Business Security Systems Need to Protect Inside and Out

Business owners all strive to keep their businesses safe. Installing security systems, cameras, and access tracking are all part of burglar prevention for your business.

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But what about protecting your company from inside threats? According to a recent study, 20 percent of employees would sell their work passwords to a competitor.

“The research by identity management company Sailpoint, found that of those who would sell their passwords, 44 percent would do it for less than $1,000, and some for less than $100. This is made worse by the fact that 65 percent admit to using a single password among applications and 32 percent share passwords with their co-workers.”

Less than $100. That could be all that’s standing between you and a hacker who takes down your business. While we all want to believe the people we hire are good, moral employees who would not do something like that, we simply do not know what people have been through, what life situations may drive their behavior.

Business security systems that keep intruders out are important, but just as vital are your internal security procedures. Take a look at this checklist of things to review to keep your data safe:

  • Employee access – Secur-Tek can help you control access to the business itself, and to certain rooms. But what about who has access to your important data? Of course employees need to have a certain level of access to data, and programs to do their jobs. Maybe you already track who has access to what while they are employed with you. But what happens after that employee leaves? The above survey found that more than two in five employees still have corporate account access after they leave their job. Do you have security procedures in place to revoke access or change passwords?
  • Uploads to the cloud – Well-meaning employees may be uploading data to the cloud using various storage programs. While it’s useful to backup information in case of a crash, be sure to confirm which information is uploaded where. If you don’t have a secure server set up, your data may be at risk.
  • Downloads – In large companies, employees are supposed to check with the IT department before downloading any software or installing anything. Studies show this does not always happen. Employees get impatient with the extra layer of process. As a small business owner, you may not have an IT department, or may not have oversight of what your team downloads. But one wrong program means a virus or malware or spyware, putting your business at risk. Make a list of approved programs and check all the computers in the office on a monthly basis. While this sounds big brother, your employee is not the one whose business is at risk.

Secur-Tek works to keep your business secure from the outside. Be sure to consider what security measures you take inside your company to keep it safe.

7 Questions to Ask Before Hiring Your Security Company

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A security system is one important way to keep your home or business safe. Security systems can deter crime, but you also want to make sure your security starts with scrutiny of the company itself.

When deciding which company to choose, be sure to check them out by asking these 7 questions:

  1. Are they insured? Any proper security company will have insurance to protect all parties.
  2. How do they choose employees? Are the employees part of the company or are they contractors? Whether your business needs security officers and guards or your home simply needs someone to install the system, a security company’s employees should undergo vigorous background checks. After all, the person installing your system will have access to your home and its contents. Background checks should include a criminal history, the sex offender list, and the employee should have multiple references.
  3. Are the company and its employees licensed? In the State of North Carolina, any person, firm, association, or corporation engaged in an alarm system business needs to be licensed and all service and installation technicians need to be registered.
  4. What is the company’s response time? If you need emergency assistance, you want help as soon as possible.
  5. How much will the service cost? You will ask this question naturally, but be sure to confirm installation costs, service costs, and fees. Some companies advertise one cost but charge you another.
  6. Do you have a contact person at the company? Or is there customer service available 24/7? When you have a question or concern, you shouldn’t have to jump through hoops to manage it.
  7. How does the company document any incidents that require your attention? Depending on your level of security, this may not apply. But if so, be sure the company has a policy in place, including logs and written reports. You should be able to acquire copies of those when necessary.

More questions about security? Contact us to find out about different options for security systems.

 

Business Security, Monitoring, and Customer Service

One Stop ShopSecur-Tek provides state-of-the-art business security and home automation services to residential and commercial customers in Apex, Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill, and central North Carolina. We provide commercial customers of all sizes with everything needed to minimize risks and keep businesses safe. You can focus on running your businesses while we provide the security expertise and systems you need. We can provide your business with fire protection systems, access control, burglar alarms, security cameras (CCTV and video), and background music.

Fire Protection – Alarms, Smoke, and Sprinkler Waterflow Detectors

Even if you have fire insurance, it’s far better to prevent a fire than to have one, make an insurance claim, and try to rebuild from the ashes. Many businesses never recover from a fire. You can get protected against total disaster with our fire code compliant fire detection systems. Manual pull fire alarms, supervised smoke detectors, and waterflow monitors all work together. Manual pull alarms are like the ones in many public buildings—once pulled the horns go off and the fire department is alerted. Supervised smoke detectors allow a fast response before the fire gets out of control. Water is a fire’s worst enemy but it’s not always your friend. Waterflow monitors minimize the water damage and flooding that happens when sprinklers go off; water can cause more damage than fire.

Access Control Systems

You can get access control systems to monitor your business. You can monitor your property (onsite or remotely) and employees and keep unwanted people from causing trouble. Locks with passcodes or keycards will let authorized people in and keep the bad guys out. Our software can be loaded onto the PC you already have. We have a wide variety of solutions and price points so let us know what you need and we’ll customize a solution just for you.

Burglar Alarms and Monitoring

Burglars are always a danger to your valuable inventory and business property. Our burglar alarms and systems let you know when someone is in the wrong place at the wrong time. You can get reports of exactly when your burglar alarm is armed and disarmed as well as who is accessing it. This is perfect for knowing when your business opens and closes. You’ll know if someone disarms the alarm late at night or before regular opening hours.

CCTV Security Cameras and Video Storage

Burglars aren’t the only source of theft. Shoplifters and even employees can be a major problem. Protecting yourself with camera monitoring is smart because it discourages theft; stealing is a lot less appealing to thieves if they know they’re being watched! Security footage is indispensable when you need evidence to show a judge. Camera evidence is hard to deny and will help to convict a thief and protect your business from theft, false claims, and other liabilities. We can set you up with 1 to 100 CCTV cameras, PC-based systems, and remote monitoring. One of our most popular packages is Honeywell’s 4-Camera Internet system—you can even monitor your business on your phone!

Business Background Music Source

Having a safe and secure business is important and it’s also key to provide an environment that makes customers want to spend money. Background music helps you control the mood and image of your business. We can supply all the relaxing and professional background music you need—perfect for offices and stores that need to convey professionalism.

To learn more about how your business can benefit from using security and home automation services, contact Secur-Tek at 919-387-1800.

Don’t Become a Fire Statistic

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the year 2011 brought 364,500 residential fires, which resulted in 2,450 deaths, and 85,400 non-residential fires, which resulted in 80 deaths. In 2012 there were 1,375,000 fires reported in the United States, which resulted in 2,855 civilian deaths, 16,500 civilian injuries, and $12.4 billion in property damage.

fireWhether at your home or your business, a fire can be devastating to your property, possessions and can possibly cause the loss of life. Clearly, fire is a force that should not be taken lightly but should be prevented as best as we can.

Deaths from residential fires in homes where there was an absence of smoke alarms or in which smoke alarms did not operate accounted for 60 percent of those deaths. The National Fire Protection Association says that the deaths occurring in homes without working smoke alarms “emphasizes the importance of taking personal responsibility when it comes to protecting yourself and your family from fire.”

What steps can you take to protect yourself, your family and your property?

Installing and making sure that smoke alarms are in working order could help save lives. As an added precaution, some home security monitoring companies offer fire detection services. These fire detection services monitor for the presence of smoke in the structure or for increased temperature. If either is detected, the local fire department is alerted.

Secur-Tek, a security and home automation company located in Apex NC, offers our own affordable fire detection system. The system includes manual pull stations that allow for the manual activation of the system, as well as supervised smoke detectors for additional protection.

In 2012, a fire department responded to a fire every 23 seconds, and one civilian injury was reported every 32 minutes while one civilian fire death occurred every 3 hours and 4 minutes.

Having a fire detection system in place could make a huge difference in your life; it could save lives.  It could make the difference between life and you and your family becoming a statistic.

Contact us today to find out how we can help.

Three Ways Secur-Tek Can Hook You Up!

Wireless ImageSecur-Tek, Wake County’s premier home and business security company, does much more than   the name implies!  Of course, Secur-Tek installs top of the line security systems at reasonable prices.  We also install central vacuum systems throughout a home or office, making it much easier to keep everything clean thus greatly improving air quality.  Secur-Tek installs custom Bose sound systems, bringing music to any part of the house, inside and out, throughout the office, or anywhere it is needed.  Our sales and design team can create a Control4 automation system, giving clients remote operation and control of electronics inside your home or office from anywhere.  No more driving home to check if the security system is armed or if you turned off the lights!

The number one security company in the Triangle can do even more for homes and businesses!  The most important ingredient in the office or household environment, especially within the technologically advanced world we live in today, is wireless networking.  If there is more than one computer or wireless device, tablet, smart phone or laptop, there is a good chance it has a wireless network connecting all of these devices to the Internet. Especially in an office setting, each employee has a laptop or desktop system which depends on the office’s wireless network for daily functionality and work performance.

Wireless is now the principal “connector” for everything digital, and nothing is more frustrating than a poor or slow connection.  Many homes have a certain area or room where the wireless is strongest.  Maybe there is a better connection on the couch than in the bedroom where most online work or browsing is being done. In the office, the break room may have a better connection than the cubicle. But this problem doesn’t have to be endured.  Secur-Tek is here to help!

Here are three key areas that improve instantly with Secur-Tek processes:

      Install a network.  If wireless is not already installed in your home or office, we can take care of hooking everything up and getting your network connected and running.

     Improve connectivity.  Connection problems are frustrating and can be detrimental to productivity. Secur-Tek will optimize the connection in every corner of the home or business.

     Expand the network.  Many individuals and organizations are in need of greater range and more bandwidth to sustain the proper network connect-ability. We assess the current situation and make the correct changes.

So quit wasting time waiting for more bars on the smartphone, call Secur-Tek today to get the connection you want at a price you’ll love!

Pollen Plays Allergy Hardball in Apex and the Triangle

Dirt Devil JVSpring has sprung here in Apex and across the Triangle NC. In fact, the temperatures have been rising for almost two weeks throughout central NC!  That means the air is warming up, windows are opening up and people are coming outside after months of cooler and often wetter weather. This beautiful weather here in our part of the region is something to be appreciated, and we all do a good job of enjoying the outdoors during even the year’s warmer months.  But we are not the only ones coming out this time of year!

As many of us know first-hand, the start of April has brought about a lot of blooming, and consequently, a lot of pollen!  Southern Pine pollen is appearing everywhere on porches, decks, houses and cars. In fact, almost every single thing that flowers is opening up, contributing to a mellow yellow presence as we get a fine dusting of the heavier than air pollen as things green up for summer.  Beautiful as it is, many of us are suffering from symptoms of seasonal allergies because of the spring bloom!

Pollen can be brought into your home in many ways:

  • Having windows open during the day and in the cooler evenings
  • Animals or children playing outside, then bringing it in with them
  • Opening and closing the front and back door throughout the day!

Most of us spend the majority of the day inside. Because of this fact, the quality of the air in your home or office is critical when it comes to individual and family health.  No one wants to live and work in an environment where allergies dominate and it is more challenging to breathe.

It has been proven through various studies that installing a central vacuum system is one of the best measures you can have in place to greatly improve the quality of air in your home. The indoor systems alleviate allergens and exhaust them outdoors where they belong.

Here at Secur-Tek in Apex, we’ve been the first word in home installation for 22 years and counting!  From home security to home theatre, central vacuum systems to total home integration, we can provide many services that increase the safety and quality of your home.

The experts at Secur-Tek are trained to install and service Dirt Devil Central Vacuum systems.  The benefits of these central systems are considerable:

  • Central vacuums vent to the outdoors, as opposed to cycling air back into your indoor environment. This keeps the air quality much higher than with conventional-style vacuum cleaners.
  • Storage of vacuum components is much easier, with vacuum inlets installed throughout the home
  • Everyone in the house will experience better health through breathing cleaner air, thanks to the central system.
  • Installing a central vacuum system must be considered an investment that adds value to the house and to the property itself.

Deep cleaning, convenient, smart investment, and allergy reduction benefit every household.  Please contact us today to get the ball rolling on installing your Dirt Devil Central Vacuum System.  Secur-Tek wants you and your family to enjoy the warm season, and we can make it even easier to enjoy. Call us today!

4 Ways Secur-Tek Provides Peace of Mind

home security and automationIn this rapidly evolving technology world, new strategies are constantly being presented to make security simpler and safer!  From remote monitoring to total system integration, there are a multitude of possibilities to place your home and business under your complete command.

Locally owned and operated for over 22 years in Historic Downtown Apex, Secur-Tek, Inc. has been installing home security systems and other electronic devices longer than anyone in the area. As a consumer, you may be curious about home security systems and wondering which one is the best.  Maybe you are currently building a new home or considering the upgrade of your current systems.

Our years of experience can guarantee quality installation of a wide variety of security systems, and our trustworthy 24-hour monitoring is established with experience for security and fire alarm systems.  Even if Secur-Tek, Inc. did not install your current system, we can monitor it and make sure your home or business is protected every single day and night.

Interestingly, security is not all we offer!  Technological upgrades to your business, office building or home can help reduce energy usage while bringing both value and safety.  Here in Apex, as well as in the rest of Wake County, we are helping to bring the tech revolution to the home and business owners who want to be more in control.  Operation of everything from appliances to lighting can now be done remotely from a tablet, and we can make this simplified 2013 lifestyle a reality for you, your family or your business.

Here are four key improvements we can install to help you realize the complete potential of your home or business:

Home Security SystemsA sense of security is something everyone wants, especially for their family or investment.  Home security is a way of caring for what you love most, and making sure it’s protected when you’re busy.

Home Automation/Integration– Having control of your television, kitchen appliances, lighting, and alarm system from one single device makes life so much easier, and safer!  Control everything from your tablet, and no longer worry about whether something was left on.  Saving energy is simple when all it takes is the remote click-of-a-button!

Dirt Devil Central Vacuum Systems– Better technology for today’s energy efficient, advanced living spaces. Making house cleaning easier and more streamlined ensures comfort and simplicity.

Bose Music SystemsWe can install sound systems/surround sound for living areas, patios, pool areas, or any other indoor or outdoor location.  Bose is top-of-the-line quality audio with several options to fill any space.

Call us today at 919-387-1800 or contact us online to set up a free consultation. We give our prices up front, so you’re never surprised by what we charge for services.  And we keep our contracts simple for all of our customers!  Don’t wait to bring your home or business into the best technology available, our services will bring you security, efficiency, and peace of mind!

The Coolest Products at CEDIA

We had our Dealer Tools Product Manager, Miguel Perez, walking the floor of CEDIA so that he could share with us the coolest products he could find. Here is his summary:

The Best of CEDIA. (At Least in My Mind)

I love technology. I am a geek 100% of the time. You couple my love for technology and a show like CEDIA, and you get one happy guy, (basically a kid at Disney World).

However, CEDIA is hard work. CEDIA = weeks of preparation, partner meetings, conversations with dealers, demos, and packing and unpacking the amazing Control4 booth (a story for another day).

So, you might be asking, why do I like CEDIA? It sounds like a nightmare. Well, while working hard, I had enough time to walk the show floor looking at all the products and companies that were displaying the best of the best they have to offer. Besides, this is what window shopping for a guy is all about. Not only can you look for the next toy, but you also get educated with enough information to go back home and convince your wife that you really “need” that 128 thousand dollars projector that is the size of a mini cooper.

Control4 and Control4 partners had the most amazing products at the show. I mean, we won two awards for our butt kicking controllers. We even had a voice control device that takes voice commands to execute Control4 functions from HouseLogix.

But outside of the Control4 universe, there were hundreds of products that were amazing. OK, not all of them. I can tell you all about over-sized booth, crappy products, imitators, but I don’t want to turn this post into a negative one.

Without further delay, here is my list:

1.  VRX and D-Box Racing Simulator. This is a 3D, surround sound, feel every detail of the game, super toy that I want right now. However, price tag is going to set me back for a while (28K+). Check it out: www.wrx.ca

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2.  Speakers. There were so many speakers at CEDIA. I mean, you could not turn your head in any direction and not see a speaker manufacturer. However, while walking and listening to so many different sounds coming from so many different areas, the two companies that surprised me were Waterfall and SONOS.

      • Waterfall. These speakers are small and beautifully designed. However, don’t let the appearance fool you. The sound is crisp, undistorted, and really loud. I don’t know price, but here is the website and a pic: http://www.waterfallaudio.com/. Plus, a little video I found in YouTube. http://youtu.be/0JqUgLQBMD4

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I think I can afford two pairs: http://www.amazon.com/Waterfall-Audio-Niagara-Standing-Loudspeakers/dp/B002BSH27I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1347384005&sr=8-1&keywords=waterfall+speakers

      • SONOS: I’ve never been a big fan of SONOS. That all changed when I was walking back to the hotel room after the show on Thursday night. SONOS was testing a sound loop designed for their new wireless subwoofers. WOW!!!! I could not believe my ears. Imagine the sound from this generic video x 5 wireless subwoofers running at the same time. http://youtu.be/l2KP2KUAE1I

3.  Projectors: There were as many projector companies as there were speaker companies at CEDIA. However, one projector caught my attention. I hope this picture shows how big this thing is. http://www.sims2.com

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Anyway, see you next year and until then check Control4 and partner products at our dealer website dealer.control4.com.Remember my comment above about educating yourself so you can convince your wife about buying these toys at CEDIA. It is not going to work on this unit. It is only $ 158,000.00 dollars. I tried!

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