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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.

July is Vehicle Theft Prevention Month

July is Vehicle Theft Prevention Month

| July 10, 2017

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration marks July as National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month. It is important for car owners to remember to take the right precautions to protect their vehicle from theft. As a business, it is imperative to remind drivers to lock their cars and keep valuables out of sight. In 2015, 707, 758 […]

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Truss construction: what it is, and how to warn firefighters

Truss construction: what it is, and how to warn firefighters

| May 30, 2017

Lightweight truss construction is increasingly common in modern buildings. This type of construction is heavily reliant on prefabricated parts as opposed to being built on site, using long chords at top and bottom and webs to keep the arc in place.  (About ⅔ of new commercial and residential construction uses truss construction.)  While lightweight truss […]

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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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