Do you use the garage more than the front door?

When it comes to home security most people focus on the “home” part in a literal way.  Protecting the area where you actually live is an obvious must but we tend to forget about that little space next to your home called the garage.  Most people store valuables including, cars, tools, and electronics in their garage, and a lot of garages are attached to the home.  So if someone breaks in to your garage they have access to your valuables and your home…  Here are some tips to make sure you have garage security to go along with your home security.

Des Moines Home Security

Lock Up! – Just like you would for your home.  Make sure all of the windows and doors are in good shape and they all have current locks.  It wouldn’t be going too far to install a deadbolt on the door leading in to your garage and also on the door leading in to your home from the garage.

Keep The Big Door Closed – This may seem like an obvious one but there are lots of people out there who leave the big garage door open all of the time.  You also want to make sure that no one can just walk up and pull open your main garage door.  If it has a handle, make sure it has a lock.

Extend Your Alarm – Make sure your security system is at least monitoring the door from your garage in to your home.  If you can set it up to monitor the other entrances to your garage as well.  Watch this video to see how easy it is for someone to break in through your garage door.

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Eliminate Security Worries

Brivo Online Access Control Systems bring you powerful security features and simple, centralized administration tools, while maximizing your access control investment.

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Powerful Security

Advanced administrative and monitoring features instantly inform you of security incidents. Unsurpassed scalability lets you easily extend your system to thousands of doors. Plus, your system is built on a secure IT infrastructure, your data is stored at professionally managed hosting centers and your administrative tools are delivered through secure network communications.

Integrated Video

Brivo OVR WebService (Online Video Recorder) combines the power of Brivo OnAir with central video storage to bring you a breakthrough in hosted access control.  With OVR, Brivo OnAir customers can view live or event-related video of your facilities through a single, centrally managed Brivo OnAir account — at a fraction of the cost of traditional hardware DVRs.

Low Ownership Cost

Brivo OnAir is proven to lower the Total Cost of Ownership for access control. This Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution helps your organization realize significant cost savings by reducing up-front computer hardware purchases, and lowering  operating expenses, such as IT staff time,  and electrical/cooling, rack space and telecom costs.

Access Anywhere

Whether you have one door or thousands of doors across the globe, our “Access Anywhere” approach lets you grant access, print badges, open doors, set schedules and see who’s in your building through a single web-based administrative interface. And rest assured this simple user interface is built on the industry’s most secure access control infrastructure.

Simple to Use

Ease of administration is essential to managing your security system effectively. That’s why all Brivo products are delivered through a web-based administrative interface – easily accessed using a web browser, with no additional software required. Plus, our clean user interface is so easy to use, even new administrators can immediately navigate and find tools – without a training manual.

Eliminate Security Worries

Brivo Online Access Control provides real-time monitoring and administration of your security system. With instant incident notifications, integrated video, and unsurpassed scalability you can easily manage access control across your enterprise.
And every component of your access control system is backed by industry-leading security features. Our Brivo OnAir application is built on a secure IT infrastructure. Your data is stored at redundant hosting centers and managed by IT security professionals, and administrative tools are delivered to you through secure network communications.
Whether you manage one facility or thousands, you can rest assured that your business is protected and that your data is secure.

System Security

  • Real-time incident information is delivered via email, phone, or pager, and a digital record of each facility’s system activity is updated in real-time.
  • Facility lockdown capability lets you remove access privileges for any group in the system instantly.
  • A digital audit trail ensures accountability with real-time logs and system data, as well as customized reports.
  • Brivo OVR WebService (Online Video Recorder) provides Brivo OnAir customers live or event-related video of facilities through a single, centrally managed Brivo OnAir account.
  • Scalability lets you extend access control from one door to thousands of doors, no matter where they are located.

 

Infrastructure Security

  • 24×7 hosting centers are guarded, with strict physical access controls and backed by redundant power sources.
  • Multiple layers of Internet server security are used to ensure information confidentiality and prevent unauthorized access.
  • Application software and data is managed by IT security professionals at our hosting centers.
  • Data is encrypted using 128-bit SSL as it leaves and enters Brivo servers to prevent unauthorized interception.
  • Web-based administrative control is protected by logon/password pairs through secure data transfer.

Contact us for more details!

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Home Alarm System for Des Moines Residents

Not that the spring months are finally here you maybe concerned about your alarm system. Our home alarm systems for Des Moines residents are an affordable option for people who want that additional security for their home.

In case, you are looking to install a new alarm system, or upgrade the present one in your home, it is always safe to be thorough with the different types available in the market today. There are many types of alarm systems that any hardware shop will show you. You will be required to make a choice from the different types of products available. Therefore, if you are going to make any such purchase first know well what you actually want.

Here is a diagram illustrating the applications of the different alarm systems that are available in market today. The control panel is the heart of any home alarm system while the keypad, that is usually located near the main entrance of the house, is the main interface between you and your alarm system.

Nearly invisible door and window sensors are a must to secure entry points to your home, while motion detectors are a must to protect the open areas of your home.

In addition to these you also have smoke, heat and carbon monoxide detectors, which can be installed in your house. There are also water sensors available which alert you in any incidence of flooding in the house.

Home Alarm System Positions: An Overview

Strauss Security Solutions has a residential alarm system to fit your specific needs and budget. We specialize in security so let us help you build the best security system for you home. We know that your family is the most important part of your home so keep them safe with a Strauss security system. We will help you design the best security system for your home. A Strauss Security Specialist will examine your home and make sure that all of your easy access areas will be protected by your new or existing security system. We provide free estimates and will install and/or service a home security system in Des Moines or anywhere throughout Iowa.

 

 

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Spring Home Security Tips

Spring has finally arrived in Iowa! Ok, it is still a little cold but we are on our way to nicer weather. This time of year, it’s important to keep a few home security tips in mind. We put together a list of 5 things you can do this spring to make your home a safer place.

Spring Time Home Safety

1. Lock Up! Make sure you have locks on all of your doors and windows and then, use them.  The harder you make it for anyone to get in the less likely it is to happen.  A dead bolt or advanced lock is worth the investment.

2.  Light up your home! Keep your interior and exteriors well lit especially during night time hours.  Intruders or nosy neighbors are more likely to walk away if there is nowhere to hide.

3. Don’t hide the key under the mat. This is the first place an intruder would look for a key.  Get creative with your hiding places.

4. Put the fancy car in the garage. In a neighborhood where houses are very similar intruders tend to determine potential value by the car in the driveway.

5. Install a security system. Home security systems have become more affordable and more advanced.  Many of these systems offer a real time video feed to allow you to see who is on the other side of the door.  They can also automatically call for help in case of a break in.

Strauss Security Solutions is an industry leader in Residential Security & Life Safety Alarm Services. We provide a wide range of custom designed monitored alarm systems for your home using all UL® approved equipment. Our monitoring rates start at only $20/month, so call today! Silent alarms are available so the trespasser will not know that the authorities have been called until they arrive. Strauss Security Solutions will provide everything you need to secure your doors, including closers, hinges, panic bars, levers, knobs, stops, power openers and more.  Contact us today!

 

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After School Time for Kids in Des Moines

Did they get home ok? Are they doing what they should be doing? When did the plumber leave? Did I turn off all the lights when I left?

The hour after school is a worry time for all working parents. You want to make sure the kids go home safe and will be waiting for you when you return. How about just knowing everything is secure while you’re away? These are common questions that most working adults deal with on a daily basis.  We put together some tips and ideas to help take some of that stress off your back.

1.  Install a security system with remote monitoring technology. This can help you keep track of all the things that build up in the back of your mind.  Use motion sensors to find out when the kids get home, when the plumber leaves, and if anyone has been getting in to the cookie jar.

2.  Utilize cameras (connected to your security system) to look in at any time. Using IP security cameras integrated with advanced interactive technology will allow you to look in on your home anytime from your smartphone (iPhone, BlackBerry, Android) or computer.

3.  Don’t rely on the phone line or internet to power your system. There are still many security systems that rely on an unstable internet connection or a dial-up phone line that is easy to disable.  It would be best to find a security system that works on a wireless network, such as GSM. Using a wireless signal ensures that in any emergency, a signal can be sent to the central monitoring station faster and more efficiently for an immediate response.

If you need any help or advice making your home or business a safer place let Strauss Security Solutions help. We have all the options you need to keep your home and kids safe after school or while your away.

 

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Des Moines Area Lock Replacement and Lock Re Key Services

RekeyNot only does Strauss handle your commercial security systems and residential burglar alarms, they also offer state of the art lock re key and lock replacement services. These lock re key and replacement services ensure that your home or business is completely secure, especially if you are worried that you have too many keys in the wrong hands or after a break in. Not only can Strauss re key your locks, they can also duplicate keys, create high security keys from Medeco, provide master key systems and install deadbolt locks into homes and businesses.

Strauss Security Solutions offers the following locksmith services to its Des Moines clients:

  • Medeco high security keys
  • Duplicate keys
  • Motorcycle keys
  • Re keying locks
  • Key alike locks
  • Schlage keys
  • Sergeant keys
  • Yale keys
  • Master key systems
  • Deadbolts
  • Deadbolt installations
  • Door hardware installation, repair and replacement
  • Door lever installation, repair and replacement
  • Door knob installation, repair and replacement

Here are some reasons why you may want to consider lock re-keying:

  1. Moving into a new home or business. Any of the existing keys could have been copied.
  2. Lost keys. Never assume a lost key is really lost.
  3. After a break-in. Extra keys may have been taken.
  4. Passage of time. Over time, it’s easy to forget about who has keys or how many may have been lost or misplaced.
  5. Cost. In most cases, re-keying is more cost effective than replacing the locks.

When was the last time the locks were updated? Contact Us for an estimate!

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Residential Des Moines Alarm System

We know that nothing is more important than protecting your home and everyone and everything inside of it. That is why we offer home security systems of all shapes and sizes. Protect what you want to protect and do it in style with our designer hardware. We offer state-of-the-art security systems, high security home safes, outdoor cameras, fire and CO2 detection and more.

How Can We Help Keep You Secure?

Strauss Security Solutions has a residential alarm system to fit your specific needs and budget. We specialize in security so let us help you build the best security system for you home. We know that your family is the most important part of your home so keep them safe with a Strauss security system. We will help you design the best security system for your home. A Strauss Security Specialist will examine your home and make sure that all of your easy access areas will be protected by your new or existing security system. We provide free estimates and will install and/or service a home security system in Des Moines or anywhere throughout Iowa.

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Available features:

  • Custom designed Residential Burglar and Fire Alarm Systems (installation & service) for your peace of mind.
  • Fully computerized & redundant UL Listed Central Station Monitoring Services (24/7) of alarms (burglary, fire), troubles, supervisory conditions, low battery,
  • Residential fire, carbon monoxide, smoke & heat detection, basement high water / flooding, medical alert, high / low temperature supervision, life safety
  • Conditions, cellular backup & cellular monitoring for those that don’t have a landline telephone. Monitoring of opening & closing signals, supervised opening &
  • Custom designed security system installations to meet the needs of your home utilizing UL listed hardwire and supervised wireless technologies for your peace of mind.
  • Taking over and monitoring of most other companies systems.
  • Installation of hardwired or supervised wireless security & fire alarm devices.
  • Remote account management and administration of all systems which includes secure remote programming and modifications between your system(s) and our main office.
  • System Diagnostics from the Central Station and our local office.
  • On-call technicians available 24/7 for emergency service.
  • Factory trained & licensed installers & technicians on staff specializing in Security, Fire, CCTV and Access Control.

 

 

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Protect Your Des Moines Business With Strauss

Strauss Security Solutions is an industry leader in Commercial Security & Life Safety Alarm Services. We provide a wide range of custom designed monitored alarm systems for your business using all UL® approved equipment. Our goal at Strauss is to keep you, your employees, your customers, and your business as safe as possible. We recommend when setting up a commercial burglary alarm system that you cover all of your bases, every door to the building and doors guarding confidential information, every window that someone would be able to gain access to the building through, and more. We understand that businesses need to protect their assets, information and their people so we offer many different security solutions to meet your needs.

Commercial Security System for $395

When you lock the door to your building at night do you worry that the little lock on the door will not be enough to deter intruders? Install a Strauss Commercial Security System today and forget about your worries. Commercial security systems start at just $395 installed and $24.95 a month for monitoring.

Product Details:

    • One Expandable Master Controller Communicator (the brains)
    • One Backlit Digital Keypad Arming Station With Built In Panic Button
    • One Interior High Decibel Siren
    • One RJ31X Telephone Jack & Cord (must have phone line)
    • One Emergency Standby Battery Backup Power Supply
    • One Motion Detector With Up To 80 LB Pet Immunity
    • Two Perimeter Doors Protected For Movement

Contact Strauss today to take the first steps in securing your business.

 

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Home Security Quiz Cheatsheet

These are a few simple concepts that will help you protect your home and your family. Not everyone knows that burglars are more likely to strike during the day, or that they will disguise themselves to appear less conspicuous. Test your home security knowledge below and keep these lessons in mind.

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Strangers Asleep in the Basement

6910427_sOne Des Moines family got a rude awakening this weekend: strangers sleeping in their basement.   On 21st street in Des Moines, Beatrice Gwion often hosts family and friends.  The thing is they come in through the front door, not the basement window.

Her daughter Hassatu explains how Saturday morning her mom came down to the basement to find three strangers snoozing on her furniture.

The three strange men woke up and ran off, forgetting their backpack with Nike shoes, clothing and a video game inside.

The mother saw them running away from the back of the house.  She called the police and walked them through what happened.   “The police officer said they probably just came to stay somewhere warm cause it was cold outside,” says Hassatu Diallo, Gwion’s daughter.

The police report says the strangers did not steal anything. by Phil Prazan watch the entire story at http://www.myabc5.com/story/24865845/strangers-asleep-in-basement

How do you protect your family?

Strauss Security Solutions has an alarm system to fit your needs and budget. Strauss offers commercial or residential alarm systems. Strauss will save you money each month by taking over your current system or install a custom designed system for your home or business.   Strauss will service or install a security system in Des Moines or anywhere throughout Iowa.

Call or email Strauss Security today for service or to have a salesperson provide a quote.

  • Custom designed Residential Burglar and Fire Alarm Systems (installation & service) for your piece of mind.
  • Custom designed Commercial Burglar Alarm Systems (installation & service) for your piece of mind.
  • Fully computerized & redundant UL Listed Central Station Monitoring Services (24/7) of alarms (burglary, fire), troubles, supervisory conditions, low battery,
  • Residential fire, carbon monoxide, smoke & heat detection, basement high water / flooding, medical alert, high / low temperature supervision, life safety
  • Conditions, cellular backup & cellular monitoring for those that don’t have a landline telephone. Monitoring of opening & closing signals, supervised opening &
  • Closing by schedules, emailed or faxed detailed reports of activity & arming / disarming on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Other services are available as well.
  • Custom designed security system installations to meet the needs of your home or business utilizing UL listed hardwire and supervised wireless technologies for your piece of mind.
  • Taking over and monitoring of most other companies systems.
  • Installation of hardwired or supervised wireless security & fire alarm devices.
  • Remote account management and administration of all systems which includes secure remote programming and modifications between your system(s) and our main office.
  • System Diagnostics from the Central Station and our local office.
  • On-call technicians available 24/7 for emergency service.
  • Factory trained & licensed installers & technicians on staff specializing in Security, Fire, CCTV and Access Control.

 

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