Water Leak Found By Security Just In Time

Posted by Adam Koehler on May 21, 2015 12:47:00 PM

Officer Danny Stephens of the Securitas Indianapolis, IN branch was conducting a preventative patrol inspection in a high rise/luxury condominium property when he discovered a serious water leak in the hallway.

The water had already saturated the carpet and was streaming out of the ceiling at an alarming rate. Officer Stephens quickly made his way to the restroom on the same floor to grab a waste basket to help contain the massive amount of water. He then proceeded to notify the on-call maintenance technician for that property. 

Officer Danny Stephens   Securitas Security Services Indianapolis

Officer Stephens' immediate reaction to contain the leak not only stopped the destruction from continuing but also saved the customer thousands of dollars in estimated repairs. A leak like this one would have continued from the fourth floor to the basement causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage. The customer was ecstatic that this was found and commended Officer Stephens and Securitas Mobile on a job well done.

The vigilance Officer Stephens demonstrated is a shining example of Securitas' core values - Integrity, Vigilance and Helpfulness.

Water damages cause billions of dollars of structural, operational, reputational and financial losses each year for commercial property owners. Preventative patrol inspections help catch issues such as water leaks before they become serious and provide valuable return on investment. 

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About Securitas Mobile: Securitas Mobile is a division of Securitas that specializes in preventative patrol inspections and emergency/alarm response. Proactive patrols help deter crime by providing a visible deterrent, while our emergency response capabilities allow us to react to an incident at a moment’s notice.  To learn more about the security services that Securitas Mobile provides, visit www.securitasmobileus.com.

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Bank Robbery Derailed by Preventative Patrol

Posted by Adam Koehler on Jan 14, 2015 2:34:00 PM

A recent string of bank robberies has plagued Southern Ontario and Quebec over the past few months, but thanks to a preventative patrol by a Securitas Mobile Patrol Officer, one was stopped.

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On the rainy evening of December 25, 2014, Securitas Officer Antonio Jose (Tony) Vasconcelos was conducting a routine ATM vestibule patrol at a Montreal-area bank, when the officer noticed a large amount of water on the floor and base of the wall inside the bank.  The officer immediately notified the client and his Supervisor, Pierre Gauthier (pictured above), of his findings and then continued his inspection. 

Upon further investigation, the officers found that the leak was coming from a hole in the ceiling that attempted-robbers had created to try to break into the bank’s ATM room.   Vasconcelos and Gauthier contacted the police and remained on-site to further investigate the area.  They found that the suspect’s tools were left on-site and no money was taken from the ATM or the vault.

Police believe that the patrol inspection by Vasconcelos and Gauthier interrupted the burglary and caused the suspect(s) to flee before they could complete the robbery.

Patrol Supervisor Pierre Gauthier, who has 10 years experience in security, stated: “Upon entering the site, I had a funny feeling; my past experiences encouraged me to go further in my inspection. All the information pointed to a water pipe break, but we took the decision to verify further and then notify police so that a verification of the roof could be done. I am proud to have helped derail the attempted robbery in progress. Teamwork has contributed to the success of this event.”

This is a prime example that while you never know exactly when crime will strike, taking preventative measures such as security patrol inspections can help deter them from happening.

About Securitas Mobile: Securitas Mobile is a division of Securitas that specializes in preventative patrol inspections and emergency/alarm response. Proactive patrols help deter crime by providing a visible deterrent, while our emergency response capabilities allow us to react to an incident at a moment’s notice.  To learn more about the security services that Securitas Mobile provides, visit www.securitasmobileus.com.

 

 

Tags: preventative patrol, Security Patrols, patrol inspection, bank robbery

Ebola: What You Need to Know - Security Spotlight

Posted by Adam Koehler on Nov 7, 2014 3:25:00 PM

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has reached the proportions of an international health emergency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed three cases of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S.  Two of those individuals contracted the disease from a patient who was infected outside of the U.S.  The third individual contracted it while treating patients outside the U.S.

While it is believed that Ebola will not be a major health issue among the U.S. population, you need to be educated and understand how Ebola is transmitted, its symptoms, and how to protect yourself against the possibility of exposure.

Click on the Informational Guide from Securitas Security Services below to learn more Ebola virus and how to protect yourself:

Ebola   Security Spotlight

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Halloween Safety Tips for Parents

Posted by Adam Koehler on Oct 28, 2014 1:03:00 AM

Halloween is a fun time for children, but it can be scary for parents. Here are a few tips from the National Crime Prevention Council to keep your little ghosts and goblins safe while trick-or-treating this year: Halloween Safety resized 600

Preparing for Big Night
  • Set a time limit for trick-or-treating
  • Remind kids not to enter houses
  • Try to get your kids to trick-or-treat while it is still light out. If it is dark, make sure the children are carrying flashlights or glowsticks.
  •  Make sure older kids go out with friends. Younger children should be accompanied by an adult. If you live in a rural area, offer all kids a ride in the car.
Eating the Treats
  • Kids need to know not to eat their treats until they get home. One way to keep trick-or-treaters from digging in while their still out is to feed them a meal or substantial snack beforehand.
  • Check out all the treats at home in a well-lighted place.
  • What to eat? Only unopened candy and other treats that are in the original wrappers. Don't forget to inspect fruit and homemade goodies for anything suspicious. 
Making Safe Costumes
  • Check that costumes are flame-retardant so the little ones aren't in danger near candlelit jack-o-lanterns and other fire hazards.
  • Keep costumes short to prevent trips, falls, and other bumps in the night.
  • Encourage kids to wear comfortable shoes.
  • Try makeup instead of a mask. Masks can be hot and uncomfortable and, more importantly, they can obstruct a child's vision - a dangerous thing when kids are crossing streets and going up and down steps.
  • Make sure kids wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes.
 Pranks That Can Be a Little Tricky 

Halloween is notoriously a night of pranks - toilet papering a house or filling mailboxes with shaving cream are not unusual. Try to get a handle on your children's plans before they go out. Explain to them that while you want them to have a good time, some tricks could hurt other people or vandalize property. Emphasize that you disapprove of vandalism. 

"Unhaunting" Your House and Neighborhood
  • Welcome trick-or-treaters at your home by turning on your exterior lights.
  • Remove objects from your yard that might present a hazard to visitors.
  • Ask your Neighborhood Watch or citizens' group to patrol the community.
  • Drive slowly all evening - you never know what creature may suddenly cross your path.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your local police or sheriff's department.

 

For more information on Halloween safety visit the National Crime Prevention Council.

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A Beneficial Security Partnership

Posted by Adam Koehler on Oct 21, 2014 12:26:00 PM

Terrance Gainer, former US Senate Sergeant at Arms, talks about the need for law enforcement, private security companies, and business owners to work together to help protect American neighborhoods and cities.

 

 

 

 

 Budget cuts, limited physical and human resources...terms heard all too frequently in the wake of 2008's Great Recession.  The stark economic set-back caused by the Housing Bubble did not just affect the private sector, but the public sector as well, including law enforcement departments across the country.  "Do more with less" is the mantra of many organizations today, but there is a limit to what can be effectively accomplished. And with the public's safety in their hands, law enforcement can not afford to cut back their duties.

With over 47 years of experience in law enforcement, security innovations, and organizational change in the United States and worldwide, Terry Gainer examines the history of the relationship between law enforcement and private security firms, and offers insight on why an information and technology sharing partnership benefits these two groups and the public-at-large.

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ASIS & Securitas Security Services USA Make Way for 3 Young Security Professionals to Attend ASIS 2014

Posted by Adam Koehler on Sep 11, 2014 10:20:00 AM

Winners Jean-Charles Gris, Kara M. Monroe, and Angela J. Osborne, were selected from among nearly 50 entries to receive an all-inclusive registration and travel package to attend the ASIS International 60th Annual Seminar and Exhibits in Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 29- Oct. 2, 2014. "To meet the unique education and career development needs of young professionals within the security industry...

The Remainder of this Article is Available Here: 

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NEW WHITEPAPER - Workplace Violence: Prevention and Response

Posted by Adam Koehler on May 13, 2014 1:38:00 PM

Workplace violence can happen anywhere.

Unfortunately, thousands of non-fatal workplace violence incidents occur every day. From verbal threats to unwanted visitors, workplace violence does not always involve a deadly weapon. But by providing training and awareness for security guards and employees alike, you can take steps to help prevent an incident from occuring.

In this whitepaper, Securitas USA and Pinkerton present the reasons why having a Workplace Violence Program in place can help reduce the chance that anything harmful will happen at your workplace.

Read the full whitepaper here.

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Security Alarm Response: The Benefits of Privatization

Posted by Adam Koehler on Jan 28, 2014 11:15:00 AM

Over the last 20 years, new technology has made it easier, faster and more cost effective
to remotely detect security problems in homes and businesses. As a result, an “alarming
gap” has emerged – between the ability to detect problems and the ability of the police to
respond. This paper examines costs and benefits of outsourcing alarm response to private
security firms.

By Tim Keller, CPP

 

Download the full white paper - Security Alarm Response: Benefits of Privatization

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Securitas Mobile Guarding Video Now Available!

Posted by Adam Koehler on Aug 7, 2013 11:38:00 AM

Securitas Mobile has recently finished shooting a video explaining the proactive and reactive security services that Securitas Mobile Guarding can provide.

Mobile Guarding is a fully comprehensive alternative security solution that gives you the benefits of an on-site security officer without round-the-clock payroll. Click play on the video below to learn how Securitas Mobile Guarding can benefit you.


 

Click here to learn more or request a free quote.

 

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