Use our Spring Home Security tips below to get your home ready for warm weather. Remember, Security is not expensive, It is PRICELESS!
1. Doors & Windows: Make sure to close and lock your windows at night and when you are away from home.
2. Eliminate Hiding places: Clear away areas that are overgrown or could provide thieves with hiding spots.
3. Know your neighbors: Work with your neighbors to keep an eye out for suspicious activities on your street. Leave a key with a neighbor, don’t leave a key under the doormat, plant pot near entrance.
4. Exterior Lighting: Make sure that the exterior is well lit at night. Use motion-sensitive fixtures around the perimeter or smart light bulbs indoor to make it seems like you’re home when you’re away.
5. Make Home Look Occupied: Create the illusion that you are home by using timers on lights, radios and TV’s. Keep an extra car parked prominently in the drive way or ask a neighbor to park their car there.
6. Suspend Deliveries: If away on vacation, put a hold on newspaper and mail deliveries. Consider having packages delivered elsewhere or requiring a signature for delivery.
7. Set a safety routine: Make sure your alarm system are armed every time you leave the house. Check the batteries in smoke detectors and test your burglar alarm system on a monthly basis.
8. Social Media: Don’t leave a message announcing travel plans on the answering machine, e-mail auto-responder or on social media sites.
Valley Alarm wishes you to have a wonderful Spring break while your home and properties remain Safe & Sound.
Thanksgiving Day is still the peak day for home cooking fires. According to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) Data Snapshot for 2014-2016, there were an estimated 2,400 residential building fires that caused 5 deaths, 25 injuries, and $19 million in property loss for Thanksgiving Day.1 Most of the fires that happened on the holiday occurred between 10:00AM until 4:00PM, when most people are preparing dinner, and continued to decline throughout the evening.
Keeping the tips listed below in mind will decrease the risk of fire happening to your home which will help minimize your fear and maximize your excitement for the holiday. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
Keep an eye out in the kitchen when you are cooking. If you have something else to do, have somebody check on the turkey or whatever is on the stove frequently. Using a timer will be very helpful too.
Keep hot food & liquids, knives, matches, or lighters out of the reach of children. Since this is a day mostly spent with family, expect children to be present. If you can, plan activities for the children to drive them away from the kitchen.
Ensure your smoke alarms are connected and working. You can do this by running a fire alarm test with your monitoring company.
If you can, avoid wearing clothing with long and loose sleeves that could get catch fire. Also keep fall decorations or any dangling objects away from the stove top for the same exact reason.
Keeping your home and family safe will always be your priority and that is why we always feature safety tips for every occasion. This gives you the ability to be confident in celebrating all through the holiday season.
Some people take weeks to decorate their house aiming to be the fiendish house on the block. In addition, it can also be a hassle to think of what chocolates to give (here’s a cheat list). So before you become busy with all the preparation, we made a short Halloween safety guide for you!
These are just some of the things that you can do to keep your family and home safer on Halloween. Given these points, let’s make the spookiest night of the year the safest too.
Give us a call at (818) 285-1500 or send us a message to find more ways to level up your security and get that world class service today!
We hear a lot of questions about how to go about monitoring video feeds. While there are products that let you see your home security cameras on your phone, many of you want better security for your businesses. If you need more than a way to check in on your cameras manually, Proactive Video Monitoring could be right for you.
What is Proactive Video Monitoring?
Proactive Video Monitoring is a way to have our operator
alerted if someone is somewhere they shouldn’t be.
How Does it Work?
The cameras are equipped with a system that uses software
analytics to know if someone is where they shouldn’t be. If triggered, the
cameras connect to our operator who can dispatch authorities and talk to the
people onsite immediately and in great detail. They watch what happens and can
even help direct authorities to anyone hiding at the location.
Let’s bring in a real-life scenario to better illustrate this.
Jeff’s Tire Company
Suppose Jeff’s Tire Company has had an issue with thieves
that break in around 1-3AM and steal their inventory. So far, the culprits have
managed to avoid the security guard on staff and have made off with over
$10,000 worth of product. As a result, Jeff has a new Proactive Video
Monitoring system installed.
As the system is set to look for intruders in the warehouse
area from 9PM-6AM, the hours without staff, the thieves walk in front of the
cameras. The camera’s algorithm sees movement where there shouldn’t be any and
immediately connects our dispatcher. Over the speakers, the thieves hear,
“Hey you in the red shirt! The authorities are on their way!
The intruders are dumbstruck and shaken. Two run off, but
one stays. He hides behind a cluster of tire stacks just as the police arrive.
Once again, the voice comes over the speakers,
“In the far-left corner, officers! He’s hiding in the far-left corner behind
the stacks next to the first aid kit!”
The thief is apprehended and no product is stolen. The
recording is kept for a set amount of time in case it is relevant to a court
case and can be saved by the owners of Jeff’s Tire Company any time they want.
Will Police Treat My Calls Differently if I Use This?
Police take video-verified threats very seriously and are
eager to stop the crime as soon as they can. Because of this, the response
times for video-verified calls are only second to the calls for “shots fired!”
You are one of the police department’s top priorities when you have Proactive
Why Would I Need This?
Security guards are expensive to employ and can have a
number of shortcomings. They can fall asleep on the job, miss work, or miss
something on the video feed entirely.
Regular video verification lets you verify whether a
triggered alarm is valid or not, but that also requires you to look at it and
verify it. If you miss the notification, precious minutes could be wasted and
your business could be vandalized, burgled, or your employees could be injured
by intruders. With Proactive Video Monitoring, our operator is connected the
moment something enters an area that should be closed off and no time is wasted.
Who Needs This?
Good uses for Proactive Video Monitoring include any
location that has vandal-prone or sensitive areas that are off-limits, even if
just for certain windows of time. Some examples could be a campus, a government
facility, a museum, an industrial cannabis facility, or a car dealership.
How Can I Learn More?
For more information about Proactive Video Monitoring, contact us today!
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