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“Happiness is not a state to arrive at,

but a manner of traveling.”   – Margaret Lee Runbeck

Commercial Security:

Defending Your Commercial Property Against Burglars: Helpful and Effective Tips

If you own or manage a commercial property, you may find the outside world somewhat threatening. This isn’t paranoia – according to crime statistics from the FBI, non-residential burglaries were up 2.6 percent in 2016. Additionally, a study conducted by Science Daily showed that 31 percent of all experienced burglars were targeting commercial properties.

If you are worried about your commercial building, then it’s time to take proactive steps to prevent a burglary from taking place. Some tips to do this include installing surveillance cameras and lights in certain locations and hiring a security guard. Some other tips can be found here. 


Pay Attention to Your Workers

Any security best practices need to include considerations for your employees. The fact is, this issue is bigger than you may realize. It’s estimated that up to 64 percent of all small businesses are victimized by their employees; however, for a wide array of reasons, only about 16 percent of these thefts were reported.

 

This means you have to make sure your employees aren’t able to access certain sensitive information and install access control systems to keep them out of certain areas. Also, if someone is fired or leaves the organization, change the locks. Even if the individual left on good terms, the likelihood of being burglarized by a former employee is high. 


Ensure There are No Hiding Spots

According to statistics, thieves to commercial properties prefer the cover of darkness. After all, it’s harder to be detected in the dark.

 

As a result, you need to take steps to protect your property by installing lights in strategic locations both outside and inside your business and utilize motion detectors. Be sure anything that could be used as a hiding spot – i.e. bushes, trees, etc. – are removed or trimmed.

Superior Security

The absolute best way to protect your commercial property from burglars is by installing a top-quality alarm system. This will help ensure your property is safe and deter would be burglars from even attempting to gain access.

As you can see, there are several things you can do to help protect your commercial property. Implement these tips to gain peace of mind. 

Residential Security:

3 Must-Have Features for Your Home Alarm System 

Regardless of if you already have a home alarm system installed, or are thinking about purchasing one, it’s a good idea to remain aware of the latest and greatest features available. By doing this, you can feel confident that your alarm system is as effective as it can be against would be burglars.

Three security features that you should make sure your system offers can be found here.

Begin with a Quality Home Security Foundation

Before getting into some of the more innovative alarm system features, you need to start with the basics. While security systems you can monitor from your phone are great – they aren’t a good idea if you have looked over some of the most basic features that are absolutely essential for your home’s security.

The alarm itself, motion detectors and door sensors are the perfect place to begin. It’s also important to consider the control panel. This is where you actually interact with the alarm system. Be sure you have one that’s easy to use and intuitive.

 

Take Your Home’s Security System Wireless

Wireless alarm systems have been around for years, but the technology available today is superior to anything available in the past. Today, these systems can be installed in your home with little to no drilling – also, you don’t have to have a phone line for off-site monitoring.

This provides an additional layer of protection because there aren’t any conspicuous wires that could be cut to disable your alarm. Wireless systems also provide the desirable feature of remote monitoring and alerts. This ensures you never have to wonder if your home is safe and secure.

Home Automation Combined with Home Security

An advancement in home security systems that’s extremely appealing is the ability to add-on home automation. This provides you with the ability to monitor your home remotely and manage it. With these features, you can turn on and off your lights, unlock or lock the doors, change the setting on your thermostat and more. These features allow you to know what’s going on at your house – regardless of where you are.

There’s no question that having a home security system is essential for peace of mind. However, if you want the most out of your system, you want to ensure your system is outfitted with the features here. 

Health Tip:

 Avoid the Flu this Fall with These Helpful Tips  

With colder weather comes cold and flu season. If you want to avoid falling victim to this illness this season, you have to take preventative steps. After all, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Use the tips and ideas here to help keep yourself – and everyone in your house – flu-free this season.

Reduce the Amount of Dairy You Consume 

If you notice that you or your kids are beginning to develop cold symptoms (i.e. congestion, cough, runny nose, etc.) consider reducing the amount of dairy consumed. Products such as cheese and milk can make mucus thicker, causing post-nasal drip and a cough to get worse. Once the symptoms have passed, dairy can be reintroduced into the diet.

Eat Chicken Noodle Soup

Believe it or not – eating chicken noodle soup for a cold isn’t just an old wives’ tale. It really works. This soup contains ingredients that can help to ease the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections. For best results, make homemade soup and avoid the canned versions.

Avoid Sugary Drinks

Drinks full of sugar, such as juices and sodas, will not only increase your weight, but they can also result in chronic nasal obstructions – this creates a nose that is permanently stuffy and runny. If you are suffering from this symptom, then it may be a good idea to lay off these types of drinks – your waist line will thank you, too!

While these tips are effective at helping to get rid of flu-related symptoms, if they persist, the best thing you can do is go to the doctor. 

Tech Corner:

How Your Alarm System Can Enable Smart Living 

Are you still unsure if you want to install an electronic alarm system to protect your property? Sill unconvinced that you need this type of security solution?

The fact is, a security system can help to reduce your financial burden and link your mobile devices to home management. They can also help provide convenience and peace of mind.

Making a Smart Bet with a Smart Home

In 2017, the North American home security system market surpassed $3.9 billion in value – which is an annual growth rate of 23 percent. One of the primary reasons for this significant growth is the rise of smart device use and adoption, and the ability they have to connect wireless to other technologies in the home.

The increased use of smart devices and systems is helping to “remake” life. Now, it’s possible to utilize a sophisticated security system that has been networked with the other control and sensing devices in your home, including door locks, climate controllers and smoke detectors. You can manage your entire “home network” from your phone – regardless of the physical location between you and your house.

These types of combined solutions help to make your home more attractive if you are planning to sell. In fact, they can help you earn a premium from those who are looking to buy. Consider this:

  • Up to 65 percent of home buyers are willing to pay significantly more for homes with smart home technology integrated already

  • 55 percent of home buyers would spend more for interior/exterior security cameras and smart doorbells that allowed owners to check cameras (along with other tech features)


Is Your Home “Smart?”

If you have yet to invest in this smart technology, now may be the time to do so. In addition to helping you fetch a higher price if you sell, these smart features can also (in many situations) help you reduce your insurance premiums. As a result, not only are you implementing technology that safeguards you and your family, but you are saving money and reducing costs along the way.

If you are ready to learn more about smart home security features, then contact the pros. They can help create a customized solution for your home.   

 

Gossip Alert:

Teen Stars who Disappeared from the Screen – Do You Remember? 

There’s no question that the 30-year period between the 1980s and 2000s produced a wide array of good – and not-so-good – movies with teen stars everyone thought would be around for good. However, many teen stars seemed to have just disappeared from the big screen after just one movie or show.

Some of those are listed here. Take a trip down memory lane and see if you remember any of these teen stars.

Jonathan Taylor Thomas – JTT

If you were a teenage girl in the 1990s there’s a good chance you have a poster of the heartthrob JTT on your wall. He was the middle son, Randy, on the TV show “Home Improvement.” He also voiced Simba in the 1994 production of “The Lion King” from Disney. 

However, since that time, JTT has maintained a low-profile and focused on school, rather than the spotlight.

Andrew Keegan   

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Keegan had several memorable roles in shows such as “Party of Five, ” and “7th Heaven.” He also made appearances in shows such as “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch,” “Boy Meets World,” and “Full House.” Keegan even had a few roles in great teen movies, such as “The Broken Hearts Club” and “10 Things I Hate About You.”

 

However, after the early 2000s, Keegan pretty much faded away, not to be seen or heard from in Hollywood since.

 

Marques Houston

Another popular TV show in the 1990s was “Sister, Sister.” Roger, the “pest” of the show was played by Marques Houston. He gained quite a bit of recognition from his role and even appeared in several music videos. However, after this, he turned away from acting and began to pursue a career in music.