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.
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.
Why test your alarm system?
Your alarm system can keep you safe from potential invaders. However, an alarm system is useless if it malfunctions. It’s important to test both your fire and burglar system consistently to ensure proper function. Here at PVS, we recommend that you test your alarm system(s) monthly. You should check to see if your system is communicating with the monitoring station.
Here’s how to test your alarm system:
Call your alarm company and tell them you will be testing the system for signals. This way, they know to disregard any signals received and don’t dispatch police. Here are the steps we guide our our customers through when testing an alarm system: (more…)
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:
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. Putting yourself into the shoes of a burglar might help you find ways to outsmart them and stop them dead in their tracks! The following are a few surprising facts and statistics for burglaries in the United States:
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.
FAQ’s before purchasing an alarm system
You Need To Know This!
There are a lot of things to consider when looking for a new home security system. You may find yourself confused by all the terms and different systems out on the market. Here are some basic things to know before investing in a home security system. Does a home alarm system prevent burglaries? Yes! In fact, it has been proven that homes with a currently monitored security system along with signs and stickers are up to 3 times less likely to experience a break in. Depending on what type of alarm system you have in your home, the intruder may be detected before they even enter your home. How will I know if there is an intruder? (more…)
With the price of metal going up on a daily basis we’ve seen a rapid increase in metal thefts especially in aluminum, steel & especially copper. The best defense is to prevent theft at the source. Consider these measures to reduce your risk.
- Install security cameras with a video recorder and keep recordings for a sufficient period of time.
- Use a perimeter security system with contact alarms or motion detectors.
- Secure building access with deadbolts and door and window locks.
How Many Hats Can You Wear? How an Interactive Security System Can Help!
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. (more…)
When dealing with your property little investment can provide large peace of mind! Don’t fall victim to property loss caused by burglaries!
No matter if your property is located in an expensive neighborhood or not, or how many tenants you have, security is likely always on your mind. In the United States there was an estimated 4.7 billion dollars in property lost due to burglaries in 2012. To ensure your building’s security is top of the line, consider (more…)