December 21, 2011 | 1 Comment »

As much as I love doing a lot of business, I prefer to install monitored security alarm systems before people need them, not after. Unfortunately, my phone has been ringing off the hook with burglary victims.

There is always a spike of home burglaries around the holiday season due to travel, and a bunch of new merchandise conveniently kept together and clearly marked under a bright tree in the house.

Please be sure to make sure that your home is locked up and your security alarm system is armed whenever you leave your home, even for a quick errand. Have a safe and happy holiday! Cheers!!


Traveling during the Holidays

December 7, 2011 | No Comments »

Barbara A. contacting me because she is traveling during the holidays and wants to arm her security alarm system, but needs to allow someone to enter her home while she is out of town.

Home burglaries are at their highest during the holiday season due to homes being vacant more while homeowners are shopping and traveling, and the collection of new merchandise with gift receipts nicely collected under the tree. Arming your monitored security system during the holidays is especially important, but it is NOT a good idea to give anyone your alarm system code. All systems allow for multiple user codes. Depending on the system you typically can have between  6 and 32 user codes. Ask the person who needs access to your home what they want their code to be. Do not make up a code for the person as they are likely to write it on something since it is not a number that means anything to them. Add that code so they can arm and disarm your system while you are traveling, and when you return from your trip, delete the code that was assigned and that person will no longer have the ability to control your system.

Have a safe and happy holiday!


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