January 2015 Newsletter
would like to apologize for the extra copy of the December Newsletter that
was sent out inadvertently earlier this week.
in the deep winter months, the burglary rate takes a little dip.
Unfortunately, residential fires and cases of Carbon Monoxide poisoning
increase. A few simple steps can make your home safer. Take extra
care when lighting your fireplace. Make sure your flu is regularly
inspected and in good working order. Never leave your home with
burning embers in the fireplace. Make sure your dryer, hot water heater,
furnace and any appliance that causes combustion is properly vented to
prevent Carbon Monoxide from leaking into your home. And never use stoves
and grills designed to work outdoors inside to heat your home.
you for allowing Perfect Connections to protect your home and/or business.
We truly appreciate it and sincerely hope you never have to use our
products to save lives or protect property.
month in The Local Business Spot Lite we feature Rhodes & Sons
Electrical Contractors Inc. Steve Rhodes is a longtime licensed
electrician who delivers high quality, reliable electrical service to
central and northern New Jersey.
to everyone who liked and followed us in these past months. If you can,
please click a link to the right side and follow us. We appreciate
Keep Watch on Your
Store from Afar: Business Video Surveillance
Employee theft and
shoplifting have a detrimental effect on the profitability of a store. No
matter if you are a small business or a large enterprise, it is important
to keep track of store activities to ensure the safety of your employees,
your customers, and your assets.
The Truths about
Shoplifting can cost
your business a significant amount of profits and may result in you
having to downsize your staff; this can be detrimental to you and your
employees. Consider the following facts:
- Every 1 out of 11 people shoplift but
only 1 in 48 are caught.
- 25 percent of all shoplifters are
- Stores are not targeted on a
Even worse than
theft from outside people, is employee theft. Even with reference checks
and background screening, some employees will have the inclination to
- Up to 35 percent of all employees
have stolen services or goods from their place of work.
- The most common asset stolen is cash.
- Each year, employee theft costs over
50 billion dollars in the retail industry in the U.S.
Security Technology and
One of the best ways
that you can mitigate your risk is by utilizing the technology that is
available, which will serve as your eyes when you are away. Installing a
combination of video and mobile surveillance will help prevent asset loss
and promote a safer store environment while providing you with peace of
No matter if you
have gone out for lunch, or you are traveling around the world, video
surveillance and mobile access will allow you to check in with your
business at any time. Some of the benefits this provides include:
- Monitoring all employee behavior and
identifying red flags at the point of sale.
- Enabling settings that will allow you
to know if someone enters into a prohibited area.
- Ability to arm and disarm your entire
system, adjust your camera views and control the camera angles from
- Record surveillance footage and then
store them for later use.
- View real time video of your store
while you are away.
Keeping your store
or business secure is easy when you integrate the technology offered by
Tips for Designing
and Building Your Home with Security in Mind
No matter if you are planning to renovate your home, or
building a brand new one, it is essential that you consider the security
measures you can take to prevent home invasions and break-ins.
There are a number
of different factors that can cause a home to be targeted by burglars, including the locks, doors,
windows, lighting, fencing, landscaping and visibility. When you consider
these things early in the planning and design stages of building a home
it can help locate and target any weak spots in security and reduce
the risk of a break in later on.
The first thing to understand
when building a secure home is to know the crime rate in your area and
what types of crimes are most common. Once you understand the highest
crime rates, then you can find new ways to implement security to deter
intruders. A great starting point is to think like a would-be thief – if
you were trying to break into your house, how easy would it be? The goal
is to ensure your house is not attractive to intruders by adding features
that make it hard to access.
Some security tips
to consider when building or renovating your home include:
- Position all balconies and second
floor windows so they are not able to be accessed by climbing up
external fixtures, such as trees, pipes or gutters.
- Be sure that the front of the house
and all of the primary access points can be seen from the street and
that the area is well-lit.
- Put a deadbolt lock on each door. The
locks need to be positioned in a way so they cannot be opened by
breaking a nearby window.
- Thieves are going to take the things
they can see. Design your rooms and the power outlets so your
expensive assets are not visible from outside.
- Install a pre-wired security system, it is much more cost effective than
having to retro-fit your home down the road. Additionally, systems
that are hard wired are much more difficult for a thief to disable.
- Place alarm panels next to the door
and panic buttons near your bed.
When you plan the
design of your home with security in mind, you, your family and your
possessions will be safer.
Fraunhofer Institute for
Material Flow Developing Flying Inventory
Robots To Keep Tabs On Your Stock
Inventories are a necessary
evil that need to be carried out at least once a
year. Despite their necessity, they are also tedious, time consuming,
labor intensive, and often involve businesses shutting their doors for
whole days as they count how many unsold widgets are in the back room.
The Fraunhofer Institute's InventAIRy Project plans to change that by
developing a new flying robotic drone that not only takes over the
drudgery of stock taking, but also acts as a new tool for record keeping
and streamlining warehouse operations.
Under the leadership
of logistics specialist Marco Freund at the Fraunhofer
Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML in Dortmund, Germany, the InventAIRy Project aims to turn inventory work into
as automatic an operation as synching a spreadsheet.
According to Fraunhofer, the InventAIRy
system should not only be able to count the number of buttons and zippers
on the shelves, but also reduce costs by eliminating recording errors,
identifying bottlenecks in production, and keeping a running tally of the
The Local Business Spot Lite: Rhodes & Sons Electrical
If you’re like me,
you probably know next to nothing about electrical and power
installations, so I leave that up to the professionals. How can you
be sure you’re getting reliable, quality, and expert electrical work
done? Hire the professionals from Rhodes & Sons Electrical
Contracting, Inc. Located in Middlesex, New Jersey, Rhodes
& Sons Electrical Contracting, Inc. is a family owned and
operated business that offers not only expertise and precision, but
transparent honesty. Steve Rhodes and his sons have been providing
electrical and power services to central New Jersey homes and businesses
for the past 24 years. They’re a fully licensed, bonded and insured
establishment running the gamut on electrical and power services;
anything from generator installation to industrial control wiring.
To help keep an eye
on his facility, Rhodes had our experts at Perfect Connections, Inc. install a CCTV
(Closed Circuit Television) system. The surveillance and recording
equipment is an added layer of protection that allows him to have eyes on
his facility even when he can’t be there. Rhodes is not only a
customer, but a professional partner. Rhodes and his team have
developed a mutually beneficial working relationship with our team at
Perfect Connections by collaborating on various jobs. Our professionals
have sub-contracted for Rhodes and vice versa. When asked about his
experiences with Perfect Connections, he said, “It’s been a real
pleasure working with Perfect Connections.” The feeling’s
Q&A with Steve
Rhodes-Rhodes & Sons Electrical Contracting, Inc.
I was able to get
some insight into the business of Rhodes & Sons after a quick Q&A
with Steve. While Rhodes & Sons runs the range of electrical
and power installations and services, they specialize in KOHLER standby
generator systems. They are an authorized KOHLER Generators dealer
and installer. Aside from offering quality service and products,
Rhodes & Sons is a reliable company that offers honest price
quotes. Many of their competitors tend to low-ball pricing just to win
a job resulting in poor quality work and charges after the fact. If
you want something done right the first time, don’t fall for cheap gimmicks, go to the professionals at Rhodes &
While there isn’t a huge
environmental impact associated with Rhodes & Sons work, there are
some indirect environmental benefits from their installations. We
seem to be living in a progressively green-centric society; we’re trying
to create less waste by recycling more and reduce our carbon footprint by
investing in sustainable energy like windmills. It’s no wonder
Rhodes & Sons installs LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights whenever
possible. LEDs are not only better for the environment, they save
the consumer money on their utilities and frequency of bulb
replacement. When you hire Rhodes & Sons you’re not only
helping yourself, but the environment as well.
Rhodes & Sons
has been in business since 1991, and as previously mentioned they are
family owned and operated. Steve hopes the business will remain in
his family for generations to come because he said, “we like to have
our family serve your family.” Despite the economic uncertainty
we are all experiencing now, Rhodes looks forward to future growth within
Whether you’re in
need of a generator hookup or complicated wiring, don’t hesitate to call
the licensed professionals at Rhodes & Sons Electrical Contracting, Inc..
For further information and/or inquiries you can contact Steve and his
staff at 732-424-0600.
Their hours of operation are weekdays Monday-Friday 7:00am-5:00pm.
and Roll Trivia
Question: What was the name of the band
that was falsely rumored to be the Beatles Recording Incognito in 1976?
A. The Knack
B. The Dung Beatles
D. The Rutles
E. The Scruffs
Previous Month's Rock n' Trivia Question
Question: What was the original band name for Led Zeppelin?
A. The New Yardbirds (Answer:
B. The Flat Tops
D. Rage Against The
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of Commercial and Residential Security Services that include:
- Surveillance Systems
- Burglar Alarms
- Fire Alarms
- Access Control
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Thank you for reading our
January issue. See you next month!
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