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Frequently Asked Questions

 Security Regulations and Definitions

Q. Do you offer Neighborhood Watch signs with a burglar on it?

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Yes, we do. But, be aware that there is some controversy surrounding some of the burglar-based neighborhood watch symbols. Politics! In any case, we’ve noticed trend has been to more abstract symbols that show a family or a police car. For one person’s critique of the neighborhood watch symbols, click here.

Q. How have No Trespassing signs and notices changed over the years?

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The original notices were spawned by the Teddy Roosevelt work with national parks and wildlife refuges – e.g. protect our fish and native animals. Yet, these signs proved so popular that business, farms and ranches started to use them. Now, these notices are ubiquitous – even private homes sport No Trespassing notces.

For more history, click here.

Q. How can I start a Neighborhood Watch group?

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Yes, take the initiative. Customers report how easy it is to start a group. Meet your neighbors. Start an email petition. Talk to your local police force. For a detailed plan, click here.

Q. Can I restrict visitors to our house from taking pictures? Is a sign sufficient notice?

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Yes and yes. One caveat: you can’t stop people from taking pictures of things that are in public view. If someone’s taking pictures of your house from a public street, you can ask them to stop voluntarily, but you have no legal right to make them stop.
We have found, though that signs help and that most visitors will obey your instructions.
Security Notice Sign

Q. When does soliciting become trespassing?

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Soliciting becomes trespassing when solicitors enter or remain on property without the authorization of the landholder. While the specific requirements differ from state to state, in general, you can ban solicitors from your property by placing “no soliciting” signs at the entrances to your property.
No Soliciting Sign

Q. I work in a middle school and would like to start an anti-bullying campaign. Do you have any suggestions?

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You’re in luck! Check out our #TakeNoBullies program. Countless schools have taken advantage of our free button and sticker program. We have found that a little bit of training can make a huge difference at a shool. Learn more here.

Q. What can I do to stop someone from repeatedly trespassing on my property?

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Signs help, of course. They show that you value your privacy. Short of a personal confronation, the next can be a letter. Click here to learn more.

Q. What obligations do I have to protect our employees from security threats?

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This is broad topic, with many answers. One guideline is that you need to provide “reasonable care” to protect workers. One article on this topic can be seen here.

Q. When is loitering illegal?

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This varies from place to place. Some places, like Washington DC, don’t have a general loitering law at all. In general, trespassing laws still apply for private property and unwanted guests can be removed by the property holder.

Q. Are surveillance warning signs required?

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Strictly speaking, signs are not required on private property. But, they are almost always make good sense. They help you deter crime and leverage your investment in a CCTV system. Whereas a vide system can record a vandal, for example; warning signs can help stop vandalism before it even starts.

 Security and Property Signs

Q. What types of sign mounting posts do you sell?

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We offer a complete line of u-channel, round, and square sign posts. We stock these sign posts in both green and galvanized finishes. Custom and decorative sign posts are available. To buy sign posts, click here.

Q. What grade of aluminum is used to make road sign blanks?

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We offer aluminum sign blanks in two alloys, 5052-H38 and 3105-H191. We carry multiple guages (thickness) including .040", .063", .080", .100", and .125". All aluminum is processed in-house to better control quality. We level, treat, cut, punch and radius aluminum coils into road sign aluminum blanks, all within our 65,000 square foot production facility.

Q. How do I fasten the signs to a fence?

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Use our inexpensive fence clips. They come in pairs. For most people, fastening a sign with our clips is actually a 'one person affair'.

Q. We have had an accident. Although no one was seriously hurt, we are worried that we need a better sign at the street corner. Do you have any suggestions?

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Consider adding a 'Blazer' to your sign. This fluorescent reflective sign snaps into the sign's metal post. It is hard to miss and could really help. Also consider a replacement sign. Over time, a sign's brightness may decrease.

Q. Do I need to add the penal code number to our No Trespassing Signs?

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The short answer is no. In fact you don’t even need to post a No Trespassing sign for it to be illegal. However, it takes out the ambiguity and makes the rules clear. A threatening sign will deter potential violators from trespassing.

So no, there is no penal code requirement for your sign. The warning is sufficient. However, posting the penal code can add extra emphasis on the fact that trespassing is breaking the law, and this extra boldness may thwart even more trespassing. In sum, the penal code is not essential, but it helps.

 Skateboarding Signs

Q. Skateboarders are wrecking our railing. What can I do?

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If the railing is on your property, you can keep skaters off of it. If the railing isn’t, you can’t. Simple as that.
For a railing or stairs that are on public property, talk to the local village, neighborhood association or city government. In many cases, they can provide a rules sign at no charge to you. Aluminum studs or guards are understandably hated by skateboarders and a popular deterrent. For stairs and railing that are on your private property, you have a number of options, including both guards and signs.

Q. Can I stop skateboarders from damaging the bench in front of our store- even if there is no ordinance against skateboarding? They leave black marks and wax on the bench.

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“Grinding” can cause some major damage to property. There are, of course deterrents that could be used (anti-skateboard aluminum brackets, for example). But, unless you own the property, you do not have the authority to prevent aggressive stake boarding in front of your store. For more information, click here.
An important question for a sign is whether you want to ban just skateboarding or if you want to include a more general set of prohibitions.
Skateboarding Not Allowed Sign No Skates, Bikes Signs

 Beware of Dog and No Dog Signs

Q. Are Beware of Dog signs required? What if my dog is aggressive?

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In most US states, you’re liable for the actions of your dog, period, regardless of signage. In a minority of states, you’re normally not liable unless (a) you know that your dog is dangerous, (b) you broke an animal control law, or (c) you were otherwise negligent in handling your dog.
If you know that your dog is aggressive or dangerous, many state and local authorities require you to take additional precautions to protect the public from your dog. The definition of “dangerous’’ varies by state. Signs may be required. Check with your attorney or local animal control agency for details.
The goal of most Beware of Dog signs, of course, is not just to comply with the law. Tehse signs serve both as a way both to warn unwary visitors that they may encounter an aggressive dog and, next, to deter unwanted visitors or potential burglers.
Beware Of Dog Sign

Q. Do Beware of Dogs signs deter burglars?

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Like most criminals, burglars tend to prey on the most vulnerable, and no one likes meeting an angry dog. Signs can only help convey the warning.
Bilingual Keep Out Sign

Q. Is it legal to post a No Dogs Allowed sign at the front of my store?

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It is legal to keep dogs out of your store, but you must make an exception for service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
No Dogs Please (with Graphic)

Q. Can a business request that a patron validate that their dog is a bona fide service dog?

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According to the U.S. Department of Justice, you can ask a patron whether the dog is a service dog, but you are not allowed to ask for proof that a particular dog is a service dog. It is against the law to ask for documentation of disability.
Vinyl Glass Door Decal

Q. Can a service dog eat in a restaurant?

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This depends on your local health code. Check with your local authorities. But, in most cases, we have seen that the local restaurant manager has a good deal of discretion and can restrict a service dog from eating at the table or from using the restaurant’s plates.

Q. Can I bring my dog into a grocery store?

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Check with your local health department and the store’s management. Under most conditions, pets are not allowed in facilities that serve food, except for service animals. Many grocery stores also ban service animals from the shopping cart and insist that service animals be on a leash.

 CCTV and Surveillance Rules and Tips

Q. What’s the best size for a Video Camera Sign?

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Certainly, the larger the sign, the further away your message will be seen. The sooner someone contemplating an illegal behavior (vandalism, graffiti, trespassing) becomes aware of your surveillance system, the more likely you will be to help deter this activity. Savvy property owners actually post several signs - not just at the perimiter of your surveillance camera range, but also in traffic-heavy areas. Multiple signs reinforce your surveillance system and leverage your CCTV investment. The rule-of-thumb for legiblity, is that each 1” of letter height gives 25 feet of viewing distance. Other factors matter, however: lighting, angularity and, if you in a car, speed. The three signs below are most common/ The larger sign (24” tall) might be used along roadways, the 18” tall sign is often used on entrances, sidewalks or pedestrian areas and the smller 10” tall sign is used at the door.
Best Sizes for a Video Camera Sign

Q. How many surveillance signs do I need in my store?

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This depends on how many points of entry you have and how many cameras you have installed. We recommend that surveillance signs should, at the minimum, be visible as you enter and as you check out. For a more aggressive stance, many customers insist that a sign be visible from every key aisle. Think, also, of the employee stocking areas. Employee theft has been reported to be 57% of the total in-store retail theft cost.

To learn more about how cameras and signs are changing anti-shoplifting strategies, click here.

Q. How can surveillance cameras and signs keep my business secure?

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CCTV systems have been proven to thwart crime. But, how to implement a system? Click here to learn more about this topic.

Q. How far from the camera should I post my CCTV warning sign?

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The CCTV warning sign need not be next to the camera. The most important thing is that the sign be visible when the camera is in range.