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Scientific Study Shows Alarm Systems Deter Burglars

A scientific survey concluded that burglars are often deterred from specific targets that have alarm systems installed. The study conducted by criminal justice professors from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC) interviewed 422 incarcerated male and female burglars. The study found that: 83% would try to determine if an alarm was present before […]

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What You Should Know About Surveillance Cameras

Video surveillance has been around since the 1940s and technology has played a major role in making these systems affordable and reliable. Video surveillance isn’t like a computer where it is one size fits all. A properly installed surveillance system requires an understanding on how video cameras function in all lighting and environmental conditions. Surveillance […]

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What a Real Security System Should Look Like

The security industry has a new player in the field, Time Warner Cable. Their solution known as Intelligent Home® claims it is the latest in integrated security and they even claim to have their own central station. Sounds and looks good on paper but the reality is their solution has its flaws and consumers should […]

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Why Licensing Matters

Q. What do childcare centers, electricians, doctors, chiropractors, engineers and security companies have in common? A. They all must be licensed. Many professions must have a license to work in their trade. This license is issued by a state agency. In New York State that agency is the Department of State Division of Licensing. They […]

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Surveillance Cameras and the CSI Effect

Crime shows like CSI and NCIS have affected the surveillance industry dramatically. Hollywood exaggerates just how much surveillance systems can ‘see’. You know the television scenes where all the characters of CSI are standing around a monitor, watching  surveillance video and someone says, “That’s it, right there! Can you enhance that image?” The video tech […]

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Prominent Security Company Costs Customer Her Life

In 2006 Teri Lee and her boyfriend were shot dead in their bed in West Lakeland Township, Minnesota. Lee and her new boyfriend were murdered by a crazed gunman, an ex-boyfriend. http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=848630 While the victim had a security system installed, Ms. Lee’s estate sued the security company, ADT, saying their security system didn’t work (Read more […]

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AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Time Warner, Oh My!

So, you decided that you would like to get an alarm system for your home. Seeing all the ads and hype for the new security offerings from AT&T®, Time Warner® and Verizon Wireless®, to name a few, has you curious and eager to get protected. You just have a few questions… Can my cable or […]

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When a Burglary Lands Your Practice into a HIPAA Nightmare?

Many small medical practices never think about the eventual disaster of a burglary. Even fewer never consider what would happen if an intruder during the course of a burglary managed to steal the practice’s computer server or workstation – with the practice’s patient records. Your practice now went from a simple police report to a […]

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Can Your Medical Practice Survive a HIPAA Violation?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, otherwise known as HIPAA, set forth new standards for the privacy and security of electronic protected health information (EPHI). Once the Y2K ‘crisis’ had come and gone, healthcare organizations could now turn their attention to these new regulations. The frequency of data breaches in healthcare organizations […]

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10 Things to Know Before Hiring a Security Company

First it was Time Warner®. Now AT&T®. Now Lowes®. What is it? SECURITY. We have all seen the ads advertising an all-digital, all-wireless home security and automation system that uses your smartphone. Monitoring will be provided by these cable companies or you can monitor it yourself (see our blog on self monitoring). Installation and service […]

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