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Using the 5 D's of Home Security, here are some ways to achieve both increased security and beautiful, friendly curb appeal.

Secure Your Yard with the 5D’s of Home Security

For many homeowners, the front yard is a challenging area to keep secure.

By design, the front yard is a semi-public area between your home and the street. If you’re like most of us, you care about your home’s curb appeal and aren’t interested in extreme security measures, but there still are discreet steps you can take to make your front yard and ultimately your home more secure.

Using the 5 D’s of Home Security, here are some ways to achieve both increased security and beautiful, friendly curb appeal.

Deter

  • A professionally monitored smart home security system is perhaps the most powerful deterrent of all, and well-placed new yard signs are a great way to announce your security system. Do you need new yard signs or decals for windows? Let us know here, replacements are always free.
  • While most of its technology will reside in your home, several elements will be noticeable from the outside. These include outdoor video camerasor a video doorbell—and smart locks for your doors. 
  • After dark, lighting is an excellent deterrent. Focus on a few key areas for lighting: your front door and porch, plus any potential hiding places in your hard.
  • Motion activated smart lighting, with its power to suddenly and startlingly put an intruder in the spotlight, is best of all. Smart lights are easy to have installed on your front porch and around your whole property as part of a smart home security system, which can also schedule the lights to turn on automatically at sunset.

Detect 

  • Your monitored security system is an important part of the detection of people up to no good. 
  • Video cameras integrated into your security system are excellent detection devices as well. You can get a video clip sent right to your smartphone or peek in at any time. With recording on the cloud, there’s no worries about a bad guy destroying the DVR evidence in your home. You might be able to save on your video upgrade with our Customer Loyalty Rewards.

Deny

  • Nothing radiates curb appeal like a traditional, white picket fence. Yet, it’s also a signal that says, loud and clear: “My property starts here.”
  • Gates are easily climbed. However, bad guys typically go for the easiest target and don’t want to be seen climbing or even jumping a fence. They’ll also be aware that they’ll look suspicious on the other side, and that the slatted design of the fence leaves nowhere to hide from passers-by.

Delay

  • A clear, well-maintained path to your front door—ideally bordered with shrubs or flowers—sends a message to stay on the path.
  • It’s an example of ‘natural access control,’ where landscaping is used not to physically block people, but to subtly discourage certain behavior. Look at the front of any public building and you’ll see it in action.
  • Another effective technique is to strategically plant roses, hawthorns and other thorny shrubs around ground-floor windows. Again, this won’t keep out a determined intruder, but it will discourage an opportunistic one from peering into your home. Plus, those roses will complement your picket fence.

Defend

  • Sometimes referred to as the response layer, this is where the police come in, notified by your 24/7 monitored security system – they catch the bad guys (or more often, run them off).
  • Make sure your monitored security system is working without issue by testing your system. Read more here.

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About Alarm Engineering

Locally owned and operated, Alarm Engineering has been securing Delmarva since 1985. In that time, we have developed a reputation for integrity, reliability, and quality with our emphasis on superior service to our customers. We know you have many choices when it comes to your security system, so here are some things you should know about us. 

Alarm Engineering is leading provider of electronic security systems and services in Delaware and the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia. From integrated home security systems with home automation and video to large enterprise-level integrated systems and small business solutions, our highly trained and professional staff will get the job done right. As an Authorized Alarm.com dealer, we offer exclusive Crash and Smash technology, Geo-Fencing and LiftMaster Garage Control, and the Doorbell Camera as part of our Home Automation offerings.

For more about what sets us apart from the crowd, click here or give us a call at 410.546.2210. But don’t just take our word for it: read what our customers are saying.

 

 

Alarm Engineering was recently honored at the 2016 Interlogix Partner Summit, held in San Diego, California where we were presented with the Eastern Regional Dealer of the Year Award.

Alarm Engineering Awarded Dealer of the Year

Alarm Engineering was recently honored at the 2016 Interlogix Partner Summit, held in San Diego, California where we were presented with the Eastern Regional Dealer of the Year Award.  The Interlogix network of authorized dealers is comprised of over 300 security companies nationwide.

Criterion

The Alarm Engineering team distinguished itself in the Eastern U.S. and we received this award due to our superior customer service, strong roots in the community, and successful growth as a company.
 
Interlogix offers among the most reliable and trusted product names in the security industry, and is backed by authorized partners nationwide like Alarm Engineering. Interlogix is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a part of United Technologies Corp., and a leading provider in the building systems industry worldwide.

Details

 Alarm Engineering’s Operations Manager Dave Davis and his wife Linda traveled to the Omani La Costa resort in San Diego, CA and represented our team, accepting the Dealer of the Year award.
 
The entire Alarm Engineering team is thrilled to receive this award and we look forward to providing continued five-star service to our customers for years to come.


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About Alarm Engineering

Locally owned and operated, Alarm Engineering has been securing Delmarva since 1985. In that time, we have developed a reputation for integrity, reliability, and quality with our emphasis on superior service to our customers. We know you have many choices when it comes to your security system, so here are some things you should know about us. 

Alarm Engineering is leading provider of electronic security systems and services in Delaware and the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia. From integrated home security systems with home automation and video to large enterprise-level integrated systems and small business solutions, our highly trained and professional staff will get the job done right. As an Authorized Alarm.com dealer, we offer exclusive Crash and Smash technology, Geo-Fencing and LiftMaster Garage Control, and the Doorbell Camera as part of our Home Automation offerings.

For more about what sets us apart from the crowd, click here or give us a call at 410.546.2210. But don’t just take our word for it: read what our customers are saying.

 

Summer means many kids will be spending more time at home without direct supervision. That means fun for them, but often some apprehension for you.

Summer Safety & Security Tips: Kids Home Alone

Summer means many kids will be spending more time at home without direct supervision. That means fun for them, but often some apprehension for you.

Consider these Summer Safety & Security tips for kids home alone:

Emergencies

  1. Create and review an emergency plan so kids feel confident about what to do. Make sure kids know what the smoke or security alarm sounds like and what to do when a central station operator calls.
  2. Make a list of important phone numbers including how to reach you and a family member living close by or a trusted neighbor.
  3. Make sure they know where to find flashlights and batteries if there is a power outage.
  4. In the event of a tornado, make sure kids know that the safest place to take cover is the basement. If you don’t have a basement, they should go to an inside room without windows on the lowest floor, says the CDC.
  5. Review how and when to use 911.

Strangers

  1. You never know who is going to show up at the door. Kids may not be confident about who they should or shouldn’t talk to.
  2. Remind your children that if they don’t know the person at the door, they shouldn’t open it. Make it easy with a doorbell camera so you can talk with anyone who rings the doorbell right from your smartphone or tablet, as if you were home.

Security

  1. Make sure the kids know to keep the doors and windows locked when they are home alone. Review the security system and its use.
  2. Consider the addition of an Image Sensor or live video in the home so you can peek in and check on them from anywhere.
  3. Set up no-show alerts if the children are to be home at a certain time, so you get an alert if they aren’t home on time
  4. Check in on your kids while you’re at work with our Interactive Services on your smartphone and see for yourself that they are safe and sound at home. Get emails and text messages when they go in and out so you know when they left and returned.

Don’t spend your summer worrying. Arm your kids with these important security tips and you can breathe easy. Read on for more important summer safety tips for kids here.


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About Alarm Engineering

Locally owned and operated, Alarm Engineering has been securing Delmarva since 1985. In that time, we have developed a reputation for integrity, reliability, and quality with our emphasis on superior service to our customers. We know you have many choices when it comes to your security system, so here are some things you should know about us. 

Alarm Engineering is leading provider of electronic security systems and services in Delaware and the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia. From integrated home security systems with home automation and video to large enterprise-level integrated systems and small business solutions, our highly trained and professional staff will get the job done right. As an Authorized Alarm.com dealer, we offer exclusive Crash and Smash technology, Geo-Fencing and LiftMaster Garage Control, and the Doorbell Camera as part of our Home Automation offerings.

For more about what sets us apart from the crowd, click here or give us a call at 410.546.2210. But don’t just take our word for it: read what our customers are saying.

 

The convenient new Scenes buttons in the Alarm.com app let you control several smart home devices at once with the touch of a single button.

Creating Your Own Home Control Scenes

The convenient new Scenes buttons in the Alarm.com app let you control several smart home devices at once with the touch of a single button.

We’ve provided four Scenes to start with, each one tailored to make a specific moment of your day easier. They’re easy to edit and you can also create new Scenes from scratch for any situation. Here’s how.

1: Getting Started

You can create Scenes in both the desktop and mobile versions of your Alarm.com app. We’re going to use the desktop version. Log into your account, click the emPower tab, then click Scenes.

You can create Scenes in both the desktop and mobile versions of the Alarm.com app. We're going to use the desktop version. Log into Alarm.com, click the emPower tab, then click Scenes.

 

You’ll see four pre-set Scenes, which you can edit from this page.

To create a new one, click New Scene.

You'll see four pre-set Scenes, which you can edit from this page. To create a new one, click New Scene.

2: Create a button for your Scene. 

Let’s create a ‘Movie’ Scene so you can get ready for movie time with one touch once the kids are in bed. Enter your Scene name and click the three-arrow icon. You’ll see a drop-down menu of icons to choose from, along with a choice of colors.

Enter your Scene name and click the three-arrowed icon. You'll see a drop-down menu of icons to choose from, along with a choice of colors.

3: Specify what your Scene will control.

After creating your button, you’ll see a list of all your system devices below. 

For example, you may want this Scene to set the security system to Arm Stay, with the front door locked.

To include a device, check the circle to the left of it, then specify what you want the device to do.

If you like to stay cozy under a blanked, let’s turn the temperature down for this Scene too.

Movies require a blanket, so we're turning the temperature down for this Scene.

Of course the lights have to go off for the movie. 

Finally, we're going to have the hallway and living room lights turn off, for perfect movie ambiance.

4: Use your new Scene!

Congratulations, you’ve created your first custom Scene! The next time you log into your security system app, you’ll be able to use it. Swipe left on the Scenes bar to find the new button, and tap once. On the confirmation pop-up, you can see all of the commands you specified. Tap ‘Confirm’ and you’re done!

4: Use your new Scene!   The next time you open your Alarm.com mobile app, your Scene will be there. Swipe left on the Scenes bar to find the new button, and tap once. On the confirmation pop-up, you can see all of the commands you specified. Tap 'Confirm'... and enjoy your Scene!

If you don’t have Alarm.com integrated into your security system yet, just let us know. You might qualify for big savings by using your Customer Loyalty Rewards.

Click here to request more information or schedule your free onsite consultation

 

 


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About Alarm Engineering

Locally owned and operated, Alarm Engineering has been securing Delmarva since 1985. In that time, we have developed a reputation for integrity, reliability, and quality with our emphasis on superior service to our customers. We know you have many choices when it comes to your security system, so here are some things you should know about us. 

Alarm Engineering is leading provider of electronic security systems and services in Delaware and the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia. From integrated home security systems with home automation and video to large enterprise-level integrated systems and small business solutions, our highly trained and professional staff will get the job done right. As an Authorized Alarm.com dealer, we offer exclusive Crash and Smash technology, Geo-Fencing, Doorbell Camera and LiftMaster Garage Control as part of our Home Automation offerings.

For more about what sets us apart from the crowd, click here or give us a call at 410.546.2210. But don’t just take our word for it: read what our customers are saying.

 

One Button Home Control with Our highly rated free app gives you the ability to control your security and integrated smart home features from anywhere.

One Button Home Control

We’ve all wished for that one ‘magic’ button that took care of things around the house to save time. Well, that button is here.

Our highly rated free app gives you the ability to control your security and integrated smart home features from anywhere. If you don’t have access to your home or security system through our app, our Customer Loyalty Rewards may allow you to upgrade your system free.

What do Scenes do for me?

With our app, you have access to ‘Scenes‘. Scenes are actions you frequently take with your home grouped together so your home can respond with the touch of a button to your every command. Here are some examples…

  • Leaving the house? Tap the new ‘Away’ Scene and your security system can arm, your front door can lock, your garage can close and your thermostat can set back to save energy.
  • Ready for bed? Tap ‘Sleep’ Scene to have your thermostat dial down or switch to the bedroom temperature sensor for perfect comfort, lights can turn off, while your house secures itself for the night.
  • Home, Away, Sleep and Wake Up. Each scene is configured for a moment in the day where you need to adjust several things at once: arriving home, leaving the house, going to bed and getting up in the morning.

All four scenes are easy to tweak as you like. You can add a porch light to your Home scene or set your downstairs lights to turn off automatically when you tap the Sleep button.

Create Your Own Custom Scene

Want a button for one of your other frequent patterns? It’s easy to build your own scenes with commands for your security system, locks, garage door, smart lights, smart thermostats and even your smart water valve.

Just pick a name for your new scene—Dinner, Movie Night, or Kids Bedtime and more. Log into your account and select the devices and what you want them to do. Then, it will appear at the top of your app, ready to use. If you need help creating your new Scene, click here

Big Savings!

If you don’t have Alarm.com integrated into your security system yet, just let us know. You might qualify for big savings by using your Customer Loyalty Rewards.

Click here to request more information or schedule your free onsite consultation

 


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About Alarm Engineering

Locally owned and operated, Alarm Engineering has been securing Delmarva since 1985. In that time, we have developed a reputation for integrity, reliability, and quality with our emphasis on superior service to our customers. We know you have many choices when it comes to your security system, so here are some things you should know about us. 

Alarm Engineering is leading provider of electronic security systems and services in Delaware and the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia. From integrated home security systems with home automation and video to large enterprise-level integrated systems and small business solutions, our highly trained and professional staff will get the job done right. As an Authorized Alarm.com dealer, we offer exclusive Crash and Smash technology, Geo-Fencing, Doorbell Camera and LiftMaster Garage Control as part of our Home Automation offerings.

For more about what sets us apart from the crowd, click here or give us a call at 410.546.2210. But don’t just take our word for it: read what our customers are saying.

 

With so much activity around your front door, it requires smarter home security technology to keep it secure but also convenient to access.

Doorbell Security Camera is Here!

There is so much activity around your front door. Now, you can take advantage of smart home technology that not only increases your security in this high-traffic area, but also is so convenient. 

The smart doorbell camera can be completely integrated into your smart home security system, letting you see who’s at the door whether you’re home or not, have a two-way audio conversation with visitors through your Alarm.com app, and even unlock your front door’s smart lock from that same screen.

Once installed, the smart doorbell also becomes a smart home security camera, able to record and send you motion-detected or doorbell-activated clips,

Once installed, this smart doorbell can also be a smart home security camera, able to record and send you motion-detected or doorbell-activated clips. This new security camera can also send you clips triggered by other devices like your garage door. The smart doorbell motion sensor can also trigger other devices, such as your porch lighting, to deter potential intruders.

Professionally installed and configured by our team and completely integrated into your Alarm Engineering smart home, this technology is available now!

The doorbell camera isn’t the only thing that’s new. Even more features have been integrated with the Alarm Engineering’s Alarm.com platform. 

If you’re already our customer, click here to reach about big savings with our Customer Loyalty Rewards Program.

Our Customer Loyalty Program offers big savings on your security system upgrade because the longer you have been with us, the more you save!


Revolutionary One Button Home Control

You now have access to ‘Scenes’ in the Alarm.com app. Scenes are actions you frequently take with your home grouped together so your home can respond with the touch of a button to your every command. Here are some examples…

  • Leaving the house? Tap the new ‘Away’ Scene and your security system can arm, your front door can lock, your garage can close and your thermostat can set back to save energy.
  • Ready for bed? Tap ‘Sleep’ Scene to have your thermostat dial down or switch to the bedroom temperature sensor for perfect comfort, lights can turn off, while your house secures itself for the night.
  • Home, Away, Sleep and Wake Up. Each scene is configured for a moment in the day where you need to adjust several things at once: arriving home, leaving the house, going to bed and getting up in the morning.

No problem, easily build your Movie Scene, and your system can turn off the lights, lock the door, set the alarm system to Stay with one click on the app. Click here to learn more and here for a quick how-to for building your own custom Scenes.


Hey Alexa!

You may already be familiar with Alexa, Amazon Echo’s voice-controlled assistant (think Siri!). Alarm.com now is compatible with the Echo, you can now control your smart home with the hands-free convenience of voice commands.

Change the temperature, turn your living room light off or even check the arming status of your security system. Even better, you can control all these at once with a single voice command to Alexa. Just say “Alexa, ask Alarm.com to…” followed by your command or question. Alarm.com can either answer you through the Echo or can automatically trigger the device to the action requested. 


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About Alarm Engineering

Locally owned and operated, Alarm Engineering has been securing Delmarva since 1985. In that time, we have developed a reputation for integrity, reliability, and quality with our emphasis on superior service to our customers. We know you have many choices when it comes to your security system, so here are some things you should know about us. 

Alarm Engineering is leading provider of electronic security systems and services in Delaware and the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia. From integrated home security systems with home automation and video to large enterprise-level integrated systems and small business solutions, our highly trained and professional staff will get the job done right. As an Authorized Alarm.com dealer, we offer exclusive Crash and Smash technology, Geo-Fencing, Doorbell Camera and LiftMaster Garage Control as part of our Home Automation offerings.

For more about what sets us apart from the crowd, click here or give us a call at 410.546.2210. But don’t just take our word for it: read what our customers are saying.

 

Aggressive Door-to-Door Alarm Sales teams may be swarming your neighborhood soon. You may be surprised to learn many of these "seasonal" companies target homes that already have security signs in the yard.

Guard Against These 5 Door-to-Door Alarm Scams

Aggressive Door-to-Door Alarm Sales teams may be swarming your neighborhood soon. You may be surprised to learn many of these “seasonal” companies target homes that already have security signs in the yard. Many agencies including the Federal Trade Commission, States Attorney and other state officials urge caution when approached by a door to door alarm representative.

Here are some examples of the tactics these companies use to scam homeowners. Remember, we are here to help with any question you have and you”ll always speak to a live representative and not an auto-attendant when you call.

  1. “Alarm Engineering is in your neighborhood today offering free system upgrades.”
  2. “This is a limited time upgrade offer. You MUST sign up RIGHT NOW to get your upgrade.”
  3. “Alarm Engineering has gone out of business or sold out to us.”
  4. “Our computer has detected a glitch in your system and we’re here to check it.”
  5. “We are General Electric Security.”

Our team will never show up to your home unannounced. 

Now that we’ve introduced you to some common ways these companies gain entry into your home, here are some details to keep in mind. If you are ever unsure if the person at your home is really from Alarm Engineering, call our office to verify at 410-546-2210.


“Alarm Engineering is in your neighborhood today offering free system upgrades.”

Scam artists who use this approach will sign you up with an entirely different company. Alarm Engineering respects your time and our team members NEVER arrive at your home unannounced. Call us at 410-546-2210 if someone tries this or any alarm scam at your door.


“This is a limited time upgrade offer. You MUST sign up RIGHT NOW to get your upgrade.”

We don’t believe in high pressure tactics and never tell you to “sign right now.” We do offer free Customer Loyalty Rewards upgrades that offer the added security of cellular connectivity, remote access with free apps,
lights, locks and more. Give us a call to discuss all your options at 410-546-2210.


“Alarm Engineering has gone out of business or sold out to us.”

Again, if another company tries to convince you that Alarm Engineering has been sold, give our office a call right away. We have been locally owned and operated since 1985 and we plan on sticking around to serve our customers for years to come. 410-546-2210


“Our computer has detected a glitch in your system and we’re here to check it.”

Slick scammers claiming to be remote access technicians from reading your yard sign may tell you “the company computer” has noticed recent glitches in your system and they’ve been sent to repair it. Their goal: To con you into letting them into your house on the pretext of “fixing” or “examining” the existing security device. In fact, they’re tampering with the alarm system so they can return and burglarize your house or sign you up with a different company.

If there is an issue with your system that we detect, our team will contact you and look to set an appointment time that works for you, not just show up claiming it needs to be repaired. If you ever are concerned that your system isn’t working right, give us a call to troubleshoot it. Also, we highly recommend you test your system regularly.


“We are General Electric.”

These people coming to your door may even have GE logos on their clothing. They are not GE Security. Legitimate manufacturer representatives will not arrive at your home to make any changes to your system. The Alarm Engineering team provides all your service directly.


The Real Deal

We appreciate you trusting Alarm Engineering with your home or business security needs. Our current Customer Loyalty Promotion offers you up to $1,000 and may enable you to upgrade your alarm system FREE! Find out how much you can save! Call or click now!

Since a worn yard sign is more likely to be targeted by such individuals, just let us know if you need replacements here.

Click here to request more information or schedule your free onsite consultation

 


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About Alarm Engineering

Locally owned and operated, Alarm Engineering has been securing Delmarva since 1985. In that time, we have developed a reputation for integrity, reliability, and quality with our emphasis on superior service to our customers. We know you have many choices when it comes to your security system, so here are some things you should know about us. 

Alarm Engineering is leading provider of electronic security systems and services in Delaware and the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia. From integrated home security systems with home automation and video to large enterprise-level integrated systems and small business solutions, our highly trained and professional staff will get the job done right. As an Authorized Alarm.com dealer, we offer exclusive Crash and Smash technology, Geo-Fencing, Doorbell Camera and LiftMaster Garage Control as part of our Home Automation offerings.

For more about what sets us apart from the crowd, click here or give us a call at 410.546.2210. But don’t just take our word for it: read what our customers are saying.

 


You might think that smart devices are the definition of a smart home. Smart devices are an important part of building a smart home, but some smart devices alone doesn't make a smart home.

Smart Devices are Only a Part of The Smart Home

You might think that smart devices are the definition of a smart home. Smart devices are an important part of building a smart home, but some smart devices alone doesn’t make a smart home.

So what does make a home smart?


The Coach

Think of your favorite sports team. Each player has important and specialized skills, but they can only win games by working together.

The foundation of a good team is the coach. Throughout the game, the coach gets information from players and assistants to understand the big picture of what’s happening on the field. With this information, he can call the plays and makes sure each player contributes.

The true smart home has such a coach: your security system. Your security system controls every device in the home. It gathers intelligence from around the home and coordinates actions to make the home safer, smarter and more efficient.

You might not see what’s happening behind the scenes, but you will definitely notice the unique features and value that only a security-controlled smart home can deliver.


Your smart home using integrated video

Video monitoring is a popular smart home security solution. Standalone smart cameras record motion-triggered clips of activity in the home and send them to the homeowner, providing valuable awareness of what’s going on.

An integrated video system can do more. The security system can tell the platform who disarmed the system or where important activity is happening, such as someone entering the back door. With this information the platform intelligently directs the camera to capture important activity and then alerts you with a video clip on your smart phone.

When the homeowner disarms the system, the camera doesn’t record. The platform enhances awareness when you’re away and privacy when you’re home.


Your smart home sensing opportunities to save energy

A standalone smart thermostat knows when you walk in front of it. But that’s not a lot of information to decide whether it should make the entire home comfortable, or set back to save energy. 

A smart home can trigger energy saving opportunities depending on where you are. For example, if you’re away the thermostat can automatically change to the ‘away’ temperature and the lights shut off if they were left on. This saves you money and time. You’re also not sacrificing comfort because when you are near home, the thermostat readjusts to a comfortable temperature, the lights come on and the door unlocks for you.


Your smart home on the lookout for water damage

Smart devices can help protect your property. For example, a water sensor can alert you that a pipe is leaking in your second home hours away.

A smart home can go further and respond proactively. When the water sensor is triggered the platform immediately commands a connected water valve in the basement to shut off the home’s water.

And that’s just the beginning. While the standalone device offers value in each case, the platform is the key to multiplying their value and solving complex, real-life challenges for homeowners. 

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About Alarm Engineering

Locally owned and operated, Alarm Engineering has been securing Delmarva since 1985. In that time, we have developed a reputation for integrity, reliability, and quality with our emphasis on superior service to our customers. We know you have many choices when it comes to your security system, so here are some things you should know about us. 

Alarm Engineering is leading provider of electronic security systems and services in Delaware and the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia. From integrated home security systems with home automation and video to large enterprise-level integrated systems and small business solutions, our highly trained and professional staff will get the job done right. As an Authorized Alarm.com dealer, we offer exclusive Crash and Smash technology, Geo-Fencing, Doorbell Camera and LiftMaster Garage Control as part of our Home Automation offerings.

For more about what sets us apart from the crowd, click here or give us a call at 410.546.2210. But don’t just take our word for it: read what our customers are saying.

 

Savvy homeowners want to take advantage of every available tax deduction. Wondering if your security system qualifies? The answer is maybe!

Is my Home Security System Tax Deductible?

If your home security system is only used to secure personal property only, it falls under the IRS’ list of nondeductible expenses. 

Home Office

However, if you claim a home office or use your home for a business like a child care facility, you may also be able to claim a portion of your home security system. As with most home office expenses, you must regularly and exclusively use the home office for business. If your home business is a daycare, there are other requirements as the portion of the home doesn’t have to be exclusively used for business.

The Fine Print

The IRS states that if you “install a security system that protects all the doors and windows of your home, you can deduct the business part of the expenses you incur to maintain and monitor the system. You also can take a depreciation deduction for the part of the cost of the security system relating to the business use of your home.” Since the tricky part of this is the exclusivity for business, please discuss in detail with your accountant or tax advisor.

Because your alarm system is professionally monitored, this cost also falls into the umbrella of your home security system tax deduction. Read the full Safewise article here.

More Savings

We’re looking to help you save money in other ways. Our Customer Loyalty Rewards program offers big savings to current customers towards upgrading your current home security system. Call or click for your free, no-obligation estimate today to see how much you can save!

Click here to request more information or schedule your free onsite consultation

 


Stay Connected to Alarm Engineering

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About Alarm Engineering

Locally owned and operated, Alarm Engineering has been securing Delmarva since 1985. In that time, we have developed a reputation for integrity, reliability, and quality with our emphasis on superior service to our customers. We know you have many choices when it comes to your security system, so here are some things you should know about us. 

Alarm Engineering is leading provider of electronic security systems and services in Delaware and the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia. From integrated home security systems with home automation and video to large enterprise-level integrated systems and small business solutions, our highly trained and professional staff will get the job done right. As an Authorized Alarm.com dealer, we offer exclusive Crash and Smash technology, Geo-Fencing, Doorbell Camera and LiftMaster Garage Control as part of our Home Automation offerings.

For more about what sets us apart from the crowd, click here or give us a call at 410.546.2210. But don’t just take our word for it: read what our customers are saying.

 

You’ve heard how Smart Home technology can be integrated with your security system to bring a new level of convenience and savings. But how about time? Our time is increasingly our most important commodity.

Save Time with Smart Home Technology

You’ve heard how Smart Home technology can be integrated with your security system to bring a new level of convenience and savings. But how about time? Our time is increasingly our most important commodity.  

A recent survey by Coldwell Banker Real Estate and CNET finds the majority of Americans with Smart Homes say that these products do save them about $1,000 per year and an average of 30 minutes per day! Here are some of the ways Alarm Engineering can help:

Keep it Secure

How many times this month have you rushed out of the house in the morning and couldn’t remember if you locked your door? Have you ever left the neighborhood and wondered whether you remembered to close the garage door?  If you’re like most, you go back by to make sure it’s closed.

Not anymore. The Alarm Engineering smart phone app powered by Alarm.com lets you secure your home from anywhere with one touch of a button.

Don’t Wait Around to Let Visitors or Workers In

Allowing safe access to your home for a visitor or worker used to mean time sitting around the house waiting. With the Alarm.com mobile app, you can unlock your door from anywhere when your worker or guest arrives. If they are a trusted person in your home and will be coming again, you can easily create them a custom user code. It’s much faster and more secure than making and keeping track of spare keys.

Worry Less about What’s Happening at Home

Worry is always a sneaky time thief, especially when you’re trying to relax and enjoy yourself, like on vacation. 24/7 professional monitoring lets you enjoy your time away from home knowing all is well. Plus, with Alarm.com’s mobile app, you can peek in at any time and see for yourself that all is well.

Watching your Energy Bills

Smart devices make it possible for you to turn any appliance into a smart appliance. Just use Alarm.com’s Smart Plugs to turn your coffee pot, slow cooker or light on or off on demand or set up schedules. Turn your lights on and off and adjust your thermostat automatically when you come and go

Setting up Smart Home Equipment

Don’t worry about setting up your own Smart Home, our installation professionals will install it for you, show you how to use it and test it before we leave. 

More Savings for Current Customers

If you’re already an Alarm Engineering customer, you can save money upgrading your system too with our Customer Loyalty Rewards. You can save up to $1,000 towards your upgrade. Many of our customers have received a free upgrade due to this program!

Click here to request more information or schedule your free onsite consultation

 


Stay Connected to Alarm Engineering

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We post valuable safety and security information, specials, local interest stories, hilarious stupid criminal stories and contests on social media.  Join in now and stay connected!    

  Like us on Facebook!  Follow us on YouTube!  Connect with us on Google+  Follow us on Twitter!   LinkedIn-InBug-32


About Alarm Engineering

Locally owned and operated, Alarm Engineering has been securing Delmarva since 1985. In that time, we have developed a reputation for integrity, reliability, and quality with our emphasis on superior service to our customers. We know you have many choices when it comes to your security system, so here are some things you should know about us. 

Alarm Engineering is leading provider of electronic security systems and services in Delaware and the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia. From integrated home security systems with home automation and video to large enterprise-level integrated systems and small business solutions, our highly trained and professional staff will get the job done right. As an Authorized Alarm.com dealer, we offer exclusive Crash and Smash technology, Geo-Fencing, Doorbell Camera and LiftMaster Garage Control as part of our Home Automation offerings.

For more about what sets us apart from the crowd, click here or give us a call at 410.546.2210. But don’t just take our word for it: read what our customers are saying.

 


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