August 2015 “The Secure Zone” eNewsletter
“Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.” – Leon J. Suenes
When you install a lock for your business, your goal is to keep the property secure while you are away. As a result of business owners demanding new, more effective methods of securing their businesses, the security industry offers a number of different types of locks. Some of the most common include:
- Cam locks
- Combination locks
- Deadbolt locks
- Traditional key locks
Another option, which can enhance the security of a business further than the traditional locks is a keypad lock.
Keypad locks work without a key. In order to gain access to a building, the person has to enter the proper numerical combination. The keypad on these locks is similar to what is found on a telephone or calculator. When the correct pin is entered, the door unlocks. There are quite a few benefits offered by keypad locks over other options, which are found here.
- Higher level of security: There are no cylinders, so they are unable to be bumped or picked like conventional locks. There are also no keys to be lost
- A smarter security option: There are some keypad locks that can be scheduled to only open during certain times. This will limit access even to those who have the pin.
- Easy to install: There are no major adjustments needed to install this type of lock. They are a standalone unit which means there is no need to wire in the door to make them work.
If you are looking for a better way to secure your property, then you should consider the benefits offered by a keypad lock. They can provide peace of mind for any property.
As technology increases, so do the options for keeping a home safe. One option for enhancing your home and your family’s safety is to install security cameras. These cameras are designed to monitor home activity and help to deter a break-in.
Prior to purchasing a security camera, you should understand the options that are available.
Types of Security Cameras
When selecting a security camera for protecting your home, you need to find one that meets your specific needs. To determine this, think about the type of home you have and how the cameras will be used. Some of the most common types of security cameras include:
- Dome: Spin quickly in the surroundings and are not supposed to be seen.
- Bullet: Mounted to a specific point in a certain area and mostly used indoors.
- Infrared vision: Will capture images even when extremely dark.
- Day/Night: Used mostly on the exterior of homes, these cameras will adapt to the lighting around them.
- Varifocal: Will allow the operators to focus and zoom into images.
Features of Security Cameras
Once you have selected a type of security camera, you should assure it offers the features that you need. Some features you should remember when trying to purchase security cameras include:
- Ability to view the footage remotely
- Sensors that are motion activated
- Quality resolution
- Night vision
- DVR hard drive to record events or certain periods of time
When you find cameras offering these specific features, it will help to enhance the quality offered by your home’s surveillance system. When it comes to keeping your home and family safe, it is essential to find a security camera that meets your needs.
Items inside of your medicine cabinet, such as daily medications, vitamins and antiseptics, can cause quite a bit of harm if they are found in the wrong hands – experimental teens, forgetful seniors or even young children.
Also, prescription medications and painkillers are usually high on a burglar’s “shopping” list.
In order to prevent any type of lethal accident or theft, you need to ensure your medicine cabinet is secure.
Inventory and Organize
When you organize your medicine cabinet, you will be able to keep up with the medications in your home and how much is present. When it comes to medicine cabinet safety, organization is a key component.
- Discard unneeded medication.
- Only use the original containers for pills and other medications so you know exactly what they are for and who they are for.
- Use a color coding system to keep different people’s medications separate.
Medicine Cabinet Safety and Kids
Kids are naturally curious. They like to wander around and explore various nooks and crannies in your home. In 2012, over 64,000 children were seen and treated in a hospital because of medicine poisoning. To prevent his from happening in your home be sure to:
- Keep all medications out of the reach of children
- Use bottles and containers that are child-resistant
- Keep any emergency numbers nearby just in case of an accidental ingestion
Medicine Cabinet Safety and Seniors
While children may be your primary concern, the elderly may also need to be kept from accessing a medicine cabinet. While forgetfulness goes along with aging, there are steps that can prevent them from taking medication that is not their own, or medication in doses that are too high.
One way to prevent overdoses in seniors is to organize their daily medication. Purchase the daily dividers and put all their medication for one day inside. Doing this will prevent them from taking too much of a particular drug.
Medicine Cabinet Security and Thieves
Up to 51 percent of all burglaries are committed as a means for a person to get more drugs. Try to keep all your prescription drugs and painkillers in a secure location, such as a locked medicine cabinet. This will help prevent the drugs from getting into the hands of a criminal.
Thanks to modern technology, there are now a number of sensors that can be purchased to let you know if any unauthorized party has accessed the medicine cabinet. These alerts can be directed to a smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC.
SELF magazine recently did an article showcasing the fitness closet of a particular reality TV star. This closet is incredible and would make any exercise enthusiast jealous!
The 150-square foot space has every Nike product you can think of:
All organized to absolute perfection. The space offers a glass case display for accessories, a suede-lined shelf that displays head and wrist bands, sunglasses, and hair ties, and LED lighting so the case lights up with the flip of a switch. This exercise shrine even has a fridge filled with Fiji water!
Can you guess whose closet this is?
Well, it’s none other than Khloe Kardashian’s! But the designer of this immaculate closet is Lisa Adams, CEO and Designer of LA Closet Design. So, if you’re looking for something similar to house your exercise threads, call Lisa.
Smart phones, smart devices and now, smart houses. While this is not necessarily a new concept, it is one becoming more and more mainstream. From automated security systems and convenience features, there are a number of ways to make your home “smart.”
Geofencing allows you to define various geographical barriers and then associate these barriers with specific automation actions. Essentially, it is a virtual boundary, where you can control almost anything related to your home in terms of electronics, appliances and security.
The technology can be used to set up a type of simulated field around your home, or even your neighborhood.
Now, you may be wondering what the benefit of this is?
When Geofencing is set up properly it will provide you with mobile alerts and allow you to manage household equipment. Some of the features include:
- Know when loved ones come into or leave a specific area
- Arm or disarm your security system
- Adjust your cooling and heating units
- Activate lights
- Control your video surveillance
When you install a geofence you can sync your thermostat, security system, appliances and lights so they come on or become activated during certain times of the day, according to your family’s schedule. It can even provide automatic adjustments as family members exit or enter the set limits, as well.
No longer do you have to worry or wonder if you left the oven on or forgot to turn up the AC. You can arrive home late at night to a well-lit and safer home. This is beneficial for any size home, in any location and is a type of technology that will likely be mainstream in the very near future.
We offer a wide-range of Commercial and Residential Security Services that include:
- Video Surveillance
- Intrusion Detection
- Access Control
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