Category Archive: Tips

  1. Security Tips for Closing Time

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    Poor habits that become routine operations can be a huge mistake for small businesses. As a small business, you can’t afford to halt operations to deal with equipment theft or property damage. There are many ways to maintain good business security habits and one of them is to ensure that you have a solid closing practice in place.

    Turn on Storefront Overnight and Exterior Lights

    Visibility is the primary deterrent to most potential theft. This includes large signage or posters that can be taken down off large windows as you work through the closeout process. Being seen by multiple angles from the street with high visibility will make an impact in a criminals decision to target your business.

    This also includes exterior lighting. Ensure you have lighting that covers the entire property, both front and back entrances specifically. As you lock up each evening, ensure that you don’t have burnt out bulbs as well. Keep a stock of spare bulbs near areas that require them so that lighting that isn’t functional can be quickly replaced without a hassle. That will ensure employees can easily solve that problem if they are closing.

    Make Sure Everyone Has Left

    Do a sweep of all side rooms, stock rooms, changing rooms, storage areas and places that someone could hide while you lock up. Having someone inside the business when you have left negates many precautions you take to ensure the business is secure. They can turn off lights and unlock doors instantly and be away with valuables in minutes, or in a worst case scenario steal a large amount in a coordinated effort.

    Turn Off Equipment

    Security also means safety. Checking employee areas for items like space heaters, decorative lights, cooking appliances like coffee makers and any other electrical equipment than can cause a fire can save your small business in the event of a malfunction that leads to a devastating fire.

    It is probably a good idea also to property store flammables or combustibles away securely.

    Lock Away Cash & Valuables

    It should go without saying that you should have a safe to store valuables and cash register overnight or throughout the weekend, but there are continually instances where a burglar is able to get quick access to a cash register and get away within seconds with a large amount of cash. Don’t let this very simple fix cause your business thousands.

    Ensure You Have a Good Security System

    The right security solution is a lot like the right kind of insurance. Take the time to properly set up a system that works for your business needs at the start so that you know you are protected. This includes the right access security, ability to monitor your business, the correct monitoring services and even making sure you have additions like fire protection. The cost of these systems can be surprisingly affordable and are far less expensive than an incident that occurs because they were not in place.

  2. The Benefits of Adding Video to Your Security

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    Today we’re not just seeing varying levels of crime escalation, but we’re also seeing criminal behavior vastly shift. For example, 10 years ago the idea of delivery package theft was non-existent. Today it’s a growing trend for criminals because of easy access and low risk. These are some of the practical reasons that adding video surveillance to your security system is just good common sense.

    Residential Applications

    The most common modern application is the addition of a simple doorbell camera. This useful technological advancement offers both safety and security keeps an eye on your front door that can include voice integration. Criminals think twice about stealing packages from your front door knowing they are being recorded. While it can’t stop all theft, it is a low investment solution to deter a large margin of possible burglary.

    Adding visible cameras around your property also provide a very effective deterrent for criminals that immediately understand they are visible as they move around the home. Thieves are almost always going to be looking for easy opportunities, and having no idea if the property owner can literally see them moving around the home and could be calling the police is a high motivator in moving on to another target.

    In most cases newer more modern video additions can be added with very little wiring. These advanced tools can also be accessed through smartphone apps for access from work or vacation.

    Storefronts to Professional Offices

    As a business owner, no one cares about your company more than you. As much as you may want to trust our employees and customers, it’s also prudent to protect your assets by maintaining a vigilant watchful eye on those that frequent your business. This isn’t only for practical considerations to avoid theft. It’s also important to maintain a record of who has come and gone from your property in case a crime is committed now or in the not-so-distant future. In the case of an actual crime, these can be very helpful for law enforcement during an investigation.

    As a business owner, just like you need insurance, we highly recommend taking the steps to secure your business with some kind of

    How to Get Started

    There are still many options for CCTV (closed circuit television systems) for both businesses and residential applications. Technology however has really advanced to the point where in many cases you add wifi capable camera systems to an existing system or a completely stand alone system. Our experts can help you navigate the pros, cons, costs and installation requirements of the different available systems.

    Contact Central Alarm Today and we can provide you with some valuable information on how to get started today for both homes and businesses!.

  3. Meet Your Neighbors

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    If you haven’t had a chance to meet your neighbors, it’s never too late to open the lines of communication. Even if you’re not great personal friends, neighbors typically will be grateful for mutually beneficial partnerships to keep an eye on each other’s homes. As burglars are always looking for the best opportunities which include homes that are empty and not watched, then having an extra pair of eyes looking out are one more deterrent.

    This becomes much more valuable as you and your neighbors go on vacation. Criminals are always looking for signs that someone will not be home, such as mail building up, walkways not swept or packages by the front door. Having someone help you with taking care of these items while you’re gone can be a huge deterrent and keep your home much safer while you’re away. And your neighbors will appreciate it as they leave town as well. As a neighborhood that maintains a high level of awareness, everyone benefits.

    Also, if you’re neighborhood does not already have a Neighborhood Watch or roving security, then having a good rapport between your neighbors is a good place to begin talking about setting up a watch locally. Setting up a committee would provide a way to discuss the goings-on of the area as well as creating crime awareness and discussing any suspicious activity. Consider joining online forums or social media groups dedicated to your neighborhood.

    At Central Alarm, we take security seriously. Not just slapping a new security system in place and be on our way – we’re here to help facilitate a great security footprint that includes common-sense solutions in addition to great technology advancement to keep you and your loved ones safe. If you want to know more about how we can help you, give us a call today!.

  4. Tips to Keep Burglars Confused to Reduce Break-ins

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    One of the most cost-effective methods to reduce break-ins for homes is to keep burglars confused or guessing. We’ve covered numerous times before that most break-ins or burglaries are crimes of opportunity and timing. When thieves are uncertain about what they typically target for home theft, that is a major deterrent.

    Statistically, most home burglaries occur when you when people are at work during the day. The strategy is to purposely create this sense of uncertainty to would-be thieves that might ordinarily target your home. Using some of these technologies include creating automated lighting systems both on the exterior and the interior of the home that are based on motion.

    Doorbell cameras and motion sensing cameras as also a very effective option because it gives you on-demand visibility of your home along with audio capabilities to deter individuals that might be casing your home for theft.

    Central Alarm Inc. has a wide variety of home automation techniques and technology in order to build this very thing for your home.

    Simple steps such as adding more locking mechanisms that need to be bypassed to gain entry into the home is another effective tool to keep burglars out. Adding locks on exterior gates and fences, or adding security screen doors to back and front entrances are another effective option. Window bars can also be an effective tool, however most home owners don’t like the look. Alternatively, drawing curtains or shades to reduce visibility into the home can block access to immediately viewing valuables. You can also post alarm verification stickers, such as those we at Central Alarm provide, to each window in the back of your home.

    These are just some of the types of deterrents that can keep your home safer. Talk to one of our home security experts to learn how surprisingly affordable security can be.