Business Security Systems: Why Upgrade Now Rather Than Later

Security systems evolve according to new threats. Businesses are always trying to stay ahead of potential threats that can put staff and customers at risk as well as risk-prolonged disruptions in the carrying out of daily business. Companies with government or military contracts are required to meet certain security minimums before they can even begin to provide products or services. Here are four trending security advancements businesses are using to stay ahead of the game.

Biometrics

Access control used to be nothing more than a locked door. Then, alarm were added to warn of illegal entry into unauthorized areas, but there was little accounting of traffic that was authorized. Sensitive areas that require a complete record of daily access are served well with biometric devices that can positively identify who is entering and leaving a secured area and at what times. Biometrics can be as simple as a thumbprint reader on a computer server to advanced retina reading devices, hand scanners and voice recognition.

Visitor Access

An area still hard for many businesses to control is visitor access. The traditional approach of adding security staff to monitor and control visitors is costly yet still widely in use. Modern digital visitor tracking options can be as simple as visitor ID badges to the high-end facial recognition software in use by casinos and other corporations. Controlled visitor access is an absolute necessity in environments that have public, semi-private and controlled areas such as hospitals. A hospital may have a cafe or dining area fully open to the public, patient rooms where only friends and family are permitted, and pediatric areas where infant access is restricted to parents and specific hospital staff.

Loss Prevention

Shrinkage due to retail theft is the bane of stores everywhere. The shoplifters are getting bolder and more savvy, and the stores need to keep up not only to reduce shrinkage but send a message to the criminals that ply this trade that their retail locations are too high of a risk to shoplift at. Larger retailers may incorporate facial recognition to know when prior shoplifters enter their stores. Retail product security tags have evolved from the stick-on ones that needed to be applied to every product to ones that have been embedded at the point of manufacture such as security tags inside shoes.

IP Surveillance Cameras

Affordable video surveillance was an exponential leap in business security. However, it was limited to on-site viewing. Internet Protocol camera and DVR systems now allow for remote viewing by any authorized person that has a computer, tablet or smartphone and Internet access. The cameras can be fully controllable for pan, tilt and zoom. Modern digital surveillance cameras can also have quality optics so clear that not only can the hands of cashiers be observed, but the individual serial numbers on the money can be seen too. The latest DVR systems can record a year’s worth of footage from multiple cameras, giving an instant and easy-to-access record of every second.

Insurance providers along with government and military customers are not the only ones expecting businesses to up their game when it comes to state-of-the-art security systems. Customers and visitors are demanding safety systems be in place to protect them against property, personal and violent crime while visiting the businesses. It is not necessary for every business to adopt every new security option, but it is necessary for them to have in place the ones in standard use by their industry. The costs of implementation can be offset by the prevention of one major litigation claim.

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Environmental Protection: Do I Really Need Leak Sensors?

When buying a new, or upgrading an existing home security system it is important to consider all of the options available and find out how much value they can add in your situation. Some features are an easy decision, like deciding to include smoke, heat, and carbon monoxide sensors. But what about leak detection? It seems like something you could reasonably do without, but at what cost?

Do I Really Need Leak Sensors?

Did you know that water damage is the third highest claim against insurance companies, next to theft and fire, resulting in approximately 25 billion dollars annually? Water leak detection, whether in the residential or commercial setting is important for a number of important reasons. Here are just a few.

Not Every Water Problem is Immediately Apparent

If you are home, you might notice an overflowing toilet or burst pipe under the kitchen sink fairly quickly. You are not likely to notice a small but persistent leak in a guest bathroom, in the laundry room or around a water heater, however. If left unattended, even a small leak can—and will—result in costly damage.

You Need More Than a Mop for Clean Up

Most leaks end up needing a lot more than a mop for clean-up. In fact, water usually causes much more and much more diverse damage than most people realize. In addition to damaged walls and flooring, water can also damage electrical wiring, and depending on extent and location can also cause equipment and power failure. Water is one of the strongest and most damaging forces in nature and can wreak havoc in a home or business, and cause a lot of downtime.

Some Leaks Warn of Bigger Problems

A small leak is problem enough, but often a small leak is actually a warning of future or present but as yet unfound plumbing problems. Leak sensors alert you immediately to a problem and if you know about a small leak immediately, you know to investigate further for any additional problems.

How Water Sensors Work

Water sensors are small, unobtrusive devices which are placed in places where leaks are likely to occur, such as under the bathroom and kitchen sinks, behind the toilets, in the laundry room, and at the water heater. The highly sensitive and advanced sensors are not affected by humidity or condensation. When the sensors detect a leak, they alert the system which triggers an alert sent to you, and if you have environmental monitoring an alert goes to the monitoring station which triggers a response. With wireless communication and mobile smart apps, you stay completely in the know and in control.

Complete Security Systems is New Jersey’s premier electronic security company, providing home and business security systems and 24/7 security monitoring across the greater New Jersey area.

The 60 Seconds After The Fire Alarm System Sounds

Two things are crucial in fire safety: Having a working fire alarm system and having a plan of escape. It seems almost too simple, but together these two things save lives.

Take the Statistics Seriously

Each year, fire kills about 3,000 people a year in the United States. Forty percent of those deaths occurred in homes without working fire alarm systems.This startling fact highlights how these two things can be vital in saving your life in an emergency.

60 Seconds to Safety

One minute is all the time you have to safely escape once fire erupts. Most people believe they have more time because they assume that it is the fire that causes most fatalities. Smoke inhalation is in fact the major cause of death in most cases, and a room or structure can fill with smoke in a very short time. The earlier the warning and the better the plan of escape, the better the chances of escaping without injury. Here are some important tips to make the most of your 60 seconds:

·         Have a working fire alarm system

·         Opt for alarm system monitoring. Early alerts to emergency services can be the difference between saving lives and property.

·         Never deactivate your fire alarm system for any reason, especially while cooking.

·         Do not re-enter a burning building

·         Have fire extinguishers available and accessible

·         Have your fire system maintenanced regularly

·         Install fire safety features such as escape ladders for upper windows

·         Develop and practice a fire escape plan. Be sure to plan for children, babies, aged, disabled persons as well as pets.

·         Practice your plan regularly under all circumstances, such as day and night time, hot and inclement weather. Remember, fire rarely occur under ideal circumstances.

What You Can Expect Once the Alarm Sounds

When there is a fire emergency people can react unpredictably. That makes having a plan and knowing what to expect important. Here are some things you should consider if fire erupts in your home or place of business:

·         Get out. That is your first priority.

·         If you have a fire sprinkler system, expect it to go off as you try to exit. This may make floor slippery, so learn to expect that possibility.

·         Meet in your agreed upon location. Take a head count.

·         If you have a monitored system, you can expect emergency services to arrive quickly.

·         Fire department personnel will determine if the structure is safe to remove valuables once the fire is extinguished.

·         Secure the building to prevent further loss due to theft.

·         Contact your insurance company.

When all you have is the possibility of one minute to get to safety, you will want to make every second count. Complete Security Systems specializes in comprehensive fire and life safety systems for installations ranging from single dwelling homes to major retail centers. If you have any questions about how to make a fire alarm system part of your emergency plan, give us a call today.