Why Store Security Matters to Me

After I started my business, I trusted everyone. I hired a few of my family members, skipped the alarm system, and focused on bringing in new business. Unfortunately, I quickly discovered that no matter how much I made, I couldn’t make ends meet. After an internal audit from a consulting company, I discovered that several of my employees were embezzling money. After that experience, I decided that it would be smart to install a security system. Store security is important to me, which is why I put together this website. Hopefully, these articles can make you think twice about going without one.

Tips For Thwarting Theft On Your Property

If your area is having a problem with theft during the nighttime hours, then you will be happy to know that there are many things you can do to deter thieves before they enter your property to take your belongings.  Here are some of the most effective means of deterring property theft around your home: Use Security Lights Thieves prowl at night because they are not seen in the darkness like they would be during the middle of the day. To remove this advantage from potential thieves, you can install security lights that are on when it is dark outside. You should ensure that all driveways, doorways, and windows have exterior lights. If you do not want to pay for the power to run lights all night, then you can get lights with motion sensors on them. Remove All Tall Landscaping Around Doors and Windows Thieves hide behind tall brush and trees to not be seen by passersby. By trimming back or removing all tall landscaping around the perimeter of your home, you are removing a significant number of hiding spaces for potential thieves.  Install Surveillance and Trail Cameras The old saying is true, a picture really is worth a thousand words. By installing security and trail cameras, like those from Connext Security, around your rural property, you can get a nice clear photo of any trespassers on your land. The photos can later be used by law enforcement to identify any potential thieves who are targeting homes in your local area. Talk With Your Neighbors and Formulate a Plan Chances are, if you are having issues with theft...

How To Get The Most Out Of Security Cameras For Your Home

If you’re getting your first security system for your home, it’s likely that you want the most that you can get for your budget to keep your family safe from intruders; they typically avoid homes with security systems. With the best security in mind, you might be considering purchasing cameras, so that you can see who is at your front or back door. Your decision to purchase these cameras is a smart one and this guide explains how to make the most of them. Step 1: Choose Cameras With Cloud-Based Storage Many cameras available today operate via wireless network. As with anything that is operable via the Internet, you can save some or all of your recordings to the cloud. Each camera system has it’s own package, as well as its own cost, to store these videos. Depending on your budget, you can choose to store images and videos for a few hours, weeks, months, or even up to a year. Look over the cloud storage packages when you are choosing your cameras to determine which type will best suit your budget. If the unthinkable happens, and you are a victim of a crime, these saved images and videos can help solve the case. Step 2: Hook Up the Cameras to Your Smartphone Some choose to put up cameras as a deterrent to crime and don’t think about the ability to monitor them. However, the best possible security links your cameras to your smartphones so that you can see what is happening at your home at any given moment. When someone comes within the shot distance of the camera,...

Three Tips for Smooth Inspections of the Fire Alarms in Your Apartment Community

In most municipalities, landlords or property managers are required to have the smoke detectors and fire alarms in their housing units inspected regularly. Depending on where you live, this service may be done by a government agency, or you may be required to have it done by a certified inspection service. In either case, it is important that you follow these tips to ensure the process goes smoothly for you, your residents, and the inspectors. Give your residents more warning than is required by law. In most states, unless there is an emergency situation, landlords must give their tenants advanced notice in order to enter an apartment. Your state may require 24 or 48 hours notice, but if you want the fire alarm inspections to go smoothly, you had better give your tenants more notice than this. A week, or even two weeks, is ideal, so they can plan to be home if they prefer and clean up any messes they might find embarrassing. Inform your tenants of the inspections in more than one way, so they don’t miss the warning. Tenants can easily overlook a flier placed under the door; it can get placed in the mail pile and overlooked until the inspection date has passed. They can accidentally delete an email. Notify your tenants that you’ll be coming into their unit to do fire inspection in more than one manner. use fliers and email. Post something on your social media pages for all residents to see. Call your tenants if you only have a few of them. Just make sure there is no way they can miss...

DIY Ways To Keep Your Home Safe When You Leave For Vacation This Summer

Going on a trip this summer? If you’re like many homeowners, you’re probably wondering how you can protect your property while you’re away. The best way to achieve home security is to have an alarm system professionally installed and monitored. However, if you’re one of those people who likes to do things on your own, these DIY tips will help you protect your house.  Gather Your Bags In Your Garage When it comes time to leave for the airport, avoid packing your car in the street or driveway. This kind of activity serves as an advertisement that you’ll be leaving for several days, and you never know who is paying attention. To avoid problems, load the trunk while your car is parked in your garage.  Put Your Lights on Timers or Motion Sensors Installing timers on your interior and exterior lights can give the appearance that someone is at home. To go the extra mile, use timers to turn on the television and radio in your living room.  As an alternative, you may choose to put your exterior lights on motion sensors that turn the lights on whenever someone steps onto your property. This can effectively deter a burglar at night, but will not create the appearance that your home is occupied by an actual person. Since many burglaries actually occurring during the day, motion sensors are a less effective tool at deterring intruders. Have a Neighbor or Friend Park in Your Driveway  Ask a trusted neighbor to park his or her car in your driveway in the evening or during the day–whenever he or she is at home....

Three Signs That It May Be Time To Get A Security System For Your Business

Owning a business can be rewarding and challenging at the same time. There are instances that can be quite stressful because they require so much attention. One area of your business that you do not want to neglect is security. There are many business owners who make the mistake of assuming that a security system is not needed because they own such a small business. Thieves often target smaller businesses because of their lack of security. If you are questioning if a security system is the right option for you, use the following guide to spot a few signs that your business may be the future target for thieves. Check the Doors The first thing you need to do is to look around the exterior frame of your door. If the area where the frame and the door meet has any nicks or gouges taken out of it, there is a good chance that someone tried to wedge something between the frame and the door to jimmy the lock open. Look at the knob on the door to your business, as well. If you see numerous nicks and scratches around the lock, it could be an indicator that someone tried to use locksmith tools to unlock the door. Check the Windows Look closely at the windows of your business. Look to see if you can see any hand prints or smudges that look like small arches. When someone tries to look into a window, they will often cup their hands over their eyes to block surrounding light so that they can better see inside of the window. If you...

Keeping An Eye Out: The Different Types Of Security Cameras

Whether you are protecting your home or business, security cameras can be a great way to make sure your property and items are protected. These cameras can be very small so that potential criminals don’t even know they are there. But not all security cameras are the same, and each type has its own different features. Before you invest in buying some cameras, take a look at the different options that are available. Bullet/Dome Cameras Bullet or dome cameras are housed inside a clear dome and hung from the ceiling. These cameras are protected from the elements and are a good choice for outdoor cameras. In most cases, these types of cameras are stationary, meaning they only give a view from one angle. When choosing bullet cameras, there should be enough installed to see from different views. Covert Cameras These cameras are made to be unnoticed. Covert cameras are usually smaller cameras that can be placed inside of something else, such as an alarm clock or even a teddy bear. Covert cameras are fixed, meaning they don’t move around, so they should be placed in an area and pointed towards whatever view you want them to see. These types of cameras are good choices for small offices or nurseries. PTZ Cameras The term PTZ stands for pan, tilt, zoom. These cameras are highly maneuverable, and the user can control them remotely using a joystick. The camera can pan from side to side, tilt up or down, and zoom in on any object. This type of camera is excellent for facilities that need to monitor a lot of movement. They...

3 Ways You Can Save Money With A Home Security System

Most people would agree that a home security is a great idea. It helps to protect your home, your belongings and your loved ones. The main reason that people don’t install a home security system is generally the cost. These homeowners are scared of the installation costs of the system and then the upkeep. Although there are costs involved in the system, it is totally worth it. Here are some ways that having a home monitoring system can help you save money. 1. Save On Energy and Utility Bills Many alarm systems now have the ability to monitor other things in your house. For example, you can input how you want the temperature to be in your house. For instance, you can say you want the house warmer during the day, and then cooler at night. In addition, you can set your lights on a timer. This means that you can ensure that lights don’t get left on while you are gone, or you can time them so they go on and off while you are out of town to make it look like you are home. However you use to choose this feature is up to you. But the important thing to realize is that you can save a good deal of money on your utility bills by simply having the monitoring system in your home. 2. Insurance Breaks Homeowners insurance companies recognize the importance of having an alarm system. They know that it will help to protect your property from damage and save them money on claims. This means that you can get a break on your...

Choosing A Fire Alarm For Your Home

If you have a fire in your home, the sooner you are able to react to the threat, the more likely it is that you will be able to get your family out safely. The problem with fire is that there is more than one type of fire. Some fires will throw up a lot of flames, and other fires will smolder for a long period of time without creating a lot of heat. In a home, you have highly flammable materials and materials that will smolder. Thus, you need to make sure you have smoke detectors to help you detect each type of fire.  Two Types of Detectors Ionization Detectors: Without going into too much detail, ionization detectors detect smoke by passing a bit of current through a radioactive material, which creates a stream of ions. When smoke enters the detector, it disrupts the flow of ions and sets off the alarm. While this may sound impressive, this type of detector usually works best with high-flame detectors.  Photoelectric Detectors: Photoelectric detectors pass a stream of light through a sensing chamber. When smoke enters the detector, it blocks the light source, and this sets off the alarm. It can take a lot of smoke to block the light source, so this detector usually works best with fires that create a lot of smoke.  The Best Approach to Protecting Your Home Since you cannot realistically predict what type of fire you might have to deal with in your home, you need to make sure you have detectors that will detect both types of fires. While doubling up on detectors might...