Globelink Secure Zone™ Newsletter

Security Systems & Alarm Monitoring

“The rose is fairest when ‘t is budding new, and hope is brightest when it dawns from fears. ” – Walter Scott



Commercial Alarm Monitoring



How Video Verificationn Can Help You Reduce False Alarms

It has been estimated that 94% to 99% of burglar alarm activations are false. This is a huge number, especially when you think about all the issues with false alarms – strain on local law enforcement and the chance that at any time the police may be dealing with a false alarm, rather than a true emergency. With the impact of these false alarms, there are many jurisdictions that now impose fines on businesses that have too many false alarms in each period. The fines range from $25 to $100 for the first false alarm but go up quickly after several false alarms have occurred. While prevent false alarms completely will likely never be possible, there are some steps you can take to help reduce their occurrence. One of these tips is to implement video verification.



Residential Alarm Monitoring

Tips to Deter Burglars as Warmer Weather Moves In

Statistics have proven – time and time again – that as the temperatures start going up, so do crime rates. According to the FBI, burglaries increase by approximately 10% when the weather gets warm. A theory that supports this is that people tend to get more active as the weather warms up, which includes criminal activity. Another theory is that many people go on vacation during the summer. While things may be a bit different this summer with the residuals of the COVID-19 crisis, there is still a higher risk that your house will be targeted during the summer then during the cooler months of the year. What you have to figure out is how you can increase security around your house. Some tips that will help ensure your home is protected from these warm weather opportunities are found here.




Effective Ways to Protect Your Smart Home Devices

   More and more homeowners are opting to install smart home devices to help secure their family, home, and property. Devices like the Samsung SmartThings Hub, Wink Hub 2, Google Home, and Amazon Alexa can help make things safer and more convenient, but there could be security risks too. For example, there are people who have hacked into these smart devices threatening people through baby monitors and more. There is no reason to have to worry about these things when you take the proper security measures, but if you don’t properly secure the smart devices you are using, you may find you are a victim, too. If you want to mitigate these risks, now is the time to take action. Keep reading to learn more about what you can do to safeguard your smart home devices here.


Read the Product Packaging

It is important to read the information provided by the product manufacturer on how to keep your device secure. There could be updated software or patches you have to download. If necessary, contact the device manufacturer to learn more, or just Google tips from other users.


Use Multi-Factor Authentication 

While this may sound fancy, it works well. Multi-factor authentication means you have to have a text-message response and password to access your system.


Upgrade Your Device When Necessary

Consider the age of the device you are using. Is it more than six months old? If so, see if the manufacturer has taken steps to fix the security loopholes present. If they have, upgrade; if not, find a manufacturer that offers better security.





Kids and Social Distancing: Tips to Help You Make It Work 

As the country slowly begins to open up, top government officials and the President himself are stressing the importance of maintaining social distancing. However, when you have kids, you know how challenging this can really be. The good news is, there are a few tips that will help you make it through while keeping yourself, your kids, and others out of harms way.


Create a New “Normal” Routine

Schedules and routines are crucial for children. With children being out and their regular activities canceled, it is smart to create a new schedule for your child, which will help them develop a new “normal.” Routines provide a child with guidance so they know what to expect and when, which will help to relieve any anxiety they may have about the situation.


Create a List of Goals or Projects

In many situations, your to-do list is overshadowed by busy schedules. You should try to use this time as the chance to revisit these projects and work together as a family to achieve them. Make a list of all your goals, both necessary and fun, to see what you have time to tackle. This could be a list of books your child wants to read or reorganizing their bedroom. Keep your list of goals and projects in a public space, such as the refrigerator. When the task is done, mark it with a sticker and verbally praise the accomplishments everyone has made.


Try to Connect Despite the Necessity of Distance

Social distancing doesn’t mean that you can’t check in with family members or friends. People are naturally wired for connection. While you may not be able to connect physically, you can still connect emotionally and socially. As you can see, there are several steps you can take for you and your child to connect with others. Keep this in mind and use the tips here to make the most of this time with your family.




How Sports Stars and Celebrities are Reaching Out and Helping Others During the COVID-19 Crisis   

With the COVID-19 pandemic, sports events are canceled, movies and television shows have stopped filming, schools have closed, and many states have banned dining in at restaurants. During this down-time, which many sports stars and celebrities typically don’t have, many have decided to give back.

Some of the biggest donations and steps that have been taken by these big-name stars and athletes are found here.


Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers: Gave $100K to support the staff at the Cavs arena who were put out of work due to the suspension of the NBA.

Jimmy Fallon of the Tonight Show: Made donation to the Feeding America foundation and encouraged viewers and other celebrities to do the same.

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds: Donated $1 million to help low-income families and older adults.

Uber: Delivered more than 300K free meals to first responders and officials who are working on the front line.