FAQ – Our Frequently Asked Questions
PEAK Security offers services for both corporate and personal operations. PEAK’s guards are trained extensively to address a wide variety of safety and security needs. Our team of experts will work with you to formulate a plan and ensure you’re provided with the most qualified personnel for your specific situation.
While PEAK Security has office locations based in Salt Lake City, Utah and Boise, Idaho, we provide most of our security services throughout the entirety of both states.
For service in Utah, call us at: 385-234-5400
For service in Idaho, call us at: 208-323-1199
PEAK Security also services Wyoming and select cities in Eastern Oregon. To request service in either of these states, call us at: 866-348-7718
PEAK Security’s Professional Safety Tips
Every ten seconds, a personal residence somewhere is infiltrated by a burglar. Luckily, there are ways to predict when and where a burglar may strike so that preemptive measures can be taken. To avoid allowing your home to become what police call a “target of opportunity,” follow these proven techniques for making your home the last place a burglar would want to be.
The best preventative measures for protecting your home while you’re away:
Invest in Home Surveillance Technology
You can’t always be physically present in your home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t always keep a watchful eye on it. PEAK Security offers advanced surveillance technology in the form of PEAK’s Remote Video Monitoring, so you can rest knowing that your home is visually monitored against intrusion at all hours of the day.
Make It Look Like You’re Home
Burglars tend to look for empty homes to hit. To make it look like yours is inhabited, consider keeping the curtains or blinds open, leaving a radio on, or turning on certain lights before you leave. One of the best ways to do this is by investing in a security system with access control and lighting features that can be manipulated remotely from your phone.
Make the Outside of Your Home Look Busy
There are a few ways to accomplish this. Consider asking a neighbor to use your outdoor trash can while you’re away, or leaving a car (whether it be yours, a friend’s, or a neighbor’s) parked in your driveway. If you expect to be gone for a while, consider having lawn care done while you’re away. You may also want to light the outside of your house with motion-activated light fixtures by the entrances.
Secure Alternative Entrances Like Patio Doors and Garages
For patio doors, a steel rod in the channel will do the trick. A pin-type lock or a key lock would be even better. Two or three well-placed screws in the overhead track can significantly reduce the risk of the door being lifted from the track. Likewise, keep your garage door closed and locked. A padlock in the door track is an excellent way to do this. If your garage door is electric, consider disconnecting it as well.
Put Up Warning Signs Around Your Home’s Perimeter
Whether these denote a home security system or a (supposedly) vicious guard dog, signs like this make for a reliable deterrent to potential intruders.
Consult a Knowledgeable Locksmith
Different kinds of doors and windows may require different kinds of locks, and deadbolts are recommended wherever applicable. A good locksmith can provide valuable insight into keeping your doors and windows secure.
Request Patrol from Your Local Police
When you know you’ll be gone for an extended period of time, ask the police to check on your home periodically. Likewise, if you see unfamiliar or suspicious activity around your neighbor’s home, call the police. Keeping your neighborhood safe is in everybody’s best interest.
Be Careful with Your Keys
Consider leaving your keys with a trusted friend or neighbor. If you really need to hide a key outside your home, consider a combination lockbox or an extra secure hiding place. Don’t leave a key under a doormat, under a flower pot, or on a window ledge. Burglars tend to look there first.
Install Peepholes in Your Home’s Entrances
The type with a magnifying glass lens lets you see who’s outside before you (or your loved ones) open the door. Consider installing a heavy-duty door chain as well.
Take Preparatory Measures with Your Valuables
Things like jewelry or important documents may be easily stored in a safe deposit box away from your home for the extent of your trip. For valuable items which must stay behind, like a TV, desktop computer, or stereo system, consider marking them with an engraving pen, available at most police stations. Marking your valuables with your driver’s license number (complete with state abbreviations) can help the police to trace and return them to you in the event they are stolen.
And Finally, Look into an Effective Home Security System
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Most businesses are vulnerable to a host of common crimes, including burglary, robbery, arson, equipment theft, and data theft. Fortunately, with the right resources, there are steps your company can take to ensure the risk of these circumstances is as low as possible.
The most effective methods for protecting your business from crime:
Hire Professional Security Personnel
No business is too small to warrant professional-level security measures. A certified security officer can do wonders to improve your workspace, bringing an extra air of authority, safety, and professionalism. Contact PEAK Security to ask about service to your location today.
Keep Yourself and Your Staff Alert
Businesses should always be alert and vigilant. While it’s important to keep an eye out around the clock, the most crucial times for staff to be conscious of their surroundings are during the opening and closing hours. Employers should pay extra attention during these times as well, both to employees and to customers. The added commotion leaves an increased risk of someone taking advantage of distracted workers.
Outfit Your Facilities with Proper Lighting
Sufficient lighting should be installed around every door and across the parking lot for the safety of both the business and its employees. Make sure that your business is clearly visible from the street so that any police officers or security guards can observe it clearly. Bear in mind that burglars tend to target locations with decreased visibility from the street.
Employ the Assistance of a Security Company
It pays to have a good security service looking after your business. Getting a reliable alarm system installed on your company’s premises is more affordable than you may think. Considering the dangers it can protect you from, your security system might just pay for itself the very first time the alarm goes off.
Protect and Limit Access to Your Sensitive Data
The information that you get from your customers, as well as the information you have for your business, should be treated with the utmost care. Don’t wait for a breach in security to secure all of your information. A mistake like that can mean spending a lot of time and money to make up for it. It’s best to always take precautions to avoid leaking sensitive data.
Always Use Firewalls
The purpose of a firewall is to contain communication within a specified network and to disallow communication with any networks unrelated to the business. Firewalls should be activated for all computers in your business. This is one of the most effective ways to increase your company’s security by preventing any unauthorized access from outside your network.
Have Emergency Plans in Place
Make sure that your company has documents with detailed steps to follow in case of an emergency. It’s best to always be prepared for eventualities such as fire, theft, or floods. Consider having your staff perform drills to practice the steps of your emergency plans. Not only will this allow some extra peace of mind to everybody involved, but it may be necessary to fulfill the requirements of certain fire prevention or insurance agencies.
Conduct Company-Wide Audits
Regular audits should be conducted to account for all of the information and data that your employees store on their computers or computer profiles. Apart from checking digital companies, be sure to also perform audits on hard copies kept in drawers throughout the office as well. Make it a rule that all paper documents containing client or business information should be shredded on a regular basis as soon as it’s no longer needed. Not only will this protect your customers’ information, but it will also protect the company from liability as well.
Elevate Your Security with PEAK
You and your investments deserve the extra mile in security service. Discover new heights of security with a personal touch. Contact PEAK Security today.