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Home Security: A Baby Boomer’s Guide


The need to secure one’s property is still top of mind for many homeowners. Older boomers and seniors should always be alert to security tips around your home.

By: Jarrod Baldwin
Mobile-connected home security systems continue to break through to the mainstream. These are easy-to-operate home security systems that can be monitored through software installed on your mobile device. As more than half of all Americans now carry a smartphone around, more companies are leaping into these types of security systems.

Does your new or existing home have an older existing security system? Look into to find options in your area, what’s new in the mobile-connected home security industry, and how best to secure your home with cameras, automated lights and more.

New Systems
One of the bigger names in recent years is the Nest home monitoring system and now another ornithological-coined product known as Canary is making waves. According to, Canary’s entrepreneurial founder claims that modern home security products are too expensive because of the cost involved in setting up electronic sensors all over the home. His Canary product packs a lot into a small 6″ x 3″ cylindrical device, including a microphone, electronic sensors, an IP camera that can also work in dark conditions, a loud siren, and even a WiFi adapter to hook into your home network. If that’s not enough, it also stores temperature and humidity gauges (for fires and flooding), a motion detector and more.

Home Invasions
Home security is still a concern for American homeowners, even if the numbers of home burglaries and home invasions decreased a bit in 2012. The US Department of Justice’s preliminary numbers show less than a one percent drop for last year. But the need to secure one’s property and home assets is still top of mind for many homeowners. Older boomers and elderly seniors should always be alert to security tips around your home.

If you have just moved into a new neighborhood, naturally you’ll have an initial concern about the safety of the area. To help offset these concerns, come prepared with your own research.

Tips for Security

– Know your new house. See how your doors open and shut, know all the points of entry for your home, and improve any weak locks that might be easily overcome by an intruder.

– Buy new door locks. Can you be certain who has access to the home via keys or codes? It’s best to buy new door locks and replace any uncertain window locks.

– Avoid moving-in hints. Don’t leave your just-emptied moving boxes by the driveway for the trash collectors. That’s a big giveaway for burglars to see that you’ve just moved in. Instead, break down and tie up the boxes to give away or sell on Craigslist.

– Check neighborhood crime statistics. Maybe you’ve already done this before moving in, but if not, learning about what types of crimes are most prevalent in your areas could help you to determine which security system may work best.

– Meet your neighbors. Try to bond early when you first move in. Walk around the neighborhood, see who’s out in the evening, say hello or strike up a friendly conversation about life in the hood. Try to steer conversation toward neighborhood watch programs or friendly backup to each other. Watch and listen.



About the Author:
Jarrod Baldwin is a stay-at-home dad and hunting enthusiast. He writes about the outdoors when he is not busy changing diapers.

Photo: John of Austin