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Welcome to Owen Security Solutions!

With the close of 2017 in our rearview mirror, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on how far we have come as a company, where we want to go and how to improve as a security system service provider.  In 2017 we grew our staff considerably to serve our growing customer base. We also hit several exciting milestones last year, better servicing our customers. Some of those highlights included opening branch offices in Rome and Dalton, which accounted for much or our growth in personnel in those regions.

We are excited about what is to come in 2018 at Owen Security. With a new year comes new and exciting initiatives, as well as new goals, both from a personal and company standpoint. In 2018 our goal at Owen Security is to take the service you receive from our team to another level. We want to be the easiest service provider to work with in the area. We want you to feel genuinely cared about by our staff on every interaction. In 2018 we have put in department leaders to ensure we continue our commitment of Staying One Step Ahead of the needs and security of our clients. We continue to evaluate new and emerging security and life safety products and services to better serve our loyal clients.

We shot a commercial to bring further attention to our small business and industrial security solutions and we have completely overhauled our website to bring you the information you need about our company. We want our online presence and social media to reach all sectors of our community, helping to bring our message to the widest base possible.

We are committed to our mission and to truly staying one step ahead in all we do and look forward to speaking with you and serving you very soon.

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Lights, Camera, Security

Summer is winding down and everyone knows this is the time to squeeze in those last few vacation days before the regular hustle-and-bustle of fall kicks in. Unfortunately, it means this is also the perfect time for the bad guys to take advantage of an empty home. We’ve come up with a few ideas to help keep your home safe from the people who are up to no good while you’re away enjoying the rest of summer!

 

  • Residential Cameras

 

Residential cameras have not only become prevalent in home security, but also necessary for just about everyone. Installing a residential camera allows you to have eyes on your home at all times. Whether you’re out of town on vacation, working late at the office or out for a fun night with friends, being able to check in on your home will give you the security and peace of mind you need to fully enjoy yourself. You can also rest assured knowing a team of professionals are monitoring your home for any unusual disturbances when you choose Owen Security Solutions. 

 

  • Doorbell Cameras

 

In addition to regular residential cameras, you can also install a doorbell camera to your home. Not only does it provide additional up-close and personal security, but it also acts as a visual deterrent for anyone looking to cause trouble. People who have the intention of breaking and entering into your home will be met face-to-face with a camera, making them aware that the property is under surveillance. 

 

  • Neighborhood Watch Cameras 

 

For ultimate home security, you have to think big. With services like neighborhood watch cameras, you can almost eliminate threats of thievery and vandalism. Neighborhood watch cameras are set up throughout a subdivision and record an accurate and up-to-date list of all cars entering and exiting your community. This ensures those with bad intentions cannot get in or out without the police knowing. Entering subdivisions protected by neighborhood watch cameras are not worth the risk for thieves and vandals, ensuring the ultimate protection for you and your neighbors. Home security is a team effort, and with you, your neighbors and Owen Security Solutions on the job, we create a net that makes it nearly impossible for thieves to get through! 

Over the coming weeks, we will delve more deeply into each of these security areas, providing some options for you to consider. There is no one-size-fits-all solution in home security, which is why we pride ourselves in bringing custom installations to each of our customers. There is a reason we have been recognized as one of the Nation’s Top 100 Security Companies, according to the 2018 SDM 100 Report. 

At Owen Security, we always stay one step ahead. Don’t let tragedy be your teacher. Partner with us to create the safest environment possible for you and your family. With incredible deals like free security consultation and quotes, free camera and installation offers or six months of free monitoring, there is no better time to upgrade your home! Call 706-629-7398 or visit www.owensecurity.com to learn more about how we can help you.

8 Home Alone Safety Tips for Students

The 2019-2020 school year has begun and parents everywhere have run frantically through town purchasing school supplies and new outfits for their students. However, during all of the hectic errands and shopping to prepare your child for the upcoming school year, have you considered your child’s safety after the school day is done?

Do you ever worry about heavy traffic, working late, last minute meetings or carpooling to practices leaving you with no choice but to leave your child(ren) at home unsupervised? Deciding whether your child is mature enough to stay home is a big decision and leaves many parents feeling uneasy. Please take a couple of moments to look over these eight safety refresher tips for after-school safety!

Locking Doors

It may seem simple, but reminding your child to never open doors for strangers, especially when they’re home alone, could potentially save their life. This also goes for never accepting gifts, food, drinks or rides from any one with whom they don’t have direct consent from you.

Video Doorbell

Video doorbells send notifications to your mobile app in real-time to allow you to see who is at your door and even answer the door without being home. Video doorbells are equipped with live video, motion-detected recordings and storage to document visitors if you are unavailable, and two-way voice communication. This SmartHome feature is perfect for allowing you to see who approaches the door of your home when your child is home alone and can even allow your child to see who is at the home without the risk of opening the door.

Where to go for help

Be sure that your child knows who to call or where to go for help when you are not home, whether it be a police officer, teacher or trusted neighbor. If there were ever an emergency during which they couldn’t contact you, ensure that they know what steps to take and who to reach out to.

Memorize Important Numbers

In addition to ensuring your child knows who and where to go for help, it is advisable to also have them memorize their home address, parent or guardian cell phone numbers and that they are certain of who they should contact in the event of an emergency.

Social Media Safety

As parents, we are responsible for teaching our children the appropriate usage of social media and the danger of strangers online. Children should be made well aware of how many potential dangers there are in giving out home addresses, current location and in letting people know that they are home alone.

Alarm system with Remote Alerts

A home security system can be used for much more than just protecting belongings inside your home when no one is home. SmartHome Security Systems can be set up to send parents alerts when children arrive home and disarm the system. Many parents rely on these notifications as reassurance that their children have made it home safely. Sensors can also be set to alert you if doors are opened again after your child’s arrival or allow you to arm the system in the ‘Stay’ mode right from your mobile app!

Make sure your child knows how to use the alarm system

Children should know how to use the alarm system so that they can arm, disarm and use the panic buttons for home intrusions, fire and medical emergencies. These panic buttons on your alarm system immediately send the appropriate first responders without triggering the system’s siren.

Home Automation for safety

SmartHome Security Systems and Home Automation can be paired to increase the safety of your home and your awareness of events inside your home. These systems can be set up to send notifications if particular doors are opened or if your child enters areas that are off-limits while unsupervised, such as pool areas, medicine cabinets or areas where firearms are stored.

A parents best judgement should be used in determining if their child is ready to be left at home unsupervised; however, before making the final decision, please be sure to check your state and local laws requiring the minimum age for being left alone.

The Georgia Department of Human Services Lack of Supervision Guidelines states that while Georgia does not have laws that regulate the supervision of children, the Department of Family and Children Services does have guidelines that they follow closely. Those guidelines can be viewed on the department’s website at www.dhs.georgia.gov.

If you would like more information on turning your home into a SmartHome, give Owen Security Solutions a call at 706.629.7398 or visit us online at www.OwenSecurity.com and let us help you stay One Step Ahead!

Owen Security Climbs the SDM Top 100

SDM #89Owen Security Solutions was recently recognized for climbing on the 2019 Security Distributing and Marketing Top 100 Report.  The Northwest Georgia-based company progressed from ranking number 94 on the industry-wide report in 2018 to its current spot at number 89 in the country for 2019.

This annual ranking is provided by SDM Magazine, which has been producing the report of the top 100 largest security providers in the country for the past 28 years. Each year, the magazine ranks companies in the United States that earn their revenue from the sale, installation, service and monitoring of electronic security systems, such as intrusion and fire, access control, video surveillance and related low-voltage systems, to residential and non-residential customers. The primary objective of this report is to measure and account the size of the market served by the nation’s 100 largest security providers.

Established by founder Gary Owens in 1973, Owen Security Solutions is a second-generation, locally-owned and operated company based in Calhoun, Georgia. Now led by owner Justin Owen, the company staffs more than 30 employees and serves more than 7,000 customers in the Northwest Georgia and Tennessee-Valley areas.

“I am so honored to be a part of this team and proud of everyone’s commitment to our growth while ensuring our customers remain satisfied and well taken care of ,” said Owen. “It is exciting to see what this team is accomplishing. We are grateful for our loyal customers and community support. We can’t wait to see what the next year holds for us.”

Owen Security Solutions is part of the Electronic Security Association, the Georgia Security Chapter, National Institute for Certification in Engineering technologies, the local Chambers of Commerce for the communities it serves, as well as a member of the Honeywell Authorized Dealer Program and the DMP Dealer Program.
For more information about SDM or Owen Security Solutions, please visit https://www.sdmmag.com/articles/96583-sdm-100-above-average and www.OwenSecurity.com.

Owen Security Solutions named 2019 Installer of the Year

Calhoun, GA – Locally-owned Owen Security Solutions was recently announced as the Installer of the Year during Security Sales and Integration’s 24th Annual SAMMY Awards ceremony.

The ceremony was held at the Las Vegas Venetian Resort Hotel Casino on April 9, 2019, prior to the ISC West Conference. The SAMMY Awards program is the only of its kind in the industry to recognize, honor and celebrate security dealers and integrators for their marketing, business, installation and overall excellence. Entries for this and many other categories were submitted by dealers and installers across North America and evaluated by a panel of judges who are among the industry’s top marketing and PR professionals.

Owen Security Solutions was selected as a finalist in the categories of Community Outreach, Promotional Video or Audio, and Installer of the Year categories. They were announced the winner of the Installer of the Year Award for providing exceptional service to customers, exemplifying successful practices and marketing strategies, properly training and motivating employees and for positively contributing to its local communities and the security industry.

Owen Security Solutions is a locally-owned residential and commercial security and life safety provider and monitoring service to the North Georgia and Tennessee Valley areas. The company’s goal is to be the most preferred and trusted property and life safety solutions company by consistently exceeding expectations, delivering exceptional service and providing premier solutions and technology to its customers.

For more information about the SAMMY Awards or Owen Security Solutions, please visit www.securitysales.com and www.OwenSecurity.com.

 

Smart Home, Smart Homeowner: Using Tax Refunds to Step Up Security

The deadline for filing income taxes is quickly approaching and many homeowners are looking to use their returns for home improvements that have been postponed throughout the year. However, many homeowners overlook one important home improvement that offers value, return on investment, energy savings and peace of mind without using their entire refund.

Home security and smart home technology is an affordable home improvement that can make life more convenient for the homeowner and their families while offering year-round life safety and property protection. These technologies can be controlled through mobile apps and online browsers and are monitored 24/7 by a team of dispatchers who are ready to contact emergency services in the case of a life-threatening event or burglary.

Smart home devices, such as thermostats, door locks, garage door openers, video doorbells, video surveillance and light and small appliance control, can be installed as stand-alone systems or integrated into the home’s security system. In either scenario, these devices are sure to save homeowners time, energy and money.

In addition to the homeowner’s insurance discounts that are offered to those with professionally monitored security systems, utilizing the innovate features of the mobile app can also offer energy-savings. The scheduling and geofencing features allow users to adjust their home’s temperature, light schedule and turn on or off small appliances based on their departure, arrival or preference.

These systems can also save homeowners time and frustration by allowing them to lock and unlock doors or customize temporary entry codes for repair workers, pet-sitters or other visitors. Video monitoring offers a peace of mind by being able to view live and recorded activity at the home from the same mobile app.

Professionally installed security and smart home technology is a lasting investment in your home and future. In addition to protecting your family, it is often reported that these features are often sought after by homebuyers and boost property value.

Ready to get your system installed?

Contact a representative at Owen Security Solutions today for more information on home and small business security and smart home technology. You can also visit our website at www.OwenSecurity.com or reach our office at 706.629.7398.

Home Security Audit : Protect Your Home in 2019

Will your New Year resolutions include strengthening your home security? Many homeowners are not aware of the weak spots or vulnerabilities in their home. We are often so busy with day-to-day activities and responsibilities that danger and security weaknesses in our home may go unnoticed or overlooked.

The following checklist was composed to help identify and improve areas in your home that could prevent break-ins or burglaries. We have also provided tips for refining your home’s security in 2019!

If you are interested in a free professional home security audit, please contact Owen Security Solutions to schedule an appointment. Our Security Advisors are happy to do a thorough walk-through with you to check all security details and explain your home’s vulnerabilities.

  • Does your home have a security system?
    • A home security system is a very important part of deterring burglary in your home. A siren in the home can alert family members and potentially scare off intruders. Home security systems can be customized to your home and provide monitoring for fire and life safety as well as video surveillance of home.
    • Be sure to test your system monthly.
  • Is your home security system monitored?
    • A professionally-monitored security system is monitored 24/7 by trained professionals who can send emergency services if needed and to alert you of any intrusions or potential disasters when you are not home.
    • Be sure to test your system at least once a month to ensure proper communication with your company’s monitoring department.
  • Does your home have working smoke detectors?
    • Smoke alarms and heat detectors should be installed in every home to alert those in the home of an emergency. These systems should be periodically tested to ensure their efficiency and safety. Batteries in these detectors should be checked at least semi-annually.
    • Having these detectors installed and monitored can help protect your home and property when you are not home by having emergency services dispatched. These systems should also be periodically tested to ensure their efficiency and batteries should be checked at least semi-annually.
  • Do you have fire extinguishers easily accessible?
    • Fire extinguishers are the first line of defense and can often contain or extinguish a fire before it gets out of control, causes costly property damage or bodily harm.
  • Does your home have working carbon monoxide detectors?
    • Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed in every home to prevent possible carbon monoxide poisoning from the invisible, odorless gas.
    • These systems should be periodically tested to ensure their efficiency and batteries should be checked at least semi-annually.
  • Is your home’s exterior well-lit?
    • It is recommended that outdoor lighting be installed on homes to deter burglars and give the impression that someone is home. Motion lights can be used to make it more difficult for suspicious individuals to move or lurk outside your home.
  • Is your landscaping clean and kept?
    • The landscaping of your home should give the appearance that someone is home frequently. An overgrown lawn or shrubs can indicate an empty or abandoned home and are more often targets for theft.
    • For safety, you should be able to view your yard from your windows and shrubs should not provide a burglar with place to hide. Also, using shrubs that have thorns or prickly leaves can help deter possible intruders from easily gaining access to your windows.
    • You should ensure that no trees or landscaping material provide an intruder with access to your home’s upper levels.
  • Is your yard fenced?
    • A tall fence can make it difficult for outsiders to see what is on your property or in your home and provides an additional obstacle between your home and a thief.
  • Is the gate to your backyard secure?
    • Gates should also be secured in effort to deter intrusions. Hinges should be placed to the inside of the gate and latches should be far enough down that they are not accessible by reaching over the gate.
  • Do you store your grill, lawn mowers, bikes, ladders and other outdoor valuables in a locked garage or shed?
    • It is recommended that all valuables are stored in buildings or garages that are included in the home’s main security system and have quality locks installed to reduce the appeal to intruders.
  • Do you know your neighbors?
    • One of the most important benefits of getting to know your neighbors is the additional home protection. Often, neighbors will assist in keeping an eye on your home while you are out of town and can report suspicious activity.
  • Do you leave a key under your doormat?
    • It is common for people to leave keys out for a friend or family member to gain access to their home while they are away. Unfortunately, this is often the first place a thief thinks to look when trying to gain access into a home. If you find that you need to leave a key for someone, there are coded lockboxes that can be installed to store a key; however, even this doesn’t secure your home, as it simply advertises to a potential burglar that it contains a key to your home.
    • We suggest investing in home automation door locks that allow the homeowner to lock or unlock the home from anywhere using a mobile app.
  • Do you have motion-sensor lights installed?
    • Motion-sensor lights can be positioned to light up the entrances to your home, including gates, doors and areas with dark trees and bushes. Often, bright lights that turn on suddenly will persuade unwanted intruders to back away at the risk of being spotted.
  • Do you have yard signs or window decals displayed to show your home is monitored?
    • If you have a monitored intrusion detection system, simply displaying your monitoring company’s decal or signs can be a theft deterrent. Signs and decals should be displayed prominently on doors, windows and in the yard to announce the presence of a security alarm system in the home.
  • Does your home have surveillance cameras?
    • The mere presence of security cameras on the outside of the home is a definite deterrent to would-be intruders. They help protect against property theft and vandalism and can provide video evidence in the event of the crime.
  • Does your home have mail slots or pet entrances that have not been secured?
    • Skilled thieves can use areas such as these to gain entry into your home. You should frequently check on these areas of your home to ensure they stay secured.
  • Have all of your door locks been changed since you moved in?
    • If your home’s locks haven’t been changed, any copies of the key that were made and distributed by previous owners will still operate your locks and allow them to easily access into your home.  
  • Do your solid wood or steel perimeter doors fit tight in their frames?
    • Perimeter doors should be made from solid wood or steel and use a deadbolt lock in addition to any other lock. It is recommended to use doors without glass that could be broken to gain entry into the home.
    • All basement doors and windows should be secured from inside the home as well. To take your home protection a step further, basement windows could be reinforced with decorative security bars.
  • Do you have secondary locks on sliding glass doors or secure the inside track?
    • Sliding glass windows are a weak security point for many homes. They provide possible intruders with a view inside the home and show off your valuables. They are also the easiest point for an intrusion.
    • We suggest securing sliding glass doors with an adjustable security bar, as well as security system contacts and glass break alarm. 
  • Do you have keyed deadbolts on exterior doors?
    • Deadbolts should extend deep into the doorframe to prevent easy intrusion. It is recommended to secure your home with a secondary, one-sided deadbolt when possible. These locks do not have keyed access from the outside and can only be used when you are home to engage the lock from inside the home. They are more difficult for a burglar to bypass and give you extra security from an invasion while you sleep or spend time with your family.
  • Does your main entry door have a peephole or video door viewer?
    • Peepholes allow you to see who is outside your door without opening it, a much safer way to see who is on the other side of the door.
    • Video door viewers are the technologically advanced peephole. When the device senses motion, it turns on, notifies the homeowner and records the interaction. Many of these devices allow two-way communication with the person at the door, giving the appearance that you are home and lessening the likelihood of intrusion.
  • Do you store valuables in a safe or safety deposit box?
    • Valuables should be stored in a safe and locked location of the home. This should be out of sight from any windows to reduce the temptation to a burglar.
  • Do you keep an inventory of personal property in case of theft?
    • Since most people cannot name every item they own, keeping a detailed list or video log of your belongings can help replace them if they are stolen or destroyed in a theft or disaster.
  • Do your lights have timers on them?
    • Timers are an inexpensive way to provide home security and deter theft. They can be used for lights, televisions and radios to make it appear that someone is present in the home.
  • Do you have your mail held when you are out of town?
    • Thieves often keep an eye out for homes with accumulated mail as an indication that the home is vacant. You can easily have your local post office hold your mail when you intend to be away to prevent being a target for burglary, as well as preventing theft of postage you may receive.
  • Are your valuables visible from doors and windows?
    • Be sure your doors and windows have adequate coverings and that your valuables cannot be seen from outside the home to prevent tempting potential thieves.

Testing Your Home’s Smoke Detectors

Why have smoke detectors?

In addition to your alarm system, your monitored smoke detectors are one of your home’s most important safety features. The sole purpose of this product is to ensure that you and your family are quickly notified in the event of a fire, allowing you the opportunity to evacuate the home and giving your monitoring service the time to dispatch emergency services.

Why test smoke detectors?

Like many other electronic appliances in your home, smoke detectors require maintenance to perform properly. Testing your home’s smoke alarms periodically can help to ensure they perform as expected in the event of an emergency.

Smoke detectors and batteries

Residential smoke detectors are either battery powered or hardwired into your home’s electrical system and use a battery backup during power outages. All batteries, including the ones in your smoke detector, lose their charge over time. It is recommended that homeowners change these batteries at least two times per year. The easiest way to remind yourself is to change your batteries is to make it part of your daylight savings time routine; when resetting your clocks, plan to also change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

Steps for testing smokes

Before performing a test on your smoke detectors, we recommend reviewing the smoke alarm manufacturer or installer instructions. You should also inform your monitoring company that you will be testing your system to avoid dispatching emergency services.

For most models, a system test is quite simple. Press and hold the test button on the smoke detector. The detector could take a couple of seconds to respond, but should then emit a loud siren while the button is pressed. We recommend homeowners station family members throughout the home to ensure that the smoke detectors can be heard. If the sound is weak, consider changing the batteries or installing additional smoke detectors.

Testing the system is also a great opportunity to replace the batteries if they have not been replaced in the past six months. It is also recommended that you examine the grates on the detectors, removing any dust or debris that may have accumulated on the surface.

Smoke detectors and home security devices are meant to protect your home and family; however you should never assume they are working. Testing these systems often will not only help you protect your home from fire, it will also extend the life of your smoke detector. According to industry standards, properly maintained smoke detectors will last about 10 years before needing to be replaced. 

In addition to home security monitoring, Owen Security Solutions also offers monitored smoke and fire protection for your home. This 24/7 monitored protection can dispatch emergency services upon being notified of an alarm. To learn more about monitored life and property protection or for more information about testing your system, please call us today at 706.629.7398.