Home Security Tips for the Holiday

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Here we are, another 4th of July to celebrate this Great Country’s Birthday. Happy Birthday America! With the holiday here, there are a few things you need to know about Home Security Systems that may keep you safe, help cut down your false alarms, and your stress levels.

Barbecues and Family Get together is great, and it’s important to make sure you have a fun and safe holiday weekend. When you have people over, make sure that you are aware about how your home security is set up. Do you turn it off? Have it on Stay Mode? All great questions to plan ahead. The last thing you want to do is have one of your friends come in and set the alarm off. At the same time with all the distractions, it isn’t uncommon for someone to walk in unnoticed and take peoples belongings. Make sure you put people items in a designated area where it is away from an open entrance.

If you want to have protection and have your home security still be active, you can. One way would be to know how to use your system. You can bypass certain areas, meaning that the bypass equipment is not active while other pieces are still secured and active. If you have everyone in the back, then keep the front of the home secured and bypass the zones like (backdoors) that will have traffic, and you can have people’s belongings in the front of the home in a bedroom or closet. Call your local provider to make sure you can set up the zones or have them take care of it remotely. Most should have that service available. If you happen to have an image sensor (Motion detector with camera built in), or video cameras, keep it active so when people come in and out you have a picture of each person, if an incident happens you can always go back to the images and look them over.

Make sure that you don’t forget about your pets. We call our packages Life Safety Systems instead of Home Security Systems because we want to protect what matters most. The 4th of July has one of the highest, if not highest, days of pets missing. People are busy doing things, the doors are open, someone may have left the garage open, and things happen. Make sure that you take extra precautions to have your Pet is a safe place too. One solution is using a Pet Tracking System to make sure that you are alerted when they leave a certain range. You want them to enjoy the fun as well but, if needed, you may have to put them up for a few hours. It is much better than the alternative of losing your furry member of your family.

The 4th of July, statistically, has one of the highest rates of false alarms. Why? Well, when you have fireworks that can shake houses and loud noises, some equipment is designed to alert you from certain noises or vibrations. Other times, people have a smoke or heat detector go off from barbecue getting a little smokyJ. That can set off your monitored fire equipment as well. Remember the basics, keep a fire extinguisher close by, if you don’t have one at the very least keep hose or bucket of water near all the fun. Keep fireworks out of young children’s hands and keep them supervised. By taking a few safe and simple steps you can easily reduce your chances of having a situation or a false alarm. If you want to know more, call your security provider and ask them to help you with some tips. Google information on preventing false alarms on home security, or give us a call at 317.559.3500317.559.3500 and we will be happy to help answer any questions. You don’t have to be a customer, we ask that you join our newsletter but if you have that you would know the best way to avoid those false alarms.

So make sure you celebrate America’s Birthday and let Police Officers, EMT’s, Firefighters, and other Emergency Personal have one less false alarm so they can help people who need it and get home to their family. All About Security is dedicated to helping our community in any way we can. Did you know that over 90% of all Home Security Alarms are a false alarm? Being an Authorized Monitronics Dealer, making sure false alarms are limited and following FARA guidelines will help.(False Alarm Reduction Association)

What is a Central Station and Why Be Monitored?

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A central station is a facilty that monitors security and other systems for specific situations, most commonly burglaries, robberies, fires and medical emergencies and then makes an appropriate response. The key components of a central station are the equipment used to communicate with the security systems and/or people in need of assistance, the computerized receiving equipment that logs and prioritizes calls for assistance and the professionally-trained staff that responds to each situation.

Why be Monitored?

It is a well-documented fact that security systems that are monitored by a qualified central station reduce crime. A study by researchers at Temple University found that homes with monitored security systems are 2.2 times less likely to be burglarized than homes without a security system. Businesses with a monitored security system are 4.6 times less likely to be victimized.

A central station acts as your “silent guardian,” safeguarding your home, business and those you care about 24-hours a day, 365-days a year. For example, if your home’s smoke detectors are monitored, the fire department can be dispatched much sooner, saving valuable time. Without monitoring, by the time smoke and flames can be seen by neighbors it is probably too late. In a fire, every moment counts.

And with a panic button or similar device, you can be assured that a security professional is always at hand to to provide potentially life-saving assistance when you or someone you love needs it most.

For more information on a monitored security system, contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation.

New Security Technology Saves Time and Money

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In today’s economy most businesses have been forced to look under every rock to find savings. This can be an eye opening exercise when they come to realize how much they are paying for security.

At All About Security, we’ve been helping companies that were making pivotal mistakes when it came to their security. These yearly increases were ballooning their burglar, fire, access, and CCTV costs. Once they realized that they were over-paying, they became extremely frustrated. Many soon came to realize that their existing equipment was woefully outdated, and even caused multiple false alarms.

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New security technology can minimize problems with false alarms.

In some cases, upper management was unaware that their plant manager was receiving several calls a week in the middle of the night because of faulty equipment trouble signals, or worse, false alarms. These are huge inconveniences and major oversights when it comes to a successful security system.

If your existing facilities’ security, fire, access and CCTV systems have been in place for 10, 20, or even 30 years, you’d be shocked to see how new security technology can streamline your operations, give you control over all of the systems, stop false alarms, and drastically lower your monthly costs. The return on investment can be as little as eight to eighteen months.

Because of this new technology, plant managers are stress free because they are no longer getting calls in the middle of the night. CEO’s and CFO’s are happy with their cost savings, and the local police and fire departments are thankful that they don’t have to respond on a weekly basis. Nothing is worse than the boy who cried wolf.

How to Upgrade Your Security System

Your first step is to find out what your contractual obligation is to the current security provider. Most contracts have a yearly renewal clause that requires you to notify them in writing anywhere from 30 to 90 days before renewal. Even if you are locked into a contract, any time is a good time to start your planning. Make sure you get a copy of the current contract. You would be surprised how many times the current provider can’t find it.

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New security technology can streamline operations, give you control over all of the systems, stop false alarms, and drastically lower your monthly costs.

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Secondly, you want to ascertain if you own or are leasing the equipment. Owning the equipment makes things slightly easier than leasing. When leasing, the current company will require that you hand over the equipment to them at the end of the lease. The best way to handle this is to have the new company replace the system, and box up the old equipment for you to return. I would suggest you do not allow the previous company access to the facility, as you don’t want the existing wiring damaged or removed.

The Many Benefits of New Security Technology

So what is this new technology, and why should it interest you? First, you will find that the newer fire alarm equipment is much smarter, and will notify you of any trouble before it causes a false alarm. The new analog fire alarm systems check their own sensitivity, so you can clean or replace a device before it causes a false alarm.

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Advanced security systems can be controlled and monitored through a computer or mobile device.

Security systems now allow you to control them with a smartphone or computer, and notify you of any activity on the account. You get real time alerts when the system has been armed or disarmed, and when supervisory points have been activated. Not only can you be notified when the system has been armed/disarmed via text and or email, but it will identify the employee as well.

Camera systems allow you to view and/or search recorded data right from your cell phone and computer, and access systems will allow you to add, change, or delete a card user in order to keep security tight.

Each day, new technologies arrive in order to make our lives easier. With these new advances, there is no reason to be stuck in the 80’s with outdated and faulty security equipment that you are paying too much for, while receiving unsatisfactory service at the same time. Now is the time to start fresh, and bring your security needs into the 21st century.

Contact us us for a free, no-obligation security audit of your facilities or to start benefiting from the many advantages of new security technology. We’re here to help!

 

How a Security System Can Protect Your Children

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Security systems protect your home, but how a security system can protect your children is more important than any possession. Protecting children is the best reason for home security, and the main reason, for a new security system. Many people think that security systems are meant to simply keep burglars from breaking into homes and businesses when people aren’t there. That’s true. But perhaps more importantly, a well-designed system will help protect what matters most when they are at home or work as well. One of the best examples of this kind of home security is with kids who are sometimes left home alone—so-called “latchkey kids.”

Imagine for a moment that your son or daughter has just arrived home from school before you get home from work.  They forget to call you and your left at work worrying about your child’s safety. I know one huge benefit of having a home security system, for us, is knowing the people I love most are at safe at home. Having a family changes the perspective of why you get a security system in the first place.

When they forget to call, your mind starts to build scenarios in your head thinking the worst may of happened.  Having home security that  has the ability of customization, I know that if something happened, my family has the ability to protect themselves. If suddenly, a stranger leaps from his hiding place in the bushes and orders your child to disarm the security system. This is where the “duress code” feature of a professionally designed and monitored security system would come into play. I know they have their phone and/or keys with them when entering the home. Having the peace of mind to know that my security system was built for protecting our children.  The text message sent to my smart phone confirm the kids got home and are safe. Even if they forget to call, I know the security system wont ever forget to send my text message.  Make sure your asking your provider about these features and make sure you use them.

Fast Response is Critical

If a bad situation does happen, it’s important that you have the fastest response possible.  In this situation, rather than using the real code to your security system, your child would instead input a “duress code.” This would make it appear that the security system has been disarmed, when in fact it sent a silent emergency signal to the central monitoring station. The central station dispatcher, seeing this incoming signal, then immediately dispatches police emergency response.

Armed with the information that this is a silent panic from a residence, the responding authorities will react very quickly and with the knowledge of what they are potentially up against. This kind of rapid and appropriate response will help ensure the safety of your child.  When you do use the duress code there is no calling it off.  The authorities have to make sure you are safe because this isn’t a regular home alarm.  This is made for home invasions and true emergencies and it is important the educate children about using their home security system isn’t a game and is taken quite serious.  The “boy who cried wolf” can very true in Indianapolis and most cities.  With so many emergencies police have to prioritize and child in danger is pretty high up in most people’s priorities.

More Child Safety Benefits

Other applications for child safety are the the image sensor where a picture is sent to your phone or the  “check-in” feature, which would tell you (often with a text message to your cell phone, like me), that you child has entered your home safely. A “chime” and full word speech feature can alert you to any doors, windows or gates being opened, with specifics like “front door open” or especially handy if you have small children at home.

So if you think a security system is just for catching burglars, talk with us. We’ll be happy to discuss the ways today’s advanced security systems can give your family greater protection and peace-of-mind.