Home Alarm Systems and How They Work (Video)

Home alarm systems give you an added sense of security once you you have taken care of the practical things you can do yourself. Keeping your family and home safe is always top of mind when in charge of a household. While Ottawa is a fairly safe city, it is always good to take extra precautions. If you are curious how alarm monitoring works then watch this little video demo of one common system.
How Home Alarm Systems Work (Video Demo)
Components of Home Alarm Systems

Control Panel
Door and Window Transmitters
Motion Detector
24 hour Central Monitoring Station

DIY Home Alarm System Installation

Home Alarm Systems
All this seems fairly simple to implement and they are great deterrents to home robberies. Sirens attract attention and send people away quickly as they know that the monitoring station will be quick to send in help.
When you are ready to learn more about home alarm systems for your Ottawa home or business, please fill out the contact form or call us at (613)-800-8739 to set up a free consultation for your needs.

Video Surveillance Monitoring Service Identifies Theives

Video surveillance monitoring services abound throughout the city of Ottawa without us even knowing. There are video cameras on the Queensway for traffic and weather updates as well as private and commercial surveillance cameras in the front of many businesses and homes throughout the capital region. Installing a video surveillance monitoring service as an added layer of security often acts as a deterrent to crimes of opportunity. In the case that a crime does occur, they are excellent tools for capturing the situation on video.
In this video surveillance footage, the police were able to get enough clear footage of a tandem team of thieves to potentially identify them after this house break and enter in broad daylight.
Outdoor Video Surveillance Monitoring Service

While at times we are tired of the ever expanding invasion of our right to privacy, we are happy to have that video coverage when we or a family member are the victim of a crime. Keeping our community safe for our families and businesses to thrive is one of the main objectives of Alarm Systems Ottawa. Choosing some video surveillance monitoring for your home or place of business may be an important last step in ensuring proper security for you.
Ottawa Video Surveillance Monitoring in The News
CTV.ca. EXTENDED Surveillance video shows Czapnik’s final minutes. CTV.ca. A surveillance video from the Civic campus of the Ottawa Hospital shows Kevin Gregson being escorted inside in handcuffs. It was entered into evidence on Wednesday March 7 2012. A surveillance…
Though this video footage was tragic, the court and family were glad they had it in the bringing to justice that many how murdered an Ottawa Police Officer last year.
Rash of Ottawa Break-Ins In the News
Two men charged after a series of commercial break ins. CTV.ca. Ottawa police have charged two men in connection with a series of commercial break and enters across the region. In early January a series of overnight commercial break-ins across Ottawa were committed..
Sad to say it happens in Ottawa but crime happens all over this fine world of ours. Alarm Systems Ottawas likes to know it does it’s bast in keeping Ottawa one of the best places to live on the planet. Give us a call when you have any home or business security needs.

Personal Emergency Response Systems Promote Independent Living

A Huge Wave of Senior’s
Personal emergency response systems help people stay in their own homes longer. Canada is coming into the largest demographic bubble of senior’s in the history of the western world. With people living longer and the natural attrition of their health their ability to live independently in their homes is sometimes diminished as well. Technology has come a long way in supporting independence in the last decade with the advent of GPS and mobile telecommunications.
Use a PERS to Stay Safe
To help keep people safe in their own homes and continue to live independently it is now possible to use personal emergency response systems. These are little devices that can either be set up around the home or portabley worn on the body of the individual. If they get into trouble by falling or wandering off they can contact the monitoring company or push a button that calls for help. Some of them can even be set up for medication reminding.
The cost of using a PERS monitoring system is small compared to the alternative of sustaining an injury with no help arriving for hours or even days. The biggest cause of loss of independence among seniors today is a fall. In a large percentage of cases, once someone falls and is sent to hospital they never return to living in their own home.
The PERS can be used as a panic button that the individual can push or as an alarm that will go off if the person moves beyond a certain vicinity. If the person is capable of doing most of their daily activities on their own a PERS can be an easier way to get the assistance than having to move into a senior’s residence or nursing home. At first their may be a pride issue that interferes with their full acceptance of having a PERS on them all the time or if there is dementia setting in, they may not recall having to put it on. It is good for the family members to sensitize the aging individual gradually to the idea of using the PERS for best results.
If you are considering getting a PERS or would like more information on how it works call Alarm Systems Ottawa today (613)-800-8739.

Video Surveillance Camera Catches Thief

Surveillance Cameras For Safety
Many people install video surveillance cameras to watch the front and back entries to their homes and properties as a deterrent to would be thieves and as an alert to people residing in the home. In this video a family inadvertently caught a thief walking away with their chimineya. While their video surveillance system was initially installed to oversee their grandchildren at play while she was indoors and they out this time it helped notify the police of a series of local robberies.

Though it is a sad day when we can no longer trust that our belongings are safe on our back deck or in the yard we have to be vigilant on how we secure our families and homes against these crimes of opportunity. Even in Ottawa it is important to lock up and put away any belongings we may have before we leave home. It is a lot less expensive to invest in a lock for the back gate than it is to replace outdoor tools and play things.
Surveillance Camera Systems Deter
Surveillance camera systems may be helpful as a deterrent or for follow-up after the fact but it is always best to be preventative in our home security strategies. Thieves are looking for a quick fix. They may case out a neighborhood to coordinate best times for robbing but they also check for easy access points and portable objects of interest. Home security starts with prevention and can then be supported with a good alarm monitoring system.
If you are wondering what may be helpful for your family’s home security needs, call Alarm Systems Ottawa for your FREE quote.

Christmas Season is Peak Time for House Fires

Home Fires at Christmas
Home fire alarms save lives and save homes. December brings the Christmas season which is the peak time of year for home fires. Having a workable fire alarm is essential, not all homes are equipped with alarm and sprinkler systems together. However, there are still many other   precautions to keep in mind as well.
Candle Fires
The number one reason for these are fires started by candles burning in the home.  Candles may add to a festive ambiance but the live flame can cause a house to go up in flames in seconds. Never leave a candle unattended. Keep pets like cats and dogs away from candles at all times. Flameless luminaries are a great alternative to candles.
Home Heating and CO Poisoning
When the cold weather hits Ottawa the poor are often hit the hardest if they have little or no home heat. Some families think that turning on the stove or oven will heat up a room but this is also dangerous especially if it is a gas oven. Stoves were not designed to heat rooms.  Using a gas oven can cause your home to fill with Co which can be fatal. It is best to get a small space heater.
Christmas Tree Fires

Live Christmas trees are still loved throughout family homes in Ottawa. Even though the use of candles on trees is long gone, we still love our Christmas lights and Christmas tree fires still pose a threat. It is important to keep your tree well watered. In many cases we overload the tree with lights and forget to keep up the watering which leads to a very dry tree. Almost 50% of Christmas tree fires are electrical. By ensuring that all lights are functioning that wires are no cracked and are unplugged when not in use we can better ensure the safety of our home and family against such kind of fire. Some tree sellers suggest spraying down the tree with a flocking agent which is a very efficient flame retardant.
A tree can go up in seconds and a home can be engulfed in minutes. If you did not change your fire alarm batteries when you changed your clocks, make sure your fire alarm is in good working condition now. Check your CO detector as well. Ottawa Alarm Systems Company wants to help you keep your family safe this season.

Home Alarm Systems Work When Set

Home alarm systems are a great deterrent to thieves and they also keep your family safer than in homes that do not have one. Insurance companies even acknowledge this by giving you a reduction in your payments. For some reason homes without one are three times more likely to be broken into than those that have unless of course a dog is present.
Depending on what type of services you order from your alarm systems company, you can protect for many other home disasters than burglary. As discussed in 4 Tips to Secure Your Home there are quite a few things to do first before investing in or setting a home alarm system. Fire alarms, smoke alarms, sprinkler systems, CO monitoring, flooding and even home temperature variations can all be monitored with different alarms for the different emergencies. Being on top of your home security significantly decreases your risk factor for all sorts of disasters.
Even though alarm systems work, the thing is that many families think they only need to arm them when they are leaving the home for extended hours or at night. Often homes are cased prior to a robbery and if you have a regular pattern in your daily living, the thieves are well aware of the amount of time to expect you to be absent from your home. It is important to set your alarm system each and every time you leave the home empty. Don’t make your home an easy target. Be vigilant with all the security measures you have in place including your alarm monitoring system. They work but only when armed. 
 If you are considering some home security systems for you home gives us a call to set up your free consultation. 613-800-8739

4 Tips to Secure Your Home

Secure Your Home First
When you set about making your home secure, there are many things to consider before considering home alarm systems. The police call this target hardening. What they mean is reinforcing the security of your home in order to create a stronger defense against intruders and thieves. Most theft is a crime of opportunity. As an Ottawa home owner, the more you can create security by prevention to deter, the better.
Here are 4 tips s to consider when looking at your home from the eyes of a would be burglar. 
Secure Your home Tip #1:
Landscaping and Yard Work
Go to the front of your house from the road and take a thorough look of your home. Look at all entrance ways and windows to see if they have a clear line of vision from the street. Are they hidden by trees, bushes or shrubs? If they are, make sure to keep them trim. Ensure that doorways and windows are clear from foliage and branch coverage. It is recommended to not have hedges higher than 3 feet tall. When hedges are too tall, they provide perfect hiding spots for thieves.
Keep your yard maintained so that your home appears to be inhabited. This means lawn mowed, leaves raked and snow removed.
If you have a path, consider making it out of crushed stone. These make noise when walked upon and can alert  you that someone is approaching.
Secure Your Home Tip #2:
While some theft takes place while people are at work during the day, many burglaries take place under cover of night. Light is the enemy of many a thief. Good lighting around your home is another important thing to take into consideration when securing your home and surroundings. Lighting can make you feel safe and secure. It is good to have lights installed at all entrance ways on outside buildings such as garden sheds and garages.
There are 2 great sources of outdoor lighting to consider. There is the light  you can leave on at all times called a dawn til dusk light with a photo cell that detects when darkness arrives and turns on automatically or there are lights with motion detectors that turn on when motion is detected. The benefits of the one with a photo cell is that there is never a chance for a robber to hide. The benefit of the motion detector light is that it can take someone by surprise.
Secure Your Home Tip #3
Eliminate Hiding Spots
Take a walk around your home and out to the front to get a good idea of  how you would break into your home if you were locked out of the house. Look at all objects including trees, shrubs and sheds or garbage bins where an intruder may find a hiding place. As much as possible, eliminate or render access difficult. For example if you have a backyard gate, invest the $5 for the padlock to make it less accessible. Of course someone can always jump over but if the house down the street has less barriers to getting in and out quickly, a robber will target that house over yours.
Secure Your Home Tip #4
Eliminate Opportunity
Look around your home at what you have laying around that is a helpful tool for the burglar to enter your home. If you have ladders, rocks or tools be sure to secure them in a safe place rather than the front or back porch. Don’t leave your home as an open invitation to entry.
Most theft is for quick money. Burglars are looking for cash or quick converters to it. They want the robbery finished quickly. By ensuring you secure your home along with alarming your alarm system before leaving or retiring for the night improves your chances of keeping your home and family safe.
If you are considering a home monitoring system, please call our Alarm Systems Ottawa company to set up your Free security consultation.

Home Fire Alarms: Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries!

Home Fire Alarms…Time To Change Those Batteries.
Today is the day that citizens in Ottawa and those across Canada change their clocks back from daylight savings. Over 20 years ago, the International Association of Fire Chiefs started a campaign to get people to change their home alarm batteries at the same time. This was done in an attempt to cut back on the loss of life from fire.
A simple thing like a battery is often overlooked but it can be the life saver in a home fire. In Ottawa alone we have lost 44 people to home fires since 2002. Some of these were preventable. Since 2006, every Ontario residence is required to have a working fire alarm in place.
By associating the battery change with the semiannual time change it is hoped that there will be an increase in working home fire alarms. Ottawa Fire Services is on board with both the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs as well as the IAFC on this one. It takes minutes for your home to be devoured in flames and only minutes to add that one little bit of prevention…
Today when you change your clocks..REMEMBER to change your batteries. If you want more info on what our alarm systems can do for you give us a call at 613-800-8739 for your Free consultation.

8 Tips to Deter Burglars Even With Alarm Systems

Alarm Systems Ottawa Secured Homes
Ottawa is one of the safest cities in Canada to be living in. However we still have robberies and home invasions in just about every community in the Ottawa region. Investing in higher levels of security from a company like Alarm Systems Ottawa is well worth the investment even for better peace of mind that you and your family will be safer. They are certainly great to deter burglars from your home.
You can sleep soundly or travel somewhere else with ease and confidence that your home is protected.  If you equip your home with alarm systems Ottawa security you are assured that each precious thing you have inside your home is safe and secure.  However, aside from equipping your home with high-end alarm systems, you also need to take some precautions to keep it protected from thieves and burglars.  Here are some tips:
 8 Tips to Deter Burglars from Your Home

1. Be vigilant about getting to know the people living in your neighborhood.  Being familiar with your neighbors helps you easily detect strangers or suspicious looking people that may in fact be burglars.
2. If you are not a pet lover, you may want to reconsider this and get yourself a dog to guard your house.  Oftentimes, they prove to be helpful in warding off strangers long before they decide on trying to enter your premises. Most burglars scout out neighbourhoods beforehand and they plan to skip homes where they know they will find a dog. They want to be in and out in minutes even if they think they can get past any alarm systems in place.
3. Your household should have a pre-planned safe place where you can hide in case of a break in. Make sure this safe spot is also equipped with access to your alarm systems so you could easily call for help.
4. All members of the household should be part of developing a plan and the things that they should do, if ever they see strangers suspiciously hanging around the premises.
5. Avoid sharing too much personal information on where you live and when you are absent with people you do not know. This includes sharing images and status updates on your social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. This only serves as an open invitation to thieves.
6. Make sure to do a thorough background check about your nanny or house help before you finally decide on hiring him or her.
7. Never flaunt your gadgets or appliances outside your house.  These can be very tempting in the eyes of the burglars.
8. Install a door viewer so if a stranger knocks on your door, never let him in. Instead, be ready to hit that  alarm systems button should there be any attempts of forcing entry to your house.

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