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  • Legalized Marijuana: How to secure your newly legal marijuana business

    Marijuana is now legal in seven states and Washington, DC and business is exploding. You might be thinking about starting your own pot business, but you should definitely consider the following security concerns.
    Marijuana businesses are "cash only"
    Because the federal government still considers marijuana  a schedule I narcotic, it is illegal for pot businesses to accept credit and debit cards. This will cause you to large amounts of cash. With that quantity of cash on hand, your business is a huge target for potential burglars. The best protection for your cash is a high security safe, preferably with a TL-30 rating or higher. TL-30 safes are designed to withstand intense  professional attacks. In independent tests, these safes safes withstood a minimum  of 30 minutes worth of abuse. Click here for a better explanation of burglary ratings.
    High value products require protection too
    If some steals your merchandise, the situation can be just as bad. We also recommend keeping your merchandise in TL-30 safes. In addition to burglary protection, TL-30 safes also have the ability protect the contents from fires. The additional fire protection will also be great for protecting your merchandise!
    Controlling access to your marijuana business
    When you own a pot business, it is very important to ensure that access is limited. This helps to reduce the threat of burglary and protect you from selling to restricted groups (such as minors). One of the easiest access control methods to use is either electromagnetic locks (also called maglocks or mags) or electric strikes. These are designed to open when you or one of your employees press a button to "buzz" the customer inside. You can also use this technology to lock up your stock area and/or manager's office. This adds an additional layer of security to your storage area. It can potentially prevent thieves from sneaking into the back room.
    Monitoring your property
    Lastly, you need to ensure that your property is under constant video surveillance. The goal is to ensure that you have cameras that can record high quality video. For the best quality, SecurityBase recommends using Clinton Electronics' EX-SDI cameras and DVRs. This solution provides high quality images for an excellent value. You should place cameras in a way that enables consistent viewing of your employees and clientele. Weak areas that you should monitor include cash wraps, display cases, entrances and exits, and stock areas. Especially make sure to cover your safe. It is risky to open a legal marijuana business, but it becomes easier when you know about potential security issues. Prevent security issues before they start. Have any questions, comments, or suggestions? Please comment below!
  • Fire Safes: Defend Your Documents from the Flames

    As with any disaster, fires occur when you least expect them. One of the most important things to protect is your personal vital documents. This is why you need fire safes. These documents include birth certificates, passports, social security cards, and diplomas. While most of these vital documents can be replaced, they  cost a lot of money and it's a hassle to replace them. Protect your documents with a fire safe.

    What are fire safes?

    Fire safes are specifically designed to keep the temperature low inside during a fire. This prevents your documents from getting charred. These types of safes typically feature an internal layer within the walls that is designed to keep the temperature low. Different manufacturers use different types of fireproofing materials.

    Why do you need one?

    You should keep copies of your documents in a place where you access them quickly. Many people use bank safety deposit boxes to keep their documents. There are a few flaws in this:
    • Money in a bank safe deposit box is not FDIC insured.
    • Many documents, including insurance paperwork, should be quickly accessible.

    What conventional fire safes don't have

    A conventional fire safe specifically designed for fire protection does not carry additional burglar protection. Users needing burglary and fire protection should consider a burglary-fire or composite safe. These type of safes are specifically designed for burglary defense. SecurityBase has a wide variety of fire, burglary-fire, and composite safes to choose from. Whatever you specific needs may be, we have the right safe for you.
  • Survival: How to Prepare for Natural Disasters

    Natural disasters happen unexpectedly, often with little or no warning of any kind. Your survival is often dependent on how you prepared. How can you prepare for the unexpected?

    Food & Water: Vital for Survival

    Food and water are the first priority for your survival supplies. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that you keep at least 3 days of food and water in your survival kit. They recommend that you keep one gallon of water per person per day. THE CDC also recommends that you have foods that are non-perishable stored with your emergency supplies. This includes items such as canned soups, dry pasta, powdered milk, and instant meals. If you rely on medication to survive, you should also make sure that you keep at least three days worth of medication. This should also include printed dosing instructions and the appropriate testing tools.

    Tools, First Aid, and Personal Care

    Personal care items are important to everyday life, and is even more important in the event of an emergency. Good hygiene can help to prevent spreading illness. Personal hygiene items should include things such as soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, baby wipes, and extra pairs of contact lenses and/or glasses. Your personal care supplies should also include a first aid kit, blankets, multipurpose tools, and a survival whistle. Your kit should also include electronics, such as a flashlight, radio, and extra batteries. Also be sure to keep additional phone chargers.

    Documents & Other Important Items

    Your emergency kit should include copies of your vital documents. This ought to include insurance cards, birth certificates, immunization records, and other forms of identification. Be sure to keep extra cash, keys, and maps of the area to help in the event of a disaster. If you have children, you should also include activities to keep them occupied, such as games and activity books.

    Taking Care of Your Pets

    In the event of an emergency, you also want to make sure you can take of your pets. This should include food and water (1 gallon for every 3 days). You should also include the appropriate cleaning supplies, grooming items, and trash bags. Your supplies for taking care of your pets should also include a sturdy leash, harness or pet carriers to transport them. A carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand comfortably, turn around, and lay down. Including some pet toys and the pet's bed (if it's easy to transport) may also help to reduce stress on your pets. Print out some care instructions in case you need to entrust the care of your pets to a foster home or boarding facility. This should include medicine dosing information, feeding schedules, behavior issues, and the name and telephone number of your veterinarian. SecurityBase carries some pre-made dog and cat kits to help you get started

    Customize Your Plan

    Not every situation is the same. You should customize your emergency plan to best suit your family and its needs. Make sure that everyone in your household is aware of your emergency plan.. Overall, preparing for natural disasters is about being prepared for anything that might occur. Having an effective emergency plan is the best way to ensure your survival after a disaster. SecurityBase carries a wide variety of pre-made survival kits, but we also carry  supplies to create your own.
  • HD Over Analog vs IP: Which is the Best Surveillance Tech?

    Surveillance technology has advanced a lot in recent years. When high definition first burst onto the scene, the only way to achieve it was to get an IP based system. HD over analog technology was first introduced in 2010 and has made HD surveillance more affordable.

    IP Surveillance System

    Internet Protocol (IP) surveillance systems transfer video signals over CAT5e or CAT6 Ethernet cable. This presents a big issue when upgrading from a traditional analog system because it requires the whole system to be rewired. IP systems tend to cost more than analog systems. IP systems have some great benefits. First and foremost, is the ability to operate cameras using only one cable. The power over Ethernet (PoE) capability makes setup of new systems easier. Second, IP systems enable you to set up a multi-building surveillance system without running wire between the building, saving you wire (and money). IP systems, however, do have some big downsides. To begin with, if you're upgrading from a traditional analog system, you have to replace all of the existing coaxial cable and power cords with Ethernet cables. IP systems are very dependent on the quality of your internet connection and require a lot of bandwidth to operate. This means that if you have several cameras, you might miss something. Please note that lately there have been security concerns related to IP systems. These cameras are constantly connected to the internet,  so computer hackers can gain control of your cameras if you don't take the correct security measures.

    HD Over Analog

    HD over analog technology is relatively new and provides a great option for  users looking to upgrade an existing analog system. You don't need to replace any existing wiring because it connects to existing coaxial cable. This technology is generally less expensive than IP systems. HD over analog systems also  tend to have an easier time of recording a higher quality video in real time. You can run cable over a much farther distance. HD over analog systems do require separate power supplies to power the cameras and, depending on which HD over analog technology is selected, they can transfer video over much more significant distances (AHD, CVI, and TVI can transfer up to 1600 ft; SDI can transfer up to 492 ft; IP can transfer up to 342 ft.) The other thing that might make one hesitate when selecting an HD over analog surveillance technology is the variety of technologies available. This is more overwhelming than anything else. The most readily available is TVI, though SDI technology delivers comparable image quality. As an added bonus, most TVI DVRs offer the ability to also support some IP cameras in addition to the TVI cameras. SecurityBase has a wide selection of surveillance gear, including traditional analog equipment, in addition to IP systems and HD over analog technology.
  • Secure Your Bike: Five Steps for Effective Bicycle Security

    May is National Bike Month, so it's a good time to talk about preventing bicycle theft. Bicycle security is easily achieved if you follow these 5 simple steps.

    Step 1: Store Your Bike Inside Overnight

    You should always store your bike inside your personal space, such as your house or apartment.

    Your bike is prone to theft if you leave it in your front yard, unsecured in the back yard, or in common areas of your apartment building (such as hallways). If you must store it in a common area, you should lock your bike to a stationary object.

    Step 2: Park Your Bike Correctly

    When you go to work, run errands, or hang out with friends, bicycle security might be a challenge.

    The best place to lock up your bike when you go out is a municipal bike rack, but unfortunately, there usually aren't enough available.

    If this is the case, you can also use the poles that hold stop signs, street signs, parking signs, etc. There are a few concerns when using these signs, however.

    A determined thief can steal your bike by unbolting the sign from the top of the pole and lifting the bike over the top. The best way to prevent this is to check the top of sign. If the sign is loose or missing, try another pole.

    Step 3: Use the Appropriate Lock

    If you live in a high theft area, your primary bike lock should never be a cable lock if you live in a high theft area. U-Locks are the best type of lock to use for primary security.

    Always use the smallest lock you can in order to give thieves the smallest amount of space to manipulate or break the lock. Any U-lock that you use should be long enough pass through your bike frame and the object you're locking it to.

    Step 4: Secure the Components with Secondary Locks

    In a high theft location, such as New York City, it is a good idea to also lock and secure various components, such as the wheels, your seat, handlebars, and any accessories you might attach. Use cable locks to lock the bike components down and take any removable accessories with you.

    Step 5: Insure Your Bike

    No bike lock is completely theft proof, so one of the essential supplements to bicycle security is to insure your bike with a personal articles policy. Personal Articles insurance is an add-on to your homeowners or renters insurance policy.

    Bike theft is common, so it is worth it to purchase a policy without a deductible to help cover a replacement or repair on your bike.

    Conclusion

    Overall, bicycle security is about finding common sense ways to prevent theft. Be sure to secure your bike and consider additional security measures if necessary.

    Have questions? Comment below!

  • 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!  
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