GSS’s Secure Zone Newsletter
Courtesy of Bill Davey

  “Life can be pulled by goals just as surely
as it can be pushed by drives.” –  Viktor Frankl

Here’s the October issue of the Secure Zone™ Newsletter. Hope you enjoy!

Why Card Access May be the Safest Option for Your Commercial Property
When it comes to your commercial building’s security, one of the best options is a card access control system. Keypad locks and traditional lock and keys are not only outdated, but they can also be difficult to manage. Learn more about why you should consider card access for your commercial property here.

The Traditional Lock and Key: An Outdated, Easy to Breach Form of Security
If you use a traditional lock and key to keep your business secure, you may discover it presents more of a hassle than a benefit. Each key made makes your business that much more vulnerable. When you give a key to anyone, it requires quite a bit of trust. When you own a business and use this method, you are losing control of:

  • When the keys are used
  • When the keys are copied
  • Who the copies of the key are given too

Also, anyone who has had a key (at any point) from ex-employees and cleaning staff, to contractors and more, may still be able to gain access to your business. The only other option is to change the key and lock each time someone is fired or no longer working with the company – this can get expensive quickly.

Why Keypad Locks are Not the Answer
One of the biggest benefit offed by keypad locks is that they don’t require a key. When you don’t need a key, you can eliminate the potential of unauthorized copies. Also, you don’t have to worry about keys being lost because a code will be used to gain entry. However, this still isn’t the best security option. With a keypad lock, you still don’t have control over who gains access to the combination or when the lock is opened.

Electronic Card Access: Unsurpassed Commercial Property Security
The most secure building option for commercial property security is to install a card activated access control system. These systems are extremely flexible and can work in any environment, including businesses, hospitals, schools and more. With the electronic cards, you receive the following benefits:

  • Only able to be opened when the card is used.
  • Only used during authorized and pre-programmed times.
  • Eliminates the need for you to manually lock the door.
  •  Ability to log who accesses a certain area of the business, at what time and for how long.

As you can see, it makes sense to use a card access system to secure your property. If you want an effective and viable solution, then throw out the old lock and key, and secure your business with technology.

Residential Security

Security Upgrades to Consider for Your Home 

If you are considering upgrading your home, to make it safer and more secure, you have more options today than you ever did in the past. There is no question that the future has arrived, and technology has provided you with more than a few automation features to make your space more secure, comfortable and even fun. Some things to consider when it comes to upgrading the security in your home can be found here.

Upgrades for Your Doors
If someone is trying to gain access to your home, they are going to start with the doors. If you don’t have a deadbolt lock on each entry door leading into your home, now is the time to install them. The deadbolt is the most effective way to keep burglars away.

You also need to make sure your doors are sturdy and strong. A hollow core wooden door is ok for the interior of your home, but not the exterior. Also, glass is something you should avoid in your exterior doors. Solid wood doors, steel doors and other metal materials is the best to keep intruders out. You can also upgrade the frame if it is rotted or damaged and move any exterior hinges to the interior of the home.

Upgrade Your Windows
Another common point of entry for intruders is your windows. You need to make sure these are also secure by making the following upgrades:

  • Make sure each window has a lock and that it is engaged at all times.
  • Install window sensors that will let you know if the window is forced, broken or jimmied.
  • Install glass break detectors that are sensitive to the sound of glass breaking.
  • Install cameras with clear views of your doors and windows.
  • Make sure that all shrubs and bushes near your windows are cut down so that intruders cannot hide behind them.

When you make the home security upgrades highlighted here, you can enjoy more peace of mind and have a safer and more secure home.

Health Tip:

Tips to Keep Weight Off this Fall


There is no question that when the temperature begins to drop outside, many people retreat indoors to remain warm. Unfortunately, this often leads to a lot of time spent on the couch, inactive and snacking on less-than-good-for-you foods. If you want to avoid the seemingly inevitable fall and winter weight gain, use the tips here. There is no reason to pack on the pounds this fall and with the information here, you can remain slim and trim until warmer weather comes back around.

Stay Vigilant about Remaining Active
It is easy to remain indoors, hidden away and under a blanket when it is cold outside. However, if you want to keep winter weight gain away, you need to avoid this at all costs. Make a point to take walks, get outdoors and move. If necessary, join a gym or go to the community center and take advantage of the indoor exercise facilities. Don’t let yourself “hibernate” as this is a sure fire way to pack on the pounds.

Be Aware when You Snack
Don’t engage in mindless snacking just because you are bored. Make sure you fill your days with different activities. If you do find yourself reaching for sugary or starchy snacks, reevaluate. It is also beneficial to prepare healthier snacks ahead of time and have them ready to grab when a craving strikes. When you do this, you can avoid the snacking that often accompanies being bored and stuck indoors.

You have to remain aware and active to fight weight gain this fall. With the tips here, you will find it easier than last year.


Gossip Alert:

The Top 3 Corn Mazes in the Entire World 

There are certain things and activities that are synonymous with fall. Pumpkins, falling leaves and of course, the beloved corn maze. Chances are you have participated in this activity near your own home in years past. While most of the mazes in small towns are fun, they are small and quaint compared to the ones on our list. Here you can read about the top 3, most amazing corn mazes in the world.

1. The Great Vermont Corn Maze
While many corn mazes have unique features, this one has really gone above and beyond. With a 30 foot cabin cruiser that “sails” over the corn and a 32 foot underground tunnel, you won’t find anything else like it in the world. The dairy farm where this maze is located is owned by third generation farmers who unveil a newly designed maze every single year. Ready to experience it for yourself? If so, plan a trip to North Danville, Vermont this fall.

2. Kraay Family Farms
In most cases, the only piece of tech you are going to see in a corn maze is a flashlight. However, this is not the case at Kraay Family Farms. Located in Alberta, Canada, the Kraay family has been creating unique and amazing corn mazes since 1999. They were recently awarded the Guinness World Record for creating the largest QR Code. While it is fun to explore, you’ll need a plane and smartphone to take advantage of the actual code!

3. Queens Country Farm Museum
Forty-five minutes and three acres later you will find yourself dizzy and dazed from this corn maze that is located in Floral Park, N.Y. If you don’t feel like you can tackle the challenge, you can utilize the clues that are hidden in nine mailboxes throughout the maze. Inside the mailbox you can use a corn-shaped phone to speak with the tele-stalk staff for assistance.

Tech Corner:

Tools and Tech to Help Keep Your Kids Safe this Halloween 

While Halloween isn’t considered a high-tech holiday, there are some ways you can use technology to ensure your kids safety while they are out and about. After all, with all the “crazy” people in the world today, having a bit of help from some innovative products can’t hurt. Use the tips and tech here to ensure you and your kids have a safe and fun Halloween.

Find out where the treats are ahead of time. There is nothing quite as disappointing than your kids making their way up a driveway only to discover no one is going to answer the door. Now you can avoid this disappointment and stay away from uninviting homes by using the “Next Door Treat Map” app. This is a hyper-local social network that works on both iOS and Android devices. It lets you know what neighbors are participating, and which ones are not.

Keep up with your kids with GPS tracking. There are more than a few apps that will let you track your kids via their phones or other devices. One is Find My Friends, which is made by Apple, but there are more than a few to choose from. With these apps, you will know exactly where your kids are at all times, which will help keep them safe and give you peace of mind.

A spare phone. Even if you prefer that your child not have a smartphone, you should still give them an emergency cellphone while trick-or-treating. This can give them helpful tools such as an SOS flash, panic siren and flashlight just in case they get lost or are in trouble. You can also program your number into the phone so they can call you if there is an emergency.

Keeping your little ones safe this Halloween is actually easier than you may think when you use the tech and tools highlighted here.

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Bill’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia Question

Question: Lynyrd Skynyrd had a huge hit with what
song that was also made into a movie that starred
Reese Witherspoon, Patrick Dempsey and Josh Lucas?

Previous Month’s Rock n’ Trivia Question

(Answer) The Drifters

Bill Davey
GSS Security