Self Defense Tips

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Whether you’re at home or traveling, you should be aware of your surroundings and how to ensure your safety at all times.  Here are a few of the best self defense tips to make sure you don’t find yourself the victim of a senseless crime.

 

Look Where You’re Going

When you pull up to a gas station, convenience store, or even a bank ATM, make sure you check out the place before parking.  If it’s poorly lit and looks shady, continue on until you find a gas station that is better equipped.  You don’t want to make yourself an easy target.

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Video Security = Improved Life

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Are you ready for the next best thing in home security?  The high definition camera doorbell is here to offer your home and family more protection than you’ve ever experienced before!

 

The Skybell Video Doorbell is the innovative new home security feature.  With this camera doorbell, see who’s at your front door, even when you’re not at home.  Motion activated, the Skybell Video Doorbell records video whenever a person comes near your front door, so you can watch it live, or access it at a later time.  If a crime is committed, you’ll have video to help assist police in bringing the culprit to justice.  

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What in the World do Hamburgers Have to do with Security Systems?

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Merriam-Webster’s Definition of value:

1) a fair return or equivalent in goods, services, or money for something exchanged

2) the monetary worth of something

Our goal at Protectus Security is to be the security provider of choice in the region by providing our clients with the best technology and customer service while operating with integrity in all we do.  Because we only use the best hardware, software, technicians, etc., we are not always the cheapest option, but we provide our service for a fair price.  In other words, we provide a good value.  Other companies place more of an emphasis on trying to be the cheapest company out there.  Sometimes we get asked why other companies offer cheaper monitoring, which is a question we enjoy answering, and thought it would be worth writing a blog about.  Read More

Our Work Philosophy

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“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.”
-Francois Auguste Rene Chateaubriand (1800’s French Writer & Diplomat)

We here at Protectus Security love this quote and it influences how we work. For us work is not just a job: it is an opportunity for us to be excellent, an opportunity for us to help our clients improve their quality of life, an opportunity to make Dallas-Fort Worth a safer place, an opportunity to make new friends and improve our lives. This is why its so important for us to provide our clients with the best technology and customer service, while operating with integrity in all we do. Hopefully this is apparent in your interactions with us.  If you have experienced this to be true or if there are areas where you think we can improve, we would love to hear from you. Please email me at chris@protectussecurity.com with your feedback.

Top 3 Ways Criminals Break into Your Home

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When we think of a house being broken into, we tend to think of the Hollywood version; criminals with high tech gadgets and superior stealth skills, letting them get in and out with no damage and no sign they’d been there. The reality is nothing like Hollywood portrays and knowing the top ways criminals break into your house can help you keep your home and family safe.
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Why You Need a Smart Home

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Everything you’ve worked so hard for is in your home. Your home, your possessions, your family should be protected from the outside world. Protectus Security is the premier home security provider in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and the best choice when it comes to protecting your world.

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Benefits of a Small Business Security System

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As the owner of Protectus Security, my schedule varies from day to day, and I don’t always make it into the office.  But that doesn’t mean I’m not able to keep tabs on the office when I’m away.  I receive a text message when our alarm system is disarmed in the morning, or if it hasn’t been disarmed by a certain time each day.  From my smartphone I am able to arm and disarm the alarm system, control the thermostat, unlock the supply room, and view a live video feed of the office.  There are many advantages to having a smart security system installed. Read More

Building a 5-Star Brand On Accident

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Our goal when we started Protectus Security wasn’t to build a 5-star brand, but that is what has happened.

We are proud to say that 12538335_mwe consistently get 5-star reviews across the board.  Whether it’s with Yelp, Google, or the BBB, anywhere we’re reviewed you’ll find 5-star reviews.

This has happened as a result of building a company based on integrity, which to us means doing the right thing every time, which unfortunately isn’t always the norm in our industry.   One of the reasons we started Protectus 7 years ago was because we saw the need to give consumers something better. Read More

Home Security Systems Dallas | Protect Us Security | Safety Tips for College Students

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Safety Tips for College Students

 

Most colleges and universities have started their fall sessions by now, and students are hopefully settling into their new schedules and surroundings. The start of a new college year can mean a big change for anyone transitioning from a summer routine or a different city, and of course these changes can be especially overwhelming for first-year or transfer students. Whether or not you live on campus, your college environment will be a home-away-from-home for you during the next several months, and it’s just as important to think about safety on campus as it is anywhere else. ProtectUS Security, your home security systems Dallas company, presents the following tips to help you stay safe and have a great college experience!

 

Get to know the area, on campus and off – Don’t just think about finding out where the best late-night pizza spot is! Whether you’re in a brand new area or you’re returning to town, take a little time to locate important places on your campus such as the health center, safety and security office, administration offices, and student union. Also locate important landmarks around the campus, such as hospitals, urgent care centers, police and fire stations, and pharmacies. You definitely don’t want to be googling these important buildings for the first time during a crisis! Also get to know your college’s safety policies, such as safety escorts, night shuttles, emergency stations or “blue lights,” and campus patrols. Program important numbers, such as safety escort services, taxi services, and the campus health center into your phone.

 

Walk in groups when possible, and stay alert when you walk alone – Try to always walk in a group after dark to reduce the likelihood of being mugged or otherwise attacked. When you walk alone, don’t get distracted by reading material, your phone, or other electronic devices. Staying aware of your surroundings will help you get to your destination faster, will keep you from inadvertently stepping in front of a car, and will make you more likely to notice if someone is following you or otherwise acting suspiciously. Consider carrying pepper spray and/or a loud whistle in case of an attack, and see if your school offers self-defense classes (sometimes this can count as a physical education requirement!). Incidents can happen on even the safest of classes, so stay vigilant!

 

Stay safe in your residence – Whether you live in a dorm, an apartment, or a rented house, keep a first aid kit on hand and become familiar with emergency exit routes in the building. (Don’t just think about escape routes from your room; also consider how to get out of the building when you’re in the bathroom, lounge, or a friend’s room.) If you live off campus, make sure there are smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home, and make sure they work. Exchange emergency contact information with your roommate(s), and let them know about any health concerns you have that might affect them, whether you get occasional migraines and might need to darken the room, or you deal with something more serious that might necessitate your roommate(s) calling for help. (If you live in a residence hall, be sure to let your resident assistant (RA) or hall director know about any serious health concerns as well.) Lock your door when you’re not in your room, even if you’re just popping down the hall for something, and store your valuables in a safe, secure location. (Be sure to keep your car locked and free of valuables too!) If you live in a dorm or apartment, don’t let strangers into the building or hold the door for someone you don’t know, even if they don’t seem suspicious.

 

Practice safe partying habits – Always go to parties with someone you know well, so you can keep an eye each other and go home together. Not only is it bad manners to completely abandon a friend at a party (even if there’s a cute guy or girl involved), it can be dangerous, as one in five college women will experience sexual assault in the U.S., and men are not immune to assault either. If you do have to separate from your friend(s) for some reason, communicate clearly about where you’re going and who you’re going with. Always watch your drink being prepared, and if it gets left unattended for any reason, get a new drink rather than finishing the old one. If you see something that makes you uncomfortable, speak up as soon as possible, either to the host of the party or to campus security or your RA. If you feel uncomfortable for any reason at a party or other social event, it’s okay to ask your friend(s) to leave with you, always get yourself out of a situation that worries you.

 

Follow the 0-1-3 Policy for safe drinking – The BACCHUS Network, a university- and community-based organization for health and safety initiatives, recommends the 0-1-3 Policy when it comes to drinking alcohol: 0 drinks for anyone who is under twenty-one, driving, taking medication, or chemically dependent; 1 drink per hour for men or 1 drink per hour and a half for women (1 drink = 12 oz. of beer, 4 oz. of wine, or 1.5 oz. of a liquor shot); and no more than 3 drinks per day and no more than 3 drinking sessions per week. If you’re concerned about social stigmas against staying sober, you can always tell a small lie and say you’re the designated driver, you’re taking medication, or you’re just not feeling well.

 

Your home security systems Dallas company salutes all college students and wishes you a fun, safe, and productive school year!

How to Prevent a Home Invasion (Part 1 of 2) | Home & Business Security Systems Dallas Texas | Alarm Systems Dallas | Home Security Systems Dallas

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How to Prevent a Home Invasion (Part 1 of 2)

It’s everyone’s worst nightmare: you’re home, whether by yourself or with your family, and all of a sudden a person with a gun bursts through your door. There are a number of factors at play in such a scenario, from how the intruder got in to your instincts to your actual response options based on your physical ability and the layout of your home. This post will discuss ways to prevent such a scenario from happening in the first place, and the next post will discuss ways to respond, should the worst actually happen.

 

 

Prepare your home

Having a home security systems Dallas is one of the very best ways to protect your family, home, and belongings. Simply having signs for an alarm company visible from the outside of your home will serve as a deterrent for criminals who are not very committed to their cause. An audible alarm that sounds when a door is opened or a window is broken may cause intruders to run away rather than actually entering, since the neighbors and law enforcement personnel who may be in the area will hear the alarm. It’s important to have alarms on second-floor windows as well as those for the first floor, because ambitious thieves may go right for a window in the master bedroom in search of jewelry. (Also, if a neighbor happens to hear a loud noise such as a breaking window but then does not hear anything after it, it’s likely they will assume they either heard wrong or you have the situation under control, and they will just go about their business. It’s unfortunate, but it’s human nature.) It’s important, though, to be sure any panels for the alarm system are not visible through windows or glass doors, so that potential intruders can’t see whether or not they are set. Many people only turn their alarm system on when they’re leaving the house, but there’s no reason it can’t be set while you’re inside as well. If you are interested in installing or updating an alarm system, or if you have any related questions, ProtectUS Security, your company for home and business security systems in Dallas, would love to hear from you.

Some Dallas alarm systems contact 911 as soon as they are triggered, and some have a panic button that can be pressed to connect you with emergency assistance. Some home or cell phones have a button that will dial 911 when pressed. Be sure everyone in your house knows how to use this feature and how to turn on the speakerphone function, so emergency personnel can hear what is happening in your house or apartment. Even if the call gets disconnected, the police are required to investigate the situation.

Having a household escape plan in case of an invasion is just as important as having an escape plan in case of a fire. In fact, the physical escape routes may end up being pretty similar. Include where to go for help and what to say when going over the plan with your family. Consider multiple ways to exit the residence, including windows, in case the ideal route is blocked. Also, develop a code word that can be shouted out to alert family members, especially children, that they should hide in case the situation is too dangerous to attempt escape.

 

Stay safe when strangers come to your house

Many intruders gain access to homes by knocking at the door and seeing if someone will let them in. If there’s an unexpected knock at your door, scope out the visitor by looking through a one-way peephole in the door. (Chain latches on doors are generally not effective barriers when a door is partially opened, so it’s much safer to have a peephole.) If you’re home alone, you may want to yell “I’ll get it!” before opening the door, to give the impression that someone else is there with you.

Often, criminals will try to get you to open the door by pretending to be someone they’re not. They may pose as delivery people, salespeople, political canvassers, or someone conducting a survey. Don’t be shy about asking them to identify themselves before you open the door and wait while you contact the company, especially if they claim to be a delivery person and you haven’t been expecting a package. If the person on your doorstep is really who they say they are, they will wait patiently while you check the situation out. Never let an unexpected guest inside your home unless you are absolutely sure who they are. If you have people working on or in your house, doing tasks such as roof repair or kitchen remodeling, be sure to watch them very closely, and check to make sure your doors and windows are still locked and undamaged after they leave. It’s all too easy for a worker using your bathroom to unlock the bathroom window so he or she can break in at a later time.

Stay tuned for the next post on how to react if an invader does manage to get into your home…