My life is too busy to worry about…

Locking my doors, shutting my garage door, putting the bikes away, rolling up my car windows, locking my car doors outside, leaving packages on the front step… and so on. Does this sound like something YOU would say?  The good news is, you are NOT alone, the bad news is, you are NOT alone.

In today’s fast-paced, always-on-the-go world we all live in, and some of us thrive in, we often overlook the simple things in our lives that can help keep us, our family, our valuables, and homes safe and secure. What can you do about it? A LOT!

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Why Local Security Companies Matter!

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When choosing home security companies, you can either go with a large national company or a smaller, local business. Choosing a local company has several advantages that you should consider before signing a making this important decision and signing a contract, and here are just 5 reasons why. 

#1. They have a better understanding of local security needs

Who knows the type of threats you face better than someone who lives and works in the same area? Here at Custom Alarm, we are very familiar with the types of security issues homeowners and local businesses must deal with, and are therefore, in the best position to recommend the best system to fit your needs.

#2. You can count on better customer service

Local home security companies rely on their reputation to help them attract new customers and keep their existing ones. This means that you are likely to receive better service than if you partner with a national firm. An added bonus is the fact that you can talk to a representative directly rather than calling a toll-free number and being rerouted numerous times. The relationship doesn’t start and end when you sign the paperwork.

#3. You can visit the facility in person

One of the best ways to learn more about a business is to visit it in person. That may be hard to do if you purchase a security system from a company whose headquarters is some 200 to 2000 miles away. We always invite people to stop by our location any time to learn more about our products and services and get answers to their most pressing home security questions. We are open and welcome all to visit and ask questions.

#4. Local home security companies provide faster support

Should you experience a service interruption, your primary concern is to get your system up and running as soon as possible. Larger companies often have longer wait times because they have only a few technicians that must be dispatched from some distance away. Local companies on the other hand have service technicians nearby who can react to problems quickly, ensuring you encounter as little downtime as possible. Local companies have their entire team in your area to support your area.

#5. It helps your community

Buying locally is good for your economy, and keeps valuable tax dollars right in your own community. As such, you are helping those around you obtain good-paying jobs, while making it possible for local agencies to have the funding they need for roads, schools, bridges, and other infrastructure. Local companies are often immersed in the community by giving back through talent, time, and financial ways. Local companies typically want to see their community grow and prosper and that includes helping non-profits with the work they are doing as well.

As you can see, purchasing from local, home security companies has several advantages. Here at Custom Alarm, we provide the same type of systems as our national competitors, but offer a better response time and more personalized service. There are several home security companies in Rochester, MN but none compete with our level of customer service and care. Please contact us today to find out more!

 

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.