Springtime Security Tips

With springtime right around the corner and warmer temperatures ahead, it’s the perfect time to make sure your home is safe and secure for the months to come. Although Spring is an exciting time where many are anticipating more time outdoors, it’s important to be aware of the rise in burglaries that also come with the season. 

Follow these tips to make sure your house/building is secure and safe as everyone breaks out of winter hibernation. 

  1. Spring Cleaning

Be wary when tossing out old items during your spring cleaning activities. When tossing out unused/old items and their packaging, it’s important to dispose of them properly. Cut/fold up the boxes, stacking and tying them together before throwing them on your curb for recycling. Openly displaying packaging in front of your home or building, is a great way for burglars to get some tips to what they can expect to find inside. 

  1. Upgrade Your Locks

Updating your locks is extremely crucial to maintaining a safe and secure space. If you have purchased a new home, you aren’t aware of who might have your key. Also, if you’ve been living there for a while, you might not remember who you gave copies of your keys to years ago. Take this time to start fresh and update your locks. 

  1. Lock Up

Aside from changing your locks, the springtime brings a rise in temperatures, giving reason to keep your doors and windows open to let in fresh air. If you do, make sure that all your windows and doors are securely locked before leaving your home or going to sleep at night. 

Since many will be spending more time outdoors, homes will be left unoccupied for hours on end. Even if you’re just spending time in the backyard or at the neighbors pool, lock your doors. 

Remember, most break-ins happen through an unlocked door!

  1. Don’t let everyone know when you are away.

During the springtime, you may decide to travel. Be sure to not advertise your travels on social media. Would-be burglars know how to spot signs when someone is away. Stay one step ahead of them. Install a smart lighting system and a home security system, have an extra car in the driveway and ask your neighbors to collect your mail and check in on your home. 

  1. Check for Damages

If you are living in a colder climate, snow and ice start to melt when the springtime approaches. Check for any damages that might have happened during the winter time that were covered by snow. Check things such as window locks, outdoor lighting and fences or gates on your property.

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Tips to Make your Building More Secure this Year

Smart business owners know a safe and secure building is of utmost importance, especially if you have tenants. It’s crucial to keep employees, assets, residents,  and whatever else that holds value in your building/business protected. 

Even with the best of intentions, crucial steps can be overlooked leaving buildings susceptible to break-ins, burglaries, and even fire. Crime to any extent can have a great effect on owners, staff, and residents. 

We have compiled a list of safety measures to help you make your building more secure:

  1. Surveillance System

Investing in a surveillance system is one of the most effective ways to monitor your building. Today, surveillance systems offer many features allowing you to customize your system to your needs, such as video and telephone intercoms and secure access control. You can also easily keep tabs on your building while you are away through a live feed on your phone, tablet, or computer. These features are extremely beneficial to those who are not usually at their buildings or business every day, such as apartment building managers. 

  1. Alarm Systems 

Break-ins happen every day, whether it be a retail store, office, home, warehouse, or factory. A burglar alarm makes sense for any location, no matter what the size. 

At American Security, we offer burglar alarms, CCTV, and 24-hour Central Monitoring. Highly trained operators rapidly handle fire, burglary, hold-up, low or high temperature, or medical emergency alarm signals. Learn more here about American Security’s alarm systems.

  1. Locks 

This might sound like an obvious step, but according to consumersadvocates.org, one-third of robberies occur through “unlawful entry.” This means burglars entered through an unlocked door or window. It’s important to update your locks regularly. For example, if keys are lost or stolen or an employee decides to move on you should immediately update your locks. Also, investing in a safe to further protect any valuables you have inside your home, office, or building is crucial in preventing theft. 

  1. Fire Safety Systems 

Aside from alarm systems, fire systems are also an important element in keeping your building secure. At American Security we’ll keep you in compliance with the NYC fire code. Our staff of design engineers and fire consultants are experienced in all types of fire safety systems. Learn more here.

Follow these simple tips and take a proactive approach to security this year to improve the safety of your building. Learn more about how American Security can keep your building safe and secure. 

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At American Security, we believe in keeping you, your business, and your family safe at every level. We are proud to be the New York area’s top choice for multi-tiered security since 1979. 

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Secure Your Packages with Video Doorman

Due to the pandemic, many are spending more and more time indoors, which means the number of online orders has skyrocketed. Unfortunately, with more packages being delivered with contactless delivery, package theft has increased. 

According to a new survey from ValuePenguin.com by LendingTree, 1 in 5 Americans have been affected by package thieves, known as “porch pirates”. 

Research also shows that the most common preventative measures taken are opting for tracking updates and installing doorbell cameras. 

It has been shown that the type of property you reside in doesn’t affect whether or not your package gets stolen. No property is safe from package theft. 

Due to this rise in crime, many are deterring away from residing in larger cities. Adding extra security to your building can attract more tenants during this uncertain time and give them peace of mind when it comes to the security of their packages.

American Security offers everything you need to create a safe and secure place for your tenants. 

With our premier security service, Video Doorman, your tenants will have access to secure package delivery, package delivery notifications, and 24/7 surveillance. 

Our Video Doorman service offers: 

  • Safe, secure package delivery & notification
  • 24/7 CCTV surveillance & access control security
  • A secure package room for deliveries
  • On-call “escort” service to their floor
  • Emergency access for police, fire, & medical help

To learn more about Video Doorman talk to an expert today! 

Learn more about the service here: https://americansecurity.com/#videodoorman 

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At American Security, we believe in keeping you, your business, and your family safe at every level. We are proud to be the New York area’s top choice for multi-tiered security since 1979. 

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Fire Safety Tips for the Holidays

Decorating for the holidays can be an exciting time but with all the added candles, lights, and other decorations around your home, your risk for home fires increases. 

Keep your holidays merry and bright by following these fire safety tips. 

  1. Don’t Overload Your Circuits 

While celebrating during the holiday season, it’s easy to overload your circuits while trying to accommodate cooking appliances, lights, and other holiday decorations. Trying to squeeze all of your devices on one power strip can be hazardous to you and your home. Avoid adding extra lights and devices to a room with large appliances such as your kitchen. Use extension cords and power strips with circuit breakers for an added level of safety.  

  1.  Carefully Inspect Everything 

Your holiday decorations are probably being stored away in boxes for most of the year. Holiday decorations can deteriorate while being stored, causing lights to break or become damaged. Inspect each strand of light, looking for broken or missing bulbs, frayed wires, and damaged plugs. Damaged lights could cause an electric shock or fire when plugged in. 

  1. Water Your Christmas Tree

With candles, lights, and other holiday decorations, your Christmas tree can quickly become a major fire hazard. Usually, shorts in lights and open flame candles are the culprits to tree fires. Along with inspecting your lights, having a well-watered tree is a way to prevent these fires from happening. Remember, when placing your tree, keep it away from heat sources such as radiators and fireplaces. 

  1. Monitor Your Candles 

Everyone loves a festive candle filling their homes with the scent of the holidays. However, during the holiday season, it’s important to be careful with your candles. Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s day are when most home candle fires occur. When burning candles in your home, be sure to keep them at least 12 inches away from flammable objects such as curtains, bedding, books, and furniture. Also, never leave candles unattended and always make sure they are put out before leaving your home or going to bed. 

When celebrating the holiday with loved ones, it can be easy to forget the added risks that are associated with the season. Keep these fire safety tips in mind so you can keep yourself and your family safe while celebrating the holidays. 

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How To Protect Your Home From A Burglary

Did you know burglaries peak during the holiday season?

This time of year, it’s more important than ever to stay vigilant of your home and your valuables. Here are some of the top ways you can protect your home from burglary:

  1. Don’t showcase your wealth too much.

Burglars often look through windows to get a feel for how many valuable things a homeowner or family may possess. Try to keep what’s inside your houses like televisions, toys, or other electronics private by utilizing curtains or window shades.

  1. Keep valuable items like jewelry, personal information, liquor, cash, prescription drugs, and expensive electronics in concealed or lockable places.

These are some of the most highly coveted items in a house break-in. Make sure to keep ultra-valuable things like jewelry and identification paperwork stored away in safes, and keep other valuable items like electronics, liquor, and cash in low-profile places.

  1. Don’t advertise when you’re leaving town to anyone except for those who are close to you.

Burglars often use social media to determine when a family may be out of town. To ensure outsiders have no clue when your house will be unattended, make sure not to advertise this information online.

  1. Know the signs.

Want to know if you’re being targeted? Keep an eye on your home’s surroundings. If something seems out of the ordinary or out of place, take note; burglars may be moving items in your front or backyard to use as a signal to indicate whether or not someone is home.

  1. Take preventative measures.

It may be in your best interest to invest in a home security system. Surveillance cameras for the outdoors and indoors can give you visibility and access to your home when you’re off-site. Owning a pet dog may also ward off any potential invaders!

Keep your home safe and enjoy the holidays this season by following these tips!

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7 Tips to Keep Halloween Extra Safe this Year

In honor of October being Fire Prevention Month, the team at American Security is giving you our top tips for fire and Halloween safety to ensure you and your family are extra safe this year. 

  1. Shop for Halloween costumes that cover the face and are flame-resistant.

Now that masks are the new normal, it is more opportune than ever to wear a Halloween costume that includes a mask or face covering. 

Additionally, we recommend that individuals shop for costumes and accessories that are flame-resistant, to prevent them from catching fire during this season when candles, fireplaces, and heaters are used more often.

  1. Make sure your fire and carbon monoxide detectors have fresh batteries.

In the event of a fire, you want to be sure that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning properly. Prevention is extremely important for safety!

  1. Don’t let young children handle sharp appliances when carving pumpkins.

Keep this fun and festive activity extra safe by ensuring any sharp pumpkin-carving tools are out of reach from young children. Children can outline their designs with markers, and leave the carving to an adult!

  1. Opt for an electric candle. If using a real candle, make sure it’s on a sturdy, uncluttered surface.

Everybody loves lighting a pumpkin spice scented candle during the fall season, but candles cause over 15,000 house fires every year. To be extra safe, consider using a battery-powered candle instead. If not, make sure your candle is placed on a steady and tidy surface where it’s unlikely to tip over and set other materials aflame.

  1. Vet your child’s costume for sharp or cumbersome objects.

Swords, canes, and sticks that come with many conventional Halloween costumes may pose a hazard to children. Make sure any accessorizing objects to a child’s costume aren’t too sharp or too long, in case they stumble or trip when walking around with it.

  1. Keep any open flames at least 3 feet away from a heat-producing device.

For optimal fire safety, it is recommended to keep any candles or open flames at least 3 feet away from a heat-producing appliance like a furnace, fireplace, or space heater.

  1. Avoid candles if oxygen is used in the household.

Oxygen administered for medical purposes is a dangerous fire hazard since oxygen can feed a fire. If oxygen is used by a member of your household, we advise avoiding candles altogether.

Use these safety tips for a fun and safe Halloween this season! 

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Commonly Asked Questions About Auxiliary Radio Communication Systems

The New York City Fire Code mandates that high-rise buildings have an auxiliary radio communication system, or ARCS. With the NYC Fire Code changing every couple of years, it can be hard to keep up with all aspects of the code. In this deep dive, we will answer the most commonly asked questions about ARCS and how you or your business can stay compliant.

What is an auxiliary radio communication system, or ARCS? 

An ARCS is a two-way emergency radio network that may be installed throughout a building to communicate with the Fire Department in the event of a fire or other emergency. 

What is an auxiliary radio communication system, or ARCS made of?

An ARCS has many parts, usually including a base station, an antenna network, and a radio console. The base station receives and conducts radio signals throughout a building. Antenna networks are carefully designed to ensure the quality of radio signals, and lastly, a radio console. This radio console, or main communication system is most frequently placed in the lobby or main area of a building.

Does my building need one an ARCS?

If your building is a newly constructed, high-rise building, ARCS installation is required. Additionally, all buildings over 75 feet tall are designated by the NYC Fire Code to implement an ARCS.

Who can install an ARCS?

Only companies with master electrician qualifications are permitted to install auxiliary radio communications systems. At American Security, we have a team of experienced professionals that are qualified to install ARCS.

We’ve installed an ARCS— what now?

After installing your ARCS, it must get certified by passing two inspections. Your ARCS must be inspected to ensure your newly installed system passes both a Commissioning Test as well as an FDNY Acceptance test.

Once your ARCS has passed all necessary inspections, maintenance is important to ensure your system will last a long time, but more importantly, will work properly in an emergency situation.

Does my ARCS only need to be certified once?

No. NYC Fire Code states that ARCS must be inspected annually and re-certified completely every 5 years. 

What if there’s a power outage?

Your auxiliary radio communication system works even when the power is down. You may use it to communicate with the Fire Department with or without power.

In summary, the installation of an ARCS keeps your buildings safe and compliant. While it may seem like a hassle to keep up with the maintenance of these systems and follow NYC Fire Code, many businesses find it helpful to enlist the support of security companies to design, install, and maintain the auxiliary radio communication systems your business or building may require.

Need help staying NYC Fire Code compliant?  Click here to talk to one of our experts to learn more!

At American Security, we believe in keeping you, your property, and your family safe at every level. We are proud to be the New York area’s top choice for multi-tiered security since 1979. Give us a call today to speak with an expert and experience the American Security difference. Visit our website at www.americansecurity.com or contact us to learn more about our solutions today.

Why Every Business Should Have A CCTV System

Want to protect your business? 

American Security’s Video Surveillance Can Help. 

At American Security, we believe you and your business can never be too safe. One of the most popular ways to control for potentially dangerous threats is by using CCTV,  or closed-circuit TV. CCTV is perhaps the most common technology businesses use to surveil their property. By using color digital cameras connected to digital video recorders, individuals and businesses alike can store images and video media instantly and retrieve them at any time and place.

There are three main ways CCTV can benefit your business:

  1. Protection

Video surveillance is a highly effective way to deter crime. 

Should a person or group try to cause harm to your business, the presence of surveillance systems may effectively dissuade criminals. 

Additionally, surveillance acts as a deterrent to theft or criminal activity happening in-house.  CCTV allows you to relocate items of value that go missing.

  1. Data Collection

CCTV may also be used for your business’s recordkeeping purposes. 

Video records and images of the premises is an excellent way to record who is entering your business and when. 

This is useful for Human Resources if logging systems go down, and even more useful in case video or image evidence needs to be provided to authorities.

  1. Remote Access

If your business is threatened on holidays or weekends, remote access CCTV allows you to quickly and efficiently alert authorities without ever putting yourself or your employees at risk. 

Additionally, CCTV allows your business to save costs associated with having an on-site guard. 

The benefits of remote access are especially relevant amidst the global pandemic. Remote access to your company’s premises is an excellent way to check in on your business while remaining socially distant.

Learn more about CCTV here.

At American Security, we believe in keeping you, your property, and your family safe at every level. We offer advanced and customizable home security options from video surveillance to fire alarms and beyond. American Security is proud to be the New York area’s top choice for multi-tiered security since 1979. Give us a call today to speak with an expert and experience the American Security difference. Visit our website at www.americansecurity.com or contact us to learn more about our solutions today.

Security Should Be a Design Requirement

Architects & Security Engineers can make the biggest impact on your building security objectives. If security is treated as one of the design requirements, much like fire safety, your building can benefit from a reduction of crime and improved quality of life for your residents. Big bonus; you can avoid future costs of expensive security system add-ons and adjustments. 

Aesthetics and security can and should go hand in hand. Intelligent use of security design presents two opportunities to not only enhance the look and feel of your building but also enforce building protection in a major way: access control and surveillance.  

Access Control

The main function of an access control strategy is to deny access to unauthorized persons and potential criminals. In today’s day and age, technology has made access control easier than ever with biometric-based systems or smart-card reader systems.  Making sure your lobby and your residents are safe starts in the design phase of your building.

Surveillance

By keeping surveillance in mind during the design phase of your residence or building, you can make the most optimal use of environmental features, such as landscaping, natural lighting, building features, and overall space layout. As a building manager, you know by now the importance of being able to keep an eye on things, even when you’re not physically there, especially while managing multiple buildings in your portfolio. 

Wondering how to best incorporate the smartest security systems on the market today into your new building project?  Click here to talk to an expert to learn more!

At American Security, we believe in keeping you, your property, and your family safe at every level. We are proud to be the New York area’s top choice for multi-tiered security since 1979. Give us a call today to speak with an expert and experience the American Security difference. Visit our website at www.americansecurity.com or contact us to learn more about our solutions today.

3 Fire Safety Tips for the 4th of July

This Fourth of July, wouldn’t you rather worry about how well done the burgers are rather than how to put out a building or home fire? American Security’s fire safety systems can help keep you safe and in compliance with New York City’s Fire Code. Here are three tips to do just that!

  1. Open Your Gas Grill before You Light It

Always keep your gas grill open when lighting it. A closed lid can trap gas, leading to a build up. A single spark can ignite all that gas at once. Between the pressure of the built-up gas and the closed environment of the lid, you could end up seriously ruining someone’s day. 

  1. Maintain a Three-Foot Fire Ring around Your Grill

The U.S. Fire Administration suggests that you leave an area three feet wide around your grill or any open flames. This helps keep pets and children safe and also prevents spills or loose flames from causing damage to nearby buildings.

  1. Update Your Building’s Fire Safety Systems

NYC Fire Code compliance requires you to routinely update your building’s fire safety systems. That means checking smoke detectors, maintaining fire protection devices, and a whole load of other things. All this helps to reduce the risk of property damage or personal injury in case of a fire.

Stay Safe and Have Fun!

These three tips are just the tip(s) of the iceberg! American Security is glad to provide fire safety tips and solutions for the Fourth of July and all year round. 

Contact our experts today to find out how you can avoid fines and fires. Enjoy peace of mind this Fourth of July with American Security.
At American Security, we believe in keeping you, your property, and your family safe at every level. We offer advanced and customizable home security options from video surveillance to fire alarms and beyond. American Security is proud to be the New York area’s top choice for multi-tiered security since 1979. Give us a call today to speak with an expert and experience the American Security difference. Visit our website at www.americansecurity.com or contact us to learn more about our solutions today.