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Outdated wiring is also a cause for concern.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.

Are your it closets secure? The consequences of not securing your network with physical security can be costly…

Your IT closets contain critical infrastructure your organization needs for daily operations and workflow. Having your network interrupted could be detrimental for your employees, customers, and day-to-day business practices. When it comes to your IT closet – you should implement the highest security measures possible to prevent criminals from gaining access to your organization from the inside.

  • Sensitive Information Might Get stolen
    • After a break in, a criminal can easily gain access to sensitive company and employee information. Think of all the information you gather from your employees throughout their tenure. You may have sensitive health information for insurance purposes or even access to their finances for payroll deposits or expenses. If this information is not properly encrypted and protected, it can cause employees a lot of turmoil if stolen.
    • This is precisely what happened to Coca Cola in 2014 when equipment was stolen from their largest bottling plant. Personal health, financial, and vehicle information of over 74,000 employees were stored on some of the stolen devices. The employees are still affected today. Many of them had their identities stolen and are still attempting to build their credit scores back up and get their finances in order.
  • Loss of Revenue
    • Besides the fees that could come along with any legal action associated with a data breach or burglary, your company needs to replace anything that was stolen. This could cost you tens of thousands of dollars depending on what was taken.
  • Damage to Reputation
    • Not securing your IT closets puts your customers at risk as well. If their information is compromised because you failed to protect it – they are sure to lose confidence in you as a business partner. The same goes for your investors.
    • In fact, Target is still picking up the pieces when it comes to their reputation. After their 2013 security breach, Target saw their CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) score, which is an enterprise measurement combining workplace, governance, and citizenship metrics, fall dramatically. According to Market Watch, it was the largest CSR drop among any retail company in the United States.
  • Workplace Culture
    • Similar to both customers and partners, your employees could also lose trust in your company. You may see a shift in company culture after a theft or data breach and employees may start looking to work for more secure organizations.
  • Delayed Business Operations
    • Depending on what was taken, your day-to-day operations could potentially come to a complete stop for several hours or days after a physical security breach. What if your file-sharing sever was taken or compromised? Your entire company shared drive would be gone. All sales documents, invoices, HR files – everything would be lost. Or, what if they took the sever that controlled your phone and internet? Your office would definitely be out of sync for a number of days. Imagine what would happen if someone took your entire server rack…

 

Not sure if your IT closets are up to par? Follow these security best practices to prevent a physical security breach.

  1. Make sure you are keeping your IT equipment in a locked separate room. Having these devices in a person’s office or even in a shared storage space leaves your system vulnerable to damage or theft.
    1. If you can’t keep your equipment in a separate room, you should try to organize the equipment into separate locked sections.
  2. Allow only authorized personnel access to your IDF/ MDF and server rooms. You can even limit access to specific racks for added security!
  3. Utilize an access control system to properly secure your server room. This system will also be able to document all employees who enter your server room, which can prove to be extremely beneficial if anything should happen to your operating system or if you feel that an employee is tampering with your equipment.
  4. Place cameras in and around these secured rooms. As mentioned before, documentation is key if your system goes down unexpectedly. You can even opt to use motion-activated cameras that can trigger an alarm should anyone enter the sever room after hours.
  5. Install temperature and moisture monitoring devices that will notify authorized users if anything malfunctions or seems out of the ordinary. The security experts at Access Security suggest keeping the temperature of your server room between 65 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature should never exceed 82 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. Servers create a lot of heat. Make sure to have your security partner install fire alarms within your server room to protect equipment and data.

The security experts at Access Security Corporation can help your organization effectively implement any of these best practices. Contact your sales representative today or email sales@accesssecurity.com to start the discussion.

Someone Could be Cloning Your Key Fobs Without You Knowing!

In 2013, Francis Brown, a partner at Bishop Fox, a security consulting firm focusing on foreign governments and financial matters, created a device powerful enough to duplicate 125KHz RFID proximity badges and cards from less than a foot away.

 
The device, which is known as the RFID Thief, was created to steal badge information so Bishop Fox associates could gain physical access to restricted networks and devices for penetration testing. The firm shares how to create similar devices on their website. Their goal is to make it easy for security professionals to recreate their own RFID readers so they can perform physical penetration tests and better demonstrate the risks posed by these technologies to their management (Bishop Fox).

 
Since it’s 2013 creation, the device has been improved to now read proximity cards from up to 3 feet away, which makes stealing badge credentials even easier for criminals. Bishop Fox explains that a typical attack scheme would include simply placing the reader in a messenger bag or purse and walking by someone in line at the local coffee shop. The device is completely silent, and even stores all badge information to a text file on a microSD card for future reference.

 
The best way to avoid someone using a RFID reader against you or one of your colleagues is to switch over from old proximity technology to the latest smart card technology.

 
Smart cards use an encrypted computer chip loaded with cardholder information; including employee credentials and access points. Smart cards can also be easily integrated with different technologies and can be used in various locations as well.

 
A smart card is extremely flexible when it comes to growing organizations. The proprietary sequence control mechanism with smart cards will eliminate redundancies or duplication errors and protect your organization from the RFID Thief!

 
If your organization already has multi-technology card readers the change is relatively easy. Contact your Access Security representative or email sales@accesssecurity.com to see what is needed to upgrade your security today.

How to Improve School Entrance Security

A school’s entrance is the first line of defense when it comes to school safety. The right security enhancements and visitor protocols can protect your students from potentially threatening situations or individuals.
Could your school use any of these enhancements at your entrance?

Single Point of Entry

  • During high traffic times, like arrival or dismissal, it’s important to create one single point of entry for all students and visitors. Having just one point of entry makes it much easier to monitor traffic coming in and out of your school. If you need to have more than one point of entry, it’s critical to make sure that all access points are being monitored.

Extra Staff

  • It’s been proven that the presence of security guards or supervising staff members deters unruly behavior or criminal activity. Make sure to station more guards or staff members during the entrances and exits during both arrival and dismissal since those are the most high-traffic points of the day.

Double Entry

  • Having a series of locked doors between your students and visitors is a terrific way to add an extra layer of security to your school. Ideally, visitors would pass through the first set of doors which would lead them directly to the main office. Visitors can only get through the second set of doors into the school if they register or check in with the main office and are allowed access.
    Automatic Gates
  • If you can’t reconfigure your space to have a double entry within your school you can opt to use an automatic gate within the parking lot. With an added intercom system, visitors can check in via the automatic gate and be granted access by staff from within the building. Not only will this option keep trespassers from attempting to enter your school – it will keep them off the property in general.

Security Cameras & Intercom

  • Implementing a security camera and intercom system at the entrance and front office to your school can help your staff to safely identify and allow entrance to visitors and guests. A video surveillance system will help staff to confirm that the guest attempting to enter your school really is who they say they are. Moreover, having cameras at both your exits and entrances is extremely beneficial if an incident should occur. Footage of everyone who came in and out of your school could be very helpful during a criminal investigation.

Access Control

  • Access control systems consist of electrified door hardware and cloud security solutions that are used to monitor who enters a school and at what time. Since these systems help to keep unauthorized individuals outside, school officials have more peace of mind regarding the safety of those on the inside. Unless someone has clearance, access control systems won’t allow them through the doors. Moreover, you can limit some access levels to certain times. If you don’t want your staff to be able to enter after hours then you can make this a rule within your system.

Visitor Management System

  • One of the most important ways to keep your school entrance safe is implementing a visitor management system. Even if it’s just a paper check-in log! A record of who came in and out of your school and at what time is valuable information. Your visitor management procedure needs to be utilized at all times and at every entrance.

5 Things We Learned from the Healthcare Crime Survey

The International Association for Healthcare Safety and Security Foundation (IAHSS Foundation) recently released their healthcare crime survey. The overall purpose of the study is to provide healthcare professionals with a better understand of the crimes that take place within hospitals. It was packed with information.

Here are a few takeaways…

  1. The most common type of crime within a hospital in 2016 could be classified as disorderly conduct, with assault and theft coming in second and third respectively.
  2. “Violent Crimes”, which include murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, have decreased by almost 50% since 2014.
  3. For 2016, “Workplace Violence, Type” dominated every other type of workplace violence. The IAHSS defines Workplace Violence, Type 2, as “Violence directed at employees by customers, clients, patients, students, inmates, or any others for whom an organization provides services.”
  4. In 2016, “Workplace Violence, Type 2” accounted for 91% of all assaults in U.S. Hospitals.
  5. On average, only 15% Workplace Violence, Type 2 incidents resulted in legal action during 2016.

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Why Your Business Needs Automatic Gates

Are you looking for the best way to maximize the perimeter security of your facility? Here at Access Security Corporation, we can install automatic gates in Philadelphia, PA, New Jersey or Delaware to help you protect the following aspects of your workplace:

  1. Assets. No matter which industry you’re in, it’s likely that there are some very expensive assets inside your building (e.g. technology, products, tools, equipment, machinery, etc.). Of course, these items are all crucial to the success of your business. So if any or all of these assets were to get damaged or stolen, your ability treat to patients, serve customers or answer the needs of your clients would quickly diminish. Replacing such essential property could be a financial burden that your business might not be able to recover from.
  1. Sensitive information. From education and healthcare facilities to corporate offices, government buildings and more, sensitive information is required and recorded by all sorts of institutions. While business transactions, for example, typically involve the transfer of in-depth financial information, healthcare providers, in a similar way, ask patients for their social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, etc. Not to mention, healthcare facilities use IT equipment to store private medical history. All of this information can be easily exploited if accessed by an intruder.
  1. Staff. Although you might already know this, it’s important to remind you anyway: without your staff, you wouldn’t be able to keep your lights on. That said, never jeopardize their safety by undermining the importance of their protection. Moreover, their employment indirectly demonstrates that they trust you to provide them with a safe work environment. Honor that trust by reinforcing the perimeter protection of your facility. In turn, you and your staff will gain more peace of mind about the security of your company’s work environment.
  1. Visitors. Regardless of whether you call them visitors, guests, customers, clients, patients, or what have you, you must be reminded that they are people with families who are willing to give you money in return for their services. When they step foot inside your facilities, they should always have the sense that they’ve entered an environment that’s free from harm. Of course, some things are unpreventable; however, you must do everything you can to make your visitors feel as comfortable and confident as possible about their protection when they’re inside your building.

Interested in installing automatic gates in New Jersey, Delaware or Pennsylvania? Receive a professional security consultation by calling (800) 554-5626 or by completing a contact form on our website.

Top 6 Places to Install Security Cameras

Today, it seems that most businesses are utilizing security cameras throughout their facilities for both investigative and preventative reasons. With that being said; how can you be sure you are installing your cameras in the right places? Here is a list of the top 6 areas you NEED a camera!

  1. All entrances and exits
    • Having cameras at all entrances and exits is a great way to capture facial images that can be used later to identify individuals should they cause any trouble. However, the placement of these cameras is very tricky due to lighting changes, especially in areas with large windows and doors (ex: lobby or waiting room).
  2. Near Valuables
    • Your organization needs to install security cameras if you have valuable machinery, expensive retail items, or a cash register. These items are prime targets for thieves and a noticeable video surveillance camera could prevent and/or record a robbery or any suspicious behaviors.
  3. Employee Work Stations
    • A lot of businesses, especially those in a more retail setting, can use their video surveillance systems to capture stellar job performances. Managers can use these videos during training sessions or team meetings. Not so stellar performances can also be used for one on one employee reviews.
  4. Storage and Stock Rooms
    • It’s not uncommon for businesses to store extra inventory, electronics, valuable customer data, and even critical business information in storage closets or stockrooms. Cameras near these locations will prevent employee theft, protect your customers, and help to track inventory.
  5. Loading Areas
    • A lot of our clients have highly valuable shipments coming in and out of their facilities on a daily basis. The main goal for this is to keep the area safe and secure, but they also use these cameras to keep an extra set of eyes on any precious cargo. Moreover, a surprising number of employee injuries take place in the loading area or loading dock. A video surveillance system could protect your business from any false worker’s compensation claims.
  6. Secluded Areas
    • Security cameras can give you coverage in places you wouldn’t normally look, like back alleys, dumpsters, and even parking lots (hint: license plates). Our security experts even recommend installing floodlights in these locations in addition to security cameras. Criminals and trespassers will think twice when they see all the precautions you have implemented in these usually vulnerable locations.

7 Reasons Commercial Properties Need Automatic Gates

Are you thinking about installing automatic gates on your commercial property? As a first line of defense, automatic gates provide a significant advantage over other types of security measures. Here are seven reasons why your commercial property needs automatic gates:       

  1. Improve the safety and security of your facilities by preventing unauthorized personnel from entering your commercial property. Since the electronic gates are designed with irreversibly geared motors, it’s incredibly difficult for burglars to force them open. Moreover, the solid, sturdy design of your automatic gates will function as a deterrent to all types of crime.
  1. Since automatic gates come along with customizable options, you can choose between several designs and colors based on the overall theme of your business. Both sliding gates and swing gates can be integrated with a variety of locking mechanisms, as well as fire control and access control systems in New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania.
  1. With manual gates, you have to hire staff to open and close them as visitors come and go. However, automatic gates can be operated simply with a remote control. This way, visitors don’t have to get exit their vehicles if there aren’t any employees around. This is especially practical at night or during bad weather. In addition, when access controls are built into your automatic gate, you can even observe visitors and determine whether or not you want to give them access to your property.
  1. When you make the wise decision to install automatic gates in Philadelphia, New Jersey or Delaware, you’ll enjoy a convenient installation process. At Access Security Corporation, the highly trained technicians arrive at every job with all the equipment and supplies necessary to perform a safe, efficient installation on your property. Plus, with one of our preventative maintenance programs, you can have confidence in the life expectancy, dependability and overall functionality of your system, all year round.
  1. Compared to traditional gates, most automatic gates have been designed with stainless steel and aluminum, which prevents corrosion due to weather damage or decomposition.
  1. There are many reasons why the value of your commercial property might fluctuate; however, improving your facility’s security will almost always increase its value. By adding automatic gates to your property and promoting a safer, more secure presentation of your facility, both your curb appeal and value will increase, making it more attractive for buyers in the future.
  1. Insurance is a crucial investment that commercial properties must have. Since automatic gates provide another layer of protection to your property, your insurance company might be more inclined to give your company additional insurance breaks.

Interested in automatic gates on your commercial property? Receive a professional security consultation by calling (800) 554-5626 or by completing a contact form on our website.

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