For small businesses in the Durham, NC area that choose to work from their home many essential items are needed to get set up: computers, fax machine, paper shredder, desks, increased internet speeds and storage for inventory just to name a few. However, many forget the added security needed to properly secure your investment.
Home security for your Durham, NC home based business, having alarm system is only the first step of creating a secure and safe environment within your home. Home security is a mindset, more than it is a piece of equipment, because it represents a process of thinking that includes a safety, security, peace of mind and anticipation of situations that may be devastating to your home based business.
Here are a few useful tips to consider for security of your home based business.
Beyond taking steps to protect your home and family, when you choose to have a home-based business the scope of protection becomes greater. Computers, equipment, products and documentation can be a significant investment for setting up a home-based business in Durham, NC. During a home invasion or catastrophic event such as a fire, irreplaceable items such as paperwork and computer files could post a financial burden; or even shut the business down.
Insurance can replace computers, equipment and products but will not be able to replace paperwork and programming. You should also take into consideration that if you are storing customers credit card numbers that appropriate PCI compliance guidelines should be followed. During a home invasion in Durham, NC the breach of that stored data could propose financial liabilities they can easily reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
If a tree falls in the woods does it make a sound? By that same token if a security alarm goes off and nobody hears it… Does it do you any good! When choosing a home security service for your Durham, NC home based business, it’s important to make sure that you utilize technology that allows communication beyond the audible experience, to that of notification.
With rapid developing technology in this area you can now receive alert notifications via a pager system or smart device… As well as direct communication in to the emergency dispatch center in your local area (where available). We are also highly recommending the use of HD cameras around your Durham, NC home based business.
There is no greater asset to public safety officers and insurance investigators than a quality video recording of the incident taking place. When strategically placed around your Durham, NC home you can really help provide the necessary information to help take criminals off the street, as well as, help fire investigations determine the cause of the fire based upon video evidence. Spend a few extra dollars to get the off-site recording that is gathered through Wi-Fi so that, regardless of the outcome of an incident, you still have the video evidence to help you in your insurance claim.
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While it is tempting for home-based businesses in the Durham, NC area, especially those just starting up, to look to cut corners on their overhead; security is not the place to cut. Choose a company that puts your home based business security in the hands of those with rapid response capabilities, don’t be afraid to step away from the name brands for this reason. Don’t rely on the statistics that the national chains provide but rather look for independent reviews of their response time and performance.
NOTE: Many national chain home security companies advertise in Durham, NC instant response; however, independent studies have found that most national chain home security company’s response time averaged 90 seconds after the alarm went off. Then, even after the alarm was sounded, a passcode process needed to take place that, at times, might be difficult to remember with 115 dB worth of sound blaring in your ear. Not to mention 90 seconds is a lifetime if there is an aggressive intruder in your home or a grease fire burning.
Local based companies in the Durham, NC area (which we admit are very few) have response averages that are faster than those national chain home security companies. Some local home security companies have worked with their local public safety divisions to establish a direct tie into the local 911 emergency dispatch system. While this level of direct response is still developing, it’s definitely something to look for. It means a direct line of communication to those that have the ability to help. If you decide to use a national home security service be sure to research their claims independently to make sure that you’re getting the best quality service for your Durham, NC home. (Your life might depend on that!)
We all hate nosy neighbors here in Durham, NC; but for hundreds of years they’ve been the best line of defense against home intruders and fire. In our attempt to shut out the nosy neighbor we have isolated, at times, our homes with high fences, high hedges and heavy foliage. While this might give us a greater sense of privacy it also creates the perfect storm for home intruders.
We recommend a more moderate approach with low fencing, waist high bushes (8 to 10 feet or more from the home) and keep the trees trimmed. Home intruders in Durham, NC will typically skip the home that presents the challenge, targeting those homes that they can practice their craft without being discovered.
Utilizing landscape lighting to illuminate the front of your Durham, NC area home not only makes the home very attractive, but also makes it less desirable for home intruders.
Around the back and sides of the home, put in motion sensors with spotlights that are 10 to 12 feet off the ground. Shadows are the home intruders friend, utilize lighting that overlaps as to not cast shadows making it more difficult for intruder to find a way into your home through the shadows. Again, the end result is to make your home less attractive for those that may be looking for an easy target.
At Bull City Signs in Durham, NC we are pleased to partner with the efforts of small businesses. Beyond the sign and graphics needs is our unique position and experience with marketing; understanding current trends and proven methods. Our staff and partnerships that we have established also gives us access to articles written by small business experts; who are also sign company experienced. This partnership allows us to provide value added services to our customers, right here in Durham, NC.
Small and home-based businesses need a competitive edge with a competitive price in order to help get their message out. Bull City Signs serving Durham, NC and surrounding areas is ready, willing and able to put our experience to work for you. For years we have provided marketing minded graphics that are not only attractive but will help grab the attention of your potential customers as well. To back that up, we provide a wide range of services from banners to business cards and lobby signs to help get your message out even more.
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