Security Safety Tips

Home Safety Tips

Display your alarm security signage where it can be easily seen
The presence of the sign is often a first deterrent to burglars.
Etch your name on electronic equipment
Etching serves as a deterrent and makes it easier for police to find.
Inspect smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Inspect smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for any dust or other residue build-up that can inhibit sensors from working.
Double deadbolt glass doors
A deadbolt lock on the outside and inside of a glass door prevents a burglar from breaking the glass to unlock the door from the inside.
Change your phone ringer
Deter burglars if you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time by changing your phone ringer to the lowest volume.
Don't leave your doors unlocked
Don't make it easy for a burglar to enter your home. As much it sounds like common sense, lock your doors whether you are walking in the neighborhood or traveling further away from home.

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Business Safety Tips

Provided by the Electronic Security Association. Here are some tips that can help improve the physical security of your business. While all of these suggestions may not apply to every building they do offer practical steps you can take to help protect your people and assets.

Install deadbolt locks
The deadbolt lock is a foundation block of physical security. It is one of the strongest and most common locking devices used on exterior doors. Home improvement and hardware stores offer them and professionals can advise and educate you about the best option for your locations.
Install a professionally monitored alarm system
Physical security is about creating layers of security to help defend against intruders. Measures such as deadbolt locks are designed to keep intruders out. The next line of defense is an electronic barrier that can quickly notify you and the authorities if someone overcomes the first layer of protection. A monitored alarm system can trigger a loud siren at the premises that will scare an intruder away. It can also notify the 24 hour a day monitoring center and law enforcement professionals.
Have an electronic access control system
Mechanical locks tell no tales. By upgrading your door locks with an Electronic Access Control System, you will gain a record of who opened, or attempted to open, every door. This information will be extremely helpful if you need to investigate a security breach. In addition, an EAC system lets you instantly add or delete electronic keys. This eliminates your exposure due to lost or stolen keys, and also allows you to assign customized access privileges based on time, date, and authority level.
Use video surveillance
Not only does a camera system improve your ability to monitor your premises, it can also provide useful evidence and information if you need to investigate an accident, attack, or theft. Security cameras are used for two basic purposes: investigation and deterrence. The images you collect with your security cameras can be used to review a crime or accident so that you can understand what really happened. But the cameras themselves also have a deterrent value. When people know they are being watched, they tend to be on their best behavior.
Establish a key control policy
If you don't know who is holding keys to your doors, or if key holders can make duplicates without your permission, then you have a serious hole in your security plan. Once you have physically secured your doors, the next step is to keep them secure by establishing a key control policy.
Assign a floor marshal
A Floor Marshall is a volunteer in your organization whose job it is to approach unrecognized visitors and make sure that they have a legitimate purpose to be on your premises. A Floor Marshall also gives other employees a go-to person for reporting suspicious individuals.
Learn about CPTED
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a set of design principles used to discourage crime. Buildings and properties can be designed to prevent damage from the force of the elements and natural disasters and they can also be designed to prevent crime. You can use these principles to improve home offices as well as high-rise buildings.