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2016 Summer Safety Tips

2016 Summer Safety Tips

We have compiled our 2016 Summer Safety Tips below. Have any to add? Visit our Facebook page and let us know!

Going on Vacation?

  • Automate your lights to go on and off at different times of the day to give your home that “lived in” look.
  • Have someone mow your lawn and gather your mail.
  • Make sure your call list is up to date with us so we can reach you in the event of an emergency. We can also set a “temporary” call list for specific days.
  • Contact us to replace any old or faded Atronic Alarms, Inc. yard signs. Make sure they are seen easily from the street. Signs are a great way to let people know your home and your family are protected.

Summer Alarm Scams
Some alarm companies use unethical door-to-door sales tactics in the summer. If you have any questions, call us!  We don’t send people out to your home without contacting you first. Read more in this article in the SDM May 2016 magazine.

Summer Safety with Your Children

  • Keep track of your kids while they are home from school by installing cameras to check in on them through your smartphone or computer. Many systems we offer have the ability to add this feature easily.
  • Make sure they know how to use the alarm system. It is a good time to revisit with them what will happen in the event of a false alarm or a “real” emergency situation, and set your safety protocol for both fire and burglary.
  • Provide activities. Give them chores, create schedules to follow with plenty of “fun” time and “down” time. Kids are less likely to get into trouble if they are busy.
  • If they are old enough to have cell phones you can usually set up a GPS tracking service with your mobile phone carrier so you can track their phones at any time.
  • Own a pool? We can install sensors to alert you if someone opens the gate or enters the area.
  • Worried about liquor cabinets, gun safes or other valuables? We can also install asset protection which, like the pool gates, will alert you on your mobile device if someone opens the door.

Have a fun and safe Summer!

Access Control Systems for Your Business

Monitoring and restricting entry into certain areas of your building helps you manage your business more safely and efficiently. Access control is usually known as “keyless” entry because you provide keyfobs or cards to people, not keys. To enter / exit an area, the access control reader “reads” your keyfob or card and the door unlocks. You can also use it to open and close warehouse gates.

Access control systems are usually the second layer of security and are perfect for:

  • Retail Shopping Centers
  • Schools and Campuses
  • Hospitals
  • Daycare Facilities
  • Warehouse/Manufacturing Plants
  • Restaurants
  • Businesses

It is also perfect for restricted access into certain areas of the building, like file rooms, IT rooms or other areas of sensitivity.

Keyfobs or cards can be managed electronically through a web-based program allowing you remote access at any time. Adding or removing people to the system is far less expensive then re-keying a door if one of your employees loses a key. (It is also easier than fumbling around for keys or remembering different security codes.)

At the end of the day you can get a list of people who entered and exited different areas of the building and the time of day it was recorded. You can also receive these notifications on your web-enabled smart phone.

Atronic Alarms has many different solutions for access control depending upon the application. Contact the office for more information at 913.362.0000.

Client Fights Vandalism with Video Analytics

Gardner Energy, an electric utility company serving the 18,000 plus residents of Gardner, Kansas, runs three energy substations within five miles of each other to power the entire community. After an episode where vandals entered the premises after hours and damaged the control boxes, Darrin McNew, electric operations supervisor, met with Wes Cowsert of Atronic Alarms.

As a six year design consultant for Atronic, Wes knew immediately that IP video analytics would be the perfect solution to their problem.

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Atronic Alarms’ installer mounts cameras on existing poll structures at the facility.

 

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Actual footage of the site, with the blue and red boxes identifying between objects and people.

Video analytics are “smart” cameras that have the technology to distinguish between people, animals and vehicles which helps eliminate false alarms. About a third of the cost of a full-time guard service, video analytics provides 24-hour protection without hiring extra personnel or investing in recording equipment.

Atronic Alarms installed two wireless video analytic IP cameras at each substation which monitors all activity. Police are dispatched after verification that an intruder or vehicle may be trespassing.

How to Protect Yourself Against Bank Fraud

As the blogger at Atronic Alarms I research many facts and figures about safety protocol and procedures. Normally this research is conducted through conversations with local authorities, alarm companies or going online for extensive Internet searching.

This post, however, is coming from first hand, personal experience.

Bank fraud. It happened. Over the weekend there were four transactions to my personal account totaling $600.00.

I had first caught it on Sunday and on Monday I called the bank. I was relieved to hear that I was covered by Fraud Protection, a service they offer that “watches” accounts and flags anything out of the ordinary. They had me scheduled to be called that day because they had noticed many unusual transactions. After filling out some paperwork, canceling and reinstating the debit card, no money was lost.

“The company we use has lists of “fraudulent” organizations and will notice them immediately if one appears as a withdrawal. They will contact you to verify you did not authorize the transaction.”
First Option Bank, Louisburg, KS

Talking with the bank, as well as extensively with the company, Fraud Prevention Services in North Dakota, it was clear that this kind of thing happens ALL OF THE TIME. In order to protect yourself from bank fraud, follow these simple rules:

1. Check with your bank to understand their procedures of fraud protection. Make sure your bank offers this service on debit card transactions.
2. Update your contact information with the bank. When fraud is detected, the company will contact you to verify the wrong-doing so it can be stopped from going through your account.
3. Check over your bank transactions at least once a week. Many banks offer the online service so you can log into your account easily and see all withdrawals. I noticed the post description, didn’t recognize it, Googled the company name and found it to be a company in France.
4. Don’t hand over your credit/debit card to waiters or other cashiers who leave and return. During this time they can write down the information, including your pin numbers on the back. Eat out a lot? Pay with cash.
5. Don’t ever respond to emails or phone calls from what appears to be your bank asking for you to “update” personal information like bank account number, social security or maiden names. Banks do not update their information through this way.

In the end it was a fantastic learning opportunity. My bank has a safety net. Does yours?

resources:
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Is-It-Safe-to-Bank-usnews-4209634978.html?x=0
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/menus/consumer/data/idt.shtm

Summer Safety for Kids

Most kids are excited to get out of school for the summer so they can sleep in, play video games, read books, play outdoors, invite friends over and duck the torment their parents give them about cleaning their room and doing chores.

It is important to remember that since children are home, safety dynamics have changed. More frequent running in and out of the house means you will probably arm and disarm your system differently. You may want to add different codes or users. If this is the case, please contactAtronic Alarms so we can let Alarm Central update their call and user list.

Most cell phones have the ability to turn on a GPS tracking system. This may come in handy during the summer months if your kids are old enough to drive. It is usually just an extra monthly charge from your mobile provider and can be used in case of an emergency.

If you work out of the home and your teens are in and out, you may want to think about investing in a economical video monitoring system that will allow you to keep track of them through mobile phone and computer video alerts. The system is perfect for those summer times where a little extra activity in the house doesn’t have to mean any less safety.

Atronic wishes everyone a safe summer.

 

Types of Cameras for Home or Business Surveillance

There are many camera types to consider for indoors and out for your home or business surveillance system. Below is an example of each.

Dome or Mini-Dome Cameras
Dome cameras are usually used when discreet applications are required. The actual lens is obscured from an onlooker’s view and is more tamper resistant than other cameras.

Bullet Cameras
Bullet cameras are NOT named “Bullet” because they are bullet proof. They are named “Bullet” because of their size. They are small and can be adjusted easily. Some come with infrared lighting, and they can be used indoors and out.

Box Cameras
Box cameras are comprised of the camera body, lens and power supply. Each can be custom designed to meet your needs. They can either be an IP camera or analog.

Pan/Tilt/Zoom Cameras (PTZ)
Pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) cameras are very versatile. They can move left and right, tilt up and down, rotate 360 degrees, and zoom in or out to get the perfect view of the scene.PTZs are operated by the end user with a joystick or on the computer with navigation keys.