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We live in a world full of beeps…horns, cell phones, toys and yes, even your household appliances will beep to let you know when their task is done, or if something is wrong. Everyone knows an alarm system beeps. It beeps when the power goes out, when your phone line is down, when the back up battery is down and for a few other “trouble conditions”. The beeping can be annoying, because it is designed to get your attention. We want your alarm system to work when it suppose to! The trouble condition, and the beeping, are designed to get your attention and deal with the issue. The problem comes into play when your think the beeping is your alarm – and it isn’t!!! This can be extremely frustrating for homeowners and business owners. Typically, if it has to do with your alarm system there will be a trouble light on your keypad, and if you are monitored, the monitoring station will call you.The following are some of the most common “misunderstood beep” calls that we handle:

  1. Smoke Detector Beeps (if your smoke detectors are hooked into your alarm system there will be a trouble light on your keypad). This is a high pitched chirp that can only be stopped by cleaning the smoke detector or changing the battery – depending on the problem.
  2. Cell phone low battery.  Most of us know what that sounds like. However, we stil get calls when old cell phones finally start to die….
  3. Toys. Many toys will also make a chirp or beeping sound as they start to die.
  4. Pool alarm batteries. Oh boy. This is a funny one because many new homes are equpipped with loud, annoying door alarms designed to let people know if someone enters the backyard where a pool is located. We have found that people move in and promptly remove these alarms – and frequently stick them in a cupboard. You guessed it, as the battery wears down they start to beep.
  5. Appliances!! This is a new one for us but we have fielded two calls recently where the customer has a beep that they cannot locate….and it was because the dishwasher door had not been closed all the way! We have seen the same with the newer washing machines and dryers.

Let us know if your alarm is beeping and you don’t know what to do. But don’t be surprised if the beeping is not from the alarm system!!! Beep! Beep!

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Security takes many forms whether it is from setting your alarm system at night, or the feeling that someone gives you in a relationship. I am reminded of that today as I lost a dear friend, Wendy Wayne. And our community lost one of its’ kindest and most influential leaders. Wendy gave a certain feeling of security when you were around her. You could not help but feel like things were going to be safe and wonderful – just by her presence and sense of conviction. Bruce and I met Wendy Wayne, and her husband Gene Tackett in 1988. Wendy became a fast friend who always encouraged me as we built our business, Secure Systems. She epitomized the values I wanted to bring to both my personal life and business. Some of these include enthusiasm, the ablity to look at situations with a fresh eye, honesty, integrity, appreciation and waking up every day wanting to be the best person your possibly be. She became a mentor to me and made me feel like I could accomplish anything. I have been lucky enough to have wonderful parents, grandparents and teachers who supported me but, she was the first “adult” friend I had who treated me as a colleague. The funny thing is that I never really thought about it until recently. That was another thing she was so good about…giving you props while making you feel like you did it on your own. Wendy accomplished more in 64 years of life that most people could ever imagine. Her biggest accomplishment was how she touched so many people and inspired them to be their best. How many of us can do that? In your daily life take time to enjoy those around you, and show them that you care. That is the challenge, and inspiration I take from having known Wendy.

Thank you Wendy for all that you have done for me, and the encouragement you offered to Bruce and I over the years as we grew Secure Systems. It was always an honor to call you my friend. You may be gone from this earth, but your legacy will live on in the lives of others and the actions you have inspired. And that type of security is definitely priceless.

http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/local/x965468036/Beloved-Bakersfield-icon-Wendy-Wayne-dies-at-64

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Your security needs can change as your family dynamics shift, your business grows, or you acquire more valuables. Any area where you store computers, collectibles, guns or cash should be protected by a motion detector. We have seen a HUGE increase in crime where a specific room is targeted. Thieves break the glass (and yes we sell glassbreak detection too!) and enter a room – such as a master bedroom, or computer room. They stay there without setting off the alarm if there is no motion detector. You know what you have and what needs to be protected. A motion detector is a great way to make your alarm work better for your security needs! Call or email the office for more information and pricing. www.MySecureSystems.com

 

 

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Natural disasters, medical emergencies and even break ins can change your daily life in an instant. While you can not prevent many things, you can try to be prepared. For natural disasters make a plan with your family where to meet if you are separated, and how to exit your home if the disasters occur when you are there. As well, make an emergency preparedness kit with basic first aid kit, food and water. Medical emergencies can be scary and make you feel helpless. For starters, have a basic idea of what your insurance covers. Remember, you are a “customer” even in the medical world. Ask questions, and do not be afraid to get second opinions. Security systems are the first step of defense in protecting your home and business against break ins. As well, you can add fire protection and carbon monoxide detectors to give you the best defense for staying safe.

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In the movies burglars only choose the dead of night to break into a home or business. Unfortunately in real life there is no “special” time for a break in. Daytime is a very popular time for burglaries because in many neighborhoods the majority of people are at work. An intruder uses the trick of knocking at the door, and when no one answers, they kick open the entrance. What happens if you did not hear the doorbell, or did not answer the door and are suddenly faced with an intruder? Call 9-1-1 immediately if you can…retreat to a bathroom and lock the door. Leave the house if you have the chance. These are all scary scenarios – but have become very common. Teach your kids to take these measures as well. Want to know what is happening in your neighborhood? Check out the crime mapping software that is used by Bakersfield Police Department. The site can be accessed at www.crimemapping.com and click on California, then Bakersfield.

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