Best And Worst Places To Hide A Spare Key

If your front door could speak, I’m sure it would have a lot to say. It would remember the first time you walked into your new home, the friends you’ve had walk through it for parties, the times when you walked through crying, and every single moment of your life, big or small, happy or sad. But something that should never walk through your front door? An unwelcome guest.

Because front doors still use manual house keys, here are some of the best and worst possible hiding spots for your spare.

Best Spots

  • In or Under your Dog House: This is a great spot to store an extra spare key because, for one, no robber will want to reach in there seeing that your dog will most likely pose as a threat. Dog houses can also be quite large, which means you’ll have more than enough options when it comes to finding a perfect space in their home.
  • With a Trusted Friend./Neighbor/Family Member: Leaving a spare house key with someone you trust can also be beneficial. Not only does it give you an excuse to see them if you lose your current key, but you will know that it’s being kept safe indoors, rather than left outside for someone to find.
  • In your car: We are serious about this! Consider leaving a spare key to your home in your own car. Perhaps maybe in the sun glass holder?

Worst Spots

  • Under a Door Mat: This is probably the worst place to hide a spare key. Why? It’s the first place that someone would look when trying to enter your home without permission. It’s too obvious, and should always be avoided.
  • Your Wallet: Think about it… if you lose your wallet, not only would that person have all of your information and credit cards, but they would also have the key to your home. Even if you have never lost your wallet, you can avoid a worst-case-scenario by keeping your spare key elsewhere.

Child-proofing For The Holidays

With holidays like Christmas, Hanukah, and Kwanza coming up, you’ll want to make sure that everything is prepared for all of your guests and the festivities! And just as important as it is to protect your home from all angles against robbers, it’s equally important to keep everyone inside your home safe. This is extra important when it comes to looking after small children and babies. Whether you have a child of your own or not, here are some important tips to remember when small children will be running around your home for the holidays!

  • Electrical outlets: Be sure that you have each and every electrical outlet that is not currently being used covered with a protector. Children always have a way of getting into and exploring things. This is one place that should never be explored, by anyone aside from professionals.
  • Gates: It might be in your best interest to install temporary gates leading up staircases or at the doorposts for certain rooms. You should also have a protective gate around a fireplace if you happen to have one in your home. Fireplaces always make for such a wonderful addition to the holiday feel, but can be dangerous for children if they get too close out of curiosity.
  • Hard furniture: To protect children from injuring themselves, make sure that you purchase some corner and edge guards before your festivities take place. Not only will this help protect children, it will probably help people of all ages. Everyone has bumped into an edge of furniture at some point. And it really does hurt!
  • Items: Because children love to play, make sure that things like lamps, picture frames, candles, and any other objects sitting on things like end tables or side tables are secured, or are temporarily moved for the duration of your holiday event. Children can sometimes play recklessly, and you wouldn’t want any of these smaller items falling over and breaking!

Most importantly, be sure to enjoy the holidays with your friends and family!

Celebrities Who Were Robbed (Part 2)

Hey there and welcome back to our small two-part series going over some past celebrity-related robbery stories. We feel bad that Paris Hilton had been robbed five times within three months, but she should have been smart enough to know that leaving a key under the door mat is basically a welcome message to robbers! So, want to learn a bit more about who lost what and how much it was worth? We have some additional names you’ll recognize to finish off this series.

Rachel Bilson

Again, another case similar to what happened with Paris Hilton! Except Bilson’s case is even worse. In fact, Bilson was robbed an entire 6 times in two months. I suppose the robbers didn’t have much to worry about, though, seeing as the events took place while Bilson was in Canada with her fiancé at the time, Hayden Christiansen. The robbers stole nearly $130,000 worth in items, including all of her designer label clothing and certified vintage shoes.

Kirsten Dunst

Back in 2007, which was quite a long time ago now that we think about it, actress Kirstin Dunst was robbed while filming the movie “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.” Somehow, a person robbed her Manhattan hotel penthouse suite. They walked away with a whopping handbag worth $13,000, $2,500 in cash, a cell phone, a few credit cards, as well as her “Spider Man” ID card.

Kate Moss

Massive supermodel Kate Moss was robbed while she was actually sleeping in her own home in London! The robbers only took three pieces of her artwork, which valued at a pretty substantial amount of money. In fact, one of the paintings that was stolen was a portrait completed by Banksy, which was estimated to be worth nearly $140,000.

Don’t let this happen to you! Keep yourself and your belongings safe by contacting Central Alarm Security today!

Celebrities Who Were Robbed (Part 1)

Statistics will show that the number of robberies that occur while people are out of their homes is much higher than when they are inside of their homes. In a strange way, if someone breaks into your home and you aren’t there, then you might have saved your life with your absence. Additionally, it’s always important to remember that unlike your belongings, your electronics, your photos, etc. you can never be replaced. But sometimes, robbers end up racking in a lot more than only items, they steal a massive amount of wealth.

Seeing as celebrities seem to be the wealthiest in the country compared to the average person, here are some pretty substantial robberies right out of Hollywood…

Audrina Patridge

Back in 2009 on the night of the Academy Awards, a young couple, both man and woman, broke into Audrina Patridge’s house and stole $43,000 worth of items. Some of the items included designer jeans, her passport, laptop, as well as some of her grandmother’s jewelry. She released security camera footage of the scene online in an effort to have the thieves caught, but no one could identify them.

Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox

During the fall of 2009, Green and Fox were in New York shooting a film that Green was in. Unfortunately, their long absence cost them, because someone had broken into their home and stolen a few items. Luckily nothing that was stolen was of great significance. Missing objects include a number of Fox’s shirts, as well as a Sig Sauer .380 semi-automatic handgun.

Paris Hilton

For whatever reason, Paris Hilton was an extremely easy person to rob. In fact, she was robbed five different times within three months. She must have taken security pretty lax, because the robbers kept using the key she had under the door mat. Altogether, she lost over $2 million worth of items.

Effective Ways To Enhance The Security Of Your Home

Home security is a growing concern for many homeowners today. News reports and the general consensus indicate that crime is growing at a steady pace both locally and around the world. As such, it is more important than ever before to pay particular attention to all aspects of home security. Staying safe and secure sometimes simply means following a few simple tips.

Dogs Are Very Territorial And Will Immediately Alert Homeowners

For example, an obvious and easy way to greatly enhance the existing security of a home is to simply employ the services of a family dog. It is important to note that it is not necessary to choose a vicious breed of dog. All that is really required is a dog with has a loud bark. Dogs are very territorial and will immediately alert homeowners if a prowler is casing the outside of a home. Burglars, thieves and vandals would simply prefer to avoid any type of confrontation with a dog. In short, dogs can be a great way to complement an existing alarm system.

The Use Of Automatic Timers

Another way to greatly reduce the chances of a break-in is to always give the impression that someone is home. Thieves typically roam a neighborhood looking for a house that is clearly unoccupied. The use of automatic timers that turn on internal or external lights at predetermined times can greatly enhance an existing alarm system. Always give burglars and crooks the impression that someone is home. Even timers that are used on TVs and radios can greatly reduce the chances of a break-in when homeowners are away.

If The Thief Chooses To Break The Glass On A Door Or Window

Another great strategy that is often overlooked is the use of glass breakage detectors. These unique devices can sense the frequency associated with breaking glass. If a thief chooses to break the glass on a door or window these detectors will immediately trigger an alarm. While standard home alarm systems are very effective at detecting unauthorized entry, glass breakage detectors are a supporting type of system that can further enhance the security of any home. These simple and effective ways of enhancing any existing home security system simply make smart sense in today’s uncertain world. Contact Central Alarm today for the absolute best in Tucson alarm systems and for security advice.

DIY Home Security Ideas Designed To Complement An Alarm System

Most security experts would agree that an alarm system is perhaps one of the most important elements of overall home security. However, with that said there are other things that homeowners can do in order to complement an existing alarm system. For example, installing deadbolts is a smart and cost-effective way to greatly enhance an existing alarm system. Deadbolts are stronger and more resistant to tampering.

Replace The Door With Interior Hinged Hardware

Another strategy that can be integrated into any overall home security plan is to always use interior door hinges. This is an key strategy that sometimes goes overlooked. Thieves and burglars can easily remove existing hinges when they are on the outside of the door. Check to ensure that your home has no doors with exterior hinges. If you find a door with exterior hinges it is important to have a contractor or other professional come in and replace the door with interior hinged hardware.

Video Surveillance Cameras Are Typically Wireless

Homes with sliding glass doors should always use a metal bar in the sliding track to prevent thieves from entering a home by simply taking sliding doors off of their track. Home surveillance systems are another great way to complement an existing alarm system. Today’s modern video surveillance cameras are typically wireless, small and affordable. This makes for adding a video surveillance system easy, convenient and well within the budget of most homeowners. Best of all, video surveillance can be combined with computer technology to allow homeowners to monitor their property from virtually any place in the world.

Vandals Will Simply Prefer To Move On

Yard signs are an important aspect of overall home security. While a home alarm system can go a long way in protecting a dwelling, letting would-be thieves know in advance that you have an alarm system is a smart strategy. Thieves and would-be vandals will simply prefer to move on rather than tamper with a home that has clearly stated that it has an alarm system. Finally, always ensure that doors are solid. Use solid metal or solid wood doors throughout your entire exterior. This greatly reduces the possibility of forced break-ins. Complementing existing alarm systems is easy and affordable today thanks to a few simple strategies. Contact Central Alarm to learn more about Tucson alarm systems that are designed to produce results.

Simple Measures Designed To Improve Overall Home Security

While an alarm system that protects the interior of the home can go a long way in keeping homeowners safe, there are a few things that can be done outdoors that will complement any existing alarm system. Best of all, these supporting security measures are affordable, easy to implement and can serve to greatly enhance security levels throughout a home. One of the most obvious ways to enhance any existing security system is to add generous amounts of outdoor lighting.

Strategically Placed Outdoor-Lighting

A home that is well lighted is far less likely to be compromised than a home that lacks adequate outdoor lighting. Exterior lighting is affordable and typically easy to install. From motion detector spotlights to other types of strategically placed outdoor lighting, the possibilities are endless when it comes to lighting the outside of a home. Thieves, burglars and vandals despise the very idea of light. These people operate in the shadows and will simply move on when light is a part of the equation.

Timers Can Be Digital Or Manual

Make it tough on would-be thieves by keeping the exterior of your home extremely well lit at all times. Lighting timers are another great way to make the best use of exterior lighting. This is especially useful when on vacation or away from home. Timers that turn lights on and off create the illusion that someone is home. These timers can be digital or manual and can typically be found at a local hardware store. This is an extremely affordable solution that can greatly enhance a homeowner’s level of security.

Keep A Home Safe And Secure Your Round

Landscaping is another important concern that must be addressed as a way to complement an existing alarm system. Tall trees, heavy shrubbery and bushes can all make for perfect hiding places. Thieves enjoy the cover of shrubbery and will use landscaping to their advantage. Make it as difficult as possible for thieves by simply keeping trees, shrubs and bushes trimmed back as much as possible. When landscaping is well manicured and trimmed and lighting is bright and obvious, the chances of a break in are greatly reduced. These simple outdoor measures when integrated with a quality alarm system can keep a home safe and secure year round. Contact Central Alarm today for Tucson alarm systems that provide excellent protection.

Great Home Security Tips For Homeowners

Staying safe and secure in todays increasingly uncertain world sometimes means following a few simple tips. For example, an often overlooked and very important aspect of home security is to make a record of all a home’s contents. This is especially important with regard to valuables such as jewelry, electronics and other expensive items. Even a video camera can be used to make a record of all the items in a home. Once a record has been made is important to store this information in a safe place.

Drilling A Hole Where The Windows Overlap

Another great security tip for homeowners that can complement a quality alarm system includes reinforcing windows. Windows can actually be one of the weakest parts of a home. While today’s modern windows already include good locking mechanisms, homeowners can re-double the level of security in windows by simply drilling a hole where the windows overlap and installing a nail or other type of metal rod. This makes defeating a window locking mechanism virtually impossible. A security bar can also be used in ground-level windows as a way to further increase window security.

Never Leaving Keys Outside Of Your Home

With regard to keys it is important never to hide keys outdoors in a secret or undisclosed location. Thieves are very smart and know that homeowners often hide keys outdoors. Avoid the potential for a break-in by never leaving keys outside of your home. In addition, leaving keys with friends, neighbors and others is simply not a good idea. Keys can be duplicated, lost or stolen. Prevent the potential for unauthorized entry by always replacing the locks in your home if keys are unaccounted for or floating around outside your home.

It Is Important To Reinforce Existing Locks

Doorstops are another vital security measure that should always be considered. Standard door locks can be picked and manipulated. As such, it is important to reinforce existing locks, add deadbolts and provide for doorstops. This combined with a peephole can greatly increase the overall security of any home. Best of all, all these measures can be incorporated when a comprehensive professionally installed security alarm system is also added to a home. Today’s modern security systems are more affordable and more accessible than ever before. This is good news for homeowners. Contact Central Alarm today for the best in Tucson alarm systems.

Halloween Safety Tips For Your Home (Part 2)

Welcome back! We hope that you’ve enjoyed part one of this two part series about how you can better protect your home and your belongings this upcoming Halloween. In the first part of the series, we covered three different ways on how you can protect your home and your vehicle. Here are additional ways in which you can protect your belongings:

  • If you’ve decided to turn your home into a crazy, scary, haunted house, you’ll have to be extra careful when protecting your furniture and decorations. If you’re planning on doing this, choose one simple path that people are forced to walk through. This way, no one will be wandering around your home, uninvited. Second, be sure to block off parts of your home. You can do this with things like rope, tarp, or moving around large pieces of furniture. This would make it difficult for anyone to stray from the path. Second, remove any objects that people would be inclined to steal. While it would be difficult for someone to walk away with your television unnoticed, smaller items such as bowls, etc. are easy for someone to store away under a costume or in their candy bag. Therefore, be sure to move them into a different room where no one can reach them.
  • While Halloween decorations have become more and more intense and complex over the years, it’s important to be careful if you’ve included using any fire or flammable objects in your decorations. For instance, while it’s common to put tea candles in your jack-o-lanterns, consider using battery powered ones instead. They might be more expensive than ordinary tea lights, but they are far safer than the latter.

We hope that you’ve enjoyed and this two-part series informing you on how to keep your belongings and home safe this Halloween! Remember, while it’s important to be safe, you should also be having fun!

Halloween Safety Tips For Your Home (Part 1)

With Halloween right around the corner, your home’s security should be one of your top priorities, next to ensuring that you, your family, and your friends all have a great time! With a slew of people walking around the streets going Trick-or-Treating and people welcoming strangers up to their doorsteps and sometimes even letting them through their homes to walk through a haunted-house setup, it’s easy to lose track of how you could be better protecting yourself and your belongings.

This Halloween, don’t let yourself or your home be taken advantage of by following these important tips!

  • If you won’t let people enter your home (i.e. to pass through an intricate haunted house), be sure to keep your front door locked at all times. This is useful if you’ll be sitting on your front yard passing out candy. Keeping your door locked will help to ensure that no unwanted Trick-or-Treaters make their way into your house. This also applies to things like side-gates and back doors.
  • If you’ll be handing out candy with friends, make sure that no one drinks too much. This is especially important for both young and older adults. While having a few drinks with your friends on Halloween is always a good time, it’s unsafe and not smart to have anyone drink too much. Not only are they putting themselves at risk if they were to get into a car and drive home, being drunk could lead to carelessness about keeping your doors locked, and belongings protected.
  • If possible, keep your car in the garage and not on the sidewalk. While Halloween is always a fun holiday, far too often do we hear stories of cars getting egged, or damaged when kids are running around the neighborhood. In order to keep your car safe, make sure it’s safely parked in the garage, or covered if you have to park it on the side of the road.

Smart Homes and Security

Tech continues to be implemented in grand new avenues and as we start to wear smart glasses, smart watches, and even smart clothes, so too are our very homes becoming smarter. With devices like nest, users are able to control the thermostat and Amazon’s Echo serves as a voice activated hub to your home, Americans are able to control their comfort to precision. Spending more and more hard earned cash on devices to keep your home in the future, it would then be disastrous to ignore the security of your home.

In addition to the standards of locks, sensors, and video cameras, Central Alarm is staying on the cutting edge with our Eagle Eye Video set ups, allowing customers to access their home’s security from the touch of an app on their smartphone. With video verification to alarm systems, the result is so much more valuable. Police receive enhanced intelligence on the ongoing situation, while homeowners have greatly increased peace of mind knowing exactly what is occurring.

Of course, that’s just security from outsides forces. Remember to always keep your smoke alarms charged and operational. With our smoke alarms these systems are integrated with the alarm panel allowing Central Alarm to quickly dispatch the necessary fire department teams to save your home from catastrophic damage.

Connectivity is increasingly the way of the now and while updating your home to respond to voice commands is a ton of fun, it’s always prudent to be making upgrades to keep your home or business, belongings and family secure. With Central Alarm, you’ve never been in better hands.

Trick or Treat Season Safety Tips

With the Trick or Treat season fast approaching the crime rate often experiences an uptick, often in the forms of vandalism and thefts. While there may not be anything to be done to prevent such actions completely (after all, ghouls will be on the prowl all night) and there can only be done so much to help catch the fiends likely wearing masks here are some tips to lessen the chance of you being a target. Paired up with home security systems and you will have taken all the measures possible to protect yourself.

If handing out candy remember to be pleasant about it! Coming off as angry or bothered is a sure fire way to inspire tricksters to focus their attempts on you!

When it comes to lighting your home, this is tricky. Some may say make it clear you are not participating in the festivities by keeping your lights off. However, this would create a perfect cover for ne’er-do-wells to approach your home. Motion sensor floodlights are the best of both worlds and will keep any vandals from approaching your walls as they’ll immediately be illuminated.

If you have a garage or some place to park your car other than on the street or driveway, do so! By removing the target, you’ll be sure to have an egg-free vehicle come November 1st.

As always, make sure you’re keeping everything locked up tight, especially after opening and closing your door dozens of times throughout the night.

If you’d like to pass out candy maybe move your place to the drive way. This helps in a few ways. One by reducing the amount of traffic crossing your lawn and into your door, also allows you to meet the parents of traveling trick or treaters who would usually wait at the sidewalk. From the more forward position, you’ll be able to keep a watchful eye out for vandals nearby and keeping your neighborhood safe, not just your home.

 

Fire Safety Tips For Your Home

Living in Arizona means that there is always the chance of a fire. Now, just because we live in Arizona doesn’t mean that our homes are more likely than other to be caught in a wildfire, but we should always be prepared, regardless. But how and where does this start for people? It starts with the homeowners, who must ensure that their homes have proper, functioning, and up-to-date smoke alarms throughout the house. But you should also have working smoke and heat detectors in addition to the standard, smoke alarm. Therefore,here is some advice to help keep yourself and your home protected from fires at all times:

  • Be sure to replace the batteries in your smoke alarm once or twice a year. In the event of an emergency, those batteries could be the determining factor in a life or death situation.
  • Make sure that smoke and heat detectors are places somewhere high, like on the ceiling or wall. If these detectors are too low, they won’t be able to detect any smoke or heat, seeing as the two rise in the atmosphere. Therefore, keep them relatively high so any smoke or heat can be easily detected by the device.
  • Make sure smoke alarms and heat detectors are placed in every livable room in the house. That means having these devices placed in all bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, offices, and the like.
  • Keep smoke and heat sensors away from kitchens and bathrooms. While the kitchen is the room most likely to catch on fire because of the stove and oven, the natural smoke and heat that comes from cooking will make the devices go off constantly. The same logic applies to the shower – the natural steam from a hot shower has the ability to set smoke and heat sensors off.

How To Keep Your Personal Items Safe During Travel? (Part 2)

In addition to the tips we gave you in part one of this two-part series, there are never enough ways to keep yourself and your belongings safe and protected during travel. Without further ado, here are more ways in which you can protect your personal items while abroad:

Don’t Let Electronics Out Of Your Sight.

Unless you want to go completely “off the grid” during vacation, you’ll most likely be brining your phone, laptop, or camera with you. If you are, it’s extremely important to keep these things on you throughout the day. Therefore, don’t give that expensive camera to a taxi driver or bellman who promises to keep it safe for you or deliver it to your room. You never know when someone can steal or misplace your electronics. If you happen to be leaving your hotel for a while and can’t bring your electronics with you, be sure to keep them locked in a safe (if there is one), or locked in your luggage.

Be Aware Of The Bags And Backpacks You Bring.

What do we mean by this? Make sure that the bags you bring for vacation or work related travel have zippers. Unfortunately, this effects women more so than men, as lots of purses only shut with a magnet, or don’t shut at all. Therefore, it’s extremely important for anyone who is about to travel to bring bags that zip in order to avoid local pick pockets and thieves.

Maximize The Potential In Your Sleeping Bag.

For those who are more adventurous and like to sleep under the stars, keep your belongings safe by placing them at the bottom of your sleeping bag. Leaving them out in the open, even if they are in a suitcase or bag that is locked, makes your belongings vulnerable. Anyone can walk by your campsite and steal your luggage while you’re asleep.

This concludes our two-part series on how to keep your personal items safe during travel. For any inquiries on how to protect your home or update your current system, do not hesitate to call us today!

How To Keep Your Personal Items Safe During Travel? (Part 1)

As important as it is to protect your belongings while you’re at home, it’s equally important to protect the things you bring with you on vacation or work related travel. If you find yourself needing to leave town for a while, here are some things to keep in mind to ensure that none of your things become stolen or lost:

Keep Cash In Multiple Locations.

If you’re bringing cash with you, be sure to keep it in more than one location, and not all inside your wallet. It would be terrible if your wallet was stolen, and even worse if you had all of your cash stored in there. In order to ensure you’ll have some money in case of an emergency such as this, spread your cash among your wallet, suitcase, phone case, or even sun glass case.

Always Be Present At The Baggage Claim.

Even though waiting for your luggage after a long flight can be a tedious thing, it’ll be worth it in the long run. After all, if you happen to have a plain, black suitcase, it can easily be picked up by someone else who had mistaken it as their own. If you have proper identifiable tags and keep your eyes peeled on the baggage claim, you can avoid a tragic luggage mix-up.

Keep Important Documents On You.

No matter where you’re traveling, always keep important documents on your person at all times. This includes things like your passport, credit cards, driver’s license, and other personal and travel documents. For instance, while staying at a hostel is a fun and inexpensive way to shack up during travel, you should never leave important things in a hostel room with complete strangers. By keeping these on you at all times, you’ll know where they are and you’ll be able to keep them safe. They will also be easily accessible if you find yourself needing them at any moment.

Tips To Prevent Holiday Package Theft

In all reality, the holiday season isn’t too far away. With that in mind, it’s become increasingly popular to have gifts shipped to family and friends both locally or in another area, and the chance that their gift never makes it into their hands is definitely a risk that sometimes has to be taken. Therefore, it’s extremely important to have a security system in place at your home for when you’re both present and away. However, there are some tips you should keep in mind that go beyond a security system to keep track of gifts and packages you’ll be sending or receiving…

  • Rather than shipping a gift directly to someone’s house or apartment, ship the package to their office and workplace if possible. More so often than not, an office building will have their own security company to ensure the safety of various employees and property.
  • Always be sure to track the packages you send to friends and relatives. By being able to actually track your package, you’ll have some peace of mind about whether or not the gift makes it to their home. If the package becomes lost in the mail for whatever reason, this will be reflected in the tracker, making it easier for you to either get your money back or inquire about the issue.
  • Even though it might be inconvenient for some, require a signature for the packages you’ll be shipping this holiday season. Requiring a signature is probably the safest option when it comes to shipping packages because it ensures that your gift has made it to its final destination.

At Central Alarm, safety and security is our number one priority. By having a quality security system as an integral part of your home with cameras and alarms, you can be certain that none of the gifts and packages shipped to your home will be stolen or violated.

Tips On How To Stop Your Smoke Alarm From Going Off

It’s pretty common for smoke alarms to go off, even without a fire. There is also a good chance that you’ve experience this as well, especially if you’ve ever burnt some chocolate chip cookies; smoke starts coming out of the oven and your fire alarms start blaring throughout the house. It’s also common to turn your fire alarm off in these situations, seeing as burnt cookies aren’t a life threatening situation.

However, you might forget to turn your smoke alarm back on. After all, we’re human and tend to forget or put these things off. But in order to keep you and your home fully protected at all times, you should always have a working and active smoke alarm system.

Here are some ways that you can stop your smoke alarms from going off:

  • Replace the batteries: Like all battery operated devices, your smoke alarm’s batteries are bound to run out of energy. In order to avoid the alarm from going off, be sure to replace your smoke alarm’s batteries once every year. By making an effort to do so, even if the batteries haven’t died, you can avoid your system going off at an inconvenient time.
  • Clean your alarm: You might have changed the batteries, and you might not even cook in your home, but the alarm can still go off. All of the dust and particles floating around in your home can trigger the alarm’s ability to detect smoke, which leads to the system setting off a false alarm. Therefore, it’s best to clean your smoke alarm about twice a year to avoid triggering a false alarm.
  • Cook with a fan/fume hood: Since we all need to eat and love to do so, be sure to cook your next meal with a fan or fume hood turned on. These devices will diffuse any smoke that might come from your cooking, and greatly reduce the risk of setting off your smoke alarm.

For more information about smoke alarms, give the professionals at Central Alarm Security a call at (520) 441-8713.

The Revolutionary History Of Home Security Systems

In today’s highly technological world, home security systems are extremely advanced. From 24-hour video surveillance to electromagnetic lock systems, the number of ways to improve your home security are nearly exponential. But where did this all start? And better yet, how did this all start?

The history of home security systems dates back to the early 1700’s, where English inventor Tildesley created the first home intrusion “door alarm.” Even though his design was simple by nature, as it was a set of wind chimes linked to the door handle, it proved as an effective tool in deterring home invaders. The latter half of 1700’s also saw the creation and implementation of some of the first door locks, as the lever tumbler lock came onto the market in 1778.

Nearly 30 years later in 1853 in Boston, Massachusetts, Augustus Russell Pope patented the very first electromagnetic alarm system. Pope’s invention is widely recognized as the foundation for the majority of our modern day burglar alarm systems. Gaining increasing popularity, Pope’s invention made its way into New York City, where engineer George F. Milliken built upon Pope’s design by linking the electromagnetic current from the door to windows.

However, the public opinion about electricity in the mid-1800s was one characterized by fear. After all, not many systems relied on electricity during these times, and there was ample reason to believe that having electric powered systems in your home could endanger families.

So how did home security systems make their way into nearly every American household? That feat was in large part accomplished by Edward Holmes. In recognizing the necessity for electric security systems, Holmes began to campaign for home security by flooding the public with pamphlets filled with testimonials and endorsements from people who had the systems installed in their homes. He also created campaigns that addressed public fears about electricity, which helped them feel more comfortable about using electricity.

Years later in the 20th century, electric home security system companies partnered with telephone and telegraph companies to link home security system triggers to emergency call centers. And with some technological advances and tweaks in both design and function, the rest is history!

Fire Extinguishers: Not Only For Putting Out Fires

You might already know how to properly use a fire extinguisher. After all, the PASS method – Pull the pin, Aim low, Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly, and Sweep the nozzle side-to-side – is universally taught. However, a fire extinguisher can be used for much more than putting out fires; it can be used as a self-defense tool.

How? We’ve all seen it happen in movies, when the hero grabs a fire extinguisher and uses it as a weapon against the villain. And yes, even you can use your fire extinguisher in the same way if someone were to ever break into your home or pose as a dangerous threat to public safety.

But they can also be used non-lethally, as well. Remembering the PASS method, you can deter anyone by spraying the dry-chemical stream in their immediate direction. These dry-chemical fire extinguishers shoot their streams at relatively fast speeds that can travel up to 20 feet, making them an excellent non-lethal weapon.

What makes the fire distinguisher a sound choice for self-defense is the element of surprise. More so often than not, a shooter, home invader, or criminal of any type will not be expecting someone to use a fire extinguisher against them. Not only would this give you the upper hand in the situation, but would also serve as a huge distraction for them: they’ll never see it coming!

Please be aware that we here at Central Alarm Security are not suggesting, promoting, or encouraging people to use their fire extinguishers as lethal weapons, and that we condone violence. However, if there was ever a time where a fire extinguisher was easily accessible in a situation that called for you to defend yourself, you now know to do so.

In order to avoid a situation where your property and life could be threatened, it is best to have Central Alarm Security already in place to ensure your absolute safety and protection.

Why You Should Consider Central Alarm Security Services For Your Business?

Whether you own a small or large business, safety and security is always a primary concern. Not only do you strive to protect your employees, but you also want to protect all of the documents, electronics, and other items crucial to your business. Here at Central Alarm Security, we recognize the need to protect a business, and offer a number of services that will allow you to have peace of mind both at and away from the office.

  • Security Guards: Our state-licensed and company-trained security guards are some of the best in Arizona. With our on-site guards, you will never have to fear a crime of any kind happening at your business’s location. Security guards are also ready to be dispatched to any location within short notice in order to provide you with the best quality service at your convenience.
  • On-site Security Vehicles: Depending on your business, you might want to consider our on-site security vehicles. Not only are these vehicles marked to deter potential criminals, they are also operated by our own company-trained guards.
  • Mobile Patrol: Maybe you don’t need 24/7 security personnel at your location. Crime might be low in your area, or there has never been a need for on-site security. However, if there were ever a time when you thought you or your employees could be in danger, or there had been leads about suspicious activity in the area, Central Alarm Security’s mobile patrol service is just a call away.Whether you need our mobile patrol services for an hour or more, Central Alarm Security will be there to serve all of your security needs.

Whatever your security needs might be, Central Alarm Security professionals can sit down with you to create a personalized protection plan that will best fit you and your business. With our 24/7 Dispatch Center and customer service line, your business will never become the victim of a crime.

The Incredible Benefits of a Modern Alarm System

Here at Central Alarm, we are Tucson foremost home security experts. We have been offering Tucson residents and business amazing security and alarm services since the 1930s. Of course, the world of security has changed a lot since then, but at Central Alarm we specialize in staying up to date with the most advanced security technology, incorporating it into our overall security strategy. Modern alarm systems are amazing things. They are capable of feats which were nearly unimaginable just 15 years ago. Today we are going to discuss some of the incredible benefits of modern alarm systems.

Wireless Technology

Wireless technology has totally revolutionized the security industry. For example, with wireless technology you now have the ability to check and monitor the premises or grounds of your home anytime of the day or night. You can keep an eye on your home even when you are not there. This ability can grant homeowners incredible peace of mind. This ability is particularly important for individuals who travel frequently. Imagine being able to stream a high-definition image if your front door to your phone as you are getting on an airplane to fly to Paris. Sounds incredible, doesn’t it?

Reduction of Insurance Rates

Did you know that many insurance companies will offer reduced homeowner’s insurance rates to individuals with a qualified alarm system? This is because qualified security systems are so effective that they actually reduce the risk that your home will be broken into thus reduce the insurance company’s liability. If you save enough money on reduce insurance rates, the security system may even pay for itself over time. That is not even factors in the amount of money it saves you by preventing theft! The power of modern alarm systems is truly incredible.

Security Concerns Beyond Your Alarm System

Here at Central Alarm, we are huge believers in the powers of alarms to protect homes and enhance security. However, we know that a comprehensive security strategy involves more than just simply using an alarm system. Comprehensive security accounts for many different things. It is designed to do more than just prevent break-ins. Comprehensive security keeps in mind the dangers of individuals such as vandals as well. Today, we are going talk about security concerns beyond your alarm system.

A Great Way To Deter Crime And Theft

For example, adding additional locks to your windows and doors is always a good way to increase general levels of safety and security throughout your home or business. This will prevent would-be thieves from entering through a window or other type of entryway. Whatever the case may be, one thing is certain and that is that additional locks are always a great way to deter crime and theft. In addition, when leaving your home or business it is a good idea to close curtains, blinds and other similar window treatments as a way to deter theft.

Effective Alarm System

Another key strategy they can help improve levels of security around your home or business is to ensure that a window air conditioner or heater is securely attached so that it cannot be removed from the outside. Also, try to conceal expensive items such as electronic equipment as well as artwork and other valuables as a way to further deter unwelcome crime. These simple strategies combined with an effective alarm system and video surveillance as well as other security measures can greatly enhance the levels of safety that you and your family can experience on a daily basis.

By combining these security techniques with a robust alarm system, you and your family can rest easy knowing you are safe and secure.

Beefing Up Your Home Security

In these uncertain times, safety and security matter more than ever. Crime is something that every city in the world tries to prevent, and yet it still happens. The question is, what do we do about it? The best think you can do is be mindful of your own personal safety and security by beefing up your home security. Your home is where you and your family should feel the safest. It is the location where all your most prized belongings are kept. Protect it with the help of Central Alarm.

Programmed To Turn On At A Predetermined Time

One simple and often overlooked strategy for greatly improving levels of security around your home is to use timers with your interior and exterior lighting. Whether you are home or away, lights will automatically illuminate at the appropriate time as a way to deter theft, crime and vandalism. Even radios, TVs and other similar items can be programmed to turn on at a predetermined time. This all serves to let would-be thieves know that your house is active and occupied. Keeping crime at bay is easy when you consider the use of automatic timers.

Remotely Via Your Mobile Device

Another important strategy that is far more advanced than timers and that will do essentially the same thing but in a more convenient way is the use of mobile applications. Many modern mobile applications today have the option of controlling everything in and around your home remotely via your mobile device. Turning lights on, turning lights off and a host of other functions can be controlled remotely from virtually anywhere in the world using mobile applications. This is a smart and useful way to reduce the likelihood of theft, vandalism or break-ins.

Tips For Making Your Residential Doors More Safe And Secure

Doors are one of the key entryways into a home that can be greatly fortified in order to make a home more safe and secure. For example, by simply mounting common deadbolts more securely to the door frame, homeowners can enjoy far better security. Other typical ways to improve security around entryways and doors is to opt for solid metal doors or solid wood doors as opposed to hollow and less structurally sound doors.

Wide-Angle Type Peepholes And Traditional Chain Locks

Doors incorporating glass into their design can be greatly enhanced by using metal grilling or other decorative metal art that also serves as a security feature. Another option with regard to glass doors is to replace existing glass with safety glass that is stronger and more resistant to tampering and breakage. Wide-angle type peepholes and traditional chain locks can also improve security around your home. And of course, it is always a good idea to refrain from pasting notes on your door that let others know you are out of town or way for the day.

Windows Can Also Be Reinforced

Finally, those with pets should avoid installing a pet friendly door. These types of doors can offer an entry option to criminals, thieves and would-be vandals. Play it safe and find other options for your pets when it comes to entering and exiting your home. As an added note, windows can also be reinforced around your home by installing shatterproof glass that is resistant to tampering and breakage. Windows can also be reinforced with metal grating or decorative metal art. Contact Central Alarm today to learn more about Tucson alarm systems that are designed to protect homes and businesses.

The Importance of Fire Extinguishers in Home Safety

Here on the Central Alarm blog, we spend a good deal of time talking about the various aspects of home security. Most of the time, we focus on ways to protect your home and your family from thieves and criminals. However, thieves and criminals are not the only danger facing your family. In 2013 alone, 2,755 people were killed in home fires. In fact, over 369,500 homes caught fire that year resulting in $6.8 billion in property damage. Don’t let our home become a statistic. Familiarize yourself with home fire safety. We will begin by looking at the importance of fire extinguishers.

Everyone home should have several fire extinguishers on hand. There is no better way to extinguish a growing home fire before it has the chance to get out of control. The National Fire Protection Association acknowledges four different types of fire extinguishers, each useful for different types of fires. Class A is good for wood, paper, rubber, and trash fires. Class B is used to put out gasoline, oil, and paint fires. Class C is used for electrical fires. Class K is used in the kitchen to put out oil and grease fires.

Just having the correct fire extinguishers in your home is not enough. You must also learn how to use them. When operating a fire extinguisher, use the PASS method.

First, Pull the pin.

Second, Aim low at the base of the fire.

Third, Squeeze the lever slowly and gradually.

Fourth, Sweep the nozzle of the fire extinguisher side-to-side along the base of the fire.

It is a good idea to practice this so that you will be ready should a home fire ever occur. The better prepared you are, the safer you and your family will be.

Simple Home Safety Tips

Home security is something everyone thinks about. After all, your home is the place you want to feel safest at in this crazy world. You want to rest easy knowing you and your family are safe and secure when you close your eyes at night. You want to be able to trust in the security of your home. You want to be able to leave town for a vacation without having to be full of anxiety and dread for what you will find when you return home. Today, we are going to go over a few simple home safety tips you can implement immediately to improve the security of your home.

Let Them Know You Are Home

Yes, thieves and criminals want to steal your belongings, but they want to do so without being caught. They will almost always avoid taking unnecessary risks. For them, the easiest way is the best. That means they will seek out easy prey. Homes where no one is home. Let potential thieves and criminals know you are home, even when you are not. You can do this by leaving on lights, and byclosing blinds and windows. If you are going to be out of town for an extendperiod of time, ask someone in the neighborhood to pick up your newspaper. A large accumulation of abandoned newspaper in front of a home is a clear giveaway that no one is home.

Don’t Provide Cover

As we just discussed in the previous section, want to avoid being caught. They love to be able to approach a home undetected. Avoid growing shrubs and trees in front of the walkways and entrances to your home as this will provide them with the exact cover they are looking for.

The Internet of Things—Home Security Edition

As Apple introduced their HomeKit last year, the idea of a smart home finally arrived to the masses. The idea that you could now lock and unlock your home, turn on the lights or open your garage from your phone had become a reality. It was no longer the stuff of movies, it has become a reality.

Among the accessories that were introduced with Apple’s HomeKit was a smartlock, which allowed you to conveniently unlock your home with a touch of a finger from your phone. Although the idea and concept had been floated about and similar variations had already been on the market, Apple brought it to the forefront and introduced us to the possibilities of the future of home and business security.

The interconnectivity of the world we live in today allows individuals to live with peace of mind knowing that they can view live home security camera footage from their phones and once they get home they can unlock the door and garage as they are pulling into their driveway.

But even technology is prone to being flawed. An issue that comes about with this “smart technology” is the concern over hacking and cyber-security. These devices are more susceptible to being hacked by online thieves and can become a huge security risk if the thieves get a hold of your address. If they get a hold of their that, your home becomes their next target and you are more susceptible to home burglary.

We here at Center Alarm want to make sure that security isn’t an issue. Our state-of-the-art security systems make sure that you never have to worry about this happening to you. That is why we provide top quality security services and solutions for all of your residential and commercialsecurity concerns and questions. If you want learn more about the newest innovations in home and business security, feel free to give us a call at (520) 441-8713 or email us

Planning for a Summer Vacation

It’s summertime and you and the family need to get away from the heat, so you decide to go on a beach vacation. A week passes and you’re all packed and ready to go, so you head out. Halfway to the beach, you get a call from the police department informing you that your house has been burglarized and that they have had no leads as to who the burglar was. You hurriedly head back home and when you get there, the police meet you and the home is still in disarray.

As you are talking to the officer he asks if you have plan in case of a burglary or theft. You discouragingly answer “no” and he tells you that you should have a plan anytime you are going to be away from home for a long stretch of time. If you don’t have one already have a plan in place, it’s a good idea to create one.

Here are a 2 simple steps for starting a home safety plan:

First and foremost, you need a really great security system. Central Alarm helps provide great security for your home aside from giving you the piece of mind you need so you can take your family on that vacation with no worries They provide guard services specifically for individuals who are planning on taking a vacation. Aside from that they specialize in residential and commercial security systems including a list of services like fire alarms,video surveillance, and internet monitoring among many others.

Another precaution that is advised is to have someone you know and trust monitor your home while you are away. This doesn’t mean that they’ll have to check on it every hour, every day or every other day works too. This person should ideally have a copy of your house key in case of an emergency as well as having your alarm code. As a precaution you should also notify your local police station that you will be away, some police department periodically send officers to check up on your home.

This is a great way to get started. If you would like to learn more or if you have any security related questions, feel free to visit our website.

 

Window Safety

Every household has windows, and they can be wonderful enhancements to the home as well as detrimental doorways to bring nature closer and visible to those inside. It’s also important to be aware of some dangers windows can cause, especially if you have younger children. With these safety tips you can enjoy your windows without worry!

If you own a two story house be sure to practice escape routes with all family members making sure windows are easy to access and operate. Also be sure that if your escape route includes window usage you have properly installed chain ladders. For further child safety keep furniture like chairs and cribs far enough away from the window so that young children can not climb up and out the window. If you need to open windows for ventilation in your home, only open the ones your children can not reach. If you decide to use window guards on the interior of your windows, make sure they are operable and can be easily removed. Practice detaching the guards with children in case they need to exit through a window in an emergency.

Different Types of Video Surveillance

Whether it’s at the store, in banks, or even in your own home – video surveillance allows simple supervision of people and behaviors around a particular area. Often for safety and regulation, video surveillance cameras help us see when and where we cannot. As technology has improved over the past decade, these surveillance cameras have become more and more common inside the home due to dropping prices and simpler usage. It should be known however, that there are two different ways video surveillance can be run.

Analog

With analog video surveillance footage can be recorded right into a video tape recorder. However, this makes frame rate run slower and tapes that might only have three hours of space still need to be ran for a full twenty four hour period in order to pick up all the recording it can. It can be blurry and difficult to assess, and in today’s day and age it can seem like old technology but these analog recordings can be transferred to personal computers and converted too.

Digital

Digital video surveillance can be saved directly to a computer, capture more video time, and come out with cleaner video quality. With so much new video footage though, it can eat up a lot of space and memory if you forget to compress everything you save. Digital surveillance is being updated each and every year, getting better, more precise, and even more accommodating to anyone who utilizes it.

Fire Prevention

With all the safety precautions you can install around your home to warn you of onset fires, it never hurts to take a few extra steps to ensure no blazing flames will spark and damage your home anytime soon. Here are some elements and tips to keep in mind when practicing effective fire prevention in the home.

Cooking

Cooking in the kitchen is one of the number one ways a fire could possibly start in your house. Dealing with stoves, ovens, and so much heat to create the perfect meal leaves a lot of room for accidents. It’s always best to practice the most safety methods you can. Always give whatever you are cooking undivided attention, a lot of kitchen fires simply start because the food was left unattended. If you have to leave, turn on the oven or stove.

Heaters

This is the second most common ways house fires are started, and it is even more prominent in winter months. More specifically portable space heaters can cause a great deal of trouble if not handled correctly. Most often drapes will come into contact with a running space heater and ignite a fire. The most simple solution? When using space heaters, be sure to give them space away from other objects and the walls. Three feet clearance from anything else in the room is the most recommended safety tip.

Throwing Away the Keys

Believe it or not, your simple lock and key has intricate mechanics working behind it to keep your doors, family, and prized possessions safe and secure whenever you like. Lock and keys have been used for decades for privacy and safety all around the world, but maybe you want to bring your door and locks into the 21st century? There are a handful of variants to the good old fashioned key. Why not find one that works for you?

Key Pads

You will most likely see these contraptions on doors around different private business or maybe even expansive apartment buildings. Either way, there is a small pad similar to that of a cellphone or atm machine mounted above the door handle and programmed to undo the lock inside the door when the correct combination of numbers is inputted. As technology improves these pads can have physical push buttons, or be completely digitalized and on a touch screen.

Automation

Ready to get futuristic? Look into purchasing some completely digital locks for ease and convenience. Completely set up through your smart phone and other electronic devices, lock your front door or configure security alerts all at the touch of a button. Just be sure a passcode you choose is unique and keep it private, or burglary will be that much easier.

Garage Door Safety Measures

A lot of people use their garage door as their main entrance and exit out of the house. Since the large majority drives to work, errands, or whatever business fills up their day it’s a quick, direct method. If you use your garage door on a daily basis you should stop and think how you can keep it as safe and secure as your front door, burglars will use any method of entrance they can find. Don’t leave your garage door vulnerable.

First, when you’re at home don’t leave your garage door open. Even if you are present and working in your garage this will give people a clear view of what you have stored away, and it might spawn some attempted burglaries. Always lock the interior door leading from your garage into your home, and even use a garage door lock at night. Many overhead garage doors have a lock, but if not, one can easily be purchased and set up separately. If you are going away for vacation you can either flip the vacation lock switch, or unplug your garage door opener altogether.

If you park your car out in the driveway, never leave your garage out in plain sight. It would be even safer if you did not keep it in your car at all, unless you were out driving around. If you have an exterior keypad be sure your code is not easily discoverable and do not hand it out to people you do not completely trust.

Benefits of a Home Security System

Sometimes home security systems can be pricey, or maybe you think you live in a safe enough neighborhood that extra security is not needed. While this may be true, it’s important not to completely overlook different home security systems. They come with several benefits for you and your family, should you decide to install one.

Protect Home

This seems fairly obvious, a security system will keep your home secure and comfortable for everyone living there. But aside from warding against burglars, depending on the system you purchase, it can also detect fires and carbon monoxide leaks allowing you to call the authorities and further help much quicker. Staying on top of dangers such as burglaries and fires not only will you be able to keep the people you love safe, but any of your valuables safe as well. Did you know the average loss during a burglary is $1,700? A security system can make all the difference.

Save Money

Most homeowners insurance plans offer a 10-20% discount for homeowners who have a security system set up around their property. This perk makes sense, as security systems greatly risk the chance of burglary and damage to your home. Also, as home automation becomes more and more popular, security systems are being created with an array of functions. This includes possibly of remote controlling lighting, thermostat, and even small appliances.

Home Security Tips While Away

A burglary occurs every 14.6 seconds in the United States. When a burglar enters your home, not only do you lose valuables, you lose a piece of mind. Americans spend an average of six to ten hours away from home everyday. This doesn’t count holidays, vacations, and special occasions. An empty house leaves an amazing opportunity for breaking and entering so here are a few tips on how to keep your house secure while you’re away.

It cannot be stressed enough that you should make sure all your doors and windows are locked before you leave the house. These are the easiest ways to get into your home, and keeping them locked is the first step to delaying burglaries. Years ago, people would leave notes on their doors for people like a neighbor or delivery man to let them know they were not currently home. This is a terrible idea today. Never advertise that you are away from home, and let people know (who need to know!) through a quick cell phone call instead. Do not post about being away from home on vacation on social media either! It may seem paranoid, but you never know who will see it, and who will take advantage.

If you’re going to be away from home for an extended period of time, try to keep your home from looking empty. You can achieve this by having trusted neighbors pick up mail for you and check on your home periodically. You can also set lights on a timer to make it look like they are in regular use. Keep blinds and windows closed so no one can see inside easily if there is no one home or something to steal.

Placing Surveillance Cameras

Video surveillance camera placement is going to differ for every home. A large majority of the decision depends on what you and your family feel like you need. What the most vulnerable spots on your property seem to be. Paying close attention to what areas of your home need that little bit of extra surveillance will make your video surveillance system all the more effective against burglary. Unique as your home may be, here are common places that could benefit from a video camera.

Front Door

Did you know that about thirty-four percent of burglaries happen through the front door? Being the main entrance to a home it’s not an absurd thought. You’ll definitely want to place a video camera here. To prevent a thief from defacing a camera here place it at a second floor level. If you do not have a second story, protect it with mesh wiring.

Back Door

Twenty-two percent of burglars try breaking and entering through your back door, so it would be smart to install a camera back there as well. Side doors count for this as well, and essentially you should arm any entry door with a camera. Always be sure to try and keep cameras out of human reach.

Backyard

Backyards can be teeming with expensive lawn furniture and garden equipment that can lure a burglar just as easily as the valuables inside your house. Install motion censored flood lights and weatherproof video surveillance cameras in your backyard to keep this area safe and secure as the rest. If there’s an entrance gate to your backyard, keep that under surveillance too.

Things to know about Carbon Monoxide

Often referred to as the ‘silent killer’, carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas everyone should be aware of. It is created by the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels such as coal, wood, oil, and other gases.

Carbon monoxide leaks can occur everywhere, but they are especially dangerous in the home. Common causes for carbon monoxide leaks include leaking chimneys and furnaces, gas stoves, automobile exhaust in the garage, generators and other gasoline powered equipment. There are several ways to prevent a leakage though, and just a few more include never leaving a car running in a closed garage, getting your heating vents checked annually, and never using charcoal indoors.

The risk of carbon monoxide is amplified when it is released in a small contained area with poor ventilation, and people are added to the mix. More than four hundred Americans die every year from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning. More than twenty-thousand people visit the E.R. due to poisoning as well. Carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms are often mistaken for symptoms of the flu with headaches, weakness, and nausea.

Now in several states, any homes built after 2011 must be constructed with a carbon monoxide detector, and it can be illegal to not have one installed at all. If your detector or alarm goes off you should evacuate your home and call 911 immediately. These preventatives could save your life.

Different Types of Security Camera

People install cameras as part of their security system for several reasons. Maybe you want to catch the furry culprit that is littering trash all over your lawn, or keep an eye on the kids while they play out back. Security cameras come in handy for businesses too, catching thieves and keep an eye on merchandise at all times. There are several types of security cameras to choose form, so you can be sure to choose one that fits your needs.

Bullet

This type of camera is often shaped like a cylinder and mounted in the corners of walls. This makes the bullet camera extremely visible and obvious. They also lack remote control to shift the camera pan, so it must be done manually. However they get their job done and are often the cheapest on the market.

Dome

One large step up from the bullet camera is the dome camera. With a dome cover over the actual camera, this variant of the surveillance camera is much more difficult to destroy. Depending on the color of the dome cover ( clear, smoked, black and mirrored are common choices) people will not be able to observe just where the camera is positioned when taking surveillance.

Spy

The only completely discreet security camera. However, you should be careful how you utilize them, everyone is entitled to some amount of privacy. Due to the extremely compact size picture quality will not be the best. None of them will come bigger than a quarter, and are intended for when you don’t want anyone to know an area is being recorded.

Burglar Proof Windows

Windows are extremely vulnerable entrance ways to your home when a burglar decides to intrude. It might be a second thought to secure your windows, but just like your doors there are several methods you can choose from. Here are a few of the most popular.

Reinforcing Glass

You can reinforce the glass in your windows with several types of material. Tempered glass is the most common investment for families, since it is often the most inexpensive reinforcement that still provides an ample amount of extra strength for glass. Laminated or safety glass is the next choice. This variant is constructed with a piece of vinyl between glass panes, making it exceedingly difficult to break through the glass completely. The more a burglar tries to smash a window in, the more noise is created thus alerting anyone nearby of trouble.

Bars and Alarms

Bars can be installed on the outside of your windows to further deter burglar interference. Even if intruders manage to break the glass of your windows, they will not be able to squeeze through the bars bolted up on the outside. You can also install window alarms. These alarms come with several variants, but the most common is the sensor alarm. This alarm is set up flush against the window and window sill so that whenever a certain window is open or broken the house is alerted immediately.

Home Security Basics

Home security should be essential and well practiced by any homeowner. Did you know that several burglars are just amateur and spur of the moment? Practicing a handful of these security measures will greatly reduce the chances of your house being broken into.

Always be sure to lock your house while you are away, even if it is just a fifteen minute trip to the store. It does not take a long time for a home invasion to take place. Replace locks when you purchase or move into a new home, and replace locks after losing keys you don’t recover. To stop or deter ‘loiding’ experts install a deadlock on your door. A quick credit card swipe won’t be enough! For spare key storage, ditch the idea of a fake rock or keeping it under your mat. Instead, wrap the key in foil and bury it somewhere you will remember and be able to easily access.

Be in good communication with your neighbors, everyone is prone to watching out for one another and mentioning suspicious activity. Do not let it known when you are absent from the home, especially during extended periods of time. Set lights on a timer or even ask a friend you trust to check up on the house periodically while you are away. Activity scares burglars away.

These are just a few ideas to improve your home security, ask a professional at Central Alarm for more thorough and personalized security systems and methods.

Being Prepared for a Disaster

When it comes to natural disaster safety drills you probably remember school and the tedious fire drills routinely through the year. Regardless of how you remember them, these drills are also very beneficial to practice within the home. Whether you are living on your own or with a family, it is safe to have a plan no matter what happens.

Plan your escape route for when you need to get out of your home quickly and safely. If you live in an apartment building management may already have a planned escape route depending where your apartment is located, check with them before devising your own. Familiarize yourself with the escape route so you can use it without issue whenever needed.

Always have a reliable emergency contact that you can tell your children about or count on yourself. Having their information posted in the house, or stored away somewhere like your personal wallet will be severely helpful should anyone find themselves lost or more seriously injured.

Keep an emergency supply kit stored away somewhere safe with essentials needed in case a disaster occurs. This should include a first aid kit, nonperishable food, water, warm blankets, flashlights, some money, and anything else you think you and your family could need.

Be prepared, and stay safe!

The Evolution of the Doorbell

Doorbells are so common today it can be hard to imagine a time without them. This practical and helpful tool in for the home has undergone several changes and variations through more than a century.

Before chimes, tunes, and any elaboration could be given to the doorbell, there were knockers and pull systems. These manual methods of alerting someone of your presence were not always the loudest,but could be crafted into ornate designs that enhanced the exterior of a home. Back in the day, this alert system could only be afforded by the wealthy, and did not become widespread until the early 1900’s.

The first electronic doorbell was created by Joseph Henry in 1831 though this design did not become refined and common until many decades later. The idea was that pressing a switch near the front door would send an amount of low voltage through wires in the house that would then activate a buzzer or chime. As electronic doorbells took over the market, many variations were made available to consumers. You could have a doorbell that chimed, buzzed, played a small tune, and more.

In today’s modern, technological times wireless, wifi connected doorbells are taking over the market. Not only do you have to worry about all that wiring in your house, but it can be connected to your smartphone and allows homeowners to see and communicate with visitors either before they reach the door, or when they aren’t home at all.

Who knows what’s in store for doorbells in the future?

The Pros of Electronic Keys

Electronic cards have become the new method for unlocking doors. You can find them in practically any public building or hotel. Keys have been traded out for wired cards of plastic when it comes to unlocking and securing doorways. It makes entry into desired locations easier, but doesn’t that mean it also makes keycards vulnerable to hacking? Not exactly.

We know that pressing a card to an electronic reader is much easier than fumbling around with keys for seconds on end. Everyone who owns a keycard can be recorded in a larger system, keeping name and photo ID connected to the card number to know at all times who is granted access, and who is not. Every time a keycard is used, that information is stored in a monitoring system, so it is possible to look over successful and attempted entries into a building or room at any time.

For businesses, aside from heightened security, keycards can also save thousands of dollars by bypassing rekeying any doors because of a security breach. Instead, keycards can be wiped and reassigned if needed, or when an employee leaves the company. Most electronic access systems can also be hooked up to existing alarm systems, and send emails to authorized individuals whenever security is compromised.

The risk for electronic access sabotage is slim, and the advantages in keycards are numerous.

Internet Monitoring

The world wide web is a crucial tool in today’s world, with endless information and platforms available to help us achieve even the simplest tasks. For as much assistance and entertainment the Internet brings us, it can also be a dangerous, uncharted mystery filled with hackers, viruses, and more. Internet Monitoring is a solution to not only protect your technology but yourself.

So what tasks does internet monitoring actually include? First and foremost it can enhance the security of your firewall so any requests that might lead to unwanted contentare blocked off before they can even get into your system. It will also be easier for you to monitor what files are being downloaded and stored on the web if they are desired or wanted in your computer or not.

If you have children or teens that you want to keep an eye on internet monitoring makes it possible to check any web activity in the house. Any connection attempts to your server, whether it is from a recognized system, or a foreign one, will also be reported. The last perk to monitoring is the ability to check your servers health to make sure it is running as expected.

Ask an employee at Central Alarm about the Network Monitoring option if you think it will be beneficial in your home.

Benefits of an Amazing Home Security System

Here at Central Alarm, home security is our passion. You don’t have to convince us how important it is. However, sometimes we have to spend good deal of time explaining the importance of home security to others. The importance of this issue doesn’t stick in the mind until they have been hit by a home invader or a burglar. In today’s blog, we will discuss just a few of the many benefits of owning a home security system.

Protection for your Family

This is especially important if you have school aged kids. You can rest easy knowing they are safe and sound during school hours, but what about when they have to walk home and spend time there alone. Wireless security systems can allow you to great them at the door, buzz them into the house, and monitor them as the grab a snack and start their homework. You don’t need to pay for an expensive fully time nanny when you have a state-of-the-art security system.

Peace of Mind when on Vacation

When you are on vacation, you want to be able to relax. You don’t want to have a single worry. You definitely don’t want to spend a moment worrying about your home, even though it is sitting there dark, vulnerable, and all alone. With a home security system you have can have peace of mind while on vacation. You will know that your home and your possessions will be monitored 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Modern, high-tech wireless security systems even allow you to monitor your home using an application on your phone. Just boot up the app and take in gorgeous, high-definition, real-time video of an corner of your home.

3 Easy Tips for Improving Home Security

Here at Central Alarm we are on a never ending quest to help people improve their home security. Of course, there are many ways to do this. You can go about making massive improvements by adding a wireless security system, or you can make small improvements just by changing you daily life. Today we are going to offer our readers 3 easy tips from improving home security. These tips focus on ways you can make your home safer without breaking the bank.

  1. Improve Outdoor Lighting

Thieves and home invaders love to do their work under the cover of darkness. It lowers the chance of them getting caught and helps them feel more secure. Lighting will protect your home. A well light home is sure to scare a burglar off. We recommend improving the outdoor lighting in the front of your home. It will seem like a natural part of the landscaping, but it reality it is part of your home security system.

  1. Utilize Deadbolts

We often feel that a standard lock is not enough. This is why recommend homeowners upgrade to deadbolts on all doors leading to the outside. This added layer of protection can make it very difficult for a thief to get in. If they can’t find an easy egress location, they likely to just move on.

  1. Remember to Lock Windows

This is a huge security issue that slips the minds of many individuals. They open the window on a beautiful spring day, then close it when the weather turns. However often they forget to lock the window again. After a potential home invader checks your doors, he is going to check the windows. If one easily slide open, he has hit the jackpot. It is a good idea to make sure that all your windows are locked at least once a month.

The Benefits of Choosing Central Alarm

In today’s uncertain times, having a home security system is more important than ever. To complicate matters even further, there are massive numbers of so called “expert” home security companies out there offering you supposed “discount rates” and promising to keep you safe. If you are in the market for a new home security system, you need to take your time, do your research, and make sure you are working with a company you can trust, who has your best interested in mind. In today’s blog, we are going to discuss some of the benefits of choosing Central Alarm as your home security company.

History and Reliability

Central Alarm is one of the oldest and most highly respected home security companies in the entire Southwest United States. We were founded back in 1939 and have recently celebrated our 75th anniversary. You don’t stay in business that long unless you are doing something right! This also means we have extensive experience in the home security industry, more than almost everyone else put together. If you are reliability, history, and experience, there is no better choice than Central Alarm.

Latest Technology

The home security industry is involved in a constantly evolving, never ending arms race. As new technology is discovered to help keep people out, home invaders find new ways to get in. For this reason, if you are utilizing all of the latest technology available, you are putting yourself at risk. Here at Central Alarm, we stay at the cutting edge of technology. We make it a priority to be the most modern and advances home security company around.

If you have any further questions, or would simply like to talk and schedule a free estimate, give us a call today at (520) 441-8713.

When Surveillance goes too far: Surveillance in Cinema

We have be talking a lot this month about the benefits of owning a modern, high-tech home surveillance system. The list of pros is quite extensive and the list of cons, well, it doesn’t even really exists. To put a little perspective on things, let’s look at some situations in which surveillance is taken too far. To do that, we are going to enter the world of cinema. We are going to watch some movies.

The Dark Knight (2008)

Batman is one of the most popular superheroes in the world, but his actions in The Dark Knight are not all commendable. It his relentless pursuit of the Joker, he ends up turning to surveillance and taking things a bit too far. He turns every cell phone in Gotham into a massive sonar detection system with which he can map the city and monitor the actions of everyone. A moral question arises, did Batman take surveillance too far?

Minority Report (2002)

The film minority report does Batman one better. Using his surveillance system, Batman was able to monitor the actions of everyone in Gotham city. In Minority Report the government uses predictive surveillance to punish people for actions they haven’t taken yet. That is right, the surveillance in Minority Report could actually tell the future. Again, a moral question comes up, is it ethical to punish people for a crime they haven’t even committed yet?

One this is for sure, surveillance is a powerful tool when places in the right hands. Purchasing a modern, high-tech home surveillance system is a fantastic way to protect your home and your family. Luckily, there also little room for abuse when it comes to a home surveillance system. If you have any other questions please call us up at Central Alarm, and we would be happy to answer them for you.

Tips for Setting up Your Video Surveillance System

One of the best things about a home video surveillance system is how customizable it is. The variety of cameras and equipment you can purchase is nearly endless. Plus, you can set them up in any way you like. The problem with this is, sometimes you can have your system set up in a way that is suboptimal. You may even buy equipment that you don’t really need or that isn’t right for you. If you have any questions while setting up a home surveillance system, you can ask for the help of an experienced home security company like Central Alarm. Today we will discuss some of the things to consider when setting up your system.

Video Quality: When we are talking about video quality we are talking about resolution. There are systems available in standard definition, high definition, and high resolution. Choosing the right video quality for you is about balancing cost with your specific need. Perhaps you would like the crispy clarity of high definition, or perhaps you would be fine with standard definition.

Lighting: Lighting is something you have to think about when you are decided where to place your security cameras. If the cameras are exposed to too much or too little light, they could become entirely useless. Cameras pointed directly at a light source will be blinded. Darkness may be less of a problem if you have infrared cameras.

Mounting Location: Mounting location is an important consideration, and it is just all about lighting. You want the cameras to be able to observe as much space as they can. You want to make sure there are no objects blocking their view. Additionally, you want your cameras to be mounted out of reach of potential home invaders. If they can just reach up and disable the camera, then what is even the point?!

The Incredible Capabilities of Wireless Security Cameras

If you have decided to utilize the amazing capabilities of a home video surveillance system, you will want consider investing in a wireless system. The technology of a wireless system isn’t just good for protecting your form burglars or home invaders, it can give you peace of mind in many other ways as well. Today we will be discussion some of the awesome features of a wireless security system.

Every Feature in One Place

A wireless security system helps you fully automate your home. You can connect the system to your home wireless network and then run it with a hand-held electronic device from the comfort of your couch. You can select individual cameras in your network. You can have them pan, focus and zoom. You can program them to follow certain patterns and specific times of the day.

A full incorporated wireless security system isn’t just something to use when you are away from the home. You can use it as a baby monitor when the newborn is sleeping in the other room. You can use it to answer the front door when someone is visiting your home. A video camera can deliver footage of your visitor directly to your phone or hand-held device.

When you are away from your home is when the system really shines. The wireless network can make use of infrared motion detectors cameras. Nothing will escape their sight. If as much as a dog moves across your lawn, you will know. If an alarm sounds, you can tape directly into your wireless security system to see what the problem is. False alarms will become a thing of the past. You can also use the network to monitor the kids when they get home from school. They will be safe, and you can feel confident knowing they are taken care of.

What You Need to Know About Video Surveillance

If you are ready to take your home security seriously, you should start considering investing in video surveillance. There is almost no better way to keep you home safe. Think about it, who else uses video surveillance? Banks use video surveillance. Hospitals use video surveillance. Jewelry stores use video surveillance. Every industry or business which takes security seriously uses video surveillance. Maybe it is time you do to.

Basics of Video Surveillance

Your new video surveillance system can be as basic or as complex as you want, the choice is yours. Essentially, a video surveillance system is a series of CCTV (closed-circuit television) cameras which allow you to monitor, manage, and protect your home from a distance. Video surveillance systems are highly customizable, which mean you can have a system designed specifically for the needs of your unique, individual home. Recent years have seen some incredible advances in the technology of home surveillance systems which we will now discuss.

Analog vs Digital

Standard analog surveillance systems record video straight to a tape. Typically, with an analog system, video isn’t taken in real time, rather at 1/4 normal time. This is because tapes only have about 3 hours of space, but the usually need to run for up to 24 hours! New technology does allow analog signals to be converted to digital
Speaking of digital, these newer video surveillance systems do not require a physical video tape because they save all footage directly on to a computer’s hard drive. Digital recordings can be made at standard real time speed, but they do take up a lot of storage space on a computer. Because of this they are usually compressed. Additionally, newer technology allows video surveillance systems to make use of wireless networks which can give homeowners some incredible tools we will discuss in a later blog.

Keeping your Home Safe during Vacation

It has been a long year. You have worked hard. You have provided for well for our family. You have gone above and beyond the call of duty at work. Now it is time to be rewarded. Its vacation time! We are very jealous, but we hope you have an awesome trip anyway. Vacation should be a time free of stress and worry. You don’t want to have to spend a single second thinking about the security of your home. By following these home safety tips, you won’t have to!

Ask for Help and Don’t Advertise

Don’t be afraid to ask for help looking after your home. This won’t be a large or overwhelming job. Pick a neighbor whom you trust, a family member, or a close friend, and ask them to visit the house once a day or so. They don’t necessarily have to live there, you just want a periodic check in. This is a good way to throw burglars off the scent and make it seem like someone is still actively living in the home.

Also, avoid talking about your trip online or posting about it on social media. Tech-savvy thieves check Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram looking to find people who are out of town for extended periods of time. Don’t give them any information you don’t have to.

Lights and Locks

Lights and locks are your more traditional means of home security. Disable your garage door and securely lock every entrance to your home, including windows, even on the second floor. Don’t leave lights on unless they are linked to an automated system. Lights that consistently stay on into the wee hours of the night invite suspicion. You don’t want to alter anyone who may be keeping an eye out. As always, activate your home security system. This is your best weapon in the fight against home invaders.

If you don’t have a home security system, you should look into having one installed immediately. If you have any questions regarding home security system installation or maintenance, please contact us at:

(502) 441- 8731

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Tips for Home Fire Safety and Prevention

Every year in the United States hundreds of thousands of homes catch fire, causing billions of dollars in property damage and resulting in thousands of tragic deaths. Fire departments work extremely hard to keep us safe, but the responsibility isn’t theirs alone. Fire prevention starts in the home. You can keep you and yours protected by following some of these helpfully fire safety and prevention tips.

Start With Prevention

Most home fires start in the kitchen. Always play close attention when you are cooking. Never leave the oven on and be careful with the stove, especially if it is gas. Faulty wiring is the second largest cause of home fires. The older your home is, the higher the risk. You can always schedule an inspection with an electrician to make sure you are in good shape. Check your electrical appliances for frayed wiring as well. Don’t forget to empty your dryer’s lint trap, another common source of home fires.

Smoke Detectors are Essential

You home most have smoke detectors installed. You should test them monthly to make sure they are functioning properly. If a smoke alarm’s battery does run out do not ignore it. Some homeowners are tempted to unplug a smoke alarm when it starts giving off that telltale low-battery chirp. That chirp is irritating for a reason, it is trying to spur you into action! Get that batter changed before you do anything else. Have extra batteries on hand just in case.

Practice makes Perfect

It is important that your family will be able to leave your home in under 2 minutes in the event of a fire. Create an escape plan and practice it. Hold monthly fire drills as a precaution. It may feel excessive, but if a worst-case-scenario does occur, you want to be properly prepared.

If you have any other questions regarding home fire safety, smoke alarm maintenance/installation, or fire prevention, please contact us at:

(502) 441-8731

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Wi-Fi-Connected Doorbells: The Wave of the Future

Doorbells have been around since the early 1800s. These primitive devices were a bit like old style church bells, but in miniature. A chain would dangle outside the door, which a visitor would pull. A hammer attached to the chain would strike a bell and a pleasant chime would sound. In 1831, electric doorbells were invented. Today, the newest, Wi-Fi enable doorbells are not only able to alert homeowners that a visitor has arrives, they also function as security devices!

How Wi-Fi Security Doorbells Work

Did you know that the first thing most burglars do is ring your doorbell? It makes sense if you think about it. They want to find out if someone is home! With a new Wi-Fi doorbell it will seem like you are always home. If you are apparently always home, when is a burglar going to have the opportunity to burgle? The answer is hopefully – never.

One of the most popular Wi-Fi doorbells currently on the market is the Ring Video Doorbell. The ring features two-way audio communication and a built-in video camera. Mostly importantly, the Ring Video Doorbell syncs with your smartphone.

It works like this – When someone rings your doorbell a notification is sent to your smartphone. Next you open up the Ring App. Now you are going to be looking at a high-definition live streaming video of your front door, and the person who just ringed the doorbell! Well, you see who is visiting your home, now it is time to greet them. The best part, you can greet them even if you are not home. Simply speak into your phone when you have the Ring App opened. You will be able to communicate directly with the individual at your front door. If you are home, you can decided whether you want to answer the door, if you are not home, you can send them away (remember to pretend you are home though!),

If you have any home security questions, or would like to learn more about our services, call us at:

(502) 441- 8713.

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Securing your Home: Garage Door Safety

When most people are thinking about home security they usually pass right over consideration of their garage door. They make sure the front door is secure. They lock up the back door, the side door, and the windows. They turn on their security system and they think that is enough! Don’t forget to consider your garage door when you are planning your home security system.

Electric Garage Security

First things first, when you have an electric garage door, you need to have the ability to open the door manually. If you usually enter your home through the garage door, you don’t want to find yourself stuck outside, out of luck, in the event of a power outage. External keypads might seem like incredible conveniences, but they are also incredible liabilities. An intrepid thief may be able to manipulate the keypad and gain access to your home without having to use the combination.

Additional Considerations

We recommend never leaving your garage door opener inside your car. If a thief steals your car, they will suddenly have access to your home as well. Invest in a keychain opener. It will be safe and hard to lose!

Don’t neglect garage door maintenance. Garage doors rely on mechanical and electrical parts to function properly. For older garage doors, those that have been around 10-12 years, we recommend yearly maintenance. Wear and tear, along with corrosion could compromise the function of your garage door.

Personal Safety Concerns

You need to have a safety sensor installed to prevent the garage door from closing not just on people, but on objects like your car as well! If you are every working on your garage, make sure you have a friend nearby. You are probably going to have to get up on a ladder, you don’t want to fall down!

If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact us at:

(520) 441- 8713

At Central Alarm, our job is to keep you safe, and we take our job very seriously!

Quick And Easy Safety Tips For Homeowners

Something as simple as keeping a window or door open or unlocked is one of the best ways to invite trouble when it comes to burglars, thieves and vandals. Always keep all doors and windows secure even when at home. Never underestimate the boldness of a common criminal. Equally important is to always keep the door attached to your garage locked even when the garage door is closed.

Maintain The Perimeter Of Your Home Well Lit At All Times

One of the best ways to increase security around your home is to always create the illusion that you are home and active. Putting lights on timers, turning radios and TVs on and making your residence always look occupied even when no one is home is the best way to prevent theft and burglary. Another great way to enhance security is to maintain the perimeter of your home well lit at all times. An excellent way to reduce the chances of a burglary is to never provide clues that you are on vacation. Have neighbors pick up mail and newspapers at regular intervals while on vacation.

This Is A Clear Sign That Someone Is Not Home

Equally important is to keep blinds and shades up and curtains open to some degree to create a sense of normal activity. Thieves and criminals typically look for homes where all curtains, blinds and shades are fully closed. This is a clear sign that someone is not home. Outsmarting burglars and thieves can be as easy as leaving a few shades, blinds and curtains open. Never leave messages or notes on your door or on your mailbox. This is another way that criminals and thieves can determine that you are not home, making your home a likely target.

Keeping Shrubbery And Trees Away From Walkways And Entrances

Finally, work with your neighbors and others in your immediate area as well as family members and friends and coworkers to ensure that your home is always under a watchful eye and protected. As an added note, keeping shrubbery and trees away from walkways and entrances is a great way to deter theft and unwanted intrusion. Consider the simple yet important strategies as a way to keep your home safe and secure year-round. Contact Central Alarm today to learn more about affordable, reliable and dependable home security systems throughout Arizona.

Basic Tips For Keeping Your Home Safe And Secure Year-Round

Most would agree that nothing is more important than the safety and security of your home and your family. That said there are some simple and effective ways of keeping your living environment completely safe and secure year-round. For example, checking the lighting around your home routinely is one of the best ways to deter theft and crime. It is a proven fact that lighting is one of the biggest ways to deter theft when it comes to criminal activity.

Lights Automatically Come On And Go Off

Replacing older and nonfunctional type lights and installing motion detection lighting throughout the perimeter of your home and over your garage can greatly enhance security. Putting lighting on timers is another great way to deter crime. When lights automatically come on and go off at specific times of the day it creates the illusion that someone is always home. Sometimes the simplest strategies can be the most effective in terms of deterring crime. Another important aspect of home security is that related to door lock hardware.

A Small Investment In Better Locking Mechanisms

Routinely checking all interior and exterior doors and locking hardware to ensure that everything is working properly can reduce the chances of a break-in. Some homeowners choose to replace standard locks that come with a new home with larger heavier duty and stronger locking systems. This is a simple and easy way to greatly enhance the safety of a home. A small investment in better locking mechanisms is always a wise choice. Sliding glass doors and French door should also be reinforced and secured using a wide variety of locking systems available on the market today.

Totally Safe And Secure Environment

Equally of concern is that of windows safety. While most modern windows are highly secure it is often a good idea to add additional locking security. A secondary locking pin system can greatly enhance the safety and security of a typical window. As an added note, no home is fully secure unless it includes fire detection systems and carbon monoxide detectors. To create a totally safe and secure environment around your home it is important to consider all aspects of safety and security. Missing even one vital aspect can cause serious problems for homeowners. Contact Central Alarm today to learn more about home security systems in Arizona that are affordable, reliable and dependable.

Home Security Tips For Homeowners

Being a proud homeowner comes with many responsibilities including ensuring that maximum-security is always maintained. Protecting your dream home can be as easy as following several essential and basic tips for keeping your dwindling safe and secure day and night. First of all, getting to know your immediate surroundings and your neighbors is one of the best ways to enhance security. Take the time to explore your surroundings and talk with your neighbors as a way to create a safer environment.

Nothing Can Compare To Getting To Know Your Neighbors

Being familiar with the types of vehicles that neighbors are driving and knowing the people that are normally in your immediate environment can help you identify when something is out of place. The more familiar you are with your immediate surroundings the less likely you will be to succumb to some type of criminal activity such as a break-in. Nothing can compare to getting to know your neighbors and working together as a team. Taking turns watching each others homes while on vacation is a great way to further enhance safety.

Simply Changing Your Locks At Regular Intervals

Equally important is to routinely change the locks on your home from time to time. Changing locks every few years or even more frequently can reduce the chances of unauthorized entry. More than ever before home service professionals and others have access to many different residential homes. Keep your home safe and secure by simply changing your locks at regular intervals to avoid any unnecessary trouble. In addition, installing a home security system is without a doubt one of the best ways to protect your home from many different types of threats out there today.

Entitles Homeowners To A Discount On Their Homeowners Insurance

Surprisingly, today’s home security systems are more affordable and easily accessible than ever before. Equally impressive is the fact that experienced professionals can easily create a custom installation to fit your exact home’s needs when it comes to security. As an added bonus, installing a home security system entitles homeowners to a discount on their homeowner’s insurance. With so many benefits it’s hard to imagine not considering installing a home security system today. Contact Central Alarm to learn more about highly effective, innovative and affordable home security alarm systems in Arizona.

Protecting Your Home And Family From Crime

In today’s increasingly uncertain world it is more important than ever before to protect your home and family from unexpected and unwanted crime. There are many ways to accomplish this goal that should be considered by conscientious and concerned homeowners. For example, exterior doors should always have high quality heavy-duty strong locks. A 1-inch deadbolt on an exterior door should be a standard in most homes. Saving a few dollars on a lower quality lock is never recommended.

If There Is Ever Any Doubt

Equally important is to be cautious when an unexpected knock occurs at the door. Always check to see who is outside your door before opening the door. Talk through the door and avoid opening the door unless you are absolutely sure that you know the person on the other side. If there is ever any doubt simply call 911 or call the authorities as soon as possible. Patio doors should always be burglar proof by placing a metal bar into the bottom track of the door slide.

Expensive Electronic Equipment And Other Valuables

Garage doors are often a weak link in most homes today. Always keep your garage door closed even when you are at home. Many thefts and much crime has occurred over the years because crooks hide in a garage and wait for the occupants of a home to go to sleep. Never leave yourself vulnerable and always keep your garage door secure at all times. Those with expensive electronic equipment and other valuables should keep the curtains, shades and blinds closed. Making these items easily visible is a sure way to invite trouble.

Keeping Your Home Safe And Secure

Finally, one great strategy for reducing the chances of a break-in while on vacation is to turn off the ringer on your phone. Many criminals and thieves will simply call your home to see if you are there. By turning off the ringer you can deter theft and reduce the chances of a break in. As an added note, it is always a good idea to have friends or family or neighbors collect newspapers and mail while you are away. Sometimes the simplest strategies can go a long way in keeping your home safe and secure year after year. Contact Central Alarm today for Phoenix Arizona home alarm systems that get results.

Easy and Effective Home Security Tips

Everyone wants to feel safe in their home, but not everyone has the budget to buy and install a massive total home security system. There are few easy steps you can take to improve the security of your home.

Moving In

If you are moving into a new home, the first thing you should do is change all the locks on the outside doors. The previous homeowners may have said they turned over all their keys to you, but you never know. They may have forgotten about a key they lost years ago, or duplicates may have been made that they were never informed about. This is also a great time to install deadbolt locks. It is recommended that all exterior doors be equipped with at least 1 inch thick deadbolt locks reinforced by plywood or sheet metal. Some burglars will try to enter your home using force. Deadbolt locks will help keep them out.

Don’t Broadcast Information

People these days love to share their every activity on social media. Pictures of yoga class are uploaded to Instagram, vacation photos are shared on Facebook, and personal restaurant reviews are sent out on Twitter. Criminals are keying in on this trend. Tech-savvy burglars can track homeowners on social media outlets, and use this information to plan break-ins. If the entire world knows you are spending the next two weeks in Paris, they will also know your house is going to be empty.

Bright Lights

A majority of burglaries take place at night. Keeping your house well lit is one of the best ways to keep burglars out. Lights signal that there is someone home. They also increase visibility, making it easier for a potential burglar to get caught. Even if they know you are not home, burglars are less likely to enter a well-lit home. It may seem overly simple, but just leaving one some lights is one of the best ways to stay protected.

Guard Services: Putting the Person in Personal Security

We have all seen The Terminator before, right? Well, after seeing that movie you may have a hard time bringing yourself to trust in machines. Spoiler alter, they become a little more trustworthy in Terminator Two. If you are looking for home security, or protection, perhaps you would like to rely on a more human element. If so, personal security guard services may be right for you.

Guard Services for Events

Guard services are a perfect security option for individuals throwing large scale events. The most expensive wedding of all time was the royal wedding between Prince Henry and Kate Middleton. The largest item on their budget was security. The wedding itself cost approximately 72 million dollars, while the price for personal security totaled 32 million dollars. If personal guard services are good enough for the royal family, they are probably good enough for you too! Next time you are throwing a party, think about hiring personal security to ensure everyone remains safe.

Added Protection

Having your home broken into can be an extremely traumatic event. You should feel absolutely safe in your home, but once its sanctity has been broken, it is hard to recapture that feeling again. If your house has been compromised, and you are worried about repeat incidents, you can schedule regular security patrols with reputable companies like Central Alarm. Depending on your needs, you can have an onsite security guard, or regular mobile patrol service. You will sleep well knowing someone is watching over you, keeping you and your family safe.

Organization and Dependability

Central Alarm has a 24-hour dispatch center which can send state-licensed security guards to your door with just a few hours of notice. These guards are vigilant, well trained, and absolutely professional. They are overseen by roving patrol supervisors who watch over Central Alarm’s security force and make sure they are performing at the highest level.

Smoke Alarms save Lives

Every year thousands of American homes burn down in residential fires. Unfortunately, these fires result in thousands of deaths. In 2013 alone 2,755 poor souls met there death in a home fire. These fires also caused an extraordinary $6.8 billion in property damages. The number one step a family can take to protect themselves in the event of a fire is to install and properly maintain smoke alarms.

Installing Smoke Alarms

Proper installation of smoke alarms will help keep your family safe. When picking out smoke alarms, make sure you are investing in a brand which has been thoroughly laboratory tested. They will usually have a label denoting this. Prioritize installing smoke detectors in bedrooms and other locations you may fall asleep. Smoke inhalation while sleeping is one of the leading causes of death during home fires. Make sure you install your smoke detectors a few feet away from air conditioning ducts and windows, as these may interfere with their operation. The best smoke detector systems use interconnected smoke alarms. When one alarm sounds, it will trigger every other alarm. It is going to sound like the world is ended, but that is the point! A triggered smoke alarm needs to fill you with a sense of urgency.

Proper Maintenance

They key to proper smoke alarm maintenance is regular testing. Alarms will come with a test button. At least once a month you should visit every alarm in your home to make sure it is still functioning properly. If an alarm starts chirping, that usually means it is running low on batteries. Do not just ignore this chirp, or unplug the smoke detector! Replace the battery to keep your system functioning in top-tip shape. Some smoke detectors come with 10-year batteries which are ideal for maintenance averse individuals.

Home Video Surveillance

Wireless camera systems have long seen use in the commercial and business world. They give companies and organizations a safe and secure way to protect their most valuable assets. Camera systems are constantly vigilant, always watching, and absolutely tireless. The reliability, and protection offered by wireless camera systems is widely being embraced in residential communities as well.

CCTV

Wireless security cameras are part of a closed-circuit television network. The entire network transmits video and audio signal to a wireless receiver which can then be connected to a display unit. Although it is called a ‘wireless’ security camera system, most cameras will have to be plugged into a power source. The term “wireless’ refers to the system’s ability to transmit the images wirelessly to the radio receiver. Because wireless camera systems do not need to worry about running extensive lengths of expensive video cables, they can be installed at relatively low cost.

The Power of Digital

Digital wireless security systems are revolutionizing the industry. They are capable of transmitting encoded information over high-bandwidth radio frequencies which can carry a great deal more information than the old, standard, radio units. They allow high definition video and audio streaming, as well as two-way communication between cameras and receivers. In addition, the move to digital lets homeowners take direct control of the system. They can tell the cameras to move up, and down or left and right as they wish.

Digital wireless also allows homeowners to monitor their homes even when they are across the nation. Mobile applications can bring streaming security video directly to a cell phone. These types of security systems offer immense peace of mind to homeowners. They can keep an eye on teens who have gotten home from school early, or pets who are just lounging around in the middle of the day.

Keeping Windows And Doors Secure To Improve Home Security

Many experts would agree that one of the weakest links in any home in terms of safety and security is its doors and windows. Burglars and thieves know all too well that one of the easiest ways to enter a home uninvited is to make use of vulnerable doors and windows. That said, there are some useful ways of protecting doors and windows and making them more resistant to tampering.

Retrofit All Doors So That Hinges Are Located Internal To The Structure

For example, homeowners and business owners alike should always ensure that all entry doors make use of interior door hinges. One of the surest ways to increase vulnerability is to make use of doors that have hinges located on the outside of a home or business. This makes it invitingly easy for an intruder to remove the hinges via the hinge pins in order to gain entry into a building or structure. To maintain the highest levels of home security at all times, retrofit all doors so that hinges are located internal to the structure.

Install A Metal Bar That Is Placed Along The Bottom Track Of The Window

Equally important is to consider making use of metal bars on all sliding doors in a home or business. Any time there is a sliding glass door, patio door or other type of sliding door window located in a home there is an increased chance of intrusion. One of the best ways to fortify this type of door or window is to simply install a metal bar that is placed along the bottom track of the window or door structure. This is an inexpensive and highly reliable way of protecting a home from intrusion.

Installing A Large Number Of Small Panes Of Glass

Finally, protecting windows adequately can greatly deter theft and reduce the chances of unauthorized entry. Perhaps one of the most common ways that burglars enter a home is through the windows. Installing window locks and other types of useful devices such as burglar resistant glass can minimize this risk. Another great way of improving windows safety is to consider installing a large number of small panes of glass rather than installing one large pane of glass. Contact Central Alarm today to learn more about reliable and dependable Tucson alarm systems for home or business.

Basic Rules For Improving Home Security

Today more than ever before people are looking for ways to improve home security in order to stay safe and feel more secure. With an ever-increasing volume of crime occurring across the country it is essential to get the basics of home security right from the very beginning. For example, always creating the illusion that someone is home can greatly reduce the chances of being burglarized. Professional thieves typically look for homes that are clearly unoccupied.

Radios And Televisions

One of the best ways to create the appearance that someone is home is to make use of automatic timers. Simple and inexpensive automatic timers can turn lights on and off at various times of the day and night to create the illusion that someone is indeed home. Even having radios and televisions turned on and off at random times can serve the same purpose. Taking it a step further, today many modern mobile applications make it easy to turn lights and even televisions on and off from remote locations.

Secret Location Outside

Equally important is to never leave a spare key in an obvious location. Thieves are all too familiar with the best hiding places when it comes to finding a spare key outside of a home. Leaving a key under a flowerpot or in the mailbox is a sure way to invite trouble. If it is absolutely necessary to leave a key outdoors and underneath a doormat is not the best option, consider burying a key in the dirt. Simply wrap the key in some type of protective covering and bury it in a secret location outside of your home. The chance of a thief finding a key that has been hidden in this way is virtually zero.

Install Deadbolt Locks

Finally, proper and adequate lighting is one of the best ways to protect a home. Thieves and burglars operate in the darkness of night and will be deterred by excessive lighting. Making full use of lighting and even infrared detectors that automatically turn lights on when an individual is detected can deter crime substantially. As an added note it is always a good idea to install deadbolt locks throughout a home. Heavy-duty deadbolt locks can greatly reduce the chances of intrusion or theft. Contact Central Alarm today to learn more about Tucson home alarm systems that are reliable, affordable and highly effective.

Tips And Strategies For Better Video Surveillance

Protecting a home today requires making use of all the latest technology available. Video surveillance is one such example and when used properly can greatly enhance overall levels of home security. That said there are some simple tips and strategies that are worth considering when it comes to better video surveillance performance and results. For example, a camera should be mounted in a place where it will not be subjected to damage. When a camera is damaged it greatly reduces the chances of being used effectively to protect a home or business.

Variety Of Operational Conditions

Equally important is to determine whether or not the surveillance camera that will be used is adequately illuminated. Also determine whether a surveillance camera will be used at night or during the day is vital. Lighting considerations should be taken into account under a wide variety of operational conditions. For example, when using a surveillance camera at night will the lights be turned on or turned off. Adjusting a camera to function under the right lighting conditions can make all the difference.

Works Well In Low Lighting

Another key consideration is to determine whether or not an infrared camera will be beneficial in a particular installation. An infrared camera is highly effective at detecting intruders in the dark even when no light is present. Choosing a camera that works well in low lighting conditions can greatly enhance safety. Typically speaking, a day/night camera is usually the best option in this regard because it contains something known as a supersensitive-imaging chip. In today’s modern world it has never been easier to protect a home through the use of a CCTV camera.

Carefully Determine The Field Of View

From dome cameras to bullet cameras as well as a host of other types of camera products, today is the best time to take full advantage of CCTV and all that it has to offer in terms of safety and security. Finally, an excellent strategy for getting the most out of video surveillance is to carefully determine the field of view that will be most beneficial for detecting intruders. Typically speaking, working with an experienced and knowledgeable installation expert is the best way to get the most effective results in this regard. Contact Central Alarm today for the best in Tucson home alarm systems and alarm systems for businesses in Tucson.

The Benefits Of Adequate Home Inventory Planning

While maintaining a home at the highest levels of security is always a top priority, it is also still important to make sure that adequate home inventory has been conducted. This is with regard to all personal belongings and items of value. It is important not only for recovering losses if an intrusion were to occur but it also improves the chances of recovering items if they become stolen or lost. Best of all, a home inventory project can be simple and easy to do.

Value Is Determined

It is best to begin in one room and then work throughout the house making a careful and detailed list of everything in each room. This is especially true with regard to high-value items such as collectibles, art and jewelry. It may even be necessary to have some items appraised to ensure that the right value is determined. Having adequate insurance on high-value items is always recommended. Other items that can be included in a standard inventory list include everything from clothing to dishes and linens.

Categorizing Possessions

In addition, standard items such as expensive high definition televisions and electronic equipment should be noted and documented. Sporting goods, tools and other items of value should also be listed in a comprehensive home inventory. In today’s modern world it is even possible to make a digital record of all items of value. Using a video camera to record images of all items in a home can also make recovery easier. Categorizing possessions and having items appraised as necessary is a smart and effective way to prepare for the unexpected.

Making An Inventory List

Finally, when a video is not available, even taking pictures of each and every item of value in a room is well worth the time and effort. When making an inventory list it is also a good idea to make a note of where the item was purchased as well as how much was spent. Equally important is to list the make and model of items when this type of information is available. As an added note, it is recommended to store an inventory list in a safe and secure location. This will help to make retrieval easy and reduce the chances of losing an inventory list. Contact Central Alarm today for the best in Tucson alarm systems for home and business.

Uncommon Strategies For Improving Home Security And Safety

While a home alarm system is always recommended as a way to protect a home year-round from vandals, thieves and criminals there are other simple strategies that should be incorporated as well. This includes using the right type of landscaping around a home. For example, using plants with thorns and needles and other types of prickly plants around the home can easily deter criminals. A fragrant rosebush can work wonders in keeping thieves away from windows and doors.

Always Keep Landscaping And Trees Well Trimmed

Equally important is to consider trimming all trees around the home so that thieves cannot use tree limbs as a climbing device. This is especially true with regard to the lower limbs that can easily be accessed from the ground. Trees situated close to a home are notorious for providing easy access to second-story windows in a typical residential home. Play it safe and always keep landscaping and trees well trimmed and manicured. Another simple and yet essential strategy for improving home security is to make full use of security signs and stickers.

Signs Can Be Placed In A Conspicuous Place In The Front Yard

This is a simple step to take because installing a home security system will likely include a variety of home signs and stickers. Make full use of these items to ensure that criminals know a home is protected. Stickers can be placed on windows and signs can be placed in a conspicuous place in the front yard. In addition, signs that indicate that video surveillance is in progress can further deter theft and criminal activities.

Improving Overall Home Security And Safety

Another uncommon strategy that can effectively improve home security is to make use of something known as anti-climb paint. This type of paint is typically used on drainpipes that run vertically along side of a home. In many instances criminals and thieves can use drainpipes as a ladder to climb to the higher levels of a home. When anti-climb paint is used it makes it virtually impossible for vandals and burglars to access a home in this way. These are just a few of the simplest uncommon strategies available for improving overall home security and safety. Contact Central Alarm today to learn more about highly effective and affordable Tucson home security systems and products.

Garage Door Home Safety And Security Tips

It is a well-known fact that a garage door is one of the weakest points in overall home security. That is why it is so important to pay particular attention to a few essential and important safety and security tips with regard to garage doors. For example, perhaps one of the easiest ways to improve home security when talking about garage doors is to simply never leave a remote garage door opener in a vehicle at any time. It is easy for a vandal or criminal to break into a car and then steal the remote as a way to break into a home.

Emergency Release

Another great way to improve safety around the home when it comes to garage doors is to simply purchase a keychain remote garage door opener. This eliminates the need to keep a remote on the sun-visor in an automobile. This provides for an added level of protection that would otherwise not be possible. Equally important is to consider securing something known as the garage door emergency release. This is a key strategy that could prevent a criminal from gaining access to a home by using a tool or device to actuate the garage door emergency release from outside.

Improve Safety

Another basic and sometimes overlooked safety essential when it comes to garage doors is to always make sure that the door is locked at all times. Even using a deadbolt on the door that is situated between the garage and the interior of a home can improve safety substantially. This simply means that if a vandal or criminal were to enter a garage they would still not be able to enter the home. In many instances the simplest strategies can greatly improve safety.

Ventilation

In addition to making sure that a deadbolt is installed on the door between the garage and a home it is also a good idea to install a solid door in this location. Whether it is metal, fiberglass, wood or some other type of material, a solid door can prevent violent unauthorized entry. Finally, one of the easiest ways to improve security with regard to a garage door is to simply avoid leaving the door open in the evening or early morning for ventilation. This is a sure way to invite trouble and allow criminals to easily enter a home uninvited. Contact Central Alarm today for Tucson Arizona alarm installation services and products.

Simple Door And Window Safety Tips For Homeowners

Often overlooked, the doors of a home play an important part in maintaining the overall integrity and safety of one’s abode. That said there are some simple and easy ways to keep safety at the highest levels possible. For example, one of the simplest and most obvious ways to keep doors and windows safe year round is to keep them locked at all times. This is especially true during the summer months when it is tempting to keep windows open while not at home or while sleeping.

Security Latches

The easiest way to ensure the doors and windows are always locked is to make it a habit to immediately lock the door or window when it is being closed. Putting off this simple step to a later time is a sure way to make a home more vulnerable to intrusion. Many modern windows have security latches that allow windows to stay open for ventilation while still preventing unauthorized entry. As a side note, it is always recommended to inspect and check windows and doors occasionally to make sure that they operate normally in the event of a fire.

Well-Lit Door

Finding out that a door or window is malfunctioning when it is needed the most during a fire is never a good prospect. When it comes to doors around the home one of the most important safety tips is to always ensure that doors are extremely well lit. Keeping a door in complete darkness invites trouble and unauthorized intrusions. A well-lit door is one of the best ways to improve home safety and security. From decorative lighting to flood lighting and motion detection lighting, there are many options available to homeowners wishing to increase home safety and security.

Attractive And Aesthetically Pleasing

Finally, another excellent way to improve safety around the home is to make sure that all doors are solid. A solid structure doors one of the best ways to prevent unauthorized or violent entry. Whether it is solid wood, fiberglass or solid metal, a door that is structurally sound can keep a family safe year-round. Best of all, today’s modern solid doors are attractive and aesthetically pleasing and can actually greatly enhance the overall appeal of a home. Contact Central Alarm today for the best in Tucson home security services and products.

Effective Ways Of Improving Yard Security

While many homeowners painstakingly secure their home’s interior they often overlooked a home’s exterior security. In many instances sheds, patios and porches can experience theft and vandalism simply because a few basic security precautions were not taken. For example, one of the easiest ways to increase overall yard safety and security is to consider installing motion detector floodlights. These lights are designed to light up at the first hint of motion.

Motion Detector Lighting

One of the easiest ways to send a criminal on their way is to shed light on their actions and activities on your property. Best of all, motion detector types of lights can be used almost anywhere on the exterior of a home. From doorways to patios and porches as well as outlying areas of the yard, this type of lighting is essential to total home security. Even windows can be lighted with motion detector lighting. Using a simple photoelectric cell these lights turn on automatically the moment they sense motion or movement.

Garden Sheds

Deterring theft usually begins with proper illumination. Equally important with regard to yard safety around the home is to always make sure that garden sheds and other types of outbuildings are well secured and properly locked at all times. Thieves and criminals will often target garden sheds in hopes of finding power equipment and power tools. Play it safe and keep a shed well illuminated and properly secured and locked at all times. In addition, one of the age-old ways of keeping a home safe and secure year round is to consider installing “beware of dog” signs and having a dog around the home.

Deterring Burglars And Thieves

Dogs are incredibly territorial and will sound the alarm any time a stranger approaches a home or enters onto the property. Even something as simple as putting out a large dog bowl with water and can deter theft. Some homeowners have even been known to place large dog bones around the outside of a home as a way to make it obvious that a large dog is somewhere in the immediate area. Sometimes deterring burglars and thieves can be a simple as creating an undesirable environment for their activities. Contact Central Alarm today to learn more about Tucson home-security and home alarm systems that are reliable, dependable and affordable.

On the Different Kinds of Sensors

When it comes to Ice Cream there is always a kaleidoscopic array of flavors available to the consumer. Although the same myriad of possibilities does not exist for alarm systems, there remains enough alarm options available to rightly gain the title, dynamic.

Standard Sensor

The vanilla of alarm systems is called the hermetically sealed reed switch. This switch is essentially a two piece sensor operating electronically with a conductive reed switch that is opened or closed as an intrusion occurs. These sensors are utilized on windows and doors often because of their low cost. Indeed, they are the vanilla of alarms, the sparrow of home security, and the average Joe of the alarming world’s security and protection.

An Alarming Technology Pilfered from Dolphins

One of the newest innovations in alarm technology involves the use of echolocation—employed by dolphins for communicative purposes. The sensors emit a frequency ranging between 15kHz and 75Hz, completely undetectable by the untrained human ear. This frequency rebounds off a solid surface and reflects back around to the receiving sensor. When the surface remains static, the waves will vibrate at a constant frequency. But, when an intruded walks in and triggers the sensor, the frequency will be disrupted—sound the alarm!

Diaphanous like Glass

Diaphanous is word stolen from the Greeks, which means transparent. In order to maintain a transparent relationship between homeowner and criminal, the invention of the Glass break protection sensor was invented. Indeed, one of the most successful petty thieves in the history of Arizona made his scratch by tossing rocks through windows and pillaging and plundering the homeowner while away on vacation. However, if the homeowner was confronted with glass sensors, he would not have gained access to the house.

Crime Figures Indicate an Alarm is Necessary

Figures indicate that in Tucson, Arizona, more than 3,000 violent crimes and over 35,000 property crimes occur every year. Residents should be alarmed.  The figure includes 5,000 burglary crimes a year, which is defined as entering another’s house with the intention of stealing property. It is in the individual’s best interest to contact a home alarm system provider—Central Alarm—to decrease the risk of burglary and other property related crimes. Indeed, the purchase of an alarm could save your home, your belongings, hours of heartache, and even your life.

Let us protect you

At Central Alarm, we provide a myriad of different alarm systems. Some of the more traditional timed alarm systems can be programmed to keep your family and home safe at night when it is most prone to attack. Another option includes, infra-red alarm systems. Infra-red security systems involve an infra-red sensor to guard against and uninvited, unwanted intruder. If a bugler attempts to infiltrate the domicile, and alarm will be trigged, shlagen alarm! Alarm systems can even be controlled by a mobile device. Ergo, if you depart on a vacation, your anxiety will be relieved solely by switching on your smart phone and monitoring the status of your alarm system.

Why you should Fortify with Central Alarm

Central Alarm essentially protects Arizona by installing home security alarms. A home security alarm protects against any unwanted intrusion or larceny. At Central Alarm, we offer packages that include video surveillance. The video surveillance options provides an additional layer of security. It provides protection after the fact. Personal injury claims that could occur at your property can be supported by video surveillance; also home surveillance systems can be used to justify self-defense after an intrusion; lastly, you will be able to identify the intruder after the assault.

Movements in Home Security

The safety of your home or business should be top priority for any homeowner or small business owner. With the advancement of technology, security trends continue to advance alongside the boom of innovation inherent in the digital age. Camera security systems, smartphone security, and experience tends to be the emphasis of the digital age.

A Pictures worth a Thousand Words

Before the boom in technology, traditional security systems revolved around sound technology for cost reasons of course. But a rise in innovation has steered people towards camera security systems for defense ex post facto. Indeed, a camera not only lets you discover an assailant who would have otherwise escaped unnoticed, but it also serves as empirical evidence permissible later in a court of law. Lastly, camera security systems can be used to keep an eye on your kids when you are away from home.

Smart Phone Security

Smart phones are taking over the technology market. Apps are the new wave of technology, resulting in easy access to anything you need at the palm of your hand. Smartphone security systems give you ultimate control of your alarm system. You can trigger, deactivate, set, or turn-off your alarm by simply clicking a button. Smart Phones are pocket sized and easily accessible making them the perfect accessory to your home alarm system.

Central Alarm

If your home is currently unprotected then you need home security today. Thieves and criminals are naturally afraid of loud noises. It startles them. A home security system could save you thousands of dollars, hours of heartache, and even your life.

Fire Safety Advice for College Kids

Every year, millions of students leave the nest to gain an education in hopes of bettering themselves. Indeed, college can be the golden years for some, a bridge for many, or an experience to altogether be avoided. But regardless of what you think about the ivory tower of academics, safety always comes first, fire safety especially. If you’re in the dorms, then it is possible that your living quarters will come equipped with fire safety technology. But if you’re off campus, the threat of fire hazards increases immensely.

Double Check

Although your landlord is obligated to comply with fire safety regulations, one being the installation of a fire alarm, and the other being an emergency exit, it is wise to double check to make sure this is the case. Almost 80-percent of fire-related fatalities for college students occur in off campus housing. Usually, these fires occur due to a lack of automatic fire sprinklers, a missing or disabled smoke alarm, or carelessness. At Central Alarm, we highly recommend that every homeowner is aware of their home’s fire safety status.

Precautions

First and foremost, check to make sure your smoke alarms are working, and make sure there is one smoke alarm in each bedroom. Secondly, make sure you have a plan of escape planned. Identify two ways to leave the building—it is recommended that escape routes involve doors with a single cylinder dead bolt. Lastly, always have a fire extinguisher handy. It is best to store this extinguisher in the kitchen, given that 41% of fires start in the kitchen.

Fire Extinguishers 101

The first safety precaution every homeowner should take is to make a commitment to make responsible decisions that will not jeopardize the safety of the property or its occupants.Next, every homeowner should take the time to install a home fire alarm system. Lastly, every home should have a readily available fire extinguisher. Fire experts will recommend that you keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen; we at central-alarm concur. Below is everything you need to know about fire extinguishers, and protecting your home from an unfortunate disaster.

Different Types of Fire Extinguishers

There are basically four types of fire extinguishers designated by the National Fire Protection Association. First, is the class A. This fire extinguisher is the most typical, and it can be used to extinguish wood, paper, rubber, cloth, and trash fires. Also, a class B extinguisher can be used to extinguish solvents, oils, gasoline, and paints. This is useful to have handy on construction projects. Class C extinguishers put out electrical fires. Every warehouse must have a class C extinguisher readily available. Lastly, class K extinguishers put out cooking oils, and grease fires. These are helpful in the kitchen.

PASS

The National fire protection association offers a simple acronym to help guide fire extinguisher users. It wouldn’t hurt to familiarize yourself with this easy to remember mnemonic device. It might save your property or even your life.

Pull the pin.

Aim low.

Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.

Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

As a side note, keep in mind that you should only take on fires that are contained in a small area, like a trashcan. If your home burst into flames, the fire extinguisher is essentially useless. Grab your valuables and flee the premises as soon as possible.

Wood Burning Stoves and Other Fire Hazards

Cuddling up on a frigid November night with a faithful women by your side, a glass of scotch, and a roaring fire can be a very satisfying feeling. But it’s important to understand that this fire could be potentially dangerous. If the correct preventive controls are not in place, the fire warming your winter wonderland could be potentially devastating. Thankfully, we at central-alarm have a few convenient tips to help protect against the devastation of a fire.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms and Smoke Alarms

Some states actually require that homes equipped with chimneys or wood stoves must install carbon monoxide alarms. You should install a carbon monoxide and smoke alarm for every level of the house. The ideal location for a smoke alarm is at the bottom of the stairwell or outside sleeping rooms. The ideal location for a carbon monoxide alarm is near the fireplace or stove.

Choosing the Correct Stove

First off, make sure the stove passes the visual test. If something looks off, then chances are it is. Only purchase a stove that’s comprised of something legitimate like iron or steel. Moreover, you should only purchase stoves that are checked by Underwriters Laboratories (UL). This laboratory assures that your stove is safe.

Burn Responsibly

If you have a wood-burning stove, only burn wood, coal, or whatever fuel the manufacturer recommends. Do not cut corners by burning garbage or anything similar for that matter. The same goes for the fireplace. Burning quality, seasoned firewood is the only viable option. Using overly dry branches or firewood could cause a fire to occur, or lead to the buildup of creosote, which will ruin your fire place.
At central-alarm we encourage all our customers to use reason when handling anything relating to fire. An alarm can save your life, but you can save yourself from trouble by acting responsibly.

Family Fire Drills and Emergency Evacuations

Everyone thinks that instincts will take over in an emergency situation, and carry them through to safety amidst danger and turmoil. Sometimes though, people panic, and many are prone to make mistakes in high pressure situations. But thankfully, a bit of preparation can literally save your life. Regular evacuation drills will significantly increase your chances of safety in the event of an emergency.

Plan Your Escape Routes

In every house, there will be an exit that is particularly suitable for evacuation. Make sure that everyone in your home is aware of this exit, and have a few escape routes in the back of their mind which they can navigate in case of an emergency. A simple awareness of an escape route could save your family from disaster. Moreover, it is important to designate a meeting location, in the event that the house is destroyed by a fire, or becomes unsafe due to criminal infiltration.

Identify an Emergency Contact

Make sure you have a designated emergency contact that your children can call in the event of a catastrophic emergency. It is wise to post this number in a central location such as the kitchen or family room. Moreover, you ought to encourage your family members to memorize the number in the event that that the emergency contact is incinerated in a fire.

Emergency Supply Kit

An emergency supply kit should be able to sustain a family for at least three days. It should also have important safety supplies, such as a first aid kit, a flash light, and a battery operated radio. It is recommended to store at least five gallons of drinking water, and to stock up on non-perishables such as ramen, canned soup, or peanut butter.

How to Discourage Home Copper Theft

It may surprise some to learn that an average American home contains about four hundred pounds of copper. Copper theft is an ongoing problem, affecting both the residential and commercial areas of the US. At recycling yards, Copper sells for around $2.20 per pound. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that utility companies lose $ 1 billion worth of copper wire each year. No doubt copperattracts the vagrants and petty thieves of the world. It’s important to protect your home against the presence of these wretched individuals, both for the sake of your property and personal safety.

Paint it Black

The rolling stones offer a solution to the copper theft problem that affects America. Painting your copper tubing black can beguile burglars as they attempt a copper heist from your home. The paint is completely harmless to your tubing, and it will protect against theft, indefinitely. This is because most scrap yards won’t accept copper tubing that has been painted. Let us add that you don’t need to paint your copper tubing black. You can paint it blue, green, yellow, or whatever color suits your mood.

Sound the Alarm!

Installing a home security system, and then advertising that fact by placing a sticker or sign post somewhere visible to intruders, will deter petty copper thieves. An alarm to them is a red tape that they would prefer not to cross. Loud noises scare criminals, for they prefer to hide in the shadows.

Tag Team

Consult your neighbors and hatch a plan to send a message to petty thieves, id est authorities will be alerted immediately if anyone in the neighborhood notices suspicious behavior. Essentially, these criminals are like rats and would prefer to hide in the darkness. Any threat to their anonymity will cause them to scurry away, and thus, your copper will be safe from the less fortunate

What is Security Worth?

Imagine this scenario. You are safely sheltered in the comfort of your home. The kids are quite and asleep, as you turn on your favorite show and your spouse reads a book. All the doors are locked. All is safe. However, unbeknownst to you there is a terrible man, down on his luck, breaking into houses recklessly and tearing down anything that comes in his way. He approaches your house. He is drunk and has no idea or care that you are in the house. Bam! He breaks through the door. Ring! Ring! Ring! The alarm sounds! The drunken vagrant attempts to flee the premises only to trip over you children’s water wiggle, falling head first into your rose bushes and passing out. Unbeknownst to this idiot, the cops have been called via Central Alarm’s monitoring system. As the cherries flash and the maniac is hauled away, you realize that the chump change you spent on your alarm system may have been the best investment you ever made.

A Reduction in Insurance Rates

The investment in a security system is almost a must in today’s world. If protection from criminals and a consequential inner peace is not enough incentive, then maybe the fact that insurance companies will reduce their prices solely because an alarm system is installed in your house is. Indeed at Central alarm we take pride in bringing our customers safety and savings. Different security systems are available depending on customer’s individual needs. Some of our options include, burglar alarms, wireless security systems, wireless and wired video surveillance, card access systems, and other monitoring services. A trained technician from Central Alarm can help you asses your situation and meet your security needs.  Safety is essential for security—call Central Alarm today.

Different Types of Sensors

The standard sensor used in home alarm systems is the hermetically sealed reed switch. The hermetically sealed reed switch is a two piece sensor that operates with an electrically conductive reed switch that is opened or closed if an intrusion occurs. These sensors are often used on doors and windows because of their low cost and reliability. They are the most basic of all sensors.

Install Infrared Detectors to Save Energy

It is now common practice to install Passive Infrared (PIR) motion detectors in households and small business environments. These sensors do not require any power from standard electrical outlets, they actually generate its own energy entirely from the heat of its surroundings. These innovative detectors do not actually detect motion, but instead abrupt changes in temperature. Infrared detectors are industry standard and come highly recommended by Central Alarm.

Echolocation Employed in Alarms

Ultrasonic detectors tend to be the most scientifically complex detectors available to date, and also the most interesting. These sensors function similarly to dolphin sonar. The sensors emit a sound frequency of 15kHz and 75kHz which is undetectable by the human ear. This frequency is aimed at a solid surface that reflects the sound back to the receiving sensor. When the surfaces are static, the waves remain at a constant frequency. However, when an intruder walks in front of a sensor the wave frequency will be disrupted and the alarm will be triggered!

Glass Break Detection

There was once a criminal in the Phoenix, metropolitan area known as the rock burglar. This outlaw made his bones by stalking homeowners, discovering when they left on vacation, and then tossing a rock through their back window and ravaging the house unchallenged and undetected. However, houses with glass break detection sensors were impregnable by the rock burglar. These sensors function similar to ultrasonic detectors, except they are specifically engineered to protect any crack or fragment in a houses windows.

Alarm System 101

At Central Alarm we offer a variety of home protection devices, including burglary alarm and fire detection options. Understanding the basics of Alarm systems will help the user better operate their own system, and consequently, increase their overall safety.

The Executive

A typical alarm system involves a premise control unit (PCU), also known as the alarm control panel. This is essentially the executor of the alarm system. It reads sensor inputs, arms and disarms the alarm, and detects signal intrusions. In modern systems, the premise control unit consists of a circuit board, and a visual display screen. Also, the PCU is accompanied by a power supply so that the alarm system cannot be cut.

Recon

The recognizance unit of an alarm system is no doubt the sensors. They are usually placed around the perimeter of a house to alert the PCU if an intruder is present. From here the PCU can do two things: trigger a light on the property to expose and frighten the intruder, or sound the alarm. Sensors can be almost anywhere, but the most crucial positioning is the front door, back door, and vulnerable windows.

Schlagen Alarm!

Many alarm system involve bells, whistles, sirens and flashing lights to indicate the detection of an intruder. The nerves of a criminal perpetrating a burglary are no doubt on edge. Triggering an alarm will spike those nerves and cause the criminal to scurry away. Although catching the burglar safely is ideal, most criminals will stay far away from your property after they realize it’s protected by an alarm.

In addition to these features most alarm systems are accompanied by a monitoring service. In the event of an intruder, the PCU will contact a central operating system which will take the appropriate steps to secure the safety of your home.

Alarming News

In Tucson, Arizona crime statistics indicate that over 3,000 violent crimes and over 35,000 property crimes occur annually. This includes 5,000 burglary crimes a year, which means forcefully entering someone’s house with the intention of stealing property. Residents should be alarmed. In order to take necessary precautions against the unfortunate fact of crime, it is in the individual’s best interest to contact a home alarm system provider—Central Alarm—to reduce the risk of burglary and other property related crimes.

Combating Burglary

Central Alarm takes pride in protecting homeowners in Tucson, Arizona by providing customers with home security alarms. A home security alarm protects against intrusion. The sky’s the limit with the level of protection we can offer. Some customers opt for a package that includes video surveillance. The video surveillance options adds a special layer of security, mainly protection after the fact. Video surveillance can be used to dispute personal injury claims that might occur on your property; it can be used to justify self-defense after an intrusion; it provides closure, because after reviewing surveillance tapes the homeowner will have a clear picture of the intruder.

At Central Alarm, we also offer more traditional timed alarm systems, which can be programmed to facilitate security at night when the home is most susceptible. Infra-red alarm systems are also a viable option. Infra-red security systems employ infra-red sensors to detect the presence of any unwanted intruder. Infra-red sensors will then trigger house lights to turn on, which will be sure to send an unwanted intruder into retreat. Your alarm system can even be controlled by a mobile device. Thus, if you leave on vacation uncertain you programmed your alarm, your anxiety will be relieved simply by turning on your smart phone and checking the status of your alarm system.

Top Ways Of Improving Home Security

Residential home security is a major concern today as the crime rate only continues to increase. That said there are some easy and simple ways of improving security that every homeowner should consider. For example, changing the locks at least every several years is a good way to improve safety and security around the home. Keys get lost, keys can be duplicated and locks become less reliable over time.

Wireless Security System

The simple act of replacing locks every five or 10 years can greatly enhance security. Another important aspect of changing locks is that when keys are lost it should be automatically assumed that the locks should be changed immediately. Equally important is to opt for a wireless security system when choosing a security or alarm system for your home. If an older alarm system is already installed it is important to conceal all wiring related to any alarm systems. This is simply due to the fact that burglars will often try to cut wiring as a way to deactivate an alarm system.

Homes That Are Unoccupied

Upgrading to a new modern wireless system that includes surveillance cameras and motion detectors is always the best option. Equally important is to ensure that a home always looks lived in. Professional thieves and burglars will search neighborhoods endlessly for homes that are unoccupied. Placing automatic timers on televisions, radios and lighting is an excellent way of keeping burglars confused with regard to whether or not a home is occupied. It is also essential to never leave the keys to your home in a mailbox or under the front mat.

Sliding Glass Door

Finally, homeowners should always make certain that all sliding glass doors have metal bars installed in the track. Sliding glass doors are one of the weakest links of any home. When a metal bar is installed in the track it makes it virtually impossible for a thief to enter a home through a sliding glass door. As an added note it is also a good idea to always install deadbolt locks throughout a home. This includes the door that leads from the house to the garage. Taking security seriously and covering all aspects of home security can prevent a break-in, home invasion or some other type of crime. Contact Central Alarm today for burglar alarms in Tucson Arizona.

Home Security Advice For Homeowners

There are many ways to protect a home today including many of the modern high-tech security systems available on the market. Having a professional alarm company install a wireless alarm system that includes surveillance cameras is one of the best ways to protect a home year-round. However, there are some other simple security suggestions that can greatly improve security when combined with an alarm system. Here are a few worth considering.

Cause Sensors To Malfunction

For example, installing a locked mailbox for a residential home is an excellent way to protect outgoing mail. This is an essential consideration because stolen mail can reveal personal information that can present a serious privacy and security breach. In addition, it is recommended that CO monoxide detectors and smoked detectors be checked at frequent and regular intervals. Something as simple as the buildup of lint can cause sensors to malfunction on these delicate instruments. Equally important is to never leave notes on a residential front door for service personnel.

Turn The Telephone Ringer Down

This is a telltale sign for would-be thieves wishing to enter a home uninvited. Play it safe and keep your personal plans private at all times. Never tip off a burglar unnecessarily by leaving a note somewhere on the outside of your home. Another excellent trick that can improve home security is to turn the telephone ringer down to the lowest setting possible while away. This is simply an excellent way of preventing a burglar from dialing your home to determine whether or not someone is home. Burglars use this tactic frequently as a way to burglarize a home while homeowners are away.

Thieves Operate In The Dark Of Night

Finally, an excellent safety tip that many homeowners often overlook is to ensure that the outside of the home as well lighted at all times. Having floodlights placed at strategic locations around the outside of a home can flood the area with bright and abundant lighting. Because burglars and thieves operate in the dark of night, this is a clear and obvious deterrent that can help keep the home incredibly secure. As an added bonus, having a dog of virtually any breed on the premises can alert homeowners to prowlers. Dogs are incredibly sensitive to noise and intruders. Contact Central Alarm today for Tucson alarm installation services.

Easy Strategies For Improving Home Security

There are many ways that homeowners can improve home security that can work in unison with a security or alarm system. For example, installing motion sensors if they have not already been installed with a standard alarm system can greatly enhance overall levels of safety and security. Motion sensors are important because they can alert homeowners when there is unexpected activity happening in or around the home.

Motion Sensors Along With Video Surveillance Cameras

This type of security system accessory is also important because it can help homeowners know if someone is hiding near, around or in a house. When an alarm system is properly installed and includes motion sensors along with video surveillance cameras, a home is a far safer place. Equally important is to always make certain that shrubs are well trimmed and manicured. This is an easy item to overlook when it comes to personal security. Well-trimmed shrubs around doorways and windows can deny burglars of much-needed cover when they are casing out a home or preparing to break in.

That It Simply Makes A Home Look Occupied When It Is Not

Another great way for improving security around the home is to add timers to lighting throughout the house. By putting timers on lights in key locations throughout the home so that lighting will come on and off at random times, burglars are kept off-balance thus preventing a break-in. One of the best aspects of using timers on lighting is that it simply makes a home look occupied when it is not. Even something as simple as leaving a radio or TV on while away can greatly enhance security.

Uncertainty With Regard To Who Is Knocking On The Door

Finally, anytime there is a knock at the door it is always a good idea to talk through the door, view through the peephole or simply have the individual call on the telephone. In fact, anytime there is uncertainty with regard to who is knocking on the door it is best to call the authorities as soon as possible. Having the police investigate an unknown individual at the front door can ultimately prevent a break-in or home invasion. All this combined with a quality alarm system and the family dog can keep everyone safe year-round. Contact Central Alarm today to learn more about alarm systems that are reliable, affordable and dependable.

Key Security Considerations For Homeowners

Being a residential homeowner or a small business owner comes with much responsibility with regard to ensuring overall safety and security. While installing a quality alarm system that includes video surveillance cameras and motion sensors is always essential to total security, there are some other things that homeowners and business owners can do to enhance security even further. For example, homeowners can choose to have a family dog on-site.

Acute Sense Of Smell

This is an important consideration because dogs are particularly sensitive to noises, strange behavior or prowlers in the vicinity of a home. By their very nature, dogs will bark and become agitated when there is a stranger crossing into the bounds of what they perceive to be there space. Dogs also have an acute sense of smell and can detect the smell of prowlers from a long distance. Few security measures can compare to simply having a dog in and around the home environment.

Prey Upon A Homeowners Mail

Equally important is to always make sure that mail is picked up promptly once it has been delivered to a mailbox. Many thieves prey upon a homeowner’s mail in order to find out personal information in preparation for a break-in. When going out of town for any length of time it is recommended to always have a family member or neighbor pick up the mail at regular intervals. Even contacting the post office to pause mail delivery is a better option than simply allowing mail to pile up in the mailbox. This combined with joining in neighborhood watch team can go a long way in improving safety for everyone.

Never Leave Any Notes On The Door

Finally, homeowners should always refrain from leaving any type of note on the front door. Whether it is a note for family or friends or even service personnel it is strongly recommended to never leave any notes on the door. A note will send out a clear and obvious message that occupants of a home are away. It is far safer to simply make phone calls and let those you expect know that you will be gone. The installation of the latest in wireless home security systems is one of the best ways to prevent burglaries and thefts. Today’s modern wireless systems are incredibly reliable. Contact Central Alarm today for Tucson alarm systems.

Strategies For Improving Safety Around The Home

Safety and security are a major concern in today’s uncertain world. That is why it is so important to consider a few important security tips and measures designed to improve the overall defense of any residential home. For example, the installation of floodlights is a known deterrent that can send burglars, thieves and vandals on their way. Shedding light on the area surrounding a home is one of the best ways to keep criminals at bay.

A Phone Always Close At Hand

Other measures often use as a backup to security systems include having a stun gun or even a can of pepper spray available. As a last resort, homeowners can protect themselves with these types of devices as a way to stop criminals in their tracks. Having a phone always close at hand is equally as important. Being able to call 911 or call the authorities as soon as a break-in is evident can ensure that law enforcement will arrive in the shortest time possible.

Aggressive Behavior By A Home Security Dog

In addition, having a security dog that is professionally trained on the premises is perhaps one of the best ways to supplement an existing security system. Dogs are attuned to their environment and know when something is unusual or out of place. Dogs have an excellent sense of smell, hearing and sight helping to detect trouble long before a homeowner would ever suspect anything is wrong. Vigorous barking and aggressive behavior by a home security dog will cause any burglar or thief to think twice when attempting to break in. Another great way to improve security around the home is to incorporate the use of a video surveillance system.

Become Involved In A Neighborhood Watch Program

Working with an experienced and knowledgeable team of security experts, homeowners can have a comprehensive home security system installed that includes a security camera system. Most importantly, these modern security systems and security cameras will record information that can help law enforcement recover lost items if a break-in does occur. As an added note, homeowners may choose to become involved in a neighborhood watch program and work with neighbors to protect their immediate environment. Consider all these essentials as a way to stay safe and secure over the long term. Contact Central Alarm today for reliable, dependable and affordable home security systems in Tucson Arizona.

Tips For Making Windows More Secure

Most security experts would agree that windows are perhaps one of the weakest links in overall home security. That said there are some simple and effective ways of improving window security around the home. For example installing additional locks and innovative impact resistant glass can go a long way in reducing the chances of a break-in or vandalism. Locking windows makes it more difficult for burglars to use them as an entry point. While impact resistant glass can be costly it can ultimately pay for itself by preventing a break-in or vandalism.

Enhance The Appearance Of A Home

In some instances, homeowners may choose to install grills on windows as a way to fortify a home. Best of all, there are many creative and attractive looking window grills available today that can actually enhance the appearance of a home. Grills that provide increased security to home from a decorative perspective are well worth considering as a way to maintain optimal levels of security at all times. Another great way to improve security around the home is to consider installing bright and powerful floodlights outdoors.

Landscape Appropriately

In short, installing multiple floodlights around the perimeter of a house structure can greatly enhance safety. Thieves and criminals are deterred by light because they typically work in the shadow of the night. Installing multiple floodlights over windows, entryways and other areas around the home will cause criminals, vandals and thieves to think twice. Those wishing to break into a residential home that sense they may be detected will simply move on to another target. Another great way to deter break-ins and theft is to landscape appropriately. For example, using small crushed rocks around windows can prevent criminals from peeking in at night.

Reflective Film Or Tinted Glass

Crushed rock is noisy when walked upon helping to deter criminals and thieves. Equally effective is to consider planting varieties of bushes and shrubs that have sharp painful thorns. Using these types of plantings under windows can reduce the chances of criminals and thieves looking into a home when preparing to break in. As an added note, reflective film or tinted glass can also serve to increase safety and security around the home. When burglars cannot see into a home they are less likely to break in. Contact Central Alarm today for Tucson home security alarm systems.

Simple And Effective Security Tips For Homeowners

Being a homeowner comes with much responsibility including ensuring that all persons and property within a home always remain safe. One of the best ways to meet this goal is to consider a few simple and effective security tips. For example, something as basic as displaying security yard signs in the front and backyard can greatly reduce the incidence of break-ins and vandalism.

Deter Criminals And Send Them On Their Way

Would-be thieves are far less likely to tamper with a home where they suspect there is a security system installed. When intruders suspect that they are being monitored and that their actions are being recorded they are far less likely to attempt a break-in. The very threat of being caught is enough to deter criminals and send them on their way. Equally important is to consider the use of solid metal or solid wood doors around the home. Flimsy or hollow doors used on the exterior of a home can make a break-in easy and convenient for thieves.

Glass Breakage Type Detector

A small investment in solid doors can eliminate the worries associated with break-ins and home invasions. Equally important is to consider the installation of a glass breakage type detector. These detectors can sense the sound frequency of breaking glass and will alert homeowners as such. Whenever glass is broken, this type of detector will trigger a piercing alarm letting homeowners know that there may be an intruder. Another highly effective way of improving security around the home is to always create the impression that someone is home.

Employing The Assistance Of A Guard Dog

Burglars and thieves will look for houses that are vacant and unoccupied. When lights, TVs, radios and other similar items are on an active, would-be thieves will typically move on to the next target. Homeowners can make use of automatic timers and automatic switches to turn security lights on and off at the proper time. These timers and switches also work well with TVs and radios. Finally, employing the assistance of a guard dog is perhaps one of the best ways to deter theft and crime. Dogs have a natural tendency to alert others of danger or intruders. Take advantage of a dog’s natural instinct and enjoy far greater levels of security. Contact Central Alarm today for Arizona alarm systems that are reliable, dependable and affordable.

Video Surveillance Installation Tips And Tricks

While having a professional security technician install a video surveillance system is always the best option, it is still good to know some of the tips and tricks of the trade. For example, when installing a video surveillance camera it is best to install the unit in such a way that it is protected from direct sunlight, excessive rainwater, ice and snow. In addition, installing a camera in a high vantage point can reduce the likelihood of vandalism.

Never Pointed Directly At The Sun

It is also a good idea to install a camera in such a way so that it captures the best possible vantage point with regard to the area that is to be under surveillance. Equally important is to ensure that the camera lens is never pointed directly at the sun. Bright sunlight can damage delicate components of a video surveillance camera. With regard to lighting, video surveillance cameras work best in a well-lit area where bright lights or sunlight do not directly interfere with the field of vision.

Make Those Who Have Vandalized Accountable

Another important aspect of installing video surveillance around a home or business is to ensure that every entry and exit to a structure is fitted with a camera. Today’s modern video surveillance systems record every event and activity that occurs virtually around the clock. This is important because in the event of a break-in or vandalism, law enforcement can use this information to begin an investigation as a way to recover lost items or make those who have vandalized accountable. Recorders associated with video surveillance camera should be well protected and hidden.

Detected And Recorded

This is an excellent way of protecting valuable evidence after there has been a break-in or some type of vandalism. As an added note, consumers should know that black-and-white cameras typically work better in a low-light environment. Conversely, cameras that record in color will provide greater detail with regard to useful information. Everything from the color of a car to the color of clothing can be detected and recorded when using color equipment. There are some cameras that function in black and white at night and then switch to color during the day. Either way, working with a professional in the security industry can ensure that the right choices are made. Contact Central Alarm today for Tucson video surveillance and security systems.

Why Home Surveillance Systems Are Useful For Homeowners

Home surveillance systems are perhaps one of the most reliable and useful ways of protecting a home when it comes to overall security. In fact, when an alarm system is combined with video surveillance and remote access, the level of security and safety is unmatched. In today’s modern world, home surveillance systems are more affordable and easier to install than ever before.

Recorded And Stored

Catching intruders in the act (via video) of stealing from a home can greatly enhance law enforcement’s ability to recover lost items and catch those who have committed a crime. Camera systems work 24 hours a day to monitor all activity inside and outside of the home. Best of all, information can be recorded and stored so that homeowners and law enforcement can review information to determine how and when a crime was committed. Remote monitoring is equally impressive because it allows homeowners to view activity inside their home from virtually any place in the world at any time of the day or night.

A Total Home Security System

Video cameras are useful because they can store images, see what homeowners can’t see and can catch any type of activity at any time. This is powerful and useful for homeowners wishing to maintain the highest levels of security and safety. When indoor and outdoor cameras are combined in a total home security system, there is a far less likely chance that a break-in, vandalism or home invasion will occur. Thieves and vandals will often move on to another target when they sense that there is video surveillance in progress. In short, video surveillance takes the guesswork out of keeping safety and security at the highest levels possible.

Systems Could Be Disabled Quite Easily

Another important aspect of today’s modern video surveillance systems is that they are typically “wireless” in nature. This simply means that systems cannot be hacked or tampered with by vandals or thieves. In the old days, wired video surveillance systems could be disabled quite easily. Today this is not possible because wireless systems that are mounted out of reach of thieves are almost impossible to defeat. Few other security systems can compare to a modern home surveillance system that takes full advantage of wireless video surveillance systems. Systems that record all activity around the home are best. Contact Central Alarm today for alarm systems and video surveillance in Tucson Arizona.

Home Security Strategies

Home security is a major concern for many people today. In an uncertain world where crime and vandalism continues to increase across the globe and throughout the country, there are some basic and straightforward strategies that are worth considering as a way to improve overall levels of security for homeowners. For example, any time home keys become lost it is essential to change the locks immediately. Delaying or postponing could result in a break-in.

References Should Be Verified

Another key aspect of maintaining optimum levels of security around the home is to always choose carefully with regard to professional house cleaners and others that offer home services. Those that provide a wide range of home services should be checked thoroughly and references should be verified. Checking with the Better Business Bureau and other similar agencies is always recommended. In addition, homeowners should never keep spare keys under a doormat or in a mailbox. At an absolute minimum, spare keys should be put in a container and buried underground.

One Of The Best Deterrents

Homeowners should always be alert to any possible suspicious activity around their home or around the neighborhood. Getting into the habit of talking with neighbors is a good way to protect one’s property. Another excellent strategy that is often incorporated by homeowners is to paint tools and other items with clearly distinguishable markings. Thieves will often avoid stealing items that are easy to identify. Homeowners may also wish to consider getting a dog. Dogs are known as one of the best deterrents against burglars. Dogs by their very nature will alert homeowners to potential burglars or vandals.

Homeowners Should Keep The Door Locked

Finally, any time someone approaches a home asking to use the telephone or says that they are in distress, homeowners should keep the door locked and then make an emergency phone call for the individual. Never open the door and allow a stranger to enter your home without first calling police or emergency services. Even salesman should be scrutinized when they approached the front door. Any individual that claims to be a salesperson or other professional should be expected to show an ID either through a window or under the door. Confirming identity is essential to ensuring that home break-in or home invasions does not occur. Contact Central Alarm today for Tucson alarm systems that are affordable and reliable.

Basic Home Security Essentials For Homeowners

There are certain basic safety and home security essentials that every homeowner should consider. In fact, in today’s increasingly uncertain world it is more important than ever before to take security and safety seriously. For example, even something such as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can cause problems for homeowners. These devices should be checked on a regular basis to ensure that they are working properly and that batteries are in good order.

An Unsecured Mailbox

Equally important is to install a locked mailbox as a way to protect outgoing mail. A growing number of problems are arising across the country where thieves are stealing mail and then using the information contained within that mail to commit identity theft and fraud. An unsecured mailbox is a sure way to become a victim of identity theft. Many people also choose to send outgoing mail in an approved USPS blue mailbox. This is another way to protect one’s identity and personal information.

Battery Recharging System

Another key aspect of maintaining smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors is to consider having interconnected smoke alarms installed. When smoke alarms are linked together one alarm will trigger all alarms to activate. For smoke alarms that use batteries it is important to note that non-rechargeable batteries can become damaged or even explode if a homeowner tries to recharge them in a battery recharging system. Always know the type of batteries you are working with as a way to prevent injury and damage. As an added note, it is always recommended to never leave notes on the door when away from home.

Being Aware Of Your Surroundings

This is a sure way to tip off thieves and vandals that no one is home. Maintaining privacy and security means being aware of your surroundings and never tipping off others that you are away or that your house is unoccupied. Curtains, blinds and shutters should always be closed and lights should be left on when away. This is one of the simplest ways to enhance an alarm system or security system and to prevent a break-in. Working closely with neighbors and friends as well as family members to ensure that your house is always monitored is another important aspect of maintaining optimum levels of security and safety at all times. Contact Central Alarm today for quality Tucson alarm systems.

The Advantages Of Remote Monitoring For Greater Home Security

Remote monitoring has grown in popularity in recent years as technology has advanced and made it more affordable and easier for homeowners to enjoy this type of advanced home security technology. The growing number of applications and software intended to allow homeowners to access home security features from virtually any place in the world means that a home can be better protected and more secure at all times.

Connecting To A Home Security Network Via An Electronic Device

Interactive services are offered by many security installation systems today as a way to increasingly automate home security. Being able to arm or disarm an alarm system from virtually any place on the planet is a great advantage in today’s modern world. Connecting to a home security network via an electronic device such as a tablet, smart phone or computer provides greater levels of peace of mind for homeowners. When a homeowner connects to a home security network they are able to check their home, their family or their pets 24 hours a day at a moments notice.

Set Certain Criteria

There is great advantage in being able to arm or disarm a security system from anyplace in the world. The added ability to actually view what is happening inside your home while you are gone via CCTV and other video systems can provide the ultimate in remote monitoring services. Another excellent advantage of today’s modern remote monitoring is that it can allow homeowners to set certain criteria so that they will be notified by email or text if there is an intrusion or even if there is a fire. In some instances, homeowners can even set temperature control from remote locations.

Incredible Levels Of Safety And Security

Viewing security camera type feeds and being able to control all aspects of the home environment from anywhere at any time is a great advantage for today’s modern homeowner. By simply installing a wireless home security network that features remote monitoring, homeowners can greatly enhance security and reduce the likelihood of break-ins or vandalism. Few other times in history have allowed homeowners to enjoy such incredible levels of safety and security. Electronics, the Internet and modern technology have all served to greatly enhance security. Best of all these systems are amazingly affordable. Contact Central Alarm today to learn more about alarm systems in Tucson Arizona.

Home Security Made Easy

Home security is a major concern today for many people. However, the good news is that home security does not have to be complicated or even expensive. Implementing a few simple and easy to do security measures can greatly enhance the level of security for any home. Whether one is away on vacation or simply at home wishing to enjoy the greatest levels of security, consider these easy tips as a way to stay safe at all times.

Extraordinarily Easy For Criminals

One great example of an easy way to increase home security is to make full use of curtains and blinds. Most burglars will move on to the next target if they are unable to see inside and know what is going on in a home. This is especially true with regard to the evening hours when indoor lighting can make it extraordinarily easy for criminals outdoors in the dark to see what is going on inside.

Bolted Into The Concrete Foundation Of A Home

Sliding glass door security is another major concern that has a very simple and inexpensive remedy. Installing a wooden or metal rod in the door track frame to ensure that thieves are unable to dislodge a sliding glass door thus allowing entry is a good idea. Equally important is to make use of inexpensive high-quality safes that are readily available at discount stores. Perhaps the best type of safe in this regard is one that can actually be bolted into the concrete foundation of a home. A safe should be installed in an inconspicuous area making it more difficult for a thief to find.

Install A Garage Door Timer To Make This An Automated Activity

Finally, the garage is perhaps one of the weakest links in any home. Burglars, vandals and thieves know all too well that the garage makes easy access to any home. As such, it is important for homeowners to keep the garage doors closed at all times. Even when the weather is nice and the temptation is there to leave the garage door open, simply play it safe when it comes to security and keep the garage door closed and locked. Some even choose to install a garage door timer to make this an automated activity. Contact Central Alarm today for the best in Tucson burglar alarms and a host of other alarm systems.

Uncommon Yet Important Safety Considerations For Homeowners

There are many standard safety procedures that homeowners can use to keep their home safe and secure year-round. However, there are several lesser-known and less common safety and security strategies that can greatly enhance safety in an affordable and effective way. More homeowners than ever before are making home security a top priority as crime rates continue to rise across the country and throughout the world.

Use Of A Timer For Lights

One simple and inexpensive way to increase security around the home is to always avoid the temptation to place your family name on your mailbox or on a curb sign. Criminals are able to connect the dots and pair a phone number with a name and a street address. Avoid the temptation to proudly place your family name somewhere in public view around your home as a way to stay safe. Equally important is to consider the use of a timer for lights while not at home. Timers are more effective than simply leaving lights on all the time.

A Timer Control Can Throw Off Criminals

This is because criminals often track activity in an individual’s home to determine whether or not they are in fact home. A timer control can throw off criminals and keep them confused by turning off the lights and turning on lights at unexpected times. This is a simple and effective strategy that when combined with a security system can greatly enhance the overall level of home security that homeowners enjoy. Even more effective is combining lights that on timers and footlights that are on sensor controls. Motion sensors will turn lights on anytime somebody approaches the home.

Never Allow Newspapers Or Mail To Accumulate

Another simple and effective way of preventing theft and crime around a home is to never leave boxes from new purchases in front of your home. This is an easy way to alert criminals that you purchased a new TV, stereo or computer. A better option is to simply break down these boxes and recycle them as appropriate. Finally, as is always the case it is important to never allow newspapers or mail to accumulate when away on vacation. Work with neighbors and friends to ensure that your house always looks lived in regardless of how long you will be gone. Contact Central Alarm today for Tucson alarm systems that are affordable, responsive and highly dependable.

Simple Tricks And Strategies For Improving Home Security

It seems that today more than ever before people are deeply concerned with overall levels of home security. With the news constantly reporting ever-increasing levels of crime across the country and around the world it is more important than ever before to take home security seriously. In fact, more people today are getting involved with all aspects of home security as a way to stay safe.

Send Up A Red Flare That Your House Will Be Empty And Unoccupied

One easy and simple trick to prevent break-ins and vandalism on your home is to always ensure that your home looks occupied and lived in. The easiest way to accomplish this goal is to show signs of activity. A series of lights on timers and motion sensors can accomplish this goal quite easily. Best of all, these devices are incredibly affordable and easy to acquire. Equally important is to avoid sharing information about travel plans and vacations on social media. This is the easiest way to send up a red flare that your house will be empty and unoccupied.

Park Your Car In A Locked Secure Garage Environment

Another simple strategy that is often overlooked is to always make full use of your garage. Leaving a car with expensive items outside of your house is a sure way to invite trouble. If you have a garage and have the garage space available always make sure that you park your car in a locked secure garage environment. Avoiding car break-ins is equally as important as avoiding home break-ins. Most importantly, never leave personal identification type information or house keys in your car that could be stolen and used to enter your home at a later time.

A Deadbolt Keyless Lock Entry Is Perhaps One Of The Most Secure

Finally, one excellent idea that is gaining in popularity is the concept of using keyless locks around the home. A deadbolt keyless lock entry is perhaps one of the most secure and safest ways to provide a locking mechanism for a door. Consult with your security professional to find out which system will serve your needs the best. Take full advantage of these simple tricks and strategies as a way to improve overall levels of home security. Contact Central Alarm today for affordable, reliable and dependable Tucson home security systems.

Securing Your Home During Holiday Travel

With holidays rapidly approaching and many people leaving their homes unattended for days and sometimes weeks it is important to address the issue of home security during the holiday season. There are a number of smart and effective strategies that can be used to improve the overall security and safety of a home while homeowners are away on vacation.

Refrain From Discussing Travel Plans On Social Media

For example, one of the easiest and most logical ways to protect a home while traveling on vacation is to simply limit the conversation about your travel plans. During the age of social media, it is easy to let everyone know your plans and that your home will be empty. Refrain from discussing travel plans on social media or even talking about your travel plans in public. Unscrupulous thieves and criminals will immediately detect an opportunity to enter a home uninvited.

Make Arrangements To Have The Lawn Cut And The Newspaper Picked Up

Another key strategy for protecting a home while on vacation is to simply let the neighbors know that you will be gone. Trusted neighbors, family members and friends can monitor the condition of your home and ensure that it stays safe while you are away. This combined with having the latest security systems installed as well as having high-quality deadbolt locks on every door can greatly enhance security. Another important aspect of home safety while away is to make arrangements to have the lawn cut and the newspapers picked up.

Never Leave A Key To Your Home Under The Doormat

Seasoned criminals know what to look for when it comes to an unoccupied home. Mail that collects in the mailbox, newspapers that collect on the driveway and grass that grows to an excessive height are a clear invitation to criminals to take what is not theirs. As an added note, it is always advisable to never leave a key to your home under the doormat or anywhere near your home while you are away. It is a far better strategy to simply leave the key with a friend or family member. Follow these simple strategies to ensure that your home stays safe and secure no matter how long you are gone during the vacation holiday season. Contact Central Alarm today for Tucson home security systems that are reliable, dependable and affordable.

Uncommon Tips For Increasing Homeowner Safety And Security

 

There are many standard tips that are often made available to homeowners with regard to increasing overall levels of security. However, there are some other tips that are less known and less common that can be equally effective in helping homeowners stay safe and secure. For example, installing an automatic entry gate at the beginning of the driveway can greatly increase security. This is simply due to the fact that the homeowner is not required to exit a vehicle to open a gate when returning home.

Fireproof Safe

In addition, always having emergency numbers on speed dial on a telephone and teaching children how to dial emergency numbers can add to overall safety and security. Equally important is to consider installing a fireproof safe somewhere in the home. The best type of fireproof safe is one that can be bolted firmly to the foundation. These safes have become incredibly affordable and can be found in any big-box store or other retail outlet.

Pre-Established Safe Zone

Another uncommon strategy that is often overlooked but that can greatly increase overall levels of home security includes setting up safe zones at home. This simply involves having custom-made iron gates installed in certain areas of the home that can be locked and isolated from other areas of the home. During a home invasion or if an unexpected intruder enters the home, family members can simply retreat to a pre-established safe zone to avoid harm or injury. Another great way to improve overall home security is to always keep bushes and shrubs trimmed back as far as possible.

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Basic Home Safety And Security For Concerned Homeowners

 

It is common knowledge that installing a security system, alarm system or surveillance system or a combination of all of these can greatly reduce the chances of theft and vandalism. However, there are some other basic and easy to implement strategies that can substantially improve overall homeowner safety and security. Plan ahead and consider these basic home safety and security measures as a way to keep your home and family safe at all times.

Approaching The Front Door

For example, whenever there is a knock at the door it is important to exercise caution prior to opening a door to a stranger. The best option is to always check through the peephole and talk through the door to find out what an individual needs or requires. Another smart strategy in this situation is to have a phone handy and available when approaching the front door after there has been a knock. If you are unfamiliar with the individual or do not feel comfortable simply call 911 or call the police.

Hide In A Garage

Another key strategy for improving safety of any home is to always keep garage doors closed. Many homeowners have a tendency to keep the garage door open especially when the weather is nice. This is a sure way to invite trouble. Thieves, vandals and others can access one’s home quite easily through an open garage door. Even more concerning is the fact that those wishing to gain entry to a home can hide in a garage waiting for the garage door to close. This easy and inexpensive way of increasing home security is well worth considering by concerned homeowners.

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Useful Tips For Increasing Home Safety And Home Security

Staying safe in an increasingly uncertain world sometimes means considering a few useful tips for better home safety and home security. For example, one of the easiest and most common ways to greatly improved home security and safety is to create the illusion that someone is home. There are a number of ways that this can be accomplished quite easily. For example, keeping a TV or radio on while you are away works quite well.

A 1-Inch Deadbolt Lock On Every Exterior Door

In addition, keeping lights on a timer so that they turn and turn off randomly can also produce the same desired results. Another important aspect of overall home security is making certain that exterior doors have high quality deadbolt locks that are in good functional order. A 1-inch deadbolt lock on every exterior door is an essential part of total home security. Inferior locks and locks that are malfunctioning can only invite trouble with regard to theft and vandalism. Take the time to inspect locks and ensure that they are in good working order.

Wooden Dowel In The Middle Track Of Glass Sliding Doors

Another important and common strategy for improving overall home security is to always burglar-proof patio doors. This is an easy and inexpensive strategy that can be done with little effort. All that it simply involves is placing a metal bar or wooden dowel in the middle bottom track of all glass sliding doors. This key strategy is highly effective at preventing thieves from being able to jar a sliding glass door loose and gain entry into your home. This combined with keeping blinds and drapes closed can reduce potential interest from would-be thieves.

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Simple Security Safety Tips For New Homeowners

Becoming a new homeowner has many advantages, however there are some important and simple safety/security tips that every new homeowner should consider. For example, one of the most basic and essential aspects of increasing overall levels of security when moving into a new home is to simply get to know the neighbors. Those living in the immediate area and next-door neighbors can be the best advocates for improved home security and safety.

Become Involved In A Neighborhood Watch Program

In fact, when everyone is watching everyone else’s back the chances of there being an unexpected intrusion, break-in or act of vandalism is greatly reduced. Having neighbors’ phone numbers and being on a first name basis can make a big difference when it comes to suspicious activity in any neighborhood. Even better is to become involved in a neighborhood watch program if one exists. This is a great way for all neighbors to share in the communities overall level of safety and security.

Neighbors Can Pick Up Newspapers And Mail

Another key factor worth considering with regard to developing a favorable relationship with neighbors is that when away on vacation, neighbors can pick up newspapers and mail as a way to ensure that a house looks occupied. Another important aspect with regard to being a new homeowner is to make certain that all locks are changed once moving in. Prior homeowners could have lost keys, shared keys or given keys to others that may now have access to your home. Make it a point to change locks when moving into a new home.

Keeping Everyone Safe When It Comes To Home Security

Another great way to increase overall security when moving into a new home is to become more familiar with the surroundings. When a homeowner is familiar with what is normal in a neighborhood anything that is abnormal will immediately stand out. Even knowing what vehicles should be in a particular area can alert homeowners to abnormal activity. In short, knowing the lay of the land can go a long way in keeping everyone safe when it comes to home security and home safety. Finally, having a quality alarm system and surveillance system installed is one of the most important aspects of total home security and home safety. Contact Central Alarm today for Tucson alarm systems that are affordable, reliable and dependable.

The Key To Getting The Most Out Of Any Alarm System

While there are many alarm systems available today, only by installing one that has been specifically designed for a particular space can homeowners achieve the best results when it comes to safety and security. One of the best ways to achieve this goal is to simply work with an experienced and knowledgeable alarm company that has skilled and trained technicians. Carefully designing and installing a security system can achieve remarkable results for homeowners and business owners alike.

Having A Professional Installation Performed

A dedicated team of professional alarm installation experts can carefully assess the perimeter of a home and the interior of a home to design and create the perfect alarm system. Once a system has been crafted and designed it is than simply a matter of having a professional installation performed. The good news for consumers is that today many high quality systems are installed using wireless technology. This eliminates the need for cutting, drilling and modifying a home structure. In short, wireless technology makes alarm installation easy and affordable.

Accessing A Mobile Application Through An Internet Connection

Getting the most out of an alarm system requires considering these few important and essential facts. Best of all, in today’s modern world there are many other technological advances that homeowners and business owners can incorporate to make an alarm system even more effective. For example, mobile applications that are designed to allow property owners to view a property from anywhere in the world have become widely available today. Homeowners and business owners can literally view their property on the mobile device such as a smart phone or tablet by simply accessing a mobile application through an Internet connection.

Electronic Components And Wireless Technology

Other mobile applications even make it possible to alert property owners when there has been an intrusion into a property. Today’s modern alarm systems are more flexible and more capable than ever before. Even with all this added advantage the alarm systems available today are surprisingly affordable. Much of this is due to the fact that alarm systems have taken advantage of decreasing prices in electronic components and wireless technology. Keeping a home safe and secure is easier and more cost-effective than most people imagine. Contact Central Alarm today for the absolute best in Tucson alarm systems, fire alarms and a host of other security devices.

The Advantages Of Internet Monitoring When It Comes To Home Security

Home security systems have evolved and matured over the years to become highly specialized and affordable systems that greatly enhance safety and security for homeowners and business owners. Perhaps one of the most important advances in security systems in recent years has been the advent of Internet monitoring. While wireless technology and miniaturization have increased the functionality and usability of alarm systems, Internet monitoring has also served to advance this important technology designed to protect homes and businesses.

Laptop Computers That Are Highly Mobile

Best of all, Internet monitoring is easy and convenient because virtually everyone today is on the Internet in one form or another. From smart phones to mobile devices such as tablets and laptop computers that are highly mobile, virtually anyone can access the Internet almost immediately. Whether it is through a broadband connection or through a mobile phone service, accessing the Internet is virtually second nature today. This means that those with alarm system and a surveillance system on their home can easily monitor activity around their property when they are not there.

Almost Impossible To Defeat

In addition, because alarm systems have become so affordable and so easy to install the entire landscape has changed with regard to monitoring one’s property while away. In short, it is easier, more affordable and more convenient than ever before to closely monitor property from virtually any place in the world thanks to Internet monitoring. Another important aspect of today’s modern security systems is that they are often “wireless” in nature making them almost impossible to defeat. In the old days analog systems were wired. This simply meant that a burglar could cut the wires and disable an alarm.

The Possibilities Are Endless In Terms Of Protecting A Property

Today this is no longer possible. Wireless alarm systems are small and easy to conceal making it almost impossible for thieves and criminals to deactivate an alarm system. When these advantages are combined with Internet monitoring the possibilities are endless in terms of protecting a property from would-be thieves. One of the best ways to get the most out of all this advanced technology is to simply work with the right security alarm system company. One company in particular that has stood the test of time is Central Alarm. Contact Central Alarm today for the best in Tucson home alarm systems.

Sensible Ways Of Making A Home More Secure

News reports and other statistics show that crime is on the rise across the country and around the world. As such it is more important than ever before to consider smart and sensible ways of making a home more secure. For example, protecting the windows around a home is perhaps one of the best ways to deter burglars and thieves. Using windows as an entry point is one of the most common strategies of today’s typical thieves and crooks.

Open Invitation To Thieves

Securing windows around a home is an easy and inexpensive way of greatly enhancing the overall safety of a home. Installing burglar resistant glass and window locks is always a smart option for homeowners. Equally important is to consider using interior door hinges throughout a home. Exterior doors that have hinges on the outside are an open invitation to thieves with a few handy tools. Making an effort to convert all doors with outside hinges to inside hinges can greatly enhance security for homeowners.

Forcing A Sliding Glass Door Open

Another key aspect of increasing security throughout a home is to use metal bars or other heavy-duty bars on all sliding glass doors. Patio doors, sliding doors and other types of similar doors should have a metal bar or other type of deterrent in the bottom track. This bar is important in preventing thieves and burglars from forcing a sliding glass door open. Deadbolt locks are another great deterrent that are easy to install. In fact homeowners can do the work themselves and simply retrofit all existing locks throughout a home with deadbolt locks. As a note, deadbolt locks should be at least one inch thick to be considered highly effective.

Crime Will Not Be Tolerated

Finally, illuminating a house on the interior and exterior is one of the most important aspects of deterring theft and crime. Criminals, thieves and vandals detest light and will simply move down the road to a darker location. Homeowners and business owner should make ample use of lighting as a way to let thieves know that crime will not be tolerated. Finally, it is essential to always maintain an appearance throughout a home that it is active in occupied. This will also serve to deter break-ins and theft. Contact Central Alarm today for the best in Tucson home alarm and business alarm systems.

Effective Ways Of Protecting A Home With An Alarm System

With an ever-increasing amount of crime and violence occurring across the country and around the world it is more important than ever before to have an adequate alarm system installed. With that said, there are many choices when it comes to alarm systems. That is why it is important to choose the right alarm company when making this type of decision. While there are many companies that offer quality alarm systems only a select handful truly deliver when it comes to affordable quality.

Wireless Technology

One of the keys to getting the most out of any alarm system is to consider the latest technological advances in the field. For example, wireless technology has quickly become the preferred method of installing a wide variety of high-quality alarm systems. Wireless technology offers many benefits that were simply not available a few short years ago. Wireless makes installation easier, more affordable and more convenient. It also makes it more difficult for burglars and thieves to defeat a system.

Surveillance Cameras Are Small

Imagine having an alarm system where no wires can be cut. This simply means greater reliability and dependability when it comes to protecting a home or business. In addition, perhaps one of the most notable advances in recent times when it comes to alarm systems is the advent of advanced surveillance cameras. Years ago, camera systems were bulky, large and expensive. Today surveillance cameras are small, convenient and affordable. Best of all wireless technology can also be combined with video surveillance to make systems even easier to install and even more effective.

Choosing The Right Alarm System

With so many options available to consumers today it is easy to see why more people than ever before are choosing to have alarm systems installed in their homes and businesses. Keeping criminals at bay and protecting a home from vandalism, fire and theft is as easy as choosing the right alarm system. One of the keys to achieving the desired results with regard to choosing an alarm system is in choosing the right alarm company. One company in particular that has stood the test of time in this regard is Central Alarm. The company is a Tucson security business that has been providing the community with security systems for many decades. Contact Central Alarm today to learn more about Tucson alarm systems that are affordable and reliable.

Home Theft Prevention That Is Logical And Effective

Protecting a home from burglary, theft and vandalism is easier than most people might imagine. In many instances, it simply involves taking advantage of a few logical and effective tips that are designed to greatly improve home safety and security. For example, something as simple as keeping curtains and blinds closed to prevent burglars from taking inventory of the items inside a home is an easy and effective way to prevent home theft from ever happening.

Second Story Windows

In addition, outdoor ladders should be secured and stored in a locked shed, garage or other space to ensure that thieves do not have access to this type of equipment. Gaining access to the second story windows that are not locked is an easy way for burglars to gain entry into a home. Play it safe and always keep ladders out of reach of would-be thieves. Perhaps most important of all is to always ensure that the garage door remains closed and locked.

Change The Access Code

Here’s another great strategy for reducing the chances of unauthorized entry into your home. Replacing worn out keypads on entry devices is an important aspect of overall home security that must be considered. When a keypad entry device is used over and over for several years, the letters and numbers can become visible. This can provide criminals with the information that they need to gain easy access to your home. The best strategy in this regard is to simply change the access code on home entry devices periodically to prevent thieves from guessing the access code.

A Correct Address On File

Another uncommon strategy that can go a long way in increasing the safety and security of a home is to ensure that the address of a home is clearly visible from the street for firemen, paramedics and police. Being able to quickly identify a home can increase response time substantially. Along the same lines it is also important to make certain that medical assistance, the police and the fire department all have a correct address on file with regard to 911 calls. Finally, waiting to put out the trash in the morning as opposed to the night before can reduce the chances of the theft of identity related information. Contact Central Alarm today for Tucson alarm systems that are affordable and highly effective.

Smart And Effective Ways To Keep Burglars At Bay

There is a growing concern among homeowners with regard to burglary and theft. That is why it is more important than ever before to stay proactive when finding ways to reduce the chances of burglary. One common strategy that often goes overlooked is to simply reduce escape routes for burglars around a home. Criminals typically look for homes that have a wide variety of hiding areas and hiding spots. This along with escape routes makes for the perfect target for a burglar.

 

Safety And Security

 

Reducing shrubbery, trimming back trees and keeping a yard well manicured can greatly reduce the probability of theft, vandalism or other types of crime. In addition, by simply installing motion detector type lighting, a homeowner can substantially improve the overall safety and security of any outdoor space. These lights are designed to turn on automatically when someone is detected walking around in the immediate area. This is the perfect deterrent for nighttime break-ins that are so common today.

Uncommon And Unexpected Places

Equally important is to avoid storing jewelry, valuables and other expensive items in a bedroom. Thieves will often target a bedroom, and especially a master bedroom for cash, jewelry and other valuables. One of the best ways to deter theft and protect valuables is to store these items in uncommon and unexpected places. This can include good hiding spots in a bathroom, spare bedroom or even a laundry room. The attic is a common place that is also used to make it far more difficult for thieves to steal valuable belongings. In addition, working closely with neighbors to prevent home theft is a good common strategy.

Keeping A Garage Secure

Having a group mentality when it comes to protecting a neighborhood can go a long way in averting any type of break-ins or burglaries. A close-knit community with like-minded neighbors is one of the best ways to stay alert and prevent theft. For example, if a neighbor suspects unusual activity around your home they should be expected to call the authorities as soon as possible. In return, you would do the same thing for one of your neighbors. Finally, always keeping a garage secure is a great way to reduce theft. Open garage doors, especially at night are an invitation to burglars. Contact Central Alarm for the best in quality Tucson alarm systems.

Home Burglary Statistics That Are Important To Consider

In today’s increasingly uncertain world, there is a steady increase in the rise of burglary, theft and vandalism. One simply needs watch the local news or the national news to see that crime is on the rise. In fact, there are widely available statistics that show that crime plays a major role in today’s modern society. For example, statistically speaking, a home burglary happens about four times a minute in the United States. On an hourly, weekly, monthly and yearly basis this is an astounding number of burglaries.

Motion Sensing Lighting

In addition, the average home burglary is said to result in a financial loss of approximately $1500 per incident. This means that homeowners on average can expect to lose at least $1500 worth of valuables when their home has been burglarized. Taking the appropriate steps to avoid theft can greatly improve one’s overall peace of mind. From alarm systems to motion sensing lighting and video surveillance, taking the necessary steps to prevent burglaries is well worth the effort.

Through An Unlocked Window Or Door

Another important statistic that speaks volumes with regard to today’s modern burglaries and theft is that almost 1/3 of all burglaries are considered to be unlawful entry. This simply means that burglars were able to enter a home without using any type of destructive force. In most instances, unlawful entry means that a burglar or vandal simply walked through an unlocked window or door. This is a sobering statistic that indicates that a large percentage of burglaries can easily be avoided by homeowners taking the necessary security measures. While two thirds of all burglaries are residential in nature, clearly more than half of these types of crimes occur during the day.

Secure And Well Protected

This is typically due to the fact that burglars target homes where individuals are away at work. With a relatively short number of burglaries solved by police in most instances, it is more important than ever before for homeowners to ensure that their homes are secure and well protected. With roughly 1/3 of homes today having security systems, it is essential for those without an alarm system to consider having a system installed. As a matter of fact, homes that do not have a security system are up to three times more likely to be burglarized. Contact Central Alarm today for quality Tucson alarm systems.

Smart And Effective Ways To Keep Burglars At Bay

There is a growing concern among homeowners with regard to burglary and theft. That is why it is more important than ever before to stay proactive when finding ways to reduce the chances of burglary. One common strategy that often goes overlooked is to simply reduce escape routes for burglars around a home. Criminals typically look for homes that have a wide variety of hiding areas and hiding spots. This along with escape routes makes for the perfect target for a burglar.

Safety And Security

Reducing shrubbery, trimming back trees and keeping a yard well manicured can greatly reduce the probability of theft, vandalism or other types of crime. In addition, by simply installing motion detector type lighting, a homeowner can substantially improve the overall safety and security of any outdoor space. These lights are designed to turn on automatically when someone is detected walking around in the immediate area. This is the perfect deterrent for nighttime break-ins that are so common today.

Uncommon And Unexpected Places

Equally important is to avoid storing jewelry, valuables and other expensive items in a bedroom. Thieves will often target a bedroom, and especially a master bedroom for cash, jewelry and other valuables. One of the best ways to deter theft and protect valuables is to store these items in uncommon and unexpected places. This can include good hiding spots in a bathroom, spare bedroom or even a laundry room. The attic is a common place that is also used to make it far more difficult for thieves to steal valuable belongings. In addition, working closely with neighbors to prevent home theft is a good common strategy.

Keeping A Garage Secure

Having a group mentality when it comes to protecting a neighborhood can go a long way in averting any type of break-ins or burglaries. A close-knit community with like-minded neighbors is one of the best ways to stay alert and prevent theft. For example, if a neighbor suspects unusual activity around your home they should be expected to call the authorities as soon as possible. In return, you would do the same thing for one of your neighbors. Finally, always keeping a garage secure is a great way to reduce theft. Open garage doors, especially at night are an invitation to burglars. Contact Central Alarm for the best in quality Tucson alarm systems.

Taking Full Advantage Of Your Local Police To Keep A Home Secure

Most homeowners would be surprised to find that many local police departments offer a wide range of resources and services designed to help homeowners keep their home more secure. Working with the Police Department to prevent crime is a smart and cost-effective way for homeowners to enjoy the highest levels of security in today’s increasingly uncertain world. Even something as simple as letting police know that you will be out of town for an extended period of time can go a long way in increasing security.

 

Crime Prevention Programs

 

In addition, there are a number of police stations around the country today that offer free home security evaluations for property owners. This along with the fact that many municipalities and police departments even offer crime prevention programs residential homeowners can become involved with on an ongoing basis is good news. Because police departments regularly deal with crime prevention they are one of the best resources possible for helping homeowners achieve higher levels of safety and security around their home.

 

Growing Trend Around The Country

 

Local municipalities and police departments are more than willing to help homeowners prevent break-ins. This is important because police would much rather work in preventing crime than having to respond to break-ins and other illegal activities. It is this proactive and preventative approach to keeping homeowners safe that is a growing trend around the country. Most importantly, today’s police officers are friendly, helpful and always willing to work with homeowners to prevent and reduce crime. All it takes is homeowners to take the first step by contacting their local police department.

 

Reduce The Chances Of A Break-In

 

Taking these simple and logical steps along with installing a dependable and reliable security system as well as video surveillance can greatly enhance home security. With the cost of security systems coming down on an annual basis and wireless technology growing in popularity, now is the best time for homeowners to install a security system that is designed to greatly reduce the chances of a break-in. One of the keys to achieving this goal is to work with an experienced and knowledgeable security and alarm company. Contact Central Alarm today to learn more about having an affordable alarm system installed in your residential or commercial property. Tucson home security just got easier thanks to Central Alarm.

Tips For Keeping Burglars Confused As A Way To Reduce Break-In

Perhaps one of the least expensive and most effective ways of reducing break-ins for residential homeowners is to simply keep burglars confused and fooled. In short, when thieves are uncertain whether or not someone is home they are far less likely to take bold steps to break into a home. Surprisingly, the majority of break-ins around the country occur during the day while homeowners are at work. That is why it is so important to confuse burglars.

Leave Lights On Within Your Home

Convincing burglars that someone is home and creating an image that a house is occupied is one of the most effective and easiest ways to stop break-ins. Even during the day it is advisable to leave lights on within your home. A television or a radio left on can go a long way in sending burglars down the road. While this may add slightly to one’s electrical utility charges, the end result is that a house will stay safe and secure while homeowners are busy at work or school.

The End Result Is An Incredibly Secure Residence

In addition, posting clear and obvious signage that lets would-be thieves know that an alarm system is installed further secures a home. When the illusion of occupancy is created combined with clear signage as well as a high quality alarm system and video surveillance the end result is an incredibly secure residence that is far less likely to be broken into. This provides homeowners with peace of mind in knowing that their home will not be compromised while they are away.

Add Additional Locking Mechanisms To Further Secure Your Home

Finally, securing sliding doors, windows and other doors around the home is an equally important strategy that must always be considered. While windows and doors come with standard locks it is always a good idea to add additional locking mechanisms to further secure your home. Windows are notorious for being defeated by burglars. By simply drilling a hole and installing a small rod into the window frame the chances of a burglar breaking into a home are greatly reduced. Foiling burglars with these simple strategies and techniques is a smart and effective way to increase overall security. Contact Central Alarm today for Tucson alarm systems that get results.

Tips And Strategies For Reducing Home Break-Ins

There is a very good chance that someone you know or you yourself have experienced a break-in at one point or another. It is a common occurrence and is growing in frequency around the country today. As such, there are a few tips and strategies that can go a long way in helping homeowners to greatly reduce the chances of a break-in. Sometimes these simple and obvious strategies are overlooked, ultimately resulting in an unnecessary break-in and the loss of personal property.

Expensive Bicycles

For example, perhaps one of the most obvious and frequently overlooked aspects of protecting your home from break-ins is to avoid leaving things around that are of value. Leaving valuables in clear sight of thieves is an invitation for them to take what does not belong to them. From expensive bicycles to motorcycles and a full range of valuables, homeowners often leave things in their front yard or on their porch or in their driveway that makes it easy and convenient for crooks to take whatever they choose.

Shuffle Through Garbage Cans

Another typical example of this is leaving curtains and windows open where expensive televisions, electronic equipment and other valuables are clearly visible from the street or road. Being careful to put the trash out in the morning rather than the night before is another way for homeowners to protect their privacy and their belongings. Thieves can easily shuffle through garbage, trash and recyclables in search of receipts and other information that may indicate valuables exist within a home. Reducing the likelihood of a break-in sometimes means exercising common sense in this regard. Even boxes used with new televisions or other expensive equipment left curbside can be a clear sign that things of value exist within a home.

Targeting A Home For Valuables

In short, reducing the chances of an unexpected break-in sometimes just means being low profile and low-key. These basic tips and strategies can greatly discourage the chances of thieves targeting a home for valuables. Best of all, when these concepts are combined with an effective home security system and even video surveillance, a home suddenly becomes far more secure and more protected. Work with an experienced alarm company to ensure that your home is protected year-round. Contact Central Alarm today for high quality Tucson alarm systems that greatly enhance home security for even those on a limited budget.

Strategies And Techniques For Stopping Burglars In Their Tracks

More homes are burglarized on a daily basis around the country than most people might imagine. In fact, the frequency and severity of break-ins is only increasing around the country each and every year. As more and more homeowners become aware of these simple facts they are taking more aggressive actions to greatly reduce the likelihood of an unexpected break in. As such, here a few simple strategies and techniques that can help.

 

Clear Invitation

 

For example, the old idea of leaving a spare key outside is simply not a good strategy in today’s uncertain world. Burglars, thieves and vandals know all too well that homeowners use this technique as a way to make it easy to enter their home if they forget their keys. However, with that said, this is a clear invitation to thieves to simply walk into your home and take anything that they desire. Homeowners can opt for simply leaving a spare key with a neighbor or friend instead.

 

Access A Private Residence

 

In other instances, homeowners have even been known to use a combination type lockbox or some other type of locking device to store a key outdoors. Most importantly, homeowners should never add identifying information to the keys of their home. This is another way to make it even easier for burglars to access a private residence. In addition, cutting back shrubs, bushes and trees can greatly reduce the chances that burglars will have a hiding spot around your home. Thieves and crooks frequently take advantage of hiding places around a residential home to plan their strategy when preparing to break into a home.

 

Helping Homeowners To Make The Right Choices

 

Best of all, when these simple strategies and techniques are combined with an effective home alarm system and video surveillance, the chances of a break-in are substantially reduced. Working with an experienced and knowledgeable alarm company is one of the first steps that a homeowner should take to enjoy the best that modern security systems make available. It is easier than most homeowners might imagine avoiding becoming a statistic with regard to a home break-in. More times than not common sense prevails, helping homeowners to make the right choices to prevent unauthorized entry. Contact Central Alarm today for Tucson residential alarms as well as Tucson business alarms that exceed expectations.

Effective Ways To Enhance The Security Of Your Home

Home security is a growing concern for many homeowners today. News reports and the general consensus indicate that crime is growing at a steady pace both locally and around the world. As such, it is more important than ever before to pay particular attention to all aspects of home security. Staying safe and secure sometimes simply means following a few simple tips.

 

Dogs Are Very Territorial And Will Immediately Alert Homeowners

 

For example, an obvious and easy way to greatly enhance the existing security of a home is to simply employ the services of a family dog. It is important to note that it is not necessary to choose a vicious breed of dog. All that is really required is a dog with has a loud bark. Dogs are very territorial and will immediately alert homeowners if a prowler is casing the outside of a home. Burglars, thieves and vandals would simply prefer to avoid any type of confrontation with a dog. In short, dogs can be a great way to complement an existing alarm system.

 

The Use Of Automatic Timers

 

Another way to greatly reduce the chances of a break-in is to always give the impression that someone is home. Thieves typically roam a neighborhood looking for a house that is clearly unoccupied. The use of automatic timers that turn on internal or external lights at predetermined times can greatly enhance an existing alarm system. Always give burglars and crooks the impression that someone is home. Even timers that are used on TVs and radios can greatly reduce the chances of a break-in when homeowners are away.

 

If The Thief Chooses To Break The Glass On A Door Or Window

 

Another great strategy that is often overlooked is the use of glass breakage detectors. These unique devices can sense the frequency associated with breaking glass. If a thief chooses to break the glass on a door or window these detectors will immediately trigger an alarm. While standard home alarm systems are very effective at detecting unauthorized entry, glass breakage detectors are a supporting type of system that can further enhance the security of any home. These simple and effective ways of enhancing any existing home security system simply make smart sense in today’s uncertain world. Contact Central Alarm today for the absolute best in Tucson alarm systems and for security advice.

DIY Home Security Ideas Designed To Complement An Alarm System

Most security experts would agree that an alarm system is perhaps one of the most important elements of overall home security. However, with that said there are other things that homeowners can do in order to complement an existing alarm system. For example, installing deadbolts is a smart and cost-effective way to greatly enhance an existing alarm system. Deadbolts are stronger and more resistant to tampering.

 

Replace The Door With Interior Hinged Hardware

 

Another strategy that can be integrated into any overall home security plan is to always use interior door hinges. This is an key strategy that sometimes goes overlooked. Thieves and burglars can easily remove existing hinges when they are on the outside of the door. Check to ensure that your home has no doors with exterior hinges. If you find a door with exterior hinges it is important to have a contractor or other professional come in and replace the door with interior hinged hardware.

 

Video Surveillance Cameras Are Typically Wireless

 

Homes with sliding glass doors should always use a metal bar in the sliding track to prevent thieves from entering a home by simply taking sliding doors off of their track. Home surveillance systems are another great way to complement an existing alarm system. Today’s modern video surveillance cameras are typically wireless, small and affordable. This makes for adding a video surveillance system easy, convenient and well within the budget of most homeowners. Best of all, video surveillance can be combined with computer technology to allow homeowners to monitor their property from virtually any place in the world.

 

Vandals Will Simply Prefer To Move On

 

Yard signs are an important aspect of overall home security. While a home alarm system can go a long way in protecting a dwelling, letting would-be thieves know in advance that you have an alarm system is a smart strategy. Thieves and would-be vandals will simply prefer to move on rather than tamper with a home that has clearly stated that it has an alarm system. Finally, always ensure that doors are solid. Use solid metal or solid wood doors throughout your entire exterior. This greatly reduces the possibility of forced break-ins. Complementing existing alarm systems is easy and affordable today thanks to a few simple strategies. Contact Central Alarm to learn more about Tucson alarm systems that are designed to produce results.

Simple Measures Designed To Improve Overall Home Security

While an alarm system that protects the interior of the home can go a long way in keeping homeowners safe, there are a few things that can be done outdoors that will complement any existing alarm system. Best of all, these supporting security measures are affordable, easy to implement and can serve to greatly enhance security levels throughout a home. One of the most obvious ways to enhance any existing security system is to add generous amounts of outdoor lighting.

 

Strategically Placed Outdoor-Lighting

 

A home that is well lighted is far less likely to be compromised than a home that lacks adequate outdoor lighting. Exterior lighting is affordable and typically easy to install. From motion detector spotlights to other types of strategically placed outdoor lighting, the possibilities are endless when it comes to lighting the outside of a home. Thieves, burglars and vandals despise the very idea of light. These people operate in the shadows and will simply move on when light is a part of the equation.

 

Timers Can Be Digital Or Manual

 

Make it tough on would-be thieves by keeping the exterior of your home extremely well lit at all times. Lighting timers are another great way to make the best use of exterior lighting. This is especially useful when on vacation or away from home. Timers that turn lights on and off create the illusion that someone is home. These timers can be digital or manual and can typically be found at a local hardware store. This is an extremely affordable solution that can greatly enhance a homeowner’s level of security.

 

Keep A Home Safe And Secure Your Round

 

Landscaping is another important concern that must be addressed as a way to complement an existing alarm system. Tall trees, heavy shrubbery and bushes can all make for perfect hiding places. Thieves enjoy the cover of shrubbery and will use landscaping to their advantage. Make it as difficult as possible for thieves by simply keeping trees, shrubs and bushes trimmed back as much as possible. When landscaping is well manicured and trimmed and lighting is bright and obvious, the chances of a break in are greatly reduced. These simple outdoor measures when integrated with a quality alarm system can keep a home safe and secure year round. Contact Central Alarm today for Tucson alarm systems that provide excellent protection.

Great Home Security Tips For Homeowners

Staying safe and secure in todays increasingly uncertain world sometimes means following a few simple tips. For example, an often overlooked and very important aspect of home security is to make a record of all a home’s contents. This is especially important with regard to valuables such as jewelry, electronics and other expensive items. Even a video camera can be used to make a record of all the items in a home. Once a record has been made is important to store this information in a safe place.

 

Drilling A Hole Where The Windows Overlap

 

Another great security tip for homeowners that can complement a quality alarm system includes reinforcing windows. Windows can actually be one of the weakest parts of a home. While today’s modern windows already include good locking mechanisms, homeowners can re-double the level of security in windows by simply drilling a hole where the windows overlap and installing a nail or other type of metal rod. This makes defeating a window locking mechanism virtually impossible. A security bar can also be used in ground-level windows as a way to further increase window security.

 

Never Leaving Keys Outside Of Your Home

 

With regard to keys it is important never to hide keys outdoors in a secret or undisclosed location. Thieves are very smart and know that homeowners often hide keys outdoors. Avoid the potential for a break-in by never leaving keys outside of your home. In addition, leaving keys with friends, neighbors and others is simply not a good idea. Keys can be duplicated, lost or stolen. Prevent the potential for unauthorized entry by always replacing the locks in your home if keys are unaccounted for or floating around outside your home.

 

It Is Important To Reinforce Existing Locks

Getting Your Home Inspected for an Alarm Installation

Getting your home inspected for an alarm installation is one of the wisest decisions a homeowner can make with regard to safety and overall security. Central Alarm is one company that understands the importance of quality alarm systems and will go out of its way to do what is necessary to provide customers with the best possible alarm system installation. However, it is important for homeowners to understand that the first step in making this happen is to schedule an initial consultation and home inspection. Typically, a technician will arrive and begin assessing your property and home for its existing level of security as well as its security weaknesses.

 

Decide Between a Monitored or an Unmonitored System

 

Once a technician has assessed your unique situation and your home’s weaknesses as well as its strengths they can then offer viable solutions to greatly increase your overall security and safety. Often the technician will provide several options with regard to which alarm system will best suit your specific security needs. Consumers can usually decide between a monitored or an unmonitored alarm system as well as systems that include video surveillance and systems that do not include video surveillance. It is usually a good idea to strike a balance between cost and quality with regard to having an alarm system installed in your home. The experienced technicians of Central Alarm can help its customers to strike this important balance.

 

These Systems are Generally Easy to Control and Operate

 

Once a decision has been made with regard to which alarm system will best suit your specific needs it is than simply a matter of arranging an installation time and date. Experienced and skilled technicians with companies like Central Alarm can work quickly and efficiently to install your alarm system and have it fully functional to meet your specific deadlines. Best of all, these systems are generally easy to control and operate and technicians will always provide instruction on how to operate your new alarm system. Once a quality alarm system has been fully installed and is operational and functional, homeowners can then rest assured with greater peace of mind that their home is protected and safe from intrusions and theft.

What You Can Do to Increase the Effectiveness of Your Home Alarms

With quality alarm service providers and alarm system installers like Central Alarm around it is clear to see why there is ample opportunity for concerned homeowners to protect their home today. However, even with the best alarm system available homeowners should still take precautions to reduce the likelihood of a home intrusion or theft or even vandalism. There are a number of good strategies that are very simple and very easy to apply in helping to reduce the occurrence of these types of events. For example, proper lighting used in and around a home can greatly reduce the possibility of intrusions or theft. Keeping a home well lit inside and out will deter theft and those who would seek to intrude.

 

A Home Protected by a Monitored Alarm System and Video Surveillance

 

In addition, maintaining a structurally sound perimeter fence around your property can also deter those who would otherwise prowl onto your property. Along with quality fencing a homeowner should incorporate strategically placed signage around their property that clearly states that a home is protected by a monitored alarm system and video surveillance. Most would-be robbers and vandals will take heed of warning signs and move on to the next unsuspecting victim. While it is hoped that nobody is a victim of this type of crime it would be ideal if everyone had a monitored alarm system and video surveillance system installed.

 

Comprehensive Alarm Systems Designed to Greatly Deter the Likelihood of Intrusion

 

Central Alarm offers homeowners living in around Tucson and across the state of Arizona the unique opportunity to have a custom designed alarm system installed in their home. Central Alarm understands the importance of maintaining a home at its highest level of security and safety. Keeping your family safe and secure has never been easier thanks to companies like Central Alarm, a company that offer comprehensive alarm systems designed to greatly deter the likelihood of intrusion or theft. In addition, Central Alarm offers a wide range of other services and products all designed to make life safer for its customers. By contacting Central Alarm today you and your family will be ensured a safer and more secure home environment and far greater peace of mind.

Simple Precautions For Improving The Security Of Your Property

With an ever increasing number of reports regarding crime, vandalism and theft, it is essential to take as many precautions as possible as a way to improve security with regard to a residential property. While there are many ways to achieve this goal and important objective there are simple and sometimes obvious places to start. For example, taking full advantage of a wide variety of readily available floodlights can go a long way in increasing home security.

 

Deter Theft In A Highly Effective Way

 

Mounting these floodlights high and out of reach from tampering hands is typically the best type of installation. Bulbs should be of the shatterproof variety, while many systems are available with battery-powered options. Motion sensor type floodlights that are battery operated and inaccessible offer incredible levels of improved protection for your home. In addition, traditional lampposts in both the front and backyard can serve to illuminate your property and deter theft in a highly effective way. Thieves prefer darkness and will shy away from tampering with a property that is well illuminated.

 

Prevents Undesirable Elements From Hiding

 

Another smart strategy is to keep large tables, lawn furniture and other big items away from your home. This is important because these items can assist a would-be thief in gaining access to second-story entryways and windows. Another great way to improve the security of your residential property is to install fencing that is see-through as opposed to a solid type fence. This prevents undesirable elements from hiding behind a fence as they contemplate unauthorized entry. This type of fencing along with a family dog that will alert homeowners to prowlers serves to greatly improve levels of protection around a home.

 

Casing Out A Home

 

Finally, it is important to consider the vegetation around your home when looking for ways to improve security. Avoid growing trees in areas that will obscure the view from your window. This is essential because clear visibility near windows and doors greatly reduces the chances of thieves seeking cover when casing out a home. Conversely, homeowners can install vegetation that has thorns or prickly leaves as a way to deter this type of activity. Keep shrubs and trees well pruned and groomed also to further deter thieves and criminals. Contact Central Alarm today for Tucson residential alarm services that always exceed expectations.

Useful Strategies For Supplementing Your Alarm System

A growing number of people are discovering that there are additional ways to enhance the security in and around their home or business. While many homes and businesses already have alarm systems, there are a number of ways to supplement an existing alarm system to make your home even safer and more secure. Keeping vandals, thieves and criminals away from your property and out of your home is more achievable when you consider these few simple strategies.

 

A Great Way To Deter Crime And Theft

 

For example, adding additional locks to your windows and doors is always a good way to increase general levels of safety and security throughout your home or business. This will prevent would-be thieves from entering through a window or other type of entryway. Whatever the case may be, one thing is certain and that is that additional locks are always a great way to deter crime and theft. In addition, when leaving your home or business it is a good idea to close curtains, blinds and other similar window treatments as a way to deter theft.

 

Effective Alarm System

 

Another key strategy they can help improve levels of security around your home or business is to ensure that a window air conditioner or heater is securely attached so that it cannot be removed from the outside. Also try to conceal expensive items such as electronic equipment as well as artwork and other valuables as a way to further deter unwelcome crime. These simple strategies combined with an effective alarm system and video surveillance as well as other security measures can greatly enhance the levels of safety that you and your family can experience on a daily basis.

 

Peace Of Mind And Greater Satisfaction

 

Many useful strategies along with a safety inspection by a professional alarm company are great ways to have increased peace of mind and greater satisfaction that your home or business is safe and secure at all times. Preventing outside invasion and unwarranted vandalism is easier today than it has ever been in the past thanks to modern technology and great advances in video surveillance as well as Internet connectivity. Explore all your options in order to maintain the highest levels of safety and security possible. Contact Central Alarm today to learn more about a wide variety of residential and business alarm systems Tucson residents can trust to protect your home beyond compare.

Tips For Making Your Residential Doors More Safe And Secure

Doors are one of the key entryways into a home that can be greatly fortified in order to make a home more safe and secure. For example, by simply mounting common deadbolts more securely to the doorframe, homeowners can enjoy far better security. Other typical ways to improve security around entryways and doors is to opt for solid metal doors or solid wood doors as opposed to hollow and less structurally sound doors.

Safe And Secure Location

In addition, using stronger and longer screws when securing hardware related to door installation can go a long way in making a door harder to defeat. These simple strategies along with keeping a key with a dependable neighbor or hiding a key in a very safe and secure location on your property can allow emergency entry into your home without the need to destroy a door or window. Other options for homeowners include doorknob alarms that can easily be installed to supplement existing alarm systems. These little and inexpensive alarms work as a great supplement to larger more comprehensive alarm systems and can deliver a loud audible sound.

Wide-Angle Type Peepholes And Traditional Chain Locks

Doors incorporating glass into their design can be greatly enhanced by using metal grilling or other decorative metal art that also serves as a security feature. Another option with regard to glass doors is to replace existing glass with safety glass that is stronger and more resistant to tampering and breakage. Wide-angle type peepholes and traditional chain locks can also improve security around your home. And of course, it is always a good idea to refrain from pasting notes on your door that let others know you are out of town or way for the day.

Windows Can Also Be Reinforced

Finally, those with pets should avoid installing a pet friendly door. These types of doors can offer an entry option to criminals, thieves and would-be vandals. Play it safe and find other options for your pets when it comes to entering and exiting your home. As an added note, windows can also be reinforced around your home by installing shatterproof glass that is resistant to tampering and breakage. Windows can also be reinforced with metal grating or decorative metal art. Contact Central Alarm today to learn more about Tucson alarm systems that are designed to protect homes and businesses.

Affordable Security Is More Available Than Ever Before

Because of recent and ongoing advances in technology, alarm systems and video monitoring systems have dropped in price consistently each year. As such, now is one of the best times for homeowners and business owner to consider having a quality alarm system installed as a way to protect property and person. Few other options exist with regard to providing the best levels of protection for family members, workers and others. Security systems are a smart and sensible form of protection in today’s world.

 

Wireless Technology Is A Powerful Technology

 

In addition, one of the most important advances in alarm system technology that has come along in recent years is wireless system technology. Wireless technology allows for alarm systems to be installed in a convenient and simple manner without drilling into walls to run wires. Wireless technology is a powerful technology that makes alarm systems as well as video surveillance systems more accessible and more affordable to more people than has ever been possible. That is good news for those wishing to increase their overall levels of safety and security.

 

This Is A Great Way To Provide Added Levels Of Security

 

Most importantly, wireless technology also allows homeowners and business owners to monitor the premises of the property from virtually any place on the planet. As long as there is an Internet connection and some type of mobile device available, property owners can simply tune in to surveillance cameras on their property to monitor on-site activities. This is a great way to provide added levels of security and incredible amounts of peace of mind. Smart and effective alarm systems that include video surveillance or closed circuit television cameras are game changers in the world of security systems.

 

Central Alarm Is A Popular Alarm System Installation Company

 

There is one company in the greater Tucson area that has been serving the residents and businesses of the region since 1939 with regard to the installation of security systems. Central Alarm is a popular alarm system installation company that has consistently exceeded customer’s expectations year after year. The company offers competitive pricing on a wide range of security systems and video surveillance systems. In addition, the company also offers everything from smoke detectors to fire alarms and a wide range of other systems designed to help individuals live safer and more secure lives. Contact Central Alarm today to learn more.

Keeping Your Family Safe Is Easier With A Quality Alarm System Installation

The best way to keep a home or business secure and safe in today’s uncertain world is to have a quality alarm system installed. In fact, today’s modern alarm systems are so advanced and offer so many features that not installing this type of system would seem unlikely. Today’s high-tech alarms are more affordable than they have ever been in the past thanks to component prices dropping each year.

 

Reduce Homeowner’s Insurance Rates

 

As more and more people decide to have alarm systems installed in their home or business it is becoming the new standard. Because these systems are so convenient thanks to wireless technology and so affordable it simply makes good financial sense to install an alarm system today. Especially considering the fact that a qualified alarm system can greatly reduce homeowner’s insurance rates. Another important consideration with regard to installing alarm system is that when and alarm system is combined with a video surveillance system the results can be quite amazing.

 

Wireless Technology Makes Installations So Fast

 

For example, having the ability to check and monitor the premises or grounds of your home anytime of the day or night is a comforting feeling. This is particularly true for those that travel and that wish to check in on their family to ensure that they are safe and sound. Alarm systems have greater flexibility in terms of installation options than they have ever had before. Because wireless technology makes installations so fast, affordable and efficient it is hard to imagine not choosing a wireless system in today’s modern world. Another benefit of a wireless alarm system is that wires can never be cut or interfered with ensuring that homeowners are always safe.

 

A Wide Range Of Other Products Including Smoke Detectors And Fire Alarms

 

Central Alarm has been providing the residents and businesses of Tucson with effective alarm systems since the 1930s. The company features locally staffed monitoring stations that provide 24-hour day year-round coverage so that homeowners and businesses can rest assured that someone is always on the job. Most importantly, the company also provides a wide range of other products including smoke detectors and fire alarms as a way to give homeowners and businesses complete and total peace of mind. Contact Central Alarm today to learn more about having a quality alarm system installed in your home or business.

Why Video Surveillance Systems Simply Make Good Sense

In today’s modern world as the crime rate continues to escalate, there are more good reasons than ever before to install a comprehensive alarm system that includes video surveillance. In fact, CCTV or closed circuit television systems should be included in virtually any type of highly effective and responsive alarm system today. Few other technologies compare when it comes to video surveillance and its ability to monitor the premises of a home or business with stunning accuracy.

 

Record And Store Information And Data For Various Lengths Of Time

 

In addition, video surveillance is simply a smart approach to proactive protection of your home or business because it is so flexible. Video surveillance systems allow individuals and monitoring companies to visually inspect the premises of a property 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Even systems that are not monitored can record and store information and data for various lengths of time. This allows law enforcement and others to retrieve information and data with regard to any crime or vandalism that may have been committed on the property.

 

From Banks To Hospitals In A Wide Range Of Other Commercial Applications

 

Few other forms of surveillance compare with regard to video surveillance. Best of all, video surveillance systems are more affordable to more people than ever before. As the cost of technology and computing as well as electronic components have all steadily dropped in recent years, video surveillance is an affordable means for protecting your home or business. From banks to hospitals and a wide range of other commercial applications as well as residential uses, video surveillance simply makes smart security sense. Explore what is possible with regard to video surveillance by working with an experienced and knowledgeable alarm-system company.

 

A Large Amount Of Repeat Business And Referral Business

 

One company in particular that has consistently exceeded the expectations of customers, year after year, is Central Alarm. The company has been serving the greater Tucson area for many decades and has a long list of satisfied customers to its credit. The company also boasts a large amount of repeat business and referral business letting new clients know that this is an alarm company that gets it right every time. Experience quality security that is affordable and convenient. Contact Central Alarm today to learn more about innovative and cutting-edge alarm systems that include video surveillance today.

There Are Many Benefits To Installing An Alarm System In Your Home

While the most obvious reason for installing an alarm system in your home is to deter theft, crime and vandalism, there are other additional benefits that should not be overlooked. For example, installing an alarm system in your home can have a direct impact on your overall insurance rates. Homeowner’s insurance can be noticeably reduced with regard to the cost to the homeowner when an approved alarm system has been installed.

Monitor Activity In And Around A Building From Virtually Anywhere

In addition, having a quality alarm system installed in your home can do wonders for increasing overall levels of comfort with regard to peace of mind and feelings of security. Knowing that an alarm system is active and being monitored helps homeowners to feel more relaxed and more at ease while at home. Best of all, today’s modern alarm systems enable homeowners and business owners to monitor activity in and around a building from virtually anywhere in the world. With so many benefits it’s difficult to imagine not deciding to have an alarm system installed in your home or business.

From Restricted Access To Security Guard Systems And Video Surveillance

Another important consideration with regard to today’s modern home alarm systems and business alarm systems is that modern technology has allowed these systems to become surprisingly affordable. With miniaturization and the cost of computing coming down each year, modern alarm systems are more accessible and more affordable to more people than ever before. From restricted access to security guard systems and video surveillance systems as well as monitored security, there is a unique security system that is perfect for anyone wishing to improve their overall safety and security.

Is the Cost of alarms Systems Justified?

Many homeowners often wonder if the cost of an alarm system is actually justified in terms of the security and safety it can provide. In short, most security and safety experts would agree that the cost of an alarm system is definitely justified and well worth the cost involved in having a system installed in your home. Central Alarm is a company that has been in business for many decades in Tucson and that offers expert advice and installation services to homeowners seeking to improve the safety of their home. In fact, Central Alarm offers residential service, business service and guard service for a wide range of applications throughout the region.

 

Insurance Rates are Reduced for Those who Have Security Systems

 

By contacting Central Alarm the homeowner can schedule a free security evaluation and assessment to help determine which alarm system will serve their needs the best. A security evaluation and assessment by a qualified technician can help clarify in the mind of the homeowner why the cost of an alarm system is justified. In fact, it is quite obvious that an alarm system will reduce the probability of having an unauthorized home intrusion or home invasion and can also help to reduce the likelihood of theft in and around your home. The effectiveness of security alarm systems is quite obvious when one considers that insurance rates are reduced for those who have security systems installed in their home.

 

Security Installation Technicians are Expertly Trained Professionals

 

Other key services offered by Central Alarm included fire protection, access control, video surveillance via camera systems, guard and patrol services, burglar alarms, as well as a host of other systems that are available with both monitored and unmonitored options. Best of all Central Alarm technicians can help you to design a custom system for your unique and specific security needs. All security installation technicians are expertly trained professionals that have had extensive background checks and that have been fingerprinted to ensure your utmost safety and confidence. Equally impressive is the fact that central alarm also offers a wide range of security systems designed for commercial applications. Contact the friendly staff at Central Alarm today and see why the cost of an alarm system is indeed very justified.

Reducing Home Intrusion and Fire Dangers

Homeowners today should take notice that the easiest way to reduce home intrusions and fire danger is to install a quality alarm system from a trusted alarm installation company. One company that stands out as a leader in the alarm system industry is Central Alarm. The company offers outstanding alarm monitoring and installation services and has been in business in the Tucson area for several decades. Central Alarm is a group of highly trained professional technicians and customer service representatives that understand security and alarm systems in great detail. In addition, they work to protect a customer’s budget and ensure that they get the best product to fit their own unique budget constraints.

 

A Security Assessment and Risk Evaluation.

 

From access control to fire protection and burglar alarms to camera systems, Central Alarm delivers quality at fair and reasonable prices.  Helping customers in reducing home intrusions and fire danger is a prime concern of Central Alarm as well as their conscientious and concerned employees. The first step in protecting your home is to contact Central Alarm and schedule a no-obligation free of charge initial consultation. During this initial consultation a trained and experienced technician will assess your property both indoors and outdoors to provide a security assessment and risk evaluation. With a complete and comprehensive security assessment and risk evaluation in hand, customers can then decide on what type of security system will best suit their individual needs.

 

Finding the Right Company to Install a Name Brand Manufacturer Alarm System like DMP or Honeywell

 

A good quality alarm system can be very effective in reducing home intrusions and fire danger. The key to taking full advantage of all that alarm systems have to offer is to find the right company to install a name brand manufacturer alarm system correctly. For those living throughout Tucson and around Arizona, Central Alarm delivers quality and affordability with regard to protecting your family and belongings. Central Alarm also offers vacation coverage, pet friendly alarms and systems that will help homeowners to reduce insurance rates. Protect you and your family against break-ins and vandalism by contacting the proven professionals at Central Alarm today and scheduling a risk free initial consultation.

Tips For Increasing Security Around Your Home

As the reports continue to flood in about increasing crime rates across the country and around the world it is more important than it has ever been in the past to adequately secure your home. As such, there are a few simple and logical tips that can easily be followed in order to improve overall levels of safety and security in and around your home. Take advantage of these simple tips and enjoy better security for you and your family.

Programmed To Turn On At A Predetermined Time

One simple and often overlooked strategy for greatly improving levels of security around your home is to use timers with your interior and exterior lighting. Whether you are home or away, lights will automatically illuminate at the appropriate time as a way to deter theft, crime and vandalism. Even radios, TVs and other similar items can be programmed to turn on at a predetermined time. This all serves to let would-be thieves know that your house is active and occupied. Keeping crime at bay is easy when you consider the use of automatic timers.

Remotely Via Your Mobile Device

Another important strategy that is far more advanced than timers and that will do essentially the same thing but in a more convenient way is the use of mobile applications. Many modern mobile applications today have the option of controlling everything in and around your home remotely via your mobile device. Turning lights on, turning lights off and a host of other functions can be controlled remotely from virtually anywhere in the world using mobile applications. This is a smart and useful way to reduce the likelihood of theft, vandalism or break-ins.

Reduce The Likelihood Of A Break-In

Even those that choose not to take advantage of some of the latest advances in mobile technology can find ways to protect their home better. For example, simply leaving the TV on while away or leaving radios on throughout the house can greatly reduce the likelihood of a break-in. Would-be thieves are likely to pass on a home where there is noise or activity in that home. This simple and proven strategy costs virtually nothing and can greatly reduce the likelihood of an event such as a break-in or vandalism from ever happening. Contact Central Alarm today to learn more about your options with regard to protecting your home or business.

How to Keep Your Home Secure With a Quality Alarm

Virtually everyone today is concerned about keeping a home safe and well protected from intrusion or vandalism. Fortunately for the residents of Tucson and the surrounding communities, Central Alarm is a company that delivers high-quality alarm systems and other related equipment that is designed to increase the security of your home. It is important to note that not all alarm systems are created equal and that by working with a trusted company like Central Alarm you are far more likely to have a quality system installed in your home. When you and your family’s safety are at stake, quality should be a prime concern.

Which Type Alarm System will indeed Provide the Best Coverage

When weighing your options with regard to a security system or alarm system it is a good idea to always choose a system that will provide complete coverage throughout your whole home and around the perimeter of your property. The friendly and knowledgeable technicians of Central Alarm have years of experience in carefully assessing a property in determining which type alarm system will indeed provide the best coverage. In addition, these expertly trained professionals always strive to work within a customer’s budget to ensure complete and total customer satisfaction. Safety is always job-one with Central Alarm, a company with a proven and trusted track record across the state of Arizona.

Instructing Clients on How to use a New Security System

Once a skilled technician has determined which alarm system will suit your needs the best it is than simply a matter of having the installation performed and then learning how to effectively use the system to protect your home. Having an alarm system installed in your home is really only half the battle in protecting you and your family. Learning to properly operate and control your new alarm system is the other half of the battle that must be adhered to as a way to ensure the total security and safety of your family. Qualified Central Alarm technicians always take the time to instruct clients on how to use new security systems that have been installed on their home. Proper operation of these systems is essential to ensuring that you are securing your home in the best way possible. Contact Central Alarm and see how easy and affordable it is to secure your home with a quality alarm system.

Staying Safe in an Uncertain Time With Alarm Systems

One of the smartest ways to stay safe in increasingly uncertain times is by incorporating the use of alarm systems into your home or business. For residents of Arizona there is one company that knows the alarm business better than perhaps any other – Central Alarm. The company offers quality service in residential alarms, business alarms and guard services. With an expert staff of trained technicians that have been carefully chosen, the company delivers peace of mind to those with security and safety concerns on their mind. Offering technologically advanced camera systems, video surveillance systems, fire protection systems, access control systems and burglar alarm systems this is a company that covers all bases with regard to safety and security.

Designing the Best System for your Particular Security Needs

In particular, Central Alarm is well versed in protecting you and your family as well as your personal belongings from unauthorized intrusion and theft. With residential burglaries on the rise throughout the Tucson area it is more important today than it has ever been in the past to include Central Alarm in your security planning strategies. The best part of incorporating Central Alarm into your security needs is that a professional consultant will visit you for a no obligation quote and devise a plan with regard to installing the best system for your particular security needs. Even existing security systems can be modified and improved with the help of Central Alarm.

Keeping Customers and Clients Safe and Secure

Offering comprehensive fire protection, full wireless systems, video surveillance monitoring, standard phone line type monitoring, as well as burglary systems and systems that require no phone line, Central Alarm always provides quality at a reasonable and affordable price. In addition, smoke detection systems and Internet monitoring are also available and can help to greatly reduce insurance rates for customers. Also made available are random patrol services and home validation checks. Your one-stop shop for everything security is always without a doubt Central Alarm. Keeping our customers and clients safe and secure is our number one priority and it shows in the quality of work delivered by each and every technician employed by Central Alarm.

The Benefits of Video Surveillance Around Your Home

The experts and professionals at Central Alarm would likely tell you that any type of security system for your home is better than no security system at all. Along those same lines it is also important to know the advantages of video surveillance when used in conjunction with a variety of alarm systems. Video surveillance is an excellent complement to any alarm system and offers homeowners and business owners the opportunity to more closely monitor their premises. Video surveillance has become more widespread and more readily available thanks to advancing technologies such as wireless systems. Anyone serious about protecting their property or person should seriously consider the advantages offered by video type surveillance.

Highly Trained Professionals who have been Carefully Screened

Fortunately for those residing in the state of Arizona there is one company that excels beyond others with regard to security systems – Central Alarm. This is a company that is unique in its residential service, business service and guard service. Having been in business for many decades, Central Alarm offers the advantage of using only highly trained professionals who have been carefully screened and fingerprinted prior to joining the established team at Central Alarm. In addition, all prospective employees undergo an extensive background check that protects both the company and its valued clients. As a fully licensed contractor Central Alarm carries comprehensive insurance and always strives for the very highest levels of customer satisfaction.

The Highest Level of Safety and Security for Customers and Clients

Central Alarm is a company that specializes in residential as well as commercial systems that are designed to effectively protect residential homes and commercial buildings. Best of all, the company strives to deliver the highest quality service and parts, while maintaining a strict adherence to a client’s budget. The company is well versed in designing a wide array of security systems for both burglary and fire to ensure the highest level of safety and security for customers and clients. Fire protection and the protection from unauthorized intrusion through the use of camera systems, access control, guards and various patrol services ensure your maximum protection at all times. Call or visit in person for a free quote or an upgrade to your existing system.

Alarm Systems: Keeping Fire and Theft at Bay

Keeping fire and theft at bay is easier than ever thanks to high quality alarm companies like Central Alarm. Few alarm companies across the state of Arizona deliver the expertise, experience and knowledge that come from decades of working in the alarm industry, as does Central Alarm. In fact, those serious about affordable home alarm systems and surveillance systems should consider this highly qualified company for their next installation project. Central Alarm makes alarm systems affordable and puts them within the reach of most homeowner’s budgets. Faster response times and state-of-the-art electronic systems mean better overall security for anyone serious about attaining and maintaining the highest levels of security.

Meeting and Maintaining UL Standards

In addition, as a quality company that delivers outstanding security products and services, Central Alarm goes out of its way to offer everything from alarm systems that are pet friendly to total and complete vacation coverage. Restricted access and even security guard systems are offered from this highly experienced security company. The company also complies with UL or Underwriter Laboratory type standards for burglar alarms and fire alarms. This should always be an important consideration for those looking to have a security system installed. By meeting and maintaining UL standards, a company must provide 24-hour type monitoring. This type certification also requires that a company maintain a secondary type receiver system, should a primary receiver fail.

Central Alarm has Residents of Arizona Covered in every way Imaginable

From carbon monoxide to duress and fire or burglary, Central Alarm has the residents of Arizona covered in every way imaginable with regard to alarm systems. Commercial aspects of protection include elevator phone service, temperature control, holdup alarms, as well as fire and burglar alarms. Preventing theft and fire as well as other undesirable events is the number one priority of Central Alarm. As a full-service company committed to delivering outstanding customer service and satisfaction, Central Alarm should be the number one choice of demanding homeowners and business owners. Contact a representative of Central Alarm and schedule an initial no-obligation consultation to take your security and safety to a new level.

Security Versus Cost

Arizona residents that are serious about increased security and safety of their dwelling or their business should consider some basic ideas with regard to security versus cost. For example, many quality alarm security businesses in the greater Tucson area such as Central Alarm offer a wide variety of systems that are designed to meet every type of budget. One of the first considerations that a homeowner should take into account when considering a security system is the cost of having no security system at all. Having no security system installed in your home or business opens the door to potential intruders or theft. In this case the cost is obvious and can result in loss of property and injury to occupants.

The Level of Security Desired

This is perhaps the reason that homes and businesses that are protected by alarm systems routinely enjoy reduced insurance rates. Reducing the likelihood of break-ins and vandalism ultimately will save homeowners and business owners money in the long run. With this in mind, it is obvious to see why having a security system installed and professionally maintained is a smart financial decision. Once a homeowner or business owner has decided to indeed have a security system installed the only other issue is choosing the level of security desired. Weighing security and cost means carefully choosing a system that will suit your unique and specific needs. Fortunately, Central Alarm has the expertise and knowledge to help steer customers in the right direction with regard to security system selection.

A Clear Strategy and Plan for Striking a Balance

Central Alarm offers everything from pet friendly alarms to vacation type coverage and quick response times. Central Alarm is a company that offers a wide range of services to residential homeowners and businesses such as standard burglar alarms, wireless security systems, wireless and wired video surveillance, card access systems, and a wide range of monitoring services. One of Central Alarm’s trained technicians can assist you in weighing your options with regard to security versus cost. A typical security inspection of your home will result in a clear strategy and plan for striking a balance between these two important concerns – Security –V- Cost.

Monitored Alarms Versus Un-monitored Alarms

More homes than ever before have alarm systems installed today to help protect persons and property. Because the growing trend is to use technology to enhance the overall safety of one’s home or business it is important to know a few simple and basic distinctions with regard to alarm systems. For example, most alarm systems come either as monitored or un-monitored and both systems have their own distinct advantages. One company in particular, Central Alarm located in the greater Tucson area offers outstanding tips and advice as well as a wealth of information on these two common types of alarm systems.

Technology has made the Systems Highly Efficient and Accurate

An un-monitored alarm system is more of a conventional type system that relies solely on technology as well as sound notification and automated phone contact initiation to operate efficiently. One of the most notable advantages of using an un-monitored system is that this option is simply less expensive than a fully monitored security system. The good news for homeowners wishing to use this type of alarm system is that technology has made these systems highly efficient and accurate. An un-monitored system can quickly detect an intruder and make the appropriate contact with authorities to alert them of a potential problem. In addition, these systems also offer lighting and sound that is triggered in an attempt to deter intruders. This type of system also works equally well when used to detect fires.

Detect a Potential Problem Before it Even Occurs

Central Alarm like other high quality alarm companies located across the state of Arizona also offer closely monitored security systems. These systems, as the name implies, are monitored 24 hours a day and 7 days a week by well-trained staff. The staff members are skilled in monitoring video surveillance, and other warning systems for any potential intrusion or problem. In addition, monitored systems also have the added advantage of being able to detect a potential problem long before it even occurs. For example, with video surveillance staff members can spot a suspicious individual and then contact authorities before an intrusion has even occurred. It is clear that both of these systems have advantages, and both offer a way to improve the overall safety and security of your home.

Preparing for any Eventuality with the Right Alarm

Having the right alarm system installed in your new or existing home is one of the most important aspects of maintaining the highest levels of security and safety for you and your family. Preparing for any eventuality means taking full advantage of the technology that is available today to protect the occupants and property within a dwelling. Knowing which alarm system is best and which alarm system will best serve your unique needs means working closely with an alarm company that has a proven track record in the industry. For example, Central Alarm located in Tucson Arizona is one such company that has a trusted history of producing high-quality work at affordable prices.

The Latest in Advanced Technology

Equally impressive with regard to Central Alarm is that the company has been doing this type of work since the 1930s. The company also provides an alarm monitoring station that is always locally staffed and that takes advantage of the latest in advanced technology. Having a quality alarm system installed simply makes good sense as it can greatly reduce insurance rates and greatly increase the safety and security for you and your family. Avoiding break-ins and vandalism is on the top of everyone’s minds today and as such it is important to know that there is a trusted and respected alarm company with local monitoring always available. Central Alarm gets the job done and gets it done right every time.

A Locally Owned and Operated Company

With year-round coverage that is available 24 hours a day to those throughout Arizona, Central Alarm provides home security to homes and businesses that is beyond compare. The good news for residents of Arizona is that Central Alarm prides itself on offering affordable home alarms and surveillance that is of the highest quality. In addition, restricted access systems, as well as security guard systems are abundantly available through this locally owned and operated company. The company even offers pet friendly alarms for customers with furry friends. From burglar alarms to wireless systems, to video surveillance and card access systems, Central Alarm has the perfect solution for your unique security and safety concerns.

Buying a New Home: Alarm Considerations

Buying a new home is an exciting time for anyone, especially a first time homebuyer. However, there are some important considerations that should be taken into account when buying a new home. For example, entering into a purchase agreement for a new home is the perfect opportunity to include some essential equipment and technology in that home that can make it safer and more secure. Installing a comprehensive alarm system in your new home can greatly increase your peace of mind and overall general wellbeing. A new home that is still under construction offers a homebuyer the perfect opportunity to have that home pre-wired for a custom alarm system installation.

The Best Alarm Systems in the Industry

By having a new home pre-wired for a custom alarm system, homeowners are better able to plan for the exact security alarm system or fire alarm system they desire. Working with your contractor and your alarm installation company you can carefully map out the best installation strategy for your particular needs. Those living in the Tucson area and around Arizona will be happy to know that there are several alarm companies that work alongside contractors to install some of the best alarm systems in the industry. One company in particular is Central Alarm. By contacting Central Alarm, homebuyers can coordinate their efforts with a building contractor to insure that the finest and most effective alarm system possible will be installed in their new home.

Wireless Systems are Becoming the Standard in the Alarm Industry

In addition, while some new homes may come preinstalled with an alarm system it is always a good idea to have an alarm company close at hand that will help with the maintenance, upkeep and repair of your new alarm system. Another important aspect of having an alarm system installed in a new home is to include the latest in technology. For example, wireless systems are becoming the standard in the alarm industry and can often make a system installation less expensive and more effective. Equally important is to include various video surveillance components in your alarm system to greatly enhance its overall effectiveness. Contact Central Alarm and begin feeling safer and more secure almost immediately.

How to Protect Your Family With the Right Alarm Solutions

In today’s rather uncertain world people are finding it essential to have a quality alarm system installed in one’s home, apartment or business. Most would agree that it simply makes good sense to have some type of alarm system to protect the occupants and property in a dwelling. As such, protecting your family means having the right alarm solution installed that will adequately protect you and your family from theft, fire and any other eventualities. Fortunately for those living in the Tucson area and around Arizona there is a company that stands out from the crowd as being one of the best in alarm installations.

Which Alarm Solution will Suit you and your Family’s Needs The Best

Central Alarm is a company that knows alarm systems front and back and is a company that can suggest an alarm solution that is right for you. By simply requesting a no-obligation security assessment of your property, Central Alarm can quickly determine which alarm solution will suit you and your family’s needs the best. Like most quality alarm companies, Central Alarm can quickly determine the best course of action with regard to installing an alarm system that is perfectly suited to your residence or business. In addition, Central Alarm can also provide regular maintenance, repair and inspections of your system after it has been installed. Maintaining an alarm system in perfect working order is essential to maintaining the highest levels of security for your property.

Video Surveillance Offers an Added Advantage

Finally, while every alarm system offers something unique, there are certain essential elements of alarm systems that should always be included when having an alarm installed on your property. For example, in today’s wireless world it is becoming almost essential to include wireless video surveillance with your alarm installation. Video surveillance offers the added advantage of being able to monitor your home or business from any remote location. In addition, video surveillance also offers property owners the ability to monitor the outside of their home while they are safely inside. This is an important aspect of overall home security in that video surveillance is in many ways the first line of defense against unauthorized intrusion onto your property.

Keeping Your Home Safe With the Right Kind of Alarm

Most homeowners would agree that today more than in the past it is crucial to ensure that your home is secure and safe. In fact, protecting one’s family and personal belongings is perhaps the first and foremost concerns on people’s minds today. That is why it is vital to work with a trusted and dependable alarm company that knows and understands complex alarm equipment. For example, while there are indeed a variety of alarm companies located in Tucson, one company in particular known as Central Alarm is leading the way and is one of the most trusted and respected alarm installation companies in the region.

Maintain the Highest Levels of Security

Central Alarm has a long and distinguished history of producing quality results by delivering total customer satisfaction with regard to alarm repair, maintenance and installation. Few companies in the Tucson area or the state of Arizona can compare in terms of quality of service and affordability. Central Alarm, as with any alarm company focuses on ensuring that clients get the right kind of alarm for their specific needs. Installing the right alarm system designed to maintain the highest levels of security and safety is the number one goal of the hard-working people at Central Alarm. Expert technicians can quickly assess your property and determine which alarm system will be most useful to you.

A Comprehensive Guarantee and Warranty Program

Equally impressive is the fact that Central Alarm is a company that understands today more than ever people must live within a budget. As such, Central Alarm is always aware of a customer’s budget and will therefore strive to work within those parameters. The key to keeping your home safe with the right kind of alarm system is to work with a company that understands customer service, quality and dependability. In addition, any alarm company should always offer customers a comprehensive guarantee and warranty program on all parts, labor and systems. Alarm installation customers should always expect the highest quality customer service as well as prompt and accurate service. Contact the friendly people of Central Alarm and ask for a free security assessment of your home or business today.