April 2018 " The Secure Zone" eNewsletter
"Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need." - Voltaire
If you are in charge of running a business, especially a retail store, you may experience an attempted break-in or burglary at some point. While this may be a risk of operating a business, there are steps you can take to safeguard the property and your assets.
Learn more about what you can do to prevent break-ins at your retail business here.
- Choose the Right Locks
It is pretty obvious that you need to protect your retail store with locks; however, what may not be as clear is what locks to use. For example, if you do experience a break-in and want to collect insurance money, you will likely have to prove forced entry into the building. As a result, you need to choose a lock system that will make it difficult for someone to get through.
The best lock to consider is a pin tumbler cylinder lock or a dead lock bolt. If you don’t have a quality lock installed, then speak with a locksmith to
see what they recommend.
- Safeguard all Exterior Doors
Most business owners will only make the security of the main entrance a priority – and this is a huge mistake. The majority of nefarious individuals will prefer an entrance that isn’t as busy, which means that they will choose a rear entrance. As a result, you need to make sure you safeguard the back entrance just as well as you do the front.
- Re-Key Your Store Regularly
When you have an employee, who quits or is fired, it is a good idea to re-key the building’s locks. After all, you don’t want them to try and “seek revenge” if they didn’t leave on the best terms. Re-keying your locks regularly is the best way to prevent this type of issue from occurring.
- Invest in a Safe
If a thief does get into your retail store, you want to make sure they can’t easily gain access to your case box. This is why it is such a good idea to invest in a high-security safe to keep your cash in. For additional security, make sure to store the safe in a secure part of your store – the best option is behind another locked door. This will make it much more difficult for a burglar to gain access to it.
- Security Systems
The best way to safeguard your store, by far, is to invest in a quality security system. These systems are activated when you leave the premises for the day and alert the authorities to a wide array of activities, such as forced entry, motion detection and more.
If you want to safeguard your retail business, make sure to use the tips and information here.
Do you have a teen at home? If so, you know that they often stay there alone. You may be concerned for their safety. While this isn’t uncommon, there are a few additional steps you can take to ensure they are safe and secure while home alone. Use the tips here to do just that.
Install Entry Sensors
There are a number of unique ways you may be able to use entry sensors to keep your teens safe. In addition to installing them on windows and doors, consider placing these devices on the liquor cabinet or another location that teens should not be accessing.
While you won’t want the police called if a teen does happen to trip one of these sensors, you can have an alert sent to your phone or another device thanks to smart technology. This is a great way to give additional peace of mind to you when your teen is home alone.
With modern security systems, you can also give each member of your family a secret code to gain entrance to your home. Not only will this ensure you know when people arrive, you will also know who is coming and going and when. This may help to encourage your teen to remain home when they are not allowed to go out.
Give Your Teen More Responsibility
A great way to help encourage your teen to remain safe is to give them responsibility. Let them receive alerts on their phone regarding emergency situations, such as weather concerns and more. You can even teach them what to do in an emergency if they are home with their younger siblings when an emergency occurs.
As you can see, there are several ways you can keep your teen safe when they are home alone. These tips will help give you more peace of mind and help your teen feel more secure.
Do you like the idea of a smart home, but unsure if you can afford to integrate all the high-tech features that are available today? Don’t worry, there are quite a few, smaller features you can implement for an affordable price. By implementing the things on this list, you can take your home one step closer to becoming a smart-home.
Amazon, Google, Apple – all these big names have created a “home hub.” These can be used to control lights, locks, security and more. Even better, you can activate these devices using your voice. While there is an app on your phone allowing you to make adjustments to the devices, as needed, your voice is really all you need to change the temperature in your home, lock the doors and more. Also, these devices are available for purchase under $100.
Surveillance cameras have come a long way in recent years. In the past, you would have to either be on premises to watch the footage captured in real time or try to go through it at a later date to find a problem. Today, you can install smart surveillance cameras and then watch what is going on around your house or business from any location around the world.
Get rid of keys and provide superior security to your home with smart locks. With these, you can control them with your aforementioned home hub or your phone. You can even program the lock to unlock or lock when your phone is a certain distance from it. These types of features prevent issues of you forgetting to lock the door.
As you can see, there are several smart features you can implement today to help secure your home or business and enjoy a more high-tech environment.
While warmer weather is welcome around the country, if you suffer from spring allergies, you may be hibernating indoors. The good news is – you don’t have to! When you use the tips here, you can remain healthy and enjoy the warmer spring weather.
- Ditch your carpet: When you walk inside, your carpet holds on to all the allergens attached to your shoes. Get rid of carpet, find relief from spring-time allergies.
- Don’t dry clothes outside: while you may want to take advantage of the sunshine, pollen loves to stick to fabric. As a result, don’t hang your sheets and clothes to dry outside.
- Use a dehumidifier: When the moisture content is high, it is going to make your allergies worse. Use a dehumidifier in your home for relief.
- Go outside after it rains: Rain will flush away the pollen particles, which means you essentially have a “clean slate.”
- Don’t run during the peak pollen times: In most cases, the issues are going to be early in the morning and late in the evening – try to avoid walking or running at these times.
When you use the tips here, you will be able to enjoy the spring weather, without having to worry about allergy-related issues.
Crazy Pets Owned by the Rich and Famous
Have you ever dreamed about owning a lion or tiger? Are you in awe of the awe of all the animals you see at the zoo? If so, you are definitely not alone. However, unlike you, the rich and famous act on these desires, purchasing some rather unusual pets. Learn about a few of these here.
- Justin Bieber: After some time in Germany in 2013, Bieber received Mally, a Capuchin monkey, as a birthday present. Unfortunately, the new pet could not leave the country due to customs laws, and Bieber had to pay $8,000 to take him home.
- Mike Tyson: According to sources, Tyson spends over $4,000 per month to provide care for his three Bengal tigers.
- George Clooney: Max, the pot-bellied pig was Clooney’s companion for 18 years, with rumors they even slept in the same bed.
- Elvis Presley: He owned a pet wallaby for a while but wound up donating it to the Memphis Zoo to ensure that it got the needed care.
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