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Halloween Safety Tips for Homeowners and Parents

Halloween is one week away, and as one of the most fun and festive nights of the year for children and adults alike, halloween signyou’re probably already preparing: buying costumes, candy, and decorations!

Homeowners and parents must keep safety at the forefront of their minds, however. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, though only 1/3 of parents talk to their children about Halloween, 3/4 report having Halloween safety-related fears. It’s no coincidence that October is also Crime Prevention Month, recognized since 1984 as a time to promote and celebrate the important issues involved in creating safer, more concerned communities.

There are ways to make Halloween fright-free yet still festive for your children, your home, and yourself. If you’re gearing up for the spookiest day of the year, consider these tips:

For your home

  • Remove garden hoses, toys, bikes, lawn decorations, and anything else a child could trip over from your front porch and lawn. This will keep your house safe for other trick-or-treaters.
  • Keep outdoor lights on and replace burned-out bulbs
  • Clear any wet leaves or debris from your sidewalk
  • Keep pets away from trick-or-treaters, even if they’re gentle
  • Ask your Neighborhood Watch group to keep watch over the neighborhood
  • Be on alert yourself and report any suspicious activity to the police

For parents and trick-or-treaters

  • Drive slowly, and keep a lookout for parents and children trick-or-treating
  • Keep lit pumpkins away from where children will be walking
  • Establish a curfew for your children
  • Lock all doors and arm your security system when and if you leave your home
  • Trick-or-treat only at well-lit houses; remain on porches rather than entering houses; and stay in familiar neighborhoods
  • Older children should travel in groups and younger children should be accompanied by a trusted adult
  • Carry a cell phone for emergencies and have your children do the same
  • Remind your children not to eat their treats until you can inspect them
  • Don’t run—walk. Obey all traffic signals carefully
  • Ensure your children’s costumes don’t drag on the ground and masks don’t obstruct their vision

Read more trick-or-treating tips from the National Crime Prevention Council.

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In the News: Security the top reason consumers are adapting smart home technology

According to Lowe’s 2014 Smart Home Survey, the majority of Americans are favorable toward smart homes—and in fact, nearly two-thirds (64%) find it most useful for monitoring home safety and security.

Of the 2,000 adults surveyed, all 18 years old and up, 73% said having a smart home was at least somewhat important to them. Many considered it very important.

It turns out smart homes matter, and not just for the ease of living they provide. When asked what the biggest benefit is to a smart home, 50% replied that their home would be more secure.ADT smart home

What is a smart home?

Let’s back up to the beginning. A smart home is essentially a home equipped with lighting, heating, security, and electronic devices that can be monitored controlled remotely with a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Advanced home automation systems make this possible.

Think of all the times you’ve left home only to wonder, Did I turn off the coffeepot? Did I turn the thermostat down? Did I arm the security system? Smart homes put an end to that kind of worrying by allowing you to remotely log into your home automation system and lock or unlock doors, arm or disarm alarms, turn devices on or off, and so forth.

Home security automation

According to CEPro, 62% of Americans rank security and home monitoring as the most beneficial reason to own a smart home.

Smart home security is nothing more than automating all of the features of your home security system. ADT Pulse, the country’s leading home security automation portal, allows you to check out video surveillance feed, lock and unlock doors, arm or disarm your system, receive emergency alerts about suspicious activity at your home, and more.

All with the touch of a button—on your tablet, smartphone, or computer.

Secure your home and save money

If this sounds like a hoax, know that 40% of those surveyed said lowering their energy bill was a beneficial reason to integrate smart home technology.

ADT Pulse, our lifestyle, security, and home automation portal, hooks up to your smaller devices as well. Forget to turn off lights before heading out on a week-long vacation? Remember you left the iron on? With ADT Pulse, the problem is fixed in a matter of minutes—saving you a hassle, worry, and, in the long run, money on your energy bills.

“Home smart home”

To find out more about why residents are making the switch to smart home technology, check out this great infographic by Lowe’s.

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ADT Partners with IFTTT to Offer Most Advanced Smart Home Technology on the Market

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IFTTT’s technology connects all of your home management and security features in a revolutionary way.

ADT, a leading home security and automation provider, today announced a new relationship with IFTTT, a service that enables consumers to create powerful connections with one simple statement — if this then that. ADT and IFTTT are planning to test a beta version of an ADT Pulse® Channel on IFTTT, connecting a customer’s ADT Pulse-enabled home with more than 100 existing Channel partners. Whether it’s adjusting the thermostat to react to local weather conditions, or arming the security system based on users’ GPS data, an ADT Pulse® Channel on IFTTT could enable users to put many aspects of their home on auto-pilot.

ADT has developed a number of working proof of concepts, and “Recipes” offered could include:

  • If a wearable changes from “sleep” to “awake,” then disarm the ADT Pulse® security system.
  • If phone alarm goes off at 6:45 a.m., then turn on the ADT Pulse-connected coffee machine.
  • If Life360® family members are away from home, then lock ADT Pulse-connected doors and arm ADT Pulse security system “away.”
  • If the temperature outside is above 85 degrees, then change an ADT Pulse-connected thermostat to 70 degrees.
  • If a user texts “DogDoor”, then unlock the ADT Pulse-connected back door.
  • If the doorbell rings, then send me an ADT Pulse real-time video clip of the front door.
  • If the sun sets, then turn on ADT Pulse-connected outdoor lights.

ADT has more than 850,000 Pulse customers who enjoy the benefits of secure, smart home technology, and we continue to pioneer efforts that advance the market and provide the best home automation experience to our customers,” said ADT Chief Innovation Officer Arthur Orduña. “Together, ADT and IFTTT can provide homeowners an integrated smart home experience with a single app: ADT Pulse®. Through this relationship, we’re able to unlock all of the exciting possibilities of home automation by creating a bridge between a customer’s home and some of the world’s most popular content, services, and devices.”

ADT intends to ultimately open an ADT Pulse Channel to the public, offering consumers the ability to build their own unique ADT Pulse Recipes on IFTTT, or leverage pre-configured Recipes built by ADT and the IFTTT Community. The Recipes will react to user preferences and activate controllable devices in the home such as door locks, thermostats, lights, cameras, appliances, and the security system.

“We’re delighted to welcome ADT to the IFTTT Channel Platform and are excited about the innovative use cases we’re building together,” said Linden Tibbets, IFTTT Chief Executive Officer. “When launched, an ADT Pulse Channel on IFTTT would enable personalized and intuitive experiences for ADT customers, bringing homes to life.”

 

Want to integrate ADT Pulse’s smart home technology into your life? Call ADT Louisiana Security today.

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Stop Petty Crime with Video Surveillance

Last week, an Indianapolis man was put in custody after being caught stealing a FedEx package from homeowner Daniel Dillon’s front porch. According to RTV6 in Indianapolis, the thief took a pair of $300 diamond earrings that had been delivered to Dillon’s home.

200171280-001Dillon said, “(The driver) shows up, drops the package inside the door just like he’s supposed to.” When FedEx reported the package as delivered but the Dillons failed to locate it, they went to their security camera footage.

What they found was footage of a man in a red car pulling up as soon as the FedEx truck left, jumping out, approaching the porch, taking the package, and driving away. As this is happening, the Dillons are hanging out in their backyard.

Protect your deliveries

Like the Dillons, you also probably appreciate the simplicity of ordering online, and likely order items that are expensive, rare, or valuable. Burglars know this, too.

Because the Dillons invested in a home security system with video surveillance, they weren’t forced to lose their package to petty crime—instead, they caught the thief on crystal-clear video. Afterward, police were able to quickly identify him as Brandon Nelms and he was taken into custody.

“He’s been known in the past to be involved in burglaries, thefts and other criminal activity,” IMPD Det. Larry Craciunoiu said. “It was extremely high-quality video. The cameras were positioned perfectly to capture the image of him arriving and leaving which led to being able to identify the suspect as well as the suspect vehicle.”

Video surveillance helps many

When the Dillon discovered proof of theft, he posted the video on Facebook. In less than 24 hours, it was seen and shared by thousands of viewers.

“People on the Internet love stupidity and this guy is as stupid as they come. There are five cameras on the front of my house and he didn’t pay any attention,” Dillon said. “He’s not going to be able to do this to anyone else, which is one of the main reasons we did this.”

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Protect your home and the homes of those around you. Know who’s walking up to your front porch, and if they’re leaving with anything. Having freshly-delivered packages stolen is more common than you think.

Invest in a home security package with video surveillance from ADT Louisiana. Our advanced technology and affordable rates are unrivaled in the industry, and now ADT Pulse allows you to monitor footage from your surveillance cameras from any web-enabled mobile device.

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Home Security System Basics You Need to Know

Considerburglar these home security statistics:

  • 2,000,000 home burglaries are reported each year in the United States.
  • About 30 percent of all burglaries are through an open or unlocked window or door.
  • Nearly 66 percent of all burglaries are residential (home) break-ins.
  • Renters are just as likely to be the victims of property crime as homeowners.
  • The highest percentage of burglaries occur during the summer months.
  • Homes without security systems are up to 300% more likely to be broken into.


In the US, a home intrusion occurs approximately every 13 seconds
. According to the FBI, it is the most common threat to our home, occurring most often when homeowners are away—whether it’s a week-long vacation or a twenty-minute run to the grocery store. Frighteningly enough, home intrusions also take place when homeowners are at home.

Regardless of when a break-in might occur, the point is simple: It pays to be prepared. One of the simplest ways to do this is by installing a monitored home security system. ADT has been in the security business for more than 100 years. To learn more about our advanced home security packages, click here.

As you prepare to install your home security system, consider:

 

Motion detection matters

First of all: Does your home security system provide motion detectors? It should.

Make sure the monitored home security package you’ve invested in comes with motion detection sensors that can be placed throughout your house. These will alert you and anyone else in your home of movement and possible intrusion, day or night, indoors or outdoors. Motion detectors will sound an alarm as soon as movement is detected, and in most cases send a signal immediately to your alarm company.

Invest in ADT Pulse, ADT’s lifestyle and home security management portal, and you’ll be notified immediately—via smartphone, tablet, or computer—of any and all alarms triggered by your motion detectors.

Security stickers provide an added layer of safety

You would be surprised how effective an ADT sticker and lawn sign can be. These simple pieces of equipment give potential intruders and burglars an important heads-up: My home is protected.

Invest in a home security system from ADT Louisiana and these items are included in your package. Place stickers visibly on windows and signs in clear parts of your lawn. Thought it is not a foolproof way to protect your home, it’s a simple precaution that will scare off more intruders than you can imagine.

Make the investment in video surveillance

Having a home security system at all is an excellent start. Why not add one more protective layer with video surveillance?

Video surveillance cameras are an invaluable tool that can help you check in on your home while away (if you’re an ADT Pulse customer). They can also be of substantial aid to police, should anyone even attempt to break into your home.

This option is for residents really hoping to get a 360-degree view and understanding of what is happening at their home at all hours. If this sounds like you, contact your home security provider today. Cameras come in all shapes and sizes, and are an affordable option.
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Don’t spend another minute worrying about potential crime. Take control of you and your loved ones’ safety today.

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10 Ways to Safeguard Your Home While on Vacation

summer vacation w familySummer is here and there’s a good chance that if you haven’t taken a vacation already, you will within the coming months. While getting out of town is always fun, leaving your home unattended for days at a time can have unexpected consequences—if you’re not prepared.

Monitored security systems are the best way to protect your home, your belongings, and your property while you are away. ADT Louisiana offers affordable security system packages that can be scaled to meet the needs of any size home, too.

Before arming your security system and hitting the road, there are a few additional—but simple—steps you can take to fully minimize the risk of your home being a target for burglars. Before you leave:

  1. Stop your mail and newspaper delivery for the duration of your vacation.
  2. Don’t spread news of your vacation on social media, but do tell trusted neighbors, family members, and even the police that you will be gone.
  3. Provide a spare key to a trusted neighbor. If you’re going to be gone for more than a few days, ask if he or she will check in your house from time to time.
  4. Similarly, if you’re going to be gone for more than a few days consider asking a lawn company to take care of your yard so it appears well maintained.
  5. Turn off the ringer on your telephone. Often burglars will ring your number then wait outside and listen to hear if anyone picks up. If you have an answering machine, turn its volume off, too. Do not advertise your vacation on your answering machine message.
  6. Contrary to popular belief, you should not close every blind and curtain in your house (unless you typically do so). The change will alert burglars to your absence. Keep some open, even slightly.
  7. Close and lock all doors (including garage doors) and any sheds, storage areas, and gates on your property.
  8. If possible, have a vehicle occasionally parked in your driveway. A neighbor may be willing to park there from time to time. Or if you routinely keep cars outside, consider having a neighbor move any car left in the driveway from time to time to make it look like someone is home and using the car.
  9. Use light timers so that you can have indoor lights turn on and off in a pattern that reflects your typical after-dark light usage when home.
  10. Let your trusted neighbors know your schedule so that they can call the police if they see something that otherwise might not look suspicious – like a work truck in your driveway.

Want the power to check in on your home while on vacation?ADT Pulse Home Automation

ADT Pulse, ADT‘s state-of-the-art home security and lifestyle management portal, offers Louisiana homeowners mobile access to their home’s security camera feed, security system controls, and more—anytime, anywhere for complete peace of mind.

With ADT Pulse, forgetting to lock a door or turn off a light is a thing of the past. You can be halfway across the country and log into your ADT Pulse mobile portal to see what’s going on inside your house back at home.

To learn more about the latest in ADT smart home technology, visit our ADT Pulse page.

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