It is that time  of year again! When we travel great lengths to spend time with family members during the holiday season.  Unfortunately, it is also the time when robberies are on the rise.

If you're away from home for any length of time, it's natural to worry about the security of your property. You can reduce your worries by being properly insured, having a neighbor watch your home, holding mail and newspapers, using automatic lighting and installing alarms.

But now, thanks to technology and the Internet, you can get extra peace of mind by watching your property yourself.

At its most basic, you can use a traditional webcam hooked up to your PC and controlled by free software such as Yawcam, although you will, of course, have to leave your PC switched on while you're away.  Software often includes a motion detector that will message you if it’s triggered.

More sophisticated systems use networked, Wi-Fi cameras that can be placed strategically around your home. Depending on how you use them, you may not need to leave your PC switched on if you use software that enables you to access them remotely while you’re away, via your smartphone or another Internet connected device.

While we at American Insurance can't help you set up your Wi-Fi cams, we can make sure your property is properly insured.  Give us a call at 410-877-0017.