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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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.

About American Security

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 

About American Security

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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Hidden Threats to Building Security

As technology continues to progress at an unprecedented speed, possible threats to building security are becoming harder to detect using traditional security methods. As building managers, conducting internal risk assessments is an integral part of the job. However, due to technological advancements, there may be some cyber-security threats that until now have been off your radar. Security should not be left behind as increased complexity also means new threats and risks.  At American Security, our goal is to keep your building safe and secure from all threats, cyber and otherwise. While around the clock cyber security is a full time job, it is vital to be aware of how your building might be uniquely vulnerable. Below, we’ve included the top hidden threats to building security so you can stay one step ahead.

1. Integrating Technology Safely

‘Smart buildings’ are becoming more and more common, resulting in easier access to key information, seamless communication between building management and tenants, and even remote doormen. However, whenever technology is integrated, with it comes the risk of it being compromised. Primarily, the risk of sensitive data ending up in the wrong hands. Instead of attempting to integrate smart software on your own using multiple different platforms, use one trusted company to not only recommend and install custom smart technology, but also to remotely monitor your building 24/7 to keep you and your tenants 100% protected, 100% of the time.

2. Multi-Layered Protection

Gone are the days where a simple password is good enough to protect you and your data from potential cyber threats. Consider cloud-based security solutions that are not only monitored digitally by security professionals, but sync all your systems together, allowing you to protect your valuable data and resources in what is essentially a virtual bank vault. Depending on the type of building you manage, you should be aware specifically of what cyber thieves might be after. If your tenants are business based, digital criminals will be looking to access sensitive, proprietary information, or remotely install malware for various ill-intentioned purposes. To mitigate this risk, consider speaking with your tenants to learn how they are currently protecting their businesses digitally, and work with a professional security company to conduct an internal risk assessment to make sure everything is as secure as possible. If the building you manage is residential, cyber criminals will most likely be looking to access information related to specific identities, like credit card information or passwords. You can help protect your residents from potential identity theft by making sure you have systems in place that add an extra layer of protection in addition to whatever methods your tenants are already using. In both cases, open a dialogue to discuss concerns and potential solutions to stay ahead of the game.

3. Building Access

As many buildings continue to invest in more modern methods to allow residents and visitors to gain entry to a property, for example remote security products like the Ring doorbell or even more benign virtual assistants such as Alexa, the potential risk evolves as well. These systems can lull us into a false sense of security, but they are by no means fool proof. A savvy hacker with the right information would potentially be able to gain remote or even in-person access to a property, without you or your tenants being any the wiser. For example, a clever and ill-intentioned cyber criminal might tap into a camera feed to see if a tenant is home before attempting a robbery. Just recently, Buick debuted a commercial in which a homeowner used their virtual assistant Alexa to start their car and unlock the doors remotely. While this level of convenience and automation is impressive, it also presents a security risk that digitally inclined thieves could take advantage of. Since almost all of these devices work through Wifi, as the building manager you can help protect your residents from such situations by making sure your buildings digital security solutions are air-tight. 

At American Security, we believe in keeping you, your property, and your business safe at every level. We offer advanced and customizable 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.