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Customer Tip #113: The Installer’s Vehicle Can Be Foretelling

Let’s set the scene… You need an alarm, camera or key fob access system installed for your home or business. You want it to meet all your criteria relative to features and scheduling of the work. The sales person assures you that all will be perfect! The sales person also tells you that the system […]

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Would you buy a fridge from your cable company?

Up until recently you had limited choices for security systems. You would buy an alarm or camera system from a security company. That was it. They are easy to spot. Most security companies usually have SECURITY as their middle name. For example, Keystone Security Systems has a middle name of SECURITY. And why is that? […]

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Can you afford NOT to be protected?

I often hear from homeowners “I can’t afford to have a home security system” or “I have extended myself financially and can’t justify the cost of a home alarm.” Considering all the expenses a homeowner has, utilities, insurance, taxes, repairs, decorating expenses, lawn care and others an alarm system is just one more expense you […]

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Scientific Study Shows Alarm Systems Deter Burglars

A scientific survey concluded that burglars are often deterred from specific targets that have alarm systems installed. The study conducted by criminal justice professors from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC) interviewed 422 incarcerated male and female burglars. The study found that: 83% would try to determine if an alarm was present before […]

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What a Real Security System Should Look Like

The security industry has a new player in the field, Time Warner Cable. Their solution known as Intelligent Home® claims it is the latest in integrated security and they even claim to have their own central station. Sounds and looks good on paper but the reality is their solution has its flaws and consumers should […]

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Why Licensing Matters

Q. What do childcare centers, electricians, doctors, chiropractors, engineers and security companies have in common? A. They all must be licensed. Many professions must have a license to work in their trade. This license is issued by a state agency. In New York State that agency is the Department of State Division of Licensing. They […]

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AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Time Warner, Oh My!

So, you decided that you would like to get an alarm system for your home. Seeing all the ads and hype for the new security offerings from AT&T®, Time Warner® and Verizon Wireless®, to name a few, has you curious and eager to get protected. You just have a few questions… Can my cable or […]

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When a Burglary Lands Your Practice into a HIPAA Nightmare?

Many small medical practices never think about the eventual disaster of a burglary. Even fewer never consider what would happen if an intruder during the course of a burglary managed to steal the practice’s computer server or workstation – with the practice’s patient records. Your practice now went from a simple police report to a […]

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10 Things to Know Before Hiring a Security Company

First it was Time Warner®. Now AT&T®. Now Lowes®. What is it? SECURITY. We have all seen the ads advertising an all-digital, all-wireless home security and automation system that uses your smartphone. Monitoring will be provided by these cable companies or you can monitor it yourself (see our blog on self monitoring). Installation and service […]

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Who Will Call 911 When You Can’t?

Not all smoke detectors are the same. There are many smoke detectors on the market. Some are inexpensive and can be had for $5 at a discount store and do nothing more than beep. There are others that have more bells and whistles, cost much more then a five note but still do what is […]

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