Who knows what’s waiting for you when you take out the trash?

dumpster_vagrantTaking out the trash is a pretty routine chore, but sometimes it can get interesting fast – and not in a good way. Imagine taking the trash out late at night at the end of your work shift and startling a homeless vagrant sleeping in the dumpster!

Employees whose job involves taking trash to dumpsters in any environment need to be cautious when doing so in case there is a vagrant sleeping in it or going through the garbage. This could potentially lead to a variety of negative situations, such as robbery, assault, etc. Vagrants can be unpredictable – harmless in some cases and violent in others – so caution is always called for.

We were reminded of this important caution this week when a CV technician spotted a vagrant taking up residence in a dumpster and notified police before anyone else came into contact with him, preventing a possibly dangerous situation. The police cited the vagrant for criminal trespassing and made sure he left the property. Watch the video here.

Not only does our monitoring service help diffuse these situations before they turn into a serious criminal act, employees can have additional peace of mind by using our visual escort service or scout ahead service. Our technicians can be contacted by employees at any time and ask to be watched over as they leave the building and go to the dumpster and back. Employees may also have the technician scout the route to the dumpster ahead of time to ensure that nothing out of the ordinary is present.

CV joins the National Cannabis Industry Association

NCIAlogo_member2014Centralized Vision has become a member of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) as a way to forge stronger connections with our customers in this emerging industry. NCIA is the only national trade association advancing the interests of the legitimate and responsible cannabis industry.

CV currently monitors several medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation sites here in the valley by utilizing our V.I.A.A.S. program. Our centrally-located 24/7/365 monitoring station allows us to monitor not only local sites, but anywhere in the nation.

We’ve learned that it’s a valuable business practice to join professional organizations that our clients are members of, because it shows that we care about their particular industry needs and can therefore better serve them.

Benefits of membership include access to a multitude of networking opportunities, elevated national brand awareness, exclusive access to their informational member portal, a monthly newsletter to stay on top of industry news, members-only events, and ultimately an opportunity for those in the cannabis industry to use our services and feel comfortable doing it.

To kick off our involvement, Centralized Vision is sponsoring NCIA’s upcoming Arizona Member Reception & Federal Policy Update event on February 5th at The Vig here in Phoenix, AZ, which is open to members and their guests.

As leaders in an emerging field ourselves, we join organizations like NCIA as part of our ongoing effort to inform business owners that they have options other than security guards and off-duty police officers, and that the options we offer can result in up to 70% in cost savings.

We encourage you to learn more about NCIA and other professional organizations that your customers belong to. This is a valuable way to get the word out about what you offer while forging stronger connections with customers and prospects.

CV’s virtual greeter service featured in HOA Advisors magazine

HOA-Advisors_winter2014-PhoenixThe upcoming winter issue of HOA Advisors magazine features an article about how the virtual greeter service provided by Centralized Vision can provide as-good or better security than on-site security personnel at a fraction of the cost.

Technology to the Rescue: Virtual Greeter 75% Less Expensive than On-site Security Officers

Keeping one’s community safe is of primary importance to any HOA. But the cost of hiring on-site security officers can eat up a huge chunk of association resources. Thankfully, new advancements in security systems technology can reduce costs significantly, without sacrificing quality of security.

Here’s a look at what you expect from a good security solution, and the way they are handled by a virtual vs. on-site security service:

  1. Control access – Automated gates can be circumvented by people who tailgate residents as they enter. But if the security officer is sitting at the gate all the time then they can’t be roaming the community on alert for other issues. Centralized monitoring allows the virtual security officer to be everywhere at once – greeting residents vocally at the gate one moment and keeping an eye on a landscaper across the community in the next moment. License plate recording keeps track of who goes in and out.
  1. Recognize residents vs. strangers – A security officer may or may not get out of their car to meet and get to know residents. Facial recognition software and resident database management makes it possible for virtual security technicians to know who’s who and act accordingly.
  1. Monitor visitors such as vendors and landscapers – An on-site security officer can only be in one place at a time, whereas a virtual security technician has access to all community common areas at once.
  1. Detect suspicious activity and intervene – If the on-site officer happens by when suspicious or criminal activity occurs, he can intervene. With real-time remote camera monitoring, suspicious persons are easier to spot and law enforcement authorities can be notified immediately to intervene and pursue suspects.
  1. Keep an eye on your community at all times – Virtual safety-certified technicians are on-call 24/7/365, at one-quarter of the cost of the same availability by an on-site security officer.

With access to cameras, audio speakers, and the residential database live in real-time, virtual security technicians can be proactive, rather than reactive, and provide a level of service that would normally necessitate hiring a full-time on-site security officer.

If your association doesn’t have a budget to support an on-site security officer, or if you have one but would like to use a lot of that money for other projects, a real-time camera monitoring system may be the cost-effective solution you need.

Give back by supporting our youth

PTAFor several years Centralized Vision has supported Prime Time Athletics, the fastest-growing NFL-approved youth flag football league in the United States. We will continue our sponsorship during this upcoming winter flag football season, and hope that you will join us.

We believe that giving back to the community is important and that supporting our local youth sports gives our children an outlet to create lasting friendships, enjoy flag football, and learn about what it means to be a great teammate.

Our son has been a part of this organization since its inception in 2009, and we’ve witnessed first-hand the benefits he’s received. Prime Time Athletics is just one of the many organizations that Centralized Vision supports across the country, and with whom we look forward to supporting for many years to come.

If you’re committed to supporting healthy and empowered youth in our community, click here to learn more about Prime Time Athletics, and consider becoming a title sponsor.

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