Tip of the Week
Reflections on Good Security
an eye on your business can be tough . . . and expensive. Unless you want
to go to the expense of installing closed circuit television, to help you
watch your merchandise, you should reflect on the benefits of security
it comes to your businesses door hardware needs, The American National
Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Builders Hardware Manufacturers
Association (BHMA), recommend two classifications of door hardware: Grade
1 and Grade 2.
through locksmiths the USCAN brand is recognized for its dependability in
Grade 1 Heavy Duty, Grade 2 Medium Duty and Grade 3 Standard Duty
locksets. They provide an economical alternative to the higher priced
5 Expert Security Tips to Protect Your Business
September 15, 2014
Orangeville, ON (Harold Doan and Sons Ltd.)
effective your security solutions are comes down to how effective the
controls you have in place are and how vigilant you and your employees
1. Perimeter Inspection
It is quite easy
for you to take some simple steps to guard against thieves breaking into
your business. You should begin by simply walking around the inside and
outside of your business. Take a careful look at the doors, windows,
vents, and other openings in the walls and roof. Then ask yourself if it
seems possible to make an entry at any of these points. If you can answer
"Yes", then you will have to secure that weakness to keep out burglars.
The solution could be as basic as reinforcing a door frame with some
screws or replacing a broken window latch.
2. Entry Locks
For most commercial applications, there are two recommended
classifications of door hardware: Grade 1 and Grade 2. The differences
between the two classifications are significant. The pulling force needed
to separate a knob or lever from its spindle is about 60% greater on a
Grade 1 than a Grade 2. Cycle tests of a Grade 1 are double that of a
Grade 2. Vertical load and bolt strength factors are similarly greater in
a Grade 1 than a Grade 2.
Grade 1 rated hardware would normally be
used in manufacturing facilities or other businesses where long hardware
life and optimal security are critical.
Grade 2 rated hardware
would be used in offices or commercial rental properties which have lower
In retail or other businesses which have the typical
glass and aluminum storefront, some additional security for the lock can
be afforded by adding a hard metal 'spin ring' to protect the lock
cylinder from attempts at wrenching it out.
commonly called 'crash bars' for emergency exits should be inspected to
ensure they are properly fitted and operating correctly.
One way to quickly direct your employees attention
to the high risk, vulnerable areas of your business, is to install door
annunciators. Even though it is nearly impossible to have everyone exactly
where they need to be at all times, annunciators are an effective security
solution for the door no one is watching.
4. Key Control
Key control is the secret to the
integrity of any locking system. Key records should be audited regularly
and no keys duplicated without your specific authorization. If you have
had employee turnover or if you are locating to a previously occupied
premises, you should have the locks rekeyed.
Restricted keys are
another possibility for improved key control. These keys cannot be
duplicated at hardware stores or key kiosks. Although restricted key
systems may initially be more expensive then a conventional keying system,
those costs are often offset by the fact that fewer rekeys are needed due
to personnel changes.
5. Common Sense Security
Unlocked service, employee entrance and office doors are open invitations
to internal and external theft. Employees who fail to question or report
strangers who are in non-customer areas may unwittingly encourage theft.
No matter what type business you own or operate, we can help you
select the proper hardware for your business' security needs. In other
words, hardware security solutions that work and are designed with your
needs in mind.
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