Is Your Healthcare Facility At Risk?

The healthcare system is constantly evKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAolving as are the measures and technology to keep it secure.  Technology can and should play an integral role in the protection and management of any healthcare facility.  Healthcare facilities can be anything from a hospital to an assisted living environment, or a portable x-ray unit to a rehab center.  While most of these environments are typically considered safe, the need for security is vital nonetheless.  There are a multitude of external and internal factors that determine a facilities’ security needs.  Safety in a healthcare environment is not only important to the staff and facility manager, but the public as well.  Are your patients, staff, and assets being adequately protected?

What Requires Protection?

When thinking about healthcare facilities, visualizing medically related images like that of a stethoscope or a doctor is typical.  Picturing surveillance equipment and access cards is probably not the first thing that comes to mind.  However, security is a major issue for many facilities.  They are dynamic spaces that have an obligation to protect staff, patients, and assets, while also making the public feel comfortable.  Who and what needs protection, and why?

People visit healthcare facilities seeking treatment and care for a multitude of issues.  These people are you, me, our families, our friends, and the people we don’t know personally.  Families want to know that their loved ones are being taken care of properly when they can’t be around.  A knowledgeable security systems company, like Perfect Connections, Inc., knows that whether patients are in a hospital, clinic, or an assisted living facility, installing a comprehensive security system will not only help protect them, but can help provide peace of mind.  It could also help decrease the chances of patient elopement.  According to The National Institute for Elopement Prevention  elopement is defined as, “When a patient or resident who is cognitively, physically, mentally, emotionally, and/or chemically impaired; wanders away, walks away, runs away, escapes, or otherwise leaves a caregiving facility or environment unsupervised, unnoticed, and/or prior to their scheduled discharge.”  This should be a concern because in all likelihood the healthcare organization would be liable; it could be financially catastrophic for a facility and emotionally disastrous for a family.  Patient elopement could become a public safety concern if a violent criminal were to escape, if another patient were abducted during an escape, or if an individual with an infectious disease were to flee.  Remember, all types of individuals are admitted for treatment.

The safety of a healthcare facility’s staff and pharmaceuticals is paramount to their success in treating patients.  According to Joel Griffin, editor at, across the United States, there has been an increase in healthcare facility crimes.  Crimes include theft, assault, vandalism, rape, and homicide.  Griffin states, “98 percent of healthcare facilities now experience violence and criminal incidents.”  This seems shocking but the reasons behind why are not, it’s just they may not be obvious.  For instance, in today’s fast paced, non-stop society, many healthcare organizations are operating before and/or after the average 9am-5pm work day, if not 24/7.  This leads to increased foot traffic resulting in a higher probability of potential crime.

Money & pills-Images MoneyDrug addicts and other substance abusers can be problematic if on site pharmaceuticals are not effectively fortified.  Substance abuse can be an internal staff issue as well.  In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cites significant consequences of healthcare providers pilfering patients’ narcotics, including patients not receiving proper treatment or being deprived of adequate pain relief, and the risk of infection from life-threatening diseases like Hepatitis C.  With advanced access controlled security systems in combination with monitored surveillance, these risks can become substantially limited.  It’s not always enough to have a locked cabinet or storage area, keys are too easily stolen and/or replicated.

With any type of healthcare it’s crucial to protect private patient information.  This means any patient files, which in todaPatient files-Alex Gorzeny’s techy world are probably being converted to digital data.  A patient’s file contains personal and private information to be shared between caregiver and patient only.  There is a heavy responsibility placed on healthcare organizations to uphold this confidentiality.  Maintaining general HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) security and privacy policy procedures may not be enough.  With the use of mobile devices, laptops, and other technology health administrators need to be conscious of where and how accessible information is.  Many doctors and other medical staff use mobile tablets to record patient information; having an access password or encryption can help, but what happens when the device is accidentally left behind or in an unprotected area?  The physical items that contain patient information should be kept in a monitored, access controlled portion of the facility.  The consequences of a HIPAA violation can be costly, even if accidental.  In fact, in the case of a “did not know” violation, the penalty can be upwards of $50,000/violation to $1.5million/year for the same violation.  It is in any healthcare organizations’ best interest to secure this private information.  The cost of a comprehensive security system is nothing compared to what the cost for lost data and damages could be.

Preventative Measures

Having a security system installed after a disastrous event can help prevent future problems, but this is a reactive approach versus proactive.  Healthcare providers have more important matters to deal with, never mind who or what is trying to wreak havoc on or in their facility.  With a comprehensive security system these worries can be significantly lessened, or avoided all together.  If planning a new facility it’s beneficial to involve a security systems company like Perfect Connections, Inc. from the start.  Our professionals can help create a more complete security solution, and avoid costly alterations after the fact.

There are numerous considerations that must be taken into account when creating a security system for a healthcare facility. Therefore, an inclusive security assessment should be performed by a licensed professional whether it’s for an existing or new structure.  A security assessment will help provide a specific solution to an individual facility’s needs.  The assessor should not only review any history of security breaches in the past, but talk with the staff to gain a better understanding of the day-to-day activity.  Once the assessment is complete they can customize a suitable system.

Nurse-COD NewsroomA custom security system is the best option because no two facilities are exactly the same; even if two buildings share the same schematics, the locations will be different, and the demographics of an area will be factored into the type of security needed.  Some commonalities between systems may include features such as access controls for visitors, patients, and staff, video surveillance and alarm monitoring.  According to Steve Nibbelink, CHPA, in regards to physical security features, “when they are part of an integrated, technology master plan, the healthcare organization can improve security and operational efficiencies, while also reducing the associated cost. In fact, in Hospital and Healthcare Security, the authors state, ‘Authorities estimate between 3 and 10 percent of hospital expenditures could be saved if proper security controls were implemented.’”  Security systems can prevent disasters from happening so healthcare professionals can take care of what matters most, their patients.

Visit Perfect Connections, Inc. to discover how decades of providing security systems solutions for healthcare facilities can benefit your organization.  We will customize a solution that best fits your facility’s needs.  We know that no two patients are exactly the same, and no two organizations operate exactly the same.

If you live in Central or Northern New Jersey and would like information on any of the topics discussed above, please call 800-369-3962 or simply CLICK HERE.

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Want To Lower Your Homeowners Insurance?

As a homeowner, you have no doubt invested precious time and money with realtors, bankers, maybe lawyers, even architects and contractors.  All in an effort to secure the home of your dreams.  Now that you have it, the wallet and purse draining may seem never ending.  As a first time home buyer or builder, you probably do not have all of the necessary tools and home accents of a fully functioning domicile.  You’ll probably need to purchase the essentials, a lawnmower, some furniture, a basic tool kit, and appliances like a refrigerator and a washer/dryer.  Needless to say, these items do not come

In addition to the essential purchases, you’re home security is a top priority.  You’ve moved in, you have the keys, well what if all of your new neighbors also have keys?  It’s not uncommon for neighbors to exchange a set of keys, and since you don’t know the neighbors yet, changing your locks should be step number one.  In fact, according to you should assume that, “everyone and his brother has a set of keys to your new home.”

Realizing your home is potentially compromised, you change your locks.  Great!  You’ve taken the first step in protecting what matters most.  However, a simple lock and key may not cut it when it comes to home security.  Having a comprehensive security system installed will not only help prevent catastrophe, it could save you money.  If you’re considering a home security system, be sure to hire a licensed and insured specialist like Perfect Connections, Inc.  Here at Perfect Connections, Inc. we can guide you through the subtle nuances of a comprehensive security system from customizing features to final installation.

How can a security system SAVE you money?

Besides the more obvious savings that come with a security system, like fire and burglary prevention, you can actually save on your homeowners insurance.  Wait, insurance companies offer discounts?  Yes they do!  In all likelihood, during the process of buying your home you’ve signed for a home insurance policy.  Most mortgage lenders won’t let you sign for a house until you have an insurance policy in place, or are working on obtaining one.  According to Peter G. Miller for, even if you own the house outright, sans mortgage, insurance is still a smart investment as it will help protect you and your family from financial disaster if something were to happen to your home.

Insurance Definition-Alan CleaverJust how much can you save by installing a security system?  The answer to this question varies, it all depends on your insurance provider and the state you reside in.  Although each company has a different policy, the average savings can be up to 20% (Erin Raub for  Each company will likely have different discount/credit or premium reduction qualifications.  Your best bet is to call your policy provider and ask specific questions, especially if you’re at the beginning stages of choosing a security system.  There will be different discounts for various security features.  For example, your discount/credit will be less if you only have local fire alarms and dead bolts versus a comprehensive monitored alarm system.  Nick DiUlio for references Michael Barry from the Insurance Information Institute, citing that, “homeowners typically can expect discounts of at least 5 percent for smoke detectors, burglar alarms or deadbolt locks. For more advanced alarm systems that report directly to a police station, fire department or other monitoring stations,some companies may cut premiums by as much as 15 percent or 20 percent.”  This type of discount may also be available to renters.

Here is a list (in no particular order) of some insurance companies that offer home security discounts/credits:

Aside from the cost of a security system, and the installation, you will be paying a monthly monitoring fee which can range anywhere from $25-50.  Over the span of a year this will cost you between $300-600.  How does this compare with the cost of insurance?  According to the average homeowner will spend between $1,200-1,500/year on insurance premiums.  If your insurer offers a discount on the high end, up to 20%, you could save up to $300/year.  Keep in mind the fact that every time you make a claim, your premium is likely to go up.  Installing a security system can help you avoid having to make claims by protecting your home and its contents.

As long as you own your security system you will save on insurance.  Even if the initial cost of a security system may seem substantial, it typically ends up paying off in the end.  Whether it’s preventing an attempted burglary or lowering your yearly insurance costs, a security system is a sound investment.

For more information on security systems and their features go to Perfect Connections, Inc. We’ve been providing security systems solutions to Central and Northern New Jersey since 1992.  Needless to say, we know a thing or two about home security applications, and their benefits.

If you live in Central or Northern New Jersey and would like information on any of the topics discussed above, please call 800-369-3962 or simply CLICK HERE.

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When a Lock & Key Doesn’t Cut It

Broken door jamb-Tim SamoffThe world is an exciting, adventure-filled environment we all share. Even with all of the amazing opportunities it has to offer, the sad fact remains that there are inevitable and unavoidable dangers. We would all like to think our homes are impervious fortresses of safety, when in reality life is unpredictable, and most are unaware or don’t want to believe they are vulnerable in their own home. However, you can take preventative measures to significantly decrease your chances of disaster. Our homes are where our lives happen, what better reason to protect them? By installing a comprehensive custom security system, you would not only be protecting the physical structure of your home, but most importantly the welfare of your family. No one understands this better than our team of experts at Perfect Connections, Inc., a trusted security systems company that has serviced homes locally in Central and Northern New Jersey for decades.

Maybe you’ve considered a security system in the past, but thought, “my neighborhood is safe, nothing bad would or could ever happen here.” Then the unthinkable happens, your neighbor’s home is broken into while they are at work; the intruder stealing most, if not all, of their irreplaceable valuables. Your neighbor didn’t have a security system and the perpetrator was able to get in through an open window on their back porch. Sometimes that’s all it takes, you can lock your doors, but if a criminal wants in and you are unprotected, they will most likely find a way. According to, in 2012 there were an estimated 2,103,787 burglaries across the United States, and “Homes without alarm systems are 3 times more likely to be burglarized than those with an alarm system.” Don’t fall victim to false pretenses of perceived safety. Take initiative to safeguard what matters most.

As a homeowner, it’s not just burglaries and break-ins that are cause for concern, fire and carbon monoxide poisoning are unpredictable occurrences that threaten home and family safety. According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) in 2013 nationally fire departments responded to a fire every 25 seconds, and 80,100 incidents of non-fire related carbon monoxide detection in 2010. To help avoid something as catastrophic as a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning, it is imperative that the proper warning systems are part of your home security system. Carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms will help prevent irreparable damage and loss.

A comprehensive custom security system will not only help prevent break-ins and fire damage, but protect and improve the functionality of your home and family. Today’s technological advancements have significantly enhanced the capabilities of home security systems. Many systems can be controlled and monitored remotely from the convenience of your smartphone or mobile device. In fact, here at Perfect Connections, Inc. we work with interactive services like to provide seamless and convenient home automation. Industry manufacturers and engineers have come a long way from the now antiquated door shaker security measures that followed the end of World War I. The door shakers were a posse of watchmen that would travel door to door giving each one a jiggle to make sure they were locked. Imagine leaving the safety of your home and family up to a door shaker nowadays? Whether you are in the midst of new home construction or concerned about your current residence, consider what security measures can and should be implemented.

When deciding between security systems companies, remember no two security systems are the same, as they shouldn’t be. They should be customized to fit the needs of an individual. If you hire a company that insists on using the same system they’ve used everywhere else, you might be getting duped. Not everyone has the same needs, and every home is different, therefore the security necessities between homes are going to vary greatly. Your security systems provider and installers should already know this, and they should be able to provide comprehensive solutions to your homes’ vulnerabilities. As a customer be sure to do your research. Personal referrals are helpful and online reviews can sometimes help weed out the non-experts. Once you’ve narrowed your search you’ll want to have the company you choose perform a security assessment. The assessment will show you what you’re lacking and how to better equip your home.

Features & Benefits of a Home Security System

Combining smoke and carbon monoxide detectors with motion detectors, surveillance, window and door sensors, energy management, and burglar alarms will create a more cohesive system, and put your mind at ease. With motion detectors you can be alerted when someone, or something, is moving in a particular room, or when doors and windows are being opened and closed. Motion detectors can even be set up to communicate with the security cameras in your home to catch a glimpse of what is moving. For all of the animal lovers, pet immune motion detectors are available helping to avoid false alarms from your furry friends.Cat and dog-Tim Dorr

While motion detectors pick up what is going on inside your home, window and door sensors will help provide perimeter protection, helping warn you before intruders are physically inside your home. Both sensors/detectors can trip your alarm system giving you enough time to get somewhere safe and/or alert the authorities, while simultaneously driving the intruder away. The benefits of an energy conscious system is that its’ cost effective and less wasteful. Being able to manage your home climate can save you from a sky-high utilities bill, especially in extreme weather conditions.

One of the best ways to keep track and understand what is happening in yours or a loved one’s home is surveillance. By installing home security cameras you have the capability to record and monitor internal and external activity. Cameras are a great way to deter potential intruders or vandals and keep track of who is coming and going. Recording and monitoring services can be a helpful resource in tracking down a suspect in the event of a successful break-in. Surveillance will provide peace of mind that can’t be obtained by an alarm system alone.

The Connected Home

Now that you have your custom security system installed and you fully grasp its functions,wouldn’t it be convenient to see and control what is happening while you’re away? With the Connected Home-Home Automation and integrated security systems now you can. In today’s high-tech society many security systems now have remote access capabilities. Maybe you’re at work and your kids are expected home before you, with remote access via your smartphone, tablet, or mobile device, you can be notified of their safe arrival with a snapshot or video clip. Perhaps you forgot to close your garage door before leaving for vacation. No worries, with the tap of your mobile device, it’s easily closed. Maybe you’re concerned for the well being of a loved one living on their own, but you don’t want to hinder their independence, problem solved. With a mobile app like the one offered by you can check on your family member’s activity without being intrusive. You can even control the temperature of your home from Home Automation-from our websiteafar. Imagine your driving home from a long weekend mid-winter and you had set the temperature somewhere in the 50’s in an effort to conserve energy; mid drive you can access and change your home climate to avoid the bone-chilling wait time it would take to warm the house. This type of technology is not only convenient but continuously evolving. Including home automation as in integral part of your security system makes life easier and with improving technologies it’s bound to only get better.

See what Perfect Connections, Inc. can do to help protect your home and family. We have been securing homes since 1992. Our team can provide a personalized solution to help put your mind at ease.

If you live in Central or Northern New Jersey and would like information on any of the topics discussed above, please call 800-369-3962 or simply CLICK HERE.

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Never Thought You Needed a Security System. Now You Do.

System Lock-Yuri Samoilov-Creative CommonsIf you’re like most business owners, you’ve worked hard to keep your company running.  You’ve invested time, money, blood, sweat, and maybe tears to get where you are.  The facility, whether it be a corporate office, salvage yard, or healthcare facility, is where business happens.  No matter what type of business you may be conducting, there are physical and financial assets that warrant some level of protection.  Perfect Connections, Inc. a security systems company, servicing Northern and Central New Jersey for over 20 years, recognizes this, and we can help you in your quest to safeguard what you’ve worked so hard for.

Perhaps you’ve considered security systems in the past, but thought you could manage without one.  So why now?  Maybe another local business caught fire, and due to a poor smoke detection system, the building went up in flames before a fire station could be properly notified.  Maybe someone you know forgot to close their loading dock before leaving the premises resulting in substantial theft; with no cameras to help catch the crooks who committed the crime either.  Perhaps you or an employee was a recent victim of a burglar who gained access to your office by means of an unmonitored entry.  Whatever the reason may be, you now realize the need for a comprehensive security system.

Unfortunately, no business is immune to crime or natural dangers such as fires, flooding, and carbon monoxide poisoning.  According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) “In 2013, there were 1,240,000 fires reported in the United States. These fires caused 3,240 civilian deaths, 15,925 civilian injuries, and $11.5 billion in property damage.”  Of those reported fires 487,500 were structure fires.  It’s statistics like these that make it crucial for any business owner to invest in a comprehensive security system that includes a reliable fire alarm system in conjunction with a proper sprinkler system that meets local code requirements.

Unlike natural dangers, criminals are opportunists.  If they perceive easier access to a certain facility, due to lack of security, it’s more than likely they will pursue that target.  As Henry David Thoreau once said, “The path of least resistance leads to crooked rivers and crooked men.”

Without a comprehensive security system any business opens itself up to catastrophic loss, substantial property damage, and financial crisis.  Company theft and burglary is not always an external issue.  According to CreditDonkey 95% of employees steal from their own employers, nationally this cost companies a total of $34.5 billion in 2011.  These substantial losses can be significantly decreased and potentially prevented by installing a proper security system.

On the upside, a nBurglar-Johnationwide report from the FBI shows that burglary was down by 8.1%, and larceny was down by 4.7% from 2012-2013.  These statistics are a “big picture” view of reported crime in the United States, reported being the operable word.  Many crimes go unreported, for example, employee theft often goes unreported because the employer is often unaware it’s happening until it’s too late.

There Is a Solution

Fortunately there are steps you can take to safeguard your business and its assets.  If this is your first time considering a security system you will want to do a little research on local system providers and installers.  Reviews online or from a personal reference can be helpful when trying to decide on a company.  Having a licensed professional come to your site and perform a security assessment would be the next step.  They will help you figure out where your weaknesses are, suggest an appropriate system solution, and provide you with a cost estimate.  When choosing a security company be sure they are experts in their field.  You wouldn’t hire an electrician to fix your plumbing, right?  One size does not fit all when it comes to selecting a security specialist.  Don’t fall for companies with false claims because you’ll end up with inadequate protection that will most likely cost you more than just a service call.

For new construction projects, it is imperative to contact a security systems expert early on.  This will help ensure a more integrated solution, and in all likelihood save money on the back end.  If you are a tenant in a larger commercial space, it is up to the landlord to provide code compliant safety measures for the whole building, but that doesn’t mean each unit comes equipped with a security system.  To ensure your unit is safeguarded, call a trusted security systems provider for an assessment.

Here are some questions to ask a licensed professional:

  • Where are my weaknesses?
  • How can I better protect my business?
  • How and what type of security system would work best?
  • What type of system will fit my budget?
  • What features are included?
  • Does the cost include labor?
  • Who will be installing the system?
  • Does the company have the proper state licenses?
  • Who/how is the monitoring managed?
  • How long is the system under warranty?
  • Will I own the system, or will it be leased?
  • Is the installation company insured?

The Benefits

What are you actually protecting or preventing when you have a security system installed?  What are the advantages?  You’re preserving the integrity and potential growth of your business.  With monitoring and recording systems you can be sure your employees will feel safer while on the job, and you can rest easy knowing your business is protected even while you’re away.  Through remote access by means of a smartphone, tablet, or computer you can keep an eye on what is happening at your facility when you are not there.  Incorporating an access control mechanism will give you peace of mind knowing who is coming and going, decreasing the risk of intruders.

Once a security system is installed making your security presence public knowledge through signage can help deter potential thieves or vandals from wreaking havoc on your facility.  Having proper fire alarms, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and flood warning notifications as integral parts of your security system will help prevent irreparable damages.  By installing a comprehensive system the chances of vandalism, information theft, employee theft, shoplifting, fire, flooding, carbon monoxide poisoning, burglary, break-ins, and crime in general will be decreased.

As technology evolves so will security systems.  The two are becoming more and more intertwined, so it’s important to select a company, like Perfect Connections, Inc., that is informed and informative on the fluctuating trends.  Don’t fall victim to the mentality that cheaper is always better, what good is a cheap system that fails when you are most vulnerable?  While nothing is perfect, installing a security system will help significantly decrease the chances of a potential disaster, saving you time, money, and aggravation.

Learn more about the security system features and services available to your business at Perfect Connections, Inc.  We have been a trusted security systems provider in Central and Northern New Jersey since 1992.  You can be sure we understand the challenges businesses face, and how to provide a comprehensive solution.

If you live in Central or Northern New Jersey and would like information on any of the topics discussed above, please call 800-369-3962 or simply CLICK HERE.Smile you are on camera sign-Sept 18 2014

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