Wireless duress buttons are used in a wide variety of industries across the United States. Businesses are adding these types of duress panic buttons throughout their facilities. Wireless panic buttons work well in places where stationary buttons are not very handy. Furthermore, wireless duress buttons are small and easily hidden from a criminal during a volatile emergency situation.
As a small office business owner in the U.S., it would be a smart idea to expect the unexpected where violent crime is concerned. Many small offices would be considered a slight to medium risk for violent acts that is unlikely to happen. However, that should not stop any small business from taking proactive measures to reduce threats. Perhaps it is much better to have office wireless duress buttons throughout your facility that you never use than to not have a duress button when you desperately need one. CRS Notify can help minimize that threat with our computer-based wireless duress buttons and software.
Often small businesses operate on a tight budget. The cost of adding a safety plan or installing panic buttons drops in importance due to funding issues. However, you will find times where wireless duress buttons would have been useful to help relieve a potential crisis situation. Moreover, all industries have some level of threat present. Installing a notification system should be seriously considered in light of recent news events centered around domestic terrorism.
Why Not Pick Up the Phone and Call 911 in an Emergency?
I always recommend calling 911 as quickly as possible. There is always a chance that the crisis might intensify when the criminal sees someone calling the police. Most often, staff members are slow to call for help in a crisis. Employees and managers may feel it is not warranted or want to avoid bad publicity. I hope that delay in alerting authorities will change because threats are always present.
Picking up the phone and calling 911 may not always be an option for a small office. However, tripping a wireless duress button could save your life during a life-threatening event. Keeping the panic low-key can help get responders notified as soon as possible. This is very critical during a crisis considering every second matters when an emergency threat is occurring.
What are the Benefits of Wireless Duress Buttons?
Let say, an annoyed goon enters the facility and catches an easy victim off guard; there is a potential for disaster. The victim may not be able to get to a stationary panic button to raise an alert. This leaves your employees and your facility unprotected.
There are many benefits a wireless duress button offers that other tools do not. Setting up wireless duress buttons in common areas of your facility increases security. This also provides the peace-of-mind needed to operate a safe work environment. Moreover, wireless duress buttons are not very costly to put in and require little, if any, construction that can disturb daily activities.
Furthermore, adding this technology-driven duress button at your facility can increase the chances of successfully triggering an alert in a crisis. Therefore, wireless panic buttons also make sure that notifications are made, and the situation is handled more efficiently.
What are the Best Wireless Duress Buttons?
There are a lot of great options for wireless duress buttons on the market. When making a purchase for a wireless duress button, choose a system that will not cut into a large chunk of your time and budget. Look at a program that fits your specific safety needs. Also, make sure the system fills any communication gaps that your company may be facing.
The two key points when deciding on a wireless duress button system is fast notification to responders and up-to-date communication. Timely information to those who need to know as well as first responders can make all the difference when lives are at stake. Furthermore, centralized communication throughout the event enables responders to handle the crisis more efficiently.
How Much Should I Expect to Pay for Wireless Duress Buttons?
There are far more high-tech options over the old panic button systems available. You can usually find a software notification systems at an affordable price. Many phone companies offer a hard-wired panic button that runs through the phone system. The general cost is close to $10 a month per button. Moreover, there are also alarm companies that offer a similar product that can be tied into your alarm service.
Computer-based panic button programs vary from free to $25 a month per license. Through CRS, we offer several different feature-rich packages to fit any size companies needs. In addition, our popular five-user license for $25 a month is great for a small office atmosphere. Our CRS Notify program also offers mass notification and E911 integration. The optional wireless duress buttons through CRS plugs into a spare USB port. With the option to add a pre-configured message, you can alert responders with the push of a button. The optional wireless duress buttons come to your door ready to use with the CRS Notify program.
How Does Wireless Duress Buttons Notify First Responders?
Mass notification capabilities vary from company to company offering the wireless duress buttons. Traditional duress buttons are directed to the local 911 center for that business. Unfortunately, the phone calls through the old school panic buttons can take a couple of minutes. Furthermore, traditional duress button systems do not offer verification that the alert has been received by responders.
Many phone apps and computer-based duress buttons have to get local first responders or 911 centers on board to start any notification. We built the CRS Notify system to make an E911 call to local first responders and ten automated voice calls to any responders you wish. Responders will receive notifications with the locations name, address, and alert topic when the button is initiated. The CRS Notify program also sends out notifications via an active alert messaging window, emails, and text messages.
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