Commercial Security Services Help Maintain a Green Business

Green Business and Security Monitoring

Security and automation systems can help a business to reach goals in connection with environmentally-friendly practices. This can save money and be a public relations booster for the company. Here are a few ways that security services and monitoring can help to create a green environment in the workplace.

Automation Saves Energy and Reduces Utility Costs

Automating things such as lighting (both inside and outside the business) can significantly reduce utility bills. Being able to control lights, heat and air, and other services remotely can help a business to have less of an environmental footprint—something that is vital in a world where consumers expect businesses to be environmentally conscious but don’t want the bill passed along in product/service costs.

How Environmental Monitoring Can Help Maintain a Green Environment

Environmental monitoring can also help to maintain green practices by alerting a company to problems quickly. For example, if a leak takes place on Friday night after everyone has gone home, flood monitoring can alert the right personnel to fix the problem rather than having everyone show up Monday morning to find several inches of water on site.

Environmental monitoring also reduces waste when it comes to products that need to be maintained at a particular temperature. Any significant fluctuations will result in an alert in time to fix the problem and save the delicate materials. This is especially important for medical and food processing facilities.

NMC is happy to offer the environmental monitoring services that help businesses operate in an eco-friendly manner.

Why You Should Outsource Your Security Monitoring

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You may have noticed the trend for vendors who provide security to outsource security monitoring services to third party companies like NMC. How can your security company benefit from making such a move? Here are two ways.

Offer New Services

The fact is that your security company may not be set up to offer all of the monitoring services that a third-party does. Since monitoring is the entire focus of NMC, we offer everything from video surveillance monitoring to two-way voice options and environmental monitoring. If your company was not offering these services before, you suddenly open your business up to a whole new realm of potential clients who want the services you couldn’t offer before.

Focus on New Technology

Once you have outsourced security monitoring, it frees up your company to focus on what you do best—innovate security services. Whether it is focusing on providing mobile options for clients or adding biometric functions, you can stay up-to-date with the latest technology knowing that you don’t have to spend limited resources on providing monitoring services for existing customers. It can allow your business to expand beyond what you had previous thought possible.

NMC Provides Monitoring Services to Help Your Security Firm Grow

Whether you want to expand the services you offer to clients or switch your focus back to the rapidly expanding technology of security, NMC is happy to help our clients take their business to the next level. When you are ready to expand your security firm’s reach, contact NMC to learn more about our top-quality monitoring services.

University and College Security Necessities

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Data collected from 2010 to 2012 indicates that more than 11,000 robberies take place in dorms and other college residences each year. That decries a serious need for increased security in order to protect students and their possessions. Here are a few security services that should be offered to any university or college with students living onsite.

Monitored Surveillance Cameras

The number one deterrent to theft has to be video surveillance that can not only catch a burglar in the act but that can also record the feed to provide proof of the criminal activity. Having the service monitored allows for faster response from emergency services. And, of course, this would apply to far more serious emergencies such as alerting authorities to a gunman on the premises.

Limiting Building Access

Something else that can keep students safer is limiting access to residence buildings by using access cards to enter buildings. Whether the system involves the use of photo ID or biometrics to ensure that only the right people are entering the buildings, intercom systems with video can also allow students to provide entry to the building for guests while being able to see who is being buzzed in.

Theft and Fire Alarm Monitoring

Video surveillance that is connected to motion sensors, fire detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and other security features allows students to enjoy increased protection while giving the authorities the benefit of fewer false alarms. That means emergency services can race to the scene with confidence that they are not being drawn away unnecessarily.

NMC is proud to provide this type of security monitoring for universities and colleges who are your clients. Hopefully, the information noted above can be of use to you in encouraging these residence halls to upgrade to the proper security features for the protection of students.

Key Reasons a Commercial Security System Should Be Professionally Installed

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Small business owners can get the idea that installing a security system is easy. They may slap an IP camera pointing at the door, another at the register, and download an app to monitor everything. Now they think the store is completely secure. Here are a few talking points when it comes to helping small businesses see the importance of a professionally installed security system.

Professionally Selected Equipment

A vendor is in a much better position than a small business owner to evaluate security needs and select the appropriate equipment so that those needs are met fully. Sometimes a business owner may not even really understand how to use the features of a camera that was purchased online or what the app that runs camera does. As a result, the system may not do everything that is needed. Your company is in a better position to provide all of the right tech to keep a small business secure.

Positioning of Equipment

When it comes to sensors and cameras, the technology is only as good as its placement. Otherwise, an observant criminal can skirt around the security measures with ease and make off with a big score. Security professionals know what works and what doesn’t. That means cameras point where they need to point, and sensors get placed where they will detect illegal activities. It helps to minimize how much equipment a company needs to be well protected and also boosts the benefits of that equipment.

Installation, Maintenance, and Monitoring

Incorrectly installed equipment can easily fail when a business needs it most. And professionally maintained equipment is sure to be tested on the right schedule. Plus, monitored security means the boss doesn’t have to be glued to a grainy image on a smartphone 24/7.

The Rapidly Growing Residential Security Market

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Last week a report was released by Technavio projecting the growth of the security market in North America. Estimates are that the $12.5 billion residential market will surge to more than $15 billion by 2020. The United States already makes up nearly half of the global residential security market.

Why Residential Security Is on the Rise

One factor that is driving growth is the desire for greater security in residential buildings. This includes security for the building as a whole as well as individual systems for each apartment. One feature in particular that is sought after by residential buildings is cameras that can be viewed from individual apartments allowing residents to observe patrolling guards. Seeing the security staff at work provides peace of mind for many residents.

Primary Concerns with Residential Security

The main issue being faced by the residential security industry, according to the report, is the ability of hackers to hijack a smart home. As a result, some vendors are encouraging monthly password changes for clients. However, home security systems have many measures in place to help prevent this type of scenario, and this has set many clients at ease.

Choose NMC as the Security Monitoring Service for Your Residential Clients

We hope you get your share of the growing residential market. NMC can help you to secure clients by providing the monitoring service that gives you an edge over your competition. Call 877-353-3031 today to learn more about the services we provide such as two-way voice options and text notifications.

Safety Tips Involving Carbon Monoxide Monitoring

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Fire alarms are a common part of home alarm systems, especially those that are monitored to provide a faster response by emergency services. However, the dangers of carbon monoxide to a residence cannot be understated. Over 2,000 people per year are hospitalized due to carbon monoxide poisoning, and there are approximately 430 deaths annually. Here are a few important factors in carbon monoxide monitoring.

Detection Is Vital for All Alarm Systems

The fact that carbon monoxide is invisible makes it extremely deadly. Even a video surveillance system cannot confirm a problem because there is no visible smoke as in the case of a fire. Carbon monoxide monitors need to keep track of levels in the home at all times regardless of whether residents are awake, asleep, or out of the home so that issues can be addressed immediately.

Why Monitoring Is a Necessity

When carbon monoxide sensors are linked to monitoring service, help can be sent quickly. This is important because an alarm may not be able to wake a person when carbon monoxide levels rise rapidly. It is especially important when it comes to elderly ones, children, and others who may be particularly susceptible and unable to escape even after hearing an alarm.

A monitoring service can provide a rapid response by trying to reach the household. If there is no answer, the authorities can be alerted and arrive within minutes to assist those who are trapped inside. It is recommended that households have a carbon monoxide detector in every bedroom of the home.

NMC is proud to offer monitoring services that allow for two-way communication, thereby reducing response times even more and allowing our CSRs to determine the degree of emergency with accuracy and in the timely manner that life-and-death situations require.

Help Business Startups Assess Risks and Develop a Security Strategy

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Startups generally start small, maybe even just one person working from a home office. But security is still important in many ways. Don’t let the size of a company stop you from picking up a new commercial client. Startups can grow quickly and become a major client in the years ahead. Start by developing a scalable security solution and building trust.

Assessing the Security Needs of a Startup

For a small business, security is all about recognizing potential threats. Here are a few things to consider:

  • What kind of risks can a company handle? If a break-in results in a stolen laptop, is that the end of the business? The easier it would be for criminal activity to disrupt a business, the more important security becomes.
  • What are the company’s most important assets? Would it be something physical in an office or perhaps data stored in the cloud? This helps to determine whether the focus should be primarily on an alarm/surveillance system or in cybersecurity. Most businesses need a mix of the two.
  • From what source are the greatest threats to digital security? If the primary threat is from hackers, the focus should be on employee training and digital security. If the greatest threat is from an unauthorized person accessing files in the office, the focus needs to be on restricting physical access to computers or mobile devices that contain the sensitive data.
  • Do company assets require a particular environment such as the right temperature range? This would involve environmental monitoring services.

Meeting the Security Needs of a Startup

NMC offers a wide range of residential, commercial, and environmental monitoring services so that your clients can develop a security strategy that meets their startup’s needs.

How Proper Lighting Enhances Evening Business Security

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If a business wants to keep away late-night loiterers and cut back on the risk of vandalism or break-in, lighting is one of the best weapons in a security company’s arsenal. The fact is that criminals like to act under cover of darkness. That makes properly placed lighting an important counterpart to a commercial security system.

Types of Outdoor Lighting for Businesses

There are many ways to illuminate dark parts of a company’s property. Of course, local laws may regulate the brightness of lights or even how they are directed. Here are a few types of lighting companies need to be aware of:

  • Step lights – Individual lights for each step are also a protection against personal injury suits.
  • Lampposts – The perfect lighting tool for parking lots and walkways.
  • Outdoor wall and ceiling lights – Lighting attached to the sides of a building or the ceiling in a covered lot help keep the building itself well lit.
  • Flood lights – These are great for covering a large area, but they can upset neighbors if a business is in a tight area and they are not directed properly.

Location of Lights Is Vital

The placement of lights will accomplish specific security goals. For example,

  • Lights in dark corners of a parking lot – These will limit after hours activities
  • Entrances and ground floor windows – This helps to protect against break-in and theft
  • Walkways – This protects workers leaving after dark (or customers if the business is open late)
  • Near potential hiding places – For example, lights should cover bushes or tall grass where someone may otherwise be able to lie in wait.

Lighting and Monitored Surveillance Go Hand in Hand

When the outside of a business is well lit, surveillance cameras can get a better view of what is happening. This allows a monitoring service to respond quickly and accurately in an emergency.

NMC’s customer service representatives appreciate when well-lit commercial properties provide the opportunity to tell the difference between a shady character hanging around the property and an employee who came to the office late to get a little extra work done.

2 Vital Factors in Maintaining Security at a Retail Business

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Each year, about 27 million people shoplift in the US. That’s a pretty staggering figure and it has led to greater security in the retail sector. We’re about to consider two factors that can greatly increase security for a retail company and limit shrinkage either due to employee stealing or customer theft.

Threat Analysis to Identify Weak Points in Security

This is something that most retail businesses must do on their own. However, assisting a business to recognize weak points in security can lead to a bigger sales opportunity for a security vendor. Here are a few things you can point out to a prospective commercial client:

  • Neighborhood demographics – If theft per capita is high in the city where a retail store is set up, it becomes more financially responsible to spend a little extra on security.
  • Entry points – This may involve both the front entrance to a store as well as a separate employee entrance if internal theft is supposed.
  • Value of cash/inventory on hand – The more there is to steal, the more likely target a retail business becomes.
  • Store setup – Sometimes the layout of a store makes it tough for staff to observe customers. A few small adjustments may make it more difficult for a thief to get away with it.

Monitored Video Security Services

Video surveillance, especially if employees and customers know they are on camera, can be a major theft deterrent. That alone often makes a surveillance system worth the cost to a retail store. It is important for video security to focus on entry points and exits as well as cash registers and any area where high-value items are located.

Video surveillance can prove instrumental in reducing theft as well as in obtaining a quick response to an emergency. For example, a monitoring service can quickly respond to a distress call when video surveillance shows a theft or hold up in progress. This reduces the risk of false alarms and ensures a faster response from local emergency services.

NMC provides video monitoring that can help put your retail store clients at ease, knowing that a trained CSR is there to help in case of an emergency.