Happy Thanksgiving from Valley Alarm!

As families are planning out their Thanksgiving cooking for a feast, we would like to offer a few precautionary tips to keep in mind. Per USFA (United States Fire Association), an estimated 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings occur annually in the United States. USFA’s ‘Put a Freeze on Winter Fires’ provides tons of safety tips for you and your family this Thanksgiving. Some of their safe cooking tips are:

1. Make sure you have smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area, and in every bedroom. Test smoke alarms monthly and replace them if they are 10 years old or older.
2. Keep a close watch on your cooking. You should never leave cooking food unattended.
3. Keep oven food packaging and other combustibles away from burners and heat sources.
4. Heat cooking oil slowly and watch it closely; it can ignite quickly.
5. Don’t wear loose sleeves while working over hot stove burners – they can melt, ignite or catch on handles of pots and pans spilling hot oil and other liquids.
6. Have a “kid-free zone” of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot foods or drinks are prepared or carried.

Valley Alarm is here for all of your security needs, feel free to contact us anytime: 1 (888) 607-6557

False Alarm Prevention with these Tips

no false alarms home security system

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.

Here are a few tips to help prevent future false alarms:

 

Memorize your codes

The majority of alarm activations are from user error, including entering incorrect passwords. Taking steps to avoid (more…)

How to Outsmart a Burglar

home burglar crime break in theft security system

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:

(more…)

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?

(more…)

Keep Yourself Safe While on Social Media!

social network logo facebook twitter pinterest linkedin youtube google plus

Millions of people check into or disclose their location to at least one social media network per day. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and YouTube are the most commonly used networks that people use to share pictures, opinions, and other personal information. Although these sites were developed with great intentions they can be utilized and abused by those wishing to prey on others, or steal your identity. Social networks are a great way to stay connected with others, but you should be aware of how much personal information you post. Sadly all it takes is a little over sharing and you could become a victim. (more…)

Home Invasion Safety! – Stay Protected

home invasion burglary break-in broken glass

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…)

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.

(more…)

The Three D’s of Home Security

home security breaking in

Home security strategies can be broadly classified into three categories, often referred to as the three “Ds” of home security. These are deterrence, denial and detection.

The First “D”—Deterrence

Burglars are basically lazy and will usually take the “path of least resistance.” You can make your home look too risky to a burglar by using some of these techniques. Place inside lights, and even a TV and stereo, on a timer when you are away from home. Don’t stop your mail, water, newspaper or other deliveries when you are away. Have a neighbor pick these items up for you. If you have a home security system, make sure you post signs and window decals warning potential intruders that your home is protected. (more…)