Security Systems in the Joplin Area

Touchton Electric and Alarms, Inc.

Serving the residents of Pittsburg, KS since 1969. Touchton provides Security Systems in the Joplin, MO and Pittsburg, KS areas. Touchton Electric offers a diversified array of security services, including residential and commercial security systems, fire alarms, camera systems, access control systems, and network cabling.

In 1969, Elijah “Touch” Touchton was discharged from the United States Air Force after serving for eight years, including one year in Vietnam. After being discharged, Touch, Doris and their daughter Janet moved to Pittsburg, Kansas. Touch’s goal was to attend Pittsburg State University and to become an electrician.  While attending classes, he also worked part-time for R.E. Emerson until graduation.

Touch started his own business, Touchton Electric Service, in 1972, doing residential and commercial wiring.  A classmate, Floyd Crain, worked with Touch as an electrician.  Another classmate, Phil Lane, became the office manager.  When Phil retired, Wanda Nickle was the office manager for many years.

In the early years of the business, “Butch” Emerson was Touch’s “coach”.  He was available at any time of day or night to answer questions or offer advice.  He was a good friend and an important part of Touchton Electric becoming an established business.

Please contact us by calling (620) 232-9294, or emailing us here.

Top 3 Reasons to Invest in a Home Security System

By on April 6, 2015


A home security system is an invaluable addition to your home that provides short-term and long-term benefits. Your home is your sanctuary; it’s where your kids will grow and where you keep all of your prized possessions. It should be a safe place where you can relax and get away from the outside world. Unfortunately, there are dangerous people out there waiting to take advantage of homeowners each day. Listed below are the top 3 reasons you should install a home security system in your home.

Prevent Crime

Studies reveal that installing a home security system is an effective way to keep burglars out. According to Alarm System Report, each year and, on average, a burglary of a home in the U.S. occurs every 13 seconds-or about four burglaries a minute, 240 an hour, and nearly 6,000 a day. Homeowners and renters need to consider this alarming statistic and think about whether their home is prepared for a break in. Even with the large amount of break ins that occur in the United States, only 14% of homes have an alarm system to protect them. Also, homes without a security system are three times more likely to broken into than homes with a security system in place.

Smoke and Fire Detection

The U.S. Fire Administration states that, “A home fire alarm system is usually part of a total security system providing burglary protection in addition to fire protection. Such a system supervises doors, windows, and spaces within the home for break-in and may provide monitoring services by dialing your telephone to report a fire or intrusion to a security office, where it will be reported to your local police or fire department.”

While anti-burglary measures are a high priority, a fire can be just as devastating to your home and loved ones. Fire departments respond to over 300,000 home fires each year in the United States. If a fire occurs, it can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home and endanger your family. Accidents can happen, and it’s best to prepared in case a fire starts in your home.

Save Money in the Long Run

The exact costs of installing and owning a home security system differ between companies. Think of a home security system as a preventative product that will save your family a substantial amount of money if someone burglarizes your home or a fire occurs. A study performed by the FBI in 2005 revealed the average burglary will result in $1,725 in losses and, depending on the area, a home can have a 25 percent chance of being burglarized each year. Therefore, a homeowner has a 1 in 4 chance of losing around $1,725 a year from a burglary. When comparing the cost of a burglary to the cost of a home security system, the answer is simple. A home security system is a financial investment that can save you thousands of dollars.


Safety Tips for Your Home

By on March 10, 2015

  Precautions should always be taken when it comes to the safety of you and your family. As a homeowner, be aware that your house is a potential target for a break in. Burglaries are one of the most preventable

What to do When Your Security Alarm System Goes Off

By on February 28, 2015

  The sound of your security alarm can be a frightening experience. While you can set up preventative measures, you can never be fully prepared for an actual break in. Home security is a safety net, but how you handle