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Amazon Echo & Home Security

Home Security CameraAt MONI Smart Security Source, our packages come with a free Amazon Echo Dot. But how does one go about integrating the Echo with a home security system? There are a variety of ways in which this exciting new technology can contribute to both the security and enjoyment of your household. The primary feature is voice recognition. Amazon Echo Dot combined with Moni Smart Security can give homeowners voice activated security automation. You can command Alexa to:

  • Activate your alarm system
  • Lock doors
  • Record surveillance video
  • Turn on lights

This feature is not only pretty cool but it is also a valuable security addition. Being able to activate certain features without getting up can save you valuable time in an emergency security situation. It is also important to recognize the security risks that may arise. Ensure proper installation, and make sure you know how to make commands before you rely on it as your only security measure.

General Advantages to Home Automation

Aside from the security component, home automation from MONI Smart Security can help you with a variety of other home features. Some of them can even help you save money. Check out the list of home automation features:

  • Appliance Control: Dishwashers, washing machines, TV’s, the possibilities are endless
  • Keychain Control: Lock and unlock front doors, back doors, and garages
  • Lighting Control: You’re about to fall asleep and don’t want to get up, turn the lights off automatically
  • Thermostat Control: Save big on energy bills by automating your thermostat based on temperature

Each of these features provides homeowners with exciting new automation methods. The money you can save on energy bills alone, can make up for the expense of the home automation system. To further discuss the benefits of home automation, give us a call at 866.364.5184

Recovering from Home Burglary

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Alarm Systems are Known to Prevent Home Robberies

Only 17% of United States homes have a security system. Yet, 66% of all burglaries are home invasions, typically through an unlocked door or window. What’s worse, home security alarms make your home 300% less likely to be invaded. If you have been the victim of a home burglary, your solution should be to invest in MONI Smart Security. Consider these steps for recovering from home burglary:

Avoid Denial

Home invasions and/or robberies can be very traumatic for residents. Because of this, victims of this crime have a tendency to live in denial for a certain period after the break-in. While it might seem like it’s helping, it is actually hurting you from a mental health standpoint. The best thing to do is to acknowledge that it happened, so that you can start the recovery process.

Get Help

There is no shame in pursuing counseling after a traumatic home break-in. Professional therapists are trained to help you work through the emotional trauma, and put you in position to fully recover. You may not think you need counseling for an incident, but it could be your denial creeping into your mind.

Take Action

Once you start working through the shock of the home invasion, you can begin to improve your home security to prevent future incidents. MONI Smart Security Source offers a variety of Home Security Packages, so that you can begin to live with peace of mind once again. You can even look at the non-threatening features of MONI Smart Security like Home Automation to keep your mind focused on our exciting home technology. For speak with a MONI Security Expert, call 866.364.5184.

5 Home Security Benefits

Home Security BenefitsHome burglaries are considered one of the most common fears among homeowners. This fear is reasonable based on statistics that suggest a burglary takes place every 18 seconds. So what should a homeowner do about that fear? A good place to start by checking out our MONI security packages. We offer 3 options, Core, Connected, and Comprehensive. Call us at 866.364.5184. Below are 5 Burglary Facts:to consider when deciding on a home security system:

Constant Monitoring: MONI Home Security allows users to monitor their home activity remotely, via mobile devices. This way, intruders can be easily identified, and authorities can be called to the scene. The flexibility offered form the phone app allows homeowners to be thousands of mile away and still have a pair of eyes on the situation.

Crime Deterrent: The primary objective of a home security system is to deter criminal activity. So the only question becomes; does it actually work? Multiple studies and statistics suggest that it has a legitimate impact on the behavior of would-be robbers, who choose to retreat in many cases, in which an home security system was activated.

Danger Notification: Not every home issue relates with burglaries. In fact, gas or fire issues in your unoccupied home, might normally end up destroying your home. With MONI smart security you can have incidents like this monitored, and sent as notification if the situation becomes an emergency.

Insurance Rates: Home security systems can actually lower your home insurance rate, since it is often deemed as a protective measure against the home. Check with your carrier for further details on how a home security system can increase your financial well-being, as well as, peace of mind.

Property Protection: Not every burglary happens by a third party, and in fact, in some cases is by people close to you. A Home security system with surveillance will hep protect valuables, by always being aware of your home surroundings. If it is someone you know, it would be easy to identify the perpetrator, albeit awkward

4 Advantages of Medical Alert Systems

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Father time is undefeated. As we get older, the risk of sudden medical emergencies becomes greater than ever before. Moni Smart Security offers Medical alert systems. These devices help put caretakers at ease, that if a sudden medical incident happens, the situation will be dealt with swiftly and appropriately. If you have an elderly loved one, or know someone interested in medical alert systems, consider these 5 advantages:

All Day Monitoring

Moni Smart Security offers medical monitoring as part of our security packages. Something as simple as a fall, or an accidental medication mishap, can be monitored at all times, and prevented from becoming a tragedy. The peace of mind generated from medial alert devices, is extremely beneficial.

Emergency Services

Moni medical alert devices come equipped with a panic button, that can be utilized in the case of an emergency. If the patient feels ill, or falls suddenly, they can easily push the panic button, and an emergency service will respond immediately. The panic button is especially valuable for elderly people who spend time alone. Having the safety net of the Moni device and its panic button, makes a real difference.

Flexibility

Medical alert devices can be worn as a watch or necklace. This flexibility gives people the feeling of safety, without an overbearing presence. Nobody wants to feel like they are walking around with a medical device, constantly reminding them of impending danger. The Moni medical alert device seamlessly integrates into your normal routine, and you’ll really only notice it in an emergency situation.

Self Sufficiency

Many elderly people don’t want to rely on caretakers to handle their every daily task. For older people in good enough condition, a medical alert system can serve as a safety measure, without stripping them of their independence. Additionally, it can put loved ones at ease, that the elderly person is not without medical assistance when needed. Call 866.364.5184 to discuss medical alert systems.

4 Reasons to Automate Your Home

Home Automation Keychain Control

Residential homeowners should consider the vast benefits of home automation. In a fast paced world, where people are constantly on the move, automating security, appliances, and lighting, can all relieve the stress of everyday activities. Some reasons you should automate your home include:

Cost Reduction

Forgot to turn the lights off? Kept the AC blasting throughout the night? There are any number of common mistakes people make that end up costing them on their utility and energy bills. Home automation eliminates the consequences of a bad memory, by allowing homeowners full control of their appliances. You can set schedules for individual appliances, to ensure that you won’t ever be spending unnecessary money on utilities.

Home Security

Have you ever forgotten whether or not you locked the front door? Did you ever second guess whether or not you closed the garage? With MONI Smart Security Source, you can monitor the activities around your home, from anywhere in the world. If you planned a week long vacation on the islands, you can check up on your home at your convenience. The peace of mind alone will help you enjoy your time away without unnecessary stress.

Increased Control

Have you ever wished you could turn the lights off without getting out of bed? With WiFi Lighting Controls from MONI, you can do just that. Set schedules for your lights, specified by each room, and enjoy the bill reduction, and the improved sleep schedules.

Personal Enjoyment

Automating your home in conjunction with Amazon Echo, can really add personal enjoyment for homeowners. The ease of use, and the ability to control various aspects of your home, really create a sense of enjoyment. To further discuss how to automate your home, give us a call at 866.364.5184

Why You Should Automate Your Home Lighting Control

Many homeowners automate their Thermostats. It saves the hassle of having to adjust the temperature every time a subtle change occurs. But what about your home lighting control? Think about the health and safety benefits that could come with a properly automated home lighting system. Here are a few factors you may not have considered:

Budget

If your electricity bills are starting to pile up, lighting control can help you get them back down. How many times do homeowners forget to turn off a light after leaving a room? Don’t let your bad memory or laziness cost you money. With an automated home lighting system, you can ensure that you are only using the light you need, when you need it.

Rest

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Benefits of lighting control include; better sleep, bill savings, and more security

Many Americans struggle with sleep. Lack of proper sleep has become a national health crisis. One way to ensure better sleep is automated lighting control. Not only does excess lighting make it harder to sleep, but the disturbance of having to get up and turn the lights off can actually ruin your night. For many people, any disturbance in their process of falling asleep can cost them hours during the night. With an automated lighting system, you will get better sleep.

Security

Many home burglars notice things such as lack of lighting change. If you’re vacationing out of town and the same one light is on in your house for weeks, that may not deter a burglar from trying their luck. With automated lighting control, nobody will easily suspect that your home is vacant. The lights will go on and off, just as they would if you were home and practicing your regular routine. For home lighting control, call us today at 866.364.5184.

4 Benefits Of a Smart Thermostat For Your Residential Home

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Get More Out Of Your Thermostat With a Smart Thermostat For Your Home.

Home automation has become more and more popular as time has gone on. There are many home automation devices that help manage your home, with a smart thermostat being one of them. While it might not seem like a smart thermostat could do much, there are many benefits to investing in one. Here are five benefits to having a smarter thermostat for your home.

Learns Your Preferences

With traditional thermostats, you have to change the temperature whenever you want it to be hotter or cooler. With an automated thermostat, they learn your schedule and your preferences, so it changes the temperature for you.

Remote Access Control

One of the biggest benefits to a smart thermostat is that they are able to connect to your smartphone. By connecting your thermostat to your phone, you are able to get updates and alerts on the temperature changes or control your temperature wherever you are.

Saves Energy

Smart thermostats are incredibly efficient, making it easier for families to save on energy, as well as money every month. Because smart thermostats are able to learn your preferences, it can change the temperature when you are using too much energy.

Easy to Use

It might seem like smart thermostats would be hard to use because they do so much, but they are actually very easy to use.

Interested in smart thermostats for your home? Call Smart Security Source – MONI Authorized Dealer at 866.364.5184 today!

Dumbest Home Burglaries in America

Dumbest Home Burglaries

Burglar Breaking into a Home

Of course, we know that most burglars are the smartest, but take a look at some of the dumbest home burglaries in America!

Outsmarted by a Smartphone

A burglar broke into a Kansas City home, stealing a number of valuables, including the owner’s smartphone. He then thought it would be a good idea to use that same phone to attempt to make a call to phone sex hotline. But this burglar, not being too bright, ended up somehow taking several pictures of himself which the owner was able to see on another device. The criminal wasn’t hard to find these same pictures ended up on the evening news.

Facebook Burglar

Johnathan Parker decided to break into a home to snag a few diamond rings and other valuables. He also had the bright idea of checking his Facebook account on the homeowner’s computer, which he left! After getting away with the stolen goods, the homeowner returned and turned on his computer to discover someone named Johnathan Parker was still logged in. After discovering a few other items missing, he called the police and Parker wasn’t hard to find soon after.

Careless Criminal

A career criminal, Andrew Bawden was actually on his way home after just being bailed out for a number of other burglaries decided it would be a good idea to do a couple more, just for good measure of course. He may have gotten away with it if it hadn’t been for him being so careless. At the scene of the buglary, Bawden’s sheet that had a list of his previous charges along with the DVD of his interview with the police was found. It wasn’t long before Bawden was picked up and booked, yet again.

So as you can see, most burglars aren’t the brightest bulbs in the box. But still and all, you want to make sure that your home remains safe from any and all home intruders and this is where a reliable home security system comes into play. Contact MONI Smart Security Source today to ensure the safety of your home and valuables. Dial 866.364.5184 to speak with us today!

How Deter And Stop Burglars

Photo of burglarsYour home is your safe place, your property. No one likes the idea that it may be broken into by a stranger and ransacked. However, statistics state that about every eighteen seconds a home is broken into and burgled. This is a terrifying thought for many home-owners who know their house is left empty for hours at a time. How do you go about your day when you think someone may be ready to break into your home? Believe it or not, there are many different ways you can deter burglars from considering your home as their next target.

Top Five Ways to Deter Burglars

Trick Them into Thinking Someone is Home

If no one is home, your house can look quite appealing to a burglar. However, most people cannot remain at home due to other commitments such as work, children, and even errands. How do you keep your home protected then? Confuse the criminal and make them think you are at home. Playing music, leaving lights on and, if possible, leaving your TV on will make them believe someone is inside the home that they cannot see.

Create a Neighborhood Watch Group

Band together with your neighbors for a better neighborhood. Neighborhood watches build stronger community ties as well as provide consistent protection from outside threats. Getting to know those who live around you and watching each other’s property will keep homes in your area safe. This way, while you are away, you can guarantee someone you know and who has good intentions has an eye on your home for you.

Whatever You Do – Don’t Hide A Key

Sometimes, family members and even you might forget your house keys. The temptation is to get one of those nifty hiding rocks or a brick to hide a spare key to help your family. However, this is also helping the burglar. As this is a common practice, burglars have learned to look for the helpful rock to help themselves. Instead, work out a plan with your neighbors and family for if this happens. Give your neighbor the spare key or have your family members give you a call to get back in the house.

Lock Every Part of Your Home

When you leave the house, you may check the front door to ensure it is locked. There is more than one way to enter a house. Burglars will try any available entry point to get to your valuables. Check your windows, doors, garage, and any other available point of entry. Make sure these are locked as well and that the lock is functioning properly.

Get a Home Security System

A home security system is a surefire way to keep burglars off of your property. Signage and sensors tell them that your house should not be messed with. Security systems and monitoring services for your home can bring the police and other emergency services in to take down the burglar. For this reason, security systems are a fantastic stopping tool.

With the threat of burglars out there, make sure you protect your home as best you can. When considering a home security service, make sure you receive state of the art equipment and affordable pricing.  Smart Security Source - MONI Authorized Dealer is your MONI smart security source. Call 866.364.5184 today for your MONI home security system today!