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There’s a myth that professional alarm monitoring is overpriced and redundant. The idea goes like this: if window sensors, carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors are plenty capable of triggering alarms that shriek loud enough to let you and your neighbors know there’s something going on, why pay a company to be clued in on the obvious?

First off, alarm monitoring doesn’t need to be expensive. For example, Safe-T provides monitoring services for as little as $13.95 per month—an incredible bargain considering all you get in that package.

So what are the benefits of alarm monitoring?

When an un-monitored alarm goes off, you have three responsibilities: ensuring both the safety of your family and yourself; identifying the source of the threat; and contacting authorities. Professional alarm monitoring services cut this list down to one item: get everyone to safety.

Alarm monitoring centers—of which Safe-T is linked to three simultaneously—pay attention to the status of your alarm system 24/7. When your alarm goes off, the center receives a notification and immediately contacts authorities to be dispatched to your property—so if you’re sleeping at night and your smoke or heat detector senses a fire, all you need to do is get out of the house safely and the monitoring center and fire department handle the rest.

Additionally, you can’t hear your alarms when you’re at the store or out of town, but the monitoring center can. If you’re on vacation and a burglar breaks into your house or a fire starts, a Safe-T monitoring center will send assistance so you can rest assured your property will stay safe. It’s true that unmonitored systems could just as easily notify you of a security breach via phone call or text message, but that still means you have to worry about assessing the situation and calling authorities if necessary—which becomes quite difficult when you’re not on-site. With Safe-T monitoring, you get both the peace of mind that your property is being looked after and the personal notification services all in one affordable package.


It’s early afternoon on a fall day, just after the lunch hour. Most homeowners who return home for lunch have already headed back to work, and since school is in full swing, most teens are in the classroom. The neighborhood is relatively empty, but just for good measure, the burglar circling around is dressed as a mailman. In the event that anyone sees him, it’ll be assumed that he’s a mailman delivering packages.

This burglar chose the daytime to strike, because he knows most homeowners will be away. But what is he looking for as he roams through the neighborhood? What are his eyes fixated on? What is he hoping to discover?

An Unkept Property

Are there newspapers piling up on the front porch? Have children’s toys, lawn equipment, and other home goods been left outside? Is the grass untrimmed and walkway full of leaves and debris?

These are the clues a burglar is looking for. If items are left outside, they are perfect for stealing. But if the items aren’t to a burglars liking, at least he knows that homeowner doesn’t seem to care too much about the property. If it’s unkept, that means the homeowner likely didn’t go through the process of installing home security equipment.

Is There Protection Installed?

According to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, 60% percent of burglars will choose a different home if they know home security equipment is installed. If a neighborhood is filled with homes that are secured, they’ll likely choose another neighborhood altogether. Many neighborhood watch groups require members to obtain security equipment per their membership guidelines.

But does your home have decals and signs that advertise equipment? Is the neighborhood boasting neighborhood watch signs? Do you have other signs to promote dogs or other forms of protection?

If you have home security, your equipment should be advertised everywhere you can: windows, doors, yard, and more. If you need a new Safe-T sign or some more decals call us anytime (866) 607-2338.


Safe-T recommends you test your alarm system quarterly. It takes 5 minutes and is the only way to ensure your devices are all operating properly, and communicating with our monitoring station in the event of an emergency. Below are quick instructions, and of course call us with any questions:

  • Notify Safe-T monitoring at 866.689-0599 that you are checking your system. You will be asked some basic identifying questions, and for your password.
  • Locate and turn off the breaker that feeds electricity to the outlet powering the alarm system transformer. Verify the touchpad is still functional, indicating the battery back-up is working. 
  • Open and close each door and window that is tied to the alarm system. Have someone assist by watching the touchpad. It should display when each zone is opened. Some systems display an asterisk (*), and you must press the status button to display the actual zone. 
  • Arm and disarm the system from each touchpad. 
  • Check each panic button. 
  • Listen to the volume of your system. Is it adequate? 
  • Check to see if the strobe light functions, if applicable. 
  • Reset the system, disarming it. 
  • Check with Safe-T at 866.689.0599 to ensure signals were received. 
  • Test each smoke detector, and if they are not tied into your security system change the batteries. Consider upgrading to monitored detectors to ensure Safe-T can dispatch the fire department which is critical if you're not home! 
  • The backup battery should have carried the system through this testing process with no issues. If the system detects that the battery is low, please call Safe-T as it should be replaced. 
  • Turn the breaker back on. 
  • Contact Safe-T monitoring at 866.689.0599 and let them know you are done testing. Even if it isn’t fun, it is free, and it is a really good idea. Call Safe-T 24/7 if you have any questions about testing your system.


 

The more technology we have in our daily lives, the more vulnerable we are to dangers that result from that technology. And with kids packing around iPhones, tablets and laptops that they use unsupervised, the risk level can increase dramatically.

When you or your loved ones fall victim to malicious behavior via the Internet, any number of bad things can happen, including compromised information, stolen identities, lost money, malware ruining your computer, bullying, inappropriate images or websites, and so much more.

Home security does not apply to just the physical building that is your home, but to protecting all of your family and assets. So take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from the digital threats as much as from the physical ones. Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Make sure your home WiFi is secure, requiring a unique password to access it.
  • Keep all software up-to-date, on any computers, laptops, tablets and phones. Often security vulnerabilities are discovered by the software providers before you fall victim, and they release updates to fix them. Install the updates to improve your security.
  • Also keep any antivirus software current.
  • Twitter, text, email, messaging—we have so many ways to communicate these days, so teach your kids to be careful about the kinds of information they share via these channels.
  • The same goes for social sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. People—especially adults, it seems—can be unabashedly open in the very public forum of the Internet, sharing information they wouldn’t want to divulge if talking to someone face-to-face. Not everybody needs to know everything that goes on in your child’s life, and not every selfie is okay to post. Seriously consider making information private, so only your friends can see it, if someone is being too personal online. At first, you might want to be tracking on your kids until they’ve proven they are making good choices in those environments.
  • Teach your kids to be picky about their online “friends.” And you be picky too. Just because you get a friend request doesn’t mean you have to accept it. The more people you’re connected to that you don’t really know, the more vulnerable you are.
  • Don’t post, share, text or email private information such as social security numbers, bank account information, or birth dates.
  • Change your passwords regularly (and securely) and teach your kids to do the same.
  • Teach your children to keep themselves safe when gaming online. Talk to them about the warning signs of bullying and make sure they know they can just walk away from a game.
  • Install parental controls on the family computer, and on the computers the kids have in their rooms.
  • Check your security settings for your web browser. How you do this depends on your browser, and also the limitations you want to set. For example, do you want to allow cookies or certain websites to track behavior? This kind of cached information can make your browsing more convenient, but it also makes your information more vulnerable.
  • Don’t download every app you come across, and delete unused apps from devices and computers.
  • Teach everyone in your household to be cynical, skeptical and wary (all that the same time) when faced with a suspicious link or website. When in doubt, don’t click! This could be a link that arrives via email or a text, or a webpage that came up in a search online. It could even be a Facebook scam!

This is only a shortlist of all the steps you could take for digital security for your family. For more tips and information—including a disturbing real-life story—see this Merrill Lynch article on protecting your family in the digital age.


When’s the last time you bought something from a door-to-door sales person? It’s not just the pest-control or cookies they’re selling anymore- sometimes it’s a home security monitoring service.

How Do Alarm Systems Work

Electronic alarm systems are made up of three component parts designed to detect, determine and deter criminal activity or other threatening situations. An alarm system can detect an event such as an invasion, fire, gas leak or environmental changes; determine if the event poses a threat; and then send a notification about the event.

Detect

The component of an alarm system that detects activity is called a sensor. Here are some common types of sensors that may be used to protect your home.

· Door and window contacts are switches that indicate the opening or closing of a door or window. The switch is mounted to a door or window and is held closed by a magnet attached to the frame. When the door or window moves away from the magnet, the switch opens and it is sensed by the alarm control panel.

· Motion Sensors can detect movement or motion in a large room.

· Glass Break Detectors are designed to constantly listen for the sound of breaking glass. When the glass break detector hears the sound pattern caused by shattering glass, it sends an electronic signal to the alarm control panel.

· Shock Sensors can detect an intruder that is using force to pound through a wall, roof or other area of the structure.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors are used to detect carbon monoxide; an invisible, odorless, colorless gas. Upon detection of CO, the sensor will send a signal to the control panel, which will then emit an audible alarm.

· Panic Buttons send an immediate, discreet call for help upon the press of a button.

· Environmental Sensors react to the presence of water or sudden increases or decreases in room temperature.

· Smoke Detectors are designed to detect fire. There are two types of detectors: ionization and photoelectric. The most common smoke detector, ionization, is best used to detect flaming fires without a lot of smoke. Photoelectric detection reacts to smoldering fires that produce large amounts of smoke. Both technologies are required to perform at the same level in a fire and provide the same amount of warning. The most effective smoke detector is one that combines both forms of detection.

· A Keypad is a device that is used to arm and disarm an alarm system. Keypads are generally installed near the entrance or exit of home. If a door or window is opened when the system is activated, the keypad will immediately initiate an alarm.


Determine

The alarm system control panel is the brain of the system. It carries out the decide function by processing the information it receives from various sensors and responding accordingly. For example, if a door or window is open while the system is disarmed, the control panel ignores the event. But, if a window is opened while the system is armed, it will immediately respond by sending a signal to your alarm monitoring center and triggering an audible alarm.

Alarm system panels have built in communicators that transmit and receive signals via a phone line. These signals are sent to a central alarm monitoring center where trained dispatchers monitor alarm system signals. In the event of a triggered alarm, a dispatcher will contact you to verify the emergency situation and if necessary, contact the police or fire station on your behalf.

Deter

An alarm panel responds to a triggered alarm by activating physical alarms such as a siren and/or strobe lights. These devices are used to scare an intruder away from your premises or alert you of a threatening situation such as a fire or the presence of carbon monoxide.

The component parts of an alarm system work together to detect, determine and deter danger in your home. To ensure your equipment will function properly in the event of an emergency, it is important to conduct regular testing on your systems.


It’s hard to imagine accessing an office or retail center that does not have a parking lot. These facilities offer a necessary service – however, many have limited security, poor lighting, and are ill-designed with many blind spots.

Moreover, many parking lots have poorly maintained shrubbery that provide cover for potential criminal activity, or leave unattended vehicles exposed and vulnerable to theft. The major problem for parking lots, especially the large ones, is keeping cars and people visible.

With little foot traffic and limited attendants, it’s crucial to install video camera surveillance systems to improve visibility and deter crime.

Some of the most common security threats for parking lots include:

Theft from cars

This includes theft of valuables left in the car, theft of external components – such as side mirrors and wheels – and theft of interior parts, such as batteries and radios. Theft from cars constitutes about 85 per cent of automobile-related thefts. A thief only requires a little alone time, zero witnesses and a good escape route to steal a laptop or stereo, for example. 

Theft of cars

Parking lots are a target for car theft with a wide selection of vehicles often left unattended. Cars can be stolen for prolonged use, joyriding or dis-assembly. 

Violent crimes

Violent crimes committed in parking lots include strong-arm robberies and carjackings, for example. These crimes are not unusual – especially if you consider that everyone in a parking lot is often a stranger. A violent criminal can easily blend in with other people without raising any alarm.

After hours burglaries

Protect your business assets! Just last month we at Safe-T provided video surveillance footage to the police from our own back of our building cameras, that clearly showed the casing, and then break in at the building behind us.

The solution

Parking lot thieves and criminals are usually opportunists looking for the easiest target – away from witnesses or security guards. These criminals will target parking lots with no video camera surveillance.

Putting up hedges or fencing around the parking lot perimeter can deter potential criminals from accessing the facility on foot, but this can lead to an increase in costs – especially since regular maintenance is necessary. Moreover, retail parking lots need to be easily accessible – so open parking is preferred in order to allow access for pedestrians. While installing traffic gates and fencing can control foot traffic, it can also raise more issues.

The more practical solution is to ensure a secure perimeter with a video surveillance system. Improving your parking lot security will attract patrons who want to shop safely. This translates to increased profits and a great return on investment.


We so enjoy seeing each generation in our families living longer productive lives. With this advancement, we are also faced with how to help them stay safe and live independently. For the elderly, falls can be deadly, and many of these deaths are not immediate.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2014, 2.2 million nonfatal fall injuries among older adults were treated in emergency departments and more than 581,000 of these patients were hospitalized. Seniors who survive falls may slowly decline as a result of their injuries. The CDC says, “20% to 30% of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries such as lacerations, hip fractures, or head traumas. These injuries can make it hard to get around or live independently, and increase the risk of early death.”

So how do you help an aging parent maintain their independence? You protect them making sure they wear safe rubber soled shoes; ensure they eat right; you help monitor their medication; but living independently or even living in your home, do you find yourself worrying they may fall or need emergency help? I know from watching my own parents age, that there is not much worse than the concern of them suffering a fall and then waiting to be found.

At Safe-T we are excited to announce that we are now offering the Numera Libris, offering top of the line technology allowing the seniors you love to keep their freedom, and stay active and protected whether they are at home, or on the go. The Libris even offers fall detection! Most medical buttons require you to push the button. When it comes to being confident and maintaining independence, the Libris is your perfect solution. If the wearer cannot push the button, the advanced automatic fall detection system will notify our 24/7 monitoring station sending your loved one help, when they cannot call on their own. And with built in GPS, we can direct the paramedics to them not only at home, but anywhere an active senior might be.

The Libris now offered by Safe-T also has instructive voice prompts and 2-way voice communication allowing Seniors to respond, even if they can’t reach the phone. It’s so comforting for them to hear a voice on the other end assuring them help is on the way. The Libris is small and comfortable to wear either clipped on a belt, or as a pendant, and has a 36- hour battery life. It's also durable and highly water-resistant, designed to be worn in the bath.

Safe-T is offering the Numera Libris for a one-time unit purchase price of $199.00 including set-up. A small price to pay for peace of mind knowing your loved one has help at the push of a button. *Monitoring of the Numera Libris by Safe-T’s local 24/7 monitoring station is required. $29.95 per month paid by auto-debit quarterly, with a one-year commitment. Keep your loved one safe and secure with this simple and effective layer of protection, when you cannot be right there!

Visit our website Click Here or Call us today at (866) 607-2338 for more information, or to order a Libris pendant and cradel set-up for your loved one.


In the past few years, home security systems have become much smarter about keeping an eye on your home while you're asleep or out for the day. As well as protecting you better in emergencies, they now come with new features and smart technology that old systems can't offer, giving you way more value from your investment. 

A smart home system can send you a notification when your teen gets home from school or their part-time jobs.

 

It can show you who's at your front door, and let you talk to them, through a video doorbell. You can see an HD video feed of your kids in the back yard while you're cooking dinner.

A smart home security system from Safe-T is engineered to ensure that an emergency signal gets through - even if the power is out, the phone line and internet are down, or your panel is smashed. With a Safe-T smart home system, we use a dedicated cellular connection—the communications link between your system and our partner Alarm.com's security platform—doesn't rely on a vulnerable phone line or broadband cable. It can't be defeated with wire cutters, nor by a falling tree branch.

If an intruder enters your home and smashes the security panel, our Crash and Smash protection can still trigger a response. This cloud technology feature alerts the monitoring station when your armed security system goes offline after detecting activity. 

Whether you're running a quick errand or 1,000 miles from home, you can stay connected to home with Safe-T smart security. That means peace of mind and convenience, no matter where you are. 

Even if there is an issue at home, it's easier to manage with a smart security system. You can get immediate notifications that can include images and video clips to show you what's going on. If you need to give a neighbor or contractor emergency access, you can unlock your front door as easily as if you were there in person.

Call us today to see if your system is compatible, or learn about your update options! 866.607.2338.


The smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home are considered the basics- providing the required by law alert to indicate a fire or CO concern, BUT they are only as useful if you are home to hear the alarm. If no one is present at the time of the alert, the property, valuables, and pets are at the mercy of a neighbor or passerby and their ability to alert local emergency authorities quickly.

The safer alternative is to add smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to your monitored Safe-T Security System. For the price of a couple added sensors, Safe-T's professional monitoring service makes the difference between a few minutes of response time and potentially hours.

In the case of CO or smoke inhalation, the occupants of the home often may not be conscious enough to contact local authorities- a Safe-T monitored system removes that risk.  Children, elderly individuals and pets may be unable to contact emergency response services in the event of a home fire or carbon monoxide situation. Safe-T can be their voice.

Not all fires damage the entirety of the home, but if left unattended those fires can potentially impact the majority of the property over time. If quickly acted upon, both the home and personal belongs can be saved in many cases.

Gain peace of mind of knowing whether you are home or away, that your home and its occupants are professionally protected in the event of a fire or CO detection. With our smart home app, you can receive these alerts on your mobile phone.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 84% of fire related deaths are due to home fires. Carbon monoxide kills an average of 400 Americans each year, as reported by US Product Safety Commission office. The risks are real, and we believe the safety of your family is number one.

Safe-T is proud to offer our professional monitoring services, plus the discount offered by most Home Insurance carriers for having a monitored alarm often covers the costs of your monthly monitoring service. Call us today for more information at 866.607.2338.