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Security for Your Tech Company to Consider

If you have your own tech company, whether you are developing apps and software or otherwise working in the tech field, your company’s security is of the utmost importance. However, if you are still utilizing standard locks and basic security measures, you may not be keeping your company as secure as you would wish.

Get to know some of the important security measures your tech company should take. Then, you can be certain you are doing everything in your power for your company’s safety and security going forward.

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5 Ways to Strengthen Your Company’s Security

When enforced, an effective access control policy allows the business owner or executive to know and control who has access to different parts of the establishment. You can determine who should or should not be allowed to enter sensitive areas.

You can also print reports and view security cameras whenever needed to determine if someone got access to a restricted area. This sort of accountability can prevent crimes and thwart would-be criminals. You can strengthen your company’s security by implementing the following techniques.  

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How Remote Automation Keeps Businesses Secure

Business owners never really take time off. There is always something to worry about and one of the biggest concerns is the security of an empty office or shop. A few days away could leave everything vulnerable. The most effective way to reduce the risk is through remote automation. Here are examples of how this system makes it possible to enjoy a vacation again. 

Surveillance Cameras Let You See for Yourself

Real-time surveillance cameras are for any property owner that is tired of relying on others to assure them that all is well at their business. With a simple tap on a smartphone, it is possible to see your business through the security cameras. View from home, while on vacation or before entering the building to avoid any surprises. 

The smart cameras used in these systems provide clear video footage for easier identification of trespassers or others if a problem takes place. The quality of the video gives conclusive evidence so the case is easier to prove in court. The footage is backed up and saved remotely to prevent anyone from editing or erasing incriminating information. 

Reduce Company Waste

Every company owner seeks out ways to trim wastefulness. Small mistakes like a faucet left running over the weekend or lights left on are not necessarily huge expenses. However, they do add up over time and create nothing of value for the company. Remote automation makes it possible to have control over all utility services at all times. 

In some instances, this type of control could save money by preventing damage. For example, shutting off the water remotely after noticing a broken pipe eliminates or reduces the amount of water damage. And turning off the electricity to avoid the risk of a power surge when a massive storm is on the way helps to protect electronic equipment.

Remote systems also make it easy to monitor the interior climate of any building and adjust it remotely before returning to work. Employees are able to arrive at a comfortable workplace every day, but you don’t have to worry about the waste of leaving the system in full operation when the business is empty for hours or days at a time. 

Receive Assistance Faster

A thief picking a door lock, an overflowing sink and smoke rising from an outlet are all examples of what people can see and stop before the situation is out of control. The early arrival of emergency services reduces the amount of property damage and is one of the reasons many insurance carriers give discounts to clients with these systems. 

It is even possible to include security features that sense dramatic temperature changes or detect small amounts of smoke in the air. These systems are programmed to notify the business owner, send a signal to the security company or contact first responders to guarantee help arrives quickly. 

Control Building Access

Arming or disarming an alarm system or door remotely allows you the peace of mind that comes from knowing these tasks were completed. These same features help to prevent unintentional employee lockouts that could result in a false alarm to the police station. It is also easy to turn on lights to prevent the building from appearing unoccupied. 

Remote control over front doors, or to any door within the property, is also a convenient internal security feature. It prevents employees from gaining access to secure areas without proper clearance and prevents former employees from having keys that would allow them back into the building without authorization. 

Remote automation works for homes and businesses and helps to alleviate the worries that made business trips, vacations and long weekends seem like a security risk. These security systems are a purchase that has the potential to save time, worry and money. At Alarm Protection Services we specialize in protecting people and property. Call us for more information.

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Business Security: 5 Tips to Thwart Shoplifting in Your Retail Store

Shoplifting can have a significant impact on your company’s overall bottom line. Every single day, there is over $35 million worth of products stolen from retailers across the country. To help prevent shoplifting from hurting your business, here are a few tips to deter shoplifters.

Tip #1: Greet Every Single Customer

If someone is going to shoplift an item from your store, they want to come into your store and try to avoid contact with each employee. So, your goal is to try to keep that from happening. With that being said, you need to make sure that you are able to greet each person that walks through your store door.

However, you don’t want to just say “good morning” or “good afternoon,” you also want to make firm eye contact with them. This lets them know that you saw them and that, if necessary, you can describe them in detail. Plus, in the process, you are providing excellent customer service with your simple greeting.

Tip #2: Take Note of At-Risk Items

There are certain products that are more at risk of being shoplifted than others. As a general rule, these items are small and highly valuable. If they fit into a purse or pocket, then these items are easy to shoplift.

These items need to be locked in a display case or near the register so that you can keep a close eye on them. Keep at-risk items in a highly visible area to discourage shoplifters.  

Tip #3: Organize Your Store

It is very important that your store is well-organized and clean. There are a couple of different reasons for this. For starters, a messy store is not appealing for your customers and it could result in you losing business.

Secondly, a cluttered store could increase the risk of shoplifting occurring. After all, a dirty and disorganized store lets a shoplifter know that employees are not doing their jobs and aren’t paying close enough attention to what’s going on, which makes it easy for something to be misplaced or stolen.

Another reason to keep your store clean is that it can be difficult to tell that something has been swiped until it is simply too late.

Tip #4: Focus on Your Dressing Rooms

If your business has dressing rooms, the best thing that you can do is to keep them locked and use a numbering system (for the number of items that they are taking into the dressing room with them). Yes, it may be a hassle, especially when you are short-staffed, however, numbering can really help to deter theft.

In addition, make sure that all customers leave shopping carts and large bags outside of the dressing rooms while trying on their clothes.

Tip #5: Stay Visible

You aren’t going to be able to see your entire store at all times, but there are ways that you can maximize the visibility of your merchandise and displays. For example, you can use the perimeter of your store for some of your taller displays. You can then place your shorter displays closer to the middle of the store and near registers.

Also, there are going to be plenty of blind spots to deal with, so put up mirrors in the corners of your store to help eliminate these blind spots. You should also ensure that the store is well-lit and that there are no dark areas, particularly behind shelves or in the corners.

You don’t have to sit back and hope that your store won’t be the victim of a shoplifting attack. Contact the security professionals at Alarm Protection Services today to find out how we can help you protect your business.

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What Access Control Options Can Keep Your Business’s Confidential Records Secure?

Whether you own a medical practice, an independent insurance agency, or a local investment firm, you and your staff members deal with a wide range of solicited (and even unsolicited) confidential client information on a daily basis.

Even in an increasingly digital age, keeping your physical records secure remains crucial. With the advent of laws like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other federal regulations, failing to safeguard information like Social Security numbers, health histories, and credit card numbers could not only harm your reputation in the community, but can also subject you to civil penalties and monetary damages.   

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Is Your Religious Facility at Risk? Take Steps to Keep Your Sanctuary Secure

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No matter the faith practiced in your house of worship or the location of your sacred space, there are modern risks you can’t avoid addressing. To be a responsible manager of any religious facility today, you need to develop an adequate security plan to protect against thievery and personal harm. 

Risks exist both inside and outside the church, temple, or other holy structure. Follow a few simple tips to recognize your vulnerabilities and develop detection and intervention strategies.

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How to Use Your Commercial Security Cameras More Effectively

ba7a5297-4ea0-40b9-8e13-0d6e73f47a0aA security camera system is one of the most fundamental types of protection for your company’s premises. While many commercial properties use security cameras, not every company uses their camera systems appropriately.

In order for your commercial security camera system to successfully deter, detect, and help prosecute crime, you need a comprehensive system that fits your facility and business hours.

In this blog, we list some of the measures that you should take in order to use your security cameras as effectively as possible.

Choose a Reputable Monitoring Company to Work With

As important as high-quality cameras are to the security of your commercial property, even cameras that capture every movement don’t effectively protect your business if no one is monitoring them. If you’re installing a new security camera system, look for a camera supplier that also offers remote monitoring and/or video verification.

If you have an existing system, but the camera feed isn’t professionally monitored, partner with a reputable video monitoring company. This service ensures that you’re alerted the moment a security breach occurs, rather than being notified the next time the tape is reviewed.

You may also want to hire onsite security personnel to work during off-hours. These employees can observe the feed and respond to it in real time.

Choose the Right Camera Type

Security cameras are not one size fits all. Business owners who settle for the wrong camera type for their facility often end up with security systems that aren’t much of an improvement over their in-house security team.

Consider what you need most from a security camera. Do you want to monitor a large area all at once? Do you need your cameras to record even with the lights out? Do you anticipate needing clear images of perpetrators’ faces?

Bring your concerns to a security camera provider and have them evaluate your current system. You may need to add a fisheye, low-light, or other specialized camera. You may also need to change your camera configuration, as we’ll discuss in a later section.

Keep Your Camera System Current

As with any other tech devices, your cameras only function as well as their current software and firmware allows. Be sure to promptly upgrade your cameras as needed. Failure to take this step could leave gaps in your video surveillance.

You should also check that you’re using best practices for running and maintaining your cameras. For example, you may need to change the admin privileges on new cameras to reduce the risk of someone hacking into the feed using the default username and password.

Update Your Camera Configuration as Needed

Even if your security camera system completely covered your facility when it was first installed, you should plan to check the configuration annually. New equipment or construction could potentially block the view from a camera, or a camera could shift over time.

When you assess your camera configuration, ensure that your cameras cover the bare minimum of space you need secured. These areas include your main entrance and exits, parking lot, and stock or supply room entrances.

If you’re concerned about the adequacy of your video feed coverage, have a security systems professional evaluate the feed to identify any blind spots that could potentially put your facility at risk of intrusion or theft.

To determine how else you can improve the effectiveness of your commercial security camera system, consult with your security system provider. He or she can provide recommendations based on your current system, budget, and specific security concerns.

Use these suggestions and the recommendations of your security system provider to ensure that your security cameras truly provide your first and best defense against would-be criminals.

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AT&T 2G Sunset is Here

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The day is finally here for the 2G Sunset – the date where 2G technology will be rendered obsolete. In August 2012, AT&T announced that the shutdown of its second-generation (2G) wireless network will be complete by the end of 2016 and that on January 1, 2017, the 2G wireless network will cease to exist. APS has been proactively sending letters and making phone calls to ensure all our affected customers are updated. Most customers have converted to 4G and will not experience any alarm communication issues.

So how does this affect your alarm system?

All wireless alarm systems communicate via cellular networks. Many wireless alarm systems were installed with a 2G compatible GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication) device that can only communicate via the 2G wireless network. Therefore, when the network ceases to exist on January 1, 2017, these alarm systems will no longer be able to communicate alarm signals. 

What will happen to my alarm system if I did not upgrade before January 1st, 2017?

This depends on what type of alarm system you have. The most common thing you will experience is your keypad beeping and the screen will show “FC” or “COMM FAIL.”  While your system is in communication failure it will not send a signal to our in-house monitoring station. If you have not yet updated your system, please contact us immediately. Your protection is too important to wait.

APS is 100% committed to keeping you safe. Contact APS online or by calling 504-455-5277 or Toll Free: 1-866-855-0277. 

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