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Security and Automation on the Apple Watch

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Security and Automation on the Apple Watch

Get the most out of your smart watch Smart watches, including the Apple Watch, have only been around for a few years, but I’m betting everyone will have one of these amazing little timepieces before long. They’re so convenient, putting major functionality right on your wrist. Now, with DFW Security, you can have Smart Security and Automation on the Apple Watch – with a single app to manage your alarm, lights, thermostats, cameras, appliances, locks and garage door. How fabulous to be able to do it all from your wrist!   Your home on your wrist Lock and unlock doors Arm and disarm your security system View your cameras Answer your doorbell – view and speak to whoever is at your door Open and close your garage door Turn lights on and off Adjust your thermostat Get alerts and reminders – when you forget to close a door, arm your system, when an alarm is triggered Get status, view history – Almost everything you do on our phone app, you can do on your watch   Don’t get a different app for every service in your home. Get one that does it all – Get Security and Automation on the Apple Watch with DFW Security. Getting Started If you don’t have DFW Security yet, call us at (855) 840-1295. Our experts will help you choose the right services and devices for your protection and convenience. We have packages and options for all needs and budgets. We can help you over the phone, or we can send someone to your house – whichever you prefer. DFW Security is friendly, licensed, and professional. We are also local (Fort Worth, Texas) and independently owned and operated. So add DFW Security to your Christmas wish list, and enjoy all this amazing security and automation on the Apple Watch. If you already have DFW Security, just go to the iTunes App store and download the Alarm.com App. Sign in to your account and you’re good to go....

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DFW Security on The Fan

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DFW Security on The Fan

Radio stations have a lot of choices when it comes to endorsing a home security company on their show. After all, their reputation is at stake.  Hosts have to believe in the product before telling the masses how great it is. We are very grateful these great hosts have decided to promote DFW Security on The Fan 105.3. You can hear us on the Ben & Skin show, with personal endorsements from Mike Bacsik, Ben Rogers and Jeff Wade. Thank you! Alarm Monitoring DFW Security is known for being the value leader for Alarm Monitoring in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. With rates from only $12.95 per month, everyone can afford to have quality protection for their home and family. Many other home security companies are charging 3 times that amount for just basic alarm monitoring. You’ve probably heard about DFW Security on The Fan, and how we offer state-of-the-art Smart Security for the same price as many of those companies charge for just basic landline alarm monitoring. Smart Security Smart Security from DFW Security allows you to control your alarm, thermostats, garage door, lights, door locks, cameras, appliances and more from one easy-to-use app. No need to have a separate app for every system. In many cases, we give you the equipment for free and professionally install it for free. All you pay is the affordable monthly fee. Check out our current specials here. Why is DFW Security Better? Smart security products are flooding the market right now. You can buy them just about anywhere, and it can be a little overwhelming. No one wants to waste their money on poor quality equipment, or end up with a house full of useless gadgets. Smart security that actually makes your life easier is what you’ve been hearing about DFW Security on The Fan. We are exclusively a security and automation company. We don’t sell or do anything else, and we’ve been doing it well for over 25 years. We’re locally and independently owned and committed to your security and satisfaction. We only offer products and services that have been thoroughly tested and that we can stand behind. We know it is a big deal to hear DFW Security on The Fan, and we’re determined not to let them (or you) down. Visit these pages for more information, or call us at (855) 840-1295. Home Automation – What’s Included Smart Security vs. Basic...

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Alarm Systems for Granbury

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Alarm Systems for Granbury

Just because you own a home in a relatively small town, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the latest smart security technology at a reasonable price. You’ve found DFW Security, and we specialize in VALUE – getting more and paying less. Comparing Alarm Systems for Granbury Not all alarm systems for Granbury are created alike. Smart security is the new standard, with traditional alarm systems being left in the dust. A crafty burglar used to be able to simply cut the phone line outside the house, or rip the alarm system off the wall to render alarm systems for Granbury totally useless. Now, with our patented Crash & Smash Protection, our monitoring center is still alerted even if your security system is disabled or completely destroyed. And with wireless monitoring, there are no wires to be cut.  We provide severe weather alerts, the ability to speak directly through the keypad loudspeaker, touchscreen keypads and an awesome smart phone app. All-In-One Mobile App Perhaps the favorite feature of our alarm systems for Granbury is our award-winning mobile app. Beyond a simple security system, one app allows you to control your alarm as well as thermostats, garage doors, locks, lights, cameras and more. GEO Services allow your system to send you reminders and alerts based on your location. When you head to the Metroplex for a day, your system knows it – and it can automatically turn down the thermostat, remind you to lock your doors and set your alarm, turn off lights and more. Video & Cameras   Everyone is getting excited about home security cameras these days, and for good reason. They’re more affordable than ever, and they allow you to keep an eye on your home 24/7 from anywhere in the world. As part of alarm systems for Granbury, they can do even more.     Watch a live feed anytime on any Android, Windows or Apple device. View multiple cameras, even multiple locations on one screen if you like. Set recording schedules, or record on motion. Customize exactly what you want to see, so you don’t have to search through hours of mundane footage. Get alerts with 30 second video clips when something happens you want to see. For example, when the kids get home, when an alarm is triggered, or when there’s movement in the driveway after midnight. Watch, speak and listen with our superior doorbell camera. Lock or unlock the door and arm or disarm the security system from the same screen while you view your porch and talk to whoever is there.   Video and cameras combined with our alarm systems for Granbury mean you’ll have awareness and peace of mind when it comes to your home. And you’ll be surprised how affordable it all is! We Know -and love- Granbury DFW Security is based in Fort Worth, and we have been protecting homes and families for over 25 years in Texas. Two of our Founders live in Pecan Plantation, and our Installation Manager lives in Godley. You may see them around Granbury eating at Stumpy’s, volunteering at StoneWater, shopping at HEB or working out at the Y. If you’re looking for alarm systems Granbury, you can trust DFW Security to protect your home and family like it was our own. Call today for a...

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DFW Security on The Ticket

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DFW Security on The Ticket

If you’ve listened to sports talk radio lately, you’ve probably heard Corby Davidson talk about DFW Security on The Ticket. Corby became a customer earlier this year and now officially endorses us on The Hardline. You may have heard some of our ads while listening as well. Here are some of the things Corby enjoys as part of his home security system that you can enjoy too: Smart Security Mobile App control – arm/disarm, check status and history from your mobile device Touchscreen Keypad – Includes 2 way communication so we can talk to you over the loudspeaker instead of having to call you on the telephone Wireless Monitoring – No home phone needed, we install a dedicated cellular connection Real-time Alerts – We can notify you when a door is left open or the system is disarmed. GEO services – Makes location-based services possible, like reminding you to arm your system when you get more than 5 miles from home. Learn more about Smart Security Home Automation If you’ve heard Corby talk about DFW Security on The Ticket, you’ve no doubt heard him talk about some of the Home Automation features he also enjoys. Smart Locks – Keyless entry with user codes , mobile app control and alarm system integration Smart Lights – Interior and exterior lighting schedules, event triggered and mobile app control Smart Thermostat – Automatically adjust your temperature when you’re not home and/or use smart schedules. Smart Garage – Get reminded when you forget to close your garage door, close it from your phone. Video & Cameras – Live video on your mobile device, text alerts, event-triggered recording and more. Learn more about Smart Home Automation. $12.95 Alarm Monitoring You may also have heard some commercials for DFW Security on The Ticket advertising our extremely affordable alarm monitoring. This is the same TMA 5-Diamond Rated monitoring you would get from a more expensive big-name company at a fraction of the cost. If you have an existing compatible alarm system and a standard home phone line, we can provide 24/7/365 professional alarm monitoring for just $12.95 per month. $16.95 if you don’t have a landline. Wireless alarm monitoring is automatically included with our Smart Security and Home Automation packages. We would love to help you design the perfect for your home and family. Call us today for the latest special promotions for radio listeners. Be sure to mention that you heard DFW Security on The Ticket when you call. We hope to speak with you...

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Video Camera Alarm System

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Video Camera Alarm System

With all the cameras on the market today, choosing the right video camera alarm system can be challenging. This article covers some options to consider – including types of cameras, integration with a security system, price, reliability, installation and more. Protecting your home and family is one of the most important things you can do. Let us help you make a smart choice. Integrated Video Camera Alarm System Cameras that fully integrate with your security system are the most useful because they can record based on alarm system activity like when doors open, an alarm is triggered, or when the system is armed or disarmed. They can also be configured to record on a schedule and/or in response to motion. Video clips can be texted automatically in response to triggers you specify and are stored in an easily searchable library. Cameras that continuously record use batteries faster, make it difficult to search for clips, and require a lot of cloud storage or hard drive space. Doorbell Cameras Doorbell cameras are popular these days, but some versions are limited. Be sure the Video Camera Alarm System you choose includes the option to lock or unlock the door and arm or disarm the security system from the same screen. With many doorbell cameras, you can only view video, speak and listen, or you have to open a separate app to control security. One of the biggest limitations of the doorbell camera is its reliance on a strong WiFi signal at the front door. If the router is far away and the signal is weak, the camera won’t work properly. Be sure to check your signal strength before getting your heart set on a doorbell camera. Professional Installation or DIY Wireless technology has definitely made it easier to install a video camera alarm system yourself. I still prefer professional installation to guarantee it is done properly, as well as a warranty or extended service plan on the work. The security of my home and family is not something I want to take a chance on. And if the installation is free, why not? Where to buy your Video Camera Alarm System Companies everywhere are branching into the home security industry lately. You can pick up a system from Walmart or Home Depot, or order one online. We believe your protection is not something you should depend on the cable company or online retailer for. DFW Security is locally and independently owned, and all we do is security. We’ve been doing it for over 25 years and we know it inside and out. This isn’t our side business or latest gimmick and we take it very seriously. We would love to partner with you to ensure your home and family is safe for years to come.   Pricing There are several options when purchasing a video camera alarm system. You can buy the equipment outright with no monthly fee, but the upfront cost can be significant with little to no ongoing support after the initial purchase. With many companies, you can pay some money upfront and an additional monthly fee for service and monitoring. DFW Security frequently offers $0 for equipment, installation and activation (with approved credit and ACH) with an extremely affordable monthly rate. Call our security experts today for a personalized...

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Best Smart Home Security

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Best Smart Home Security

Choose the Best Smart Home Security in DFW Finding the best smart home security in DFW can be a daunting task. There are over 200 home alarm companies in the Metroplex alone! Many are small two man operations, or dealers selling for large companies like ADT. We also see cable TV and electric companies branching into home security, national companies operating in Dallas and DIY options at Walmart, Home Depot, etc. Comparing features, mobile app and pricing, along with the stability of the company providing services, will help you feel confident that you’ve found the best option for your home and family. Smart Home Security Features To really make your home “smart”, you want features that are useful and simple. The idea is to make your life easier, not more complicated. Some questions to ask are: Does the alarm system integrate with other systems in my home? How many steps does it take to control the system? Is it easy to use? Can I customize notifications by person/device, event, schedule and more? How can I be sure my system stays up to date? The best smart home security will be easy to use, stay up to date automatically, be fully customizable and integrate seamlessly. Here are some of the features of a smart home alarm system from DFW Security. Arm and disarm your security system on any mobile device, or from the keypad, or have it disarm automatically when you unlock the door with your user code. Control your thermostat from your phone. Get alerts when someone makes an adjustment. Set up a GEO fence so the system knows when you are away from home and can adjust your thermostat automatically. Get text reminders when you forget to close your garage door, leave a window or door open or forget to lock your doors when you leave home. You can even get an alert when someone opens the safe or liquor cabinet. View live or recorded video from anywhere. Get text alerts with video clips. Answer your video doorbell camera and lock/unlock your door from the same screen. Get automatic, frequent updates to your system with new features being added all the time. Carefully comparing features will ensure you get the most for your money when shopping for smart security. The Ultimate All-In-One App Many smart home alarm systems offer home automation for a variety of systems. Unfortunately, most of them require a different app for each one. For example, you may need one app for your smart thermostat, another for your lights, and yet another for your alarm. With DFW Security, we have an award-winning, all-in-one app that controls every system. This makes operating all the different systems in your home much easier. From a single app, you can control cameras, garage doors, thermostats, locks, lights and your alarm. We think our app is what hands down makes ours the best smart home security in DFW. Why DFW Security If you’re looking for the best features at the best price from a stable, local, independently-owned company, you’ve come to the right place. We strive to provide value to every customer with a great price on a superior product and a guarantee of excellent customer service for years to come. We have over 25 years experience protecting homes and...

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Best Security Cameras

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Best Security Cameras

Finding the Best Security Cameras What is important to look for when selecting the best security cameras for your home or business? With so many cameras on the market today, choosing the right video option can be a daunting task. In this post, we will discuss some important aspects to look at when shopping for video and cameras. Camera Features Ask yourself some questions to determine what features are most important to you. Are you looking for cameras for indoors, outdoors or both? How many do you need to cover everything you want to see? Do you want to be able to move the cameras, or is it okay for them to be fixed in one position? Keep in mind that if a movable camera is aimed in one direction, it won’t be recording any activity that occurs out of sight. Do you want to be able to see at night as well as during the day? Most cameras available today are really very similar, but the best security cameras have superior image viewing and recording options. Viewing Options In the past, security cameras could only be viewed on a specific computer. Good security cameras now can be viewed on any internet-connected device, like a computer, tablet or smart phone. With that in mind, choosing the best security cameras now requires you to look at the app that’s included with your video and cameras. DFW Security’s award-winning mobile app includes an all-in-one app for your alarm system, cameras, locks, garage doors, lights, thermostats and more. You can get text alerts with video when someone opens a door, there’s motion at an unexpected time, or the doorbell rings. You can view multiple cameras at multiple locations on the same screen. We think we have (hands down!) the best security cameras anywhere. Recording A security camera is only as good as the recording you get from it. It is very rare for someone to sit around and watch live video of their home or business all day. The best recording is customized by motion, event, schedule and location. If nothing is happening, there is no need to record. The best security cameras will allow you to be very specific on what you want to record, so you don’t need to look through countless hours of footage to find an event. Make sure your gallery is easily searchable and doesn’t include a bunch of unnecessary recordings. Storage Options There are really only two main options when it comes to video storage – cloud-based and on-site storage. You can choose a DVR or SVR and keep recordings at your physical location, or you can purchase virtual storage in the cloud. This is where a good recording system comes in handy, so you don’t have to pay for more space than necessary. Cost If you’ve been shopping for the best security cameras for very long, you’ve probably noticed prices all over the board. You can choose to pay for cameras upfront and avoid a monthly fee, or you can choose free cameras and a monthly rate, or some upfront and some per month. The advantage to having a monthly plan is better service and support, possibly professional installation, and cloud storage. With DFW Security, integration with your alarm system and/or home automation is also...

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Holiday Travel & Home Security

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Holiday Travel & Home Security

Last year the Williams family traveled to New Orleans the week before Christmas. When they returned to their home in Frisco late Christmas Eve, they discovered their home had been burglarized. All the Christmas presents they had so carefully wrapped were gone, and their home was a total mess. Unfortunately, the holidays can be a prime time for burglars to strike. The abundance of new and fabulous gifts combined with unattended homes while people shop and travel, make for tempting targets. Whether you are traveling for a long time or are gone for just a day, make sure your home is safe and secure with these few easy tips. Make it look like you’re home. Leave on some lights, and have a radio or TV playing. Don’t let mail or newspapers pile up. Make sure your trusted neighbors know you’re gone. Proudly display your DFW Security sign. Arm your security system. Make sure your landscaping is trimmed and doesn’t provide any hiding spots near entry points. Don’t advertise your absence on social media. When you check in on FaceBook somewhere far away, burglars know you won’t be home for a while. Wait to post those vacation photos until you are home. That beautiful beach pic you posted on Instagram tells thieves your home is an easy target. Get Smart Security. DFW Security can help make your home secure his holiday with one app for controlling lights, locks, cameras, garage doors, thermostats and more. Professional alarm monitoring means we will be watching your home 24/7/365 – doing our part to make sure you have a very merry Christmas this...

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How Burglars Break in Homes

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A news station in Oregon mailed 86 surveys to burglars currently in prison asking them how they broke into homes, what was a deterrent, and what wasn’t. A summary of their responses are listed below.  1.    How did you typically break into a home or apartment? Most inmates broke in through an unlocked door or window.  Several burglars kicked the door open. “I would kick in the door rather than break glass. Loud bangs are better than loud glass breaking, plus you run the risk of getting cut,” said one inmate. 2.    Once inside, what was the first thing you looked to steal? Jewelry, electronics, cash and credit cards are all attractive to burglars. Inmates also added collectibles and guns. “NRA sticker on car bumper = Lots of guns to steal,” wrote one burglar. 3.    Where did you look for hidden valuables? Most burglars started by searching the master bedroom for valuables, then moved through the rest of the house. “Everywhere!  From the stove and freezer, to the fish tank and toilet tank, book shelves and in boxes of cereal,” said an inmate. 4.    What time of the day did you prefer to break in? Burglars prefer breaking in early morning or afternoon.  “Between 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm. Anyone that was home for lunch should be gone by then and most kids should all still be in school,” wrote a convicted burglar. 5.    Did home protection or security signs posted outside the home deter you? Burglars had mixed opinions about home security signs. Some burglars said it didn’t faze them. Others said they knew how to disable alarms or avoid setting them off.     6.    Did pets in the home, like a dog, make you think twice? If a homeowner had a big, loud dog most burglars would stay away.  Smaller dogs don’t seem to bother them. “Dogs are a deal breaker for me,” said one inmate. “Big breeds, home protectors are the best to keep people out.” 7.    Did you typically knock on the front door before breaking into a home? Yes. All of the inmates who responded said they would knock on the front door before breaking in. 8.    If someone answered the door, what would you do or say? “Act like I was lost or looking for a friend.” “I would approach the resident as though they had posted an ad on Craigslist.” “Say wrong house, sorry and thank you.” “Ask if they’d seen my dog and leave.” “Sometimes I would wear nice clothing and print a questionnaire off the Internet and carry a clipboard and see if they could spare a moment for an anonymous survey.” 9.    If a home alarm system went off, what would you do? Most intruders said they would leave immediately if a security alarm went off. “I would try and turn it off or get the hell out of there,” said one burglar. 10.  If there was a security camera visible, would it keep you from breaking in? Generally, burglars agreed security cameras were a deterrent. But some said it also likely signaled there were valuables inside the home. 11.  Did lights on in the home make you think twice? Responses were mixed regarding lights on in a home. Some said it was a deterrent. But one burglar said the combination of lights on and...

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10 Simple Ways to Save Money in your New Home

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10 Simple Ways to Save Money in your New Home

You’ve just moved in to a new home! Congratulations! Now it’s time to start paying for it…ouch! Fortunately, there a few simple and inexpensive things you can do to save money by making your home more energy efficient. Take a few minutes to walk around your new home and see if you can use any of these 10 simple ways to save money in your new home. Install a new air filter Replacing the air filter for your HVAC unit(s) regularly allows your heating and air conditioning system to operate more efficiently without restricted airflow. Chances are high that the person who you bought your home from didn’t leave you a brand new filter. Changing it right away can save you money on that first energy bill. Lower the temperature on your hot water heater Save money in your new home in 10 about seconds. A max temperature of 120 degrees is recommended for your hot water heater. Keeping it any higher is unnecessary, and uses a lot more energy to maintain that setting. You most likely won’t notice the change in your water, but you will notice it on your energy bill. Install ceiling fans If you don’t already have them, adding ceiling fans to as many rooms as possible cuts down on your heating and cooling expense. Reverse them in the winter to pull air up. During the summer they should blow the air down. The air circulation will help you feel warmer or cooler, so you can adjust your thermostat down or up a few degrees to comfortably save money in your new home. Check and clean your vents Even a small obstruction in your HVAC ducts can cut down on efficiency. Keeping the ducts clear and the vents free from dust-bunnies means the air can flow faster to where you need it to be. Cleaning services often overlook vents, so don’t assume the previous homeowner took care of them. Install a smart thermostat Smart thermostats are inexpensive and readily available, and can significantly reduce your energy bill. The best ones, like the Smart Thermostat from DFW Security, know when you are home or away, can be programmed and adjusted on your phone or computer, offer insights and recommendations based on your activity, shut off airflow in case of a fire, offer location-based adjustments, and offer text alerts and push notifications. Seal Air Leaks Do a walk-through of your new home looking for places where unwanted air can come in or out. Common culprits are around doors and windows. Buy some inexpensive weather stripping or caulking and stop your money from blowing out the window. Plant Trees The right trees planted in the right place can make a big difference in the energy efficiency of your new home. Plant deciduous trees strategically to block direct sunlight from your windows when they have leaves in warm months. When they lose their leaves, the sun will be allowed through to warm your home in the cold months. Install Smart Lights Upgrading to energy-efficient LED light bulbs will save you money in your new home. Adding smart lights or a smart light controller saves even more. With our app you can control lights from your phone, set up a schedule, or have lights be controlled by your location or...

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