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Are Glass Break Sensors Important in Home Security? PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 31 January 2014 14:27
When homeowners hear that domestic break-ins are down, they may conclude that home security measures are not as important as they once were. This would be a big mistake, since the prevalence of alarms systems and other security features is one of the main reasons for the dropping crime rate. In many locations, there may be just as many would-be burglars as ever, but home security companies are getting better at stopping them due to technological advancements. home security

However, sometimes a security device is so sensitive that it interferes with the residents’ lives. Such devices can result in false alarms, a source of great annoyance to both residents and law enforcement personnel.

To provide a strong intrusion barrier with as little inconvenience to the residents as possible, alarm companies in BC have found the best system consists of a network of specialized devices placed in various locations in the home. Glass break sensors are some of the most widely used and effective of these devices.

Glass break sensors detect the breaking of a pane of glass, sometimes by using a sensor attached to the glass and sometimes by an acoustic detection device mounted nearby.

Early glass break sensors were among the first electronic anti-intrusion features used. These early models consisted of a conductive ribbon running around the edge of the pane. The ribbon carried a very weak electrical impulse, and the alarm would sound if this was broken. This worked well in some cases, but it required that the ribbon be broken to trigger the alarm. The main result was that burglars got very skilled at cutting in the middles of glass panes instead of at the edges.

Improved sensors could detect any strong vibrations passing through the glass even if the pane did not break, but these could sometimes be set off by thunderclaps or passing traffic.

Motion detectors became more prevalent in the 1970s, and some homeowners probably thought these would completely replace glass break sensors. This illusion was shattered, pardon the pun, by false alarms caused by wandering pets. This flaw became more glaring as people got in the habit of keeping their security systems on when they were at home. If they forgot and walked through the protected area, the alarm would go off erroneously.

These developments showed that domestic security was trickier than had originally been thought. Smarter devices were needed to tell the difference between one type of disturbance and another.

Newer glass break sensors offered by alarm companies in BC can detect a break anywhere on the pane, even if the crack does not reach the edge. They do this by passing an electrical current through the glass, so if damage occurs at any point, the current is interrupted and the alarm is set off. This current is very weak, and causes no physical sensation at all to people touching the pane. Sound analysis programs can tell the difference between an accidental touch and a blow intended to break the glass, so annoying false alarms are reduced.

Rather than replacing motion detectors and other safety devices, modern glass break sensors have become a complementary part of the domestic security system. They fill security gaps and work well with motion detectors to provide a complete intrusion barrier.
Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 14:37
 
Security Breaches Cost Businesses Money and Customers PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 31 January 2014 09:41
Security risks seem to come from every angle for the average business today. Not only are the age-old risks of external and internal theft still an issue, now data breaches and digital theft can cost companies thousands of dollars and sometimes millions.residential security

Commercial security in Vancouver is essential for the average business, however designing an effective security plan requires more than locks on the doors and virus protection on the computers. Digital assets and physical property require an investment of time and money each month to ensure the company doesn't experience a security breach that puts the company's employees or profits in danger.

Top Concerns for Business Security

Businesses of all kinds require a multi-faceted security program and the type of security dangers tend to be similar across many industries. Whether the company manufactures goods or sells them in a retail setting, the security concerns tend to be the same, even if the environment is completely different.

Common security issues that companies must protect against include:

Data breaches
Employee theft or fraud
External theft
Natural disasters

Some security solutions may provide protection for many different threats, but examining each potential security risk individually is best to ensure full protection.

A recent survey reports that businesses could lose an average of $50,000 from a single data breach and around $20,000 for an external theft.

These numbers might not seem significant to a large company, but a $50,000 loss can mean the end of a small- or medium-sized business. In addition, security breaches may drive customers away if they believe credit card information is unsafe when they make a purchase or their personal safety might be in jeopardy when they shop in a retail location.

Fighting Against Cyber Attacks

The Internet connects businesses to the world and also connects hackers to their targets by providing a direct route into a company's private files and records. Major security breaches seem to happen every month to large companies, and the possibility of a company being sued by customers after that type of theft is very possible.
Every time cyber security firms update their software and companies improve items like firewalls and virus protection, it seems like the hackers gain an edge and already know how to break through such barriers. Therefore, companies must consistently update networks and use the latest security programs.

Beefing Up Physical Security

Employee theft is an unfortunate vice of modern business and any business with employees is vulnerable to employees who steal. Installing a CCTV system may be the solution to guard against employee theft as well as external theft or vandalism. Managers or business owners may feel confident that their employees would never steal, but "never say never".

Security in Vancouver must take many forms in the physical and digital world. A single theft or robbery can make employees feel as though they're not safe when they're at work. Additionally, a security breach could impact the company's reputation with customers, business partners and investors. Ensure strong physical and digital security to protect the future of your company.
Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 10:09
 
GPS Tracking Devices Give Some Parents Peace of Mind PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:45
residential securityParents of teenagers know how valuable smartphones are for keeping track of the kids while they're at school and hanging out with friends. Families with younger children who aren't yet ready for the responsibility of a smartphone might feel left out of the loop. However, there are some terrific devices on the market today that can help reduce a parent’s fear when their young ones head off to kindergarten for the first time.

Utilizing GPS Devices

Though GPS navigation has been around in cars for more than a decade, new GPS devices are introduced each year. GPS tracking is a standard feature in smartphones, and manufacturers have started making these devices more widely available for parents to use in keeping track of their children. The new tracking devices come in a wide variety of styles, and prices range from $20 to $175. With some, a monthly fee is attached for monitoring.

Types of GPS Devices

Parents have two options for GPS tracking. One type of device is tracked by an external company, like the monitoring for a residential security system. The other type uses radio frequency (RF) technology. Devices that are tracked by an external company usually carry a monthly fee. RF-based machines are better for parents who are on a tight budget and who may only need to track a child who is a few miles away.

Choosing a Style of Device

Most people think of a little phone-shaped device when they think of GPS, but there are several other options that are for children. GPS tracking devices can be imbedded in watches, which are small and easy to wear. With watches, there’s no worry of losing the signal because the device is forgotten on a bus seat, and the child may even think the device is cool. Some shoe manufacturers carry kid’s shoes with GPS tracking devices built in. This is handy option for parents with small children who tend to lose things.

Benefits of Using GPS

Parents commonly utilize in-home security systems to keep the family and home safe, but those systems don't always provide protection beyond the family's doorstep. A GPS device may provide some peace of mind for parents who must send small children to school each day. Additionally, GPS devices may also help parents of developmentally challenged children who might wander off because they are distracted.

Kids and Safety

Parents should ensure that kids get all the expected safety lessons even if they've been given a GPS device. Kids need to know all about not talking to strangers, heading right home after school and acting in a responsible manner while at school. Parents should speak with children on a regular basis as they grow to reinforce safe behavior while away from home.

A family can protect its members and home with a strong in-home security system, but in today's world it's important to consider security that goes beyond the front door. GPS technology is accurate, helpful and safe, and it may help a family reduce the risk of a child getting lost in the woods or being abducted.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:56
 
Best Places to Hide Valuables From Burglars PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 28 January 2014 14:40
Whether a home is modest or opulent, homeowners must employ smart techniques when hiding valuables since any home could be a target for thieves. More than a million property crimes occur every single year and around 175,000 of those crimes involve breaking and entering.

Don't Be Obvious

Finding creative ways to hide valuables means that in the event of a burglary, the thieves won't get away with the family's important possessions. Many homeowners believe an item is safe as long as it's out of view, but experienced thieves know exactly where to look to find valuable items. Hiding items in a sock drawer or in the freezer is incredibly common. A burglar will head straight for those places.residential security

Avoid the following hiding spots:

Drawers of any kind
Inside or behind the toilet tank
In the trash or laundry basket
Wall safes (floor safes are better)

Burglars need to work with speed because once the residential security system alerts the authorities that a crime is in progress, they only have a few minutes to search for valuables. Imaginative hiding spots will help ensure the thief doesn’t find your prized possessions before it absolutely necessary to leave.

In Plain Sight

There are many quirky and interesting items on the market today that are designed to hold valuables and look exactly like the real thing. Items like cereal boxes and medicine bottles can be designed to blend in with actual boxes. Use these items with care, however, because sometimes the fake version looks a little too fake.

It will probably be easy for an experienced thief to figure out which of the cereal boxes is hiding precious gems or a wad of cash if he or she has enough time. Hiding valuables in various boxes around the home is often best done by using actual boxes and not the easily distinguished fake ones.

Best Hiding Spots

Although there is some disagreement on whether children's rooms are an appropriate spot for hiding valuables, a recent study conducted by "Reader's Digest" reported that most thieves don't care to enter rooms that look as though children reside there. Apparently, thieves tend to think that adult rooms are a much better place to find valuables like jewelry and important documents.

Consider these safe hiding spots for valuables:

At the top of a child's closet
Between the pages of a book
Under the coffee grounds of a real container of coffee
Within the soil of a fake plant

In addition, remember that homes that don't have alarm systems in Vancouver are at increased risk for burglary. Thieves are usually savvy as to whether a security system has been installed in a target home and might not bother with a residence that is monitored 24/7.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 12:48
 
Seven Reasons to Invest in Video Surveillance PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 September 2013 18:44
At one time, video surveillance was limited to businesses and wealthy homes. That isn't the case any longer. In fact, most leading security companies include cameras and related technologies in their default service packages. Nevertheless, not all homeowners and renters embrace the notion of video security, and thus it's not as widespread as one might imagine. Following are seven reasons to invest in video surveillance in your home or business

1. Low Cost

Perhaps the main cause of resistance is the preconception that the equipment and installation is expensive, and ongoing costs will be significant. In actuality, such equipment has never been more affordable than it is now. It's not even necessary to own the cameras and ancillary equipment, and most service providers allow clients to lease it all for a nominal fee.

2. Easy Installation

In the past, video security was quite difficult to install. It could also be challenging to calibrate, and since they would be knocked out of alignment easily, quite troublesome overall. Today, many companies prefer to use wireless cameras that are connected to the home network. Mounting and moving them is usually quite simple, and now you can calibrate them from a desktop computer or even a mobile device. Security cameras have come a long way in intuitiveness and ease.

3. Deterrent

Perhaps the best reason to include video surveillance in home security is as a deterrent. The statistics show that homes with visible cameras are significantly less likely to be the target of burglaries and other crimes. Furthermore, when a crime does occur, families with surveillance are far more likely to achieve a positive resolution. Cameras are a big help in providing police with the evidence they need and insurance companies with solid proof.

4. Insurance Discounts

Most mortgage companies provide a discount for homeowner insurance, and most homeowner insurance policies provide a discount for home security. Call your company and speak to them about what discounts are available. You are likely not taking full advantage of available discounts, and you may be surprised at how much they will give you for having cameras on the premises.

5. Vandal Resistant

In some scenarios, the client may be worried about potential vandalism, such as a camera out near the street or a camera in an apartment building that sees a lot of foot traffic. Security providers have a solution for this in the form of vandal-resistant globes that are nearly impossible to damage.

6. Hidden Surveillance

Hidden video surveillance doesn't have to be something that you tackle yourself, and your security provider can actually integrate it as part of your home system. Visible cameras are great in many situations, but there are also situations were hidden cameras are more appropriate. If you want to keep tabs on a housekeeper, maintenance person, or nanny, for instance, hidden cameras allow you to do that without unnecessarily damaging the bond of trust.

7. Remote Monitoring

Video security is no longer limited to a central monitoring area. While you can choose to have dedicated monitors in the home, most choose to access the cameras via computers and mobile devices. Furthermore, these cameras are no longer limited to a closed circuit and actually connect to the Internet. What this means is that you're able to access you cameras from your computer at work or from your smartphone while stuck in traffic.
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 September 2013 18:57
 
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