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  1. Start 2022 Right by Taking Control of Your Security!

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    Happy New Year from Central Alarm!

    If putting a priority on professional security solutions for your home as been something you’ve been thinking about but putting off, we encourage you to start the year off right and take control over your home security today.

    • Old and outdated systems
    • Malfunctioning security solutions
    • You’re unaware of how to best utilize your current alarm system
    • You have no alarm system at all

    If any of these describes your current situation, we’d love to hear from you today and let one of our professionals provide a completely FREE security audit of your home.

    We also offer competitive prices that not only compare and beat national providers, but also DIY solutions and include professional local monitoring.  You are not only providing a better level of security for your home, but you’re also helping keep your dollars in the local Tucson community.  That’s a win-win that anyone can get behind!

    You can start the year checking off a huge to-do item that benefits you and your family while also providing a huge feature boost such as doorbell cameras, remote access, mobile device access and more.

    Find out how you can get started today and click here!

  2. Vacation Safety Tips

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    With the end of the year among us, a lot of people are beginning to plan on taking time off from work and visiting family for the Holidays.  So naturally you’ll want to keep your home as safe as possible while you are away.  Nothing can spoil the Christmas season like a home burglary!  Here are some quick tips just to make sure you cover the basics:

    • Have an alarm system! As a security company, we know this looks like either obvious or a shameless plug.  And it is.  Research is very clear that an alarm system is a huge deterrent.  If you haven’t implemented even a basic DIY alarm system, please give us a call and we would love to surprise you with how affordable it can be.
    • Use light timers to turn on lights in and around the home at night to keep the appearance that someone is at home.  Nothing deters burglars like having people home that they have to work around.  This becomes a little easier during the holidays because in most cases you are setting exterior timers for your Christmas lights.
    • DO NOT announce that you are going out of town on Social Media platforms.  Research has shown that this can very easily become knowledge to those looking to break into a home who know for certain you will not be there.  While your very immediate friend group might be trustworthy enough to know you’ll be gone, by broadcasting it on Social Media, you are also broadcasting it potentially to anyone that is connected to your friends who may not be savory characters.
    • Build a relationship with a neighbor to check in and let you know if something is amiss.  Even if you don’t have a neighborhood watch, having trusted neighbors keeping an eye out is invaluable.  If you haven’t built a relationship you can trade keeping an eye on your home with a neighbor, now is the time to make some new friends!
    • Power Surges – this isn’t so much a safety concern as it’s just a good practice.  We have been known to get winter storms in Tucson in December.  If you don’t have adequate power surge protection, it’s a good idea to disconnect computers, TV’s, high end stereos and other electronics.
    • Use remote HVAC settings, or at the very least use timers, to ensure that your system is running efficiently since no one will be home.

    Make a list – and check it twice!  Putting a list together of things to handle, such as locking the back door, closing and locking the windows, setting the alarm, turning on the light timers, closing the garage door, etc can go a long way to making sure you handle all the small details in the hussle of leaving town.

    Our customers that subscribe to Home Complete are able to control their HVAC systems right from the app.  So if this a feature you would like to subscribe to or upgrade to, please contact us today.

    With that, have a safe and healthy trip!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving from Central Alarm

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    We’d like to express our thanks to all of our customers and everyone that we work with that we are thankful for another great year serving our community. Be safe and enjoy the holiday with your friends and family as we give thanks for another year.

    The Central Alarm Team

  4. Building a New Home? Pre-Plan Your Security!

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    Tucson has been one of the fastest growing cities in the US according to recent data. Our mild climate, lower cost of living, and proximity to areas that people are quickly moving away from make it a popular choice. And while the real estate market continues to see a high demand for inventory, new home builds continue to be an abundant route for home owners to take. Whether you are building a custom home or you are working with an existing home builder that is developing a neighborhood, one area that you will want to focus some of your attention on is security.

    First, check with your builder and see what options they are planning on implementing for security. In many cases, this is left to the homeowner to figure out once the home has been built. In other cases, they might be planning to install a system from a national company that might end up costing you quite a bit of money each month if you hadn’t planned on it.

    If the home is in the construction phase, it is easier to plan what kind of system works best for you and how it can best be installed.

    In either case, you are entitled as the homeowner to use whatever security company you want to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones. Central Alarm has been faithfully serving the Tucson community for decades, both commercially and residentially. We utilize state of the art security technology to provide you with all the tools you need to keep your property safe from 24/7 monitoring to integrated applications that give you total control through your phone. And you might be surprised at how affordable it really can be (especially compared to large national providers).

    Talk to a Home Security Specialist Today!

    Let us know if you are in the process of building a home and one of our security specialists can help walk you through your options and determine what the right fit for you is. We can also do an assessment of the property under construction and determine the best solutions for you from the very start. Contact us today to learn more!

  5. Tips for Hiring Guard Services

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    At Central Alarm, we provide our customers with every available option to secure their home or business. Whether that means 24/7 video monitoring and Qolsys IQ Panels or boots on the ground, twenty- four hours a day, seven days a week patrol and guard services! That last one is what we are here to talk about today on the blog, specifically, what to look for when hiring guard services.

    It might not be clear what exactly you need out of guard service, and you may be unsure how to go about it. We have a few tips that can help you make the right call:

    Evaluate Your Needs

    Before you begin your search, take a look at your property, home, or business. What are your specific security concerns? Create a list of your concerns and needs to take to any security business like Central Alarm. With that in hand the professionals can match you not only with possible guard services, but any other security or surveillance tech you might require. Once you have this in hand you can start vetting guard services.

    Guard Experience

    Does the company you are looking to work with have similar experience? Do they have a proven track record in your kind of environment? Not every business hires the same guards, and not every guard has the same skillset or life experience that make them valuable and suited to particular jobs. When looking for a company to do business with, get some references, see who else they have helped. If they have a proven track record in monitoring, deterring, and stopping criminal activity for shopping centers and your business is located in one, well you just might have a match!

    Cost Breakdown

    Take a good look at the financials, after all, not everyone lays it out as clear as us here at Central Alarm. Some guard services might offer an attractively low rate, but you have to ask yourself, ‘Why am I paying bottom dollar for security?’ There are a few reasons a company might offer such ‘cheap’ service, and none of them are particularly good for you.

    The truth could be that the rate is low but the total cost is not. Extra costs have a way of creeping into an otherwise low rate and soon you’re paying for extra hours, per man costs, or even incident fees should something actually occur.

    Low rates can also mean lower paid guards. Guards making less and/or receiving fewer benefits make for unhappy guards. Unhappy guards aren’t typically going to be the best at their jobs. They might not feel any particular loyalty or duty to their company and by extension to you. While we would all certainly like to believe that a guard will still do their best regardless of pay, that goodwill or loyalty (or lack thereof) might mean the difference between constant patrolling or once every fifteen-minute sweeps.

    The low rate might also just plain mean the company doesn’t need as much money for overhead. Things like proper equipment, skilled guards, the necessary infrastructure to handle around the clock support cost money. If a company is giving you a ridiculously cutthroat rate, they might not be spending their budget where they need to. Of course, money isn’t everything, but it does tend to give a good indication of the quality of service you will be receiving.

    We will pause right there for now. There is a lot more that can go into selecting and hiring the best guard services, and protecting your business is nothing you want to breeze past. If you’re looking to hire now, give us a call and we can give you the best guard services available in Tucson as well as a whole suite of security technology and the experts to install and utilize them on your behalf. Together we can protect your business, guard your home, and secure your life.

  6. Continuing to Add Resources

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    Central Alarm is committed to the ongoing development and implementation of modern security solutions for our customers. Security for home owners and business owners alike can oftentimes go out of sight and out of mind because of the passive status that security takes in our lives. Similar to police or other emergency personnel, it only becomes immediately visible when there is a problem.

    And that can lead to systems and technology becoming antiquated.

    Do yourself a favor, for the sake of your employees, loved ones, peace of mind and the overall security of your valuable – take an interest in the status of your security system from time to time to ensure you have a security system that meets your needs and is working properly. Additionally, you might see new features coming out that you want to save time and energy, like doorbell cameras or smartphone apps.

    You might be surprised at how many advancements are made year over year in the area of security. These improvements include reliability, convenience and access using devices like your phone with notifications to help you more accurately see your security status in real time.

    We’re recently introduced a host of new technologies and solution to help our customers get the very best experience, performance and value of their security system. Including informational videos on how best to utilize these systems. You can view those directly below. And if you have any questions about how we can improve or modernize your security system, please let us know and we’ll be happy to help!

    View Resources Here

  7. Security Tips for Closing Time

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    Poor habits that become routine operations can be a huge mistake for small businesses. As a small business, you can’t afford to halt operations to deal with equipment theft or property damage. There are many ways to maintain good business security habits and one of them is to ensure that you have a solid closing practice in place.

    Turn on Storefront Overnight and Exterior Lights

    Visibility is the primary deterrent to most potential theft. This includes large signage or posters that can be taken down off large windows as you work through the closeout process. Being seen by multiple angles from the street with high visibility will make an impact in a criminals decision to target your business.

    This also includes exterior lighting. Ensure you have lighting that covers the entire property, both front and back entrances specifically. As you lock up each evening, ensure that you don’t have burnt out bulbs as well. Keep a stock of spare bulbs near areas that require them so that lighting that isn’t functional can be quickly replaced without a hassle. That will ensure employees can easily solve that problem if they are closing.

    Make Sure Everyone Has Left

    Do a sweep of all side rooms, stock rooms, changing rooms, storage areas and places that someone could hide while you lock up. Having someone inside the business when you have left negates many precautions you take to ensure the business is secure. They can turn off lights and unlock doors instantly and be away with valuables in minutes, or in a worst case scenario steal a large amount in a coordinated effort.

    Turn Off Equipment

    Security also means safety. Checking employee areas for items like space heaters, decorative lights, cooking appliances like coffee makers and any other electrical equipment than can cause a fire can save your small business in the event of a malfunction that leads to a devastating fire.

    It is probably a good idea also to property store flammables or combustibles away securely.

    Lock Away Cash & Valuables

    It should go without saying that you should have a safe to store valuables and cash register overnight or throughout the weekend, but there are continually instances where a burglar is able to get quick access to a cash register and get away within seconds with a large amount of cash. Don’t let this very simple fix cause your business thousands.

    Ensure You Have a Good Security System

    The right security solution is a lot like the right kind of insurance. Take the time to properly set up a system that works for your business needs at the start so that you know you are protected. This includes the right access security, ability to monitor your business, the correct monitoring services and even making sure you have additions like fire protection. The cost of these systems can be surprisingly affordable and are far less expensive than an incident that occurs because they were not in place.

  8. Have You Recently Done a Security Audit?

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    It probably won’t surprise you to hear that technology moves pretty quickly. The security industry is no exception. In general security usually falls in the “set it and forget” it category of our daily living. Like many of these similar things, we end up waiting a lot longer than we realize to make sure that it’s both working properly and that it’s up to date. You might have a decade old system that has none of the conveniences of more modern systems.

    Is It Even Working?

    Make sure that if you have an alarm system that it’s actually operational. Imagine if your system is only partially functioning, and someone breaks a window, but the system does not recognize all of the sensors and it goes undetected. You aren’t actually sure if all of it is completely functioning until you do a diagnostic and verify all of the sensors are active and communicating.

    Does It Still Fit Your Needs?

    Maybe you are using an alarm system that was there when you first moved into a home and it has been several years. Do you know if it’s actually connected to an outside monitoring solution? If someone breaks into your home, does it alert the police? Is there are fire alarm integration? Does it have smartphone integration?

    Or perhaps you set up a very rudimentary security system with only door sensors because it wasn’t that important. But over the last few years you now have more valuable belongings and a family with pets. You now want to add fire protection and ensure all entries are covered with features like breaking glass detection.

    Maybe you simply want complete access to your entire system remotely through phone and web apps.

    If you are still using only the security sign you got from a neighbor and don’t even have an actual system in place, or you have a decade old DIY security system in place, we recommend taking a couple hours on a Saturday morning to test your current system and do a substantial audit of your security needs.

    Schedule a Free Consultation!

    If you would like to schedule a completely free at home walkthrough and audit of your security needs, we would love to hear from you. Our goal is to ensure your security based on your needs and budget, and we know you’ll be surprised by how affordable a complete peace-of-mind robust security solution can be. Give us a call today to find out more!

  9. The Benefits of Adding Video to Your Security

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    Today we’re not just seeing varying levels of crime escalation, but we’re also seeing criminal behavior vastly shift. For example, 10 years ago the idea of delivery package theft was non-existent. Today it’s a growing trend for criminals because of easy access and low risk. These are some of the practical reasons that adding video surveillance to your security system is just good common sense.

    Residential Applications

    The most common modern application is the addition of a simple doorbell camera. This useful technological advancement offers both safety and security keeps an eye on your front door that can include voice integration. Criminals think twice about stealing packages from your front door knowing they are being recorded. While it can’t stop all theft, it is a low investment solution to deter a large margin of possible burglary.

    Adding visible cameras around your property also provide a very effective deterrent for criminals that immediately understand they are visible as they move around the home. Thieves are almost always going to be looking for easy opportunities, and having no idea if the property owner can literally see them moving around the home and could be calling the police is a high motivator in moving on to another target.

    In most cases newer more modern video additions can be added with very little wiring. These advanced tools can also be accessed through smartphone apps for access from work or vacation.

    Storefronts to Professional Offices

    As a business owner, no one cares about your company more than you. As much as you may want to trust our employees and customers, it’s also prudent to protect your assets by maintaining a vigilant watchful eye on those that frequent your business. This isn’t only for practical considerations to avoid theft. It’s also important to maintain a record of who has come and gone from your property in case a crime is committed now or in the not-so-distant future. In the case of an actual crime, these can be very helpful for law enforcement during an investigation.

    As a business owner, just like you need insurance, we highly recommend taking the steps to secure your business with some kind of

    How to Get Started

    There are still many options for CCTV (closed circuit television systems) for both businesses and residential applications. Technology however has really advanced to the point where in many cases you add wifi capable camera systems to an existing system or a completely stand alone system. Our experts can help you navigate the pros, cons, costs and installation requirements of the different available systems.

    Contact Central Alarm Today and we can provide you with some valuable information on how to get started today for both homes and businesses!.

  10. Happy 4th of July to Our Tucson Community!

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    From our Central Alarm Family to yours, Happy 4th of July! We want to thank our local Tucson community for their continued support in our products and services and we want to ensure that you are safe these holidays.

    Also we want to take a moment to thank all the men and women that keep us safe at home and abroad in our armed forces. You are valued and appreciated. Thank you for your service!

    We know it’s been a tough year with everything that has been happening. But we’re looking towards a brighter future and will continue to innovate and explore the very best ways to keep you all safe with new modern technologies that allow us to be more effective, mobile and affordable.

    Happy Independence Day, Tucson!