ByDeirdre Woollard10:24 am ETMay 7, 2013May 7, 2013 Homeowners insurance isn’t a topic that most people like to think about except as the funny/scary ‘Mayhem’ ads for Allstate. For first-time
BAP Security is proud to now be a Dealer Partner with Hikvision. We look forward to offering you more great equipment to meet your Video Surveillance needs.
When you think about alarm protection, what do you think about?
Doors and Windows?
Motions and/or Glassbreak Detectors?
There are some important protection points that are rarely installed by most people and can be critical protection for your home.
Flood Protection – alerts you in case of a major water leak.
Freeze Protection – alerts you before your pipes have a chance to freeze.
Overheat Protection – alerts you when there has been a critical failure of your HVAC cooling system
These can alert you of failures of systems in your home that could cause thousands of dollars of damage. Ask us today how we can help protect your home or home away from home.
Avoid this trick to make you vulnerable to car theft. Make sure you, your family and your friends are aware of this.
The Home Safety Council offers tips to keep your home safe this summer.
Turn Up the Lights
- Put bright lights over porches and walkways in the front and back.
Lock It Up
- All doors to the outside should have working locks.
- Garage and shed doors need working locks too.
- All windows should have working locks.
- Keep all doors to the outside, sliding doors, and windows locked.
Be Able to Get Out
- Make sure everyone can open all locks from inside your home.
- Don’t have deadbolt locks that lock with an inside key. You need to get out fast if a fire starts. A missing key could trap you inside.
- Replace inside-key locks with deadbolt locks that have a “thumb turn” instead of an indoor key.
- Make sure everyone in your family can reach the “thumb turn” latch.
- Have window locks that open from inside. Do not nail windows shut. Make sure they open easily.
- If you have security bars on doors and windows, have a “quick-release” latch. This makes it easy to get outside in an emergency.
- Make sure everyone in your family knows how to use the latch.
Don’t Help Intruders
- Keep bushes and shrubs trimmed under windows so burglars can’t hide.
- Keep ladders stored in a locked shed or garage so they can’t be used to climb into your home.
- Keep shades or curtains closed over garage and shed windows.
- Keep shades or curtains closed over your home windows after dark.
- Don’t leave toys, tools and equipment in the yard.
When You’re Gone a Few Days
- Make your home look like someone is there.
- Do yard work before you leave.
- Have a family member or friend bring in your mail and newspaper while you are gone.
Do you have a working and monitored home security system?
FROM THE PERRY POLICE DEPARTMENT
We had a white male possibly Italian 6’02” 240lbs. come to the residence of
an elderly couple saying that he worked for Georgia Power and that he was
going to be doing some trenching in the back of their residence. He asked
the couple to come into the back yard of their residence so he could show
them the area he was going to be working. He was very smooth in determining
that no one else was inside the residence and was talking with another
person over a Nextel. While he was in the back yard with the couple his
accomplice entered the residence and stole Jewelry and money. These thieves
usually target the elderly. The victims in this case were no exception.
Please inform your elderly friends and neighbors of this type of crime.
This newly improved Wireless Driveway Alert gives you peace of mind in knowing that if you have a visitor that you will know about it.
Being wireless there is a lot of flexibility on where the exterior ball motion can be mounted.
Up to 2000′ range.
Can also be used to alert you to to activity in other areas outside your home.
Great for retail stores or other businesses to alert staff that customers are coming in.
THE DRIVER, SALES PEOPLE AND MANAGEMENT OF LTP INC (COLORADO) THAT WERE
GOING DOOR TO DOOR SELLING MAGAZINES IN SOUTH BIBB TODAY HAVE ALL BEEN
STOPPED AND WARNED. THEY ARE NOT LICENSED. THEY WERE BEING DRIVEN AND
DROPPED OFF BY A HISPANIC MALE IN A BLACK CHEVROLET EXPRESS VAN WITH
COLORADO PLATE. THEY WERE ALL INFORMED THAT THE NEXT VIOLATION WOULD RESULT
IN ARREST. PLEASE NOTIFY THE BIBB SHERIFF’S OFFICE IF YOU ENCOUNTER THIS
CREW IN UNINCORPORATED BIBB. THE DRIVER HAS A NON EXTRADITION FLORIDA
WARRANT AND AT LEAST ONE OF THE SALES PERSONS HAS A HISTORY OF THEFT. PLEASE
DO NOT ENCOURAGE THIS TYPE OF DOOR TO DOOR ACTIVITY BY PURCHASING.
LT. GEORGE MEADOWS
BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
There is a rash of outdoor AC unit thefts in our area.
Thieves are stealing the copper from outdoor AC units. In the process of stealing the copper coils from your Air Conditioner they are doing damage that many times can cost you several thousand dollars to repair. They are primarily stealing from businesses but some homes are also being targeted. Also be aware that many businesses have multiple outdoor units and it is not unusual for the thieves to damage or steal multiple units from a business.
We now carry an innovative solution to cause an alarm on your BAP alarm system if a thief tries to steal or damage your outdoor AC unit. Our device can sense the cover being removed or the unit being tilted to gain access along with supervising a wire cut to the unit. Call our office at 478-746-6000 for more information on adding this protection that could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in losses at your home or business.
Last time we gave you a few tips about making your home more safe, this time we will look at some vacation family security.
Leave any non-essential credit cards and identification papers at home rather than carrying them around in your purse or wallet.
Write down the contact numbers for all your credit cards and keep a copy in a seperate location so you can cancel them if they are stolen.
Men – don’t carry your wallet in your back pocket; move it to the front.
Women – don’t carry around designer handbags or wear expensive jewelry – both are advertisements to thieves.
Consider carrying a dummy wallet that you can give to thieves in case you are robbed.
If traveling out of the country – make a copy of your passport and try to use that when possible rather than the real thing. Will also help if you lose the real one.
Don’t be too trusting of the security of your belongings in the hotel room – cleaning and maintenance people have access when you are out.
Be Safe and have a great summer.