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Everything You Need To Know About Home Automation

When you think of home automation, do you think of something from a futuristic sci-fi movie? Do you envision an AI (artificial intelligence) with a smooth female voice that controls every aspect of the family’s home? Well, in the real world, home automation is quite different. Home automation gives you control over the many functions

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2022 Home Security Tips

With over 2.5 million home burglaries reported in the United States each year, and half of these being home invasions, it’s no wonder home security has become a priority to many families. Whether you own or rent your house, your safety and that of your property are essential. Fortunately, you can do things to make

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Can You Bypass Garage Door Sensors?

Is your garage door not working well? Is it stuck open or shut, and you can’t budge it? You’re probably having a problem with the garage door sensors.  Garage door openers have sensors that will automatically stop them from closing if something is in the way. This safety measure is required after years of people

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Creative Ways To Hide Outdoor Security Cameras

Did you know that less than 20% of American households have a home camera security system installed? And most Americans don’t see a dire need to install a home security system. If you are a homeowner, an indoor and outdoor security camera system is a must. Video cameras can deter criminals, aid the police and

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How To Tell If Someone Hacked Your Router

Too many people take the convenience of internet availability for granted to appreciate how vulnerable they have become to cyber attacks. Does your internet slow down to a crawl often? Are you noticing that unsolicited apps and programs are being autonomously installed on your laptop, tablet, or smart device? Have you ever noticed the names

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Fire Alarm Vs Smoke Detector: Everything You Need To Know

How to know if you need a smoke detector or a fire alarm system? Depending on where you live or work, you will definitely need them. But under what circumstances? And is one better than the other? Let’s discuss fire alarms and smoke detectors. TriStar Security Services is the best home and commercial security firm

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Can Wired Security Cameras Be Hacked?

When you have a security system, you want to keep it away from the reach of a criminal. Unfortunately, these nefarious individuals don’t have to be close to your security cameras to cause trouble. Security cameras can be hacked, even those wired ones. While that may send shivers down your spine, there are a few

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Why Are Security Cameras So Low Quality?

Today, security cameras and surveillance are part of everyday life. Despite technological advancements, the CCTV footage always appears to be grainy and low-quality. Why does that happen? In many cases, it is because of the compression and resolution of the files. If you want to understand why security cameras produce low-quality videos, here are a

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What Exactly Causes Video Loss In Security Cameras?

You count on your security cameras to be working day and night. When there is an issue, your building, office, or other faculty are not secured. It can be frustrating to diagnose video loss problems in your system. Here are a few reasons behind losing video in your security cameras. Do you need help with

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Why TriStar Is A Top Security Company In Texas

When it comes to finding the right security company to keep your home or business safe, there is a wide range of critical factors that everyone needs to consider. Spending within the realm of home security worldwide has snowballed over the past several years, and it’s only expected to continue with the launch of new,

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10 Reasons Your Business Needs Security Cameras

Since the initial outbreak of COVID-19, the U.S. has seen a massive increase in violent crime rates, especially robbery and assault. In the article below, our experts from TriStar will explore ten of the top reasons you should seriously consider investing in high-quality security cameras for your business and the various benefits they can provide.

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Questions To Ask Your Installation Company

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for the security measures people need to take to help keep their homes, families, and businesses safe from crime. Because of this, people need to do their research to determine what kind of security cameras and surveillance systems will best meet their unique needs. However, it’s also essential to have

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How Should I Prepare for My Fire Alarm Inspection and Test?

How Should I Prepare for My Fire Alarm Inspection and Test?

If you are maintaining a facility, you are required to have a properly working fire alarm. Inspectors will come to your facility and check out all the components of your system. Here are a few ways that you can be ready for these yearly inspections.  Are you worried about your next fire alarm inspection? Let

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What Are the Different Types of CCTV Cameras?

When it comes time to find the right camera for your facility, several options are on the market. From infrared to dome cameras, there are plenty of choices to fit the needs of your business or home. Here are some of the most popular types of cameras and the benefits that come with them.  Are

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10 Advantages of Employee Identification Badges

10 Advantages of Employee Identification Badges

Employee identification badges are a great way to connect to your workers. These badges can help monitor their daily activities and add a sense of professionalism throughout your organization. With these badges, you can improve customer relations and boost morale among your staff.  Do you want to keep your facility secure and boost your employees’

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What Are The Different Types of Perimeter Security

When you have a property or facility that needs real-life solutions to security concerns, you want to check out options for perimeter security. With these options, you can make sure that your property stays safe without worrying about intruders or other breaches to security.  Looking for security solutions for your commercial property or residential home?

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Apartment Security Cameras: What You Should Know

We all want the peace of mind that comes from knowing our families and belongings are safe when we head to work or go on vacation. But sometimes, that isn’t always so easy. Wherever you live, there is always a chance of break-in or robbery. Home security systems can keep us in the know about

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Why Does My Security Camera Keep Flashing?

Security cameras are notorious for posing all sorts of issues to homeowners or business owners who just want a consistent video feed of their areas. Security cameras are the best solution for keeping a watchful eye on houses and commercial facilities to provide 24/7 safety and crime deterrence. Security camera image flickering is one of

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Pool Cameras: How to Protect Your Home and Business 

Pools are an amazing amenity that people look forward to when they stay at resorts or rent apartments. However, they pose business owners with a good deal of liability and safety concerns. Homeowners and business owners can face lawsuits from visitors, guests, and other parties if they don’t take the proper steps to provide the

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What is an IP Camera? Everything you need to know

There may be some confusing terminology around webcams and internet cameras, and it’s hard to know sometimes if we are talking about the same thing when it comes to IP cameras. IP cameras are “internet protocol” cameras, and they are sometimes referred to as webcams. Most computers and laptops today will have a built-in IP

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Security Camera Footage: Why Is My Footage Low Quality

When we think of security camera footage, we tend not to think of high definition 4K imagery. Security feeds often bring to mind grainy images and news reports asking for the public’s help in identifying a barely visible suspect. With all the advances in technology in video and security systems, why do security feeds still

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Everything You Need To Know About Remote Video Surveillance 

It has never been easier to keep your home or business safe with remote surveillance. Viewing security camera feeds requires only a glance at your smartphone, laptop, or mobile device after you get everything set up for remote viewing. However, some people are unsure how they can access their security footage when they are away

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Do Parking Garages Have Cameras? What You Need To Know

Technology is always changing, and the parking garage industry has changed along with it. Parking garages have seen drastic upgrades in the last 20 years with automated gates, security systems, and enhanced surveillance. Ensuring security in parking garages has been an issue as they have a history of being places where people often feel less

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Security Camera Video Loss: Reasons & Solutions

Video loss is an extremely common occurrence in the realm of CCTV and surveillance footage. Seemingly for no reason, your video feeds, be they IP or analog cameras, can experience a loss of footage. A message will show on your monitor that the feed has been interrupted, or the feed will appear black on your

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Questions You Need To Ask Your Business Security Provider

Questions You Need To Ask Your Business Security Provider

Hiring a security service is one of the most important things you can do to protect your business. When it comes time to select the right company for the job, what is the best way to vet them for their knowledge and skill in keeping everything safe and sound? There are several methods to gauging

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1080p vs. 4mp: What’s The Difference And Does It Matter?

The 1080p is in reference to one of the dimensions of the screen measurements. The standard measurement is considered High Definition TV with an aspect ratio of 16:9 with 1920 pixels by 1080p. That screen resolution ends up being around 2MP when converted.  4MP camera images are composed of twice the resolution as a 1080p

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How to Select A Business Security System

Security systems are a vital part of protecting your facilities, customers, and employees. They can aid you in the event of a crime and, more importantly, significantly reduce the chances of a crime occurring.  These systems are complex, so here we’ll break down some of the ins and outs of a business security system. What

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