7 Ways to Tighten Your Home Security for the Holidays

Every year at this time you’ll read stories about the increase in home burglaries while homeowners are away. Studies show that increase is not always fact. Instead, many factors affect burglaries in different communities and when they occur.

21908228_sStill, it’s smart to play it safe with home security around the holidays. After all, you may have extra valuables inside after buying all of your gifts, and you may be absent more often as you attend holiday parties or head to grandmother’s house.

According to FBI data, in 2010, there were an estimated 2.1 million burglaries in the U.S. Victims of burglary offenses suffered an estimated $4.6 billion in lost property, an average dollar loss of $2,119 each. In the Raleigh-Cary area, including Franklin, Johnston, and Wake counties, there were 628 burglaries per 100,000 residents in 2010.

Keep your holiday gifts and your home safe this season with a few simple measures:

  • Light your home. The strings of Christmas lights may bring good cheer, but they don’t keep burglars out. Mount exterior lights on your home, out of reach. These can be put on a timer or used as motion detectors. Put indoor lights on timers.
  • Burglars don’t want to spend all day trying to break in. Keep your doors and windows locked and install deadbolts on exterior doors, making it tougher to gain entry.
  • Check your doors. Your lock might be amazing, but if your door is weak, a strong kick will give a burglar easy access. Make sure your door is solid wood or has a solid wood core. You can also consider a fiberglass or metal door.
  • Trim the shrubbery. Don’t make it easy for burglars to hide behind bushes as they work to open a window. Keep the landscaping trimmed so it’s easier for a neighbor to spot the suspicious person standing outside your home.
  • Install a home alarm system. More than 90 percent of burglars say they would avoid a home with an alarm, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Effective alarms don’t just make noise, but alert emergency services. Many insurance companies offer a discount on homeowners insurance if you have an alarm.
  • Hide and lock your valuables. Once inside, a burglar doesn’t want to take too long. He or she knows to check the desk and the bedroom for important documents and jewelry. Put your important papers and expensive items in other locations and hide them well.
  • Heading out of town? Be sure to:
    • Have your mail held, or have a neighbor pick it up.
    • Schedule deliveries. Packages are at risk this time of year sitting on your front porch. Try to time deliveries so that they don’t arrive when you are out of town.
    • Leave blinds in their usual positions so it appears you are home.
    • Ask trustworthy neighbors to keep an eye on your home. Letting a few people know you are gone will help keep them on alert for something amiss.

Questions about home security? Give us a call: (919) 387-1800.

Four Reasons to Rely on 24-Hour Security Monitoring

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Whether you’re fast asleep in your own bed in Raleigh or away on an international vacation, it’s important to know your home security system will work the way you expect.

One expectation most people have for home or business security systems is a response to the alarm — no matter what time it occurs. This 24-hour security monitoring means authorities will be notified as needed when the alarm is activated at your home or office.

Monitoring isn’t just to alert the police or fire departments. Here are some other advantages to making sure 24-hour monitoring is part of your security system:

  • True Protection — Some homeowners assume a burglar alarm making a lot of noise is enough protection. In truth, like car alarms, home alarms are often ignored by people nearby, who assume it is going off by accident.
  • Other Home Issues – While not as urgent as a fire or break-in, a gas leak can cause serious problems in your home. Monitoring systems can be set up to alert you in case of a gas leak or to let you know your freezer is no longer on — indicating a power outage.
  • Assistance — Monitoring systems can also notify people that you need assistance in case of a fall or other personal accident.
  • Sleeping Easy — Monitoring means someone is always keeping an eye (and ear) on your home or business. Many security system clients say knowing someone is there offers peace of mind, making it easier to sleep at home and while away.

How Monitoring Works
Secur-Tek works with Affiliated Central to monitor your home or business. The team at Affiliated Central is CSAA Five Diamond Certified and uses the most up-to-date technologies including live digital video. The company has installed a redundancy system for its telephone and automation, ensuring dependability.

Secur-Tek, Inc. does not require a long-term monitoring contract when you have your home or business connected to our monitoring services.

While most security companies offer 24-hour monitoring, some companies may consider it an add-on feature. When contacting a security company to keep your home or business safe, be sure to confirm you are receiving the service you deserve.

Business Security, Monitoring, and Customer Service

One Stop ShopSecur-Tek provides state-of-the-art business security and home automation services to residential and commercial customers in Apex, Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill, and central North Carolina. We provide commercial customers of all sizes with everything needed to minimize risks and keep businesses safe. You can focus on running your businesses while we provide the security expertise and systems you need. We can provide your business with fire protection systems, access control, burglar alarms, security cameras (CCTV and video), and background music.

Fire Protection – Alarms, Smoke, and Sprinkler Waterflow Detectors

Even if you have fire insurance, it’s far better to prevent a fire than to have one, make an insurance claim, and try to rebuild from the ashes. Many businesses never recover from a fire. You can get protected against total disaster with our fire code compliant fire detection systems. Manual pull fire alarms, supervised smoke detectors, and waterflow monitors all work together. Manual pull alarms are like the ones in many public buildings—once pulled the horns go off and the fire department is alerted. Supervised smoke detectors allow a fast response before the fire gets out of control. Water is a fire’s worst enemy but it’s not always your friend. Waterflow monitors minimize the water damage and flooding that happens when sprinklers go off; water can cause more damage than fire.

Access Control Systems

You can get access control systems to monitor your business. You can monitor your property (onsite or remotely) and employees and keep unwanted people from causing trouble. Locks with passcodes or keycards will let authorized people in and keep the bad guys out. Our software can be loaded onto the PC you already have. We have a wide variety of solutions and price points so let us know what you need and we’ll customize a solution just for you.

Burglar Alarms and Monitoring

Burglars are always a danger to your valuable inventory and business property. Our burglar alarms and systems let you know when someone is in the wrong place at the wrong time. You can get reports of exactly when your burglar alarm is armed and disarmed as well as who is accessing it. This is perfect for knowing when your business opens and closes. You’ll know if someone disarms the alarm late at night or before regular opening hours.

CCTV Security Cameras and Video Storage

Burglars aren’t the only source of theft. Shoplifters and even employees can be a major problem. Protecting yourself with camera monitoring is smart because it discourages theft; stealing is a lot less appealing to thieves if they know they’re being watched! Security footage is indispensable when you need evidence to show a judge. Camera evidence is hard to deny and will help to convict a thief and protect your business from theft, false claims, and other liabilities. We can set you up with 1 to 100 CCTV cameras, PC-based systems, and remote monitoring. One of our most popular packages is Honeywell’s 4-Camera Internet system—you can even monitor your business on your phone!

Business Background Music Source

Having a safe and secure business is important and it’s also key to provide an environment that makes customers want to spend money. Background music helps you control the mood and image of your business. We can supply all the relaxing and professional background music you need—perfect for offices and stores that need to convey professionalism.

To learn more about how your business can benefit from using security and home automation services, contact Secur-Tek at 919-387-1800.

Home Security – Systems for Every Budget

First AlertAs a homeowner, the notion of safety and security is one of your top priorities. No one wants to come home to find that they have been burglarized. People who have had this awful experience say they felt their lives were completed violated, as some stranger had gone into their private home and rummaged through their personal belongings.

One way to bring you some peace of mind is to install a home security system to protect your home. There are different types of security packages available that offer various levels of protection. Some systems not only protect the home and notify you of any unwanted entrance or breach, but can alert you if there is a fire or other dangerous situation at the house. Motion detectors can also be installed. In most circumstances, they are effective even in pet-friendly homes.

Other options for home security can include health safety. For example, if you have an elderly family member, a system can be set up to alert you should that person leave the house or get out of bed.

Home security systems today use advanced technologies to protect your property and your loved ones. Alarms are sent to the authorities as well as to you via cell phone. You may have the option to view your home (through the cameras installed) via the Internet from any remote location.

There are many choices out there to accommodate your comfort level.

For more information on home security, contact Secur-Tek at 919-387-1800.

First Alert Rescue Mat

First Alert is proud to venture further into the safety world with the introduction of The Rescue Mat. Made to meet the demanding needs of professional rescue teams everywhere, the First Alert Rescue Mat is a one of a kind rescue device. The rescue mat is intended to be rolled up for easy vehicle storage and quick transport so it is always at the ready. This ultra-buoyant flotation device is designed for professional surface water, ice, and swamp rescue and retrieval.

The First Alert Rescue Mat and carrying case wrap weighs 65 lbs and can be transported by one or two-person teams. Rescue Mat measures 25 ft. in length and 5 ft. in width when deployed giving 25 ft. of instant access into the body of water from dock or shore. First Alert Rescue Mat holds up to 1,250 lbs of weight in open water with advanced stability over competitive inflatable products.


Key Features of the First Alert Rescue Mat:

    • Ultra Buoyant – provides more than 1,250lbs of buoyancy in open water
  • Quick Transport – light weight product with easy-transport carrying case


  • Enhanced Surface Grip – tarp cover enhances surface grip in wet conditions


  • Durability – Rescue Mat has been rigorously tested


  • Warranty – 1 year manufacturer warranty


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First Alert Fire Extinguishers

Need a fire extinguisher to meet minimum law compliance for business and can also be used for residential applications?
Effective against the most common household fires: wood, paper, fabric, flammable liquid fires and live electrical equipment fires. UL rated type 2-A:10-B:C fire extinguisher is rechargeable according to codes if used, unit can be refilled by a certified professional.
Key Fire Extinguisher Features Include:
  • Metal pull pin with safety seal to prevent accidental discharges
  • Corrosion resistant metal pressure gauge easy-to-read color coded gauge provides accurate measurement
  • Durable compliant metal head designed to meet demanding needs
  • Secure code compliant mount bracket and strap are included for secure placement of extinguisher
  • Code compliant instructions, chemical resistant; water proof label with 4-step instructions won’t deteriorate
  • 10-year limited warranty
First Alert fire extinguishers for home and business are affordable, effective and efficient. Keep your family, home, auto and business protected with a First Alert Fire Extinguisher.

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First Alert Store Expands Product Offerings

Here at First Alert Store we have been very busy adding more home safety products for your family’s safety. One of our favorite new lines is the Executive and Gun Safes. Whether you are an avid hunter, a marksman, competitive shooter or simply keep a gun for safety reasons First Alert Store has a gun safe to fit your lifestyle and your gun safety needs.

Find the Executive and Gun Safe that best meets your home safety needs at: http://www.firstalertstore.com/store/categories/first-alert-executive-safes-gun-safes.htm

As always, call us at:  847-991-4385 if you have any questions.

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First Alert Fire, Water and Theft Safes

Fire, Water and Theft Safes
Safes are used in homes or businesses to protect and secure property and valuables. This includes important papers, records, media storage, laptops, photos, jewelry, cash and other valuable items. Safes can be theft safes, fire safes or water (water proof) safes. Some safes have multiple or all those characteristics. 


Theft Safe offers protection against theft. Usually have solid metal walls and a heavy door with concealed hinges resistant to a drilling, cutting or prying attack. Hardened resistant metals are often used to slow down attempts to break in to this safe. May offer little protection against fire or water; unless it is a combination safe made for those protections.

First Alert .28 Cu. Ft. Theft Digital Safe
First Alert .35 Cu. Ft. Theft Digital Safe
First Alert .62 Cu. Ft. Theft Digital Safe
First Alert .62 to .85 Cu. In. Theft Digital Wall Safe
First Alert .67 Cu. Ft. Theft Digital Safe
First Alert .78 Cu. Ft. Theft Digital Safe
First Alert 1.00 Cu. Ft. Theft Digital Safe
First Alert 1.04 Cu. Ft. Theft Digital Safe
First Alert 1.2 Cu. Ft. Theft Digital Safe
First Alert 1.24 Cu. Ft. Theft Digital Safe

Fire Theft Safes are designed to protect against fire and theft. They maintain an internal temperature of below 200 degrees C (the point at which documents will be destroyed). Fire safes provide the fire protection in 30 minute increments. Some fire safes are also Communication Safes which maintain less than 52 degrees C (the point at which data media is destroyed) also protect against high humidity, electro-magnetic contamination, etc. First Alert fires safes are fire theft combination safes.

First Alert .80 Cu. Ft. Fire Theft Combination Safe
First Alert .80 Cu. Ft. Fire Theft Digital Safe
First Alert 1.22 Cu. Ft. Fire Theft Communication Safe
First Alert 1.22 Cu. Ft. Fire Theft Digital Safe
First Alert 2.0 Cu. Ft. Fire Theft Digital Safe
First Alert 2.02 Cu. Ft. Fire Theft Combination Safe
First Alert 2.02 Cu. Ft. Fire Theft Digital Safe
First Alert 2.77 Cu. Ft. Fire Theft Combination Safe
First Alert 2.77 Cu. Ft. Fire Theft Digital Safe

Water Fire Theft Safes waterproof, even when fully submerged. Water safes are found in combination as water, fire safes. Offers full and maximum protection for your home or business valuable items and property.

First Alert .94 Cu. Ft. Water Fire Theft Combination Safe
First Alert .94 Cu. Ft. Water Fire Theft Digital Safe
First Alert 1.31 Cu. Ft. Water Fire Theft Combination Safe
First Alert 1.31 Cut. Ft. Water Fire Theft Digital Safe
First Alert 2.13 Cut. Ft. Water Fire Theft Digital Safe

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First Alert Security Doors – Protect Your Home and Family!

Protect your home against burglary and home invasions. First Alert Store now offers security doors.

United States Department of Justice reports:

  • The easiest way for a criminal to get into your house is just too kick-in your door!
  • The FBI says every 15.4 seconds a home is invaded by going right through the front or back door.
  • 2:00 in the afternoon is the biggest break-in time

First Alert and Leslie Locke security doors provide security with style, helping you protect what matters most. First Alert security doors are tested by a nationally recognized laboratory for strength and durability against potential break-ins and damage from weather. These attractive, functional and durable security doors are made protect against unwanted break-ins and damage!

View our security doors at: FirstAlertStore.

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First Alert Home Security Products Keep Homes and Businesses SafeFirst Alert Home Security Products Keep Homes and Businesses Safe

 Add an extra layer of protection to your home or business. Keep your home safe from disaster and intrusion with our great First Alert Home Security Cameras. Whether it is a simple wireless camera setup or a wired camera and DVR installation, we give you all the tools you need to do it yourself with ease!

First Alert Home Security products monitor your home and record your home and office. Options range from one camera to eight cameras, wired or wireless.  Prices start at $ 64.99. Save now – visit First Alert Store and buy the right home security camera for your home or business!

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