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The SmartSign Blog keeps its eye on many aspects of the security industry: technology, trespassing, and surveillance, to name a few. Along with our extensive collection of regulatory updates and news stories, our most popular contributions include posts about video surveillance, QR codes, and theft prevention. SmartSign’s security website provides a diverse range of security signs like Private Property, No Trespassing, Security Camera, Authorized Personnel Only, and Beware of the Dog signs. But not all of our signs have a bite to them. Our focus is on helping consumers, business owners, and employees stay alert, informed, and well-protected.

Should you worry about recordkeeping violations from more than six months ago?

Should you worry about recordkeeping violations from more than six months ago?

| May 22, 2017

Businesses must maintain OSHA records for five years.  But since 2012, it has been up in the air how long you can be cited for failing to maintain those records, because OSHA and the courts have been fighting the statute of limitations for recordkeeping violations. In 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. […]

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When can you put booby traps on your property?

When can you put booby traps on your property?

| May 17, 2017

The jerry-rigged booby trap has been a staple of fiction for decades.  Home Alone. Indiana Jones.  Dungeons & Dragons.  And from time to time, a property holder decides that lethal or potentially lethal force is appropriate to try to secure their property.  Someone, whether an intruder, a guest, or the landowner, gets hurt (or killed), […]

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Accident in Parking Lot – Who’s Liable?

Accident in Parking Lot – Who’s Liable?

| December 15, 2016

There is a lot of legalese you see every day. For instance, if there’s a parking lot sign saying “Management is not responsible for damage to your car or its contents”– does it actually mean the management isn’t responsible? Do these signs actually establish legal obligations? Here’s the answer. Usually, parking lot owners aren’t responsible […]

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Do I Need a Warning Sign for My Home?

Do I Need a Warning Sign for My Home?

| October 17, 2016

You’ve bought a piece of real estate, inspected the property, and you’ve discovered that there’s something potentially dangerous on your property. Maybe it’s an unstable porch, or exposed wiring, or a part of your house that’s under construction. What are your obligations to other people who come on your land?   Whether someone can sue […]

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Are You Liable for Alligator Bites?

Are You Liable for Alligator Bites?

| September 19, 2016

Understand Your Obligations to Protect Your Property from Wild Animals So you’ve decided to buy property in an area with dangerous animals. Maybe you’ve moved to Florida, and you’re worried about sharks; or you’ve bought property in Texas, where fire ants are common; or you’ve retired to Arizona, where rattlesnakes abound. You want to protect […]

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Ban on hoodies sparks heated debate in Harlem

Ban on hoodies sparks heated debate in Harlem

| November 3, 2014

Harlem, New York is nowhere near Sanford Florida, where young Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in 2012 in an incident that shone an unlikely spotlight on hooded sweatshirts and sparked heated debate about the role of attire in crime and stereotyping.* And yet, when controversy over hooded sweatshirts arose in Harlem this year, it […]

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MIT is developing smarter maps

MIT is developing smarter maps

| October 14, 2014

Google Street View is already somewhat of a revelation. The ability to see 360-degree images of millions of locations around the world is something we couldn’t have even imagined a generation ago. And yet, being able to look up images via address is just the beginning. Researchers at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory […]

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