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 Home Security Advise for the Winter

Home Security Advise

Home Security Tips to Stay Safe During Winter

With all of the pleasant holidays thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa all wrapped up in the winter months many people tend to get lost in all the joy and forget some key factors in home security and safety. Winter makes for a perfect time for intruders because you can bet there will be tons of distractions, traffic, less daylight, and most importantly lots and lots of expensive gifts.

Lets keep the holiday spirit going but, before you begin we are going to give you some simple tips to stay protected this winter.

1) Hide Tools

Many people during this time of the year put there tools to good use. Hanging decorations or shoveling snow out of the side walks and driveways. Make sure once you have completed the task take your tools and place them back inside so those tools cannot be used to pry open your doors or windows.

2) Limit Social Media

Lets face it social media is every where but, that doesn’t mean you have to place all of your personal information for everyone to see. Intruders can monitor social media accounts to get up to date information on travel information and or your whereabouts. Inform everyone who lives in the household to limit status updates until arrival from trip.

3) Make it seem as if someone is home

Intruders typically monitor a neighborhood before they select a target. So you want to make your home look as if it is occupied even when you are away on a vacation. Ask a neighbor or friend to stop by daily to collect incoming mail and newspapers. Also, to shovel the driveway and walkways to make its seem as if the home is still being maintained.

4) Leave Lights on

During the winter months set up timers to activate interior and exterior lights if possible. Proper lighting during the evening will deter a home intruder. Look into a security system that has randomized lighting control option for convenience.

5) Make sure Doors and Windows are Closed

This is by far the most common mistake home owners make. Something as simple as checking all doors and windows making sure they are locked can be the difference between an intruder choosing to enter or flee to another home.

6) Be Discrete with your Gift Purchases

Many home owners love to show off their Christmas tress and decorations inside there home. You will drive by some house’s and be able to look directly in seeing all of the gifts sitting under the tree. Try not to do this because it shows that you do have items to offer an intruder if they decide to go with your home. This also goes for your trash don’t throw the gift boxes directly into the trash and leave it in the front of your house. Try to make one large garbage bag and throw it away in an offsite location all at once.

7) Home security System

If you don’t have a Home security system you should think about installing one in your home. Intruders will typically stay away from a home that has a home security system. If they have been watching your home they will see whether you have one or not by the interaction between home owner and system. The security signs and stickers that are provided make sure to flaunt those where people can see so they know you are protected. Lastly, make sure to test your alarm signals once a week and before headed out of town.

Hopefully these tips will help  keep you and your family safe!




 Honeywell L5210 : How to Install the Security System Using the L5000DM?

Today we are going to show you how to install the L5210 all in one home and business security system while using the L5000DM desk mount. The L5000DM desk mount is also used for some of the other LYNX Touch panels including the L5000, L5100, and L5200 wireless security systems. The items that you will need to complete the installation are as follows a small Phillips head screw driver “not included” the alarm backup battery, battery mounting bracket, and your dc transformer these items will come with the LYNX Touch L5210 wireless security system kit. For the easiest DIY installations make sure to add your LT-CABLE this part will make your life a whole lot easier!

The first step in the DIY Installation process is wiring the transformer. When looking at the back of the transformer you will notice there is a positive terminal and a negative terminal. The red wire from the LT-CABLE will be inserted into the positive end of the terminal and the black wire from the LT-CABLE will be inserted into the negative end of the terminal. (Make sure this is done correctly because there is polarity on this panel so if done incorrectly you run the risk of shorting your panel out). Once you have completed wiring the transformer take your L5210 wireless panel and depress the two tabs at the top of the system exposing the insides of the system. Place your Transformer to the side for the time being.

Now that you have your panel open we will be working with the alarm backup battery. At the top of the opened panel you can see that there is a housing area, place your backup battery with the wires coming out of the bottom left, run the wires through the designated slot and proceed to clip the excess wire in the three clamps as shown. Now take the backup battery mounting bracket and locate on the bottom end of the battery mounting area the two slots. For this installation we will be working with the slot on the right. “The slot to the left is to mount the high capacity backup battery which requires a bit more room because it is a larger battery”. Take the mounting bracket with the end with the with the notch insert that to the designated slot and push with your thumb lining up the screw hole. Take your Phillips head screw driver and proceed to screw in the mounting plate securing the battery. ( Do not plug in backup battery at this time).

Close the alarm panel but, not all the way and place the system on its LCD screen so you can see the back mounting plate. Notice the four mounting notches located in the middle of the mounting bracket. Now take your L5000DM desk mount which will have four mounting shoes, align those with the back plate mounting holes and slide the L5000DM upwards locking it into place. Take the panel flip it upright so it is seated on the desk mount. Expose the insides of the alarm system, take the unplugged LT-CABLE male end run it through the back of the desk mount and l5210 panel, go ahead and plug the male end of the LT-CABLE and plug it into the female end of the L5210 panel as shown. Insert all of your accessories such as 3gl cellular communicator, L5100-WIFI etc.. Next, we can plug the transformer in giving the alarm panel power. While the panel is booting up you can plug in the alarm backup battery and seal the panel up. While the panel is going through its booting process you hold down the solid home button for a few seconds which will expedite the booting process allowing you to manipulate your LCD keypad.

Congratulations you have just completed the DIY Installation of the Honeywell LYNX Touch L5210 Wireless security system using your L5000DM desk mount!


 Honeywell L5210: Introduction to the Wireless Alarm System

This video is to introduce the all new Honeywell LYNX Touch L5210 wireless alarm system. This system features a 4.3 inch high definition touch screen display with words and icons that are very large which makes it easy for you to navigate and understand the menu driven navigation system. This system has 2 hard button keys – which makes it easy to access the home screen and emergency functions if necessary. The activation of GEOARM’S total connect 2.0 with these systems can offer you some very handy add-on features such as emergency tornado warnings and traffic alerts. The L5210 display will allow you to view up to one camera on the actual display as long as you have the L5100 WIFI CARD internalized. Supported cameras are as follows ipcam-wo, ipcam-wi2 and the ACU “analog converter unit”.  If you only wish to view the camera from your smart device than any of the L5210 wireless kits that support tc2.0 will work beautifully with your supported cameras! With this system you will get a high level of functionality with z-wave Technology. This means you can control and automate your thermostats, garage doors, lights, locks, sirens and water valves from the actual panel itself or while using the Honeywell total connect 2.0 applications. Don’t forget to activate your APL or advanced protection logic also known as SMASH PROOF (This feature CAN BE ADDED TO INTERNET, CELLULAR OR DUAL PATH VERSIONS ONLY.


–              Randomized lighting control– This is perfect if you are going out of town and want to set a light schedule to make it seem as if you are home at night (you must have the home automation card and services for this feature to work.)

–              Rf jam detection- the system will alert you of a trouble if Someone tries to tamper with the radio frequency.

–              Night stay mode – CLICK THE BOX ON YOUR SCREEN TO view A VLOG ARTICLE for more information

–              Exit error feature which is where the system is able to differentiate between an actual alarm and an exit alarm where a door was left open after the exit delay process.


–              64 programmable zones with an additional 16 dedicated key fob zones

–              32 user codes including (installer, master and 30 secondary codes, including duress and guest)

–              A View able event history which will store up to 128 previous events

–              Neat feature 10 select able chime types – to differentiate zones by sound

For overall user friendliness GEOARM SECURITY is able to program your system remotely so no need to physically program your alarm system anymore which means less time and hassle!

The Five packages are as follows

– Phone line AND VOIP

– Wi-Fi

– Broad band

–  Cellular

– And Dual path version

The most reliable versions will be the cellular and dual path system’s because the internal cellular module is powered off of the panels’ backup battery so in the event the power goes out your system can still report to us. For the easiest DIY installation GEOARM offers the L5000dm desk mount and the LT cable both of these items in tandem will simplify any DIY installation. (Perfect for apartment or condo rental’s where you don’t want to damage the units.) For more information on the Honeywell LYNX Touch L5210 wireless security system contact us at or by calling us at 1-877-443-6276


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 How to Replace the Battery in the Honeywell 5853 Wireless Glass Break Sensor?

Today we are going to show you how to replace the battery in the Honeywell 5853 wireless glass break detector. This Honeywell 5853 wireless glass break detector uses a CR123A 3V battery.  Now go ahead and open the sensor by prying the top open allowing for the front plate to fall down. Go ahead and pull the old battery out, grab your new matching battery and slide the new battery into place. Look for the two lights on the bottom to flash and than seal the front plate back in place and you are all set you can expect another 3-5 years of service from this battery depending on how often it is in use.

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