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The AFS Revolution: Full Access Awareness with a Doorbell Sensor

You can now increase awareness around your home or businesses major access points with an AFS Revolution doorbell sensor.  The AFS Revolution doorbell sensor can integrate with other security devices for a smarter integrated solution.

With the AFS Revolution Doorbell Sensor you can:

  • Receive notification when the doorbell sensor rings
  • Automate lights when the doorbell sensor rings
  • Capture video clips when the doorbell sensor rings

For more information or to order a doorbell sensor call (937) 262-7937 or visit our web site today!

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Will using Windows XP compromise the security of my business?

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. 

 
What does this mean for you? 
If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer will still work. However, it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses because Microsoft will no longer be offering the security patches and updates that are needed to keep your computer safe and secure from hackers. 
 
As more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter greater numbers of apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP.
 
Also, by not upgrading your computer system you could be opening your business up to risks and lawsuits due to a lack of proper computer security.  Just think of how many issues Target has had with their security breach this past holiday season.
 
How does keeping Windows XP effect my business security system?
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.   
 
What should your business do to avoid having these issues? 
Its recommended that you upgrade your operating system.  By upgrading your operating system to a newer version of Windows, Microsoft will continue to offer support with security patches and updates that are needed to keep your computer safe from hackers.  
 
If you would like to find out if your security system is at risk for these vulnerabilities give us a call at (937) 262-7937.  
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Purchase by Year-end and Deduct up to $500,000

Purchase your security equipment by  Year-end and Deduct up to $500,000

we mean business

Under Section 179 of the IRS tax code, you can deduct the full amount of equipment purchased / leased up to $500,000 from your company’s gross revenue if done by Dec. 31, 2013. Without congressional action, this benefit will decrease to $25,000 in 2014.*

To better help you take advantage of this, American Fire & Security has partnered with the industry’s leading security equipment financing companies to provide leasing options as more companies recognize the benefits of reducing capital expenditures and shifting security to an operating expense. Take this opportunity to:

  • Add or upgrade your camera system
  • Add or upgrade to biometric readers
  • Integrate video management into your alarm or access control system

To learn more reply to this email or contact us at (877) 237-8918 today!

*Every entity’s tax situation is different. We recommend consulting with an accountant or legal counsel before taking any action.

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Introducing LiftMaster Garage Door Control

The AFS Revolution‬, powered by Alarm.com, is the only interactive security and home automation platform to fully integrate with LiftMaster® brand garage door openers. Now, you can remotely manage your garage door activity from anywhere in the world!

-Check to see if garage doors are closed
-Remotely open and close garage doors
-Automatically have garage doors close when system is armed
-Receive alerts if garage doors are left open

Using LiftMaster’s patented MyQ® communication technology, you can easily upgrade your LiftMaster, Chamberlain or Craftsman opener as long as it was manufactured after 1998.

For more information call (937) 262-7937 or visit our web site today!

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How can I prevent copper thieves from wreaking havoc on my business?

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.

Stay Safe!

The Security Girl

The destruction left behind by copper thieves.

How to Protect Your Business From Quick Change Artist Scams

One of the many security breaches that most retail business owners face is short/quick change artist scams.

Quick change scams are being pulled by individuals and teams of con artists every day. The victims are usually retail businesses with confused or disorganized cashiers. The quick change scam typically involves a con artist who confuses a cashier by paying with a large denomination bill, and then changing his mind several times about how he wants the change returned to him.

There are several things you can instruct your employees to do to avoid being taken by one of the quick change scam artist:

1) Watch out for teams. Typically, two people will work this scam together, and they may have help. Be wary if several people distract workers and customers near the cash register by asking questions while the main con artist pulls the scam.

2) Be cautious about customers who pay for small items with large denominations. Many businesses avoid this scam by only accepting denominations of $20 or lower. The typical quick change con artist pays for a low-cost item with a $100 bill and asks for change.

3) Stay focused when giving change to customers. The con artist will try to confuse you by telling you that he wants the change in a different way or that he changed his mind and wants to pay with a smaller bill instead. But this comes only after you have handed him the change for his initial payment. He confuses the cashier by keeping more money than he paid and walking out with it. Don’t give back his money, until he hands you the change you gave him. Count it before returning his bill.

4) No matter how many times he changes his mind, focus on collecting the customer’s money and making correct change. Keep the bill he gives you on the register in front of you. Slowly count out the change aloud as you place it into his hand. Count loudly enough so that others can see you and follow the transaction. If a coworker isn’t busy, signal them to stand near the register while you deal with the customer.  Plus it never hurts to have two sets of eyes on your business money.

5) Watch surveillance video, if you think your business has been the victim of a quick change scam. Surveillance cameras can catch the scam as it happens. Turn the tape over to police if you’ve been a victim, so they can try to recover your lost money.

If you are not sure that your business is properly prepared for dealing with a quick change artist scam talk to your safety coordinator or call American Fire & Security at 877-237-8918.

Stay Safe!

The Security Girl

 

GSM/Cellular Monitoring

When I talk with customers about GSM Monitoring one question always comes up:  Is your GSM/Cellular monitoring 2, 3, or 4 G’s?

The first time I was asked that question I thought it was somewhat odd, but then I got to thinking about cellular technology and how much it has changed.  The big deal is what generation your network is on right?

Well, with GSM/Cellular monitoring the whole generation thing doesn’t matter.  The GSM refers to the type of system the alarm can communicate with, not the data speed.  The unit actually transmits your alarm signal on the SMS (text messaging) backbone of the cellular network.  So, if your Fire/Burglar Alarm system trips an alarm your panel actually sends a text message to the monitoring station letting them know that their is an alarm at your business.  Pretty cool right? The same type of technology we use to tell someone we are running a few minutes late is the same technology that could catch a burglar in your business.

One other important note to mention.  If you have a cellular alarm dialer that is more than three years old you need to make sure it is a digital dialer.  Many older dialers worked on the analog cell phone system.  That system was phased out by the FCC and these dialers will no longer work.   If your not sure about your cellular alarm dialer contact your alarm company or you can contact American Fire and Security at 877-237-8918.

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