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Summer Security

Memorial Day is almost upon us…the traditional start of summer vacation.  Will your home be secure while you and your family are away this summer?

There are two seasons homeowners want to particularly be on guard for their homes.  One is the Christmas season and the other is vacation season.

Now is the time to make sure you have addressed protecting your home and belongings.  If you thought we only designed and installed custom home electronics equipment, think again.  The truth is–yes, we install security systems, but in a commitment to our customers, we also have a company that handles all the ongoing monitoring for the protection of your home.

It is Shield Security of Louisiana.  Shield provides monitoring services to anyone with a security system–whether or not Acadian installed it.  And its not just about alerting authorities when a burglar attempts to break in.  Shield can also act as the one-button call center for either police or medical emergencies.  You just need to have the appropriate equipment.

Here are additional tips for being more secure while you’re away:

  • Don’t announce on social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter that you or someone you know is going away.
  • Arrange for your mail to be held by the post office and have a neighbor pick up any newspaper deliveries or flyers.
  • Install electronic tracking type software (i.e. Absolute Software) onto your laptop. Laptops have been recovered and arrests have been made by use of tracking software.
  • Don’t leave valuables where they are visible from doors and windows; use shades, drapes or blinds. Burglary is sometimes a crime of opportunity and “window-shopping” is one way criminals choose targets.

While you’re planning for that oh-so-needed get-away, take the time to review your home’s security.  You’d hate to come home to a disaster.  Review your home’s security plan and see if its a good time to make some improvements.

by Bryan Naquin.  Follow Bryan on Twitter @ACIexperts.  And you can always contact him at 225.906.2589 or by email at bryan@aciexperts.net. Bryan Naquin is president of Acadian Home Theater and Automation based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  CEPro Magazine has ranked Acadian in the top 100 consumer electronic companies in the U.S. for the third year in a row.