Home (Security) for the Holidays!

This Holiday Season, give Yourself the Gift of Security!

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Home Security for the Holidays

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even your pets because you are away and the Dog’s in the kennel.  But then at the back there arose such a clatter, a burglar arrives with a crowbar and ladder.   And he’s gonna’ see if he can’t ruin your Holidays!

The Holiday season is prime time for burglaries.  Robbers know your home probably has nice new expensive gifts still in their boxes and they have been casing your neighborhood and know you are away.  So what can you do to protect your home?  Rendin Alarm in Morton, PA has the answers!

Install outside lighting around your home (But don’t forget that most burglaries happen during the day when neighbors are at work).
Prominently display your Rendin Alarm Security Sign!
Install timers on indoor lighting.
Make sure all windows and doors on every level are securely locked.
Have neighbors get your mail or have it stopped at the Post Office.
Install Security Cameras Outside.
Install Security Cameras, Motion sensors and point of entry sensors inside your home.
Enlist a wireless system with Smart Home Remote Total Access.

Call Rendin Alarm today at (610)544-5755 for a free no-obligation consultation.  We will assess your needs, review your options and make sure all your questions are answered.

It may seem early to start thinking of the Holidays, but at Rendin Alarm Company, it’s never too early to think about security for your home, business and Family!

Home Invasion Statistics

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Home Invasion Statistics – Be Aware!

Below you will find some pretty alarming statistics.  It is NOT our intention to scare you, but rather to arm you with information, which will help you when considering and alarm system for your home.  Being in a great neighborhood does not exempt you from being robbed.  In fact, savvy criminals will choose homes in more affluent neighborhoods to burglarize because of the higher value of goods inside.

Home Invasion Crime Statistics and Facts:

  • According to a United States Department of Justice report:
    • 38% of assaults & 60% of rapes occur during home invasions.
    • Over 2,000,000 homes will experience a break-in or burglary this year.
  • There are over 4,500 home burglaries per day in the United States.
  • The average number of home invasions per year was 1,030,000 between 1994 and 2010.

Whether it is workplace violence, home invasions, car jacking, armed robbery, rape, identity theft or any of a number of other crimes, YOU need to take control and arm yourself with the best available preventive measures.

Contrary to popular belief, most burglaries do not occur at night at all. Instead, 65% of burglaries occur between 6am and 6pm. Most burglars do not want to risk encountering someone so they will try your home when you’re most likely to be at work. The most common hours for a burglary to occur are between 10am-3pm.  Below are a few tip, which can help keep you and your family safer.

  1. Know what thieves are commonly after.
  2. Stay locked up.
  3. Be suspicious of door knockers and telemarketers.
  4. Don’t let people know your vacation plans.
  5. Store your valuables in a safe. …
  6. Install an alarm and motion-detecting outdoor lights. …
  7. Get a dog.

For more information, call Rendin Alarm Company in Morton, PA today at (610) 544-5755 or email us at RAC@rendinalarm.com.

 

Thank you!  Be safe!

Remote Alarm Systems – Total Connect

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Total Connect Remote Access

Smart Home Technology – Total Connect Remote Access

Have you ever been out and wondered if everything is OK at home?  Did I leave the lights on?  Are the kids OK?  Are they having a party?!  With Honeywell Total Connect, you have access to your home or business from where ever you are!

With Honeywell’s software and Rendin Alarm Company in Morton, PA, you have a winning combination.  Let Rendin install a Honeywell Total Connect System in YOUR home or business and you can keep an eye on your inventory, home or loved ones any time you want!

Smart Home Technology

Honeywell Total Connect

Honeywell Total Connect® Remote Services offers smart home and business solutions for consumers. With our app, users can remotely control their home or small business anytime, anywhere. Users may control their security system, video cameras, thermostats, lighting, locks and more. Receive event notifications on activity, view live video, see, hear, and speak to visitors at the front door using compatible smart devices, and use voice control for security—anytime, anywhere on iPhone®, iPad® or Android™ devices. And, our website offers a sleek web experience and convenient access from any mobile device – no app needed.

For more information, visit our Total Connect page.

It’s scary out there, folks.  But Rendin Alarm Company is concerned for your well being and we will be attentive to your concerns and will match you with the system that address those needs.  Our technicians are the best in the industry and our support is second to none.  When you are looking for “an alarm company near me”, look no further than to Rendin Alarm Company.  Call Rendin Alarm Company in Morton, Delaware County, PA today at (610) 544-5755 for a consultation.  Or email us at RAC@rendinalarm.com. Thank you!

Common Myths about Burglar Alarms

Alarm Facts

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There are many misconceptions that people have about alarm systems.  Let’s review a few and thanks to the Stockton Police department for compiling these facts!

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!

Burglaries Rise in the Summer!

Happy 4th of July!

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Most Burglaries Happen in the Summer During the Day!

When we think of a burglar, most of us think of a man in all black clothing sneaking into our house at the dead of night. Decades of movies have built up this image of a burglar: a man in a ski cap, sneaking into your house with through a window. This image, however, is not accurate. Most burglars use the front door. It might surprise you that most burglaries do not happen when you would expect them to: many are in the summer during the day! Now that you know how burglars break in, let’s look at when they break in. We’ve gathered some facts about when burglaries most commonly occur, so you can make sure you’re protected and that your home security is ready!

Don’t Let Your Mail Pile Up!

Summer is a care-free time. Shoes come off, windows fly open and vacation days are taken. As we finally relax, we often let our guards down. July and August are the months with the most break-ins. Knowing this, make sure you take steps to protect your home when you’re away during the summer- whether it’s for the afternoon or the month. With the hot weather, windows may accidentally be left open. Now that the garden is growing and your in and out of your shed more often, it may not be locked as it once was. Often your house may be empty, as you and your family are away on vacation. When you leave your home, always make sure that all doors and windows are closed and locked, including any outbuildings like a shed in your yard. Make sure you only have your garage door open when you’re out front. Never leave the door open. This is an easy access point for potential burglars!

 

Keep your yard well maintained and put away any toys or tools that may be lying about. A unkempt yard is a good sign that your home may be vacant. If you’re leaving town, ask a neighbor to mind your yard, and clear away any advertisements, papers or leaflets at your door. It’s also a good idea to ask them to occasionally move their car to your driveway! This way your house looks occupied. In addition, make sure the ringer on your land line telephone is set to low and that you place a hold on your mail. You can do that by clicking HERE.

Broad Daylight Burglaries

65% of burglaries occur between 6am and 6pm.  Most burglars do not want to risk encountering someone so they will try your home when you’re most likely to be at work. The most common hours for a burglary to occur are between 10am-3pm. Common misconceptions about break-ins aid the burglar. Your neighbors may not think twice about workmen coming and going from your house in the early afternoon. Having a relationship with your neighbors will help them keep a closer eye on your home. If you’re friendly, they will know that you’re not moving and it will catch their eye if large pieces are being taken from your home. Strike up conversations with your neighbors whenever you can. An extra pair of eyes can always help!

Often a day-time burglar will knock on your door posing as a salesman to see if anyone is home, and- if they can get inside- see where your valuables are kept. Make sure to keep yourself safe in this situation. You do not need to open the door to them, but if you decide to, make sure to not let them inside your home.

Whether you’re away for the day or a week, make sure to take these few steps to keep your home as an undesirable target for a burglar. A home security system is a great extra layer of protection to make sure your home is guarded while you are away. You can arm your alarm system when you are away on vacation or at work- and you can even set it with people still in your home. And if employ Total Connect Smart Home Technology, you can keep your home safe and secure this summer.

Call Rendin Alarm today at (610) 544-5755 for more info regarding keeping your home safe this Summer!  Or visit us online at https://rendinalarm.com.  Or email us at RAC@rendinalarm.com.

 

Happy 4th of July!

Fire Alarm Systems

Rendin Alarm Company proudly represents The Honeywell Company and its quality products.  Among our services is Commercial Fire Protection and Alarm Systems.  The following is from Honeywell’s Vendor Support Site.  We hope you find it interesting!

Honeywell Launches New Series of Silent Knight Fire Alarm Control Panels

The new Silent Knight 6000 Series includes four panels with point capacities ranging from 100 to 1,110 points.

Honeywell introduces the Silent Knight 6000 Series, an expansion of addressable fire alarm control panels (FACPs) and accessories sold through Rendin Alarm Company.

The 6000 Series includes four new panels with point capacities ranging from 100 to 1,110 points for greater flexibility and larger installs, according to the company.

Up to 17 panels can now be connected with a designated panel acting as a common communicator for critical system information.

Signaling line circuits can be added as needed until maximum point levels are reached. The panels also include built-in support for SWIFT wireless detection.

Other product enhancements include field upgradable firmware, USB programming, built-in IP/POTs communications, new cellular side car options and more.

“Development of the new 6000 Series was focused on giving our customers more capabilities and making systems easier to install,” says Susan Adam, marketing director for fire systems, Honeywell Home and Building Technologies. “The Silent Knight brand has been a leader in the fire system market since entering it in 1961, and this new offering continues our tradition and commitment to customers.”

The new Silent Knight 6820EVS fire alarm control panel and Emergency Voice System (EVS) combines a fire and emergency mass notification system, integrated and housed in a single panel, while meeting stringent governmental requirements for mass notification as described in UL 2572, according to the company.

This combination fire and emergency voice system is said to be useful for managing fire and non-fire events where life safety and property protection depend on clear and timely communications.

Honeywell says both the 6820EVS and 6860 remote annunciator feature a large, 160-character (4-line by 40-character) display for improved readability of system messages, as well as four programmable buttons that help save time when executing routine or complex tasks at the panel.

If you are interested in The Silent Knight or any other security system for your business or home, please contact Rendin Alarm Company today at (610)544-5755

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Stormy Weather Season is Beautiful Weather for Burglars

Cellular Alarm Systems a Solution During Outages

Sometimes during burglaries or home invasions, an intruder will cut the phone line to prevent the alarm system from reaching the monitoring center. The lines can also be cut accidentally during construction work.   Evening thunderstorms are also a good time for burglars to break into a home.  When there are power outages, alarm systems may be disabled.  And more brazen thieves can work while homeowners are at home under the cover of thunder. Two common ways to get around this problem are cellular backup systems and wireless broadband systems.

In many cases, modern home security systems come equipped with cellular backup.  This is a system that routes the signal wirelessly using the same technology as cellphones—no landline required.Cellular monitoring is a game-changer. It eliminates one of the greatest vulnerabilities of traditional home security systems: the fact that the physical line between the alarm and the monitoring station is vulnerable to breaks. Having the cellular backup option means that if the primary connection goes out, you still have a lifeline.There are two types of cellular monitoring systems: direct and indirect. Direct systems send their signal straight to the alarm company’s central monitoring station, while indirect systems route the signal to a third-party monitoring station. Some people may prefer the direct method because it has fewer variables involved, but either method gets the job done.

At Rendin Alarm Company, our Monitoring Centers are here for you and will always be alerted when you enlist our cellular systems with battery capabilities.  When you think about safety for your Family, you need to consider all of your options.  Call Rendin Alarm today at (610) 544-5755 and speak to a consultant who will gladly answer all of your questions.  You may also visit us online at www.rendinalarm.com.

Don’t risk your Family’s, Businesses’ or Home’s security.  Call Rendin Alarm Today.

Thank you!

Away on Vacation?

Are you Going Away on Vacation?

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Burglars at Work while You are on Vacation!

That’s awesome!  You deserved it.  You worked hard for it!  And the last thing you need is to come home to a house that has been robbed!  So now that vacation season is coming, we at Rendin Alarm Company want to dispense our annual advice! There are many things, which you can do to protect your home while you are away.  This way you can enjoy your vacation without worrying about your home.  Here are some ways you can help protect your home while you are away.

Pack your vehicle the night before you leave when it is dark out to avoid “advertising” that you will be away.
Avoid that one neighbor who asks loudly from across the street “HEY! Y’all going away? Have fun!”

Have a neighbor grab your mail and newspapers, etc.
A pile-up is a tell-tale sign you are away.

Put your lights on a timer.
Create the appearance your home is occupied.


Double Check that all windows and doors (on every floor) are locked.  Make sure your garage is locked as well.
Make it a challenge for goodness sake!

Make sure the perimeter of your home is well lit.
This way the neighbors can report anything suspicious they may see.

Hire someone to mow your lawn while you are away.
A freshly cut lawn indicates you are around.

Keep a car in your driveway.
Again – looks are deceiving!

Enlist a Smart Home Security System from Rendin Alarm!
Stay in the know wherever you go with Total Connect Remote Services. Real-time alerts, GPS vehicle and asset tracking, video viewing and mobile control put peace of mind in the palm of your hand – helping you stay connected to your family and home 24/7. Honeywell Total Connect is all you need to turn your smartphone into a smart home! Remotely arm, disarm or check the status of your security system.

CO Detectors can earn You an insurance Break

CO Detectors

Honeywell Ademco 5800CO Wireless CO Detector

CO Detectors in Your Home

Homeowners’ insurance isn’t a topic that most people like to think about, but insurance discounts? Now we’re talking. For first-time homebuyers the prospect of adding home insurance to the other long list of costs can seem daunting. Yet homeowners’ insurance isn’t just required for your mortgage, it’s an important part of a plan to keep you and your home safe.

Generally homeowners’ insurance covers damage from fire, most storms (some insurance does not include flood damage), theft, and more.  It can also protect you in case someone is injured in your home. It is a wise investment in your financial safety.

 Luckily there are some ways you can improve your home that not only may boost resale value, but can also knock a little off your homeowners’ insurance rates. Most Homeowners do not know about all the homeowners’ insurance discounts available to them. Below are a few key areas to focus on.

Home security

Those who live in a gated community may be entitled to a discount. Gated communities tend to have lower rates of theft, vandalism, and other crimes. Having a security system in place can pare as much as 15 percent off your policy depending on the provider! Dead-bolt locks can also be a discount for some providers.

Fire safety

The installation of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors isn’t just necessary protection for your family, it’s also something insurance underwriters smile upon. Also for fire protection, a sprinkler system, heat detectors, fire escapes and plenty of fire extinguishers are also important. And keep those flammable substances outside the home at a cool temperature to avoid overheating and fire risk.

Child Safety

You may have children that are old enough to leave home alone for an hour or so, but are too young to discern that something is wrong in the home.  A monitored CO, Fire, Smoke and Burglary System will help ensure their safety.

Pet Safety

Your pets can’t call 911.  If they are home while you are not, a monitored CO system will alert the authorities of a leak.  If you have a smart home system or monitored system, it can alert you by text of voice as well.

Please contact us today with any questions you may have or to schedule a consultation.  (610) 544-5755  or RAC@rendinalarm.com

Thank you!

 

 

Spring into Action – Home Alarm Systems

Spring Is Here!
So Spring into Action and Protect your Home with an Alarm System from Rendin Alarm!

Despite the awful cold weather here in the Northeast United States, it IS Spring.  As of today!  But the fact that it has been so cold has prompted many folks to take those Island Vacations now!  And that is awesome!

But there are burglars out there who thrive on people’s vacations.  Its an all too familiar story.  Folks come home from a wonderful trip away only to find that they have been robbed while they are away.  There are lots of things you can do to safeguard your home from a burglary.  Foremost is enlisting Rendin Alarm Company to help protect your home.

But in addition to that, you may follow these tips:

Ask Someone to Keep an Eye on Things
Having a good neighbor keep an eye on your home is a great idea.


Install Timers on Your Electronics

Having lights and maybe even a stereo go on at varying times gives the impression of you being home.

Have Someone Mow the Lawn/Shovel the Driveway
You “Must be home” if your grass is freshly mowed or driveway is shoveled.

Stop the Mail
Takes 5 minutes at the post office.  OR – have that great neighbor bring your mail in for you.

Beware of Social Media
Your vacation pics are awesome.  But they will be just as awesome if you post them when you get home!  Posting that you are away is an invitation to be robbed.

Lock Everything 
And we mean everything!  Every window, door and transom.

Don’t Leave Spare Keys Out
No keys under the Matt, flower pot or stone.  And if you are in long term parking, don’t leave them in your car.

Lock the Garage Door 
There’s probably lots of valuable items in your garage as well.  And tools and ladders to force entry on the second floor.  But those windows are gonna’ be locked, right?!

Don’t Lead Burglars to Your Home With Your GPS  
They think of everything.  If you have built in GPS, clear any memory of your home address.  Burglars break into cars at airports and take your home address off your GPS.

Stash Valuables in the Safe  
Don’t have one?  Get one!

Have Someone Take the Trash Out  
Again.  Appearances are everything!

Hire a House Sitter  
The best you can do!  They may eat all your food, but it’s worth it!

Finally, a well-lit perimeter, Rendin Alarm Signs and stickers posted at points of entry and a car in the driveway are great deterrents!
For more information CALL US at (610) 544-5755 or contact us online by clicking HERE

Now go enjoy that vacation!!