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One of the biggest Christmas gifts this season could also be one of the most dangerous. It’s the coveted Hoverboard. While it’s cool to be cruising around town in style it’s not cool to have your Hoverboard catch fire while using it. If you insist on getting a Hoverboard this holiday season there are a few things you should know:
- Please take the time to look at and research the product you buy. If it is compliant with federal standards, inspections, and certifications, it will have a mark on it or indicate such on its packaging, on the device itself, or on its charging equipment. Devices not bearing a mark indicating compliance likely have not been tested to meet minimum safety standards.
- After you have use your Hoverboard please give the device time to cool off prior to charging.
- When charging the battery please make sure you follow the manufacturers instructions.
- When riding your Hoverboard please wear safety gear.
- If the Hoverboard seems to be acting “funny” while you are riding it please turn it off right away.
- Overheating – if you notice the device is very hot, stop using it and check with your manufacturer or retailer. This could suggest a faulty battery that needs replacing.
- Make sure your Hoverboard is powered down at night and anytime you are not using it.
Here is a great video warning you of some of the dangers of Hoverbords from The More You Know: Channel 2 on You Tube.
We also always suggest that you check out the Consumer Product Safety Commission for any questions or safety concerns on products.
Once you have decided to install a hidden camera at your home, business or warehouse, it’s important to choose one with the right features and capabilities for your specific application.
Here are a few things to consider:
- Be sure to choose a hidden camera that blends well into your environment
- Consider where you are going to be having the camera installed. Be sure to choose a concealment that won’t attract suspicion.
- Be sure to capture the level of detail you are looking for
- In order to produce detailed video that provides facial identification, you need a hidden camera that produces high-resolution images.
- Are you going to place the hidden camera outside? If so be sure that your camera has outdoor day/night capabilities.
- Be sure to select the right video recording solution
- If you want to record video with your hidden camera, there are several options:
- Connect your hidden camera to a compatible security system DVR for recording video
- You can have a separate DVR or micro DVR that is compatible with the hidden camera
- You can have a hidden camera with a built-in DVR
- If you want to record video with your hidden camera, there are several options:
Some of our most popular hidden cameras are:
- Smoke Detectors
- Pencil Sharpeners
- Motion Detectors
- Ceiling Speakers
- Alarm Clocks
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Check out the latest wireless outdoor IP night vision camera. Designed specifically to work with the AFS Revolution hosted video service, it provides a professional surveillance solution. HD 720P live and recorded video are available to customers through web-enabled computers, cell phone web browsers and via our free downloadable apps. This camera is great for commercial or residential use!
See what you care about, instantly
See what’s happening at your property in real time, get instant alerts with smart clip capture and never miss a moment with continuous recording. Now it’s easy to check up on the kids, check up on the warehouse, your pets and valuables, and see what’s actually happening in the event of an alarm. American Fire & Security’s Video Monitoring service offers a best-in-class end-to-end video solution. It includes anytime live streaming, smart clip capture with secure cloud storage, instant video alerts and continuous high definition recording.
Live Streaming Video
Watch live feeds from your property right on your phone, tablet or computer. See what’s happening anywhere on your property, at any time.
- Use your Smartphone to view live streaming video while away from your property
- HD quality and great lowlight performance make for crystal clear video
- Remotely move the Pan/Tilt camera via the web, Smartphone or tablet to see different views of a location
- Simultaneously view multiple locations on the same screen, such as your vacation home and primary residence
- See what’s going on both inside and outside your property, all on a single screen
- Integrate existing video cameras with your AFS Revolution security system
Smarter than traditional stand-alone video monitoring, Alarm.com video monitoring is connected with your security system, allowing you to set recording triggers when activity is detected. You can choose to receive video alerts by text or email, and customize them by time, day, camera and motion.
Smart Clip Capture
American Fire & Security’s recorded video features make it easier to stay on top of what’s happened at your property. Our video cameras work around the clock, hand-in-hand with your security system.
We offer the ability to capture 24/7 high definition recording through the Stream Video Recorder (SVR). It enhances the video monitoring service with the addition of a high performance, continuous video recording solution. The new solution captures a 24×7 stream of what’s happening at a property and provides cloud-based streaming and video clip access from anywhere.
- 24/7 Video Recording
- Remotely Viewable
- High Definition Capture
- Bandwidth Optimized
This solution is delivered through a unique services architecture that is bandwidth optimized so you won’t degrade your internet connection, offers high definition capture and playback and can be accessed even when you are away from home.
*Requires an American Fire & Security Alarm.com account.
For more information please contact your AFS representative or give us a call at (937) 262-7937 today!
American Fire & Security is proud to introduce one of our new IP camera system packages.
Our new 4-Camera 1.3 Megapixel Outdoor Security System offers the following features:
- (4) Outdoor 1.3 megapixel bullet cameras deliver sharp, detailed images
- Cameras feature an integrated Smart IR that provides a 65′ IR range
- NVR includes VGA and HDMI video outputs
- Supports H.264 video streams to save hard drive storage space
- 1TB security-grade hard drive
- NVR offers multiple recording modes (continuous, motion detection, event and schedule)
- Recording features: event search, event log, and email event notification
- Free iOS/Android app for remote viewing of live and recorded video
For more information or to order call (937) 262-7937 or visit our web site today!
Functioning Exit Signs and Emergency Lights are vital parts of any building’s safety program. These life-saving pieces of equipment ensure that occupants are able to safely locate points of egress in case of power failure.
Similar to extinguishers, there are fire and life safety codes governing the inspection and maintenance of exit signs and emergency lights.
Many jurisdictions require that emergency lighting systems:
• Are functionally tested monthly for not less than 30 seconds
• Are functionally tested annually for not less than 90 minutes
• Are fully operational for the duration of tests
• Have written records of visual inspections and tests
• Monthly tests and inspections
• Annual tests and inspections
• Written records of inspection
Our technicians are trained to inspect, test, and maintain all of the exit sign and emergency lights in your facility. They can also provide you with the written records you need.
We also carry:
• Replacement Bulbs
• Replacement Batteries
• Other Replacement Parts
• New Exit Signs and Emergency Lights
Ask us for an Exit Sign and Emergency Light Consultation Today!
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.
According to a 2008 survey from the U.S. National Retail Security the average retail burglary cost business owners $5,209. That kind of loss could be detrimental to the livelihood of your business right?
Retail burglary involves breaking and entering into a business with the intent of stealing items. It often involves costly damage to the building and the loss of valuable merchandise. To make matters worse, once a business has been burglarized, it is at a higher risk for repeat victimization.
According to a 2009 report from the U.S. Department of Justice:
• Burglary accounted for 23.6 percent of the estimated number of property crimes.
• Burglaries of non-residential properties accounted for 27.4 % of all burglary offenses.
• Of all burglaries, 61.0 percent involved forcible entry, 32.6 percent were unlawful entries (without force), and the remainder (6.5 percent) were forcible entry attempts.
Retail Burglary Patterns:
Most retail burglaries occur at night or after regular business after-hours and the thieves typically leave before the authorities are able to respond. During these types of burglaries the thieves tend to enter through a door or window.
However, a new type of retail burglary is becoming more popular amongst thieves; “ram raids” and “smash and grabs” involve ramming a car or other objects into a retail building, attempting to grab as many items as possible, and then making a quick escape.
Most retail burglars select stores located in isolated areas or those known to have poor security features, such as low lighting, insufficient locks, no window bars, or lack of formal security systems.
How do businesses prevent retail burglary?
- Install reinforced glass doors and windows to reduce the possibility of “smash and grabs.”
- Employ the use of roll down security panels or screens over vulnerable glass doors.
- Access control/door buzzers are essential for daytime security.
- Keep a minimum of cash on the premises. If excess cash is necessary to have on hand use a time delayed safe.
- Leave cash registers empty and open at night.
- Move valuable merchandise and business equipment away from windows and doors during night hours, preferably in a vault.
- Leave security lighting on at night. Directed and focused on vulnerable areas.
- Change locks if keys are lost. Consider updating systems to access card that can easily change employee access or deactivate lost and/or stolen cards.
- Be sure to have security cameras on the interior and exterior of your business. If a burglary does happen the forensic evidence on the video footage could help the authorities identify and apprehend the thieves.
- Be sure to have adequate indoor and outdoor lighting. The better your business is light the less likely it is to be burglarized.
- Be sure to have a secure safe/vault on premises to store your valuable merchandise and equipment when your business is closed.
- Have a security policy for staff to follow.
- Have an monitored alarm system. Your alarm system will most likely be the first alert to the authorities that your business has been broken into. You will also want to make sure your alarm system is equipped with a duress code in case the would be thieves try to enter when your employees are arriving or leaving for the day.
- It is also a good idea to have your employees open and close for the day together. Thieves are less likely to try and enter your business if there is a group of two or more people opening/closing your business.
If you would like more information about preventing retail theft at your business talk to your safety coordinator or call American Fire & Security at 937.262.7937.
The Security Girl