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.
Article Provided by:
Sparks Law Practice
There is no question that protecting your loved ones and your property is extremely important and it should always be a priority for anyone who is looking to get the best possible results. In this article, we are going to be talking about how you can protect your home with security cameras and how this is going to be ideal for you to get the best results.
Make sure you cover key areas of the property
The simple fact of having visible security cameras outside your property and having signs that warn people that they are being surveillance video tapped is going to be extremely useful to keep most people from doing anything. Another great advantage of securing your Georgia home is that even pranksters will think twice before ringing your bell.
Making sure that all areas of your Atlanta, Georgia property are monitored is going to be very useful and you should focus on all entrances in order to make sure that an security alarm will be triggered if any activity takes place and there will also be surveillance video as proof of anything that takes place outside and inside of your property if you want indoor security camera as well.
If you are not planning to be home, you can also get a surveillance system installed that is going to allow you to see what is going on live from your mobile device regardless of your location. If you see any suspicious activity, you can set an alarm and alert authorities.
The advantages of securing your Georgia home with Security Cameras are:
Having video proof
The best thing about having security cameras installed all over your property is that you will be able to capture any kind of activity that takes place in any areas of your home that might be vulnerable to an attack. This is going to make it very easy for you to show proof of any attempt to break in.
The best thing about surveillance cameras is that they are becoming very affordable and installing a full system in a property is no longer something that will cost you a fortune. You can equip an entire home with a great security camera surveillance system and you will be able to get excellent results from this.
HD quality available
One of the greatest advantages of security camera surveillance in modern times is that you can get HD footage with most of the modern system installation available and the cost is quite convenient and affordable. The higher the quality, the easier it will be for you to use the footage to detect any kind of activity.
Getting proper home security installed for your home is very important. You never know when your home might be targeted by criminals and even if you live in a very safe neighborhood, you could end up becoming the next target of a burglar because you might be feeling confident that no one would consider trying to break into a property in your area. This is a mistake that has most people a lot of money and also a dangerous situation for their loved ones.
Installing a security system in your office and factory is considered a top priority in order to secure your business and belongings from misuses or loss. For business owners who live in Atlanta, installing a security camera is not an option, it is a must!
Since the Atlanta crime rate is high with thousands of robberies happening each year, leaving your location unprotected leaves it open to burglars who will steal your products from your company or warehouse. Therefore, it is recommended to install at the bare minimum an alarm system or surveillance cameras in each around your building. There are many advantages of using a security system. Here are a few of the advantages you will receive when using n alarm system to secure your business.
Unfortunately, there are people whose intentions are to steal from your company and business location. If you do not install a security system inside or around the building you are leaving your location vulnerable. Taking steps to secure your building with security cameras, alarm systems or access control systems will provide a level of prevention to protect your employees, profits and products from burglars.
Capturing Theft on Video
Burglars will attempt to steal from your office, store or warehouse even after you've installed a security system. However, if you have taken the steps to install surveillance cameras around your building then you will have captured the thieve and their actions on video. Being able to provide the police department with surveillance video gives them a chance to located the thieve and belongings. you a
Managing Employees Performance
Not all employees are created equal. While some employees are angels that you would trust day to day without surveillance, there are always one black sheep in employee that needs an extra eye kept on them. A great solution for controlling and managing employee performance is to install a security camera in the office, restaurant or retail location. IP-based surveillance camera systems will allow you to monitor and manage your employees from any PC or smart phone providing you an opportunity to capture your best and least desirable employees on video. Now you will know who is following company protocol on a daily basis and who is coming to work to goof off.
Image is everything. A big company must portray a big image. A small company must portray a big image! No matter the size of your business, your clients, vendors, investors and employees want to feel like they are aprt of the best. By installing security alarms, surveillance camera and access control systems you are portraying an image of success and sophistication. In return, those who enter your building will have a greater desire to do business with or work for your company and you will be setting yourself apart from your competition.
Investing in a Secure Future
At first the cost of securing your location might seem out of reach, but consider the long term benefits of an initial investment. Not only will your security system provide you ongoing protection year after year including deterring theft, managing employees, assisting during times of crime or employee incidents and instilling a sense of sophistication it will also reduce your overall insurance and building cost. Plus, most systems will require no long term cost. Surveillance and access control systems are self managed and rarely need ongoing repairs and security alarm systems can be self-manged or managed by a fee based monitoring company. Additionally, when you compare the on going cost of security guards to an initial security product investment you will find that after a few short months your initial investment is a better bet.
Atlanta is growing rapidly in both population density, business expansion and crime. All businesses around the Atlanta metro area will greatly benefit from security products. Small offices should at the least install a monitored security alarm. Specialized small businesses with assets to protect along with medium to large size business including retail, restaurants, schools and warehouses absolutely need surveillance cameras installed to protect not only their assets but employees and profits. For larger size corporations and businesses concerned with employee and guest management including apartment complex and condos, an access control systems will provide the level of secure management needed. Whether, your location needs an alarm system, security system or access control system, CFA Security can assist you with questions, design concepts and installation.
When it comes to choosing an access control system for your business, it is a decision that deserves attention and careful consideration. After all, it will be the barrier keeping you and your employees safe and should keep out any unwanted visitors. However, thanks to advancements in technology, we are now seeing more systems than ever before and there is a long-standing argument that roars on; wired or wireless? Here, we will address this issue as well as giving you some tips and considerations when choosing the right system for your small business.
Wired v Wireless
This debate is one that fills many areas of technology and access control systems are no different; in truth, there are pros and cons to both. For example, one large consideration will be the size of your building. If you have one floor or a shop, a wireless system may be the best way to go. However, if your business stretches over a vast warehouse or any other type of large building, a wireless system may not be useful due to the limited range.
Furthermore, you also need to consider how much money you have to invest in this system because a wired option can be expensive. The cable itself will be a costly initial outlay and then if any repairs are required, this is another problem. On the other hand, a wired setup is less likely to fail due to ‘connection issues’ and will not be interrupted at any point. In addition to this, all doors can be monitored and access can be changed in just a few seconds.
Of course, wireless systems offer small businesses an opportunity to get around red tape because they won’t require any permission. If you wanted to choose a wired system but are leasing your property, this could lead to some issues and it some cases it may not be possible at all. Wireless control systems are also cheaper and whilst money is important for every business, the hit of a wired system will be a lot harder if you are just starting out.
These are some key considerations and ultimately, there is no universal ‘best solution’ as it can vary from business to business. As soon as you realize the needs of your business, you can sit down and evaluate each option to see which is better for you and your employees. After deciding, there is also another consideration - fob or card?
Key Fob v Key Card
As always, there are pros and cons to both. First, key fobs on one hand are more durable and can be easily hooked onto a lanyard or set of keys. However, they are the more expensive option and they do not offer any space for a photo. On the flip side, key cards will succumb to wear and tear after being kept in wallets, purses and pockets. Yet, they do have space for a photo and are generally cheaper to produce. Both options will provide easy to use access for employees and easy to replace options for employers providing a great solution to any access control system.
There are many options when choosing an access control system but in the end, it comes down to the wants and needs of your business! Take the time to consider how your business handles employees and guest on a daily basis as well as what areas you need restricted. Once you have a game plan in place, call a few local access control installation companies for a site review. During your site review make sure to ask questions and get an understanding of how the system will work with your unique company and building layout. Remember, price is important, but trust and knowledge go a lot further.
Crime Fighters of Atlanta is a Georgia based low voltage contractor that helps businesses protect their people, products and profits with affordable security solutions.
Happy, engaged residents keep a community active, fun and a desirable place to live. Offering community residents a place to gather and entertain is a top selling feature that will entice new buyers and renters while retaining current homeowners. While a basic clubhouse provides a place to gather, it isn't enough to keep people happy and engaged. Take these five steps to to enhance your current clubhouse and increase your communities wow factor.
1. Community Access Control
Pools, clubhouses and community fitness centers are exclusive benefits for residents that are paid for through the residents HOA dues. These exclusive amenities should truly only be accessed by the residents and their chosen guest, yet many communities in Atlanta, Georgia don't offer any form of security or access control to prevent a non-resident from walking right in to use their facilities. The best way to protect the community amenities and residents is to add access control key cards and/or fobs at pool gates, fitness center doors and private community areas. Key cards and key fobs provide residents a sense of status and security giving the community a high-end feel while also providing security.
2. Community Paging and Announcement Systems
Each summer around Atlanta, Georgia kids flock to community swimming pools to cool off and participate in competitive swim teams. Communities that host summer swim teams need to provide a speaker system for directors to communicate with swimmers and make announcements. Adding a paging and speaker system to an outdoor pool provides residents a way to communicate announcements pool wide as well as provides swim teams an easy announcement system for meets. Paging systems can be installed outside by the pool or inside at a computer with a microphone.
3. Mounted TV's
Luxurious, clean and welcoming clubhouses entice residents to gather and host parties. Providing an accessible TV for guest to use during the day or for events is an easy enhancement to set the community apart from others in the area. When installing a new TV for a clubhouse it is important to keep with a sleek, modern design and the easiest way to each this is by mounting the TV on the way and hiding the wires. A professional TV Mounting company such as Crime Fighters of Atlanta can help you achieve the clean, modern look a professional TV mount provides.
4. Media Theaters and Projection Screens
Along with sleekly mounted TV's, a top notch clubhouse offers guest movie nights and the opportunity to rent out the clubhouse movie theater for their own enjoyment. A clubhouse movie entertainment area can be achieved by installing a projection screen in any desired location. Projection screens can be added to any part of the clubhouse to accommodate the seating and room dimensions and do not need a private area to be successful. Projection screens will also provide corporate residents a place to host meetings and conduct business. Having a theater and business center for residents to enjoy is a great amenity to offer.
5. Surround Sound Speakers
Music makes everyone happy and is one of the easiest entertainment services to offer community residents. Exterior speakers can be placed around community pools, along parks and playgrounds and inside community clubhouses and fitness facilities. Speakers can be hidden or standard, wall-mounted and come in wired and wireless options. Once speakers are installed they are connected back to a central entertainment station that receives music through radio frequency and can play music from CD's and smart devices. Residents can be given access to the entertainment hub during events or a control system can be set-up to allow only HOA members or event coordinators access. Either way, offering sound during events to residents is an easy way to bring in enjoyment and set your community apart
Whether you take one of these steps to offer new services to your residents or build on them over the years, your community members will delighted to have outstanding amenities to come home to.
Crime Fighters of Atlanta offers Georgia Apartment and Home Communities entertainment and security options to help keep their residents happy and safe. To learn more about our services or for a free quote call 770-864-7891.
Is your home the next to be burglarized? Take these 5 simple steps to prevent crime in your neighborhood.
There will always be neighborhoods that experience less crime than others. There is no such thing as a neighborhood that is immune from break-ins and crime. Even areas that are historically quiet and safe can be prone to a crime spree as city dynamics change. Believing that your neighborhood will always be free from crime creates a false sense of security causing homeowners to leave their homes under protected.
The best thing to do is to be proactive and protect your home before anything happens. If your neighbor experiences a break-in, it is important that you take action to make sure that both your home and your neighborhood are safe and protected before the burglars return for a repeat visit. If you wait, you could find that your home is the next on the list to be broken into.
These are some simple ways that you can work together with your family and community to make it more difficult for criminals to make their way in and take advantage of your safety and security.
Meet With Your Neighbors
If you do not already know your neighbors, you should meet them. By everyone getting to know one another, you will be able to set up a valuable network that will help you form a solid unit. By being familiar with your neighbors everyone will become aware of each other’s coming and going. When something seems amiss such as a garage door open mid-day when a neighbor should be at work, other neighbors will know this is a red flag and call the police. In addition to community awareness, having a relationship with your neighbors allows you to inform them when you will be away on vacation and even ask for help with taking trash and newspapers up to your house. Having a set of eyes out on your home will help in the event of suspicious activity and keeping the trash, mail and newspapers will remove an indicator to burglars that you are not home.
The Modern Day Neighborhood Watch
This is a way of protecting your neighborhood that is easy to do and it gives criminals the message that you are truly serious about keeping them out of your area. Online community groups provide instant messaging and alerts that work as daisy chain communication system alerting the community to suspicious activity throughout the day. Sites such a myneighborhood.com and nextdoor.com offer an outstanding online neighborhood watch. By working together, neighbors throughout a whole community can stop crime before it happens. There are also mobile apps available that will allow community members to report suspicious activity to the group and make a decision to contact the authorities that are supported by local government. Visit your cities municipal page to see if one has been set-up in your area. If you find that the resources you need are not yet available, consider starting a group yourself.
Keeping a regular meetings schedule is also be very helpful and suggestions should always be welcome on the different ways that you can further beef up security in the neighborhood. Whenever possible, get your local law enforcement involved to have a professional prospective on your methods for protecting your homes.
Learn About Current Crime Trends
Knowledge is power. Taking steps to educate yourself about crime in your city and neighborhood will help you stay ahead of burglars. Pay attention to the latest crime trends and what burglars are doing to get in and what they take once they are inside a home. This will allow you to have a better course of action to prevent burglaries. Website such as crimemapping.com and crimereports.com offer a map layover of various dangerous home crimes from burglary to murder. Additional online searches are offered by local counties and police departments depending on the city you live in. Simply do an internet search for crime and your area. Numerous sites will pop up showing you statics, local crime maps, and information from local police departments. Many of these websites will also send you email and/or text alerts to your smart phone.
Take Steps to Not Be a Burglar Magnet
Be sure to inspect your own home for any security issues so that it won't be a target for any would-be criminals. Always keep your doors and windows locked. Don’t forget to shut your garage door and if you park in the driveway, but have a garage door opener in your car make sure you lock your car as well. Make sure you don’t leave any keys under door mats or easy to find locations and keep trash, flyers, and mail in check. Nothing screams I’m on vacation, please steal from me than a house that looks vacated. Keep brush and trees neat and trimmed away from the home to avoid hiding places for burglars by windows and if you have a birthday party or during the holidays, make sure you don’t put large ticket item boxes out to the trash too early. A big screen TV box sitting on the curb for few days is an advertisement for what waits inside.
Install Security Cameras
Take action to prevent crime before it happens by installing a home security camera system. After building a good relationship with your neighbors, you can speak to them about pooling your resources and ordering security cameras as a group or working together to create a neighborhood nexus of security coverage. If you live in a neighborhood with an HOA speak with your HOA about installing post cameras throughout the community. By posting cameras throughout your neighborhood at certain check points you will have the advantage of tracking suspicious activity and even record the vehicles and license plates that are coming in and out. If you are unable to work as a neighborhood to achieve a universal surveillance goal, taking steps to protect your own home are simple. CCTV camera systems are widely available to consumers from local retailers such as Costco or through local security camera installers. While cameras from a retailer like Costco cost less, the product will need to be self installed and has a shorter lifespan than equipment you will receive from an installation company. It is best to weigh all your options before making a decision.
Staying aware, alert and connected in your community will greatly increase your ability to fight crime and reduce the chances of your home being broken into. Joining or forming a neighborhood watch will allow you to protect your own home as well as those around you. Keeping your neighbors informed about how to protect their homes and showing them the information you’ve gather online will help the community work together to reduce overall crime in the area. In addition to staying informed and working together, adding security cameras or an alarm system to both your home or within the neighborhood will deter and capture burglars. Crime is preventable and following these simple steps brings you closer to being part of the solution.
About the Author
Ross Germano is a self-defense and security enthusiast. For great information about self-defense and top security products visit his site at Reveresecurity.com
The concept of Guardzilla is an affordable, self-monitored surveillance camera system with remote viewing capabilities and voice over controls. It touts itself as an inexpensive security solutions helping home and small business owners add security at a fraction of a cost of current home security leaders. It's easy to install, plug and play features make it available to anyone with a wi-fi connection and electrical outlet. Is it possible to get great security from such an easy to install and cheaply priced product? Let's start by comparing the pro's and con's of Guardzilla to know if it's a good buy or a just a cheap security solution not worth throwing your hard earned money away on.
Price: Guardzilla is advertised at $99 per unit with 2 days of free video storage. While this looks like a good price it's actually pretty deceiving depending on your security needs. If one unit is all you need to watch your front door or keep an eye on your sports car in the garage then $99 for one unit is a great deal, but if you want to keep an eye on multiple entry points then the $99 per unit price can easily add up. Also, the ongoing cost can sneak up on you. For free you will receive the smart phone application to view your video footage , 2 days of storage with no audio and notifications when the system picks up motion at your home. If you need to access video past the 2 day point you will pay either $4.99 for 7 days of storage or $8.99 for 30 days with both options carrying a 1 month auto-renew which basically means you give a 30 day cancellation notice.
Installation: Guardzilla couldn't be easier to install. You simply plug the device into the wall, allow it to access your wi-fi and download a smart phone application. At first glance that is easy, but what if you don't have a strong wi-fi signal where you want to place it or an outlet? The front door is a number one location for security cameras, but not every foyer has an electrical outlet, good place to install a camera or a strong signal from a homes wi-fi connection. Depending on where you want to place Guardzilla will determine if it is a good buy for you.
Monitoring: Guardzilla is a self- monitored device. This means that it will report to you when it senses motion and send you video clips of the motion at which point you are responsible for calling the police to inform them of a burglary. Sounds simple, right? What if your in the middle of a presentation at work, your phone is in your purse, your on the beach enjoying a long awaited vacation or any other scenario that you has you not looking at your phone. Then self-monitoring is useless. Now let's imagine you were in front of your phone, received a picture of burglars stealing your TV and are ready to take action. Your next step is to call the police and report the break-in. After you've called 911 and spent 10 minutes explaining to the operator that your home is being broken into and no your not home, you are safe and yes you are sure about this because you saw it on your Guardzilla then the operator will dispatch your local police department. Hopefully, they will get there in the next 20 minutes and usually by the time they arrive, Mr. Burglar is gone.You will, however, have the footage to show them and this is a great help with their efforts to apprehend said burglar and make a case file for other are break-ins.
Functionality: Guardzilla does offer a good video quality with night vision and a fairly loud siren about the strength of a smoke detector. However, it's motion capability has been reported as inadequate and not always great at picking up humans past a 20 ft. range.
Best uses: We recommend Guardzilla in addition to standard home alarm monitoring and as an outstanding device for senior care, baby/ child monitoring and to cover specialty needs such as keeping an eye on boats, RV's, pools and other unique areas of your home. Seniors who live alone and need medical care or whose family members are not nearby can greatly benefit from Guardzillas video service. This is the best senior care device I've seen so far and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to keep an eye on aging family members. The device works in the same capacity for keeping an eye on the nanny or babysitter while your away or to receive notices of when your children come home from school.
If you are looking to protect your home and you want video service the best combination would be a basic alarm system with basic monitoring which average $25 per month and will include immediate access to your local police department via your alarm monitoring station. Then add a product like Guardzilla to solve your video needs instead of paying a higher price with your alarm company. An upgrade to video monitoring with an alarm company would cost roughly $99-$199 per unit plus an average of $40 per month. As you can see Guardzilla's price of $99 with no ongoing fees is a much better rate.
Guardzilla offers useful video imagining and solves some security problems, but is far from keeping your home and family safe.
Crime Fighters of Atlanta offers home and business owners security cameras and low voltage services in Georgia. Please send questions or comment a
Do community watch programs reduce crime?
• Community watch spreads awareness. They educate on previous recent criminal activities in the area and impact information, instructions and ability to detect and report crimes.
• The watch also improves communication with local authorities. Local law enforcement departments are able to form better working relations with community and its members, which in turn, help improve credibility of the crime reports and response time.
• Community watch programs also train occupants for emergencies and how to respond to critical situations, because unpreparedness can really accelerate the hostility of emergency conditions.
• There is increased surveillance with the watch programs in place, due to the provision of extra pairs of eyes and ears in response to any fishy or criminal activities. This is an integral part of crime control.
• Criminal opportunities are minimized because for a crime to occur, the culprits must have the ability and opportunity to commit a crime. While nothing can be done about the desire and ability of the criminal, proper surveillance and vigilance can take the opportunity out of the picture.
• Community watch encourages community involvement and pride. It inspires the community members to see themselves as part a larger community and the idea of considering their neighbor’s property as their own, which transforms into greater alertness. Neighborhood security is shared responsibility between the police and the occupants.
Home security systems
While community watch programs are effective and serve an important purpose, on their own, they are enhanced when residents also take measures to protect their own homes and possessions. A home security system is an effective way of protecting one’s home from invasion. Alarms, monitored systems and even signs in the yard often deter criminals before they strike and make it easier for community watch members and police to notice and apprehend criminals quickly, often before they leave the property.
Home security systems aren’t effective only in preventing home invasions, but also in protecting homes from things like fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. Smoke alarms make occupants aware of smoke in the house, and the security systems help identify the source of the smoke and contact the fire department automatically.
Neighborhood watch participants have lives too, despite their neighborhood responsibilities, so they can’t watch your house every second. Home security systems are therefore important and valuable in monitoring and protecting your house, to ensure complete surveillance 24/7. If something is happening in your house and hasn’t been identified by the neighborhood watch, the home security system calls law enforcement for you. Home security systems help the community watch systems in keeping the neighborhood safe from crime for all the community members.
About the Author
William Sheridan with Best Home Security provides answers and solutions for all your home security needs. Visit homesecurity.mywebpal.com for on-topic and useful information that can help keep your family safe.
The CCD Sensor and Chipset
CCD is called, the electrical component that captures the light signal. The chipset is also an electrical component, which in turn, can translate the optical signal into an image. Thus, the combination of the CCD sensor and chipset allows you to get video. The addition of the CCD sensor and chipset determines the resolution of the image, so its grain quality.
This determines the minimum amount of light needed to operate your camera. Brightness is measured in lux, lux 0 corresponding to complete darkness and 50000 lux at maximum brightness. It is, therefore, essential to assess the brightness of the filming area when choosing the camera to ensure optimal image quality.
Good security offers cameras capable of filming at 0 lux, that is to say, in total darkness. Indeed, infrared cameras and day / night cameras have an intuitive system enabling them to automatically switch to night mode when the light is insufficient. Night mode is a mode that shoots in black and white.
The objectives determine the viewing angle of your cameras. They are available in several sizes to best adapt to the vision you want. They have a size of 2.5 mm to 100 mm which corresponds to an opening angle of 107 ° to 2.8 °.
Over the lens size, the greater the viewing angle is narrower and more remote areas will be filmed close and the zoom will be better. The choice of lens is essential because it can be compared to the eyes of the camera. Either the objective is to choose (box camera) it is already built into your camera, depending on the selected camera type.
The Different Types of Security Cameras
There are several types of cameras that correspond to multiple contexts of use. Each camera has different characteristics, so it is important to determine the use you want to make in order to choose a camera adapted to the layout of your business, environmental conditions (indoor, outdoor, day or night) for ensuring optimal utilization of the product. You can see these types of cameras in your city by searching stores online such as Security Camera Atlanta.
Vandal Dome Cameras
This camera is perfectly suited for video surveillance of sensitive areas, both indoors and outdoors.
In fact, the mini dome camera is sober, discreet, aesthetic, with easy wall mounting or ceiling allowing it to blend in the scenery without giving any indication of the filmed area. The mini-dome provides clear images of events while enjoying a quick and easy installation.
Infrared cameras (IR)
An infrared security camera is capable of shooting both day and night.
The day the images are in color as any other camera; night images are black and white and as good as the day. Indeed, the camera lens is surrounded by LEDs, which light up automatically when the outside light is insufficient. This system allows shooting at 0 lux, that is to say, in total darkness. According to the camera models, these LED bulbs have a greater or lesser extent and let you get a perfect image transmission up to 80 meters in the darkest areas.
When selecting your camera, you have to determine with the greatest attention the lens setting and range of night vision (5m to 50m) are the two performance criteria.
The Speed Domes are recommended when the surveillance area is extensive such as parking because this type of camera can be rotated 360 °, ensuring transmission of high-quality images. You can install on a wall or ceiling.
Smoke detector, motion, pens, such cameras must put the look you want to make sure video surveillance discreetly.
IP cameras allow you to make high-end CCTV installations. Depending on the model, these cameras give you a picture resolution up to 5 megapixels.
The Different Technologies Security Cameras
There are currently two technologies are used for security cameras i.e. Analogue and IP, which are described below:
The cameras are connected to the recorder by cables; the recorder is connected to your box. Our cables also carry the current. It takes a camera cable.
The cameras are powered via a plug; the wireless transmitter communes with the receiver. The receiver is connected to a monitor or TV. The receiver may also be connected to a recorder.
The cameras are connected to a switch or to a network jack; the recorder is also connected to the network locally or via The Internet. The cameras can be powered via the network cable. The user connects via Intranet or Internet cameras or directly to the recorder.
The cameras are powered via an AC outlet; they have a Wi-Fi antenna to be connected to the network. The recorder is also connected with same network. The user connects via Internet cameras or directly to the recorder.
When considering a new security camera system or replacing cameras and wiring of an established surveillance system is it best to consult with a local, licensed CCTV security installation company. CFA Security works with home and business owners in Georgia to establish an accurate and budget minded security plan. For a free consultation call 770-864-7891.
On average, burglars take around 60 seconds in picking door locks. If your home looks like it’s going to take longer than that, they’re likely to move on to find their next victim. In securing your home, it’s wise if you can eliminate the factors that will make your home seem like an easy target.
In case you’re unsure of what you should do, here are 8 easy tips to keep burglars away.
1. Clear your lawn.
Overgrown bushes do not only mean good hiding spots but they can also signal burglars that you’re not home. Dried grass and withering plants can also act as cues. To avoid creating false impressions, trim shrubs and cut overgrown branches off of the trees in your yard. It’s also a good idea to hide and lock away tools in your lawn that burglars can use to gain access to your home. Unused ladders, chairs and stools should also be out of sight.
2. Invest in an alarm system.
One of the most effective means of keeping burglars away is to install a security system. As a matter of fact, it can make your home almost 3 times less likely to fall victim to the crime. For added peace of mind, you can add a camera security system so you get to see everything that goes on at home even while you’re not around.
3. Make your security visible.
Installing a security system at home decreases your chances of attracting burglars. Making it visible even lowers the number. This is one of the reasons why a lot of home alarm companies include security yard signs and decals in their packages. To get the most out of these signs, you can put them on areas where they can easily be seen, such as your front yard and your doors and windows.
4. Be discreet.
Burglars have very keen eyes. Boxes of newly bought appliances, valuable items in your garage or even just leaving your curtains up can be interpreted as a clear invitation for them to rob your home. To avoid the unwanted attention, try to keep expensive items away from areas where they can be easily seen. It can also help if you can stay away from announcing vacations and getaways in your social media accounts. Posting notes on your door or front gate won’t also help keep your home safe.
5. Get more lights.
Installing motion activated lights in your yard can help prevent burglars from taking cover behind the darkness. They are programmed to automatically turn even at the slightest sign of movement. Smart lights, on the other hand, can help you create an impression that there’s someone at home. Burglars tend to get more suspicious if you have lights that never seem to turn off even during the day.
6. Always lock your doors.
Around 34% of burglars prefer the front door when targeting homes. Leaving your doors unlocked only makes their work a lot easier. Traditional door locks also aren’t helpful in keeping burglars away. To improve your security, make it a point to always lock your doors whether you’re simply getting something from the garage or going out to buy grocery. It can also help if you can invest in quality deadbolt locks. They are a lot more resistant to forceful blows and lock picking.
7. Secure your back doors.
Burglars favor back doors because they are typically out of sight. To make sure your door doesn’t invite burglary, keep in mind to keep it locked. Adding lights and a surveillance camera can also enhance the security in the area. If you have plants in the area, it can also help if you can keep them low.
8. Do routine security checks.
Regularly checking the weak points in your home can help you know which areas you need to work on more. Hinges, locks and knobs should be routinely assessed and repaired if necessary. Checking the batteries of your security sensors as well as phone lines, if there are any, should also be done frequently. Most of the time, the best way for you to see your home’s weakest points is to look at it in a burglar’s perspective.
Did you know there are hidden culprits lurking in your home ready to cause damage and threaten your loved ones? Most people realize cooking and kitchen fires are a serious and dangerous threat, but few realize there are other electrical culprits such as appliances and wall outlets that can cause devastation.
According to the U.S. fire administration cooking and kitchen fires account for nearly 49% of home fires while heat sources attribute to 13% and electrical sources 6%. With an annual rate of 1.4 million national fires causing over 3,000 deaths, one things for sure: fires are dangerous. The good news is that fires are preventable by taking precautions and measures to ensure your home and family are safe.
Preventing fires and smoke damage start with a home assessment for risk. Start by evaluating the condition on your home appliances such as your washer/dryer, refrigerator, dishwasher and water heater. Are they running efficiently? Is the appliance making strange noises, does it smell of smoke or shake when in use. If the appliance isn't working properly, stop using it until you or a contractor have made repairs to ensure the appliance doesn't cause any sparks and to prevent it from catching on fire.
When the weather chills, out come the space heaters. Space heaters, however, account for 25,000 credential fires each year. Space heaters cause two problems for home owners. First, older homes with older electrical outlets struggle to manage the elect rial surge of some space heaters causing a potential fire at the outlet. If your electrical outlet begins to smoke or burn when the space heater is plugged in then that is tell tale sign to stop using the heater until a qualified electrician asses your outlet. Second, space heaters cause fires when items are placed too close to the heater. Make sure to keep a 36-inch radius around the heater. The means keeping clothes, towels, sheets and furniture a good distance.
Overloaded electrical outlets are a common and dangerous cause of home fires, especially around the holidays. An outlet plugged up with several cord extenders and cords is a sure fire way to create spark. First, make sure you are using your outlets wisely. One power outlet per electrical outlet is safe. No stacking outlets into power outlets and no doubling two power outlets into one electrical outlet. Second, make sure all the wires, cords and plugs are in good working order. Faulty wiring is a leading cause of outlet fires. If there are any signs of burns, smoke, frays or damage replace the item.
Cooking and kitchen fires are the number one most dangerous home fire cause. When cooking for family and entertaining guest, it's easy to get caught in conversation or distracted away from the kitchen, but leaving hot pans and cooking food unattended is a recipe for disaster. In a matter of seconds, cooking oil can reach a heat point that causes it to smoke and burst into flames. If flammable items are left near the cooking surface such a cook books, papers and pot holders, they can quickly add flame to the fire. In a matter of minutes an entire kitchen can be up in flames and most people panic at this time trying to put the fire out with water or grabbing at the burning pan. Both will only make matters worse. Your best defense against a full blown kitchen fire are to be vigilant and keep a K rated extinguisher int he kitchen.
In addition to taking preventive measures, a monitored smoke alarm will reduce the damage of fires by detecting smoke and alerting the monitoring station within seconds. Having a monitored smoke alarm in your home will ensure the fire department is called immediately. During a fire, every second truly counts.
Author: Shana Cooper, Manager, Crime Fighters of Atlanta
Establish Safety Procedures
The first step is to establish an office safety plan that is communicated to all employees on a regular basis and establishes procedures for handling acts of violence such as evacuation routes, contacting authorities and ways to approach or retreat from an attacker. Employees should know how to contact local enforcement, how to administer CPR and first aid and know an evacuation plan for violent attacks.
The second step in ensuring employee safety during a violent or terrorist attack is to practice the attack in mock simulation with the assistance of trained responders such as police, army representatives such as ROTC, veteran army officers or any coach trained in self-defense that can teach employees steps for protecting themselves and those around them. In addition to learning self defense practices, employees should practice how to react during an attack such as hide in safe place, run to designed exits and possible ways to disarm an attacker.
The number one way to stay safe is by consistently being vigilant of your surroundings, constantly questioning your environment and be quick to react. Keeping up a sense of awareness will keep you prepared when trouble arises and give you an opportunity to react quickly.
An employer needs to establish an proper reporting procedure through HR to ensure that employees can communicate anything they feel is suspicious or unsafe. Keeping the lines of communication open creates an environment where employees feel safe speaking out. When employees feel safe communicating their concerns with HR or another appointed representative then issues can be dealt with prior to becoming full blown and possibly thwart milacious plans that could be taken too far. Likewise, employees need to listen to their gut and make a report when they question anything out of place in the workplace or with their co-workers. It is better to make a report and be wrong then to keep quiet and be wrong.
Office Security Products
Installing proper security features at any size office is an essential security barrier to prevent attackers from entering the building. All offices benefit from security protection installations. Access control systems with employee key cards will prevent unauthorized attackers into buildings and slow down any attacker attempting to gain access to an office. Security cameras act as deterrents preventing crime before it happens and provide security guards an eye on the premise they are protecting. Smaller offices benefit form security cameras when they maintain their own footage with 24/7 live feeds of their locations providing a eye on who is coming in and out of their office. Security alarm systems will not prevent an attacker from entering a building, but do offer a line of communication to emergency responders at the touch of a button. Security hold-up buttons can be installed under desk or through pendant giving employees a one-touch solution for contacting 911.
In our modern world, the truth is a threat lurks around every corner and our best tactic is to remain aware of our surroundings and people in our daily life without becoming lazy or falling under the belief that all these violent attacks happen to others not us. Knowing how to react in a terrorist or violent threat at your office will save your life and the lives of those around you. I f your employee doesn’t currently have a safety plan at your office, speak up and help him devise one. Taking charge of your own personal safety will prevent you from becoming a victim. We all have the power to protect ourselves, to speak up when we know something isn’t right and to step up to help prevent more violence from harming our lives. Terrorism might be part of our daily truth, but together we can stand strong to put an end to it.
Access Control has long been a tool of large
corporations to control and manage employee
behavior and access to buildings, however, the
newest Access Control and mobile technology
systems provide new uses for a traditional
concept. The newest establishments to make use
of the changes in the Access Control industry are
hotels that have introduce key-less room entry
through the use of mobile devices.
These hotels including the Cromwell in Las Vegas are offering customers an
experience never seen before. The days of lost room keys and trips back to the front
desk for a new set, will be a thing of the past. Now customers who check into hotels
like the Cromwell will enjoy a key-less room where their smart phone's mobile
technology now serves as their entry.
The Cromwell in Las Vegas uses Kaba's mobile access system through Kaba's cloud
based security firm, Legic Indetsystems and then works with the smartphone's
Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)a nd Near Field Communications (NFC) technology
to open the doors. Guest are able to check in online with their mobile phone and
use the phone during their stay as their room key. The access is secured and
encrypted through the hotels cloud security.
Hilton World Wide which operates more than 4,000 hotels and timeshare
properties in 93 countries will begin using smartphone access control technology
to allow their guest the same easy of check-in and onsite access as the Cromwell.
Hilton Worldwide plans to make these changes to all resort hotels by the end of
While the hotel industry is starting the trend towards smartphone access control,
the concept will soon be seen in many other industries such Universities,
Government buildings, and corporations. While the technology is available to
residential homes, the cost and desire for key-less access is not quite there, but
with all things new in technology that will change after the foundation is laid and
the technology becomes a part of everyday life. In a decade the use of standar metal
keys might be a thing of the past as all aspects of our life become mobile controlled.
The only caveat, smartphone batteries and charging cable capabilities need to
improve or we will all be locked out of our homes, businesses, and hotel rooms.
About the Author:
Shana Cooper is manager of Crime Fighters of Atlanta, an Atlanta based home
& business security provider.
Installing a security system is definitely a good investment for commercial business or homeowners. There are many benefits related to installing surveillance security cameras. They protect your business for burglary, employee theft, mischief as well as monitoring employees’ performance during work hours. Security cameras keep your home secure by keeping off potential thieves and monitoring movements in and out of the house. They provide you with a great peace of mind.
Surveillance Security Cameras installation must be done with a lot of caution. This is because if anything goes wrong during installation, the whole system becomes useless. At Crime Fighters of Atlanta, we believe in quality customer services. Our Company offers the best video surveillance solutions for both Commercial and Business use. Our surveillance systems provide real-time and on-going video of your location that can be accessed from your computer, Smartphone or any other internet enabled devices.
Crime Fighters of Atlanta offer installation services with security camera packages that include 4, 8,16 and 32. The security cameras solutions also come with DVR recording devices, IP Security Cameras with Remote viewing as well as security alarm monitored services. The IP based security cameras allow their customers to access real-time video that can easily be accessed from any internet connections.
Apart from installation services, our company also provides security camera repairs and other related services. For commercial business or home owners who have faulty cameras, we offer repairs services at a subsidized cost. We also replace existing security surveillance systems with our new security cameras which are much more effective. We also offer maintenance services for all our customers by performing regular check-ups on their security systems. We check on camera visibility, wiring and overall performance. For new constructions, we offer pre-wiring services.
Our security cameras come in variety of shapes, colors, styles and function which provides our customers with better options to security solutions. That’s not all. Our security camera systems can be configured with different styles such as Bullet, Pan, Tint, Varifocal, PTZ and Dome. The cameras are also enabled to provide day and clear night vision.
Apart from offering installation services for Commercial and Business Security Cameras solutions, our company also specializes in Nanny Cams & Hidden Camera Surveillance as well as Face Recognition Camera solutions.
Crime Fighters of Atlanta works effectively to ensure that Atlanta residents are protected by preventing crime in the community. Our main aim is to ensure that our esteemed customers get quality services on a budget. Our staff is well trained to handle the installation and repair services and thus our customers are guaranteed of safety and good services. We are a reliable and competent.
Apart from security cameras installation services, our company also specializes in Security Alarm Systems, Low Voltage Wiring, Fire Protection and Safety, TV Mounting, Intercom Systems, and POS Installations, Home Automation and Surround System services.
Our company is based in Norcross, GA, and offer services to the whole of North Georgia.
Low –Voltage Cabling and Wiring is known as electrical wiring and trim that carries a much lower current than what is available through a business power outlet as well as other fixtures. Structured wiring offers the best solution for audio, video, telephone, data, television, security signals and home automation requirements.
Our company, Crime Fighters of Atlanta is a professional company that aims at providing quality low-cost low voltage wiring and installation for new homes, businesses, and renovations. Our aim is to ensure that low voltage wiring is engineered and installed properly to ensure that our customers get the best technology by adding value to their homes.
Our company provides low-cost internet cable wiring services for commercial and business use that fit your budget. Also referred to as Ethernet, Data lines, CAT-5 and CAT-6 cables, we help you gain access to the internet from your home or business. We assist you with the installation of new internet cable lines as well as replacing the existing ones. Our highly experiences engineers are determined provide excellent services to our customers.
Crime Fighters of Atlanta understands the importance of having a security system for homes as well as business. That’s why, apart from offering security system installation services, our company also provides security system pre-wiring services. This is to ensure that your building is properly wired before the installation of any alarm or motion-detection systems. We also offer new telephone lines installation and telephone jack wiring services. Our aim is to bring effective voice and fax transmissions from external phone operations to your home or business. We also assist with moving of internal telephone wires and set-up when moving to a new location.
Our company offers low-voltage wiring for intercom systems, which is a big convenience for any business. It’s effective for communication in large crowds and can also be used as a part of a comprehensive security system. We offer pre-wiring services to ensure that your building is properly wired before even purchasing the intercom system.
For those looking to add cable services to their location, Crime Fighters of Atlanta installs TV pulls for offices and businesses. Our company also helps create a surround sound system by assisting you with speaker pre-wiring for your home or business premise. Our aim is to provide our customers with the best quality sounds at the comfort of their homes or businesses.
Since our customers’ security is our main priority, our company provides security wiring for security cameras as well as security alarm systems. We also provide pre-wiring services for new buildings and assist you with moving the security wiring cables when relocating. We also provide POS configuration as well as installation of your new or existing POS station.
Here at Crime Fighters of Atlanta, we strive for excellent customer service. We make this happen by engaging our best low-voltage wiring electrical contractors in handling the tasks. We always emphasize on quality and that’s one of the main reasons why we’ve been in business for over 15 years.
Whenever you identify any low voltage cable problem, do not hesitate to contact us because you will encounter experts who are well-trained to deliver you a unique service experience. We welcome you as a customer and we guarantee you of getting the best services ever.
Setting up and installing a new flat-panel TV can be a daunting task. What’s even more time consuming is the task of mounting the TV on the wall. Mounting a flat-screen TV on the wall not only gives your business an elegant and classic look but also, it’s a great move towards creating a good relationship with your customers. In business, flat-panel TVs are not only used for entertaining the customers but also, it’s a great way to advertise your products. In your home, it gives your living space a unique elegance look. However, no matter how professional you think you are in handling the TV mounting task, you need assistance from experts in the field.
Here at Crime Fighters of Atlanta, we never disappoint when it comes to TV Mounting and Set-up services. First, we offer professional re-cabling of your cable lines behind your walls. This is done when you are installing a new TV flat-panel. Our TV mounting experts are well experienced to handle such tasks. Hiding the wires is a very important aspect when installing a TV. We do this by ensuring that the type if wires used are specifically listed for running through the walls. We also install a “Smart Tube” inside the walls on the cables to ensure that your home or business is well protected. The Smart Tube also allows for installation of additional cables.
Apart from that, we are experts in fitting TV Brackets in a professional manner. Since the brackets are sold separately, we always obtain the best from the manufacturers. We ensure that the brackets are compatible with the TV, the bolts are of the right size and that the spacing is correct. We work efficiently to ensure that the TV is properly centered and leveled, hide the video components properly and install a new power outlet.
Crime Fighters of Atlanta works hard to ensure that the TV Mounting services are up to standard. Our specialist enhanced services involves double checking your wall and location’s suitability before the actual installation is begun. We also check on the size of your flat screen to ensure that the correct measures are taken during the mounting process. The price of installation is also determined by the size of the flat-screen. The total mounting cost for a large screen is a bit higher than that of a small screen.
Our company emphasizes on Surge Protection at a great extent. Installing a surge protector during flat screen TV installation is very important. That is why we install power inlet devices which are effective in allowing you protect your TV with a traditional surge protector. Apart from that, we highly recommend a whole house surge protection for safety purposes.
We understand the importance of quality services especially when installing valuable assets like a flat-screen TV. That’s why we only allow experts to handle your TV during the whole process. Our experts are certified and licensed and so, you have nothing to worry about.
We are an established company, having been in the industry for over 15 years and thus, we understand our customers’ needs perfectly. We sure know how to get things right and we urge you to contact us whenever you need our services.
Medical identity theft results from the fraudulent use of an
individual’s personal information, Social Security number, or
health insurance information to obtain medical goods and
services, money through insurance fraud, or insurance coverage for
treatments. This may result in a number of problems for the victim
which might include a collection account for a past due bill, medical
insurance filing errors, or distorted medical records that could affect
future medical treatment.
Medical identity theft is one of the more complicated and problematic
types of identity theft that can occur. The reasons for these
complications are mainly attributed to the lack of a central repository of
medical history and the extensive privacy laws in relation to medical
file disclosure. It is difficult to discover and the fraud may exist until
uncovered through various methods.
Discovery: Ways an individual might discover medical identity theft
Some of the ways victims discovered their personal information was
used by another person for medical purposes include:
• Receipt of an Explanation of Benefits statement from
your health insurer listing services or treatments that
were never provided.
• Receipt of a bill for services or equipment that were
• Collection account listed on a credit report that is the
result of an unpaid medical bill not related to any valid
• Denial of health insurance or notice of increase in premiums
based on a medical condition that you do not have.
• Inaccuracy found in medical record held by physician
• Alert received from a healthcare provider, law enforcement
agency, or an insurance company who has discovered
Proactive steps: Early detection of medical identity theft
These steps may help detect signs of medical identity theft early and are
instrumental in limiting the amount of damage done by an identity thief.
• Review your health insurance provider’s Explanation of Benefits
statement for any activity that is not correct.
• Obtain your “benefits request” each year from your
insurance provider. This is a listing of benefits paid in your name
by your health insurer. If you do not recognize a payment, follow up
with the insurer or provider to learn more.
• Request your medical records if you have any suspicion
of fraud. You have the right to request copies of records
from any entity covered by the Health Insurance Portability
and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) that maintains
information or is suspected to have information about you.
These organizations are subject to the HIPAA privacy rules
and have an obligation to provide you with access to your
• Request an “accounting of disclosures” from health care
providers and health insurers. This is a list of any entities
that received personally identifiable health. These reports
are available once every 12 months, free of charge.
• Consider pulling a Medical Information Bureau (MIB) report--
although you may not have one. The MIB is “a membership
corporation of insurance companies that maintains a
confidential database of individually identifiable information
significant to underwriting applications for life and health
insurance.” They will only have information on a person
if that person has applied for individually underwritten
life, health, disability income, long-term or critical illness
insurance with a member insurer in the past seven years.
Request the report by calling 1-866-692-6901.
Author: Scott Crawley Wealth Care Advisors
Identity Theft Crisis (And how to protect yourself)
Sign up today for identify theft monitoring and restoration services with the worlds leading risk consulting company. This is a special edition of the Wealthcare Advisors newsletter. Originally, our topic for the month was creating wealth for 2015. An exciting, catching, uplifting topic. Our scheduled topic has been preempted, however, by yet another attack on the "PROTECTING WEALTH" mission of Wealthcare Advisors. The latest cyber hacking attack on Anthem is now filling national headlines. Perhaps the other cyber attacks did not raise an eyebrow for you because you were not a Home Depot or Target shopper. Nor were you affected by the Sony attack in December. We now have an attack on Anthem (Blue Cross Blue Shield) that may affect up to 80 million current and FORMER customers of the second largest health insurance carrier in the country. Exposed in the hacking were names, addresses, dates of birth and social secuity numbers. THAT IS A PROBLEM! THE ANSWER TO THE PROBLEM
Signing up today for comprehensive identify theft monitoring and RESTORATION SERVICES from the worlds leading risk consulting company. Through Wealthcare Advisors affiliation with LegalShield you also have access to be protected by Kroll. What can Kroll do for you? - Complete credit monitoring - personal credit score
- Secure access to your up to date credit report
- Safeguard for minors
- Identity consultation
- Complete identity restoration by licensed investigators
Log onto www.wealthcare-advisors.com, LegalShield tab for a complete list of services and options such as webwatcher, lost wallet assistance, public persona and more!
Video surveillance monitoring has long been a solution for commercial businesses
and seemed too expensive for homeowners to use. With the newest kids on the
block like 2 GIG and Honeywell's Lynx Touch along with the power of AlarmNet
and Alarm.com, video monitoring is a relatively cheap, easy to use and great
experience for all homeowners to enjoy.
Connected home video solutions combined with a home security system provide
real time video clips when specific events occur like the triggering of the alarm
system or when a specific door is opened. The event is then notified to the
central station and homeowner providing notification and evidence. Being
able to view the event helps both the central station and homeowner determine
the magnitude of the situation and determine if the event is true emergency.
Homeowner video verification has also become more of a lifestyle choice
than a security module as many homeowners find comfort in knowing when
children arrive home, being able to view who is approaching their door, and
watching the family pet while away from home. While there is fun and
enjoyment in capturing video having a security camera system in place
will always provide added protection to any home.
Additionally several precedents are being set int he court system regarding
the evidence of video surveillance clips that prove that the courts want and
appreciate the evidence that video provides. On top of being a tool for
preventing crime and evidencing crime in the court system, video verification
is used by many police districts to dispatch during a break in. Witnessing
a break in and reporting it even if it's a break in you see on your phone while
at the office, will be used by police during dispatch as evidence of a crime in
Crime Fighters of Atlanta will install a new security alarm system with 1 wireless
security alarm camera for $99 with a monthly monitoring rate of $49.99. Similar
prices and security packages are offered nationwide to all qualified homeowners.
Why wait any longer? Add video to your home today!
IP has had a great influence on the security
surveillance industry bringing ease of installation,
ease of access to video for both clients and dealers
and better quality video. While 70% of the cameras
currently installed in the world are analog video the
percentage of new surveillance installations that are
IP Video are up to 50% and increasing daily. What is driving the
Traditionally smaller businesses using less than 16 cameras would
choose an analog platform for surveillance, however, IP solutions have
become more affordable for small businesses which is staring to drive
the shift. The lower cost of bandwidth and hardware are making IP
solutions easier and cheaper to install. This shift is seen at the
level of production as manufacturers concentrate on making newer
products IP based. Manufacturers influenced by IP are making
products now with higher megapixels and higher definition which
in turn is driving the IP market.
Customers are responding to the shift towards IP cameras by showing
a greater demand for HD and 4K resolutions systems as well as a
modern mindset towards a need to immediately access and view
security cameras from anywhere. All these needs are being met
by IP video including meeting budget thresholds are both small
and large businesses.
Crime Fighters of Atlanta installs both analog and IP video security
solutions in the Atlanta metro area. New installations typically consist
of IP based video surveillance, however, service work on analog
systems is available to clients as well as integrating new cameras
into older analog surveillance systems.
Questions about security cameras can be directed to Shana Cooper at
Everyone deserves peace of mind even if they don't have or want to shell out money on a monthly basis to a security alarm company
or pay the upfront cost for a security camera system. There are several free actions you can take around your home to create a
higher level of security.
Here are 12 FREE tips that you can use today to create you own peace of mind and security all without spending a dime.
1. Trim all hedges and bushes and low laying branches away from your home. This will remove any places that burglars can hide behind or climb up.
2. Don't leave any house keys in easy to find places like under front door mats or above front porch lights. Use some creativity if you need to leave a key out.
3. Don't let newspapers or circulars pile up outside your home. This screams"I'm away on vacation and easy to rob."
4. Don't put your trash out too early, especially big and flashy boxes for gaming systems and TV's. Trash out early screams that you are away from your home on vacation and new electronic boxes is simply and advertisement for the goodies waiting inside.
5. Do leave a pair of men's work boots, scuffed up, outside on your porch or by the garage. This is especially true for single woman. This makes it's appear as if a man lives here and makes the home less vulnerable.
6. Do leave a dog bowl or dog items around the yard. Maybe even spring for a beware of dog sign. Burglars really don't like dogs and would prefer not to mess with a home that might get them bite.
7. If you only have one car, alternate what spaces you park it in the driveway. Your car will leave wear and create an imprint around it's everyday spot. Parking in several places will make it appear that more than one person lives at this home which makes the home less vulnerable.
8. Don't leave your garage door opener visible in your car. These are stolen and used to gain entry into homes after the burglar has looked up your address from your car registration that you probably keep in your glove box. Make sure your glove box and car are locked at all times.
9. Put a pass code lock on your cellphone to avoid anyone finding out information about you that could lead them to your home and don't program in your spouse or family members under names like mom, hubby or sweetie. Use real names so in the event that your phone is accessed or stolen the crook can't text the person asking for information to your home.
10. This might seem like a no-brainer, but lock your doors and windows and make sure your garage is shut. Nothing says I'm an easy target than a garage door wide open and no cars at home.
11. Create a neighborhood watch with a solid communication system that neighbors can receive alerts through. Many neighborhoods are able to identify and stop crime before it happens by being vigilante.
12. Constantly be aware of your surroundings at home and in your neighborhood and don't be afraid to report anything suspicious. It's better to be cautious and wrong than hesitant and robbed.
While these twelve tips are a great start to any home security plan and should be done by all homeowners, homes in higher areas of crime should do additional research on monitored security alarm system and security camera systems.
The cost of installing an alarm system has decreased over the last couple of years with monitoring rates as low as $15 per month in Atlanta and even less for self-monitoring units. Security cameras cost more initially, but do provide a constant stream of protection and visible proof if an incident happens. Crime Fighters of Atlanta suggest considering all your security options for your best possible protection. In the meantime, this top 12 list is a free, easy to accomplish plan for all homeowners looking to add security to their home.
Focusing on Fire Protection and Statistics
Fire: a destroyer of homes, businesses, and dreams.
According to the National Fire Protection Agency
(NFPA) a the fire department responds to a fire
every 23 seconds. That's a lot of fires. A fire can
turn deadly and dangerous in mere seconds causing
loss of life, loss of property, severe lung and brain
damage from smoke inhalation and loss of dreams.
Having adequate fire protection in place helps decrease the chances of
severe loss and death. Taking steps to prevent a fire from starting is the
first step in fire prevention. Adding fire alert and monitoring devices
is the next step in fire prevention and having a solid action plan that
all family members or business employees know and understand is the
third step in fire safety to reduce injury and death.
Not all fires are preventable. An outbreak of a fire can occur for many
reasons that are not controlled by human action or by negligence. Fires
can start in a basement in the middle of a night when a fuse shorts and
sparks causing flames to rise up due to no ones fault or can be caused
by preventable measures like reducing cooking temperature with oil to
avoid a kitchen fire. Bottom line fires happen,but a preventable. Here
some common sense guidelines to keep a fire from starting.
1. Keep all electrical outlets, sockets, and wiring up to date and have
all high voltage electrical work done by a licensed professional.
2. Make sure all appliances and electronics are working properly and
have no signs of burning or shredding on the cords. Also, for items
that use vents or fans for cooling makes sure the vents and fans are not
covered by anything.
3. Make sure your basement or attic is organized and free of papers,
trash, debris, cloth or any other easily flammable items. If you store
such items in your home such as stacks of magazines make sure they
put away in bins or kept away from areas that can spark such as water
heaters, electrical outlets, and condenser units.
4. Be vigilant with candles. Don't let them burn unattended. Make sure
cancels are out before leaving your home or going to bed.
5. If you're a smoke think about making an outside only smoking policy.
It sounds crazy, but never ever smoke in bed. Falling asleep with a
cigarette still smoking is an instant way to start a fire.
6. Be careful cooking with hot oil. Kitchen flare-ups from oil can get
out of hand real fast and are hard to control.
7. Keep the exterior of your home free form debris, dry brush or
anything else that can cause a flame. Lighting storms can ignite
a fire outside that will quickly spread into your home.
8. When lighting fires in your hard to burn debris or when using
fireworks stay as far away from your home as possible. If you have
a small yard don't try to squeeze a fire into it.
Now that you know some ways to prevent fire here are some great
products to help you monitor and protect your home from fire.
Homeowners will 100% benefit from monitored smoke alarms. A
monitored smoke alarm does exactly what it name says. It works
in conjunction with a monitored alarm system that is signaling to
a central monitoring station. When the smoke alarm detects smoke
it sends a signal to the station who sends the fire department out saving
valuable time when seconds count.
Commercial locations at a bare minimum will benefit from a smoke
alarm monitored by a central station. Larger companies with big office
spaces, warehouses, and processing facilities must pass fire standards
to keep everyone safe. A certified fire installation company will provide
commercial locations with a fire safety plan that will include fire pull
stations, smoke alarms, fire doors, strobes, and sprinkler systems.
Every family and business needs a fire safety and procedure plan. The
plan needs to include directions for exiting homes and buildings along
with training on handling fires and smokes like stop, drop and roll and
knowing about basic fire facts. Having fire safety products on hand
such as fire ladders for second story exits, smoke detectors, and
extinguishers are important in the event a fire does occur.
Knowing the three basic ways to prevent fire from common sense
preventable measures, to fire protection devices and a game plan
int he event of a fire will keep your home or company safe and
out of the statistical range for damage, injury and death.
Breaking News: You're not as safe as you thought you were!
Millions of Americans have a security alarm system installed.
While this a great action to take on part of the homeowner and
one that truly does prevent crime in a neighborhood, it does
not prevent the criminal opportunists of the world from
trying to gain an entry into your home.
Door to door scams and impersonations have plagued the security
industry over the last couple of years when criminals impersonate
reputable security firms as salesman and try to gain entry into a homeowners
home and pretend to present them a security system or talk to them about
switching providers all while they are scooping out the joint for later entry.
Recently two security company impersonations happened in Washington state and
Arizona causing the residents great distress and alarm.
In South Strabane Township, Washington County a man claiming to be a security
alarm representative came to the door of a woman's home. He told the
homeowner the that her security alarm system was out of date and he needed to
come into the home to review her equipment and discuss the changes that needed
to be made. The women knew her security company would never just send a
representative to her house so she told him to leave and called both the police
and her company. Although, she acted wisely in this situation she was till
shaken up and distressed over the occurrence.
In Palm Springs, Arizona, a similar scenario happened. A man came to the door
stating he was with the homeowners alarm company and told the homeowner
that their current security company had gone out of business and that he was
there to help her reinstate her monitoring. When the homeowner would not
allow him into her house, he asked her if she knew any neighbors with alarm
systems he could help. The homeowner told him that if he was with her alarm
company he should know that information since they all have the same alarm
Door to door sales is one of the oldest trades. It has been very effective in gaining
new clients for companies for years and a tactic used by the alarm industry as
a solid source of getting their companies name out to the public and helping
the public receive valuable security alarm protection and services. It is
unfortunate that criminals will go to lengths to impersonate security
alarm companies. This is both detrimental to the company and the public.
The largest security providers are working to take action against the scammers of
the world and in the meantime here a few tips to keep you safe if you should
ever come in contact with a false impersonator.
1. Never fully open your door if possible and speak through the door or chain lock.
2. Ask for ID.
3. If the person seems like they could be a real representative tell them to hold on
while you contact the company to verify they need to be at your door. A real
representative and company will understand your concerns.
4. Don't be afraid to tell the person to scram.
5. Call the police and report all suspicious activity.
Remember, security alarm will keep you safe, but in today's world we constantly
need to be vigilant of our surroundings even when at home.
Stay safe, be sound.
Everyday homes and businesses are burglarized and
vandalized. Maybe you've had a break-in or know
someone who has. Maybe you currently have a
security alarm system installed, but feel insecure
and unsafe even with alarm protection. Having
proper security in place will provide peach of mind,
universal protection of your home, business and
family, and assistance from local police. Here are
10 signs that you definitely need a security camera
1. Your home in a dangerous part of a major city and you live better off
neighbors. If your home is the pride of the block and the block is full of
broken down houses with squatters, you definitely need security cameras.
2. You own a business that has at least 4 employees. Having employees as
you realize is a liabilty on many aspects including workman's comp and
employee theft. Having security cameras will not only protect your business
from burglars, but from employee claims, misconduct at work, and employee
3. You own a business that houses credit cards, social security or medical
records. Any business that houses files of clients with personal and financial
information not only has a legal, but moral and ethical duty to provide top
notch security cameras.
4. You have young children at home and have a nanny that stays with them
all day. Your children's safety is your number one priority. Even the best
nanny's on paper can be the worst in practice. An interior wireless security
camera can be installed to covertly "spy" on your nanny while your away.
This will not only give you peace of mind that your newborn isn't being
shaken, but also provide you a record of any misdoings such as snooping
in your office files or stealing money. A hidden cameras is your best defense.
5. You have nice things. You work hard and you like to play hard too and
includes owing boats, atvs, big screen TVs, gaming systems or collections of
art. Whatever your into keep it protected with a security camera system.
6. You have teenagers. That really should be a blanket statement for all
ailments, but for security it means you need to know when they leave, when
they come home, whose with them, and if they are trying to sneak out. A
wireless security camera system in conjunction with a security alarm system
will keep you in the know and let you know who is coming and going.
7. Your a restaurant owner. Being in the hospitality business comes with a
lot of pride, fun, and liability. Restaurant owners should have both interior
and exterior cameras installed to provide an eye in the sky on employee
behavior, customer safety and protection against thieves trying to steal
cash and products.
8. You own a mobile business. The newest security alarm and camera
technology now allows for mobile businesses to get the best of both
worlds. A standard security alarm system can be installed at a home base
office or house and a wireless security cameras on your mobile business.
The two systems work together to form the perfect pair of security
9. You travel often for business or pleasure. Security cameras both wireless
security cameras and hardwired standard security cameras can be networked
for remote viewing. Wireless security cameras work with a security alarm
system, cellular monitoring device, and an application either Total Connect
or AlarmNET to provide real time video of your location. A hardwired
security camera system is networked to an IP address allowing video viewing
from any internet connection world wide including PC's, smart phones, and
10. You've started dressing up your dogs as super hero's and believe that a
gun is the only protection you'll ever need. Silly, right? We think so too, but
many people believe that dogs and guns are all they need to stay protected.
However, guns are useless if a robbery happens when your not home and can
not use them against the burglary and guns are dangerous and can be used
against you if the burglary finds it while your away and uses it against you
when you come home. Dogs can be killed, poisioned, and let out the front
door so protecting them with security cameras is essential even if they are
dressed up cute in super hero custome.
The takeaway. We all can benefit from security
cameras. Keep your family, super pets, business
and home safe today!