Help Keep Your Neighborhood Safe as a Team!

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Get together: Neighbors are your best confidants when it comes to preventing a burglary in your neighborhood. Getting to know them and building a rapport will make them more willing to offer a helping hand (or a pair of eyes) when you’re away from home. It’s important to offer the same help in return as suspicious activity can be even more easily spotted as a team. Starting a neighborhood watch program will help create a sense of safety. Teaming up with your neighbors will not only help deter burglars but will also help build a community bond.

The Invisible Killer: Carbon Monoxide

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You can’t see, taste or smell the “Invisible Killer”: Carbon Monoxide (CO). It’s an odorless and colorless gas created by fuels burned incompletely. Additionally, Carbon Monoxide can be produced from anything that burns fuel: cars, stoves, grills, and fireplaces, to name a few. CO is dangerous when inhaled. It displaces oxygen in the blood and deprives vital organs of oxygen. Large amounts of CO can also cause loss of consciousness and suffocation within minutes. Signs of CO poisoning may include: constant headaches, weakness, dizziness, blurred vision, nausea, and shortness of breath.

Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning:


Safety Tips: Driving in the Rain

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Driving in the rain, whether short or long-distance, is not only a hassle but it’s extremely dangerous. According to AAA, wet pavement contributes to nearly 1.2 million traffic accidents annually. Regardless, safety begins with the driver! The following are a few safety tips to always consider when driving in the rain:

  • Take your time:  Slow down on wet roads to greatly reduce your chances of skidding, sliding, or hydroplaning.  Remember, the road is most slippery during (more…)

The Benefits of Access Control With Integrated Video

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Access control systems are the wave of the future when it comes to building safety. Today, a variety of access control technologies work together. Hospitals, schools, and universities are some of the areas that access control can help the most. Security professionals can use the data coming in from those systems to develop improved situational awareness during emergency situations. New access control systems can also help campuses manage mass notification in the event of a crisis. (more…)

Property Management Closed Circuit Television – CCTV Systems

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In recent years, more property managers have used high-tech CCTV systems and DVR products to strengthen management quality. Complexes that house hundreds of people are more likely to have an increase in vandalism, violence, and theft. Because of this, the ability to check on a property at any time is more important than ever. So, now you can view the entire property without having to physically walk the perimeter of a building. This is ideal for owners and management alike.  (more…)

Cold Weather Leads to Car Theft Spike

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Have you heard about warm-up thefts?  You can bet the average car thief has.  The National Crime Prevention Council says car thieves may be on the prowl for your car during this current cold snap. During the cold weather months, area drivers may be tempted to let their cars warm up unattended while they stay inside of their warm home. Cars left running, unlocked, and unattended are quick and easy targets for thieves! (more…)

The Many Needs for Managed Access Control

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It’s common for property management companies to have someone on call around the clock to deal with various property issues. Late night and weekend phone calls are routine for property managers. Some of these calls relate to maintenance issues… power outages, plumbing problems, or heating. But the most frequent calls property managers receive are from tenants who lock themselves out of their residential space or commercial suite. This requires the property management representative to meet the locked-out tenant at the site to unlock the door. If ever there was a golden opportunity for managed access control, this is it. (more…)

Prevent Unplanned Repairs – Fire Alarm Maintenance

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Fire alarms and false alarms problems can be caused by a number of sources, such as age, dust, dirt, contaminates, and vandalism. Even remodeling and improper maintenance procedures can cause damage and increase your false alarm rate.

So why is it important to have your fire alarm system inspected? Regular service and maintenance may increase the life of your system, meet insurance company requirements, greatly improves reliability and reduce false alarms. Periodic system testing and inspection by qualified specialists can detect any problems. (more…)