Home Safety 411

A) Facts
  • Security Force, Inc. alarm systems can be configured to monitor doors and windows, but they can also detect smoke, heat, carbon monoxide, freezing temperatures, and rising water. For persons with medical conditions, system sensors can be set to go into alarm if there has been no activity in a prescribed period of time, indicating a possible medical emergency.
  • Systems commonly include alarm verification technology that greatly reduces the chance of false alarms. Before authorities are dispatched, operators use audio verification to be in voice contact at the alarm location. If the alarm is accidental, the user can cancel the alarm by providing an authorized user code. If the code is not provided, the authorities are dispatched.
  • Security, fire, and access control systems are effective in preventing loss of life and property. What types of security and how much you need can only be determined on a case-by-case basis. Whatever your needs, your Security Force, Inc. has the solution.

B) Did you know?
  • Home alarm systems deter intruders from attempting break-ins: homes without alarm systems are 2.2 times more likely to be burglarized than homes with alarm systems.
    (Source: The Greenwich Case: Securing Suburban Homes, Simon Hakim.)
  • Insurance companies commonly offer discounts of 10% or more when premises are protected by electronic security systems. A GE Security Pro system is designed to protect your family and property, whether you are on the premises or away.

C) Q&A – At Home and at Work:
  1. If you were trapped in a smoke-filled room, the air nearest the floor is safest. True or False? » Click Here for Answer
  2. Fire travels from object to object room by room. True or False? » Click Here for Answer
  3. In case of a fire, everyone should get out the best way they can and then go to any safe spot outside away from the fire. True or False? » Click Here for Answer
  4. If I am in a room on the second floor, and a fire starts, I should immediately open my door and exit the room as fast as possible. True or False? » Click Here for Answer
  5. Closed doors help stop the spread of fire. True or False? » Click Here for Answer
  6. OSHA recommends that employees be aware of a pathway to one alternative exits from every floor at work. True or False? » Click Here for Answer
  7. If a fire starts, I should: » Click Here for Answer
    1. Attempt to put the fire out first.
    2. If I can’t, I should call the fire department immediately and then get out as fast as I can.
    3. Since smoke and heat rise, I should lay down on the floor with my head as close to the floor as I can and crawl out of the house.
    4. None of the above.
  8. Two-thirds of the people killed in child-playing fires are under six. True or False? » Click Here for Answer
  9. Just over half of child-playing fires in the home start in the kitchen. True or False? » Click Here for Answer
  10. If my clothing catches fire, I should run quickly to another family member or neighbors so they can help extinguish the fire. True or False? » Click Here for Answer
  11. If I were asleep in my home and a fire started, the heat from the fire or the smoke would awaken me. True or False? » Click Here for Answer
  12. If I am sleeping at home and the fire alarm sounds, or someone somehow gets my attention by awaking me, I should get up fast and leave the house quickly. True or False? » Click Here for Answer

D) Think You Have Nothing to Steal? Think Again!

 

The latest FBI report shows:
  • One Property Crime Every 3.0 seconds
  • Every 4.5 seconds One Larceny-theft
  • Every 14.7 seconds One Burglary
  • Every 25.3 seconds One Motor Vehicle Theft
Average yearly losses from theft are in the billions:
  • motor vehicles
  • televisions
  • radios
  • stereos
  • jewelry
  • precious metals
  • currency
  • notes
  • guns
  • collections of all kinds

Police chiefs throughout the country say that a home with a security system provides a significant deterrent to intruders. Studies have shown that homes without a security system have a significant higher break-in rate than homes that are protected.

While most American homes have items of value to thieves, only about 30% of all private homes have a security system. Most customers call for systems after they’ve been burglarized. Don’t be among those that wait too long, contact us today to speak with a Security Specialist about how we can help you protect your family and your home.

E) How Do I Choose a Security Company?

A security specialist has to walk through your home or business to thoroughly learn about your specific needs. Therefore, it is very important to choose a person and company that you can trust.

Security Company Selection Checklist:

Answer these questions to make an informed choice:
  1. Is the company part of a national program with high-quality, premium products?
  2. Will the dealer reinstall a system for free if you move?
  3. Does the company specialize in residential and/or small business security?
  4. Will the company provide at least three references from current customers? What are the names of these references?
  5. How do references rate the company in the following areas:
    • Professional installation
    • User training
    • Repair service timeliness
    • Monitoring services
    • Overall customer service after the sale
    • Fulfillment of promises made at the point of sale
  6. Is the company licensed to install security systems in your area?
  7. What kind of warranties are provided?
  8. Is the company a member in good standing of local associations, such as:
    • The local/national chapter of the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association
    • The Right Choice Business
    • The American Society for Industrial Security
  9. How many wireless systems has the company installed? How many hardwire systems?
  10. Does the company have a referral program?
  11. What will the sales/installation process entail?
  12. How many people will perform the installation and what kind of identification will they have.