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3 Important Reasons Why You Need to Have Home Security

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It is extremely heartbreaking to hear from families when they reach out to us to assist in providing their homes with home security measures. It’s heartbreaking because 40% of these calls occur after the family’s home has been burglarized. These families often feel violated, overexposed, and vulnerable. We hear it time and time again. ‘How did this happen?’ ‘Why were we a target?’ ‘How could we have prevented this from happening?’ The pain and cost associated with experiencing a home invasion/robbery could be avoided if households arm themselves with knowledge about what is available to defend their homes against criminals.

 There were 27,450 residential robberies and burglaries committed in Arizona in 2015 with 41.6% of burglaries occurring between 6AM and 6PM. This means that criminals are bold and with try to target your home when they think no one is home. These criminals are watching your home, they waiting for you to lower your defenses, and they are targeting the defenseless. According to a study conducted by UNC Charlotte, 83% of the burglars from the study “said they would attempt to determine if an alarm was present before attempting a burglary, and 60 percent said they would seek an alternative target” (Alarm.org). The presence of a security system is the first line of defense against burglars. For those 40% that aren’t deterred so easily, you need to be ready.

“Most burglars reported entering open windows or doors or forcing windows or doors open. Only about one in eight burglars reported picking locks or using a key that they had previously acquired to gain entry” (Alarm.org). These security risks are so common yet easy to eliminate. Many alarm systems out today offer convenience and peace of mind right at your fingertips. They work with security monitoring apps that connect to powerful systems designed to monitor every aspect of your home’s safety. These apps will alert you to doors left open, insecure entry points, show you views from every camera, and alert the central monitoring system in the event of an emergency. We trust Alarm.com for their efficiency and dedication to keeping families safe across the country. Worried about a burglar picking your lock, hiding a spare key near the door, or losing the key? The solution is a smart front door lock. This lock features keyless entry using a secret 4-digit code. Leave the stress behind and upgrade your home safety. For more information about alarm systems in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, Chandler or surrounding area give us a call at (623)764-0843. 

 

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Sleek. Stylish. Savant.

When toying with  the ways we'd love to reimagine our homes, especially relating to home entertainment and home automation, it is hard to imagine a luxury befitting our imagination that could surpass the Savant product line. Savant is dedicated to excellence, here is what they have to say about their products:

"Everyone likes things in their home to be just right, and Savant makes it possible, because we've designed our systems to match the way you live. Through advanced technology that makes things simple, Savant helps you create unique experiences in your home—experiences that reflect your personality, preferences, and pace of life. From scheduling your home to wake up before you do, to creating the perfect atmosphere for a dinner party, or turning on the lights and your favorite music to welcome you home at night, Savant makes it easy to have everything exactly the way you like it.For ten years, Savant has been the home automation brand of choice for the world's most luxurious homes, castles, and yachts. Now, for the first time, the experience is available to everyone. Savant products are crafted to be so simple, and so enjoyable, that once you've turned your home into a Savant Home, you'll never want to live any other way." All you need are the essentials. There is a remote and a host for your home. You can choose to use the beautifully elegant Savant remote or rely on the convenient dynamics of your tablet or phone. Savant has created an excellent app that enables you to have the same control as the Savant remote right on your mobile device.

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Shakatronics AV offers a full suite of products for our clients to have the premier Savant experience. Check out what they have to offer for yourself at Savant.

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4K TV, Burt Reynolds, and the Guru Next Door

So what's the deal with 4K anyway? Or Ultra HD as it's being touted. We ooh and ahh at this next level genesis of television genius. But why? Aren't all televisions nowadays basically the same?  At least according to the 'guru next door' who keeps inviting you to his NFL football viewings  and WWE parties, but I wouldn't just take his word for it. Shakatronics Audio Video uses 4K televisions for many of our clients. Sony, Samsung, and LG seem to be favorites across the board. So what sets a 4K television apart from the rest? Let's check out some details:

-The limitations of traditional HD are 1920 vertical columns of pixels by 1080 horizontal rows of pixels, while 4K has a total resolution of 3840 pixels by 2160 pixels, hence the name.

-Your average 1080p television holds about one quarter of the information that a 4K television holds. That means that a 4K image is much clearer.

-In order to watch get the most out of your 4K television, make sure you're watching 4K content. Netflix seems to be the champion in the 4K streaming arena. The Roku 4 has also been gaining popularity as a liaison for 4K enabled entertainment.

-Don't forget the connections you need for watching! The latest HDMI will do just fine.

 

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Thankfully, you won't have to worry yourself over much more than that as that's what integrators like yours trulyare for! During a consultation, Shakatronics Audio Video  technicians break down the techie jargon by making it palatable for the everyman. So when grandma comes over and exclaims that she doesn't need her bifocals to see your amazing new 'television set', you can beam proudly and tell her all about the crystal clear image and new fangled 'pixels' while she fawns over how great Burt Reynolds' mustache looks on an old episode of Smokey and the Bandit that you're streaming on your awesome new 4K set up. 

 

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