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Use a Smart Home System to Save Money!

Energy costs account for a significant portion of monthly costs for homeowners. Often, forgetting to adjust a manual thermostat up or down when leaving the house means the heat or air conditioning is running for hours in an empty house. That’s lots of wasted energy and wasted money that benefits no one.
Using smart home technology, your family can more effectively utilize and monitor your home energy usage.
Program your thermostats to adjust automatically
Adjusting your home’s ambient temperature even a few degrees per day can add up over the course of a year. Your smart home technology can be programmed to control …

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7 Top Smart Home Security Add-Ons

Even the most basic of home security systems goes a long way to helping homeowners feel safe. By adding some of the latest in smart home technology, you can take your home security system to the next level. Here are seven easy additions you can make to your existing home security system:

Smart garage sensors
Have you ever driven away from your house on a busy morning and you can’t, for the life of you, remember if you closed your garage door? Garage door sensors will alert you when your garage door opens or closes, even when you’re away from home. And, …

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New! Qolsys 2 Security Panel

Keep Your Family Safe with Today’s Newest Technology
1st Security USA is proud to introduce our newest product, the Qolsys 2 home security panel. With 4GLTE connectivity and a built in glass break monitor, the Qolsys Panel 2 is the world’s newest and best home automation and security panel. Handling not only your home security needs, the Qolsys Panel 2 offers smart home technology and can control your garage doors, lights, thermostat, and more!
What Makes the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Awesome?

It’s slim. A mere .75 inches deep means that it fits nearly anywhere in your home. (add image of panel 1 …

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How Your Neighbors Are a Good Resource for Home Security

Warmer weather is finally here. You know what that means, right? Time to start planning our vacations. You’re elated to get to the beach in the middle of the winter season. You have home security equipment, and you’ve safeguarded the house against intruders and most dangers. But if you still feel like there is still something you could do to help and protect you while you’re away, then you’re right.
This resource is your very own neighbors.
Neighborhood watches are known throughout the country. They’ve even been portrayed in media and television, but even if you don’t have a neighborhood watch group …

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1st Security USA Earns Esteemed 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service
1st Security USA has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016.
This achievement is particularly significant as Angie’s List experienced unprecedented member growth in 2016. More than 1.6 million consumers, many of whom were eager to quickly hire highly qualified service pros, joined Angie’s List after the company added a new, free membership tier.
“Companies that can meet higher demands without missing a beat in their exemplary performance standards truly …

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Thief Caught in Hagerstown

The holidays bring out the best in people. Maybe it’s the giving nature that comes with the holiday season. However, there is always the select few who do not share this trait. A few weeks ago, a video went around Facebook like wildfire. This video showed a man on a bicycle, coming up to a house with a package on their porch, taking it and riding off with it.  This thievery happened in Hagerstown, MD on a regular day in broad daylight. The thief was calm and probably didn’t raise much suspicion from passersby.
This is a persistent problem that many …

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10 Surprising Home Burglary Stats and Facts

A burglary takes place about every eighteen seconds in the United States. That adds up to nearly 200 per hour, and approximately 4,800 every day. These are startling statistics, but they highlight the fact that burglary is a crime you need to be aware of and ready for.
Here are ten surprising facts about burglary—and preventative tips—everyone concerned about home security should know.
1. Burglars tend to avoid homes with security systems.
Based on a report by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, about 60% of convicted burglars stated the presence of a security …

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Home Invasions During the Holidays

Keeping your Home and Office Secure
There has been an ongoing debate over the last decade as to whether or not the holiday season is unusually active for burglars. A number of studies support this idea; other studies refute it. Common sense seems to fall on the side of support. It’s a time when more people go on vacation and more items come into the house, so it would seem logical that burglars would target the holidays as a very profitable time of year. A 2013 report by CNN illustrates the general principle that home burglaries increase across the nation during …

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Can Home Alarm Systems be Pet-Friendly?

Motion sensors are crucial components of most home security systems, but many homeowners with pets feel that they cannot fully utilize this security measure.  Well, we are here to tell you that these alarm systems are indeed pet-friendly.
Motion sensors – usually placed in high traffic areas – are pretty straightforward in terms of functionality. When the regular sensor pattern is interrupted, the system realizes that something is moving in front of that motion sensor and an alarm is triggered.
However, when throwing pets into the mix, things can get a little more complicated. Fortunately, there are a few easy options when …

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1st Security USA installed its first camera doorbell!

Monitoring and securing your home is even easier with the new Alarm.com Wi-Fi Doorbell Camera, Skybell HD edition.  The smart home security system offers control and visual security of your front door through the use of a WiFi Doorbell Camera.  This device is integrated into your home security system and allows you to not only view your front door visitor through an app on your smart phone, but also have a two-way video conversation with them.  With the ease of tapping a button on this smart phone app, you can also unlock your front door to allow your visitor to …

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