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Security Tips by Silva Consultants

The links below provide access to a collection of "Security Tips". These are short articles that have been written by Michael A. Silva, founder of Silva Consultants, over the years. These tips cover a variety of topics, and are primarily addressed to people who manage security for their company or organization.

 

Michael tries to publish a Security Tip on a new topic approximately every thirty days. To be notified when a new Security Tip is published, please follow us on Twitter using the button located to the right.

 

Do you have a question about a security topic not covered in one of these Tips? Please contact us with your question and we will try and provide an answer or at least point you in the right direction.

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Alphabetical Listing of All Security Tips

15 Common Weaknesses in Home Security

Alarm System Communications

Anti-Passback Feature in Access Control Systems

 

Are Video Surveillance Cameras An Invasion Of Privacy?

 

Are Service Contracts for Security Systems a Good Deal?

Are You Guilty of "Negligent Security"

 

Are You Throwing Your Company Secrets In The Trash?

 

Bad Shear Locks

 

Buying the Equipment is the Easy Part

 

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Concepts

Cell Phones or Two-Way Radios for Security Use?

 

Common Mistakes in Security System Design

 

Concentric Circles of Protection

 

Conflicts between Security and Life Safety Codes

 

Controlling Outgoing Shipments

Delayed-Egress Locking Systems on Exit Doors

 

Design of Service Counters for Good Security

 

Designing Lobbies for Good Security

 

Discovery of a Crime Scene

 

Do Your Doors With Electric Strikes Latch Properly?

 

Don't Say "No" - Say "How"

 

Effective Key Management Procedures

 

Electronic Safe Locks

 

Employee Security Awareness

 

Establishing Video Surveillance Policies

Evaluating Your Parking Lot Lighting

 

Evaluating Your Security Program

 

Good Housekeeping Can Improve Security

 

High-Security Locks

 

How Security Integrators Can Succeed Working with Consultants

 

How to be a World-Class Security Systems Integrator

 

How to Keep Your Security System Project on Schedule

 

Introduction to Access Control Systems

 

Introduction to Automatic Gates

 

Introduction to Bullet-Resistant Materials

 

Introduction to Burglar and Fire Safes

 

Introduction to Visitor Management Systems

 

Introduction to Guard Tour Systems

 

Introduction to Intrusion Alarm Systems

 

Introduction to Panic Alarms

 

Introduction to Safe Rooms

 

Introduction to Security Intercom Systems

 

Introduction to Security Window Film

 

Point of Diminishing Returns in Security Investments

 

Protecting Exterior Communications Infrastructure

 

Reducing Security Officer Turnover

 

Reviewing Your Visitor Control Procedures

 

Security Background Checks

 

Security by Wandering Around

 

Security Incident Reporting System

 

Security of Desks and File Cabinets

Security of Public Restrooms

 

Security of Trailers at Warehouses

 

Security of Warehouses and Distribution Centers

 

Security Problems Related to Stairways

Security Vulnerabilities Created By Exterior Key Switches

 

Security Vulnerabilities Created by Fire Department Key Boxes

 

Should You Always Take The "Low Bid"?

 

Six Low-Tech Ways in Which Your Competitors May Be Spying on You

Solving the "Door-Forced-Open" Alarm Problem

 

Ten Common Security Design Mistakes Made by  Architects

Ten Ways to Get Poor Performance from Your Guard Company

 

Testing of Intrusion Alarm Systems

 

The Problem of "Tailgating"

 

The Receptionist's Role in Security

 

Three Dirty Little Secrets about Video Surveillance Systems

 

Top 15 Problems Found During a Security Assessment

 

Understanding the Risks of Local Crime

 

Use of LED Lighting for Security Purposes

 

Using GPS Tracking Devices for Security

Using Near Miss Reporting in Security

Using Tamper Switches

 

Using Voice Messaging Systems in Security Applications

 

Weaknesses of Elevator Access Control

 

Why Would an Experienced Security Manager Hire a Security Consultant?

 

Writing an Effective RFP for Security Systems

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