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5 Steps to Keep Your Business Safe from Burglary

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Whether your business is small or whether it’s little, nothing can prepare you or get you ready for what comes with a burglary to your business. The economic hit that you take is always unexpected.

When you hear of security systems, people always assume that it is only for homes. NO! Your business needs protection as well. Statistics show that you’re more likely to be robbed at your place of business before you are robbed at your home. Isn’t that insane?

The following 5 steps are some steps that we, Elite, have come to realize help with keeping a business from staying safe of a burglar.

Step 1: Light up your business like it’s a Christmas tree

Keeping the lights on at your business can mean the difference between life or death sometimes. But they definitely will have the intruders thinking if there’s someone there. Installing motion sensors at each key point entrance is good too. They allow you to know when you have unexpected activity going on. Like in homes, we also suggest that you keep any landscaping outside of your business low and clear. Burglars can use things like bushes and trees to hide behind to use as covers while intruding.

When you’re in the spotlight, you’re bound to stand out. Lighting on the outside also can make it easier for others to see what’s going on at your establishment as well.

Step 2: Arm yourself. Stay protected!

Obtaining an Alarm, and/or Security System is very helpful. Having a security company come out and evaluate your business, to customize a security plan that best works for you and your company. Installing motion sensors, for that unexpected movement. Or, cameras, to monitor what goes on when you’re absent from the location. Always consider a company that works in your best interest, and also monitors 24/7. They will have a response team in the case of an emergency, at your door within minutes of alarms or panic button going off.

These safety measures are effective if done correctly. In the event that someone were to burglarize your property, always remember to keep your valuables in a fire safe. Any and all important documentation, such as (i.e: financial records, bank information for the business and important passwords/codes)  should always remain protected.   Make sure that your safe meets the specifications of your insurance company, we all know how much of a pain it can be when you’re not up to code. So take it seriously, and speak to a professional.

Step 3: Be vigilant, with everyone and anyone

Have you ever heard to always look in your yard before you look into the yard of others? Well, that reflects on your business as well. The danger is not always outside of the door, it also comes from those sitting beside you. Surprised? or not yet. Let’s hope you’re not surprised with anything of this matter, but you can never put it past anyone. When hiring, you have to be mindful and hire people that meet the criteria of course, and that they’re trustworthy. “Not everything that shines is Gold”. However, taking the proper measure eliminates or narrows it down.

Getting yourself an extra set of “eye’s in the sky” wouldn’t be a bad move either. You’ll have eyes and ears on the business at all times, and it helps you keep an eye out for sticky fingers IF someone has them, employee or visitors.

Step 4: Perimeter Surveillance

You can never be too safe, so why not take the “eyes in the sky” from inside of the business to the outside. Installing cameras on the outside of your business will show everyone that you’re serious about your security, and you mean business. Not only will it be a red flag for burglars trying to get in, but it’s also a red flag to those burglars or trespassers that rather stay on the outside. Vandalism, loss or stealing of personal property, or even those pesky little dumpster divers that you’ve been eager to catch, are just a few of the things you’ll be able to  If you’re unable to install security surveillance equipment, it can still help to make the public think you do have it. Displaying signs that your business is being monitored makes you a less tempting target to thieves.

In addition to high-tech security solutions, traditional measures like security fencing can help to protect your company. Barriers deter intruders from making their way onto your property, and they can work in conjunction with perimeter detection systems to reduce your risk of theft. From the inside and OUT.

Step 5: Lock Up and Secure Windows and Doors

It’s easy to forget a few steps of your daily routine, like, locking a door, or a window. But a small mistake like that can cost you a lot of money. Investing in well-made windows and doors for your business can make a difference. Metal frames are best. Always conduct a perimeter check in your business,  inspect the windows and doors of your establishment before and after every shift. Window and door contacts are installed by the security companies and come with most security systems. They’re good for detecting if any window or door is open and when. Your monitoring center will notify you of this at all times.

When installing the right windows, doors, and locks for your business, it’s important not to cut corners to try and save money.  What’s more important is your employees should all know how to lock up and enable the alarm system. If not, designate 1 person to be the trustee with the alarm codes and keys for lockup and opening.

Protecting Your Business with Professional Security Systems

Today, having a business is a big deal. That’s why making sure you take care of it is important. Keeping your family and business is always your priority. Always make sure that you go with a company that makes you feel safe and provides you & your business with the proper tools. I hope these steps were helpful to them, as they were to me.

Holiday Vacation Checklist To Keep Your Home Safe While Traveling

Whether you will be traveling to visit family or just taking a much-needed vacation, there are some very important security measures to put in place before you leave. Please keep in mind that thieves don’t take a vacation for the holiday season. In fact the holiday season is their busiest time of the year!  

What You Can Do To Keep Your Home Safe While You’re Away

The following are some simple steps you can take to make your home less attractive to would-be burglars. The best way is to combine the list of ideas below with a professionally installed and monitored electronic security alarm system in your home.      

 Before you leave on your trip, be sure to:

  • Get a trusted friend or relative to “house sit” or make sure your neighbors know you will be away.
  • Have a neighbor pick up your newspapers and your mail for you daily.
  • Lock all doors and windows and secure the garage door.
  • Leave a car parked in the driveway, or ask a neighbor to park in your driveway.
  • Leave a house key — and a number where you can be reached — with a trusted friend or neighbor.

 

Pro Tip: The best way is to combine the list of ideas below with a professionally installed and monitored electronic security alarm system in your home. Ask us how today!

 

  • Use timers to turn lights on and off at certain times, altering lighting patterns, to create an occupied look.
  • Leave drapes and shades open as normal. (Closed blinds during the day are a sure sign of an empty house, plus they allow a burglar to attend to his business unseen by neighbors.)
  • Arrange to have your lawn mowed.
  • Be sure your trees and hedges have been trimmed. This gives burglars fewer places to hide.
  • Consider upgrading outdoor light fixtures with devices that have built-in motion detectors, which turn on the lights whenever anyone walks past.
  • If you have an alarm system, make sure to arm it EVERY time you leave your home…yes, EVEN if you will only be gone for a short while.

Technology Can Help – Talk To A Security Expert Today!

Following these practical safety tips can go a long way towards keeping your property safe. Adding professional burglar and fire alarm monitoring for your home (or business!), mobile app control and video monitoring can take your family’s safety to a new level. Contact us today to speak with a security expert and schedule your free consultation today!

Stay Safe This Halloween: 12 Essential Tips For The Big Night Out

Although children look forward to tricks, treats, and ghoulish garb, Halloween can be fraught with fright for parents, with candy given to their kids by strangers and a legion of masked and costumed trick-or-treaters at the door. However, following a few safety tips can ensure safe fun for kids and candy-givers alike.

The activities below focus on Halloween, which is celebrated in the last week of October. The efforts throughout the month generate enthusiasm for crime prevention so it can grow stronger and become more widespread.

To ensure that trick-or-treaters, you, and your house stay safe, remember the following tips.

  • Clear your yard and sidewalk of any obstacles or decorations that may be hard to see in the dark, lest someone go bump in the night.
  • Keep your house well lighted, both inside and out; you wouldn’t want to miss any particularly good costumes, would you?
  • Ask your Neighborhood Watch or local citizen’s group to haunt (patrol) your community.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your police or sheriff’s department.

To make sure even the scariest costumes are safe, keep the following in mind when buying or designing one.

  • Try makeup instead of masks; it’s more comfortable and doesn’t obstruct vision the way masks can.
  • Check to ensure that costumes are flame-retardant so that young ones are safe around jack-o’-lanterns, candles, and other flames.
  • Keep costumes short to ensure that the only trip taken is the one around the neighborhood.
  • Look for brightly colored costumes, attach reflector strips to costumes and bags, and remind trick-or-treaters to carry glow sticks and flashlights.
  • If a costume involves any sort of fake weapon, make sure that it is made of a flexible material such as cardboard or foam. Or, avoid the whole problem of weapons by challenging your child to design a costume that is scary without one.

Keep in mind the next few tips to make sure your trick-or-treater’s night in the neighborhood will be safe and fun.

  • Older kids should trick-or-treat in groups; kids walking around alone are never as safe as those in groups, and especially not at night. Younger kids should be accompanied by a parent or trusted neighbor.
  • Review the route for trick-or-treating beforehand and set a time set when kids should be home. Also, have a plan if your child gets separated from his or her friends or from you.
  • Remind your children not to enter strange houses or cars.

After a successful and safe night around the neighborhood, remember that the treats still need scrutiny before anyone eats them.

  • Remind your children not to eat treats until they’ve come home. To help ensure this, feed them a meal or a substantial snack before they go out.
  • Check all treats at home in a well-lighted place. Be especially wary of anything that is not wrapped by the factory or that is no longer sealed.
  • Remind kids not to eat everything at once, lest they be green even without the makeup.

About Elite Security Alarms

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