The Benefits of Access Control With Integrated Video

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Access control systems are the wave of the future when it comes to building safety. Today, a variety of access control technologies work together. Hospitals, schools, and universities are some of the areas that access control can help the most. Security professionals can use the data coming in from those systems to develop improved situational awareness during emergency situations. New access control systems can also help campuses manage mass notification in the event of a crisis. (more…)

Property Management Closed Circuit Television – CCTV Systems

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In recent years, more property managers have used high-tech CCTV systems and DVR products to strengthen management quality. Complexes that house hundreds of people are more likely to have an increase in vandalism, violence, and theft. Because of this, the ability to check on a property at any time is more important than ever. So, now you can view the entire property without having to physically walk the perimeter of a building. This is ideal for owners and management alike.  (more…)

Access Control 101 – Point of Entry

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What Security Goes at an Access Point?

An access control point is anywhere that access can be electronically controlled. Usually, this is at the main point of entry to a building. This can be a door, turnstile, parking gate, elevator, or other physical barrier. Typically, the access point is a door.

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Card readers are a common way to monitor access points. For these, we place a reader on the non-secure side of the door. Most readers don’t make an access decisions independently.  Say someone presents a card for entry. The reader sends that card number to an access control panel. The control panel checks the number against an access list, and either grants or denies access based on if it finds the number on that list.

Door Positions

We can also monitor door positions. Programmed magnetic door switches can trip the alarm for a variety of reasons. These include when a door is propped open for an extended period of time, or if a door is opened without authorization. (more…)

Cold Weather Leads to Car Theft Spike

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Have you heard about warm-up thefts?  You can bet the average car thief has.  The National Crime Prevention Council says car thieves may be on the prowl for your car during this current cold snap. During the cold weather months, area drivers may be tempted to let their cars warm up unattended while they stay inside of their warm home. Cars left running, unlocked, and unattended are quick and easy targets for thieves! (more…)

The Many Needs for Managed Access Control

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It’s common for property management companies to have someone on call around the clock to deal with various property issues. Late night and weekend phone calls are routine for property managers. Some of these calls relate to maintenance issues… power outages, plumbing problems, or heating. But the most frequent calls property managers receive are from tenants who lock themselves out of their residential space or commercial suite. This requires the property management representative to meet the locked-out tenant at the site to unlock the door. If ever there was a golden opportunity for managed access control, this is it. (more…)

Prevent Unplanned Repairs – Fire Alarm Maintenance

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Fire alarms and false alarms problems can be caused by a number of sources, such as age, dust, dirt, contaminates, and vandalism. Even remodeling and improper maintenance procedures can cause damage and increase your false alarm rate.

So why is it important to have your fire alarm system inspected? Regular service and maintenance may increase the life of your system, meet insurance company requirements, greatly improves reliability and reduce false alarms. Periodic system testing and inspection by qualified specialists can detect any problems. (more…)

Warehouse Security – Protecting Your Warehouse

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Warehouse security is sometimes overlooked, other than perhaps exterior door locks and alarms security professionals will tell you that security is substantially about access to desirable items & areas. How can you limit it? Let’s take a look at security equipment that can reduce temptation and help to keep vandals away from expensive interior & exterior equipment. (more…)

Holiday Safety Tips to Remember – Home Security

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Did you know that the holiday season is the busiest time of the year? Due to the hustle and bustle of the season it can become easy to neglect home security. Whether you’re planning on staying home or traveling this season here are a few tips that will help you to properly secure your home.

Hide the holiday goodies.

Don’t display wrapped presents near a front window where a burglar can spot them out. After the holiday reconsider leaving boxes for pricey electronics by the curb. It is best to break down the boxes and keep them inside the trashcan. Leaving them out will broadcast what you have in your home. (more…)

How CCTV Can Benefit Your Hotel

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The use of CCTV in hotel parking lots has grown dramatically in recent years due its perceived ability to deter and detect crime, and its relative lower cost as compared to a 24/7 human security team. Not all criminals are deterred by cameras. The design and installation of a CCTV system should be performed by an individual within the organization who possesses the necessary background and skill set to do so, or an outside consultant. (more…)