Custom Alarm Blog

How to Participate in National Night Out

Posted by Custom Alarm on Jul 10, 2018 10:10:34 AM

This year marks the 35th annual National Night Out, held on Tuesday, August 7 across thousands of communities from all fifty states, including Rochester, Olmsted County and SE Minnesota. 

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Tags: National Night Out, Community, Neighborhood Watch, Rochester MN, Olmsted County, Family Activities, Custom Alarm Happenings, Events, Community News

Ever worry about a fire in your home or business?

Posted by Marketing on Oct 9, 2017 3:00:26 PM

October 8-14 is National Fire Prevention Week. Celebrated to bring awareness to the public about the importance of fire prevention and how you and your family can take steps to stay safe.

In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.

This year’s theme is “Every Second Counts: ‘Plan 2 Ways Out!” This reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan.

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Tags: Community News, Family Activities, Home Security, Safety and Security Tips

Are you a good Neighbor? 5 Steps to being a great Neighbor.

Posted by Marketing on Sep 28, 2017 11:30:08 AM

You strive to be a good neighbor, taking care of your homes appearance, you avoid disturbances to the neighborhood and say hi to the lady next door.

Did you know there is a day for you? National Good Neighbor Day is September 28. Proclaimed by President Jimmy Carter in 1978, it’s served as a day of gratitude and community building.

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Tags: Community News, Family Activities, Home Security

My life is too busy to worry about...

Posted by Marketing on Aug 30, 2017 10:29:25 AM

Locking my doors, shutting my garage door, putting the bikes away, rolling up my car windows, locking my car doors outside, leaving packages on the front step... and so on. Does this sound like something YOU would say?  The good news is, you are NOT alone, the bad news is, you are NOT alone.

In today's fast-paced, always-on-the-go world we all live in, and some of us thrive in, we often overlook the simple things in our lives that can help keep us, our family, our valuables, and homes safe and secure. What can you do about it? A LOT!

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Tags: CCi in the News, Community News, Home Security, Interactive, Safety and Security Tips, Uncategorized

Stranger Danger! Stranger Danger!

Posted by Marketing on Jul 17, 2017 8:00:15 AM

Amanda is lost.  She lost sight of her mom when she saw a toy in the window that she wanted, and now she’s alone, scared, and 4 years old.  What should she do?

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Tags: Community News, Family Activities, Safety and Security Tips

What is National Night Out?

Posted by Marketing on Jul 10, 2017 8:00:01 AM

This year marks the 34th annual National Night Out sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and local law enforcement.

National Night Out is a crime prevention event. Over 38.3 million people in more than 16,728 communities including Rochester, Olmsted County and SE Minnesota are expected to join forces on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 to promote police-community partnerships, crime and drug prevention awareness, safety and neighborhood unity.

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Tags: Community News, Family Activities

Does the star really mean anything?

Posted by Marketing on May 29, 2017 8:00:05 AM

Today I wandered around our office in search of something sweet and when I saw an orange tootsie pop, my eyes lit up like the Fourth of July. I quickly grabbed one and scampered off to my desk like a child that just found the last treat and didn't want to share. I took the wrapper off and I saw it, the infamous star on the outside of my wrapper. I was instantly brought back to my childhood days of begging my parents for money, so I could walk down to the gas station for a summer treat with my friends. That moment you found the star, the moment you felt like the Queen or King of the world (image below to show true excitement).

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Tags: Community News

5 Safety Tips for Memorial Day

Posted by Marketing on May 22, 2017 8:00:30 AM
  1. Soaking up some rays - the sun always feels good after our brutal Mid-West winters, but protecting your skin from harmful rays is extremely important. So make sure you don't forget the sunscreen, as skin can become severely burned in just a few hours in the sun, which can increase your risk of skin cancer in the long run. In addition to remembering the sunscreen, you can also bring your own shade by grabbing an umbrella or a large hat.
  2. Just keep swimming, just keep swimming - for the past couple of weeks we have seen temperatures in the 80's so hopefully the last Monday of May will provide us with plenty of sunshine to take a dip in the pool. However, before dipping your toe in or going all out in a cannon ball, make sure you know who is going to be watching the little ones in your group. There might be lifeguards on duty, but it is always a good practice to have an extra set of eyes.
  3. Hot dogs, hamburgers, and steak oh my - we all know that the smell of a grill just screams summertime, but make sure that your "Grill Master" is properly protected. Be sure to clean the grill before use and make sure that everything is in proper working order. After grilling be sure to make sure that coals are completely put out and that the propane is turned off.
  4. As some would say, "no great story ever started with a water" - so if you plan to partake in drinking, be sure you plan your designated driver at the beginning of the day. Having fun is great, but also making sure that you are safe is key.
  5. Lock it up - be sure to lock up your home before you head out for the day or weekend. As many people head out of town neighborhoods can become empty and it's important to make sure that not only your family is protected for the day, but also all your precious valuables you left at home.
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Tags: Community News, Family Activities, Safety and Security Tips

Custom Alarm Helps Rochester be A Litter Bit Better

Posted by Marketing on May 8, 2017 8:00:13 AM

At Custom Alarm, we believe in helping out the community that we live in, so this year we had a company wide initiative to help make Rochester A Litter Bit Better. We started out the day with a company lunch and then hit the trails for the rest of the afternoon to collect as much garbage as we could. To make things more interesting, we had a friendly competition to see which group could collect the most bags of garbage and the find the most unique item.

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Tags: Community News

Warmer Weather Brings Unwelcome Visitors

Posted by Marketing on Apr 17, 2017 8:00:23 AM

Each summer, out of town alarm companies send out people to communities across the country to go door-to-door to persuade homeowners into purchasing a new alarm system. These people, while appearing friendly, have been found to use deceptive sales tactics and often misrepresent themselves and the companies they work for.

Examples of these questionable sales tactics:

  • Stating they are working with your current alarm company
  • Explaining that you have an outdated system
  • Offering to ‘give’ you a new yard sign
  • Claiming they only have one free system left
  • Telling you that “your neighbor” said to stop here
  • Using inaccurate statistics about crime in your neighborhood

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Tags: Community News, Home Security, Safety and Security Tips