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Protect What You Hold Dear This New Year

TO PROTECT REQUIRES A PROACTIVE RESPONSE

How many times, as of late, have you tuned into local news to find out that your community and the larger society are safe and sound? Wow… that sounds nice but the reality is that your home, your business, and your community are not safe and sound. Threat looms constantly.

How Retailers Can Utilize Security Surveillance Systems to Mitigate Employee Theft

EMPLOYEE THEFT, AN INSIDE JOB

It has been said time and time again that a company’s biggest asset is their employees. We all know that with great assets comes great risk. It shouldn’t surprise you to learn that there is a great amount of risk when it comes to the personnel your organization employs, OR should it? In addition, businesses, like retailers, are at a greater risk for employee theft because their employees handle cash and other assets on a daily basis.

New Homeowner? 6 Ways You Can Help Secure Your Home and Protect Your Family and Assets

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Are you the proud owner of a new home? Congratulations! Hopefully, you are taking the steps necessary to protect your new investment from crime. According to the F.B.I., In 2013, there were an estimated 1,928,465 burglaries in the United States, and 74% of those burglaries were residences. There once was a time when simply locking your windows and doors was all that was needed to secure your home—but this is no longer the case. We have to approach the idea of home security while covering all bases to truly be protected. Here are some tips to help:

1.     Close the curtains and blinds at night.

Leaving the curtains or blinds open at night (whether the lights are on or off), is simply welcoming criminals to take a look at what you have inside.

2.   Install motion-activated lights outside.

Motion-activated lights are fairly inexpensive, will deter burglars, and will also help add some extra light to assist your infrared night vision security cameras.

3.     Install a Security Camera System.

Install security cameras in your home and outside to protect yourself. If your house is burglarized without cameras, good luck in finding the culprits—however, with security cameras, you may be able to identify the criminals, pinpoint the time of the burglary, and assist the police officers with their investigation.

4.     Install a security Alarm system.

The combination of security alarms and security cameras is nearly foolproof in deterring thieves and bringing them to justice.

5.     Invest in shatter-safe unbreakable security windows.

This will prevent burglars from entering through what is usually one of the most vulnerable areas in houses- the windows.

6.     Get a Best Friend.

Dogs are one of the best alarm systems around. They can detect an intruder long before you can, and the barking will usually scare away an intruder before they even try to break in.

Read more at: Denver Security Blog.

What does security mean to you?

To define security you could go the old fashion route and look up the dictionary definition and it will tell you that Security means safety and freedom from harm, anxiety and doubt or precautions taken to protect yourself from the same.   To take this definition to the next level you need to really evaluate what the word means to you individually.

As a homeowner, security most likely means that your property, family and pets are safe and free from harm.  Security means that you have the peace of mind knowing that when you are not home you don’t have to worry that an outside force is not damaging or destroying what you value the most.  We all work hard for the things that we value most.  As a parent, you want to know that if your children are at home they are not at risk or that they are not doing something that you would not approve of if you were home.  Some people even have the same concerns when it comes to their pets.  Not everyone has children and as pet owners pets are just as important as children and even more they are helpless to defend themselves against someone who would enter your home to take what does not belong to them.  Criminals do not care who they hurt and that is why security cameras have become so prevalent in homes as well as businesses.

That brings me to the next subject.  As a business owner, security means a great deal considering that when you own a business, that is your livelihood and a means to support, protect and secure the family and property that you value outside of the business.  When a business is secure, the employees feel safer, the business owner can feel confident that when his or her back is turned, their livelihood is not in jeopardy.  With security cameras in your business you can keep an eye on your investment at all times by monitoring the video footage onsite or remotely and know that if something or someone does not have your company’s best interest in mind you can take the proper steps to ensure the safety and security of the biggest investment you have.  Cameras are used inside and outside of a business to ensure that all angles are monitored and if anything happens, that could cause the company undue stress or cost money to repair, is not unnoticed.  The most common risk for a company is unproductive employees who are getting paid and are not performing to their full potential.  With cameras inside your business the employees are aware that they are being monitored and studies have showed that the productivity of a business can be greatly increased by just adding a couple cameras.  Outside cameras can monitor people coming and going from your business and for companies that utilize company vehicles, the equipment that cannot be stored indoors is also being monitored.

Theft and vandalism is a very universal crime and can happen both in and around a home or a business.  The effect it has on the person who invests their time and money to have the things they have can be devastating.  Why not be sure that if a criminal has the mind to destroy, steal or damage someone else’s property they are caught in the act.  If you would like us to come evaluate your home or business for security cameras we offer a free no obligation site survey that gives you a good idea of what could potentially save you, your property and your money in the long run.  Feel free to contact us by phone, email or our short contact form on our website and we would be more than happy to schedule a free security evaluation at your convenience.

Peace of Mind? Piece of Cake!

PEACE OF MIND?
How many times have you wished that there was more than one of you? That you could be in multiple places
at once? That you had eyes everywhere you needed to be, even in the back of your head…. If you are like
most your answer would be ‘more times than I can count’. The pressures of family, the never-closing
marketplace and rising crime rates leave us all stressed out and stretched thin. It is impossible for us to be
everywhere we need to be and the result is often that something falls through the cracks when we aren’t
watching.

Protecting Your Assets at Home and Work

There is no need for us to remind you of the importance of protecting your assets. Wherever you live, work, sleep, and play, important possessions and pieces of your identity are left behind. In particular, your family and pets at home need to be protected from crime. Whether or not you are constantly aware of the dangers facing your assets every day, you need to take the appropriate steps to protect them now. Like good insurance, good security is a current investment to protect you against a future disaster.
Here are the most important ways we believe that you can protect your assets:

How to Secure Your Surveillance System From Hackers

IP cameras arhackere great! They are high-tech, internet-based cameras that provide a great picture and high performance.  However, having an internet-based security camera system puts you at risk for attacks by hackers. Here are some tips on how to set up road blocks for hackers before they can even try to crack your system.

  • Get rid of that default user name and password. Did you know that you can look up default passwords and other default information for most products on the internet? Just make sure it is a password unique to your system–don’t use your email password!
  • Use video encryption. This can be a bit tricky, but with a little help from a tech-saavy friend or a professional, it is a very viable option for securing your system.
  • Turn on your firewall. Make sure your firewall is enabled for your router and modem, this is another layer of protection.
  • Avoid wireless systems. Wired systems are much more secure than wireless.                                               …Until next time… Stay safe!

Embezzlement Prevention

A CRIME OF OPPORTUNITY
With the Holidays right around the corner, businesses are seeing a rise in crimes committed by their very own employees. Embezzlement occurs when an employee takes unauthorized funds from their employer for their own personal gain. Employees in charge of bookkeeping, accounting and auditing are a few likely suspects. Desperation can often turn an honest and hardworking employee into an embezzler. Often times an employee will justify their crime by an unwritten promise to pay their employer back. Well, it is not often that that promise comes to fruition. And even if it does, the crime has already been committed.

Home Security and Homeowners Insurance

As if there were not enough reasons to install a home security surveillance system, you can also take the plunge simply for the financial benefits. Since many insurance companies offer discounted premiums for homeowners to have a home security surveillance system in place, you could actually come close to breaking even on the deal, depending on where you live, how much your homeowners insurance premiums cost, and whether or not your insurance company offers these discounts. Surveillance equipment can keep more than your property safe – for some homeowners, it can also mean major savings. Installing a security camera system may help you save money on homeowners insurance. Some of the most popular insurance providers in the United States offer this benefit, and using the information below, homeowners can decide whether or not investing in security cameras will also benefit their insurance-related finances.

How to Hide Your Nanny Cam

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Smoke Detector Nanny Cam

Worried about your children’s care and want a way to “check in” on them without your nanny knowing? Many parents opt to use nanny cams, hidden recording devices in their homes to monitor their children and the people who look after them. If you are concerned about how to have a nanny cam in the house without it being found, here are 6 tips:

  1. Houseplants. Hide the camera in a potted plants or trees where most people wouldn’t think to look.
  2. Smoke Detectors. There are smoke detector clones that actually have hidden cameras in them. Genius!.
  3. Get a pinhole camera. They have very good quality, are extremely small, and can pretty much fit anywhere.
  4. Ceiling Fans. Works best in the winter or when you won’t be using the fan.
  5. Ballpoint Pen Cameras. The pen works, but contains a tiny camera that can capture anything that is going on.
  6. Air Fresheners. This is a place people would never look, and Air freshener cameras are genius.