with healthcare providers and caretakers in real time!

2 Security Drones

Back in 2017 we wrote about drones as part of looking ahead to future security concerns. We quote:

New technology will enable drones to be part of your home security system – if not now, in the very near future!

In this article in Digital Trends we read about a new home security system that deploys a drone to patrol your property! Sounds like something out of a sci-fi book? Think again! The technology is here and soon most, if not all, security systems will have this capability. This article predicts

“The idea of a security camera that doesn’t fly will seem like the dark ages.”

That will be an amazing day…!

Well – it’s here. It took only 5 years, but we now do have drones with security cameras that can be employed with smart home technology to scout your property! It’s a new trends for 2022 and an exciting one to boot!

3 Universal Home Automation

We love love love automation – but there are so many options! Google, Apple, Ring…
What coming is more ways to link to any smart speaker and provide you with full control across multiple environments.

We predict you can expect the security of your home to be more streamlined and connected to all other smart home devices in the near future.

4 Facial Recognition

Mentioned above in #1, the newest trends is facial recognition with the assistance of AI, for home security. This will replace keyless entry with number pad or fingerprint and over into to facial recognition for optimal security!

5 Remote Video Monitoring

This is a new service that will come into being: not just home security monitoring, but actual video monitoring services.

With regular home security monitoring, an alert goes out when an armed door or window is unlocked or opened, or when there is movement if sensors are activated.

Remote video monitoring would include constant monitoring in real time offered as a service to those who want peace of mind – think elderly parent living home alone, or a preteen home after school.

Get Your Home Security Up-To-Date for 2022, Myrtle Beach

We stay on top of the latest trends, brands and technology so you don’t have to. Come talk to us.

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Another offering that we might see more of from 2022 is remote video monitoring services. This ensures potential emergencies and criminal activity can be spotted and prevented before they become a bigger problem.

 

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