Category Archive: Tips

  1. Techniques and Strategies for Stopping Burglars In Their Tracks

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    More homes are burglarized on a daily basis around the country than most people might imagine. And the holidays are no exception! 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.

  2. Useful Strategies For Supplementing Your Alarm System

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    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.

  3. 3 Simple Tips for Making Your Residential Doors More Safe and Secure

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    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.

  4. Why Alarm and Fire is Such a Crucial Investment for Your Business

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    If you own a business, you are busy running the day to day operations that includes servicing customers, managing employees, running payroll, paying the bills – the list goes on. The last thing you want to do is worry about the safety of your business assets. And like most things that are there for protection, you don’t realize it’s there until you absolutely need it. A criminal looking to target your business that successfully breaks in and steals valuable information, technology, and equipment can absolutely ruin your day and disrupt employee focus. Don’t let this happen – be prepared before anything happens.

    You may also be operating with very outdated systems. It may be time to take a critical look at your security profile in your Tucson small business.

    Here are some reasons why looking at upgrading your security platform is the right choice.

    Access Monitoring

    Part of many alarm systems that Central Alarm installs for commercial use has a myriad of options that can be added for entry access. These state of the art solutions helps manage your employee access in far more accurate ways than trying to keep track of keys. Instead, employees are signed entry access that can be tracked and limited based on their roles. Further, access can be denied if an employee is terminated. Temporary access is also a useful tool for deliveries or contractors. All without the need to worry about if there any spare keys you forgot to collect or someone made a copy of.

    Insurance Premiums

    Burglar alarms, security alarm systems, monitoring systems, and fire prevention solutions have been proven to reduce the risk of damage or loss to your business. Your business insurance policy premiums may also be affected by the type of system you have installed.

    Peace of Mind

    The biggest reason you might look to upgrade your business security system is the peace of mind knowing that you are in good hands with active 24/7 monitoring right here locally in Tucson. If there is a problem, we’re here to keep you informed and ensure that emergency services are on the way. There’s a reason that we’ve been in business for nearly a century! Find out how this can help your business becoming even more successful with the right kind of security to protect your assets!

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  5. 6 Security Tips to Keep Criminals at Bay

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    Tip 1: Make it look like someone is home

    Studies are pretty clear that criminals burglarize homes based solely on their opportunity to do so. If a home is more trouble than it’s worth, they will move on. Solutions like motion lights, exterior flood lights, automatic interior lights and utilizing features such as smarthome lighting are all excellent ways to make your home an uneasy target for would-be thieves.

    Tip 2: Put valuables in a safe

    Sometimes even with the best laid plans, you may be a victim of burglary. It’s a pretty good idea to protect your most vital possessions and identity information, such as passports and birth certificates, in a safe. This can also help protect them against fire if the safe is correctly fire-rated. We always recommend adding the extra layer of security of a home safe just in case.

    Tip 3: Invest in Cameras

    Today it is easier than ever to add security cameras to your home. This might simply be adding a doorbell camera to your front door. Exterior cameras can also now be wireless depending on the type of camera and features you are after. Cameras can both deter burglars and help you identify burglars if you do experience a home burglary. Doorbell cameras have also become very effective to deter porch thieves that are after delivery boxes.

    These devices also give you the added benefit of mobile app functionality. This allows you to view your home and interact with people that are dropping off packages when your at work or even on vacation.

    Tip 4: Don’t Overshare on Social Media

    The temptation to always talk about when we’re leaving town or new large purchases can make you more vulnerable than you might think. You can also accidentally post sensitive information like your address if your not careful. Be mindful while online because you never know who will see your posts – it may simply be a friend of a friend that now has access to information such as where you live and how long you will be out of town. Nearly every burglar that will break into a home is utilizing Facebook and Twitter on a regular basis.

    Tip 5: Keep Spare Keys Secure

    One of the startling statistics most homeowners don’t know is that over 60% of burglaries occur by someone walking right into the front door, either by using a key or it was unlocked. Many people try and hide keys around their property. We can absolutely guarantee this does not work. If you think of a clever place to put a key, so can a criminal. In fact, most people seem to come up with the same ideas on where best to hide keys, making it rather easy for most experienced criminals to find them.

    Tip 6: Secure Sheds & Garages

    Don’t let sheds and garages be an afterthought. Just because we don’t live in them, they usually end up being out of sight and out of mind. But most people keep valuable possessions in their garages and sheds including cars, atv’s, lawnmowers, expensive tools and other valuables. Don’t assume your house is the only part of your property at risk of being burglarized. Protect your possessions by keeping your garage and shed doors closed and securing them with extra locks when needed.

    As always, we want to make sure you know that we’re here to help you make informed decisions about your security. We even offer free Home or Business security assessments just so that we can showcase why we’ve been successful in Tucson for nearly a century! Call or Email us today to learn more.

  6. 4 Must Have Home Security Features

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    Here are 4 “must have” solutions for homeowners to help protect their homes right here in Tucson. Central Alarm has been keeping you safe for over 80 years. We’re dedicated to your safety with the very best security solutions in Tucson.

    1. Install Motion Lighting

    Burglars are continually on the lookout for opportunities to get into an empty home and get out without anyone noticing them. Motion lights are a cheap and effective way to do just that. Initially, it puts doubt in the mind about whether or not someone is actually home. Certainly they are now visible instead of in darkness. Motion lights around access points of your home can cost as little as $15, and can help you alert neighbors to suspicious activity and also have the added benefit of security while you are not at home.

    2. Add a Deadbolt Protector

    Many burglars may know how to pick a lock regardless of what the packaging indicates. There are even YouTube channels dedicated to how quickly “pick-proof locks” can be bypassed. A tool that you can implement is actually going to physical hinder someone’s ability to open the door if it’s been picked or not, which is a deadbolt protector. This slides over your deadbolt that physical stops the deadbolt from being turned. You can find these in almost any hardware store or online for only a few dollars.

    3. Reinforce Sliding Doors and Windows

    Sliding doors and windows are probably the single easiest entry point in most homes. The locks are incredibly basic and are easy to bypass without specialized tools. If you don’t want to fit all your entries with more expensive and complex locking mechanisms, you can simply use a lockbar across each entry to make opening it impossible from the outside without breaking the glass.

    4. Get a Security System

    While this sounds like an obvious “must have” from an alarm company, there is no getting around the stats. Based on nearly every study ever done in criminology with real burglars reveals that they are continually looking for alarm systems in order to avoid them. The fact is there are plenty of homes that do not have security systems, which means those that do are just more trouble than it’s worth.

    Do yourself a favor and look into adding a security system to your home. While you might not want to incur the additional cost, just like insurance it’s expensive until it prevents a catastrophe. Alarm systems are more affordable than ever, with all the bells and whistles you can imagine, including 24 hour monitoring provided locally right here in Tucson. Give us a call and you’ll be surprised with how easy and affordable it can be!

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  7. Upgrade Your Security System Today!

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    Have you had the same old security system in place for as long as you can remember? Maybe you even moved into the home and the previous owner had a security system in place that you are not even paying for any longer. Or maybe it’s supposedly working but you haven’t ever tested it.

    Out of Sight Out of Mind

    Home security is a lot like insurance. It’s something we set up, try to get the best price on, and then move on. And like insurance, it might be 5 or even 10 years before you even review it again. This represents the majority of homeowners that have aging security systems that in some cases may not even work right. You might also have set up a security system from a large national alarm chain years ago and are overpaying for basic service, and these companies are more than happy to keep taking your money each month. What we encourage you to do is simply take a moment to look at your security profile today and see what you actually have and what you are paying for.

    Get an Upgrade Today!

    It’s time for an upgrade. Our alarm professionals can visit you today and provide a complete overview including modern features to help keep your home or business safe. We offer free security reviews so that you can see what we recommend before committing to anything.

    Central Alarm offers the very latest in alarm technology that includes camera solutions, doorbell cameras, and online access through a mobile app all with 24/7 monitoring that is affordable enough to even save you money from a larger alarm company.

  8. Insurance Discounts

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    Yes, there are several advantages to using a professional alarm company for your home security needs. Here are some of the main benefits:

    1. Expertise and Experience Professional alarm companies have extensive expertise and experience in home security systems. They have trained professionals who can recommend the best security solutions for your home, and who can install and maintain your system to ensure that it is functioning properly.
    2. 24/7 Monitoring Most professional alarm companies provide 24/7 monitoring services, which means that your home is being monitored even when you’re not there. If your alarm is triggered, the monitoring center will immediately alert the authorities, which can help to prevent theft or damage to your property.
    3. Remote Access and Control Many professional alarm companies offer remote access and control of your security system, which allows you to monitor your home from anywhere in the world using a smartphone, tablet, or computer. You can arm or disarm your system, view live video feeds, and receive alerts if there is any unusual activity in your home.
    4. Increased Peace of Mind Knowing that your home is being monitored and protected by a professional alarm company can provide you with increased peace of mind. You can rest easy knowing that your home and your family are safe and secure, even when you’re not there.
    5. Insurance Discounts Many insurance companies offer discounts to homeowners who have a professional alarm system installed in their homes. This can help to offset the cost of the system, making it a more affordable option for many homeowners.

    While there is a cost associated with using a professional alarm company, the benefits can far outweigh the expense. Ultimately, the decision to use a professional alarm company for your home security needs will depend on your budget, your security concerns, and your personal preferences.

  9. Vacation Tips to Keep Your Home Safe from Burglary

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    Going on vacation can be a great way to relax and recharge, but it’s important to take steps to keep your home safe while you’re away. Here are some tips for keeping your home safe from robbery while you’re on vacation:

    Stop Mail and Newspaper Delivery
    Depending on the duration of your trip, a pile of newspapers or an overflowing mailbox is a telltale sign that no one is home. Make sure to stop mail and newspaper delivery while you’re away or ask a trusted neighbor to pick them up for you.  If this isn’t a great option for you, having a neighbor pick up your mail and packages is a great way to prevent this from being an obvious sign you are not home.

    Use Timers for Lights and Electronics
    Set timers for lights and electronics to create the impression that someone is home. This can help to deter burglars who may be watching your home. Consider setting timers for TVs, radios, and even a fake TV simulator to simulate the flicker of a television.

    Have a Trusted Neighbor Keep an Eye on Your Home
    Ask a trusted neighbor or friend to keep an eye on your home while you’re away. They can check for any suspicious activity and notify you or the authorities if necessary. Make sure to give them a spare key and contact information in case of an emergency.

    Secure Doors and Windows
    Make sure all doors and windows are properly secured with high-quality locks. Consider installing window bars or reinforced glass for added protection. Don’t forget to lock the door leading from your garage to your home, and consider installing a deadbolt if you don’t already have one.

    Use a Security System
    If you have a security system, make sure it is armed before you leave. Consider upgrading to a smart security system that can be controlled remotely and that sends alerts to your phone if it detects any unusual activity.  Using modern tools like what you receive from Central Alarm will enable you to have live monitoring from our local security professionals, but also instant access to your home security feeds and status through your phone.

    Don’t Publicize Your Vacation Plans on Social Media
    While it may be tempting to post about your vacation plans on social media, this can be a security risk. Burglars may be able to see your posts and know when you’re away from home. Wait until you’re back home to share your vacation photos and stories.

    Have a Trusted Friend or Family Member House-Sit
    If you’re going to be away for an extended period of time, consider having a trusted friend or family member house-sit. This can provide an added layer of security and ensure that your home is being looked after while you’re away.

    By taking these steps, you can help to keep your home safe from robbery while you’re on vacation. Remember, prevention is key when it comes to home security, so don’t wait until it’s too late to take action.

  10. Tips for Security for Business Owners

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    Businesses are often at risk of burglary, which can result in loss of inventory, equipment, and important data. This doesn’t account for the loss of productivity when assets are not available for staff to continue to work. Fortunately, there are several steps businesses can take to cut down on burglary and improve overall security. In this article, we’ll explore some effective strategies for reducing the risk of burglary at your business.

    Central Alarm is here to help you maintain a high-security profile in Tucson and the Pinetop-Lakeside area! In addition to providing modern alarm systems and even guard services, here are just some basic tips to keep a safer business:

    Keep the Premises Well-Lit
    Burglars tend to target businesses that are dark and poorly lit. Make sure to keep the exterior of your business well-lit, particularly in areas where there are blind spots or potential entry points. Motion-activated lights can be particularly effective, as they can startle burglars and draw attention to the premises.

    Use Access Control
    Access control is an important tool for limiting access to your business. This can include key cards, codes, or biometric scanners that restrict access to certain areas of the premises. This can help to prevent unauthorized access and can make it more difficult for burglars to move around freely.

    Secure Doors and Windows
    Make sure all doors and windows are properly secured with high-quality locks. Consider installing window bars or reinforced glass for added protection. If you have a loading dock, make sure it is secured when not in use.

    Train Employees on Security Protocols
    Employees are often the first line of defense against burglars. Make sure your employees are trained on security protocols, including how to identify suspicious behavior, what to do in the event of a break-in, and how to properly secure the premises at the end of the day.

    Keep Valuables Secure
    If you have valuable inventory or equipment, make sure it is kept in a secure location when not in use. Consider investing in a safe for important documents, cash, or other valuables.

    Develop a Relationship with Local Law Enforcement
    Developing a relationship with local law enforcement can be an effective way to deter burglars and improve response times in the event of a break-in. Consider inviting law enforcement to tour your business and provide recommendations for improving security.

    By implementing these strategies, businesses can significantly reduce the risk of burglary and improve overall security. Remember, prevention is key when it comes to burglary, so it’s important to take action before a break-in occurs.

    Finally – Install a Security System

    Obviously, as a security company, our number one priority is to recommend alarm systems and monitoring products. This however does not negate the fact that this is the single highest deterrent to keeping theft and burglary down. This can include a combination of security cameras, motion sensors, and alarms. Make sure your security system is professionally installed and monitored. Having a visible security system can deter potential burglars and improve response times in the event of a break-in.

    Contact Us Today to learn more and we can give you a free comprehensively total business security assessment along with options.