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Are Security Systems Worth It?

Although crime rates in 2017 are reported to have been at a record low over previous years, many people look to and trust security alarms to keep their families and properties safe.

Let’s be honest though, security systems are like car insurance; often you pay month after month and year after year, and NOTHING. EVER. HAPPENS. Then one day out of the blue you’re on your way to the grocery store, in a hurry because you’ve left your wallet at home (like you always do), and on top of that management has been holding your groceries until you get back. As you’re furiously driving and almost there WHAM! You hit the guy driving in front of you as he’s yielding.

Yes, this totally happened to me.

After realizing you and the other driver are ok, one of the most comforting thoughts is knowing that you’re covered! All of those car insurance payments have finally worked in your favor. The same is true of security alarms, they monitor your most precious possessions and the lives of your family, yourself and the property you work hard to own.

Still wondering if they are worth it? Well how impressive are security alarms these days? As long as you have a mobile device or tablet, you can control multiple areas of your home, right at your fingerprints! For example, they control the lights, temperature, and even the garage door 24/7. If you’re busy and always on the go this is a great option for your family!

With so many different companies out there how do you choose the best one? My motto? Small and personalized over large and corporate. A Plus Security System was founded in 1996 and they have a great track record of keeping families safe and happy.

If after reading this post you are now in the market for a security system, look no further. A Plus Security System is it!

Until next time,

EC

 

Winter Weather Safety Tips!

With the winter weather not showing any signs of let up, discussing a couple of winter safety tips now could prove invaluable as winter shows no signs of let up! 

 

For starters let’s talk about your attire. Layering is one of the best ways to stay warm and dry.
These layers will aid in keeping you warm by reducing loss of body heat and providing insulation, thereby helping you to stay warm. One thing to keep in mind is staying dry as wet or damp clothing no longer keeps you warm, and will reduce insulation causing your bodies temperature to drop.

Did you know tons of cold-weather related injuries result from falls on ice-covered walkways? Therefore, you want to keep walkways as free of ice as possible and walk carefully along them. Remember to sand or salt such areas as soon as the wintery precipitation falls. 


Your home should be prepared too! What’s one thing we’ve all seen in the winter that can cause major problems? Yep, you guessed it. Trees with branches weighed down by snow or ice causing them to crash to the ground. When falling these branches and limbs have a tendency to fall onto power lines, cars, or houses, being proactive and removing these ahead of time can save you tons of time, money, and stress in the long run. 


Growing up my mom would always leave the cabinet doors in the kitchen and bathroom open at night. Now, having a place of my own I understand the costly mistake of having pipes burst! So try that oldie but goodie to keep your pipes warm, and remember letting your faucet drip a little at night when temps dip below freezing is another good way to avoid pipes bursting.

Now that we’ve covered just a few winter weather safety tips, you are welcome to make a cup of hot coco, find a good tv series to binge watch and enjoy the beautiful snow! 

 

Until next time,

EC

 

Why Choose A Plus Security Systems?

Simply put, your family is their family. 

A Plus Security Systems has been in the business of  protecting homes and families since 1996. This means choosing the best of the best when it comes to products and service! Need further explanation? Let me break this down for you. Aside from the actual product itself, A Plus Security Systems places a lot of importance on the actual company that monitors the alarm system.
 
That’s why they use All American Monitoring. All American prides themselves on being professional, reliable, and efficient. They’ve built quite a track record being in business since 1973, and they service upwards of two thousand companies in the United States. Like A Plus they understand the value families place on peace of mind. 
 
What about A Plus’ product itself? Are you worried that you’re not a “techie” and you won’t be able to navigate how to use an alarm system? Have no fear, all of A Plus’ products are user friendly and easy to navigate. Best thing is they’re up to date with the latest technology. I can be a couch potato at times, so I love the fact that when I grab my snacks, the tv remote control, and my mobile device I’m all set. Yes, you can control multiple areas of the home from your couch, what’s not to love!? 

Last but not least their testimonials are definitely confidence boosters. I’m a review junkie and reading the satisfactory comments of their long time customers is super helpful. All in all as a mom, dad, new home owner or the head of a household, it feels good knowing that your family is safe and that no harm will come to them while you’re away. 
Choosing A Plus Security Systems backed by All American Monitoring is a sure fire way to go. 
Until Next time, 
 
EC
 
 

#Security Camera’s

Have you ever wondered if security cameras actually work or are they hidden somewhere collecting dust?

Well I’m here to tell you they ACTUALLY work! My friend recently related an experience to me and It. Blew. Me. Away. Would you like to know what happened? Obviously, if you’re still reading, right? Ok here goes.

One day Jennifer, my friend, was at work at a business that caters to children. There was a family there that had two young children, one roughly three years of age and the other six years old.  The children’s mother decided to leave the business to take the younger child home leaving the older child playing in the play area, under dad’s supervision.  Makes sense, right?   Well dad goes to the back office to speak with an administrator regarding his children’s paperwork.  Once finished speaking with the administrator, dad goes back to the lobby to check on his son, and…… he’s gone!

The staff combs over the office, again and again, calling the child’s name, to no avail.  Finally, a staff member suggests looking at the security camera footage to hopefully get an idea of exactly what happened and where the child went.  As she and the business owner sped up the recording and slowed it down, they finally got to place in the video that showed the young child leaving the building!

The police were then contacted, and a short manhunt was underway. Fortunately, a good Samaritan encountered the young child a few blocks away from the business and he was picked up by the Police and returned to his frantic parents.

Chilling story right!? What’s the takeaway? In this situation, the security camera proved to be extremely helpful. In a nerve-racking situation, the security camera was able to shave off precious seconds in locating a missing child and provided great footage of exactly what happened.

Could your home or business benefit from one of the best security camera’s out there? If so, give A Plus Security Systems a call for fair pricing and top-notch home security!

Until next time,

EC

 

Are you ready for Moving Season?

You’re probably scratching your head right now wondering exactly what is moving season?

 C’mon, you know.

It’s the time of year when the weather starts to warm up a little, kids are finishing off the school year and several of your friends are starting to solicit help weeks in advance to aid them in their moving to a new home. Ah! Now you can relate. We’ve all been there before.

Well now that we’re on the same page regarding moving season, are you ready? Specifically for the housewarming parties, if not we’ve got you covered. Aside from the typical box of glasses or gift cards most people give, have you ever considered gifting a close friend or family member with home security products?  Amazing idea right! I told you we had you covered. Listed below are 3 of my personal fav’s that you may want to look a little more into, they make awesome gifts and hey, go ahead and throw one or two in for yourself!

  • SkyBell Door Video System With the SkyBell you can see, hear, and talk to the person who is at your door whether you are at home, at work, or out of the country! All with your handy dandy smart phone.
  • Home Automation By way of your home’s Wi-Fi network, you can control garage doors, door locks, and thermostats while on the premises. Talk about saving money and conserving energy!
  • Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors– Preventative measures at its best!

Until Next time,

-EC

The Skybell Door Video System

The Skybell door video system! Does it peak your interest? It totally does for me. Here’s why.

Growing up I’ve always loved door bells and elevator buttons for that matter. If you’re like me, I’m sure you can relate to this experience: being young you expected your parents to never push those buttons for you, but to let you experience the pure joy of putting your finger on that button. Fast forward to adulthood, a few of my very favorite things get to be combined. When I hear the door bell ring and I’m not expecting anyone, instead of the back and forth banter of “who could it be dear” I pull out my smart phone and the mystery is over! You literally have to love that feature. These days there is the constant worry of things like home invasions or wondering if your property is safe while at work or out of town. Again, with the Skybell system the mystery is over.

Are you a mom who cringes every time the doorbell chimes, just as you’ve put your infant to sleep? Did you know you can turn off your door chime with Skybell? Do you have a loved one who is elderly and would love the convenience of answering the door without having to get up? Do you have children old enough to let themselves in afterschool? You’ll definitely appreciate them saying hi to you when they get home by way of Skybell! If someone at your front door makes you a bit uncomfortable, and you’d like to alert your family, don’t worry, you can take a screen shot of them, texting your family with Skybell!

If any of these scenarios exist in your home, why not consider Skybell through A Plus Security Systems? Trust me, you’ll be glad you did!!

 

Until next time,

-EC  

3rd April

Smoke Alarm Vs Carbon Monoxide Detector

I love the feeling of being safe and worry free in my home, how about you?  The obvious steps for that feeling of security include the basics- in home security systems and smoke alarms. We may all know of someone or have heard of someone who unfortunately fell victim to a home fire, inking in our minds the need to have a working smoke alarm. What though about a carbon monoxide detector? Are they equally important?

Carbon Monoxide or “CO” is an odorless, colorless gas that can kill you. According to the CDC website (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) carbon monoxide is found in fumes produced anytime you burn fuel in cars, trucks, small engines, stoves, lanterns, grills, fire places, gas ranges, or furnaces. CO can build up indoors and poison people and animals who breath it.

With this knowledge it’s easy to see the importance of having an in-home CO detector.

If you have found the cost of a monitored CO alarm and smoke alarm to be outside of your budget, I’d like to introduce the Honeywell 5800COMBO. It is a professionally monitored, wireless, combination smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector designed to help protect people and property. The 5800COMBO provides multi-threat detection and reacts fast to real danger-while helping to reduce false alarms.

Contact the best in the business, A Plus Security Systems, if this product sounds like something your home could use immediately!

 Until next time,

– EC 

Are you confident in your home’s safety Measures?

Recently I came across a story reported on by a local news station in San Francisco, pretty chilling to say the least.

Have you ever taken an unmarked taxi from the airport to get to your hotel or to get home after a trip? If so, that’s perfectly normal, I do it all the time. Well things didn’t turn out very well for one couple who decided to hire a driver to take them home from the airport.

After allegedly dropping off the previously mentioned couple at the airport, their hired driver returned to their home and attempted to break in.  Insane right?! We’ll fortunately the home was equipped with a door bell camera system similar to the Skybell, this in turn scared him off.  However, he still managed to burglarize a different home in the area but was fortunately caught shortly thereafter.

Crimes like these happen way too often. Preparation is key. What can you do? Researching what products could be right for your home is the first step. Do you want full automation? What about a recording system that allows you to view what’s going on in your home even while you’re away?
I highly recommend visiting the products tab on A Plus Security Systems website. They give great descriptions and are easy to contact with questions about what’s right for your home. Check them out now, don’t delay!

Until next time,

-EC

Does Home Automation Matter?

Slowly but surely the summer season is creeping our way! One of my goals for this summer is to cut down on the amount of electricity we typically use at home. What spurred this on? Recently a friend who is a business owner disclosed to me that he pays on average about $900 monthly for his office electricity. Insane right? Well that got me to thinking about my situation and how my electricity bill can have the tendency to spike during the summer months, so maybe it’s time to make some adjustments.

The first change my husband and I decided to make was to use a ceiling fan at night.  This prompted the never ending discussions about head colds and whether the fan was going too fast or too slow, or whether it was cooling the room down at all. Pre summer didn’t seem to be getting off to a good start, electricity wise. Then my business owner friend shared with me that he decided to automate his office. This new automated system would allow him to control all of the office thermostats from his smartphone and he could even set it to where the office would start heating up in the winter a few hours before clients arrived, brilliant.

Perfect solution, right? Now instead of arriving to your destination and realizing you left the AC on at home, or like my husband and I going back and forth over the ceiling fan, you can control your homes energy with the simple touch of a button! Would you like a recommendation on where to get an affordable quote to automate your home? Check out A Plus Security Systems!  I know I trust anyone who’s been in business since 1996 with countless satisfied customers!

 

Until next time,

EC

Defend yourself against package theft!

Slowly but surely the summer season is creeping our way! One of my goals for this summer is to cut down on the amount of electricity we typically use at home. What spurred this on? Recently a friend who is a business owner disclosed to me that he pays on average about $900 monthly for his office electricity. Insane right? Well that got me to thinking about my situation and how my electricity bill can have the tendency to spike during the summer months, so maybe it’s time to make some adjustments.

The first change my husband and I decided to make was to use a ceiling fan at night.  This prompted the never ending discussions about head colds and whether the fan was going too fast or too slow, or whether it was cooling the room down at all. Pre summer didn’t seem to be getting off to a good start, electricity wise. Then my business owner friend shared with me that he decided to automate his office. This new automated system would allow him to control all of the office thermostats from his smartphone and he could even set it to where the office would start heating up in the winter a few hours before clients arrived, brilliant.

Perfect solution, right? Now instead of arriving to your destination and realizing you left the AC on at home, or like my husband and I going back and forth over the ceiling fan, you can control your homes energy with the simple touch of a button! Would you like a recommendation on where to get an affordable quote to automate your home? Check out A Plus Security Systems!  I know I trust anyone who’s been in business since 1996 with countless satisfied customers!

 

Until next time,

EC

Should your home be self-monitored or professionally monitored?

Let’s start by discussing the differences. A professionally monitored home is supported 24/7 by a security monitoring company. In the case that your alarm is triggered or an emergency takes place the monitoring company will dispatch authorities right away. On the other hand, self-monitored alarm systems are monitored 100% by homeowner, which leaves the homeowner in charge of accessing the situation and calling the proper authorities if needed.

There are pros and cons to whichever decision you decide to make. For example, if you’ve elected to monitor your own home security alarm you get to save a few bucks each month. Another point to consider is the fact that today’s technology makes it easy to see exactly what’s going on in your home by means of your personal smart devices. Hello convenience! The cons? If the power source to your smart devices is low or dies this could leave you helpless. It could also be difficult to determine exactly who or what trigged the alarm on your own.

What about a professionally monitored alarm? It may cost a little more monthly but overall you have peace of mind and you still have the ability to monitor your home via your smart devices. Again, hello convenience!

As their professional monitoring company, A Plus Security Systems uses All American Monitoring. They’ve been in business since 1973, which nowadays, is a rarity. They pride themselves on being professional, reliable and efficient. If you’d like to know a little more about either of these options give A Plus Security Systems a call.

Until next time,

EC

Nighttime Safety At Home

Are you ever at home alone at night and feel nervous or scared? If so you’re not alone. Often times break-ins and home invasions happen during the evening hours when you’re least expecting them.
Well what can you do to feel a little bit safer in your own home? Here are a few practical tips to help put your mind at ease.
 
  • Always give the appearance that someone is home.
Growing up my parents religiously left a light on or the television on when we’d all go out. This was in efforts to deter potential burglars. Burglars are less likely to try and break-in if it appears that someone is home. Remember the infamous faux party scene from the 90s movie Home Alone? Same idea here but maybe not as dramatic. 
  • Call or FaceTime a family member or friend
Whenever I enter the house alone I like to do an all over check to make sure it’s safe and I feel comfortable the rest of the evening. I usually do this with someone on the phone so that just in case a situation I arises I already have someone on the phone to help me out. 
  • Automate your home 
One of the best ways to feel secure in your home is to have a security alarm system. This means your doors, windows, and home are secured and if a situation arises the company that monitors your alarm system will call for emergency help. 
Taking it a step further would be automating your home. As long as you have a smart device near you, you can see what’s going on within every inch of your home. The ultimate security, right?
 
For more information on home automation, click the about us link. 
 
Until next time,
 
-EC

Smile, you’re on candid camera!

You remember back in the day?  I mean waaay back in the day (well not THAT far back).  When you wanted an added measure of safety for your home, you got motion triggered automatic lights.  They were all the rage!  Everyone thought as soon as a burglar steps foot on your porch…BOOM!  The lights come on, indicating someone is home, watching their every move, and away the thieves scatter.  Well those motioned sensored lights worked for quite a bit of time, but ultimately, after a while, burglars became aware and they weren’t the deterrents they were once thought to be. 

Fast forward to today.  Burglars have gotten so savvy.  But don’t be alarmed (get it…), technology and security systems are just as, if not more savvy.   Cameras.  What?  Yes, CAMERAS.  How many times have you been to a mall or a restaurant and it seems like someone is filming you with their phone and it makes you super uneasy?  In reality, they’re filming their kids elementary school graduation party.  Whew!  When you find out you’re not being filmed on camera, you feel so much better.  Why?  Not that you were doing anything wrong, but just the idea that someone is watching you and recording your every move, makes you want to be on your best behavior and not be on camera at all. 

Let’s get back to your homes.  Adding security cameras does the same and then some.  As soon as the burglars see the cameras, they freeze in their tracks and often times will leave the property.  What’s nice about the camera’s A + offers is not only can you monitor the cameras from a wireless device, but you can communicate to whomever shouldn’t be in the home (here’s that then some).  What a protection!  A + Security Systems has you completely covered so you can worry about things of much more importance, like how you tell your husband you are planning to commandeer another one of his dresser drawers…

Until next time!

EC