Is your smoke detector being monitored?

The only way an unmonitored smoke detector will notify you of a fire is by loud, audible beeping. This works perfectly, if you happen to be on the property as the fire ignites. An unmonitored smoke detector does not notify the local fire department. If a fire breaks out, the smoke detector is practically useless. By the time the neighbors see smoke coming from your home, it may be too late to salvage your valuables.

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Smart Security at your Doorstep

What is a Skybell?

SkyBell works as a video intercom. It enables you to see and speak with visitors at your door from a smart device such as a smartphone or tablet.  This HD device lets you see every single thing that happens in front of your door. It is a cloud-based, WiFi-connected camera and footage can be accessed with your smartphone from anywhere in the world.

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6 Ways an Interactive Security System Can Help

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A security system is an important way to keep a building safe. However, an interactive security system may be more appropriate for you. Here are 5 reasons why having an interactive security system can be useful:

  1.  Get notified by Email or Text
    Know when you have:

    • System arming/disarming
    • Low battery
    • Power outages
    • System alarm events 

      Get almost immediate notification in addition to normal voice calls by a monitoring station.

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How to Outsmart a Burglar

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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. These are the times when 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:

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Burglary Facts & Statistics

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Burglary Facts & Statistics

Awareness is KEY to safety when it comes to knowing how to protect your home from becoming a victim to a burglary. Put yourself into the shoes of a burglar: it might help you find ways to outsmart them and stop them in their tracks!

The following are a few surprising facts and statistics for burglaries in the United States:

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Holiday Safety

 

 

Here at Valley Alarm, we put our customers’ safety first! Stay safe this holiday season with our helpful tips:

  • Going on vacation for the holidays?

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Home Invasion Safety! – Stay Protected

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A home invasion is when robbers force their way into an occupied home, apartment or hotel room to commit a robbery or other crime. The entry point of attack is often through the front door, garage or unlocked window. It is very important for the occupant to not automatically open the front door before asking who is there. Home invaders often knock on the door first or ring the bell with the hope that the resident will simply open the door without question. In most cases, people do just that. (more…)

Burn Safety Awareness

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Children under the age of 5-years-old account for 52 percent of all child fire deaths according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Each year, approximately 488 children ages 14 and under die in residential fires, but what some fail to realize is that burns don’t just come from fires. Unattended cookware on the stove, curling irons, bathwater, etc. can cause an equal amount of damage if handled improperly. Water heaters should be set no higher than 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Here are some things to remember: (more…)

Smartphone Security

Do you ever wonder what we did before smart phones? We used to have a land-line phone, digital camera, GPS, and a million other gadgets…now they are all apps on your Smartphone!

Valley Alarm is now offering a new Smartphone App with thermostat, lighting, door locks, and camera control. You can see the kids get home from school, or open the house for a service or repair person from anywhere you can use your Smartphone. You can have true peace of mind thanks to your Valley Alarm monitored alarm service.

The mobile app gives you the control you should expect. Check in on your property while at work or on vacation, arm or disarm the system remotely from the office, get activity history, turn the lights on or off, adjust the thermostat, view live video and send commands to your security system right from the palm of your hand. (more…)

Beware of Door Knockers! Who’s Really Knocking on Your Door?

The scenario goes something like this – You get a knock on your door and a salesman claiming to represent a home alarm company gives you one of these pitches:

  • Your current alarm company has gone out of business and he’s there to transfer your account to the organization he represents.
  • He represents your current alarm company and just needs to update your equipment.
  • If you don’t have an alarm, he’s willing to immediately install one and put a sign in your yard if you sign a long-term contract on the spot.
The salesman could be legitimate, but he may very well be trying to scam you. He may even be part of a ring of burglars out monitoring and targeting your neighborhood.

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