Wireless Home Security Systems

Posted on: September 23rd, 2011 by safeandsound No Comments

More than 80% of the home-security systems currently monitored by us are wireless systems. The benefits of installing a wireless system are twofold: lower equipment costs and ease of installation.

If you’re building a new home and want a hardwired system, you may want to consider having your home pre-wired for a security system that is customized to meet the needs of your lifestyle.

If your existing home isn’t pre-wired for a system and you don’t want to go to the additional expense and work of hardwiring, a wireless home security system may be right for you. Contact us today to arrange a consultation with one of our expert security consultants.

Why A Wireless Home Security System?

Today’s wireless home security systems are user-friendly products that provide superb performance and simple operation. With a wireless keypad you are able to activate and de-activate your security system with the touch of a button. Most packages come equipped with the popular wireless remote key fobs. Similar to a remote car alarm key, a single button lets you arm and disarm your security system and can be programmed to control lights or appliances.

In addition, you don’t even need a phone line to connect to the monitoring station. We have several VOIP security system solutions for clients who use a broadband telephone service instead of a landline. You can even make your cell phone your primary connection number!

How Do I Get A Wireless Home Security System?

It’s simple. Either call us at 925-942-0795 or visit our Promotions page and we’ll connect you with one of our Wireless Security Experts today! We will conduct a complete security analysis and tailor a system specifically for your home and life.

Alarm System Basics

Posted on: August 26th, 2011 by safeandsound No Comments

How an Alarm System Works

A residential alarm system has four parts – window/door sensors, a motion detector, the alarm unit, and a control panel with display and keypad. Safe and Sound Security will work with you to select a secure place to install the alarm unit, as well as a convenient location near an entryway for the control panel.

Whether your alarm self-activates or you initiate the call for help, your alarm system will seize your phone line and dial Monitronics. Following strict procedures, our professional dispatchers act quickly to contact you and verify your alarm signal and situation. Within seconds after your signal, the appropriate police, fire, medical, or other authorities are on their way to your home.

What You Need In An Alarms System

  • Response Speed: In a true emergency, response time is critical. Our professional operators are trained to act quickly with precision and confidence whenever our monitoring center receives an alarm signal.
  • Information Accuracy: To ensure an accurate response, our advanced monitoring equipment interprets and records each signal received, while our operators rapidly access account information to relay vital facts to the authorities.
  • System Reliability: Our quality and performance meets or exceeds Underwriters Laboratories’ strict requirements for UL® listing. We maintain the latest monitoring technology with triple-redundant systems.
  • Expert Service: We employ trained professionals to deliver fast, reliable response service – 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. Regular, on-going training ensures our staff is ready for any emergency.

5 Reasons to Have a Monitored Home Alarm

Posted on: May 2nd, 2011 by safeandsound No Comments

  • Homes without a monitored alarm are 3X more likely to be burglarized than those homes with a monitored alarm.

  • Homes without a monitored alarm suffer 100X more loss in a burglary than those with a monitored alarm.

  • Homes without a monitored smoke detector suffer more damage than those with a monitored smoke detector.

  • Save money on your Homeowners Insurance Policy. Most insurers will discount the cost of your homeowners insurance from 10% to 20%, depending on your policy and the type of coverage (adding a monitored smoke will maximize your savings). Contact your insurance agent for details.

  • Peace of mind. Feel secure in knowing that your loved ones and valuable property are protected by fast reliable monitoring and Safe and dependable service.


Home Security Checklist

Posted on: May 2nd, 2011 by safeandsound No Comments

Evaluating your home’s vulnerability for burglary is the first step in determining your security needs.

Print this document and check off the following items that pertain to your home.

Around Your Home

[  ] High shrubs or bushes that obscure windows?
[  ] Windows are left open at night or when no one is home?
[  ] Lights are left on all night and day, when no one is home?
[  ] Torn or missing storm windows or screens?
[  ] Garage and outbuildings go unlocked?
[  ] Residence number is not visible from the street at night?
[  ] There are no smoke or carbon monoxide detectors in home?
[  ] No family escape plan in case of fire?
[  ] Home contains valuables such as firearms and important papers?
[  ] House keys and car keys are on the same key ring?
[  ] The neighborhood does not have a watch group?

Your Doors

[  ] Are there peepholes in the entrance door?
[  ] Are the entrance doors to your home hollow core?
[  ] Are there dead bolts on entrance doors?
[  ] Have the locks been changed since you moved in?
[  ] Are locks within 40 inches of door glass that can be opened from the inside?

Your Windows

[  ] Are there locks on the home’s windows?
[  ] Are windows left open for ventilation?
[  ] Are there locks on the home’s basement windows?
[  ] Do curtains, drapes, or blinds not fully cover your windows?

While You’re On Vacation

[  ] Are deliveries stopped?
[  ] Are the neighbors notified?
[  ] Are light timers set in the house?
[  ] Is the lawn cut or sidewalk shoveled?
[  ] Have you stopped your mail?

Additional Things That Attract Burglars

[  ] Are sizable amounts of cash ever in the home?
[  ] Are valuables ever displayed to strangers?
[  ] Are vacation plans discussed in public places?

This page allows you to determine your homes vulnerability. I hope you find this useful when determining your security needs.

Why Do I Need an Alarm System?

Posted on: April 25th, 2011 by safeandsound No Comments

When considering purchasing a home alarm system, many people think only of the cost involved in installing and maintaining the system. However, there are many more issues to consider.

As you are weighing the pros and cons of purchasing a residential alarm system, remember to think about people living in and around your home that will benefit from such a purchase. For example, do you have an elderly person who lives with you? If so, do you have to leave that person unattended at any time? If the answer is “yes,” a home alarm system is almost a necessity. As people age, they often fall and injure themselves. If these injuries prevent mobility, how long will the person be incapacitated before you arrive home from work or running errands? An integral part of many alarm systems is a feature that is worn by inhabitants of the home. If there is ever an emergency and the person in crisis is unable to get to the phone, he or she can use this device to contact the operator of the alarm system. In turn, the operator of the home alarm system notifies the appropriate authorities and help will be on the way shortly.

Another age group that benefits from a residential alarm system is the teenage set. People tend to think of an alarm system as a way to keep people out. However, it can also be used as a means of keeping people in! If you have a teenager that enjoys the “nightlife,” and often wants to resume socializing after coming in at curfew, a home alarm system may help solve the problem. If the teenager tries to sneak out of the house and the alarm is set, you will be notified immediately and can handle the situation at once rather than when you discover the offence the next morning.

A third set of people who benefit from a home alarm system is the stay-at-home mom. We have all heard the horror stories of women going into the yard to garden, only to find an intruder in the home when they go back inside. With a home alarm system, the young mother can set the home alarm system and have peace of mind knowing that no one will enter the home without her knowledge. Along those same lines, if a mother has put her children down for a nap and that goes outside to do some yard work. She will be at peace knowing that if someone attempts to enter her home, the home alarm system will notify her and she will be able to keep her child safe.

In closing, home alarm systems benefit more than just one group of people in the home. While it is true that home alarm systems keep out intruders in the middle of the night, they can be used for so much more.
Do you and your family a favor and seriously consider purchasing a residential alarm system. You’ll rest easier tonight and always if you do.

7 Steps to Better Home Security

Posted on: April 19th, 2011 by safeandsound No Comments

Home security systems are only as strong as their weakest link, and if you set up equipment that’s too complicated for household members to use, they are likely to ignore the equipment or work around it. Remember that the people in your home are part of any security arrangements you make, so you have to be realistic about how much hassle they are willing to accept in the name of security.

1. Be sure your home appears occupied.

Most thieves are opportunistic. They come into a neighborhood and look for houses that seem undefended and unoccupied. An important part of home security is making your home look occupied at all times.
One big clue that you are out of town is if your mail or newspapers are piling up. Never allow newspapers to accumulate in the front yard.
Interior lights are also important in making a home look occupied. Not only should some lights be on, but the array of lights should change just as it would if the home were occupied. The easiest way to do this is with timers.
Another very simple way to make a house appear occupied is to leave on a TV or radio with the volume turned up loud enough to be heard by someone approaching the doors or windows.
Leaving a car in the garage or driveway can also be a deterrent. If you are going on a trip and not leaving a car at home, you might want to make arrangements with the next door neighbor to park one of their cars in your driveway while you are away.

2. Create perimeter defenses.

Another important home security measure involves making it difficult to get near the home. This is most commonly accomplished by a high wall or fence.
In many parts of the world, this is the primary home security tactic, but it does suffer from some shortcomings. Generally, it is easier to sneak undetected over or under a wall or fence than it is to force entry into a home.
Yet perimeter defenses often give occupants of the home a false sense of security that may lead them to get sloppy about locking doors and windows. For this reason, perimeter defenses are most effective when they are either very difficult to penetrate or are augmented by cameras and/or motion detectors.

3. Be sure all entrances are well lit.

For most homes, perimeter defenses like walls and fences are of little use. Most people assume that the next line of defense is doors and windows, but there is something that comes first. It’s based on the simple fact that thieves want to do their work where no one can see them. This means you want to make sure the outside of your home is well lit – especially at any potential points of entry. An effective solution is motion detector lights. These inexpensive devices can be set up to turn on whenever something moves near it.

4. Install deadbolts and peepholes on doors.

Most home security measures are concentrated on doors. With doors, the two main issues are structural integrity and locks.
Recommended for exterior doors, deadbolt locks are substantial locks that lock the door into the frame. Deadbolts come in keyed versions, which always require a key, and levered versions that only require a key to open from the outside. If no glass is nearby, the lever version is best as it is more likely to get used.
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Sliding glass doors present a special challenge. Most are vulnerable to breakage. The simplest security enhancement is to place a metal bar or broom handle in the inside floor track. Some sliding doors can simply be lifted out of their tracks. There are screws at the top and bottom of the inside of the door that control how it sits in the track. Adjust these so that the door cannot be lifted so high that the bottom comes free from the track.
Every front door should be equipped with a peephole. This is a very inexpensive, easy to install device that allows you to check out a visitor before you open the door. For the same reason, an intercom can allow you to communicate with a caller before deciding whether to open the door or deactivate an alarm.

5. Remember your home’s other points of access.

Exterior doors and windows are not the only access points to most homes. Many thefts take place through garages. Besides having valuable items stolen from the garage, the door that goes from the garage to the house is often unsecured or not substantial enough to stop a burglar.
Check also to see if skylights, crawl spaces, attic vents, and other openings may provide burglars with unrestricted access to your home.

6. Consider installing an alarm system.

Home Alarm systems offer little in the way of physical obstacles to thieves. Instead they offer an important psychological one.
In a neighborhood with an efficient police force, the alarm substantially increases the odds that the thief will get caught. Even in areas where police response times are slow, the noise and attention of an alarm may well dissuade the burglar from finishing his mission.
The cost of alarm systems varies widely. A burglar easily can disable some of the simpler, less expensive detection devices. The more complex and unfamiliar the array of devices, the more likely the burglar is to trigger the alarm or give up trying to disable it.
Response times to alarms are driven by several factors. First is the effectiveness of the monitoring service you’re using. When considering a monitoring service, get the names of people who have had the opportunity to observe response times in the past.
The second factor is the protocol you request that the monitoring service use. Who do you have them call in what order? In some cases, you might do better to alert a helpful neighbor than to alert an unresponsive police force.
The third factor is the 911 services in your area. Most work well and a few don’t. While you have no direct control over the 911 services, you may be able to draw attention to the problem and seek a solution through the political process.

7. Keep a record of your valuables.

Most area police departments encourage homeowners to etch their social security number on the metal surfaces of valuables that are prone to theft. When police come across marked stolen merchandise, they can easily find the true owner and return it. Photographs of especially valuable items like artwork and antiques can help police recover goods.

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