Tips & Advice
Knowledge is power. Which is why we regularly update this page with new security tips and advice for your home and business.
RURAL RESIDENTS: ARE TRESPASSERS AND STOCK THEFT A PROBLEM FOR YOU?
Thankfully, there is a simple and reliable solution to help you protect your property from trespassers – Parabeam®, a high performance wireless alert system. Parabeam® allows you to remotely monitor driveways, paddocks, sheds, machinery and fuel storage facilities to a base receiver, mobile phone or pager. This allows you to be alerted when a visitor has arrived, welcome or unwelcome.
3 reasons why Parabeam® driveway beams are worth their weight in gold:
1. Be alerted when someone enters your property
If you’re not expecting company, you’ll be alerted to someone’s presence on your property. So, you won’t miss an important visitor or more importantly, you’ll know if there is suspicious activity. This is essential to preventing stock theft and crime on your property.
The Standard beam-set may be installed as a ‘driveway alarm’ or across wider areas, e.g. protecting stock, fuel storage tanks and implement sheds.
2. Superior quality helps prevent false alarms
Some driveway beams operate with a sensor that can be falsely triggered by a change in temperature or weather. The Parabeam® uses a quality photo-electric beam between a receiver and a transmitter – this means it will only activate when an object blocks the beam between these two points.
3. Wide beams ensure accuracy
Width of beams can span up to 200 meters of open ground. The advantage of this for a farm or rural property is the beam itself is thicker than the standard, ensuring even more accurate activations.
How Parabeam® can be set up to monitor different areas of your property…
The Parabeam® Base Receiver sounds an alarm whenever any enrolled beam-set beam is interrupted. The sound of the alarm differs for each activated Beam-set(s) or zone – so you know exactly which area has been breached.
Parabeam® prices start from $699 + GST.
We’ll come to your place and conduct a FREE Property Audit. This will give you advice and security tips tailored to your property! Call Tony to book a time on 021 222 5648.
Do you live rurally?
Is equipment and vehicle theft a concern for you?
Rural crime is a growing frustration and is the cause of a lot unnecessary expenses in the way of repairs, replacements and insurance claims, not to mention lost time spent having to remedy the situation.
How much value is tied up in your vehicles and equipment?
When you think about how much you’ve invested in your vehicles and equipment, and the hassle of having to replace them if they were stolen, it makes sense to do what you can to prevent people from taking them from you.
Wouldn’t it give you peace of mind if you could track the location of your vehicles and important equipment? That’s where a tracking device can be the best thing you’ll ever buy. Attach it to a quad bike, ute, tractor or any other valued equipment.
How the ‘Satellite Tracking SAT C Tracker’ works:
360 Security can supply and fit your vehicles and equipment with tracking devices. Prices start from $350 + GST. We also have a variety of monitoring packages available which are tailored to suit your individual requirements and properties.
To talk to us about our tracking devices, give us a call on (06) 868 8360.
Do you know the 5 biggest security risks in business?
1. Not having a monitored alarm system.
Without a monitored alarm system, your business can become the target for opportunistic thieves. You might also not be covered by your insurance policy if you don’t have a monitored alarm.
2. Not having a well-lit external area.
Poor lighting around your building gives people places to hide. Consider sensor lights to save on power, but make sure you’ve got sufficient lighting right around your property.
3. Staff theft and dishonesty.
While your staff can be your biggest asset, they can also be your biggest risk. Statistics show about one out of four of your employees will be stealing from you on average. Make sure you have measures in place to reduce theft of products, money and company resources.
4. Disgruntled or disengaged employees.
It’s important to nurture a positive culture in your business and have open and honest communication with your team, as disgruntled or disengaged workers can cost you in many ways. They are more likely to steal from you, negatively influence their coworkers, miss work days and drive customers to the competition.
5. Unsecure company information.
Having confidential company information in the wrong hands can lead to all sorts of problems. For example, should a staff member lose their company mobile phone, without adequate security this could give others access to business emails, customer information, cloud stored documents. It’s also important to ensure you change passwords and alarm codes when an employee leaves.
Turning up to work and finding broken windows, damaged property and graffiti is not only disheartening, it’s an absolute pain to have to deal with – especially when you have enough to do! Here are some things you can do to reduce the chance of it happening to you:
- Have security cameras installed. You’re less likely to be the victim of vandalism and graffiti if people know they’re being watched.
- Make sure your outdoor areas are well-lit with no dark places for people to hide.
- Remove ladders, rubbish bins or other items from around your property that could potentially be used for gaining access.
- Have your building and fences painted with graffiti-resistant paint.
- Install bars or barriers on windows to prevent people smashing them and getting in.
Are your employees stealing from you?
6 signs that something might be up:
Now before we go any further, it is important to say that you should TRUST your employees. Looking through eyes of suspicion often results in unhappy staff and serious damage to your business. However, if you have a hunch that something might be going on, then some of these signs may be worth looking for:
1. Regular issues or mistakes with the accounts.
If the till is often out of balance, if it seems like you are regularly being over-charged for goods, or if time sheets aren’t always accurate, it could be a sign of a problem in the background. Having good accounting systems which highlight minor issues quickly can help you to prevent problems from building up.
2. A staff member who is reluctant to go on holiday.
If an employee is not keen to go on holiday, it should start to ring alarm bells. Are they afraid that going away will leave them with too much work to do when they come back, or are they scared of what you might notice in their absence?
3. A sudden change in work habits.
It’s nice to think that employees who suddenly begin working late are doing so because they are dedicated, but every now and then it can be something more sinister. If it was unusual in the past, it might pay to keep an eye on things.
4. Patterned visits from friends – or friends of employees that only get served by them.
This a big one in retail. Many companies make it standard policy that staff cannot conduct the transaction side of service for friends and family. This prevents friends from trying to take advantage.
5. Stock discrepancies –particularly in trades businesses.
One of the most common examples of employee theft is staff using your materials to do “cashies” on the weekend. If you operate a trades-based business like plumbing, electrical or carpentry, then regularly check your stock! Employee stock theft can also be detected through an increase in damaged goods or damaged packaging. Employees sometimes damage packaging or one unit in a multi-pack so that it can no longer be sold – they will then help themselves to the goods thinking that if it can’t be sold, they aren’t doing any harm.
6. Change in staff spending habits.
One tell–tale sign of employee theft is large/out-of-character purchases. If the spending habits of an employee changes and you find yourself wondering “where do you get the money,” there is a chance the answer could be “from you”. As employees become more confident with their theft, they begin to let it show through reckless spending.