The Inside Scoop on Residential Security Cameras

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Let’s face it, as much as we would like to think home break-ins will never happen to us, the reality is that it can happen to anyone. At Owen Security Solutions, we believe in always being One Step Ahead. That’s why we recommend home security and surveillance cameras to anyone looking to step up their home security game. 

Proactive Protection 

Surveillance cameras are often considered one of the best crime deterrents available and act as a red flag for anyone who may be attempting to gain access to your home or belongings. More often than not, a residential security camera can stop a break in before it even happens, which saves you repairs, effort, time, money and lots of trouble in the long run.

Peace of Mind

Another great reason to incorporate residential surveillance cameras into your home security system is the peace of mind you will gain by being view your home whenever you like. With modern home security and surveillance cameras, you can now use your mobile device to view live footage of your home, save and protect important recorded video clips or even speak to the person on your front porch. Whether you are out of town for a week or at work for the day, live footage of your home is available 24/7 at the touch of a button! Technicians can install Wi-Fi based cameras or DVR/NVR systems nearly anywhere in or on your home, ensuring your property and loved ones are always protected. 

Video Verification

Although Owen Security Solutions’ surveillance cameras allow you 24/7 access to your security footage, there’s no need to worry about checking it constantly. We can provide around-the-clock monitoring to ensure your home is protected so that you don’t have to. Video Verification allows your home’s video footage to pop-up on your phone as a notification the instant your alarm is triggered AND the footage can be sent directly to our agents on-staff, who can then verify the activity and notify and dispatch emergency services. 

Price Isn’t a Problem 

Residential Video Surveillance is often overlooked for fear of bulky equipment, maintenance and cost. Our technicians and security advisors pride themselves in listening to the specific needs of each homeowner and are experienced in designing systems that are the perfect fit for your needs AND your budget.  We offer a wide variety of services at a fair and cost-effective rate. 

At Owen Security Solutions, our goal is to keep you One Step Ahead in theft, life safety and technology. We offer a wide variety of services at a fair and cost effective rate, and there is no better time than now to get more information! Contact us today for incredible deals, including 6 MONTHS OF FREE MONITORING! For more informations, please contact us at 706-629-7398, owenadmin@owensecurity.com or visit www.owensecurity.com

 

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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.

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.