In order to make sure that your property meets this basic requirement, you - the landlord, should take every possible proactive step to make sure that your Atlanta rental property is secure from any kind of unforeseen eventuality, such as break-ins and burglaries, among others. Bear in mind the fact that a property with enhanced security will increase the overall satisfaction of your renters, which in turn will lead them to keep on renting property from you.
Mentioned below are some very basic, yet very essential tips that you can use to keep your Atlanta rental property safe.
Security Tips For Your Atlanta Property:
TIP #1: ALWAYS KEEP THE MAJOR ENTRY POINTS SECURED
Make sure that the doors of your Atlanta rental property are sturdy and secure. If you find that your doors are made up of flimsy, low-quality wood which will give in easily if kicked, then change them immediately, either by replacing the door altogether or reinforcing it with a tougher metal or solid wood door. The aim is to have a door that will not allow intruders to get in, or at least give them enough difficulty in gathering others' attention.
Furthermore, you must also make sure that the doors are enforced with a very strong locking system. According to the law, the main doors of rental properties are required to have a deadbolt. While it is up to you to go with either of the double or single cylinder deadbolts, we recommend that you use the latter, especially if a window is present that is close to the door. After all, the aim here is to offer the best possible security.
TIP #2: HANDLE YOUR KEYS PROPERLY
Your doors may be super-burglar-proof, but if you handle your keys carelessly, you make your property vulnerable. You must, therefore, make sure that your keys remain in a secure location and/or with the people you intend to give to. There are many benefits of working with a property manager, this being one of them.
Now as a landlord, you are bound to keep a copy of the keys with yourself. You must keep this key safe by putting it in a place that is safe and secure, which nobody apart from you can access. Bear in mind the fact, that in case a malicious person enters your tenant's apartment by using your key, it is you who will be answerable before the law.
Secondly, make sure that the key of the property remains exclusively with your tenant.
And last but not the least, changing or at least re-key all the locks of your property every time a tenant leaves your property.
TIP #3: REINFORCE YOUR WINDOWS
Check and ensure that your Atlanta rental properties are secure enough to prevent anyone from opening them from the outside. Additionally, reinforce the latch-mechanism by installing keyed-in locks. This prevents burglars from getting inside your property, even if they smash the window to gain access to the property.
TIP #4: PUT A PROPER SECURITY SYSTEM IN PLACE
TIP #5: INSTALL ADEQUATE LIGHTING
Bear in mind that most thieves prefer to operate in the dark. By properly illuminating your property, you can deter potential thieves and burglars from trying to gain unlawful access to your property.
TIP #6: LIBERALLY PUBLICIZE THE FACT THAT YOUR ATLANTA RENTAL PROPERTY IS SECURE
One very effective, though a lesser used way to keep thieves and burglars from breaking into your property, is by publicizing the fact that your rental property, along with everything that it houses, is absolutely secure. This can be done in many ways, such as putting-up a security signage or putting stickers on those areas of your property that are most visible. Some very good places to do this is the front door or your property's main entrance.
At the end of the day, the most important feature of a home is its security. Investing in the security of your property is always a plus, as it strengthens your overall comfort. We hope the above tips help you in taking the proper steps to having a safer Atlanta property.
About the Author: David Taylor is the owner and lead property manager at Citywide RPM, a local property management company servicing East Atlanta.
Flat screen TVs, projection screens, and computer monitors are an easy, low-cost, way to stay connected. Strategically placed screens – in common areas like break rooms, the factory floor, the warehouse, the lobby, the cubicle floor – can provide a constant source of communication and feedback. You can use screens to make sure everyone knows what project they should be working on, to alert the team to a change or a special order, to alert employees if the job is falling behind schedule, to make announcements, to keep everyone informed and even entertained. Common area screens allow constant visual communication without providing a computer terminal for every employee. They can be used to inform, to entertain, and to create a sense of community. Screens are especially useful in a loud environment or in an area where different languages are spoken.
Security cameras are another way to stay connected to your business and your employees. CCTV Systems aren’t just for security purposes. Security cameras allow you to efficiently monitor progress in all areas of your business. This helps you to coordinate activities and ensure quality control. Surveillance cameras can be used to monitor employees, to remotely monitor arrivals, to visually review output, and to view all activity. Cameras are very efficient because you can view all the areas of your business from one central location. You can multi-task by keeping an eye on the activity of your business while taking phone calls and answering email. You can literally be everywhere at the same time and have all the information you need to make informed decisions.
Speakers placed throughout your place of business are yet another way to stay connected. Speakers allow for verbal communication and are useful when the message needs to reach everyone at the same time. Surround sound speakers allow you to communicate warnings, alerts, shift changes, and make announcements. Speakers can also be used to set a mood with music. Commercial speaker systems are most effective when the timeliness of the communication is important.
For direct two-way communication with employees, an audio system with headsets is a must. Headsets are ideal when you need to be able to communicate with your staff and not be overheard by others. They also allow your employees to communicate directly with each other. They are a great way to get quick answers to questions, allowing your team to provide superior service to your clients and customers while saving you time and money. Unlike some of the other communication systems, headsets can keep your communication discrete.
Point of sale terminals can provide immediate sales feedback by linking directly to your accounting software while allowing your team to service customer needs from anywhere. POS terminals can also link directly to your inventory so that your team has real-time information always at their fingertips. This two-way information link keeps you in control and ensures that everyone always has the latest information. Your team will see an immediate boost in efficiency, productivity, and the quality of the customer experience. Your accounting team will have more timely data and you will have the information you need to make better decisions.
These are just some of the ways that your Atlanta business can become more connected in 2017. If you are ready to become more connected to your business, your employees, and your customers, Crime Fighters of Atlanta can help with all of your connectivity needs. CFA Security can assist you with questions, design concepts, and installation.
The holiday season is in full swing and bringing with it the busiest shopping period of the year. Throughout this period, businesses will see a significant increase in traffic as customers begin holiday and gift shopping. While this is great for business, it can also be overwhelming, especially when the business does not have proper surveillance measures in place: the potential for shoplifting and targeted theft increases as the customer traffic increases. Like other holiday seasons, it is expected that the trend of increased theft by consumers and employees will continue, fueled by the poor economy and increased unemployment rate. As customers flood into your business, as with most businesses, you may also need to employ temporary workers to help control the crowd or even collect money from the eager customers.
Unfortunately, these temporary workers might cause additional loopholes in your already thin stretched security measures. But with a little planning, however, these criminals can be outsmarted thus preventing inventory loss while enjoying the benefits of the holiday rush. Basically, it is during these crowded, difficult and especially tight holiday seasons that business owners take strict measures to keep an eye on their product, their customers and their seasonal and permanent employees using surveillance cameras.
These indoor and outdoor style security cameras can provide a manager or owner with recording of what is taking place at their business, evidence for the police when theft occurs and also the ability to fire employees promptly before they cost the company more money.
To prevent significant inventory loss, you must bear in mind that having security and CCTV cameras is the most effective security strategy to employ. CCTV cameras have been proven to be efficient in areas like
When surveillance cameras are properly installed, whether during or after store hours, one of the best defenses against theft is observed to be a security camera. Not only do surveillance cameras deter theft, but in an incident where a shoplifter makes it out of your business with merchandise, having the video recording makes it much simpler and easier to identify the thief. During these difficult economic times, we cannot afford to turn a blind eye while our products or slim profits walk right out the door. So, no matter the type business you have, from grocery stores and convenience stores to banks, import/export operations, doctor's offices, retail stores, and more the benefits of surveillance cameras are evident. Placing the security cameras in plain sight, has also been observed to have an even greater effect. If these criminals know they're being watched, they'll be much less likely to shoplift. Now isn't too early or too late to begin preparing for stepped-up security, both during and after store hours.
This will in turn improve your business productivity and shopping will be a safe and enjoyable experience for both your customers and your employees.
This year consumers will spend over $294 billion on online shopping, with UPS being the primary delivery company. While UPS offers fast shipments and free tracking, they also take very little care to protect these gifts once they are delivered. According to UPS, 95% of packages are delivered on the first attempt, but since most UPS drivers don’t wait for the recipient to come to the door, the majority of those packages are left at the doorstep - sometimes even if the recipient is at home! With $294 billion worth of merchandise just sitting on doorsteps, shopping season is also big business for thieves!
Insurancequotes.com reports that 23 million Americans have had packages stolen from their doorsteps. They have dubbed the thieves “porch pirates”. Apparently, the most common tactic for porch pirates is to follow delivery vehicles and grab the packages within minutes of the delivery. This means your packages could be stolen even if you are at home!
Most retailers will replace stolen goods or offer refunds, but that takes time and it doesn’t help if you needed the delivery in time for the holidays. To help consumers understand the serious nature of porch pirates, police departments across the country are publicly advising residents to purchase doorbell cameras to help deter package theft and to aid local enforcement in catching these criminals. Recent reports from police departments in Atlanta, Alpharetta, Macon and Woodstock, Georgia have shown a decrease in overall neighborhood crime after residents installed home security alarm systems including alarm systems with front door bell cameras and porch CCTV systems.
If you are one of the millions of Americans who enjoy the ease and convenience of online shopping, you shouldn’t be without a security camera at your front door. Security cameras act as a deterrent to theft by stopping home burglars in their tracks. Just the presence of a camera can actually prevent your packages from being stolen and if you become a victim of porch pirates, a security camera will provide proof when you file a claim for reimbursement and will help police to catch the thief. Once a burglar finds success stealing from homes in Atlanta, he will continue stealing until he gets caught. The best defense to prevent crime in Georgia is by installing a security camera. This will not only protect you but will also protect your neighbors and the rest of your community.
In addition to providing advanced home security protection that will prevent your packages from being stolen, a door bell camera connects to your phone providing live video feedback and two-way voice communication with anyone at your front door, even when you're not home. Imagine the piece of mind, the convenience, and the luxury of sending solicitors away and knowing you home is safe no matter where are.
Protecting our friends, family, and community around Atlanta, Georgia is our number one goal. Crime Fighters of Atlanta provides home & business security product installation including home security alarms, wireless cameras, and advanced CCTV surveillance solutions. If a front door security camera is right for your home or if you are interested in other security options, CFA Security can assist you with questions, design concepts, and installation.
Posted October 20th, 2016 by Heidi Buechner in General News
Fitness “wearables,” such as Fitbit, as well as health monitoring websites and mobile applications have become immensely popular. As a result, personal health information, which had previously fallen under the privacy and security restrictions of HIPAA for the most part, is now stored in less-secure devices or software. Which has raised a new question: should wearable health and fitness technology be HIPAA compliant? In most cases, the answer appears to be “no”, at least for the time being. However, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently published a report, detailing the gaps existing between data protected from disclosure by HIPAA and the information not typically included in HIPAA’s coverage, such as health-related mobile apps, websites and fitness wearables:
“Individuals who share their health information with [non-covered entities] might not fully understand where the protections afforded by HIPAA begin and end…. In short, consumers may not be equipped to evaluate the privacy and security implications that attach to the [non-Covered Entities] with which they interact every day.”
HIPAA’s privacy and security rules apply to health plans, health care clearinghouses, and healthcare providers, collectively referred to as “Covered Entities” who handle “protected health information” or individually identifiable health information created or received by the Covered Entity. Healthcare apps offered by Covered Entities, or their “Business Associates”, do of course fall within the scope of HIPAA protections. However, many health-tracking devises or software does not fall under the security and privacy protections of HIPAA, because they usually work directly with the consumer and are therefore not considered to be Covered Entities or Business Associates.
Applications that track, store and share healthcare information with Covered Entities are considered to be Business Associates and are required to be HIPAA compliant and meet HIPAA security standards, which includes administrative, technical and physical safeguard requirements for health-related data. Software developers of software or devices that share information with Covered Entities should be aware that these interactions do fall under HIPAA requirements! Once information is potentially part of an exchange with a doctor or other healthcare provider, the data, on the device, stored as part of your application fall under HIPAA regulations and you must ensure that the devices offer the appropriate privacy protections as demanded by HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. The unauthorized disclosure of this sensitive health information, intentional or otherwise, would violate HIPAA and could result in substantial penalties.
If you have any questions concerning HIPAA Safety and Privacy Rules, contact an attorney at Sparks Law. We would be happy to advise you in protecting your business against regulatory sanctions.
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