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6 Ways Smart Technology Is Useful on Farms

You don’t have to have an internet connection to install ‘Smart Home’ tech gadgets in your home, farm, or rural property. If an internet connection isn’t available, Smart Home features can be channeled through a cellular device installed in your alarm control panel. Smart Home tech isn’t just for city slickers. There are actually a lot of smart home features that that can come in handy around the farm or out on rural homesteads. What is Smart Home Technology and How Does It Work? A ‘Smart Home’ is a residence with appliances, lighting, security, heating, air conditioning, entertainment systems, and... Read More »

Security Risks of Supply Chain Automation

If your business takes physical goods to market, the process of delivering those goods to their final destination can have a massive impact on a company’s overall performance. Likewise, being ahead of the learning curve in adapting to the latest supply chain technological solutions can give companies a competitive advantage over their competition. Automation, data collection & analysis, and the ability to track cargo in real time as it moves along the supply chain are revolutionizing how products make their way to market around the globe. Automation of the Supply Chain Automated cranes, fork lifts, and other equipment are being... Read More »

Security for Warehouses, Equipment & Cargo

If you ship or store products, those items are vulnerable to theft. According to the FBI, $30 billion worth of cargo is stolen in the U.S. every single year. Theft can occur at any point in the supply chain: site of production, during shipping, in a storage warehouse, or at port. It’s not usually feasible to have a trusted set of eyes on your goods at all times throughout the entire shipping process. Fortunately, camera systems, security systems, and tracking devices can help to keep secure goods as you bring them to market. The First Line of Supply Chain Security... Read More »

Lynchburg Is One of the Safest Cities in the U.S.

We love Lynchburg, Virginia! Low unemployment, reasonably priced real estate, a low cost of living, a vibrant downtown, views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a rich historical past, and great public schools are just a few of the reasons Lynchburg is leading the region in population growth. On top of this outstanding track record, Lynchburg also boasts one of the lowest crime rates in the nation for a city of this size. One travel directory ranked Lynchburg as the 6th safest mid-size city in the U.S. Despite Lynchburg’s outstanding crime record, that doesn’t mean families should let down their guard.... Read More »

Preventing Arson and Vandalism in Places of Worship

Many of the brave men and women that first traveled across the wild Atlantic to settle our great land did so to escape religious persecution, so it’s no wonder that our founding fathers fought so adamantly for Freedom of Religion. Though this fundamental right is protected by our Constitution, some take it upon themselves to lash out at those with differing beliefs. Be it mental illness, a troubled childhood, prejudice, intolerance, the result of indoctrination and conditioning, or simply evil intentions, places of worship have a long history of being targeted by those that wish to do others harm. It’s... Read More »

Where Should You Install Cameras Outside Your Home or Rural Property?

If you live in rural Southwest Virginia, you know it’s not always easy to keep an eye on every nook and cranny of your property, and often neighbors aren’t within eyeshot or even earshot. This makes leaving town for vacation very difficult, even when you have people coming to check on the house and animals during the day. You might be surprised to learn that it’s possible to set up motion sensor activated surveillance cameras that send alerts directly to a smartphone or computer. Check out this useful infographic from surveillance camera manufacturer Q-See for tips on where to place... Read More »

Important Emergency Numbers for Lynchburg

If a life is in danger call 911. You hear someone breaking into your home, call 911. Someone is having a heart attack, call 911. Uncontrolled bleeding, call 911. If a fire breaks out that you aren’t able to control or put out, call 911. If you aren’t sure if the situation is life-threatening, be on the safe side and call 911. Emergency responders will tell you what to do next and dispatch emergency responders if necessary. Non-Emergency Numbers to Keep on Hand There are many instances in which a non-emergency number is more a more appropriate course of action.... Read More »

What Do Burglars Look For?

Ever wonder what burglars are actually after when they break into a home? It’s not surprising that the #1 item is cash, but what about the other items they’re after? On average, a typical burglar has about 15 minutes to be in and out of your house, and that means they usually have items in mind before they even enter the residence. Here’s a quick rundown of what thieves are looking for: Cash – 88% of Americans still carry cash, which is a surprising figure considering the usage of debit and credit cards. Burglars know this and cash is untraceable... Read More »

Wired vs. Wireless Home Security System

Deciding between a wireless and wired alarm intrusion system can be a challenge, so it’s important to ask the right questions when considering your options. What’s the difference in cost? Does one provide better security than the other? Which requires the least maintenance? Not all systems are created equal, so it’s important to pick the system that fits the needs and budget of your family. Cost Comparison The first thing people ask is: “Which system is more expensive?” The short term cost of a wired system is usually higher, but 75% of Americans stay in their home for more than... Read More »

How Safe Is Your Home?

We share a lot of strategies for protecting against home intrusion and fire, but it’s important to think about the big picture of your home’s safety from time to time. Every year, families in America lose loved ones to accidents related to falling, poisoning, suffocation and many other dangers. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, water is at the focal point of most home injuries. Fortunately, there are steps we can take to protect ourselves and our loved ones from these and other dangers. Home Safety Checklist Below is a checklist of home safety items for you... Read More »

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