We have received a question from Amber P. of Lebanon, OH:
How often should my company change their alarm code?
Normally if a business is asking that question it is because they are not sure how long it has been since the alarm codes and security passwords have been changed. Businesses often overlook this major component with their security.
However, the answer is simple. Every time an alarm code or security password holder is no longer employed with your business you should do the following four things:
1. Call your alarm company and your local police department and have their name taken off of any contact list.
2. Have your alarm company take that persons code out of your alarm system. Even if you trust your former employee, you never know who else they gave their code to.
3. Never reassign an alarm code number or security password to another employee. Always start fresh.
4. Have your alarm company password changed immediately as well. That away if the said employee or one of their friends breaks into your business your alarm company will know immediately that they do not belong there and dispatch the police right away.
If you have not had a change in staff I still recommend that you have your alarm codes and security passwords be changed every six months or so for security reasons. This ensures that the alarm codes and security passwords have not wound up in the wrong hands. Plus if your service companies have your alarm codes and security passwords for off hour deliveries and they have gone through employee changes this will help control the number of people that have the current passwords and codes for your business.
If your not sure how long it has been since your alarm code or security password has been changed contact your alarm company or you can contact American Fire and Security at 877-237-8918.
Hope this helps and Stay Safe Amber!!
The Security Girl