Must have security for car dealerships

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Protecting Your Dealership From Theft

If you own or manage a dealership and want to protect yourself from theft, taking the proper steps to get the job done is vital. Criminals will not hesitate to enter your lot and take your most valuable cars or trucks if you give them the chance. Rather than allowing yourself to become another victim, learn how you can keep each vehicle on your lot safe. Since most criminals seek the easiest target, implementing a few security features will stop many of them from even trying, and you will achieve peace of mind.

Video Surveillance

Some dealerships think they can survive without having any video monitoring system in place, but they are inviting trouble by looking the other way. Having cameras in and around your lot gives you a way to track down those who wish to cause problems.

In some cases, having video footage allows you to prosecute and seek restitution from the people who stole from your lot. Posting signs around your dealership warning potential thieves that you are using monitoring equipment is usually enough to keep them away. When you are ready to enjoy the best results possible, install your cameras at the entrance, exit and in visible locations throughout your property.

Secure Your Lot With Lights and Fences

Placing a fence around your dealership can do wonders to keep bad people out while you are away. The fence you use should be at least 8 feet above the ground so that most people will have a hard time getting into your lot. Also, placing barbed wire at the top of your fence will take your results to the next level. Rather than using a solid fence that blocks the view of your lot from the street, opt for a chain-link fence. Trying to avoid detection, thieves make their move under the cover of a night sky. Keep them away by installing large lights across your lot and near your buildings.

Use a Monitored Security System

When criminals strike, a fast response by the police is the key to safeguarding your property from harm. While some people use no security system, others use security systems that only trigger an alarm without alerting anyone to the problem. If you want to keep your vehicles out of criminal hands, using a monitored security system will do the trick. When someone breaks into your dealership, it will contact the security company so that they can reach out to the police in your area.

Lock Your Vehicles and Secure Your Keys

Some people will laugh at this step, saying it sounds silly or unnecessary. Even though you might think it’s common sense, not everyone locks up the keys and cars at night. Some dealerships even leave the keys in the cars, which is asking for trouble. Get your staff in the habit of locking vehicles when they are not in use. You can store your keys in a safe to prevent people from accessing them without authorization. If you don’t already have a safe, get one that you can bolt into the floor and that is reinforced. Only give the access code to management staff to reduce the odds of an incident.

Final Thoughts

Taking a few steps to make your dealership a little safer can go a long way to prevent criminals from targeting you and your property, and you will sleep easy each night because you will know you are in good hands. The right security system will discourage people from breaking the law. Once you install your security system and see it in action for the first time, you will know you have done the right thing.

PROTECTION AND PREVENTION. What is the difference?

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Why Prevention and Protection Should Both Be Part of Your Business Security

You know you want to keep your company safe. As a smart business owner, however, you also understand the value of a job well-done.

For modern companies, security threats originate from all fronts. Is there a way to fight back no matter what angle the attack comes from? It could all come down to how well you understand the differences and similarities between protection and prevention. Here’s how to put them both to good use.

Prevention and Protection Aren’t the Same Things

Prevention is the act of assessing a hazard in advance and taking steps designed to lower its chances of happening. Protection is safeguarding your company against threats you know you’ll have to face or are currently facing.

Use a computer network? IT attacks commonly rely on unsecured hardware as starting points. How would you overcome this risk? Prevention might involve creating BYOD policies so that your employees don’t mistakenly connect their unsafe personal devices to your network. Protection could entail monitoring your network traffic to detect any attacks that do occur and responding proactively to minimize their fallout. These examples illustrate one universal truth: Protection and prevention are both critical to smart security strategies.

Security Ideas to Live By

The business world offers many pointers on how protection and prevention ought to work. It also provides countless examples of what can go wrong if you fall short.

Different Security Burdens for Different Businesses

According to a Verizon study, 58 percent of the 53,000 security incidents that occurred in the first few months of 2018 happened to small businesses. Firms in accommodation, public administration, retail, finance and healthcare experienced the most breaches.

The Verizon report found that the majority of hackers used stolen credentials. This doesn’t mean, however, that stronger password requirements will solve all of your problems. Your prevention and protection actions should reflect the increased hazards that you might face as a result of your size or chosen industry. Factors like your network architectures, IT hardware manufacturers and choice of third-party payment services make huge differences.

Your Business Model Matters

Considering using specialized equipment to keep your company afloat? Be careful.

Most business tools carry unique vulnerabilities. For example, restaurants, transit companies, retailers and other enterprises that use point-of-sale terminals are constant breach victims. Understanding how mission-critical systems expose you to danger is key to recognizing risk factors. In other words, your business decisions should also inform your prevention and protection choices.

Protection and Prevention Go Hand-in-hand

You can’t succeed with protection alone, and no prevention strategy is perfect. For your company to thrive, you need to take a proactive approach to both security aspects.

Smart prevention practices may include

  • Physically securing business facilities,
  • Restricting access to sensitive information,
  • Transmitting data using secure standards,
  • Updating security systems more regularly, or
  • Performing regular auditing and governance to understand your evolving weaknesses.

You might protect your business by

  • Using environmental sensors to stay abreast of natural disasters,
  • Surveilling your company,
  • Hiring an emergency response team,
  • Installing an alarm system, or
  • Creating network firewalls to block hacks.

Which options are best for your company?

Strong security means researching the risks, continually updating your perspective on threats and diligently improving your defenses. Having an experienced partner definitely helps, especially since you’re trying to concentrate on operating an enterprise. Learn more about effective prevention and protection by talking to an Invision Security expert today.

Employee Spotlight: Ed Serianni

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At ISG, all of the our team members are hard-working, motivated individuals! One of those individuals is Ed Serianni, and we want to recognize his drive and charisma this month in our Employee Spotlight!

How long have you been working at Invision Security?
Almost 3 Years!

What do you enjoy most about working at Invision Security?
The team atmosphere! We are all here to help one another and we share a common goal – Being the BEST!

How has Invision Security benefited from your contributions here?
I am always learning and trying to share my knowledge with the rest of the team.

What makes you special?
My personality. Although I would love to hear what my teammates would say about this..

What is your personal philosophy?
Learn something new everyday.

What is your favorite thing to do?
Spend time with my family, anything that has to do with a beach, fishing, or sports.

What does true leadership mean to you? 
Lead by example.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? 
Charter Boat Captain!

Fire Safety & Prevention Month

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In honor of National Fire Safety and Prevention Month, ISG would like to shed light on the importance of fire safety and what you can do to prevent a fire from happening. Having a fire alarm system is a key part of making sure you are prepared in the event of a fire. While fire alarm systems are usually a requirement in most commercial properties, it’s always important to go above and beyond to protect the business you have worked hard to build-up. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), “[Store and mercantile properties] fires caused an annual average of 12 civilian deaths, 299 civilian fire injuries, and $604 million in direct property damage.” Fire safety and protection are more than a legal requirement; they are a way to protect your employees and your company.

Importance of Fire Alarm Systems

At ISG, we take fire prevention and safety seriously. That is why we want to emphasize the importance of having a fire alarm system for your business. These early warning systems will sound at the first sign of fire, informing occupants to evacuate the premises immediately as well as alerting the fire department to the potential danger, allowing them to respond more quickly. However, a fire alarm system can only alert occupants to the threat of fire, but if employees are not aware of proper evacuation procedures, then a fire can still be life-threatening. According the a survey conducted by NFPA, “One-third of survey respondents who made an estimate thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening. The time available is often less.” While it may be time consuming, it’s still important to provide employees with an evacuation plan and to routinely schedule and hold fire drills.

How to Prevent a Fire

When it comes to fire safety, the best course of action is prevention. In office buildings, it’s important to keep your work area clear of items that may catch fire such as trash or waste paper as well as turning off electrical appliances at the end of the day. Another common cause for office fires are damaged electrical cords and overloaded circuits. Additionally, heat producing equipment such as printers or coffee makers should be kept away from anything flammable that may burn or catch fire.

What Invision Can Do for You

At Invision Security, our trained fire alarm engineers and installers have the technical experience to make sure that your fire alarm system is installed as required. Our team will also file permits, submit plans, and provide you with a comprehensive assessment that meets local building and National Fire Code Requirements.

It is important to understand how serious fire safety is for a business. If you want peace of mind for your commercial property, call us today or complete our contact form to schedule a consultation.

Back to School! The Importance of School Security.

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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!

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Employee Spotlight: Drew Miller

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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

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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

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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!

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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.