When to Know if Your Small Business Needs Security.

You may be thinking, I’m not a large business with multiple facilities or a large number of employees, why would I need to invest in video surveillance system? Well, don’t underestimate your business and the benefits a video surveillance system can have on success and safety of your business.

To help you make the decision, consider the following:

Inventory or assets

  • Restaurants– keep an eye on how busy the kitchen is, how many seats are being filled and food storage areas.
  • Store rooms or Warehouses– Be aware of assets kept in low-traffic areas, are they safe from damages or other risks?
  • Office buildings- Protect the computers, equipment, personal files or important documents during and after hours.


  • Consider the safety of your employees, are they ever working alone? They may appreciate the safety of having someone watching out for them if something were to happen.
  • Performance of your business is directly related to the performance of your employees, be confident in knowing they are staying on task with video surveillance.


The type of video surveillance system depends on the location of your building, the entrances to the building, the amount of foot traffic, parking lot and layout. All these items will be discussed with a professional security consultant to help you make the best decision for your business.

Your capabilities

You are a business owner and a very busy person, you can’t be in all places at once to make sure everything runs smoothly. You want to keep an eye on your business but can’t be there 24/7. Monitor your business remotely from any location using an app like Total Connect and video doorbells. If your business is important to you, consider stepping up your security with video surveillance and have a sense of relief in knowing you can check on your business from any location.

Custom Alarm provides video surveillance systems and security solutions to businesses of all sizes and capabilities. We can create a comprehensive and unique surveillance system to help you protect your business. Call us today at 507.288.5522 or fill out the form to learn more about what we can do for you.



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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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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5 Easy Steps to a Custom Security System

Have you been stressing over what security company to pick to protect your family? We know this is a tough decision and one you shouldn’t take lightly. So we are here to help you, we have created 5 simple steps to smarter security.

  1. Schedule a FREE security analysis – click here or call us at 507.288.5522 and we will send a security consultant out to your home.
  2. You talk, we listen – talk to your security consultant about all of your security wants and needs.
  3. Home survey – our security consultant will walk with you through your home to see what solutions will be best for you and where they should be placed throughout your home.
  4. Options – we have three main security packages, but each of them are customizable to fit your budget, needs, and wants.
  5. We install and protect you 24/7 – no need to worry about your security system, we have friendly, trained professionals that will take care of everything. We will also train you how to use your new security system and we are available 24/7 for anything you may need.

We take home security very serious, but we also want to make it as easy for you as possible. So what are you waiting for? Give us a call today for a FREE, no obligation, security analysis.

The Smartest 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.

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Save Money with a Smart Thermostat

Have you been looking for ways to save money on home energy costs? Did you know that heating and cooling account for nearly 50% of your home’s energy costs? A smart thermostat offers smart home automation and will help you control your energy bill. Here are 5 ways that a smart thermostat can benefit YOU!

  1. Smart Comfort – You can now program your thermostat to adjust based on your daily activities. Do you always leave the house at 7AM and get home around 5PM? Set your thermostat to turn down while you are out of the home and turn back up prior to you getting home.
  2. Smart Control – Have you ever left for a week long trip, only to realize you left the thermostat all the way up? No problem, with a  smart thermostat you can control your thermostat anytime, anywhere as long as you have a connected smart phone, tablet, or desktop.
  3. Smart Display – There is a large, easy-to-read display so you will never have to guess the temperature. You can also use your smart thermostat as a real time clock in addition, if you prefer.
  4. Smart Savings – The whole point of a smart thermostat is to help save you money on your bill by nudging you towards energy-savings settings. When you are in control of your thermostat wherever you are, saving money is easy.
  5. Smart Choice – Custom Alarm is here to help you and right now (until the end of March 2017) we are offering a FREE SMART THERMOSTAT with any purchase of a new security system. Want to take advantage of this deal? Click here to request a free, no obligation, security analysis.

Special Offer

Are you looking to make your home a smart home? Take advantage of our free camera offer with any new security system.

This camera not only makes your home smart, but lets you control your security, automation system, view live video, and receive important email and video notifications on mobile devices anytime, anywhere. Are you ready to advance the quality of your life with smart home automation? Take advantage of the offer from now until the end of February 2017.

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Taking Advantage of Snapchat’s QR code reader

We’ve all seen QR codes, those Rorschach-like next gen barcodes.  If you’re like me, you’ve never paid them a second thought.  But they are powerful tools, packing a ton of information into a tiny amount of space, allowing websites to be scanned, linked and shared instantly with a smart phone, provided you have a QR code reader.  And almost everyone does, but they don’t realize it. Continue reading “Taking Advantage of Snapchat’s QR code reader”

What the 2G to 4G conversion means for you

The 2G sunset is coming soon, and my guess is that most of you have no idea what that phrase even means.  That’s okay.  In an ideal world, you’d never need to know.  Unfortunately, we don’t live in an ideal world.  So we’ve written this blog to cover everything you need to know about the 2G to 4G conversion we’re undergoing right now, and how it affects you.

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