Additional Benefits of a Security System

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Getting a security system installed in your home protects your house from potential burglaries and puts you in a much better place to find the burglar if your home still happens to be robbed. But, what else can a security system do for you? Nowadays, security systems have grown and developed to help make your life easier in many ways. Here are just a few:


  1. Protect your home from fires.

Did you know that every 20 seconds a home fire is reported? Fires are just as prevalent and dangerous as home break-ins. Many security systems, such as Honeywell’s Vista 128FBP, are able to monitor your home for fires as well.

  1. Make your home more efficient.

Security systems, like the Lynx Touch 7000, integrate almost every function of your house such as lighting, locks, thermostats, and even water valves to your security system. You’ll be able to access your home’s features while you are away to change the temperature while your away to save on heating/cooling costs, turn off a light you forgot you left on, or lock the door that you missed as you rushed out the door for work. Convenience is at your fingertips.

  1. Lower home insurance premiums.

When you own a home, you’ll want home insurance. The cost of home insurance will vary based on location, coverage, insurance company, type of home, etc., but most insurance companies will give a large discount to homeowners with a security system installed.

  1. Protect you from carbon monoxide and other poisonous gases.

Equip your security system with a carbon monoxide detector which will alert your family of dangerous levels and allow you to leave the house and get medical help, if needed, before it’s too late.

  1. Keep watch of your home while away.

Whether you are at work, away on vacation, or just wanting to check on your kids and the babysitter, you can! Your security system and cameras can be accessed from an app on your device that will allow you to see what is happening at home while you’re away.

  1. Automate your home.

Since your home’s features and functions (lights, garage door, locks, etc.) can be integrated into your system, automate your home with a schedule. You can set the air conditioning to cool down before you get home, your garage door to open as you come down the street, and many other functions that will make your life easier.

  1. Achieve peace of mind.

One of the greatest things a security system can do for you is put your fears to rest and allow you peace of mind. With 24/7 monitoring and many other useful features, your security system will help you know that your home and family are safe. And being confident that your home is safe and not needing to worry anymore, is priceless.

Tips for a Safer Home

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

“In 2017, there were over 4,000 burglaries in Portland, an 11 percent increase from the year before. Of those, 1,600, or 37 percent, were burglaries in residential areas. That’s over four burglaries a day in residential areas and 10 a day in all areas of the city.” Here are some maps that show burglaries in residential areas in 2017 in the Portland, Oregon area.

Burglaries happen. Here are some ways you can protect your home and family from burglaries.

  1. If you work during the day, be sure to lock all of your doors and windows. Also, don’t leave a car on the driveway that has a garage door opener on the inside.

  2. If you are home, open your windows so a potential burglar would be able to see that there is someone home and walking around. If you normally do this, leave your blinds open while you are gone running errands. You don’t want to make anything look of of the ordinary.

  3. Hide your spare key in a better place than around your door or under your doormat. If you really want to see if it is hard to find, have one of your neighbors or friends try to find it.

  4. Some robberies happen at night, so increase the amount of lighting outside. Burglars want to be able to hide behind bushes and in dark areas so they can remain unseen. If they can’t be in darkness, it is more likely they will skip over your home.

  5. If you are planning on going on vacation, don’t post your plans or updates on social media until after you are home. If you want more tips on extra precautions you can take while you are on vacation, check out this blog post.

While these are all great practices, they still may not stop a robbery. Having a security system installed on your home could, however. When asked, 83% of burglars said they specifically checked to see if the house was armed with a security system and 60% said they would change their mind if there was. People have also found that putting the home security sign on your lawn can deter robbers. Additionally, on the off chance that a robber does not notice you have a security system and your house is broken into, police will have a much easier time catching the suspect and will have hard evidence to use against them in court.

How a Security System Helps The Police 

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Did you know that 9 out of 10 burglaries go unsolved? That is a staggering number considering a burglary takes place in the United States every 18 seconds. This means in just one hour there will be 200 burglaries and only 20 of those burglaries will be solved. Why do so many go unsolved? Protect America says “Many burglaries remain open cases because there is simple a lack of evidence to draw from.” So how does a security system help the police do their jobs?


  1. Caught in the Act

Security systems have improved over the years and there are many security systems that you can access from your phone. Many security systems will also alert you if there is movement around you house and you can notify the police if you do not recognize the person. This new technology allows policemen the chance to catch criminals in the act and will make solving the case exponentially easier.

  1. Clues and Evidence

Even if the police are not able to arrive to the scene while the burglar is still there, the security camera footage gives policemen an advantage. Many burglaries go unsolved because of lack of evidence. However, with a recorded video feed police will have a better idea of who they are looking for. Even if the criminal’s face is concealed, they can narrow down suspects by knowing the gender, height, weight, general build etc., which can help them find the burglar.

  1. News Travels Fast

News travels fast and in this case, it’s a good thing. If criminals are aware that a house has a security system and they are more likely to be caught, they won’t risk it. 83% of criminals look to see if there is a security system and if there is, they won’t break into the home. Having security systems on multiple houses will deter a burglar  and they will move onto a neighborhood that is easier to target where they are less likely to be caught.

Firehouse Subs Security

Friday, August 31st, 2018

Our employees Todd and Sam setting up surveillance and a monitored security system for Brandon and team at Firehouse Subs in McMinnville. This is their fifth Firehouse Sub location and we want to congratulate them all on their hard work and the best subs around!

Is Paying for a Security System Cost Effective?

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

We all have budgets we want to stick to and things that we are saving for or wanting to purchase for ourselves. So, you may be wondering if a security alarm is really worth it or if you are just wasting your money. By weighing out your options, you’ll find that having a security system is beneficial while also being cost effective.

Having a security system is like having insurance. It is something that protects you from things that go wrong in life and will help you when something bad happens. According to, “The average dollar loss per burglary increased from $2,120 in 2011 to $2,316 in 2015. Most home security systems don’t cost nearly this much, and they can prevent a burglary from occurring in the first place.” Not to mention, most home insurance companies give a discount for having a home security system.

Burglars often avoid houses with security systems as well, so just having one that is visible deters your house from being targeted. Cities are also known to have the highest crime rates in the country. This is even more true of large cities, such as Portland. Living in a big city where your chances of being burglarized is higher, makes the need for a security system even stronger.

At Security First Alarm, we won’t try to sell you something you don’t need. We have many different options to choose from and so you will be able to find a security system that meets your needs and is affordable. The added security and safety you’ll feel will be priceless but a security system will also protect you from losing money in burglaries.


Honeywell Total Connect 2.0 VISTA Partitions Release

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Coming soon is the Honeywell Total Connect VISTA partitions release.  The release will take place in segments during the entire month of June.

The Vista partition support offers remote control of security for up to eight VISTA partitions from a PC or mobile device.

End Users Activating a Partition Account
End users that have VISTA accounts programmed for partitions will see a pop up on the Honeywell Total Connect website or app that reads “Enable Partitions- Partitions for your location are now available. Please complete the configuration of your partitions to activate multi-partition control.” As a user you  will have the option to “Configure Now” or “Later.”  In order to use Honeywell Total Connect VISTA Partitions, you will have to activate the account by selecting “Configure Now”.

Partitions Features Include:

  • Remotely control security for up to 8 VISTA partitions
  • Real-time partition control
  • Globally arm, disarm, bypass/open sensors
  • View and clear alarms
  • View events by partition
  • Support for a common partition, e.g., lobby
  • Creation of a universal fire partition
    • View fire status and receive notifications only
    • Not evaluated by UL or ULC, and not compatible with fire communicators
  • Manage users – partition access and authority levels

We are looking forward to this new addition to the Total Connect family! Give us a call to learn more today! (503)296-9100


Why You Need To Get A Security System Today!

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Contemplating investing in a security system for your home? Don’t wait any longer! Many burglaries take place during the day while you are at work or out running errands. This could mean that there are no witnesses to describe the person who broke in, leaving the police with no leads to help build a case. If your house is equipped with a security system with a camera, finding and convicting the perpetrator will be easier and less stressful. In addition, homes without a security system, are 300% more likely to be broken into. When asked, 83% of burglars said they specifically checked to see if the house was armed with a security system and 60% said they would change their mind if there was.


Even if you don’t have a security system and there is a witness, it is still not likely the police will find the culprit. In a recent burglary in Portland, the man was described as “a male in his 20s…approximately 6 feet tall with a muscular build wearing dark clothes… clean shaven and handsome.” In a city of 639,863 people, it would be fairly impossible to find the culprit. There are many males in their 20s and that would be described as handsome. However, if you have a video or an image of the burglar breaking into your home, you will be much more likely to find the perpetrator, would have irrefutable evidence to bring them to justice, and have your stolen items returned home.


With Security First Alarm, we can cater to your security systems to meet your needs and your budget. Keeping your home secure doesn’t need to break the bank. With us on your side, you’ll feel safe and protected while you are home and while you are out. Don’t wait until it is too late. Protect your home, your belongings, and yourself today!


Wildlife at the Rivers Edge Chèvre Goat Cheese Farm

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

The Security First Alarm team saw some incredible wildlife yesterday at the Rivers Edge Chèvre Goat Cheese Farm in Logsden Oregon. We went for a exterior camera install and left with some awesome memories!

P/C Morgan Abrahams

P/C Morgan Abrahams

P/C Morgan Abrahams

P/C Morgan Abrahams

P/C Morgan Abrahams

Environmental Sensors Can Detect Disasters Before They Happen

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

With all the rain and flooding happening this weekend in the Portland area we thought it was a good time to remind our Total Connect users of some of its features that you may not know about.


Total Connects environmental sensors can help detect disasters before they happen.

Perfect for kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms and basements, these detectors can notify you when they sense floods, leaks and extreme temperatures—helping to minimize the risk of dangerous conditions and damages to your home and valuables.

So now you can rest easy knowing that your Total Connect system can notify you of leaks, or flooding even if you are not home by using your app. For more of the awesome features your Total Connect system has to offer, check out the Honeywell website.

Pool Safety with Total Connect

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Intruders in your home or on your property can be scary even when it may not be with the intention to hurt or rob you. According to the September 2017 Washington County Sheriff’s Office Newsletter, on September 10th at 3:22am a resident of Aloha reported pool hoppers at her home. The Sheriff deputies searched the area around the resident’s home and could not find anyone. At 3:50am the pool hoppers returned and again the police had no success finding them.

Pools can be a lot of fun for the whole family but can be just as dangerous, especially for young children. One way to keep your pool and family safe is to have cameras monitoring the area at all times. With the Total Connect system you can:

  • Monitor up to 6 cameras live on one screen
  • Get real time alerts on your home security
  • Control your home remotely
  • Arm, disarm, or check the status of your alarm remotely
  • Use the Total Connect Apps for iPhone, iPad, or Android devices to keep you connected to your home even when you are away

Using Total Connect can keep your family, home, and property safe. Being able to view live video of your home at all times can also help keep your children safe and keep you aware of their activity. Click here for more information about Total Connect and how to use it for your specific needs.