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  • Surveillance in the house?

    Surveillance cameras were first invented in the 1940s, and they are now synonymous with crime prevention. In recent years, it has become even more common for CCTV systems to be included in private homes.

    Placing surveillance cameras in the home is a great deterrent to crime, but there are also some legal and ethical gray areas that you should address when installing a new system.

     Laws About Surveillance and Consent

    One of the most important factors to consider is consent to record. In most states, you need to notify people that you're recording them. It is important to note, however, that the definition of consent varies from state to state. It also depends on whether or not you decide to record audio.

    Consent is not required if the subjects being recorded  are caught committing a crime, so recordings made are able to be in used as evidence for police investigations.

    Camera placement in your home is another challenge. Placing cameras in the exterior areas of the house is expected (and encouraged), but you cannot place them in areas where a high degree of privacy is expected, such as bathrooms and bedrooms.

    If you use the living room or a home office as a space for guests to sleep, you might want to reconsider placing a camera there. There are a few options that might apply in this situation. You can decide to not put a camera in the room, or you can shut it off when the space is being used as a sleeping space.

    Vital areas to monitor

    As always, if you're setting up a home surveillance system, it is important to make sure that the following areas be monitored to ensure the best security:

    • Front walkway and porch (also consider a video doorbell)
    • Driveways (especially long driveways)
    • Back yard
    • Garages

    Overall, setting up surveillance can lead to legal and ethical issues in any installation. As long as you are aware of the issues involved, you will have effective system to monitor your home successfully.

    Check out SecurityBase's selection of surveillance gear!

    Have questions about camera placement or other security questions? Comment below, or send us an e-mail!

     

     

  • Spring into Savings with our Spring Safe-ings sale!

    Spring is in the air, and so are savings on home burglary and fire safes and depository safes!

    Save $25 on all Mesa MBF (Burglary & Fire safes) and MFL (Depository Safes)  series safes from now until March 12, 2017! No coupon code required. Savings show in cart automatically.

     

  • What type of safe lock do I need? A Buyer's Guide

    When buying your first safe, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of safe locks available. When you choose a lock, you should make sure it fits your preferences and fits the security needs of your application.

    There are several different types of  safe locks: mechanical dial combination locks, electronic keypad locks, redundant safe locks, biometric locks, and dual user locks. Each type of lock has its advantages and disadvantage.

    Mechanical Dial Combination Locks

    Probably one of the most recognizable types of safe locks, a mechanical dial lock is a great choice. Since mechanical locks are not attached to any electronic components, there's no need to worry about aging chips and circuitry. Your mechanical lock will last a long time - with proper annual maintenance by a licensed locksmith.

    In this age of electronics-minded people, a mechanical lock truly stumps people. Many potential burglars are less likely to know how to operate one.

    Mechanical locks ship from the factory with a preset code. The code can be changed, but should only be changed by a professional (such as a locksmith). This can get expensive if you're  a business owner that has to frequently

    Electronic Keypad Locks

    Traditional electronic locks with the most basic features typically allow the safe owner to change the code when they need to do so. This appeals to many users because you can change the code in minutes without calling a professional.

    Replacing batteries in an electronic lock is easy. Many electronic lock safes (such as Mesa Burglary & Fire Safe) even have a mechanical key override system that allows users to get in the safe in the event that they can't get the lock to work. Electronic locks are also great for quick access to a safe. As a bonus, electronic locks also have a time out feature if you enter the wrong code too many times.

    Most electronic locks are designed so that the code is stored on the lock body's memory, so even if the battery dies, the code is still required to open your safe.

    Electronic locks, however, contain several electronic components that can become worn after a lot of use. This means that components sometimes require replacement.

    Biometric (Fingerprint) Lock

    The idea of unlocking a safe just by touching it is cool, and biometric locks basically give you the ability to do just that. Registering fingerprints in the lock is quick and easy, and the safe only opens if it matches your fingerprint.

    Unfortunately, biometric technology varies greatly between manufacturers and models. At this time, there is no generally accepted security standard for biometric locks. This means that manufacturers do not have any sort of guideline when designing them.

    We currently don't recommend these  for high security safes or gun safes, though they work fine for lower security settings.

    Redundant Locks

    Redundant locks are the latest trend in safe locks because they have a "backup" entry method in addition to the primary one. The most common types of redundant locks are electronic keypad/mechanical dial hybrids, such as SecuRam's SafeLogic Xtreme. With these, you can open the safe with either mechanism, making it much easier to use in the event of an electronic lock failure or an electromagnetic pulse (EMP).

    Ultimately, lock selection is a matter of personal preference, but knowing a little more about the different types makes it a more informed decision.

    Still not sure what kind of lock to get on your safe? Send us as an email, give us a call, or comment below!

     

  • President's Day Secret Surveillance Sale

    Surveillance is one of the most valuable additions to security in your business and in honor of President's Day (Happy Birthday, President Washington), SecurityBase is proud to offer all Northern surveillance products at a discounted price - for a limited time time only!

    How big are the discounts? BIG. Exactly how big? It's a secret. (Kind of like the President's security briefings!)

    Why is it a secret? Let's just say they're so low, the manufacturer won't let us tell you exactly how much you'll be saving. Let's just say we're offering a square deal! Seriously, up to 35%!

    When will you see the price? When you add products to the cart! (The discounts are HUGE. Really. Like Abe Lincoln, we cannot tell a lie.)

    We're including discounts on all camera, recorders, monitors, and accessories! Check out our selection (and don't forget to add to your cart to see the sale price!)

    You have nothing to fear but fear itself (and perhaps missing out on these big deals)!

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  • Prevent employee theft in your business

    Small businesses face a lot of challenges when first starting out. You have to establish routines, organize the back areas, and create a brand for yourself. You also have to hire employees, and employee theft is one of the biggest threats to a small business. SecurityBase has some tips to help prevent employee theft in your business.

    Surveillance

    One of the most obvious ways to prevent employees from stealing from you is to set up an effective surveillance system. Place your cameras in locations in which your employees might be dealing with cash or other forms of payment. Also, it is important to place cameras in your back of house areas, such as stock rooms, kitchens, and walk-in refrigerators.

    Cash Management

    Cash management is one of the biggest concerns when it comes to employee theft, and for good reason. There are a few things you must do to ensure that your cash is secured.

    First, you should make sure that you have a point of sale (POS) system. The system will help keep track of sales and even has the ability to tell you which employees processed which transactions.

    Second, you should have a depository safe so that your employees can drop money if the drawer is getting too full. You should maintain a paper log to help track deposits. This will help increase employee accountability and reduce employee theft.

    Inventory Management

    Employee theft isn't restricted to cash. Another area subject to thieves is your inventory.

    Audit your complete inventory every 12 weeks if you're running a retail operation. To keep this task manageable, it's good practice to "cycle" the inventory, or divide it into several small sections that be counted within a shorter time frame. Rotate the sections so that the full inventory is counted every 12 weeks.

    If you run a restaurant, take inventory more frequently. You should pick a time and day every week (e.g. Wednesday after closing) to ensure that numbers are accurate. Do not count inventory during business hours. We also recommend that you use the same staff every week to make sure that numbers are consistent.

    In either business situation, it is important to have two people working together to count the inventory. This increases accountability, reduces errors, and reduces the urge to fake the results or steal goods.

    Keep accurate time records

    You should always make sure that you have a properly balanced schedule to ensure good service for your customers, but it also a good idea to keep records of previously posted schedules and shift change notices. This adds another layer of employee accountability, and helps investigation when theft does occur.

    Employee theft is a serious issue, but with some hard work and preparation, it is possible to prevent it. Overall, you should keep your employees accountable and let them know that you are staying vigilant.

    Do you have any additional tips? Comment below!

  • Protect your safe from Electromagentic Pulse (EMP)!

    What is EMP?

    Electromagnetic pulses (EMP) are short bursts of electromagnetic energy that can interfere with or damage electrical equipment and disable their functionality.

    An EMP can occur naturally, such as the pulse from a massive solar flare, or it can be generated by a technological device (usually nuclear weapons). High-energy particles from such an explosion would fall down to Earth's surface, causing an interaction with the planet's magnetic field that would destroy electronic systems, and cripple the nation's power grid.

    What can you do to protect your valuables?

    Electronic keypad locks are significantly more convenient for business owners and homeowners alike, but most of these are susceptible to EMP.

    Sargent and Greenleaf's (S&G) high security electronic locks, including the Spartan, Titan, and 6100 series, are proven in independent laboratory tests to withstand military-level EMP attacks and are compliant with US military standards for EMP resistance.

    Spartan

    The Model 1006/1007 Spartan is S&G's easy-to-use electronic safe lock that is ideal for home gun safes. This two-user lock comes with a completely redesigned locking mechanism that is based on the proven security of a rugged, motorized blocking device. The Spartan lock is the perfect entry-level lock to protect your assets.

    Titan

    The Titan safe lock is a robust, 10-user lock that comes with a completely redesigned locking mechanism based on the proven security of a rugged, motorized blocking device. These electronic safe locks are often used in the banking and commercial industries to protect key assets.

    6120

    A motorized electronic safe lock, the Model 6120 gives you the added convenience and control you want for greater security. With a shorter time delay and one-step operation, it is perfect for home gun safes or safes in small commercial facilities.

     

  • MBF5922 One Day Sale!

    For today and today only, we are proud to present Mesa Safe's MBF5922 for only $1026!

    See the product page for more product details.

    This deal includes a FREE dehumidifier and FREE shipping! This deal is only good Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

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  • Small Business Security Guide: Safes

     

    Retail-Store-3So, you've got that storefront ready, you've got the paint on the walls, and your grand opening day is coming very soon. You haven't purchased a safe yet because you're not entirely sure what to purchase for your small business. We have a few ideas that we think will help.

    First thing's first: Get a depository safe.

    Any small business that handles cash requires a depository safe of some kind. These safes allow the user to add money to the safe without being able to access what's already inside.

    Depository safes come in many shapes and sizes, which can be a little overwhelming while shopping for one. The most important thing is to think of which features are import to you:

    • Do I need an extra compartment for change/tills?
    • Should I have the ability to change the combo if somebody quits/gets fired?
    • Will I handle large quantities of cash?

    One of the most common mistakes a new business owner makes is storing cash in the depository safe overnight. This can be a problem because depository safes do not have high security features to hold your cash. You should have an additional (high security) safe for overnight cash storage.

    Safes for overnight cash storage

    You wouldn't leave car keys in the ignition over night, so why would you leave your money in the depository safe overnight?

    We also recommend putting a high security or TL rated safe in your office or back room for storing your deposits overnight. This keeps your cash safe from theft even when you are not at the business location.

    Other safes you may need

    Cash security is just one part of securing your small business. Certain types of businesses may also require safes set aside for merchandise.

    Jewelry stores require a TL rated safe to store merchandise, though the specific TL rating may depend on standards set by your insurance company. Due to the value, we also recommend TL safes for marijuana dispensaries.

    Pharmacies need to purchase pharmacy safes to help store narcotic medications. These type of safes are built to comply with DEA regulations and help to keep narcotics out of the wrong hands.

    In addition to your safe

    Your small business may also require other forms of security to make your business resistant to attack. SecurityBase recommends a good video surveillance system to help monitor the property. We also recommend a strong lock or access control system to protect your management office from employee theft.

    Making sure that your assets are secured is one of the most import parts of being a small business owner. SecurityBase is here to help you get what you need to ensure your business is a success.

  • Protect your online purchases from porch pirates

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    Plundered treasure isn’t the only thing pirates are after these days – they also want your packages.

    And the source of their loot is your front porch.

    So-called porch pirates sail around neighborhoods purloining unattended parcels from online shoppers and those waiting for a gift from grandma.

    There are no statistics on the prevalence of porch piracy, but who hasn’t rushed home in a panic to pick up the iPhone, the Louis Vuitton purse or the nifty novel ordered online?

    And, mail and law enforcement officials say, parcel theft is more common now, in an era when online shopping is ingrained.

    “Our customers must take the opportunity away from thieves,” said Stacia Crane, a spokeswoman for the United States Postal Inspection Service, the oldest law enforcement agency in the country.

    “Just as you wouldn’t leave a $5 bill in plain sight on the front seat of your car, you shouldn’t leave your mail and parcels unattended.”

    The modus operandi of parcel thieves is far from haphazard. They stake out neighborhoods, learn carriers’ routines and study whether residents look out for one another.

    “They do their homework,” said Lt. Mark Stichter of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. “It happens in every single neighborhood, from extremely wealthy to lower socioeconomic.”

    And unless they’re caught in the act, arresting porch pirates often takes luck.

    “It’s a crime of opportunity,” Stichter said. “There’s always the off-chance an officer will do a search of a car and come up with stolen packages. But it’s a very difficult crime to catch.”

    Common steps can prevent parcel theft, mail officials say, such as installing a camera on your porch, tracking packages so you know when they will arrive and sending shipments to your workplace.

    Renee Edwards of Seal Beach fell victim to a porch pirate.

    In August, she ordered something from Amazon for one of her children. When she got home, she saw the packing paper torn open on her porch – and the item gone.

    It was frustrating, Edwards said, but probably more so for the pirate. The thief stole a textbook that Edwards paid $1 for, and Amazon sent her a new copy the next day.

    “I’m more concerned for those who have had items that aren’t as easily replaced, like phones or prescriptions,” she said.

    Law enforcement agencies and mail carriers take steps to protect packages.

    U.S. Postal Inspection Service agents, authorized to carry firearms, go into the field in plain clothes. They walk around neighborhoods or drive behind carriers to make sure no one is casing a truck or house.

    The Inspection Service does not discuss its investigation methods, but Crane said undercover agents will flood hot spots, most recently in Long Beach.

    It’s rare for agents to stumble upon a theft in progress, Crane said. But when they do, they make arrests.

    “Southern California is a hotbed for parcel theft,” she said. “We want to keep our carriers safe and our customers’ packages safe.”

    The U.S. Postal Service and private delivery services such as UPS and FedEx have created online tools for customers to know when packages arrive.

    For example, the Postal Service allows customers to register their address and receive a call any time a package – expected or not – arrives on their doorstep.

    UPS recently created a more human-based program: UPS Access Point.

    The delivery company partners with local businesses, such as a dry cleaner or an insurance company, that receive packages when recipients aren’t home.

    Carriers will leave notes on residents’ doors telling them where to pick up the packages; ID and the note are required to get the goods.

    “The access points are within 2 miles of a customer’s house,” said Natalie Godwin, a UPS spokeswoman. “And we update the access points (online) when businesses sign up or drop out.”

    Southern California has about 700 such access points.

    “At least I know my package is here and safe,” said Howard Nguyen, a Westminster resident who strolled into Saigon Photo Lab, an access point across the street from his apartment.

    The portrait studio is tucked into a nondescript strip mall on Westminster Avenue, surrounded by pho restaurants and a liquor store.

    Martin Hua and his wife, Christina Nguyen, have owned Saigon Photo Lab for 22 years. The shop became an access point several weeks ago, he said, so that more people would come in.

    “I only get 25 cents a package, so it’s not for the money,” he said. “It seems to help the business. People have come in and looked around and said, ‘Oh, you do portraits here.’”

    Richard Maher, a spokesman for the Postal Service, said employing preventive strategies such as the UPS Access Point is key to adapting to porch pirates.

    “We all have to be alert,” he said. “Especially this time of year.

    This article was originally written by Chris Haire and appeared in the Orange County Register on December 14, 2016.


    SecurityBase is now offering QualArc Parcel Chests to help secure your deliveries from porch pirates. The carrier just puts the box inside the chest, presses in the lock, and your parcel is safely locked away until you retrieve it with your key. Never worry about not being home for the UPS guy again! Parcel theft is a preventable crime, so prepare now to keep it from happening to you!

    SecurityBase also suggests getting a motion activated surveillance system or video doorbell for your home to help identify thieves.

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  • Ring In the New Year with Great Deals from SecurityBase!

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    2017 is FINALLY here and we've got some deals that you'll love!

    We're offering some great specials on all Abus GRANIT padlocks! Save money and secure your property with professional grade security.

    Plus, when you spend $100 or more, you will receive $10 back towards your order!

    Also SUBSCRIBE  to our newsletter before January 15, 2017 to be entered to win a FREE Ring Video Doorbell*. This awesome little gadget lets you see who's at the door - whether you're there or not. The Ring Doorbell is easy to setup and the free Ring app even lets you talk to visitors right from your phone. Enter to win HERE:

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    Start this new year off right!


    *NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Must subscribe to the SecurityBase newsletter to be entered. Limit one entry per person. Open only to US residents. Not open to employees of SecurityBase or its affiliates. Winner will be selected on January 18, 2017 and be announced via the SecurityBase Facebook page on January 19, 2017.

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