Category Archive: Tips

  1. 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.

  2. 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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  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Keeping Your Home Safer from Burglary in Tucson

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    Happy New Year and we hope you are having a great 2023!  We’re bringing in the New Year with some great tips to keep you and your family safe in Tucson.  Keeping your house from being a target for burglars is an important step in ensuring the safety of your home and family. Here are some good ways to deter burglars and reduce the risk of your house being targeted:

    1. Install a security system: A security system can provide a visible deterrent to burglars and can alert you and the authorities in case of a break-in. Make sure to choose a system that fits your needs and budget, and consider professional monitoring for added protection.
    2. Keep your property well-maintained: A well-maintained property can make it less appealing to burglars, as it suggests that the home is occupied and cared for. Keep your lawn and landscaping trimmed and tidy, and ensure that your home’s exterior is in good condition.
    3. Use smart home technology: Smart home technology, such as smart locks, doorbells, and security cameras, can provide an additional layer of security for your home. These devices can allow you to monitor your home remotely, and can even alert you to suspicious activity.
    4. Use timers for lights and electronics: Use timers for lights and electronics to create the impression that someone is home, even when you’re not. This can help to deter burglars who may be watching your home.
    5. Secure your doors and windows: Install high-quality locks on all doors and windows, and ensure that they are all secured before leaving your home. Consider adding window bars or reinforced glass for added protection.
    6. Keep valuables out of sight: Keep valuable items, such as electronics and jewelry, out of sight from the outside of your home. Consider using curtains or blinds to prevent outsiders from seeing into your home.
    7. Get to know your neighbors: Developing a good relationship with your neighbors can help to create a sense of community and can provide an extra set of eyes to watch over your home. Consider joining a neighborhood watch program or creating one yourself.

    By taking these steps, you can help to deter burglars and reduce the risk of your home being targeted. Remember, prevention is key when it comes to home security, so don’t wait until it’s too late to take action.

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    If you want to see how affordable and easy it is to get a professional local alarm provider to give you a state-of-the-art experience, then give us a call today and we can give you a full home security assessment along with all the options available for modern alarm systems!

  8. Residential Security Tips

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    There are several steps you can take to improve the security of your home and prevent burglaries. Here are some tips:

    1. Install a security system: Having a security system, such as alarms and surveillance cameras, can deter burglars and alert the authorities if a break-in does occur.
    2. Make sure doors and windows are secure: Doors and windows should be made of solid materials and fitted with sturdy locks. Make sure to lock all doors and windows, even when you’re home, and consider adding additional security measures, such as deadbolts or reinforcement bars.
    3. Keep the exterior of your home well-lit: Burglars often target homes that are dark and hidden from view. Install motion-sensor lights around the perimeter of your home, and make sure to keep the exterior well-lit at night.
    4. Trim shrubs and trees near windows and doors: Overgrown shrubs and trees can provide burglars with cover and make it easier for them to break into your home. Keep these areas clear and well-maintained.
    5. Get to know your neighbors: Building a good relationship with your neighbors can be an effective way to improve the security of your neighborhood. They can keep an eye on your home when you’re away and alert you if they see anything suspicious.
    6. Don’t advertise your absence: Burglars often target homes that are empty, so avoid posting about your vacation plans on social media or leaving a message on your answering machine saying you’re away.

    By following these tips, you can improve the security of your home and reduce the risk of burglaries. It’s also a good idea to review your home insurance policy to make sure it provides adequate protection in case of a break-in.  Stay safe out there in the holiday season from your friends at Tucson’s alarm company Central Alarm!

  9. Update Your Business Security with Keyless Entry

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    Most businesses both small and large still use standard locking mechanisms to keep their doors locked outside business hours. Despite its weaknesses, it’s still considered the gold standard when it comes to basic security. However, there is another option available that builds upon a more sophisticated technology: Keyless Entry.

    Commercial property crime in places like Tucson isn’t significantly higher than in most other similar markets, except in certain States or cities that have begun to decriminalize theft to a certain dollar amount. While traditional locks and alarm systems still maintain what we feel is a required baseline of security, keyless entry systems create a higher profile of security combined with added convenience.

    While Smart Locks can offer some of these convenience enhancements, they don’t come close to keyless entry solutions in the following areas:


    Access can be provided to employees through a system that assigns that specific employee with a unique identifier that alerts owners when access is being granted and by whom. This can be important if you have employees that lose cards, or misuse access. There is always an accountability trail for who used which card and when.

    Ease of Use

    Employees can be granted access easily through software if they are terminated or new employees are brought on. This creates a simple onboarding process to grant access when and where you want. You can also set up multi-tiered access that can give employees separate access levels for more security options.

    Peace of Mind

    Keys can be easily duplicated once they are given to employees and there is no way to know if a key has been copied. Keyless entry provides complete control over who has access and when, and access can be given or taken away at will. Terminated employees can immediately be prohibited from re-entry.

    Now, the drawback of keyless entry is that it costs more. If any of the aspects above are important to you, however, the benefits well outweigh the costs.

    If you’d like to learn how keyless entry can benefit your business, let one of our local security experts know and we can set up a meeting to discuss implementing this into your business today.

  10. Tucson Holiday Security Travel Tips

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    We’re in that season again where people are getting ready to visit family for Thanksgiving. Here are just a few quick tips when you’re planning on heading out of town:

    Call Your Security Company

    When you work with a local Tucson company with actual employees like Central Alarm, giving us a call and letting us know you’ll be out of town is a good measure so that we know any activity on or around your home would be abnormal since you’re visiting family. That’s not something you’ll get with DIY security. We work closely with our customers to ensure their safety whether they are home or not.

    Check Your Security System

    Make sure you go through a quick check on all the security systems to ensure they are all working properly. If there is an issue you can troubleshoot it without the stress of it not working as you’re leaving town.

    Trim Your Hedges

    Any vegetation that is around your home blocking a view to gates, doors, or windows needs to be trimmed back. Mark a Saturday on your calendar in the coming weeks to spend some time ensuring all entryways are visible from any angle.

    Install Automated Lights

    Mounting automated lighting that is motion triggered is an excellent way to deter criminals that approach your home to check for open doors or easy access. Most hardware or big box stores carry numerous low-cost options that are fairly simple to install. Or it can be relatively inexpensive to hire an electrician to complete the final wiring.

    As always, make sure you stay safe this upcoming season from all the folks here at Central Alarm!

    If you have any questions or don’t currently have a security system in place and would like to leave for the holidays with that peace of mind – Give us a call today! One of our technicians can meet with you and get you up and running before the holiday season really comes into swing.