How to Ensure a Secure Campus Environment

It’s important to carry a focused approach towards protecting the grounds of your school’s campus. It’s essential for all campuses to properly prepare for incidents in the case that they do occur. Improve the security of your buildings, both inside and out, by considering the following tips:

  1. Maintain clear lines of communication. Encourage your students to speak out if they notice any suspicious activity or feel uncomfortable! Let them know that school officials or campus security will listen closely as they express their concerns and will do everything to investigate and resolve the issue. Your student body plays an important role in the security of your campus; essentially, they’re the eyes and ears of your facility. Make sure they know that their input is important! Easily communicate with staff, students and parents in the event of an emergency. Mass notification systems that easily alert all necessary parties of impending danger can be the difference between life and death.
  2. Security presence around campus. A visible presence of security around campus can have a strong effect on the message of the school. Whether this be through cameras, security systems, guards, etc. the simple existence of these security measures can stop a criminal in their tracks, providing for a safer environment. It will make your students and faculty feel more secure knowing they are well protected and looked out for.
  3. Proactive planning. Planning is always key, but especially critical when it comes down to the safety of faculty and students on a campus. Consider possibilities from all angles, both inside and out. Have a system down pat that works seamlessly between your faculty, staff and authorities. When you receive service and support from a company like Access Security Corp., specialists will help you cover all the bases; from designing and engineering the best safeguard possible, to supporting you with a reassuring central monitoring system. Add the appropriate tools to your school’s security plan, and you’ll be ready to respond to a potentially life-threatening situation in the community.
  4. Access control systems. The advancements in security technology has been astounding for campuses. From wireless locks to card readers and even facial recognition, the ability to track who enters and leaves buildings throughout campus is an effective method in preventing harm. From residence halls to classrooms, dining halls and recreational buildings, the use of access cards, biometric readers, proximity readers and video analytics can provide great benefits and enhanced safety measures. The use of access control in order to enter buildings prevents unwanted individuals and suspicious activity, restricting access to only trusted personnel. It can allow you to monitor these systems remotely, lock and unlock entryways from your phone and receive real time data and insight into the amount of traffic in and out of certain buildings throughout the day.
  5. Ask for a professional security consultation. With Access Security, our team will visit your site to listen to and acknowledge the needs and concerns of your faculty. Then, we will evaluate each building to identify possible threats and figure out how your current security measures can be improved. Maybe you need to install a better video surveillance system to monitor the behavior of your students, or you want to invest in an access control system, shooter detection system or intrusion alarm. Whichever route you choose, our team will help to ensure the safety of your students, faculty and visitors.Ready to learn more about enhancing your security measures? Call 1-800-886-5625 or contact via email at sales@accesssecurity.com.

Preventing Commercial Electrical Fires

Electrical fires can happen anywhere, especially in colder weather, due to the increased use of heating and electric systems. While electrical fires rank the highest as the leading cause of commercial fires, organizations consistently don’t do as much as they could to prevent them. While many factors can expose an organization to risk, check out some of the most common causes listed below.

Circuit Overload
One of the most common causes of an electrical fire is an overloaded circuit. When various energy sources all share the same outlet, including microwaves, refrigerators, computers and heaters, the amount of energy it takes for all of them to run can exceed the capacity of what the circuit can handle.

Preventative Tip #1: Reduce the amount of systems using the same circuit. From refrigerators and microwaves, to printers, TV’s and computers, these common office appliances have the potential to exceed the maximum wattage amount. Avoid using the microwave at the same time someone is trying to print or turn off the tv before starting to vacuum. These small steps can help to avoid a detrimental situation.

Defective Wiring
Depending upon where the wiring is, it can be damaged much quicker in exposed areas. Weather factors, animals and temperature changes are all forces that can destroy it. All wiring is at risk of deteriorating and should be watched both in and outside of commercial buildings.

Outdated wiring is also a cause for concern. Due to an increase in electrical use as compared to years ago, the wiring that once fared well for certain buildings, might be unable to handle the larger amounts that are used today.

Preventative Tip #2: Pay special attention to wiring that is exposed to outdoor elements. These should be checked periodically for any signs of wear and tear. Wiring that appears frayed or broken down should immediately be looked at before risk of it turning dangerous.  

Wires and systems should be kept in a clean, dry, temperature-controlled area to prevent elements from ruining these materials.

Hot Spots
What are these exactly? Trouble.

When faulty wires, overloaded circuits, or an imbalance in the electrical system come into play, too much heat can be produced in certain spots on a panel. These hot spots can lead to dangerous electrical fires that can destroy buildings in minutes.

Preventative Tip #3: How to prevent these? Cooling methods such as fans or air conditioners can be an effective method to lower the air temperature. Air deflectors help with the flow of air and can be redirected to hotter points to lower the chance of hot spots.  You can locate these easily through techniques such as infrared testing, thermal imaging and even flashlights.  

How Access Security Can Help
Fire safety should be one of the main priorities of any organization and with a properly installed fire alarm and detection system, you are on the right track. With a team of highly trained professionals, Access Security can meet those needs and install a comprehensive fire alarm system that complies with the requirements of the National Fire Protection code. We offer a full line of fire alarm systems consisting of initiating devices, notification appliances, control panels and annunciators.

We strive to create an outstanding and lasting partnership with each one of our customers. By providing the best technical support, we can ensure we efficiently meet your most pressing needs.

Interested in learning more about how we can help your organization? Head on over to www.AccessSecurity.com or call 1-(800) 886-5625.

Wireless Locks Significantly Lower Costs

Organizations are making the switch to the more advanced electronic access control systems as opposed to the more traditional turn key locks. Many have implemented fully wired systems throughout their buildings. These locks are hardwired into a door frame and connected to both a reader and controller which communicate back to the access control system. While an effective door lock, organizations also pay the expensive price in installation and labor upkeep fees.

Implementing completely wireless locks into organizations, not only saves time but also money. NDE Networked Wireless Locks eliminate the need for wiring and can function as is since the wireless lock is able to talk directly to the access control system through the gateway. They can be managed from both web and mobile applications with access gained based on proximity and smart credentials, allowing for a much higher level of security. The functions of a wireless access control system can be obtained at nearly half the cost than that of a wired system. They run on less power and the total cost of ownership and labor time is reduced, specifically when it comes down to installing the hardwired system. Their ability to provide the benefits of online access control at a much lower cost allows for more organizations than before, such as colleges, apartments, schools and offices to reap the benefits.

Lower your access control costs with the installation of NDE wireless locksets. Secure your organization in an affordable and convenient way that not only protects, but also saves you both time and money. Visit www.AccessSecurity.com or call 1-800-886-5625 for more information or to request a demo!

How Multi-Sensor Cameras Help Improve Security

With increasingly dangerous situations occurring more frequently than before, the need for enhanced security measures is essential to protect your organization and employees. Surveillance systems have gone through significant advances in technology, with multi-sensor cameras now providing a plethora of benefits.

Not only do they provide high definition (HD) resolution, but their versatility allows for the elimination of other cameras such as traditional Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) cameras.  They capture 180, 270 and 360-degree views, and feature 2, 3 or 4 cameras in a single camera dome/enclosure.  By combining multiple sensors into a single camera enclosure, you save the cost of multiple camera installations, cabling, video management licenses and overall system maintenance.

Multi-sensors provide overall higher definition, high resolution coverage, stable image quality in dimly lit areas and even reduced motion blur in some cameras. Customers in various industries can benefit from the use of multi-sensor cameras as compared to PTZ standard cameras. With detailed, 360-degree views, capturing images from multiple angles, end users can feel confident about protecting their organization’s facility.

The security experts at Access Security Corporation can effectively implement the most fitting surveillance systems for your organization! Please visit www.AccessSecurity.com or call 1-800-886-5625 for more information.