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5 Tips to Keep Your Restaurant Safe and Secure All Year

5 Tips to Keep Your Restaurant Safe and Secure All Year

Restaurant owners know that protecting their investment is critical to success. In addition to insurance and common-sense safety measures to protect your patrons and employees, protecting your eatery against robbery, theft, and fraud should be a priority.

Keep Aware During Vulnerable Times

Robberies can happen at any time, however opening and closing times are when you are most vulnerable. Staff should always buddy up for bank runs, during deliveries, and after hours. No one should ever be alone in the building. The entire exterior of the facility should be inspected for signs of trouble daily before entering. At least one interior room should be lockable and securely designated as a safe room with a camera system. Staff should always be alert for signs of suspicious behaviour among customers, staff or passers-by and ready to call for help always.

Watch Your Employees

Employee theft is a major issue, applicable to office workers and those in the hospitality sector. Staff should be made aware that cash registers, offices, entries, staff rooms and inventory storage areas are under surveillance. Utilising a wireless camera system like Blink offers the advantage of remote monitoring and portable cameras that can be moved anytime. Emphasise to staff that these measures are for their protection.

Enforce Safety with a Camera

False injury claims against your employee’s insurance are costly. Stringent safety procedures and training should be undertaken to avoid hazards from slips and falls, burns, and cuts. No system can prevent every accident; however, a security system may lower your premiums—check with your insurer for details. When an injury is suspected as fraudulent, security camera footage is invaluable during the investigation.

Identify Your Level of Risk

Protect your business against acts of violence by accurately assessing and responding to your general level of risk. Adequate, well-trained staff, visible management, and well-lit, secured property perimeters can minimise incidents. How your business responds to an incident is as important as prevention. Being able to provide authorities with security footage cements your reputation as a safe environment for patrons and staff.

Lock Up Your Valuables

Burglars commonly try to get in and out quickly with cash, liquor, and valuable electronics. These items should be kept out of sight in locked areas. Cash drawers should be left empty and open when the restaurant is closed to prevent intruders from breaking into them.

Install Blink

One last security measure to take is to add Blink. Our affordable, easy-to-install Blink security system offers 24/7 remote monitoring without a monthly fee as well as the flexibility to move cameras and add or remove components anytime. Blink’s wireless camera systems protect your assets with up to two years of battery life for nonstop protection.

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How to choose a home security camera

How to choose a home security camera

It’s always worthwhile to regularly ensure your home and property is safe and secure. But how? Prioritising home security and monitoring cameras is a great step to take to protect yourself. There are a plethora of options available and so it can often be difficult to find which solution offers the best way to maximise peace of mind. So, here are some key things to consider when choosing a home security camera. Whether you are purchasing for Mother’s Day or for yourself, give the gift of tech!

Access

How do you want to access the footage? While CCTV options have its uses, it’s handy to be able to see instantly the footage captured, straight from your smart phone, whilst you are out and about. With the cameras running on the Wifi, it’s possible to keep tabs on your home from work, aboard or even in the next room. A great feature of Blink cameras is that the footage is held via cloud, with no need for subscription fees, therefore you don’t have to worry about additional costs.  

Budget

There really is no need to spend huge amounts for snazzy, over-complicated and expensive CCTV equipment. These days, there are ways to still provide security solutions that don’t break the bank. There are smart home security options that are cost-effective with a one off, upfront cost only.

Goals

Do you want to live stream 24/7 potentially irrelevant happenings or do you want to see what’s happening when it's essential. With motion-detected alerts you can be instantly warned of more serious incidents or strange occurrences via your smartphone. Do you want to be able to monitor your home inside and outside within certain schedules? A Blink camera allows you to do all this and more. 

Ease of use

You don’t have to have an over-complicated system. Instead, an easy to use system that requires less than 5 minutes set-up offers instant peace of mind. Should you run into technical difficulties, you can access Blink tech support directly via the app. 

The Blink home security cameras are a perfect solution to monitor what’s happening inside and outside your property.

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What Beauty Salon Owners Should Know About Security

What Beauty Salon Owners Should Know About Security

Security isn't pretty. The technology at your beauty salon can get as technical as you want, from the type of video camera to high-tech alerts and alarms. Here are some things to keep in mind when trying to find the right protection.

You shouldn’t take a ‘holiday’ from security concerns

You never know when an intrusion may occur, and often, holidays are a prime time for store break-ins. In fact, it may have already happened to you.  The Retail Crime Survey issued by the British Retail Consortium in February 2017 states that the direct financial cost of retail crime rose to £660m. This could come from an employee “innocently” taking a designer brush and comb for personal use, or a client slipping a bottle of shampoo into her bag before exiting the salon. Although, customer theft still accounts for the majority of incidents of retail crime, at 83% of the total.

Proper security footage can help you catch criminals in the act and will act as a deterrent —no matter when and where they happen.

Intruders Could Try to Disable Security Cameras.

Criminology 101: destroy the evidence! The wires and bulky material of traditional video security software can be obtrusive and make it easier for intruders to find. Search for security software that’s easy to hide because it is small, durable and wireless.

There are Different Types of Security Features.

Different businesses require different levels of software. For instance, a car shop tends to have a more open layout than a small storefront, so it may require more outdoor video monitoring. In a salon, you may have more high-profile clients, which may require restricted access in some areas. Research the type of security features that work best for you. Security companies offer a variety of products to fit any outdoor or indoor need.

There’s an App for That!

Have multiple business sites? No problem! Save money by controlling every aspect of your security software from an app! Blink offers multi-system support, so you can connect various security systems to your phone and control them at the same time!

Security Doesn’t Have to Cost a Fortune.

Blink home security and video monitoring provides a watchful eye and a one-click connection to your home for an amazingly affordable price, often as low as £129.99. You are merely clicks away from safer business days. Get started contract-free at www.blinkforhome.co.uk

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