Most security alarms out there require a code to activate and deactivate and while a good security code helps keep your business safe, the wrong code can leave you vulnerable. In addition to this, entering the wrong alarm code can also lead to false alarms and these can really add up in terms of call out fees from your security company.
Your alarm system is a big part of your business but it can also be a headache. Here are a few common sense tips to help you create codes that will keep your business safe and reduce the risk of false alarms.
- Don’t make your code too easy to guess. Using your postcode, date of birth or any other easily identifiable code may mean you’re less likely to forget it, but it also means your security code is going to be easy for thieves to guess.
- Don’t leave your alarm code set to the default. When you install your alarm system it will be set to a default code and unfortunately many people forget to change it. The default code is usually something easy like 1234 and most thieves are well aware of what the common default codes are so leaving it means you’re at risk.
- Change your code frequently. This is especially important for businesses. Changing your code on a regular basis means that former employees and old service providers like cleaners won’t be able to get in to your premises any more. It also prevents the same buttons on your keypad being worn down by frequent use, which makes it easier for an intruder to guess the right code.
If you have multiple employees with access to the building, giving them individual codes is usually a good idea. This means that when one leaves nobody has to learn a new code so there’s less chance of false alarms.