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Is your alarm company still in business?

It has recently come to our attention via several postings on security boards and blogs that a few alarm companies are trying to “trick” homeowners into thinking that their current alarm company is out of business.

Here’s an example of what’s happening:

You will receive a phone call or possibly an unannounced home visit stating that XYZ alarm company has  acquired your current alarm company and will need to reprogram your alarm system.

What you should do if this happens?:

1) If they call, take down the company name and number.  Let them know you will call back when you have time to talk.  If they stop in for an unannounced visit ask for some information on the company and tell them you will get back with them when you have the time to talk.

2) Contact your current alarm company to find out if this information is true.  Normally, you would be notified of a change like this by mail or telephone, not by an unannounced visit or phone call  by a representative from another company.

What if I fell for their scam?:

According to Ken Kirschenbaum, Esq:

1) A subscriber fraudulently induced to sign an alarm contract can have it nullified and can get out any time prior to ratification after the fraud is discovered.

2) If you have an existing contract with your alarm company, it can still be enforced.

For more information on this topic give us a call today at (937) 262-7937 or visit our web site

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Will using Windows XP compromise the security of my business?

Microsoft has announced that effective April 8, 2014 they will no longer provide technical assistance for Windows XP.  This includes automatic updates that help protect your PC. They will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on this date. 

 
What does this mean for you? 
If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer will still work. However, it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses because Microsoft will no longer be offering the security patches and updates that are needed to keep your computer safe and secure from hackers. 
 
As more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter greater numbers of apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP.
 
Also, by not upgrading your computer system you could be opening your business up to risks and lawsuits due to a lack of proper computer security.  Just think of how many issues Target has had with their security breach this past holiday season.
 
How does keeping Windows XP effect my business security system?
If you have a CCTV System, Access Control System, CRM, Credit Card Processing or a POS system that is being powered by Windows XP it may become more vulnerable to security risks, viruses, and hacking as Microsoft will no longer provide security patches for the Windows XP platform.   
 
What should your business do to avoid having these issues? 
Its recommended that you upgrade your operating system.  By upgrading your operating system to a newer version of Windows, Microsoft will continue to offer support with security patches and updates that are needed to keep your computer safe from hackers.  
 
If you would like to find out if your security system is at risk for these vulnerabilities give us a call at (937) 262-7937.  
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Replacement of Restaurant Dry Chemical Systems: January 1, 2014

NFPA 96, Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations, was recently updated.

The newly released 2014 edition has a requirement that impacts old dry chemical systems. Effective January 1, 2014, all automatic fire extinguishing systems for the protection of commercial cooking equipment are required to meet ANSI/UL 300, Standard for Fire Testing of Fire  Extinguishing Systems for the Protection of Commercial Cooking Equipment (2005, revised 2010), or an equivalent standard. This means that existing pre-engineered dry chemical systems protecting this hazard will need to be removed and replaced.

Pre-engineered wet chemical fire suppression systems that are listed to UL 300 are the most common means for protecting commercial cooking equipment, because they are effective, reliable, and economical. They are also the only pre-engineered systems that meet the stringent listing criteria of this Underwriters Laboratories fire test standard. For these reasons, any restaurant looking to replace an existing dry chemical system will most likely request the installation of a UL 300 wet chemical system.

The reference for this deadline is NFPA 96, 2014 edition, paragraph 10.2.3.2. NFPA issued the updated standard on August 1, 2013, with an effective date of August 21, 2013.

For more information call (937) 262-7937 or visit our web site today!

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AFS Revolution Camera Special – Sale Extended

2GIG-CAM-HD100

Wireless Indoor Camera with Night Vision

  • Up to 720p resolution HD video
  • IR illumination for viewing in low-light conditions
  • Configurable Video Motion Detection (VMD)
  • PIR motion detection enhancement
  • WiFi and Ethernet network connections
  • Easy setup using WPS push button configuration
  • Access live video and saved clips on Alarm.com or on your mobile device (iOS and Android)*
On Sale for $215 with installation

Limited quantities available

Sale ends Friday February 21st.  Orders must be placed by 4pm est.

*Requires an American Fire & Security Alarm.com account to access camera

For more information call (937) 262-7937 or visit our web site today!

AFS Revolution Camera Special

HD CCTV Camera

Wireless Indoor Camera with Night Vision

  • Up to 720p resolution HD video
  • IR illumination for viewing in low-light conditions
  • Configurable Video Motion Detection (VMD)
  • PIR motion detection enhancement
  • WiFi and Ethernet network connections
  • Easy setup using WPS push button configuration
  • Access live video and saved clips on Alarm.com or on your mobile device (iOS and Android)*
On Sale for $215 with installation

Limited quantities available

Sale ends Friday February 7th.  Orders must be placed by 4pm est.

*Requires an American Fire & Security Alarm.com account to access camera

For more information call (937) 262-7937 or visit our web site today!

Happy Thanksgiving from American Fire & Security

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What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?
– Erma Bombeck

Purchase by Year-end and Deduct up to $500,000

Purchase your security equipment by  Year-end and Deduct up to $500,000

we mean business

Under Section 179 of the IRS tax code, you can deduct the full amount of equipment purchased / leased up to $500,000 from your company’s gross revenue if done by Dec. 31, 2013. Without congressional action, this benefit will decrease to $25,000 in 2014.*

To better help you take advantage of this, American Fire & Security has partnered with the industry’s leading security equipment financing companies to provide leasing options as more companies recognize the benefits of reducing capital expenditures and shifting security to an operating expense. Take this opportunity to:

  • Add or upgrade your camera system
  • Add or upgrade to biometric readers
  • Integrate video management into your alarm or access control system

To learn more reply to this email or contact us at (877) 237-8918 today!

*Every entity’s tax situation is different. We recommend consulting with an accountant or legal counsel before taking any action.

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Introducing LiftMaster Garage Door Control

The AFS Revolution‬, powered by Alarm.com, is the only interactive security and home automation platform to fully integrate with LiftMaster® brand garage door openers. Now, you can remotely manage your garage door activity from anywhere in the world!

-Check to see if garage doors are closed
-Remotely open and close garage doors
-Automatically have garage doors close when system is armed
-Receive alerts if garage doors are left open

Using LiftMaster’s patented MyQ® communication technology, you can easily upgrade your LiftMaster, Chamberlain or Craftsman opener as long as it was manufactured after 1998.

For more information call (937) 262-7937 or visit our web site today!

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Firework Injury Infographic

Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day. However, the thrill of fireworks can also bring pain. 200 people on average go the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.  Below is a great infographic of the firework injuries from June 22, 2012 to July 22, 2012 via the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

 

2013 Firework Infographic via the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

2013 Firework Infographic via the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

 

 

Resolve to be safe in 2013

2013

Your friends at American Fire & Security / The Security Girl would like to wish you SAFE, happy, healthy and successful 2013!  This is also a great time to make a commitment to keep your business & home as as safe as possible by planning ahead.

We would like to offer some safety tips for your business & home so you can start off your 2013 as safe as possible!

TIPS FOR YOUR BUSINESS
1. Create a library of safety tips (seasonal/holiday activities, driving, proper cell phone usage, etc.). Make information available to employees. Post topics on bulletin boards,create flyers, or include as paycheck suffers.
2.If your business has a safe be sure to anchor your safe into ground/walls, etc., and always change the safe combination when a safe combination holding employee leaves.
3. Post police and emergency telephone numbers in a conspicuous location so they will be readily available during an emergency.

TIPS FOR YOUR HOME
1.  Create a family escape plan in case of a fire or other emergency.  Be sure to practice it regularly.
2. Don’t leave extra keys under doormats, potted plants or any other obvious outdoor location. Place the keys in an outdoor KeySafe, or give a set to a neighbor you can trust.
3.  Make sure at least one person in your household is properly trained in First Aid & CPR so they have the knowledge and confidence to to respond in a potentially life threatening situation.

For more information on how to Resolve to be safe in 2013 contact American Fire & Security today at (937) 262-7937 or toll free at (877) 237-8918.

Stay Safe!

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