Protect Your Independence With EasyCall

EasyCall is an affordable and reliable way to maintain your independence. With EasyCall you get the peace of mind that comes with 24/7 professional monitoring and a customized response plan in case you experience an emergency.

Why is having EasyCall a great idea? Consider these three facts:

  • By 2030, 1 in 5 Americans will be over the age of 65.
  • Almost 75 percent of baby boomers want to stay in their current residence for as long as possible.
  • The average cost of an assisted living facility is $45,731 per year.

It’s clear what these figures add up to. More adult children of baby boomers will find themselves taking on the role of caregiver to an aging population. The question is, how can we provide care to someone who values their independence? The answer is a personal emergency response system from EasyCall.

If there’s an emergency when you aren’t around, EasyCall helps seniors get help in an instant. Delays can be costly. Doctors know that when people get help within the so-called “golden hour” after an incident are much more likely to fully recover and return to their homes.

With EasyCall, you’re never truly alone.

Six Tips for a Safe Grilling this Summer

For many, Summer means a surge in outdoor cooking. Grilling is a fun and delicious way to prepare food, but it’s not without its risks. 

Did you know the National Fire Prevention Agency says cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fires? Between 2014 and 2018, more than 42,000 home fires were started by grills, hibachis, and barbecues, resulting in over $149 million in property damage. Every year, gas grills are involved in more than 8,900 home fires!

Knowing how to safely operate your outdoor cooking equipment is critical to preventing fires. And knowing what to do in the event of a fire can save lives and property.

Check out these tips and recommendations for enjoying a fire-safe grilling season:

  1. For propane grills, check the gas tank for leaks before use. 
  2. Place the grill well away from the home, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  3. Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.
  4. Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grilling area.
  5. If you use starter fluid when charcoal grilling, only use charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire. When you have finished grilling, let the coals cool completely before disposing in a metal container.
  6. Never leave your grill unattended when in use.

With these tips, you’ll have a safe and happy summer. We hope you enjoy it!

Advanced Security Systems Jumps to #75 Among Nation’s 100 Top Security Dealers

Eureka, Calif.—By focusing on customer satisfaction and providing state-of-the-art security solutions, Advanced Security Systems has again been listed among the top 100 security dealers in the U.S. The ranking is part of the 2020 Security Dealer Magazine 100, which ranks U.S. companies that provide electronic security systems to residential and commercial/government customers.

 

SDM’s rankings are based on total annual revenue, residential subscribers, and non-residential sales revenue, among other factors. In 2019, Advanced Security Systems was ranked No. 76, and in 2018, the company ranked No. 82. Click here to see the full report.

 

“We’re thrilled to be a part of the best security companies in the country,” says Chuck Petrusha, President and CEO of Advanced Security Systems. “The fact that we keep moving up the list reflects the dedication of the Advanced Security Systems team of professionals. We’re looking forward to another productive yet challenging, year ahead.”

 

Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the security industry had experienced a year of rapid growth. Collectively, the top 100 security companies reported total annual revenue growth of 9.5 percent.

 

In March, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security declared security businesses an essential service, and Advanced Security Systems has operated without interruption since shelter-in-place orders were issued throughout Northern California. “Our technicians and sales consultants are masked and trained to do their work while safely practicing social distancing. The health of our team members and our customers is our top priority, and we’re taking every precaution to ensure our customer’s homes and businesses are secure while avoiding the risk of exposure to COVID-19,” says Petrusha.

 

About the Company

Since 1971, Advanced Security Systems has been Northern California and Southern Oregon’s security leader. Advanced Security Systems sells, services, and installs residential and commercial security alarms, fire alarms, access control, and surveillance systems to residential, commercial, and government consumers.

EasyCall: The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

This year, instead of a ‘typical’ mother’s day gift, give your mom the gift of independence. EasyCall is the perfect gift for mothers who want peace of mind while living on their own.

With EasyCall’s personal medical alert system, you’ll spend less time worrying about mom’s safety and more time enjoying each other’s company. Here are just a few of the benefits EasyCall offers:

 

For Mom

Get help right away: EasyCall offers 24/7 support in case of emergencies and a customized response plan: we can call you or send help right away, the choice is yours.

Independence: Many seniors who receive an EasyCall medical alert system can stay in their homes longer because their families know help is available at the push of a button.

Security: EasyCall is designed to be worn all day, including in the bath or shower. Since many falls occur in the bathroom, you’ll never be far from help in the case of an emergency.

Confidence Boost: We’ve had many seniors tell us they’re afraid of falling because they know they could be stuck on the floor for hours or days. With EasyCall’s automatic fall detection, we’ll send help as soon as a fall occurs. There’s no need to push a button or call for help. Our professional dispatchers will automatically receive a signal that you have fallen and will send help to your home.

 

For You

Peace of Mind: You’ll know you’re in good hands with free professional installation and a lifetime guarantee on all EasyCall medical alert systems.

Visit us online to learn more about EasyCall!

https://advancedsecurity.us/easy-call/benefits.html

Update Your Total Connect 2.0 App for a New Look & Feel

This week, Honeywell Home’s Total Connect 2.0 app will have a fresh, updated look. You will have the same great Total Connect functionality with a sleeker and more intuitive design. Whether they are using iOS, Android, or the website, users will be excited to see the improvements.

This is not a total redesign of the app, so we expect a seamless transition. Users can still expect the same red TC app icon, the name remains Total Connect 2.0, and the overall layout, functionality, and design of the app largely remain unchanged. All a user will need to do is update their app to the latest version. There is no other action required.

Updates include:

  • New clean color scheme
  • Updated automation devices page, with new icons and clear action buttons making the user experience easier
  • Smart Scenes has a new setup workflow, simplifying the process for end-users with quick setup in just three steps
  • Skybell Video Doorbell can now be live-streamed with a phone vertically, in addition to landscape

Please update your app to the latest version available in your app store.

Find Total Connect 2.0 on Apple iPhones and iPads »

Find Total Connect 2.0 on Android phones and tablets »

Updates on the 3G Sunset

We’re another month closer to Verizon and AT&T’s planned sunset of the 3G cellular network in 2022.

The idea is that if the cell companies shut down the older 3G network, they can free up resources for more advanced networks, like LTE and 5G. The issue facing consumers is that many alarm systems use the 3G network to send signals to our Central Monitoring Station.

If your alarm system uses cellular communication, there’s a good chance you’re using the 3G network and will need to upgrade before the shut-off date in 2022.

While 3G was once the state-of-the-art network has been replaced by newer network protocols known as 4G LTE, which stands for Fourth Generation Long-Term Evolution. 4G LTE is more robust, offering greater speeds, larger data limits, and more reliability. As consumers, we’ve seen the changes in cellular network technologies when we upgraded from BlackBerries to the original iPhone to today’s ultra-fast iPhone and Android models.

So how do we update your existing alarm system to use the latest technology? Our technicians are visiting thousands of customers one by one and swapping the cellular radio module inside the alarm panel. It’s a simple job, but also one that’s critically important. All alarm systems that don’t get upgraded to 4G LTE by 2022 will be DOA.

Advanced Security Systems is taking a proactive approach to ensuring our customers aren’t impacted by the 3G sunset. Our alarm technicians will automatically complete your LTE upgrade if we are at your property to perform repair or maintenance service. We’ve also begun contacting all of our customers who will need their systems upgraded. If you haven’t heard from us, feel free to call our office, and we’ll check to see if you need the upgrade.

If you want to learn more about the sunset and your upgrade options, please contact us today! Toll-free 877-443-6366 or visit us online at www.advancedsecurity.us/3G.

*Upgrade special is based on your system’s age and capabilities. Please note that some systems cannot be upgraded and will need to be replaced. 

Keeping Your Business Secure During COVID-19

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, many of us in California and Oregon have been sent home from our shops, offices, and businesses to ‘shelter in place.’

Doctors tell us the best way to stay healthy during the pandemic is through social distancing—maintaining six feet between others and only going out for the essentials.

[Check out the CDC’s Full List of COVID-19 Preventative Measures]

For many employees and business owners, COVID19 has created a challenging situation that includes leaving their place of work for days, if not weeks at a time.

The best way to get peace of mind knowing that your property is protected while you’re at home is with a professionally designed and installed security system. But an alarm system is so much more than sensors and a siren. Here are five important ways your alarm system can keep you and your property safe during the COVID19 quarantine.

#1 Remote Access Keeps You Connected to Your Home and Business

Remote access has been a revolution in the alarm industry, allowing users to control their systems without having to be at their property. Sure, you can arm and disarm your alarm system from anywhere. But did you know you can also see details about who’s arming and disarming your alarm system, what time alarm events took place, and even set schedules so your system automatically arms when you want it to? That’s the power of modern alarm systems, which are fully operable from anywhere as long as you’ve got your smartphone.

#2 Hands-Free = Germ-Free: Add a remote keyfob to arm and disarm without having to enter your code

During quarantine, when clean hands are critical, many customers have asked us, “how can I use my system hands-free?” Remote key fobs are a great solution. You can arm and disarm your alarm system just like you do your car: with a battery-operated key fob that fits with your house and car keys. Many existing security systems, even some older ones, can function with a key fob. Contact us to learn more about adding one to your security system.

#3 Electronic locks make it easy to grant access from wherever you are

Maybe you’re sheltering-in-place and can’t get to your place of business but want to send a trusted friend or relative to make sure everything is OK. With remote-access door locks, you can be in control of who’s coming and going without having to be near the physical location of your business property.

Electronic locks are offered by trusted lock manufacturers, such as Yale, Schlage, Kwikset, and others, and they seamlessly integrate with your alarm system.

#4 Always Know Who’s At Your Door With Video Doorbells

Video doorbells aren’t just for home use. As more and more businesses are installing video doorbells, these innovative devices are becoming a vital part of a connected security system. The latest models are outfitted for ‘professional’ use with higher resolution cameras attractive finishes to match any decor.

#5 Your Monitored Smoke and CO Detectors are always working for you

One aspect of a modern alarm system that businesses and homeowners both love is always-on smoke and carbon monoxide detection. Without ever having to set your alarm, your property and family are protected from potentially dangerous situations. All thanks to our 24/7 monitoring station and professionally installed smoke and CO detectors. In California, all new buildings are required to include smoke and CO detection, but that doesn’t necessarily mean your home or business is equipped with monitored detection. That means our dispatchers are alerted anytime a detector is activated, without any action from the user. You don’t have to set your alarm or even call dispatch if you suspect smoke or carbon monoxide are present—our Central Station dispatchers will get the signal automatically and begin calling your responsible party call list to alert the user to the potential danger.

Many things are uncertain during the unprecedented COVID19 outbreak, but one thing’s for sure. Advanced Security Systems is there 24/7 for your security needs.

Advanced Security Systems Remains Open During COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place Order

Dear Customers: As an essential service provider, Advanced Security Systems continues to service and install burglar, fire alarm, access control, and surveillance systems during the governor’s stay-at-home order.

Your alarm system is also continuously monitored by or 24/7 dispatch center.

Please note that our offices are temporarily closed to in-person visits.
If you need immediate assistance please dial our office at 1-707-443-6366. We are available for parts pick-up, deliveries, payments, and other services.

Thank you for your patience during this trying time. Please stay safe and healthy out there.

Our Continuing Commitment to You During COVID-19

As an essential business, Advanced Security Systems is committed to protecting our community’s homes and businesses. Our No. 1 priority is delivering peace of mind to our customers. Advanced Security Systems has taken steps to increase the safety and well-being of our staff and customers.

 

Protecting You at Home

With shelter-in-place orders in effect throughout Oregon and California, we’re spending more time at home. We want you to know that our team of professional dispatchers has been continuously monitoring your alarm system since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

If you need service at home, our technicians are ready to help. We’re taking extra precautions and closely following the CDC’s hygiene recommendations, including wearing masks and frequently disinfecting our vehicles and equipment.

 

Protecting the Advanced Security Systems Team

If you or anyone in your home is showing signs of illness, we ask that you reschedule any service visits you may have. Call our office at 1-707-443-6366 any time before your appointment to reschedule at no cost.

Our sales team is also ready to help you with new installations or additions to existing systems. We’re happy to meet with you in person using social distancing guidelines, or we can conduct a meeting online using a platform like Zoom, Google Hangouts, or Facebook Messenger.

Many things are uncertain during the unprecedented COVID19 outbreak, but one thing’s for sure. Advanced Security Systems is there 24/7 for your security needs. If you or someone you know would benefit from our services, please reach out to us at 707-443-6366.

Natural Disasters and Your Alarm System: What to Know

With the recent 5.6 shaker we just felt in Northern California, it’s a good idea to think about your alarm system as part of your disaster response plan.

 

Regardless of where you live, natural disasters can affect you and your alarm system. Taking a few simple steps before a disaster occurs will help to avoid potential problems and the uncertainty that comes when you are required to make quick decisions. Here are a few tips:

  • If you install a generator to prepare for power outages, our service technicians or a qualified electrician can assist you with the best way to connect it to your alarm system.
  • Ensure that your contact list and information is current. You should contact our office at least once per year to update your contact information and list of responsible parties.
  • If you relocate in an emergency, contact us with phone numbers where you can be reached and provide us with the phone number of a contact person outside the immediate area, if available.

 

When You Get Back

When you can safely return to your home or business, you may have to deal with a multitude of issues. One of those will be what to do with your alarm system. If your area has experienced power outages, when the power restores, it may cause a false alarm.

  • Before reconnecting or activating your alarm system, contact us to avoid a false alarm. Our trained dispatchers can help you test your system or schedule a visit with a service technician.
  • Depending on the disaster, it may be necessary to replace the alarm system battery. Many systems that were taken offline by the Public Safety Planned Power Outages needed new system batteries after the power was restored.
  • Check sensors for water damage, lightning strikes, etc.
  • Call us to schedule an inspection of your alarm system if you believe damage may have occurred.