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Discover Winter Protection with an Upgraded Security Camera System

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Add Peace of Mind to Your Holiday Getaways with Reference Audio Video & Security’s Expertise

Winter in the Cedar Rapids region is lovely, with snow-covered streets, twinkling holiday lights, and the promise of a cozy getaway with some vacation time from the hubbub of the workplace and other responsibilities.

Whether you're planning a trip to the nearby Amana Colonies or venturing out of state, there's nothing like the fun and relaxation of an end-of-year vacation. But before you pack those bags and set your out-of-office email, have you thought about the safety of your home? With an upgraded security camera system, your Iowa home is in good hands thanks to the expertise of the Reference Audio Video & Security team. Keep reading to learn how to keep your property secure this holiday season and year-round!

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Monitored Security vs. Home Surveillance: Advantages of Each

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Is One Solution Better Than the Other?

Although they sound similar, monitored security and home surveillance are not the same thing. In our last article, we discussed the differences between the two smart security methods.

Essentially, monitored security means that a remote monitoring agent will be notified when alarms or sensors go off on your property. They’ll try to call you, and if you can’t be reached, they will inform the authorities. Alternatively, a surveillance system doesn’t include any monitoring, but instead a network of security cameras you check yourself.

Is there a time when one solution is appropriate over the other? We’ll share the advantages of both monitored security and a home surveillance system so you can learn which is best to protect your Davenport, IA, home.

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What to Know about Home Security and Surveillance

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How to Decide What You Need

How do you know you need a surveillance system? You may have many reasons, and ultimately, the decision is about being is about staying on top of any situation that may arise at your home and protecting your family and property. 

Some questions you may want to ask as you consider a home security and surveillance system for your Cedar Rapids property:

  1. 1. Do I need to keep track of when my kids get home from school?

  1. 2. Do I have an elderly relative that I may want to check in on throughout the day?

  1. 3. Do I have a pet that I want to ensure is not getting into trouble at home?

  1. 4. Do I feel safe with the large dark areas of my property at night?

  1. 5. Do I need to keep an eye on all the outside entries to my house? 

  1. 6. Do I want to see who is at my gate before I let them in?

There are more considerations you may have, and maybe they are particular to your family or property. But if a number of these are concerns, then you should look into a surveillance system to enhance your home’s security. Read on to learn what to look for. 

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3 Things You'll Always See in The Best Smart Security Systems

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Explore How You Can Make the Most of Your Home Security System

A smart home security system can go a long way toward keeping your family safe.

Not only can adding smart technology enhance any security system, but you can have the power to control and monitor your home’s system from anywhere in the world.

As with any technology project, the big struggle for many homeowners throughout Des Moines, Iowa is choosing which features and devices to include in their security system.

The basics like alarms and surveillance cameras are pretty much a given across all home security systems, but what sets the BEST systems apart from the rest?

That’s what we’re going to explore today.

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