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Feeling secure is important to you. That is why we have created this page to keep you updated on all the ways to keep you and your family safe 365 days a year. From home security to keeping your personal information safe we have you covered.

home security5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Choosing A Home Security System

There are lots of options when you look for a system to protect your home.  What should you look for?  Here are some questions you need to ask yourself before you make a decision.

  • How large is my home?
  • What do I need to protect?
  • How would I like it installed- do I intend to do it myself, or would I prefer to turn to professional installation?
  • What routines does my family have? How do I believe a security plan will fit into this?
  • How much do I want to spend?

Once you have thought about what will fit your situation best, think about if and how you would like your security system to enhance your life. Home Security systems can be much more than just a way of keeping your home safe. They can include lights on a timer, carbon monoxide detectors, remote door and garage door access and much more!


intruderWhat To Do If There Is An Intruder In Your Home

You come home from a fun afternoon out around Tampa Bay with your family to find your door open. Or maybe you are home and you think you hear someone else in your house. What do you do? Here are some tips on what to do if there is an intruder in your home.

  • Stay calm and do not panic.
  • Call 9-1-1.
  • Say, “I would like to report a (type of incident: Burglary and/or home intruder).”
  • Give the complete address and the closest major intersection. Give any other descriptions of your
    home and any vehicles that are in the driveway.
  • Give a complete description of the suspect and the suspect’s vehicle, including tag number when
    possible.
  • If you are home, do not try to apprehend the intruder.
  • Give a complete description of items taken or destroyed.
  • Take photos and/or video of your home after the intrusion.
  • Let officials know if you have home security cameras, so you can provide video/images of the
    suspect & incident.
  • Stay on the line until the operator advises she has all the information; remember to ask for an
    “report number”.

smart home General Home Safety Tips

  • Change the batteries in your smoke alarm once a year.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
  • Have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen and know how to use it.
  • Keep prescription medications in a safe place away from children and potential burglars.
  • Avoid using too many extension cords into power outlets.
  • Turn your lights off before you go to bed. Don’t leave them on overnight.
  • Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Don’t forget to blow out your candles before bed.
  • Be careful of how much you share online about your home and when you are home or away.
  • If it is easy to get into your house, fix it. Even intruders know to look for a hide-a-key.
  • Make a family escape plan in case of an emergency and/or a fire.

home key6 New Home Security Tasks

Securing a brand-new house can feel overwhelming. According to SafeTouch Security, here are 6 essential tasks to start with.

  1. Replace old keys. Not many new homes can guarantee you’re the only one with a key to your new house.
  2. Don’t forget cameras. The first days in a new home are a great time to get a video doorbell and security cameras set up.
  3. Look out for glass. Windows and sliding glass doors are popular targets for intruders.
  4. Let there be light! Outdoor lighting can help discourage nighttime intruders.
  5. Garage security. Consider a smart garage door opener for your security system.
  6. Check the little things. Is your wi-fi network secure? Do you have a safe for your important documents and valuables?

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