What is National Night Out?

This year marks the 34th annual National Night Out sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and local law enforcement.

National Night Out is a crime prevention event. Over 38.3 million people in more than 16,728 communities including Rochester, Olmsted County and SE Minnesota are expected to join forces on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 to promote police-community partnerships, crime and drug prevention awareness, safety and neighborhood unity.

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5 Summer Staycation Ideas

Who doesn’t enjoy family vacations? Vacationing doesn’t always have to be time consuming.  No need to take extra time off of work or even leave the comfort of your own home. Here are a few ideas to save you money and time but still enjoy quality family time!

  1.  Camping

Find a local campground and pitch a tent for the weekend. Most campgrounds include outdoor activities providing ample entertainment for the duration of your stay including beaches, fishing docks, hiking trails, nature programs, etc… If you aren’t that adventurous or have limited time available, pitching a tent in the backyard or living room will suffice! Microwave s’mores still taste delicious! Continue reading “5 Summer Staycation Ideas”

What are your pets really doing?

Does your dog really stay off the couch when you’re not home?  Is your cat getting on the counter the minute you walk out the door?

More than half of US households have a pet in the home, and to many of us, they’re part of the family.  It’s natural that we should be curious about their secret lives when we aren’t around.  And now, technology is making it easier than ever to keep an eye on them, and make sure they’re safe. Continue reading “What are your pets really doing?”

Does the star really mean anything?

Today I wandered around our office in search of something sweet and when I saw an orange tootsie pop, my eyes lit up like the Fourth of July. I quickly grabbed one and scampered off to my desk like a child that just found the last treat and didn’t want to share. I took the wrapper off and I saw it, the infamous star on the outside of my wrapper. I was instantly brought back to my childhood days of begging my parents for money, so I could walk down to the gas station for a summer treat with my friends. That moment you found the star, the moment you felt like the Queen or King of the world (image below to show true excitement). Continue reading “Does the star really mean anything?”

5 Safety Tips for Memorial Day

  1. Soaking up some rays – the sun always feels good after our brutal Mid-West winters, but protecting your skin from harmful rays is extremely important. So make sure you don’t forget the sunscreen, as skin can become severely burned in just a few hours in the sun, which can increase your risk of skin cancer in the long run. In addition to remembering the sunscreen, you can also bring your own shade by grabbing an umbrella or a large hat.
  2. Just keep swimming, just keep swimming – for the past couple of weeks we have seen temperatures in the 80’s so hopefully the last Monday of May will provide us with plenty of sunshine to take a dip in the pool. However, before dipping your toe in or going all out in a cannon ball, make sure you know who is going to be watching the little ones in your group. There might be lifeguards on duty, but it is always a good practice to have an extra set of eyes.
  3. Hot dogs, hamburgers, and steak oh my – we all know that the smell of a grill just screams summertime, but make sure that your “Grill Master” is properly protected. Be sure to clean the grill before use and make sure that everything is in proper working order. After grilling be sure to make sure that coals are completely put out and that the propane is turned off.
  4. As some would say, “no great story ever started with a water” – so if you plan to partake in drinking, be sure you plan your designated driver at the beginning of the day. Having fun is great, but also making sure that you are safe is key.
  5. Lock it up – be sure to lock up your home before you head out for the day or weekend. As many people head out of town neighborhoods can become empty and it’s important to make sure that not only your family is protected for the day, but also all your precious valuables you left at home.

Custom Alarm Helps Rochester be A Litter Bit Better

At Custom Alarm, we believe in helping out the community that we live in, so this year we had a company wide initiative to help make Rochester A Litter Bit Better. We started out the day with a company lunch and then hit the trails for the rest of the afternoon to collect as much garbage as we could. To make things more interesting, we had a friendly competition to see which group could collect the most bags of garbage and the find the most unique item. Continue reading “Custom Alarm Helps Rochester be A Litter Bit Better”

Did I remember to shut the garage door?

Warmer weather is coming which means you will be spending more and more time outside with your family. Most families use the garage as the main point of entry into the house and tend to leave it open so they have easy access to toys, chairs, and any other items need to enjoy the Minnesota sun. However the garage is where you house some of your most expensive and resellable possessions –– and yet, it can be a security blind spot in many homes. And even worse, it can provide easy access to your home and loved ones.  Learn how to make your garage more secure in just 7 steps:

1. Cover Your Windows

When burglars can see all your high-value tools, vehicles, and other resellable items, they’re much more motivated to break in and steal them. Prevent them from peeking by covering your glass with sheer curtains or translucent film to let light in but keep eyes out! Continue reading “Did I remember to shut the garage door?”