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D & D Security

We have recently been made aware that there may be persons possibly posing as security/service professionals in order to case/burglarize homes. Please be cautious at all times on who you allow to enter your home. Never hesitate to call the company they are representing in order to verify that they have a professional in your area before allowing them to enter your home. Also, do not hesitate to ask any professional wishing to gain access to your home to first present a valid photo ID and/or alarm license.

Security Tidbit - Water Sensors:

With all of this Spring rain you may consider adding a water sensor to your security system. A water sensor can warn you of leaks or possible flooding that can lead to costly water damage. You can use this type of sensor to monitor areas of your home where there's a risk of water leaks, such as sump pumps, near washing machines, dishwashers, hot water heaters, plumbing lines, air conditioners, etc. When water is detected the sensor will report directly to your alarm monitoring center and they can notify you of the issue. Another added option (if you have messaging or an app set up) would be to have it report directly to your phone as a text or alert.

We are looking to expand our team! If you or anyone you know is interested in working for a Topeka based company and has some low voltage experience, please contact us! Resumes can be e-mailed to or dropped by our office.

Security Tidbit:

After Christmas day, don’t pile up empty gift boxes from your new computer, Blu-ray player, game console, or stereo system on the street next to your trash can. Burglars appreciate knowing that you have expensive gifts inside for them to steal. Break down or cut up boxes to better conceal what they had contained or take them to be recycled which would eliminate them from sitting in front of your house altogether. After a lucrative burglary, the chances of being burglarized again are increased to return for any new replacement products.

Safety Tidbit – Thanksgiving:

*Be careful when using turkey fryers as they can create a number of safety concerns, including fire hazards, burns, and destruction of property.  NEVER FRY A FROZEN TURKEY, EVER!
*Be sure to keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of an emergency and teach your family how to use it.
*Don’t wear loose fitting clothing when cooking. Long, dangly sleeves can catch on fire and can also make you uncomfortable in a hot kitchen. 

With Thanksgiving coming up this week, here are a few tips to keep the holiday False-Alarm-Free:

*Take a few moments to educate your house guests on the basics of operating the alarm system. You can even set them up with their own unique Security Password and keypad code that will be easy for them to remember.

*Cooking a big holiday meal can be challenging, and it can be easy to forget that a burner or the oven is still on. Keep a close eye on all pots and pans to prevent an overheated dish from causing a false fire alarm.

*Always ensure that hanging or moving decorations will not activate motion detectors, especially when heating systems come on.

False alarms can be a hassle, and can also be costly. If you plan on hosting family and/or friends, be aware that alarm mishaps could potentially occur. With everyone’s help, you can make this a safe, happy, and False-Alarm-Free holiday season!

Security Tidbit - Inclement weather alarms:

Unfortunately, many false alarms can be attributed to poor weather conditions.  Several of these alarms could be caused by maintenance issues that had not yet been addressed or had up to this point not been detected.  Over time doors and windows can warp or become misaligned making them susceptible to going off in strong winds and storms.  Also, depending on how often you experience power outages, the alarm system battery could need replacing every 3-5 years and should begin to notify you once it is getting low.  Make sure to get your system tested and address any issues BEFORE bad weather arrives.

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This is a reminder to test and maintain your alarm systems. A new city ordinance in Wichita says that emergency crews may not respond after the 6th false alarm in a year. Their false alarm charge for the 2nd and 3rd false alarms is $40.00 each time and the amount just goes up from there, until they quit responding...

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Security Tidbit - False Alarms:

No one wants to have the security system that cried wolf. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

*Choose the right security system for your home or business. Take into consideration placement, pets, etc.

*Know how your system works and don’t be afraid to ask your security company for a user manual or retraining on your security system.

*Maintain your security equipment. Test your system regularly. Technology advances and older devices can become outdated or faulty over time.
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