Courthouses are in need of proper security measures. These government buildings, if not properly protected, can be subject to all sorts of crimes ranging from vandalism to violent acts by those who are unhappy with the justice system. How can courthouses protect themselves?
Courthouse Security Needs
Consider the following benefits of monitored surveillance in a courthouse:
- A deterrent to criminal activity on the property
- Maximizes speed of response in an emergency
- Provides visual evidence to prosecute criminals who commit offenses on courthouse property
Along with video surveillance, other security measures that restrict access to the building and certain locations therein are also highly recommended.
Regulations That Apply to Courtroom Security
State and federal law along with other more specific circumstances will dictate where cameras can be placed and what proceedings may not be able to be recorded or monitored. Video cameras, for example, cannot be located in private areas like bathrooms or rooms designated for confidential conversations between clients and attorneys.
Best Courthouse Security Practices
Be sure to place cameras where the entire courtroom will be visible. Often this is at the back of the courtroom. Equipment should be professionally installed, and footage should be adequately protected to prevent hackers from gaining access to the recordings. Monitoring services should be handled by highly trained customer service representatives who are equipped for handling high-pressure situations.
Higher security market clients, such as government agencies, especially need this kind of protection in our modern age of violence and terrorism.
In the modern age of home automation, everything in a home can be controlled at one’s fingertips. From the alarm system to the thermostat, a smartphone is a key piece of many modern home security systems. Unfortunately, this trend has created a weak link for criminals to exploit.
Keeping a Phone Secure
Smartphones are the most lost and stolen device in the US year after year. But whereas the worst thing a criminal could get ahold of in the past was a list of phone numbers, now everything from access to alarm systems to video surveillance feeds can be gained from a smartphone. How can this vital part of home automation be protected? Here are 4 musts:
- Create Longer Passwords. Some phones allow users to create 4-digit passcodes. These are easy to remember and tough to guess, but not difficult to hack. The longer the password, the better. Also, don’t share passwords with others whether for a phone or a home automation app.
- Keep Software and Apps Up to Date. Hackers can make use of device vulnerabilities. When a company catches such an exploit, an update is released. But these fixes are only as good as the person keeping the device updated.
- Control App Access. Android and iOS both have security features that allow users to control app access. Apps that request access to things they don’t need such as a calendar, location when the device is not in use, or email can be trouble. For example, calendar or location access can let a criminal know when a home will be empty.
- Don’t Click Anything Suspicious. Fake links in emails still catch people unaware and result in hackers being able to acquire passwords and other information.
By helping clients to be aware of such things, the weak link in a security service can be eliminated. NMC is happy to provide high-quality monitoring services, so that if a break-in does occur, a fast response is provided.
You also need to pair with NMC because we are one of only a handful of monitoring services in the country that are UL 2050 listed. That means we’re the perfect monitoring service to team up with if you want to get into the government sector.
What Is UL 2050?
Stripping the term down to the basics, it means that a company is trained to follow a specific set of protocols as far as providing security services is concerned. While government agencies may not be the only ones that require a security service to be up to date on UL 2050, this is certainly the primary example of the type of security market that is looking for this form of training in a security company.
Take Security to the Next Level
Some organizations won’t even consider a security company unless they are listed in the online certification directory. At NMC, we make sure that our customer service representatives (CSRs) are always being trained and mentored to respond to sensitive situations that may occur when a higher security client is involved.
With headquarters in both California and Texas, we are uniquely equipped to handle high-security needs over a wide area. Generators provide backup redundancy to ensure that monitoring services are always up and running. Zero downtime means 100% availability if an emergency arises, and that’s a must in the high-security market.