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Keeping You Posted: Peace of Mind…While on Vacation

Whether you will be traveling to visit family or just taking a much needed vacation, there are some very important security measures to put in place before you leave. Please keep in mind that thieves don’t ever take a vacation.

The following are some simple steps you can take to make your home less attractive to would-be burglars. The best way is to combine the list of ideas below with a professionally installed and monitored electronic security alarm system in your home.        

Before you leave on your trip, be sure to:

  • Get a trusted friend or relative to "house sit" or make sure your neighbors know you will be away.
  • Have a neighbor pick up your newspapers and your mail for you daily.
  • Lock all doors and windows and secure the garage door.
  • Leave a car parked in the driveway, or ask a neighbor to park in your driveway.
  • Leave a house key -- and a number where you can be reached -- with a trusted friend or neighbor.
  • Use timers to turn lights on and off at certain times, altering lighting patterns, to create an occupied look.
  • Leave drapes and shades open as normal. (Closed blinds during the day are a sure sign of an empty house, plus they allow a burglar to attend to his business unseen by neighbors.)
  • Arrange to have your lawn mowed.
  • Be sure your trees and hedges have been trimmed. This gives burglars fewer places to hide.
  • Consider upgrading outdoor light fixtures with devices that have built-in motion detectors, which turn on the lights whenever anyone walks past.
  • If you have an alarm system, make sure to arm it EVERY time you leave your home…yes, EVEN if you will only be gone for a short while. 

Have a Wonderful SAFE day! Brought to you courtesy of Post Alarm Systems.

For further information, please contact Gina Post at 626-446-7159, extension 133 or via email at gpost@postalarm.com. Please visit our website at www.postalarm.com.

If you have a security/safety question or topic you would like covered in an upcoming issue, please contact Gina. 

Benefits of Home Video Surveillance

Surveillance camera

If you are a working parent, then you probably worry about leaving your kids at home alone or even with a sitter. You can alleviate your concerns by setting up a video surveillance system for both the inside and outside of your home. There are a variety of set-ups available when wiring your home with surveillance cameras, which is why many homeowners are incorporating them into their home’s security system. Below are a few of the reasons why you should consider enhancing your home’s security with video surveillance:

  • Peace of Mind: While you’re at work, you might leave your kids in an empty home, making it a target for home invaders. With a surveillance system in place, your kids can see who is at the door safely from the inside of the house.
  • Accessibility: You may choose to only have one camera at your front door or a few of them throughout the house. Either way, you have many options for accessing your security footage. You can hook your T.V. up to your cameras or watch remotely using an internet connection—with this method, you can see what’s happening in your house even when you’re away.
  • Deterrence of Home Invaders: Burglars do not want to draw attention to themselves, and they certainly don’t want to be caught breaking into a home on camera. If your house is outfitted with cameras, then burglars will likely take note and avoid entering.

Many states have laws concerning home surveillance equipment, so when you are shopping for your system, seek home security experts who also offer installation services. Post Alarm Systems offers a variety of home video surveillance options, and we can give you an on-site estimate for free. We specialize in home security, and can keep your home safe for you and your family. To learn more, call (626) 802-5345 or visit our website.

The Importance of Smoke and Heat Detectors in the Home

Home Smoke Detector

If there is a fire in your home, then the most important thing to do is get out fast. With smoke and heat detectors in your home, you can be alerted quickly to provide plenty of time to get away from a fire. There is no good reason not to have smoke detectors in your home—they can mean the difference between safely evacuating during a fire and suffering injury or death.

Where to Put Smoke Detectors

There should be at least one smoke alarm on every floor of your home, with additional alarms in each bedroom. Because hot air and smoke rise, alarms should be installed either on the ceiling or no more than six inches below the ceiling on the wall, away from air vents and dead air spaces. In areas like the garage, attic, and water heater closet, you should install heat detectors. These will alert you of temperature increases in areas where smoke may not travel.

Testing Your Smoke Alarms

Check your smoke detectors at least once a year to ensure that they have working batteries and are properly functioning. Typically, alarms are easy to test at the push of a button. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for details on testing your smoke alarm. If you are experiencing trouble with false alarms, then you may need to move your smoke detector to a different area.

Create an Evacuation Plan

When your alarms alert you to a fire in your home, you and your family should be prepared. Take the time to make a plan for evacuating the house, and practice it with your family at least once a year. This will help everyone stay calm and get out of the house when it is truly necessary.

Don’t wait to equip your home with smoke and heat detectors—the most important elements of fire safety are prevention and preparation, so keep your family safe by being ready for a fire. Post Alarm Systems offers heat and smoke alarm sensors that will put you at ease. Call us at (626) 802-5345 or visit our website to learn more.

Post Alarm System's 1st Annual Benefit Golf Tournament

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Please join us at Post Alarm System’s 1st Annual Benefit Golf Tournament September 15th, 2011 to support the Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills. Help us provide children with the opportunity to reach their potential through programs designed to develop character, build confidence and attain skills needed to mature into productive civic-minded and responsible citizens.  

For more information or to sign up to play in our tournament, please visit our website at www.postalarm.com or call us at 800-654-7678. 

Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you out on the course!

Golf Tourney

Keeping You Posted: Avoiding Car Crimes

A crime that is gaining in popularity in the San Gabriel Valley is the car crime…items stolen from parked cars.  It is a common scenario, you run into the post office “just for a minute” and leave the car unlocked or maybe you locked the car but left your cell phone or brief case in plain view.  We often think it will never happen to us…well it does.  And it is.  The good news is that car crimes can easily be avoided by following the safety tips below. 

Tip #1:  Put It in the Trunk
The simplest and most obvious safety tip is to put your valuables in the trunk thereby removing the thief’s temptation.  Even leaving file folders on your seat is an indicator to the thief that you have “business” items in your vehicle. 

Reason:  It follows the concept of “out of sight out of mind”.  Criminals seldom break into something if they are not sure of the rewards.  An item left on the seat is an obvious reward.  If there is nothing in plain sight to steal, they will keep looking until they find another car where there is something obvious to steal.  As you’re putting items in the trunk, look around. If someone is intently watching you, take the item with you.

Tip #2:  Put It Under the Front Seat
This habit, while not as good as putting items in the trunk, still gets your belongings out of sight.

Reason: The same out of sight, out of mind rule applies here. If an item is too big to put under the seat, cover it.

Tip #3:  Get a Radio with a Faceplate or One that Pops Out
This also requires getting into the habit of taking the plate off (even if you leave it in the car) or popping the stereo and hiding it under the seat.

Reason: This will ensure that it's not worth the criminal's time to break in. Stereos without faceplates are useless. A gaping hole means the radio has been taken out. It might not be in the car at all. Why waste the time breaking in on a "maybe," when the car next to you has definite rewards?

Tip #4:  Get the Multiple CD Player that Goes in Your Trunk
The average person doesn't realize exactly how little it takes to prompt a thief to break in.  Leaving your CD holder on the front seat is an obvious sign that you have a CD player and collection.

Reason: A large CD or tape collection is an appealing target for young criminals. They won't hesitate to throw a rock through your window to find out if there is any interesting music in what is -- now -- his new collection.

Tip #5:  Lock Your Door When You Leave the Car
It is amazing how often people forget to lock their car.

Reason: Many budding young criminals wander through parking lots and check car doors. Unless you know what they are doing, it looks like they are just walking through the lot. It is not a specific targeting of your vehicle; it’s just that your car was in a line of vehicles that were checked. If your car was left unlocked, it will be ransacked. Even if they don’t take anything, the mess they make is disturbing. If they don’t find anything, they often will slash your upholstery and destroy your dashboard as petty revenge against your not having anything for them to steal.

Have a wonderful SAFE day! Brought to you courtesy of Post Alarm Systems.

For further information, please contact Gina Post at 626-802-5345 or via email at gpost@postalarm.com. 

Please visit our website at www.postalarm.com.

Prevent Home Invasion

In a significant portion of home burglaries, the intruder will enter by force. You can keep yourself safe by being aware and taking precaution when answering the door.

This video explains the right and wrong way to answer the door when you are not expecting someone. You should look out the front window, and if the person is unfamiliar, then ask who they are and what they are doing there. Establish that they have a reason to be in your home before opening the door. You should not ignore a knock at the door, as a home invader may take this as a sign that no one is home and seek alternate entry.

Lower your chances of a home invasion by outfitting your house with an alarm system and security cameras. Post Alarm Systems can help you make your home safer with a variety of security services, including monitored alarm systems and surveillance cameras. Call us at (626) 802-5345 or visit our website to learn more.

Ways to Deter a Burglar from Entering Your Home

Burglary

Most home invaders think alike, seeking homes that will be easier to get into and that provide a decent amount of valuables. You may be giving burglars signs to target your home without even knowing it, so here are a few tips on thinking like a criminal to prevent home invasion:

1. Equip doors and windows with locks: Many burglaries occur without forced entry because the intruder will take the time to find an open door or window. Make sure that all of the accessible entry points of your home have deadbolt locks, and keep them locked when you’re asleep or away from home.

2. Make it look like someone is always home: Automatic timers make it possible for your lights and television to come on even when you’re not home. These simple touches make it appear as if someone is in the house, which will make a burglar think twice about coming in.

3. Get a dog: Even a small breed can make enough noise by barking to keep a burglar from entering your home. Home invaders see any breed of dog as a potential risk in a break-in.

4. Change your landscape: By planting thorny bushes in front of your windows and keeping hedges trimmed low, you can rid your home’s exterior of places for a burglar to hide.  

5. Install a security alarm: An alarm system protects your home on multiple levels: It creates enough noise to scare off a burglar while giving you a direct line to law enforcement. Additionally, many alarm systems include details like flood lights and cameras for added security.

6. Regularly check your mail and remove door fliers: Many home invaders like to check houses for vulnerability before a burglary, and they look for signs that indicate that no one is home. If you are leaving town, then have a neighbor keep an eye on your house to check your mail and keep your door free of clutter.

When it comes to protecting your family, Post Alarm Systems understands that you want the best security features without breaking the bank. We have been the trusted name in commercial and home security for over 50 years—call (626) 802-5345 to see why.

Keeping You Posted: Back to School Safety

As the beginning of another school year rapidly approaches, it is important to review some important safety tips for you and your children.  Do you know that most school related accidents do not occur on campus; rather they occur en route to or from school? Whether your child takes the bus, rides their bike, walks to school, or receives a car ride it is important to review with your child the following basic safety tips:

School Bus

  • Have a safe place to wait for your bus, away from traffic and the street.
  • Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching it from the curb.
  • Make sure to always remain in clear view of the bus driver.
  • Do not move around on the bus.
  • Be aware of street traffic when approaching or exiting the bus. Drivers are required to follow the rules of the road concerning school buses, but not all do. Protect yourself and watch out. 

Bike

  • Always wear a bicycle helmet, no matter how short or long the ride.
  • Ride on the right, in the same direction as auto traffic.  Never ride against traffic. 
  • Ride single file.                                                                 
  • Always check behind you before changing lanes.
  • Use appropriate hand signals.
  • Respect traffic lights and stop signs.
  • Wear bright color clothing to increase visibility.
  • Use caution when riding next to parked cars to avoid injury from someone            suddenly opening a car door in front of you.
  • Do not wear headphones as you may not be able to hear approaching cars or emergency vehicles. 
  • Do not wear inappropriate shoes or loose clothing that may get caught in the bike chain. 
  • Walk your bike through intersections.
  • Know the "rules of the road." http://www.aap.org/family/bicycle.htm

Walking to School

Young pedestrians face a variety of dangers while walking to and from school. Here are a few basic safety tips to follow: 

  • Make sure your child's walk to a school is a safe route with well-trained adult crossing guards at every school intersection.
  • Be realistic about your child's pedestrian skills. Small children are impulsive and less cautious around traffic; carefully consider whether or not your child is ready to walk to school without adult supervision.
  • Bright colored clothing will make your child more visible to drivers.
  • Mind all traffic signals and the crossing guard.
  • Walk with a buddy.

Friendly Reminders for Parent Drivers

  • The scene at the school loading and unloading zone is often extremely chaotic.  Parent drivers must remain watchful. Children may dart unexpectedly into traffic, often from between parked cars.
  • Don't forget that most traffic collisions occur close to home. Safety belts are the best form of protection in the event of a crash. Everyone needs to be buckled up properly even if the drive is short.   

Other Important Information

Remind your child it is NEVER ok to go with a stranger, even if the stranger tells them that you said it is ok.  Child abductors are very creative and deceiving.  What can you do if a situation arises where you need another adult to pick up your child?  One solution is to establish a “secret code word” that only you and your child know.  Should a situation arise where another adult would need to pick up your child, they would reference the code word signaling your child that the person is pre-approved by you. 

Have a wonderful SAFE day! Brought to you courtesy of Post Alarm Systems.

For further information, please contact Gina Post at 626-446-7159, extension 133 or via email at gpost@postalarm.com. Please visit our website at www.postalarm.com. If you have a security/safety question or topic you would like covered in an upcoming issue, please contact Gina. 

Why You Don't Need a Phone Line for a Home Alarm

Bad guys in the movies always seem to know how to cut the telephone wire to disable a home’s alarm system. However, with new state-of-the-art technology, you no longer need to worry about whether help will come if your phone line isn’t working.

The Technology

A new system called Videofied, which can be connected to most existing home protection systems, works with motion detectors to send the security monitoring center a real-time video of what is going on at your home when the motion sensor is activated. If the alarm is triggered, then the monitoring center immediately receives a video clip of the problem, so they know whether to call for help.

Motion Dector

By having Videofied, means that your family has a security camera system that talks directly to the alarm company, who can then put in a call for the police, an ambulance, or the fire department. What makes this particular feature unique is the motion dector. The motion dector takes a real-time video clip and sends it immediately to our central station which then allows the professionals at Post Alarm Systems dispatch the police right away as it is a verified alarm. In many cases, we are able to catch the burglar at the time because they are still inside the home. When your home is secured with Videofied, then you know it is well-protected.

Easy to Use

This user-friendly system will keep your home and valuables safe while you are gone. You no longer have to worry about a disabled phone line interfering with your emergency notification. The system will even work if the power is out, and can be managed online. Since it can be used with systems you already have, you can have the added security of a fire alarm or other monitoring system as well.

Post Alarm Systems is one of the few dealers who currently has access to this incredible technology, and we want to use it to protect your home. To learn more about how to get Videofied, visit our website or call us at (626) 802-5345.

Wildfires…Are You Prepared?

Forest Fire

Wildfires often begin unnoticed and can spread quickly.  It is important to be prepared well in advance if you live in a fire danger area such as our local foothills.  With the fire season extending into October, it is important to review the following wildfire safety tips. 

Protect Your Home

  • Regularly clean roof and gutters.
  • Inspect chimneys at least twice a year. Clean them at least once a year. Keep the dampers in good working order.
  • To prevent sparks from entering your home through vents; use 1/2-inch mesh screen beneath porches, decks, floor areas, and the home itself. Also, screen openings to floors, roof, and attic.
  • The best way to get the earliest warning of danger is by installing sufficient smoke detectors.  Install a smoke detector on each level of your home, especially near bedrooms; test monthly and change the batteries every six months.   Monitored smoke detectors are the best choice as they allow you and your family to escape while the Central Station calls the fire department.  (Contact your Security Company or Gina Post for more information.)   
  • Teach each family member how to use the fire extinguisher (ABC type) and show them where it's kept.
  • Keep a ladder that will reach the roof.
  • Consider installing protective shutters or heavy fire-resistant drapes.
  • Keep handy household items that can be used as fire tools: a rake, axe, handsaw or chainsaw, bucket, and shovel.

Before Wildfire Threatens

  • Design and landscape your home with wildfire safety in mind.
  • Select materials and plants that can help contain the fire rather than fuel it.
  • Use fire resistant or non-combustible materials on the roof and exterior structure of the dwelling. Or treat wood or combustible material used in roofs, siding, decking, or trim with UL-approved fire-retardant chemicals.
  • Plant fire-resistant shrubs and trees. For example, hardwood trees are less flammable than pine, evergreen, eucalyptus or fir trees.

Create a 30 to 100 Foot Safety Zone Around Your Home.

  • Within this area, you can take steps to reduce potential exposure to flames and radiant heat. Homes built in pine forests should have a minimum safety zone of 100 feet. If your home sits on a steep slope, standard protective measures may not suffice. Contact your local fire department or forestry office for additional information.
  • Rake leaves, dead limbs, and twigs. Clear all flammable vegetation.
  • Remove leaves and rubbish from under structures and dispose of them properly.
  • Thin a 15-foot space between tree crowns, and remove limbs within 15 feet of the ground.
  • Remove dead branches that extend over the roof.
  • Prune tree branches and shrubs within 15 feet of a stovepipe or chimney outlet.
  • Ask the power company to clear branches from power lines.
  • Remove vines from the walls of the home.
  • Mow grass regularly.
  • Clear a 10-foot area around propane tanks and the barbecue. Place a screen over the grill--use non-flammable material with mesh no coarser than one-quarter inch.
  • Place stove, fireplace, and grill ashes in a metal bucket, soak in water for two days, and then bury the cold ashes in mineral soil.
  • Store gasoline, oily rags, and other flammable materials in approved safety cans. Place cans in a safe location away from the base of buildings.
  • Stack firewood at least 100 feet away and uphill from your home. Clear combustible material within 20 feet of the wood. 

It is important to take these steps now to protect your home from a potential wildfire. 

Have a wonderful SAFE day! Brought to you courtesy of Post Alarm Systems.

For further information, please contact Gina Post at 626-446-7159, extension 133 or via email at gpost@postalarm.com. Please visit our website at www.postalarm.com.

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