Companies often have valid reasons for using security cameras in the workplace to promote safety and security. However, protecting employees’ privacy is essential for legal and ethical reasons. State laws offer clear guidance on where workplaces cannot use security cameras. Employers also want to ensure they use cameras for legitimate reasons and not as a form of harassment or intimidation. When ... Continue Reading
Do I Need a Home Security System if I’m Renting?
The Northern Virginia rental market is hot. We’ve seen a boom in upscale apartment living in suburban areas. Another significant trend is short-term rentals while buyers wait for builders to complete their dream homes. As buyers shift toward custom-designed luxury homes on more acreage, there’s often a window before they can move in. But what about home security in rentals? Security may not be at ... Continue Reading
What Do I Need for a High-End Home Theater System?
Pandemic restrictions are essentially a thing of the past, but they’ve left a seismic shift in how we watch movies. Streaming video on demand instead of going to theaters is here to stay. Studios are releasing films straight to streaming and dramatically shortening theatrical windows. We’re now getting new releases right away or in just a few weeks when it used to take months. And while many of us ... Continue Reading
Seven Home Security Tips for the Holidays
The most wonderful time of the year is once again upon us. The holidays are a favorite time to spend time with family and friends. And, of course, gift-giving is a big part of the fun. The lead-up to the holidays brings a flurry of packages, deliveries, and activity. But all the hustle and bustle combined with an influx of valuables can leave you vulnerable to a burglary. Fortunately, there are ... Continue Reading
Do I Really Need a Home Security System?
Despite significant advances in home security technology, a surprisingly high number of American homes don’t have security systems. Especially in the “safe” communities many of us in Northern Virginia are blessed to call home, home security systems may seem unnecessary. But study after study indicates that home security systems have a significant deterrent effect on property crimes. Having a home ... Continue Reading
Will A Dog Really Protect My Property?
We love our dogs for so many reasons. They’re excellent companions and can help protect our home as a part of a comprehensive approach to security. But will a guard dog really protect your property? What are the risks and benefits of owning a guard dog? Does A Guard Dog Prevent Burglaries? Interviews with burglars, including a 2017 survey published in The Guardian, show that dogs can be a crime ... Continue Reading