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10/05/12

Permalink 06:22:43 pm, by advproinc, 464 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Welcome, Company News

Getting to Know Our Team: Ben Anderson, Account Manager

It has been some time since we did a spotlight and with Autumn officially upon us here in the Pacific Northwest, Advantage Protection Inc. is getting back to interviewing various personnel on our team that make us the company we are today. This month we are back over to the sales side of the house and would like to introduce our newest member of the team, Ben Anderson. Ben has been in sales and operations for some time, working as a lumber broker, Ops Manager, loan officer and more. Let’s get to know him a little better.

 

Q. What lead you to the security industry?

I was looking for a company within an industry where people have a certain type of character. I wanted something I felt I could do long term.


Q. What has been your greatest sales accomplishment?

My greatest sales accomplishment was buying a business in Florida and doubling the sales in less than six months. True story!


Q. Alma Mater?

University of Arizona


Q. Having worked on both sides of a business… which do you prefer: Sales or Ops? Why?

I don’t have a preference. They’re both very similar. Both are about dealing with people and managing relationships.


Q. What interests you most about the security world right now that you really want to become an expert about?

Emerging technologies…I’m very interested in cameras, camera analytics, PTZ Cameras and 3 dimensional diagrams.


Q. If you had to sit still at your desk, what is the longest time you think you could do it?

If I had to? Maybe 60 minutes…MAYBE (smirk)

(on a side note, the whole office would highly disagree and say maybe 10 minutes)


Q. What are some hobbies you enjoy when you aren’t at work?

Outside of work I primarily enjoy outdoor stuff like biking, camping and shooting. During the winter it makes it difficult to do, but it’s still possible. I work out quite a bit, I stay involved in competitive sports and rec leagues such as flag football, volleyball and kickball.


Q. Why don’t you go by your real first name?

Because I don’t like my real first name.


Q. Can we include your real first name in this interview?

Nope :)


Q. Where did you grow up? And where has been your favorite place to live?

I grew up in Tucson, Arizona, but my favorite place to live has been Portland, Oregon.


Q. Do you have a “burning desire” in life?

At this point, it would be to have a family of my own.


Q. What is your favorite movie of all time?

I have lots and lots. Child’s Play, Blazing Saddles, Bull Durham (HILARIOUS), Star Wars Series and Shawshank Redemption…that was a GREAT movie.


Q. Who is your favorite sports team?

Pittsburgh Steelers

 

 

 

09/21/12

Permalink 06:47:10 pm, by advproinc, 333 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Welcome, Life Safety Information, Other Resources

Crime Statistics: Are you as informed as you should be?

Statistics help us make important decisions in life such as where we choose to live depending on how often earthquakes or tornadoes take place or which new car you should purchase based off of how often that particular vehicle has mechanical problems. Therefore, when considering whether or not to protect your home or business against burglaries, it may be worth looking at a few statistics to see what type of protection you should have and more importantly, how much protection should be installed. These facts may help you understand the importance of a security detection system.

Below are some statistics based on Crime that we have compiled to help you make an informed decision:

Crime Statistics

Source: 2007 FBI Uniform Crime Report

  • There were an estimated 2.1 million burglaries in 2007, a 0.2 percent increase over 2006.
  • Burglary accounted for 22.1% of the estimated number of property crimes committed in 2007.
  • Forcible entries accounted for 6.1%.
  • The average dollar loss per burglary offense in 2007 was $1,991.
  • 67.9% of burglaries were residential.
  • 57.4% of burglaries took place during the day and 42.6% at night.
  • 63.6% of residential burglaries occurred during the daytime while 56.4% of nonresidential burglaries occurred during nighttime hours

 

Crime By Region:

Source: 2007 FBI Uniform Crime Report

The Northeast

  • The Northeast had an estimated 10.5% of the burglaries nationwide. This is a change of -2.6% from the previous year.

The Midwest

  • The Midwest had an estimated 20.6% of the burglaries nationwide.         This is a change of -2.2% from the previous year.

The South

  • The South had an estimated 46.7% of the burglaries nationwide.            This is a change of +3.3% from the previous year.

The West

  • The West had an estimated 22.2% of the burglaries nationwide.             This is a change of -4.1% from the previous year.

 

Here at Advantage Protection, LLC, our goal is to help you find the right protection for your home or business so we can keep you, your family and your community safe. For more information on how to protect your home or business, contact us at (360) 695-5072 to discuss your security needs with one of our sales professionals.

 

09/11/12

Permalink 07:11:45 pm, by advproinc, 402 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Welcome, Life Safety Information, Other Resources

The Seattle Times: Stop Intruders at the Doggy Door

 

According to the article, “Stop Intruders at the Doggy Door” by The Seattle Times, the FBI says there was one burglary in the United States every 14.6 seconds in 2010. Burglars will take advantage of any potential opening into our homes such as windows and doors. However, one point of entry that many of us might not think about is the common doggy door. Doggy doors can be anywhere from small to large openings that we use for our pet’s convenience, and even though intruders don’t frequently utilize these as a point of entry, it’s still a possibility. Therefore, there are a variety of things you can do to protect your home while still giving your pet the luxury of a doggy door and staying within your budget.

 

For those with a tighter budget, here are a few ways you can help keep your doggy door secure:

  • Get the smallest door your dog or cat can reasonably get through
  • Try reaching through the doggy door with your arm from the outside, if you can unlock the door consider adding a second deadbolt and place it higher on the door.
  • If you’ll be away from your home for a long period of time, block the doggy door and make sure all other doors and windows are shut and locked.
  • If you use your sliding glass door as your pet’s doggy door, try placing dowels or bars in the railing to help keep the opening limited.

 

For those with the ability to spend some extra money, here are a few higher-dollar options:

  • Honeywell has a Total Connect Application that can monitor a doggy door, sending an alert to a homeowner's phone or pad saying the door is being accessed. If you add a camera, you can watch who or what is coming or going.
  • A SureFlap door allows a cat or dog to enter by reading a microchip implanted in the animal.
  • The PetSafe SmartDoor reads radio frequencies from a key on your dog's collar.
  • Power Pet Doors by High Tech are activated by an ultrasonic collar worn by the pet.


At Advantage Protection, LLC we want your home to be secure from the most creative intruders. To schedule a complimentary visit from one of our sales professionals to see how we can secure your home, please call us at (360) 695-5072.


Click the following link to read the article from The Seattle Times:

http://seattletimes.com/html/homegarden/2018879176_dogdoortheftpets08.html


08/24/12

Permalink 06:30:57 pm, by advproinc, 140 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Welcome, Life Safety Information, Other Resources

The Columbian: Firefighters: Smoke detector saves 7 from house fire

It's safe to say the majority of our news articles are about fire safety and the importance of having monitored smoke detectors in your home or business. It's not because we have nothing else to write about or because we're only looking to make a sale, it's because we consistently hear of fires that occur causing thousands of dollars in damages as well as fatalities and feel it's our responsibility to educate and protect our community from these types of situations.


The following article is from The Columbian and shows exactly how smoke detectors DO save lives:
http://www.columbian.com/news/2012/aug/22/firefighters-smoke-detector-saves-7-house-fire/


If your home or business is unprotected from the threat of fire, Advantage Protection, Inc. wants you safe, don't wait. Please visit http://www.advproinc.com for more information on a fire system or call 360-695-5072 to schedule an appointment with our highly qualified account representatives.

 


08/17/12

Permalink 08:11:20 pm, by advproinc, 304 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Welcome, Life Safety Information, Other Resources

Back to School Safety

In a perfect world, our children would be safe from harm. But in the real world, it is up to us as parents to make the right decisions regarding our children and to review with them rules for safety and what to do in case of an emergency. Review the appropriate route home from school or the bus stop. Your child should know never to change this route. It is very important that there are a few neighbors' homes your child can go to for help if someone were following them. Make sure that these neighbors know your schedule and how to reach you in an emergency.

If a child is old enough and responsible enough to stay home alone after school, make sure that he or she knows the exact name of the place where you work, your telephone number, and any pager or cell phone numbers you may have. Discuss with your child a daily schedule for homework, chores and activities. Leave emergency phone numbers posted near the telephone. We are committed to helping you and your family stay safe. To learn more about protecting your children, ask us for our McGruff Safe Kids ID Kit. It contains valuable information for you and your children.

 

TIPS TO SHARE WITH YOUR KIDS

  • Your child should always take a friend when walking to or from school, and should never take shortcuts.
  • Remind your child to stay with a group at the bus stop.
  • If someone they don't know offers them a ride, they should say no.
  • Leave items and clothing with your child's name on them at home. If someone they don't know calls out their name, they shouldn't be fooled or confused.
  • If your child goes home alone after school, have them call you to let you know they are safely home.

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