Checklist: How to Protect Your Home When You Return To The Office

As we get ready to return to normalcy and make our way back into the office, there is no better time to ensure our homes are secure and our families and valuables are protected. 

If you’ve been working from home for a while now, there is a good chance some of the habits you used to have to make sure your home is safe need some refreshing! We’ve provided a quick checklist to use before you leave home for work so you can have peace of mind while you sit through all of those in-person meetings we know you missed so much!

Going to Work Checklist:

  • All exterior doors are locked
  • All windows and sliding glass doors are closed and secure
  • Outdoor valuables are locked in a shed or covered and locked in place
  • Door leading from the garage to the house is locked
  • Security system is on and activated 
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  • Garage door is closed all the way

In addition to reinforcing your daily security habits, we suggest that all home security measures are audited several times a year. (PRO TIP: A good time to do this is at the change of each season as many security measures are seasonal!)

We’ve also put together a comprehensive home security checklist to guide you in your preparations for making sure everything you care for is safe and secure.

Home Security Checklist:

  1. Exterior Doors
  • All exterior doors are made from solid hardwood or metal-clad
  • All doors and entryways have a sturdy deadbolt
  • Any glass panels in doors are reinforced
  • Spare keys are kept with a trusted neighbor – NOT under a doormat/planter
  • All exterior doors have bright, working lights to illuminate visitors
  1. Windows and Sliding Doors
  • All windows have a lock or can be securely pinned
  • All windows have blinds or curtains that can be closed
  • All sliding doors have strong, working locks
  • All sliding doors have dowels or pins to secure them in place
  1. Outdoor Security
  • Shrubs and bushes are regularly trimmed so there is no place to hide
  • Potential dark areas around the house or yard are adequately illuminated
    • Use floodlights when necessary!
  • Outdoor lights are scheduled to be on in the evening
    • Use photocell or motion-sensitive lighting whenever possible
  • Address/house number is clearly displayed for emergency response
  1. Personal Property and Outdoor Valuables
  • Entrances to the garage/gate latches are lockable
    • Door leading from the garage to the house is solid hardwood or metal-clad w/ deadbolt
  • Shed doors are lockable with high-security, laminated padlocks
  • All valuables (grills, mowers, bicycles, etc.) are locked in a shed or covered and locked in place
  • Any firearms are stored unloaded and locked in storage boxes and secured with trigger guard locks
  • Valuables such as TVs and computers are inscribed with an identifying number approved by local police
  • A complete home inventory of all valuables is up-to-date and includes pictures

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4 Important Fire Safety Measures For Apartment Buildings

Even though an apartment building and a private home have the same amount of risk of experiencing a fire, the apartment buildings’ proximity to each other makes fires much more dangerous. Fire, heat, and smoke can travel throughout the entire building, putting all occupants of the building at risk. 

Owners of residential apartment buildings with three or more units are required by the New York City Fire Code to establish a fire safety plan that includes fundamental fire safety advice as well as information regarding the structure, such as the kind of construction, fire protection systems, and emergency exits. 

Here are a few tips that can prevent fires in apartment buildings: 

  1. Maintain at least one smoke and carbon monoxide detector in each unit

NYC law requires the installation and maintenance of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. 

  1. Make sure all fire escapes are clear and unobstructed

Each fire-escape must be accessible through one or more exterior doors or windows that open from the room, apartment, or suite, with a clear width of two feet or more and a clear height of two feet six inches or more. Any such window’s sill must be within three feet of the floor.

  1. Make sure your window security gates are approved by the FDNY

Some people put up security gates on their apartment windows to prevent an intruder from entering their home. Only New York City Fire Department certified security gates that open without a key may be installed on an outside fire escape window if your apartment building has one. 

  1. Know your exits 

Your apartment building must have two ways of egress (exits).

Your primary or first exit is the door to your apartment, which leads to either an unenclosed (not divided by walls and doors) stairwell or a public hallway with an enclosed stairwell leading to the street. Depending on the construction date of the building, your backup exit should be one of the following:

  • An additional enclosed stairway accessible from the public hallway. (newer buildings)
  • An enclosed fire tower (stairway accessible from the public hallway).
  • An outside fire-escape accessible from within the apartment through a window or door.

Prevention and planning is the key to protecting your building’s occupants and neighbors. 

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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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5 Tips For Improving Your Commercial Building Security

Whether you run a small business, a large commercial operation, or a mid-sized warehouse, threat to security is always a concern. If you own a commercial building, it’s important that you don’t leave its security up to chance. It’s crucial that you secure your commercial building and take steps to prevent any possible break-ins.

Be proactive; don’t wait for something to happen before taking the necessary steps. Follow these tips to maximize your security and your safety.

Install a Monitored Alarm System
The first thing you can do to improve the security of a commercial building is to install a security alarm system that is monitored 24/7. In order to prevent break-ins and burglaries, having a monitored alarm system is essential.

Install Video Surveillance
Keep track of anyone entering your building at various times and points with CCTV or closed-circuit television. CCTV’s are video cameras used to observe an area, connected to a recording device or IP Network, and monitored in a control room. With American Security’s security monitoring systems, we install color digital cameras or state-of-the-art digital video recorders with storage up to a month or longer. Retrieve your surveillance footage almost instantly at any time. Learn more here.

Upgrade Your Lighting
Yes, upgrading your lighting is considered a security boost. Having strong, up-to-date lighting allows you to light up any dim areas as much as possible so that any suspicious activity is hard to miss. Installing lighting with motion detectors adds another layer of security to your building. Make sure your building’s walkways, doorways, windows, and parking areas are adequately lit.

Access Control Systems
Access control systems are a form of keyless entry. With an access control system, you no longer have to worry about who needs a key to get into your building. It also allows people to easily enter the right buildings and offices, without concern of a security breach. Many forms of access control are available to fit the needs of you and your building.

Increase Security in Parking Areas
Parking lots or areas of commercial buildings usually get overlooked when it comes to safety and security measures. However, it is important to keep these areas in mind when improving or evaluating your security. Increasing security in your parking lots will ensure the safety of your employees, not only when they are in your building, but on your property as well. Thieves or muggers use parking lots as a common area to wait for their victims. They may also find an opportunity to break into vehicles. Try adding extra personnel security and security cameras.

Follow these commercial building security tips to ensure the safety of your building. To learn more about American Security’s security solutions, visit our website at https://americansecurity.com/#products.

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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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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. 

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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.

Summer Security Tips During the Highest Month for Burglaries

Did you know the month of June has the highest amount of reported burglaries? 

American Security’s Tips and Security Systems Can Help. 

Even with travel limitations, people are planning to spend their summer quarantine at their vacation or second home. 

While you may also be seeking safety and seclusion, your home could be left unsecured. Summer may mean warm weather but it also means more break-ins. 

On average, burglaries rise about 10% between June and August.

Studies show, more people were burglarized in June (regardless of the year) than in any other month, according to a burglary survey.

Ensure your home is secure so you can enjoy your summer!

Check out these top summer safety tips: 

1. Make sure to lock all windows and doors

Forgetting to leave just one window in your house unlocked can allow burglars access into your home. These are easy targets so triple check your locks on all doors and windows before you leave your home. 

If you have a lot of windows and entry points, write down a checklist to make sure you don’t miss any before you leave. 

2. Set Your Alarm  

Don’t overlook one of the most crucial methods of keeping your home secure. Properly setting your alarm ensures that you and authorities will be alerted at even the slightest disturbance. 

If you don’t have a video surveillance system or burglar alarm, ask us about the different systems we offer to keep your home secure. 

3. Get Your Neighbor to Park in Your Driveaway

This is a clever way for you to dissuade burglars from your home while you’re away.

An occupied home could decrease your chances of a burglary. 

The good news is that burglaries are decreasing. However, when the average loss from a burglary is $2,799, you can’t afford to not take the necessary steps to ensure your home’s safety (and your peace of mind.)

Talk to one of our experts on how you can avoid burglaries and enjoy a stress-free summer. 

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.

Essential Home Security Tips and Best Practices

It is never pleasant to consider, but a burglary takes place every 25.7 seconds. If we zoom out to the totality of the situation, the latest FBI burglary statistics estimate that there were 7,196,045 property crimes committed in 2018 and those victims suffered losses at an estimated $16.4 billion. Whether you have just moved into a new home or have been at your residence for many years, it is always a good idea to assess your home’s security and strive to make your home & family safer. Our security experts have put together 3 best practices to help secure your residence.

1. Lock Your Doors, Sliding Doors & Windows

This may be simple in concept, but to this day, about 30% of all burglars gain access to a dwelling through an unlocked entry point such a door, window, or balcony.  So whether you put a sticky note by the front door or set a reminder on your phone, lock all your doors and windows before leaving. A few other tips to enforce security around your main entry points are:

  • Install sensors for your sliding doors & windows
  • Go old school and secure your sliding glass door with a dowel 
  • Plant bushes under your first-floor windows 
  • Don’t forget the garage – install a home automation system and never leave the garage unlocked ever again

2. Set Up a Security System

A home is 33% less likely to be broken into if there is a visible home security system in place. To choose a system you feel comfortable with, evaluate the vulnerabilities in your home and neighborhood. Check out the latest crime statistics in your neighborhood or call your local police department and ask questions. When choosing your home security system, keep these factors in mind: 

  • Customer service and brand reputation
  • Extra monitoring capabilities like smoke and fire protection
  • Sensor capability for doors, windows, and other entryways
  • Does the system come with security cameras?
  • Does the company have access to 24/7/365 central station approved by the New York City Fire Department?  \

3. Secure Your Wifi

Having a cute Wi-Fi name like “ILoveMyWifi” is wonderful and may make your home feel cozy, but in this day and age, considering the technology and how connected everything is, you may be giving criminals direct access to your home. Here are a few tips to secure your Wi-Fi network from cybercriminals:

  • Enable Encryption and Two Factor Authentication 
  • Rename and hide your network 
  • Create passwords that are as strong as a fortress 
  • Use a firewall 

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.