When The Lights Go Out

What is the best security system to have during a power outage?


This is a troubling concern for many individuals and families who rely on a home security system. There are tons of options regarding security systems, most of which are dependent on electricity and/ or internet connection. There are hundreds of answers to your question, but what happens when all else fails? What if in every attempt of explanation, promise making, and pillowing of security systems, the answers fail to make ends meet? The first question asked should not be “What is the best security system out there?” but rather “How do I keep myself and my family safe when the lights go out?”


Wireless security systems usually include extra batteries, and some operate through internet connections. However, during long lasting power outages, neither of these procedures are guaranteed to provide the security you need. It’s an unfortunate reality that thieves take advantage of power loss, and in many cases they have confrontation on their minds, empowering them to carry weapons.


The culture we live in today is a hopeful provider of solutions in the way of burglary, but what happens when systems fail? We could address the importance of having the proper security system in your home, but in the end, the safety of yourself or your family could fall into bare hands. It’s good to have alarm systems in the home, and there are several sources out there that provide this service. Get in touch with a locksmith if you have any questions about security. LPI locksmiths are trained and ready to answer any questions or concerns you may have.


“Our goal is to help protect as many people as we possibly can. We believe in security systems for the common good, still, there are other precautions to take in alarming situations. People need to be prepared to protect themselves and their families in EVERY circumstance.” -LPI


What are some ways to prepare for the worst, and keep safe during a power outage?


  • Keep a charged cellphone in your home at all times.
  • Have a set of car keys near you during all hours of the day.
  • Keep a flashlight (with extra batteries) in every room of your house, including the rooms of any children. It may be good to set aside a space in their rooms for emergency supplies. Explain to children the importance of these supplies, what they are used for, when they are to be used, etc.
  • Have a safety plan in place, and PRACTICE it.
  • Close and lock all windows and doors. Double check.
  • Close window curtains.
  • Keep a cellphone on you.
  • All members of the household should stay together as much as possible.


What if someone is attempting to break into my home and my alarm isn’t operating?


If for some reason your locked doors and windows don’t deter a burglar and they are successful at breaking into your home, 95% of the time it’s because they think no one is in the house. They are likely hoping to spend less than 5 minutes inside, gathering any valuable items they can find. Stay unseen and unheard.


  • You know your house better than they do, if you and all other tenants can get to a door safely, it’s always best to leave the home and head to your neighbor’s house.
  • Inside of a room with a sturdy closet? Go inside the closet, close the door and call the police.
  • In the case where lives are at risk and weapons become a threat, if you own a firearm that is accessible in your home, it’s important to know how, when, and where to use it.
  • Don’t become paralyzed by fear. Pull yourself and any others together, and call 911.


“When you lose power, don’t lose hope.” -LPI

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