If you are one of the countless Americans who is frustrated by packages being stolen at your doorstep, there is another potential solution you may want to look into: a parcel safe box. This concept was new to our New Jersey home security company, but we did a quick search and yes, it is legitimate!
Did you know that it is Arson Awareness Week? From May 5-11, fire departments, schools, police departments and other institutions will be devoting time to educating the public on preventing intentionally started fires. An initiative of the United States Fire Administration (USFA), Arson Awareness Week has a different theme every year; this year’s theme is Reducing Residential Arson. Our ASG Mid Atlantic home security office is among the ASG locations that are promoting the event to the public.
After the horrific event in Boston last month, and learning about the role that commercial security cameras played in capturing the perpetrators, many are reconsidering their stance on the alleged “intrusiveness” of these valuable security devices. While they may have considered the use of video surveillance technology in public to be an invasion of privacy in the past, those people are now shifting their attitudes quickly and dramatically to something far more positive. As an established New England security system provider, we at ASG are pleased to see this.
If you are putting your home up for sale, you are already facing one daunting challenge: trying to sell in a down market. The last thing you want to think about is the added challenge of preventing the home from being burglarized – but unfortunately, that is a real risk that must be addressed.
Unfortunately, even if you have invested in a monitored home security system, have your motion detectors placed low on the walls, and have a sign planted in your yard, there is no 100% guarantee that you will never experience a break-in.
It could. Unfortunately, too many victims thought exactly the opposite: that it would never happen to them, until it did. But when the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA, a division of FEMA) reported on fire statistics for 2011, the data showed the following for that year alone:
We all know that when the cat’s away, the mice will play. That universal truth applies to teenagers whose parents are out of town, pets whose owners are on vacation and, yes, a staff whose boss is not onsite all the time. Employees behave very differently when the boss is walking the floor than they do when he is gone for a few days. And for employers who are rarely onsite at all, it is highly likely that their workers feel a little more entitled than they should. That doesn’t make them bad employees; it just means that sometimes, they need an extra incentive to stay on task. We can provide that motivation, with our new ASG Video service.
Today’s working parents want to do it all; fortunately, the technology is in place to help them succeed at it. Now, it is possible to see if Baby is napping at the time you prefer, or find out if the caregiver was successful at convincing your picky toddler to eat his carrots with lunch. How so? With ASG Connect, powered by Alarm.com. We have countless customers who use ASG Connect to keep tabs on the kids, whether they are checking on their teens and tweens after school or peeking in at a sleeping infant in the care of the nanny.
Last time, we told you about our ASG Video package, a new hosted video solution for businesses. As we said before, ASG Video is a surveillance service like no other. But beyond the fact that it utilizes video from IP cameras, which produce crisper, clearer images than traditional analog cameras, our hosted video service is far superior to what the average business owner is used to for one big reason: the cloud.
As a national security company, we understand that for some people, having a locally based monitoring center watch their alarm is comforting. The mindset is that people need a monitoring center that is located in the same general region as the local police who will be responding to the location of the alarm. But when you think about it, what are the chances that a “local” monitoring center is really all that close to the customer’s local police station? Even if it is in the same state, it could be hours away; plus, don’t the agents at the monitoring center call your local police no matter what?