A basic, simple security system setup for a typical business usually includes the following:
Motion alarms continuously scan the area they are monitoring and go into alarm when they detect movement. They reset, allowing the sensor to go back into alarm as soon as another motion is detected.
Door and Window Sensors
Door and window sensors are simple magnets that register when they are pulled apart and again when they are brought back together, allowing the Monitoring Center to track the number of times and exactly when the door or window is opened and closed.
Glassbreak Sensors, used on large, non-opening windows such as display windows and plate glass, register the impact of an object against the glass. They self-reset, allowing the Monitoring Center to react to each attempt to break the window.
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What is Access Control?
Access Control is simply a way to control the flow of people-employees or customers-and where they are allowed to go. This can mean anything from keeping customers out of sensitive inventory areas to keeping employees out of the manager’s office. Access Control systems range from very simple-a keycard being necessary to enter a premises, for example, or a code required to enter an inventory room-to very complicated systems that assign ‘authority levels’ to employees and filter out the ones who are allowed into certain offices or spaces.
Why do I need Access Control?
- Protect your employees: By ensuring that customers cannot wander into ’employee’ areas, you ensure that your employees are not harassed, threatened or attacked when they are not in a public space where they can be monitored.
- Protect your customers: Ensuring that customers cannot wander into areas where they could be injured, such as mechanical rooms or processing areas.
- Protect your Inventory: Avoid random thefts and loss by monitoring and controlling who is allowed into your inventory areas.
- Protect your Privacy: Controlling who is allowed to enter certain offices or areas will ensure that only those with the correct authority levels are allowed to access sensitive information or paperwork, including your employee’s information and your customer’s payment information.
- Know Who is on your property…and when: Access Control can allow you to monitor who is on your property and when they arrive and leave, ensuring that employees are not entering the business during off-hours or that strangers are not wandering around in your building unsupervised.
What does an Access Control System typically consist of?
Very simple Access Control Systems are found in many businesses-a keycard or code pad at the door where you must enter a code or swipe a pre-programmed card or fob to unlock the door. You find these on many different types of buildings for many different reasons-everything from the card reader to allow you to enter the gym at any hours after you have paid dues to the code pad outside of an inventory lock-up room. This is the most basic and most-often used type of Access Control.
More complicated systems can be found in larger offices, especially ones that handle highly sensitive information, dangerous or complicated manufacturing apparatus, or high-dollar merchandise. Often these systems will have multiple keypads or readers and varying levels of ‘permissions’ that would, for example, allow the front desk clerk access to the front door but not the manager’s office or the safe room, but would allow the manager access to everything. These types of systems usually require some planning, but they are still basically just a larger version of the basic Access Control.
Other types of Access Control systems are more complicated still. Emergency Door sensors can be placed on Fire Escape Doors, sounding an alarm if the door is opened. Intercom systems can be combined with Door Release buttons, allowing a human receptionist to question visitors before ‘buzzing’ them into the building. For areas that might not require permission but still need to be monitored, Door Release Buttons can be installed that automatically monitor when the door is opened without requiring a specific code, alerting employees that the area has been accessed.
Whatever your specific security concerns, Knight Security can design a system just for you. Contact us today and let us show you how easy it is to get additional peace of mind with an Access Control System configured to protect you, your employees and your inventory.
A Fire Detection and/or Suppression system is an important thing for every commercial property to have. Fires can be a disaster for any business, often costing thousands of dollars or more and sometimes causing total destruction.
However, just having the system installed isn’t enough.
What happens if the fire happens when there is no one around to hear the alarm?
After hours, when all your employees are gone and the building stands empty, who is going to hear the alarm and call the Fire Department? Do you really want to risk your investment by hoping that the alarm will catch the attention of someone outside?
A Monitored Fire Alarm System could save you money.
For smaller businesses where a suppression system is either impossible or not cost effective, Knight Security can install a Fire Detection system to ensure that a Fire Emergency is reported quickly. Smoke and Heat Detectors, placed in strategic areas, will alert the Monitoring Station whenever they sense a fire. The Monitoring Center will call the Fire Department immediately, helping to ensure a timely response from the Fire Department.
For larger businesses that have a Fire Suppression system installed, having it monitored is still important! Don’t you want to know when your Fire System is activated? Most suppression systems consist of pressurized water being sprayed into the area where the fire has been detected…and the resulting water damage can be almost as devastating as the fire if the water is not cleaned up in a timely manner. This is especially critical if the system is not reacting to a fire but is malfunctioning, as a malfunction in the system might possibly hinder the system performing during an actual emergency.
Knight Security can monitor most commercial fire suppression systems and works closely with all the local Fire Alarm Installation companies in the area.
Call us today and find out how easy it is to get extra peace of mind and protection for your employees and your investment with a free, no-hassle security consultation from Knight Security.
Depending on your type of business, other devices may be recommended to protect your employees and your customers. Some of the additional devices you may be interested in include:
Stationary Panic Alarms
Installed in sensitive areas where employees interact with customers, panic alarms allow the employee to silently and quickly summon help in emergency situations such as a robbery or a violent customer incident.
Bill Traps, used in safes, send a silent alarm to the Monitoring Station when an employee removes the bill located in the trap. This is another way to summon help in a robbery situation that does not endanger the employee by alerting the robber.
Wireless Panic Fobs
Used by employees who are not stationary but might be at risk, these wireless panic fobs allow the employee to signal that they require immediate assistance. They also send a signal to the Monitoring Station if they are taken outside of the area of supervision by the burglary system.
Protect your employees with an easy to use, simple panic alarm system from Knight Security. Contact us today to get a free, no-hassle security evaluation and let us show you all the options you have to ensure that your employees are safer and more protected than ever.
What are Supervised Opens and Closes?
Supervised Opens and Closes are reports generated by the Monitoring Station when your monitored system does not send an Open signal (indicating that the alarm system has been disarmed) or a Close signal (indicating that the alarm system has been armed) by specified times.
Why would I want Supervised Opens or Closes?
Ensure you know that your alarm system is being set at night. If the Close signal is not received, the Monitoring Station will call and alert you, assuring that your business is not left unprotected either by mistake or by deliberate action by your employees.
Ensure that your business is open when it is supposed to be. If the Open signal is not received, the Monitoring Station will call and alert you. If your employees are running late, unaware that they are supposed to be working, or if something has happened to them, your business is not sitting closed, frustrating your customers and possibly loosing you money.
Track your employees times. You can opt to receive a free monthly or weekly report emailed to you that shows you exactly when the system was opened and closed, which you can use to compare to the times your employees are reporting. You can also use this to make sure employees are leaving the building in a timely manner after the business is officially closed.
Know if your System has been disarmed outside of normal business hours. Employee theft is one of the biggest problems facing small business owners. If your system is disarmed outside of the normal Open times, the system sends a signal to the Monitoring Station and they will alert you, allowing you to investigate why the employee is on site when they are not supposed to be.
What is required to get Supervised Opens or Closes?
For most alarm systems, all it takes to start having your opens and closes supervised is a Service Call for the Technician to program your system to start reporting the Open and Closes to the Monitoring Station. There is an additional monthly charge for this service.
You can opt to receive monthly or weekly emailed reports sent to your emails. Simply provide an email or emails you wish the reports to be sent to. Weekly reports are sent out on each Monday morning, while Monthly reports are sent out on the first of the month (please note: if the first falls during a holiday or a weekend, the report will be sent on the first non-holiday day or Monday after the weekend).
If you are interested in getting Supervised Opens and Closes added to your system, simply contact us!