Home Invasions…Don’t be the Next Target.

Steps to protect your valuables.

A burglary occurs approximately every 20 seconds in the United States. That adds up to almost 180 per hour and 4,320 a day. According to the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, in 2016 burglaries of residential properties accounted for 69.5 percent of all burglary offenses. These are alarming statistics and something you don’t want to spend time worrying about.

When you hear it on the news then you start to worry about your home, but why not be proactive and implement ways to protect your home and family before your neighborhood is in the news?

Follow these simple steps to improve the security of your home and reduce the temptation for a burglar:

Secure the Entrances of Your Home

Easy access points for burglars should be secure. Front and back doors, windows on the lower level and garage doors are common places of entrance. Make sure to keep windows locked, place a wooden dowel for extra protection on slider windows or patio doors. Have a deadbolt on front and back doors. Change your locks if you misplace your keys, even if you find them. You never know if someone made a copy while they weren’t in your possession.

Make Your Home Look Occupied

Believe it or not, the majority of home burglaries take place during daylight hours between 10 am and 3 pm, not at night. This is when most people are at work or school, allowing burglars to enter and not be caught by the homeowner.

Set timers on your lights or TV during the day to give the appearance of someone inside. If there’s a car at home, leave it in the driveway.

Hide Valuables

Keep valuables out of view from windows and open areas. Burglars look for homes that are easy targets and can enter, get what they want and leave in less than 10 minutes. Think of creative locations to hide items instead of the usual places like drawers, freezer and under the mattress.

Have a child? They are less likely to spend time in a children’s room because they assume valuables aren’t in there, hide valuables in unlikely places in the room.

Try to Burglarize Your Own Home

Why not? This will show your weak spots in the home. If you are able to break in, it’s that much easier for a professional burglar. Can you get in your doors or windows? What do you see first when you enter that is valuable? Consider making changes based off your findings.

Consider a Home Security System

Why not have peace of mind? Throw your worries out the door when you secure your home with a professionally installed, locally monitored security system. Most insurance companies will reward you with a discount for a home security system.

You can have as little or as much as you want built to meet your individual needs. Be proactive and learn how Custom Alarm can help you protect your valuables and loved ones.

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Security… A New Year’s Resolution You Can Keep!

The new year is upon us and it’s that time where we make New Year’s Resolutions to live by but end up failing a week or a month later. Well, fail no longer! We have an idea you can and should stick with… home and/or business security!

Are you a homeowner or a business owner or maybe both? Are you protecting those assets from the unwanted mishaps? No worries, 2018 is the year for you and here’s how you can meet your 2018 resolution goal…

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Total Connect… Control your Home or Business in the Palm of your Hand.

Are you currently a Total Connect user? Have you noticed the recent updates? Total Connect is what allows customers to control their home and business security solutions through any mobile, tablet, or PC device with internet access. Custom Alarm Total Connect is a secure application which allows our valued customers the ability to arm/disarm, receive notifications, view cameras, control automation devices and many more aspects.

What are the Updates you ask?

The most noticeable update users see when using Total Connect is the new look. This new design features a simple layout and color scheme throughout. The menu structure and icons are more visually appealing for each of the features.

All Total Connect customers should have access to the update via www.totalconnect2.com or by downloading the new app in the app store on your mobile device. If you are having issues, please call Custom Alarm to help guide you through the update at 507.288.5522.


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HO, HO, HOme Safety & Security for the Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year full of holiday cheer and Christmas miracles; it all seems so magical, that’s what the cheesy holiday movies portray, right? But are you prepared for the unwanted visitors and mishaps? The holidays are one of the most likely times for a home break-in. Don’t let the unwanted happen to you, instead enjoy each moment worry-free by following a few security tips.

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Holiday Shopping Online? Enjoy Worry-Free Home Deliveries!

If you are like me, you’ve already started your holiday shopping or at least created a list of what to buy. (Cue the holiday music) If you haven’t, that’s ok, like others you may be the last-minute shoppers. Either way, if you are shopping online this holiday season you will be receiving plenty of deliveries at your front door.

Are you always home for those deliveries or able to get to the door? No worries, here’s one thing you’ll want on your Christmas list, the Skybell Video Doorbell!

You may be thinking, “What’s that and why is it on my list?”

Custom Alarm uses Skybell doorbell technology to keep you and your family safe! Skybell’s unique technology allows you to see, hear and speak to any visitor at your door.

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Is your home ready for winter?

Fall and winter may mean shorter days and unbearable cold weather for most of us. But there’s also something comforting about the need to hunker down and cozy-up by the fire.

At least, that’s how it could or should be, provided you take some sensible precautions to protect your home and family from the challenges of the seasons. We’ve had a taste of the change in temperature and the fluffy snow we all love so much! If you haven’t yet, don’t forget to follow these steps. A proactive approach will be less costly than a reactive one.

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Are you ready for a Spook-tacular Halloween?!

Halloween is right around the corner and for kids this is an exciting time full of treats, ghoulish games, cute costumes, glowing Jack O’ Lanterns and spookiness! For parents, all the fun and excitement can come with many safety concerns for your loved ones whether it be while you or your kids are out and about or at your home. Be sure to talk to your kids about safety and prepare your home or business from the true goblins hiding behind all the ghostly fun!

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Ever worry about a fire in your home or business?

October 8-14 is National Fire Prevention Week. Celebrated to bring awareness to the public about the importance of fire prevention and how you and your family can take steps to stay safe.

In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.

This year’s theme is “Every Second Counts: ‘Plan 2 Ways Out!” This reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan.

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Are you a good Neighbor? 5 Steps to being a great Neighbor.

You strive to be a good neighbor, taking care of your homes appearance, you avoid disturbances to the neighborhood and say hi to the lady next door.

Did you know there is a day for you? National Good Neighbor Day is September 28. Proclaimed by President Jimmy Carter in 1978, it’s served as a day of gratitude and community building.

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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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