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The Connection Newsletter

Issue: # 2017-2 February 2017

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February 2017 Newsletter

Winter is here, but spring is right around the corner! It’s cold out, so it is very important that any heaters in your home are properly maintained to prevent fires – we’ve got more fire prevention tips and other important information below in this month’s Connection Newsletter!

Thank you for all of the trust you place in us. It is our number one goal to protect all of our customers and their valuables. We also want every experience you have with us to be positive. Feel free to contact us at anytime with questions, concerns, etc.-we would love to hear from you!

Our Blog

Don’t forget to regularly check out our blog that can be found on our website.

We tackle various security topics that you may be thinking about. If you have any ideas for future blog posts, please contact us.

Commercial Security

Safety Tips for Retail Employees

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If you are the owner or manager of a retail store, then you already understand how important it is to create a safe and secure environment for your workers, as well as your customers and vendors. You also understand why it is necessary to take steps to prevent losses and reduce shrinkage.

If you are searching for a few new tips to help create a safer, more secure retail location, you’re in luck. Here you can learn some practical tips that have been proven effective in a retail setting.

Install Security Equipment

Perhaps the most important thing you can do to increase retail store security is to install various types of security equipment. While you don’t have to install everything on the following list, even one item can help make your business more secure and help increase the feeling of security among staff and customers.

  • Closed circuit security cameras
  • Motion lights
  • Access control technology
  • Fire/burglary alarm
  • Monitoring services from alarm companies



Loss Prevention Tips for Retail Establishments

Shrinkage is when merchandise is lost due to certain activities, including (but not limited to) breakages, shoplifting, and employee theft. If you have a loss prevention plan in place, it can help reduce shrinkage situations. This plan should include:

  • Training employees to recognize signs of theft in customers or suspicious activity.
  • Displaying high-value items where they are easily seen.
  • Keeping a close watch on your register or other locations where transactions occur.
  • Deter theft with security devices.
  • Make sure cameras are also in the break rooms, loading docks, and hidden areas on the sales floor.

While there is no way to make your retail location 100% theft proof, the steps here can significantly help minimize the potential for losses due to theft. Owning or managing a retail store is hard work. With the tips here, you can help increase the feeling of safety and security among your employees.

Residential Security

Common Causes of Home Fires

According to information from the National Fire Protection Association, there are more than 300,000 house fires in the United States every single year. House fires result in thousands of deaths, as well as billions of dollars in property damage. With these shocking statistics in mind, there is no question that you need to make protecting your home from a household fire a top priority.

One of the first things you can do is to get to know some of the leading causes of house fires. When you know what causes these problems, you are already a step closer to preventing them in your own home.

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The Most Common Causes of House Fires

  • Cooking related situations: Approximately 40% of all house fires are caused by cooking. Some examples include grease that catches on fire or leaving food on the stove unattended.
  • Heating units that malfunction: During the winter, these are serious fire hazards. If you don’t use portable space heaters properly, they may lead to a fire, especially when placed too close to clothing, furniture, or curtains.
  • Electrical fires: Faulty wiring, not properly using electrical equipment, and covering electrical cords have all led to house fires.
  • Kids playing with fire: Tragically, many household fires result from children who play with cigarette lighters or matches that adults did not store properly.



Protect Your Home From Fire

One of the best things you can do to protect yourself, your family, and your home from fire is to install a quality and reliable fire alarm system. In addition to a monitored fire alarm, considering installing smoke alarms and fire extinguishers throughout your home. Taking steps to protect your home from fire can help you remain safe and avoid the serious and devastating consequences a household fire can have.

Tech Corner

Sell Your Home Faster with Smart Home Features

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The past few years have seen explosive growth in the smart home technology industry. Today, there are more options and products than ever before. In 2017 many cool, new gadgets are going to be introduced. If you’re ready to have the smartest house on the block, then here’s just a few of the many latest and greatest products coming this year.

Have you been thinking about installing “smart” technology in your home? Does the idea of wireless video surveillance and automatic climate control from your smartphone appeal to you? If so, you aren’t alone. In fact, homes with smart features are now selling faster and for more money than homes that don’t have this innovative technology.

Is a “Smart” Home Better?

There are several findings from surveys that have indicated that smart homes are definitely a trend worth investing in. In fact, 64% of millennials stated that smart technology makes a home more enjoyable to live in and safer, according to a survey conducted by Better Homes and Gardens magazine.

However, the question is, do smart homes sell faster? If you consider the fact that millennials are the next generation of home buyers, and they already find this technology appealing, then it would definitely be reasonable to say that your home would sell faster when smart technology was present.

Popular Smart Devices

If you want to join in this technology trend, you may wonder what devices are most appealing to home buyers. Some of the leading devices to consider include smart locks and alarms, smart safety gadgets, and lighting systems. Today, you can find options for each of these common household items that can be controlled by devices, rather than switches and knobs.

The increase in the value of your home offered by smart technology is dependent on what you choose and how much of it you install. However, if you want to make your home more comfortable, safer and add features that will help it sell faster, then creating a smart home is an extremely smart investment.

ROCK & ROLL TRIVIA

Question: Who was the manager of the Beatles before his untimely death in 1967?

A) Brian Epstein

B) Allan Williams

C) Allen Klein

D) Clive Epstein

PREVIOUS MONTH’S ROCK & ROLL TRIVIA

Question: "Who wrote the hit “Wild Thing” by The Troggs?"

A) Al Gorgoni

B) Chip Taylor

C) Jimi Hendrix

D) Phil Spector

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OUR SERVICES

We offer a wide-range of Commercial and Residential Security Services that include:

  • Surveillance Systems
  • Burglar Alarms
  • Fire Alarms
  • Access Control

For immediate assistance or information on any of our services, please email us at customercare@perfectconnectionsinc.com or call: 908-722-2880.

OUR REFERRAL PROGRAM

Our referral program works like this. If someone you refer to us turns into a client, you get your choice of one of the following $50 gifts…

All you have to do is email us at customercare@perfectconnectionsinc.com and put "Referral Program" in the subject line. Please be sure to include the name and contact information for the person you are referring, along with the $50 gift of your choice. Also, be sure to include your contact information so we can send you your gift, once your referral turns into a sale. If you prefer to call us with all the information, please do so at: 908-722-2880.

Thank you for reading our February issue. Don’t forget to read our weekly blog as well. See you next month!

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