How to Setup Your Security System in Your New Home

Earlier this month we shared three reasons to update your home’s security system prior to selling. Now we’ll discuss moving into the home of your dreams. You’ve got the white picket fence, beautifully landscaped flower beds, and the big grassy backyard perfect for kids and a dog. Everything is in place for you to begin the rest of your life. Or is it?  Read more

Top 3 Reasons to Update Your Home Security System Prior to Selling

Update Home Security System Before SellingIf your home’s on the market, you’re likely exhausted from rushing around re-painting the spare bedroom, upgrading the kitchen counter or retiling the bathroom shower. The good news is, there’s no better time than Spring to sell your home and the best two-week window is the first half of May. In fact, U.S. homes listed in the May 1-15 period generally sell almost two weeks faster than the average listing in the year. If that’s not incentive enough, the negotiated price is $2,400 more, on average.  Read more

How to Prevent Vandalism and Theft During Commercial Construction

The construction industry is booming and shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects it will be one of the fastest growing industries by 2020. All that construction is great for the economy. It will create new residential and commercial properties and provide more construction jobs to the labor force. One disadvantage will be the increase in vandalism and theft on sites. Read more

Being Safe at College

Campus Security Help BoxBeing a parent of a graduating High School student is stressful enough. Parents and students alike have a lot on their minds with applying to colleges and end of school year activities. One thing to keep in mind when evaluating schools is once there how you can make sure your child will be safe on campus. Being fully aware of the security and safety programs their chosen school offers is crucial. Awareness is the key to preventing most campus related crime. As students enter a new environment for the next chapter in their education it is important that they become familiar with how their college manages security on campus.

According to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, “As of 2014, 11,000 college campuses, representing more than 78 million students, reported  criminal victimizations in the United States. Overall, campus crime known to authorities has decreased 35% since 2005.” The most common crimes committed on campus are burglary, sexual offense, motor vehicle theft, aggravated assault, robbery, and arson.

Colleges like SNHU have security measures such as video surveillance cameras, a campus escort program, and the blue light system. Use of video surveillance cameras on campus is important in order to discourage crime, while at the same time it’s being used in places that won’t affect privacy. Campus Escort programs are designed for students and visitors feeling unsafe and would like a security presence around them while walking alone on campus. The following are some tips for students to prevent being a victim to campus crime.

  1. Keep dorms locked: Property crimes were more than 50% of all campus crimes reported. Locking your doors is a simple yet highly effective way to avoid being a victim.
  2. Know your way around campus: Learn how the college campus is layed out, doing so will allow you to take safer routes with well lit populated areas compared to side paths and dark trails.
  3. Let your friends/family know your plans: Tell people close to you what your plans are and when you expect to be back.
  4. Travel in groups: Traveling in groups significantly decreases the likelihood of being approached. People walking alone are more often targets.
  5. Carry Emergency Money: Any time you leave your dorm/residence, always bring some emergency money with you. You’ll never know when certain situations arise and you need money for things like transportation home.

Don’t forget to share these tips with friends and family of college bound students to help further educate them about being safe on campus.

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Enhanced Access Control for Your Building Means Fewer Break-Ins

Commercial Real Estate SecurityWhether it’s an office, school or apartment building, secure access control is a concern for everyone. For property owners, the responsibility of keeping residents and property safe from criminals is a top priority. Surprisingly, most burglars choose the most obvious and simple ways to break in. The most common time for a break in to happen is between 10 am and 3 pm and they usually go right through the front door. If they are bold enough to do that in broad daylight, they probably have no reservations about sneaking through the gate of a complex. Read more

How to Protect Your Business from Social Engineering

What is social engineering? Social engineering is the act of psychological manipulation of people into performing specific acts (breaking normal security procedures). It is used in over sixty-six percent of all attacks by hackers whether it’s warranty exploitation or attempting to breach company data. According to the FBI, social engineering scams have cost U.S. businesses 1.6 billion since 2013. A couple types of social engineering attacks are called phishing and pretexting. Read more

How to Protect Your Home or Condo Complex from Holiday Package Thieves

This year in the 25 days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, UPS says it will deliver over 750 million packages to its customers. In fact, UPS says this record-breaking seasonal global delivery volume is approximately 5 percent above last year’s holiday peak shipping season volume.

FedEx, which also anticipates another record peak holiday shipping season, estimates it will deliver between 380-400 million packages. In the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the U.S. Postal Service also expects to deliver 850 million packages, which is more than a 10 percent increase compared to the same period last year. Read more

How Stores Can Mitigate Organized Retail Crime this Thanksgiving Shopping Weekend

Thanksgiving shopping weekend can be a hectic experience for everyone involved but for your business, it’s one of the most profitable. All told, 20 to 30 percent of your 2017 retail sales will likely happen this holiday season with a large portion will occur this weekend.

Of those considering shopping the long holiday weekend, the survey found that 20 percent plan to shop on Thanksgiving Day (32 million). Black Friday will remain the busiest day, with 70 percent planning to shop (115 million).

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Business Security: 7 Common Security Measures Too Often Overlooked

As a business owner or manager, you know that security is critical to protecting your building and its occupants as well as maintaining your peace of mind.

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, security can be compromised, especially if you overlook important elements of your risk mitigation plan.

We’ve put together a list of seven common security oversights commercial property owners and managers often make to help you avoid them. Read more

The 3 Emergency Shut Off Switches You Should Know

As we enter the more treacherous months for New England weather, it is important to plan ahead for an emergency. While it is important to have an evacuation plan and an emergency preparedness kit, it is also essential to know how to shut off the utilities before a disaster. If these utilities are not shut off they may cause damage to your home and possibly endanger your family.

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