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Security is more than an alarm system. It is knowing the lights are on at your home when you arrive late. It is knowing that your kids got home from school on time. It is being able to check on your business through cameras on your smart phone. If this sounds like the security you want, then it is time to look at your existing alarm system. Your alarm can be so much more than a way to protect your home or business. It can provide you with the ability to control your environment whether or not you are there. Do you take your phone with you wherever you go? Most people answer yes. And this “goes everywhere” smart phone can help you to stay in touch with your home and business. Smart phones have become a part of our daily existence – and it only makes sense that you alarm is accessible through the phone. What takes it to the next step of true security is being able to monitor the entire environment – whether it is the lights, thermostats and even the ability to view what’s going on while you are away. You are in control of what is important to you when designing this alarm. And don’t be fooled by “door knockers” that say your local alarm company can’t help you. These companies sell low quality products that are easily hacked. Call the company that has been in business and serving your community since 1980 – Secure Systems. Want more information? Contact us at 661-326-1747 or fill out the attached form and we will answer all of your questions on how to make sure your security is part of your daily life.

 

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Security systems have become an essential tool for homeowners to keep their property and families safe. Unfortunately this has caught the attention of some unethical companies that use aggressive tactics and sale lines to sell their brand of alarms. We get phone calls every day from customers that have been told their alarm is “not good enough” and that they need to switch to a wireless system. Whoa!! Before you believe the slick salesperson at your door, take time to call your alarm company. Find out what type of security system you already have.

Are the doors protected? Are the windows protected? Do you have adequate motion detectors? And what exactly does WIRELESS mean? Is it better? Well, the question to ask is do you have a home phone line? If not, then you want a WIRELESS way of sending the alarm signal. But don’t settle for CELLULAR, which is what these salespeople peddle. It is easily jammed by inexpensive cell phone jammers. There are better and more stable products. Do you want to arm your alarm from your cell phone? Your current alarm company can probably offer this service as well. Finally, you don’t have to be a private investigator to get the goods on these types of companies. Do a quick google search. Many of these unscrupulous companies have been banned from communities, or are the target of state wide investigations. Choose an alarm company wisely. After all, they are protecting the most important valuables in your life – your family, employees, home and business.

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Come on. Admit it. You watch the Olympics and by Day 6 you think you may be able to try your hand at a few spins on the floor exercises of the gymnastics team. Okay, maybe that is reaching a little far. Perhaps you eye the sports and think to yourself if you really wanted to you could be a contender in the Archery competition. Whatever your dreams, or level of self delusion is, it is a fact that gym membership, and exercise in general increase during the Olympics. It must be due to the fact that in theory, we are all humans and capable of something like the specimens we watch in awe. Well, maybe a fractional something at best. But, it is true that the Olympics inspire us to use the bodies we have and put them to better use than supporting the Olympic Sponsors (thank you fast food and soda manufacturers – wow, a little irony there….).

Having said all of that, it is wonderful to be inspired and motivated by Olympians – or just ready to improve your health! Here are some simple steps you should take when starting an exercise program, or getting ready to train for the Olympics… More »

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Ahhh, vacation…somewhere new to rest your head and leave all of your cares behind. And everyone knows the bad guys don’t go on vacation – right? Sorry…that most certainly is NOT the case. In fact, tourists are more likely to be pickpocketed, have their cars broken into or hotel rooms pilfered just because they are “marked.” It does not mean that you are not the intelligent, cautious person you are at home. But, let’s face it…part of the point of vacation is relaxing. And, even if you keep your game face on, destination areas are frequented by tourists and thieves alike because the pickins are good! There are some basic steps you should take to keep yourself from being the next vacation victim.

Be aware of your surroundings

Too often when we go on vacation mode – we go on vacation in every sense of the word. It is important to assess your surroundings, and your actions, as closely as you would in your everyday life. That starts with your traveling. Flying? Make sure you don’t have more luggage than you can handle – and see. They ask you at customs, and security, if you have kept track of your luggage for a reason – unattended luggage is free game for trouble. Yes, people have been known to stash bombs and other items of destruction – but sometimes it is the ordinary items, or illegal items, like drugs that can wind up in your bags. Of course, having too much can also lead to losing those bags because really, it is hard to keep track of everything. Learn to consolidate your luggage. It will make your traveling easier and safer.

I don’t need to worry because I am staying at a nice hotel

Hee hee hee. Where do you think the bad guys go shopping? Sure, there are cameras and security guards and check in procedures. However, the clever thieves know that the nicer the establishment – the nicer the selection of items to steal. One of our clients was recently checking into a luxury establishment and momentarily put down their bag while handing the clerk their passports. Upon reaching for the bag, they discovered it was gone. Camera footage later revealed that a well dressed thief had walked up to the counter, bent down and stole their luggage in a matter of seconds. Assign one person in your party to hold your belongings if you are the one checking in. This could save a lot of headache for you and prevent your vacation from turning into a non-vacation…

Use the hotel safe

Think safes are just for jewels? Think again. Your wallet and other items may seem safe when you return, but in this age of identity theft, all it takes is one stolen check, or credit card number to wreak havoc on your life. Better yet, before leaving for vacation, think about what you are taking. Do you really need your checkbook and every credit card you own? If not, leave the bulk of these items at home. And when you do venture out, split up your joint credit cards. That way if one person suffers from a pickpocket, you will not lose everything. And don’t forget to leave those credit card and bank phone numbers somewhere safe where you can access them when you need them. d

Lock your doors, close your blinds and hide your stuff

Treat a hotel room with as much respect as your own home – protect it!!! Make sure the doors lock – especially if you are on the ground floor or have access to a balcony. Hide any personal items that you do not want to take – either in the safe, or inside your luggage. Don’t make it easy for someone to go through your items of value.

Vacation is a time to relax. And at Secure Systems we want you to enjoy your time away. However, while we protect your home or business with residential or commercial security, it is up to you to watch out for yourself. Take these simple steps and enjoy!

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