Founded in 1969, Security Equipment Inc. (SEi) is a full-service security company specializing in a variety of residential and commercial fire and intrusion alarm systems throughout the Midwest. In addition, SEi provides access control and closed circuit television (CCTV) as well as other integrated services.
Did you know that home burglaries peak during summer months? Unfortunately, while most of us our planning summer fun and trips out of towns, burglars are looking for empty homes to target.
According to the FBI, crime rates rise approximately 10% during June, July and August. When the weather heats up, people generally spend less time in their homes and more time outside, away from their homes, and out of town.
Summer should be a fun time to relax and enjoy the weather, not worrying about potential threats to your home, and Security Equipment Inc. wants you to know that we’re here to help. We have some quick tips you can use to deter burglaries to your home while on vacation.
Make sure the house is locked up before you go. It may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many forget to lock their windows before leaving. For an added element of security, SEi offers glass break sensors for those who may not care your home is locked.
Stay off of social media. Wait until after your return to post your vacation photos! Letting the online world know you’re out of town is a great way to alert burglars that your home will be vacant.
Mow your lawn right before you leave. If you’re gone for longer than a week, you may want to hire someone to mow while you’re away. An unkempt lawn is a good sign no one has been home in a while.
Make it look like you’re home. Leaving a car in the driveway and some lights on inside can be a great way to deter burglars from targeting your home. With SEi’s home automation, you can turn lights on and off from anywhere using your mobile device. You can also set schedules so your lights turn on at a specific time, making sure you don’t have to worry about your home when you are away.
Invest in a video doorbell. These doorbells come equipped with motion sensors and video surveillance, so you always know who’s at your door, even when you’re not at home. The HD motion sensors will alert you when motion is captured, say by an unwanted visitor, or when someone presses your doorbell. The video doorbell records each video and sends it to your phone so you can watch or download to view at a later time.
Pause your mail. Having your mail stack up outside your home lets others know you’re not home to pick it up. Put a stop order or vacation hold on them and pick it up when you get home.
Have a friend or neighbor keep an eye on your home. They can check on your house when you’re gone. They could pick up mail if you don’t want it paused, bring out your trash on trash day and open or close blinds so it looks like someone’s home.
Consider adding a home security system. It’s the best way to keep your home safe while you are on vacation. With video surveillance and home automation, you won’t fret over leaving home for a few days. You house is at the touch of your fingertips via our inTouch app, meaning you can check on cameras, lock or unlock doors, turn the temperature up or down and so much more. You can even set up text alerts so you get notified anytime the alarm or doors are accessed.
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The sense of security and peace of mind you gain with an alarm system is perhaps the greatest benefit of all. You can relax and feel comfortable knowing your home, your loved ones and your possessions are being secured. See how SEi can protect your home from intruders by contacting us for a free demonstration.
Summer is here and so are the scam artists, including security scams!
Be on the look out for these popular seasonal scams.
DOOR-TO-DOOR SECURITY SALES SCAMS
Summer sales programs send teams to cities all around the country to try to make quick sales. As quickly as they come to town they’ll be gone. Likely one of the reasons you chose SEi as your security provider is that we are local, have a local office staffed year round and provide a level of customer service you expect. Don’t let a security scam leave you, your family, your home or business without peace of mind!
These groups typically target homes with security signs. They think you’ll be an easy sell by using one the following tactics:
They’ll claim they are with your current security provider and your system needs a repair or upgrade If your system is in need or repair or an upgrade SEi will contact you from our Customer Care Center or your security consultant would be in touch and identify themselves with proper identification.
They’ll tell you that your current provider is going out of business. Pick up the phone in that moment and call us, we’re celebrating our 50th Anniversary this year! Just because someone is standing at your door making these claims doesn’t mean you can’t do your own research!
They’ll claim they have a special limited time offer that will save you money over your current provider and give you “free” equipment when you sign up today. The equipment may be “free” today however you’ll likely be paying a higher monthly rate to pay for the equipment over time.
Your neighbor just had their system installed, they love it and the company is offering a “neighborhood special” Ask the sales person which neighbor specifically and then speak with your neighbor about their experience.
These individuals can be very persuasive but you should be leery of their tactics. Remember the old saying, if it sounds too good to be true it likely is.
Other Top Summer Scams: Vacation Scams: Fake travel agents / websites with deals that sounds too go to be true hoping to get your money! Moving Scams: Unlicensed movers and dishonest scammers waiting to take your money in the busy moving season. Ticket Scams: Scammers selling “tickets” online. Phony Job Scams: Be wary of employers who require fees for training and background checks. Even those who claim no experience needed. Stick with known local businesses.
We want you to have a great summer. Don’t let any of these scams waste your precious time and money!
If you have an existing security system in your home or business that’s not currently being utilized or you are looking to switch security companies, you have come to the right place!
SEi offers free takeovers of old security systems to give you new monitoring and guaranteed satisfaction. In addition, if you have a current provider, SEi promises that you can pay $5 less each month for switching to us. The best part? (Yes, it gets better.) We can also cancel your dedicated phone line and save you money by switching your system to a cell card.
So, don’t wait and don’t put up with sub-quality monitoring. The first step into seeing if a system takeover is right for you is to determine the status of your existing security system.
Is Your System a Good Candidate for Reuse?
Alarm systems come in all different shapes, sizes and configurations. Manufacturers make many types of systems with varying capabilities. The biggest factor that comes into play is age.
As a general rule of thumb, alarm systems installed after the year 2000 are prime candidates for reuse. This is mainly due to the lifespan of alarm systems as well as the technological advances new systems have, such as smartphone control, internet/cell communication and home or business automation.
We do, however, accept both fire and burglar alarms. There are some exceptions, so every panel is on a case-by-case basis. The best way to find out is to contact Security Equipment Inc. We can let you know what the easiest route is to take.
Why Use SEi’s Monitoring?
SEi has been in business for 50 years. A lot has happened in the last 50 years in the industry of security, and our experience has taught us so much.
First, is how important customer service is to us and our customers. Our calls are always answered by a human being, never by an auto attendant or voicemail. Our ambassadors are cross-trained along all key elements of alarm handling, data entry and technical support, so customers don’t have to be transferred to several departments to have one problem solved.
Our ambassadors are also required to pass The Monitoring Association’s (TMA) Level I and Level II Dispatchers Course, and are proud to receive a Five Diamond certification from The Monitoring Association. This makes us a TMA Five Diamond certified monitoring center. (There are only approximately 50 Five Diamond certified monitoring centers in the United States!)
Second, is that we don’t want to set many limits on what we can help monitor, so that we can help you regardless of what your needs are. Our monitoring center is also manned 24 hours 7 days a week, because we also know you need us to answer regardless of time or holidays. Our monitoring services include:
Third, we set high standards for our monitoring center because it’s what our customers deserve. Our monitoring center is UL listed, which out of the thousands of monitoring centers in the U.S., less than 150 are UL certified. UL is an organization subsidized by the insurance industry that writes engineering standards for many things, from extension cords to monitoring centers.
Our 24-hour monitoring center is also equipped with standby generating facilities to keep us online and at full power during an electrical blackout. In the event a disaster renders SEi’s Customer Care Center non-operational, alarm traffic will be rerouted to SEi’s disaster recovery site located in Colorado Springs, CO.
Let us Take Over Your Security System, for Free!
Security is an important investment into the safety of your family, belongings and businesses. You should have a security company you trust! SEi’s monitoring center is located in Omaha, Nebraska within our headquarters. We also provide security system installation and monitoring in Lincoln, Des Moines and Kansas City.
Contact us today to have us takeover your monitoring system for free, pay five dollars less per month on monitoring, and we can cancel your dedicated phone line. Our business is your safety!
*Some restrictions apply to free takeovers, contact us for details.
AMAG Technology, a world-leader in unified solutions that help organizations mitigate risk, today announced that ACI Worldwide has selected AMAG’s Symmetry Security Management system to deploy at its 50+ offices worldwide.
ACI will install Symmetry Access Control, Symmetry CompleteView 20/20 video management, Symmetry GUEST visitor management and Symmetry CONNECT identity management—this is a unified system that mitigates risk and ensures compliance. ACI chose Security Equipment Inc. (SEi), a full-service security company specializing in access control and video surveillance as well as other integrated services, to deploy the Symmetry system.
“Deploying the Symmetry Security Management System will enhance the office experience for both our employees and our customers while keeping ACI secure and in compliance,” said Jeff Chubb, director, global physical security operations, ACI Worldwide.
ACI Worldwide powers electronic payments for more than 5,100 organizations around the world. With over 4,000 employees worldwide, ACI approaches every decision with an “everyone is our customer” frame of reference. Becoming fully automated by implementing new technologies drove the decision to deploy Symmetry. For example, Symmetry GUEST visitor management will streamline lobby traffic flow, eliminate non-trackable paper sign-in logs, and the automation will keep ACI in compliance.
ACI selected AMAG Technology for its forward-thinking strategy, superior technology solutions and customer-partnership approach to business. SEi simplified the selection process and provided excellent customer service.
ACI Worldwide will deploy AMAG Technology’s Symmetry Security Management System at its 50+ offices worldwide.
About AMAG Technology AMAG Technology’s Symmetry Security Management Solutions are deployed across a wide variety of market segments from commercial to government, education, healthcare, banking, transportation, utilities, plus many more. AMAG manufactures open solutions that include access control, visitor management, identity management, command and control, video management, intrusion management, and incident and case management. Headquartered in Torrance, California with sales and support located throughout the Americas, EMEA, APAC and LATAM, AMAG provides customers with industry leading unified security solutions. AMAG Technology is part of G4S plc, the world’s leading global integrated security company which has operations on six continents and 540,000 employees. As the industry leader, AMAG focuses on delivering the latest technology to meet market needs.
About SEi Security Equipment Inc. is a full service security firm offering all types of residential and commercial fire and intrusion alarm systems, video surveillance, access control, UL listed Monitoring Center plus much more. SEi is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska with branches in Des Moines, Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, Kansas City, Missouri and Lincoln, Nebraska.
SEi was founded in 1969, and over the last 50 years, SEi’s personal connection to the people who depend on us for life safety protection has not changed. We are big enough to take care of all your needs but small enough to care.
As we enter peak moving season, Security Equipment Inc. wants you to be aware of your options for your security system!
Home security systems are vital for today’s security needs. A residential security is an investment into protecting your home, valuables and family from intrusion. SEi’s systems also allow for home automation, saving you time, energy and money when it comes to utilities.
So, if you have an existing system with us and you are moving soon, how can you go about guaranteeing that your new home stays safe? We have a few solutions.
Receive a New System, On Us!
Are you a SEi customer who has been active for at least 3 years? Then you can receive a free security system on us for your new home! We know moving can be difficult, but our team wants to make it easy for you.
These new systems include an alarm control panel and keypad, 3 wireless door contacts and 1 wireless motion sensor. All we ask is that our customers have been in good standing for a minimum of 36 months and that you are moving to a home within our service area. To find out whether or not you qualify, contact us today!
Move Your Existing System
If you have more home security options than the new, free system offers, you may decide you would prefer to move your existing system to a new home. We can help with that too!
Set up a consultation for a free estimate for SEi to move your existing system to your new home. We ask that residential customer owns the new property and the equipment they are moving and again, that the home resides in our service area.
Use the New Home’s System
If you are moving into a home that already has a security system installed, SEi can inspect, test and activate the system and provide you with our monitoring. Our customers tell us often that having a local monitoring company that can easily be reached and dispatches help in case of emergencies is one of the best features of our security systems.
If necessary, SEi can also replace any current devices in the home up to the value of our New System Package, providing you with quality security that you can trust!
Don’t Let Your Home Security System Add Any Stress to Moving!
SEi knows how stressful moving can be, but with multiple options on keeping your home safe, we hope to provide calm to all the chaos! Contact us today to figure out the best way to keep your new home safe with a home security system from SEi.
Owning a business means you have a lot of responsibility on your shoulders. But if you own a business, you already know that!
That’s why simplifying your tasks as a business owner is super important. Why make things harder on yourself?
Well, do we have a solution for you! A security solution, that is. One of your responsibilities as a business owner is keeping your building, employees and investment safe. With our mobile business security, protecting your business has never been easier.
Security Equipment’s Business Security Systems
Our monitored security system provides you with the security of knowing you’re protected against unauthorized entry into your business. SEi’s monitored secure system not only detects break-ins, it also discourages would-be thieves who may be staking out your property. Additionally, we use leading-edge technology to detect any opening of doors or windows, any movement within the building, or even the sound of breaking glass.
The best part of it all is, our wireless security systems are equipped to connect to your mobile phone through our inTouch mobile app. Our inTouch app provides a portal to access what’s happening when you aren’t there. Keep tabs on when your employees arrive in the morning or lock up the building at night.
The mobile app also keeps you connected to our in-house monitoring center so you always have direct communication in case of emergency. With inTouch solutions, you can monitor your business no matter where you are. (Say hello to your next vacation!)
Business Surveillance Cameras
Having cameras on your property, both inside and out, can help you keep an eye on your business. Cameras allow you to monitor customers, employees, services providers and other visitors. They can also help resolve any disputes from anything to a slip-and-fall to inventory loss.
With SEi’s remote view, you always have access to view your cameras. Live streaming is available 24/7 and you have the ability to set motion detection alerts. Our app gives you easy access to video, including searching abilities to find playback video. You can also receive email or text notifications for system arm/disarm and receive open/close reports.
This is the last step in making running a business a breeze. With our business automation capabilities, you can control locks, lights and temperature all from the palm of your hand.
You don’t have to worry about if the door isn’t locked or if someone forgot their key, you have the control though our inTouch app. You also can manage you energy usage by turning lights off or temperatures down via your phone. Saving you time and money! Turning on lights when you are away can also be used as an additional security feature.
So what are you waiting for? SEi doesn’t compromise quality with ease, and we make sure each system is personalized to fit your need. Get everything you want and more with SEi’s custom-built security solutions today! Contact us now for a free consultation.
Wouldn’t it be nice to keep your security system in your pocket everywhere you go? Security Equipment Inc. is making that possible with our leading technology in security systems.
Keep your eyes on what matters with a smartphone security system from SEi. Connect your mobile device or tablet with our inTouch smartphone app and take control of your security.
Surveillance Cameras at the tip of your Fingers
Smartphone security capabilities mean that you can view live or pre-recorded feeds from your wireless security cameras. Check in on loved ones, your home if you’re out of town, your pets while you’re at work or a service worker accessing your home. Also, in the potential case of an intrusion, our surveillance cameras can help you identify who is at the door before you open it.
Other option in surveillance cameras for your home is a video doorbell. Our video doorbells connect to smartphones and can capture live video as well as record video whenever it catches motion or the button is pressed. When someone rings your doorbell, you receive a notification on your phone of live video, so you always know who is at your door even when you’re not home. Our video doorbells also enable you to hear audio and talk to whoever is at your door through your mobile device.
Having cameras outside it a great way to deter intrusion. Many don’t attempt break-ins at locations with a monitored security system.
Automize your Home
Using a mobile phone for your security system has additional advantages. With a customizable security system from SEi, you have the ability to add automation services to your security system and utilize just one app.
Smart House System with Home Automation
Control your home from your smartphone. Here are some options when looking into home automation:
Garage door control: monitor and control your garage door right from your mobile device. Receive updates if you’ve left your garage door open for a determined period of time. If your garage door is connected with your home security system, the opening of a garage door when the system is armed sends an alarm to our Monitoring Center alerting possible intrusion.
Smart lights: control your lights from your smartphone whether you’re at home or away. You can set schedules for when they turn off and on, which can help deter intruders. You can also set lights to turn off after a period of inactivity to save energy and money.
Smart door locks: Upgrade your existing deadbolts into a smart lock with keyless access that you can control from your smartphone. If your mom is stopping by the house to let the dog out, you can unlock the door once you see her on the video surveillance! You can also get notifications when someone unlocks a door, like your children returning home from school.
Temperature control: We’ve talked about temperature control before, but adding climate control to the list of automations you’re able to do with your mobile for is not only smart, it’s convenient.
We want home security to be easy for you, which is why we made it possible to access your home, doors, locks, lights and cameras through your smartphone.
The peace of mind you gain with having your security system at the tip of your fingers is priceless. You can relax knowing your home, loved ones, and possessions are secure and that SEi’s Monitoring Center always has someone waiting in case of an emergency. Contact us today to find out more about our smartphone home security systems.
Is there such a thing as being too prepared? At Security Equipment Inc., we don’t believe so and neither should you. When it comes to water damage, it’s best to have all your bases covered.
It’s important to understand that water damage doesn’t always present itself in a sudden, flood like manner. Water damage can be slow, unexpected and unannounced. If it goes undetected, it can seep into corners of rooms and carpets, creating an opportunity for mold growth and costly damage.
That’s why SEi is offering a new water detection sensor apart of their leak detection services. These water detection sensors are stand alone, versus our usual main water line leak detection, making them discrete and easy to use around the whole house.
These individual water detectors can be set in the lowest spot where a leak may occur—think under the dishwasher, behind the fridge, near the toilet or under a sink. They’re easy to use and most importantly affordable.
Some of the water sensors key features include:
Reacts within 22 seconds once water is present.
Loud 80 decibel audible alert when water is detected.
Up to 5-year battery life.
Low battery chirp alert.
Can be used as a standalone water detector, a temperature sensor, or a combination water/temperature sensor.
Eliminate the worries associated with costly flood damage with the industry standard in home defense. Increase your protection with our alarm monitoring services, which send a signal to our 24-hour monitoring center if water is detected. Our monitoring center will notify you and the nearest authorities to ensure minimal damage.
SEi also offers comprehensive temperature, fire, carbon monoxide, and combustible gas monitoring systems. Call today to find out how you can create a custom monitoring system for your home. We are available in Omaha, Lincoln, Des Moines and Kansas City.
Having a smart home used to be a thing we all joked about in the past. (Anyone remember the movie Smart House?) In today’s world of Alexa’s and Google Homes, a smart house is becoming the new norm.
Wouldn’t it be nice to take control of your home no matter where you are? Not to mention save energy, money, and time. During the holidays, many spend their days bouncing from house to house, traveling, or going on vacations. Blasting your heat while you’re not home seems like such a waste, doesn’t it?
Stop throwing away your money and start controlling your thermostat with your smartphone! SEi offers a mobile app called inTouch to integrate your home to your thermostat with the touch of a button.
Our Z-Wave Thermostat
SEi’s Z-Wave thermostat can take your home to the next level. Our thermostats allow you to control your thermostat remotely, by adjusting the temperature directly from your smart phone. That means, whether you’re having dinner with your Aunt Karen down the street or your flight just landed in Cancun, you have the ability to check your thermostat from your mobile device.
Consider another possibility: a snow storm just hit your house but you’re out of town. You have the ability to check your temperature to make sure it doesn’t get so low your pipes burst (but in case they do, you should probably have a water monitor). The possibilities of this coming in handy are endless. How else could this benefit you and your home?
Benefits of Smart House Temperature Control
Tap into comfort: View and change settings from anywhere on your smartphone or WiFi tablet.
Have a set schedule: if everyone is out of the house by 8 and doesn’t return until 5, have the heat turn down at 8:30 and kick on at 4. You won’t even notice the temperature difference until you get your next utilities bill.
Stay in the know: receive alerts on your mobile device when temperature or humidity is too high or too low with our temperature monitoring.
Set the scene: If your thermostat is connected to a SEi home security system (which it does not have to be!) you can create the perfect environment to come home to. For example, if you disarm your alarm from your smartphone upon pulling into your driveway, our smart home system can turn on specific lights, change the temperature, and even open the garage. It’s all a part of our home automation.
Stop wasting your time, energy, and money! Feel the convenience of a smart home with temperature control and monitoring from Security Equipment Inc. We specialize in a variety of residential integrated services in Des Moines, Kansas City, Omaha and Lincoln. Contact us today to find out more about our home comprehensive solutions.
In the weeks after black Friday deals and cyber Monday shopping, porch pirates will be on the lookout for boxes sitting on your front porch. Packages often get left outside, waiting your arrival home from work, with essentially nothing to deter thieves from snatching them up and keeping them for themselves!
So, for the avid online shopper, what can you do to keep your packages safe this holiday season, or really, all year round?
Video Doorbell: Easily Increase Home Security
If you’re looking for an easy way to keep an eye on your house while you’re away, a wireless smart doorbell is an easy, user friendly and affordable way to achieve that. It doesn’t cover all the entry points as a full home security system does, but it will certainly deter unwelcomed people from the front of your house.
This, of course, includes package theft; however it also can prevent robberies and notify you via smartphone of any motion detected. SEi offers and installs the Skybell video doorbell, a wireless smart doorbell that connects to your Wi-Fi and enables you to hear, see, and talk to whoever is at your door using your mobile device.
At any point in time you can go into the app and view the live video. You can also be notified when the doorbell rings, and if you cannot watch live at that time you can download the video to view at a later time. You are able to turn on or off the motion detection alert and you can even turn off the chime so that at night, no one is disturbed if someone rings the doorbell.
Why buy a Video Doorbell from SEi
It’s likely you’ve seen the advantages of a doorbell camera before. They can easily be bought online or at home improvement stores, but SEi offers more. We will install the doorbell, as well as show you how the video doorbell and the app work.
You don’t have to have an entire home security system from SEi to purchase a video doorbell from us. We can install the doorbell camera completely separate from your residential security system or add it to an existing system. We’ll work with what you’ve got and what you want!
So what are you waiting for? Feel confident knowing who’s at your door, and keep those porch pirates away with a video doorbell from Security Equipment Inc. Contact us today to get your doorbell camera installed in no time.