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Prepare Your Home for Holiday Travel

10 Things to Do Before Your Holiday Trip Before your flight or road trip, use this checklist to get your house ready.  Visiting family? Taking a tropical vacation? Holiday travel time is here – and there’s plenty to remember to do before you leave home.  Before you head out the door, here’s a checklist: Don’t post on social media Avoid publicly sharing your plans before you go and announcing to the world that your house is empty. You can post all of your photos when you’re back.  Keep an eye on your home Set up a security camera so you can see what’s happening at all hours. Set your thermostat If you have an older programmable thermostat, it is suggested you set your temperature to between 62 and 65 degrees while you’re away to save energy. With a Wi-Fi enabled thermostat, you’ll be able turn it back up to your desired temperature from your smartphone before you get home.  Make...

Security Camera Assistance: 4 Aspects of Commercial Surveillance to Consider

Commercial surveillance systems are an essential part of running a modern day business. If you have any kind of physical location, and you don’t have high quality alarm systems or video surveillance cameras around your building, your entire business is in jeopardy.  It's estimated that nearly 67% of all commercial burglaries can be avoided and prevented by the installation of video surveillance systems.  In order to keep your staff, your equipment, your inventory, your cash, and your entire building safe, make sure that you are using modern surveillance systems. It’s just as important, however, that you use these security cameras properly. If you've never worked with commercial security technology before, here are some important aspects of commercial surveillance systems that you should consider.  Camera Height You have to take into account how tall your building is before you place any cameras around your property. If you have a very tall building, placing a camera on the...

How To Keep Your Hospitality Business Protected At All Times

One of the most important aspects of owning a hospitality business is protecting it. Not only do you have to contend with the 24/7 demands of running your property, but by definition, you also have a diverse crowd of strangers coming through your door every day. That's why it's so important to prevent burglaries and other criminal activities before they actually happen. Because a single bad review can affect your hospitality business's reputation for years to come, here are some tips that can help you protect your business from burglaries, break-ins, and worse.  Have high quality alarm systems installed Most business security systems have a built-in delay that waits a predetermined amount of time before contacting the monitoring company. The delay time typically ranges from 30 seconds to three minutes, but you should be able to find audio-based intrusion detection systems that alert monitoring companies right away. At the very least, your audio-based intrusion...

Starting a New Business? Focus On These 4 Important Decisions

If you’ve been constantly battling back and forth between starting a new business or not, it’s time to make your decision. It’s time to go for it! Hopefully you at least have an idea of what product you’re going to sell or service you’re going to offer. But there are a bunch of essential aspects of starting a business that will require you to spend some serious time and energy on.  Finding a physical location You’re going to need an actual office space to handle the majority of your company’s needs. No matter what industry you’re going to be working in, even if it’s primarily an online market, you’ll still need a physical location to get your work done. Make sure that you browse plenty of potential options before you make a final decision.  Hiring the right number of employees You’re going to need some help during the first few months of your new...

Keep Your Team Safe and Treat Them With Respect

Running a business is difficult especially if you're in charge of a handful of employees. Not only do you have to pay your employees a fair amount, you have to do everything in your power to keep them happy and productive. If your team is constantly feeling unhappy or anxious about the job, no matter what field you're in, they aren't going to be working at the top of their game -- and your company could suffer as a result.  Here are some tips you should consider in order to improve your company's overall morale and keep your employees happy and as productive as possible.  Be as transparent as possible with each member of your team If you're constantly going behind your employees' backs and making decisions that affect their livelihood without consulting with them or even letting them know, they will feel betrayed. That's no way to manage a team. You should...

How To Protect Your Retail Business From Petty Theft and More

Running a retail business can be extremely rewarding, but it can also be quite stressful. Not only do you have to stay on top of all the logistical aspects of running a successful company, you also have to do everything in your power to protect your business from theft. While shoplifting is usually classified as "petty theft" by the authorities, there's nothing petty about this crime from your point of view If you're tired of criminals taking advantage of your store, here are some essential steps that you must implement in order to protect your retail business. Install retail security cameras all over the building Security cameras are an absolute must-have for businesses that are at-risk of theft. These cameras will not only help you and the police solve any committed crimes, but in many cases it will actually prevent theft from happening in the first place. If a criminal is about to...

Prevent In-House Theft: Watch Out For These 3 Red Flags While Hiring Employees

If you’re running a business you have to constantly be on the lookout for theft. There are plenty of criminals out there who will stop at nothing to take advantage of your hard work and steal money from your business. Roughly 38% of inventory shrink, for example, can be attributed to shoplifting, and 34.5% is a result of employee theft.  Just because an employee is working for a particular company doesn’t mean they won’t steal from that place. That’s why it’s so important to be careful during the interviewing and hiring process and hire only credible employees.  Here are a few red flags to look out for when searching for potential new hires.  The candidate keeps asking about business security systems Unless you're in the process of hiring a security guard, any questions about your company's security system should raise some concerns. A single question or two about general security aspects might be okay...

Which Type of Security System Is Best For Your Business?

Out of every seven businesses, at least one has an alarm system. Even in areas where break-ins are rare, the very presence of a security system can keep burglars and other criminals away from your business. For instance, roughly 83% of convicted burglars admitted in a study that they would try to determine if an alarm system was present before attempting to break in. The use of alarm systems in your place of business not only creates a safer work environment for employees, but also gives you a peace of mind as an employer. After all, in some cases a thief may very well be an employee, not just a random burglar. To keep your business safe from all angles, it's beneficial to you as an owner to install a business security system. However, which type of commercial security system would be best for your business? Video surveillance Many places of business utilize...

How to Improve On-Site Security if You’re a Small Business Owner

In an almost purely technological age, physical security measures can sometimes take a backseat to cyber security. But that doesn't mean physical security should just be ignored. Rather, it should be perfected so you, as a small business owner, don't need to worry about it constantly. If your cyber security is tight and you're looking for ways to keep your physical location more secure, you've come to the right place. Here are a few strategies you can employ for more reliable and effective security at your physical location. Limit Access to Sensitive Equipment When you're shopping for a computer or a phone, the stores don't typically just have all of their equipment out for you to play with. There's typically a display computer or phone that gives you a taste of the real product. Almost 38% of inventory shrink is the result of shoplifting, and by limiting access to sensitive equipment you can...

4 Commonly Stolen Items for Security Systems Philadelphia Retailers to Protect

Shoplifting is a notoriously difficult issue for any company to prevent. It’s simply impossible for someone to keep an eye on every person who enters a store. Worst of all, it has a serious impact. Shoplifting was responsible for about 38% of the $44 million of inventory shrink experienced by American retailers, while another 34.5% was lost to employee theft. What's even more amazing, though, is what gets stolen. Here are just a few of the most commonly shoplifted items: Meat: Many retailers are being left wondering, where’s the beef? Shockingly, meat has proven to be a favorite amongst shoplifters. The pieces stolen are most often the top-quality cuts, such as filet mignon or lamb chops. Razors: You’ve probably noticed the giant glass cases of razors when wandering through the store, or have at least seen the commercials complaining of how difficult it can be to actually purchase them. However, it would seem...