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  • Gun Safes: How to keep your firearms safe from children

    Many Americans like to keep guns as a measure of home security. When these homes have small children living in them, safety becomes a major issue. That's why we suggest getting a high quality gun safe. Unsafe gun storage practices are a key contributor to the number of gun deaths and injuries. In fact, a Journal of Pediatrics study found that 1.69 million American children and teenagers lived in a home with at least one unlocked and loaded gun in the home. Another study reports that of the homes with children and firearms, 55% were reported to have one or more firearms in an unlocked place, and 43% reported keeping guns without a trigger lock in an unlocked place. Studies have shown that unsecured weapons are frequently accessible to and accessed by young children - even when their parents think the are not. 73% of children under the age of nine reported knowing where their parents stored their firearms and 36% reported actually had handled the weapons (including many whose parents reported that their children didn't know the guns' location). As a result, it is unsurprising that 89% of accidental shooting deaths among children occur in the home, and that most occur when children are playing with an unsecured loaded gun in their parents' absence. Knowing these statistics, it is most important to secure your weapons properly. A high quality gun safe not only protects your firearms from being stolen, but it also prevents your children from hurting themselves. Each gun safe you purchase should meet some minimum security standards, including a lock (either electronic or mechanical) requiring a combination. Your gun safe should also be pry resistant to keep your guns out of the wrong hands. Store handgun safes in places children can't reach, such as high cabinets or on top of appliances. SecurityBase carries a wide variety of gun safes to accommodate any firearm, from handguns to rifles. We have the safe you need to ensure the safety and peace of mind your children deserve.    
  • Skimmers and their dangers: Tips to protect yourself from identity theft

    Recent upgrades to credit card security have made shopping with cards at brick and mortar locations safer. The new Europay, MasterCard, Visa (EMV) security standards (cards with chips) have assisted well with this. However, many retailers have not updated their payment systems, which puts you at risk of skimmers.
    What are skimmers?
    A skimmer is a device attached to the card reader at various locations where you may slide your credit or debit card. These devices scan the information on your card and save it for future use by a thief. Skimmers are most often used at gas station debit and credit terminals or ATMs, but have been spotted at various retail point of sale terminals, and can look quite inconspicuous. According to FICO, attacks on debit cards used in ATMs have increased significantly in recent years. More specifically, compromises of ATMs located on bank property increased by 174% compared to the first quarter of last year. If that's not shocking enough, compromises on ATMs not located in banks (such as convenience store ATMs) have increased by 317%.

    What can I do to protect myself?

    Here are some of the FBI’s tips for protecting your card.
    • Use your EMV chip when possible
    • When it is not possible to use your EMV chip, use your card as a credit card rather than a debit card to protect your PIN.
    • At gas stations, use the pumps closet to and in view of the cashier.
    • Use ATMs at the bank or in well lighted areas. Do not use ATMs in the back corner of convenience stores.
    • Inspect credit card readers at the gas pump and the ATM for any glue around the edges. Many terminals will have security seal tape next to the edges. If the seal is broken, it may have been tampered with.
    • If you see someone tampering with an ATM or payment terminal, notify the police immediately.
    • Check your account regularly for fraudulent activity and contact your bank if you see anything suspicious.
    Ultimately, identity theft is a preventable crime. The best way to protect yourself (and your business) is to remain vigilant.
  • Save $70 on SecuRam's SafeLogic Xtreme!

    When you select a safe lock, it can be a challenge to determine what kind of lock you need. With SecuRam's SafeLogic Xtreme, you get the benefits of both an electronic keypad and a mechanical dial. The mechanical system enables you to open your safe in case of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), but it also gives you the benefit of being able to change the combination. SecurityBase normally sells  the SafeLogic Xtreme for $302.70, but we're offering an additional $70 off our already low price! Hurry, this offer ends April 30th!
  • Travel Securely & Safely: Security tips for going abroad

    Whether it's to visit a place on a family vacation or to go somewhere on a business trip, there are always security concerns when you travel. Traveling to a strange place always puts you at risk, so here are some tips to ensure that you and your belongings are safe.

    Do your research before you  travel.

    You should always research a location to see what is going on there. You should check with the US State department for travel alerts in the country you're planning to visit. Make sure to register your trip with the State Department so that they can get in touch with you in the event of an emergency situation. Make sure you know a little bit of the language. Bring along a travel dictionary or digital translator to help in the event of potential trouble.

    Keep unnecessary documents at home.

    Before leaving for your trip, make sure you take unnecessary items out of your wallet. This includes items such as your social security card, voter's registration , and library card. The US State Department recommends taking only one credit card with you if you are traveling abroad. Do make sure to take your passport, visas, and other travel documents. You should also leave copies of these documents with a friend or relative at home. If you plan on driving in that country, consider obtaining an international driving permit.

    Protect your valuables.

    As a general rule, leave anything of great monetary or sentimental value at home. If you do bring anything of value with you, you should leave it in the hotel safe when you venture out to visit the attractions Carry only small amounts of cash. It is suggested that you carry traveler's checks and credit cards because these are both easily traced and replaced. Many places have major problem with pickpockets, so it's a good idea to store your belongings in multiple locations on your body, including a money belt for your credit card and traveler's check. Secure your luggage with luggage locks. Use TSA approved luggage locks to ensure that your luggage locks don't get removed when you check your luggage. These locks are designed to fit a master key that the TSA has in their possession. TSA approved locks are marked with a red and white diamond symbol.

    Travel safe

    To prevent crime, you should always make sure that you travel with others. Don't give out information about yourself to strangers. Don't invite anyone you don't know to your hotel room. Never get into a vehicle that isn't clearly marked as a taxi. If you are a victim of a crime while oversea, contact the local police, as well the nearest US embassy, consulate, or consulate agency. The latter can help you replace a stolen passport, get medical care if you need it, and navigate through the local criminal justice system. As a general rule, you don't want to draw attention to yourself that you are a tourist. Do your best to fit in with the local crowd. Figure out where you're going in advance and know where to go in the event of an emergency. Whatever the goal of taking a trip may be, it is important to be vigilant and safe.
  • 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)!

    SHOP SALE

  • 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.
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