June 16 Connection NewsletterJulia2016-06-08T15:09:25+00:00
The Connection Newsletter
Issue: # 2016-6 June 2016
June 2016 Newsletter
Spring finally arrived and it seems summer was right on its tail! With the hot days and warm nights, remember to close and lock all doors and windows at night and when going out.
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.
We tackle various security topics that you may be thinking about. If you have any ideas for future blog posts, please contact us.
DID YOU KNOW?
Wireless alarm systems are definitely here to stay. They add convenience, allow items to be protected that were very difficult to protect in the past and are as secure as a hard wired system.
They do have one important difference and it is worth knowing and remembering. All devices run on batteries and batteries need to be replaced.
All new systems let you know when a specific battery is low. Typically you get a 30 day warning before the battery dies. You can expect 2 – 5 years of battery life from lithium batteries, of course actual life span may vary.
You can change the batteries yourself or we can change them during a service call.
For more information, please call us.
How To Improve Security At Your Business This Spring
Winter has been brutal and as a result, there is no question you are eagerly waiting for warmer weather to arrive. As temperatures go up, more people are getting out and about. Many industries, such as food processing, agriculture and construction are seeing an uptick in business. However, warmer weather also results in a less pleasant trend – an increase in crimes of opportunity.
Perhaps there is landscaping or construction equipment that has been left unattended, or a building that can be easily accessed after business hours because a window was left cracked. Crimes of opportunity, such as vandalism or theft can not only have a serious financial impact, but also affect the security that visitors and employees at the location feel.
The good news is, there are some simple changes that can be made to help and prevent these crimes of opportunity.
Exterior lighting. Be sure that all the lights on a building are in proper working order and that they are strategically placed to light up areas such as doors, windows, and other access points.
Parking lots. Be sure all parking areas are well lit and encourage your visitors and employees not to leave any type of valuable item or any item that may look expensive, inside their vehicles.
Windows and doors. It is important for all locks to be in proper working order. All employees need to be fully aware of proper lock-up procedures, and who is responsible for closing all the windows at the end of the day.
Security systems. Be sure to review and maintain video surveillance systems or alarms. Employees should be trained in setting them, especially if someone new has been hired.
While these security procedures can make a huge difference in overall business security, it is essential that you stay on top of what is going on and ensure that everyone knows their role in keeping the business safe and free from crime.
Practical Home Security Tips to Help Keep You and Your Family Safe
Even if you have yet to invest in a home security system, there are a number of tactics that can be implemented to help and protect your home. Some practical tips to use are found here.
Identify all the potential risks. Prior to moving to a new area, be sure to connect with people who already live there and determine whether or not the location meets your needs and expectations. Even though it may seem safe, you should not be misled by notions or appearances presented by your real estate agent.
Listen to your gut. Determine what you are trying to protect and then use that as a starting point to figure out your home security program. If something doesn’t feel safe, or you think it needs to be improved, invest some time and money into it – it will provide you with peace of mind.
Old-school locks should not be underestimated. Regardless if you own or rent a home, you need to be sure that the window and door locks work properly. If it is necessary, be sure to install a window stop for added protection. Most unwanted visitors will be searching for an easy-to-access home.
Leave some lights on. Leaving on lights, your television or even a radio can go a long way in helping a home appear active. Consider implementing inexpensive motion sensor lights to help and add safety for anyone who may be coming late to the home in order to deter burglars.
Commit to upkeep and landscaping of the property.
Be sure to mow the lawn, trim trees, and shrubs and remove snow and leaves. Don’t allow mail and newspapers to pile up while on vacation, or if you are home. When the house has a well-groomed appearance it provides the impression that you are there often and will help to protect your home and family.
Get involved in the community. Getting to know your neighbors can be invaluable to your home’s overall safety. Try to develop relationships with other families on the street to provide mutual safety. Also, if any suspicious is noticed, be sure to say something.
If you want a superior level of security, then consider investing in and installing a security system. This will allow you to monitor your home and keep your family safe at all times.
Tips to Ensure Your Employee’s Passwords are Secure
There have recently been a number of high-profile security violations. This makes many businesses feel uneasy regarding the security of their business, passwords, and secure or sensitive information. The good news is, there are eight tips that can be used to enhance overall password security and ensure no nefarious actions take place.
Don’t use a commonly hacked passwords, such as 123456, abc123, ninja, welcome, qwerty, etc.
Choose long passwords.
Create a complicated, but easy to remember password. For example, use the sentence "I drive a 1999 Nissan Pathfinder." The password should be IDA99NP.
Don’t use the same password for every single device.
Create a set of simple rules to develop passwords and make sure employees use it as well.
Change your password often.
When it comes go Google, use the two-step verification process.
Use a free site to test your password, such as "How Secure Is My Password."
Taking the time to create a secure password will likely save you from quite a bit of stress and hassle down the road.
ROCK & ROLL TRIVIA
What were the real names of the Two Beatle’s drummers?
A) Richard Starkey & Pete Best
B) Tom & Jerry
C) Stuart Sutcliffe & George Harrison
D) Ringo Starr & John Lennon
Previous Month’s Rock n’ Trivia Question
Whom did David Bowie duet with on the Christmas classic "Little Drummer Boy?"
A) Bing Crosby
C) Perry Como
D) Dean Martin
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