Great Light Options
A simple tip to enhance security on your property is to get lights installed on pathways, driveways, hedge/tree/garden areas, and all entrances. Aside from security surveillance and alarm systems, installing lights on any property is a must for optimal security protection. It might seem basic, and it is, but some might overlook this first step to protecting any property. Here are 5 great light options for any yard or driveway.
In-Ground Lights are -- just that. In the ground. They are great at blending in with all landscapes and staying hidden. Perfect for those who only want to showcase their lighting at night.
Lantern Style lights are perfect for those who want their light fixtures to be seen at all times. According to Y Lighting ideas, “Driveway lights with a lantern design gives your front yard an “enchanted garden” feel.” They are sure to make any landscape intriguing, while still protecting it from unwanted attention.
Light Poles come in all shapes and sizes. Whether a property calls for something overhead to light up a wider area, or something shorter to offer some romantic lighting on a pathway, these lights get the job done by keeping things lit.
Hanging Lights are super trendy. They blend into any design and they’re good for people who like to spend their nights outdoors. String type lighting isn’t harsh, but it’s good enough to brighten up otherwise dark areas and keep intruders away.
Mushroom Lights look like mushrooms! This style of lighting is great for walkways. Instead of shooting light straight up, it’s deflected downward towards the ground. Lighting is then concentrated on the path instead of what’s around the path.
Lighting is just a good idea. It’s nice being able to design a driveway, pathway, garden, or yard with unique and beautiful lighting features that cater to individual taste. More importantly, outdoor lighting is an easy way to keep an eye on any property. Always maintain peace of mind knowing that simple protection is a light switch away. Call We Are More for any lighting questions or installation needs!
Here Are The Top 14 things Burglars Like To Steal
Why do burglars steal? It’s an awful thing to do! The first thought would be that they are in dire need of whatever it is they’re taking, the second thought is that they like the adrenaline of it, and the third is that they can make a whole lot of money off of what they take. Businesses and homes need to be protected with security systems to ensure that burglars don’t get away with their schemes. Here are the top 14 things that most burglars like to steal so that people are aware of how important it is to have a security system.
It can’t be traced, it can’t be closed like a credit card, and it’s easy to carry. Make sure to keep large amounts of money in a safe place, like the bank. If you like having cash on hand, think of getting a small vault that isn’t easy to lift, or put cash in an uncommon area like under the kitchen sink.
Precious metals and stones used for jewelry can be sold for a high price, most times for more than what they were originally purchased for. Jewelry boxes are pretty but these are also good items to keep in a vaulted safe. Especially items that are rarely worn but cost a fortune
3. Prescription Drugs
These can be taken for self-use and also sold or made into other types of illegal drugs. Most people don’t think of needing to hide their prescription drugs, but medication is one of the first things a burglar would steal during an intrusion, so think twice.
Hand held devices are the easiest to take, and most often can be sold for more than larger electronics. Example: Smartphones are usually more expensive than televisions. They most often also hold personal information on them, so it's wise to put passcodes on smartphones.
Like smartphones, mail, credit cards, birth certificates and anything with names, addresses, phone numbers, emails, or any other kind of personal information can be used to take a person's identity.
Mostly pertaining to designer or name brand clothing and/or shoes. These pieces are easy to carry and can sell for a high price.
Though alcohol is usually stolen for self-indulgence, more expensive wines and hard liquor is taken to be sold.
If someone steals keys, they then have access to whatever those keys are meant for. If they can match keys to what the correct openings, burglars can then they can steal cars, mail, let themselves in and out of homes, businesses, offices, storage units and so on.
9. Art or Antique/Collectable Pieces
These pieces are usually easy to carry, or can be sold for a lot. Expensive art pieces on display in or outdoors should always have cameras on them.
10. Groceries or Non-Perishable Food Items
Food items are most often stolen by those who can’t afford to buy their own food, and sometimes by those who are frightened of going to stores because they are a runaway or a fugitive who doesn’t want to be spotted buying food. Let me take this time to say, those who are in need of food are plenty. Not just in third world countries but also in our own community. If there’s food sitting on shelves needing to be used, please consider donating it to a homeless shelter or food drive before letting it meet the garbage or the hands of a thief.
Firearms are easily sold for a high price. These items are valuable to many and when stolen, they can be sold quickly because people who buy them aren’t required to have a carrying license or permit. Owning guns calls for a means of safe keeping. Security alarms, motion sensors, and cameras would be good to have in an area where guns are kept, even for the safety of children in the home.
Good tools are expensive, easy to carry, and hard to find once they’ve been taken. Larger equipment is harder to take, but if no one is home, burglars will find a way to steal whatever it is. Outdoor security is just as important as indoor security and will keep all tools, big and small, safe.
13. Lawn Furniture
Nothing like having a beautiful porch swing taken in the middle of the night. Right? Wrong. Don’t worry, outdoor surveillance systems won’t let that happen.
BMX bikes, cruising bikes, mountain bikes, or kids bikes often end up on the “most stolen” lists. They can sell for a good amount of money and also be useful to those who need transportation.
Now that you know what’s most wanted on a thief's mind, here are some things that should be most wanted on yours; security cameras, motion detectors, sensors, smart locks, security lighting, security control, alarm systems, and/or solar powered security appliances. If you have any questions or concerns, call We Are More today for a free quote and consultation on security products that would best fit your desired properties and efficiently protect what’s important.
Things to Know About Smart Security
We Are More encourages everyone to thoroughly think through their decisions when wanting to implement new features in their homes, offices, and any other property. Installations of any kind should be done after consideration of pros and cons. We’ve put together a little checklist to make smart security an easier decision as it applies (and doesn’t apply) to your personal needs.
The Pros of Smart Security
Doesn’t hurt to spend a dime on something that protects your fortunes.
-Easy management of alarms
Want your smart alarms to go off with certain things but not others? No problem, We Are More can install smart security to work with your wants and needs.
-Catch things before they happen
How nice would it be to detect a water leak before it floods your house? Or to catch a burglar before they steal anything from your shop? Very!
-Monitor and control from anywhere in the world
Being able to view and monitor your property even when you’re on vacation or just across the street at the neighbors house, is a great feature.
-Less stress and more sleep
If you’re an avid worrier when it comes to what’s most important, put your mind at ease and just get smart security installed!
-Lighting and shading control
Lighting and shading can be included with or added to most smart security installations. Check with We Are More to match you with the right provider before installations.
-Customizable and able to link with other smart devices
Smart security is able to connect with other devices, such as lighting (mentioned above), Amazon Alexa, and other smart appliances.
-Increased home value
If you ever decide to move, leaving your smart security connected to your house will automatically allow the value of your home to increase. “Also includes smart security” is a great line to have in your home description for buyers.
-Did we mention SAFETY
Let’s not forget to state the obvious; smart security keeps you, your home, belongings, family, employees, and treasures SAFE.
These are only a few practical benefits that some people might overlook. Take some time to research smart security and add to your own pros list.
The Cons of Smart Security
The CONS list actually took me a while to come up with, but here’s what I got.
-Power outages may affect your security
But they don’t have to. Get a security system that has a backup energy source, like solar powered cameras. Yes, those are a thing, and We Are More would be more than happy to set you up with them.
-Finding a fit for your specific needs
Please don’t just choose a random system because it looks nice or the price seems right. You will want smart security that caters specifically to what you’re looking for.
Smart security often runs off of Bluetooth connections. Making sure to have a reliable WIFI server plays an important part in security systems.
Yes, most security systems are compatible with other smart devices, but making sure you have the correct compatible devices is crucial. Though smart systems can pair with multiple devices, not every device is programmed to sync with a smart system.
No matter the pros and cons, we know protecting what’s important will always be a priority. With that in mind, what’s the hold up? Call We Are More for a free consultation on quality and efficient smart security.
Here Are 5 Tips For Working At Home
So many people are working from home nowadays. Even before the coronavirus hit the nation, an estimated 4.3 million Americans were already working remotely. The statistics We Are More really cares about however, is the amount of people that would benefit from our work from home tips.
Depending on occupations, it’s easy to assume that most remote jobs cater to different environments. Some people have opted to work from home, either as a business owner or independent contractor simply because they can. Some people also just work better from home, they are masters at accomplishing tasks from anywhere in the world. Since the coronavirus has affected millions of businesses and corporations, more people than ever are being forced to work from home. This blog is for them.
Those who never intended confining their work space to a kitchen table, or couch, are having to do so amid fear of spreading the virus and the drive to maintain a paycheck. As a help for those who are trying to adjust to their new work environments, we came up with five things that every home worker should consider in order to maintain a good work ethic even with the distractions of home life.
1. Great Wi-Fi
It’s a no brainer for people to have internet access when working from home, but most internet connections aren’t as strong as the one’s used in offices and other work spaces. The last thing any remote worker wants is interruptions and slow Wifi. Finding a great internet provider that offers quality yet affordable service is important to avoid down time while at home and to keep work flow moving steadily so you can get more done. If you’re thinking about getting a new provider with faster internet speeds and no lost connections, contact We Are More by phone and we’ll help you out.
2. Child Security
We know that being a parent can make working at home a million times harder, especially with toddler aged children and below. It would be exceptionally difficult to keep an eye on the kids as a single parent without any extra help from closed schools and limited daycare options during this time. That’s why We Are More highly recommends child security within your homes. You can keep an eye on your children and get work done without worrying about what they’re up to, or having to stop every five minutes to make sure they’re okay. Call us today for more recommendations in this category of home security.
3. Work Space
It’s third on the list, but probably the most important tip. Make sure to have an area in your home that is both relaxing and focus centric, it is key to getting work done in your house. You don’t need to have a fancy desk with 5 different PC screens and automatic closing doors to create a home office. All you have to do is make the best of what you’ve got. Find a quiet room/spot in your home where you’ll get minimal interruptions, set the lights at a comfortable brightness or turn them off completely, have water and snacks near by to limit getting up to grab food when you get hungry, put on a “work” music playlist to help you concentrate, and viola! A makeshift office. The worst thing about working from home is distractions, the best thing is being able to work the way you want, where you are most comfortable, to get the most out of your day. So, limit distractions by finding a good area to work without them, even if you have to set up base camp in the bathroom, do it!
As mentioned in the previous tip, having adjustable lighting is crucial for concentration. Being in a room that’s too bright can be harsh on the eyes leading to more headaches, eye straining, and stress. Being in a room that’s too dark could make you want to fall asleep, and staring at any bluelight screen for hours in the dark is another recipe for headaches, eye strains, and loss of sleep at night. The best solution is to have a well lit room from natural outdoor light, or adjustable lighting. We Are More has the best recommendations for adjustable lighting and can tell you about all it’s features and benefits, give us a call if you're interested.
5. Task Lists
Create a plan! I speak from experience when I say making a task list every morning before starting work has been extremely beneficial. Outlining your work day is a great way to stay productive and push forward to knock goals off your list. Give yourself the space to think before and after work about what tasks need to be added to your list so you can follow along and get the most out of your work day, no matter where you are working from.
That’s it! Five simple tips to help you work from home. Using all these tips combined, no matter how insignificant one or more might seem, you are sure to be more productive while working at home. Let us know what you think of our tips, or add some of your own in the comments!
Smart Installation Myths
1. "Smart Homes Aren't Environmentally Friendly."
Wrong. Smart homes are so environmentally friendly that they constantly overlap with the same benefits of green homes. Though they are two different types of buildings, the amount of difference is a thin line. While green homes are focused more on the sustainability of water, energy and temperature, smart homes are focused on the control of these features. One uses less of them, the other controls the use of them. Different, but similar. With smart homes, the usage is literally in your hands.
2. "Only celebrities can afford smart installations."
With that mentality, probably, but I don't think that way. If you can afford to go out to eat on the weekends, you can also afford smart living. Something as simple as having an Amazon Alexa can make your space a smart one!
3. "I'm not good with tech, I'm too old for this stuff, smart technology just isn't for me..."
The best part about smart technology is that it does all the thinking for you. It's not called smart for nothing! After allowing the experts at We Are More to do the installations, you can sit back and relax. Voice commands and single remote control make smart living as easy as anything else you're accustomed to.
4. "Your entire property has to be smart."
Not at all. Let's say you're wanting smart lighting for your bedroom but don't care to have smart lights in the kitchen. You don't need smart lighting configured throughout your home just to have it in one room. It can specifically be installed into your bedroom and nowhere else without any problems. You will always be in charge of your smart installations and the rooms you want it to be in.
5. "Smart thermostats save money."
Yes and no. It is true that smart thermostats can save thousands of dollars each year, but a regular thermostat can save just as much money if monitored. The cool thing about smart thermostats is that they are programmable and can reduce energy bills without you having to do much of anything. To keep the price down with a regular thermostat you have to constantly remember to turn it off and on. With a smart thermostat the temperature can be set to automatically change with the temperature of the home, or be controlled from your smart device. The only difference is convenience.
6. "Smart technology is only used in brand new buildings."
False. Majority of smart homes aren't (nor do they have to be) brand new. You could take a rickety old shack and turn it into a smart home in less than a day. Smart technology does not discriminate.
Do you know of any other smart "myths" that need debunking? Let us know in the comments and we'll do our best to answer your questions!
12 "Smart" Parenting Tools
Parenting will always be a rollercoaster of sleepless nights, joyful times, and testing patience but, with smart technology, it has never been easier. Parents who utilize smart appliances are turning stress and anxiety into peace and calmness. Creating a childproof smart home is also simpler than it sounds. Below is a general "tip list" of the types of appliances that all parents can benefit from while lowering their heart rates.
1. Smart Sleep and Breathing Monitors
Monitor children's sleeping patterns along with heartbeat, breathing, and other sleep habits like rolling over and waking up. This is especially helpful for new parents. They won't have to get up as often to check on their baby through the night.
2. Video Monitors
Keep an eye on children from anywhere in the house. Parents will always know their toddler's whereabouts so they can calmly relax while having their attention in two places at once.
3. Entry Sensors for Doors and Windows