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What is a Duress Button – is it Right for You?

Panic Buttons for St. Louis & Illinois Businesses & Schools

Duress buttons save lives. Thousands of documented police reports tell of how quick-thinking individuals took action and thwarted a crime-in-progress or violent situation in the workplace only because there was a panic button within their reach. Without a panic button, what might have happened? How many people might have been hurt, or worse?

Panic buttons give workers a sense of safety and control knowing that emergency responders are literally at their finger tips when an emergency does happen.

For St. Louis and Illinois business owners, office workers, and school staff panic buttons can mean the difference between a “typical” day at work and a horrific day, the kind that makes news headlines and changes lives forever.

A duress button (panic alarm button or duress panic switch) is typically a small, inconspicuous electronic device about the size of a doorbell, designed to activate an alarm, which then alerts emergency personnel of a security breach or other emergency situation. Most panic alarm buttons are hardwired but wireless duress alarm systems are also available.

Panic alarm buttons can either be connected to an offsite security monitoring center where trained security personnel can dispatch local police or other security services or, a silent alarm can be transmitted within the building to alert onsite security guards. In addition, duress buttons can also be configured to activate a loud ringing bell (like a school bell) or a siren to warn everyone in the building.

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More sophisticated panic alarm systems can also be integrated into a closed-circuit television (CCTV) security camera system. The incident is not only recorded but the video can be displayed on a live monitor, giving emergency personnel visual verification of the incident in progress and the opportunity to evaluate the situation’s level of danger to determine the best course of action.

What of Types Businesses Use Duress Buttons?

Duress alarm buttons are installed in a variety of commercial businesses, including hospitals, restaurants, business offices, banks, schools, convenience and retail stores, government buildings, even taxi’s, and many more.

Duress buttons have been responsible for saving countless lives in a variety of emergency situations: school shooter scenarios, attempted bank robberies, holdups at convenience stores and gas stations, hostage situations, even non-violent medical emergencies involving co-workers, and more.person pushing a panic duress alarm button to call for emergency help

Installing a Duress Button System

Commercial businesses and schools should hire a professional local security company to install (this is NOT a DIY project) duress panic buttons in locations throughout the business or school where they can be inconspicuously activated by a person, but also in locations where the button won’t be accidentally tripped by someone bumping into it or hitting it.

Emergency Response Plan When the Unthinkable Happens

  • First off, it is critical that all employees are taught how and when to activate the duress button.
  • Role play once your duress alarm button is installed. Involve everyone who will be responsible for activating the alarm and those who will be the first point of contact when security personnel, police, firefighters or EMTs arrive.
  • Your action plan should also designate a person to be in charge until help arrives.
  • Who will be the point of contact for emergency personnel? 
  • Is there a designated safe area? Is there food and water stored in the event of an emergency that prevents workers, staff, customers, or students from leaving the premises.

As a trusted local security company for more than 50 years, PASS Security has installed thousands of duress “panic” buttons in businesses and homes throughout the St. Louis Metro Area, Central and Southern Illinois, in addition to Access Control Systems, CCTV and  remote video surveillance security cameras.

Email Us today to schedule a FREE security systems consultation. Or speak directly with a security consultant by calling our office: 618-394-1144 or 314-241-0422.

Founded in 1969, PASS Security (PASS) is a full-service electronic security systems integrator, providing expertise in intrusion detection, video surveillanceaccess control systemsLIVE video monitoring for businesses and commercial operations. PASS also serves the residential sector with innovative SMART home devices, products and services. We provide our customers with total system design, engineering, installation, maintenance and also monitoring services through our 24/7 local UL Listed Central Monitoring Station.

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