ESA Encourages Homeowners to Add Security to Their New Year's Resolutions

ESA provides tips for staying safe and secure in the upcoming year

Irving, Texas (January 7, 2013) - The New Year is here, and with it comes a golden opportunity to improve your life in 2013. No, not by losing weight, but by enhancing the security at your home.

To help you, the Electronic Security Association (ESA) has compiled a few home security resolutions that you'll be able to keep past the first week of January.

Security Resolution #1: Create good habits.
Whether it's locking doors, setting the security system or changing batteries in the fire alarm, the effectiveness of home security ultimately lies in the hands of the user. Get into the habit of setting the security system every time you leave the house, even if it's just a quick trip to the store. It's also a good idea to keep your system armed while you're at home, as well. Be diligent about replacing the batteries in your fire or smoke alarms twice a year. No matter if you are home or away, always keep your doors and windows locked. These proactive habits will help you create a safer environment for your family and your property.

Security Resolution #2: Consider adding extras that enhance security.
In addition to creating good security habits, you should also consider beefing up your current security measures. Deny burglars access to your home by installing deadbolt locks or an access control system. To help detect danger, implement life-saving extras such as system monitoring, surveillance cameras and carbon monoxide detectors. These additional features come at a small price when compared to the emotional and physical loss of life or property.

A trained professional is the most qualified to help you determine which security extras are best for your home. To find a reputable security company that is a member of ESA, visit

Security Resolution #3: Update your security system.
Commit to the security of your home by installing new technology such as interactive services, which allow users to control their security system remotely from a smart phone or tablet.

A few features of this home control technology include locking and unlocking doors; arming the security system; turning lights off and on; and adjusting the thermostat - all from a web-enabled device. These features not only bring added security to your home, but also convenience, efficiency and control.

ESA's newest program, SECURE+, was created specifically for those seeking interactive services for their home. SECURE+ integrators specialize in home control systems and will work with you to create a system that fits your lifestyle. You can find a trusted SECURE+ integrator at

Whether you decide to increase your home's security by creating good habits, enhancing your current security system or installing an interactive system, home security is an easy resolution you can keep this year and for years to come.

Established in 1948, the Electronic Security Association (ESA) is the largest trade association representing the electronic life safety and security industry. Member companies install, integrate and monitor intrusion and fire detection, video surveillance and electronic access control systems for commercial, residential, industrial and governmental clients. In cooperation with an alliance of chapter associations, ESA provides technical and management training, government advocacy and delivers information, advice, tools, and services that members use to grow their businesses and prosper. ESA may be reached at (888) 447-1689 or on the Web at

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