While most of us look forward to the summer season, we occasionally need relief from the summer heat. For those people who don't have central air condition, a window air condition unit is a welcome alternative. However, window units can make our homes more appealing to burglars and easier to break into. Below are some tips on keeping your home secure when using a window ac.
Placement: Usually we think of placing our AC where our needs inside are best suited. Before installing your unit this year, view your house from the outside. Ideally, your ac unit will be placed in a window that faces the road or other populated area. This should also be well lit. A criminal will be less likely to try and breach your home if they don't have they privacy to do so.
Window rod: When installing a window ac, the window is usually shut on the unit it self. This leaves the ability for the window to be open the rest of the way, allowing for the unit to be removed. Some units come with a metal bracket to be installed to prevent this. If your unit came with one, we advise using it. We still recommend reinforcing that concept with something stronger. A metal rod snugged from the top of the window, to the top of the window frame will make opening the window extremely difficult.
Curtains: The ac curtains are the pieces on the side that slide to cover up the gaps to prevent outside air from getting in. These should be secured into the window and not leave any openings. If you have a window where the screens don't completely cover, consider buying new ones or using a solid material to cover the gap that can't be secured.
Top mounting rail: On the top of the ac unit is a mounting rail that once the window is closed, prevents it from falling out. Depending on your model it may come with predrilled holes to screw it in. If not create your own.
Alarm: A stand alone window alarm can be purchased for relatively cheap and if the window is opened will create an audible alarm.
Crime prevention stickers: If you have an alarm on your house or on your window, place an ample amount of stickers on your windows indicating this.
Please let us know if there are any other ways you secure yours below!
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017
In the aftermath of the bombing at Manchester Arena last week — which killed 22 people and wounded 116 others — venue operators, live event producers, and law enforcement groups around the world are rethinking their approaches to event security.
The below article written by Buzz Feeds, Reggie Ugwu are some great tips on staying safe at major events.
The big challenge: The Manchester bombing took place in a "gray zone" between the arena and a train station, which had a lot of foot traffic but less security than at either location.
In the future, security experts say they expect these kinds of peripheral areas to be more heavily guarded — a change that will require increased cooperation between private businesses and local authorities, and make the experience of attending live events a little more demanding.
If you're at an arena or other venue and something alarming happens, experts say there are things you can do to help keep yourself and your friends safe.
Here are some precautions for the safety-conscious ticket holder, according to security professionals:
Before the Event / When You Arrive:
1. Review the seating chart and familiarize yourself with the layout of the venue and the location of your seat. You may want to download the chart to your phone.
2. Do a search online to see if the event or performers have been a target of violent threats.
3. Check the venue's website to see if there's information posted about its security efforts.
4. Parents: Consider requiring adult supervision for kids and teenagers.
5. With the rest of your party, think ahead about what your game plan will be in the event of an emergency: What will you do? How will you communicate? Where will you go?
6. When you get to the venue, keep an eye out for the emergency exit closest to your seat — just like on an airplane.
7. Take note of where event staff or security/police officers are posted.
8. Keep an eye out for a potential "safe room" near your seat — a closet or other windowless room with a door that locks — where you can hide if necessary.
9. If you see someone acting strangely or in a way that makes you uncomfortable, notify event staff or security/police officers.
If There's an Emergency:
10. Take cover and listen for any announcements.
11. See if you can identify the location of the threat(s) based on crowd reactions and get out of the way of immediate harm.
12. Put your game plan into action. If you need to escape the venue, calmly and quickly make your way toward the nearest exit — not the entrance you came in.
13. If there's an armed attack and you can't escape quickly, head to a safe room, lock the door, turn out the lights, and stay silent. "If [the attacker] has to make extra effort to get into a room, they might just bypass it," said Jeff Ringel, a security analyst with The Soufan Group and a former leader of the FBI's emergency response team.
14. Keep your group together and help each other out.
15. If you get caught up in a stampede, move away from the center and grab onto a wall or pillar for safety.
16. Stay away from glass that could shatter and cause injuries.
17. But if other exits are blocked, be prepared to break a window or escape by alternative means.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
American businesses today are susceptible to some of the scariest security breaches and threats imaginable. Mainly because they often do not have the knowledge or resources to secure their property properly. With advancements in technology and industries forming to combat these problems, you do have options for defense, but they can come at a hefty price. Many businesses can make their facilities more secure by fixing some errors (for free) that often go unnoticed. Today lets focus on one commonly overlooked security risk here in America, which is “access control/key management.”
Different industries require different levels of access management, but in any industry, keeping people out of unauthorized locations should be a top priority. Technology advancements such as “D.A.C.S (Door Access Control Systems)” make securing sensitive locations easy, but these are often unaffordable for the average business owner. If your facility is using traditional keys to gain access to secure locations, you can still easily manage access to these restricted areas.
Creating a key log is the best way to do this. Within the log include the employee's name and title. Then assign keys only to areas that this employee will need access to. Label the keys to these designated areas and issue them to the employee. By doing this you avoid the potential of presenting a employee with unecessary opportunities to violate company policies and/or the law. Businesses could potentially avoid problems by not using the “one key is easiest” mentality. I have been in large facilities that have only required 2 keys to gain access to virtually everything within the building. This offers incredible potential for crime to occur.
Next, regularly update this list. This list should be updated every time an employee changes positions, resigns/fired, or quits. This prevents an employee or ex-employee from gaining access into areas that they shouldn’t be in. Along with this point, do not allow employees to take keys home. Request that they sign their keys out at the beginning of their shift and sign them back in at the end of their shift. This prevents the keys from getting lost, stolen, key duplicates being made, and after hour breaches.
The last way to secure your building using proper access control techniques is to ponder what could happen if a “bad guy” enters your facility. Discuss with your leadership team what might happen if someone gets through the front door and by the front desk personnel. Where are they going to go? Could they easily gain access to the rest of the facility? These questions will allow you to create a safer environment for your clients, employees, and yourself.
A flawless access control plan is impossible to create, but noticing problems and making changes is a great first step. Businesses are often reactive when it comes to securing their facility. Proactive readiness will allow you to be a step ahead of those who attempt to do harm. The gains are priceless when it comes down to the safety of the lives that you serve and employee.
Next week we will discuss employee safety dangers.