Guru was invited to the Olomana Community Association meeting last night to discuss the large rash of burglaries the Windward side is having. September alone reported 35 burglaries in District 4. This is terrible. Enchanted Lakes alone accounted for 11, followed by Maunawili & Olomana for 6, Lanikai & Beach Park 4, Coconut Grove 4, Aikahi 7 and the Business District 3. What a disgrace of Aloha spirit. The police dept. was there to speak and it is obvious they are doing all they can and probably prevented many more burglaries with their alertness and presence. But, as you can see, it is simply not enough. Be on the lookout. Everyone is in danger of being broken in to. Dogs can be bribed. Louver windows are open invitations. Wake up and have an alarm system installed before you lose the things you enjoy and cherish. Systems are as low as $850. Be smart. Guru
Guru just loves technology…the newer the better…particularly when it is designed to make security systems easier and easier for anyone to use. Honeywell’s new Lynx Touch is just that…an exciting way to have an inexpensive, state-of-the-art, alarm system with a wonderful color touchpad to use. It is menu driven and training sessions on it are so easy that the customer has already figured out how to use it before we even get there to train. Our bargain package is so affordable anyone can have a first rate alarm system installed in their home or business in a few hours. Call Guru’s office at 734-4374. Ask to speak to Mary, Guru’s assistant. She will give you all the details. Aloha…Guru
Lanikai is one of the most beautiful areas on Oahu….unfortunately it is also one of the most burglarized. Be warned if you live in Lanikai that burglars wait to see who leaves their home via car or on foot and then hit! You must not leave your doors and windows wide open as we used to do. You really need an alarm system. Call Security One, Inc. at 521-0092 or 734-4374 and get a free estimate for an excellent alarm system. In the meantime, lock up even if you are just going to walk the dog…my friend Linda was gone for 10 minutes and found her purse and all her credit cards gone when she came home. Guru
The door-to-door boys of summer are back going door to door and selling burglar alarm systems to unsuspecting families on Oahu again and ripping them off while tying them to a 36 month contract. Even worse, they are telling people the Security One, Inc. is their service company! We are getting calls from people who want us to cancel their contracts or fix their systems. A complete lie and very much against the law. They are operating under new names this year such as Frontier Security Solutions but the scam is the same. Sell and install a system, get that monthly obligation in place and then disappear. Beware! Guru
It really bothers all of us to hear that some family is without a home because their house burned down. It is particularly tragic when pets and people lose their lives. A monitored alarm system with fire protection would have saved every home and every pet. For a very reasonable initial investment in an alarm system with fire protection, and a monthly payment as low as $26.14 w/tax, the elderly woman would be alive and the two families who lost their homes, pets and belonings would be grateful for their alarm system. Think about it. It could be a different story for all of them today. Guru
Home invasions in Hawaii by burglars! Wow! It took the beating of an 80 yr. old woman and a guy who is still unconscious for it to hit the front page of the paper. Fact is, it is happening all over the island. One of the guru’s new customers had burglars cut a screen door and walk right by them as they slept in the living room in front of the tv. They are now thanking God they didn’t wake up! They had us install the alarm system that week. You can do something about this by installing a good burglar alarm system in your home. Preferably one that you can turn on at night while sleeping (even in front of the tv). Just ask anyone who has had this happen to them…did they regret not having a security system? You bet they did! For just about the same cost of that big screen tv you bought or the vacation you took….remember? Guru
Before you give any door to door salesperson information you need to check them out and be sure you want them to know anything about you. If you tell them you don’t have an alarm system, guess what? They have knowledge you will immediately wish you hadn’t given them. If you are interested in what they have to say be sure to ask the following:
1. Are they a company affiliated with a mainland company. Yes, they may have a local address but that doesn’t mean they are a truly “local” company.
2. Is their phone number long distance or an 800 number. Again, if so, they are not local.
3. Do they have a contractor’s license. A Hawaii contractor’s license ALWAYS starts with a C-followed by 4 digits. If they give you a number, call 808 587-3295 or 587-3222 to verify the license is real.
4. Are they selling the monitoring agreement to a mainland company? If so, they can leave town at any time with no obligations to service your account.
5. Do they have installers just waiting to install a system. Don’t fall for it. No good alarm company drives around with installers looking for immediate business.
6. Do NOT give them your social security number and let them run a credit check on you. Who knows where that information is going to end up.
Don’t fall for the “we are in your neighborhood and we want to do free advertising at your house”, or “we like the looks of your house and want to install a free system for you for advertising”. Above all, if you already have a system, don’t fall for “we are here to upgrade you”. I guarantee they are NOT with your alarm company and they have been known to actually lie about it.
BEWARE! BE SMART!
Installing a burglar alarm system is the first line of defense for very little investment in money and time. The reasonable cost of a good alarm system often is a surprise. The “peace of mind” it gives you is priceless. Estimates are free from good alarm companies. Be sure the company you are dealing with has a contractor’s license and read your contract carefully so you know what you are getting for your money.
I am often asked if I know which neighborhood on Oahu is the “safest”. I’d like to be able to say the answer to that question is that all neighborhoods on Oahu are “safe” but, unfortunately, I cannot. After years in this business I can say with confidence that there are no “safe” neighborhoods on Oahu. Burglars go wherever they find a home or business that looks unprotected and easy to enter. What can you do to guarantee you will not be a burglar’s victim?
1. Installing a burglar alarm system is the first line of defense for very little investment in money and time. The reasonable cost of a good alarm system often is a surprise. The “peace of mind” it gives you is priceless. Estimates are free from good alarm companies. Be sure the company you are dealing with has a contractor’s license and read your contract carefully so you know what you are getting for your money.
2. If you have an alarm system, get it updated. Touch screen keypads are the latest and greatest but the thing you want to make sure you have installed is the GSM cell radio module that will send signals to your central station if your phone or cable lines are cut. Yes, some smarty burglars have figured out that cutting those lines interrupts the transmission of signals and the dispatch of the police. The GSM solves the problem. If the lines are cut the GSM does the transmission as effectively as the phone line. If you don’t have land line phones you can still have an effective alarm system with the GSM as your primary monitoring vehicle. If you want to go really, really high tech GSM’s will provide web-based remote system control and e-mail notifications of events.
3. Beef up your Neighborhood Watch so it will really work for you. Go to all the neighbors and tell them that you will always let them know if you are moving or expecting a furniture delivery. Give them your work number. If they see a big truck backed up into your driveway and some guys loading up they can call you to see if this is for real or just someone emptying out your house. I know is sounds far fetched but this is happening island wide.
4. Don’t keep your car and house keys hanging on a convenient peg by the door. Don’t leave your purse by the door or in the kitchen so you can grab it on your way out. Hide your purse and keys in the house where are not easily located. Don’t leave your wallet and car keys on the dresser at night. Hide them in a place no one prowling around would look to find them.
Everything I have mentioned above is something that I have seen over and over again in every neighborhood on the island. We want you to be safe in your home and business. It is really up to us to see that our neighborhoods are safe.