Since 1969, Sonitrol of Evansville has been family-owned and operated out of our downtown location in Evansville. Our U.L. Certified Central Station is open twenty-four seven, three hundred and sixty-five days a year, and operated by a team of professional, local men and women you can depend on. When you choose Sonitrol to handle your commercial or residential security needs, we consider it an honor to provide you with outstanding service. Call us today at 1 (800) 444-1191 to learn about our current specials and see how we can protect your home or business.
Have you considered cameras, video, or a new alarm to protect what you value most? Sonitrol’s video and audio verification technology sets us apart from your typical alarm company, making us a leader in the security industry. Using verified intrusion methods, with live audio and video, our 24/7 monitoring team can determine if someone is attempting to break-in to your property. This innovative process ensures fewer false alarm dispatches, faster police response times, and allows our operators to provide critical details to responding law enforcement in real time, helping them catch more would-be intruders. Currently, Sonitrol’s documented apprehension record is 181,000 and counting. To learn more about our state-of-the art video and audio alarm offerings, contact us for a free security assessment of your facility at (800) 444-1191.
It is National Fire Prevention Week, and it is important to discuss fire prevention measures and safety tips with your loved ones, friends, and co-workers.
Here are some safety tips to consider:
- Install smoke alarms throughout your home and business, test them once a month, and if they are not working, replace the batteries. An early warning from a regularly tested smoke alarm can save lives.
- Have a plan. Talk with your family, especially younger kids, about what to do if a smoke alarm goes off. Make sure you each know at least one or two ways to escape from every room in your home in the event of a fire. Do practice fire drills, and know where to meet up outside, for example, the mailbox. Have escape plans at your place of work, too. Practice getting out in less than two minutes.
- In the event of a fire, “Get out, and stay out.” Only professional firefighters should enter a building that is on fire. Don’t go back inside.
- Have a monitored fire system that will dispatch the fire department. Sonitrol’s fire detection integrates with all of our products and services for your home or business. Just like our alarm monitoring services, our Central Station team monitors smoke and heat detectors, sprinkler systems and pull stations. Our operators can differentiate between an intrusion alarm and a fire signal and will immediately dispatch the necessary emergency personnel to your facility or home. Our professional service team will install, maintain, and inspect your system regularly. Call us today for a free assessment at (800) 444-1191.
It’s three a.m. You are sound asleep, dreaming about that beach vacation you’re planning. Your toes are in the sand, the waves are gently lapping against the shore, when all of a sudden, an earthquake hits! Wait, it’s not an earthquake. It’s your cellphone buzzing across your nightstand. Why is my phone ringing at three a.m.? I was having the best dream!
No one wants to get that call. If you are a Sonitrol customer, you could be on the receiving end of one of those calls from our Central Station operators. Why? Has there been a break-in at your business? Maybe not. Often times, it’s not your usual suspect. A criminal hasn’t triggered the alarm at your facility. The culprit? An unsecured door, blown open by a summer storm or a gust of wind. Yep. A door.
But doors are great, right? They help protect the people who should be there and keep the noise, weather, unauthorized people, and zombies out. And with a Sonitrol security system at your business or residence, you’ve really added protection to your property, valuables, and loved ones. We’ve installed door contacts so that when your system is armed and a door is opened, our monitoring team will dispatch police.
How do the door contacts work?
A door contact has two components. First, there is the switch part that is attached to the doorframe. It can be wirelessly powered with a battery or wired directly to the security panel. The second part of the contact is a magnet. The two components need to meet up when the door is closed to let the control panel know that the door is shut. The standard allowable gap between the contact and magnet before it goes into alarm is ¾ of an inch. Once the magnet is farther than ¾ of an inch, the alarm point is considered open, and if the system is armed, our operators will be notified.
So how could a door cause a false alarm?
Sometimes, buildings settle, doors become misaligned, screws in hinges become loose, and doors and doorframes swell and shrink with changing seasons. It may sound as unlikely as a zombie knocking down your door, but it’s a common cause of false alarms.
So, what can you do?
- Make sure all of your doors close properly. Can you pull the door open without turning the doorknob? Is there play in the door? When you pull on the handle, is it tight? Or does it wiggle and move?
- Check the door hinges. The hinges should be checked to make sure screws have not loosened and the strike plate on the frame is installed properly and not damaged. Make sure the latch on the door is contacting the strike plate on the doorframe.
- Check the door contact on occasion. Over time, the contact and the magnet can become misaligned or components can become damaged. Are both components of the door contact mounted properly and meeting when the door is closed?
Checking to make sure your doors are closed and secure and fixing older doors will help ensure that your building is protected when you arm the security system. It can increase police safety, too. Police safety? You bet. Avoiding these false alarms keeps our police from rushing across town when it isn’t necessary. On a windy night, or when a summer storm might be rolling in, that extra few minutes to check your doors could help make sure you enjoy those beach vacation dreams and don’t get a three a.m. wake-up call!
The countdown is here, and sure enough, in just a few short weeks, students, and teachers alike, will be bursting through school doors across the country, proclaiming three months of freedom. And while the students are away, will the burglars play? Here are a few quick tips to secure your school and prevent a break-in:
- Use outdoor lights. Make sure your school’s outdoor walkways, entrances, and exits are clearly lit. Motion detector lights are excellent deterrents for potential vandals.
- Store valuable equipment, such as computers, tablets, and science lab items in interior rooms and away from windows, out of sight from prying eyes.
- Consider a verified security company versus a traditional alarm company. Unique factors set Sonitrol apart from traditional alarms and help us protect your students, teachers, and campus. As a provider of school security to more than 12,000 schools across North America for over fifty years, the Sonitrol Safe Schools program takes campus security to another level. Here’s how:
- We provide state-of-the-art audio detection. With strategically placed audio sensors throughout your facility, you don’t have to worry about your school being unprotected while the students are away. The instant a vandal breaks a window, opens a door, or breaks into your facility through rooftop access or any means, our audio sensors are activated. This means operators in central station immediately begin listening to real-time events and can determine whether it is a false alarm or if a break-in is occurring. They relay this information to law enforcement. Traditional alarms can’t verify what is happening when the motion detectors they depend on are tripped, which causes a high rate of false alarms. Unlike Sonitrol, they can’t be sure an actual break-in is occurring. Also, a unique feature of the Sonitrol alarm is that the criminals won’t even know police are on their way because this is a silent alarm.
- We offer managed access control. Using programmed keyless entry, you can decide which employees have permission to enter your facility and through which doors. From day care facilities to college campuses, depending on the number of your staff, this is a huge convenience, during the school year and on summer break. Traditional alarm companies may offer access control, but Sonitrol also offers door prop notification. This means that if a student or staff member intentionally leaves a door propped open, for example, to allow someone to access the school after hours, our operators will receive a notification and contact you about the door. This feature can be programmed according to your specifications. You may, for instance, want door prop notification to alert us after only thirty seconds of a door being open. It’s up to you.
- We offer emergency panic buttons. It’s an unfortunate reality, but schools are more vulnerable to violence and crime than ever before. When the students and teachers return after break, Sonitrol can provide unmatched security for any on-campus emergency. Our panic buttons can be placed in common areas around the school, such as the front office, and can even be carried on key chains by administrators. With the press of a button, not only will police be dispatched, the audio sensors will activate to allow operators to listen in during an emergency. This enables them to provide critical details to responding law enforcement. As an extra feature, if you choose to add video surveillance as well, after a panic button has been pressed, operators can watch live feed of your campus. This allows them to provide law enforcement even more information as to what is happening on your campus. Before the police arrive, they can know who is in the building and where any potential perpetrators may be. While traditional alarm companies might offer you a panic button, they can’t verify what is happening on your campus as Sonitrol can with our technology.
Sonitrol can provide unrivaled security for your school. We even offer fire detection monitoring. This summer break let us handle your school campus security needs. For a free quote, call us today at 1-800-444-1191 to have one of our security professionals assess your school’s security risks and recommend a tailored solution to protect your school, students, and teachers.
The only thing worse than being burglarized is having someone break in while a family member is at home. Lately, home invasions have been the unfortunate headlines in our Tri-State area news. Many times, a home invasion starts out as a burglary, with the invader thinking the home is empty. Here are a few simple security solutions you can use, to reduce the possibility of a home invasion.
Always look to see who is knocking. If you don’t know the person or cannot easily recognize the organization they represent, it’s okay to tell them you “Aren’t interested” through a closed door. If this person was a potential burglar, your acknowledgement lets them know that you are home and they will be inclined to look for their treasures elsewhere.
Secure all Exterior Doors
Number one rule – lock your doors! If family members are planning to be home late at night, they should have their own key to open the door. All exterior doors should be solid core and have heavy-duty dead bolt locks to prevent someone from easily kicking in a door.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Expensive items such as flat screen TVs, computers, guns and stereo equipment can be enticing to a burglar who sees them when walking by your home. If possible, keep these items away from the line of sight of your front windows. According to a University of North Carolina study, 88% of all burglars are looking for drugs or money to buy drugs. So if you have prescription bottles, put them out of sight and not on an end table or window sill.
Light it Up
The more likely a criminal is to be seen, the less likely they are to attempt to enter a home. Keep the lights on your home in good condition by changing light bulbs and repairing broken fixtures. Motion activated lights on the side and back of your home can be a great deterrent as the activation of a light may catch the eye of your neighbors.
Install and Use Your Home Security System
When built and installed by a reputable provider, a security system will allow you to secure your property and your loved ones inside. Systems should be built so that the user can arm the perimeter of the home while the occupants are safe inside. If the worse case scenario happens, a wireless panic button when pressed will immediately alert your home security monitoring station that you are in trouble and to dispatch the police. These buttons work whether the system is armed or disarmed and are usually more convenient to use than finding a phone and dialing 911. Signs in the yard and decals on the doors, don’t ALWAYS deter burglars and home intruders because they know some people forget to turn them on. If you have a security system, use it and use it properly. Just recently, one Tri-State area resident had someone knock at the door late at night, and he turned his system off to open the door…to three armed home intruders.
If you are having work done on your home, don’t share your keys. Even if the company is reputable, a single key can be shared with people who may not be the best of character. Keys can also be duplicated. Simply because someone doesn’t have a key, doesn’t mean they can’t get into your home. So do not share the codes to your security system with workers. And when the work is done check to make sure that windows are still locked. Be sure to secure doors, especially doors that obviously aren’t used much.
Foresight is less expensive than hindsight, and maybe even less frightening. So take the time to put these security solutions into actions in your home.
For more information on these and other ideas, contact us.
This morning at 3 am, central station operators received a verified video alarm. Operators were able to view 2 suspects roaming in the warehouse. Police were immediately dispatched. After a search of the building by the K9 unit, law enforcement found suspects hiding on the roof. See actual footage of apprehension:
Special thanks to our wonderful law enforcement!
Sonitrol commercial security customers, contact us now for special pricing to upgrade your system to these monitored motion viewers. Outdoor security solutions also available. Schedule an appointment with your consultant and take advantage of this special offer.