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The Holidays are upon us and Central Alarm wants you to give the gift of security this season! We’re extending our Refer-a-Friend promotion to give you 3 Months FREE!
This promotion is designed to help your friends, neighbors and family members get the same great local service that you do with proven technology and results at an affordable price. So if you refer someone to Central Alarm and they sign up for service, you get 3 months of you own monitoring completely free. This promotion only applies to residential customers. If you have any questions please Contact us today and we’ll be glad to help!
Please have a safe and happy holiday season from your friends at Central Alarm!
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The unthinkable has happened – someone has broken into the home during the night. Now what? The most important thing is to remember a plan you’ve already come up with, which is why we always recommend that you have a working understanding in your mind of what to do. Otherwise in a state of adrenalin in the moment, you might make poor choices. What are some tips to keep in mind in this situation?
Call 911 Immediately – Get on the phone right away with emergency staff. In the event of a monitored system being in the home, the authorities likely have already been alerted, but emergency personnel will be able to confirm the moment that police have arrived and when they have cleared the home. That ensures you can come out safely.
Weapons Are a Last Resort – Unless you are a trained professional, it is not recommended that you grab a weapon and confront the intruders. At this point you are unsure how many intruders are in the home and what they are after. It is far more effective to maintain a distance between you and them in places they cannot easily access. Weapons should be considered a last resort when the issue is forced.
Don’t Make a Sound – Remain quiet and stay barred into locked areas that are not easily accessible. If you can easily escape the home to go to a neighboring home, that is another option.
Keep Your Car Keys at Hand – Keeping car keys at hand not only shuts off potential get-away vehicles to criminals but at this point you can use the panic button on your remote if you have one. This kind of noise can also deter criminals and force them to flee.
Don’t forget that your family is the most important thing to keep safe during these of situations. Belongings can easily be replaced. Remember that the actions you take are designed to maintain safety for everyone in the home!
As always, Central Alarm offers fully monitored solutions that provide the peace of mind you need to ensure the safety of your family. If you don’t currently have an alarm system in place, or you don’t have one that is monitored, we recommend that you contact us today for a completely free security evaluation and quote. We have a huge range of options with varying price points and can meet the needs of any budget!
During the COVID-19 pandemic, most of us are home for a bit more than usual, if not working from home regularly. This may be an ideal time to look at some of your security measures at home and also at your office.
If you haven’t done a security check on your doors, windows and other entries, or have been putting off installing a security system, then this is the right time for both of these steps. This allows you to make an accurate assessment of your property and we can work with you to determine what type of system works best for your family’s safety and budget.
While most people are hunkered down, there are opportunities for criminals to take advantage. And if more people get desperate because of a long-term community shut down, then you want to ensure you are protected.
This is a specific comment to small business owners that have been deemed “non-essential” in the community. If your location is empty, are you adequately protected from theft? If you don’t know the answer to this question, or can’t readily say if a break-in occurs what your immediate next steps are, we invite you to call us today.
Simple monitoring solutions can ensure that criminals do not take advantage of fewer people being around business properties.
Don’t Forget – We’re Still Operating!
The great news is that Central Alarm Inc is still operating and if you have any questions or concerns about your security at home or at your business, our professionals can work with you to make smart and budget conscious decisions. Our teams have been fully trained with personal protective equipment (PPE) in adherence to CDC guidelines and our phone support is second to none.
In the midst of the current crisis unfolding, we just wanted to share up to date information from the CDC as it becomes available to our own clients and customers. Click on the link below to learn more:
If your front door could speak, I’m sure it would have a lot to say. It would remember the first time you walked into your new home, the friends you’ve had walk through it for parties, the times when you walked through crying, and every single moment of your life, big or small, happy or sad. But something that should never walk through your front door? An unwelcome guest.
Because front doors still use manual house keys, here are some of the best and worst possible hiding spots for your spare. Best Spots
In or Under your Dog House: This is a great spot to store an extra spare key because, for one, no robber will want to reach in there seeing that your dog will most likely pose as a threat. Dog houses can also be quite large, which means you’ll have more than enough options when it comes to finding a perfect space in their home.
With a Trusted Friend./Neighbor/Family Member: Leaving a spare house key with someone you trust can also be beneficial. Not only does it give you an excuse to see them if you lose your current key, but you will know that it’s being kept safe indoors, rather than left outside for someone to find.
In your car: We are serious about this! Consider leaving a spare key to your home in your own car. Perhaps maybe in the sun glass holder?
Under a Door Mat: This is probably the worst place to hide a spare key. Why? It’s the first place that someone would look when trying to enter your home without permission. It’s too obvious, and should always be avoided.
Your Wallet: Think about it… if you lose your wallet, not only would that person have all of your information and credit cards, but they would also have the key to your home. Even if you have never lost your wallet, you can avoid a worst-case-scenario by keeping your spare key elsewhere.
With holidays like Christmas, Hanukah, and Kwanza coming up, you’ll want to make sure that everything is prepared for all of your guests and the festivities! And just as important as it is to protect your home from all angles against robbers, it’s equally important to keep everyone inside your home safe. This is extra important when it comes to looking after small children and babies. Whether you have a child of your own or not, here are some important tips to remember when small children will be running around your home for the holidays!
Electrical outlets: Be sure that you have each and every electrical outlet that is not currently being used covered with a protector. Children always have a way of getting into and exploring things. This is one place that should never be explored, by anyone aside from professionals.
Gates: It might be in your best interest to install temporary gates leading up staircases or at the doorposts for certain rooms. You should also have a protective gate around a fireplace if you happen to have one in your home. Fireplaces always make for such a wonderful addition to the holiday feel, but can be dangerous for children if they get too close out of curiosity.
Hard furniture: To protect children from injuring themselves, make sure that you purchase some corner and edge guards before your festivities take place. Not only will this help protect children, it will probably help people of all ages. Everyone has bumped into an edge of furniture at some point. And it really does hurt!
Items: Because children love to play, make sure that things like lamps, picture frames, candles, and any other objects sitting on things like end tables or side tables are secured, or are temporarily moved for the duration of your holiday event. Children can sometimes play recklessly, and you wouldn’t want any of these smaller items falling over and breaking!
Most importantly, be sure to enjoy the holidays with your friends and family!
Hey there and welcome back to our small two-part series going over some past celebrity-related robbery stories. We feel bad that Paris Hilton had been robbed five times within three months, but she should have been smart enough to know that leaving a key under the door mat is basically a welcome message to robbers! So, want to learn a bit more about who lost what and how much it was worth? We have some additional names you’ll recognize to finish off this series. Rachel Bilson
Again, another case similar to what happened with Paris Hilton! Except Bilson’s case is even worse. In fact, Bilson was robbed an entire 6 times in two months. I suppose the robbers didn’t have much to worry about, though, seeing as the events took place while Bilson was in Canada with her fiancé at the time, Hayden Christiansen. The robbers stole nearly $130,000 worth in items, including all of her designer label clothing and certified vintage shoes. Kirsten Dunst
Back in 2007, which was quite a long time ago now that we think about it, actress Kirstin Dunst was robbed while filming the movie “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.” Somehow, a person robbed her Manhattan hotel penthouse suite. They walked away with a whopping handbag worth $13,000, $2,500 in cash, a cell phone, a few credit cards, as well as her “Spider Man” ID card. Kate Moss
Massive supermodel Kate Moss was robbed while she was actually sleeping in her own home in London! The robbers only took three pieces of her artwork, which valued at a pretty substantial amount of money. In fact, one of the paintings that was stolen was a portrait completed by Banksy, which was estimated to be worth nearly $140,000.
Don’t let this happen to you! Keep yourself and your belongings safe by contacting Central Alarm Security today!
Statistics will show that the number of robberies that occur while people are out of their homes is much higher than when they are inside of their homes. In a strange way, if someone breaks into your home and you aren’t there, then you might have saved your life with your absence. Additionally, it’s always important to remember that unlike your belongings, your electronics, your photos, etc. you can never be replaced. But sometimes, robbers end up racking in a lot more than only items, they steal a massive amount of wealth.
Seeing as celebrities seem to be the wealthiest in the country compared to the average person, here are some pretty substantial robberies right out of Hollywood… Audrina Patridge
Back in 2009 on the night of the Academy Awards, a young couple, both man and woman, broke into Audrina Patridge’s house and stole $43,000 worth of items. Some of the items included designer jeans, her passport, laptop, as well as some of her grandmother’s jewelry. She released security camera footage of the scene online in an effort to have the thieves caught, but no one could identify them. Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox
During the fall of 2009, Green and Fox were in New York shooting a film that Green was in. Unfortunately, their long absence cost them, because someone had broken into their home and stolen a few items. Luckily nothing that was stolen was of great significance. Missing objects include a number of Fox’s shirts, as well as a Sig Sauer .380 semi-automatic handgun. Paris Hilton
For whatever reason, Paris Hilton was an extremely easy person to rob. In fact, she was robbed five different times within three months. She must have taken security pretty lax, because the robbers kept using the key she had under the door mat. Altogether, she lost over $2 million worth of items.
Home security is a growing concern for many homeowners today. News reports and the general consensus indicate that crime is growing at a steady pace both locally and around the world. As such, it is more important than ever before to pay particular attention to all aspects of home security. Staying safe and secure sometimes simply means following a few simple tips. Dogs Are Very Territorial And Will Immediately Alert Homeowners
For example, an obvious and easy way to greatly enhance the existing security of a home is to simply employ the services of a family dog. It is important to note that it is not necessary to choose a vicious breed of dog. All that is really required is a dog with has a loud bark. Dogs are very territorial and will immediately alert homeowners if a prowler is casing the outside of a home. Burglars, thieves and vandals would simply prefer to avoid any type of confrontation with a dog. In short, dogs can be a great way to complement an existing alarm system. The Use Of Automatic Timers
Another way to greatly reduce the chances of a break-in is to always give the impression that someone is home. Thieves typically roam a neighborhood looking for a house that is clearly unoccupied. The use of automatic timers that turn on internal or external lights at predetermined times can greatly enhance an existing alarm system. Always give burglars and crooks the impression that someone is home. Even timers that are used on TVs and radios can greatly reduce the chances of a break-in when homeowners are away. If The Thief Chooses To Break The Glass On A Door Or Window
Another great strategy that is often overlooked is the use of glass breakage detectors. These unique devices can sense the frequency associated with breaking glass. If a thief chooses to break the glass on a door or window these detectors will immediately trigger an alarm. While standard home alarm systems are very effective at detecting unauthorized entry, glass breakage detectors are a supporting type of system that can further enhance the security of any home. These simple and effective ways of enhancing any existing home security system simply make smart sense in today’s uncertain world. Contact Central Alarm today for the absolute best in Tucson alarm systems and for security advice.
Most security experts would agree that an alarm system is perhaps one of the most important elements of overall home security. However, with that said there are other things that homeowners can do in order to complement an existing alarm system. For example, installing deadbolts is a smart and cost-effective way to greatly enhance an existing alarm system. Deadbolts are stronger and more resistant to tampering. Replace The Door With Interior Hinged Hardware
Another strategy that can be integrated into any overall home security plan is to always use interior door hinges. This is an key strategy that sometimes goes overlooked. Thieves and burglars can easily remove existing hinges when they are on the outside of the door. Check to ensure that your home has no doors with exterior hinges. If you find a door with exterior hinges it is important to have a contractor or other professional come in and replace the door with interior hinged hardware. Video Surveillance Cameras Are Typically Wireless
Homes with sliding glass doors should always use a metal bar in the sliding track to prevent thieves from entering a home by simply taking sliding doors off of their track. Home surveillance systems are another great way to complement an existing alarm system. Today’s modern video surveillance cameras are typically wireless, small and affordable. This makes for adding a video surveillance system easy, convenient and well within the budget of most homeowners. Best of all, video surveillance can be combined with computer technology to allow homeowners to monitor their property from virtually any place in the world. Vandals Will Simply Prefer To Move On
Yard signs are an important aspect of overall home security. While a home alarm system can go a long way in protecting a dwelling, letting would-be thieves know in advance that you have an alarm system is a smart strategy. Thieves and would-be vandals will simply prefer to move on rather than tamper with a home that has clearly stated that it has an alarm system. Finally, always ensure that doors are solid. Use solid metal or solid wood doors throughout your entire exterior. This greatly reduces the possibility of forced break-ins. Complementing existing alarm systems is easy and affordable today thanks to a few simple strategies. Contact Central Alarm to learn more about Tucson alarm systems that are designed to produce results.