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What Are 3 Fall Home Security Tips?

It’s Fall. The leaves are changing color and the weather’s getting colder. Kids are busy with school and the holidays are quickly approaching. Fall is associated with great things, but it’s important to not let your guard down during this time of year in regards to protecting your home and family.

Here are 3 fall home security tips:

Rake Your Leaves!

Leaves fall from trees during fall. While this is a pretty visual, it could affect your level of security. Make sure fallen leaves aren’t covering your home alarm lawn signs. Also, make sure fallen leaves aren’t creating areas a burglar can hide behind. A clean, open lawn, makes it harder for burglars to hide. Plus a clean lawn will make your alarm lawn sign stand out. And a lawn sign and window decals are incredible deterrents as they show your home as an alarm system!

Don’t Talk To Strangers!

Fall is a busy time for the door to door salespeople. It could be energy companies trying to get you to buy their heaters/furnaces or oil salespeople. Remember, just because someone is wearing a uniform doesn’t mean they should be trusted. Never trust a door to door salesperson. Too often these are illegitimate salespeople, who will do anything to get a sale. There is no check and balance system with door to door salespeople. Protect yourself and be vigilant. We strongly advise that when someone comes to your door to sell you something, do not even open your door to them. Remember they are a stranger. Be secure and err on the side of caution.

Keep Your Doors Locked

Fall is a great time of year weather-wise. During fall lots of families spend time outside. It could be throwing the football around or going on a bike ride. Whatever you’re doing outside if you are not home make sure your doors are locked. A locked door is the best way to prevent someone from entering your home. And when away always have your home alarm activated. These two things will instantly improve your level of protection.

4 Tips To Help Prevent False Alarms

When you have a home security system, false alarms are bound to happen. The problems with false alarms are two-pronged – they may end up costing you money due to false alarm fees with your police department and also the more often you set your alarm off by accident then the more likely you are to stop using it. With that said, there are things you can do though to reduce the risk of you accidentally setting off your system.

Here are 4 ways to lower your odds of having false alarms:

  • Know Your Alarm Codes

One of the easiest ways to prevent false alarms is to remember the codes that arm/disarm the alarm! It’s important to use a number that is something easy to remember, but difficult for anyone else to figure out. Also, bear in mind to keep your codes private and not share with friends. You never know who could end up with your code and have easy access to breaking and entering your house.

  • Educate Your Family Members

Educating your family members on how the alarm system will help lower the number of false alarms you may have. Demonstrate how to arm and disarm the system. Let them understand what the alarm does and how long it takes the trigger. And also make sure they know their passcodes.

  • Create An Alarm Routine

A household that routinely uses their alarm system is one that is less likely to have false alarms. Using an alarm system is just like using any other piece of technology, the more you use it the better you became with it. Use your system regularly and have everyone in the family understand that when you’re away the system is armed and at night the system is armed. This routine will increase your level of protection and also lower your false alarm risks, as the alarm use will become part of the family routine.

  • Get A Think Protection Home Alarm System

Customers with Think Protection home security systems are less likely to have a false alarm, as the mobile app comes free with every Think Protection system. This lets you control your system from any smartphone or tablet. By having more control over your system, regardless of you being home or away, you can turn the system off when it’s a false alarm, which will lower the chance of unnecessary dispatch. Plus, you’ll receive a text message alert when your alarm is tripped, giving you an additional level of peace of mind.

False alarms are bound to happen – but they aren’t something to panic over.

Think Protection offers the lowest monthly monitoring rate in the industry – just $12.99 with no annual contract! We give our customers tremendous peace of mind knowing that they have the power to cancel if they are ever unhappy. Our value is unbeatable!

If you have more questions or would like more details on how to prevent false alarms, please contact one of our representatives at 1-855-76-THINK (1-855-768-4465) and we would be happy to assist you.

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What’s Better: Owning Or Leasing Your Home Alarm System?

You’re thinking of getting a home alarm system. You’ve looked at various companies and compared the systems and the different kind of monitoring. You’re close to making your decision, but one question needs to be answered: is it better to own or lease your home alarm system?

Some home alarm companies will sell you an alarm system while others lease you a system. Both have their advantages, however, you need to truly see the big picture to make a wise decision.

Leasing:

Companies like AlarmForce will lease a home alarm system to you once you sign up for their service. This zero down leasing concept is nice upfront as it doesn’t require the homeowner to put any money down. They do require you though to sign a multi-year contract. With the lease, the company will cover some service, depending on what it is. Sometimes, however, you will still have to pay for the service call. The negatives to leasing are the already mentioned contract (which is a big negative as you’re stuck with the company even if you’re unhappy with their service) and the fact that once the contract is over, you are left with nothing if you were to go to another company. With a lease, you’re paying for something someone else owns, so at the end of the day, you will be left with no ownership and no system.

Ownership:

Some home alarm companies like Simplisafe or Ackerman will sell you a home alarm system. The positives are that you have actual ownership of your alarm system and that you can switch to other monitoring companies if you aren’t happy with your service (if you haven’t signed an alarm contract). A homeowner needs to understand that not all alarm systems are created equal. Some systems can cost $199 while others can go into the thousands of dollars. Beyond that different systems have different features and monitoring capabilities. Ownership provides the customer with options and an asset – pending they don’t spend too much money for their system upfront.

At Think Protection we believe that the customer gets the best value by owning their alarm system. A lease may seem like a good idea upfront, however, over the course of your contract you’ll end up spending thousands of dollars and will be left with nothing at the end. A high value, low-cost alarm system will require you to spend some money upfront, however, in most cases, you’ll be able to pay less for monitoring and will have the asset of ownership. You can also avoid signing a long-term contract and if you’re unhappy with your service you can go elsewhere.

Never lease when you can buy a feature-rich home alarm system at a low cost.

Is A Home Alarm Lawn Sign Important?

You just signed up for an alarm system. You’re excited since you know your home now has an extra level of protection. You have video, cellular backup, and home automation, you’re fully protected, right? You’ve decided though against putting up a lawn sign in front of your home.

Think again!

Too often people decide not to put a home security company’s lawn sign outside their home. Whether it’s for aesthetic reasons or because they simply don’t understand the value, not having a lawn sign outside your home is a bad security decision.

A lawn sign shows any would be burglar that your home is protected with a home security system. Houses with home alarms are three times less likely to be broken into than those without. A lawn sign is a great deterrent to would-be burglars. If you were a burglar and you were considering breaking into a home, which would you target: one with a home alarm or one without?

Keep in mind though that not all lawn signs are created equal. A well-known company’s lawn sign holds more value, as the burglar will know their security offering and that it is a truly monitored system.

Never under any circumstance refuse to put a home security lawn sign outside your home. Place the lawn sign front and center, in front of any bushes or trees so it’s not hidden. Let everyone, including the bad guys, know that your home is protected with a home alarm. Think protection and make the smart security choice!

Who Are The Biggest Alarm Companies In Canada?

There are some major alarm companies that operate in Canada. Some are national while others do business in certain selected areas. Each company brings different positives and negatives to the table, either through their value propositions or the technology they make available to their customers. Here are a few of the biggest names in the Canadian home security landscape:

– ADT

ADT is an American home alarm company that does business throughout Canada as well. ADT provides a traditional home alarm system that is installed with an installer. They do business both direct to consumer and also through dealers. ADT provides a standard service, along with cellular backup and two-way voice. ADT is the largest worldwide provider of security, protecting over 4 million customers. Beyond that, they are by far the largest home alarm company in Canada. ADT’s alarm systems range in monthly pricing from $28/month to over $50/month. There is usually an upfront charge as well as a 3-year contract.

– AlarmForce

AlarmForce is the largest provider of live two-way voice home alarm systems in Canada. Based in Toronto, AlarmForce protects over 140,000 customers throughout Canada and selected areas of the US. AlarmForce offers a $25/month home alarm system, with no upfront fee. The system is installed by AlarmForce and a 3-year contract is required. AlarmForce offers additional services, like their VideoRelay video surveillance system and AlarmCare personal emergency response product, at additional monthly charges. AlarmForce does not have a dealer program and has their own central monitoring station.

– Rogers Smart Home Monitoring

Rogers Smart Home Monitoring is a service provided by Rogers Communications. They currently install home alarm systems throughout Ontario and selected parts of BC. Rogers systems start at around $35/month and require a multi-year contract. They also make you pay some funds upfront for part of the installation and equipment. The Smart Home panel is a touchpad, and for additional costs, you can get two-way voice in your system. Rogers only sells Smart Home Monitoring through their call center and all service issues are dealt with through their call center as well. Rogers Smart Home Monitoring alarm systems are monitored by Northern 911, a central station based out of Sudbury, Ontario.

– Protectron

Protectron was recently purchased by ADT, however, the Protectron brand is still in operation separately from ADT. Protectron was the third largest Canadian home alarm company at the time of their purchase by ADT. Protectron offers a standard home alarm system, priced around $30/month.

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