When it comes to property protection, many steps are often overlooked. It is important to have many different means of security throughout your home, ensuring your safety.
Everyone knows that in the event of an emergency, response time is critical. What good is an burglar or fire alarm if it goes off, but no one is notified? Monitoring centers serve as the link between your alarm system and authorities to make sure help is on the way when you need it. You don’t want to wait until after an alarm event occurs to realize you should have had your system monitored. Sadly we get those calls in our office from people who have recently fell victim to a burglary. We prefer to help families and businesses be proactive in staying safe and secure in case of a future alarm event. Here are some reasons to consider having an alarm system that is monitored and not just having it serve as a loud siren.
Did you know that homes without a monitored alarm are 3 times more likely to be burglarized than those with a monitored alarm.
In the event of a break in statistically homes without monitoring suffer 65% more of a loss in the burglary?
If you aren’t home in the event of a fire who will notify first responders? If you have monitored smoke alarms, the fire department will be notified of the fire so they can get there fast. Every second counts when dealing with a fire!
Peace of Mind
When you decide to have your system monitored, you get peace of mind knowing you are helping keep your family and property safe even when you aren’t around… 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When you choose J&J Security you know that our UL listed central stations have several locations throughout the United States so that in case of a natural disaster or other problem bringing down a central station, your alarm monitoring will be actively transferred to one of the several other central stations in our network.
Save’s You Money
Since most insurance companies recognize the strong importance of having a monitored security system over a non-monitored system they offer special discounts to individuals who have them. That is why they frequently give out discounts (up to 20% off) to those individuals who provide them with proof of a monitored security system. If you haven’t submitted a certificate to your insurance company yet, call our office so we can get one out for you. Everyone enjoys a good discount!
Things to Do Before Leaving On Vacation:
As Summer approaches it usually means a lot of families find themselves leaving on a vacation. With all the excitement of the upcoming trip it’s easy to overlook taking steps that can help keep your home safe while you are away. We’ve come up with a handy list of items to do before you head out the door for some rest and relaxation.
1) Social Media Is Not A Place For Vacation Announcements:
Of course you might feel compelled to announce your amazing vacation plans over social media or load pictures of your adventures while you are still on your trip. However, sharing this information could put you and your home at a big safety risk. Keep your plans a secret from the world wide web and wait until you get home to update Facebook with all those amazing pictures you took while you were away.
2) Ask a Friend Or Neighbor For Help:
Having someone you can trust check in on your home is always helpful if you plan to be away for an extended vacation. They can help put your trash can out on garbage day, bring in your mail, or make sure newspapers don’t sit in your driveway. Be sure to give them a key instead of leaving one in a hiding place that someone can get to. Also be sure they have their own alarm code for your alarm system. It also won’t hurt to bring them back something special from your trip as a thank you for their help.
3) Update Your Call List:
If you have a monitored alarm system, be sure to make any necessary changes to the call list while you will be away. It won’t be helpful to call your cell phone if you are on a cruise ship and won’t be reachable. Instead you might consider placing a friend or family member that will be able to gain access to the house moved temporarily to the top of the list.
4) Pull The Plug:
Unplug your television, computer, and other appliances to help protect them from power surges. Many appliances use power even when they’re turned off, so saving power while you are away is always helpful.
5) Test Your Alarm System:
Did you know you are supposed to test your alarm system monthly? It’s something a lot of home owners overlook. Testing your alarm before a vacation is always a safety must! Don’t wait until the morning of your vacation though! You never want to realize your alarm system is having trouble, but not have time for a service call. Instead we recommend testing your alarm a few days before it’s time to leave.
Helping keep your home and family safe is important to us and we know it’s important to you. Here are some things burglars don’t want you to know, but WE DO!
1) They love driving around neighborhoods on trash day to see who has boxes outside for new high ticket items at the end of their driveway. That huge flat screen television you got your husband for his birthday might not be around next week. Make sure you break down boxes and conceal them inside your trash bin. While you are at it, make sure newspapers aren’t piling up when you are away and that you have someone pull out your trash bin for you when you are gone to make it look like you are still in town.
2) Landscaping serves a purpose other than just helping to have the prettiest house on the block. Burglars love houses that have overgrown shrubs near windows that are easy to hide in. Trim those bushes down and keep your home and family safe! No one wants a burglar hiding anywhere near their home.
3) It’s very common to see large mirrors in the entry way of homes. Burglars love them, but aren’t looking to check their own reflection. Instead they might just be looking at the reflection of your alarm system. Is your alarm system able to be seen from the outside because of windows and mirrors? Moving that mirror might be just what you need to do. Make sure your alarm isn’t able to be seen from the outside so burglars aren’t aware of when your system is disarmed.
4) Not everyone is afraid of heights… in fact even though people assume otherwise burglars will go through second story windows to gain access to a home. Don’t just contact lower level windows and doors. Be sure to use sensors, glass break detectors and motions on all levels of your home. It’s quiet common for children’s bedrooms to be on the second floor and that’s the last place you want anyone gaining access to.
5) Burglars have real jobs too… and they might just be working in your home. They can be fixing your broken air conditioning while also checking out what’s inside your home and even unlocking windows to gain access later. Always use companies that do background checks and never let someone into your home that you haven’t made an appointment with ahead of time.