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5 steps to Improving your Surveillance Security this Holiday


On December 20, 2016 By admin

For most businesses the holiday season is an exciting and busy time of year, and for retail businesses in particular the holiday season can be especially hectic! And with the odd business hours, extra employees all over the place, and over-zealous customers, it’s no wonder why issues related to safety and security always happen to come up this time of year. But don’t let all this activity overwhelm you; instead, do yourself a favor by preparing for the holiday rush this season by protection your business with smart surveillance security! So if you’re looking for ways to limit losses, improve safety, and still meet your bottom line, read ahead for some ideas and strategies to help you solve your retail security issues!

Step one: Identify and protect items/areas at risk

Does your store or facility sell a popular item that attracts the attention of most customers? Is there a particular area in your store that is a potential hot spot for theft and surveillance problems? Its important to recognize and identify the unique locations and products that need more attention when it comes to safe security and surveillance measures. For example, be sure to protect all popular, high priced items that are limited in stock, as those items are the ones generally targeted by thieves.

Step two: Make sure all equipment is functioning

Since you will not have the time to run equipment tests during business hours, its best to check and make sure all your security and surveillance check points are ready to go for the holiday rush. Remember to check even the smallest details, like battery life/charge on your surveillance and security gear, including checking all locks, motion sensors, etc.

Step three: Consider an IP based surveillance system

The benefits of a having an IP video system installed on the premises of your business extend far beyond improving safety and security; an IP camera (Internet Protocol) camera uses an ethernet cable to record and live-stream video from your establishment to any device with an Internet connection. Being able to monitor your business from afar during the busiest time of the year can dramatically improve the security of your employees, customers, and bottom line.

Step four: Are your cameras HD?

While having an IP video system is itself an efficient way of deterring, preventing, and capturing theft/crime, as well as business metrics and data, the resolution of the camera recording the information is also vital. Imagine recording a theft in progress and having all the necessary evidence except for one key piece: a recognizable image captured on film. A high definition camera can help avoid this issue entirely, a feature that comes in handy during the holiday rush.

Step five: Invest in a network video recorder

Similar to the logic behind step four, the reasons why a business should have high definition cameras strategically placed throughout the store is to capture vital information that could help prevent or solve a crime, most likely a theft. That’s why it is essential to have a way of storing the recorded data as the days pass, until you have time to review and analyze their content.

While there are indeed more than just the above five steps to consider when dealing with surveillance and security issues to protect your business this holiday season, just remember to always be alert and to communicate with your employees and security personnel!

Security Solutions for Your Home this Holiday


On December 19, 2016 By admin

DON’T LET BURGLARS RUIN THE HOLIDAY SEASON

Gifts and festivities are not the only ones that abound during the holiday season – there are lots of crooks too! Burglars know that around this time of year, families are buying presents constantly and want to take advantage of the situation.

That is why it is essential that you employ strong home security measures on your home, especially around the holiday. Of course, it is essential to keep your homes secured all year long but it is especially important to do this during the Holidays.

So that burglar won’t be able to ruin your family’s holidays, here are some tips from us at CalAtlantic:

  1. Use timers to give a sense of presence in your homes.

Burglars usually target homes where the residents are gone for the Holidays. If you are going out, make use of timers that will light your home, as well as turn on the television or the radio. Doing this will make burglars think that someone is home.

Also, don’t let your newspapers pile up on your doorstep! Letting your newspapers pile up on your doorstep is a sign that you aren’t home. Ask a neighbor to fetch these for you or talk to your provider and ask them to hold all delivery until you get back.

  1. Don’t tempt the burglars.

Do not tempt the burglars by placing your Christmas Tree, especially those with gifts under them. This will invite burglars even more. You wouldn’t want them to think that those gifts are for them, now would you?

Do not throw out empty boxes of your new appliances and devices too. They will know that you have new stuff and will have more reasons to target your home.

  1. Avoid leaving electronic proof that you are not at home.

Do not leave a message on your answering machine that you are away on vacation. Leave a usual message as if you will be able to answer in just a while. This is because some burglars call homes to check whether you are home or not.

Also, don’t publicly post on social media when you are out. This poses a risk to you and your home.

  1. Strengthen your home’s doors and windows.

We advise that you take your home security seriously by fortifying your home’s physical defense. Windows should be protected with a glass protection film, and that they should be locked shut. Doors should have a security brace that can prevent it being forced open.

  1. Install high-quality security system from CalAtlantic

As crooks evolve, so should your home’s protection. Efficiently protect your home with the promising security tools that CalAtlantic has to offer. With the right security system, you may be able to monitor your home from wherever you may be having your well-deserved holiday vacation.

CalAtlantic gives you peace of mind

Wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t have to think about your home’s safety because you placed your home’s security in the right hands?

This is possible all thanks to CalAtlantic! So get your home secured right now and take that worry-free vacation you so deserve! With CalAtlantic, burglars won’t be able to ruin your holidays!

Surveillance Security for your Business this Holiday Season


On December 13, 2016 By admin

The Christmas season is always a bustling and busy time for retail businesses, and with all the increase in activity going on around your store it’s important to protect it with smart security and surveillance. But many business owners and managers often forget that smart surveillance security isn’t just about having cameras and detection systems installed throughout the store or factory!

While cameras and similar security products are no doubt essential when it comes to protecting retail businesses, there are a number of other ways in which surveillance can be implemented by you and your employees. Do you want to know some of the top ways you can start improving surveillance security for your retail business today? Read on to read the top 7 ways we found to help you and your retail business stay safe this holiday season!

  • Coordinate with your local law enforcement: Communication is key when it comes to 
surveillance and security so be sure to take advantage of any information or advice you can get from local authorities, as they want to promote the safety of the community just as much as you do.
  • Empower your managers, supervisors, and employees to be proactive with surveillance: 
In order to be have a surveillance system that is truly comprehensive you must be just as vigilant on your end in terms of taking proactive measures around your retail business. Encourage your employees to take an active role in surveillance by being on the alert for any suspicious activity.
  • Be alert at all times with every transaction and trust your instincts if you feel something is wrong: Trusting your instincts is a key part of surveillance for retail because sometimes relying on what just our eyes are seeing can be deceiving. If you or one of your employees has that “uh-oh” feeling, listen to it!
  • Establish procedures for special safety and security circumstances: Practice makes perfect, and security and surveillance jobs are no exception to this rule, so be sure to review and practice all special procedures and protocols with everyone on your staff multiple times this holiday season.
  • Work in tandem with your security patrol or security guards: If you are fortunate enough to have special security or patrol officers who work to protect the building, it’s important to work in tandem with them just like you would the police, as they see and hear things around the clock that you might have missed.
  • Specialize surveillance for specific events: In the event of a special sale or a unique event going on in your store, you need to prepare accordingly by having a plan of action that relates exclusively to the layout and purpose of the event.
  • Check all safety devices and tools regularly: The final tip for making sure you are properly surveying and securing your retail business this holiday season includes double checking all of the safety systems and devices for proper function, such as the cameras, flashlights, motion sensors, lights, etc.