SXSW Safety Tips- Have fun and be Safe!

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2015 SXSW and March events safety tips

AUSTIN — Thousands of people will be in Austin this month attending many events including SXSW, the 78th Annual Star of Texas Rodeo and more.

The Austin Police Department issued a reminder to citizens to protect parked vehicles and bicycles from thieves during these events. In Texas, it only takes five minutes for a vehicle to be stolen and only two and a half minutes for a vehicle to be burglarized. Thieves tend to target public streets, shopping malls, hotels, apartment complexes, hike & bike trails, hospitals, large parking facilities and residential driveways.

Every year, thousands of individuals lose their identity, transportation, safety and well-being to vehicle related crimes, according to APD. Most of these crimes can be prevented if drivers will take a few extra moments to take the following precautions and safety measures during the events:


  • Lock your car and take your keys
  • Always park in a well-lit areas and attended parking lots
  • Do not park in areas that say “No parking”
  • Don’t leave valuables in plain view
  • Secure valuables in the trunk prior to arrival at your designation
  • Install protection devices like visible steering wheel locks, ignition kill switches, fuel kill switches, alarms and vehicle tracking devices
  • Towing will be enforced in the Guadalupe Neighborhood area. The boundaries are East 7th-11th Streets from the west frontage road of Interstate 35 to Navasota St.
  • If your vehicle gets towed from a public street or alley, call Southside Wrecker at (512) 441-7094. If you get towed from a private parking lot, a sign will be posted at the entrance with the contact information for the towing company servicing that particular lot.
  • Only provide money to legitimate parking attendants.

For Bicyclists

  • Use a heavy duty U-lock
  • Use a heavy duty bicycle chain lock with combination — using a combination of both devices will further help in prevention of bicycle theft
  • Registering your bicycle — Go here to register your bicycle
  • Always check over your shoulder and signal your intentions, even when just changing position in a lane
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks – never assume that because you can see vehicles, they can see you
  • Obey the same traffic laws as vehicles.

Other safety tips include:

For Pedestrians

  • Stay off the road when possible – use sidewalks and crosswalks when available
  • Monitor the traffic around you so you can assess the risks you face
  • Never assume that because you can see vehicles they can see you
  • Eliminate distractions such as cell phones and electronics
  • Wear reflective clothing when walking at night and walk in well-lit areas

For Drivers

  • Don’t drive distracted
  • Don’t text and drive
  • Slow down, especially in areas with a lot of pedestrian traffic
  • Share the road with pedestrians, cyclists and other road users
  • Check mirrors and blind spots for bicycles and pedestrians before turning, changing lanes or opening car doors
  • When passing a cyclist, reduce speed and give plenty of space
  • Always signal your turns
  • Drive sober

Use the Buddy System

  • It is always important to use the buddy system; if you are with a group of friends try your best to stay with your group. If for some reason you get separated from your group, designate a meeting location.
  • Sometimes cell phones do not work due to high usage in one area, so have a backup plan. Designate a driver!
  • It is not worth getting behind the wheel drunk. You are putting your own life and innocent lives at risk.

Protecting your valuables

  • If you are staying in a hotel, it is important for you to put all your major valuables such as computers, electronics, jewelry, etc. in a secure area

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Chris Minjarez: CMG Financial

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We love being able to recommend our clients to you. Chris Minjarez’s commitment to customer satisfaction and quality is truly unique in his industry.



At CMG Financial, we strive to define ourselves by our client’s expectations. We believe they need to begin high. From your initial contact through to a satisfied close, we believe you need to experience an extraordinary combination of choice, speed, price and service.

For us, extraordinary begins with the understanding that no two households are the same and the needs of each client are as unique as that of a fingerprint. Delivering the right loan, for the right reasons, in a way that exceeds all expectations is our business. At CMG Financial, extraordinary is every day.


The following principles represent the commitment we make to each client we are given the opportunity to serve. These principles have been established, affirmed, and are lived by each member of my very dedicated and talented team.

Without exception, we will ask questions and listen to our clients in order to fully understand their needs. Every day we strive to create mortgage solutions that compliment our client’s overall financial strategy, and assist them to most effectively accomplish their financial goals. We remain sensitive to the fears that many homebuyers may have about obtaining a mortgage loan and earn their confidence as a trusted advisor through one of the most important financial decision they may ever make in their lifetime.

We respect our client’s time and minimize the amount of effort required of them by applying our knowledge, experience, and resourcefulness. We are committed to regularly communicating with our clients to keep them informed on the status of their loan to reduce the stress that is associated with uncertainty. It is our duty to ensure smooth, on time closings with anticipated costs and terms. We take full responsibility for our actions and remain honest at all times, while seeking to improve the quality of service we provide. We encourage each client to critically evaluate our performance. When our client’s willingly and confidently recommend us, we know that we have fulfilled our commitment to extraordinary service.



Top 10 Consumer Tips from the BBB

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2015 Torch Award Winners

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Dyezz Surveillance and Security is the proud recipient of BBB’s 2015 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics

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Dyezz Surveillance and Security is the proud recipient of BBB’s 2015 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics

Dyezz Surveillance and Security is proud to announce that it is one of three businesses to receive the honor of being named one of BBB’s 2015 Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics winners. The annual Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics competition recognizes exemplary businesses that strive to go above and beyond in their dealings with customers, employees, vendors and the community.


Out of many businesses that entered the competition this year, only three received this great honor. Awards were given out in three different business categories: companies with 1 to 10 employees; companies with 11 to 49 employees; and companies with 50 to 99 employees.


Dyezz Surveillance and Security won the BBB Torch Award in the category of companies with 11 to 49 employees.


John Dyess, CEO and the entire team at Dyezz Surveillance and Security were excited to learn that we had been chosen for the 2015 Torch Award. “We’re honored to be acknowledged for our ethical business practices,” said Dyess.

BBB serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin (BBB Austin) presents the Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics each year to businesses that exemplify ethical behavior and display integrity in all aspects of its operations. The Torch Awards competition is open to all for-profit businesses headquartered in BBB Austin’s 79-county service area. Nominees are offered the opportunity to submit an entry to BBB Austin, where a panel of independent volunteer business and community leaders review the entries and choose the winners based on a set of criteria.

Dyezz Surveillance and Security

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Dyezz Surveillance and Security has been providing the highest quality of security installations and service for video surveillance systems, burglar and fire alarms, access control systems, covert surveillance, bug detection, intercom systems, and home automation since 2001. Let our experts help you find the right solution to your unique security needs. We offer a wide variety of service that can be tailored to your Home or Office security. For as low as $0.57 a day you can have your alarm system reprogrammed for burglar and fire alarm monitoring.

Fire alarms:

  • Fire monitoring,
  • Fire system installation,
  • Fire inspections,
  • Firecontrol systems,
  • Fire system repair and service.

Security cameras:

  • Security cameras,
  • Video surveillance,
  • Remote video surveillance,
  • License plate capture cameras,
  • Infrared cameras,
  • Vandal resistant cameras,
  • IP megapixel cameras,
  • HD security,
  • Hidden cameras,
  • Covert cameras,
  • Cameras, security
  • Camera repair and service.
  • Video Analytics
  • Bus cameras
  • Car cameras
  • Van cameras
  • School bus cameras
  • Transit cameras
Remote video surveillance
and offsite management:

  • Digital video recorders,
  • Cloud management,
  • Video monitoring,
  • DVR,
  • NVR,
  • Security DVR,
  • Security NVR,
  • DVR Loaner repair while DVR is in repair

Access control systems:

  • Access control systems,
  • Badge readers,
  • HID systems
  • Key fob for access control,
  • Bio metric access control,
  • IP based access control systems,
  • Access control system,
  • Repair and service.
  • Visitor management
Alarms systems:

  • Alarm systems,
  • Burglar alarms systems,
  • Smart home alarm systems,
  • 2GIG alarm systems,
  • DSC alarm systems,
  • GE alarm systems,
  • Alarm monitoring,
  • Cell back up alarm,
  • Business alarms,
  • Residential alarms,
  • Alarm system repair and service
  • Panic buttons


  • Intercom systems,
  • Video intercom system,
  • Intercom system repair and service,
  • Aiphone intercom service,
  • M&S intercom service.

Bug Detection:

  • Home Detection,
  • Business Detection.

We offer security system sales, service and installations for all surrounding cities of Austin, San Antonio, EL Paso, Houston and Dallas.
“We set the standard for security and surveillance”

Top 5 Burglary-prevention Tips

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Top 5 Burglary-prevention Tips


1. Get a home security system.

In the United States, homes without a security system are three times more likely to be burglarized. That’s because burglars want to get in and out with your valuables with as little hassle as possible—why risk getting caught by a security system when they could just move onto the next house without one? If you protect your home with a security system, it sends a message to burglars that your home is not to be trifled with. To take your safety to the next level, protect your home with a security system.


2. Lock your doors and windows.

Sometimes deterring burglars is as simple as locking all your doors and windows. You’d be surprised by how many burglars gain access to homes by finding neglected entry points. Many homeowners in the United States think, ‘A burglary will never happen to me,’ so they fail to take small safety measures to protect their homes. Even if you leave your home for a short while, you should lock your doors and windows every time you leave.


3. Keep your yard trimmed.

Untrimmed bushes and untamed grass can be a signal to burglars, notifying them that you’re out of town and your home is ripe for robbery. Overgrown shrubs and trees may also provide cover for burglars to hide while they try to break into your home through a door or window. If you’re proud of your home, then take care of your yard, and if you’re going to be out of town, hire a neighbor or landscaper to keep up on lawn maintenance.


4. Participate in a Neighborhood Watch program.

Secure your community with a Neighborhood Watch program. If your neighborhood doesn’t have one, take measures to start one. If there’s already one in place, find out where and when they meet, and become a more informed citizen. Neighborhood Watch programs help people get to know their neighbors, strengthen the security of their neighborhoods, and find new ways to watch out for and report crime. Contact your local law enforcement agency to find out about neighborhood watch programs in your area.


5. Consider a guard dog.

A pet can not only be a best friend but also provide an extra layer of security to your home. Intruders hate dealing with pets—especially dogs—so a noisy pet can be a great asset. Burglars prefer to attract as little attention as possible, and if a noisy guard dog alerts the neighborhood that something’s amiss, then intruders will most likely back off, for fear of being caught.


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*Based on FBI Uniform Crime Report data 2011.

Information gathered from the Texas Home Security and Crime Prevention Center

It’s tax season! Avoid becoming a victim of tax identity theft

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It’s tax season! Avoid becoming a victim of tax identity theft

January 26, 2015

Better Business Bureau (BBB) urges consumers to be smart during tax identity theft awareness week

It’s that time of year again. Over the next few weeks, W-2 forms will show up at your work desk or in your mail. And while the thought of a hefty tax return could be a happy one, the consequences of filing your taxes the wrong way is not.

This week is Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, and your Better Business Bureau serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin along with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) encourages taxpayers to take time and use caution when selecting a tax preparer you can trust. It’s important to avoid mistakes that could result in additional fees, or even tax identity theft. That happens when someone uses your Social Security number to get a tax refund, or even a job.

According to the FTC’s 2013 Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book, statistics show tax identity theft accounted for over 30 percent of all identity theft complaints.

According to the FTC, tax identity thieves get your personal information in a number of ways, including: going through your trash or mailbox; through emails asking for information, which appears to come from the IRS; employees at hospitals, nursing homes, banks and other businesses stealing data; and phony or dishonest tax preparers misusing confidential information or passing it along to identity thieves.

To lessen the chances of becoming a victim of tax identity theft, the FTC has the following advice:

  • File your tax return early. Do it before identity thieves have a chance to steal your information.
  • Use a secure internet connection. If you file your return electronically, don’t use unsecure, publicly available Wi-Fi hotspots.
  • Shred documents. This includes copies of your tax return, drafts, or calculation sheets you no longer need.
  • Check your credit report. Do it at least once a year for free at to make sure no other accounts have been opened in your name.

Additionally, BBB offers the following advice for taxpayers looking for a tax preparer:

  • Get references and do your research. Get referrals from friends and family on who they use and check out the company first at to see its BBB Business Review for details about complaints, customer reviews and any advertising-related concerns.
  • Look for credentials. Ideally, your tax preparer should either be a certified public accountant, a tax attorney or an enrolled agent. All three can represent you before the IRS in all matters, including an audit.
  • Don’t fall for the promise of a big refund. Be wary of any tax preparation service promising larger refunds than the competition. Avoid any tax preparer who bases their fee on a percentage of the refund.
  • Think about accessibility. Many tax preparation services only set up shop for the months leading up to April 15. In case the IRS finds errors, or in case of an audit, make sure you are able to contact you tax preparer at any time of the year.
  • Read the contract carefully. Read tax preparation service contracts closely to ensure you understand issues such as how much it is going to cost for the service, how the cost will be affected if preparation is more complicated and time consuming than expected and whether the tax preparer will represent you in the case of an audit.
  • Ask Around.  Find BBB accredited tax preparation businesses in your local area. There are over 300 BBB accredited tax preparation businesses serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin. Check out to find a BBB accredited tax preparation business near you.


Keyscan Access Control from Dyezz

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Access Control systems are about more than monitoring doors; they are an integral part of any security system and give users a convenient platform to manage their facilities. Traditional keys cannot track who or when people are accessing your building, and when keys go missing rekeying locks can be extremely expensive. Keyscan Access Control systems solve all of these problems and many more, including:

  • performing a facility or area lock down from any PC or Keyscan reader
  • bringing motion detectors, glass breaks, door contacts, panic buttons into Keyscan to track and assign alarm conditions from a single interface
  • calling up live video in the event of an alarm
  • arming or disarming an intrusion panel via the access control system
  • triggering a wide range of devices using Keyscan auxiliary relay outputs to trip such items as sirens or strobes all based on certain events/conditions
  • creating a map with active icons to annunciate system status, control doors, call up video, show employee photos as they pass through protected doors, and much more
  • run a myriad of custom reports when you need to know who accessed what area and when