As a business owner, you likely know the importance of evaluating what is and is not working for your company on a regular basis. However, a critical and often overlooked area for evaluation is your security system. You have to consider a number of things. For example, is the service you have in place offering adequate protection at a reasonable price? If not, it may be time to find a new security provider.
Some questions you should ask when trying to evaluate your current security provider are highlighted here.
What will you do next?
“Good enough” never lasts long. You need to ensure the provider you use fully understands the current security market and has plans to upgrade and enhance their systems as technology progresses. If they have no plans to upgrade your services, you are likely with the wrong provider.
Are you ready for mobile integration?
Most employees currently bring their phones to work. You may even use a number of apps to help enhance your business, such as document scanning and mobile credit card readers. The alarm and security company you use should not be any different. If they do not have a mobile app readily available, be sure you ask “why?” If they don’t have one being developed, you may want to seek services elsewhere. There are quite a few security providers that now offer apps that give you on-demand text alerts and live-streaming video monitoring.
Do you offer value-enhancement services?
An alarm system is only a single element of a bigger security package. When looking for a security system it is a good idea to find one that offers extra services to help ensure your business remains safe. Ask about pairing video cameras, access control and alarm systems.
Taking some time to consider the quality of your security provider will ensure you achieve the results you want from your system.
Kansas City’s only independent U.L. Certified Monitoring Facility.Locating our Central Station Monitoring Facility in the heart of our service area sets us aside from many of our competitors who attempt to monitor their customers from other cities, other states, and even other countries.Our highly screened and constantly trained Monitoring Professionals are protecting their own homes, their neighborhoods, and the places their families work at or visit on a daily basis. They know the city and its neighborhoods and how best to respond to an emergency based on its location.Operating our Monitoring Facility locally also allows Jade to maintain a good working relationship with all of the emergency service providers who will be rushing to your aid when called. For example, Jade has direct inward dialing into the KCMO Fire Departmart dispatch headquarters for the fastest response time possible if a fire alarm is received.
* Respond to each and every alarm.
* If there is any question the request to respond is a ruse, call our Central Station Monitoring Command Center to verify they have contacted you.
* Test your system frequently to ensure all is well. Call the Central Station Monitoring Command Center prior to performing a test. You WILL need your private Code ID.
* Be sure to notify us if you are going out of town. Be sure tell tale signs such as newspapers or mail are taken care of.
The newest public threat to personal property, “sliding”, is a quick snatch-and-run theft from cars at the gas pump. Thieves brazenly slide up to the side of the car that you are not facing, open your door, and grab whatever they find on your seats. Their main target is women’s purses. Most times, they accomplish this public theft in broad daylight without even being noticed.
When pumping gas, make sure that all of the car doors that you are not standing near are locked. Lock them all if you have to leave your car to pay inside.
A couple weeks ago we found another one of these things (CELL JAMMERS)at another convenience store – the burglars left it sitting on an a/c unit up on the roof – once again we lucked out because they cut a hole in the roof directly above the cellular backup and destroyed it before cutting another hole in the roof 100 feet away and destroying all the other alarm equipment. At this point a jogger saw them on the roof and called the police and the guys saw the jogger and took off.
FROM ANOTHER ALARM COMPANY THAT USES RADIO INSTEAD OF CELL:
About 18 months ago I found one outside of a convenience store that had been broken into… along with a couple cell phones that were calling the store’s telephone number – the one I found looked completely different so there are probably several importers bringing these things into the country. The sheriff’s dept couldn’t find the address and the burglars saw the deputy drive by and they fled in several directions and left all their stuff on the newspaper rack right outside the front door. As luck would have it the store had an ‘old’ long range radio and the signal came in just fine – if they had a new cellular backup there would have been no signal – makes no sense to install cellular …..
JUST down the block from my residence a burglary took place in broad daylight. The home owner is now asking anyone who saw anything taking place in the neighborhood to come forward and give the Police information.
Unfortunately their alarm system was not armed when they went to work that morning.
The burglars ransacked the residence – giving the homeowners the feeling of being mentally assaulted.
PLEASE BE SURE TO USE YOUR SYSTEM –
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE – JUST CALL US, WE ARE HERE TO HELP!
We recently had an alarm from a business. The bad guys put car floor mats up on a fence to avoid being seen. They then cut power, phone and cable going into the building. When the police got there, (*a jogger heard them on the roof in the early hours and directed the police they heard the burglars working on the roof) they found all the tools the bad guys had quickly left behind. Amongst all the tools, they found a police scanner & cell phone jammer.
The alarm system had a SecureNet radio transmitter system and land line (that was cut).
A reported burglary in Orlando Fl area, two men entered a restaurant after cutting the phone line and disabling the alarm, then smashed their way into an adjoining space occupied by a sun glass store, stealing $74,000 worth of glasses. They also used high power cell jamming unit causing blackout of cell, radio and GPS in an area the size of a football field. So much for ‘cell units’ that are easily jammed!
From Clippinger Insurance Agency, Jewelers Mutual Agents:
Two robbers armed with guns ambushed a local NE Kansas City jewelry store Sunday afternoon. The robbers were able to make off with jewelry and money before taking off on foot. A few blocks away they got into a red Ford pickup truck. Local authorities have reported that no one was injured.