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IS YOUR SUMMER VACATION HOME SECURE?

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SECURITY PITFALLS 

Many vacation homes reside alongside other vacation homes, making the overall neighborhood an attractive target for thieves and home squatters. By targeting vacation homes, both of these groups know their unlawful actions are likely to go undetected for months. If a break-in should occur, the thieves will have long since gone on to other neighborhoods, leaving the homeowners to spend their time replacing essential household components, as well mourning the loss of irreplaceable sentimental items. 

Other problems that could arise over a long span of time are issues resulting from storm damage or property damage from wildlife. A shattered window or skylight as a result of a broken tree limb could cause major damage to both a home's exterior and interior. Even something as seemingly benign as a squirrel can find its way into a home and cause major damage in their desperate attempt to find their way out of the home.

PLANNING FOR SECURITY ISSUES

Here at Echo Workshop, we take pride in working with our clients to develop a comprehensive security package to protect their valuable vacation homes. We know that peace of mind for homeowners and protection of personal property are the utmost priorities for any security system. Our security packages are designed to encompass a home's exterior as well as the interior. They include critical features such as strategically-placed security cameras, a comprehensive alarm system, and other thoughtful features such as lighting and window shades that can be programmed to make it appear as if residents are home. 

START AT THE BEGINNING - THE ENTRYWAY

One of the foundational components found within our comprehensive security package is the DoorBird entry system. The DoorBird is a video door intercom and video doorbell system. Its usefulness quickly becomes evident whether homeowners are away, or simply in their backyard enjoying relaxation time with family and friends. The DoorBird works with both the Android and iOS operating systems, allowing homeowners to answer the doorbell of their vacation home whether they are halfway across the globe, or spending some downtime in the backyard pool. 

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CAN YOUR HOME SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM DETECT FEVERS?

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FEVER DETECTION CAMERAS

If you want to measure the temperature of delivery, keep an eye on overheating electronics, or detect fever in the people at your door, modern temperature detection cameras can help keep your property safe.

Fever detection cameras monitor heat on objects and people and determine appropriate temperature ranges. These ranges are based on differences in temperature between multiple people, objects, or the surrounding area. Cameras work in real time to prevent costly mistakes. Moreover, you can set limits and send alerts when your system detects temperatures outside above your safety standards. In other words, you can rely on your system to prevent sick people from entering your home.

Systems offer accurate readings, with some offering margins of error as small as 0.54 degrees or lower. So it’s a reliable means of limiting unwanted pathogens in and around your property. Objects, people, and animals with high readings stand out. Plus, cameras integrate with other security features for a more robust solution.

Our partner manufacturers produce a wide variety of smart security features and surveillance systems, including recorders, video analytics, and facial recognition software. We only work with best-in-class companies, so you can count on our technology to help protect your home.

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Summer Security Checklist

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CLEAR THE VIEW

If you want your surveillance system to work correctly, you'll have to ensure the cameras have a clear view of your home. Make sure you trim hedges, remove spider-webs, and clear other obstructions that may impede visibility.

It's also an excellent time to check that your cameras are working correctly. If you don't want to rely on battery-powered IP solutions, consider upgrading your surveillance system with hardwired cameras. A hardwired system is more reliable, harder to hack, and offers better quality than IP surveillance.

TRIM BRANCHES

Make sure to trim back any tree branches that may make it easy to climb into your yard or windows. It’s a good idea to check for any overgrown foliage in and around your property. Most criminal activity happens when it's convenient. By removing easy-to-exploit elements like overgrown branches, your home becomes a much less appealing target.

Additionally, installing a surveillance system that’s easy to see from the street will help. According to the UNC School of Criminal Justice, 60 percent of criminals surveyed said they would re-think breaking into a home if they knew there were security features present.

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