by guest blogger Tiffany Coles, Director of Corporate Outreach
2017 is just days away, and for many, a new year means fresh starts, self-evaluation, and of course, resolutions. But along with personal improvement, it’s a good time to look at improving your business practices as well. In fact, it is critical to review policies and procedures within your business annually. Why? Simply stated, things change. Over the past year you may have implemented changes with your staff, advanced how you serve customers, or experienced a leadership transition; all of these impact your monitoring center performance. With that in mind, here are three things you can do for an exceptional start to the new year!
The holidays are a time of festivities and fun, and many people like to “deck the halls” of their homes to celebrate. With a few precautions, you can enjoy those holiday decorations safely!
1) Holiday lights can suffer in storage all year. Check your light strings for frayed or cracked cords, loose connections, or broken sockets. If you need to change a bulb, unplug the lights first.
2) Light strings are intended to be strung together, but a good rule of thumb is to connect no more than three strands at any time.
The advent of home automation products, especially security-focused ones like smart locks, door sensors, and surveillance cameras, has given consumers a different outlook on their personal involvement with their home security. With access to these devices right at their fingertips on their mobile phone, they receive notification when a device is triggered or its status changes. This new availability of information gives homeowners the opportunity to decide for themselves if law enforcement needs to be summoned to an alarm event.
As the prevalence of cyberbullying, harassment, and school shootings increase, social media monitoring is quickly becoming a valuable security tool for schools and universities. When a violent incident does occur, often one of the first things investigated are social media posts. Cries for help and threats of violence have become a regular occurrence, and schools are now seeing how early notification via social media monitoring can positively impact their response to a threat against a student or a facility. (more…)