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Our latest download (available on www.onesourcesecurity.com) lists 10 common mistakes businesses make with security and how to prevent them.  We will be posting portions of that free download progressively here on our blog.  If you'd like the entire download all at once, please click on our site's link above, and you will see a button on the homepage to click when you get there.  Thanks!

Pictured above is a bioreader, designed to create an "audit trail"

  

Cutting Corners With Security Equipment to Try and Save Money

 

 a.) Thinking video surveillance is too expensive.  Ponder the cost of a lawsuit by a visitor or employee who says he slipped, then sues you.  How about employees systematically stealing from your company over the long term?  Or when a thief actually breaks in and steals expensive equipment or invaluable items such as files.  All of a sudden, the cost of an effective CCTV system doesn't see so expensive.

  • Not only can you use recorded footage as evidence to prove your case, but the cameras and systems themselves can act to PREVENT many potentially debilitating events.

Having your perimeter sufficiently covered with video is a must

b.) Buying analog cameras to save money.  Analog cameras are satisfactory in many cases and have saved companies time and money with countless security incidents.  But with today’s advancements in technology, there are more and more affordable cameras on the market that provide much more clarity and other features, such as covering more viewing area--these are megapixel and IP cameras.

  • With analog cameras, sometimes the thief’s or employee's face or other identifiable features are not distinguishable enough to prove it’s a certain individual.  Megapixel cameras for instance, allow you to zoom in closely on a certain area, and not see that “grainy” quality footage.  The image remains clear, even when you need to zoom in on the person’s face, for example.  *This is vital for evidence in court or for your loss prevention department.

c.) Doing just enough to satisfy insurance requirements.  If you’re going to install a system specifically for insurance reasons, please, take the opportunity to do it right the first time.  Consult with your security company: to ensure you’ll be covered for intrusion through doors, windows and other entrances; to have essential fields of view set to record on motion if someone enters those fields; to have proper fire protection and to maintain strict access control which provides an “audit trail”.

Thank you for spending a few minutes with us today, and please check back for the rest of our 10 Common Mistakes...If you'd like them all at once, please visit our website for the free download.

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Today we'll discuss three of the many areas in which businesses are vulnerable regarding security.  They include:

  • ex-employees
  • current employees
  • and natural damage over time 

We'll also provide a few keys to help facility managers, security personnel and other decision makers.  Such as:

  • not depending on physical keys
  • maintaining exterior door structural integrity
  • use of biometric readers

Pictured above is a biometric access reader using fingerprints

Be sure to Use a Secure Key System (such as Medeco)

Usually, a disgruntled employee who is about to be fired knows it in advance.  He or she will have at least some knowledge of the security system, and the soon-to-be-unemployed person may also retain a key.

This can be dangerous if your business security relies on physical keys which are not part of a secure system.

There could be no way for you to know if someone has made copies of the keys (assuming the keys allow for duplication). This leaves you vulnerable if an ex-employee wants to take revenge of any kind. It also leaves you vulnerable to your current employees' friends and family.

Even if your employee is trustworthy, how trustworthy is everyone he knows who may have access to his keys?

Physical keys also leave no trace of who used them; you have no proof of who gained access to sensitive areas--no "audit trail".  Plus, sometimes they don't allow for you to allow entry to some areas, but not to others.  Commercial access control systems solve these two issues.

Solution:  Have an access control system installed by a security systems integrator.  Ideally one who will integrate it with the alarm system and/or video surveillance.

Hire a Locksmith to Repair Natural Damage

Security systems are multi-faceted--don't forget about the physical integrity of the doors. Rain and other elements can cause rust and other damage over time to the exterior doors at your facility. A thief can take advantage of rusted hinges or unsecure door frames.

In addition, if there is a leak, you could experience other problems such as water damage to your floors and electrical circuits. The longer this damage goes on, the more it will cost once it is discovered.

Solution:  Have a locksmith perform an exterior survey on your doors--One Source's Locksmith Division does itfor free.

Install Biometric Readers

Biometric readers are another excellent option since fingerprints are unique. These give you all the advantages of other keyless access systems but remove the possible problem of an employee giving away his or her user code or writing it down and losing it...or even passing an access card or fob to someone else.

Access Control System & Locksmith Maintenance

Having a reputable and knowledgeable security company visit regularly to inspect your business security system is an easy way to prevent more costly damage later. In fact, One Source Security offers both a Security Team and a full-service Locksmith Division...we truly are your "one source".  Justclick here to contact us to learn more. 

If you're curious about how easy it would be to upgrade your current system, or if you're "starting from scratch", One Source Security offers a free security assessment--conducted by our Locksmith and/or Security Divisions. Just click here to request one.

Thanks for spending some time with us on our blog. 

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Today we'll discuss three of the many areas in which businesses are vulnerable regarding security.  They include:

  • ex-employees
  • current employees
  • and natural damage over time 

We'll also provide a few keys to help facility managers, security personnel and other decision makers.  Such as:

  • not depending on physical keys
  • maintaining exterior door structural integrity
  • use of biometric readers

Pictured above is a biometric access reader using fingerprints

Be sure to Use a Secure Key System (such as Medeco)

Usually, a disgruntled employee who is about to be fired knows it in advance.  He or she will have at least some knowledge of the security system, and the soon-to-be-unemployed person may also retain a key.

This can be dangerous if your business security relies on physical keys which are not part of a secure system.

There could be no way for you to know if someone has made copies of the keys (assuming the keys allow for duplication). This leaves you vulnerable if an ex-employee wants to take revenge of any kind. It also leaves you vulnerable to your current employees' friends and family.

Even if your employee is trustworthy, how trustworthy is everyone he knows who may have access to his keys?

Physical keys also leave no trace of who used them; you have no proof of who gained access to sensitive areas--no "audit trail".  Plus, sometimes they don't allow for you to allow entry to some areas, but not to others.  Commercial access control systems solve these two issues.

Solution:  Have an access control system installed by a security systems integrator.  Ideally one who will integrate it with the alarm system and/or video surveillance.

Hire a Locksmith to Repair Natural Damage

Security systems are multi-faceted--don't forget about the physical integrity of the doors. Rain and other elements can cause rust and other damage over time to the exterior doors at your facility. A thief can take advantage of rusted hinges or unsecure door frames.

In addition, if there is a leak, you could experience other problems such as water damage to your floors and electrical circuits. The longer this damage goes on, the more it will cost once it is discovered.

Solution:  Have a locksmith perform an exterior survey on your doors--One Source's Locksmith Division does it for free.

Install Biometric Readers

Biometric readers are another excellent option since fingerprints are unique. These give you all the advantages of other keyless access systems but remove the possible problem of an employee giving away his or her user code or writing it down and losing it...or even passing an access card or fob to someone else.

Access Control System & Locksmith Maintenance

Having a reputable and knowledgeable security company visit regularly to inspect your business security system is an easy way to prevent more costly damage later. In fact, One Source Security offers both a Security Team and a full-service Locksmith Division...we truly are your "one source".  Justclick here to contact us to learn more. 

If you're curious about how easy it would be to upgrade your current system, or if you're "starting from scratch", One Source Security offers a free security assessment--conducted by our Locksmith and/or Security Divisions. Just click here to request one.

Thanks for spending some time with us on our blog. 

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