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How to stay connected and safe at home during lockdown

How to stay connected and safe at home during lockdown

As everyone adjusts their routines and schedules to follow recent government guidelines on social distancing and staying at home,  there will be a lack of physical interaction amongst most people. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways to engage and communicate with others. Thanks to internet technology, socialising can continue digitally in the safety of your home, reducing the chances of infection, keeping you and others safe. Here are three   simple ways to keep in touch with the outside world using the internet:

Video conferencing

Most smartphones today have high-quality cameras, whether it’s for a selfie or to simply video call. Downloading free apps like FaceTime, WhatsApp or Skype allows people to have face-to-face chats with loved ones across the world. These apps can be used in a professional capacity too, and many businesses employ video conference tools to connect with colleagues, customers and partners whilst working from home.

Direct deliveries

Receiving packages without making direct contact with the delivery person may prove challenging to some. However, using a home security camera will make it a smooth operation. Using the Blink XT2 two-way audio feature, you can communicate clear instructions from a distance without having to even open your front door. You also know when the delivery has arrived from camera motion alerts sent instantly to your smartphone, so you can collect the item from your doorstep and avoid contact with others.

Check on others in real-time

If family members or friends already have Blink XT2 cameras installed in their home, encourage them to use the live-view option to check in and say hello. It’s important to teach elderly relatives how to use video conferencing apps and easy to use apps like Blink, so that they don’t become isolated. Using the Blink app and cameras, you could send clips to other members of the family to keep each other’s spirits up.

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Blink cameras keep solar-powered charity bus secure

Blink cameras keep solar-powered charity bus secure

In 2015 Adventurer and motivational speaker Dave Cornthwaite founded the inspirational the YesTribe, a community of people who mirrored the same kindness, love for life and the outdoors that he had encountered on various long-distance journeys around the world.

One of the cool projects the group has is the YesBus, a converted double-decker bus which serves as an off-grid community space. Deep in the UK’s countryside, the YesBus is a countryside retreat, team building hub, co-working space, library and cinema, surrounded by two acres of land with a campground, firepit and plenty of fresh air.

 

One of the big challenges running a space like this was worrying about unwanted visitors in between events when often there was nobody on site. After a couple of visitors from unwelcome strangers, a need for a CCTV security system arose, and that’s when the YesTribe found Blink.

 They installed four cameras on-site - two outdoor XT1 cameras and two indoor - and they’re all linked up to a sync module connected to WiFi.

 The YesBus is fully powered by solar, and the WiFi runs through a mobile broadband router offered by Vodafone, called the GigaCube. Before that, there was a mobile broadband SIM which plugged into a standard home WiFi router and distributed signal around the bus.

 The peace of mind offered by this Blink system is priceless. The team can tune in at any point to live stream from a camera of their choice, and are notified on smartphone if there’s movement in front of any camera. With the press of a button, a short video clip showing the movement is instantly viewable. Very occasionally dog walkers are passing by, but more often than not the Blink cameras pick up squirrels, birds, rabbits and the odd fox, too!

The team can even turn off different parts of a camera’s view to reduce notifications set off by tree branches blowing in the wind, or a handily placed spider’s web.

Dave comments “We’re delighted to have found Blink. A lot of effort has gone into establishing this project and now even when we’re away we can see four different views of the site, so we know the YesBus is sitting peacefully in its grounds waiting to inspire the next group of visitors.”

“The Blink system has worked so well plenty of members of our community have bought them for their own home’s protection. We can’t give a recommendation better than that!”

Find out more about the YesBus on www.sayyesmore.com, or @theyesbus on Facebook and Instagram

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Is Employee Theft a Big Problem?

Is Employee Theft a Big Problem?

 Is Employee Theft a Big Problem?

Employees use a wide variety of schemes to steal money from corporations. These range from embezzlement, bill and payroll schemes, to false reimbursement claims and sharing trade secrets. Did you know, employee fraud cost UK businesses £40 million in 2016? The most common type of employee theft, however, is when employees steal money and property right underneath a company’s nose. Employee theft of stolen items costs British businesses over £190 million.

However, it’s worth noting there are two types of theft in the workplace: Tangible theft, such as stealing money or stationary, clothes etc. and Intangible theft such as unlawfully taking Intellectual property, confidential sales figures etc. According to the National Fraud Agency, theft and business fraud costs the UK economy more than £73bn each year, therefore it is worth investing in people, processes and products to be safe, secure and to reduce the likelihood of employee theft in the future.  

Employee Theft and the Law

Theft can range from stealing a stapler to much more serious theft, and each has its own consequences. For instance, a perpetrator may take petty cash, supplies, or inventory, but a bigger more serious crime, is a much bigger deal. Offenses include stealing property or money that is worth over £1,000, or break-ins in which a thief takes inventory. All cases of employee theft are considered felonies. Consequences for can include job termination, fines, community service, and imprisonment.

A Solution: A Blink Security System

Video surveillance systems are an effective deterrent to employee theft. If co-workers know that employers are watching them and recording their actions, they are less likely to steal from a company.

There are some challenges, however, with conventional surveillance systems. First, security companies wire the cameras into a commercial property’s electrical system. Once they are mounted, you can't move them. They are also very expensive and unslightly! An entire video system complete with video cameras, monitors, and recording equipment can cost thousands of pounds.

Blink Security systems solve many these problems by offering video equipment that is wireless, affordable, and discreet. When you invest in a Blink system, you have the flexibility of mounting and transferring our video cameras wherever you want, whenever you want. You can purchase multiple units while staying well within your budget. As the Blink cameras are small and come in white or black, or with a variety of covers, you can place them anywhere. They will be unobtrusive to employees, clients and customers alike.

Protect Employees with Video Surveillance

Blink security cameras not only protect your business, but they also protect your employees. If your staff are aware that there are security cameras placed in the building, they are less likely to steal from one another. It’s another layer of peace of mind and protection, even if you experience external theft.

Blink offers a wide range of video options for your business. We can help you strategically place wireless cameras in any location. You can view and record the employee activity in your store or office from any device such as a computer, tablet, or smart phone.

Get started on a more secure business today with Blink for as low as £129.99 and no contracts are needed at Blink for Home!

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