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Thank you for taking time to read our blog. Our blog series “how to make my business safer” will continue this week with the topic of doors. Doors are a complex issue and will be broken up over several posts. A door can be a very vulnerable point for any structure to get broken into. Doors were designed for people to get into a building, we just want to control which people get in.
Let’s start with the type of door you select. We think of several different elements when we select doors and often times, looks and styling usually take priority. One of those elements of style is windows within the door. Windows have lots of benefits, just not when it comes to making your business safer. Windows in doors should be avoided at all cost. However, you are going to select a door that has a window, ensure that the window is placed high in the door. Ensure that it is small enough that if the window got broken someone can not reach the lock or enter through the opening. We would also recommend that the glass is designed that someone looking in is unable to get a clear picture of what is inside. Buy tamper resistant glass if available.
The quality of the door material and its density should not be overlooked. Most doors are either wood, steel or fiberglass. Solid wood doors are expensive and fiberglass often has limitations. Steel is an overall great option, lower priced than other materials, lower maintenance and provides you protection. There are variety of styles and options to pick from. When buying a steel door, the gauge of the steel is very important. The lower the number the thicker the steel. 24 gauge is common at big box stores selling a low end/discount doors. This is not sufficient for security and you should look for a lower number.
We hope you feel more informed when selecting a door to help make your business safer. Next week we will talk about locks, hinges, strike plates and installation techniques. To see more updates, like our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/charlesbrookprotection/
Monday, July 25, 2016
How to make my business safer?
This is a question we often get from clients and there is no one simple answer. There are several ways we can make our businesses safer and it can’t be covered in one post. Over the next several weeks we are going to do a blog series covering many different aspects of how business owners can make their business safer. We understand that small businesses often times do not have an excess of amount of money to put into security. The things that we discuss will have a range of prices so even the smallest budgets can still improve the safety of where they work.
Security is formed in layers. A good security plan should have several layers of protection before a threat can get to you, your employees/customers or your products. Often times these layers will not be noticed by the untrained eye but still provide an excellent deterrent to a would be criminal.
The first topic we will cover on “How to make my business safer” is exterior lighting.
Using ample, well placed exterior motion lighting is a great, inexpensive way to make your business safer. Criminals in large, are people of convenience. If they are committing crimes at night, they want to be able to use the cover of darkness. If a dark venue is not available, they may move on to a different, easier location. Motion lights are a great way to prevent this without using energy when they are not needed. We still recommend using lights that stay on all night at main entrances and other commonly used areas. Motion lighting is best used on the back sides of buildings and other potential blind spots.
Where you install your lighting is very important. It should be installed high enough a burglar can not tamper, vandalize or remove the bulb. If a high location is not available, consider using a cage or other protective device. Other lights are sold as “vandal resistant lighting.” They offer other protection solutions to prevent someone from taking out your lighting in the course of committing a crime.
Lighting can also keep your employees safe by preventing falls or other accidents from objects that may not have ben seen in a dark environment.
Next question we get asked about lighting is what brand to buy. While we do not endorse any certain brand, generally you get what you pay for. Look for features that allow you to adjust the range of detection, length of time the lights stay on and angle you can project the light. A very important feature to look for is a battery back up. If a criminal is serious and knows what they are doing, they may cut the power to your building. If so, a battery back is a great way to still detour them.
This is just the basics of lighting. We do a threat
analysis, free of charge to clients that hire our security guards that goes
much deeper into this topic.
Check back often as we will be adding more posts often that can truly help you make your business safer.
Monday, June 27, 2016
According to Fox 13 of Salt Lake City a new K-9 has joined the ranks of Weber County Sheriff’s Office is jokingly called Utah’s first "porn dog."
The 16-month-old black Labrador named URL, is the state’s first electronic detection K-9. The dog comes from the same trainer as the K-9 who played a role in the arrest of former Subway pitchman, Jared Fogle, according to a press release from the sheriff's office.
URL is specifically trained to sniff out electronic storage devices such as thumb drives, cellphones, SIM cards, SD cards, external hard drives, tablets and iPads.
“Whether it’s child porn, or terrorism intelligence, narcotics or financial crimes information, URL has the ability to find evidence hidden on basically any electronic memory device,” the release states.
Authorities say URL will assist investigators on these specific cases and will also be used at the Weber County Jail to locate contraband, such as cellphones.
“URL does not actually search for illegal materials, but rather his highly sensitive nose has been trained to detect the unique chemical compounds found in the certain electronic components,” the release states.
The K-9 was acquired from Jordan Detection K-9 in Greenfield, Ind. Rescued from a shelter as a puppy, URL went through six months of training before becoming certified.
He is one of nine certified electronic detection K-9s in the country and the only one in the western states region, according to the release.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
We at Charlesbrook Protection Services received this email from a lady named Susian. We had never heard of her prior to this encounter she had with one of our security guards at a gas station in Grand Rapids. He was off duty and on his way to his post for the night . Below is her email:
"To whom it may concern, My name is Susian, I have not heard of your company until today. I am writing this as a result of an encounter I had with a guard who is employed by you. I was in the gas station with my two kids and was paying for my groceries when I noticed I was short money. One of your employees gave me money to help pay for my groceries. I know it was one of your employees because he was still in uniform and i remember the patch. I did not get his name but he was a younger, taller and bigger man. Im writing this because he left before i can get his name and wanted to see if maybe you can thank him for me. I wish you all of the best, and have a blessed day, Susian. "
We can thank him for you! Thank you ,Corporal Dorchak. For those of you who know him, this story will not come as a surprise. Corporal Dorchak is know for doing these types of things. You will also know that he didn't want any recognition for this but we think he deserves it! He's always willing to lend a hand to someone in need. His morals make him a great officer. Your actions reflect well on our company and yourself. You are commended for a job well done.