Holiday Burglaries

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There is a rise in Holiday Burglaries

‘Tis the season to be … burglarized.

In several states, according to the FBI, December is the peak month for holiday burglaries as folks leave homes unattended during the holidays.

In California, for example, there were 21,900 burglaries in December – 18% more than the average month.

Nationally, burglaries peak during the summer vacations, though December is close behind.

In many places, the week following Christmas has the heaviest burglary caseload.

Philadelphians, for example, reported 194 residential burglaries the week starting December 24th. Compared that with an average of 143 for the same period during the following five months.

The post-Christmas burglary jump also holds true for small towns.

Factors Responsible for Burglaries

Many families take off, leaving homes empty — except for all the gifts. And winter storms can make it obvious that nobody’s home.

Criminals drive through neighborhoods looking for places to burglarize. If there’s newly fallen snow that hasn’t been shoveled, they figure the home is empty.

In addition, many townspeople put their beautifully decorated Christmas trees — and all the gift packages stacked beneath them — right at the front of the living room.

Burglars can walk around and window-shop.

The criminals are already aware that homes are filled with loot this time of year — jewelry, televisions, smart phones and computers. Sometimes homeowners advertise what they got for Christmas by putting out for trash collection the empty boxes their gifts came in.

Criminals find out what you got for Christmas.

Daylight offers no deterrent: 65% of these crimes occurred between 6 AM and 6 PM, according to the FBI.

Police solve only about 13% of reported burglaries and do not recover all the goods even when they do nab the criminals. Losses average $1,675 per break-in.

To minimize risk, police advise homeowners to cut up boxes and stuff them into black garbage bags before putting them out for collection.

Being Away on Vacation puts your Home at Risk

And, when you’re on vacation, don’t make it obvious that you’re away. Have someone clear your walk, get your mail and turn lights on and off at different times.

And, be discreet about divulging plans on social media. Not everyone in the world has to know that you’re going to be in Cabo San Lucas for a New Year’s celebration.

Social media is a great thing for people but it’s a great thing for criminals too. Criminals stake out the Internet.

And the best defense of all is a monitored alarm system and/or smart home system from Rendin Alarm in Morton, PA!

Three Months FREE Monitoring

Right now, Rendin Alarm Company if offering Three Months FREE Monitoring when you purchase and have us install a qualifying alarm system. Please call us at (610) 544-5755 for details! To learn more, visit our Services Page.  Please Follow us on FaceBook.

Thank You and Have a Wonderful Holiday Season!

What are You Thankful for?

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Rendin Alarm asks “What are you Thankful for?”

If you asked us “What are You Thankful for?”, we would say our Family, Our Homes and YOU – Our present and potential clients. It is truly a gift to run this business. It is with great pride that we protect you, your family, your businesses and your assets. At Rendin Alarm in Morton, PA, we work extremely hard to ensure we offer the best service, protection and components that money can buy.

The Holidays are Coming, Protect your Assets.

This is the beginning of the gift giving season. It is also the beginning of Holiday Travel Season. Many homeowners are away, many small businesses have given their employees off and that creates opportunity for theft. In order to protect your home, make sure security measures are in place while you are away.

Lock all windows and doors and put your interior lights on a timer. Have a friend or neighbor pick up your mail, take out your trash and park in your driveway. Also, exterior lighting on motion sensors is a great way to scare off would-be intruders. And finally, the best line of defense, install a monitored alarm system from Rendin Alarm Company! There are many options to choose from. Consider smart home technology which provides remote access through cameras, which can be view by any smart device.

Furthermore, smart home technology can integrate with your home or business systems such as lighting, HVAC, powered locks, electric garage doors and so much more! In addition, we can install the Ring Doorbell System and add it to your home’s security package.

Three Months FREE Monitoring

Right now, Rendin Alarm Company if offering Three Months FREE Monitoring when you purchase and have us install a qualifying alarm system. Please call us at (610) 544-5755 for details! To learn more, visit our Services Page.  Please Follow us on FaceBook.

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Free Monitoring for Three Months!

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Free Monitoring for Three Months – Our gift to you!

Exciting Program – Free Monitoring for Three Months!

As the Holidays approach, Rendin Alarm wants to give you the gift of Free Monitoring for THREE MONTHS! Rendin Alarm Company will provide you with Free Monitoring for three months when you purchase and have us install a new alarm system in your home!

Burglars are watching your homes to see if you are away over the Holidays. In addition, these thieves are looking at your trash! Big boxes that once protected your new flat screen TV or Appliances motivate a burglar to rob your home. Furthermore, they look for patterns letting them know when you are home.

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Cut up your boxes and bag them. Don’t tempt the burglars!

Here are some facts about alarm systems.

Common Myths About Burglar Alarms

  • An alarm system is burglarproof.
    • False.  Nothing is burglarproof.
      Alarm Systems work more as a deterrent, but if a burglar wants to smash in a door or break a window, the alarm system can’t stop that.
  • You will never have a false alarm if you purchase the salesman’s alarm system.
    • False.  Any system can produce a false alarm if installed or operated incorrectly.
    • At Renin Alarm Company in Morton, PA, we pride ourselves on quality installations, which are tested thoroughly before put into action.
  • The Police Department endorses a specific alarm company and provides a quicker response because none of their alarms are false.
    • False.  The Police Department does not endorse any company.
    • Although, we are sure they love us!
  • When your alarm is activated, the responding police officers can hear what is going on inside your home over their car radios.
    • False.  The Police Department does not have this technology.
    • But with Smart Home Technology such as Total Connect Remote Access, YOU can!
  • Your alarm is connected directly to the Police Department’s Dispatch Center.
    • False.  There are currently no private alarm systems directly connected to the Police Department’s Dispatch Center.
    • Your alarm system is connected to Rendin Alarm’s Central Monitoring Center and when appropriate, the police will be called and dispatched.
  • Alarm systems reduce crime because the burglars are arrested as a result of your alarm system.
    • False. Less than 1% of alarm calls result in an actual arrest.  Prominently displayed alarm stickers, signs, and an audible alarm can discourage potential burglars from entering your home.
    • Again, alarm systems are a very effective deterrent.  Burglars often see the alarm sign and move on.  But once the alarm sounds and lights go on, they tend to flee.  Keeping them out of your home is the ultimate goal and at Rendin Alarm, we help do just that!

Have a new alarm system in place for the Holidays!

If you need a professional to test your alarm system or you need a home security analysis, please call Rendin Alarm at (6100 544-5755. You can reach out to us on our Contact Page or email us at RAC@rendinalarm.com.

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Test Your Alarm System

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Test Your Alarm System Regularly. You would benefit from a Cellular & Wireless System!

You should test your alarm system regularly – especially if you have a hard-wired system.

Few things are as important as the safety of your own home. Ensuring that your loved ones and property are safe from burglary and other crimes is a top priority.

While passive defenses like walls and fences may deter some burglars, there’s always the risk of a criminal who is willing to go the extra mile to break in. That’s why a home security system is a critical component of keeping your home and family safe.

Home security systems are not all designed with the same capabilities. One of the key factors to consider is whether the alarm monitoring system you are considering is cellular-based or landline-based.

So without a cellular or wireless system, it is critical that you test your alarm system regularly!

Cellular vs Wireless

You might have encountered the terms “cellular” and “wireless” when researching security systems. While both cellular and wireless security systems are characterized by a lack of wires, they are fundamentally different when it comes to home security.

When the term “wireless” is used in a home security context, it means that the sensors and the control panel are linked wirelessly via radio waves instead of physical wires in your home.Wireless systems allow for a more flexible, convenient setup of monitoring devices. They also ensure that the sensor network will not be vulnerable to the same wire-cutting security risk that plagues landline-based systems.

“Cellular,” on the other hand, refers to how the control panel communicates with your security company’s alarm monitoring center. Cellular-based security systems use mobile cellular networks (instead of a landline phone) to contact the monitoring station in an emergency situation.

The ideal security system combines both concepts—a wireless alarm system with cellular alarm monitoring. This completely wireless system is more convenient and reliable than one that relies on wires.

If you need a professional to test your alarm system or you need a home security analysis, please call Rendin Alarm at (6100 544-5755. You can reach out to us on our Contact Page or email us at RAC@rendinalarm.com.

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Wireless vs Cellular Alarm Systems

Wireless vs Cellular

Let’s talk about wireless vs Cellular. Today more and more businesses have switched over to Voice Over IP systems.  But in the event that those powered systems go down due to a power outage, your alarm system will not work.  You are at your most vulnerable when your power is out, you don’t want the added risk of no alarm.  So you need to switch to a cellular radio network.  Rendin Alarm can help.  We want you to think about scenarios such as pets left home alone.  In the event of a gas leak or carbon monoxide leak when the system is down, they are at risk.

Wireless vs Cellular Alarm Systems
Honeywell Wireless Alarm System.

Honeywell Wireless Alarm System.

In the context of home security systems, a distinction is made between wireless and cellular in order to differentiate the transfer of alarm signals within the home with how signals are sent from the home to the outside.

  • ‘Wireless’ refers to the communications method inside the home between the sensors and the control panel.
  • ‘Cellular’ pertains to the wireless approach used to send signals from the control panel to the outside such as to the monitoring station or to a smart device.

To clarify further: Inside the home, communications between the alarm system’s sensors and control panel are either wired or wireless. When an alarm is triggered, the control panel can be set up to contact the monitoring station through a landline phone or internet connection; or, wirelessly via cellular links. A home security system is said to be fully wireless then if it is ‘wireless with cellular monitoring’.Let’s break it down:

What’s Wireless?

In a wired set-up, communication is done via wires which run through the power supply, control panel and sensors. In a wireless home security system, information is not transferred through wires or cables. Alarm signals are transmitted wirelessly between the different sensors and the control panel using proprietary radio frequencies. Proprietary? meaning that the system has a frequency different from other wireless devices so that they do not interfere each other.

What’s Cellular?

Cellular refers to the wireless approach to sending an alarm signal from the control panel to the outside. Many home security companies now offer the option of cellular monitoring with their wireless systems. With this type of monitoring, a cellular module is built-in to the control panel so that when the alarm goes off, the panel immediately sends a signal to the monitoring station using cellular and radio-based technology, the same way that text messages are sent.

Cellular pertains also to communications between the security system and a smart device. For example, the control unit can be programmed to send text alerts to the homeowner’s smartphone to report system activity.

Wireless with Cellular Monitoring

A fully wireless home security system ?a wireless alarm set-up inside the home plus cellular monitoring — is considered a best of both worlds scenario. Together in one package, they leverage each other’s strengths:

  • Easy to install and use.
  • More reliable, faster data transmission since the control panel operates like a cellphone on a network dedicated to the home alarm system.
  • The cellular network, through smartphone and tablet applications, allows a homeowner to be constantly connected in real time to the alarm system and to other integrated home automation functions.
  • Safer with no power and phone lines for potential intruders to cut to disable the system.
  • Less vulnerable to power outages which affect wired set-ups.

For more information, Contact Us at (610) 544-5755 or for more information, visit our Services Page. you may email us at RAC@rendinalarm.com. Please follow us on Facebook.

Smoke Detectors and Fire Safety

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Carbon Monoxide Detector

Safety messages about smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.

  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement. Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
  • People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
  • Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan.

     Smoke alarm safety tips

          When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.

Your ability to get out of your house during a fire depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.

  • Get everyone in your household together and make a home escape plan (PDF, 1.1 MB). Walk through your home and look for two ways out of every room.
  • Make sure escape routes are clear of debris and doors and windows open easily. Windows with security bars or grills should have an emergency release device.
  • Plan an outside meeting place where everyone will meet once they have escaped. A good meeting place is something permanent, like a tree, light pole, or mailbox a safe distance in front of the home.
  • If there are infants, older adults, family members with mobility limitations or children who do not wake to the sound of the smoke alarm, make sure that someone is assigned to assist them in the event of an emergency.
  • If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Respond quickly – get up and go, remember to know two ways out of every room, get yourself outside quickly, and go to your outside meeting place with your family.

Monitored Alarm Systems

Ensure your Family’s or Employees’ safety with a monitored alarm system from Rendin Alarm!  CAll us today for more information at (610)544-5755 or email us at RAC@rendinalarm.com.  Thank You and Be Safe!

New Year – Safe Year

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Resolve to be safer in 2019!

Happy New Year from Rendin Alarm Company! We wish you a safe, healthy and prosperous 2019! We all make resolutions at New Years. Many are for healthy changes, such as weight loss and exercises. Also, work and financial achievements are common. Furthermore, we resolve to travel more, spend more time with Family and friends. But to we ever resolve to be SAFER?

Alarm Systems for Your Home or Business

The single most effective way to protect your Home, Business, Family and Employees is with an alarm system from Rendin Alarm Company. Our systems and monitoring centers ensure your most valued assets are safe. You can choose remote security with our Total Connect service, which allows you to monitor your property from anywhere via your smart phone, computer or tablet.

Protect your business from fire with our fire alarm systems. Or protect your inventory with Cameras, motion sensors and point of entry alarms.

Regardless of what aspect of your life needs protection, Rendin Alarm Company has you covered! You will benefit from peace of mind knowing your valued possessions and those you care for are protected. Most insurance Companies offer discounts for a secured dwelling as well.

Free Consultation

We would love to speak with you and assess your needs! Call Rendin Alarm Company today at (610) 544-5755 for your free consultation or email us for more information.

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Have a SAFE Holiday!

Happy Holidays from Rendin Alarm!

“One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure!”

Home Security 

The Holidays are a joyous season for many and people who celebrate and those who don’t all take advantage of the Holiday shopping bargains!  But during the Holidays, the thieves are having a joyous season as well. Holiday Home Burglaries are on the Rise. It is a shame that there are such risks out there, but it’s a cruel fact of life.  So here are a few tips from Rendin Alarm Company, which can help you reduce your risk of having Holiday Home Burglaries this Season.

Don’t advertise what you bought!

It is awesome that you got that new flat screen TV, the new laptop, camera, tablet and mixer.  And guess what?  Burglars also think it’s awesome!  So what you should do is invest in a small box cutter and break down your packaging into manageable pieces, which can fit into a plastic recycling bag.  This way, no one will be tempted by what they see is new in your home.

Don’t leave ’em in the dark!

Are you going away for the Holidays?  Make sure you have your lights on a timer.  This gives the impression of someone being home. Keep your exterior lights on in the front back and sides of your home.  The more light that covers your property, the less likely a burglar is to risk being seen and the easier it will be to prevent Holiday Home Burglaries.

Have your packages delivered to your workplace!

Theft of deliveries is becoming more common than ever.  Individuals are more brazen than ever when it comes to stealing items from front porches and stoops.  It is a good idea to have close neighbors who may be at home to receive your deliveries.  But if that can’t happen, ask your boss if you can have your packages delivered to you at work.  This way, deliveries are usually made during business hours and you can ensure you are getting them.

Avoid Holiday Home Burglaries. Call Rendin for a Consultation!

Call Rendin Alarm Company (https://rendinalarm.com) today at 610-544-5755 to find out about getting an alarm system for your home.  There is no better deterrent to a home invasion than a properly installed alarm system with 24-hour monitoring and a prominently displayed Rendin Alarm Company Logo!  You can also fill out the form below and a Rendin Alarm Representative will get back to you promptly.

Thank you and have a SAFE Holiday Season!

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VoIP and Alarm Systems Don’t Play Well Together!

Do Home Alarm Systems Work with VoIP?

It depends on the security system and the VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) provider. The two most important considerations are the way that your VoIP security system communicates with the monitoring center, and how the VoIP service gets power.Many security systems depend on standard telephone lines to connect to the monitoring center. Alarm system signals travel as a “sound” along copper wire, just like the buzzing noise of a fax machine or dial-up modem.

VoIP Systems Don’t work Well with Alarm Systems

VOIP is more like a broadband connection; your voice is converted into digital data at your home and “streamed” over your Internet connection to the listener at the other end. Each VoIP provider uses slightly different technology to accomplish this, not all of which are compatible with every security system. The signal sent out by your VoIP service may not be recognized by the monitoring center as an alarm signal.

Compared to standard phone lines (often known as POTS, for Plain Old Telephone Service) VoIP has another critical consideration: backup power. When you lose electrical power to your home, by natural causes, or intentionally caused by intruders, any device without battery backup will be useless. Any professional security system will have its own dedicated battery backup for just such a situation, and standard phone lines work just fine without power, but most homes don’t have a similar backup for their digital phones or Internet connections.

VoIP phones depend on that Internet connection, and cutting off the electricity will cut off power to the modem or router that connects you to the Internet. This isn’t just a drawback of VoIP security systems; all digital telephones depend on your home’s electrical power. This includes any digital phone service that you get from your Internet, cable or telephone provider, as well as standard phones that offer wireless or answering machine features.

To ensure your safety, most security system providers keep an updated database of the telephone providers in your area. Fully compatible telephone providers are given the status of qualified Managed Facility Voice Network (MFVN). Other VoIP security systems may require additional equipment for battery or communication backup, such as a cellular option or dedicated powered network connection.

Call Rendin Alarm today to find out how a Cellular / IP Radio System will work for your home.

Protect you Family Property and Assets with Surveillance Cameras

Surveillance Cameras

Today’s surveillance cameras’ technologies makes it easier than ever to keep an eye on your most valuable assets.  Whether you need to protect your Family, Employees, Merchandise, Equipment, Facilities or Land, Digital Surveillance Cameras are the ultimate tool.  Rendin Alarm Company in Morton, PA installs, maintains digital surveillance cameras and provides the monitoring software to network them.  Our Remote Access Systems allow you to monitor your assets from anywhere with your smart phone, computer or tablet.  Here is a sampling of our product lines:

Hikvision Value Plus Series and Value Series

Hikvision announces a new line of cameras featuring its latest compression technology: H.265+ (page 22). This advanced compression captures surveillance video using a decreased bitrate, reducing bandwidth requirements and storage costs. Hikvision’s H.265+ is a truly optimized encoding technology based on the standard H.265/HEVC compression, extending the limits of ultra-HD video surveillance applications. This new line of cameras includes 2-, 3-, 5- and 8-MP resolution models. Also new is the improved IR technology EXIR 2.0 along with new low-light technology, 120 dB WDR, Smart analytics, and IP67 protection. Hikvision continues to advance industry technology with the Art of Video Surveillance.

Flir Video Systems

FLIR Systems, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and distributes technologies that enhance perception and awareness. Flir brings innovative sensing solutions into daily life through their thermal imaging, visible-light imaging, video analytics, measurement and diagnostic, and advanced threat detection systems.

FLIR offers a diversified portfolio that serves a number of applications in government & defense, industrial, and commercial markets. Their products help first responders and military personnel protect and save lives, promote efficiency within the trades, and innovate consumer-facing technologies. FLIR strives to strengthen public safety and well-being, increase energy and time efficiency, and contribute to healthy and intelligent communities.

Honeywell Video Systems

Honeywell’s redefined IP cameras feature a simplified user interface with full integration to recording devices with new technology that makes checking the status of your system faster and easier. Designed to meet your customer’s security needs, Honeywell’s equIP and HDZ cameras along with MAXPRO NVRs integrate to Honeywell and third party products for a complete, fully integrated IP solution.