By Sarah Tew/Staff reporterWith an explosion of home security cameras and other sensors, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for families to know what’s going on at their own homes.
A federal study conducted in September found that fewer than 30 percent of people surveyed owned any home security devices.
But that number could be much higher.
Many experts believe that while home security is an important step toward protecting your family, it shouldn’t be an insurmountable barrier to access.
“You can have a great home security device but if you have no idea what you’re doing and don’t have a way to check it, you’re going to be at risk of losing it,” said Michael McGovern, executive director of the Home Security Information Institute.
“That’s a real concern.”
McGovern said that, when he first started home security, he wasn’t sure how to protect his family.
But he’s since learned how to check his doors and windows, and has installed security cameras to help keep him and his family safe.
McGovern, who lives in North Carolina, has seen his family’s security systems suffer as more people begin installing security cameras in their homes.
The federal survey found that only 26 percent of the surveyed households had a home security camera, with about 30 percent having more than 10 cameras in the home.
Many of those cameras have no warning that they can be turned on and off, McGovern said.
As a result, many people don’t know that their security cameras can be controlled remotely, and that they must do their own checking of their doors and even turn on or off the cameras themselves.
“I’m concerned about people not being able to turn the cameras on, and not knowing how to do it,” McGovern told The Washington Post.
“People don’t want to be in the dark about what’s happening.
It’s a big concern for them.”
McDavid and his wife, Melissa, own two security cameras.
The first camera is located in the garage.
“There’s a lot of things that we need to check out,” McDavid said.
“We’re going through the doors to make sure everything is OK, and then we’re checking out the garage.”
But the second camera, located in their living room, has a “fire and ice” warning sign.
McDavid said that’s why he doesn’t turn on the lights when his wife and son are inside.
He also points out that when he’s at work, he usually turns the lights on and then turns off the lights after his shift ends.
“We’re always going to check our lights,” McDonagh said.
McDonagh, who’s also a home inspector, said his family has had some issues with people not trusting him to check their cameras, which led to the security system being disabled when he moved to another state.””
McDavid’s family also uses a home-security system that can be accessed remotely.
McDonagh, who’s also a home inspector, said his family has had some issues with people not trusting him to check their cameras, which led to the security system being disabled when he moved to another state.”
The main thing is we don’t like to take the chance of somebody getting in, and our system is designed to be used only when there’s a need,” McDoughans said.
McDonalds and his brother, James, both security systems installers, also said they’ve had people turn off their cameras without even realizing it.”
They didn’t realize they were turned off,” James McDonaugh said.
James McDonough said he’s also worried about someone opening their door and opening their garage door without knowing the system is turned on.”
If somebody’s trying to break in and steal our cameras, it’ll be a pretty easy job,” James said.
The Federal Communications Commission has taken several steps to address the issue.
Last week, the FCC passed a rule that will require more common sense security cameras installed in all new homes.
The rule also requires home security systems that require access to the Internet be equipped with more security features and allow for more remote access.
The rules also require the Department of Homeland Security to develop a voluntary security video security training program, and require a new federal database that will be used by the Federal Communications Board to keep track of all new security systems installed in homes.
In addition, the agency has established a National Incident Management Team that will work with the private sector to develop best practices for safe home systems.
McDoughan said he hopes to have a better system in place by the time he leaves next month.”
When we go to work, we want to know that if something’s happening that we don [have to] be the first one to be aware of it,” he said.