Our goal when we started Protectus Security wasn’t to build a 5-star brand, but that is what has happened.
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
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!
For a long time video surveillance was something mainly used by the government and big businesses. Now you can see video cameras everywhere you look, whether you’re grabbing a quick bite at a fast-food restaurant, stopped at the intersection (hopefully not as you coast through a red light!), or walking up to your neighbors’ front porch. Video surveillance has become an integral part of a business security system in Dallas, and is becoming more prevalent for home owners as well. One of the main reasons for this is because the technology has become much more affordable. So what’s the benefit of having a Dallas video surveillance system, and how do you know if it’s right for you?
1) The first benefit to having a video surveillance system is that it acts as a deterrent to crime. Seeing a camera, or signage warning of cameras, can be unnerving to a would-be criminal. The saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” applies here. When dealing with crime the goal is always prevention, and having a video surveillance system can certainly help.
2) Another benefit of having Dallas video surveillance systems is the ability to apprehend a suspect when a crime occurs. A few years ago one of our clients happily reported how having a video surveillance system in place helped prevent a $30,000 theft! Another client told us that it helped prevent them from being sued by a client who tried to make a false claim. The police rely heavily on video surveillance to help them solve crimes as well. Here’s an example of the local police securing a burglary conviction by using a citizen of Dallas home security camera: http://local.nixle.com/alert/4769841/
3) Another major benefit of having a video surveillance system in Dallas is improved productivity in the workplace, or at home. Many business owners’ primary motivation for installing a video surveillance system with their Dallas business security system is not the threat from without, but the threat from within. When thinking of loss prevention one typically thinks of people stealing items from a business, but what about employees who routinely “steal” an employer’s time, by not doing what they are paid to do when they are paid to do it? The day a video surveillance system is installed, much of that will stop, potentially having a dramatic affect on the business’ bottom-line. At home it can help you see if your children are safe, and are actually doing their homework instead of sitting in front of the television, or help you keep tabs on the nanny, or your pets.
For these reasons, among others, we expect to see a continued rise in the amount of home owners, as well as business owners, installing video surveillance system. If you would like to get a quote for a camera system please call us at (214) 390-3049.
It’s something many of us do all the time, so often that it’s probably become a routine we do on autopilot: mowing the lawn. But there are a number of hazards associated with lawn mowing, from some that can cause minor problems to some that are seriously dangerous. Being as we are home and business security systems company in Dallas, safety is our number one priority. The following tips can help you stay safe as you take care of your lawn this summer:
Protect your body from injury, sun damage, insect bites, and other irritants. Always wear thick-soled, close-toed shoes when mowing or doing work on your mower. Wear sunscreen and long pants, long sleeves, and a hat with a wide brim. Wear insect and tick repellent and tuck pants into your socks to avoid bites from mosquitoes and ticks and the diseases they may carry. Goggles will keep foreign objects out of your eyes. Keep a first aid kit and a list of emergency numbers nearby your work area.
Avoid dehydration and heat stroke by drinking lots of water or sports drinks that will help maintain electrolyte levels. Drinks that are sugary or contain alcohol will dehydrate your body even more. If it is particularly hot outside, take frequent breaks in a shady spot. Know the signs of heat-related illness, which include dizziness, rapid pulse, confusion, nausea, headache, and extremely high body temperature.
Protect your hearing with earplugs or headphones. If you have to raise your voice to speak to someone an arm’s length away over the noise of your mower, the noise may damage your ears.
Before starting to mow, be sure your lawn is free of rocks, sticks, glass, nails, small toys, and any other debris that could obstruct the mower’s path or become a projectile if kicked up by the blades.
Learn how to thoroughly operate the mower and any accessories before using them. Read the instruction manual, know where the controls are and how they function. Be sure the mower is in good working order and that all guards and safety devices are properly mounted. If your mower runs on gasoline, never fill it up while the machine is running or still hot. Store gasoline outside, away from your house, in an approved container. Never refuel a lawn mower inside, and obviously keep gasoline away from any sparks or flames. If your mower is electric, make sure the cord or battery is in good shape before use, without kinks, tears, or corrosion. Avoid electrocution by keeping electrical cords away from water or dampness, and be sure that extension cords are rated for outdoor use and are the correct guage for the mower’s electrical capacity.
Before doing work on the mower or trying to clear jams in the blades, make certain the machine is off and cool. Be sure the blades have stopped moving and the mower is unplugged, if applicable.
Never leave a running lawn mower unattended for any reason.
Keep children and pets inside while you mow. Never let them ride on a riding mower. More than 800 children are injured are injured each year from being run over by lawn mowers, either because they fell off or they approached the mower without being seen by the operator. Many more children receive burns or other injuries from lawn mowers each year. Never assume children will stay in the same place, and be extra cautious when backing up or mowing around corners, shrubs, and other obstacles that may block your view.
Keeping your lawn neat and healthy is important and a point of pride for many people, but keeping yourself and other people safe is even more important. Your home and business security systems company in Dallas hopes you find these tips useful as you work outside this summer!
With a name like that, you know it has to be good. The Wild Detectives bookstore (which is also a pub and venue!) , located at 314 West Eighth Street in Dallas, takes its name from a loose translation of Los Detectives Salvajes, a 1998 novel by Roberto Bolaño about a group of bohemian poets in Mexico. This bookshop, a true Dallas gem, is small, unlike a sprawling chain store, but it carries a “well-curated selection of the best new and vintage fiction, art books, and more,” according to The Dallas Morning News. The store’s website describes its stock as “a selection of Fiction and Poetry and untranslated Spanish Literature that lends itself to discovery.” The Wild Detectives also offers a small section of records.
In addition to the media for sale, The Wild Detectives is noted for its edible offerings. Its coffee is purchased directly from the growers and roasted in Dallas’s Oak Cliff neighborhood, and the tea is also local. Its breakfast tacos and pastries are all locally produced. For later in the day, the menu features “tostas” (various combinations of meats, cheeses, and vegetables on toast) and “plates” (a variety of appetizers), which feature Mediterranean ingredients and the Mediterranean idea that food should be an accompaniment to time spent with other people. The Wild Detectives also serves locally brewed beers, international wines, and locally designed cocktails. Happy Hour is from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on weekdays.
In an excellent intiative that combines The Wild Detectives’ passion for books and good drinks, the shop features a service called “Buy a Book. Get a Drink.” Because its stock is limited, The Wild Detectives offers an online form through which customers can order books that are not ordinarily in stock. The order will be delivered to the bookstore, the customer will receive an email notification, and when the customer comes in to pick up the order, he or she will receive a drink from the cafe on the house! Another creative intiative is “The Bookmark Game,” in which customers fill out bookmarks with a book recommendation and their contact info. The filled-out bookmarks are then distributed to other customers who make purchases, with the hope that the receiving customer will read the recommended book and then start a conversation with the customer who made the recommendation. Staying true to their commitment of cultivating community, The Wild Detectives hosts book readings, signings, wine tastings, DJ sets, movie screenings and other unique events, and anyone interested in collaborating with the store can propose an idea through the website.
The Wild Detectives is the result of a “long conversation” between Javier Garcia del Moral and Pablo Vinque, two friends who shared their passions of books, wine, and food as they traveled the world for their career as civil engineers. Now they are able to share those same passions with a much wider audience, and to “curate all those things that matter, those serious pleasures which turn life into experience.”
Your home security company in Dallas is proud to promote local businesses, which indeed help turn life into experience.
Why Having a Security System in Dallas
Can Help Keep Your Kids Safe
With so many families with parents who work late hours, leaving your kids home alone can be a stressful situation. With rising crime in many metropolitan areas, having a home security system in Dallas Texas can be lifesaver.
Keyless Entry is a fantastic aspect of home automation. If you find yourself stuck at the office and your kids are calling you frantically from a neighbors house having locked themselves out, or having lost their house key, you can unlock your house remotely.
Beyond keyless entry, having a home security system in Dallas also allows for a higher amount of safety and protection. Perhaps you have a rule in your home that your kids are supposed to call you at a specific time to let you know they’ve arrived home safely. If the hours pass by and you are still waiting on their call, simply check the software on your system to see if your child has used his unique user code to get in. Or, check the security cameras to see what’s going on inside your home. (It’s a relief to see that your child has fallen asleep after school, and it won’t drive you to rush home from work immediately!)
Having a security system in Dallas also helps to protect your children by allowing them to call the police, EMS, or fire department should an emergency situation arise. If your child has an accident, or feels unsafe in the home, simply pressing a button will call the proper emergency services to your house.
Having a home security system in Dallas, Texas can be a true stress reliever. For the safety and security of your home, your family, and your peace of mind. Contact us today for a free estimate on securing your home!
ProtectUs Security is a home and business security systems company based in Dallas, Texas.
At ProtectUS we have been installing home security systems in Dallas and Houston for a long time, and we’re passionate about providing the best service, products, and prices in the industry. People choose the protection of a home security system for a variety of reasons, with some being more common than others. Here are our top five reasons why you need a home security system.
Peace of mind is obviously one of the main reasons people decide to install a security system in their homes. Knowing your home, loved ones, and valuables are protected can take a load off your mind. This is especially true when families have young children, or they want to protect elderly family members who may often spend time alone. Many elderly people especially are not capable of getting out of the house quickly during an emergency. Having a home security system that will dispatch the proper authorities during a crisis saves precious time.
Many people are unaware that you can offset the cost of a quality home security system, because it will save you money on homeowner’s insurance. Because homeowner’s insurance is often mandatory to secure a home loan, there is not much you can do to cut down on the bill. However, having a home security system installed can save you up to 20% on your homeowner’s insurance. Sometimes, this makes the system pay for itself! The total discount varies depending on the security system features, and the insurance plan and company.
A home security system will protect your home and loved ones from the threat of intruders. As much as we want to believe it will never happen to us, home break-ins do happen on a regular basis. In various studies, homes with security systems have a much lower rate of burglaries than unprotected homes. If family members happen to be home during the unlikely event of a break-in, an alarm system will give you and your loved ones a warning to exit the house, and sends the authorities right away.
A home alarm system can protect your home and loved ones from deadly fires. Smoke alarms are important, but if you want to have the earliest warning and best chance of protecting both people and property during a fire, home alarm systems provide an important service. By detecting not just smoke, but also heat, and notifying first responders, the time saved during a fire can save lives, and your home.
A home security system allows you to monitor your home remotely. Many of our clients travel outside of Dallas often, and installing the right home security system allows them to check up on their home from any location. With some systems, you even have control of your lights and thermostat, which can save on energy bills while you’re away. You can check cameras, motion detectors, and arm the system, all while on the road. This is a great option for our customers who travel often – you can relax and enjoy your trip knowing your home is protected and in your control.
Here is the worst-case scenario: Someone is forcing you inside your home at gunpoint. They want you to disarm your alarm so the Police won’t come. At this point you are at the mercy of an intruder who has your life in their hands.
With a home duress code you can call for help without making a sound. The code will silence your alarm but will also notify your security company and dispatch police right to you- without the intruder knowing.
Here are 5 common questions about adding a duress code to your home security system–
Who can use the duress code?
Anyone you trust to have the code. Experts recommend that all families know and use a duress code. This code will be your sign of distress, and give you secret control over the situation at hand. Once you set the duress code on your home security system, make sure your family is aware that it is for emergencies.
What can be set as the duress code?
On your alarm system, be sure to use a number different than the code you have to disarm your system normally. It can be something easy for the kids to remember like their student ID number, or something extremely unique like the date you started your job. You should use a number that is easy for you to remember, but hard for any intruders to figure out.
When should I use the duress code?
Remember, this code is for emergencies. Since it will be disarming your alarm AND dispatching the Police, you want to be sure to use it only when necessary. Of course if you feel unsafe, or someone is threatening to hurt you or your family, that is a great time to quickly put in the code and get help.
Where is the duress signal sent?
When the duress code is typed into the keypad, a silent duress signal is sent to your security monitoring operator and to the local police dispatch center. Feel safe knowing that the authorities are on their way when you need help.
Why should I care about having a duress code?
It’s easy to see that a duress code can make the difference between life and death. If someone is threatening you, you would have no other way of getting help without them knowing. This simple feature can mean everything in that emergency situation.