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If an organization has been the target of a crime, stakeholders may feel like there’s no time to waste when it comes to boosting onsite security. By installing a cloud-based access control system at your Washington state enterprise, that can be accomplished. If your organization has experienced any of these increasingly common security breaches, access…
Traditional keys are being phased out as more organizations are choosing to manage their building security with electronic access control. Washington state enterprises can accomplish the following security goals by transitioning from traditional keys to access control systems. Managing Multiple Buildings With a cloud-based access control system, your building security services can be scalable. This…
As the weather warms up and the days get longer, it’s common to see an uptick in crimes against businesses. Enterprises of all types are at risk of being targeted; this shifts the focus on turning profits by year’s end, to protecting those profits from springtime crime with video surveillance. Washington state businesses can use…
Choosing security cameras is only the beginning of protecting your business with video surveillance; the next step is choosing a storage method for your video. In previous eras, the most popular methods of storing security footage were digital video recorder (DVR) and network video recorder (NVR). Here is information on the difference between DVR and…
As experts in electronic business security for Washington state, we have found that some of the most common challenges to business security can be solved with video verification. Video verification is a service that we highly recommend to our commercial customers; it's an additional step to alarm monitoring that can make a major impact on your security strategy.
Alarm ordinances are a reality of security system ownership. Authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) throughout Washington State, including cities and counties, have alarm ordinances in place to help them allocate law enforcement resources and minimize false alarms.
Seattle-based Guardian Security Systems on Wednesday announced it has closed on the acquisition of Absolute Security Alarms of Mountlake Terrace.
With historically cold winter weather upon us, these conditions remind us of the importance of winterizing our pipes to prevent them from freezing. Frozen pipes can lead to a flooded business, resulting in untold property damage and insurance headaches.
Guardian Security Systems, the largest independently owned Washington State security company, got a little larger today by acquiring Mountlake Terrace-based Absolute Security, a strong and local independent security company. Family owned and in business since 2010, Absolute has grown to serve over 1600 residential and business customers in western Washington.
For businesses that create a festive holiday atmosphere, there is an elevated risk of a fire breaking out during the holiday season. Fortunately, there are authoritative resources with tips to help you protect your business from these risks. Here’s what you should prioritize.
Whether it’s during the holidays or another busy shopping season, retail businesses have an obligation to provide customers the safest experience possible — from the moment they park their vehicle, to the time they exit the parking lot. Unfortunately, two Pacific Northwest metro areas are currently experiencing some of the highest auto theft rates in the country. If you operate a retail business, here's what you need to know.
At Guardian Security, our normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM through 4:30 PM — but during the holidays, we understand that customers could be impacted by any changes to our business hours. With that in mind, we’d like to fill you in on the slight adjustment to our business hours on specific holidays.
Catalytic converter theft has been rampant across the country for the past several years. During the onset of the pandemic, catalytic converter theft jumped by 325%, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). In 2022, more than a dozen states are introducing legislation to crack down on the crime in the past year. In March, Governor Inslee signed House Bill 1815 into Washington state law.
An alarm system may be the cornerstone of your security strategy, but there’s one more thing it needs to be as effective as possible: video verification, which can be added to an existing alarm system so that live video will be sent to our monitoring center in real time when your alarm signal is activated. Here are the ways adding video verification to your security can maximize the effectiveness of your alarm system.
Every year, insurance companies see an increase in claims in the days following Halloween, due to the theft and vandalism that tends to happen around the holiday. Travelers Insurance notes a 68% increase in vandalism claims around Halloween compared to all other days of the year. They also note a Halloween uptick in crimes like theft (8%) and mysterious disappearance of items (5%). Here are some ways you can minimize your Halloween related risks as a business owner.
Access control systems have set a new standard for properties of all types. Here are some of the best, and fastest growing, uses for access control in the Pacific Northwest.
Slip and fall liability claims are nothing new, but data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau shows there is an increase in potentially fraudulent slip and fall claims since the onset of the pandemic. Now more than ever, quality video surveillance can help protect Pacific Northwest businesses from suspicious slip and fall claims. Here’s what you need to know, and how proper video surveillance coverage can protect retailers.
The requirements for fire alarm inspections in Washington State are strict for both commercial and government buildings. Fortunately, staying in compliance and up to code is easy with Guardian Security as your trusted resource. We’re more than an alarm monitoring provider; we’re also certified for fire alarm and building inspections per NFPA Standard 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.
With the increase of home break-ins and property crimes nationally and locally, homeowners have a variety of specific home security concerns right now. To address some of the most pressing issues on their minds, our Bellingham branch operations manager, Konrad Kocsis, stopped by the Whatcom Report program on KGMI News with host Mary Kay Robinson. Here are some of the topics they discussed.
Washington Wildfire Season continues its streak across the state this August. To get frequently updated information on wildfires in Washington state and important evacuation information, visit these resources
Business owners work hard all year long to take a single vacation in the summer. If you’re getting away for a few days in July or August, you need tools that help you stay connected to what’s going on at your business location.
Last year’s wildfire season in Washington state began early in March, and it was a devastating one. By this time last year, 630 wildfires had already happened in the state. By the time the 2021 season ended in October, there were 1,900 fires in Washington that had burned 674,249 acres.
Throughout the Pacific Northwest, the pleasant weather gives way to a busy season where tourists and locals flood businesses with their patronage. It’s a profitable time, but it’s also a time of heightened security concerns. If you operate a business that benefits from an influx of customers in the summer, Guardian Security has you covered. Here’s what we encourage businesses to leverage during the busy summer season.
Employees of Guardian Security will once again participate as a team in the Family Promise of Whatcom County Bed Race, an annual event that raises money to support children and their families experiencing homelessness in Whatcom County.
In a time when many police departments throughout the state are experiencing officer staffing shortages, it’s especially important to have competent home security technology that’s monitored by a provider located in Washington. Guardian Security can be that provider. Here’s how our alarm monitoring and home security services can support both homeowners and law enforcement throughout Washington state.
King County is the most populous county in Washington state and home to the state’s most populous city, Seattle. For this reason, we want to place special emphasis on understanding the alarm ordinances in King County, and how they affect property owners in the county with alarm monitoring services.
Some years, the relaxed lifestyle and warmer weather of summer can usher in heightened levels of crime. Law enforcement departments around the country are gearing up for a busy summer of crime fighting this year, and the police departments of Washington state are no exception. As one Seattle police lieutenant said recently, "We always see an uptick in violent crime in summer months, so we’ve come to expect that."
Guardian Security Systems, Inc. is seeking a Financial Analyst! This is a new role at our Company and will report directly to the CFO. The position is full-time and can be based out of any of our offices (Seattle, Bellingham, Tacoma, and Yakima). We are open to hybrid and remote (Pacific Time) work options as well.
If your property is in Seattle, it’s important to know the Seattle alarm ordinances that govern the way law enforcement will respond to your alarm signal. The Seattle Police Department is burdened by 11,000 false alarms per year, placing an undue drain on their resources in a time of heightened crime, homelessness and other priorities. Because of this, it’s critical that everyone in the city does their part to minimize the occurrence of false alarms. In addition, property owners want to do all they can to prevent themselves from incurring false alarm fines from the city.
Enhanced call verification, or ECV, is a code found in the alarm ordinances of various authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ), such as a city or county. If an AHJ has the ECV code in their alarm ordinance, that means enhanced call verification must take place before law enforcement will respond to an alarm signal dispatch. When a resident’s alarm signal is triggered, the city requires the alarm monitoring provider to verify the emergency by making two phone calls before they dispatch police to the location of the alarm.
The impact of the nationwide supply chain crisis has been severe on the electronic security industry. Experts in our field have forecasted that the delays on inventory could last well into 2022, and possibly longer. For many alarm equipment dealers, lag times for popular brands have been up to six months. Fortunately, we have good news at Guardian Security.
Alarm ordinances in Washington state are different in every city, with each Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ, typically a city or county) having license to enforce their own rules for how security alarm signals are treated by law enforcement. This is a necessary measure to align alarm ordinances with each city or county.
All commercial buildings are required to have a monitored fire alarm system installed. For high quality commercial fire alarm monitoring in Washington state or elsewhere, mesh radio technology provides the best signal communication. Find out what mesh radio alarm monitoring is and why we believe it’s the best choice for monitoring your commercial fire alarm.
As cellular technology continues to progress, cellular providers such as AT&T and Verizon will be phasing out the 3G cellular network on which your system currently communicates. As the network is decommissioned, the strength of your alarm transmissions will become increasingly unreliable until your system no longer communicates.
Because code requirements for alarm signals vary from city to city in Washington state, it’s the responsibility of every homeowner who has a monitored security system installed to know the ordinances of their specific town.
For effective crime intervention and the most robust intrusion detection possible, we recommend alarm verification through our video verification service. Guardian Security delivers video verification to establishments throughout Washington state. Here is what this alarm verification service involves, and how it can deeply enhance the security of your property.
Did you know that the code requirements for alarm signals vary by municipality? In Washington state, each Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), such as a city or county, is expected to adopt their own processes for handling security alarm signals. Because occurrences of false alarms and the nature of emergencies can vary by area, it’s important to know what your local AHJ’s own procedures are for law enforcement response to alarm signals.
Even if you’re among the most dedicated business owners or managers, you simply can’t be everywhere at once. With our interactive security platform, you don’t have to be. The idea behind our Interactive Services for businesses is to help businesses like yours send the message that, "The boss is always in." This makes a major impact on your security, but it also improves employee productivity and helps to smooth out the everyday wrinkles in any busy enterprise.
Often, the key to a successful security solution is connectivity between various devices. In order for devices with different purposes to work together seamlessly, this connectivity is necessary. It’s a process that we in the electronic security space call integration, and many of our manufacturer partners make it a high priority. Currently, two of those partners are taking the industry by storm with the success of their product integration: Brivo and Eagle Eye Networks.
It’s a new year, and that means it’s time to examine where there may be gaps in the electronic security you have onsite. Once you identify what you need, we can provide solutions. Here are some examples of security solutions you may be lacking, and how your business can benefit from them in 2022.
Small to mid-sized businesses of all types are now making data-driven decisions using business intelligence and insights. For businesses in the Pacific Northwest, Guardian Security can help deliver enlightening business intelligence powered by Alarm.com Business Activity Analytics.
Washington state is not immune to the business burglary crime wave sweeping the nation this holiday season. In Everett last week, an arrest was made after police pieced together evidence from 30 burglary cases that happened within one mile of each other.
For business owners who plan to decorate for the holidays, the same holiday fire risks faced by homeowners are also a reality at their businesses. To help protect your business from a holiday fire disaster, follow these tips from the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA).
This holiday season, Guardian Security is supporting Mary’s Place, a Seattle-based organization that has provided safe, inclusive shelter and services for homeless women, children and families since 1999.
Our normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM through 4:30 PM — but the holidays are just around the corner, and we understand that customers could be impacted by any changes to our business hours. With that in mind, we’d like to fill you in on the slight adjustment to our business hours on specific holidays.
Guardian Security is incredibly proud of our employees who have participated in the Family Promise of Whatcom County Bed Race, an annual event that raises money to support children and their families experiencing homelessness in Whatcom County.
On October 22, Guardian Security was a sponsor of the 2021 Fire Prevention Institute at Campbell’s Resort at Lake Chelan, otherwise known as the Washington State Association of Fire Marshals (WSAFM) conference.
This year’s Halloween is another cautious one in terms of COVID precautions. In many cities, kids will once again be adding masks to their costumes, and parents will be making sure everyone stays socially distanced during the door-to-door fun.
We always appreciate success stories, and this one comes from a customer who recently had her first video system installed. It’s a testament to the power of video verification, an affordable add-on that can get the police to your property faster when live video of your event verifies it as a crime in progress.
It’s National Fire Prevention Week, an important annual event that focuses on a different aspect of fire prevention and safety. This year’s campaign theme, "Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety," focuses on the sounds that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors make and what you need to do when those sounds happen.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee has initiated a series of proclamations requiring workers in a variety of environments to be vaccinated against COVID. The mandates, which go into effect on October 18, will affect many workplaces, including school districts and healthcare settings.
Districts throughout Washington state are quickly approaching the first day of school — so in this time of ongoing COVID concerns, this is the last call for campuses to ensure they have the adequate security needed to reopen safely.
It’s your last call for summer vacation, and who knows what the future holds in terms of travel restrictions. If you’re heading out of the house for a few days while there’s still time, you deserve a getaway that’s free from any home security concerns. Fortunately, we have smart home technology that can help. Here’s what it empowers you to do from your vacation destination.
Maybe you’ve been fortunate enough to take some time off in June or July — but before you know it, the lazy days of summer will be over. If that’s the case for you – or, you’re just now heading back to the office after working from home due to COVID – then it’s time to make sure the security on your home is covered before going back. If your home security is lacking any of these important features, we recommend adding them before going back to work.
In Washington state, wildfire season begins in July and continues all the way through the return of the Northwest rains in September.
The annual National Night Out, a community/police partnership event that promotes anti-crime programs in communities on the first Tuesday in August, is back for 2021 after a one-year hiatus during the pandemic. With the exception of 2020, this annual event has been enjoyed by Americans every year since 1984.
There’s a homebuying boom going on nationwide and throughout the Pacific Northwest. All over Washington state, prices continue to rise and inventory stays down — which means that homes are coming off the market as quickly as they’re going up.
There’s nothing like summer fun, but enjoying it to the fullest requires a serious commitment to safety. Enjoy a smarter, safer summer this year with these tips to avoid some of summer’s most prevalent dangers.
Juneteenth (short for "June Nineteenth") marks an important day in American history: June 19, 1865. This is when Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to ensure the emancipation of all enslaved people.
Everyone knows the cloud is the future of data storage — but for the average business owner, what are the practical benefits of shifting your video surveillance storage to the cloud? When you choose our cloud-based video surveillance solution, Eagle Eye VMS, here’s what you can look forward to.
Because around 98% of alarm activations at businesses turn out to be false alarms, police departments make business alarms very low in priority. If you’ve ever been fined by your city for a false alarm, you know how serious local departments are about curbing them. They’re a huge drain on police resources, during a time in which departments are already suffering.
After the heightened security risks of last year and the cultural shift toward social distancing , access control systems are more popular than ever.
On March 22, Kitsap County implemented a new ordinance that requires intrusion alarms to be verified for law enforcement dispatch. The acceptable methods are audio, video and in-person verification. Please continue reading for information.
Guardian Earns Siemens Fire Partners 2020 Best Overall Performance Pacific Northwest Territory Award
Guardian Security is proud to announce that we earned the Siemens Fire Partners 2020 Best Overall Performance Pacific Northwest Territory award!
As every business owner who’s ever faced an intrusion crime knows, the quicker response is the better response. That’s why priority response processes, especially video verification, are so widely embraced by law enforcement.
Operating a business requires you to comply with a variety of state and local laws, including fire codes. There are numerous challenges business owners in Eastern Washington may face when it comes to implementing fire and life safety systems for their buildings. But in order to keep customers and employees safe, these challenges must be…
Did you know that 98% of business alarm activations are false? Police are aware of that statistic, and that's why traditional alarms are no longer high priority for most departments.
Video verification systems from Guardian Security reduce wasted time and money by you and the authorities chasing down the culprits and gathering evidence. Video doesn't lie, and that means less discussion and more decisive action when your home or business has been burglarized.
Over time, business security solutions become smarter and more secure as the dynamic nature of business environments continually changes. The latest smart offices enhance security, improve productivity, and streamline business processes. Here’s a quick guide to office automation and security.
During the winter months, it’s always convenient to have a fireplace in your home. But your fireplace can also be a dangerous hazard to your kids. The glass of your fireplace can cause serious burns. Please take a moment to learn these safety tips from our friends at Seattle.gov.
As winter storms approach, we’d like to remind you to prepare ahead of time in order to stay safe at home and on the road. From checking your smoke alarms, to preparing for power outages and more, the Seattle Fire Department has some timely tips and advice for staying safe and warm during this upcoming…
Physical security in the workplace is now more important than ever, as violence is on the rise across the country. It’s imperative that you ensure the security of your business and that employees and visitors are safe. Here is a simple guide on how to assess and improve the physical security of your office this year.
A lot has changed in commercial security over the years. One of those is the advent of technology that controls building entry; with electronic access control, the key business security is now actually keyless. But early access control models are quickly becoming outmoded, with new, cloud-based technology replacing it that offers a variety of advantages. Those advantages include:
You can make this year the safest year yet, with a home that’s secure and a family that feels protected. Investing in a smart home security system is a great start toward making this happen. Here are some of the items you should look for in this new, upgraded system.
Smart home security should work for every member of the family, and that includes your pets. Here are some ways your system and your pets can go hand-in-hand to make home smarter and safer.
Martin Luther King, Jr Day celebrates the life and legacy of Baptist minister and social activist, Martin Luther King, Jr. He played a primary role in the American Civil Rights movement from the middle of the 1950s until his assassination on April 4, 1968.
Sometimes, reformed burglars are asked to give tips on preventing break-ins, including information on what they used as opportunities vs. what they were deterred by. In this case, our tips are based on what dissuades burglars – those things they hate to see when they attempt to break in. Those things include:
Now more than ever, we all deserve a festive, peaceful and safe holiday season. Here are some ways we can use our home security technology to facilitate the secure environment we all want for our families during the holidays.
In this time of COVID concerns, we're all thinking about safety. However, there are other safety concerns to keep in mind at work as well. Every seven seconds, an American is injured in the workplace. This is unfortunate — but what's even more unfortunate is the fact that the accidents, hazards and other dangers that lead to workplace injuries are largely preventable. As an employer, you can do your part by implementing and following these basic workplace safety protocols.
During the holiday season, criminals know that stealing packages from porches is one of the easiest crimes to pull off. It takes less than one minute for a thief to enter your porch, confiscate your package, and zoom off in their escape vehicle. And after they hit your house, they are likely to target one of your neighbors next. But this holiday season, you can deter porch pirates by using smart video technology. Here are some things to know about smart video.
For retailers looking ahead to 2021, budgets may be tightened and the need to maximize ROI will be critical. But because threats of theft, burglary and violence surged in 2020, it’s also critical for retailers to continue making investments in security technology. Here are three suggestions that retailers can consider as they prioritize their budgets for next year.
Inconveniences come as a normal part of running a business, so it’s easy to become used to them. But security systems can be a source of convenience, making your life and role as a business owner much easier. An intelligent security system can even increase efficiency and enhance security. So, how is smart business security different than old legacy security systems?
Guardian Security partners with DMP (Digital Monitoring Products) to bring you leading security services for the financial industry. Since DMP is one of the most trusted brands for financial institutions, they bring insight and understanding of the security needs for financial institutions that lead to solutions that work. Here are some of the important security solutions that financial institutions and businesses need that DMP leads in.
For facilities looking to remodel, redecorate, or revamp their look, repainting walls and ceilings is a standard "go-to" solution. A fresh coat of paint in a new color can make an old space look brand new again. Don’t let that fresh coat of paint create more challenges and costly headaches for you! In our experience, many facility managers, designers, and painters, while focused on the fresh look, miss the mark on safety compliance.
The year 2020 will go in the record books for everyone around the world. Businesses everywhere must adapt to the "new normal" that a global pandemic brings with it. The health and safety of visitors and employees are more important than ever, so companies are now turning their security systems as a solution, most importantly access control. Brivo’s access control helps you manage your business remotely from anywhere.
It’s that time of the year again - the Autumn season is upon us, with winter right around the corner. Time to schedule an inspection of your dry sprinkler system? Guardian is here to help.
As of July 2020, 31.3 million people in the United States reported job losses as companies all over the nation were forced to shut down. One out of every four people employed worked from home, causing most businesses to find security solutions to keep operations efficient while overseeing them from afar. Intelligent video surveillance systems are the answer to COVID-19 related security problems and can reduce the negative effects of future pandemics and catastrophic events.
The purpose of a fire alarm system is early detection, coupled with notification to all occupants to evacuate as well as notification to first responders. If a facility has a fire alarm system and does not have it monitored, what is the purpose of that fire alarm system when the business is closed up for the business day? Protection of a property when unoccupied is one of the primary functions of a fire alarm system.
The global COVID-19 pandemic requires companies everywhere to conduct business differently, as combating the spread of the virus becomes the number one goal to keep employees and visitors safe. When attempting to transition to a touchless workplace, there are several things to consider.
As businesses worldwide settle in to the new normal, facilities are adapting procedures and policies to work efficiently while still protecting the health and safety of employees and visitors. COVID-19 has changed the threat landscape by adding an invisible threat.
Businesses have the significant responsibility of safeguarding property and employees as well as visitors while overseeing daily operations. A video surveillance system is your second set of eyes to watch over things when you’re busy doing other important business activities.
This is an important notice that Edwards Fire Safety recalled their Edwards Mechanical Heat Detectors. The specific recall is for issues affecting the 135F heat detectors. Per Edwards, the heat detectors may fail to activate when temperatures rise, posing a significant risk of failure to alert people of a fire.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause problems for businesses world-wide, Guardian Security continues to help our customers navigate the challenges of a different work environment. We’re dedicated to finding the best solutions and helping businesses thrive during and after COVID-19. Here’s what some of our customers have to say about our service.
In this final installment of our best practices series for testing and reporting your fire protection system, we’ll address the use of reporting tools for your testing results. In Seattle, the required reporting tool for test results is The Compliance Engine (TCE).
When maintaining a relationship with the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ), there are a variety of questions a building manager may have. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions for staying compliant with your AHJ on matters of installation, testing and other requirements for your fire protection or public safety system.
In this second installment of our best practices series for fire protection systems, we will address fire watch and impairments reporting.
Fire protection systems – such as fire alarms, automatic sprinkler systems and standpipes – are a building's most important components for preserving lives and protecting property. Secondarily, emergency responder radio amplification systems such as bidirectional amplifiers (BDA) or distributed antenna systems (DAS) are of similar importance. In a building emergency, your BDA or DAS is the solution that provides safety to the first responders.
It’s now more important than ever to find cost-effective solutions to maintain your fire protection and alarm systems. The COVID-19 pandemic is like nothing we’ve ever seen before, and for many companies, it’s imperative to cut costs after the government forced businesses nationwide to shut down.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we do a lot of things, including shopping for home security systems. In an effort to make the process safer and more convenient, Guardian now has a DIY home security package for homeowners.
Guardian Security is closely following the state, county, and city mandates put into place by the Governor’s Safe Start reopening plan which can be accessed in full here.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Liberation Day is a holiday celebrating the liberation of those who had been held as slaves in the United States. Today, we at Guardian Security would like to encourage people to take some time to learn about this important date in American history. Click here to…
Many construction projects ground to a halt once COVID-19-related concerns gained momentum. As the states slowly start re-opening, you should carefully consider restarting construction as operations begin once again.
The Kirkland Fire Department wants to update everyone about testing extensions due to the current COVID-19 Civil Emergency. King County Public Health suggests that testing companies should go by the following recommendation regarding testing procedures: King County COVID-19 Health Recommendations.
Access control is an excellent security system that integrates well with your existing security components and allows you to manage access to your business. Many businesses still use older legacy systems, and while the technology is improving, using pin codes, biometrics, and other methods can create unintended barriers for the occasional building guest.
Today’s world is different than the one we grew up in. Families are busier and more active, so it’s harder to visit parents and grandparents who don’t live close to us. As the current global events keep us further apart, we must rely on technology now more than ever. Security technology like Alarm.com's Wellcam helps us keep connected to our relatives when we can’t be there.
Let’s face it. Sometimes humans aren’t the brightest. Criminals will do the craziest things, even in sight of a camera. So, if you’re thinking of installing fake cameras at your business or home to deter crime, think again.
As we all become accustomed to the "new normal" of social distancing and sheltering in place, we’re suddenly confronted with the problem of how to manage our businesses from afar. The security of your business is critical. So, how can you check in on things if you had to close your business due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and you’re sheltering at home? Guardian Security has the perfect solution-Eagle Eye Cloud VMS, a cloud-based video surveillance solution.
Happy Earth Day! We only get one planet, one country, one Washington. With that in mind, the team here at Guardian Security has been working diligently for many years to practice safe, healthy and environmentally sound business practices. Here's how...
Ordinance Update: NFPA Develops Additional Guidance for Health Care Facilities during COVID-19 Pandemic
When health care facilities are operating under the conditions like the ones the U.S. health care system is facing right now, stressors are placed on everything, including physical space, staffing levels, available supplies, and the level of care being provided. Everyday code-based solutions simply will not work in many circumstances.
COVID-19 has presented some challenges for business owners across the nation. You may not be able to physically check your business if you’re sheltering in place. There’s also the necessity to limit contact with alarm keypads and readers.
Under Governor Inslee’s “ Stay Safe, Stay Home” order which can read in full by clicking here, Guardian Security is considered part of the “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” designated to help ensure continuity of functions critical to public health and safety.
If you’re still on the fence about electronic access control – and, wondering whether a cloud-based solution is a good access control model for you – consider these key reasons.
The best place to get your connected cameras is from a security integrator who provides more value and protection than just convenience. Contact Guardian Security for more information on encrypted cameras that offer better security for your family.
In the early days of electronic access control, administrators could only dream of managing the systems from anything other than a desktop computer. But now, authorized managers of access control can disconnect from the desk and manage the system for every facility in the organization from the convenience of their smartphones.
When you have a small business, the stakes are just as high as they are for a massive enterprise – maybe higher, in fact. If this is your only business and you’ve worked hard to get it off the ground, there simply isn’t room for a physical security breach. The monetary loss, property damage and liability risks could sink you in an instant.
Many people consider putting in fake security cameras to deter crime, but Brendan is here to tell us why that isn't the best strategy. Guardian Security provides complete home & business security services including total smart home management, wireless home…
Before you consider one of the many DIY options on the market today, learn more about why a Security company can provide a better solution for your security needs. Guardian Security provides complete home & business security services including total…
It should not surprise us then that it is just as important to upgrade a security alarm system regularly. Security systems use many of those same technologies and the systems can become outdated in time, and new, important features are added every year. Those changes can seriously impact the effectiveness of your system.
In 2020, the Seattle Fire Department will be issuing citations to ensure that building owners test and maintain their Fire Protection System. Building owners can face a fine of $373 for failure to maintain their Fire Protection System.
SFD’s intent is not to needlessly penalize businesses but to encourage them to maintain their alarm systems regularly and make modifications as necessary. They hope to also discourage accidental alarms associated with carelessness.
A new standard has been established for smoke detection: UL 268. Issued by UL, the company that maintains global safety certifications, this is a regulation that sets a higher standard for smoke detector manufacturers. By complying, makers of the smoke detectors you use in your home or business will be providing earlier detection of dangerous…
Thanksgiving is upon us, and that means the holidays are officially on. It’s time to talk about ways to keep your home safe for the holidays, and the ways you can work alongside your security system to accomplish that goal.
Video doorbells stream live video to your computer, tablet, or smartphone, allowing you to see what’s going on at home no matter where you are. There are hundreds of stories of thefts and break-ins that the video doorbell has thwarted. Here are just a few of this doorbell’s best features.
We would like to update you on the new citations for late Systems Testing Reports. Beginning in 2020, SFD will issue citations to business owners who fail to send in their Systems Testing Reports on time. There is more in-depth information on these citations and reporting for fire alarm systems on the Seattle Government website at http://www.seattle.gov/fire/business-services/systems-testing#impairedsystems. Here is some brief information on the topic.
Halloween is a time for fun and socializing with everyone in the neighborhood, but it’s also a prime time for crime. However, smart home security is the perfect solution to ensure a safe, and fun Halloween, whether you’re home or out trick or treating with the family.
President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed National Fire Prevention Week to commemorate the devastating Great Chicago Fire. The Great Chicago Fire burned roughly 3.3 square miles, killing about 300 people and leaving more than 100,000 people homeless. So that nothing this horrific ever happens again, we focus on making homes safe and preventing residential fires.
All alarm communications need the most reliable communication system possible, and wireless mesh technology delivers that reliability. The technology, which uses and enhances existing and proven technologies, solves the problems found in other modes of communication.
The school year is in full swing, and yet your shopping list isn’t getting any shorter. When the weather changes, that means more new clothes are needed. Teachers are adding more "must-haves" to the lists they send home with students, from tablets to tissue boxes. And, it turns out that backpack you just bought a month ago is too small to fit all the books that have to come home every night.
As kids become tweens, it’s time for parents to decide whether they’re ready to stay home on their own after school. With kids gaining independence and parents saving money on after school childcare, it can be an exciting time for the whole family.
Guardians of the County Bed Race- Guardian Security Supports the Family Promise Program That Helps Homeless
Guardian Security proudly participated as a sponsor in the 3rd Annual Family Promise Bed Race. The Family Promise Program helps homeless children and their families in the area.
Install sensors on all of the doors and windows and the system sends you an alert whenever the kids leave one open when they get home after from school.
Whether the focus is on tighter cash or inventory controls, theft detection and deterrence, or improved labor management, access control and integrated solutions by Guardian Security positively impact business operations.
Security systems that combine video surveillance with access control are in high demand for medium-sized organizations, and even higher demand for larger properties. Here's why, and how Guardian Security provides the solutions that our clients demand.
A summer renovation project can be stressful. You’re constantly leaving work or activities to let contractors in your home, not to mention being worried about the security of your home. Smart home security can relieve some of the stress by taking care of some of the tasks on your list.
While you want to let your kids have some independence as they mature, it’s difficult to anticipate everything that can happen. Your smart home security system does more than just protect your family for the summer. Use image, contact sensors, and cameras to help you see what’s going on at home when you’re not there.
Having a central platform means increased accessibility, and provides better management over all of the systems. The right platform can enable the user to manage many complex systems seamlessly and efficiently.
Some of the best parts of summer are the long summer evenings that stay light until 9 PM and the fun cookouts with friends and family. It’s also a critical time to protect your home and outside space, especially if you’re going away on vacation. We’ve got some great solutions to help keep your home more secure.
When an academic campus, hospitality facility or other multi-building site is in need of a new protection option, one of the most appealing choices to consider is Siemens Cerberus DMS.
Recently, Guardian was pleased to be featured in the Seattle edition of the "Who's Who in Building Construction", a Kelley Blue Book publication. Titled "The Guardians of the (Seattle) Galaxy", the article featured Bob Vezzani and Stassa Hansen from our Fire Alarm Division.
Migration of your fire alarm system may seem overwhelming, but Siemens Migration Solution makes the process simple by breaking it down into phases. Here’s a brief look at the migration phases.
Block parties, barbeques, and pool time… summer is all about the fun! Because we spend more time enjoying time away and more time outdoors during the summer months, the number of burglaries and outdoor related injuries also increases. We here at Guardian Security want to help you make all of your summer memories good ones…
Summer break is in full swing, and for many parents, that means there will be a variety of challenges that aren’t present during the school year. There are remedies for these challenges, though – and some of them can be delivered by your home security system.
Planning, designing and implementing a commercial fire alarm system takes time. For our valued commercial clients requesting fire alarm systems, it’s important to know and understand the timeline involved. From request for pricing to approved plans, the process of a fire alarm project is extensive. Here is an average timeline.
When a fire system is not in place or functional and evacuating the building is not an option, it’s critical for fire watch protocols to be carried out. The fire watch is a guideline established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), as well as a required ordinance in your city.
When seconds count, it is important to rely on an alarm communication system with the fastest speed and most reliable service.
We become fatigued by repeated alarms. Studies show that all it takes is three nuisance alarms a year to seriously impact the responsiveness of the building occupants. This is the point when we assume that every alarm is a false one and so delay any action. We are more likely to be annoyed with the disruption than fear it could be real. This leads to increased fire associated injury and deaths.
Now more than ever, communities need established protocols in place for active shooter situations. If an organization is deficient in response protocol, lives will be in jeopardy when an emergency occurs. Having a cohesive set of protocols can reduce risks when seconds count.
There are just a few more weeks until the Fire Alarm Advisory Board’s Special Session on Smoke Control event; it is important to understand smoke control if you plan to build anything in East King County. With that in mind, we took the time to ask some questions of our resident smoke control expert, Travis Quaale.
DIY is everywhere you look. Much of the time, these projects are doable for the average homeowner who is willing to put in some research and effort. However, security system installation does not fall in that category.
There’s more to commercial security integration than meets the eye. If alarms and cameras are already integrated, the next logical step is to integrate the access control system with other technology that makes it easier to screen who enters the premises.
There’s no denying that choosing what goes in your home security system can be overwhelming. With so many options, how do you know what you really need? Well, we’ve got you covered. Here are the critical components of home security. Motion and Contact Sensors Motion and contact sensors are the small applicators your system uses…
Managing your home security system with an app on your smartphone is the future, and the future has arrived. Here’s why you should embrace the future.
A new standard has been established for smoke detection: UL 268. Issued by UL, the company that maintains global safety certifications, this is a regulation that sets a higher standard for smoke detector manufacturers. Here's what you need to know.
Still hanging on to one or two overnight holiday guests? You want the environment to feel welcoming for them, of course – but at the same time, you want to continue utilizing the great security technology you have in your home. Fortunately, it’s easy to do both.
Sure, it’s the most wonderful time of the year – but that doesn’t mean it’s without its fair share of worries. Fortunately, your security system can help you beat these concerns and keep them at bay long after the holidays are over. Here are four good examples.
Seattle sits at the number two spot on a list of the top 50 cities where the phrase "Amazon package stolen" is entered as a Google search. (Source: Shorr.com) Luckily, you can use your security system to stop package theft before it happens to you, especially if your system includes smart home upgrades. Here’s how to accomplish that.
Guardian Security is proud to offer resident assist and staff call systems (also known as nurse call systems) to healthcare, nursing facility and residential care clients throughout the Northwest. Here is how it can help your facility increase safety and reduce liability.
When there’s no integration between the cameras and the home security system, the homeowner misses out on a variety of benefits. These benefits include....
For organizations that are concerned about preparedness for hostile events in the community, one potential solution is participating in an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) program. This year, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA®) introduced its own ASHER training solution called NFPA 3000™.
Long after Halloween is over, break-ins can be prevented by the presence of connected home security. To learn more about home security systems that scare criminals away all year long, contact Guardian Security for a complimentary home security analysis.
Is yours a family that gives your home its own gift for the holidays? If so, we have an idea: a home management device like Alexa, Google Home, Amazon Echo. Why? Because it can integrate with your smart home security system to make everything even more interactive. Here are some things it can help you do.
Unless a business has a dedicated security staff tasked with watching live security video 24/7 – and most do not – then video analytics is an absolute necessity. Here are some of the most important things video analytics can accomplish:
Halloween brings increased hazards for kids and homeowners. Make memories this October 31st and keep trick-or-treaters safe and keep your home and property secure with these Halloween safety tips.
Our staff had an amazing time and made meaningful connections supporting this wonderful annual event which has again been a great success, raising over $12,000 to help more children get out of poverty and into housing in Washington State.
When you’re away from the house and want to get a look at what your cameras are recording, that same app can give you an instantaneous view into what’s going on at home. Here’s some more info on smart home security for beginners; hopefully, new security system owners will find it useful.
When it’s time for your annual building inspection, Guardian Security will be ready to help. BuildingReports enables us to inspect all your fire and life safety devices for working order and code requirements, using easily verifiable inspection reports you can trust. To learn more or schedule building inspections in the Seattle area, contact Guardian Security today.
If you are considering your options in home or business security, you have probably found that there are far more choices than you had anticipated. One of those decisions includes whether or not to opt in to video verification.
As the BBQ season draws near to a close for the year, it’s time to talk about how Guardian Security can help your summer fun reach new heights! Your smart home security system can give you the high-tech help you need to host better get-togethers and keep everyone safer in the process. Here’s how.
Your vacation home can and should be a smart home. Read five ways smart home security can protect your Seattle vacation home.
Cybersecurity scares are not just a creation of the news media or the hype of cybersecurity consultants. According to a recent study by Cybersecurity Ventures, the annual cost of cybercrime damage is on track to reach $6 trillion by 2021. Here are critical concerns to consider.
Whether it’s college graduation, weddings or the moving season in general, summer is a time when young adults tend to make big life changes. Sometimes, those big steps include the plunge into first-time homeownership. For young homeowners throughout Washington, smart home technology can fill both roles: home automation and home security.
More than 500,000 home invasion crimes per year take place without any forced entry at all. How is this possible? Sadly, many of them are made possible by the homeowner leaving a door or window unlocked.
When annual fire inspection time rolls around – or, a property receives notification that the fire department wants to see an inspection completed on demand – it can be a stressful time for managers of a commercial property. To address this, here are some recommendations for businesses of all sizes.
This is a great time of year to automate your home's man cave and make it fully controllable – from both a security standpoint and a smart home one. Here are some ideas for areas of the room that can be protected with the help of your security system.
Some dads have 9 to 5 careers, and others have them 24/7. Modern dads are on the go, and they aren’t always able to see what’s going on at home – at least not in person. Fortunately, there is a modern security solution that can fill in the gaps for both of them whether they are home, at work, or on the road.
The summer season officially began on Memorial Day, and that makes it a great time to talk about summer safety. Here are some ways you can utilize your home security system to help your family have a safer, more enjoyable summer this year.
Often, senior citizens rely on their adult children or caregivers to make decisions about electronic security for the home. To assist these loved ones, here’s some information on what to look for when choosing security systems for seniors in Seattle.
Guardian Security provides security solutions for the tri-cities area of Washington. Operations that are making their home in the tri-cities can benefit from solutions for the following security challenges.
Many who relocate to the Pacific Northwest do so during the warmer spring and summer months. With that in mind, here are some considerations for those who are moving here and wondering how soon they should secure their new homes.
What’s the cause for the surge in home security interest among this new generation of homebuyers? Most likely, it has very little to do with young homeowners "turning into their parents." A more likely reason is that today’s home security is nothing like their parents’ home security.
If your refund isn’t earmarked for any necessary expenses and you’re looking to spend it on your home, then a smart home technology upgrade is one of the smartest ways to spend your tax refund. Here’s what you’ll get.
Making sure your contact list is updated on a regular basis is important for our Seattle alarm company and your security as our client. On our side, it keeps us in compliance with local ordinances. For your benefit, it allows us to send law enforcement to your emergency. Here’s why.
If your family has a trip planned for this week-long vacation from "real life," you will want to have as much peace of mind as possible that everything is safe and sound at home while you’re away. Here are some of the questions that can creep into your mind, and a way you can quickly find out the answers.
March is Poison Prevention Month, and that means it’s time to talk about carbon monoxide, otherwise known as CO – a dangerous poison that is odorless and colorless, keeping families in completely in the dark about its presence until it’s too late.
You've heard it said that too much "screen time" is a bad thing for some people – mostly for kids. But if you’re a responsible adult, you can use your smartphone as a powerful tool to make your life both simpler and safer.
Anything that makes our tasks more convenient is welcome, and that includes more convenient ways to manage our security systems. That’s why Guardian Security offers online services. Check it out and ask us about it today!
A smash and grab is the simplest way for a criminal to burglarize a storefront; he uses a crowbar, sledgehammer or another tool to smash in a glass display window or front door, then grabs everything he can reacha. What can you do about this as a business owner?
Sometimes, the next step is hard to take. We have seen that to be the case for many businesses when it comes to adding an extra layer of security with access control.
Cloud access control for business has been a growing technology that is being used by businesses small and large across Washington State, and around the world. Guardian Security was pleased to be featured in the February 2018 issue of SDM Magazine, a leading trade publication for the security industry.
Whether you and your significant other are planning to stay in or go out this Valentine’s Day, you can apply these common-sense home security tips for a safer, more romantic evening.
Most fires are caused by careless behaviors that lead to ignition. This means most fires can be avoided by changing these behaviors. Help prevent workplace fire by practicing good safety practices such as these...
It’s hard to think about the possibility of a fire or the potential devastation it can cause. Fires do happen though, and it should be a concern for every business owner.
Even better than having a clone, security and automation allow you to take advantage of the benefits of next-generation digital technologies so you can view your home or business and control the security system remotely from your computer, phone, or another digital device.
Home improvements turn your home into a construction zone with security risks that leave your family and your project tools and materials vulnerable. Before you begin your next project, check out these important tips:
Enjoying the season of giving is what the winter holidays are all about. However, because thieves know that homes during the holidays are filled with gifts, it should also be a time of vigilance.
Home automation systems are quickly becoming popular, especially around Christmas time. They not only make life simpler but give homeowners peace of mind and added security – not to mention home value.
We see crime daily on television shows, in movies, and in video games. How crime is depicted in the media is far different than how it plays out in reality, however, and that misinformation can put our family, property and us at risk.
True security cameras—like those powered by Guardian Security—are fully connected to a smart home security system. This gives them features and intelligence that standalone connected cameras don't have.
If you have shopped around for a security system, you probably saw that many alarm companies advertise that they are UL listed (like we do). What is UL listing, and why is it important for your alarm monitoring company to be UL listed?
The staff of Guardian Security was proud to be a participating sponsor at the first annual family Promise Bed Race to help homeless children in Whatcom County.
AES wireless mesh technology offers best-in-class protection against catastrophic fire and intrusion events. Guardian Security is proud to have the largest wireless mesh network in Washington.
It’s true that today’s burglars use more novel ways to get into homes – everything from haphazardly throwing a brick through a window to carefully squeezing through a doggie door.
Access control or physical security systems can play a huge role in managing those responsibilities in protecting people, assets, facilities, and operations. But did you know there are additional smart reasons to use access control?
More than 9 in 10 businesses are currently using cloud technology, including email, phone, backup, applications and increasingly video surveillance. Cloud technology offers businesses a powerful tool to help improve their safety and operations.
Making sure everything runs smoothly and optimally is a near impossible task and would take a team of people to get done. Fortunately, smart home technologies provide some great ways to tame a monster school schedule.
If you are buying a new home, take precautions to avoid becoming a target for crime. If you have questions about home security systems, video surveillance, or intrusion alarms, give us a call today.
Every parent wants to pave the way to academic success for their children in every aspect of their lives. The first element of this is taking the chaos out of managing routines. Today, parents are using home automation to help them manage daily routines, and ease their worry about the safety and wellbeing of their…
Healthcare facilities exist in a very competitive and ever-changing landscape that requires every member of the team to work at superhero status at all times. To optimize each care givers time with the residents and their needs are being met they need robust tools found in current nurse call system. For any superhero, communication is…
Both large and small businesses have raised concerns about their security. Most of these entities “hope for the best” rather than taking adequate steps to improve their security. Access control systems enable business to be proactive and fully in charge of their security. Meaning Of An Access Control System As the name implies, the system…
Using the power of the Internet, video surveillance is reaching levels once unimagined. IP video surveillance systems are a hot topic in the industry today especially in the greater Seattle area. IP technology was slow to gain acceptance, but with almost universal internet accessibility, that is changing and has come of age, gaiing wide acceptance. The first…
The potential for crime is a big deal for any business—or it should be. According to the U.S Chamber of Commerce, crime is a factor in as much as 30% of business failures. It is even more startling when you think of your business and the community in which it exists. Think of the one…
Commercial video surveillance systems are an essential tool in combating crimes like theft and violence. What many people do not know is that it is also critical in the event of a crime incident or accident. Businesses are facing increasing threats such as violence in the workplace as well as the common problem of accidents.…
Get away from all that Seattle traffic! Guardian Security Systems, Inc. is searching for talented, Licensed 06 Low Voltage Alarm Technicians for our Bellingham, WA office.
Where you place and store your fire extinguisher can make all the difference in an emergency. These fire placement and storage tips can save you.
A quick update from the Seattle Fire Department on new regulations that affect your business as of July 1, 2017. Here's what you need to know.
That aging surveillance system may seem fine on the surface but technologies become outdated quickly and sensitive technologies that are not well-maintained can malfunction without warning. Here are some important ways outdated security systems put you at risk.
Do You Have the Correct Type of Fire Extinguisher? While the concept is fairly simple, the technology and science behind them, and which one to use for which application, is complex.
“Mr. Customer, your sprinkler system is due for it’s five year maintenance. When would you like us to take care of it for you?” We have all been there. We dropped the car off at the dealership or mechanic to have an oil change and a tire rotation. Then you get the phone call an…
For most people portable fire extinguishers are invisible red cylinders mounted or in cabinets on the wall. Though they blend into the surroundings and are often ignored, fire extinguishers are one of the most important devices for fire safety. How important one would ask? In more than 600 businesses and non-residential structures each day in…
Life gets busy and we all get a little slack when it comes to thinking about home security. Unfortunately, this is a huge factor in why four burglaries happen every minute in the US. Burglars count on us to lose focus and make common mistake. All they need to do is wait for their prime…
Fire extinguishers might be a basic staple of fighting early stage fires, but there is nothing basic about them. Take note of these important tips for keeping your business safe.
Even a well-maintained video surveillance system can run into problems over time and not perform when you need it most. This can put your system, and ultimately your business, employees, and customers at risk.
Guardian Security is hiring for the sales position on the Integrated Security Solutions team. We are Washington’s leader in residential and commercial life safety solutions.
Businesses today face a multitude of threats and business owners are responsible for taking clear and reasonable steps to protect the lives of employees and customers, as well as protect their property. Here’s why.
Having nurse call systems in place is for compliance reasons is essential, but it’s not always enough. No matter the size of a healthcare facility, integrating nurse calls with alert functionality can make the system far more effective. Here are some reasons why.
Fire alarm systems help protect people, property and assets. But just like in our own health, there are many things about the health status of your system can’t be learned just by looking at it.
For Immediate Release – Guardian Security – Yakima, WA Guardian Security is Washington’s leader in residential and commercial life safety solutions. Established in 1976, Guardian specializes in comprehensive security, fire and life safety systems for installations ranging from single-family homes to major retail centers. Our company has experienced rapid growth and our installation department needs quality applicants…
Home security systems have proven to deter more crime than any other preventative measure. However, there is still something more that you can do to help protect your property—consider the landscaping.
Did you know that thirty percent of businesses in the United States fail as a result of crime? Crime is expensive and whether the loss is cumulative due to shoplifting or employee theft or as a result of a large-scale burglary, it takes much less in loss to devastate a business than most believe. Even…
Selecting a security system to protect your business or residence is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Most people understand that and the importance of choosing the right components to form the most effective system possible. However, most people do not realize that even the most technically advanced components are impacted…
Depending on the circumstance and the state laws regarding the age children are able to left home alone, your child may need to be left home alone for brief periods of time. No matter how responsible your child or teen may be, a home security system can be the added tool parents need to keep…
Fire and life safety alarm systems are expected to provide protection 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. While it may seem like an obvious matter of importance, neglecting safety alarm inspections is still something that happens often. Fire and life safety alarm systems are comprised of sensitive technologies, and like any other technological…
We all dream of a truly seamlessly connected world; and with mesh radio, that dream can finally become a reality. Wireless mesh radio is an emergent technology whose networks utilize existing technology in a new and highly effective way. If you are weighing your options in electronic alarm solutions, there are several reasons why you…
One of the most common questions we get at Guardian Security is from Washington business and facility owners asking “Why should my fire alarm system be monitored with a radio?” It is a great question, with some important answers. Fastest, most reliable transmission speeds Fastest… While other communication pathways, such as cellular can take up…
Some things are so simple that they are genius. And what you do with it is even better. Such is the case with mesh radio. Mesh radio technology is conceptually simple, but when implemented in electronic security, the result is a far more reliable and secure network than offered through other means. The Simple Lowdown…
Access control users have been sought the ability to unlock doors with their phone for some time, and now, with the development of Brivo’s Mobile Pass Application they can. Available for both iOS and Android, the application immediately delivers access eliminating the need for a keycard. How Mobile Pass Works The majority of access control…
Running a business means expecting the unexpected. Running a successful business means expecting the unexpected and planning for it. As a business owner, you are no doubt thinking, “I can’t control every element or other people’s behavior.” You can and must, however, take steps to minimize the risks. Here are some important things to consider as…
With the trend toward automation continuing with every new technological advance, an increasing number of businesses embrace electronic key control to support safety and access management. Still, some wonder if it is worth the switch from traditional mechanical locking hardware. To help you weigh your choices, here are some of the benefits of electronic keys.…
Are you curious about how to increase your bottom line through increased technology? Then look no further than IP video monitoring. These IP-based cameras make surveillance even easier, and you’re sure to appreciate how much you will learn through the use of these cameras. At Guardian Security we can provide you with multiple product options…
We understand that the right tools not only improve security; they improve productivity as well. Identity and access management tools help strengthen productivity and security while reducing risks. A quality solution ensures the right people have access to the right places at the right times. In a market flooded with software purporting to do just…
In Washington State, for Security Alarms, each Authority Having Jurisdiction of a city or county has adopted their own way of handling alarm signals and the subsequent dispatching of police resources. The goal from the emergency responders is to limit false alarms that can inhibit the authority’s ability to respond to real and more urgent…
06 Journeyman Integrated Installation Technicians Guardian Security Systems – Seattle, WA Guardian Security is Washington’s leader in residential and commercial life safety solutions. Established in 1976, Guardian specializes in comprehensive security, fire and life safety systems for installations ranging from single-family homes to major retail centers. Our installation division is expanding and we need new…
Testing…obstructions….paper or plastic? There are so many local compliance rules as well as NFPA standards surrounding when, how, and how often your fire sprinkler system should be checked, upgraded, or maintained. Many times without proper guidance, an FAQ (frequently asked questions) can turn into an SAQ (should’ve asked questions) that lead to big safety and…
“Mr. Customer, your sprinkler system is due for it’s five year maintenance. When would you like us to take care of it for you?” We have all been there. We dropped the car off at the dealership or mechanic to have an oil change and a tire rotation. Then you get the phone call an…
The mission to save life and protect property never changes, but methods through which these inspired tasks are achieved are continually evolving due to the advancement of new technologies. For more than 40 years, Guardian Security has been installing and monitoring commercial Fire Alarm Systems, and we have embraced new technologies that have allowed us…
We are looking for a passionate Customer Care Representative who will partner with and ensure the long-term success of our clients and accounts. You will be responsible for maintaining and growing long-term relationships with our clients internally and externally. You will liaise between customers and cross-functional internal teams to ensure the timely and successful delivery…
If you are planning to remodel or build a new home on Mercer Island there are some important changes to the Fire Alarm Ordinance about which you should know. Recently, the City of Mercer Island enacted a code stating all new home construction must include a monitored low voltage smoke alarm system. This work must…
Though they can induce a bit stress, annual commercial fire alarm systems inspections are required by the local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) over your property and designed to help prevent injury and mitigate loss due to fires. Depending on the location and type of system you have, the length and frequency of testing will vary…
Some existing high rise buildings in Seattle are subject to a retroactive installation of an emergency responder communications system. This means that if your building does not have a system, you will be required to retroactively install one in 2016. What Is Seattle Fire Code 510? Seattle Fire Code 510 requires reliable communication for emergency…
Beginning April 15, 2016, to qualify for a police dispatch in the City of Redmond there must be some form of verification that the alarm is valid. The qualifiers are: An eyewitness to a crime in progress Video or Audio evidence of a crime The receipt of two or more alarms signals during the same…
Since legalizing marijuana back in 2012, the cannabis industry in Washington has skyrocketed. Of course with tremendous growth, comes more government regulation. Guardian Security can provide expertise and guidance here in Washington to help you keep up with the changing code requirements, as well providing professional security & fire alarm systems design and installation for…
With so many options for a new security system and the many different providers that are out there, choosing a new security company can be a little challenging. We’ve compiled a short list of the most important questions to ask when evaluating any alarm company in Washington. Do you directly monitor my system at your…
Seattle home security customers: When was the last time you thought about the fire hazards in your home? Some of the obvious ones, like the fire risks from the stove and fireplace, may be things we think about often. On the other hand, there are fire risks that people give little to any thought about…
Also known as call bell or call light systems, nurse call systems are the communication link between these clients and the facility’s caregivers. Here are some things to look for when selecting nurse call systems for a healthcare facility.
Basic Surveillance Options Many companies assume that a few surveillance cameras are enough to protect their business. There are often unseen costs associated with this. You may need to weatherproof your cameras, install additional cooling equipment to reduce heat associated with sun exposure or you may need dust filters to reduce the impact of pollutants.…
Video surveillance is one of the most important security features of our time. Major security companies will offer boots on the ground as well, patrolling shifts, or a security officer at a retail location. But one feature is often for business owners to usurp the role of all of these, namely, video surveillance. A criminal…
Seattle fire alarm systems customers: this is a great time to revisit the importance of smoke alarms in the home. We sometimes take them for granted, but we shouldn’t – because smoke alarms save lives. Considering the fact that it only takes three to four minutes for a small house fire to spread out of…
Distraction burglaries typically peak in the summer months, and then taper off in the fall before returning in full force just in time for Christmas. Understanding how distraction burglary works is critical to your home security in Seattle, and it’s also an important part of staying safe in public. Distraction burglaries happen both at home…
As a business owner, burglary is one of the most invasive crimes you will ever experience. Not only is there loss of your equipment and/or inventory, but there is a sense of being violated, both personally and professionally. Your income, and that of your employees, has been jeopardized and you may experience loss of life…
he holidays are a time when many companies hire an influx of temporary help to cover employee vacations. It’s also a time when many businesses hire consultants to come in for training sessions. With those things in mind, should your temporary employees receive access control credentials like your permanent staff does? Yes they should. Often, temporary…
False alarms are problematic for everyone. They cause the homeowner unnecessary worry and can burden the emergency system, increasing their response times to real emergencies. The good news is that most incidents of false alarms can be avoided by following a few simple tips. Talk to Your Home Security System Provider There are many things…
Everyone has valuables that they would like to keep in the home and out of the hands of burglars. The more important or valuable the item, the more important it is to keep it secure and out of view. But just how stealthy is that hiding spot? Chances are good that it is more obvious…
Over the last decade, technology has changed the way we approach nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Those technologies however, have largely been geared toward young people. That trend is shifting, and now home security and smart home technologies are leading the way in improving the lives of seniors and helping them avoid assisted…
Video surveillance has become more important than ever in deterring crime, identifying criminals, and as verification in the event of a workplace accident, among many other beneficial uses. However, some people steer clear of using video surveillance technologies because they are unsure of how to do it without infringing on another’s right to privacy. The…
In a 2012 New York Times article, Bill Bond, a specialist for school safety at the National Association of Secondary School Principals and survivor of a school shooting incident said that the best reason to have lockdown procedures is that “we just don’t have an alternative”. Lockdown procedures represent our best defense against serious situations…
Hardly a month goes by before a new report of some type of church violence dominates the headlines. It is startling and concerning. So concerning, in fact, that 90% of those polled by Christian Security Network (CSN), an organizations specializing in church security, said that they worried about church security. All across the country, churches…
School safety is a hot topic right now, and for good reason. School crisis situations are never far from the headlines. While schools are some of the safest places in our community, some surprising statistics reveal they are not as safe as we would want. Most people typically think that nearly every place is more…
Everyone wants to believe that they will not become a victim of a burglary, but the odds are working against us. In 2012, more than two million homes fall victim to burglars. That is one every 15 seconds, and 20 in the 5 minutes it takes to read this article. Surprisingly, many of these crimes…
June is one of our favorite months because it is a time when we focus on improving safety in the home and workplace. Brining attention to key safety issues is something we take very seriously because small changes save lives. And that matters to us. Did you know: Around 5,000 people die from sudden traumatic…
When guests choose a hotel, they think of amenities, convenience, and comfort. For most guests, safety only becomes a concern if for some reason they have a reason to feel unsafe. While hotel guests might take security for granted, hotel owners should not. A hotel builds its reputation on the safety and comfort of its…
If you have a loved one living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, providing a safe environment is always a primary concern. As dementia progresses, a person’s abilities change, affecting things like judgment, physical abilities, memory, senses, and understanding of time and place. Providing care for someone with dementia requires some creative problem-solving to…
3D printing technology is used to create everything from brightly colored plastic dodads to advanced medical devices. The technology is amazing, affordable, and accessible. Perhaps that is why it is not surprising that criminals have found a way to use the technology to their advantage. A plastic representation of just about anything can be printed…
With the right information almost any project can be a DYI project. In fact, the popularity of project websites has fueled a new generation of highly motivated DYI-ers doing everything from making furniture to doing car repairs. But not everything should be a DYI project, especially the installation of home security systems. Here are some…
According to FBI crime statistics, the average loss to home burglaries is $2,185, which exceeds the price of a basic security system. Much of what we believe is shaped by how crime is depicted on television, in movies, and even in video games. This leads us to draw some wrong conclusions—and those assumptions can put us, our family, or our property in harm’s way.