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3 Security Areas to Focus on Amid The COVID-19 Pandemic

Six months after the start of the 2020 pandemic millions of people in the USA still work from home.

As South Carolinians are getting ready to send their kids back to school, many parents are opting to keep them home. If you are homeschooling one or more children in Fall 2020, this might be of interest to you.

Homeschooling in a smarthome is just plan smart!

Commercial Security System Updates For the Pandemic!

With COVID-19 forcing many employees to work from home, business executives are having to rethink their online and offline security needs.

Security procedures that were in place before the pandemic might no longer be valid as employees work from home, and new strategies are having to be implemented.

This article looks at three vulnerable areas of security as a starting point for those who manage companies in the time of this coronavirus pandemic.

1. Remote Security Monitoring Capabilities

While stores might or might not be open, offices are shut or only open for limited hours and with limited employees, for those in charge of employee safety, inventory and customer satisfaction it is imperative to be able to monitor on-going activities on location, from home.   

Does you current commercial security system have these capabilities? Can you monitor your cameras from your phone? Can you watch your employees, keep an eye on your customers or your backroom inventory? Are you monitoring the commercial alarm system from any device?

You should be able to do this at anytime, but with so many people working from home, this has become an essential piece of data and communication between employers and employees .

If you are not currently monitoring cameras and activity in real-time, it’s time for an upgrade.

2. Renewed and Updated Cybersecurity Protocol

With millions of employees quickly transitioning to working from home, it’s easy for businesses to have forgotten to update their cybersecurity protocol.

If that was you, now is the time to get it done!

Working from home brings security concerns that are unique to those seen in a traditional office setting. While working from home, employees may be accessing or transmitting trade secrets, personal information of individuals, and other confidential information. Exposure of trade secrets or confidential business information can cause expensive damages or loss to a company” Source CPO Magazine.

Things to be aware of and fix ASAP:

  • Coronavirus scams 
  • Not-secure Wifi connections

Things to implement include:

  • Cybersecurity software
  • Secure access to company server
  • Off-network communications
  • Ensure Secure passwords are in place, including two-factor verification for Google accounts and social media channels.
  • Shutdown of all devices when not in use.

Check out our Best Work From Home Cybersecurity Tips

3. Employee Information and Privacy Protection

While your employees are at home, often using work computers to get work done, it’s important to update your employee information, to protect their privacy as well as yours!

This includes things like choosing the right video platforms .
While Zoom has had security issues, Webex is secure enough for the large TV networks and financial institutions to use.

Sharing sensitive information through online portals also requires special software – just make sure sure that you, the employer are aware of and are in charge of the tools used by everyone who works for you from home! 

By updating your online and offline security strategies you are providing a safe and secure working environment for everyone; those who will continue to work form home into 2021 and those who might want to migrate back into the office. 

Call Chuck at Strand Security with all your Security questions in Myrtle Beach! 843-318-6392

 

 

 

 

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How To Protect Your Business Assets With a Commercial Security System

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Does Your Business Own or Lease Expensive Equipment?

Dentists need chairs to treat their patients.
Average cost: $3000+

Their x-ray machines?
All the way up to $65,000

How about construction companies? They have hundreds of thousands worth of equipment on job sites!

General Crime PRevention Tips for your Myrtle Beach or Grand Strand Construction Site

Say what?

Whether your business needs commercial kitchen equipment, specialized vans or trucks, lifts, computers or tools, this equipment costs money. A lot of money.

Insurance Will Cover Replacement Cost In Case of Loss.

If you lease, rent or have bought expensive business equipment to run your business, we assume you have insurance to cover the cost of replacing these tools and machinery.

What business owners forget and frequently run into is that replacing those items in case of a fire, theft, or vandalism, slows down their productivity level and can harm their business in the short or long term, can even financially ruin it.

Insurance Won’t Cover Lost Time and Productivity.

Therefore, it is in everyone’s best interest to PREVENT accidents, thefts, burglaries, and vandalism.

A business that has to take time out to renovate, reconstruct, or reorder/repurchase equipment is a business that’s not productive, not running at their capacity.

How To Prevent Accidents and Incidents in the Workplace

It’s a multi-step process

  1. Training
  2. Technology
  3. Implementation
  4. Inspections
  5. Fix and Adjust Plan
  6. Retraining

The owner or CEO of the company has to understand that time lost is money lost. Money that can be used to prevent incidents with a risk-identifying plan.

In other words, in order to prevent incidents, you have to spend money – on training, inspections and technology.

How To Protect Your Business Assets With a Commercial Security System

How does a commercial security system help protect your business?

Let’s count the many ways!

  1. Security cameras can spot shoplifters, vandals, and loiterers inside or outside your property, prompting you to take immediate action.
  2. Vehicle trackers can help locate your stolen vehicle and products, as well as track the driver’s stats and driving record.
  3. A monitored alarm system alert authorities immediately in case of burglary, fire or vandalism.
  4. Panic buttons help employees stay safe; help is only one push of the button away

Spend Money To Save Money

While this might not be what you want to hear, a solid business plan should reveal to you that this is the ONLY way to go to protect your investment; of time, money and effort in starting and running a business.

Don’t be caught without insurance.
Don’t be caught without a commercial security system.

Protect what’s rightfully yours, so you can keep it and enjoy it.

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

 

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Why Do I Need a Commercial Security System?

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Do You Own a Business on the Grand Strand?

If you are a local Myrtle Beach area business owner, let’s talk security!

Crime rates in the Myrtle Beach area vary from town to town, neighborhood to neighborhood, but the reality is that with a transient community like Myrtle Beach which hosts millions upon millions of tourists every year, these tourists also lure crime and criminals to our area!

If you are a local business owner, it stands to argue that you’ve been confronted with some sort of crime at your place of business.

Have you dealt with

✔️employee theft?

✔️counterfit money?

✔️ loitering around your building?

✔️vandalism?

✔️break-ins?

If you have, we are very sorry you’ve had to deal with this type of crime. We want to offer you a solution.

Please read on.

Do You Value Your Business Investment?

As a locally-owned and locally operated business, we fully understand the sacrifices and investment of time and money it takes to get a business off the ground.

We understand you are building something for the future, for your family, for your community.

We know this because we are living it alongside you.

If you value your business investment, we need to talk about security!

Do you have a few more minutes?

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How To Protect Your Local Business Location and Reputation

Our slogan is “your security, our business” and we mean it!

We install, support and monitor residential alarm systems to protect local Grand Strand area families. What not everyone knows is that we also install, support and monitor commercial security systems.

We are ready to partner with you and protect your business investment, your employees and you!

Let’s talk about how a commercial security system can protect the physical location of your business as well as your reputation!

Why You Need a Commercial Security System

As business owners, we understand you can’t be everywhere all the time! You put your trust in your employees, yet all responsibility still rests on your shoulders.

A commercial security system will take away, in a way shoulder some of the responsibility for you!

We offer Total Connect Video Services for your convenience because we know how busy you are!

With this service, you can view your business from your iPhone, iPad, Droid, Blackberry or laptop from almost anywhere and

  • check on employees activities and their behavior
  • monitor critical equipment remotely, no matter where you are and what time of day it is
  • view your business in real-time, or with event triggers
  • gather evidence against employee theft or errors and outside criminal activities
  • find out how busy your business is when you are away

and much much more!

Your Security, Our Business!

We work with business owners as well as property management companies.

Here are some of the ways we can help protect and secure your investments;

✔️ Monitor alarm systems

✔️ Digital camera systems

✔️ Telecommunication networks 24/7

✔️ Overhead Projection

✔️Plasma, LCD, LED displays along with AUDIO Sound Systems (for restaurants and sports bars)

and much more!

Isn’t it time you give us a call?

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

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How to Prevent Inventory Loss in Your Business

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Theft Can Cripple Your Business!

Whether you own a restaurant, a retail store, an accountancy or any other business, if you have employees and customers, you can lose inventory. Not all loss can be accounted for. Not all loss can be prevented. However, theft on a larger scale is mostly preventable and that’s what this article is all about!

According to Loss Prevention Media one sure way to limit your losses is to remove the opportunity for malicious loss

Individuals typically consider four questions before embarking on an act of theft.

First, what is the risk of being caught?

Second, how easy will it be to carry out the act?

Third, is the likely reward worthwhile?

Four, if I do get caught, what is the likely punishment?

 

Once we have a better understanding of how and why theft takes place, we can go about putting systems in place to prevent theft from happening.

How To Stop Thieves from Stealing From Your Business!

How To Stop Thieves from Stealing From Your Business!

I would think you’d agree with me that preventing theft is better than catching a thief in the act.

Therefore the first tips deal with prevention:

  • Install surveillance cameras. Make sure these cameras are located strategically throughout your place of business and trained upon places where theft is most likely to take place (cash register, back room, front door). Often, just seeing these cameras in your place of business will deter a thief.
  • Install a security system. This system should be monitored during off hours as to keep the place of business secure while it’s closed.
  • Put up signs. In prominent places around the workplace, display signs with security cameras and/or security monitoring. Again, if a potential thief sees these signs, they are more likely to skip your establishment and go somewhere else to steal.
  • Train your employees. Sometime during the hiring process, talk about loss prevention and theft consequences. Make it clear there is a ‘no tolerance’ policy in place. In your newsletters and employees meetings, reiterate loss prevention techniques and tips and remind them of your surveillance cameras.
  • Hire a loss prevention consultant. If you are losing inventory at an alarming rate, hire someone to find out where and how your inventory is disappearing. It’s not always obvious how and where thieves strike.
  • Lock up! This might seem like an easy thing to do, but you’d be surprised how many business owners deal with (new) employees who forget to set the security alarm system at the end of the day or forget to lock up the business correctly after their shift.

The next tips deal with catching a thief in the act of stealing (in case your ‘warning signs’ didn’t work)

  • Hire a loss prevention specialist. This person should be tasked with watching surveillance video in real time and thus should be able to catch thieves and employees in the act of shoplifting. If you have a large business, you might need to hire a team of loss prevention specialists.
  • Electronically tag your products. Tag your (most expensive) products with electronic monitoring devices. Install gates at your exits to catch thieves.
  • Train your employees. Every employee should recognize the signs of a shoplifter or thief and should know all steps involved in catching the thief in the act. This requires yearly training on your part – making sure everyone is on the same page and know how to handle any situation.
  • Install panic buttons. In strategic places all throughout your place of business, install panic buttons for the safety of your employees and the security of your business.

Taking Action to Prevent Inventory Loss Will Save You Money!

Not all theft can be prevented.

Not all thieves can be caught.

However, having a clear plan in place on how to handle situations as they occur will help tremendously. Investing a bit of money into your business for a security system, surveillance cameras and loss prevention employees might in the end, save you money,  and time and lots of headaches along the way.

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

 

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