You have all sorts of insurance on your business, your assets, and likely on your own person. Think of commercial building security as another form of insurance.
Your security measures may not need to be that complex. Start with a proper security needs assessment. This will give you a solid foundation upon which you can build a custom system.
Your point-of-contact at your security company will advise you on the various configurations possible. Consider their recommendations and select the right system for your needs and budget.
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This may have something to do with the fact that we tend to geek out at Holicong over complicated security apparatuses, but we’ve always considered commercial master keys to be imbued with a certain sort of mystery. Maybe even a little romance.
After all, we’re talking about a key that can access every last lock in a multimillion-dollar skyscraper. A key that’s capable of opening every door in a sports stadium. A master key is a curious thing, and it’s a very powerful thing. You’d certainly never want to let a commercial master key fall into the wrong hands. It’s a key that offers access to every locked office, room and storage space in buildings where fortunes can be made and lost in the space of a day.
No matter how many people work for you, you can’t expect to have eyes on every area of your building.
That’s why good security cameras are so important. They go where your eyes can’t go, and make a record of what’s happening at work when no one is around.
Nearly half of all employers use security cameras to protect against theft or violence, according to an American Management Association survey from 2014. Are you thinking about joining their number? Here are a few places where commercial security cameras might do the most good.
If you own or manage a business, you should absolutely give serious consideration to installing a business video surveillance system. It will provide a very necessary layer of protection not only for your building and your inventory, but also your employees.
Once you install a surveillance system, you’ll likely experience a certain peace of mind that simply wasn’t there before.
And yet there’s a lot to consider when it comes to choosing the right video surveillance system. Certain systems, of course, are designed with specific businesses in mind. So let’s take a deeper look at some of the more important considerations.
Prior to 1995, when the Interagency Security Committee (ISC) was created in response to the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, there were literally no minimum physical security standards in place for non-military federal facilities.
But times have most definitely changed. The ISC is now governed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the organization today aims to enhance and improve security in all non-military federal facilities, regardless of whether the facility is owned, managed or leased by the U.S. government.
What does this mean for your Philadelphia, Trenton NJ, Bucks County or Montgomery County business? For starters, the ISC’s government facility security standards and best practices could be used as a blueprint of sorts to help security professionals implement their own mandatory standards and security policies.
The ISC’s security standards are updated on a regular basis; they can be accessed on the official website of the DHS.
Video surveillance systems have come a long way since the days of grainy CRT television screens and the large bulky 480p cameras connecting them using long, unwieldy cords. Imagine if you could travel into the past and tell your 80s self that one day, she’ll be able to monitor her home from a mobile telephone device 50 miles away, and even shut her lights on and off with a swipe of the screen.
Your business is one of the most important parts of your life, but how well are you protecting it? Whether or not your Philadelphia business has had any serious security incidents in the past, you may want to take a closer look at getting an access control system for your business. No matter what the size of your business, access control systems can do a great deal more than just keep out criminal or undesirable elements during non-business hours.
If you have valuables entrusted to your business you may wonder which method of securing those items is best for you. There are many options for protecting high dollar value items, ranging from locked cabinets to security cages, but to maximize protection and peace of mind the best security method you can select is a safe or vault.
Small business owners, commercial property owners, and even apartment building managers all share a common problem: there are many doors that require locks or access control and all key holders are not made equal. A building supervisor needs to be able to access all areas, an apartment renter just one. A cost-effective way of providing limited access to groups of people without high-tech alternatives for business security systems is the use of a master key system.
Any lock that can be opened with a key works in the same basic manner. There are a set of several pins of differing sizes that otherwise prevent the cylinder, or tumbler from rotating. When the key is inserted, it moves these pins to varying heights, creating a gap or shear line that enables the tumbler to rotate. However, one way to add more than one key is to use two pins instead of one. This allows for two different shear lines, or more simply, allows two keys cut in a slightly different fashion to open the same lock.How Master Key Lock Sets Work
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As noted above, the primary use of a master key system is to restrict access to various locked areas so that only certain personnel can access them. There can be multiple levels of access possible, but the easiest way to explain it may be to imagine a hotel that offers regular rooms and luxury suites.
In that case, each traveler would receive a key that will only open the door to their room or suite. Cleaning personnel might only be assigned to the floors that offer the standard rooms and be able to access those floors or just one or two. Concierges or others that take care of suite users would only have access to those rooms. Any security staff would have access to all of those rooms, both luxury and regular, but perhaps not access to the back office, creating a sub-master key that enables them to open even more doors than the cleaning staff. Managers and building owners might then have the true master key that unlocks all of the doors in the building. Continue reading
A small business has important assets, both in terms of the human capital of qualified employees as well as the machines and equipment that allow them to bring great ideas to fruition. Yet many owners may not realize that there are many significant benefits to installing a multi-faceted small business security system, from protection against crime and weather events to savings on insurance premiums. Here are several areas any manager or owner should consider for their offices and/or facilities.
Places where employees interact with the public lend themselves to sensors on the doors and windows as well as video surveillance of varying degrees. Employers may want to watch over areas where money is handled, such as at the register. For those worried about theft, cameras trained on the entrance can provide evidence of who the criminal might be. On the other hand, for small businesses like restaurants, it may be important to have monitored smoke alarms so that help can be dispatched quickly and minimize any damage caused by fires from nearby cooking areas.
As with areas with high-priced equipment such as those used for high-tech manufacturing, small business owners may also want to consult with a security company about what type of access control system they want for their employees so that it is easy to open for business and lock up at the end of the day. Continue reading