7 Security Tips to Keep your Office, School, Building or Organization Safe (and Running Smoothly)

We all know how important safety is: at school, in the workplace, when visiting establishments or most places you go, you name it, safety and security are of the utmost importance.

While this information may be well known, the best ways, or most cost effective methods to incorporate safety measures may not be.

To help, here are seven security tips from Higgins Identity Experts that will help ensure safety, as well as protect existing safety measures to keep them functioning effectively and properly.

Security Tip #1 –  Require ID.

Requiring photo identification this day and age is important. Years ago implementing this type of technology was expensive, but today the technology has not only greatly advanced, but it is now fractions of the cost, making it possible for most organizations to have ID systems of their own, on site and easily implemented or upgraded.

Security Tip #2 – Know who is in your building at all times.

Implementing a visitor management system, student, or staff tracking system, or membership management system is not only simple, but can be very cost effective.

Security Tip #3 – Keep your printer clean.

Plastic card printers are wonderful technology, but require attentiveness to keep them in prime operating condition. Using cleaning cards or cleaning kits regularly can prevent dirty print heads, needed repairs and lengthy downtime and ensure credentials are printed clearly and accurately every time.  Don’t know how to use the cleaning kits or cards? Give us a call at 800.486.1312 and one of our identity experts can help you!

Security Tip # 4: Protect your student and staff ID’s with branded & customized credential accessories.

All cards go thru normal wear and tear with everyday use. Any minor damage to cards can prevent them from functioning properly and typically end up requiring replacement. Using various badge accessories can help protect cards from outside elements like your keys, dirt, dust, water, oils and chemicals. Using any of the many various badge holders, lanyard & clips, silicone wallet attachments, and badge reels available from Higgins, you can keep your credentials safe, but still convenient to utilize, and also extend their life of use.

Security Tip #5 –  Have the most up to date credential systems in place.

Has your card printer seen its better days, or is it starting to print less effectively? Is your software and printer more than 10 years old? If so, it might be time for an upgrade! Today’s card printer technology and software is not only more state of the art, has faster print times, produces better credentials, but they are also fractions of what you may have purchased your printer for years ago.

Security Tip #6 – Don’t buy off-brand or un-authorized reseller’s ribbons, laminates or card supplies.

They can actually do more harm than good to your card printers. Card and credential printer technology is so specialized, it is important to ensure you are getting the most compatible supplies for your machine. Our identity experts can help you with this. Contact Us!

Security Tip # 7- Have a printer tune-up by a Higgins Service Technician BEFORE your busy season starts.

Despite taking impeccable care of your machines, unforeseen errors may always occur. Having your machines preventatively serviced or inspected like you would a car or home heating system, can have numerous benefits, and avoid costly repairs or lengthy maintenance interruptions. Having any printers go down is tedious on its own, but during a busy season can be devastating. Preventative printer maintenance is always a great idea and can save time in the long run.