September 2015 “The Secure Zone” eNewsletter
“Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” – Margaret Lee Runbeck
Things to Consider When Choosing Exterior Security Lighting
Having a business can be a very rewarding and very stressful undertaking. As a business owner or manager, one of your major concerns should be the level of security you have in place. The first level of defense you should have is a monitored security system, which will help to monitor any activity that goes on inside and outside of your building, day or night.
Many security issues happen “after hours” so a properly configured security system will help safeguard and protect your property when you’re not there.
Another great way to protect the outside of your building is to add security lighting. Here are a few things you need to consider when trying to put in the best security lighting possible for your business.
A Burglar’s Mindset
The first thing you need to do when trying to put the right exterior security lighting in place is to imagine how a burglar will perceive your building. You want to try and cover any of the blind spots you have around the exterior of your building.
The fewer blind spots you have in your business, the easier it will be to deter would -be thieves. By putting yourself in the mindset of a thief, you will be better equipped to choose and position the lighting the right way.
Use Some Motion Sensors
Another very important thing you need to do when trying to protect the outside of your building with lighting is to use motion sensors. The use of motion sensors is a great way to catch a would-be robber and deter them with the element of surprise. Make sure you choose high-quality sensors for your property due to the danger that will arise from cheap sensors not working when you need them the most.
By having a properly configured security system in place, and a well thought out exterior lighting plan, you will be well on your way to making your business an impenetrable fortress.
Your Home Has Been Burglarized – Now What?
One of the worst things that a homeowner can experience is a burglary at their residence. This can make them feel vulnerable and unsafe in their own home. For the most part, a homeowner will not know what to do when it comes to what to do after they come into a home that has been burglarized.
In order to get the ball rolling, you will need to take swift action. The following are a couple of tips on what you need to do when your home has been robbed.
Get the Authorities Involved
The first thing that you need to do when your home has been burglarized is contact the proper authorities. You need to make sure that you have the police come to your home so you can file a report. The faster you are able to get a report on record, the better your chance will be of getting your things back. The longer that you wait to get the authorities involved, the harder that it will be to recover the things that have been stolen from your home.
Bulk up Your Security
Once you have gotten your police report filed, the next thing that you need to think about is bulk up the security of your residence. You need to re-evaluate what type of security measures you have in place at your home and what you can do to increase their effectiveness. Be sure to use this bad experience as a way to see where your home is vulnerable and what you need to do to fix the weak spots.
By turning this negative experience into a positive, you will be able to take actions to prevent another burglary from taking place.
As a nation, the United States appears to be becoming more and more sleep deprived. And it may be our busy lifestyle that keeps us from getting proper sleep.
While naps do not necessarily make up for inadequate or poor quality nighttime sleep, a short nap of 20-30 minutes can help to improve mood, alertness and cognitive and athletic performance. Ninety percent of the human population takes a stimulant at some point during the day, usually caffeine. We do that to wipe out the normal mid-day sleep we would be getting.
We’d all benefit if people got more sleep. For one thing, there’d be fewer accidents. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) found in one survey that about 4 percent of Americans admitted to having fallen asleep while driving within the previous month. That’s a terrifying statistic.
- A short nap is usually recommended (20-30 minutes) for short-term alertness. This type of nap provides significant benefit for improved alertness and performance without leaving you feeling groggy or interfering with nighttime sleep.
- Your sleep environment can greatly impact your ability to fall asleep. Make sure that you have a restful place to lie down and that
- The temperature in the room is comfortable. Try to limit the amount of noise heard and the extent of the light filtering in. While some studies have shown that just spending time in bed can be beneficial, it is better to try to catch some zzz’s.
- If you take a nap too late in the day, it might affect your nighttime sleep patterns and make it difficult to fall asleep at your regular bedtime. If you try to take it too early in the day, your body may not be ready for more sleep.
Researchers Uncovered a Possible Connection Between Sleep and Alzheimer’s Disease
New research from the University of Rochester in New York, suggests that sleep may help promote something called glymphatic clearance. All the cells in your body throughout the day have metabolic byproducts that are toxic if they accumulate too much. We have a lymphatic system in our body that clears out those toxins, but not in the brain. In the brain we have the glymphatic system. When we’re awake, the brain goes about having various degrees of metabolic activity and lays waste in the cellular spaces outside the neurons. When we’re sleeping, the cells in our brain [particularly the non-neuronal glial cells] shrink a little bit. That makes extra cellular space that the brain can then flush with cerebral spinal fluid, essentially flushing out all those toxins.
One of those toxins is beta amyloid, which is one of the accumulated toxins in Alzheimer’s disease. This is all still very new, but the idea that a function of sleep is essentially to flush out toxins is really exciting and is being researched.
Here are several famous folks who napped regularly:
- Leonardo da Vinci took multiple naps a day and slept less at night.
- The French Emperor Napoleon was not shy about taking naps. He indulged daily.
- Though Thomas Edison was embarrassed about his napping habit, he also practiced his ritual daily.
- Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, used to boost her energy by napping before speaking engagements.
- Gene Autry, “the Singing Cowboy,” routinely took naps in his dressing room between performances.
- President John F. Kennedy ate his lunch in bed and then settled in for a nap—every day!
- Oil industrialist and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller napped every afternoon in his office.
- Winston Churchill’s afternoon nap was a non-negotiable. He believed it helped him get twice as much done each day.
- President Lyndon B. Johnson took a nap every afternoon at 3:30 p.m. in order to break his day up into “two shifts.”
Though criticized for it, President Ronald Reagan famously took naps as well.
Self-driving cars are no longer a futuristic idea. Companies like Mercedes, BMW, and Tesla have already released, or are soon to release, self-driving features that give the car some ability to drive itself.
Tech companies are also trying to pioneer the self-driving car. Recently, Google announced that it would be testing its prototype of a driverless car on roads this summer in California. The original plan was to create a car that was completely driverless, but California introduced some new rules this year that stipulated that test cars must also have manual controls (steering, pedals) so that a human driver can take over if needed.
Google’s self driving cars are designed to navigate safely through city streets. They have sensors designed to detect objects as far as two football fields away in all directions, including pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles—or even fluttering plastic shopping bags and rogue birds. The software processes all the information to help the car safely navigate the road without getting tired or distracted.
If all goes well, Google hopes to partner with a real car maker to bring a self-driving vehicle to market in the next five years. Whether the commercialized driverless car will look like the overly cutesy Google prototype remains to be seen.
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