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 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:

Holiday Safety

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Here at PVS, we care about the safety of our customers first and foremost!

Below are useful tips on keeping it safe this holiday season:

  • Going on vacation for the holidays?

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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!

PVS 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 PVS 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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How An Alarm System Works – Explained

Electric alarm systems are over 100 years old, one of the earliest being patented by Alexander Pope of Boston. His system was very similar to modern alarms, consisting of magnetic contacts placed at the openings and interconnected by pairs of wires to a battery and a bell. The disturbance of any of the openings closed the circuit and caused the bell to ring. This system was, of course, much simpler than modern alarms and its main disadvantage was that it could be defeated by cutting the wire.

Basic Principles of Alarm Systems

There are two basic “levels of protection” provided by a security system: exterior (or perimeter) protection and interior protection. The ideal security system uses a combination of both types. (more…)