Security Trend: Construction for a Cause

Posted by Angela Bertolo on Dec 15, 2009 1:40:00 PM

Habitat for Humanity is a non profit organization working to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness throughout the world.  With the combined efforts of volunteer labor and donated funds and building supplies, Habitat for Humanity constructs homes for those in need. Unfortunately, these projects are not immune to theft and vandalism.  In fact, like any other construction site, theft and vandalism is common concern.  These sites often fall victim to theft of equipment, tools, supplies and vandalism.

In May 2009, $50,000 worth of copper disappeared from a Habitat for Humanity project in Omaha, NEHabitat for Humanity partnered with Securitas after one of their partners utilized mobile services during a corporate build and didn't incur any losses.  Securitas Mobile began arming homes that were in the process of being built and completed homes that were awaiting a family with alarm systems, with alarm response services and occasional patrol inspections.  In the past four months, Securitas Mobile has documented three incidents that have proved successful in deterring crime.  The first day service began for one property, the Tattletale alarm system was triggered.  A Securitas Mobile patrol officer immediately responded to the alarm and saw three people running from the house.  Luckily, nothing was stolen and there wasn't any damage to the property.  Daniel Brewer, Construction Manager, Habitat for Humanity said, "Impressed with the performance of the system and good customer service, we installed similar systems on a number of our projects throughout the summer and this fall.  We know it works because of several "near misses," where would-be thieves have forced open doors and been frightened away before they could steal materials or damage the homes, saving us thousands of dollars and valuable construction time."

To find out how to secure your construction projects or vacant homes, contact angela.bertolo@securitasinc.com.

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Tips for a Safe and Healthy Holiday Season

Posted by Angela Bertolo on Dec 3, 2009 11:34:00 AM

The holidays are a time to celebrate, but they're also a time to pay special attention to your health and well-being to avoid season-spoiling illnesses and injuries.

Each year during the holidays, tens of thousands of Americans make a trip to hospital emergency rooms for treatment of preventable injuries and illnesses. That includes about 12,000 people with injuries related to setting up or displaying holiday decorations, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Here are some tips for staying safe and healthy -and out of the ER - during the holidays.

  • Be responsible when drinking alcohol. If you drink, do so in moderation and have a designated driver. Never drink and drive.
  • Be careful when using sharp objects to open gifts - especially those impenetrable plastic packages toys come in.
  • Take care when hanging or taking down outdoor lights. Serious injuries come from falling off roofs and ladders.
  • Use a ladder or step stool indoors - not a sofa or chair - to hang decorations, ornaments and tree toppers.
  • Don't overload electrical outlets. This could start a fire or cause a serious burn or electrical shock.
  • Don't overindulge in holiday food. Be especially careful if you have high blood pressure or cholesterol, or heart problems.

This is an excerpt from the December 2009 Security Spotlight, an informational guide for Securitas USA Clients and Employees. To read the full article, click here.

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