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!

Tips and Tricks for Halloween Kicks

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Halloween is one of the most fun-filled holidays of the year! Cooler weather, colorful scenery and fun, fall family activities are all around; however, to really get into the Halloween spirit, you must set the mood! Here are a few tips for spooking up your home using the SmartHome features available right at your fingertips from your home security system!

Sights:

  • Create an eerie ambiance with spooky lighting using your SmartHome automation system. Schedule both indoor and outdoor lighting to automatically activate at a designated time. Not only does this give you the chance to show your festive side, even when you’re not at home, it also helps to deter potential burglars or mischief by giving the impression that someone is home. 
  • Rest assured that slyly using your mobile app to activate strobe lights, fog machines and/or electronic decorations as visitors approach your spooky setup will keep them on their toes and earn you a spot as one of the neighborhood’s best stops!
  • Replace exterior and landscape lighting with festive colored bulbs, such as green, purple, orange or black, to add an ominous touch to outdoor decor without sacrificing the security of well-lit outdoor spaces.
  • Check out this blog with photos for more GREAT ideas on how to decorate your yard with lights!  https://www.fromhousetohome.com/entertainingdiva/halloween-outdoor-lighting/ 

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Sounds:

  • Set the mood with superior spooky sounds through your Sonos Home Speaker. With high quality sounds and room-rumbling bass, your visitors will be thrilled and chilled with streaming sound effects, such as screams, squeals and evil laughs! Muah-ha-ha!
  • Check out the MANY free sound effects at this great site: https://www.partnersinrhyme.com/soundfx/scary_halloween_sounds.shtml

Spooks: 

Use your Video Doorbell for “Tricks” and “Treats”. 

  • Video Doorbell Cameras are the newest trend in home security and surveillance. These devices are programmed to alert the homeowner of movement at the door and allows them to see and record video as well as communicate using the two-way voice feature.  
  • This Halloween, when your Video Doorbell alerts you to approaching Trick-or-Treaters, consider using the opportunity to give them a little fright! Using the two-way communication, send crazy sound effects or a personalized greetings as they approach your home and knock!
  • The best part of this tip? The Video Doorbell will record the whole thing and you can continue to the tricks and the treats again and again until next year’s spooky season! 

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Security:

  • While your SmartHome system can help you achieve the eerie ambiance and decor you desire this season, its main purpose is to keep you and your family safe!
  • If you plan on being away from home around Halloween, your SmartHome technology helps protect your home, loved ones and property.
  • Help keep pranksters at bay by arming your home security system, using your system’s video surveillance features to keep an eye on your home and rest assured that our professional monitoring team is on standby 24/7!

Are you ready to get moving on making your home a SmartHome? Call us today!

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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

 

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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At Owen Security Solutions, we are always staying one step ahead.