As a business owner, you may have heard the term commercial access control before, but you may not be entirely sure what it means. The basic definition of commercial access control is a system that allows you to control who enters your business. It also allows you to control where and when someone can enter or exit the building. Continue reading
A commercial security system is crucial to day to day options for businesses in today’s world. These security systems allow business owners to track access to areas of the building and provide the ability to review incidents and accidents to determine if there were criminals in the building, while alarm systems protect your employees and your assets.
Many people purchase a security camera to help protect their home from burglary and vandalism, but they may not know the importance of camera placement. Security cameras are an effective deterrent against burglars and possible break-ins, but without proper camera placement, your security monitoring and threat prevention may not be as effective as you need it to be. Follow these tips to ensure your cameras are in the most effective position: Continue reading
With spring cleaning underway, you may have noticed that your security camera is covered in spider webs, covering your camera lens and obstructing the camera’s view. Spider webs not only block the view of the camera, but they can also cause false alerts for motion-activated cameras.
Because insects are attracted to the light your camera emits, spiders build their webs there for an easy meal, obstructing your security systems. Pittsburgh residents can keep their camera clean and working efficiently by following these tips. Continue reading
Video surveillance is a great way to help keep your home and your family safe. With advancements in video camera and video recorder technology as well as networking capabilities, video surveillance systems are now more affordable and more effective for residential security.
With a video surveillance system, you can view the inside or the outside of your home from any location and at any time. Adding video surveillance to your existing home security system allows you to view your security camera feed from any television or computer in your home. Some systems on the market also allow you to access your home’s video feed remotely for added convenience.
Having a video surveillance system installed in and around your home can provide several benefits, including:
- Deterring criminal activity
With outdoor security cameras, you can deter criminals from committing theft, vandalism, violent crime and trespassing on your property. For example, a burglar will typically case your home before they rob it, but if they spot a security camera, it may stop them following through with the burglary for fear of being caught on tape.
- Providing evidence to the police
A security camera can provide police with critical evidence, such as a description of the subject if a theft occurs on your property. This evidence can help to convict the burglar and could also be useful in helping find your stolen valuables. It is essential to be sure you have a camera with good quality to ensure faces can be captured accurately.
- Lowering your homeowner’s insurance costs
Most homeowners are always looking for ways to cut costs and feel safe in their homes. With a monitored security system installed by a professional, you can do both! If you make an effort to invest in ways to protect your home and property from fire, vandalism, and theft with a security system, many insurance companies will offer you lower insurance premiums.
- Keeping watch over your children or elderly family members
Having another set of eyes on your children or elderly family members when they’re home alone can help give you peace of mind that they are safe. Incorporating remote video, you’re your home security systems will allow you to log in and check up on your children and their babysitter or your aging parents from anywhere, including your smartphone or office computer.
SSA Residential Security Experts
At SSA, we are committed to the safety of you and your family. Our staff of security professionals will work closely with you to evaluate your security needs and recommend a residential video surveillance system that meets your needs and your budget.
Contact SSA today to learn more about our residential security options and how we can help you keep your home secure and your family safe.
Risk of Commercial and Residential Burglary Can Increase in the Spring
More people are out and about in the warmer spring weather, including criminals who will be looking for an opportunity to burglarize your business or your home while you are out enjoying the outdoors or away on vacation.
In FBI’s most recent Uniform Crime Report, it is estimated that 7,919,035 property crime offenses occurred in the nation in 2016. It was also reported that in Pittsburgh alone there were 4,487 property crimes committed in 2016, including burglaries, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. To avoid becoming part of these statistics, it is important to have a security plan in place to protect your property.
What Puts Your Business at Risk?
There are many factors that can put your business at a greater risk of being burglarized. Some of these factors include:
- Overgrown shrubbery/trees
- Damaged or burnt out exterior lighting
- Unlocked windows or doors
It is important to secure all windows and doors, keep shrubbery and trees trimmed to eliminate hiding spots, and repair or replace exterior lighting to keep your building well-lit to deter burglars. In addition to these basic measures, having a security system installed is a very effective option for protection.
Protecting Your Business from Burglary
Burglary can cause monetary loss and property damage that some business owners may not be able to recover from. Good exterior lighting and durable doors are helpful in deterring crime but it is highly recommended that business owners also consider using video surveillance, access control or alarm systems to secure their business.
- Video surveillance– No matter where you are or what time of day it is, a digital video surveillance system offers you instant information and clear imaging, allowing you to keep a sharp eye on the inside and outside of your business.
- Access control systems– This system will help you control who can enter and when they can enter your place of business with a series of codes or programmable cards. These cards can be programmed for employee, visitor, and vendor level access.
- Burglar Alarm– Having an alarm system installed will help you prevent the break-in, theft and vandalism of your business by deterring criminals and can also help catch them when a break-in occurs by alerting the monitoring company of a break-in.
These effective security systems can help protect your investment in your business while keeping you and your employees safe. It is important to consult with security experts like SSA to determine the specific security measures best suited for your business.
Residential Security Options to Keep Your Home Safe
Securing your home is important to prevent break-ins that could put you or your family at risk. Video/CCTV surveillance is available for your home and can be controlled and monitored while you are working or enjoying your vacation. The presence of a security camera can act as a deterrent against burglary but can also provide crucial evidence if a burglary does occur. Residential alarm systems are also recommended to keep you and your family safe from a break-in.
Contact the experts at SSA today to learn more about our commercial and residential security options to help safeguard your home or business this spring.
belongings safe while you’re away? Security Systems of America share their summer vacation safety tips so you can focus on what’s important when you’re away – relaxing!
Invest in a Security System. The best way to curb intruders is to invest in a home security system. While many homeowners are turned off by the cost, you don’t have to spend a ton to sway criminals. While there are several levels of security, a simple burglar alarm can help ward off thieves. If you’re still unsure, remember the physical loss and mental cost of having your home broken into is hard to overcome.
Tell a Neighbor. Ask a friend or neighbor to keep an eye on your home. If it’s a long enough trip, consider giving them a key to get in to give the impression that someone is home. It’s also an easy way for someone to check on any appliances you may have left plugged-in or the dreaded faucet you may have left running.
Cutback on the Mail Stack. Grocery flyers, department store mailers and bills can really cause your mail to stack up. If your mailbox is exposed, ask someone to collect it each day to avoid anyone stealing your credit card statements or simply figuring out you aren’t home.
Social Media No’s, No’s. While enticing and almost second nature, don’t share your travel plans on your social media feed and do your best to avoid posting photos or tagging yourself while at your destination location. All it takes in for one person with bad intentions to see this information and attempt a break-in. You wouldn’t give a complete stranger your email password, don’t tell the entire world your house is empty!
What about the Curtains? It’s the age-old question, do you close your window curtains or not? The best advice is to just leave them as you normally would. Too many obvious signs that you’re not home, is a sign that you’re not home! Potential thieves are familiar with what to look for in vacationing home owners. Only do what’s necessary to tidy up before you leave.
What about the Lights? While some homeowners tend to leave several lights on, your electricity bill will be through the roof when you return. It’s also going to be obvious to trespassers if there is a light on for 24 hours straight. Invest in a few light timers to turn on randomly to sway intruders.
For 45 years, Security Systems of America has protected Pittsburgh homes and businesses from burglary and fires. We’ve seen it all, we’ve don’t it all! Don’t sacrifice the security of your home or the safety of others, contact SSA today at 1-800-544-5003 or visit us online today!
Workplace violence or crimes against an employee can happen to anyone, anywhere and at any time. The hard facts about workplace violence is that an average of 2 million workers in the United States will fall victim to some form of incident this year. While some crimes may occur at the hands of an unknown assailant or even a random act of violence, other crimes may occur between coworkers.
Individuals at the highest risk include:
- Persons whom exchange money
- Individuals who work late nights or early morning hours
- Individuals who work alone
- Employees located in a high-crime area
- Retail workers
- Healthcare or social workers
As the temperatures rise, so does the chance of your home being burglarized. With warm days ahead, this time of year comes with a list of activities down to the floor! While many of us look forward to the fresh air and summer vacation, we may not realize an increase of break-ins and car theft are in the future.