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Thieves Target Air Conditioning Units in Kansas City

August 23, 2019
Fox 4 News Report
Reporter:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police say they’re dealing with a jump in calls about missing air conditioners.

In recent weeks, the crooks have been targeting the Plaza and Midtown neighborhoods.

One homeowner captured the bold theft on surveillance camera. See the footage in the video player on the Fox 4 News Website.

“He pulled up in a gold colored Lincoln Continental. We looked at the footage and was like, ‘There’s no way he’s going to drive away with an A/C unit,”‘ Clinton Megee said.

For Megee, who works at Atronic Alarms, he had to see it to believe it.

Just days after installing new security cameras at a client’s home, he returned to review the footage.

“He backed into the neighbors driveway. The car disappeared for a little bit. When he pulled away, the A/C unit was leaning up in the backseat, trunk of his car. And it was a brand new, about $8,000 air conditioning unit that was gone,” Megee said.

Police are looking for the suspect.

It’s a crime that takes only a matter of minutes, but costing homeowners thousands of dollars to repair and replace.

Local HVAC experts said getting a protective cage or chain for the unit is something you may want to consider.

“The thieves themselves come through at night, and it takes about 10 seconds to steal a unit. So they are stealing them multiple times, not just stealing it once. But the customer will get it replaced, and they’ll steal it again,” said LC Lomax, director of operations for CCI Securities.

In the last two weeks, Lomax said he’s installed at least a dozen cages on Jefferson Avenue neighborhood, located near the Plaza.

It’s an area he said has been hit countless times by the crooks.

He said for about $400, his company can protect air conditioning units, worth more than $4,000, from being stolen.

Note: Report from Fox 4 News Website. 

Back-to-School Safety Tips

Back-to-School Safety Tips for the 2019-2020 School Year
with Atronic Alarms, Inc.

At dusk, the lulling sound of cicadas signal that summer is ending. It also signals that school is starting, and a panic is rising in all of us who have younger children or grandchildren. We’re not ready. We’re not ready for the early morning hectic schedule, the parent meetings, the lunches, the agonizing nights of homework . . .

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One Household Escapes Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Due to Atronic’s Quick Response

In June, Atronic’s service coordinator received a call from a homeowner saying our monitoring station notified him about an alarm triggered by a Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detector. 

Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels, such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil and methane, burn incompletely. Called the “silent killer” because you can’t see or smell it, CO enters the body through breathing. CO poisoning can be confused with flu symptoms, food poisoning and other illnesses.

During the phone call with our service coordinator, the homeowner mentioned an HVAC service technician replacing his HVAC unit that day who possibly created an “accidental false alarm” because of the “chemicals” used onsite during the process.

However, since the CO detector is a life-saving device, like smoke detectors, our service coordinator immediately sent out a technician to service his system.

With more investigating from our technician, who noticed both CO detectors were in good working order, he urged the homeowner to contact the fire department even though neither one of them felt ill or sleepy.

Upon the fire department’s arrival, the fireman’s hand-held Carbon Monoxide Detector went into alarm immediately. Everyone exited the premises, and later that evening we checked back with the homeowner to assure his safety. 

We are proud of the Consolidated Fire District #2 and to our team who worked together, responded quickly and possibly saved a life. 

Read more about Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and how you can add a detector to your existing security system without additional monitoring costs.

Halloween Safety Tips 2018

The night of October 31, the eve of All Saints’ Day, is almost upon us. While this is a fun-tastic night for kids in search of candy, they are also more than 2x as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.

Safety Tips for Keeping Children Safe on Halloween:

  • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant.
  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers.
  • Choose face paint instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen.
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up.
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths.
  • If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up.

Safety Tips for Drivers:

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car and concentrate on the road.
  • Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and keep your headlights on.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

 

2018 Summer Safety Tips

2018 Summer Safety Tips

We’re always on the lookout for new security and safety tips, and this year we focused on grilling, doorknocking scams, and vacations.

2018 summer safety tips

Grilling Safety

The unusually hot summer this year may have a lot of people indoors or in the pool until dinner. Then it is time to grill. Did you know that July is peak month for grill fires?  Keep your outdoor cooking unit a safe distance from your home, and make sure it cools down properly before leaving it unattended. The following infographic from the NFPA provides interesting facts about grilling: 

2018 Grilling Stats from the NFPA

Doorknocking Scams

People hit the streets to gain new business in summer, and some businesses can be fraudulent. Unfortunately, the alarm industry has seen many scams over the years. Ethical security companies are teaming up with local law enforcement and the BBB to offer consumer protection tips from unethical doorknockers selling security systems or monitoring. 

  • The person will say things like, “I represent your alarm company and we are here to upgrade your equipment” or “Your alarm company was recently bought out by my company and you need to sign new paperwork.”
  • The person will be pushy and aggressive about making the sale, and insistent on their paperwork without being clear. 
  • The person will use scare tactics, and often cite inaccurate stats about crime in your area.

If you feel uneasy about the situation, contact your current alarm company for verification. If you suspect you have been a victim of an alarm scam, please contact your local authorities ASAP.

Vacation Protocol

Before leaving for your summer vacation, check off the following list to keep intruders from checking out your home while you are away.

  • Automate your lights to go on and off at different times of the day to give your home that “lived in” look.
  • Have a friend or neighbor mow your yard, pick up newspapers and any packages that have been left on your front porch.
  • Contact us to provide vacation dates so we know how to get a hold of you in the event of an alarm.
  • Wait until after you return to post pictures on social media. Bad guys are online, too.

2018 Spring Safety Tips

USE YOUR SECURITY SYSTEM.

Did you know that when the weather gets warmer, your home has more of a chance of being broken into? Apparently, the bad guys don’t like the cold, either.

Statistics have shown that 60% of convicted burglars said the presence of a security system influenced their decision to target a different home.

  • Most criminals burglarize a home in less than 10 minutes.
  • 34% of burglars enter through the front door and usually go straight to the master bedroom.
  • 70% of home invasions occur when someone is not home.
  • Most burglaries take place between the day hours of 10AM and 3PM.

To summarize? Make sure every time you leave the house, you arm your security system!

REPLACE BATTERIES IN YOUR SMOKE DETECTORS.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends replacing batteries in your electrician-installed smoke detectors and your wireless lifesaving devices every 6 months. Home-fire fatalities occur the highest in homes with no working smoke detectors.

UPDATE YOUR CALL LIST.

Make sure people’s names and phone numbers are corrent with us, and add anyone who may be coming in and out of the home, such as contractors, babysitters, or friends.

SIGNS AND STICKERS.

Are your Atronic Alarms signs and stickers seen from the street? If yours are faded or you need more, give us a call. We’ll run them by your place when we are in the neighborhood.

PREPARE FOR SPRING STORMS.

Wind, rain, lightning . . . power outages. When this happens, your alarm system automatically shifts to its battery backup, which is usually found in the panel and can last about 8 hours. Your battery should be replaced every 4 to 5 years. Call us to “Tune Up” your security system, replace the battery, and check all your devices.

2017 Fall Safety Tips

2017 Fall Safety Tips

2017 Fall Safety Tips from Atronic Alarms, Inc.

Practice a fire drill twice a year with your family and test the batteries in your electrician-installed smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Remember, your Atronic Alarms installed fire* system is always on, even when your alarm system is turned off. *Fire devices must be in good working order and communicating with our central monitoring station.

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