Acadian Total Security https://www.acadiantotalsecurity.com Home Security Systems and Home Security Cameras Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:07:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 112211547 Winter Safety and Security Tipshttps://www.acadiantotalsecurity.com/winter-safety-and-security-tips/ https://www.acadiantotalsecurity.com/winter-safety-and-security-tips/#respond Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:07:31 +0000 https://www.acadiantotalsecurity.com/?p=7547 […]]]>  

 

It’s important to keep your family and home safe and secure throughout winter. Heating elements cause additional safety hazards in the home.

 

Space Heaters

  • Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not use an extension cord or power strip, which could overheat and result in a fire. Do not plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater. (ESFI)
  • If you are using a space heater, remember the three feet rule. Place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – including furniture, paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs. (Red Cross)
  • Never leave a space heater unattended. Turn it off when you’re leaving a room or going to sleep, and don’t let pets or children play too close to a space heater. (ESFI)
  • Inspect space heaters for cracked or broken plugs or loose connections before each use. If frayed, worn or damaged, do not use the heater. (ESFI)

 

Smoke and CO Detectors

  • Check your smoke and CO detectors and replace batteries if needed. The danger of CO poisoning is greater in the winter, when doors and windows stay closed, and fireplaces and gas heaters are in use. (National Weather Service)
  • Install connected and monitored smoke and CO detectors from Acadian Total Security. Your alarm panel will notify you of low batteries, and in the event a detector goes off, our alarm monitoring experts will immediately contact the fire department.
  • Don’t use your kitchen stove or oven to heat your home. (Red Cross)
  • Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage. (Red Cross)
  • Don’t hook a generator up to the home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator. (Red Cross)

 

Home Security

  • Install additional security lighting outside your home.
  • Keep doors and windows locked, and don’t run extension cords through window openings.
  • Keep your garage door closed, even while you’re home.
  • Don’t leave valuables in view through doors or windows, or keep your blinds and curtains drawn.

 

Home Automation Benefits

  • With a connected thermostat, you can adjust the heat in your home without getting up from under that cozy blanket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Give Yourself the Gift of Convenience and Peace of Mind with Home Automationhttps://www.acadiantotalsecurity.com/give-yourself-the-gift-of-convenience-and-peace-of-mind-with-home-automation/ https://www.acadiantotalsecurity.com/give-yourself-the-gift-of-convenience-and-peace-of-mind-with-home-automation/#respond Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:17:09 +0000 https://www.acadiantotalsecurity.com/?p=7469 […]]]>  

 

 

Don’t stress over home security during the holidays.

Equipping your home with automation features and devices is a gift that keeps on giving. Your security panel becomes your smart home hub, connecting your:

  • alarm
  • lights
  • door locks
  • thermostats
  • doorbells
  • Z-Wave devices
  • video monitoring
  • home audio, like SONOS speakers

 

And it’s all controlled from your smartphone, Apple Watch, or voice-enabled devices, like Amazon Alexa.

In addition, you can automate your home through geofences and scenes.

  • Geofence technology allows you to set a virtual perimeter around your home and use your smartphone to trigger specific actions to happen automatically. When you leave for work in the morning, your phone, based on your GPS location, will notify your security system that you’ve exited the perimeter, or geofence. Your system will then turn off the lights, adjust the thermostat for energy use, lock the doors, and remind you to arm your system via your phone.
  • With the ability to program custom scenes for your home, all you have to do is tap one button on your smartphone and everything will take care of itself. For example, set up an “Away” scene, and with one tap, your security system arms, your front door locks, your garage closes and your thermostat adjusts itself to save energy.

Home automation gives homeowners a greater sense of security and flexibility – and today, isn’t that one of the greatest gifts?

 

Special holiday offer!

Order SONOS® speakers by Christmas Eve and receive FREE installation.

Visit Acadian Total Security’s showrooms in Lafayette or Houma this holiday season to learn how we can give you the gift of peace of mind.

Get a free Acadian Total Security home or business quote today.

 

 

 

 

 

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Keeping Home Safe While Traveling for the Holidayshttps://www.acadiantotalsecurity.com/keeping-home-safe-while-traveling-for-the-holidays/ https://www.acadiantotalsecurity.com/keeping-home-safe-while-traveling-for-the-holidays/#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:23:46 +0000 https://www.acadiantotalsecurity.com/?p=7371 […]]]>  

 

When a vacation comes up, there’s enough stress in planning for a successful trip. Worrying about what’s happening back home is a stress factor that Acadian Total Security can help calm. With the holidays approaching, keep your home protected with home automation and video.

With home automation features, you can control most aspects of your home from any part of the world. Set your indoor and outdoor lights on schedules or timers so it looks as though someone is home. Quickly ensure that all doors are locked at all times, including your garage door. Adjust the thermostat to save energy while you’re gone. Keep an eye on your security system and motion sensors.

With video surveillance, you can view your property no matter where you are. With monitoring by Acadian Total Security, rest assured that if anything is amiss, our experts are proactive in catching would-be burglars and immediately notifying law enforcement to respond to your home.

 

Here are a few other ways you can protect your home and family while traveling for the holidays:

  • If you’re traveling for the holidays or vacation, arrange with the post office and newspaper to have your mail and newspaper put on vacation hold. Or you can have a trusted friend or neighbor collect your mail and newspapers while you’re gone.
  • Don’t leave your luggage vulnerable to being stolen by packing up your vehicle early. Wait until the day you leave to load up luggage, and always keep your vehicle locked.
  • Don’t post publicly on social media while you’re out of town. By checking in at vacation spots, you’re pinning your exact location on a social media virtual map. Your friends will know where you are—but burglars will know where you aren’t.
  • Keep valuable items out of sight from the outside of your house.
  • Don’t leave spare keys in obvious spots near your door.
  • Be sure to mow your lawn before leaving for vacation so your home doesn’t look like it’s been unoccupied for a long time.

 

Learn more about home automation and video surveillance from Acadian Total Security and request a free quote today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Practice Safe Habits When Holiday Shoppinghttps://www.acadiantotalsecurity.com/practice-safe-habits-when-holiday-shopping/ https://www.acadiantotalsecurity.com/practice-safe-habits-when-holiday-shopping/#respond Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:10:25 +0000 https://www.acadiantotalsecurity.com/?p=7364 […]]]>  

 

Whether shopping online or at stores, follow these guidelines for safety.

The holiday shopping season is upon us. With the sun setting earlier, more people out and about, and grinches trying to steal Christmas, shopping during the holidays can be a little more dangerous.

Whether you’re making a run to stores in town or doing all your shopping online, there are ways you can protect yourself, your family, and your identity.

  • Avoid holiday shopping alone at night. If you do have to go at night, park as close to the entrance as possible and in a well-lit area. Avoid parking next to suspicious vehicles, stay off your cell phone and always keep an eye on your surroundings.
  • Use the buddy system when possible and shop with a friend or family member. For extra protection, download an app on your phone, like Acadian Shield, that can notify authorities in case of an emergency.
  • Buckle your purse to your shopping cart, or keep it on your shoulder while you shop.
  • If you’re shopping at multiple stores, don’t leave your shopping bags in plain view in your car. Hide items under the seat or lock them in your trunk.
  • Always have your keys in hand when walking to and from your car, especially at night.
  • Firmly hold onto your purse, shopping bags and packages and don’t set them down, even when opening the door. Quick thieves can grab them and run off while you’re unlocking your car.
  • If you see suspicious people in parking lot or nearby area, do not walk to your car alone. Ask for store security to escort you to your vehicle for added protection.
  • Be careful when shopping online. Shop on trusted, secure websites using a secure form of payment such as a credit card. Protect your personal information by clearing out any auto-fill forms.
  • Have packages delivered to your office or to a trusted neighbor who is home during the day. It doesn’t take long for a thief to walk up to your door and away with your delivery. For added protection, invest in video monitoring and a video doorbell for your home and office so you can keep an eye on your deliveries.
  • After the holidays, flatten and recycle any boxes for TVs, bikes, computers or any other Christmas gifts that you may have lying around outside of your house. These can tip off burglars to what valuable items may be in your home for their taking.
  • Extension cords running through a window for Christmas lights can create a severe security hazard, as this usually prevents the window from being closed and locked. If your home doesn’t have an exterior electrical outlet, have one installed by a professional.
  • Use Z-Wave enabled plugs and outlets for your Christmas lights and decorations, allowing you to manage your decorations from your phone.

 

Visit Acadian Total Security’s showrooms in Lafayette or Houma this holiday season to learn how we can give you the gift of peace of mind.

Get a free Acadian Total Security home or business quote today.

 

 

 

 

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New home automation user dashboardhttps://www.acadiantotalsecurity.com/new-home-automation-user-dashboard/ https://www.acadiantotalsecurity.com/new-home-automation-user-dashboard/#respond Tue, 07 Nov 2017 22:22:05 +0000 https://www.acadiantotalsecurity.com/?p=7356 […]]]>  

 

Alarm.com makes updates to its web interface.

Acadian Total Security is a proud Alarm.com vendor for home and business security and automation. Alarm.com has recently revamped its web user dashboard, and we’re sharing a rundown of the new features.

This important aspect of the Alarm.com experience has been redesigned, making it faster and easier to control your home through the web interface. With better navigation, better customization and an app-like experience, it makes smart home security even more intuitive.

 

One complete view of your home

Just like the Alarm.com app, the Alarm.com web dashboard now provides a central homepage with a top-level view of everything that’s happening around the house, all at once.

You’ll see all recent activity, your Image Sensor snaps, your one-touch Scenes commands and your security system’s arming status, as well as your favorite smart devices and new tabs with fast access to everything else that matters.   

 

An app-like experience on any device

In look and feel, the new web dashboard reflects our award-winning mobile app. The similarity doesn’t stop there.

Like the Alarm.com app, it’s responsive, which means that it self-adjusts to whatever device you choose to control your home with. Desktop, laptop, tablet or even mobile: it’s up to you.

 

Faster, more customized control

Our new dashboard uses a “card” design that makes it faster to control things. Many cards on the homepage have commands included, enabling you to see and adjust a device’s status at a single glance, without clicking into a different page or tab.

The card design also enables you to customize your dashboard. You can drag, drop and arrange your favorite elements to give yourself faster access to the devices you use most.

 

Easier video viewing

Many users’ favorite way to use the web dashboard is to check in on their home and family with video. To make it easier to see what’s going on, we made video more prominent, and added the ability to view multiple camera feeds at once.

Whether you’re checking in on the kids, or checking the security of multiple properties, you’ll find it easier to get a complete picture of what’s happening.

 

Re-organized tabs

The new top-level tabs on the left of the homepage are the result of extensive testing to reorganize years of innovative new feature launches into an easily accessible system.

Underneath the Home tab, you’ll find Video for your cameras, clips, streaming and video settings, and Automation for your smart home rules and schedules – giving you access to all of your rules in a single area. You’ll also see Activity for your system’s event history, as well as Users, and Settings for your configuration options.

 

To start exploring the new dashboard, log in here.

Get a free Acadian Total Security home or business quote today.

 

 

 

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Houma-Thibodaux Best of the Best Awardshttps://www.acadiantotalsecurity.com/houma-thibodaux-best-of-the-best-awards/ https://www.acadiantotalsecurity.com/houma-thibodaux-best-of-the-best-awards/#respond Fri, 03 Nov 2017 19:48:08 +0000 https://www.acadiantotalsecurity.com/?p=7343 […]]]>  

 

First place for the third year in a row!

On Thursday, October 26, 2017, the Houma Courier/Thibodaux Daily Comet held their annual awards program to honor Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes’ best businesses. The newspapers open voting to the public in the fall, then announce the top honorees at the banquet.

We are honored to have been nominated again this year, and Sales Representative Kylie Fontenot represented the company at the banquet. She attended with her husband, Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Carter Fontenot.

We were presented with the first place award for Best Home Security, a recognition we are proud to have earned for the past three years!

We are honored to be part of the Terrebonne and Lafourche parish communities, and we’re proud to serve our numerous residential and business customers. Keeping the community safe is our top priority, and we thank everyone who voted for us in this year’s Best of the Best awards!

Get a free Acadian Total Security home or business quote today.

 

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Halloween Safety Tips from Acadian Total Securityhttps://www.acadiantotalsecurity.com/halloween-safety-tips-from-acadian-total-security/ https://www.acadiantotalsecurity.com/halloween-safety-tips-from-acadian-total-security/#respond Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:45:28 +0000 https://www.acadiantotalsecurity.com/?p=7259 […]]]>  

 

All treats, no tricks!

Are you ready for trick-or-treating? Halloween may be about pumpkin carving, costumes, and candy, but being safe is important to ensure everyone has more treats than tricks.

Following these guidelines will help everyone in your group stay safe during trick-or-treating hours.

  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of vehicles. Always walk on sidewalks or pedestrian paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Don’t be distracted by earbuds or electronic devices while out and about.
  • Watch for turning or reversing vehicles. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
  • If you’re driving, go slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic, and turn your headlights on  to spot children from greater distances.
  • Children under the age of 12 should always go out with adult supervision. If kids are old enough to go without supervision, they should trick-or-treat in groups and stick to familiar areas that are well lit.
  • Decorate costumes and trick-or-treat bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  • Skip any masks, as they can obstruct your child’s vision.
  • Never accept rides from strangers.
  • If you are handing out candy, keep your front porch light or garage light on.
  • Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and should never be left unattended.

 

Home security and automation can also help ensure you have more treats than tricks on Halloween.

  • Control your front porch lights with your smartphone using connected light bulbs and the Alarm.com app. Turn them on when it’s time to pass out candy, and turn them off once the candy is gone!
  • With your video doorbell’s motion sensor, you can catch any pranksters who may be up to no good.
  • Close your garage doors using your phone to keep the ghouls out.
  • Out trick-or-treating with your children? Keep an eye on your home with the smartphone app. You’ll receive alerts if anything is amiss.
  • Download the Acadian Shield app to keep you safe at night, walking to or from a Halloween party, or in a dark parking lot.

Visit our showrooms at 145 Arnould Boulevard in Lafayette or 272 Enterprise Drive in Houma to; call 1-855-ACADIAN (222-3426); or email AcadianTotalSecurity@acadian.com to find out how we can help protect your home and family.

Get a free Acadian Total Security home or business quote today.

 

 

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Is Your Home’s Number Clearly Marked?https://www.acadiantotalsecurity.com/is-your-homes-number-clearly-marked/ https://www.acadiantotalsecurity.com/is-your-homes-number-clearly-marked/#respond Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:37:53 +0000 https://www.acadiantotalsecurity.com/?p=7228 […]]]>  

 

Studies show that having a security company sign in your yard is a deterrent to burglary all on its own. So, when you become an Acadian Total Security customer, we’ll put a shield-shaped sign with your home’s number in your front yard. But do you know why we include your home’s number?

In the event first responders need to come to your house, it’s important for them to be able to quickly see it and find it. If a home’s numbers are missing, obscured or hard to read, it can be harder for fire, police or EMS to find where they need to go.

Make sure your home’s number is marked on the mailbox or in a visible location on the front of the house. Check to make sure the numbers can be read from the street. Consider reflective numbers or add a light so the numbers are visible at night.

The signs we install for customers are reflective so they are visible day or night.

Our sister company Acadian Ambulance did a public service campaign two years ago with Lafayette, La.’s Project Front Yard to share the importance of making sure your home is clearly numbered.

View the PSA here:

 

 

 

 

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Adding AV Solutions to Our Suite of Serviceshttps://www.acadiantotalsecurity.com/october-is-fire-prevention-month-2/ https://www.acadiantotalsecurity.com/october-is-fire-prevention-month-2/#respond Mon, 09 Oct 2017 09:47:25 +0000 https://www.acadiantotalsecurity.com/?p=7216 […]]]>  

 

Adding AV Solutions to Our Suite of Services

Did you know that Acadian Total Security now offers complete home audio/video services for every size home and budget?

We recently announced that we have joined forces with Lafayette-based Bulldog Security Solutions, which specializes in home theater technology and AV innovation. We welcome Bulldog’s president, Paul Sabatier, to our team as an expert in AV sales and installation.

When it comes to having a truly integrated home, why not add the best in home audio? Create the ultimate home theater or entertaining space with a customized home audio system and  home automation that oversees your lights, thermostat, locks and other connected devices.

You dream it, we can make it happen for your home or business.

Call Acadian Total Security today at 1-855-ACADIAN (222-3426) to learn how we can help you customize the perfect home or business AV system!

 

 

 

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October is Fire Prevention Monthhttps://www.acadiantotalsecurity.com/october-is-fire-prevention-month/ https://www.acadiantotalsecurity.com/october-is-fire-prevention-month/#respond Fri, 29 Sep 2017 21:29:31 +0000 https://www.acadiantotalsecurity.com/?p=7164 […]]]>  

 

When it comes to protecting your home and family, are you protected from the danger of fire? Make sure your home has working smoke and fire alarms, and make sure to develop and practice a family escape plan.

Fire can strike anyone, anywhere, anytime. A burglar won’t steal your family photo albums, but a fire will. Jewelry can be replaced, but baby pictures can’t. Even though you have a monitored security system, without monitored smoke detectors, your home will never be secure against one of the most dangerous intruders.

Wireless smoke and heat detectors are monitored by our three central stations 24 hours a day, seven days a week—providing you and your family with round-the clock protection and the peace of mind you deserve.

When located on all levels of a residence and in all bedrooms, monitored detectors provide the best kind of early warning fire protection. If they sense a fire developing, they signal an alarm control, which activates all evacuation horns throughout a residence and sends a fire alarm signal to the central station, which will notify the fire department. Monitored detectors provide fire protection when you are home or away. As part of a home security system, monitored detectors provide both an AC primary power supply and a rechargeable backup battery.

 

Did you know?

  • Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., during which only one in five home fires were reported.
  • Three out of five home fire deaths between 2010-2014 happened from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • One-quarter of home fire deaths were caused by fires that started in the bedroom. Another quarter resulted from fires in the living room, family room or den.
  • In 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 365,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,560 deaths, 11,075 civilian injuries, and $7 billion in direct damage.
  • Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fire injuries, followed by heating equipment.
  • Smoking materials are the leading cause of home fire deaths.
  • According to an NFPA survey, only one-third of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.
  • Almost three-quarters of Americans do have an escape plan; however, less than half  ever practiced it.
  • Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.
  • In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 94% of the time, while battery powered alarms operated 80% of the time.
  • When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected or dead.

(Statistics via National Fire Protection Association)

  • Draw a map of your home by using the NFPA’s grid in English or Spanish with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

(Tips via National Fire Protection Association)

Learn more about smoke and CO detectors from Acadian Total Security.

 

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