In the wake of yet another horrific shooting, our personal security is again weighing on our minds. As we send our kids off to school or attend a crowded venue, or even before clicking the “place order” button on an online purchase, we’re constantly reminded of security risks. We find ourselves asking, ”What can I do”?
First and foremost, we must be alert. Situational awareness is your first line of defense. Pay close attention to your surroundings and be conscious of your vulnerabilities. Take a proactive role to ensure the personal safety of your family, employees, clients and community. Install a CCTV (closed circuit television) camera system. We’ve all seen how effective doorbell cameras are; visible cameras are not only an excellent deterrent for would-be criminals but can also provide critical evidence should a crime be committed. A monitored system is invaluable as well, especially when tied in to a comprehensive life-safety and security system that includes smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, motion and glass-break detectors and window sensors. And imagine the comfort of having a single panic button to call out to police, fire fighters or paramedics.
Criminal’s Dreaded Foe
Light it up! Automated Lighting and motorized shades are an invaluable and effective deterrent for would-be criminals. Both interior and exterior landscape lighting can be programmed to imitate home occupancy, whether you’re just out for a day of shopping at Birkdale Village or traveling for weeks abroad. Integrated in to your camera system, lights can be triggered when motion is sensed with text alerts and video sent to your smart phone. Regardless of whether it’s your home, house of worship or favorite restaurant, a well-lit building and parking lot are a criminal’s worst enemy.
How is Your Cyber Health?
It seems that we’re seeing more and more “big data” breeches among major retailers and, with the holidays fast approaching and many of us shopping online, we need to be diligent to protect ourselves from cyber-crimes. Again, be smart and take every measure to ensure the security of your networks, both at home and in your business. If your infrastructure is outdated, make it a priority to upgrade now!
Be Proactive and Prepared
Finally, formulate a plan. What will you do in the event of a robbery or natural disaster? Does everyone know how to alert authorities, access fire extinguishers, engage smart door locks, etc.? Take the time to check your community’s resources and formulate a plan. If you are interested in having a complimentary assessment of your security or infrastructure systems, please contact us and we’ll get it scheduled.
Please share links to any resources you’ve found to be valuable from your school, our local law enforcement and fire departments, etc. Together, we can make our community a safer place.
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