- Deter intruders before they act. If intruders know your business has an alarm and/or video surveillance system, they may be less likely to enter. Warn possible intruders with window stickers, wall signs and yard signs in visible and obvious locations; however, be careful not to deter your customers with the message.
- Use digital camera surveillance. Business owners have become accustomed to taping their employees and customers for safety, security and accountability measures; however, they have been restricted by the limitations of the VCR. With digital cameras, you get sharp, clear photos; you don't have to change tapes; you can easily find incidents that occurred at a specific time, and you can watch your business from anywhere with Internet access.
- Equip your business with an emergency button. Retail and open-door businesses are more likely targets for armed robbery. Equip your business with an emergency hold-up button to give your employees the ability to instantly and discreetly notify the alarm-monitoring center of an emergency.
- To ensure the reliability of your alarm system, add backup cellular devices to your system to protect against phone line outages. A backup cellular unit can send an alarm signal to the monitoring center should your phone lines ever be compromised.
- Protect pass codes. Store security alarm pass codes, safe combinations and spare keys off premises when feasible. If your business is equipped with a card access control system, never put your physical address on employee ID access badges. If an ID access badge is ever lost (and it will be), a potential intruder will know exactly where to use it. A post office box should be used for lost badges.
To schedule your security evaluation or for questions on residential security systems; commercial security, access control and video monitoring; home theater systems; or advanced communications wiring, contact:
Michael Morton, EMC Security Representative
Phone: 770.963.0305 or 706.543.4009