Curious About Crime in Rochester, MN? Stay Informed.

Rochester, MN has regularly been ranked one of the best places to live in the U.S. by organizations like Money Magazine and Livability. Custom Alarm is privileged to call such a dynamic city home!

Our community has a lot of tools to keep each other safe.

1. Our favorite tool is SpotCrime, courtesy of KAAL and Custom Alarm.

With this tool, you can see recent crime incidents in the Rochester area on an interactive map:

SpotCrime with Custom Alarm

Simply click on the incident icon for more information about the crime:

SpotCrime with Custom Alarm

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2. Another great local safety tool is Crime Alerts from CopTalk Live.

The Rochester Police Department Crime Prevention Unit delivers crime reports straight to your inbox every morning. These reports include all incidents from the previous day, including the time they occurred and their location. (If you’re curious, you can request more information about an incident by inquiring with the incident number.)

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The Coolest Doorbell You’ve Ever Seen

Have you ever had your voicemail fill up to its storage capacity? No one can leave a message. All of a sudden, you don’t know who’s called, when they were trying to talk with you, or what they wanted.

Not having SkyBell at your front door is kind of like having a full voicemail. With a traditional doorbell, you have no idea who is at your front door when you’re not home. You don’t know when they arrived or why they came to visit.

Continue reading “The Coolest Doorbell You’ve Ever Seen”

7 Garage Security Tips

The garage. It’s 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:

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 “7 Garage Security Tips”

How Smart is Your House?

Do you remember the 1999 Disney Channel original movie Smart House? A teen computer whiz programs his house to respond to his every command.

Home automation

Guess what? In less than two decades, we’ve made home automation possible in ways Disney only dreamed of back in 1999. (But we promise your house won’t become a sentient being and turn against you.)

Here are 8 real-life home automation tools we use at Custom Alarm: Continue reading “How Smart is Your House?”

6 Ways to Childproof Your Home

New baby in the house? Toddler starting to get into cupboards she shouldn’t? These simple security devices will help keep your little ones safe.

1. Outlet Protectors

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, nearly 7 children are treated in hospital emergency rooms each day for electrical shock or burn injuries caused by tampering with a wall outlet. Let’s keep those little fingers safe! Invest in simple outlet protectors to protect your child. Continue reading “6 Ways to Childproof Your Home”

5 Summer Staycation Destinations

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 Destinations”