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Maintenance Tips for Your Home Security Systems

A home security system is a sound investment, and just like any other investment, it needs to be looked after to ensure that it is effective. Create a habit of maintaining your home security system and you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that you’ve created a safe environment for your family.

Here are the key maintenance tips to ensure that your home security system remains effective:

Inspect

All parts of your home security system need to be inspected routinely. Go through the list of security measures installed in your home and ensure that every part is in working order. Test the equipment, fix anything that is broken and make a note of any concerns to discuss with your local residential security services.

For your convenience, here is a checklist that will help you with inspections:

ItemStatusDate inspected
Access gates  
Access permissions
Alarms  
Beams and sensors  
Burglar Bars  
Electric fencing  
Glass break detectors  
Locks  
Panic buttons  
Security cameras  
Security gates  
Walls  

Update

Establishing the status of your home’s security system is only half of the process. Once you know your status, you need to go about updating the security measures, so you’re covered for any possible incident. 

    • Start with updating access permissions to remove or add access for staff members and other authorised persons to visit your home. 
    • Change any locks or access methods that may have been compromised by staff leaving your employment. 
    • Next, update and improve outdated measures by upgrading equipment. 
    • Finally, ensure you have the latest contact details for all emergency services. Emergency numbers should not only always be visible in case of an emergency, but also always easy to find! So, storing these contact details on your phone as well could save valuable seconds when they count the most. 

Keep in Contact

Always keep in contact with your residential security services to stay updated on any potential threats, changes in contact details or developments in security measures that might be necessary to keep your home safe.  

Whether you have questions on any of these tips or you’re in need of residential security services, contact TRSS Reaction for advice and/or a quote on updating the security of your home. 

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What Are the Benefits of Access Control Systems

Electronic access control systems are increasingly common among South African businesses. This is unsurprising, considering the crime rate and the need of owners, tenants and employees to feel safe and secure in their workplace. But, you may be wondering, are these systems really beneficial? Do they really act as advertised? The answer is yes, and here are four reasons why.

Increase Control and Monitoring over Who Comes and Goes

The main advantage to access control is that you, as a business owner, and your staff has full control over who comes in and goes out, and when. The staff has the special authorisation that enables them to enter and exit in line with company regulations, while visitors need permission and sign-in procedures to gain access. A good access system, in combination with vigilant staff especially at reception, ensures that only the people you want on your premises are allowed in.

Deter Criminals

Effective and comprehensive access control turns your premises into a higher-risk prospect from a criminal’s point of view. Provided the system extends to back doors, fire escapes, garage doors, elevators and all other possible points of entry, criminals will find it difficult to gain entry without being detected, and so will look elsewhere. If your system is linked to an armed response service, then your business becomes even less of an attractive proposition for them.

Reduce Internal Theft

As much as you don’t like to think about it, the risk of theft by one of more of your staff members is something you always need to guard against. Electronic access gives you control over who is allowed into which areas of your premises. You can restrict access to valuable stock and equipment. You can then monitor these areas to see if anyone attempts to gain access.

Protect Your Data

While protecting your data online, you should also make sure that the physical heart of your IT system, your data and server rooms, are fully access controlled, so that only authorised staff can enter. In addition, to secure log-in procedures, firewalls, anti-spyware and anti-viruses, you should be able to keep your valuable data doubly protected.

TRSS are specialists in commercial security and armed response. Contact us now to find out how we can keep your business secure.

Corporate Security

5 Ways to Improve Security on Your Commercial Property

Your commercial property is an extremely vulnerable place. Your staff, as well as every valuable asset your company owns, are on the premises almost all the time. Therefore, building powerful security measures is an extremely worthwhile investment. Here are five things you can do to improve your security:

Secure the Perimeter Thoroughly

The obvious place to start is at your points of entry. Secure all doors and windows with security gates and/or bars as well as contact sensors that are connected to your alarm system. There are always going to be entrances that are seldom or never used. Pay special attention to these, and secure them thoroughly. That rear fire exit could easily be a soft target for burglars.

Install CCTV

The next most important aspect of your security is your electronic eye. Cover as much of your property as you can. Also, make sure that you have good digital storage for all the footage and that you can easily access it and play it back when you need to. It won’t necessarily help you prevent a crime but it could help you catch a culprit and possibly get stolen property back. It is also a fairly effective deterrent.

Make your cameras part of a wide-ranging wireless security system that includes your entrance sensors, motion detectors and alarm sirens. Alarm systems, especially ones that involve the number of components you need on your commercial property, are very complex to install and maintain. A wireless system eliminates much of the hassle of installation and also makes the system more scalable and flexible.

Upgrade Your Access Control

Whatever your security budget may be, you would do well to devote a large portion of it to your access control system. There are many sophisticated options available at a variety of price points, making use of everything from key cards to biometrics and face recognition. It ensures that only those authorised to come and go are allowed to do so, and your visitors can be carefully monitored.

Link Your System to an Armed Response Service

Your alarm system, in spite of all its sophisticated accessories, is meaningless if there is nobody to respond to its call. You need to subscribe to a reputable tactical reaction company who can respond with force when necessary for your protection. Many of these companies also offer guarding services for that extra bit of assurance, as well as having access to your CCTV footage around the clock.

Don’t Forget Cyber Security

You don’t only have to worry about the security of your building and physical belongings. Your information is quite possibly the most valuable asset your company has. You should invest considerable resources in protecting your data with various anti-hacking measures, anti-virus software, offline and off-site storage, careful password protection and authentication software and firewalls, amongst other things.

TRSS can provide all of these security services and more. Contact us to give your commercial security the extra anti-crime barrier it needs.

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How to Layer Your Home Security System for Maximum Protection

Strong home security is never achieved through one single layer of protection. If your yard is vulnerable, then only having an alarm system with motion sensors and mags on your doors and windows, is not likely to keep you entirely safe. 

Keeping your home as safe and secure as possible requires building layers of security; starting at your gates and perimeter walls and moving inwards towards your bedrooms and living areas. Think of it as a suit of armour where you need to be sure to fill in all the gaps and chinks. Here’s how to go about it.

Start at the Perimeter 

Whether you opt for high walls or palisade fencing is not the most important factor. A determined burglar will find his way through or over any barrier. The point is to be alerted should any such breach occur, meaning that it can be stopped quickly. Start with a good electric fence going all the way around the property, and connect it to an alarm that will let you know whenever someone or something touches it.

Maintain Your Yard

Keeping your yard in tip-top shape announces to would-be invaders that you are present and conscientious, which makes their job more difficult. Also be sure to make sure all trees and other plants near your perimeter are clear of your electric fence and don’t offer criminals a means of access.

Install Motion Sensor Beams

This is the next layer after your electric fence. Set up beams around your yard to ensure that every part of it is covered. If someone does get past your fence, you will still be alerted to their presence before they gain access to your house.

Secure Your Entrances And Interior, Add Cameras

Install contact sensors on every single point of entry to your house – doors and windows. Make sure there is not a single point of entry that isn’t being “watched”. Then, as well as burglar guards on your windows and security gates, you can also add extra security by reinforcing your doors with bars or additional locks. Also, install cameras to keep an eye on all angles of the property, both inside and outside.

Link to Armed Response

The best alarm system will have very little benefit if it alerts nobody but you. If criminals gain access to your property, you may not have the ability to repel them or to call for help. Link your alarm system to an armed response company such as TRSS and make sure that effective assistance will be on the scene within minutes of an incident.

Contact TRSS for help with designing your layered security system to keep you, your family and your property safe.

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6 Signs Your Business Needs Help from a Top Security Company

Crime is prevalent everywhere you go. Unfortunately, matters may be so bad, that for some business owners it may be necessary to obtain the professional assistance offered by corporate security services to help protect their assets, staff and customers. Many factors influence whether you’ll need the assistance of professional security services. Below, we’ve listed 6 of the most important signs that indicate it is time to secure your business from crime. 

Are You Worried About Crime?

If you’re worried about crime or if you’re located in an area where crime is prevalent, then you will need help from one of the reputable security companies in Johannesburg. 

You’re Concerned about the Response Time in an Emergency

Calling the police is a good thing. But, it often takes time for them to arrive at the scene. 

Theft by Staff or Customers

A reputable security company in Johannesburg can set up advanced security systems in order to limit theft on-site by staff members as well as customers. 

Vandalism 

You may be located in an area where vandalism is rife. Corporate security services can help to reduce these risks or even prevent these types of acts of vandalism to your building. 

Are You Worried about Your Employers Working Late? 

The safety of your employers is important. That is why hiring a reliable security company in Johannesburg to set up a safer environment for staff while they work late is absolutely vital. This will also make the staff feel more comfortable and safe at work. 

You Serve Alcohol at Your Business

Alcohol consumption can lead to many adverse reactions; one of which may include trouble with drunk customers such as “acting out” or fights and brawls – and the list goes on. Having security guards and appropriate systems in place will greatly reduce the chaos which can be caused by alcohol consumption. 

For more information contact us today!

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What Is the Role of Tactical Security?

When you think about tactical security, SWAT is what most often comes to mind. And, that is indeed what it is. The abbreviation for SWAT is “Special Weapons and Tactics”. These very specially trained forces brave each day to help protect their clients. The role of SWAT in corporate security consists of many things. Needless to say, it is an extremely high-risk job.

What Does a Tactical Security Team Do?

Protective service companies undergo intensive and very specialised training. They provide services in a variety of areas such as armed response, SWAT services and off-site monitoring to name a few.

Armed Response

Armed response has to be on standby in any dangerous event or incident. Highly trained teams are continuously kept up to date with the latest criminal activities and threats and are always improving on their current skills.

Comprehensive training includes working with various weapons, night vision equipment and target practice. Physical training is essential to keep fit, so as to be able to react to any dangerous situation including house penetrations, hostage situations, driveway hijackings and lots more. They need to stay prepared every second of every day.

SWAT

SWAT teams are sometimes comprised of groups of skilled and professional ex-military operatives who also stay in shape and up to date with military training. Security companies sometimes deploy a SWAT team to provide extra security measures and support to an already existing tactical security team.

Tactical Off-Site Monitoring

Off-site monitoring is vital to ensure that an area or areas are secured at all times. Tactical teams will continue to guard the place and be on standby in case of an emergency.

Protecting citizens are one of the most important roles that tactical securities play. They will continue to be the first in line when it comes to stopping criminal activity.

For more information, contact us today!

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Why You Need Predictive Residential Security Services – Not Reactive

Criminals are becoming smarter. They are coming up with new ways to gain access to homes and cause harm. If you want to secure your property and ensure the safety of your household, you’ll need to be a step ahead of these intruders. This is where predictive residential security services come in.

Predictive residential security services go beyond simply installing home alarm systems or an electric fence. These services work to better understand your security needs and vulnerabilities. They rely on years of security data to respond to events and, therefore, ensure the safety of your property.

For example, off-site security personnel monitoring your property are trained to spot specific conditions such as the same car parked outside your home or a person with suspicious behaviour walking by your home. This ensures that security personnel is able to respond faster and thus prevent damage or injury.

Predictive residential security services also ensure that areas of vulnerability are prioritised in the design of home alarm systems. These services do not apply a one-size-fits-all model to the installation of the security system. They design the system based on your specific needs following an inspection of your property. This ensures greater security for your household.

Bespoke security systems ensure more efficient use of resources. They also improve the chances of intercepting criminals. These systems reduce the chances of false alarms and, therefore, ensure that security personnel is available to respond to actual emergency situations.

If you’re looking to secure your property, contact us, TRSS. We’ll provide you with bespoke security services to meet your specific needs.

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How to Keep Your Business Secure During Load Shedding

Since mid-February, large parts of South Africa have experienced rolling blackouts. As one of the leading commercial security companies in the country, TRSS Security would like to warn clients, readers and citizens to make sure their businesses are secure when the power is off.

If your alarm system has been installed by a professional, correctly programmed and coupled to a battery system, it will continue to protect your property and premises – even if there is a blackout. To make sure that you, your staff and visitors to your offices and premises aren’t left unprotected, double-check the quality and power level of your backup batteries often. Another proactive step that business owners can take is to alert security guards when the power is off so that they can be extra vigilant. Train them to report any suspicious activity and to be particularly watchful of trespassers during rolling blackouts.

If your business premise is exposed to extended load shedding, be sure to check the alarm system every three or four hours. Other systems that should be checked include the fire systems as well as the batteries. Issue a communiqué to employees to avoid using gas and candles as this can increase the risk of fires. It is wise to install energy saving lights such as LEDs to reduce your demand on battery power during these times.

Another step that companies can take is to contact TRSS for armed response security systems and door access control systems. Not only can our guards be on call 24/7, but we can ensure that the right people get access to the right areas through our quality access control systems. Contact TRSS security for more information about commercial security companies in South Africa today.