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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

15 Strategies for Improved Security at Your Multifamily Property

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?


Clever Tool to Quickly Defeat Locks

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


Optimizing Your Security Systems

Point of Diminishing Returns in Security Investments

Protecting Apartments, Condominiums, and Gated Communities


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 Power of a Locked Interior Door

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 Latch Guards and Astragals to Protect Doors Against Forced Entry

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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