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Pet Safety & Security Tips for the Summer

Pet Safety & Security Tips for the Summer Technology has made it easier than ever to keep the people you love safe. But what about your pets? The unpredictability of animal minds requires love, patience, and a little creativity to keep them healthy and happy. But with the right tools and knowledge, you can watch out for your pets even while you’re away. Pet parenting is full of unique challenges, but you’re not alone!  At ARM Security Systems, we want to help you keep your furry family safe.  Just watch out for the following: What Not to Eat Most pet lovers know about common animal poisons, like chocolate and antifreeze. But there are a lot of lesser-known poisons that are equally dangerous!  And you might have some sitting around the house right now. Lilies are extremely toxic to cats. The artificial sweetener xylitol is a health risk for dogs. Onions can make both dogs and cats sick with only a small amount. While we’re not... Read more

Improve Your Commercial Security with Access Control

Improve Your Commercial Security with Access Control You’ve invested so much time, effort, and talent into your business.  Why risk that by compromising your commercial security? The unfortunate truth is that businesses face higher risks from break-ins and theft.  In the aftermath, your company can lose money, customer information, confidential data, important tools, and community trust. On top of the sheer property damage these crimes can cause. With access control, you can gain peace of mind about your business’s safety.  That way, you can spend your time on more important things, like serving customers and expanding! Connected Security Today, we have many innovative ways to improve your commercial security.  Although tried-and-true features, like bright motion sensor lights, can deter opportunistic criminals.  Consider adding a few extra precautions, such as security cameras and control access, for additional protection.  CCTV cameras... Read more

How Often Should You Test Your Security System?

How Often Should You Test Your Security System?   Even after putting your security system in place, you should consider testing it regularly.  Whether we’re talking about a residential or commercial system, we want it to make sure it’s up-to-date and fully operational.  Today, it’s easier than ever to test whatever features you have.  Especially when you work with an experienced company—like ARM Security Systems—that’s able to walk you through the process. Stick to Once a Month At a minimum, you should plan to test your security equipment once a month.  Whether you have a full security panel, a doorbell camera, smart locks, garage door controls, indoor/outdoor video cameras, and smoke/CO2 detectors, most manufacturers recommend monthly tests.  Even if you think you use your equipment regularly, it never hurts to make sure everything’s performing optimally.  Some security experts recommend conducting your test(s) on the same day... Read more

Home Energy Management for Spring

Home Energy Management for Spring As the seasons change, and you switch from heating to air conditioning at home, it’s the perfect time to install an energy management system. Even changing your daily habits for energy use can save you hundreds of dollars each month!  By lowering your utility bills, you gain more control of your money.  Plus, you contribute to the eco-friendly movement overall!  To help, here are a list of effective tips, products, and life-hacks to help you increase your home energy efficiency. Let There Be Light! …Or not. Lighting costs make up on average 12% of utility bills. When not using a room, we recommend turning off the lights. As the days get longer in the next few months, you can take advantage of more natural light. Also, replacing incandescent light bulbs with LEDs will allow you to save on electricity and get brighter lighting.  Don’t forget to ask about our home energy management smart... Read more

Aging in Place: Protecting Your Loved Ones

Aging in Place: Protecting Your Loved Ones As more Americans are staying home longer, our ideas about aging in place are evolving. It’s no longer a matter of “Is this possible?” But rather a series of decisions about how to keep them safe, comfortable, and happy in the long run! As a local security provider, we have a few tips to share that will make protecting your loved ones easier. Think about Mobility If your family member has been in the same house for years, then a few updates are in order. When aging in place, mobility is always a primary concern because our needs change so much over the years. Try to install small measures at first that will be there when they need them—without changing the flow of the house too much. A bench by the doorway is great if they need to sit down to remove their shoes or place grocery bags on the way in. Don’t forget about conveniently placed stools in the kitchen. They should be taller than... Read more

Porch Pirates in the New Year

Porch Pirates in the New Year Although the holidays may be over, porch pirates are still working hard.  These thieves take advantage of the popularity of online shopping, as well as the absence of many homeowners during the day.  If you can’t be there when your packages are delivered, then consider improving your home security to deter these criminals in the new year. It Could Happen to Anyone You might not think porch pirates exist in your neighborhood, but that doesn’t mean they can’t visit.  This is a growing problem driven by opportunism.  All it takes is the right package, and the right timing.  Statistics estimate that nearly 26 million Americans have been affected by this “victimless” crime, with the majority occurring in the suburbs. Many mistakenly assume that their orders are protected by the company who sent it and/or the people who delivered it—but that’s not always the case.  So, we’re seeing a trend... Read more

Protect Your Business This Season

Protect Your Business This Season Whether it’s your busy season or a slow time for your business, consider adding some additional security measures this month.  The holidays can be a hectic time—even without climbing crime rates.  So, don’t take any chances when it comes to your office, staff, or equipment.  Find out how we can help your commercial security today! Control who has Access—and When As a business owner, it’s hard for you to be onsite all the time.  You have many demands, many places to be—especially during this time of year.  When you’re out and about, how do you monitor access to your office space, storage area(s), etc.?  Having a few staff members you can trust with keys and codes will help, but that’s hardly a foolproof plan.  Instead, have you thought about remote access? Today, it’s so much more than being able to control who gets in and out of your commercial space.  Although this technology can be... Read more

Maintain Your Independence with Medical Alert Systems

Maintain Your Independence with Medical Alert Systems How do you ensure your safety and security without giving up your independence?  By utilizing a medical alert system.  It’s the perfect compromise that gives you access to immediate care and provides your family with peace of mind.  If you’re wary about adding this technology to your home, here are a few ways it can make your life easier without being invasive. Wearable for Your Convenience Everyone has a cellphone today, but who actually carries this device around the house?  When you’re at home, it’s easy to forget to bring your phone with you from room to room.  Plus, many smartphones are simply too large to put in your pocket or some similar place on your person.  Our medical alert systems use small, wearable devices that are designed to your lifestyle.  They’re lightweight and convenient, so you don’t even have to think about where it could’ve gone—it’s with you!  Ask us about our... Read more

Prepare your Home (Security) for Halloween

Prepare your Home (Security) for Halloween Millions of Americans look forward to Halloween every year—and who can blame them?  This holiday has it all:  fun costumes, over-the-top decorations, and tons of candy!  Still, half of the trick-or-treating tradition involves the key word “trick.”  So, as you prepare to welcome guests this holiday season, make sure you also take the time to double-check your security. A Little Mood Lighting Sure, spooky lights and smoke machines set the tone for trick-or-treating, but they also create opportunities for vandalism.  You can certainly add a little Halloween flair, as long as you keep your walkways illuminated.  Any spotlights you have in place should remain operational, especially the motion-activated models.  And if you don’t have any now, consider adding some before the holiday!  Pay particular attention to the area around your garage and any dark corners on the property that could... Read more

Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency with Technology

September is a tricky time temperature-wise.  Summer’s on its way out and fall’s just around the corner, so some days it feels like we’re alternating between the two seasons!  Rather than let the weather wreak havoc with your home—not to mention your energy bills—consider adding an energy management system this month. How does it work? Our systems can easily integrate your thermostat, lights, and other energy uses into one accessible app.  With a smart phone and/or internet access, you can control your devices and minimize your energy output!  As long as you have a modern HVAC system in place (or you’re planning to upgrade soon), we can install our smart thermostat in place of a more traditional one.  Plus, we’re happy to make recommendations for compatible LED lightbulbs as an added benefit to integration.  Once everything’s in place, we can help you navigate the settings, so... Read more