Going on vacation this summer? Keep these helpful tips in mind while away from home during your summer trip!
Reduce the appearance of an unoccupied home: If you’re going away for summer vacation, make sure your home looks occupied and keep your home well-lit to give the illusion of an occupied home – installed porch lights or motion detection lights help discourage burglars from approaching your home. Home automation services can also help make your home look occupied. With home automation, customers can set their home’s lights to turn on/off throughout the day, making it seem like someone is home!
A security system is an important way to keep a building safe. But with many different options, an interactive security system may be more appropriate for you. Here are 5 reasons why having an interactive security system can be useful:
- Email/text notification can be sent to you for events such as: system arming/disarming, low battery, power outage, and system alarm events. This feature allows for almost immediate notification in addition to the normal voice calls by a monitoring station.
Nationwide, approximately 98% of alarm activations that police respond to are false. False alarms are a major nuisance to police departments because they divert officers from legitimate emergencies. Not only are they a burden to police departments but also to the property owners, neighbors and alarm companies. Property owners receive a fine by the city if an officer is dispatched to a false alarm; based on your city of residence, some departments allow up to one or two free false alarms. Regardless, it’s a situation you’re better off avoiding. The following are a few tips to help prevent future false alarms:
Memorize your codes – the majority of alarm activations are from entering incorrect passwords and user error. Avoiding (more…)
CCTV is a type of digital surveillance that uses cameras to transmit video to a connected screen(s), where the recorded activity can be monitored. The following are reason why a camera system might be beneficial to your property:
- Neighborhood Watch Assistance – Camera systems for residential properties not only benefits the property owner but the neighborhood as well! Exterior cameras can help capture suspicious activity in the neighborhood before a crime is committed. Burglars tend to frequently visit their targeted neighborhood while planning their robbery; neighbors can capture this footage directly from their tablet or smartphone and notify their neighborhood watch group.
Get together: Neighbors are your best confidants when it comes to preventing a burglary in your neighborhood. Getting to know them and building a rapport will make them more willing to offer a helping hand (or a pair of eyes) when you’re away from home. It’s important to offer the same help in return as suspicious activity can be even more easily spotted as a team. Starting a neighborhood watch program will help create a sense of safety. Teaming up with your neighbors will not only help deter burglars but will also help build a community bond.
When you commit to being monitored by any alarm company, whether it’s a residential or commercial property, customers are asked to provide an emergency contact for the site. If the monitoring center is unable to reach you during the event of a burglary alarm or fire system trigger, they will call the people listed as your emergency contacts (in the order listed). The following are helpful tips to consider when updating your contact list:
The emergency contact list is utilized by Valley Alarm for two reasons:
1) To inform the responsible individuals during the event of an alarm activation
Carbon monoxide is a gas that you cannot see, taste or smell – it is also known as the “Invisible Killer”. It’s an odorless and colorless gas created by fuels when they burn incompletely. It can be produced from anything that burns fuel (cars, stoves, grills, fireplaces, ETC). Carbon Monoxide (CO) is dangerous when taken into the lungs because it displaces oxygen in the blood and deprives vital organs of oxygen. Large amounts of CO can cause the body to lose consciousness and suffocate within minutes. Signs of CO poisoning may include: constant headaches, weakness, dizziness, blurred vision, nausea, and shortness of breath.
Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:
Why test your alarm system?
Our alarm systems are meant to keep customers safe from potential invaders. However, an alarm system is useless if it malfunctions so it’s important to test both your fire and burglar system consistently to ensure proper function. Here at Valley Alarm, we recommend our customers to conduct testing of their alarm systems monthly. Customers should be checking to see if their system is communicating with the monitoring station.
How to test your alarm system:
The first step to testing your system is calling your alarm company and notifying them you will be testing the system for signals – it’s important they are aware you will be running tests so that they disregard any signals received and don’t dispatch police. Also, when customers call in to test their alarm signal transmission, we are always happy to assist and guide them through the following steps: (more…)
Did you know that the leading cause of house fires begin from cooking in the kitchen? Aside from kitchen fires, per U.S. Fire Administration, approximately 15,000 fires occur yearly from candles alone. Do not allow a fire to extinguish your plans for a romantic Valentine’s Day! Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind to avoid a flaming night:
- Cooking: you may be concerned about impressing your date with the perfect meal but preparing it safely should be priority. Based on 2009-2013 annual averages in the U.S. – 66% of home cooking fires began with the ignition of food or other cooking materials. Simply keeping a close eye on what you’re cooking will prevent a good night from going bad. Keep flammable objects away from the stove or oven and don’t forget to turn them off when your dinner is ready!
How to Outsmart a Burglar
In our previous blog post, we presented a few important facts and statistics about burglaries. It’s helpful to keep these facts and statistics in mind when finding ways to outsmart a burglar.
Last week, we mentioned how burglars tend to strike between the hours of 10am and 3pm because people are least likely to be home. Therefore, the more occupied your home looks, the less likely a burglar will try to break into it: