Unique Housesitting Niche Takes off in Fairfield County, CT

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Live out Housesitting and Key Holder Service expands to meet the needs of a growing client base.

As more national and international companies locate their headquarters in Fairfield County, executives who reside in the area are depending on home security services to protect their homes and property. Yet, rather than rely solely on high-tech measures and electronic systems, they are opting for traditional security and a "hands-on" approach to protection. Leading the way among this fast-growing niche business is Peace of Mind Security Service, Inc., an independently owned and operated company based in Redding and serving Fairfield County.

Founded three years ago by president Jack H. Whitton, Peace of Mind Security Service specializes in protecting vacant homes when the occupants are living out of the country, on a business trip, an extended vacation, away for the weekend, use the home only seasonally or have moved and placed the home on the market for sale.

Referring to his company as "old-fashioned physical security services for a high-tech world," Whitton, former president of The Hour Publishing Company in Norwalk, is the keyholder who responds immediately when an alarm goes off and is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"I am there to assist the local police department after an alarm goes off and they conduct a thorough check of the exterior of the home to make sure there is no breach," Whitton stated. "Once everything is deemed secure, as the keyholder, I enter the home, investigate, reset the alarm, and if the situation warrants, notify the homeowner."        

Fully insured, Peace of Mind Security Service offers a comprehensive range of physical services, not provided by electronic alarm companies that serve as extra measures of protection for the homeowner so they are never left vulnerable. As keyholder, the company is given all information pertinent to a home's alarm system, including, the central monitoring phone number and password needed to enter and reset the alarm.

Peace of Mind Security Service routinely checks perimeter doors and windows, smoke detectors, heat and air conditioning units and other utilities. The company conducts monitoring to guard against costly freeze-up and flooding, coordinates emergency repairs if needed, conducts security checks round-the-clock for damage when storms strike, and monitors new construction sites to prevent vandalism or theft.

In addition to home security, Peace of Mind Security Service offers person-to-person contact with homebound senior citizens, visiting them on a scheduled basis to relieve concerns of family members who don't live close by. The company also makes regular visits to young adults who are at home unsupervised while their parents are away.

When homeowners return, they need not worry about getting their house in order. Peace of Mind Security Service will hire and oversee house cleaning, floral and plant services, open and close blinds or drapes, turn on lights, coordinate vehicle cleaning and maintenance, collect mail and newspapers and retrieve parcels.

For more information about Peace of Mind Security Service, Inc., call (203) 938-0859 or visit http://www.peaceofmindsecurity.com.

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