Protect Your Tenants from Home Invasion [CHECKLIST]

After spending decades in the commercial and facility security field, we’ve pretty much seen all the tactics home invaders utilize time and time again to break into their unsuspecting victim’s buildings and apartments. Home invasion is a serious crime – is your building protected?

Protect your home and buildings from invaders by running through this checklist. By following these guidelines, you’ll make your building – and your tenant’s belongings – less appealing to thieves.

  1. Trim the shrubbery around your building to remove potential hiding spots for invaders.
  2. Keep the outside of your apartment building well-lit and visible to neighbors, cameras, and patrolling officers.
  3. If your property is walled, be sure to install cameras to identify visitors. Install the same for your lobby.
  4. Be sure that everyone living in the building knows how to summon emergency security personnel, as well as how to trigger your security system to send out an alert.
  5. Test your security system regularly to ensure it will still communicate with the central monitoring station in an emergency.
  6. Keep your facility’s garage, shed, back house, etc. locked at all times – intruders can access items easily from unlocked units.
  7. Security gates/chain locks should always be used as they don’t break easily.
  8. Lock the internal doors of rooms not being used at night.
  9. Activate the alarms of the rooms not in use for the evening.

Feel free to reach out to our team if you have any additional questions about building security! Our innovative  and interactive security systems, such as Safe Lobby and Video Doorman, grant you and your loved ones peace of mind. Find out more on the site.

American Security Systems | Employee Spotlight | Sean O’Neill

Sean O’Neill, CEO of American Security

At American Security, we know our people are our most valuable asset. Each month we recognize a member of our team for their outstanding contributions to our organization in our American Security Employee Spotlight. This month we’re honoring our forward-thinking, innovative leader and CEO, Sean O’Neil.

Sean is an exemplary leader and inspiration to us all here at American Security. Don’t just take our word for it – Check out New York Real Estate Journal’s bio of him below: 

Check out  New York Real Estate Journal’s interview with Sean O’Neill.

Sean O’Neill, CEO of American Security Systems, sat down with the New York Real Estate Journal for a Question & Answer session.

O’Neill joined the team at American Security as CEO in 2015 after acquiring the business from its founder, Larry Dolin. Ihad positioned myself as the ‘next generation buyer,’ seeking a well-established security business with a legacy to carry forward. Since its founding in 1979, American has become one of the largest independent providers of interactive security and fire services in the tristate region.

O’Neill spent most of his career on Wall Street, investing in and growing businesses in North America before deciding to pursue his dream of owning and operating a business.  In late 2013, nearing the completion of an MBA program at INSEAD, he raised seed capital from a group of entrepreneurs to finance a search to buy the right business. After nearly two years and countless emails, letters, phone calls, and meetings, he accomplished what he set out to do.

Upon completing the acquisition of American, O’Neill relocated back to New York with his wife, Julia, of ten years and their three daughters.


Thanks for reading this week’s American Security Employee Spotlight. Stay tuned for more.

The 15 Safest Neighborhoods in NYC

Ahhhh, New York City! There’s absolutely no place like it on earth. The constant hustle, the worlds of opportunity, the food…living in NYC is truly a dream come true – for some. While NYC may seem like an idyllic, candy-colored dream for outsiders, those familiar with her streets know there are some ugly truths behind the glitz and glam. Luckily, we’ve done our research and have outlined the 15 safest neighborhoods in NYC.

While some NYC neighborhoods (like those listed below) are relatively peaceful, high-crime areas like the Theater District and the area surrounding Madison Square Garden are notorious for assault crimes, robberies, and general violence. In other words: not the best place to raise kids.

On a more positive note, American Security has helped bring vandalism, loitering, and robbery rates down across NYC through the interactive monitoring of our top-notch security systems. For those of you who may be new in the game of property management in NYC, it’s important to know which neighborhoods are particularly dangerous and which are particularly safe. Below we’ve outlined the latter.

15 Safest NYC Neighborhoods

We’ve compiled a list of the top 15 safest neighborhoods in NYC, pulled from sources like Address Report, Business Insider, StreetEasy, and Without further ado, here are the safest neighborhoods in New York City:

  1. Tribeca
  2. Battery Park City
  3. Nolita
  4. DUMBO
  5. Kips Bay
  6. Financial District
  7. Murray Hill
  8. Gramercy
  9. SoHo
  10. NoHO
  11. Prospect Heights
  12. Brooklyn Heights
  13. Greenwich Village
  14. Flatiron District
  15. Hell’s Kitchen

Remember: crime is, unfortunately, inevitable. Every area and neighborhood of NYC (and beyond) will always have it’s pros and cons. No matter where in this glorious city you live, you can sleep easy knowing that American Security has your back. Learn more about our versatile and affordable security systems here.

What do you love about your NYC neighborhood? #WeLoveNYC

About American Security

American Security has been protecting people’s homes, businesses, and facilities for more than 40 years. We believe that when it comes to life safety, there is no margin for error. That’s why we help protect the assets and the livelihoods of our clients with the most trusted, easy-to-use security systems on the market. 

From CCTV’s and 24- HR Central Station monitoring to NYC Fire Compliance and ARC Installation, we have you covered.  Find the security solution that works best  for you, contact us today.

What Is a Video Doorman?

These days, everything is going virtual.

 You can’t make it to the bank? Scan your check and deposit it via the app. Are you going to miss Grandma’s birthday? FaceTime your dad and it’s like you’re there the whole time. Too lazy to shop for bananas? You get the picture…

Here at American Security, we are devoted to bringing the highest level of security technology to our customers, minus the hefty price tag. Hence, the video doorman was born.

When it comes to building security, building managers and security personnel know that human error is inevitable.  Building entrances may be compromised, costing YOU money, time, effort, and sometimes, the trust of your tenants. American Security has devised a better way for you to keep your lobby safe.

How does it work?

We’ve put a foolproof system in place to ensure you’re building is expertly monitored using top-quality software. Here is the process you can expect to experience when you opt for a video doorman system:

  1. Our team visits your site to better understand the configurations and specific needs of your lobby.
  2. We craft a customized plan determining which types of CCTV, card access door control, and intercoms are the right fit your business.
  3. Then we launch into overdrive: we install the hardware, implement the software, and get you all set up and ready to go.
  4. We consistently monitor and keep you informed on the goings-on of your building.
  5. If necessary, we train everyone on your team, as well as your residents, on how the new system works (and how they’re now safer than ever!)
  6. Follow up: we keep the lines of communication open. We’re always available to answer any questions, address any concerns, and obviously, neutralize any potential emergencies, 24/7.

Want to learn more about our safe lobby and video doorman systems? Get in touch with a member of our team to today to learn more!