When you start your own business, there's plenty to keep you awake at night.
Did we choose the best location? How can we reach more customers? How are things looking at the business right now—as in: right now, at 10:30 PM?
When she opened beauty and skincare boutique Ivy Wild, Washington D.C. business owner Rachel Mulcahy worried about all of the above. After having a full suite of Alarm.com for Business security technology installed, however, Rachel found it easy to put security concerns to bed.
"With Alarm.com, it takes maybe five seconds to check in," Rachel says. "I don't have to wonder what's happening at the store. I can just know."
Here's how Alarm.com helps Rachel protect and run her business.
Smart alerts and video feeds keep Rachel in the know With smart security cameras inside and outside Ivy Wild, Rachel can have a 360° view of what's happening anytime—no matter where she is. Her Alarm.com for Business app lets her quickly view a live feed from any camera, or find a recorded video clip of something that happened earlier. "I feel like I can be at the store even when I'm not at the store," she says. "I can tap my app's video button and see the store indoors and out." Alarm.com also offers Rachel an array of notification options for keeping up with important activity. "I get a notification when the store is closed up and secure." she says. "I can get an alert if the store doesn't open on time. Alarm.com lets me know who arrived, and when. And if I get a notification that something is wrong, I can open my app and see exactly what's happening." Related: "Being in control means knowing what's happening. That's what Alarm.com gives me." Smart safeguards protect Ivy Wild's inventory
Ivy Wild carries high-quality cosmetics and products that could make an attractive target for thieves. Rachel rests easier knowing that her security system is professionally monitored. In the event of a break-in, local police will be alerted without Rachel needing to act. Additionally, Alarm.com offers Ivy Wild a range of automated safeguards to protect different aspects of the store. "For example, I'm not always here at the end of the day to lock up," Rachel says. "So, I have an Alarm.com rule that locks our smart lock, automatically, every day at closing time. Even Ivy Wild's smart thermostat helps protect things. "It would be a problem if the store got too hot," Rachel says. "We don't want our cosmetics getting overheated; it could degrade the quality. Fortunately, I can see and control the temperature from anywhere with my Alarm.com app. If things get too warm, I'll get a temperature alert. It's amazing to have Alarm.com take care of these things." Managing access for employees is easy—and more secure
Ivy Wild has four part-time employees, who all need to access the store at different times. With Alarm.com's smarter access control, that's easy. "I can quickly set up access for a new employee," says Rachel. "I go into my Alarm.com dashboard, set them up with a keycard, then specify the times and days on which they have access to the store. If anyone forgets their card—although it hasn't happened yet—I can unlock the door remotely with my app." Related: "With keyless access, Alarm.com for Business makes my life easier." As Ivy Wild grows, Rachel expects to rely on Alarm.com even more. "If we open another location, I'll want the same technology there," she says. "Being able to manage employee access for two stores, side by side, with each store's video feeds and activity alerts too, would be huge." "This is a security system but it does so much more," says Rachel. "I consider it an essential business tool—something every owner should have." Want Alarm.com for your business? Professionally delivered by Reed Security, Alarm.com for Business is the smartest way to upgrade your security, access control, video surveillance and energy management.
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After spending years working at Future Shop (Best Buy) and ADT Security I decided to go out on my own and launch a security company in Saskatoon, SK. I was 26 years old and had a lot of enthusiasm, but was really naive on how to start and run a business.
It was pretty tough in the early years (2000) and I failed a lot. I was determined to succeed - even when our accountant at the time suggested otherwise "sometimes you have to give up your dream" he said.
Today Reed Security services thousands of clients across the prairies from our head office and dealerships in Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Regina and Calgary. We've received 20+ Award Recognitions for Customer Service, Management Quality, Marketing, New Direction, Young Entrepreneur and Small Business of the Year.
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It makes us all sick to our stomach when we hear about a
child being abducted. For a Battleford’s area family it’s been a roller coaster
after their running vehicle with their six year old daughter in it was stolen on Sunday. An
AMBERT ALERT was issued and many of us shared it in our news feeds on social
media trying to help any way we could. My wife Heidi and I thought of all the
clients we had in the Battleford’s area with HD Security Cameras that we could
ask to check for footage. The family made a tearful video appeal asking for the
return of their daughter with no questions asked.
It is a Happy Monday because the AMBER ALERT was cancelled
as their daughter was safely found by a city worker in an industrial area. Prayers were answered and our
worst fears were avoided. It appears to be a crime of opportunity. It’s
possible the suspect(s) didn’t know there was a passenger in the vehicle.
So, what can we learn from this?
1. REDUCE OPPORTUNITIES
After running a security business for nearly two decades and
visiting multiple crime scenes I can tell you that most crimes are crimes of
opportunity. If you want to reduce crime, you need to control the odds and take
away the opportunities. This means taking active precautions such as locking
doors and windows, having proper lighting at night, and installing a security
system. You are 400% less likely to have a break-in by taking action.
2. SOCIAL MEDIA WORKS
Many parents went to social media and shared news about the
AMBER ALERT including photos of the abducted child and the vehicle that was
stolen. It wasn’t just the RCMP working on their own anymore. Thousands of
additional eyes and ears across the prairies were actively spreading the word
and creating awareness. It certainly made it difficult for the suspects(s) to
hide. Did it play a role in the decision to return the child safely? The
investigation will tell the story.
Social Media also works when you share video footage from HD
Security Cameras. Next time you experience a theft make sure you contact the
POLICE and share images on FaceBook and Instagram. You never know who will
recognize the suspect(s).
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Remember those lip sync challenges going around amongst Police Services over the last month or so? We do, and at the time we heard from many in our community that we should be getting involved – so we did!
And in line with the philosophy that all great things take time, we’re excited to present our lip sync video of Backstreet Boys' I want it that Way, including a scene re-enactment from Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
We weren’t officially challenged from a Police Service so we won’t be throwing down any challenges ourselves, but if anyone thinks they can one up our efforts, feel free!
Special thanks to everyone who helped make this possible, especially the sworn and civilian members that volunteered their holidays, days off and lunch hours to make this possible.
The SPS does not own any rights to the script, lyrics or music by Brooklyn Nine-Nine scene or the Backstreet Boys.
Shot and Edited by Sik Pics Productions.