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Microsoft has announced that effective April 8, 2014 they will no longer provide technical assistance for Windows XP. This includes automatic updates that help protect your PC. They will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on this date.
If you have a CCTV System, Access Control System, CRM, Credit Card Processing or a POS system that is being powered by Windows XP it may become more vulnerable to security risks, viruses, and hacking as Microsoft will no longer provide security patches for the Windows XP platform.
Your friends at American Fire & Security / The Security Girl would like to wish you SAFE, happy, healthy and successful 2013! This is also a great time to make a commitment to keep your business & home as as safe as possible by planning ahead.
We would like to offer some safety tips for your business & home so you can start off your 2013 as safe as possible!
TIPS FOR YOUR BUSINESS
1. Create a library of safety tips (seasonal/holiday activities, driving, proper cell phone usage, etc.). Make information available to employees. Post topics on bulletin boards,create flyers, or include as paycheck suffers.
2.If your business has a safe be sure to anchor your safe into ground/walls, etc., and always change the safe combination when a safe combination holding employee leaves.
3. Post police and emergency telephone numbers in a conspicuous location so they will be readily available during an emergency.
TIPS FOR YOUR HOME
1. Create a family escape plan in case of a fire or other emergency. Be sure to practice it regularly.
2. Don’t leave extra keys under doormats, potted plants or any other obvious outdoor location. Place the keys in an outdoor KeySafe, or give a set to a neighbor you can trust.
3. Make sure at least one person in your household is properly trained in First Aid & CPR so they have the knowledge and confidence to to respond in a potentially life threatening situation.
For more information on how to Resolve to be safe in 2013 contact American Fire & Security today at (937) 262-7937 or toll free at (877) 237-8918.
The Security Girl
As a business owner every part of your business is something that you have worked hard for and take great pride in. With that being said, then why do you wait until it’s too late to protect your most valued possessions?
Dave, a small business owner from Cincinnati Ohio, just asked me the same question after thieves wreaked havoc on his business by taking all of the wire, copper, and air conditioning unit from the fenced in area in the back of his building. Lucky for Dave one of his employees caught the thieves and they were taken into police custody. However, the damage had already been done to his business as well as several other business in the area and now these business will be spending thousands of dollars to fix, replace or repair what it only took minutes for someone to destroy.
The would be copper thieves are not just hitting small business either. They are also targeting churches, hotels, farms and schools. In the recent past, one Alabama church had its air conditioning units stolen twice in 10 days. Each time, thieves got about $300 worth of copper, and the church had to pay more than $3,000 for replacements. A church in Detroit, Michigan, spent more than $50,000 to replace heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units damaged by copper thieves.
At this point your probably asking yourself how you can prevent or detour this from happening to your business right? Well there are several solutions.
1) If your business has an outside storage area like Dave’s make sure that the area is well light. I know that seems obvious, but most thieves think if there is a risk of them being caught they will move on to another business that they may not be caught as easily.
2) Make sure that the exterior of your building has a security camera system. If thieves should wreak havoc on your business you need to make sure you have something of forensic evidence to give to the authorities.
3) Have your alarm company install a motion sensor on your air conditioning unit so if it is being tampered with an alarm will sound and the police will be dispatched right away. Plus the would be thieves are likely to leave without your air conditioner if the alarm sounds instead of trying to continue stealing it.
4) Make sure your tools, ladders and step stools are placed inside the building each night. You don’t want to make it easier for the thieves to have access to your assets.
If you would like to talk more about protecting your business from would be thieves wreaking havoc on your business talk to your safety coordinator or call American Fire & Security at 877-237-8918.
The Security Girl
The destruction left behind by copper thieves.
When I talk to most small / medium sized businesses like yours I often get asked why does my business need video surveillance or why should I upgrade my current video surveillance system?
Sure your basic video surveillance system will just record the day to day activities in your business and in the event of a burglary or accident it will be there to hopefully catch the face or any other distinctive features of your suspect.
However, modern video surveillance systems can do so much more than just be there to catch what’s going on and hope that it’s there later when you need it. Plus with a modern video surveillance system you don’t have to worry about changing the tapes anymore!
With the ever changing technology in business security the uses and possibilities are endless and having a video surveillance system will save you and your business time and money.
In a 2008 report from The American Management Association, Almost half (48%) of the companies surveyed use video monitoring to counter theft, violence and sabotage. Only 7% use video surveillance to track employees’ on-the-job performance. Most employers notify employees of anti-theft video surveillance (78%) and performance-related video monitoring (89%). However, over the past few years business have changed how they are using video surveillance.
Here are some benefits/uses of video surveillance for your business.
- Increase overall security and safety – Security cameras positioned throughout a business help to prevent crimes and break-ins.
- Improve worker productivity – The presence of surveillance cameras on the premises can improve communication between departments or buildings, allowing for heightened productivity.
- Prevent dishonest claims – In instances where employees or visitors falsely attest to injuring themselves on your property, visual evidence from the facility’s security cameras can disprove such assertions, saving the hospital from pricey unwarranted insurance claims.
- Resolve employee disputes – Employee disputes are easily resolved when clear visual proof is available. Surveillance cameras can shed light on incidents in question.
- Continuous real-time monitoring – IP surveillance allows authorized employees to monitor critical areas continuously, in real time, from their personal computers.
- Digital storage – Business that choose to install IP-based video surveillance systems can take advantage of the benefits of digital storage. IP systems enable the user to store recorded footage digitally on network servers, hard-drives or NVRs, where the surveillance video is easily accessible to authorized users, and offers improved searching capabilities.
- Visual evidence for investigations – Surveillance cameras can provide invaluable visual evidence for investigations of criminal activity and other specific events that have taken place within or around facilities.
- Remote video monitoring – Remote monitoring is an extremely helpful tool. IP surveillance allows your employees to view security camera footage remotely from any PC with network access. Multiple sites can even communicate over the same network with all of the camera views accessible online via the Internet.
- Prevent theft – Prominently placed security cameras can help deter potential thieves and identify those who do steal.
- Improve image – The presence of a security system shows your customers that you care about their security and can improve their shopping experience.
- Safety – Not only do cameras help you maintain safety around your business, they also discourage misbehavior. Conspicuously placed cameras have been shown to reduce threats of violence and vandalism drastically.
- Visitor monitoring – One problem many business continually struggle with is proper access control for visitors. Security cameras at entrance doors can help your administrative staff monitor visitors and make sure they are properly signed in.
- Crowd control – Large crowds can get testy. It takes a strong security effort to maintain order so the spirit of an event isn’t overshadowed by violence and disruptive behavior. A video surveillance network can play a significant role by providing security workers with clear views of the action, and the ability to focus in on specific scenes and individuals.
- Safe entry and exit – When a hefty mass of people gets together for an event, entrances and exits can get bottled up with everyone trying to get to the same place at the same time. Video surveillance around these areas helps in lessening the impact of interruptions and disturbances for those coming and going.
- Building/venue security – Surveillance cameras monitoring restricted access areas can help to ensure that only registered guests and staff members gain entry to specific areas of a facility.
If you don’t have the budget for a full video surveillance makeover for your business; you can always add to/ upgrade your current system. It will make a world of difference! With all the uses for a video surveillance system, can you business afford not to have one?
If you have any questions about the above listed tips feel free to contact us at American Fire & Security at 877-237-8918.
The Security Girl