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Burglar Alarm System False Alarm Prevention
by Lon Lohmiller on 
Help prevent false alarmsStatistics clearly show that over 95% of fire and burglar alarms responded to by local authorities are false, and this dynamic is what prompts so many municipalities to require registration of their monitored alarm systems.

 

Chapel Hill home security systems and commercial burglar alarm and fire systems must be registered with a town permit beginning January 1, 2014. There will be a grace period of six months (until July 1, 2014) for homeowners and business owners to register their fire and burglar alarm systems.


Here are some things you can do to reduce false burglar alarms in your home or business:

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For Home Security Systems, say NO! to long-term Alarm Monitoring Contracts
by Lon Lohmiller on 
No more long-term alarm monitoring contracts!

So you purchased a home security system. And you signed a long-term alarm monitoring agreement. Did you check the fine print? Review the “Auto-renew” clause? A recent New York Times article raised the red flag on these practices in use by many of the large home security companies, who deploy door-to-door sales promising a “free” security system … but do the math, in the end the consumer always pays.


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Video Verification Helps Prevent False Alarms
by Lon Lohmiller on 

In a recent poll by Security Sales & Integration mSecurity Sales & Integration poll August 2013agazine, they posed the question “pick one best practice to address false alarm dispatches. The overwhelming choice (over 66%) was video verification. Multiple sources define video verification (also known as video authentication) as the process of verifying an alarm has occurred by using security cameras that are in the same location as alarm devices. Simply put, it’s the use of video security cameras along with burglar alarm systems to determine with visual evidence if an alarm event is real or false.

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Home Security System from Door to Door Sales … Really?
by Lon Lohmiller on 

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Door to door salesman, would you buy a home security system from this guy?

With all the options for homeowners to research residential security systems on the Internet, use social media, or refer to credible review sites (BBB, Angies List, Google Reviews, Yelp, etc.), how is it that so many residents purchase their home security system from someone knocking at their door unannounced?  In this day and time, reputable security system providers are easily found by home owners, small businesses and other organizations that require the services in need.

 

Ask yourself, does a credible company really need to use door to door sales tactics? Usually these companies are selling on fear. They comb police reports and news sources for neighborhoods and suburbs with recent crime, then impose on your home, often deploying

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Benefits of IP Video Surveillance Systems
by Lon Lohmiller on 
Avigilon high definition IP security camera for network video surveillance.


An Internet protocol security camera, or IP camera, is a type of digital video camera used for security surveillance that can send and receive data via a computer network and the Internet. The term "IP camera" or "netcam" is often applied to those used for video security surveillance on a business or homeowners IT/Network infrastructure.

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Wireless Security Systems and Cellular Communication: Is there a difference?
by Lon Lohmiller on 
Smart phone app for security system


Home and small business owners continually ask us about wireless and cellular technology used by state-of-the-art security systems. It’s certainly confusing, because there are many communication protocols and technologies being used for the latest burglar alarm, home automation, video surveillance and access control systems.

 

From our perspective, there are 4 primary areas of communication technology being deployed for small business security systems and  home automation and control systems.


Wireless Devices: The leading burglar alarm platforms of the day allow for the use of wired and wireless components within a home or business. Wireless components offer the greatest flexibility as they can be easily relocated and are battery operated - lasting 5-7 years between battery changes.  When the battery starts to get low, the best security systems will inform you with a text or email notification.

 

Cellular Monitoring: Probably the most misunderstood concept for the security industry. You cannot use a personal cell phone to monitor

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Managed Services for Small Business Video Surveillance
by Lon Lohmiller on 

Video surveillance camera

High-end video surveillance systems were once only affordable for large organizations. With the onset of new network security camera solutions and VSaaS (video surveillance as a service) models, small businesses can now deploy robust, multi-functional, high resolution, IP security camera systems without having to spend thousands of dollars in up-front cost. Many small business owners are taking advantage of managed service plans for video surveillance, with benefits that include:

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