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Posted on December 14, 2017 3:32 PM by Max Video
Categories: Home Security
Imagine the disappointment on your child’s face. She has been looking forward to the end of December all year and was so excited to find out what amazing presents you bought her -- and you did buy her some amazing presents -- but in the morning, you all realize someone broke into your home and stole those precious items, not to mention a bunch of other stuff. No child should ever have to feel those feelings of devastation, and no home should be victimized like that by immoral criminals. 
 
Sadly, burglaries like this happen every 15 seconds in the United States. It’s time for you to do something about it and ensure that this kind of devastation never reaches your home or your family. Here are some great ways to keep your family and home protected this winter: 
 
Install home surveillance systems
 
Perhaps the best way to keep your family safe is to have high quality home surveillance cameras surrounding your property. You can work with professional security camera installation services to get the best cameras in the best possible positions to not only record any suspicious activity but to discourage criminals from even attempting to break into your home. Homes without home surveillance systems are roughly 300% more likely to be broken into than those that took advantage of residential security camera installation. 
 
Talk with your neighbors
 
It sounds simple enough, but it’s extremely important. You can’t constantly have eyes on every inch of your property, but your collective neighborhood can always be on the lookout. Have weekly meetings with your neighbors and immediately report any suspicious activity. 
 
Secure your own home
 
It’s extremely important to make sure all your doors and windows are always locked. Whether you’re inside your home or you’re family is away for the night, make sure that there are no ways to easily enter your home. Also, make sure that there are no valuable items in sight. Criminals often disguise themselves as door-to-door salespeople, only to peek inside your home and look for potential items to steal. So keep everything hidden and “kindly” ask that sketchy salesperson to get off your property. 
 
Whatever you do, keep your family and your home as safe as possible during the holidays and every other day of the year. If you’re in need of professional video surveillance installation services or just want to learn more about home surveillance systems, contact Max Video Systems today. 
Posted on December 6, 2017 1:39 PM by Max Video
Categories: Home Security
A security surveillance system installation is absolutely essential if you’re looking to improve your business.  Most people think a surveillance system just offers security but the benefits go well beyond that.  For instance, it helps you monitor employees and ensure they’re working as expected whether you are present or not.
 
Nonetheless, many business owners find it challenging to choose the right security camera system as each model offers different features.  Below are a few factors that should be considered to make sure you’ve chosen the right camera.
 
Openness
 
The first step when choosing a security system typically involves deciding if you want the cameras to be seen or hidden. Are you installing the cameras to remind people they are being watched with the intention of curbing theft?
If so, the box-style camera would be the system of choice for this type of application.  However, if you’re looking to monitor activities in a secretively fashion, consider cameras that can be installed in hidden areas so any activity may be closely monitored.
 
Image Clarity & Level Of Detail
 
How big is your firm?  This is an important aspect when determining which camera offers the best resolution without overspending.  If you operate a large retail store, cameras that offer a high resolution may be the best choice so the image quality doesn't get compromised during zooming.  On the other hand, lower resolution cameras may be adequate for an office or smaller store.
Posted on November 26, 2017 10:00 AM by Max Video
Categories: Home Security
While a home security camera installation might not be a topic you typically think of when doing holiday decorations, it can be incredibly beneficial to your home.  For instance, if you’re planning on spending the holidays away from home, security cameras ensure your place is protected during your absence as thieves loves targeting empty homes.  In the event they break in, you can alert the authorities immediately so they are caught and all valuables remain intact.  Here are some other reasons why you should install a home security system before the holidays.
 
Monitoring Contractors
 
Have you thought about doing renovations your home this year?  A security system can help you keep close tabs on how the contractors are doing their job.  Often, this ensures they are performing all tasks to your specifications and that no materials are lost or stolen.  Not only can a security system save you money, it is particularly valuable towards ensuring renovations will be done correctly while you’re at work or on vacation.
 
Receiving Deliveries
 
You may be considering online shopping to avoid the long queues at shopping centers during the holidays.  In case you’re not home when the package arrives, security cameras can help you know the exact moment it gets there.  Then you may ask a neighbor or friend to retrieve the item on your behalf or to keep an eye on it until you return home.
If someone steals your package, at least you have evidence as the security system captures any events.  In most cases, the package is retrieved as video footage makes it possible to identify the person.
 
Beyond that, a majority of homes with a security system are rarely targeted as potential thieves are discouraged from stealing once they see cameras.  Whether you want to prevent someone from taking Christmas decorations or keep arriving packages secure, a home security camera installation before the holidays offers many advantages.
Posted on November 17, 2017 11:20 AM by Max Video
Categories: Home Security
Are you looking to do a residential security camera installation to monitor your baby? You can either install a wireless camera (or home security camera) or use a video baby monitor. Wireless cameras are security cameras that you can use wirelessly over the internet while baby monitors are simple systems that let you see and listen to a baby remotely.
 
Although baby monitors often include features like heat and humidity sensors, two-way audio, and light displays to help soothe the baby; they typically don’t offer the same video storage capabilities as home security cameras.  Here are a few other factors that make home security cameras the ideal choice for baby monitoring.
 
Ability To Change The Camera Angle
 
If you have a baby that you intend to observe from the office, then you might want to be able to move the camera according to the child’s activity. Wireless cameras offer you that kind of adaptability as they come with adjustable camera angles to help cover large areas.  Baby monitors on the other hand, only let you track your baby in a limited area such as a crib or playpen. What other advantages can you expect from security cameras?
 
Integrate Into A Monitoring Network
 
Wireless cameras normally come with software that you need to set up on a computer before using the cameras. During the set-up process, you have the option of integrating the system into another network which means security cameras are compatible with some devices. This allows multiple people to watch the baby at the same time and they can be at different locations.
 
You might be looking for a device that offers you flexibility. With a wireless camera, you may remove and relocate the system once it’s no longer needed for baby monitoring. A residential security camera installation serves many purposes where as baby monitors are designed specifically for one. Ultimately, home security cameras are a better long-term choice which has proven to be more flexible and useful!
 
Posted on November 13, 2017 8:54 AM by Max Video
Categories: Commercial Security
If you own or manage a store, you might already know how damaging shoplifting can be for a small business. According to statistics from the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention, billions of dollars are lost to shoplifting every year. The biggest challenge for owners is that shoplifters may be ordinary looking people so identifying them is not easy.
 
These days, many owners install commercial surveillance cameras as a way of curbing shoplifting which has proven to be very effective.  Aside from that, here are a few other steps you can take to prevent shoplifting in your store.
 
Warning Signs
 
In many cases, shoplifters actually have enough money to pay for the items they steal but they still go ahead and shoplift. Often, they perceive the risks as minimal and think they won’t be caught. To reverse this viewpoint, post warning signs in strategic points of your store to notify them that they are being watched and the consequences are severe.
 
Security Devices
 
Install commercial surveillance cameras, motion sensors, and other security devices in plain view to show potential thieves that you take theft prevention seriously. Whether you use functional or fake devices, this strategy works as it gives shoplifters the feeling that they are being watched. Also, install mirrors all over the store to eliminate blind spots as thieves usually target those areas.
 
Attentive Staff
 
Aside from discouraging thieves, make sure all employees are trained to detect suspicious behavior and identify thieves. Inform them when your business has more customers than usual so they are extra attentive during those times. Additionally, notify them which areas a thief may target as expensive merchandise and blind spots are often at the top of the list.
 
Businesses should take shoplifting seriously and ensure employees are properly-trained even if security cameras are installed. Shoplifting can be extremely costly and avoided in most cases when preventative measures are regularly used.
Posted on October 30, 2017 8:49 AM by Max Video
Categories: Commercial Security
If you're running a business, in addition to staying on top of all the logistical aspects, you have to make sure your company is safe and protected. You have to do all you can to protect against threats coming from all over the place. Whether you're using commercial surveillance cameras to monitor your company's parking lot or stepping up your digital security -- you better be focusing on protecting your business in every way possible. 
 
Cyber Attacks  
 
As a business owner in 2017, you have to beware of cyber attacks at all times. No matter what industry you’re working in, these online criminals will stop at nothing to take advantage of your lack of digital security and could end up hacking your entire financial system. It’s important to work with cyber security professionals in order to fight back against these online hackers and keep your finances, personal information, and company documents safe and secure. 
 
Criminal Burglary
 
There are millions of criminals out there who are always looking for vulnerable businesses. Whether it’s premeditated or not, if a criminal walks by your company and notices an entranceway with little-to-know security, they will have a great chance of walking out of their with your valuable items. That’s exactly why you should have business security cameras installed. It’s estimated that roughly 67% of burglaries could be avoided by installing a video surveillance system. Find the best surveillance cameras for small businesses to ensure completely protection from criminal burglaries. 
 
Employee Theft  
 
Employee theft happens much more than we like to think in this country. Whether it’s disgruntled employees who are in financial trouble or workers who’s intentions are to steal from their employer, this form of theft needs to be addressed. Security cameras aren’t just for watching your building’s perimeter and keeping an eye out for outsiders. These cameras are just as useful for preventing employe theft. You can find the best business security cameras to watch both outsiders and your staff. Also, having commercial surveillance cameras can not only eliminate employee theft, but they can also significantly improve productivity in the workplace. 
 
If you want to learn more about commercial surveillance cameras or are in need of video surveillance installation services, contact Max Video Systems today and keep your business (and everything and everyone inside it) safe. 
Posted on October 27, 2017 8:45 AM by Max Video
Categories: Home Security
A home security camera installation is more useful and effective than you might initially think. For instance, most people think of the benefits with regard to criminals and theft but it can help you monitor your loved ones who have aged. Cameras allow you to see and hear everything in real time so you gain comfort in knowing if they are safe or need constant care.
 
In financial institutions, security cameras are used to eliminate the possibility of theft but at home and in care facilities they are used to ensure safety. On occasion, elderly people have been known to hide the truth since some of them fear they may lose their independence. How can security cameras help keep elderly ones you know safe at home?
 
Benefits Of Security Cameras
 
At some point, the elderly may need a caregiver to take care of them while you and others are away. Caregivers may seem trustworthy but security cameras make sure the elderly receive the type of care you have in mind. Video surveillance also guarantees that you know exactly what has happened if there would ever be a problem.
 
Aside from that, the elderly can be persistent and demand they don’t need a caregiver even when you notice signs of aging. In this situation, security cameras can be used to ensure they remain safe at home. For example, cameras are very useful for capturing what may have caused a slip or minor injury. Consider a home security camera installation to monitor the condition of an elderly person before they suffer a major setback.
 
Focus On The Positive
 
There are many positives to having a home security camera installation but you need consent from the elderly that will be monitored. Secure their permission by explaining to them how video surveillance improves their safety by preventing accidents. If there is a caregiver, it benefits them as well as caregivers know the quality of care they provide is subject to review.
 
Posted on October 24, 2017 10:15 AM by Max Video
Categories: Commercial Security
Did you know on average that 6% of businesses revenues are lost to employee theft?  That is based on reliable data from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.  As a matter of fact, employee theft is a leading threat to the success of businesses.
 
Some factors that contribute to theft are careless hiring, misplaced trust, and failure to thoroughly carry out a security surveillance system installation.  Additionally, lack of basic financial controls can create an environment prone to employee theft and fraud within your business.  Here are four tips to help you protect your business from employees.
 
Hire Honest Individuals
 
When hiring new workers, perform thorough background checks with regard to lawsuits, restraining orders, theft, violence, and fraud.  Part of the hiring process should be focused on details so make sure their education is genuine and from an accredited institution.  The last aspect to check on when hiring a new employee is their reason for leaving their previous job.
 
Generate A Positive Environment
 
A positive working environment is one that encourages workers to abide by procedures and to take actions that benefit the business.  The best way to achieve that is by establishing well-written job descriptions, creating comprehensive procedures, and rewarding good performance.  An open communication line between management and workers can also make a difference.
 
Perform Audits
 
Routine audits are generally done at the same time every year, but a great way to catch fraudulent activity and identify vulnerabilities is to perform an audit without any announcement.  This tactic keeps unethical employees uncomfortable as they are never sure when an audit may transpire.
 
Lead By Example
 
One rule you should follow whether you’re the manager or the owner is to always abide by the rules.  Funds or profits generated from sales are not to be used for personal enjoyment.  Instead, deposit all money into the bank account associated with the business and employees that handle money will follow suit.  Not only does a security surveillance system installation put an end to theft but it keeps employees honest as they know the business is protected by cameras!
Posted on October 9, 2017 11:16 AM by Max Video
Categories: Commercial Security
When investing in Commercial Surveillance Cameras, you need to ensure that the system you choose is the best for your business. There is a wide variety of security systems and surveillance cameras on the market so take some time to research them before making a decision. Here is what you should understand before purchasing a security system for your business.
 
Why You Need Commercial Surveillance Cameras

Cameras are an important component to any security system so you need to understand what gains you hope to get from installing security cameras. Establish the benefits you are in search of to put yourself in a better position to select cameras that serve a long-term purpose for your business.

Max Video Systems will thoroughly analyze the security needs of your place and explain which cameras are best suited for you. For example, some businesses are better off with hidden surveillance cameras and other places are better suited to have them in the open.
 
Understand The Technical Specifications

Obviously, cameras have different technical specifications so it’s beneficial for you to choose a camera that is ideal for your particular scenario. For instance, lenses vary depending on the distance and stronger lenses are superior since they capture more details which can be used for facial recognition.

Yet, cost may play a role so you need to select surveillance cameras that offer you the best footage while staying within your intended budget. Another technical feature to take into consideration is the level of lighting necessary for the camera to capture quality footage. If possible, test different cameras or read their reviews online to determine which one is optimal for your business.

Above all, seek the advice of a security expert when factoring in what level of lighting you want and be diligent when choosing a surveillance system. If you fully understand your security needs, you’ll likely select a security system that is effective towards protecting your business from an attack or theft.
 
Posted on October 2, 2017 10:18 AM by Max Video
Categories: Commercial Security
As a small business owner, you have to be careful no matter what industry you're working in. Not only do you have to be careful and protect your actual cash revenue, but you have to protect your product inventory, your equipment, your employees, and your property. 
 
Because so much is riding on keeping all your costly items and your finances safe, as a small business owner you should do everything you can to protect your business. Here are a few things to consider in order to keep your company afloat in the competitive marketplace. 

Beware of employee theft   
 
According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, it's estimated that employee theft costs U.S. business owners between $20 billion and $40 billion each year. Far too many business owners are diligent about protecting their organizations from outside criminals, but spend no time, money, or energy preventing employee theft. Because employee theft is so common and so costly, it's essential that you not only monitor your employees to the best of your ability, but you hire trustworthy staff members from the start. Be sure to actually check each individual reference and have serious conversations with potential job candidates before you hire just anyone. 
 
Security surveillance system installation   
 
By purchasing the best surveillance cameras for small businesses, you'll be able to actually sleep at night knowing that your money, items, and property are protected. It's estimated that 67% of all burglaries can be avoided by security surveillance system installation. In addition to these cameras providing preventative measures, you'll be able to (most likely) get to the bottom of who actually committed any crime since it would be on camera.  
 
Keep tabs on everything
 
Although monitoring your items with commercial surveillance cameras is a great way to stay organized, you should still perform daily inventory checks so there isn't any confusion each day. Not knowing when something is missing right away will only give the criminal a better chance of getting away. So go through your entire inventory and keep diligent track of your finances every day. 
 
Whether you need business or home security cameras systems, working with security surveillance system installation is a must. If you want to learn more about protecting your small business or work with video surveillance installation services, contact Max Video Systems. 
 
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