SECURITY, PAY ATTENTION
that which protects property, family, and you, is a multi-step
process. I have never been the kind to sell with fear but the fact remains
that there are bad people out there that are ready to take advantage
of you if given the opportunity. In the news quite often is identity
theft. You can take fear of identity theft to the furthest level and
never give out any personal information, shred every piece of mail
you receive, and never purchase anything online or on the phone. That
is not the way most people want to live and most people, including
myself, are not disciplined enough. Basic steps must be taken to
protect yourself. Use multiple random
passcodes and change them regularly. Review statements for unusual
activity. Shred papers with personal information.
personal safety. When away from home do the simple things. Make sure
your car is in good working order and has enough gas in it to get you
to your destination. Make sure your cell phone is charged in case of
emergency. When using an ATM, be aware of the environment. Many drive up ATMs are behind the bank with no
visibility from the street. Pay attention to your gut,
if it's giving you a queasy feeling take heed and leave. Be aware of
your environment, always.
Third is property/personal safety and our area of
expertise. Don't leave doors unlocked in your house when you leave.
Don't leave accessible windows open when the house is empty or you
are sleeping. Don't run the clothes dryer when you are not home.
Don't burn unattended candles, ever. If you don't have them, install
deadbolts on your doors. Reinforce sliding doors so they can't easily
be popped open. Trim bushes and trees so they don't block windows.
Lock extension ladders if kept outdoors so they can't be used for
entry into your home. Make sure your garage door is kept closed and
your opener can't be opened by anyone but you. Keep codes for entry
If you have a
security system, use it. Test your system regularly. If it needs
service, call to have it done. If you haven't used it for a while,
call for a refresher on its operation. Make sure everyone in the home
knows the code. Give visitors and employees their own private code
(call us for instruction on how to do this). Have your system
reviewed to find out if any additions or changes should be made (We
will be happy to do this for no charge).
If you don't
have a security system, consider having one installed in your home
and place of business. Your home will be many times less likely to be
burglarized and you will save money on your homeowners insurance as
well. Call for our free Safety & Security audit.
ALARM WORK FOR YOU
Last month we
discussed the many security benefits of having your alarm system
communicate via GSM and/or the internet to the central station. This
month we will take a look at the many convenience features now
First off, your
smart phone, tablet and computer can now become keypads. Everything
you can do from your keypad, you can do from your device. And it
doesn't matter where you and your device are, it can be in the master
bedroom, the garage, or walking down the street in Rome, New York or
Italy. As long as you have an internet connection, you can
communicate with your alarm panel.
Apart from the
obvious convenience of being able to arm and disarm your alarm panel
from wherever you are, there are other benefits as well. You can log
onto your system and see if the alarm was armed by your babysitter.
If not, you can arm it. You are expecting someone to come to your
home and you forgot to activate a code for them, no problem, simply
log on and disarm the system. Want to see if any windows were left
open, right again, simply log on and you
will see what windows are not closed.
Now lets take the
information a step further. Both of you work and if would be great if
you could automatically be notified that your son or daughter came
home from school. When they disarm the alarm system, an email or text
message can be automatically sent to you telling your
who disarmed the system and at what time. If they are supposed
to turn the alarm back on when inside the house, you will be notified
that they did that as well. If the alarm is tripped, you will receive
a notification as well.
advantage is remote home automation. Home automation has been hyped a
lot in past years and for the most part has been cumbersome and
expensive to use. With recent advances in communications technology,
that has changed. You can now log onto your system and adjust the
temperature in your house and turn lights on and off right from an
app on your smart phone. Here is a real world application - you go away
for a couple days in the winter and turn the heat down to fifty. Now
in the past you would come home, turn the heat up and be
uncomfortable until the house warmed up. Now, when you are an hour
away, log on, turn the heat up and you come home to a comfortable
house. It also in handy if you forgot to turn the heat down before
you left. It will help you save money and energy.
If you have an
existing alarm system, in many cases, some or all of these features
can be added on to the system you already have. New systems are
available that make using these features as easy as pushing a button.
Call us for details and if we can make your current system more
convenient to use.