Help Keep Your Neighborhood Safe as a Team!

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Get together: Neighbors are your best confidants when it comes to preventing a burglary in your neighborhood. Getting to know them and building a rapport will make them more willing to offer a helping hand (or a pair of eyes) when you’re away from home. It’s important to offer the same help in return as suspicious activity can be even more easily spotted as a team. Starting a neighborhood watch program will help create a sense of safety. Teaming up with your neighbors will not only help deter burglars but will also help build a community bond.
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The Invisible Killer: Carbon Monoxide

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Carbon monoxide is a gas that you cannot see, taste or smell – it is also known as the “Invisible Killer”. It’s an odorless and colorless gas created by fuels when they burn incompletely. It can be produced from anything that burns fuel (cars, stoves, grills, fireplaces, ETC). Carbon Monoxide (CO) is dangerous when taken into the lungs because it displaces oxygen in the blood and deprives vital organs of oxygen. Large amounts of CO can cause the body to lose consciousness and suffocate within minutes. Signs of CO poisoning may include: constant headaches, weakness, dizziness, blurred vision, nausea, and shortness of breath.

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Safety Tips: Driving in the Rain

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Driving in the rain, whether short or long-distance, is not only a hassle but it’s extremely dangerous. Per AAA exchange, wet pavement contributes to nearly 1.2 million traffic accidents annually. Regardless, safety begins with the driver! – the following are a few safety tips to always consider when driving in the rain:

  • Take your time:  Slowing down while driving on wet roads will highly reduce your vehicle’s chances of skidding, sliding or hydroplaning.  Remember, the road is most slippery (more…)

The Benefits of Access Control With Integrated Video

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Access control systems are the new wave of the future when it comes to building safety. Now more than ever, a variety of access control technologies can work together so that hospital, school and university protection professionals, together with administrators, can more easily manage the data coming in from those systems and develop improved situational awareness during an emergency situation. New access control systems can also help campuses manage the many forms of mass notification used by your institution if a crisis occurs. (more…)

Do You Have Enough Camera Coverage?

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It is typical to believe that having one camera with enough coverage for an entire room is all you need to keep your business or home secure, but is that true? What if the area you want to cover is a lobby, a large office space, or even your front porch, will one camera be enough to see what happened in the event of a burglary? (more…)

Property Management Closed Circuit Television – CCTV

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Property managers employing high-tech CCTV and DVR products to strengthen its management quality is a fast-paced trend in recent years. Being able to remotely view all around the property without having to physically walk the perimeter of a building is ideal for property management. With massive complexes housing hundreds of people it tends to be more likely to have an increase in vandalism, violence & theft. (more…)

Cold Weather Leads to Car Theft Spike

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Have you heard about warm-up thefts?  You can bet the average car thief has.  The National Crime Prevention Council says car thieves may be on the prowl for your car during this current cold snap. During the cold weather months, area drivers may be tempted to let their cars warm up unattended while they stay inside of their warm home. Cars left running, unlocked, and unattended are quick and easy targets for thieves! (more…)

The Many Needs for Managed Access Control

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It’s common for property management companies to have someone on call around the clock to deal with various property issues. Late night and weekend phone calls are routine for property managers. Some of these calls relate to maintenance issues… power outages, plumbing problems, or heating. But the most frequent calls property managers receive are from tenants who lock themselves out of their residential space or commercial suite. This requires the property management representative to meet the locked-out tenant at the site to unlock the door. If ever there was a golden opportunity for managed access control, this is it. (more…)

Prevent Unplanned Repairs – Fire Alarm Maintenance

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Fire alarms and false alarms problems can be caused by a number of sources, such as age, dust, dirt, contaminates, and vandalism. Even remodeling and improper maintenance procedures can cause damage and increase your false alarm rate.

So why is it important to have your fire alarm system inspected? Regular service and maintenance may increase the life of your system, meet insurance company requirements, greatly improves reliability and reduce false alarms. Periodic system testing and inspection by qualified specialists can detect any problems. (more…)