Safety and Security Newsletter – Volume 1, Number 1
Most of my readers live in the Dallas, Ft Worth area and already have a home security system or burglary/fire alarm system for their business. Some of you even have the latest state-of-the-art CCTV systems, or security cameras, watching your home, office, or other business locations.
While it’s certainly wonderful to have all the latest technology, including CCTV systems that can be viewed from your iPhone®, or website, most security systems require that the homeowner or business manager arm the system prior to leaving.
After twenty plus years of being in the business of providing home security systems and commercial burglary or fire alarm systems, I am still shocked when those “Oh No” calls come through from one of our alarm customers.
It usually starts off with the customer telling me about how they came home and found all their electronics and jewelry had been taken. That’s the point where I usually reply, “Oh No”, and then ask if their alarm system is working. The usual answer is “Yes, but I didn’t arm my security system today”.
The truth is burglars have a special fondness for homeowners and business owners who neglect to arm their security systems. The intruders appreciate any help that you may have knowingly, or unknowingly, provided, and it only makes their criminal activity easier. So, don’t leave home without it on.
Additional tips for protecting your family, home or business property:
· Never leave your children’s expensive toys in the driveway or yard. To a burglar, kids’ expensive playthings translate to expensive grownup possessions inside your home.
· If at all possible, never let strangers use your bathroom. There is a growing trend for strangers to ask permission to use a bathroom only to leave the window unlocked so that they can return at a later time.
· Now that winter weather is here, many homeowners are traveling. If you are one of those lucky travelers, be sure to have your paper deliveries placed on hold; and have someone collect your mail and remove any handbills that may have been left on your door. You should also have a friend or neighbor walk up and down your driveway if it snows. This will give the impression that someone is home.
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I hope you have enjoyed it. Be sure and let me know if you have specific a question about protecting your home or business.
Did you know?
One study reports that a company that experiences a significant computer outage will never fully recover financially and that 50 percent of companies suffering such a predicament will be out of business within 5 years.