Halloween Safety

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Useful Information That Will Keep Your Children Safe This Halloween!

Children love Halloween; they get to dress up and eat candy, what else could a child ask for in a holiday?! Although its fun, all of the added excitement can cause a child to forget about safety. Here are a few important pieces of information to keep in mind this Halloween season:

  • Motorists need to be particularly alert! Masks may impair a child’s ability to see traffic, so be mindful of children who may dart from between parked cars or who are walking on roadways. At twilight and later in the evening, watch out for children in dark clothing.
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Reduce the Risk of Becoming a Victim

The first step in protecting yourself against becresidential crimes is education. What does that really mean? That means facing the hard facts and using that information to your advantage. One of the most comprehensive sources for learning about crime statistics is the U.S. Department of Justice, which oversees the FBI.

Every year, the FBI puts together a Uniform Crime Report (UCR) that includes data on a variety of crimes reported across the United States. The following are a few statistics about property crimes from their 2011 report:

  • Over 2.1 million of property crimes involved burglaries.
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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…)

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…)

The Three D’s of Home Security

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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…)