Archive for September, 2017

Introducing the Honeywell video doorbell

The Honeywell Skybell

Honeywell Skybell – video door bell

This fine piece of machinery is a video door bell. See, Hear & Speak To Your Visitors From Your Phone! The Skybell video doorbell has an elegant design, is user friendly app, and has HD video. It’s no wonder so many residents are requesting them.

 

  • User friendly
  • Sleek design
  • Two designs: Skybell or Skybell TRIM
  • Available in silver or bronze

Automation Compatibility!

The Honeywell Skybell is an interactive video doorbell that can be intertwined with the automation devices on your burglar alarm system, and is compatible with Honeywell’s TotalConnect 2.0. When your video doorbell is connected to your burglar alarm system and other devices in your home you can use them together. You can answer the video doorbell for your child who forgot their key, unlock the door, and even turn on a light so they can see where they are going. All your devices are on the same remotely accessible platform making your home a smarter home.

Features

  • high definition video
  • two way audio
  • motion sensor
  • full color night vision
  • On-Demand monitoring
  • Silent Mode
  • IP54-rated can withstand temperatures of -40ºF to 140ºF (-40ºC to 60ºC)
  • Compatible with Android and IOS devices

 

Honeywell Skybell TRIM

The Honeywell Skybell TRIM is a skinny version of the video doorbell. This doorbell has all of the features stated above: high definition video, two way audio, motion sensor, full color night vision, On-Demand monitoring, Silent Mode, IP54-rated can withstand temperatures of -40ºF to 140ºF (-40ºC to 60ºC), and silver and bronze color options. The great thing about this doorbell is it can be put on the “trim” of your door. Many of us have our doorbell located on the trim of our door. In order to use other door bell we would have to run power to it which often times results in an unwanted hole in your house. This makes the Honeywell Skybell TRIM ideal for many residents.

 

Available Now!

Residents everywhere are tired of their ordinary doorbells. Especially when their doorbell disrupts the household. When your video doorbell is activated a notification is sent directly to your smart phone. Once you click on the notification, live HD video is streamed directly to your phone, and you can speak to whoever is there no matter where you are.

If the postman is leaving a package tell them to put it in your hiding spot. If it’s a solicitor tell them you aren’t interested. If they look suspect tell them you’re eating dinner, and can’t come to the door. The Skybell also has a silent mode feature which comes in handy when you have a young one taking a nap or you have dogs that bark up a storm when they hear the doorbell. The Skybell vidoe doorbell has an application for everyone. Learn more by watching the video here.

 

 

 

Burglar alarm Devices and Home Automation

Choosing Burglar Alarm Devices

Burglar alarm systems are generally easy to understand. This is surprising because technology, in general, can be overwhelming. However, when you decide to get a burglar alarm system from Shield Fire & Security we make it an exciting experience. We found that by educating our customers on the features we offer and by conducting post-install training we alleviate a lot of the stress that comes with purchasing a new piece of technology. We listen to exactly you are looking for in your new burglar alarm and educate you on additional features so you can decide what is a good fit for you.

In this blog, we are going to discuss what features and devices a burglar alarm has, and how they can be applicable to you!

Keypad

A keypad is what you use to arm/disarm your system. Keypads either have keys or are a touchscreen. Many people choose the touchscreen option because many hold the panel too. Many consumers upgrade to the touchscreen keypad solely because of its modern sleek design.  Also, If you elect a normal keypad you will have to have a metal box somewhere to hold the panel and backup battery for your burglar alarm system.

Lyric Controller

Lynx 5210

6160 Keypad

Contact perimeter device

Contacts come in different forms, but they all do the same thing. They detect is a perimeter is open or closed. The most common use for contacts are on doors and windows. Every burglar alarm should have contacts because every home has doors and windows. See if your home is prewired for a burglar alarm system. If you have a prewired home the contacts are hardwired contacts which serve the same purpose as wireless contacts they are just less expensive. Also, wireless contacts you can take with you if you move.

Wireless door contact

 

Motion Sensor

Choosing to have a motion sensor sometimes is more involved than you think. The sensor will detect motion when the system is armed in away mode. Just like a contact there are hardwired and wireless motions; both serve the same purpose. If there is anything moving in front of the motion it will use infared technology and go into alarm. We often see motion alarms because of pets, air conditioning, and surprisingly balloons! Another noteworthy tip is if you have an animal make sure you get a pet friendly motion. If your animal is more than 25lbs and is out during the time you arm your system then we don’t suggest a motion sensor because it will go into alarm.

PIR Motion Sensor

Glassbreak sensor

This sensor detects glass breaking. A glassbreak just like a contact and motion can also be hardwired or wireless. Glassbreaks just listen for glass breaking so if a sound similar to glass breaking occurs while it’s armed then the glassbreak will go into alarm. For example, we have a customer whose child set off the glassbreak every time she played with her toys because she would dump them onto the hard floor while the sensor was armed.

Wireless Glassbreak sensor

Automation

Shield Fire & Security offers lights, locks, garage door, thermostat, and video doorbell automation. All devices can be set to schedules, and can be set to go off when you get close to your home or business via geo fencing. Automation devices can be accessed from anywhere with internet remotely via your smartphone, tablet, or computer. All automation devices come equipped with Total Connect remote services. With the tap of a finger, the Honeywell Total Connect Remote Services apps let you operate your security system, receive text messages and e-mail alerts – even view live video and control your thermostats, lighting and locks on your iPhone®, iPad® or Android™ devices. For more on Total Connect services click here.

Make your home a Smart Home Thermostats, Locks, Lights, and more.

Wireless Burglar Alarm System Versus a Hardwired System

When buying a burglar alarm system, a frequent question is what’s the difference between a wireless system and a hardwired system? The major difference is a wireless system can be moved whereas a hardwired system cannot be. If you have hardwired capability it just means when your building was under construction they took the time to prewire for a burglar alarm system. It also means your devices will not require batteries; whereas someone with a wireless system will have to replace theirs dependent on device usage.

If you have hardwired capability we always recommend using it for the simple fact that it’s more cost effective. You will generally gain more coverage for less than you would pay for a wireless system. However, this isn’t the case for everyone. There are always unforeseen factors that can take place.

When would we recommend a wireless system? We recommend a wireless system to renters or anyone who isn’t going to reside at their property permanently because it can be moved. We also recommend a wireless system if the location of your wiring is unclear or the wiring is bad.

Sometimes it can be hard to tell if you have a hardwired system. If you are unsure, contact a security professional like Shield Fire & Security to take a look.

More information

Check out our residential page or our commercial burglar alarm page to find out more information on burglar alarm systems.

Or check out our burglar alarm device manufacturer’s page Honeywell.

 

Shield Fire & Security will do a free security assessment of your home or business. We listen to your needs for security and will suggest the type of devices we feel is a good fit. So there is no need to worry if you are still unsure which devices to use. Shield Fire & Security prides itself on educating customers to ensure we meet your expectations.

Home security – 5 Tips to Secure a Home from Burglaries

Home Security is always an important subject to talk about. Just image, it’s late at night and you are lying in bed trying to fall asleep. Suddenly, you hear a sound and a series of thoughts overwhelm you. Was that sound my fridge? Maybe there’s an intruder? Should I warn my family before I go check out the sound?  What if I go check out the sound and there’s an armed person that greets me? There’s numerous more questions that cross your mind in that moment. There are also numerous things you can do to help secure your home, and give you that peace of mind you crave when you hear a noise. The following is 5 tips to help you on your way to a more secure home

1. Install a home security system – A home security system has been proven to deter burglaries. The system will siren as soon as a device has been breached. Every security system is scalable to meet your homes’ needs. Your alarm system can include motion detectors, door contacts, window contacts, glass break detectors, smoke detectors, and more. The alarm is not only loud enough for your neighbors to hear, but the system also communicates to a 24/7 monitoring center that will dispatch the authorities in the event of an alarm. All monitored burglar alarm systems should come with a sign and stickers so that way it is clear to anyone and everyone that your home is monitored. Check out our residential page for more about burglar alarm systems

2. Secure your doors- All doors that lead inside your home should have single cylinder dead-bolt locks. When installing locks, it is recommended that you switch the screws for the strike plates to screws that are at least 3 inches long. The longer screws make it more difficult to kick down your door. If you have dead bolt locks already, ensure your screws are at least 3 inches long because usually the stock screw is less than 3 inches. Doors should also be made of a solid material such as hardwood or metal clad. Mounting a steel reinforcing device on the lock side of a wooden door will also prevent a burglar from kicking in your door. Wikihow has a nice step by step explanation on how to better secure your exterior doors. Securing your locks is crucial to home security.

3. Lock your breaker box and secure the perimeters of your home – Many times your breaker box is located on the outside of your home. This makes your home security vulnerable because it’s easy for intruders to shut off your power, and gives them the upper hand to enter your home. It is also recommended to lock all gates surrounding your home especially if you have a large dog door that intruders can squeeze through. Sometimes your gates being locked is all it takes to deter a burglar. If you have a dog door many people recommend building/attaching a dog house to it. This works best if you do not have your dog door in a sliding glass-door. The dog house makes it look like you don’t have a dog door. There are even more intricate dog houses that require the dog to follow a path inside the dog house, making it impossible for an intruder to enter your home through the dog house and dog door. Below is a picture of dog door HomeTalk.com disguised.

Securing dog doors is important for home security

4. Don’t leave spare keys in easy-to-find places – In today’s age there are so many ways to hide a spare key. Retailers sell all kinds of yard ornaments that can store a key. If you have access to what these yard ornaments look like via the internet or the store, don’t you think a burglar does too? There’s also Pinterest bloggers who have clever ideas to make your own yard hide-a-key ornament such as a bird house. Again, burglars can access Pinterest too. In short, hiding any key in your yard is not recommended. If you need a spare key available, leaving it with a trusted neighbor is a better alternative. Don’t hand intruders a key to your house to breach the home security perimeter you work so hard to maintain.

5. Look like you’re home – There are many ways you can automate your house to look like you are home. The most common way is to put your radio and lights on timers (or schedules if you have z-wave automation with your burglar alarm system). Outdoor motion activated lighting is also recommended making it harder for an intruder to hide in the shadows. Another way to look like you are home is to refrain from leaving notes outside your home. Many people will leave a note for their landscaper or pool maintenance person. Leaving a note makes it very clear to anyone within viewing distance of your house that you are not home. As an additional precaution, frost or cover the windows to your garage. If a thief can see into your garage, they can see if your car is there and they can also see what goodies you have. If you look like you are not home, this makes you more vulnerable to break-ins.

 

 

 

Video Surveillance Registration Program

Registering video surveillance systems is solving crimes! Community members throughout the Vegas Valley are now solving crimes just by registering their surveillance systems! Vegas residences are registering their surveillance systems though the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police program called “Vegas SafeCam”. This program allows our community’s video surveillance systems to help police with their investigations. Before I lose your attention, your video is completely confidential and you are made aware when your video is needed. This program is designed to utilize video surveillance taken by cameras in the area of which a crime happens. This video footage can help identify cars, people, and clues to crimes that are committed. Similar programs to “Vegas SafeCam” have already successfully been implemented with other agencies across the nation. This program is completely free, you can unregister at any time, and all your information is confidential.

 

Here’s how video surveillance registration works:

“A home owner or business owner installs a surveillance system on their property.  Until something happens, the surveillance system is a deterrent, but it does not stop all crime from occurring.  Often times, the surveillance system might catch something useful for the police department; however, it goes unnoticed because the owner is unaware of them capturing anything.  What the program will change is the broadening of possible leads to crimes in your area.  The Vegas SafeCam program will give you and the LVMPD a chance to capture the perpetrator coming, leaving, or actually committing a crime in progress.

For example:  You are a home owner that has recently moved into a new home.  You’ve purchased a home surveillance system and have registered your system with the LVMPD.  Several weeks later, a Patrol officer comes to your door and informs you of a recent burglary in your neighborhood.  The Patrol Officer has used the database for this program in their patrol car, and has gone to your residence for follow-up.  The Patrol officer asks you if it would be possible for you to review your video for a suspicious person or vehicle between the listed times of the event.  Upon reviewing the video, you have captured a possible vehicle in connection of the crime.  This information would be passed on to Patrol Officers working your beat and Detectives working on your neighbor’s case.  During the days ahead, a Patrol Officer stops a vehicle matching the description in the area and they find evidence to the crime that was committed in your neighborhood.  Without the video from your surveillance system, the suspect would not have been caught quickly and may have gone on to committing several more crimes in the area. This is only one example of how this program would work.  There are endless opportunities with this program to make a difference in our community.” -Las Vegas Metro Police Department read their full article here.

How to register your video surveillance system:

The only information needed to register your surveillance system is your name, address, telephone number, and the location and directions of your cameras. Once you are in the system two things would happen. If there was a crime in your neighborhood or business, a Police Officer would contact you to look for possible leads.  Or if you have discovered something yourself, you could contact the LVMPD to have a Police Officer come out to your property.  Together, you and the officer would work hand in hand into solving crime in your area.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police so graciously provided this video about VegasCam: https://youtu.be/X0PtaMLlRO0

If you are interested in registering your surveillance system please follow the below link:

https://www.lvmpd.com/en-us/Pages/VegasSafeCam-Registration.aspx

If you are interested in a video surveillance system please call Shield Fire & Security today for a free estimate or check out our video surveillance page here.