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!

Fire Safety for the Holidays

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and for many households this means traveling to visit loved ones, made-from-scratch feasts and fellowship with family. For most, these holiday festivities and memorable moments are centered around the kitchen, which means that keeping fire safety at the forefront of your mind during this hectic and joyous time is very important to protecting those you love.

According to data from the United States Fire Association , each year, Thanksgiving Day is the peak day for cooking fires in American homes. An estimated 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires occur annually in residential buildings in the United States. The primary cause of these residential fires each year is cooking and, unfortunately, smoke alarms are often not present in 20 percent of these instances.

Here are a few additional facts from the National Fire Prevention Association :

  • Ranges or cooktops were involved in the 62% of reported home cooking fires, 89% of cooking fire deaths and 79% of cooking fire injuries.
  • Households that use electric ranges have a higher risk of cooking fires and associated losses than those using gas ranges.
  • Unattended cooking was the leading cause of cooking fires and casualties. Clothing ignitions led to 14% of the home cooking fire deaths.
  • Almost one-third (30%) of the people killed by cooking fires were sleeping at the time. More than half (53%) of the non-fatal injuries occurred when people tried to control the fire themselves.

Some holiday safety tips from Owen Security Solutions:

The first step you should take to protect your family and home this season is to be sure that you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside each sleeping area. Smoke alarms should be replaced at least every 10 years to ensure proper working order, and batteries in smoke detectors should be changed every six months.

Never leave cooking food or in-use appliances unattended. Being present and keeping an eye on food to ensure that it doesn’t boil over, burn, or put anyone in danger is the best way to prevent possible injuries.

Keep your cooking workspace clear of any trash, combustible products, or flammable materials. Wooden utensils, oven mitts, towels and place mats can also catch fire quickly.

Be sure that you wear clothing that will not drape or be loose-fitting while working near fire or heat. Clothing fibers can melt to your skin, ignite, or get caught and cause unintentional fires, spills, or burns.

Children should be at least three feet away from cooking areas and any area where hot foods or drinks are prepared. Steam or splashes from these items could cause serious injuries or burns.

Always keep your kitchen stocked with a fire extinguisher. Type K extinguishers are specifically for grease fires and type ABC multipurpose extinguishers can be used for flammable liquids, wood, and electrical fires.

Never put water on a grease fire. Water could splatter the fire and cause it to spread much more quickly. Baking soda and a lid for the pan can be used to help deprive the fire of oxygen.

Turkey fryers should be kept outdoors and a safe distance from buildings or flammable materials. Never use these fryers in an enclosed area or on a wooden surface. Do not leave fryers unattended, use well-insulated mitts and safety goggles when working near the fryer, and keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Most importantly, ALWAYS ensure the turkey has thawed before putting it into the fryer. The National Turkey Federation recommends that turkeys thaw for at least 24 hours for every five pounds in weight.

We hope that these by following these holiday safety tips many more families enjoy a wonderful and safe holiday season with loved ones!

For more information on a home security system or life protection system and monitoring, please give us a call at 706.629.7398 or visit our website www.OwenSecurity.com.

For downloadable or printable safety tip sheets, visit the National Fire Prevention Association website.

Why Home Security Systems ARE for EVERYONE!

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Security systems were once expensive devices that were only affordable for large businesses and wealthy households, but not anymore! 

All levels of crime rates have continued to rise in recent years and the security industry as a whole has recognized the importance of affordable and reliable security for renters, homeowners and business-owners alike. 

At Owen Security Solutions, we are committed to providing the latest in security technology to both current and prospective clients. Our complete security, life safety and home automation systems are advanced enough to alert users in the event of a break-in, fire, flood, power surge or outage, burst pipes, temperature alerts and medical emergencies! Our systems are custom designed to fit your needs, make your life easier AND save you money

Here are just a few of the additional features our systems offer to make your home or business more secure, safe and efficient.  

Medical Alert Devices 

It’s important to know that you can reach loved ones and medical professionals in the event of an emergency. Owen Security Solutions offers customers a medical alert device that works with your home security system to signal emergency services with the simple push of a button. This device can be worn as a traditional lanyard or on the wrist, allowing easy access to the pendant in times of distress while remaining discreet. 

Smoke Alarms

No home or business should be without smoke detectors! Our security systems are programmed to use smoke detection devices to alert occupants of smoke before a fire begins. This gives your family or employees vital time to escape the structure and alerts emergency services in an effort to prevent damage or loss of lives or property. 

Carbon Monoxide Detectors 

Our carbon monoxide detectors sole purpose is to alert occupants of any dwelling or business of the presence of excess carbon monoxide in the air. Being alerted of CO2 before experiencing symptoms will allow you to vacate the area and protect yourself, loved ones, employees, customers and pets from inhaling this deadly chemical. You will then have the opportunity to ventilate the area and hire a professional to find the source of the leak.

Flood Sensors 

Although disasters such as home fires get far more media attention, flooding is a much more common disaster for homeowners and, unfortunately, does substantially more damage with effects that can last for months. While Owen Security Systems cannot prevent flooding, when our systems are installed and equipped with flood sensors, they can alert you as soon as a leak or flood is detected. The more quickly you are made aware of these circumstances and can address them, the more likely you are to limit the damage incurred. 

Home Automation Devices 

Owen Security Solutions’ Home Automation options allow you to control, automate, protect and monitor your home with affordable and intelligent solutions. Take control of your energy bills by programming your thermostats to auto-adjust, turn off lights in empty rooms and double-check locked doors from anywhere. Enjoy the ability to unlock doors for guests or repair workers, turn on/off small appliances while away from home and never come home to a dark house again! Customize your home to fit your family’s lifestyle with these great features and others, including cameras, home theater systems, security and life safety in one complete SmartHome experience!

For more information about Owen Security Solutions and the great products and services we offer, please visit our website today at https://www.owensecurity.com/ and follow us on Facebook! 

 

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

 

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.

706-629-7398 outside of the metro Atlanta area
770-386-2846 inside the metro Atlanta area
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