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.

Portland Targeted By Out Of State Burglars

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Read about how Portland was recently targeted by buglers from out of state because of the lack of high tech security systems. Contact us for a new updated security system in and around Portland.

Security Cameras Catch Good

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

What a lovely thing it can be to have a security camera. Recently we have found more and more people needing a camera to check on their pets while away right from their computer or smart phone. Checkout how easy it is to add a security camera to your home with automatic alerts and live streaming.

Hillsboro, OR Remote Access Security System Install

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Bob contacted me to help secure his home office in Hillsboro, OR. Running a business from home meant he had all his work and equipment vulnerable. We discovered that the My Total Connect security system was right for him. He needed the flexibility to access his system remotely online via his smart phone app or computer. Now he will get notice via text message when a burglar alarm is tripped and be empowered from anywhere.

When installing the 2 partition Total Connect alarm system with a cellular internet/communicator we encountered low reception. We moved the location of the unit to get the desired signal and we finished the install and added multiple new user interfaces.

Rick Waldrop is a Project Manager at Security First Alarm LLC in Portland, OR. He can be reached at