We want to say thank you to Owensboro Police Department and our Central Station operator, Chaz, for their team work on another apprehension. Just the other night, Chaz picked up suspicious audio sounds at a tire business with a Sonitrol alarm and dispatched law enforcement right away. Police found the intruder, who had managed to get inside via a rooftop air conditioning duct. This is another reason Sonitrol audio alarms fully protect your property. Unlike motion-based competitor alarms, our audio sensors hear unusual sounds and will alert us to an intrusion. With wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling audio coverage, unlike a motion detection system with limited areas of protection, Sonitrol alarms guarantee that if anyone is attempting to break-in to your place, our monitoring team WILL HEAR THEM.
Tired of false alarms? We hear you! So was the retired police officer who founded Sonitrol…That’s what prompted the officer, Al Cronk, to team up with an inventor over fifty-five years ago to develop an alarm system that would accurately determine if a break-in was in progress. Traditional systems depend on motion detector equipment, which unfortunately, can easily be triggered by something as tiny as a warehouse mouse. In his career as a police officer, Cronk had responded to way too many false alarms. His inventor friend, Robert Baxter, came up with the perfect solution, the audio sensor. This innovative sound device launched the Sonitrol alarm, the most dependable and verified alarm system in the industry. Using this audio technology, Sonitrol detects sounds at the first sign of a break-in attempt. Before the would-be perpetrators have even gained access to a facility, our Central Station operators can listen in and hear them trying to gain entry. Our team immediately dispatches law enforcement, who can arrive on scene before anything has been stolen and usually before anyone has broken into the facility.
Because of Sonitrol’s capability to verify true break-ins, we have the fastest police response times and the lowest false alarm rates in the industry. If you want to ensure your business, school, or facility is protected around the clock and that false alarms are a thing of the past, contact us today for a free assessment from one of our security design consultants at (800) 444-1191. We look forward to providing you with security peace of mind.
One of the first questions many people ask a security provider is “How much does it cost?” To answer this simple question, let me explain some general guidelines for pricing a security system.
Investing in a security system is much like purchasing a new car. Depending on what you want, the price can change dramatically. You can purchase a new basic model Chevy Silverado for $25,000. Now add the comfortable options, such as power windows, air conditioning, MP3 player capabilities, heated seats, leather interior and built-in navigation and the price can quickly reach $40,000. Why would someone invest in these additional options considering they may sell or trade the vehicle in 5 years? Americans spend an average of 2 and 1/2 hours a day in their car, and they want to enjoy this time. They understand that they are making an investment and they don’t want to regret their decision down the road. Likewise, you are making an investment on keeping the things you value secure. A security system should be built to not only be accommodating to the user, but do the job in the worst case scenario. Unfortunately, many people just focus on the price per month. They want the cheapest, quickest system possible, sacrificing quality equipment, quick system communication to authorities and great customer service if these problems arise. There really is no such thing as a cookie cutter price if you are truly interested in a system that works. You need the best security system!
Now let’s look at some security system options that you may want to investigate before you purchase a system:
Choose the way you want your system to communicate
- IP – Also know as internet protocol. If you have high speed internet this method is for you. It eliminates the need for a phone line. Communications are automatically tested every 15 – 30 minutes to ensure an alarm will be properly received.
- Cellular – Also known as cell. If you have a cell signal where you want to install your system, this is another excellent way to communicate alarms. You can’t cut a cell phone line. If you go with IP or dial-up, a cell backup is an excellent option to ensure alarms have back-up communication.
- Dial-up – If you do not have internet or cell signal in your area, you will need a dial-up panel. Make sure you get one that sends a test signal once a day to your central station. Otherwise, you risk not having your system communicate until your provider’s next test which could be up to 30 days.
Keys or no keys – access
All systems today, from a simple home system to a complex office building can take advantage of this option. Users are provided with key fobs, similar to the one pictured here. You can use these fobs to open your home or business. You can arm and disarm your system in one small wave. You can also have them scheduled to only disarm the system at certain times. So if you have a business that doesn’t require your employees to be there after business hours, or you just want to keep your teenagers honest, these fobs are an excellent idea for you.
Cameras have played an important part in our society in the last few years. From catching the suspected Boston Marathon bombers to busting the teenage party while mom and dad were away, cameras are becoming a popular security option. And with recent technological advances, a person can view live footage from their computer, laptop or smartphone. Investing in a good quality camera, with a great warranty versus the cheap warehouse store version can save you money, time and hassle down the road.
Water and Fire
Along with security, cameras, and key fobs, many companies also offer fully integrated systems that allow you to add fire and water monitoring to your business and home protection. While you may not want these options now, check to see that the system you are installing will support your complete wish list if you decide you want to add them later.
Whether you are installing a system in your home or business, you can not put a dollar amount on true peace of mind.
If we can answer questions about our systems, please feel free to contact us.
When it comes to commercial security systems, foresight is less expensive than hindsight!
If you are like 99.9% of all businesses out there, you opened your own business to make money. Many hours, sleepless nights and missed family affairs, have contributed to your success. The last thing you need, is someone collecting a paycheck and helping themselves to your profits.
According to the National Federation of Independent Business:
- 30% of employees steal
- 60% would steal if given motive or opportunity
- $6 billion or $4500 per employee is stolen annually from US businesses
If you have been delaying your decision on installing security solutions in your business here are some tidbits for your consideration:
1. Security System
Last year a business in our area was reported to have lost $24,000 in property. Among the missing items, a company truck which authorities believe to be the get away vehicle. The crooks found the keys and drove out with high dollar equipment and personal property including part of a coin collection that was in the owners office. The criminals knew how to gain entry to the warehouse and right where the high priced items were located. The crooks have not been apprehended, but an inside job is suspected.
The cost of a properly installed security system may have deterred this property loss. Unfortunately, many businesses choose to install a system after an incident like this occurs. So prepare yourself now. Check with your property insurance company to see what discounts are available to you if you install a security system in your building.
You put in enough hours at the office during the day. And though we all know, business owners are superheros, you can’t be everywhere at the same time. But with cameras, you have an extra set of eyes to watch your business, even multiple locations, all at one time through a computer or smartphone. Install cameras anywhere theft may occur; from supply rooms to outdoor dumpsters. With these second set of eyes, you can also record footage for later use. Integrated modular designs allow you to tie your security system and cameras together for a complete package; all of this, available at your finger tips.
3. Access Systems
The second largest loss to businesses is time card manipulation. Access systems offer business owners a second way to confirm time clock entries. Using online reports, authorized personnel can print activity to verify when employees enter work and return from lunch. Access systems also offer owners the ability to allow only authorized users to enter certain areas of the building on scheduled time tables. So if you want your IT person to have authorization to your server room, between the hours of 8am and 5pm, go online, enter his FOB number, enter your server room zone and schedule. You’re done. No need to collect keys from a disgruntled employee. Simply call your central station and have his FOB removed to immediately deny re-entry.
With any commercial security system you install, the odds of employee theft dramatically decrease. If you would like a free security assessment for your business feel free to contact us!