Vet and Animal Hospital Protection

If you are a veterinarian or work at an animal hospital, you face unique security challenges. First, there are the animals themselves. If something unforeseen happens to an animal in your care, it is always good to have video coverage for insurance backup. That means having security cameras installed strategically throughout your facility.

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That video footage not only protects you in case one of the animals is hurt, but also helps identify if another animal (or employee) mistreated the pet. The huge majority of people who work for vets or animal hospitals care deeply about the pets. But that’s not 100 percent of the employees. And it only takes one angry, disgruntled or emotionally tight individual to do some harm to your business and reputation.

 

A second unique need for vets and animal hospitals to consider is to protect pharmaceuticals on-site. Sadly, drug addicts seek out weakened security buildings, and a vet business or animal hospital can be perceived that way. Drugs used to treat animals are targets for both human use and resale by addicts. Access control, video, intercom systems, motion sensors, window breaks and video doorbells are all options useful to protect these facilities from forced entry.

 

Finally, don’t forget about your employees and your parking lot. There are many crimes of opportunity that occur when we happen to look away. Even if you live or work in a “safe” neighborhood, it doesn’t mean temptation won’t occasionally strike a passer-by to punch in a window to grab a purse or reach in an open car window to lift a smart phone. Protecting your parking lot with video coverage is a good idea. Not only does it give peace-of-mind to your customers and employees, but it also provides you video footage if something happens to an animal in your parking lot and you need to access it later.

 

At H&S, we service many businesses, and pride ourselves on coverage for these types of facilities. Give us a call and let us know what concerns you have when it comes to security protection. We’re here to listen, so we can design, install and monitor what works best for you.

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Don’t Buy Cheap

Everyone wants to get a good deal when they make a purchase. You look at options, compare prices, service, products, and if all things are equal, you go with the lower price. All things are not created equal though.

 
This came home to us recently. We worked closely with a customer on a fairly involved security project. We outlined what we could do, along with the technology we’d deploy. It was not a simple system we planned to install and we chose equipment that we knew was high quality and got the job done right.

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We lost the bid. The customer went with a significantly lower-priced security provider, thinking he would get a great deal. He found out that wasn’t the case.

 

After installation began, we received a call from the prospective client. He was unhappy. The security company he’d hired was not doing the job he wanted. The installation and equipment weren’t up to snuff. He wanted to bring us in to clean up the mess.

 

We’re back working with this customer, doing our best to get the project online and to his specifications. We’re not saying H&S Protection is the best company you’re ever going to find in the security business. What we hope you take from this story is to research the security company you hire. Ask around. See what they’ve done for other clients. Less expensive is seldom the BEST choice. There are many variables to consider when choosing a security company for your business or home.

 

H&S works extremely hard at listening and helping you figure out what the best options are to protect your assets, employees, family, home or business. Give us a call.

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When Crime Happens Elsewhere

The tendency of most people is to breathe a bit more easily when they read on the Internet or watch the television news and see a crime event not near where they live. It’s human nature to think you are more protected when something bad occurs miles away. At H&S Protection, we understand that feeling. But we urge you to consider a few other points to ensure your business or home is most effectively protected.

 

Recently, in a very small section of the Milwaukee metro area that we service, there was wanton destruction of several businesses. If you lived close to that area, your natural inclination was most likely fear for your home or business. If you’ve been in a similar situation, you may have taken steps to further secure your possessions.

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During this recent bout, we received information that during the hub bub, several attempted break-ins occurred elsewhere in the city. Informed burglars use this tactic. When the police are occupied with a visible situation that takes extra manpower, that leaves other areas of the city vulnerable.

 

Our point in all this is to encourage you to remain vigilant about your safety and security if an area serviced by your police requires an extra expenditure of resources. That could mean the bad guys are looking for other vulnerabilities.

If you run a business, check your alarm. Make sure your cameras operate effectively. Talk to your employees about taking extra precautions.

 
If you’re a homeowner, communicate with your neighbors. Lock your doors. Turn on extra lights. Make sure your alarm system is armed and operating.
The best defense is preparation.  H&S urges you to stay informed and aware.

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Dave Simon Joins H&S in Pewaukee Office

We’re pleased to announce Dave Simon has joined our H&S Protection team August 8. Dave will work out of our Pewaukee Office, servicing customers in Southeast Wisconsin as Director of Business Development.

We’ve known Dave for 12 years through his work in multiple roles in the security industry, first as an industry expert for Brink’s Home Security, working on national alarm management issues. He also spent time developing his own business, offering social media, marketing and communications services to clients in our industry.

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Most recently, for the past year, we’ve gotten to know Dave even better through his work for H&S on our blog, Twitter and Facebook accounts. His role there was to build greater visibility for H&S and develop leads with potential customers. This summer we were able to structure a role to utilize Dave’s talents and help us grow our business.

We look forward to having Dave on board. If you know him, please drop him a line on his H&S position. We’re confident Dave will help us continue to build our customer base and branch out in new directions. H&S is dedicated to the best interests of our customers and we continually look for additional ways to give them the best and most innovative security services they seek. We’re proud to have Dave on board to help in this effort.

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Is a Security Camera Right for You?

There are very specific reasons you may want to consider a security camera for your home. If you travel a lot, it is an excellent way to check up on your property. If you have small children, the technology allows you to check up on them. When you are on vacation, you can make sure the lights are on when you want them to be.

If you run a business, there are even more reasons to consider video. Beyond protection, video can help you check to make sure customers are being served promptly and courteously. You can see that your business opens and closes at the right times. If you happen to have a problem with employee theft, you can target cameras to trouble spots and find out what the issue is.

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Industry experts project nearly 20% of households with broadband internet service plan to install a networked security camera system in the next twelve months. As the technology evolved the past few years, it has become less expensive, easier to use and provides higher resolution.

Because of this evolution, H&S Protection finds our customers use networked systems for a variety of reasons. For example, you might want to receive a text message and view live video on your smart phone when your children or spouse arrive safely at home.

We find our customers looking at other uses as well:

  • With motion-sensing technology, you can detect movement, receive alerts, and record video when a delivery arrives at your home, a vehicle enters your driveway, or children access prohibited areas of the home (a liquor cabinet, gun cabinet, etc.).
  • In the dark of night, video clearly records intruders outside your home or storage buildings.
  • You can keep an eye on your home while away on vacation or business with remote viewing features.

If you follow H&S on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll find that we introduce you to weekly videos that capture criminal activities. Sometimes we insert a bit of humor. Other times you’ll get tips on how to help an elderly parent, for example. Regardless of the specific topic, you’ll find some extra rationale for exploring a video security system for your home or business, so please follow us on social media to stay on top of these trends.

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Adding Remote Interactive Features to Your Existing System

As the world changes, H&S adapts to those changes to ensure our customers continue to receive the products and services they seek. In today’s world, “mobility” is the word that fits many customers seeking our services.

People want to know their home is safe when they are at work. They would like to be able to check that lights are on in designated rooms while on vacation. Business owners may want to check on a delivery that occurs when they must be offsite meeting with a client. That mobility demands products and services that can adjust to those demands. H&S Protection offers many new services to help our on-the-go customers.

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In partnership with Alarm.com, we help give you comfort knowing your child or spouse arrived home safely when you are traveling. You can check on your system remotely to ensure it is armed.  If not, you can arm it remotely. Turn on lights, change your thermostat through several easy taps on your smart phone. Some specific offerings include:

  • 100% Wireless, secure signaling (no phone line, internet or keypad required)
  • Web-based remote system monitoring and control
  • Real time texts and email alerts for any event, not just alarms

H&S Protection is not just about your home or business security. We’re about your changing needs in a mobile world. Call our Stevens Point (715.344.0727) or Pewaukee Office (262.574.7777) to find out what more we offer. You might be surprised at the new options.

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Cut the Cord on Your Landline

Customers across the United States are cutting the cord to their landlines. Convenience and cost come into this decision for many when deciding whether to solely utilize their smart phone for communications or whether to retain a traditional wire line. Because wireless continues to grow, and make inroads into the electronic security market, H&S Protection System offers this option to our customers. Before buying, consider a few issues.

 

First, you may be able to save money by installing a cell communicator for your alarm system.  Nearly one-half of all homes in the nation have abandoned their landlines. At the same time, many homes and businesses continue maintaining a landline SOLELY for their alarm system. This is an issue to think about and discuss with your H&S representative. What makes the most sense for you?

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Second, through your smart phone and current communications provider, you may be able to upgrade to enable alarm reporting and interactive arming of your security system using your smart phone. Those are nice conveniences, and may be a smart option for you and your lifestyle.

 

H&S monthly monitoring fees for cellular can be as low as $34/month and allow you to ditch your landline while saving money in the process. We want our customers to make a wise decision. Research your options. Give us a call at our Stevens Point office, 715.344.0727, or Pewaukee, 262.574.7777, to speak with one of our representatives.

 

We’d love to hear from you, and discuss how we can help with your decision-making process. H&S is here to provide extra knowledge for your best-informed decision.

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Sensitive Areas Within Office Buildings — Part II

(Editor’s note: This is Part II and our concluding blog from H&S Protection’s Jeff Lukasavige. If you’d like to contribute a guest blog, please contact Mike Horgan at mhorgan@hsprotection.net.)

In our last blog, I addressed access control issues for office buildings. This week, I want to drill down into specific areas within an office environment and discuss those unique security needs.

Human Resource Departments often handle sensitive and personal employee information that must be protected. Documents with employees’ information may be lying on desks in view of others walking through the area, where someone could use a smart phone to snap quick photos to steal sensitive information. To prevent that, businesses should consider the need for special access to HR departments. Not all companies require this, but if the need for privacy, discretion and/or sensitive conversations is a concern, you might want to consider restricting access to the department with effective access control.

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The executive suite is another area where you may need to pay particular attention. Disgruntled employees or even customers could find their way to this area. Work interruptions may also be a consideration. While many companies have open door policies, if you are in an industry involved in controversial issues, restricted access to the executive suite may be necessary.

Similarly, the mailroom is an area you should look at closely. Depending of the size of your company, you could be getting thousands of pieces of mail a day, including personal information, account numbers, social security numbers and birth dates or other protected information. Don’t place your company at risk for customers’ identity theft. Unauthorized individuals or employees could steal personal information and use it to hack your company’s accounts, employees’ personal information, or steal a customer’s identity. Lock it down and control access – that protects your information.

Good access control requires you to consider who should be onsite and when. You should also look at who (employees, contractors, customers) should be in specific areas inside your building, and the time of day that they should be granted access.

Think of access control for your office building as employee, customer and company protection. Taking measures to provide additional protection demonstrates your company’s genuine concern for its employees. The security/access control measures you implement could prevent a difficult situation from occurring.

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With Protection, There is a Cost – Part I

 

(Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series from H&S Protection’s Jeff Lukasavige on protecting office buildings. We seek new voices from our employees and customers to publish on our blog. Please send your idea to Mike Horgan at mhorgan@hsprotection.net.)

A mentor of mine – a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Marine – often talked with me about risk analysis when it came to security issues. His point was that protection comes at a cost.  “What is it worth to protect your assets – physical and intellectual, an office building or your people?”

Businesses should perform a risk analysis which includes: the value of the assets they are protecting, the level of risk or probability of loss of those assets, and the amount of money they are willing spend to protect the assets.   An office environment presents risks, both seen and unseen. At H&S Protection, we help you identify threats, and develop plans to address them, based on your business needs.

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Office buildings can often benefit from properly designed access control that’s straightforward and can be addressed easily through a card-based identification system. There are other more subtle considerations that businesses should take into account in an office environment.  For example:

  • If you work in an industry with a higher risk of having an upset customer (financial institutions or insurance companies, for example, often field a large volume of complaints), you should consider the value of protecting your employees from a disgruntled or upset customer. Unfortunately, these days we frequently here about workplace violence on the news. No one wants to see a violent workplace incident. The guy coming into an office with a gun is something you might never expect, but it happens and you should be prepared by working that into your security plan. You must control access to your office building to build protection for your most valuable assets — your employees.
  • Domestic violence is a reality in the workplace. There is an increased risk of domestic violence based on sheer numbers, and the risk can be higher if your industry is predominately female. Relationship changes sometimes result in a violent incident involving the estranged husband or boyfriend, who typically knows where his spouse/partner is located in the building. Access control prevents an emotional/irate ex from getting onsite.

Those are a couple of the many reasons companies with an office building environment should consider access control, controlling entry points to ensure only those who should be onsite are allowed access to the inside. Stay tuned for our next blog, when I explain why specific areas within office buildings require a more sensitive security status.

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What Can We Do Differently In 2016?

As a new year unfolds, many people set goals and resolutions for improvement.  That happens on an individual level and at businesses.  It’s good to assess what’s been working right and look into what’s working wrong (or not quite up to your expectations) to figure out what needs to change.

At H&S Protection, we take the approach of continually looking at what is and isn’t working for our customers so we can bring you a better installation experience, improved technology and higher quality monitoring.  This doesn’t just happen at the start of a new year.  We want our sales and service personnel to always dig deeper with every customer to see what works best for them.

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Because every home and business is unique, what we bring to you should be tailored to your special needs.  And that means every time our people get in their trucks or cars, we must think about how to do things just a little bit differently.

There isn’t going to be a drastic change in our team or business this year.  But what we do expect is to keep offering you fresh ideas from a security perspective.  We hope you come to us for advice.  We hope when we provide you an exceptional experience that you recommend us to your friends, neighbors and colleagues.  If we continue to change in the right ways, those results should occur.

We look forward to every new year.  There’s always a push at this time of year for people to examine roadblocks and figure out how to knock them down.  At H&S, rather than waiting for January 1 to arrive, we work at that year-round, and we hope that shows in the better ways we help our customers day-in and day-out.

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