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.

Stay Secure with These Crime Prevention Tips

October is National Crime Prevention Month. We all have a part to play in preventing common crimes, and Advanced Security Systems is your partner in keeping your home and family safe. Review this checklist for the most effective ways to prevent crime.

  1. Make a list of all valuable property. Keep at least one copy kept outside your home.
  2. Create a list of your valuable property (watches, cameras, computers, TVs, etc.), noting the serial number when available.
  3. Gather descriptions and photos of valuable property from each room in your home (and closets).
  4. Consider renting a safe deposit box for important papers.
  5. Avoid ‘hiding’ an extra house key under the doormat or other common location.
  6. Have a plan if you or your family discover a burglar in your home. Don’t go in! Dial 911!
  7. If you do discover a burglary, leave everything undisturbed and call the sheriff or police.
  8. Trim trees and shrubs to eliminate hiding places.
  9. If you have space, build a security closet with a solid-core door, non-removable hinges, and a deadbolt lock.
  10. Keep emergency numbers stored on your phone, including police, fire, and ambulance, and 911.
  11. Make sure the outside of your home is well lit.
  12. Is your house number easily visible from the street at any hour? Police need to see your number in an emergency.
  13. Lock up ladders and eliminate or block trellises and drainpipes that can be used as ladders to reach the upper floor.
  14. Ensure your exterior doors have cylinder-type deadbolt locks that are in working condition.
  15. Ensure all your doors (basement, porch, sliding, French, balcony) can be securely locked.
  16. Lock your car and take out the keys even when it is parked in the garage.
  17. Equip all windows in your home equipped with key locks or pins.
  18. If you’re going on vacation, ask a neighbor to pick up the newspaper, mail, and help keep an “occupied” look to your home.
  19. Invest in a home security system that includes motion detectors and door/window sensors.

Growing Sales Help Advanced Security Win Notifier’s ‘Award of Excellence’

Advanced Security Systems has been named a 2020 recipient of the NOTIFIER Diamond Distributor Award of Excellence. The award is given to Notifier partners who show outstanding levels of customer service.

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