The months of July and December often see an increase in home burglaries. Burglars take advantage of these times when families are away to "seek out homes that are unoccupied and unprotected and easy to access through concealed entry points," says Deb Peterson, home protection expert with Intermatic, Inc. If you're travelling over the holidays, take a little time before you go to make sure your home is safe; lock the doors and windows, check the bulbs on your outdoor lights, hook up your lights to a timer and download an app for your iPhone or Blackberry.
Yes, believe it or not, there's a new app from Alarm.com that lets you monitor what's happening in your home while you're visiting with family. You can see what doors and windows are open, where there's been recent motion, even arm or disarm the system from across town or across the country. Plus, you can get real time alerts.
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