Questions To Ask When You Buy A Home


10 Safety Questions to Ask Buying a New Home

Most prospective home buyers spend a great deal of time making sure a property has the number of rooms and other amenities and features they need to live as comfortably as possible. However, many neglect to give serious consideration to one critical factor: safety. It is imperative that the home and surrounding area can offer the secure lifestyle you and your family deserve. What follows are a few important safety questions to ask before moving into a house:

  1. What is the crime rate in the neighborhood?

Just because a neighborhood appears to be quiet and peaceful, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is free of crime. Ask your realtor if they are able to supply recent crime statistics for the neighborhood. You can also gain information by visiting websites such as

  1. How recently have the door locks been changed?

Keys can easily fall into the wrong hands, and you can never be certain that the previous owners still do not have duplicate keys in their possession. A key safety question to ask a realtor is how long it has been since the locks were changed. The most prudent course of action is to have new locks installed prior to moving in.

  1. What are the neighbors like?

There’s a good chance the realtor has had some contact with the neighbors, so be sure to ask questions regarding what they do for a living, whether they seem to be sociable, etc.

  1. Are the appliances in good working order?

Another of the vital safety questions to ask before buying a house concerns the condition of the household appliances. You can learn a lot on your own just by testing the burners on the stove, running the water taps and exploring the inside of the refrigerator.

  1. Are window coverings included?

Ask your realtor whether the curtains, blinds or drapes are staying with the home. If the previous owner plans to take them, you will need to replace them to prevent passersby from seeing inside.

  1. When was the last mold test?

Mold is a common problem in many homes these days. Another important question to ask before moving into a house is whether a mold test has been conducted within the past five to 10 years.

  1. How many fire extinguishers are on the premises?

Every home should have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen as well as other higher fire-risk areas such as basements and attics.

  1. Are the smoke detectors working properly?

Smoke detectors can be lifesavers in the event of a fire. It’s a good idea to test them yourself to ensure they’re working properly, as well as to change the batteries prior to moving in.

  1. Does the home have a video surveillance system?

Yet another important question to ask before moving into a new home is whether it has any type of video surveillance system already installed.

  1. What, if any, additional security devices are included?

Ask your realtor about the existence of additional security devices such as motion sensors and access control products.

Contact Titan Alarm, Inc. to learn more about the safety questions to ask a realtor, particularly those pertaining to home security systems.

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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 5, 2018.

Surveillance Necessities for Your Business


Many business owners are forced to walk a fine line between maintaining a high level of security for their facility and respecting the privacy of their customers and employees. However, companies that do nothing to protect themselves against internal and external theft, vandalism and other very real security threats could place the financial health of their operation and the personal safety of staff members and visitors at risk. These days, effective business surveillance is not a luxury — it’s a necessity.

What Surveillance System Should I Buy?

The backbone of any reliable business surveillance system is a set of high-quality video cameras. Depending on the type and layout of the establishment, you will need both internal and external cameras placed at strategic locations around your facility. Early versions of camera-based video systems relied on closed circuit television (CCTV). What is a CCTV surveillance system? This type of surveillance system made use of video tapes to record what was happening in a given area. The problem with CCTV technology is that it did not transmit live video feeds — thus, the viewer could only determine if a theft or other event occurred after the fact.

Since the 1990s, surveillance camera technology has continued to evolve at a rapid pace. The latest innovation is the IP camera, which is a digital camera capable of providing clear HD-quality images in real time to a Web-enabled computer or even a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet. An IP camera also records whatever comes into its viewing range. A wide range of software packages are available with these systems that make them easy to use and enable complete customization.

What to Consider When Purchasing a Business Surveillance System

When looking to buy video cameras for your business, an important question to ask is what are the surveillance systems’ strengths and weaknesses? For instance, if you need the camera to provide a clear view of a larger area like the sales floor of a grocery store, it should offer scanning capabilities. Image quality is also important. You’ll likely need a camera with a higher resolution if you are monitoring an area with harsh lighting conditions. And if you need to monitor an area where the lighting is poor, you should choose video cameras equipped with infrared LEDs.

What Are the Benefits of Business Surveillance?

While installing a surveillance system will require an additional expenditure as well as some careful planning, it can provide a number of critical long-term benefits including:

  • Increased employee productivity
  • Reduced occurrences of theft and shrink
  • Safer environment for workers and customers
  • Increased profitability

Contact Titan Alarm, Inc. to Learn More About Your Video Surveillance Options

If you operate a business in the Phoenix, AZ area, Titan Alarm can help you design and install a technologically advanced IP camera system that will provide reliable around-the-clock protection for your facility. We’re a full-service security company that can offer the best solution for companies in industries such as retail, healthcare, manufacturing, restaurants and many others. Contact us to explore your business surveillance options today!

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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 5, 2018.

Home Security Monitoring

As we are approaching spring and summer, families and young adults are off to start making their life changing plans to go to new places and to create new memories, which in so many of these instances, the smaller things in life, like your home’s security, is often forgotten about and a burglary can occur. Luckily with advancement in technology, modern security is much more available to us, at our fingertips on our mobile smart phones. Titan Alarm’s security systems have many uses, including residential and commercial.



Home Video Monitoring

With the advances in technology, IP cameras now come in waterproof and night vision models, making them perfect for both inside and outside installation. With Titan Alarm’s home security system, there is monitored video feeds 24/7 to central station and digital video recorders for use from home to business. The cameras that Titan Alarm installs with your customized solution also offer remote monitoring to an app installed on your smart phone! So no matter how far away from your house you are, you can still check in on your house and see what all is happening. Perfect for the pet owner who’s on the go, or the working parent who wants to make sure their kids are safe!



Instant Notifications

Another awesome feature that comes with a home security system from Titan Alarm is instant notifications. Instant notifications, for those of you that don’t know, is when you see on your phone’s home screen that something has happened at your home, such as your system has been armed, or the front door was left unlocked. That way you can make sure you’re up to date with everything that’s happening in your house, even if you’re not there! This option is great for the parent on the go, who want’s to get notification of when their kids are coming and going from the house, and it makes it simple to know if there’s any activity happening at the house that shouldn’t be. You can also set this system to give you notifications as to when the front door has been locked, when the system has been armed, or when the motion detector senses motion in the house. The best thing is all of this is customizable for your own personal needs.



Digitally Controlling Home Functions

Another awesome advantage to having a Titan Alarm Residential Security Alarm System is having the ability to really customize and monitor your home all from your tablet, smart phone or even your personal computer. There are even more advanced packages and solutions that we offer, that allow you the ability to adjust the lights, control the climate and even lock and unlock doors throughout your house!

Titan Alarm thrives to provide the best home security in Arizona, we have some of the most experienced technicians in the industry and want to be able to give you a personalized, customized experience that will be perfect for you and your needs, to protect your family and prized possessions.

If you have any questions about residential alarms or commercial alarms, call Titan Alarm today at 602-680-4567 or text us at 623-523-4849! 

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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 5, 2018.

Residential Alarm Systems in Phoenix

Making sure that your home is secure, is almost as important as paying your bills and your mortgage. Having said that, there are so many options out there for security systems and residential alarms, a lot of people now are trying to install cheap DIY systems and unfortunately that won’t protect you and is a waste unless you have professionals do the install and monitor it. Having a set security system package installed in your house, that isn’t customized for what your house needs, can create a residential alarm system with quite a few flaws. A residential alarm and home security system from Titan Alarm will leave you as safe as can be. With our experienced specialists your home security system will be customized for your home needs and will be professionally installed and monitored. In a house having the security cameras placed properly allow the best monitoring that money can buy. There are so many options now with infinite combinations and remote access from a smartphone app.




A very large amount of burglaries that occur in the US happen around the hidden spots of entrance into your home. Side access doors, garage doors, and basement doors are all very vulnerable spots for a burglar that is looking for a dark hidden spot to break into a house. The areas that are away from public view are the most attractive for any level of burglar. They’ll take the opportunity to pick locks, and break down doors without being seen, and then steal from your house. With that being said, a Titan Alarm residential alarm system has monitoring and cameras, where you will have the advantage over the burglars if you have a residential alarm system set up correctly and professionally.



With the right lighting and security cameras positioned in the right places throughout your house and house’s entrances, they can be a deterrent to keep burglars away from your house. The stereotypical burglar is looking for a easy opportunity, and a quick in and out. If they even just see a video camera and a professionally handled and installed alarm systems make your house a hit they would rather avoid. If they still try to break in, your house is monitored and recording video, which will help with and prosecution and will assist with the local law enforcement agencies to catch the perpetrator.




Options For Installation

Titan Alarm uses the most cutting edge technology for all of your home security and automation needs, as well as Commercial Security and Automation too. Our customers have many different options to work with us, from a single camera to multi-room house full of cameras. Depending on your size and budget, we can make a custom fit security system solution for you.

If you have any questions about residential or commercial security systems, call Titan Alarm today! 602-680-4567 or text us: 623-523-4849.

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Updated by Titan Alarm on October 31, 2018.

What You Need To Know About 2G Sunset

If your current alarm system is using 2G cellular technology, there’s a very unfortunate possibility that your security system will no longer communicate effectively with a monitoring station. Here’s what all of Titan Alarm’s customers need to know about this extremely important update:

This is out of our control. An extremely large number of home and commercial wireless security systems use AT&T’s 2G cellular network to communicate with the co-inciding monitoring stations. Unfortunately AT&T has announced that by the end of 2016, they will be shutting down their 2G network and change all of their cell towers over to 4G cellular. AT&T is calling this transition the 2G Sunset and that is why your system is going to need to be updated. To put it in basic layman’s terms, 2G and 4G do not communicate the same language.

Update NOW. AT&T is starting to shut off many cell towers throughout the different markets and regions throughout 2016, that’s why it is so important to do the update immediately. Titan Alarm wants to keep your security system always on the cutting edge of technology. If AT&T turns off the 2G network in your area before your security system has been updated then your security system will stop communicating with the monitoring company without any notice to you. We want to keep you safe and keep your security system working, so make sure you contact Titan Alarm today to make sure that your security system gets the required update.

It’s not just Titan Alarm’s customers. Believe it or not, not just Titan Alarm and our customers are being effected by this fade out. Every security provider that uses wireless security systems is facing the same issue. We’re trying to be extremely proactive because nothing is more important to Titan Alarm than our customer’s safety.

What is 2G, anyway? It’s just a fancy way of saying “second-generation.” So it’s not hard to guess what 3G and 4G stand for. It’s all part of the same technology your smartphone uses.

Smartphone not affected. If you control your keypad or home automation from your smartphone, that’ll still work once your keypad is updated. You won’t need to do anything to your phone.


If you’re a Titan Alarm customer and you’re unsure if you have a 2G system, please call 602.680.4567 and we can assist you and help you figure out what you need to know about your Titan Alarm Home Security System.


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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 5, 2018.

Smart Home Interaction

Four Ways to Interact With your Titan Alarm Smart Home

If you’re always on the lookout for the newest and most innovative ways to increase your technology in your home, then here are four amazing ways to get it even more integrated into your life, by connecting the following devices to your Titan Alarm Smart Home.
Smartphone and Tablet: 
The application for on iOS and Android can turn your mobile phone or tablet into a central command station for your home, using portability and convenience to make the application extremely useful.

With everything from instant security notifications and one touch commands, to setting custom rules and commands that can access multiple smart home devices at the same time, the smartphone and tablet applications give you a complete solution to smart home control whether you’re at home, or away at work.

Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV 

If you’re watching TV when the door bell rings you can use your remote for either device to navigate quickly to the native application and see who’s at the door and check your other cameras around the house as well.
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Both of these applications have been designed by to make viewing all your live feeds from your house painless. That way you have a larger screen to view more detail from the cameras rather than using a smaller smart phone screen to see everything. The tv applications allow up to four live feeds simultaneously to stream to your tv.
Smartwatch Apps

With the application for the Apple Watch, it allows awareness, control and visibility all at a quick glance of your wrist, which makes it an amazing part to integrate into your smart home system. With the taptic feedback responses programmed into the watch, it can let you know when something is happening with your smart home automation system.

Amazon Echo

The future is officially here, with the Amazon Echo, your smart home automation system is controlled by voice control! Starting later this year you’ll be able to control everything with simple commands like “Alexa, turn off the kitchen lights.” and your kitchen lighting will turn off without you having to move a muscle. So sit back and enjoy your movie night when you forget lights on.
Want to learn more about how to control your home with amazing applications on devices like the ones mentioned above? Contact Titan Alarm today 602-680-4567 or text us 623-523-4849.

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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 5, 2018.

Z-Wave Smart Home

When we talk about smart home devices there are many different brands we can cover with that topic, but with Titan Alarm you will always receive a Z-Wave Certified smart home device. Now you may be asking yourself, what’s Z-Wave? That’s something that we’re excited to get to tell you about!

Z-Wave technology is what most major security companies and smart home automation companies use with their devices to power smart homes. It can wirelessly power the programs that run the smart home. Including smart home locks, thermostats, lights and a whole lot more of other smart home devices that will all communicate with each other and your smart phone!

There are many devices from the major security brands out there like Honeywell and Kwikset are both powered by Z-Wave technology.

Why Z-Wave Matters

1. Security

With how popular smart home automation has become, there has been a new market springing up for smart home system appliances, many of these devices are not as secure and safe as they claim to be, especially if they’re a no name brand that’s cheap from China. Which leaves you and your smart home at risk, these devices have a lot of vulnerable security breaches and do not have the safety for your house.

With a Z-Wave device they go through rigorous testing and trials and are certified through the Z-Wave Alliance Consortium. The testing includes the following:

technical testing, programs for uniformity of marks, and enforcement of certification standards.

Z-Wave also uses the same encryption as online banking which is known as AES128.


2. Multiple Options

Z-Wave currently powers “more than 1,000 interoperable products from more than 300 leading worldwide brands.” Regardless of company and brand, Z-Wave devices can all work together in your home.

3. Simplicity

For the people who aren’t as technologically savvy as the younger generations, Z-Wave products are super easy to manage and extremely approachable. While the security behind Z-Wave is complex, using your Z-Wave device isn’t.


If you’re interested in a smart home for yourself, make sure you contact us today! Give Titan Alarm a call: 602-680-4567 or text us: 623-523-4849


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Public Building Surveillance

In larger cities like the Phoenix Metropolitan area, and the surrounding cities, there is always a lot of vandalism, traffic violations and crime, all of which put neighborhoods and properties at risk. With the latest technology from Titan Alarm, we can help these cities avoid and decrease their risk of these problems happening.

Security cameras although unable to stop a crime, can help prevent crimes by scaring off a potential criminal if they see the cameras.




How to Help Deter Local Crime.

With Video Surveillance in Phoenix, city surveillance can help local officials identify and respond to incidents that happen wherever the city has video surveillance cameras installed.

With the help of Titan Alarm, the local law enforcement and the local city officials can all monitor the activity that occurs in the public spaces remotely, with the application.

If your city needs a surveillance camera monitoring system, consider getting them for the following locations:

  • Public City Buildings. Avoid vandalism, and prevent crime and break ins at city owned public buildings.
  • Parking Lots and Parks. With Titan Alarm you can carefully keep an eye on the wide open areas of your city, like parking lots and public parts. With multiple cameras you can keep the best watch in your control.
  • Stoplights. Video Surveillance cameras at stoplights can help you make sure that traffic flow is smooth and you can check on intersections before emergency vehicles need to cross intersections.
  • Restricted City Areas. Set motion-triggered cameras and video surveillance to receive notifications if movement is detected in restricted areas of the city.



Custom Solutions for Your City’s Needs 

Although most larger cities face challenges similar to each other, no two city’s needs are going to be the same. Titan Alarm offers a fully customizable solution for your city and it’s needs. Make sure to think about the following questions when you call Titan Alarm to meet with one of our amazing Sales Associates.

  • In what areas would video monitoring be helpful?
  • How many surveillance cameras are needed?
  • What is the proper bandwidth and storage needed for functionality?
  • Will cameras be used indoors or outdoors?
  • Are cameras compatible with current network connection(s)?

Contact Titan Alarm today and let us help you secure your city! Call us: 602-680-4567 or Text us: 623-523-4849.


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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 5, 2018.

Smart Home Security For The Working Parent

A recent study stated that a majority of households in the United States are dual income. Around 68% of all married mothers and 94% of all married fathers are all in the labor force and working to provide for their families.

For the working parent, they’re overwhelmed by busy schedules, school trips, business trips and often are stuck with hours at work that are unfortunately not flexible, which leads to managing the home being a daily challenge.

With the advances of technology, home automation has become a life saver for parents who are not able to be home as much as they would like. Things like remote monitoring, notifications for when your front door is opened and so much more have opened the door for parents to be able to keep a better eye on their house and family when they’re away.

1. Automated Lights

With Automated Lights you can help shrink your electric bill and really control and conserve energy with the use of your smart phone. If you forgot a light on? Go ahead and turn it off remotely via the application, saving you money on your electric bill rather than paying for lights to be on when they’re not needed.



2. Remote Locks & Access Control 

When people think Access Control they think about commercial businesses using Key FOBs and coded cards to enter into the facility, but what most people don’t know is that you can have Access Control at Home as well. When you have Access Control installed at home, you can set a code for your family, friends and trusted people to enter and exit the home securely and to receive notifications when it happens as well. Through mobile alerts, you can instantly know if a child or family member has entered your home, it’s a great way to have accountability especially when they get to the age where they have a curfew.

One of the main forms of Access Control at home is to have Automated or Remote Control locks installed on your door, these locks can be controlled with the touch of a button from your smart phone and the application. It’s an  awesome feature to have installed on your home especially if you have a lot of people coming and going through your house, or if you’re going on vacation and you have a house sitter and don’t want to have to make a copy of your key.



3. Sensors

When you’re a busy parent, you can have issues keeping track of areas of the house that you don’t necessarily want your children in, such as medicine cabinets or alcohol cubbards. With a sensor installed in high risk areas, you’ll receive notifications when the sensor is triggered and it will allow you to check in and make sure the restricted areas are accessed by the right people at the right times.




4. Video Surveillance

Using your smart phone, tablet or computer, you can keep an eye on your house, home and family, anywhere you are, remotely with Titan Alarm’s Video Surveillance for Home. Keep an eye on your kids, tutors, caregivers and babysitters with the touch of a button on an extremely amazing application.

If someone arrives at your front door, motion triggered notifications can let you see who’s knocking on your door with a live video feed from a Home Security camera installed on your front door or porch.



Titan Alarm has the solution for busy parents and the parents who just need an extra hand keeping an eye on their home. If any of these solutions sounded like a great fit for you or you want an even more customized solution call Titan Alarm today! 602-680-4567 or text us! 623-523-4849

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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 5, 2018.

Smart Home Automation With Your Children

With technology becoming more and more prevalent in today’s society, it’s time that we all should embrace the fact that the younger generations are about to pass us up with their understanding of technology. So with today’s kids using iPhones, iPads and everything in-between for their entertainment, let’s train them on how to help run your house’s Smart Home Automation system so that they can turn lights on and off too if they forgot them on.

According to the Pew Research Center, 73% of today’s teens all have smartphones, which means your kids will be nothing short of being able to properly access and utilize the smart home application.

We’ve listed a 3 step guide below of how to teach your kids how to use your smart home security system, and how to use it smartly.





2-Steps to Teach Responsible Smart Home Application Use

1. Make it Familiar: Download the application to their phone and walk through the application and everything it can do together. Show them how to control the main smart home application components, the lights, locks, thermostats, and other devices that you have installed throughout your home. If you run into issues or confusion feel free to contact us and have one of our Titan Alarm Specialists help you out.




2. Understanding Risks: After you’ve taught your child how to use the application, make sure they understand that there are a lot of responsibilities along with being taught how to use the application. Make sure they understand that they could put your family and house’s security at risk if they misuse the application and that they need to take using the application very serious.

Make sure that you have set rules as a family that will work for everyone involved. Work as a family to set expectations with energy management, home security and home automation.


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Titan Alarm wants to help you implement Home Automation into your Family’s life, give us a call today 602-680-4567 or text us 623-523-4849.


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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 5, 2018.