Protection For Your Furry Family

October is National Animal Safety and Prevention Month. What better way to show your furry family members that you care about them than to use your home security system to protect them when you’re not home?

According to a study done by the American Kennel Club (AKC), 88% of pet owners consider their dogs or cats to be valued family member. Along with the basic needs of these furry family members, pet owners should also remember to consider their pets’ needs in an emergency situation.

Most homes and apartments come standard with some sort of non-monitored smoke, heat and/or carbon monoxide detectors. These devices are great for alerting occupants when they are present, but what happens if you are not home? Not only is your property and possessions at risk, but so is the life of your beloved pet. With a monitored security system, authorities are alerted immediately when they receive signal from your life safety devices. This reduces the risk of the injury or death of a pet due to a house fire, smoke inhalation or carbon monoxide inhalation. These sensors can also be set to send notifications to your phone via a mobile application for added peace of mind.

Many homeowners choose to leave their family pets at home while out of town instead of boarding them in kennels. A monitored security system can be set up with temporary access codes for family members, trusted friends or petsitters to drop by to and check in on the home and animals. This allows access to the home while still offering the confidence that the home is secure and protected. In addition, it allows the homeowner to know when the system is armed and disarmed.

Added benefits to professionally installed and monitored home security systems include:

  • Protecting your belongings and your beloved pet from burglars by alerting authorities if an intrusion occurs.
  • Ensuring your pet is happy and comfortable by monitoring your home’s thermostat remotely using a mobile app. Added bonus–this can also reduce utility bills!
  • Reducing false alarms in your home by having pet-immune motion detectors installed and calibrated by professional technicians to ensure your system can remain effective without false alarming.
  • Taking advantage of the wireless technology offered by professionally installed security systems, eliminating possible damage to the system by your pet while reducing possible risks of electric shock or digestion of unsafe material by your pet.

If you are interested in protecting your loved ones, belongings and furry family members, contact an Owen Security Solutions representative today! Also, be sure to stop by our office and pick up a window decal for your home to alert first responders that there is a loved member of your family inside the home in the event of an emergency!

 

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Single moms need reliable home security

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In today’s society, we see all different types of families. Some are blended, some are divorced, some are roommates sharing the rent.  With so many different schedules and types of families, it’s imperative that we all take the steps necessary to protect ourselves with a monitored security system.

We want to provide you with some safety tips to put in place to go along with monitored home security. Keeping you and your children safe is one of your utmost priorities as a parent and every little bit helps.

First, you need to make sure all entrances are secure and protected. This might mean having to change the locks to make sure someone with an existing key cannot gain access to your home. Adding deadbolts is also a good idea if they are not already in place. Once locks are setup/installed, be sure to use them. Leaving doors unlocked, even for a short walk around the block or a visit to your neighbor, can be tempting for a home invader. If you decide to hide a spare key around your home, make sure it is well hidden. Putting a spare key under the door mat or behind chair cushions defeats the concept of securing your home.

When thinking about securing your home, make a point of looking at each window, latching them tightly as necessary. Sometimes, kids may open a window on their own and not know how to secure them afterwards. Instruct your children they should ask permission before opening any door or window.

While on the subject of windows, do you have blinds, curtains or drapes to prevent unwanted eyes from peering inside your home? During the day, we all like allowing natural light to flood our homes. But, once dusk arrives, can you prevent prying eyes from seeing whether or not you are alone?

Next, consider protecting the information you make available about yourself. Locking down access to your social media is already something you should be doing. Changing your relationship status is a way to let friends and family know what is happening in your life, but if your profile is wide open, you are letting strangers know too! If you do not know how to lock down your profile(s), just watch a few YouTube videos and you will be an expert in no time.

If there is a change in your family structure, consider the importance of keeping that information private. Giving those around you information they don’t need could potentially put you at more risk, being viewed as vulnerable. Do not open yourself to the prying ears of those who like to prey on those going through an emotional time. We all need to vent and it is important to have a network of trusted family and friends around you. Be sure you know who is in that circle and who is not.

Speaking of friends, let’s not forget the four-legged variety. Having an inside dog (or two) can be a great deterrent to people who think you are an easy target. They will often growl or bark when anyone (or anything) enters your yard. Even if they are the friendliest animals to strangers, hearing the sound of a barking dog behind a closed door will make most criminals move to the next location. They don’t know the disposition of your pet(s) and are not likely going to take a risk. Plus, your dogs antics and barking will alert you. Be sure to always go to the window and look before instructing them to stop barking. Thank them for letting you know they saw something. You do not want to get in the habit of telling them to stop barking without looking. They are doing their job — keeping you safe and aware. You need to reinforce that behavior, not discourage it.

Finally, in our modern, internet connected age, having a monitored home security system is one of the best ways to create a safe environment for you, your kids and your pets. Installing indoor and outdoor cameras will provide instant visibility through your smart phone or tablet. When you leave, you can feel safe knowing your home is being monitored around the clock. To learn more about why a home security system is important, check out the following link.

At Owen Security Solutions, we want to help make sure you have a safe and protected environment. We would be happy to meet with you at a convenient time to go over many of our solutions for home security and monitoring. You can visit our website to learn more about who we are and how long we have been staying one step ahead of criminals and one step ahead of our competition. Keeping you and your belongings safe is something we pride ourselves in doing.

 

Does your small business need a security system?

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Having a small business means wearing a lot of hats. One, which is often overlooked, is that of Head of Security. Sure, many think to have an alarm system to protect from break-ins, but is that really all you need? Do you need to put access controls in place? What about the ability to digitally record your building, both inside and out? Finally, have you considered most business theft actually comes from within?

Owen Security Solutions has been helping businesses of all sizes with their security needs for over 40 years. Our highly-trained consultants can survey your business environment, audit current security measures, and help you develop a customized plan designed to meet your unique needs.

There are some things to consider when planning on a security system for your small business.

Insurance and Regulations

Fire alarmThere is more to protecting your building and assets than just stopping a would-be burglar. Your system should also be monitoring for any possibility of fire and carbon monoxide threats. Not only will this give both employees and customers an increased sense of safety, but also it will likely save you on your insurance premiums. Keeping up with and understanding the many fire and/or life safety codes that exist is our responsibility. We’ll make sure you have all the latest safeguards in place, so you don’t have to!

Employee Theft

As mentioned above, most business-related theft is committed by current or former employees. According to recent statistics gathered by the FBI, employee theft is one of the fastest growing areas of crime in the United States. It’s estimated that almost $40 billion dollars of reported losses takes place annually from theft of goods, money or other assets. Let us show you how we can mitigate your losses and create an environment that keeps the good people honest and the bad ones from being able to harm your business. From providing video monitoring and recording, to creating access controls for sensitive areas of your business, to making sure your emergency exits are secured and everything in between, our consultants have the experience to help you prevent theft before it occurs.

24/7 Monitoring

You and your staff already work enough hours, satisfying your customers and building for the future. You should not have to worry about your business when you are closed at night or over the weekend. With our state-of-the-art security systems and 24/7 monitoring, we can become your virtual security team. And if you or others need to work late or pull one of those all-weekend-brainstorming-sessions, we can put a silent alarm system in place to protect against the possibility of an armed intruder.

Video Surveillance and Recording

Camera monitoring warning signThough mentioned above, it bears repeating. Having the ability to surveil all of the entries and exits, as well as sensitive areas within your business, and to keep a recording is crucial to securing your work environment. Our monitoring can integrate into your video network, allowing you to watch for unusual activity when your business is closed. In the event of a crime, whether from internal theft, a late-night smash-and-grab or a day-time hold-up, having a record of the event is vital to any police investigation and essential to bring the perpetrators to justice in short order. It almost goes without saying, but visible cameras are a huge deterrent to both criminals and employees who might be tempted to steal from you.

At Owen Security Solutions, we’ve made it our mission to keep you, your customers, your assets and your facility safe and sound. We would love the chance to sit down with you and do a full assessment of your current security measures and offer solutions for improving and updating your existing plan. Or, if you are a brand new business, let us meet with you before your grand opening to make sure your facility has the necessary security measures in place, giving you, your employees, and your customers peace of mind from day one.

 

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Home Security On the Go

Summer has arrived and many children will be spending much more time at home. Summer activities and schedules can get hectic—many parents are transporting children to camps and practices, have young-adult babysitters in the home and plan to take family vacations. A smart-home security system that includes cameras can help ease the worries of busy parents everywhere.

These systems allow live-view monitoring through a mobile app or remote access on any computer, smartphone or tablet. In addition to the live-view capability, activity-triggered cameras can be configured to send push notifications and clips of movements in specified areas of your home to your smartphone. You could even program your home security system to send clips of anyone entering or exiting your home!

These cameras can also be set up to monitor your home’s swimming pool in effort to prevent accidents or unauthorized visitors. The security system can be configured to notified you when the area is occupied and allows the opportunity to check in on loved ones. Interior cameras can be discreet and mounted in areas that will not interfere with home décor; however, it is often suggested to place outdoor cameras in obvious locations to deter potential threats.

Camera footage can also be useful evidence in the event of theft or damages, to help identify perpetrators and to verify insurance claims. These systems also save you money on homeowner’s insurance. Most major insurers offer lower premiums to homes with professionally installed and monitored security systems—especially those with advanced video surveillance.

Whether you are at work, dashing to the store around the corner, or on a family vacation across the country, keeping an extra eye on your home and loved ones in real-time and being notified of suspicious activity is an undeniable benefit of today’s technology—and it is much more affordable than you may think! Contact an Owen Security Solutions representative today for your free camera!

Before you head out on vacation…

Spring is upon us and family vacations are in the making! Spring break is well underway, so we urge our customers to remember, burglars will notice when we are on vacation. How many times have you wracked your brain to remember if you home’s doors and windows are locked? Have you ever turned your vehicle around to be sure you closed the garage or secured a pet door? An unlocked door is the easiest, most direct target for a burglar. Smart home and home automation devices can help you leave home with peace of mind, knowing you will be alerted if you forget to secure your home in any way. This user-friendly app has the capability to lock doors, close the garage or even arm your security system with just a click of your smartphone, tablet or desktop.

Additionally, security systems with home automation enable you to control lights, lamps and small appliances from anywhere. These systems can be programmed to turn multiple lights, televisions or stereos on or off at random times, or can be programmed to follow schedules, which continue for the duration of your absence. Simulating your presence deters potential thieves. This feature also makes life convenient for your family when you ARE at home!

Today’s smart home systems allow you to see your property in real-time, as well as record any suspicious activity. The days of sorting through grainy footage of a dark figure scavenging through your carport or storage shed on a stationary DVR or computer are long gone.  Hi-definition cameras are now available to record footage 24 hours a day, seven days a week – these can be used for later review or used to record clips using built-in motion sensors, which can be sent directly to your smartphone. Video doorbells can also be used as a security feature, allowing you to see and speak directly to anyone who rings the doorbell; you could even say hello to a potential burglar who might be testing to see if anyone is home!

To take home automation security one step further, smart sensors and plugs notify you if an unsuspected motion is noticed or if a door or window is opened while you’re away. The system can be programmed to immediately take action in the event of an intrusion, including sending push notifications or activating all of the home’s lights simultaneously in hopes of frightening a possible intruder.

With today’s remarkable technology, offering you convenient ways to monitor your home remotely, why wouldn’t you take advantage of protecting your home with the bonus of added peace of mind?  Please contact an Owen Security Solutions representative today for a free assessment to learn more about our customizable home automation products. As a family owned and operated company, we would love the opportunity to can help you relax and enjoy YOUR family’s next vacation.

Why a home security system is so important

Apple-iPad-Video-Application-Kids_hiIt is an unfortunate fact, but there are some people in the world who, rather than working for their own possessions, would prefer to steal yours. Many of us know nearly every minute of our day is booked with activities, especially if we have children. From sports to school events to work and play, we are always on the go, leaving our homes empty for hours at a time.

And there are crime stats out there to prove just how tempting a vacated home can be to even the most amateur, smash-and-grab burglars. Most thieves have scoped out a neighborhood or an area, not a specific person. They will look for an easy way in and out of a subdivision or a neighborhood street and whether or not there are prying eyes. Often, these of criminals will move quickly, house-to-house, looking for big or expensive items to grab and run in a short period of time.

Here are a few facts to consider:

  • In 2016, there were approximately 1.5 million burglary calls filed with law-enforcement agencies around the United States
  • Just about 70% of all break-ins in 2016 were residential
  • When crooks do not check or care if anyone might be inside, home break-ins result in some kind of assault on a resident in almost 33% of all intrusions
  • A home or residence without some kind of alarm system is three times more likely to be targeted by thieves
  • Yet, less than 20% of U.S. homes have a monitored home security system

When you consider these numbers, it reveals there are 2-3 home break-ins every minute in the United States. It’s no longer enough to simply bolt your doors and lock your windows. Thieves are grabbing packages off porches and front stoops or brazenly smashing in rear windows to gain entry.

Having an array of proven security measures will not just help mitigate the chance a thief will risk targeting your home, but also, in the event they decide your possessions are worth the attempt, will help to identify the perpetrator and put out a call for law enforcement. Proper home security solutions will give a homeowner the ability to capture video, report unexpected door or window openings, detect interior motion and notify local authorities to respond to the home as soon as possible. Many of these systems will provide the homeowner an internet-ready app where they can check on the status of their home security from anywhere in the world.

And here’s one more interesting fact to discuss at your monthly homeowners association meeting: thieves will tend to ignore entire neighborhoods if multiple homes are known to have security systems. In other words, according to several studies, when the risk far out-weighs the reward, the typical thief will bypass subdivisions where there are far fewer break-in opportunities. It’s all about ease and the opportunity to steal a few thousand dollars worth of items without being caught. If you can take away the “ease” and increase the risk, you will have stopped all but the most determined criminals.

Owen Security Solutions has been providing customized and comprehensive home and business security solutions for nearly 50 years in and around NW Georgia. From basic security coverage to the latest in high-tech solutions, we can match the home protection system to suit your specific security needs. And, there is never a charge for us to meet with you and put forth a custom proposal for you. Simply give us a call or send us an email and we will be happy to schedule one of our skilled and professional technicians to visit your home or business, inspect the surroundings and consult on the best options available. We currently serve customers in Floyd, Whitfield, Bartow and Gordon counties, but our service area continues to expand to all other neighboring counties in northwest Georgia.

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