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“Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.” 

– George Santayana

Business Security & Alarm Monitoring:

Video Surveillance Fails: Protect Your Commercial Business by Avoiding These Security & Alarm Mistakes  

When you own a business, there is always the looming threat of vandalism, a break-in and other nefarious actions. Due to this, you have likely installed a high-quality video surveillance system and security system.

That’s great!

Unfortunately, there are some property owners and managers who may not realize that this high-dollar security & camera system that have installed, isn’t really doing its job. Do you know what the most common mistakes are when it comes to your video surveillance and security systems? If not, you’re in the right place. Keep reading to find out what they are and what you need to do to avoid these same mistakes. 

An Unfocused Security Camera Lens

Just like any security camera, the lens of your security camera needs to be in focus and it needs to remain unobstructed, so it can provide you with high-quality, reliable footage. In addition to making sure the security system is installed properly, make sure you let the maintenance person know of any obstruction of mechanical issue that may occur from bugs, dirt or dust clinging to the lens.

Top-Down Security Camera Angle

You may have a security camera with amazing resolution, but this means nothing if you don’t install it at the right angle. If you have the security camera at an extreme top-down angle, then it’s going to limit the field of view. If this happens, the ability to use the tape for recognition purposes is going to be extremely difficult, if not completely impossible. 

A Wide Security Camera Angle

Another issue is a wide angle security camera view. While an HD security camera is great for capturing details, this only applies if the lens is focused on certain zones. This will ensure you receive useful images. 

If you have been having issues with your video surveillance equipment and security cameras, it may be time to call in the security professionals for help. They can ensure your security cameras are installed properly and providing you the images you need. 

Residential Security:

Tips for Protecting Your Seasonal Home

Regardless of if you have a property that’s popular in the summer or in the winter, at some point, your seasonal property is going to be empty. If you are like most people, you hope that you are going to return next season to find everything just as you left it.

Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. 

If you want to ensure your property is protected from nefarious people during the off-season, you have to be proactive. Use the tips here to ensue your property remains as-is, unharmed and ready to use next season.

Essential Layers of Security System Protection & Home Automation

Even if you are going to be hundreds – or even thousands – of miles away, there are still several high-tech, practical options that are available for you to secure your property against various environmental threats and break-ins. Some tips to get you started include:

  • Evaluate the heating and cooling systems and consider an upgrade
  • Install and use all necessary alarm system and security surveillance systems to help provide protection against intruders
  • Prepare the pipes (if the off-season is winter)
  • Install a “smart” thermostat with your security system so you can control via your smart device
  • Use regular maintenance services or a company for alarm monitoring and check on the house from time to time

Additional Protection 

To ensure your seasonal property is protected, safe and sound while you are away, one of the best things you can do is hire the professionals. They can install a high-quality alarm monitoring system and security cameras. You can then “keep an eye” on things while you are away. 

If you want to keep your seasonal property safe and secure, then using the tips here is your best bet. 

Health Tip:

Tips to Help You Stick to Your New Year’s Resolution  

Did you make a resolution this year? If so, you are one of millions (maybe even billions) who did. Unfortunately, only about eight percent of people who make resolutions actually stick to them. 

Do you want to ensure you have the best shot of sticking to your resolution this year? If so, use the tips here. 

  • Take action toward your resolution each day: Write down three strategies to help you reach your resolution and each day do something to help you reach it. 
  • Start out small: If you try to do too much, too quickly, you are setting yourself up for failure. Instead, take baby steps. They will add up.
  • Tell others: If you keep your resolution a secret, there’s no one to hold you accountable. However, if you tell everyone, they are going to ask how you are doing. Don’t you want to be able to answer “great?”
  • Write it down: There are studies that have shown that if you write down your aspirations, dreams and goals, it’s going to increase the likelihood you will achieve them. 

If you want to make sure you stick to your resolution this year, be sure to use the tips and words of wisdom here. 

Tech Corner:

DIY Security Cameras: Smart Tech Investment or Huge Risk?     

When it comes to security systems and security technology, there’s no question there have been more than a few improvements in the recent years. As a result, there are many home and business owners who believe purchasing and installing security systems and security cameras is a great way to save money.

Unfortunately, these DIY systems usually don’t live up to all the hype. 

The Problem with DIY

Security Systems and Alarm Monitoring

According to statistics more than 50 percent of all home owners (who were surveyed) state they want a monitored security system, but don’t want to pay the initial investment. As a result, they take the DIY route. 

Their hope is to save money by getting a low-cost alarm and monitoring service. Unfortunately, the providers of these “cheap” services are usually low quality. In many cases, homeowners are often left dealing with a self-monitored alarm system. 

All this results in subpar alarm & security protection. 

The Better Option

Yes, having a professional security system is going to be more of an initial investment. However, when the professionals install your system, they ensure everything is working properly. Also, the high-quality alarm monitoring services are usually much more effective, and more affordable, than most people realize. 

Today’s professionally installed systems also come with features that DIY systems don’t offer – such as 24/7 alarm monitoring, door and window sensors, and remote access to see what’s going on when you aren’t there. 

So, are DIY systems worth the investment? If you want peace of mind, and a system that is going to be monitored at all times, then the answer is a resounding “no.” The best thing you can do is go with the pros. They offer the best options and highest level of security possible.      

Gossip Alert:

Celebrity New Year’s Resolutions from the Past  

When it comes to celebrities, you have likely heard the saying “they are just like us!” It’s true! In fact, just like us, celebrities make (and break) New Year’s resolutions. Find out about some past resolutions celebrities have made here. 

Marilyn Monroe

From her diary, dated 1955, some of the resolutions that the iconic Marilyn Monroe made included, to go to class without fail, to start attending Clurman lectures, and to be more observant.

 

Conan O’Brien

Late night talk show host also makes resolutions. However, his are a bit more realistic. For example, he says that one of his most common is to gain more abdominal weight. This helps him avoid being disappointed. Perhaps this is a smart strategy?!?

 

Joan Rivers

While Joan is no longer with us, she made the same three resolutions year after year. These included:

  1. To only make faces at blind people.
  2. To tell crying orphans to “suck it up.”
  3. To lose weight. 

Julianne Moore

Her resolution is one that many people can probably related to – to avoid injury while exercising. We wish you good luck Ms. Moore!

 

As you can see, celebrities are just like us! Well, maybe all but Joan Rivers, but let’s face it – she was definitely one of a kind.