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Gadgets that Protect and Serve

published on March 2nd, 2011 . by Steve Greenberg


ARCHERFISH SOLO is a “thinking” surveillance camera that’s smarter than motion detection camera.  It actually understands what it sees, which is a great benefit to any homeowner because for example it can tell the difference between your daughter coming home from school and truck turning around in the driveway.  It’s self contained—no hidden box– just need a wireless router—broadband access—and your ready to go.  It does all the work so you don’t have to watch hours of video to know what’s going on.  You can customize the system to your needs and schedule it to alert you about specific activity – such as when a person or car arrives. You can receive customized alerts to any mobile phone or email.  And, you can jump online anywhere to watch live or recorded video.  Archerfish Solo is less than $350 and is available at, Fry’s, Micro Center, and at most major consumer electronics retailers.  Find out more about Archerfish at

KWIKSET’s SMARTCODE DEADBOLT –Say “good-bye” to keys– With the SmartCode™ Signature Series—you have a more convenient, more controllable keyless entry deadbolt.  Set your own personal code and you can enter your home with just a few simple pushes of a button and lock it with just one. You also get more control over who has access to your home.  You can assign a temporary code to whoever needs one and delete it when you see fit.  You can totally eliminate the need for keys.  SmartCode is easy to install, program and use and operates on 4 AA batteries.  SmartCode complements any Kwikset knob, lever or handleset. This product can be found at home centers and home improvement retailers nationwide, and is priced between $99 and $119.”   For more information check out this link:

SENTRYSAFE® FIRESAFE® FILE HD4100L—Since there are some documents that are irreplaceable, everyone needs a file box that can survive a fire and flood.  This Fire-Safe File from SentrySafe is UL Classified for fire endurance for 30-minutes at 1550?F/843?C.   And talk about a bright idea—this file has a built-in light making it easier to search for files in dimly lit areas —which could also be critical if your home has lost power and you need to find those all important insurance papers.  This model is perfect for important documents like your tax returns, marriage and birth certificates, passports, CDs, DVDs, Memory Sticks and USB Drives.  This file box can hold up to 50 standard hanging file folders and the privacy lock helps prevent unwanted access to personal documents and materials.  The SentrySafe Fire-Safe File costs $44.99. For more information go to

ALARM ARM NO-LADDER SMOKE ALARM INSTALLATION KIT–Give yourself a hand with your home smoke alarm. Alarm Arm simplifies the installation and routine maintenance of your smoke alarm by making it easy to access while standing securely on the floor. Say goodbye to precarious ladders, drywall dust in your eyes or hunting for tools. You can install the alarm and change the battery in seconds. It makes raising the alarm easier than ever.  The kit costs under $20 and you can find more information at:

PROTECTION 1 –When it comes to life safety, the biggest mistake people make is thinking it won’t happen to them.   Fire, smoke and especially carbon monoxide are silent killers.  In fact over 20,000 people end up in the ER each year from carbon monoxide poisoning; and more than 2500 people die each year in house fires.   Every home should have fire and carbon monoxide detectors.  However, to really provide a higher level of protection, you should have devices that are professionally monitored from a security company, such as Protection 1.   With a monitored system, if you are home but are overcome by smoke or carbon monoxide, the fire department is automatically called.  And, if you’re not home, you have protection for your pets and your property.   Each year, 40,000 pets are killed in house fires according to the Humane Society.  Protection 1 recommends pet owners put pet decals prominently in their front windows to alert first responders to the fact that there are pets inside.  Monitoring for smoke, fire and CO detectors costs less than $1 a day.  For more information about Protection 1 and other pet safety tips visit:  

AURORA AS610CT PROFESSIONAL CROSSCUT PAPER SHREDDER—Identity theft is growing problem—and these days a paper shredder is no longer a luxury, it’s now a necessity.  This shredder is ideal for home or office document security. The paper shredder has a six-sheet shred capacity and is also capable of shredding credit cards.  It is important to note that this shredder is a cross cut, which is unusual for shredders at this price point.  Cross cut means your documents are truly shredded to a point where no one can piece together the information.   It’s an impressive shredder and it is priced under $50 from  AND Here is a tip– if you go to instead of –you will receive FREE shipping on your entire order.  To check out the shredder to go:

HANGING CLOSET SAFE–is a clever way to hide your valuables at home or while traveling.  It’s designed to look like an ordinary black tank top–simply unzip the front of the Hanging Closet Safe to reveal 9 roomy pockets for cash, jewelry and more. The Hanging Closet Safe is made of polyester/cotton and can be hung in a closet under a shirt so no one will know it’s’ secret purpose.  Under $10 in the Improvements Catalog.  Check it out at: