"The Heart of a Healthy Lifestyle"

Posted by Angela Bertolo on Jan 29, 2010 3:40:00 PM

I don't believe in coincidences.  I believe people, things, experiences, and information are presented to each of us for a reason.  In the past couple days, three of my favorite lifestyle information sources; Glamour Magazine, Oprah, and Bob Harper from The Biggest Loser said exercise and nutrition should be a priority in each of our lives.  I immediately sent my sister an email telling her we need to lead healthier lives by adding more fruits and veggies to our diet and stepping up our exercise routines. After all, would you rather spend more money on produce and lean meats today or medical care to treat your ailments later on because chips and fast food were more economical?  So, is it a complete coincidence that I opened up the Security Spotlight this morning and the February issue is all about leading a healthier lifestyle?  I don't think so.  It's time to take action!

This month's issue titled, "The Heart of a Healthy Lifestyle", discusses how regular physical activity, quitting smoking and weight control are three lifestyle habits that can reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke. 

Exercise: "To gain the health benefits of exercise -according to the DHHS Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans- adults need at least 2.5 hours of moderate aerobic activity OR at least 1.25 hours of vigorous aerobic activity a week AND muscle strengthening activities at least 2 days a week."                                                                                   

Smoking: It causes coronary heart disease.  It causes lung cancer.  It makes your clothes smell.  And if you live in a part of the country that experiences harsh winters like Chicago, you risk catching pneumonia every time you head outside in subzero temperatures to have a smoke.  "The adverse health effects from smoking account for 1 of every 5 American deaths each year." Bottom line...quit now!

Weight Control: "About two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight, and almost one-third are obese." Now that's something to cry about! "A healthy diet and active lifestyle are your best weapons to control your weight."  To find out if you're at a healthy weight, visit http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing and calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI).  Another indicator of whether or not you're a healthy weight is your waist circumference.  Excessive abdominal fat has been linked to several obesity related conditions.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men with a waist circumference exceeding 40 inches and females with a waist circumference exceeding 35 inches are at a higher risk for conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.    

Other online sources available to help you assess your health, and guide you toward heart-healthier choices include: 

http://www.cdc.gov/

http://americanheart.org/

http://smokefree.gov/

http://health.gov/PAGuidelines

 

Click here to read the full article.

Tags: Health

Kansas City Patrol Officers Prevent Robbery

Posted by Angela Bertolo on Jan 26, 2010 12:38:00 PM

On January 7, 2010, Securitas received an alarm call just after midnight from Kaw Valley Banks in Kansas City, KS.  Mobile Patrol Officer Jeffrey Hilty and Officer Earle Beason were quick to respond.

Upon arriving at the scene, the security officers completed a routine exterior property inspection before entering the facility to conduct an interior inspection. Once inside, Beason caught sight of a suspect fleeing the scene and immediately contacted local law enforcement before continuing his search.

While searching a boiler room, the security officers encountered a second suspect who carried a weapon and threatened them as he backed away and ran from the scene with a third suspect.

Moments later, the police arrived. Both security officers briefed the police before accompanying them into the building. Just before entering the building for a second time, Officer Beason spotted another perpetrator on the roof of the building. The security officers and police promptly entered the building, confiscated a bag containing what police described as "burglary tools," and headed to the roof to apprehend the fourth suspect.

After police took the fourth suspect into custody, Beason suggested that the police sergeant find one of the suspects who fled by following a trail of footprints in the snow. The officers followed the footprints for nearly a mile and were led directly to a house that belonged to the suspect who was apprehended on the roof. The police have since filed for a search warrant and hope to arrest any remaining suspects who may reside there.  

Thanks to the prompt response and careful actions performed by Officer Beason and Officer Hilty, one suspect was arrested, and no damage was done to the property.  We thank these brave patrol officers for a job well done and are proud to have them as part of the Securitas Mobile team.  

 

Left to right: Officer Jeff Hilty and Officer Earle Beason holding the Branch Manager's Award for Excellence coins and a certificate for outstanding service.

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Tags: Community, Alarm Response

Guns in the Workplace Seminar- Kansas City, MO

Posted by Angela Bertolo on Jan 20, 2010 10:38:00 AM

Guns in the Workplace: Planning for an Active Shooter & Workplace Violence 

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

11:00 a.m.

Kauffman Stadium

I-70 and Blue Ridge Cutoff

Herk Robinson Conference Room

Kansas City, MO

New laws granting employees the right to keep guns in their vehicles at work raises the risk of every company's worst nightmare - an active shooter at work.

Find out what you need to know-and what you need to do.

Please join Securitas Security Services USA on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. for a practical look at new gun laws, and how to adapt employee and security policies to comply while maintaining your security and investigative and enforcement authority.

Featured Speaker: Eben Hall, Sergeant, Kansas City, Missouri Police Department

Eben is a Sergeant for a major metropolitan city in the Kansas City area.  He has served his agency for 17 years, with most of that time focused on service as a SWAT team sniper and entry specialist, and teaching firearms and defensive tactics at one of the nation's leading police academies.  He works closely with area businesses and police departments in the prevention and management of workplace violence. He is a nationally certified instructor in all categories of firearms and defensive tactics training, and a veteran of the United States Marine Corp.

Space is limited, so we ask that you please respond with your acceptance as soon as possible to Renee Wakefield-Campbell at (816)564-5706 or via e-mail to renee.wakefield@securitasinc.com.

We look forward to seeing you!

Click here for DIRECTIONS to Kauffman Stadium.

Tags: Workplace Violence, Announcements, Community

Securitas acquires security services company in Serbia

Posted by Angela Bertolo on Jan 18, 2010 3:09:00 PM

Securitas has acquired the security services company Gordon D.o.o. in Serbia. Enterprise value is estimate to MSEK 33 (MRSD 297).

Gordon has annual sales of approximately MSEK 51 (MRSD 465) and approximately 1,100 employees. A majority of Gordon's sales is in guarding services. The company has also operations in technical security, monitoring operations and fire prevention.

Securitas will with this acquisition strengthen its position in Serbia and become number two in the Serbian security services market, with approximately 2,600 employees.

The Serbian security services market is fragmented, with approximately 220 companies with in total 46,000 security employees. The security services market in Serbia is estimated to be worth MSEK 1,500 (MEUR 144).


The acquisition is consolidated in Securitas AB as of December 9, 2009.

This press release is also available at: www.securitas.com

Information:
Gisela Lindstrand, Senior Vice President Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Securitas AB, phone +46 10 470 3011 or mobile +46 70 287 8662

Securitas is a knowledge leader in security. By focusing on providing security solutions to fit each customer's needs, Securitas has achieved sustainable growth and profitability in 40 countries in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Middle East and Africa. Everywhere from small stores to airports, our 240,000 employees are making a difference.

Securitas AB discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Markets Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at 10.00 (CET) on December 9, 2009.

Tags: Announcements

Securitas acquires security services company in Mexico

Posted by Angela Bertolo on Jan 14, 2010 9:56:00 AM

Securitas has acquired the security services company Grupo Argos in Mexico. Enterprise value is estimated to MSEK 22 (MMXN 42).

Grupo Argos has annual sales of approximately MSEK 48 (MMXN 93) and approximately 900 employees. A majority of the operations are guarding services.

The Mexican security services market is very fragmented, with approximately 6,000 security services companies registered. Securitas is currently the second largest private security services company in the country. With this acquisition, Securitas will strengthen its position in the Mexico City area.

The acquisition is consolidated in Securitas AB as of December 1, 2009.

This press release is also available at: www.securitas.com

Information:
Gisela Lindstrand, Senior Vice President Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Securitas AB, phone +46 10 470 3011 or mobile +46 70 287 8662


Securitas is a knowledge leader in security. By focusing on providing security solutions to fit each customer's needs, Securitas has achieved sustainable growth and profitability in 40 countries in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Middle East and Africa. Everywhere from small stores to airports, our 240,000 employees are making a difference.


Securitas AB discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Markets Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at 13.00 (CET) on December 2, 2009.

Tags: Announcements

Securitas enters the security services market in Morocco

Posted by Angela Bertolo on Jan 11, 2010 10:18:00 AM

Securitas has agreed to acquire 75 percent of the shares in the security services company GMCE Gardiennage in Morocco. The purchase of the remaining 25 percent of the shares is agreed to take place in 2013 and will be based on the financial performance of the company until the year 2012. Enterprise value is estimated to approximately MSEK 22 (MEUR 2.1).

GMCE Gardiennage has 400 employees and annual sales of approximately MSEK 13 (MEUR 1.3). The company is providing security services all over the country, with half of the operations in the cities Casablanca and Rabat.

The security services market in Morocco is growing fast and is expected to become more regulated in the near future.


The acquisition is consolidated in Securitas AB as of December 1, 2009.


This press release is also available at: www.securitas.com

Information:
Micaela Sjökvist, Head of Investor Relations, Securitas AB, phone +46 10 470 3013 or mobile +46 76 116 7443

Tags: Announcements

Securitas acquires security services company in the Czech Republic

Posted by Angela Bertolo on Jan 6, 2010 2:27:00 PM

Securitas has acquired the security services company Dora Security in the Czech Republic. Enterprise value is estimated to MSEK 92 (MCZK 218).

Dora Security has annual sales of approximately MSEK 156 (MCZK 370) and 1,400 employees. The company has a strong presence in Northern and Eastern Bohemia. Its main operation is in guarding, but the company has also operations in monitoring and mobile services.

Securitas is today the market leader in security services in the Czech Republic. With this acquisition, Securitas will strengthen its position in the customer segments industry, office building and government contracts.


The acquisition is consolidated in Securitas AB as of December 1, 2009.


This press release is also available at: www.securitas.com

Information:
Micaela Sjökvist, Head of Investor Relations, Securitas AB, phone +46 10 470 3013 or mobile +46 76 116 7443

Tags: Announcements

Securitas acquires monitoring company in Spain

Posted by Angela Bertolo on Jan 4, 2010 11:50:00 AM

Securitas has acquired the monitoring company Tecniserv in Spain. With this acquisition, Securitas enters the alarm monitoring market in Spain. The enterprise value is estimated to MSEK 76 (MEUR 7).

Tecniserv has annual sales of approximately MSEK 54 (MEUR 5) and approximately 60 employees. The company operates in three areas: service of own connections portfolio, installation of new alarm systems and monitoring of third party connections. The majority of the customers are located in the Madrid area.

The acquisition will strengthen Securitas monitoring services' (also called Securitas Alert Services) operations in Europe.

The acquisition is consolidated in Securitas AB as of December 30, 2009.

This press release is also available at: www.securitas.com

Information:
Gisela Lindstrand, Senior Vice President Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Securitas AB, phone +46 10 470 3011 or mobile +46 70 287 8662


Securitas is a knowledge leader in security. By focusing on providing security solutions to fit each customer's needs, Securitas has achieved sustainable growth and profitability in 40 countries in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Middle East and Africa. Everywhere from small stores to airports, our 240,000 employees are making a difference.

Securitas AB discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Markets Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at 09.00 (CET) on December 31, 2009.

Tags: Announcements