Black Knight Security https://www.blackknightsecurity.ca Thu, 09 Aug 2018 22:53:20 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 Things to Look for In At Home Security Camera https://www.blackknightsecurity.ca/things-look-home-security-camera/ Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:10:27 +0000 https://www.blackknightsecurity.ca/?p=1052 At Home Security Camera At home security camera could be an excellent tool to monitor the surroundings of your surroundings. On the other hand, the given options for this tool could be frustrating to sift over to look for the suitable system for your requirements. People come with different reasons why they want their homes equipped [...]

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At Home Security Camera

At home security camera could be an excellent tool to monitor the surroundings of your surroundings. On the other hand, the given options for this tool could be frustrating to sift over to look for the suitable system for your requirements. People come with different reasons why they want their homes equipped with this.

There are some homeowners who find that at home security camera system necessary to become a more participating business owner, whilst others feel like they require the benefit of a security camera. Whatever the reasons that you may have, all security systems could be costly, to ensure that you sit down and then assess your budget before you invest in a camera for either professional or personal use. The earliest type of home security camera is called dome camera. Obviously, this camera is dome-shaped and it conveniently fits over the ceiling of your business or home.

You would find a dome camera often times in those casinos wherein it is used for monitoring the tables. You may also find alarm systems for businesses at the most fashionable designs and they come with dome lens. There are home CCTV security systems and dome cameras which you can place outside. On the other hand, you have to make use of a special armor kind to make this form of mounting. Some brands offer high-quality dome security systems in 2 different types. Just when you want to buy the best home security camera, make sure that you choose the most durable one available. Dome cameras have been known as the most famous security cameras for the reason that they are hard and very impossible to detect when it comes to the angle they view except when you stand close to its location. This HD home security camera may be available in either white or black and each unit comes with flexible lenses.

The another type of at home security camera is called bullet camera. It comes with lengthy lens and it looks like a rifle. This type of camera is easily visible and it could be mounted to the ceiling or wall. They make use of a 12 volts DC voltage and also, the power cable has to be included the moment you purchase a camera.

Most of such cameras would film in color and modify their resolutions to white and black if the light levels were lower. The resolution throughout the day has been much better with a bullet security system yet when you have a substitute type of lighting such a streetlight, people could at times be seem from as much as 70 ft. away. Another type of home security camera system which is famous to protect your home or business is called infrared camera.

This type of camera is good when you have to see mainly in the evening. A major issue with infrared camera is it doesn’t do very well in terms of residential security. An infrared camera comes with lights that are built all over the lens so as to make the image appear like it has been filmed throughout the day.

To keep your home safe and secure, you can always count on Black Knight Security. We can give you peace of mind with efficient professional Security Camera Services. You can always contact us on 1.855.618.0151 for a free statement.

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How security systems can help inventory management in industrial warehouses? https://www.blackknightsecurity.ca/security-systems-can-help-inventory-management-industrial-warehouses/ Sun, 09 Apr 2017 19:38:23 +0000 https://www.blackknightsecurity.ca/?p=912 Industrial warehouses are more than just a place where inventory is received and shipped. They are complex business operations that employ systems and technology to be efficient and accountable. Quality employees and product tracking methods are essential to a productive department but there are ways to further increase profitability and auditing the plant security systems [...]

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Industrial warehouses are more than just a place where inventory is received and shipped. They are complex business operations that employ systems and technology to be efficient and accountable. Quality employees and product tracking methods are essential to a productive department but there are ways to further increase profitability and auditing the plant security systems can pay a handsome return. The key is to know where every product is at all times by closing the security loop through improved inventory management.

By increasing security in the warehouse in a few, specific areas the company can reduce customer risk and reduce fulfillment errors by increasing accuracy in both shipping and receiving activities. Better security also means reduced fulfillment errors, increased picking accuracy, and customer satisfaction. These improvements increase profitability, efficiency, and reduce insurance claims when high-value items go missing.

Organization of operations includes simple things like better lighting, moving high-value items to areas where there are more people, and keeping work areas neat so that missing items can be spotted immediately. Create an environment of passive monitoring by using RFID proximity alarms, for example, to warn employees that unauthorized visitors are trying to leave guest areas. Changing locks regularly or using keypads will render lost or shared keys useless.

Tracking technologies like RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) and bar codes allow the warehouse manager to create reports that show individual items shipped which can then be compared with inventory. Some RFID systems will allow a continuous inventory count by simply driving or walking the aisles with a reader so that employees picking orders are updating the inventory database in real time. Integrated technologies can track employee movements and inventory discrepancies so that shrinkage can be immediately discovered, virtually eliminating errors and theft.

Segmenting the warehouse with improvements to layout and implementing physical access controls creates work cells. This is important especially in busy operations because employees cannot always monitor unsecured inventory. If possible, separate shipping and receiving areas so drivers cannot wander between the two departments. Restrict all non-employee access to the warehouse using gates and high-speed dock doors. Inventory access can be restricted by using tool cribs, rack caging, and gates on bays or aisles that contain high-value goods. Allow only a high-ranking employee to enter restricted areas or have access to all areas to limit exposure to different workers.

Further segmenting can be accomplished by securing high-value goods immediately on arrival or “where it sits” with perimeter fencing to keep unnecessary workers and visitors away while it is being processed. Secure outgoing shipments with security cages to prevent “helpful” drivers from assisting with loading and taking incorrect items. These examples show that security can be improved with simple adjustments to procedure and policy and your business can gain a competitive edge.

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Importance of access control in the work environment https://www.blackknightsecurity.ca/importance-access-control-work-environment/ Mon, 13 Mar 2017 20:53:48 +0000 https://www.blackknightsecurity.ca/?p=846 Access control is an important security issue for businesses of all sizes. From the largest corporations employing specialized security teams to the tradesperson on a service call opening their smartphone with a thumbprint, every worker encounters access control at some time during their work day. Access control prevents unauthorized access, records authorized access, protects the [...]

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Access control is an important security issue for businesses of all sizes. From the largest corporations employing specialized security teams to the tradesperson on a service call opening their smartphone with a thumbprint, every worker encounters access control at some time during their work day. Access control prevents unauthorized access, records authorized access, protects the company from physical loss, and protects employees and customers from outside threats. The goal of access control is to balance convenience with security while taking into account the type of business activity. A retail business will have a different set of secure access requirements compared to a software development company. The fundamentals of access control are similar for both cases but the technology and complexity may be very different.

When designing an access control environment, the technician needs to determine who, where, when, why and how access will be requested and granted. Let’s start by taking a look at the three basic types of physical access in the context of business use-cases. The first type of unauthorized access is “access to consuming”, which might be food, documents, media, or any number of things that employees or intruders can devour, destroy, spend, consume, or steal. Once lost, consumed resources or intellectual property cannot be recovered and the business may suffer losses beyond the material costs.

The second type of access control is for “entering” or admittance, sharing, or penetrating of the building perimeter or an internal area with sensitive or confidential work being done. Entering is the most common type of access control that people think of when considering security and access control issues. It’s helpful to think about your business in terms of “compartments” with different levels of security required: the public shouldn’t have access to any employee area; a front line worker should have access to only the physical areas they need to do their job; and only managers should have access to archives and financial data, and so on.

The third type of access control is for “using”, which includes unauthorized use of computers, tools,  special equipment, etc. Improper or unauthorized use of company assets can diminish their value or deprive other workers of the resources they need to do their jobs when “using” means borrowing company property for personal use with the intention of returning it later. Sometimes, using without authorization can put workers in danger if they have not been properly trained or shown how to operate a piece of equipment. Using a computer to shop or surf social media is an inappropriate use of company time and some firms have implemented firewalls to prevent such activities even if an employee needs to use the Internet for their work.

Different types of controls are available depending on the security issue. For example, the most common access control devices are keys and touchpads to prevent unauthorized entering. Electronic controls allow security professionals to monitor who, when, and where employees are entering. “Consuming” and “using” access can be further controlled with sensor alarms, live video or recordings, and devices like GPS trackers or the RFID product tags that retail stores use to control shrinkage. Access control devices can have extended functionality to include emergency response like duress alarms that call for help when an employee is in danger.

Access control issues for managers include privacy, technology management, and audit trails. Privacy issues can arise when people object to surveillance in certain parts of the building, like the lunch room. Customers may not appreciate strict access controls to washrooms, for example, and the issue of inconvenience is one that managers need to weigh against the need for controls. However, the number one issue for managers is probably management of the technology itself and ensuring that the company always has the necessary resources and expertise to implement and monitor their security systems.

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Access control (advantages in small business) https://www.blackknightsecurity.ca/access-control-advantages-small-business/ Mon, 21 Nov 2016 18:29:58 +0000 https://www.blackknightsecurity.ca/?p=696 Access control. What is it? Why is it so important, especially for people who have small businesses? Access control is exactly how it sounds: it allows you to control who has access to a given door. This can be as simple as a stand-alone door with a digital keypad code, or as robust as a [...]

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Access control. What is it? Why is it so important, especially for people who have small businesses? Access control is exactly how it sounds: it allows you to control who has access to a given door. This can be as simple as a stand-alone door with a digital keypad code, or as robust as a full-integrated security system with interlocked doors and IP controllers, linked to CCTV, intercoms, and remote security systems. We provide a full range of access control options, but which one is right for you and your small business? Here’s a bit of information to help you start to formulate that decision, and ultimately bring your security system up to date.

Digitalized security

At the end of the work day, you close down your business and expect that when you open that door again, everything will be as it was. The days of simply locking the door and walking away are long over; access control goes way beyond what a lock and key can do to protect the business that you’ve worked so hard for. While potential thieves and vandals can pick (or even sometimes saw off) most locks, a digital lock isn’t physical, and so isn’t vulnerable to lock-picking.

Easy to change

If someone loses their copy of the key, you’ll have to go through the headache of getting your whole lock changed, making as many copies as you need, making sure that no one mistakenly switches the old keys… the list goes on. With a digital keypad, whenever you want a new lock, you simply change the password. With a key fob, you change the digital signal inside. This convenience not only saves you time, but makes sure that when you change the “keys”, you’ve started completely from scratch and have wiped the slate clean.

Adaptable and customizable security

Access control systems are also adaptable to whatever needs your small business may have. If your door is in an outdoor environment, our systems can be made to resist weather. If your business is a multi-layered enterprise that needs to have differing levels of access to different rooms (such as one for clients, one for upper management, etc.), we can accommodate that and create a discreet solution. If you need to create a simple and easy-to-use access control system for shops or residential properties like in a multi-unit complex, then that can also be provided. Finally, if you have surveillance cameras or other security systems already in place, access control can be readily integrated into that system and make it work even better, keeping you even more secure. Whatever your needs and current situation are, access control is great because it is adaptable and can fit into any space. This is excellent news for those who have already invested in some sort of system, and do not want to have to throw that investment away and start over in order to get state-of-the-art security.

The bottom line

A door symbolizes security, and is often the only barrier between your business and the outside world. If you haven’t delved into the world of access control, your small business can be vulnerable to unwanted intrusions. Keeping your door closed is the best preventative measure against these potential intrusions. Access control systems are everywhere, from apartment buildings to shopping complexes; shouldn’t you also have one that works? Trust the experienced live video monitoring professionals at Black Knight Security to make sure that your business’s doors stay closed until you decide that it’s time to open them. Email us at info@blackknightsecurity.ca, or call us toll-free at 1-855-618-0151 and locally at 604-618-0151.

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What is Live Video Monitoring and What Advantages Does It Have For Businesses? https://www.blackknightsecurity.ca/live-video-monitoring-advantages-businesses/ Thu, 08 Sep 2016 06:50:19 +0000 https://www.blackknightsecurity.ca/?p=649 Vancouver’s dynamic and diverse population often means that we must take the many good people as well as the bad. Part of being a smart business owner is that we have to be vigilant when it comes to crime; security cameras are an integral part of that vigilance. But what happens if a crime is [...]

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Vancouver’s dynamic and diverse population often means that we must take the many good people as well as the bad. Part of being a smart business owner is that we have to be vigilant when it comes to crime; security cameras are an integral part of that vigilance. But what happens if a crime is in fact about to take place? Instead of a camera simply showing you what happened after the criminals are long gone, wouldn’t it be nice if the security system itself could have also helped do something to protect your business as it witnessed the criminal misconduct in real time?

What is Live Video Monitoring?

The difference between live video monitoring and passive, conventional video monitoring is quite literally that in the first option, the video is being monitored live; that is to say, there is a person, right here in Vancouver, sitting in front of the video feed actively making sure that everything is the way that it should be. If something doesn’t look right, then the person monitoring the live video makes decisions as to what is appropriate for what is going on: they can contact the authorities, sound the alarm, and warn the potential criminals that they are being watched; ultimately, they help you to retake control of the situation.

No False Alarms

Because security staff are actively monitoring the video feeds in real-time, they stay in direct contact with local law enforcement in case they need to take action. Backed by a rigorous failure detection system, live video monitoring eliminates 100{9d5abb94d4f0b35cd2ea856b5d7ff87416c31db00f6ac8e6c45b71f25f4a819b} of all false alarms – a computer may be fooled, but not a real person! With less false alarms, the authorities also don’t have to waste precious resources on a non-existent crime – or worse, have to make the decision to ignore a real crime.

Help Prevent Crime

We at Black Knight Security feel that every business owner would rather have a crime dealt with, and prevented if possible, rather than just observed after the fact. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If a crime were to take place, our live video monitoring features a live 2-way audio, which lets us alert intruders that they are being watched before they cause damage. Our multi-layered access control allows remote-management, keeping the good guys in the driver’s seat. Most businesses are more vulnerable at night, when there are fewer people around to witness a crime; having the ability to scare away intruders at all times can mean the difference between your business being robbed or vandalized, or not.

Reduce Security Costs

Live video monitoring may also be a viable, more economical way to reduce the number of security guards that your business requires in order to stay safe. Cut down on salaries, uniforms, and other expenses, and still have the perimeter and interior of your business monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This also can help cover more ground, because a single live video monitor can observe multiple cameras’ wide areas, rather than what a security guard can see just on his own. You can also use live video monitoring to add man-power to hard-to-reach areas like rooftops.

Give Yourself Peace of Mind

A security system is only as good as it works when you need it; don’t take chances with the business that you work so hard for. Active surveillance, rather than passive recording, can potentially mean the difference between keeping your business safe or cleaning up the aftermath of crime. Trust the experienced live video monitoring professionals at Black Knight Security to help ensure that Vancouver’s crime and perpetrators of unwanted acts and behaviours take their vandalism, harassment, and theft elsewhere. Email us at info@blackknightsecurity.ca, or call us toll-free at 1-855-618-0151 and locally at 604-618-0151.

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Live Video Surveillance for Vancouver Businesses https://www.blackknightsecurity.ca/live-video-surveillance-vancouver-businesses/ Tue, 02 Aug 2016 04:52:44 +0000 https://www.blackknightsecurity.ca/?p=628 Live Video Surveillance Vancouver surveillance systems vancouver Live Video Surveillance for Vancouver Businesses At Black Knight Security, our professionally managed and monitored CCTV systems keep watch around the clock, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is a lot to love about being in a big city like Vancouver. The vibrant lifestyles and [...]

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Live Video Surveillance Vancouver

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Live Video Surveillance for Vancouver Businesses

At Black Knight Security, our professionally managed and monitored CCTV systems keep watch around the clock, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Video Surveillance Vancouver

There is a lot to love about being in a big city like Vancouver. The vibrant lifestyles and diverse set of people can be a huge draw for anyone thinking about moving to or staying in a place like this. These positive aspects about Vancouver are even more important for businesses; owners find their niche and grow their businesses in an ever-expanding market of different demographics and urban sprawl.

That being said, there are some major drawbacks: some of the chief concerns for businesses are those of safety and security. A big city environment can often be hostile. Crime and other unwanted acts and behaviours can put your business — and the people associated with that business — into jeopardy and danger. Harassment, vandalism, and theft are just some of the things that businesses and their employees may have to endure here in Vancouver. Having this kind of threat looming over your business adds even more stress and worry, on top of the many challenges associated with running the business in the first place.

Why Deterrence Is Important

Dealing with the aftermath of crime is only half the story; it’s vital to try and deter it from happening in the first place. Video surveillance does both: it plays an important role in preventing crime from happening, and helps to piece the story together if crimes do take place. Most importantly, criminals and perpetrators of unwanted acts and behaviour will think twice about choosing your business if they know that they’ll be caught on video surveillance. The idea of the police having their identity on record, and that someone is constantly watching them, will be serious motivation for criminals to move onto somewhere less secure. Whether you’re worried about customers, employees, or just people passing by, you want to make sure that you keep the people involved with your business safe: the best way is to use as much deterrence as possible to keep unexpected problems and unwanted behaviours at bay. Just having visible signs of video surveillance (like having an easy-to-see camera visible to the public) begins to significantly change the safety level that people feel in your space.

Why Choosing the Right Video Surveillance is Crucial

True deterrence is based on not just the possibility of being caught, but the inevitability of it. You need video surveillance that works. Using the right equipment is critical to making sure that your video surveillance works when you need it the most. Some criminals may love to gamble, but it’s not gambling anymore if you’re going to lose.

Having an experienced professional assess your business’ security is the first step in keeping your business safe in a place like Vancouver. Our security staff and IT specialists will make sure that strategic points of your business are covered, and that you have the best security system that works for you. Too little coverage can leave blind spots vulnerable. Unreliable cameras and systems can malfunction at the most crucial moments. Unmonitored video surveillance can feel like an empty threat, making you feel less safe and reducing the impact of your surveillance system. At Black Knight Security, our professionally managed and monitored CCTV (closed circuit television) systems keep watch around the clock, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Quality products and state-of-the-art technology keeps your business protected, and gives you peace of mind.

Trust the experienced video surveillance professionals at Black Knight Security to help ensure that Vancouver’s crime and perpetrators of unwanted acts and behaviours take their vandalism, harassment, and theft elsewhere. Email us at info@blackknightsecurity.ca, or call us toll-free at 1-855-618-0151 and locally at 604-618-0151.

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Role of Surveillance Cameras in Department Stores and Retail Store https://www.blackknightsecurity.ca/role-of-surveillance-cameras-in-department-stores-and-retail-store/ Mon, 21 Mar 2016 22:51:47 +0000 https://www.blackknightsecurity.ca/?p=497 Arming department stores and retail stores with a multi-camera surveillance system reduces shoplifting and improves the customer experience. Loss prevention is the primary goal of any department store’s security system. With the right video surveillance installation you can be assured of theft prevention and protection of your store’s assets. This is while precise surveillance provides [...]

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Arming department stores and retail stores with a multi-camera surveillance system reduces shoplifting and improves the customer experience.

Loss prevention is the primary goal of any department store’s security system. With the right video surveillance installation you can be assured of theft prevention and protection of your store’s assets. This is while precise surveillance provides safety for customers and employees at your retail or department store.

Advantages of Camera Surveillance for Retail Stores

Loss prevention– Shoplifting and inventory shrinkage are the most important concerns for department stores. Camera surveillance can act as a deterrent and cut down on losses. Cameras spot any suspicious activity and if an action of shoplifting happens, cameras perceive the action and allow security staffers to be aware and be quickly deployed to the scene.

Theft and Break-ins– with constant surveillance at department store, you can protect your store and staff from break-ins and theft after work hours.

Crime investigation– Recorded videos by camera surveillance provides extremely useful evidence for crime investigations and helps a lot for suspect identification.

Employee Theft– employee theft is common in retail stores and it is an important problem. Camera surveillance deters this activity because of having the quality of capturing visual evidence of workers while stealing stuff from the store.

Monitoring Customer Service– Providing welcoming customer service for customers at retail and department stores can bring them back to the store. Cameras can help employers to monitor their employee’s behavior and can make sure of welcoming customer service atmosphere at the store.

Monitor Customer Activity– Along with other security advantages of video surveillance, it can help for store planning. Managers can track the number of shoppers at certain times of the day and plan employee schedules based on that.

Digital Storage– with Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) and Network Video Recorders (NVRs) you can have your recordings stored digitally instead of clunky cassette tapes, in need of large storage spaces.

Distant Control– IP surveillance system, having a network of cameras and stream footage, can be viewed and controlled remotely from any authorized PC, which is connected to the Internet. With some cameras, like instant IP domes which are very practical and popular for department stores, you can even have remote-control panel and zoom functions.

Risks of Surveillance Cameras at Department Stores

Privacy– you need to consider in areas like employees break rooms, bathrooms and dressing rooms installation of security cameras is breach of privacy, while its widely accepted in public areas all through out the retail or department store.

Vandalism– Try to be vigilant! In the event of tampering store cameras by a thief or employee, other security measures should make up for it.

What do you need to consider when you want to choose the cameras?

When you want to pick a functional video surveillance system you need to consider the following factors:

  • Is shoplifting a common problem at your store?
  • Has employee theft incidents happened a lot in your store?
  • What is your annual inventory shrinkage?
  • What kind of cameras are you using right now?
  • Are your security staffs actively present in your store?
  • Have there ever been instances of crime and theft in the store’s parking lot?
  • What type of product are you selling at the store?
  • Are some spots more vulnerable for shoplifting?
  • How does your neighbourhood area affect the security of your store?

Installation Advice

  • Install your security cameras in a way that you can cover all entrances and exits to the store to control the flow of customers and track all shoppers entering and leaving.
  • Ceiling-mounted dome cameras can provide thorough views of the sales floor and individual aisles, so they can be good options.
  • You need to install cameras near cash register to cover views of transactions, and to protect cashiers from break-ins or any robbery attempts.
  • Install cameras at stock rooms to deter employee theft.
  • Install video cameras to view parking lot areas.

To keep your retail or department store safe and secure, you can always count on Black Knight Security. We can give you peace of mind with efficient professional Security Camera Services. You can always contact us on 1.855.618.0151 for a free statement.

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Ensure the Security of Your Condo with Access Control https://www.blackknightsecurity.ca/access-control-benefits/ Fri, 26 Feb 2016 21:17:08 +0000 https://www.blackknightsecurity.ca/?p=484 Access Control System Access control system has lots of benefits. Security access control secures your property. What makes high-rise residential security different from commercial security with its own unique challenges is that people call it home. To call a place home, you are urging it to be highly safe and secure. If you have a [...]

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Access Control System

Access control system has lots of benefits. Security access control secures your property.

What makes high-rise residential security different from commercial security with its own unique challenges is that people call it home. To call a place home, you are urging it to be highly safe and secure. If you have a security issue, it affects your private life. When you talk about a mall or retail security, it’s not as vulnerable as your home place because there is more exposure to personal vulnerability in the later.

You can find many benefits to having Access Control System in your residential high-rise. The most crucial benefits are listed below:

  • Cross out untraceable keys or non-programmable access devices and create true access and tractable access of the people who enter your property. This can help to trace the log in and log off dates and identifies the people as well.
  • this means you can define accessibility for different people like; a contractor, a weekly nurse, pool cleaning company, landscaper, etc. Through this accessibility can be defined for their special zone of practice and they won’t have access to other areas.
  • this gives you the flexibility of pre-programming lock and unlock times of doors and gates for community functions or Holidays. Through this you can save on payroll because you don’t need to extend man-hours to manually lock or unlock doors.
  • you can decide on defining the accessibility to one person any time and you can limit than person’s accessibility to a specific area or you can give him/her access to the entire site instantly. And this can change anytime you decide to make other decisions.

 

Installation of Security Camera System gives you complete Access Control System, which provides you with legal forensic evidence of whatever happens under your surveillance in the area under your control. Benefiting CMS software integrated with DVR or NVR recorders, providing Facial View, License TAG Capture and overview of the event is easily and tactfully at hand.

Make your home safe and a better place for your family with Black Knight Security and let us build your security on a regular basis and long time relationship. Out finite goal is your satisfaction.

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Secure Your Home While on Vacation https://www.blackknightsecurity.ca/secure-your-home-while-on-vacation/ Wed, 27 Jan 2016 22:06:48 +0000 https://www.blackknightsecurity.ca/?p=469 21 tips to protect your property while on vacation When you find everything in full swing, it is the best time for vacations! Whether you plan to go on a resort or spend a month backpacking around Europe or North America, you can easily get caught up in the excitement of planning your trip and [...]

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21 tips to protect your property while on vacation

When you find everything in full swing, it is the best time for vacations! Whether you plan to go on a resort or spend a month backpacking around Europe or North America, you can easily get caught up in the excitement of planning your trip and losing track of taking care of your home for your absence. Having a plan in advance will take away your concern and will help you focus on what’s in priority: relaxing.

A few days before you leave for vacation, review these guidelines to make sure of your home safety while you’re away.

Protect your home from intruders

  • Make sure to lock every door and window including garage doors and windows on basement and upper floors. Test the locks to ensure they work properly.
  • Remove any spare house keys if you have it hidden somewhere around the house. Thieves know all the popular hiding spots: your car or garage, inside a fake rock, under a doormat, under a potted plant, etc.
  • Put away whatever burglar-enticing valuables seeable from your windows from outside and do not leave them in plain sight.
  • Burglars typically look for valuables in the bedroom or the living room, hide precious items like jewelry and electronics in the kitchen.

 

Protection against the weatherprotect your home

  • Secure yard furniture or anything else like kids toys, yard decoration, BBQ grill, etc., and unplug all non-essential electronics.
  • Make sure the gutters are clear from debris and downspouts and the drain is unobstructed to avoid probable basement flood and roofing damage.
  • Leave the heat on low during colder months of the year and protect your pipes from freezing.
  • Make sure the weather stripping on all exterior doors, including the garage door, is intact and seals tightly when closed.

 

Make it look like you‘re around

  • Install timers for your interior lights and possibly a radio to give the impression that someone is home in the evenings.
  • Have a neighbor take out your trashcans and recycling for you.
  • Ask a trusty neighbor to pick up your mail.
  • If your trip takes more than a week, make sure someone takes care of your lawn. In wintertime, ask someone to shovel your sidewalk and driveway if it snows.
  • Leave a car in your driveway if you can, or even better, ask a neighbor to park in your driveway while you’re away.

 

Maintain your privacy

  • If no one’s staying in your house, don’t post anything on social media before or during your vacation. If you must share photos while on vacation, make sure the social media profiles you’re posting to cannot be viewed publicly.
  • Make sure your friend or family doesn’t, inadvertently, make your absence public in social media with statements like “ Hope you’re having a great vacation in Mexico! See you when you’re back next week.”
  • If your car is in long-term parking at the airport, don’t leave anything inside that can lead thieves to your home (e.g. portable GPS device, papers with your address on them, etc.)
  • If you are traveling with your car leaving your garage empty make sure to cover or frost garage windows. Otherwise, it’s obvious that your car is gone and you’re not home.

 

Have someone watch over your house

  • Ask a trusty friend or neighbor to drop by your house periodically to make sure everything is fine.
  • If you have a neighborhood watch, let them know the dates of your trip and when to expect your back.
  • Get a remotely accessible home security system with Black Knight Security to be able to periodically check in your home while you’re away. This would notify you as soon as anything out of ordinary happens in your home and you can take action from wherever you are.

It is simple to secure your home when you’re on vacation. You just need to plan in advance, consider all angles, and you are safe. Black Knight Security, and its trained team of experts, is always here to assure you of your security and your peace of mind.

 

 

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How to choose an infrared Security Camera https://www.blackknightsecurity.ca/how-to-choose-an-infrared-security-camera/ Mon, 11 Jan 2016 21:35:35 +0000 https://www.blackknightsecurity.ca/?p=454 Are you looking to purchase efficient, precise and professional video surveillance systems? Then you are most likely interested in adding in an infrared security camera and thinking about the idea is quite easy, finding the right model can really take quite a lot of time, especially if you want home installation Vancouver and all the [...]

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Are you looking to purchase efficient, precise and professional video surveillance systems? Then you are most likely interested in adding in an infrared security camera and thinking about the idea is quite easy, finding the right model can really take quite a lot of time, especially if you want home installation Vancouver and all the other important stuff that suits your needs.

Remote video access control

This is a feature that all good infrared security cameras should have. Of course you just can’t find it on all models, that’s for sure, but the idea to actually have a remote video access control is very important. Being able to control your camera remotely is a true necessity to be honest, and that on its own can make a difference for sure. It might take a little time to get used to the controls, but being able to control an infrared camera from afar and do that in a precise and efficient manner is very important.
Cost Of course, any video surveillance systems can be costly, and that is especially true if you are looking for home installation Vancouver as well. Sure, your budget might differ when compared to other persons, but that’s one of the things that are truly important here, the ability to find one that suits a price range you are comfortable with.

Color or not

If you have the extra cash to spend, you can obtain an infrared security camera. It might not sound like much at first, but the difference between the two models is seen for sure, especially during the times with a lot of fog. The color models, albeit more expensive, are quite precise and that on its own delivers a ton of value for the end user.

Connectivity

While all the infrared video surveillance systems are precise and deliver a good quality all around, you have to note the fact that their connectivity does differ a little bit. Some are wired, others are wireless and there are quite a few that connect the system via an IP, using a computer. Depending on your needs and connectivity requirements, you might end up using either of these.

Indoor or outdoor systems

The video surveillance systems can be used for both indoor and outdoor applications, so it does come down to figuring out what you need as the results can be well worth it in this regard.

Light sensitivity

Some models are light sensitive and others are not, so you do need to figure out which one is best. Usually you need to try and find a model that is not light sensitive, since it can come in handy, but either type of model works as long as you can use it.

In the end, all criteria types presented in this article will help you find the best video surveillance systems on the market, especially if you want to find an infrared model. Try to focus on infrared sensitivity, if it has home installation Vancouver and so on, but also see if it includes remote video access control a well!

With such variety available in the market and so many providers out there, it is necessary to find a reliable provider of security cameras. In Black Knight Security Ltd., We stand behind our products and service by providing high quality home and business security and surveillance camera systems and professional installation at competitive price. If you would like a free, no obligation quotation for your Home CCTV Installation, please contact us here or call us on +1 (855) 618 0151.

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