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Commercial (Business) Burglary

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Ninety per cent of burglary prevention is physical security (Locks). If your Upson County complex is locked up and unauthorized entry is made difficult, time consuming, noisy and visible, chances of a successful burglary are kept to a minimum. The burglar will pass up your Georgia business and look for an easier target.

Steps to Take to Prevent a Burglary in Upson County

Exit Devices

Locks on all outside entrances and inside security doors should be double cylinder deadbolts with moveable collars. The deadbolt should have at least one inch throw containing a hardened steel insert and protected by a latch guard.

Padlocks should be of hardened steel, mounted on bolted hasps and always locked to prevent exchange. Serial numbers should be filed off to prevent new keys from being made.

Doors (all outside or security doors) should be of solid construction, metal lined and secured with heavy metal crossbars. Jams around doors must be solid. All exposed hinges should be pinned to prevent removal.

Windows should have secure locks. Burglar-resistant glass treatments are also recommended. An example would be the installation of polyester security film. However, this must be used in conjunction with the alarm’s glass break sensor. Heavy metal grates may be used on windows of high vulnerability (such as rear windows). Check with the Fire Marshall for safety requirements.

Lights must provide optimum visibility, both inside and out, with those outside having vandal-proof covers over the lights and power source. Entire perimeter must be well lit, especially the area around doors and other possible entry points.

Alarm System should be supplied by a licensed alarm company or Georgia locksmith with a central monitoring station. Check the alarm system on a daily basis, and advertise its presence to deter break-ins.

Cash Register should be kept in plain view from outside the building so it can be easily monitored and should be left open when empty and not in use.

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Safes should be fire proof, burglar resistant, anchored securely and in plain view. Leave it open when it is empty, and use it to lock up valuables when business is closed. Contact a Georgia locksmith to change the combination whenever someone with access to it leaves your employment.

Building Exterior should be checked including the roof, cellar and walls. Secure all openings.

Maintain Good Visibility by not allowing landscaping, boxes, trash bins, vehicles or equipment near building where they might provide concealment or access to the roof.

Perimeter Fences need to be adequate enough to keep intruders out, and at the same time allow good visibility of your business by neighbors and Georgia police (i.e. vertical iron bar fence or 1/8 inch mesh vinyl coated chain link).

Key Control should be done in a responsible manner. A master key system where one key opens all locks may be convenient, but it may not be the best for security. Code all keys, keep them locked up when not in use, and do not allow employees to leave them lying around or make duplicates. Change locks whenever you suspect key security has been jeopardized.


How to Prevent a Burglary in Your Home and Improving Home Security

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Recently, there was a high profile home invasion in Atlanta where a mother and two daughters were killed. The husband survived the vicious attack. It happened in a well- to-do, relatively crime free neighborhood, to a respected medical doctor and his family. This horrendous attack became an extremely high profile case and ended up being broadcast all over national television.

One national talk show had three experts discussing the case and home invasions in general. After about 20 minutes of conversation that really was quite superficial, I came away with a few steps people can do to help themselves. However, the general consensus seemed that there wasn't too much we can do to stop home invasions. I was taken aback as this simply is not true. There are many positive actions we can take to protect ourselves.

I've listed some effective tips that work to curtail, limit or stop home invasions. You don't have to use all of them to be effective; you can use one or you can utilize them all.

There are actually more things you could do to help yourself, but the tips mentioned cover all the major areas, except the most important one--lock your doors! So many families, mostly in "good neighborhoods" do not lock their doors. Countless instances of home burglary, rape and death have occurred because doors were left unlocked and predators had an easy way in. This is a simple fact most people do not know. We live in a mobile society where a bad neighborhood is just a short ride away from a good neighborhood.

Like any thing in life, solutions to problems come about from taking action. If you're concerned for your family's safety regarding home invasions, follow some of the easy tips mentioned and you'll certainly be better off.


Home Security Systems For the Elderly

Card Key Systems

Magnetic locks, like electric strikes, use electromagnetism to control the locking mechanism. They rely on electric power, whether from a building current or a battery, and as a result they're as dependable as a refrigerator, TV, or bedside alarm clock (though like any other household appliance they can also be vulnerable to power failure). But because no key is needed to operate magnetic locks, mag-locks can't be picked - and you'll never be locked out because you've lost the key.

The core of a magnetic lock control system is an electromagnet made of advanced metal alloys. When electric power activates it, the bolt slides in or out, up or down, along its U-shaped channel to lock or unlock the door. Some mag-locks also incorporate timing mechanisms that allow them to operate only at certain times - during business hours, for example. Others have "transaction memory," which can record every use or attempted use. This function can be especially valuable with locks that use number-pads rather than coded cards: if an unauthorized person tries to gain access using incorrect codes more than twice, for example, the lock can automatically set off an alarm.

Bear in mind that, as an electric appliance, magnetic locks must be properly installed to ensure that they're not susceptible to fire. Although Do-It-Yourself aficionados can install their own battery-operated mag-locks, it's always best to use a professional installer, who will also know the local safety codes that must be followed.

Now, for those who worry about these things, the power consumption of a magnetic lock - even one using AC power and a transformer - is so minimal as to be unnoticed on your Con Ed bill. And there's no reason to fear having a "residual electromagnetic aura" hanging around your front door: you won't!


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