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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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.


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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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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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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