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Wayne Alarm: Tips for a pet-friendly home

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Our four-legged fur friends are not just pets, but a part of our families. Their safety is just as important as ours. Whether is making sure they get enough nutrition in their food or ensuring pavements are not too hot or cold to protect their paws, their safety is just as important. Follow along for some pet-friendly protocols to have in your homes for their safety:

  1. The best way to minimize damage is to create a space just for your furry friend. This helps acclimate and dog friendly near their bed can make a difference.
  2. Dogs enjoy hiding and running around and it can sometimes be too dangerous for them. The best way to prevent them from running out unsupervised is with deadbolts on doors, locks on windows and even baby gates on stairs. Cabinet doors should also maintain secure with latches, as it can cause your dog to get trapped in the cabinet.
  3. Get rid of dangerous items that they can reach and bite such as electrical cords by using cords protectors. Safely store detergents and other household cleaners in locked cabinets or high on a shelf. Be aware that trash cans can also be dangerous for their consumption, consider a closed-lid trash can instead. Prevent falls and kitchen fires by not allowing pets in the kitchen when cooking or when stove is on.
  4. Invest in a video surveillance security to keep track of what your dog does at home when you are not around. View live footage of your pets from work or anytime you are away from home, ensuring they are okay and not in any danger.
  5. It is common for pets to accidentally trigger home security motion detectors and cause false alarms. This is dangerous because an emergency personnel may not know if it is a real threat or if a pet triggered the alarm. The best way to prevent this is to ensure your system accommodates animals during the installation stage.

For additional safety information and security system installation, contact Wayne Alarm by calling us at: 781-595-0000 or visiting us online at www.waynealarm.com.

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Wayne Alarm: Spring security check-ups

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Regular maintenance can help increase the life expectancy of your alarm system and insurance coverage, too. It is known that  security providers require monthly or yearly maintenance. However, you can do a self-maintenance as well. Older systems should be checked every three months, whereas newer systems are checked every six months. When doing check-ups, remember to notify your provider that it is just a test, so emergency support aren’t dispatched.

  • Fire and Smoke Detectors – According to The National Fire Alarm Code, smoke detector are required to be inspected annually. To ensure its proper functionality, check it by pressing and holding the button labeled “test.” In doing so, an alarm will sound. Remember to always follow along to the instructions instructed in the manual that can also give you help in keeping it up to date. Another tip is cleaning it with a vacuum cleaner(at least once a year) to remove any particles that couple affect the smoke alarm performance.
  • Video Surveillance –  If using video surveillance is one of your top security strategies, it can definitely use regular maintenance. To ensure a clear picture and uninterrupted feed, clean off the camera lens with a lens wipe and cleaner, and simply dust the camera’s exterior clean. Check daily for correct date and time that is often displayed on the monitor, sometimes brief power outages might require it to be reset.

Checking your system in your business is just as important, too.

  • Checking fire alarms in your businesses is just as important. Have it inspected to check if everything is up to date. If it is not being tested regularly, it could be more susceptible to false alarms.

Regularly checking if your security system is functioning properly can make a huge difference and can be useful in a time of emergency. Don’t hesitate to check on your system today, and reach our customer service for further questions.

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More charges for suspected puppy abuser

By GAYLA CAWLEY

PEABODY A 32-year-old man wanted on larceny charges was arrested on Friday, and was also found to be in possession of an illegal handgun.

Police had been seeking John Leger, of Peabody, for allegedly charging HVAC equipment from FW Webb Plumbing Supply to an account he was not authorized to use, state police said.

Leger had previously been indicted on unrelated animal cruelty charges, stemming from an incident last November where he severely abused a puppy outside Tanner City Barber Shop on Main Street, authorities said.  

Authorities discovered a loaded .45 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun in the car Leger was driving. Troopers from the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section had recently learned that Leger was staying at a residence on Woodbridge Street in Peabody, state police said.

Troopers and Peabody police detectives set up surveillance on that residence early Friday morning, and saw Leger leave the house and start to drive away. Police stopped his car and found the handgun in his glove box, state police said.

After his arrest on the warrants, Leger was additionally charged with carrying a firearm without a license, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, unlawful possession of ammunition, committing a firearm violation while having committed three prior violent or drug crimes, and operating a motor vehicle after his license was revoked for being a habitual traffic offender, state police said.

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Leger was arraigned Friday in Peabody District Court and was held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for June 8.

Leger had been indicted Feb. 22 by the Essex County District Attorney’s office on an unrelated incident for three counts of animal cruelty and witness intimidation. The charges stemmed from his severe physical abuse of a male pitbull puppy, and threats made to a witness, state police said.

The Animal Rescue League of Boston took custody of the dog, whose name is Bryson, after the incident. The dog remains in their care and is doing well, state police said.

Leger was held on a $25,000 cash bail follow his Jan. 9 arraignment in Peabody District Court, but bail was reduced to $5,000 at a bail review hearing shortly after his initial appearance, state police said.

When he was arraigned in Salem Superior Court following his indictment, bail was again set at $5,000 cash and he was ordered not to have custody, control, or reside with any animals. Police have since learned that he has been living with a dog in violation of the bail conditions, state police said.  

A motion to revoke his bail in the animal cruelty charge will be made by prosecutors, according to the Essex County District Attorney’s office.


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Wayne Alarm: Small business security tips

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In 2010 there were roughly 28 million small businesses in the entire United States of America. While this number has fluctuated within the past 6 years, the fact is that we have a ton of small businesses out there. As a small business owner, so much of your time, money and energy has been developed to simply make your business run every day.

Whether you are providing a service or product, staying on top of your business security is extremely important. Below are some tips that you should make sure are implemented into your business plans.

Adequate Lighting: Having enough lighting is very important for not only inside your building but it’s also important for the outside of your building. During the night and especially when you leave, be sure that you have enough lighting both inside and outside of your business. Lighting which covers your doorways and parking lots will help keep away any potential threats.

Emergency Plans: Whether you are at home or in the office, you should always have emergency plans for different situations. Know what to do in the case of fire, robberies, theft, or major storms.

You should also keep your team in the loop so they understand and know what to do in each situation.

Strong Passwords: People often use passwords that are easy to remember but stay away from obvious ones that others can guess. Also, try to change them up. 47 percent of people actually use the same password for 5 straight years, so other people most likely know what you are using.

Public Wifi: You may not know it, but public Wifi is extremely unsafe for mobile devices. Hackers can actually go through it to attack person accounts. Never do any of your banking and online transactions on a public network.

Video Surveillance: Video cameras placed in and outside of your business are extremely helpful in order to give you proper security, limited shrinkage, improved customer service as well as other operational efficiencies.

Burglar & Theft Protection: When your business is closed and everyone is home for the night, it’s important that someone is looking out for you. With a Wayne Alarm security systems, your business can be monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For more information on keeping your business secure, please feel free to reach out to Wayne Alarm at (781)595-0000 or fill out an online contact form.

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Brothers face murder for fatal brick attack

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Werner Garcia Figueroa and Selvin F. Garcia are arraigned on multiple charges including murder.

BY ADAM SWIFT

LYNN Two Lynn brothers pleaded not guilty Friday in Lynn District Court in connection with a fatal attack May 14 on Blake Street.

Werner Garcia Figueroa, 19, of 15 Bassett St. in Lynn and Selvin F. Garcia, 23, were ordered held without bail by Judge Cathleen Campbell. A probable cause hearing is scheduled for June 27.

Both men were charged with murder, armed robbery, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

The two men laid in wait to attack Sergio Sanchez, 39, of Reading and his brother, Antonio, 33, of Lynn, following an argument in the early morning hours of May 14 at Las Vegas Y Restaurante on Munroe Street, according to Assistant District Attorney Ashlee Logan.

She said the defendants beat Sergio Sanchez with a hard object, believed to be a brick.

“After the defendants ran from the scene, Antonio Sanchez called 911,” Logan said. “The two defendants returned and began beating Antonio Sanchez again and stole his phone. After beating Antonio, they kicked Sergio as he was laying on the ground.”

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Sergio Sanchez died from his injuries the next morning. Antonio Sanchez was injured but expected to recover.

The defendants were identified by patrons and staff at the restaurant, as well as through video surveillance, Logan said.

But Selvin Garcia’s attorney, Edward Hayden, said his client maintains his innocence and that he will be mounting a vigorous defense. Hayden noted that the defense has yet to see the video surveillance mentioned by the prosecutor.

Prior to the arraignment, Campbell ruled that the police report be withheld from the public due to damage its release could cause to an ongoing murder investigation.

After looking in the direction of reporters in the courtroom, Logan asked that anyone who had previously taken a copy of the police report return it. WCVB Channel 5 reporter Sera Congi was called to the bench, but after conferring with attorneys and Campbell, it was determined that Congi had looked at the police report before tweeting about it, but had not taken a physical copy.

 

Wayne Alarm: 4 reasons you need ZWSTAT

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Your house is at a perfect temperature. You’re enjoying a nice movie under some blankets and comfortably cuddled on the couch. The very last thing any of us wants to do is to get up from our comfy spot just to adjust the temperature, enough to where it’s not overwhelming throughout the night.

However, wouldn’t you enjoy a thermostat that catered to your preferences and can still be controlled through your Total Connect app on your phone or your computer?

Honeywell is known to have the best thermostats in the  industry for a couple of decades. More recently they have switched to devices that are specifically tailored to smart homes. This gives you just the perfect amount of comfort in a safer way. With the newest adaptive intelligent recovery technology, a z-wave enabled thermostat, can reduce your monthly energy bills dramatically. This feature allows you to “learn” how long it takes for the furnace and/or air conditioner to reach its programmed settings, detecting when to reach it at a specific time! The z-wave enabled technology can provide a cost savings at approximately 33% of your annual heating and cooling costs. In the long run, the system basically pays for itself and provides  you with the ultimate temperature comfort.

Features like creating a keypad lockout for homes and businesses — keeping unauthorized personnel from changing the temperature — allow you to keep the comfort in your home or business a little easier. It also includes temperature settings which can be altered depending the temperature in your home or business, and even providing you with an alert reminder to keep up on maintenance. For instance an alert to change air filters and humidifier/dehumidifier filters, which only maximize performance can be handy. ZWSTAT also provides fan circulation – moving air when heating or cooling isn’t required, automatically helping you eliminate hot and cold spots.

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Wayne Alarm: Here’s why Nantucket needs us

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Wayne Alarm Systems has provided the best security and sense of comfort to our customers and several local businesses for the past 40 years. While we serve the Greater Boston area with reliable and top quality security, in 2012, Wayne Alarm saw a need for security on the island of Nantucket.

Nantucket is known for their cobblestoned streets lined with high-end boutiques and restaurants, it’s antique cedar shingled buildings, and let’s not forget the beautiful dune backed beaches. However, without proper security, its residents and its beauty can fall to terrible accidents and events we all wish to prevent. Wayne Alarm wants Nantucket to keep its beauty safe, and that’s why Wayne Alarm is here to help.

While keeping you in control, Wayne Alarm will provide you with top security in detecting fire and carbon monoxide for your home. With small mom-and-pop shops all throughout the island, security should be top priority. With Wayne Alarm, burglary and theft prevention security gets so much easier, instantly ensuring the security of your visiting tourist and loyal customers. Our fully installed commercial security systems features the access control systems which includes:

  • Performing a facility or area lockdown from any PC or proximity reader
  • Running a myriad of custom reports when you need to know who accessed what area and when
  • Interface your video security with your card access system

Wayne Alarm can also expertly install your top video surveillance systems that can be accessed and managed for your home or business all through the Total Connect App. This gives  the homeowner complete access and control in lighting, thermostat control, and all your access to locks from anywhere on the island with just the use of your phone, computer or tablet.

With a full-time locally based company, Wayne Alarm Systems is the only UL Listed, FM Approved, 5 Diamond Certified Alarm Monitoring provider in the island. Wayne Alarm will take care of the worry for you and provide you a peace  of mind. All while you enjoy the beauty that Nantucket has to offer.
More information reach us at (508) 825-9200 or fill out our contact form.

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Wayne Alarm: Video can help reduce thefts

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In any business, there is always that inevitable problem: theft.

Some data suggest surveillance of employees in small business can boost productivity and profits. Allowing you to stay in control of dishonest claims, maintain the safety in your work environment and allowing you, as the manager, to spend more time in more productive ways. Using video surveillance is an effective method for putting a stop to thieves from stealing your belongings, wares or information. In any event, it can also help alert the police, as well as provide footage, which can help aid in identifying the thieves.

With lots of options you can take to reduce theft, however, having video surveillance saves you time and effort all while helping you decrease theft in your store. With Wayne Alarm video surveillance, you get 24/7 video surveillance specifically for your business.

In specific places, you increase your overall security that can oftentimes be overlooked. Here are some places where placing video surveillance in your store could be beneficial:

  • Front and back doors:  Not only are you able to identify who comes in and out of your business and when they leave, but it also helps when your business is closed. Having a monitored entrance system can detect any suspicious event during off  hours. Specifically your stores back entrance – placing it here can help deter anyone attempting to exit unnoticed. It can also help with any blind spots that might be hard to view, allowing you to be aware of any suspicious event.
  • Installing cameras in areas where your most valuable items or expensive equipment are, can help diminish losses. For example, placing a camera by the cash register can allow them to work more effectively by giving you a view from above, allowing you to directly monitor any exchange of cash, both limiting employee and customer theft.

With video surveillance, you’re also able to ensure to your customers that you care about their safety and well being too. Call us for a free consultation today and speak with a caring representative.

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Man makes off with $2K from Santander Bank

By GAYLA CAWLEY

LYNN Police are investigating a bank robbery that took place Friday afternoon at Santander Bank.

Police responded to the location at 39 Exchange St. shortly before 3:30 p.m.

Police were told that a suspect, described as a dark-skinned man, handed over a note to a female teller, but didn’t show a weapon. The suspect made off with at least $2,000 in cash, Lynn Police Lt. Michael Kmiec said.

Police are reviewing surveillance video, with assistance from the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force, Kmiec said.

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Police say road rage may have spurred shooting

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Brian Brito is taken to Peabody District Court in a screenshot provided by WBZ-TV.

By GAYLA CAWLEY

LYNN — The New Hampshire man previously called a “person of interest” in Monday’s night’s homicide in a quiet residential neighborhood has been charged with murder.

Brian Brito, 21 of Manchester, N.H., is accused of killing Mohammadreza Sina Zangiband, a 24-year-old pizza deliveryman for Atha’s Famous Roast Beef, the Essex County District Attorney’s office announced Wednesday.

Brito will be arraigned Thursday in Lynn District Court.

Zangiband, of Salem, was delivering food for Atha’s, when he was shot multiple times on Bowler Street, near St. Pius V. School, a Catholic elementary school. He was found dead in his vehicle shortly before 6 p.m., authorities said.

“This was a brazen, senseless act that not only took the life of a hard-working young man, but also frightened community members,” District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said in a statement. “I am grateful to the many law enforcement officers who worked so diligently to obtain this warrant so that we may begin the process of securing justice on behalf of Mr. Zangiband and his family.”

Brito was arrested by State Police in Peabody about four hours after the shooting, while driving the gray Audi that was sought in connection with the homicide, and police said an illegal firearm was found in his possession.

He was arraigned in Peabody District Court on Tuesday on firearm and motor vehicle charges. Brito pleaded not guilty and was held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for April 10.

Lynn Police responded to the area of 29 Bowler St. in Lynn for multiple reports of shots fired and the window of a car being shot out. Police found a 2012 Hyundai Sonata pulled to the side of the road and inside was an unresponsive man suffering from at least one gunshot wound to the head, according to an Affidavit filed by State Police Trooper Thomas J. Sullivan IV in Lynn District Court.

The man was not breathing and bleeding heavily from the head and face, and police determined that he was dead, Sullivan wrote.

On the ground outside the driver’s side door of the car, officers saw four spent 9mm shell casings, Sullivan wrote.

One man who witnessed the shooting told police he saw the Hyundai driving toward him on Bowler Street, and a dark colored Audi came from behind the Hyundai on the left, overtook it and forced it to pull over, blocking the vehicle in. The witness said a man exited the Audi, walked around his car, back toward the Hyundai, and pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at the driver and shot him four to five times, Sullivan wrote.

The witness said the man then returned to the Audi, looked directly at him, got back into his car and left the scene.

Video cameras on personal homes in the area revealed additional evidence that seemed to match the evidence of the eyewitness, Sullivan wrote.

One video showed a gray Audi attempting to overtake a silver Hyundai on Bowler Street at the time of the shooting. A second video from a home farther down the street showed the Audi following the Hyundai, Sullivan wrote.

“These videos have led officers to postulate that the basis of the confrontation between the two motorists may have been the result of a road rage incident,” Sullivan wrote.

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The affidavit contains two additional witness statements. A woman said she was resting in her home when she heard a single gunshot, followed by three more shots. She went to her window, looked outside and saw a dark colored Audi driving slowly toward her house before rapidly accelerating down Bowler Street toward Lake Street, Sullivan wrote.

A man said he was parking his car on Bowler Street when he heard shots fired behind his car. When he looked in his rearview mirror, he saw a man shoot into a stopped silver car. He said the man got back into a dark colored sedan and drove off, Sullivan wrote.

Katharine Ruiz, 25, of Lynn, a friend of Zangiband, said on Tuesday Sina was on his way from Atha’s to a delivery on Eastern Avenue and cut through Bowler Street. She described him as a “hard worker, very quiet, yet always had a smile on his face.”  

Following his arrest, Brito was quickly linked to the description of a suspect wanted by North Andover police in connection with an armed robbery and sexual assault less than an hour before he was pulled over.

North Andover officers responding to a Richdale store were told by a female clerk that a man entered the store with his face concealed by a mask, and brandished a firearm. He ordered the clerk at gunpoint to lock the doors, and took her to a back room where she was sexually assaulted. The gunman then emptied the cash drawer and took numerous lottery tickets before fleeing the scene in an unknown direction, according to a North Andover police statement.

Brito is expected to be arraigned in Lawrence District Court Monday on those charges.


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Man bun helps neighbors ID vandalism suspect

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PITTSBURGH — Police say a man bun helped people in one Pittsburgh neighborhood identify the man who was vandalizing their cars.

WTAE-TV reports that 22-year-old Isaac Gettleman is facing 36 counts of criminal mischief.

Police say various surveillance cameras captured images of a man wearing his hair in a bun while kicking the sides of cars and jumping on their side-view mirrors on the city’s South Side.

Gettleman lives in the same neighborhood, which led fellow resident Erin Catalina to wonder, “What motivates someone to do that, I have no idea.” She was referring to the vandalism, not Gettleman’s hair style.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for Gettleman. The Associated Press couldn’t immediately find a listed phone number for him.

He faces a preliminary hearing Jan. 18.

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