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Common Signs your Security System is Outdated


On August 24, 2017 By admin

Security systems are just like any other electronic item in your home. They can get outdated. Here are a few signs to look for if you aren’t sure if you need to update, or upgrade your security system:

#1. Blurry Resolution: Camera resolution has definitely changed over the years. We know this is true with tv, movies, our cell phones and cameras. This is also true for security cameras. It’s amazing how crisp and detailed security camera videos can be now. If your video is still pixelated and hard to tell what’s really happing, it might be time for an upgrade. High Definition is very affordable these days, and can bring peace of mind and security to your family or place of business.

#2. No Remote Viewing via Web Browser: Remote viewing is a great invention in home security. We no longer have to be present to see what’s going on, or wait and view tapes if an incident happened. We can literally watch in real time what is happening at our home or business from any location in the world. Imagine being on vacation and being able to check in on your home, on your phone, while on the beach! Definitely worth the peace of mind it will bring to know that everything is safe.

#3. No 2-Way Audio: This is such a cool feature! You literally never have to answer your door ever again!! You can talk to people at the door, yell at intruders that are creeping around your house, or tell your guests that you will be there in just a minute. This can help avoid having to run from one end of your house to the other and miss someone important.

#4. Still Using Traditional Wired Technology: Old security systems are typically wired, transmitting signals and getting power via multiple and complex cables that could be easily cut off by some professional burglars. Wireless is the new way to go and is an added branch of security for your home or business. Wireless is the way of the future and the advancing technology is growing rapidly. 

Not sure if you want to change from wire to wireless? Here are a few things to think about when deciding if it’s the right choice for you:

Wired

*Relies on landline phone to transmit signals.

*Supports basic monitoring capabilities.

*Threat of physical onsite wire being cut or damaged.

Wireless

*Allows remote system management.

*Integrates with smart home functionality (e.g. thermostats, lights and video surveillance)

*Ideal for families that rely on mobile phone, rather than landlines.

#7. No Upgrades Available: Older security systems don’t have a way to upgrade their software, so your system is what it is. By having a system that you can upgrade, it is a good way to keep your security system with the up-to-date features and fix any security bugs that you might get.

Every system is different and every person has a preference as to how they want to keep their home or business secure. CalAtlantic has a variety of different security options to choose from.  Give them a call and they can help you build a package to suit all your wants and needs to help keep your property safe and secure.

Common Door to Door Scams and How to Avoid Them


On August 17, 2017 By admin

It seems common these days to have someone knock on your door to try and sell you items or services. How can you tell if it is a legitimate cause, or someone just trying to scam you. Here are a few of the most common door scams:

Door to Door Energy Scams: Summer is prime time for energy salesman to come knocking on everyone’s door. While most are legitimate, there are a few people that try to take advantage of how popular the market is, and try to scam people. The salesmen most likely will ask to see your electricity bill, and end up tricking you into switching energy providers without your permission. Don’t ever give your information out if you feel uncomfortable. It’s always a good idea to check with your current energy company to find out if the salesman is reputable. They should be aware of current scammers and can help you know if it’s ok to give out your information or to steer clear of them.

Door to Door Donation Scams: These scammers play to your heart strings. Someone will come to your front door and seek for donations in certain organizations’ name. This will most often happen after a disaster, where there is a specific charitable cause that everyone is aware of. Don’t ever give your information out to a person that you don’t know. Online donations are more secure to help your information not be used in an unlawful way.

Door to Door Art Scams: A group of young people, claiming to be international art students, tell you that they are trying to raise funds for their tuition and art supplies by selling their own piece. This is one you will definitely want to avoid. Don’t give your information, or donations to organizations unless you have researched and know it is a legal, legitimate cause.

Door to Door Survey Scams: The door to door fraudsters knock on your door and claim to be taking a survey for an election or a health department for wellness checks. The door to door census scams are the typical examples.

Door to Door Home Maintenance Scams: These scams include free roof maintenance, carpet cleaning, window cleaning etc….These salesman can be using this as an opportunity to case your home and possibly come back later. Don’t every let anyone into your home that you don’t know. Don’t put your home and family in jeopardy just for a free carpet cleaning.

You can take action against these types of scams by placing signs at or around your front door. Some good signs are:

    • “No Solicitors” sign or “No Trespassing” sign
    • “Be Aware of Dogs” sign
    • “Baby Sleeping” sign
    • “Please no canvassers” or “We don’t donate at the door”
    • “We actively research politics, please don’t knock”

These signs are easy to attain by searching the web. Many companies sell a variety of signs that can help you to avoid scammers knocking on your door. These are also very easy to make and add your own personal touch to.

Another very good way to avoid answering your door and seeing a salesman standing there is by having security cameras outside of your house and front door. There are so many amazing features that cameras can do now. Linking to your phones or computers, you can actually interact with anyone at your door before having to open it and talk to them face to face. CalAtlantic has a variety of security cameras that can help make your day feel less stressed and your home more secure.

A good thing to remember is that anything someone is selling door to door is not urgent. You do not have to make your decision immediately. If you are interested in what they are selling, ask them to leave their information and that will give you time to check their credentials.

How to Prevent Car Vandalism


On August 10, 2017 By admin

According to the frequently searched topics online, the subject of “catching car thieves” seems to be a popular topic. Of course we hate to be the bearers of bad news, but unless you’re working with some really hi-tech tracking systems like the stuff you see in movies, your chances of actually catching the culprits are slim to none. The grand theft auto business often doesn’t work like Gone In 60 Seconds where your car stays in one piece. Most thieves steal based on a demand for parts from auto shops, which means that most stolen cars are normally in shop being torn for parts within a couple hours after theft, or they’re rarely being parked a good distance away to check and see if it has a tracking device. If the car is still there a week or so after, they know it doesn’t have a tracker and they will just take it out on their merry way. In other words, your best bet is going to be preventing car theft instead of catching anybody.

Prevention of car damage may seem a little redundant because it brings you back to some common sense basics. Just remember that little actions go a long way, and these five things can make or break the chances of anybody messing with your vehicle.

Lock The Doors

It may seem like a pretty obvious step, but a recent poll by Huffington Post says that up to seven percent of the American population doesn’t lock their doors. Reasons definitely vary up to living in a safe area, or believing that there’s nothing in their car anybody would want. The truth is that locking your door adds another obstacle for criminals, and since they’re looking for the quickest way to get the job done, making the process longer for them is going to make your car safer. Also be sure to double check. Many people just click the button and assume it works, but try to open the door again just to make sure. Key fobs aren’t the most reliable technology, and technology disrupting the frequencies between the car and your fob are a current popular trend with auto thieves, so don’t forget to double check.

Hide Your Valuables

This is another step that may seem obvious, but another hard truth is that locking your doors can only help so much sometimes. If you leave your stuff out, criminals won’t have to go digging through your car to find what they want. It’s right there and it won’t take them long to smash the window, grab whatever they want and get out. Sure the car alarm may go off, but they’ll most likely be long gone by the time you make it out. So be smart and put your stuff away.

Be Mindful Of Where You Park

In this scenario you just have to put yourself in the shoes of whoever you are trying to stop. While preventing car theft is the overall goal, it’s a real pain when you find out someone has done something small and simple like keying your car or slicing your tires. If you keep your car within sight, it is almost exponentially safer. Also try to keep it in an area that is well lit.

Add To Your Investment

Cars aren’t cheap, and losing one to theft would be a real blow to your wallet. If you are worried about something happening to your vehicle, do some research and buy what looks best for your situation. Tracking devices can be a game changer, but if you feel like spending less, even a motion sensing lamp in your front yard can work wonders.

Research Your Car’s Security Features

High end cars are obviously worth more, which is quite the attraction for thieves, but most also come with some serious security bells and whistles. Features like automatically locking doors and security light systems are only a few of the many measures automobile manufacturers have taken to prevent car theft. Take some time to make sure you are utilizing all of the options your car comes with.

Most Importantly, Prioritize

We can give you all sorts of different strategies and techniques to keep your car safe like hiding your keys or garage security, but one thing to remember is that if someone is planning on stealing your car, they’re at an obvious low as far as moral standards go. It can become dangerous sometimes, and if someone comes barging in hell bent on stealing something, the car is worth much less than putting your family at risk. The least that you could do to avoid getting your car stolen is installing a decent surveillance system to either preempt car theft, or to at least catch the suspect on video for the police to act on.