been a very exciting month for us at Perfect Connections! We have moved
our office to downtown Somerville, and are loving it! Being so
centrally located, enables us to reach all our loyal customers, very
effectively and quickly.
Thank you for
all of the trust you place in us. It is our number one goal to protect
all of our customers and their valuables. We also want every experience
you have with us to be positive. Feel free to contact us at anytime with questions, concerns, etc.-we would
love to hear from you!
Don't forget to
regularly check out our blog that can be found on our website or by
clicking the link to the right.
various security topics that you may be thinking about. If you have any
ideas for future blog posts, please contact us.
DID YOU KNOW?
This is a new
part of our newsletter! In this section we hope to answer
questions we hear on a regular basis.
This months did
you know, involves switching phone or internet providers.
We all know how
tempting it is to switch carriers and sometimes it can be very cost
efficient. It is very important that you call us before the switch is
physically made. Many times with the changing of providers, your alarm
or surveillance systems service can be interrupted. Contact us before
the appointment with the new carrier is scheduled, so we can make
certain your property isn't without protection!
It also seems to
be a growing trend in homes, that customers are eliminating their land
line and strictly using mobile phones. We do offer cellular options to
work with your alarm systems. Please contact us if that is something
you're interested in, we would love to help!
10 Tips to
shoplifting seems like a crime that rarely happens or isn't a large
issue. However, when you look at the facts, shoplifting is a crime that
is costing retailers as much as 11 billion dollars in losses each year.
Some of the most
common items stolen include jewelry, music, books, clothing and
anything else a person can fit easily into their pocket or purse.
A good video
surveillance system will help you identify and prosecute suspects and
also help deter shoplifting, but you should try to prevent the theft
before it occurs. Here are some tips that will help you stop
shoplifting in its tracks:
- Meet and greet your customers when they come in. When
salespeople are attentive, shoplifters will typically go elsewhere.
- Be aware of customers who are avoiding eye contact or
- Encourage your employees to walk around the store to
find suspicious activity.
- Keep your store clean and organized – dirty stores
tell shoplifters that employees aren’t really concerned with what
is going on.
- Keep items that are commonly or easily stolen in
plain view of the front counter.
- Speak with other business owners in the area to see
if they have noticed suspicious activities or people.
- Hire quality employees who will provide personal
attention to customers.
- Create a shoplifting policy and enforce it.
- Install various anti-theft devices such as anti-theft
tags, mirrors, and surveillance cameras.
- Restrict access to fitting rooms.
If you spot a
person who may be shoplifting, you should never accuse them. You can,
however, ask if you can assist them. In most cases, you should contact
security or the police if this occurs, rather than trying to stop them
on your own.
for Power Outages
something unique about a power outage that helps to bring the entire
family together. When the lights are off, it forces the entire family
to put their electronic devices away, pull out the board games and
spend time with one another.
While having a
break from modern technology can be appealing, long term power outages
can become a threat to your security.
Here are some
tips that will help you be prepared for a power outage and will help
maintain your security:
Bad or severe
weather can cause blackouts at any time. A long-term power outage in
the winter can be dangerous if temperatures drop below freezing. You
can ensure your family will be safe by purchasing a generator.
If you use
generators, it is essential to make sure you are doing so safely. This
- Never use the generator inside, which includes the
attic, basement or garage.
- Make certain that a carbon monoxide detector is in
- Keep the generator in a dry area.
- Turn the unit off prior to adding fuel.
Store Water and
Food can quickly
spoil when the power is out. Even if you don’t open the refrigerator,
the food inside is only going to remain fresh for about four hours. Be
sure you have ice chests on hand to keep your food cold, longer.
When the power
is out, your water filter or purification system may not work. Be sure
you check with the local authorities to make sure it is safe to drink
the water. If you are unsure, only use bottled or boiled water.
There are a
number of battery devices that can be handy during a power outage, such
as a phone charger, radio, and flashlight. Candles are also a great
source of light.
If the power
goes out, most alarms will need to be silenced. In most cases, the
battery backup will last for 10 to 15 hours. As the battery dies, it
may begin to beep, but you should not turn it off since this will leave
your home unsecured.
If a power
outage does occur, it is essential that you remain calm. Remember, that
emergency workers will be trying to restore your power, so you just
need to keep things going until then.
Hack Proof Your
If you believe
that the bad guy will have to physically break into your home to steal
from you, well you likely need to think again. For each device you
connect to the Internet, the more potential information thieves will be
able to access and gather about you – such as your credit card
information, bank account numbers and Social Security numbers.
This is why more
and more cyber-criminals have turned their attention to hacking into
common household items, which includes baby monitors, thermostats, TVs
and even refrigerators to crack your entire home network and gain
access to your personal information.
While a quality
home security system is one of the best ways to protect your home and
family from physical burglars, the tips here will also help you keep
cyber-criminals at bay.
- Change all the default passwords. Keeping the factory-set passwords
and usernames means that you are extremely vulnerable to hackers.
Many manufacturers use the same passwords for all their products,
which hackers can use to gain access to your network.
- Install software updates. Hackers can also gain entrance to
your home network with the software that is running on your
connected devices. This means you need to update the software when
prompted to, by the product manufacturer.
- Location considerations. It is essential that you don’t
place your connected devices in areas where they could capture
personal information, such as video and pictures.
home hack-proof is not difficult, but it will require a bit of time and
effort. In the long run, it will be well worth it!
ROCK & N'
Whom did David
Bowie duet with on the Christmas classic “Little Drummer Boy?”
A) Bing Crosby
C) Perry Como
D) Dean Martin
Rock n' Trivia Question
hit was "Fingertips"?
D) Elton John
We offer a
wide-range of Commercial and Residential Security Services that
- Surveillance Systems
- Burglar Alarms
- Fire Alarms
- Access Control
assistance or information on any of our services, please email:
or call: 908-722-2880.
program works like this. If someone you refer to us turns into a
client, you get your choice of one of the following $50 gifts...
All you have to
do is email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and put
"Referral Program" in the subject line. Please be sure to
include the name and contact information for the person you are
referring, along with the $50 gift of your choice.
Also, be sure to
include your contact information so we can send you your gift, once
your referral turns into a sale. If you prefer to call us with all the
information, please do so at: 908-722-2880.
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