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Welcome to the first ever, all-digital edition of our print newsletter, “Keeping You Posted”! We are so excited to transition to this new, eco-friendly medium, and give you the ability to enjoy our newsletter on the go! This December 2018, will mark the end of our printed edition. As our monthly newsletter goes completely online, please take a moment to enter your email address and sign up today!
Peace of Mind – While on Vacation
With temperatures rising, it is a pleasant reminder that summer is almost here! Before you leave for vacation this summer, there are a few things you should do to ensure peace of mind while you are away:
Update Your Emergency Contact List
Please inform us of the dates you will be gone as well as numbers where you can be reached in case of an alarm activation while you are away. If you are having someone look after your home, please be sure to inform our central station so we can temporarily include them on your emergency contact list. You may also assign them a temporary password in case of an activation while you are gone. It is also a great idea to educate your emergency contacts as to how you would like them to handle a potential alarm activation while you are away. It is best that your emergency contacts live nearby and have a key to your home.
To update your emergency contact list, please contact our Central Station at 626-446-7159 or visit our Update page.
Replace Old, Faded Yard Signs… They’re Free
Yard signs are your first line of defense in deterring a potential burglar. It is important to have clean, visible yard signs. If you need new yard signs we are more than happy to come out and replace them. There is no charge to do this. Please contact Rena Finlay at 626-446-7159 ext. 112 for assistance or visit our support page to place a request.
Reduce the Risk of False Alarms While You are Away
Before arming your system, make sure all windows and doors are closed and locked. Keep objects free from motion detectors (balloons, hanging plants, etc.). This will reduce false alarms. Review the alarm code and password with anyone who has access to your home. You can assign a separate alarm code per user as to preserve the security of your own.
If Needed, Please Schedule Your Service Appointment at Least 2 Weeks Before Leaving
Should your system need an annual check, repairs or even new batteries, please give us at least two weeks notice before your desired appointment date. Our service calendar fills up fast in the summer and we want to make sure your system is working perfectly before you leave on your trip. Providing advanced notice allows us to guarantee the time and date that fits best with your schedule.
Don’t Forget to Self-Test Your System at Least 2 Weeks before Leaving.
It is important to self-test your system to make sure it is communicating properly to our Monitoring Station. Self-testing is easy and does not take much time. Before you self-test the system, please call our Monitoring Station at 626-446-7159 and let our Monitoring Station Operators know to put your system on test (and the duration) so they do not dispatch the authorities.
Once on test, arm your system, activate the alarm, let the siren ring for 30 seconds and call back to make sure we received the signal. It is important to do this at least two weeks before you leave that way if there is an issue, you will be guaranteed a service appointment on time.
Although you have a Post Alarm security system, it is still important to perform security measures to prevent your home from becoming a target.
Before you leave on your trip:
- Make sure you have clean, visible Post Alarm yard signs (they are free for our clients). This is your first line of defense.
- Ask a trusted friend to house sit and/or inform your neighbors of your plans.
- Have a neighbor pick up your newspapers and mail daily. (If you are a Post Alarm patrol customer).
- Lock all doors and windows, and secure the garage.
- 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 (This can also be done with our Smart Home system, from Alarm.com)
- 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.
- Do not let maintenance personnel know that you will be away.
- Consider upgrading outdoor light fixtures with devices that have built-in motion detectors, which turn on the lights whenever anyone walks past. Ring makes a great flood light/camera. It does require a good WiFi signal to work correctly.
Is It Time For An Upgrade To Your Home Security System?
Have you considered updating your current security system? All of the new systems offered by Post Alarm communicate via a radio which takes away the need for a phone line. The systems also allow for the option of remote access via any smartphone, iPad or computer from anywhere in the world allowing you to control your security system, locks, lights, garage door, thermostat, doorbell, and view CCTV cameras remotely. We even offer client loyalty discounts. For more information please contact our sales coordinators Pat or Jeannie at 626-446-7159 or complete our online contact form to get started.
Home Security Now Comes With Great Ventilation!
Alarm screens are the ultimate protection when it comes to the comfort and safety of your family. Alarm screens allow you to arm your alarm system while keeping windows open for ventilation. If an intruder attempts to remove or cut the screen while the system is armed, the alarm will instantly sound and notify our central monitoring station.
Post Alarm’s security screens are manufactured in-house exclusively for our clients allowing us to provide a high-quality product at a much lower price. They can easily be added to most existing systems.
For the Month of June we will be offering the following alarm screen special: For Every 2 Alarm Screens Purchased You’ll Receive 1 Alarm Screen FREE! *
Call us today at 626-446-7159 and ask for our service department. They will be happy to assist you.
* Free Alarm Screen must be Standard Size.
Did You Change OR Cancel Your Phone Service?
Please Read This!!!
We just can’t talk about this enough because it is so important. For all of our monitored customers, if you have canceled OR changed your phone line to VoIP ex. Vonage, Fios, U-verse, Time Warner, AT&T etc., is it very important that you call and talk to us. There is a chance that your security system will not be able to transmit your alarm signal to our Central Monitoring Station. Please call us so we can talk about alternative transmission methods to assure that we are able to receive your alarm signals.
Home Solicitor Security Tips
Summer is officially here and it’s time for home solicitors to arrive in your neighborhood. You are the only one who can determine the best way to handle solicitors at your door. There is quite a debate out there on whether or not to open the door to salespeople you don’t know. Here are some tips to keep in mind.
To open or not to open, that is the question!
1. Our suggestion (for safety reasons) would be that if you do not know the person, do not open the door.
2. If you feel you need to acknowledge the person, speak through your locked door telling them that you are not interested.
3. If you are alone in the home and feel uncomfortable, pretend to holler to someone else in the house, “I’ve Got It.”
4. Putting a “no soliciting” sign on your door should help as well. Research indicates homemade signs work best. Be specific, “no soliciting, no marketing, no petitioning, no peddling.”
5. We highly recommend adding a doorbell/camera. The Ring products are great! Please keep in mind you must have a good WiFi signal for the Ring products to work.
If ignoring them is not an option and you do open the door (not recommended), here are some safety tips:
1. We suggest you never allow a stranger access to your home. You do not know them and do not really know their intentions. Instead, step outside or talk through the door.
2. Check the I. D. of any trades people, sales representatives or other professionals.
One more thing…
Here is your annual reminder that Post Alarm does not go door to door soliciting our clients to upgrade their systems. Anyone coming to your door unannounced and claiming an affiliation with Post Alarm is misrepresenting themselves. Additionally, if they claim your system does not have the advanced features they offer please contact us so we can talk about the available features of your current system and discuss options.
Warm Weather Home Security Tips
The warm summer weather is here so we thought it would be a great time to review some warm weather security tips:
1. Keep in mind that even though your second story windows are high, you still need to be conscientious about keeping them locked. Think about the surroundings outside of the window before you leave it open. For example, is it above or adjacent to a tree, a low roof line or fence? You can also install a window lock/jam that will allow the windows to be open a little, but not enough to reach in and unlock or crawl through. Alarm Screens are another great option to add to your security system which allow you to keep your system armed while keeping your windows open for ventilation.
2. Additionally, when you are outside doing yard work, be sure to have your doors locked. For example if you are cutting the grass in the backyard and the front door is unlocked, someone could easily pop in and steal your wallet or purse.
Don’t forget about your garage. If you keep your car in the garage always keep the car locked especially if you have a garage door opener that someone could take and use to break in later. Keep your garage overhead door closed while you are working in the backyard. Someone could easily walk in and take your bikes or other valuables and be gone before you know it. Lastly, keep your door into your house from the garage locked in the event that someone gains access to your garage.
Don’t Forget to Self Test Your System Monthly
It is extremely important to self-test your system monthly…it is easy to do. It will give you “peace of mind” knowing your system is working and communicating properly with our Central Monitoring Station. When you are ready to perform a self-test of your system, please call our Monitoring Station at 626-446-7159 and they will be happy to walk you through the steps.
About Post Alarm
What does it mean to choose Post Alarm Systems for your security needs? It means freedom to live your life while we do what we’ve been doing for over 60 years: keeping people, families, and businesses safe and secure. It means doing business with a company that places a premium on great relationships. It means choosing a security team that pays attention to the details. It means being treated like family. Thank you for reading – please contact us today via our online form or call our office at (800) 654-7678 if there is anything that you need!