Welcome to Your Home Security Watch, your #1 source for trusted home security info across the web! Established 2016.
Here at YHSW, we know for a fact that one of the most important things you can do in life is to protect yourself and those you love from any kind of threat. It’s all of our duty to do so, but some are better at doing it than others.
Of all the places in the world, the one place where there should be the least number of threats is your own home.
But, with the rising crime statistics in the U.S., even your home can be an unsafe place, and that’s not how a home should feel.
The fact is, there’s enough going on at home that can be stressful without having to worry about burglars and other petty criminals invading your space.
This page was made with only one purpose – to make our readers’ homes and loved ones more secure.
Here you can read all sorts of tips on how to make your home a real fortress, what gadgets can help you achieve that, how to deter burglars on a budget, and much more.
But, before we dig deep into our posts, let us tell you more about this page and the people behind it. Stay with us to find out:
- Why are we here?
- Meet our team
- What do we write about:
Why are we here?
We know taking care of your home and shopping for home security is time consuming and confusing, but incredibly important.
That’s why we are here! We are here to do the homework for you and help you make your home your own fortified castle.
Here we dig deep into home security topics, breaking down different security products and services to help you choose the right security solutions that fit your home, family, priorities, and of course, your budget.
Home security is a broad subject and as overall safety goes beyond home security systems, our team of writers, reviewers and product experts work tirelessly to provide timely, relevant, credible and useful tips and information to keep you and your loved ones safe and secure.
We care about our readers
We care about the quality of the products we review and recommend. We spend a lot of our time researching the products we recommend so our readers can feel confident when choosing the right one for their needs.
Our mission is to help our readers make their homes and loved ones safe and secure. We empower our readers make good choices about their home security by providing tested, researched, and trialed product reviews, recommendations, and comparisons.
Our team of technology writers and home industry watchdogs continuously researches home security products, services and providers. Our team also monitors product recalls, emerging home security issues and other relevant breaking news.
We use the information gathered by our team to make comparisons of different products and „best of“ lists that can help our readers make the perfect purchasing decisions for their homes.
Next, we present you our team.
Meet our team:
The head of our team is Michael Lansing – a self-taught expert in home security.
Michael Lansing has been living for the past 25 years on the Bruce Peninsula, which is located in Southwestern Ontario, where he owns a 50 acre art and garden park, where people come up to explore “the bush”.
Featuring workshops of many kinds, Michael has an affinity for home security and spends his free time examining locks and security testing various products that add security to the home. He also has a large scale security system guarding his property, as well as his two dogs Shanna and Axe.
Michael is an expert reviewer who believes that firsthand experience is the best way to learn about new products (even if it requires being the guinea pig). He specializes in pet safety and DIY security.
He also sculpts in iron works, and if you’re traveling north to Tobermory, you may notice some of his works along the side of the highway there.
Michael is an experienced writer passionate about covering topics related to technology, safety, artificial intelligence and social media.
What Michael really enjoys is testing and reviewing smart home gadgets, whether it’s the new Google Home Smart speaker and assistant or the latest Nest thermostat.
Michael loves to write a lot, so don’t be surprised if you come across a review of a product that will take you plenty of time to finish reading it. One thing is for sure – Michael knows how to write amazing reviews.
A few jobs that Michael has had in his life include tour guide, dance instructor, website editor and computer maintenance person.
Katie trained as an electric engineer but has spent most of her life in the publishing industry working on everything from surveillance cameras to door locks.
Katie loves writing, reading, researching and testing different security products and up-and-coming tech gadgets. She is especially interested in home surveillance. So, if you come across articles about home surveillance cameras you will know who is the person who wrote those.
Katie plays a major role in keeping our editorial agenda fresh and exciting. She loves to travel a lot and enjoys the challenges of covering all sorts of tech shows.
When she is not writing for our website she works on language corpus analysis software, designs and sells unique wall clocks, and is freelance translator and programmer.
Thomas researches and develops content in the home security field. He also contributes to social media efforts.
Thomas is really into home security, and is obsessed with finding out what the best home security products are.
This guy has tested home security systems in his own apartment, installed GPS trackers in his own car, and watched his dog, Leo, destroy his couch through a live nanny cam feed.
As an expert reviewer, Thomas believes that firsthand experience is the best way to learn about new products.
Thomas is also one of the nicest, most down to earth, and honest people you’ll ever run into. He smiles a lot and knows some good jokes that make everyone around him burst into laugh.
Charles is a part-time journalist whose work spans home security, insurance and energy efficiency.
Charles discovered her passion for writing and love of technology after spending few years working as a security alarm technician in Tampa, Florida.
Still deeply inspired by the power of technology to change our daily lives, Charles combines his unique experience in home security with his writing skills to help others understand and embrace technology that can make homes more safe and secure.
David is based in Tampa, Florida, where he lives with his daughter, Victoria. David works as a locksmith and helps us test and review some of the best locks available on the market.
He is a skilled and experienced guy that can duplicate keys, install safes and repair locks at a fast turnaround time.
What we really like about David is his honesty. He always provides us with honest reviews. If a product is not good David will describe it in his own words – „This is a piece ****. Better throw it in a bin rather than installing it in your home”. Cool guy, right?
Moving on! Here are some of the topics we like to write about.
Learn To Protect Your Home and Valuables
We’ve seen it happen time and again to people who don’t deserve it, and that’s when we decided to make this website, because we had had enough with these sorts of things happening to good people, when they’re basically preventable.
We figured it was time share our extensive knowledge of ways to prevent things like this from happening with anyone who needs it.
That’s why we’re here, and that’s what we offer: free safety tips and reviews of all kinds of home security products to keep your home or business safe on the inside, and from any potential threat that might come from outside.
Most of us have kids, and pets, and loved ones, and all of that is worth protecting, isn’t it?
So, with that said, what do we focus on here? Let us give you a short preview of the kinds of information we cover here at Your Home Security Watch.
Deadbolt lock technology is one of the most popular topics on our site. Here is why…
Deadbolt Lock Technology
We review many different kinds of locks on this website, including heavy duty deadbolts, electronic deadbolts, emergency locks, bump proof locks, and many more.
In addition, we provide information on how locks actually work, as you might be interested in more detailed information on the mechanics and functionality behind the different lock technologies being used today.
You should definitely keep a close watch on digital lock technology, in particular, which operates in a different way than your standard mechanical deadbolt.
This topic is certainly worth exploring as well, as digital locks are relatively new, so they’re still working the bugs out. For instance, if a digital lock uses Wi-Fi, and that Wi-Fi isn’t 100% secure, that means it’s hackable.
Fortunately, the best digital deadbolts are totally secure and not-hackable, but you have to know the good ones from the bad!
Another topic that we focus on is lock bumping, which is a phenomenon which has spread across the U.S., potentially compromising the security of many homes with an old trick that has been used by locksmiths for a long time now.
When it comes to locks, we talk in depth about each model we’ve come across, whether they’re the “old” kind of lock, or the newest in lock technology.
We cover all of the major brands, from Schlage, to Kwikset, Lockey, Medeco, and more. We also talk about ANSI standards and what they mean when it comes to the toughness of certain locks.
Next, we move onto home security cameras.
Home Security Cameras
Another big topic on this website is security cameras.
One thing that’s certainly changed in the past 50 years of home security is the increase in popularity of home security cameras actually being owned by homeowners.
There was a time where security cameras were only available to businesses that had a budget for them. Decades ago, it was rare to see any kind of security camera on your average house.
Most of the time, it was a company that had to watch your home or business for you, and it was for the rich only.
These days, the power is squarely in the hands of the consumer. It’s easy to get your hands on a home security camera, install it yourself, and watch over everything.
While there are still old school CCTV cameras out there, the new Wi-Fi cameras are all the rage.
These “smart” home security cameras can be used indoors, outdoors, or both, depending on weatherproofing and design.
To be fair, even some CCTV cameras are keeping up with the times.
The fact that smart home security cameras have this built-in connectivity makes them very multi-purpose.
Smart home security cameras nowadays are like baby monitors / pet cameras / indoor / outdoor security cameras all rolled into one.
You can, depending on the make and model, control the angle of the camera as well.
There is basically no end to the features being added these days to security cameras, thanks to the huge variety of apps being developed.
The images that the best of these cameras can capture are stunningly crisp and clear. Wide angle lenses allow you to capture more of the scene that you point it at.
Night vision, IR cut filters, and banks of LEDs allow for a seamless transition from day to night, with the ability to see just as well during the night as in the day, or nearly as well.
With all of this affordable camera technology at your fingertips, there’s really no reason you shouldn’t be able to have total control over the security of your home via smart camera technology.
That said, there’s a lot to know beyond just the good news that you are able to buy this new and innovative camera technology and install it yourself.
We supply extensive information on the specific cameras in question, and whether they are actually well made or not.
We also discuss troubleshooting, what to avoid, how exactly these cameras work, how to install them properly if you do end up getting one, where to put them, and so forth. There’s a lot to talk about.
Next, we move onto what we care the most – keeping our kids safe.
Keeping Kids Safe
The way we see it, security isn’t just about locking doors and using a camera to keep people from stealing our valuables.
There’s a lot more to it than that, and, when it comes to who we’re actually trying to protect here, it’s obviously our kids that come first before anything else.
This is why we need to talk about child safety, and exactly how our homes could be more safe and secure for our kids, because, you know what – kids don’t understand what safety means half the time and so it’s up to us to take care of all that.
One thing to look at first and foremost is the idea of child proofing your home.
Kids are, above all else, curious, and this can lead to some scary situations sometimes.
We aren’t saying that you should run out and by every baby gate, electrical outlet guard, window lock, and home baby proofing kit under the sun.
Rather, we want you to be aware of what’s out there, which products are worth getting, why people use them, and how to better put them to use overall.
There are a lot of products out there that you may not even be aware of yet that could help you immensely.
Many childproofing products are simple and small, but effective, and also generally inexpensive.
On the other hand, some are expensive, like cribs and playpens, and it pays to know which products are the best and why.
We’ll help you get the most bang for your buck when it comes to these products, and offer plenty of sensible tips besides that.
We know from experience talking to other parents that some parents are aware of certain dangers that their child can get into, and some are just winging it and flying blind.
Not having a strategy on keeping kids safe in and around your home shouldn’t be an option, but it often is the reality.
We aren’t here to point the finger, rather, we are simply trying to raise awareness about how childproofing can be done effectively, in order to minimize risk around your home.
Here you also can learn some tips about self defense.
Personal security, or self-defence, is another element of home security that puts the power directly in your hands and demands that you use it, when necessary.
It can also go beyond your home and out into the world, where you might still encounter the same forces of negativity and evil, and you might have to deal with them in some way with physical force.
We are not only talking about the techniques you can use to protect yourself from intruders if they come into your home, but also the tools you can use to make defending yourself much, much easier.
Let us be clear, if an intruder enters your home, and you have the ability to either leave or find a safe place in your home where you can call the authorities first, that would be ideal.
This involves things like hiding places, panic rooms, secret rooms, and safe havens that are in your own home that allows you to not have to confront someone who may have come into your space.
But, sometimes, if you’re backed into a corner, you might need some tools to help you defend yourself.
What you don’t want is to get into one of those unfortunate situations where you have to severely injure someone who breaks into your home, and then YOU are the one getting sued.
That’s why there’s tools available now that allow you to deal with an intruder or anyone who is threatening you, that are considered more of self-defence tools rather than something that makes you seem like the threat.
We are talking about things like pepper spray, stun guns, kubotans, and tactical pens.
These tools for self defence can be used to enhance hand to hand self defence techniques themselves, like martial arts and even N.V.C.I. (non violent crisis intervention).
No, we haven’t forgot about your pets. We know how much you love your pets and that’s why we have a section of our page dedicated to pets only.
Pets are not just animals, they are a part of the family.
You know this, and so do we. So, being that pets are family members, and similar in a way to kids because they often don’t know what NOT to do yet (if ever), we need to protect them from themselves and from the perils of living in a house.
You might not think that pets like dogs and cats are at risk of getting hurt, or hurting someone else, but, depending on the breed, there are definitely risks involved with having a pet.
On the other hand, we don’t ignore the fact that pets can act as protectors, which is why we also have a section about dog training, not just in terms of training them to behave, but to actually protect your home when needed.
Did you know that, in some respects, a small yappy dog might make a better guard dog than a big vicious-looking dog? Depending on certain factors, it’s true, but more on that later.
We just want to share with you information on how to not only protect your pets, but train them as well if you so choose to help keep things in line around your house.
In addition, we talk about a number of really interesting products that can be used to not only watch your pet, but feed your pet, play games, and even keep track of them when they go outside, should they take off on you.
There’s definitely a wide variety of things to talk about when it comes to our pets, and you can check our section on pets to see the full scope of the topics, as well as products we review, and even interviews we’ve done with manufacturers.
Finally, we will also cover some of the best safe available on the market,
When you really want to keep your valuables protected, a high quality safe might be your best option.
Safes is yet another in depth topic we explore on this website, because of the level of protection that they can offer you.
Many people keep their guns in their safes, or their most precious possessions, including documents that can’t be left lying around for anyone to see or take.
A good safe is very hard to damage and almost impossible to remove from where you put it, making it an extremely viable security method when it comes to protecting your things.
Not to be morbid, but the measure of a good safe could be put like this. In the event of an big emergency, such as a house fire, your safe may be the only thing left, and this is precisely why some people use them.
Their sole purpose is to protect, and that’s what they’ll do if they’re made right.
Not only that, but safes, generally speaking, are there to protect your kids from getting access to certain things you might need to have on the premises like guns, or other items which are not exactly child-friendly.
Safes can be one of the few things that allow you to feel secure in your own home with both kids and firearms occupying the same space.
Their purpose is to be only accessible by certain people, and nearly indestructible. This is why we have examined this topic so closely and why you should at least consider the possibilities available to you when it comes to safes.
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