Advanced Security Taps 20-Year Industry Veteran to Lead Santa Rosa Office

Santa Rosa, Calif.—With more than 20 years of experience in the fire and security industry, Nicholas Bowden is well prepared for his new role. In October, Advanced Security Systems announced Nicholas Bowden will serve as the company’s regional General Manager in Santa Rosa.

Bowden’s wealth of experience will be an asset as he steps into a leadership position with the 47-year-old company. Bowden’s role includes overseeing day-to-day operations for the region, as well as serving as the lead security consultant for commercial and industrial clients.

Most recently, Bowden served as the branch manager for First Alarm in Rohnert Park, Calif., where he oversaw all operations for office. Bowden brings a wealth of industry knowledge with a focus in his career as a technician, sales representative, regional sales manager, and now as general manager for the North Bay region.

Bowden is a northern California native and lives with his wife and three children. In his free time, Nick enjoys spending time with his family and is a frequent volunteer with the Young Men’s Ultimate Weekend – NorthBay.

With offices throughout Northern California, Advanced Security Systems has been the region’s leading security dealer for nearly 50 years. The company offers a complete line of security systems for both homes and businesses. For more information, visit

Advanced Security CEO Petrusha Shares Career Tips with Local Students

Last month, Advanced Security Systems had the honor of taking part in the Be Your Own Boss Career Panels Eureka High and Saint Bernard’s Academy. It’s always great to connect with the community and share with our young students the amazing career potentials in the alarm industry.

Interested in joining our team? Check out our careers page for opportunities in your area.

The security industry is fast-paced, ever-evolving, and offers an exciting work environment. We’re looking for enthusiastic team players who have what it takes to adapt to the continual changes that keep our company ahead of the technology curve and highly successful.

Currently, we are hiring friendly, full-time technicians with strong customer service skills for our Santa Rosa location, which covers Mendocino, Lake, Sonoma, and Napa counties. All applicant levels will be considered, from base-level trainee to CFLST & NICET certified technicians.

If you or someone you know would be a good fit for this position, don’t hesitate to send us your resume:
Advanced Security Systems
1336 Fourth Street
Eureka, CA 95501

Six Ways to Stop Package Theft

Waiting on that special package to be delivered? Don’t Get Grinched! There are several easy ways to keep your packages safe this Christmas. The Eureka Police Department shares some great tips to keep your packages safe this holiday season.


“The Eureka Police Department (EPD) is recommending that online purchases that would normally be mailed to your residence be sent to a secure location, such as a work address.” writes EPD Captain Brian Stephens in the December edition of the City of Eureka Newsletter. “To combat package theft during the holidays, EPD is recommending that citizens have a plan to secure packages so they are not stolen from the home. When possible, shop locally and bypass issues of theft.”


Have Packages Delivered to your Workplace or Office

One of the best ways to combat package theft is to have items delivered to your office (with your company’s permission) or a friend’s house who will be home to receive the packages. This minimizes the opportunities for theft.


Require a Signature on Delivery

To prevent your package from being stolen off the front porch, side door, back porch, or garage area, ask for signature delivery. If your package is delivered by UPS/DHL/FedEx, consult your sender and require a delivery confirmation signature.


Use Local Package Lockers

Rite Aid, Walgreens, and GNC locations all offer locker service for Amazon purchases!


Sign Up For Alerts

Delivery services are happy to send you text and email alerts with updates about your packages. Additionally, you can use FedEx Delivery Manager to keep track of your packages and re-direct them if necessary.


Pick Up Packages in Person

It may not be quite as convenient as receiving deliveries at your front door, but one sure way to guarantee safety is to have packages held at the post office or delivery service store until you can pick them up yourself.

Both FedEx and UPS provide options to have packages held at a local location rather than dropped off at your home.


Your Security System Can Keep Your Packages Safe, Too

Your cameras can notify you with an email when the package arrives. If you’re not home when the package is delivered, you can disarm the alarm and unlock the door so a trustworthy neighbor can place the package inside. Once the package is safe inside, simply arm your alarm system right from your smartphone.

Four Unexpected Winter Health Tips for Seniors

Beyond the seasonal colds and cases of flu, winter brings other health challenges. The sudden changes in the weather lead to dry and cracking skin, raise the chance of slips, and trap us indoors for months as we seek shelter from the cold.

Make this year different by taking a proactive approach to health this winter. With these unconventional tips, you can help the senior in your life stay healthy and safe this winter.

Find Out if Chills Have a Medical Cause

Many seniors report feeling cold even while the rest of us feel toasty warm. Always feeling cold can be caused by slow circulation—something that affects many of us as we age. Thyroid conditions can also lead to a loss of temperature regulation. Before you buy another electric blanket, check with your loved one’s doctor to rule out any medical conditions that may be causing chills. We’ve spoken with folks who have received treatment for malfunctioning thyroids, and they all report not feeling as cold. If you’ve already eliminated medical reasons for being cold, it may be time to invest in smart thermostats, space heaters, or microwaveable heat packs.

Maintain a Healthy & Varied Diet

Staying indoors for the winter months can lead to another unexpected complication for seniors: nutritional deficiencies. Our winter hibernations can cause unhealthy habits, including eating the same things over and over. Yet, we need variety in our diets to get all the vitamins and minerals we need. Vitamin D is especially crucial in the winter. Ideally, we absorb our vitamin D when our skin is exposed to the sun, but that exposure is limited in winter. That’s why nutritionists recommend consuming foods that are fortified with vitamin D, like milk and seafood, such as salmon and tuna.

Swap Canes for Walkers to Avoid Falls

The chance of falling skyrockets in winter. Frosty conditions can spell disaster for seniors, who aren’t as agile or mobile as they once were. When it’s slippery and wet outside, caregivers recommend walkers instead of canes. Others suggest keeping two walkers, one for indoors, and another that can get dirty when heading out.

Use Unscented Lotions to Soothe Dry Skin

Cracked and dry skin is painful and unattractive, but traditional treatments might not be as effective as we thought. For example, doctors recommend avoiding baby oil, which contains mineral oil and fragrances that often irritate the skin. Instead, experts recommend skin-friendly, fragrance-free lotions and creams. Stores are stocked with effective, unscented products that can reduce dry skin. For some, dry skin can get so bad that it cracks in a condition known as “winter itch.” Winter itch is a form of seasonal eczema, and, thankfully, it can be treated with antibiotic ointment. Ask your doctor if you or a loved one is experiencing this uncomfortable but treatable skin condition.

Winter is full of hazards for young and old alike. Caregivers should pay extra attention to the health and wellbeing of seniors this season. With a bit of planning, seniors can have a healthy and safe winter and get ready for warmer months ahead.