The holiday season is an exciting and busy time of year, but did you know this is when you are most vulnerable to break-ins?
Tis the season for this year’s holiday security tips from Security Systems of America.
Out of site. Out of mind: We spend a majority of the holiday season shopping and traveling. When you’re not home, don’t forget to keep your blinds and curtains closed. Exposed windows provide strangers with a glimpse into your home. Think of your home as a shopping mall, while consumers are invited into stores by window displays, criminals may be enticed to enter your home because they can see into your living room.
Social media mischief: You’ve just booked flights for a remote island holiday and want to share this moment on your social media newsfeed. But wait! Posting your travel plans and revealing your whereabouts make you an easy target for a burglary. Try waiting until you come back to share your memories.
Leave the lights on: An unlit home is a sure sign the homeowner isn’t around. Invest in timers for your lights to come on when you are not home. You can even control your home’s security system right from your laptop or smartphone with SSA Interactive.
Trash your trash: The holiday season is filled with great deals, especially on electronics and jewelry. What you put outside for trash is an indicator of the valuables inside, so be discreet when tossing out boxes and bags of costly items.
Invest in a home security system: A home with a security system is less at risk of a burglary than those without. From burglar alarms to video surveillance systems and everything in between, Security Systems of America has what you need so you can rest easy this holiday season.
The security that is required to keep a retail business safe year-round is critically important. Loss prevention strategies have to be considered, employees vetted, and of course, your customers must be kept safe.
However, many business owners don’t think that they afford a business security system. Thanks to the capabilities of the internet, costs have been kept in check. Also, it’s important to keep in mind just how much you’ll save each year by using security systems: there will be fewer instances of theft and shrinkage, and you’ll be able to monitor your retail business from far away if you need to travel.
Retail Security from Nearby or Far Away
A retail business requires owners and managers to create a safe space for employees, customers, and business partners. You’ll also want to guard against theft and prevent break-ins and vandalism. As long as you have a smart phone or tablet, you can keep tabs on your business when you’re on your property or thousands of miles away. A complete commercial retail security system should include:
- Interactive systems. Using an interactive security system for a retail store manages your gates, locks, and doors. You can use your phone or tablet to simply open your locks to let an employee or package delivery person in, and with a simple tap on your screen, lock the door again when it’s time to close your store.
- Video monitoring and surveillance. Closely monitor the interior and exterior of your business with a security system that allows you to see exactly what is happening at all times. These cameras can be motion activated and remote controlled, and you can view the video from your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smart phone.
- Burglar Alarm, fire alarm and life safety systems. We know that you can’t be at your retail business all the time—and we know that you can’t monitor video yourself 24 hours a day. That’s why it’s so important to have an integrated fire alarm system, with smoke detectors, heat detectors, and floor detectors that will give you, your employees, and your customers early warning to any problems that are on your retail floor.
Security Systems of America is happy to work with you and your budget to design any of these systems that will keep your retail business secure. We offer easy, one-stop shopping for all your security and life safety needs.
Seasonal Security Tips
You may think that summer is the most typical time for a home burglary to take place, but unfortunately, burglaries happen year-round.
That’s because this is the time of year when people leave to go down South for a few months, or go on vacation for a few weeks to a warm island. But while you’re away, thieves will dream up ways to get into your home or business.
New Years Traveler
Many people travel at the beginning of the new year to visit family and friends, or to go on a long-awaited vacation to someplace warm (maybe to relax on the beach) or someplace cold (perhaps to ski). If you’re planning a getaway for New Year’s Day, you should be sure that your home is protected. Burglars know that this time of year is a popular period for homeowners to leave. You can ensure your home security by taking a few steps prior to your trip.
Business Video Surveillance
We commonly hear from business owners who would like to keep a better eye on their business, but aren’t sure how they can do that, both economically and technically. In the past few years, there have been quite a few advancements in the security world that make it easy for business owners and managers to watch their business. You can now monitor from across the globe or from the other side of the building. Additionally, commercial security makes it possible to watch several business locations all from one place, such as your computer or mobile device.
Upgrading your Security System
Security systems are a long-term investment that will keep you, your family, your business, and your employees safe for years to come. If you already have a security system, you may have heard about the advantages of modern security systems. Existing systems, while still providing a good service, may serve you better once they’ve been updated.
Small Business Security
There are many “musts” that a small business has to consider: how to attract paying customers, what their pricing should be, how to choose vendors, plus marketing, staff, and more concerns. However, every responsible small business owner should add “security” to that list.
Staying Safe, What you Know About Burglary
A security system is more than just a way to protect your fiscal property–it’s what keeps your home, family, or business safe from intruders. Don’t let everything you’ve worked for be taken away and quite probably never be found and returned.
Summer Safety Tips
Summertime is unfortunately, the season of burglary. Compared to the rest of the year, simple summertime weather increases break-in rates by 10%, no matter if you are in a secured building or private house. This is why our team at Security Systems of America has formed a few summer tips on how to protect your home from break-ins this season, for a summer that is full of both fun and security.
Security Tips for the Summer
Summertime is filled with outdoor fun, which leaves the inside of your home or business vulnerable to break-ins while you are out. Warmer seasons pose the greatest risk of burglary crimes than any other time of year. With this in mind, our team at Security Systems of America is here to help keep you and your family safe all summer long. Our security systems have everything that you need to keep burglars out, but there are also other key things you can do on your own to further improve the safety and protection of your space.
-Windows & Blinds
Closing your blinds and curtains, as well as locking your windows while out or sleeping does more than you think for preventing burglaries. First of all, a burglar will usually only break into places that have sure treasures. So closing your blinds or curtains will prevent this exact information from being known, which cuts the chance of your place being burglarized in ha half.
Not only covering, but also locking your windows will also greatly decrease your risk of being burglarized. This seems like an overly simplistic safeguard against burglars, but many people—especially in the summer—keep their windows unlocked and open during the night or while only gone for a brief period of time. This is a welcome sign for burglars. Close your blinds. Lock and close your windows.
-Doors & Locks
Just as with windows, locking the entries to your space will greatly decrease the chance of a burglar coming through the door with ease. Also to keep in mind is the age of the door locks themselves. If you live or work in any space that has been previously owned or rented, be sure to change all of the locks as you move in. The landlord may have collected a set of keys, but the number of key sets in existence is unknown. Ensure that you and another person who you trust are the only ones with the keys by changing the locks.
-Keep Your Place Bright
No burglar wants to be in the spotlight while in doing a heist. Keeping your place well lit for this reason alone will detract burglars from attempting to enter. From setting interior lights on a timer to installing motion sensor lights outside, keeping your place bright will help to keep it from being broken into.
For a season that is both fun and safe, put these few summer safety tips to good use now and throughout the rest of the year. Also, contact us at Security Systems of American for more safety tips and information on our advanced alarm systems. We will help keep your space safe, all season, every season.