Owen Security Solutions Climbs SDM Top 100

Owen Security Solutions, a North Georgia-based security, technologies and integrations company, celebrates its announced ranking on SDM Magazine’s list of the nation’s top 100 security companies. The company has continued to ascend the industry’s chart each year, since first appearing in 2017, and has now secured number 85 on the list among industry competitors such as Brinks Home Security and Guardian Protection. 

Founded by Calhoun native Gary Owen in 1973, Owen Security Solutions is a second-generation, locally-owned and operated company based in Calhoun, Georgia. Now led by president and owner Justin Owen, the company employs more than 40 employees and serves more than 7,000 customers from metro-Atlanta to the areas surrounding Chattanooga, TN.

“I am extremely proud of our team for another year of accomplishments and growth,” said Justin Owen, President of Owen Security Solutions. “This group of individuals is driven and dedicated to seeing our company not only succeed, but THRIVE, and they are determined to accomplish great things! As always, without our loyal customers and supportive community, this would not be possible.”

Security Distributing and Marketing (SDM) is a trade media that provides security professionals with industry news, insights and technical solutions. The SDM Top 100 list is released each Spring and, for 28 years, has ranked U.S. companies that provide the sales, installation, service and monitoring of electronic security and life safety systems to residential and non-residential customers.

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/2020-SDM-100-Rankings and www.OwenSecurity.com.

Touch-Free Security

Use your Owen security system without touching it

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an immediate need to avoid touching surfaces or spreading germs. Are your employees concerned about using the business’ commonly touched surfaces? Phones, keyboards, doorhandles, and POS systems are first to mind when considering high-traffic areas for germs, but has anyone considered the security systems’ keypad? WE HAVE!

Owen Security Solutions systems feature several ways to arm and disarm your system without ever touching the keypad!

Touchless Keypads

Several Owen Security Solutions exclusive keypads are equipped with code-less arming and disarming features, allowing your employees to protect your business without touching the keypad to enter codes. These built-in proximity readers allow users to forego the commonly-used keypads, and instead present programmable credentials, including cards, fobs, or our exclusive Prox Patch adhesive “button”, to arm or disarm the system. 

Transmitters

For touch-less arming and disarming, as well as access control features, Owen Security offers a wireless key fob transmitter with a built-in proximity credential is the perfect solution! At home and work, credentials are the perfect tool to give employees, babysitters, after-hours cleaning services, repairmen, and others a touch-less way to interact with your keypad. This feature can also be programmed for use as a panic button to silently signal emergencies.

Remote Programming for Social Distancing

Owen Security makes it easy to provide credentials to your employees and vendors while respecting social distancing. We can show you how easy it can be to simply program the user codes and drop their credentials in the mail! With very little training, any customer can begin using their system’s credential features right away and enjoy the ability to manage their systems without any contact!

Owen Security Solutions also offers other contactless solutions that do not require an physical credential, but, instead, allows you to control your system from your mobile device, no matter where you are!

Control Your Alarm System Using Siri® 

When you need to arm or disarm your system, have Siri do it for you! With the Owen Security Virtual Keypad app, you can use Siri to arm and disarm your system as well as activate favorites like locks, lights and thermostats. You can even program geofences on your phone to trigger Favorites based on the location of your cell phone. Using a voice-controlled smart assistant as a shortcut to manage routine system features is not only less hassle, quick, and easy, it is also a way to avoid contact with another surface often touched by others.

These wonderful features have been integrated into our products and, as everyone continues to do their part in eliminating the spreading of germs and COVID-19, prevent the possibility of spreading germs to employees or loved ones who also use the home or business protection systems. 

If you would like more information on Touch-Free Security, 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!

Learn more by watching this short YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sN_By4JRKBk

A letter from Owen Security Solutions regarding COVID-19

To Our Valued Customers,

During this time of concern surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19), Owen Security Solutions would like to reassure our customers, employees, and communities that their safety and security remain our top priority, just as they have for more than 47 years.

We understand that our residential and commercial customers’ need for safety and security does not stop in times such as this, and we assure you that neither will our commitment. Owen Security Solutions’ installation, service, troubleshooting, and customer service teams are ready to respond to any customer needs that may arise.

Although our promise of excellence and dependability will not waiver during this concerning time, we have implemented safety measures to avoid disruptions to our business operations and are taking all possible precautions to ensure that each department is equipped to continue protecting our customers and their families around the clock.

We have taken additional steps to communicate with and prepare our employees to ensure we keep each other and our customers safe. Steps we have taken include:

  • Informing employees of the importance of cleanliness and sanitation during this time to prevent the contraction or spreading of illnesses. We are also doing our very best to keep the entire company up-to-date with the latest information concerning the severity of COVID-19.
  • Providing additional supplies needed to minimize risks, including hand sanitizer and disinfectant. We have asked every employee to participate in the disinfection and sanitization of their areas to minimize the transmission of germs.
  • We have asked that employees be forthcoming with any information about any possible direct or indirect contact with COVID-19 and have encouraged them to stay home if they are not well or feel that they are at-risk.

24/7 Monitoring & Customer Care

We are happy to report that there have been no interruptions in the monitoring or dispatch services we provide to our customers.

We have asked all employees who may be unwell or may have had possible contact with the virus to stay at home. Additional sanitary and disinfectant supplies have been provided for our employees and they are encouraged to use them as often as necessary. We are also utilizing online tools to continue meetings, conferences, and training.

Sales, Service, Installation Teams

Our Sales, Service, and Installation teams have been instructed to proceed in the safest manner concerning the COVID-19 virus. We have provided each employee and vehicle with cleaning materials, sanitizer, and disinfectant for use before and after each stop.

We also ask that our customers who may be concerned about their health, have traveled recently, are feeling unwell, or may have been exposed to COVID-19 to please take the necessary precautions prior to their appointments or to call and reschedule their appointment.

As more information is released, Owen Security Solutions will continue to closely monitor and assess the safety of our customers and employees. We appreciate the continued support and promise to do our very best to ensure the confidence and comfort of our customers while keeping safety our top priority. Those around the world that are or have been affected by this virus are in our thoughts.

5 Tips for Security & Home Automation on Valentine’s Day

On the most romantic day of the year, Owen Security Solutions wants to offer five tips on using your home’s security system features to ensure things go as smooth as the pickup lines that got you your first date!

With the touch of a button, your home security system and automation capabilities protect your family and loved ones from intruders and interruptions while spending this holiday together.

Set the Mood

One of the easiest ways to help deter burglars is to make your home appear occupied. Setting timers and schedules to control both outdoor and indoor lights not only help your home appear occupied, but also active. Try scheduling your lights to activate at slightly different times each day; this makes it more difficult for potential burglars to determine your family’s schedule or routine.

Easily prepare for your Valentine’s arrival using ONE mobile app to brighten the scene for a big surprise or set the mood for movie night.

Warm Things Up

Adjust your home’s temperature before you arrive using your security system’s mobile app and interactive thermostat. No one likes coming home to a chilly house or, even worse, moving from the most comfortable spot on the couch to adjust the thermostat. 

Don’t Miss a Thing

Your home’s video surveillance equipment enables you to keep an eye on your home and it’s surroundings from anywhere! Quickly and easily monitor your video surveillance through your desktop, tablet, or phone and know that you’re returning to a safe space.

Lock it Down

Using the home automation features is not only smart, but also quite impressive to many unfamiliar with the system! With the tap of a button on your mobile device, your system can send you a motion-detected video alert of the visitor at your door, enable two-way voice communication, and allow you unlock your home’s door for special deliveries or an anxious date!

Enjoy the Peace

The last thing you would want to ruin Valentine’s Day with your loved ones is a break-in. Be sure to arm your home’s security system when everyone is safe in the home, then sit back and enjoy peace of mind.

Home Security Solution for your New Years Resolution

How Smart Home Security can improve your 2020.

As we enter into a new decade, many will continue the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, break habits or save money; but, have you considered a resolution to better protect your home and family in 2020? The cold, rainy months of winter present a great opportunity to spend time inside and improve your home’s safety and efficiency.

Below are a few ways that a home security and smart home system can benefit you and your family in 2020.

Peace of Mind

Smart home security features offer homeowners peace of mind while away from home and/or family. Not only is a home with a monitored security system less attractive to potential burglars, the smart home features offered by Owen Security Solutions systems give you the ability to check-in on your home or loved ones from anywhere. 

The easy-to-use app gives you real-time access to live video, recorded clips, alarm status and smart home automation features. Instant alerts are sent to your mobile device when an  emergency or unexpected activity is detected, giving you the opportunity to confirm the need for emergency services or to verify an accidental alarm. 

The smart home feature can also allow you to remotely control your home’s door locks, in the event that a trusted neighbor or family member needs to access your home.

Save Money

A smart home security system can do much more than keep your family and home safe. Integrated technology, including thermostats, lights, leak detection, water shutoff valves and more, can be installed to also increase energy efficiency and reduce utility useage. 

Smart thermostats can save homeowners significant amounts of money on their monthly utilities, often paying for themselves in just a few months. Schedules can be programmed to automatically regulate your home’s temperature to an economic setting while unoccupied and readjust to your preferred temperature before you arrive home from work.

Lights can also be programmed on schedules, ensuring energy conservation and savings for your family. Don’t pay for electricity you don’t need! Customizable automations can be programmed to turn lights off when the home is unoccupied and turn them back on when an authorized person enters a defined perimeter or at a specified time. Never come home to a dark, spooky, scary house again! 

Leak Detection and water shut-off features are designed to protect your home in the instance of a burst water pipe, flooding basement, leaky appliance, etc. The integration for these devices is customized for each homeowner. These devices are programmed to alert homeowners to possible concerns when moisture is detected in a designated area. This often prevents extensive damage to the home and saves homeowners significant amounts of time, money and stress.

Save Lives

Smoke, heat and carbon monoxide sensors save lives, but only if someone is home to hear the warning. Otherwise, homeowners often aren’t aware of what has taken place until it’s far too late. This can include a total loss of valuables, family heirlooms and, sadly, family pets that may be unable to escape.

Choosing a monitored system with life-safety technology enables communication that can alert you of an emergency at your home while preparing to dispatch first responder services. 

Live Easy

Owen Security Solutions streamlines your home security and Smarthome features into one mobile app. Our goal is to integrate technology into your home and security system in a way that will make your experience easy, reliable, safe and fun!

Giving Thanks and Giving Back

Owen Gives Back Program Feeds Gordon Community on Thanksgiving

The employees of Owen Security Solutions gathered on Thanksgiving Day to prepare and serve a Thanksgiving feast to the Calhoun and Gordon County community at Calhoun First Baptist Church.

Team Owen, along with volunteers from Calhoun First Baptist Church and other local organizations, collected donations, prepared and then served a wonderful Thanksgiving Day meal to more than 150 individuals. Community first responders were also invited to enjoy the warm meal, in appreciation for spending their holidays protecting our communities. All leftover food was donated to the Voluntary Action Center and the Calhoun Men’s Shelter.

The Owen Gives Back Program was formed by employees as a way to come together as a company, give back to the community and help those in need. Employees make donations each week to the Owen Gives Back fund and, as a whole, the team decides in which ways the funds will be used. In addition to the annual Thanksgiving lunch, the program is also used each year to purchase Christmas gifts for multiple children in foster care, as well as to donate school supplies to students at the beginning of each school year. 

The Owen Security Solutions team would like to extend our gratitude to the following individuals, businesses and organizations for their donations and assistance in making this another successful community Thanksgiving meal:

Family Savings Credit Union, Calhoun https://www.familysavingscu.com/

Food Lion, Calhoun https://www.foodlion.com/stores/ga/calhoun/2615/

Rhys Poultry, LLC

Food City, Calhoun https://www.foodcity.com/community/news/354/

Pintage Antique Market http://www.pintageantiquemarket.com/

Walmart, Calhoun https://www.walmart.com/store/1215/calhoun-ga/details

Big John’s Treat Shoppe https://www.facebook.com/bigjohnstreatshoppe/

Dub’s High on the Hog BBQ & Grill https://www.facebook.com/dubshighonthehog/

IHOP, Calhoun https://www.ihop.com/en/restaurants-calhoun-ga/742-hwy-53-se-490

Sonic Drive-In,  Calhoun https://locations.sonicdrivein.com/ga/calhoun/716-s–wall-street.html

Longhorn Steakhouse, Calhoun https://www.longhornsteakhouse.com/locations/ga/calhoun/calhoun/5302

Wholesale Food Outlets, Calhoun https://www.calhounwfo.com/

Thatcher’s BBQ & Grill https://www.thatchersbbq.com/location/calhoun/

Olive Garden, Rome https://www.olivegarden.com/locations/ga/rome/rome/1729

Allen Chapel, AME Church https://www.faithstreet.com/church/allen-chapel-a-dot-m-e-church-calhoun-ga

Stephanie Shipman, Comcast Spotlight / Effectv https://www.effectv.com/

LaRhonda Johnson, Flipper McDaniel & Associates Realty https://www.larhondajohnson.com/

Jonah Campbell

Kimberly Brown

Kenya Teems

Joel Torres