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Have a question about installing or upgrading the alarm system in your workplace? You've come to the right place. Here you can find answers to the most frequently asked questions about business alarm systems and safety.

My business is located in an office building in a safe area; do I really need an alarm system?

Yes, absolutely. No office building or area is immune to security threats such as a burglary, fire or vandalism. Talk to knowledgeable alarm company about your needs and find a solution that is right for your business.

How do I determine the best evacuation path for my building?

In the event of a fire, a good evacuation path can be the difference between victim and survivor. Be sure to include the following in your path: emergency exits that are clearly marked and well lit; hallways that are unobstructed and wide enough for personnel to evacuate; and areas that are away from hazards.

Do I have to tell my employees that I am installing security cameras in the office?

No, you are not legally obligated to disclose the use or location of surveillance systems as long as the cameras are in public areas where privacy is not expected. Most areas of an office are considered public areas. It is illegal to place cameras in places where one would expect privacy like a bathroom or dressing room.

However, it would be a good idea to inform your employees of surveillance cameras to deter feelings of mistrust or suspicion on the employees' behalf.

Will my alarm system work if there is a power outage at my building?

Yes, most alarm systems are equipped with backup batteries that activate immediately after you lose power. Ask your alarm company how your alarm works during a power outage.

What happens if one of my employees or I accidentally set off the alarm?

Most alarm systems have a built in delay before contacting your monitoring company. The delay time can range anywhere from 30 seconds to 3 minutes so ask your security provider how long your delay is. If you disarm your system within the delay period, your alarm monitoring company won't be contacted. If you can't get to your system within the delay time period, most monitoring companies will contact you to verify an emergency situation before sending a police officer. Talk to your alarm monitoring company for more information.


Protect Your Business


How long would your business be affected by a property crime or fire? It could be days, weeks or months depending on the severity of the situation. You can protect your business, documents and employees by installing an alarm system in your workplace.


Where Do I Start?
A quick search on the Internet will return thousands of alarm companies, which can be overwhelming and discouraging. Start your research at Alarm.org and let us streamline your search.

Business Safety Precautions
You can enhance the safety and security at your workplace with these helpful tips.

Emergency Situations
Here's what you and your employees need to know in case of emergency.





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