#GiveUsYourWorstBuilding Safe Lobby Challenge

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You’re at dinner and the topic of discussion is a break-in that happened last week. Your friends are discussing general crime issues that this incident brings up, but for you it’s a little more personal. The burglarized building is a block away from the apartments you own and it’s the second one this month. The topic of unsafe neighborhoods literally hits close to home and close to your wallet. If things don’t get better your tenants might decide to move out. 

What can be done?

American Security has your back with Safe Lobby. 

Our team of professional experts will visit your site to figure out how best to keep your residents safe and give you peace of mind. Do people often loiter in your lobbies? Do you feel that the neighborhoods around your properties are unsafe? We take all your worries into account and provide flexible solutions to fit your site. 

Our company offers 24/7 CCTV cameras, burglar alarms, door open notifications, special key card access and more. Not only will we install any necessary equipment, American security will also educate you on how they work. 

What sets us apart from other security companies? 

American Security contracts with a 24/7/365 Central Station that is both UL listed and New York City Fire Department approved. In the event that a break in or fire happens we’re on it for you. Help is on the way! 

Our services  aren’t a one and done deal. To give you peace of mind and ensure maximum efficiency, American Security will maintain open communication with you. We’ll re calibrate your security systems and follow up with your evolving needs. When tenants notice that regular upgrades are being done, they safe and appreciated. Think of us as a friendly neighbor, watching over you, if the job isn’t perfect then we’re not done. 

A month later you’re having friends over and they’re discussing a string of crimes that have happened in the last week. This time you’re completely at ease because you know your properties are  protected. You’re usually the nervous one in the group and your friends notice how relaxed you are. When asked about this you tell your friends about American Security and all they have done to keep your residents and properties safe.  

#GiveUsYourWorstBuilding 

Let us demonstrate how we can turn around the most challenging environments. 

Visit our website at www.americansecurity.com or contact us to learn more about our solutions today.

Meet your new Video Doorman.

A lot of building owners shy away from doormen due to cost. However, you can now have your cake and eat it, too.

From an office single station intercom to a 500 unit apartment house, American Security can install a high resolution video intercom system in any existing building or in new construction. Video Doorman is a premier security service that gives tenants peace of mind with better building security, secure package delivery, package delivery notification, access to emergency services, access control security and more! Not to mention, the service increases the value of every unit in your building.

Check out this video showing the service in action and testimonials from building owners who are benefiting from the service everyday:

Video Doorman is ideal for building owners on tight budgets and is able to deliver doorman services at a fraction of the cost. You can have your own state of the art Video Doorman service for around a dollar per hour while adding a whole new level of security and value to your building.

With Video Doorman, your tenants can have safe and secure package delivery and notification, 24/7 CCTV surveillance and access control security, an on-call live operator who can greet tenants on arrival and provide “escort” service to their floor, and emergency access for police fire and medical help.

Meet your new doorman and say hello to a whole new level of convenience, safety and value.

When it comes to life safety, there’s no margin for error. That’s why our customers have been relying on American Security to protect their homes, businesses, and facilities since 1979. We have been installing monitoring and maintaining security, fire and interactive video systems throughout the tristate area and specialize in commercial and multi-family housing applications.

Visit our website at www.americansecurity.com or contact us to learn more about our solutions today.

Is your NYC building prepared for an active shooter situation? Protect yourself.

In this changing world, it’s important to be proactive and know how to keep your building safe in the event of an active shooter situation.

Active shooter training is becoming a regular part of the life safety training given to corporate and government employees, tenants in buildings, and schools. In New York City, all high-rise office buildings are required to have Fire Safety and Emergency Action Plans and regular drills. Stay prepared and stay safe. As a building manager, you’re not going to want to risk what can happen if you’re not careful – follow our tips to keeping your building safe if there is ever an active shooter in your building.

Here’s how to keep your building’s residents protected in the event of an active shooter situation:

NYC’s official active shooter protocol is the following – Avoid. Barricade. And if absolutely necessary, though this is rarely necessary if you do A and B…confront. In other words – run. If you can’t run, hide, and if you can’t hide…fight.

When fleeing an active shooter, your tenants will need to be aware of all building exits and the fastest way to get to those exits. This is why drills are important. Keep in mind that in an active shooter situation, most people won’t want to leave because 1) they’re paralyzed by fear, 2) they’ve let the normalcy bias take over (those aren’t gunshots – fireworks, maybe?), or 3) they think hiding should be their first course of action. Running, with hands visibly in the air for any law enforcement on premises, is the most important line of action and tenants should be trained to do so with regular drills.

Once safe, tenants must call 911 without assuming somebody else already has.

However, in the event that tenants are not able to escape, they will need to barricade themselves in a secure location from the shooter. A locked door is the most effective way of barricading yourself from an active shooter.  Active shooters look for easy victims and rarely attempt to penetrate a locked door. Advise tenants to turn lights off and put phones on silent so as to not draw any attention to their location.

Keep your building protected with the following tools:

  • Burglar Alarms: Do you have burglar alarms installed? A burglar alarm makes sense for any location, no matter what the size and can be life-saving in a critical time like this one.
  • Proper Access Control: The number 1 deterrent to an active shooter is simple – a locked door. Active shooters will rarely go out of their way to break a door in, they will simply move on. Lock your doors! American Security offers a wide variety of access control solutions from proximity, biometric, fingerprint, to all-in-one smart-card readers. Systems can range from 1 to 65,000 users, and 1 to 1,000 doors.
  • Central Station Monitoring: Make sure your security provider offers central station monitoring. Highly trained operators rapidly handle fire, burglary, and other alarm signals with our central station monitoring. American Security contracts with a Central Station that is both UL listed and New York City Fire Department approved.

Stay safe, New York. Avoid. Barricade. Confront.

Is your building covered? It is if you’re with American Security – #WeHaveYouCovered.

When it comes to life safety, there is no margin for error. That’s why our customers have been relying on American Security to protect their homes, businesses, and facilities since 1979. We have been installing monitoring and maintaining security, fire and interactive video systems throughout the tristate area and specialize in commercial and multi-family housing applications.

Visit our website at www.americansecurity.com or contact us to learn more about our solutions today.