Back to School! The Importance of School Security.

With the new school year starting, it’s important to consider a few aspects that don’t revolve around new pencils, and notebooks and backpacks. It’s time to think about campus security and if your child is safe when you drop them off each day. Whether your child is in middle school, high school or on a college campus, security systems and safety protocols are more important than ever. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, “in 2012, there were 29,500 criminal incidents against persons and property on campus at public and private 2-year and 4-year postsecondary institutions.” Additionally, there has been an uptick in campus shootings and active shooter situations across the United States, a number that is unfortunately predicted to rise.

To help combat violence and vandalism on campus, active and up-to-date security systems not only act as preventative measures discouraging actions that could result in disciplinary and legal action, but also help educational institutions crack down on crimes that do take place through expertly placed CCTV cameras or other electronic security solutions.

By implementing and constantly updating advanced electronic security measures on a school campus, safety becomes a priority and helps to give parents a sense of security when they send their children off to school each day. In addition to security cameras, access control systems also help to monitor the comings and goings of visitors while technology linked to smartphones and other devices help to increase the immediacy of lockdowns when a threat is detected on campus. These security measures not only alleviate parents’ concerns, but also benefit their children as one study conducted by the Institute for Education and Social Policy finds that students who report feeling unsafe in the classroom consistently experience adverse effects on academic performance and have higher absentee rates. This September make sure your child’s academic institution is implementing the best, most up-to-date security systems to prevent and ensure safety through the school year.

Meet the Team! Introducing the Newest Members of the ISG Family!

Employee Spotlight: Drew Miller

We love shedding light on our hard-working employees. This month we’re featuring Drew Miller!

How has Invision Security helped with your career development?
ISG has allowed me the opportunity to keep up with the latest technologies and continue to grow as a security professional.

What do you enjoy most about working at Invision Security?
The loyalty and support between employees creates an enjoyable environment every day.  We have a true family atmosphere, where everyone can depend on one another.

What experience do you bring to Invision Security?
I have been in the electronic security industry for 16 years. Starting as a fire alarm inspector, progressing to a lead service technician, then managing enterprise networked systems, and coordinating national installations and service. I have dealt in many aspects of the industry.

Where is your favorite place to be?
The mountains, the beach, or anywhere outside with warm weather!

What is your favorite thing to do?
Anything outdoors, especially riding my motorcycle.

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
South Africa. It was a once in a lifetime experience that expanded my perception of the world.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
Play football for the Philadelphia Eagles!

Security Systems Can Increase Energy Efficiency of Businesses

At ISG, we understand that every penny matters to you and your small business; however, especially during the hot summer months, it can be difficult to stay on budget. But did you know that your security system can actually help relieve some of your high energy bills?

A security system equipped with the ability to manage your building’s energy utilities is a great way to help save your business money. Through ISG, we make it easy to keep track of your business’s energy usage with energy usage breakdowns to help pinpoint any areas that may be costing you needless money.

These security systems also allow you to set energy usage schedules, which allows business owners to better manage and control monthly energy costs. These energy usage schedules can be managed from mobile devices, granting business owners a simple way to have control over their energy use from anywhere.

Taking control over your business’s energy usage is a key step in helping the growth of your business. Not only is it helping reduce the carbon footprint of your company, but it also helps your business have more control over its budget. The savings from energy can be used to increase your business’s financial stability or even be applied to other aspects necessary aspects of your company such as hiring more employees or updating equipment. If you’re struggling to stay on budget due to fluctuating energy costs, then it’s time to consider investing in a security system that works for you.

How Mobile Technology Allows You Take Control Over Your Business

Technology has come a long way in helping to make our lives easier and safer, and this progress extends into the security system industry. Whether you’re a small business owner or a property manager, ISG makes it easier than ever to give you peace of mind through the most up-to-date mobile technology.

At ISG, we work exclusively with software that allows you to control all facets of your security system remotely on your smartphone. You can oversee each door and entryway in your business and easily lock and unlock a specific door with the touch of a button. With the video section, you can easily view your business from anywhere with live streaming through your security cameras. You can arm and disarm your intrusion systems at any time and can easily manage users who can gain access through your security.

If you aren’t able to manually manage everything yourself due to a busy schedule, the app can take care of everything for you! You can easily create a schedule on the app so that locks and alarms can be set automatically at specific times. The app also has an events section that details each time an entryway is attempted access and you can easy send detailed reports through email.

In addition to its sleek interface, this mobile technology is incredibly user-friendly and easy to use. Most functions can be performed with the touch of a single button, so you won’t have to worry about figuring out a complicated system.

Mobile technology is a game changer for small business owners and property managers alike. Never again will you have to worry if you remembered to lock the door on your way out or if an unwanted visitor is attempting to enter. No matter where you are in the world, peace of mind over your business or properties is at your fingertips.

Home Safety Month!

June marks Home Safety Month, a month dedicated to raising safety awareness at home, work and everywhere in between. When it comes to apartments, condos and other residential areas with property managers and tenants, safety should be a high priority because they serve as both a home and a workplace. In this vein, property managers need to provide a safe environment and empower their tenants with the knowledge and supplies necessary to protect themselves and their homes.

 

First and foremost, a property’s windows and doors need to be checked and secured. According to security expert Chris E. McGoey, more than 30% of apartment burglars gain access through open doors and windows, making it critical that you stress to your tenants the importance of locking up. That being said, burglars do often use household items like pliers, screwdrivers, and even credit cards to break in through doors and windows, so make sure to set up your building with locks capable of withstanding those attacks and even supply deadlocks to further protect your tenants against break-ins.

 

Having both surveillance cameras and access control systems set up within your building are also great security measures.  A clear presence of surveillance can discourage criminals from making a move in the first place, and access control systems requiring verification on main entrances and amenity areas can keep unwanted visitors away from your property as well.

 

Finally, property managers should take care to screen new tenants as much as possible. It has been proven that by thoroughly vetting potential tenants, you can reduce the amount of crime within the building’s premises. Having a safe and secure reputation is worth much more than quickly filling an open apartment or rental space.

Employee Spotlight: Lisa Burkhardt!

 

Get to know our team members a little better! Today, our Employee Spotlight is shining on Lisa Burkhardt, our Finance and Office Operations Manager!

How long have you been working at ISG? 

Two years on June 1st! But I feel like I have been here forever. A few weeks after I started, I remember Annette and I talking about my upcoming ‘60 days’ and laughing that it couldn’t be true. I was already so invested and bonded, it felt more like years… 

What do you enjoy most about working at ISG? 

Never a dull day. We all work so unbelievably hard, but we work together as a team. We support each other and help each other – and look out for each other. ISG is my other family. We care a lot about each other. But also bicker and laugh and tease and argue. The office is an open air space, so there is no ability to hide or be shy or quiet. Being here forces you to be open and social, which for me is a challenge, but forces me to be present and involved. Besides the close relationship with my team – the limitless potential this company and each of its employees has is crazy. It’s exciting to watch things happen around here.

 

What was your first impression of ISG?

I was immediately impressed…Annette and Brandon are so young and so successful in what they are doing and have done in their careers already. It’s amazing what they have done and continue to do with this company, all while being themselves. It is humbling and definitely impressive!

What experience do you bring to ISG? 

I have a diverse background, with both corporate and very non-corporate environments. I’ve worked in an operations type role for more than 10 years with experience in Finance, HR, and Office Management; have been both a Personal and Executive Assistant; and worked in food & beverage for 8 years before all of this. I think I have a good understanding of customer service and relations as well as what happens within these office walls.  

What makes you special?

My amazing sense of humor!

What is your personal philosophy?

If it’s meant to be, it will be.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

My daughter. She’s everything.

Where is your favorite place to be?

Outside, on the beach, or anywhere in the warm sun.

How do you define success?

Being proud of yourself for what you are doing.

What is the best book you have ever read?

God, I don’t read enough… Unless it’s with my 6 year old.  In that case, one of our favorites is “I Love You, Stinky Face” 

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.   

I went to school for Art. I’m a huge car fanatic. I can also name, sing along, and/or air drum to almost every Classic Rock song I hear on the radio.

Employee Monitored Surveillance is a Highly Effective Way to GROW Profits!

A recently performed study shows that employee monitored surveillance technology is a highly effective way to grow business profits, especially in industries with lower wages and higher employee turnover. It suggests that perhaps employee misconduct is a direct result of managerial policies rather than the individual themselves. Interesting, huh?

Employee theft and widespread behavioral problems are if anything but on the downward slope. In fact employees in general, according to staticbrain.com, will steal about $50 million annually from US based businesses.

The researchers from Brigham Young, Washington University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology studied the impacts of electronic employee surveillance on employee theft and productivity at 392 restaurants in 38 different states. The results were astounding:

-Revenues increased a whopping $2,975 per week, per location for those restaurants with theft detection technology.

-Drink Sales, where is the primary source of theft, increased $975/week. That is  10.5% increase! If you are in the restaurant industry you know that profit margins are between 60-90% in alcohol sales! Wow!

-The study went on and speculated that workers stopped unethical behaviors and focused on activities that drive increased sales, like appetizer and dessert sales.

-Theft reduction was about $108 per store, per week.

Employee theft and widespread behavioral problems are if anything but on the downward slope. In fact employees in general, according to staticbrain.com, will steal about $50 million annually from US based businesses.

This research suggests and clearly identifies that electronic employee monitoring surveillance technologies, such as camera surveillance systems, register interfaces, and text overlay, will not only increase sales, it will lower employee theft and maintain a safe environment for your staff as well as patrons!

The study is titled, “Cleaning House: The Impact of Information Technology Monitoring on Employee Theft and Productivity*,”. Read the entire study at http://apps.olin.wustl.edu/faculty/pierce/cleaninghouse.pdf

Invision Security designs and installs employee monitoring surveillance technology in businesses throughout the tri-state area. We can help solve your problems, we can assist with covert applications, and we will help get your margins back on track and get YOU making money. Call us at 877.933.2288 for more information.

School Safety: Why upgrading now rather than later is better

School Safety  has always been something we are extremely passionate about and having school age children gives us the right to do so. Being in the security industry we have the ability to make a difference. I recently came across this video and posting. It is a high school with cameras in virtually every room, nook and cranny. Coming off the Sandy Hook Massacre, Columbine and several others, not to mention the recent school shootings that were right here in the Philadelphia area gives us full reason for concern.  It leads to me my major question of …What are our schools doing to keep our children safe?

Being a reseller of the GeoVision brand, I love seeing this. I know our products are amazing, and I know they can keep our students and teachers safe.  Installed here, are the 360°  Fish Eye Megapixel Cameras – The pioneer of a single camera that eliminates blind spots.

Coming off the Sandy Hook Massacre, Columbine and several others, not to mention the recent school shootings that were right here in the Philadelphia area gives us full reason for concern.

This school has invested a pretty penny in security upgrades. I want to know what do you think? Are our kids safe in school? Would be against or for an elaborate security system  in your local school? And lastly, what about the cost…would you help pay for it? Sound off below.

Mobile Security System Apps Offer True Peace of Mind

It’s become a common saying among all smartphone users: “There’s an app for that.”

Current home and business security systems are at the forefront of mobile app convenience, allowing individuals to monitor the status of those systems remotely  as well as interact with their alarm systems should the need arise. Thanks to mobile app technology such as the Z-Wave digital monitoring system offered by InVision Security, there are a long list of available features that let users stay in touch with their security systems as long as they have their mobile device.

What kind of uses do mobile apps have when it comes to interacting with your fire alarm or burglar alarm system? One of the most beneficial features that a mobile security app can provide is alerting you of any activity taking place in or near a particular property.

Whether it’s a tripped alarm, an open window, or a text message,  letting you know that your child has come home from school and entered in his or her alarm code, you can keep a tab on what’s going on at home or at work without having to make calls or visists.

This communication between you and your security system can go both ways, too. You can use a mobile security app to arm your system from a distance, or turn off an accidental alarm. You can also view remote video monitoring  from cameras installed in your home or office via your phone, which is great for doing quick spot checks on kids or employees.

Moving past standard burglar and fire alarms, mobile apps also offer advanced home and office automation services that can put you in complete control of your property remotely. Wireless apps are available that can lock and unlock doors, turn lights on or off and even let you adjust your thermostat settings from your smartphone. It’s even possible to install modules for specific electrical outlets that provide you with similar control over appliances and other devices.

Mobile security applications offer the kinds of versatile access control, notification and remote automation services that were previously luxuries of the rich and famous. It’s well worth investigating the benefits of this type of technology for busy families on the go as well as company owners looking for increased efficiency from their current business security systems.