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thought to be, but what you are.” – Publilius Syrus

 

Commercial Security:

Steps to Take After a Break-in at Your Business  

There were almost 1.5 million burglaries in the U.S. in 2017, which led to more than $3.4 billion in total property loss. With these types of shocking numbers, it is absolutely essential that you know what to do if you ever experience a break in at your business.

 The steps found here will help you prevent other complications that may arise due to the stress and confusion that often occurs after a break-in.  

Get in touch with the police. While this may seem obvious, if someone breaks-into your business, you need to contact the police right away. While you may want to investigate the crime scene yourself, this is never a good idea. There is always the chance that the burglar may still be inside and if you confront them, it may get violent. It’s best to contact the police and wait for them to arrive.

Speak with your employees. Based on the amount of damage, and how quickly the police can investigate the scene, you may be forced to close your doors for several days. Be sure you let your employees know what is going on and ask them if they saw anything suspicious hours or days before the burglary. This information may be beneficial in finding the culprit. 

Do a security inventory. Once things settle down, you need to stop and do a thorough security inventory. For example, could the burglar possibly have been stopped with a better security system and alarm monitoring in place? Do you need new security cameras or security system motion sensors? Take some time to figure out how you can improve security at your business to ensure another break-in doesn’t occur in the future.

By using the information here, you can handle the break-in situation and take steps to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

Residential Security and Alarm Monitoring:

Is it Really Worth it to Invest in a Home Security System and Alarm Monitoring?

Regardless Are you considering installing a home security system and alarm monitoring? Are you wondering if it is really worth the cost? If so, you aren’t alone.

 However, it’s important to understand that there are two ways to measure the value of a home security system and alarm monitoring:  

  • The actual monetary cost/value
  • Peace of mind

If you want to ensure you make the right decision regarding if you should install a home security system and alarm monitoring, then keep reading. You can learn all about whether or not it is worth the investment here. 

 The Actual Cost of a Home Security System and Alarm Monitoring

Remember, prices of a home security system and alarm monitoring are going to vary based on company, features, and more. There are some that can be installed for free while others cost more than $4,000. In most cases, the price is going to help you know the type of features that the system offers.

 According to research, it’s estimated that the average American household pays approximately $697 for security system installation and then pays an additional monitoring fee of $41 to $45.

 While that may seem like a lot, you have to move on and consider the actual monetary value of your newly installed home security system and alarm monitoring. 

 The Monetary Value of Your Home Security System and Alarm Monitoring

The FBI estimated that the average loss of a burglary in the U.S. in 2017 was $2,416. This means that if your new security system and alarm monitoring deter just one burglar during its life, the installation cost and first year of monitoring is covered. 

 However, that doesn’t mean you just have to suffer through the following years, continuing to pay for the alarm. In fact, the majority of security companies offer customers options, features, new equipment, and services to help reduce costs and increase value. Be sure to ask about this when having your system installed. 

 Keep in mind, the most important benefit offered by a home security system and alarm monitoring is peace of mind – and this is invaluable.  

Health Tip:

Popular Diet Trends to Try Out in 2019  

Now that we are a full month in to the New Year, there’s a good chance you may have fallen off your resolution to finally lose weight. While this is true, don’t despair. It happens to virtually everyone.

 If you are ready to get back on the diet wagon, and try something new, then consider some of the hot diet trends (that are really effective) found here. Who knows, maybe you can finally achieve that resolution!

 Keto. With this diet you are actually encouraged to eat more fat – how exciting, right? The goal is to choose healthy fats while limiting your carb intake and only eating a moderate amount of protein. 

 Whole 30. Another popular option is Whole 30. With this, you actually cut out entire food groups. It may seem extreme, but there are countless people who have had success. 

 Paleo. Eating like a caveman has its perks – one being significant weight loss. With this diet you get to eat anything found in nature – berries, fruit, meat, etc. Many claim this diet is just like keto, however, there are some differences that may make one more appealing than the other.

 As you can see, there are several diet options that are trending this year, so why not check them out. Just remember, it’s always a good idea to check with your doctor first. They can let you know whether or not a diet program is safe.

Tech Corner:

Your Ultimate Guide to Home Automation and Remote Access      

When it comes to technology, simple is out. It’s no longer impressive to have a bell that rang when a wire was tripped. There’s no question that things have come quite far since the “good ‘ole days.”

Today, the most innovative and in-demand security systems and alarm monitoring include two main technologies:

  • Home automation
  • Remote access

If you are new to the big world of home security, or just want a bit of a refresher, then you are in the right place. Learn everything you need to know about home automation and remote access here. 

Understanding Home Automation

Also called smart home technology, home automation describes how various peripheral devices, such as video doorbells, thermostats, electrical outlets, appliances, and lights, are integrated into a single network. In most cases, the entire network is able to be controlled via your smart device. 

If you invest in home automation technology, you can program your house to react to certain time-related commands, such as turning off or on the AC and heat, or the lights. Additionally, this technology can help your home save you money, be more energy-efficient, and even be more comfortable. 

Understanding Remote Access

Do you want to manage your home’s locks, lights and HVAC system regardless of where you are? If so, then you need to invest in remote access technology. With this technology, a few of the things you can do include:

  • Receive notifications of any activity that requires immediate attention
  • Monitor the live feedback from the cameras installed at home
  • Control the locks at home
  • Arm or disarm your security camera from afar

One of the biggest benefits offered by remote access is that it helps to make your home a bit safer, while providing you with peace of mind.       

Gossip Alert:

Must See Shows Coming this Year  

Are you ready for a list of hot shows that are coming this year? After the Netflix hit “Birdbox” most people are geared up for a great year of amazing shows and movies. If that’s you, then this list will help you find your new binge-worthy show in no time. 

“Good Omens:” While the premier date has not yet been released, this is an anticipated TV adaptation from the 1990 novel written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Set to be released on Amazon Video, this show stars David Tennant and Michael Sheen as the forces of good and evil work in order to prepare Earth for the upcoming apocalypse. 

 “City on a Hill:” Kevin Bacon is coming back to TV to star on this Showtime hit produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck (definitely a dynamic duo). The show is a ‘90s style crime show that is going to follow Boston’s corrupt criminal justice system. 

 “Central Park 5:” Another Netflix special, “Central Park 5 is a scripted drama that takes a look at the horrifying attack in 1989 on a woman in Central Park.

As you can see, there’s quite a bit of good TV coming in 2019. Pick your favorites and make sure to tune in.