Globelink Secure Zone™ Newsletter

“Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be
picked in strangers’ gardens.” – Douglas Jerrold

Commercial Security:

Respecting Historical Properties: Tips for Security without Impacting Integrity

Do you own a historical piece of property you have transformed into your business or office? If so, there’s a good chance you want to secure the space. However, did you know there are steps you can take to do this without ruining the historical integrity of the building?

The key is to know what to do, and more importantly, what to avoid. Keep reading to learn more.

Some options to keep in mind when installing a security system for your historic building include:

Use recessed burglary sensors in your doors to keep them hidden from viewUse motion detectors and encrypted wireless contacts to avoid problematic wire runsInstall glass break sensors, providing a second-layer of protection

If you have plans to install a surveillance system, then there are a few things to keep in mind when working with a historic building. These things include:It’s often difficult to drill through brick or stone that’s been in place for a long period of time. Instead, use the mortar joints to keep from causing damage to the expensive façade.

Think about alternative wire routing to help limit the exposure in areas with asbestos or other types of hazardous materials.

If you are working to secure an older building, be sure you choose a contractor with prior experience handling this type of work. After all, the unpredictable nature of historic building construction is costly, so, it’s important to hire someone who knows what they are doing when it comes to securing the building.

By understanding the architecture and working to keep the foundation intact, you can avoid causing issues with the historic building, while still providing your business or office the security features needed.

Residential Security:

3 Summer Safety Reminders for Families 

For many children, summertime is the best time of the year. No more school, ice cream and popsicles and – did we mention – no more school? However, if you are a parent, summertime presents more of a challenge.

From trying to organize activities and babysitters there’s an endless to-do list for most parents. As a result, many don’t take time to consider home security.

If you want to ensure that you and your children have a carefree summer, then make sure to make security a top priority. Three summer time reminders to help keep you, your family and your home safe are found here.

  1. Always Lock Up
    It’s crucial that you don’t forget to lock up when heading out. According to statistics, crime usually goes up during the summer. If you hire someone to watch after your children, make sure they know how to secure your house – including all the doors and windows, garages and any other place someone may gain access to the home.

For even more protection, consider installing some of the security equipment listed here:

  • Door and window sensors
  • Smart locks
  • Video doorbell
  • Glass break detectors

Make sure your children know how to use all the equipment to keep them safe.

  1. Check in Often
    There are a few ways you can see what’s going on at your home during the summer, even while you are at work. Some of the most popular options include:
  • Install a surveillance system that provides real-time video streaming
  • Install doorbell cameras
  • Consider joining or starting a neighborhood watch organization
  1. Be Available
    You need to make sure you are available if an emergency occurs. Have a phone with you, and also have backup numbers for your kids, their babysitters, neighbors and others who may be able to alert you if something is going on at your house while you are away.

When you take the time to secure your home, both you and your children can have a summer that’s more fun.

Health Tip:

3 Tips for Healthy Living During the Summer Months  

The summer months put quite a bit of stress on the body. If you don’t take care of yourself, you may suffer some adverse consequences. Are you ready to learn what you need to do to remain healthy this summer? If so, keep reading.

1. Increase Your Berry Intake
If you only do one thing this summer to improve your diet, add a cup of mixed berries to what you eat each day. These are full of antioxidants, which can help to prevent damage to the tissues in your body, while reducing the risk of illnesses. Also, berries are full of fiber, which can help keep your cholesterol low, and may even help to reduce your chance of certain cancers.

2. Stress Less and Get a Little Dirty
Do you want to reduce your stress levels? If so, think about planting a small garden, cultivate a flower box, or if you have limited pace, put a few flower pots inside. Just putting your hands into soil can be “grounding.” If you feel as though you re moving so fast that your feet aren’t touching things, then being mentally grounded can help to relieve both mental and physical stress.

3. Go Outside to Exercise
Choose an outdoor activity, such as taking a walk, playing a game, swimming, etc., to get outside and enjoy fresh air. Be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen to protect your skin and remain hydrated.

By taking care of your body this summer, you can improve your physical and mental health. Your body will thank you for these extra care steps.

Tech Corner:

How the Cloud is Transforming Residential and Commercial Security

If Chances are you have heard of the cloud. You may even use it for backing up and storing photos, files and more. However, do you know what it really is? And, are you aware of what the cloud is doing for the security industry?

If not, you’re in the right place. Read more about how the cloud is transforming residential and commercial security, here.

The Could – Explained
Put simply, cloud computing is delivering hosted services over the internet. What makes the cloud so innovative and revolutionary is the fact that now, you can access it from anywhere. This has helped to redefine the security paradigm.

Benefits of the Cloud for Commercial Security
The cloud security applications available today are transformative for businesses. They enable smart buildings and remote-control access, along with sophisticated 24/7 monitoring. The ability to grant or revoke access can be done instantly and from anywhere, and the cloud also provides for complex video analytics.

Benefits of the Cloud for Home Security
The cloud is the backbone of today’s smart home trend. It is paving the way for security systems to be integrated with automation solutions. No longer are you tied to a keypad. With the cloud, you are able to manage the security of your home remotely. From answering the door to arming or disarming the alarm system – it’s all now in the palm of your hands, thanks to the cloud.

As you can see, the cloud is an integral part of both home and commercial security today. Even if you weren’t aware you were using it, if you have a security system, you likely are.

Gossip Alert:

The Most Popular One-Hit-Wonders of All Time 

Chances are, you have a few “favorites” when it comes to one-hit wonders. However, chances are there’s a few you haven’t thought of, too.

1.    “I Melt with You” by Modern English circa 1982
2.    “Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang
circa 1979
3.    “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia circa 1997
4.    “What is Love” by Haddaway circa 1993
5.    “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell circa 1981

Do you have a few songs stuck in your head now? So do we! These are some tried and true favorites
– too bad these bands and singers didn’t last!