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


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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.


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Securitas Helps Raise $20K at Wounded Warrior Golf Benefit

Posted by Adam Koehler on Oct 3, 2012 3:59:00 PM

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On October 24th, 2012, the first annual Heart of America Wounded Warrior Golf Benefit took place in Overland Park, KS. This was a golf event unlike any other.  It began with a moving rendition of the Star Spangled Banner performed by a U.S. Marine and was followed by a heartwarming speech from Lt. Col. Hugh Mills. Veterans were recognized and fallen heroes honored with “Taps”.  Each of the 18 greens on the course flew the American flag, and not one touched ground that day as veterans and volunteers stood by the flags holding them with pride as the golfers putted out each hole.  The closing ceremony gave thanks to volunteers and veterans alike and was topped off with a poem that was read by Chris Hahn, a heroic warrior who wrote it after returning home.  The touching poem gave new meaning to “adapt and overcome”.  

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Securitas Security Services cosponsored the event with Burns & McDonnell and helped raise $20,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project.  To learn more about how you can honor and help our wounded warriors, visit


About Securitas USA:  Headquartered in Parsippany, NJ, Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. is a knowledge leader in security.  As the nation's leading security provider, Securitas USA and its affiliates offer security solutions, including uniformed security officers, mobile patrol and consulting & investigations.  Everywhere from small businesses to large corporations, our 100,000 employees are making a difference. For more information, visit


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Saving Money through Security

Posted by Samantha Dutcher on Jan 13, 2011 2:29:00 PM

In this economic climate, saving money is a major priority for business owners. There are many ways for a business to save money such as going paperless, lowering temperatures and installing energy efficient appliances and fixtures just to name a few. But have you considered how private security could save you money in the long run?

Unfortunately it’s not just businesses that are making budget cuts. Much of the public sector is slashing budgets as well, which could affect the free safety and security related services that they provide. This could have a negative impact on many small businesses that are trying to save money.

An investment in some form of security will reduce your risk of loss due to theft or vandalism. While the traditional idea of security (full time security officer) might be beyond your budget or something that isn’t practical for your situation, there are other options. As you move forward in the 2011, consider some of the following ideas to help prevent theft or vandalism on your property:

Random Patrols: Specially trained security officers in highly visible patrol cars inspecting your property at random times helps to detect and deter illegal activity.

Wireless Alarm Systems: Wireless alarm systems allow you monitor portable items. This often helps prevent vandalism as well as the theft of tools or supplies.

Alarm & Incident Response: Fast and professional response to your alarm systems by trained security officers gives you the peace of mind that your property is protected.

Motion Activated Security Systems: Motion activated systems are ideal for off limit areas, or during your closed hours.

Video Surveillance Systems: Video surveillance allows you to monitor your sites remotely.

Working with a security firm to decide what options would work best for you will allow you to have the benefits of private security, at a cost you can afford, and could save you money in the end.

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Security Solution for York Region Schools in Canada

Posted by Angela Bertolo on Jul 15, 2010 1:03:00 PM

The Regional Municipality of York is a large geographic area located just north of Toronto. It is recognized as the fastest growing census division in Canada. The region covers more than 1,761 square kilometers and is currently home to over 950,000 people. At the current growth rate, the population in the region is projected to exceed 1.5 million within the next 20 years.

Securitas Canada provides patrol and alarm response services to the York Catholic District School Board facilities, consisting of approximately 100 Catholic elementary schools, secondary schools and school board offices spread across the entire region.  Like most schools, those in York Region are regularly used outside of school hours for their sporting fields and park-like settings. Area teenagers often choose school grounds as a place to congregate in the evening. As a result of the after-hours use, schools face constant and repeated vandalism. Broken windows are by far the most common ‘abnormal' finding when conducting a school patrol or responding to an alarm condition. To help combat this situation, Securitas mobile patrol units in York Region all carry laminate window repair kits so that cracks and small breaks can be quickly and temporarily repaired to restore the integrity of the perimeter.

In addition to alarm response services, Securitas also provides holiday and anti-vandalism patrols when requested. On a summer holiday weekend, Securitas may be responsible for providing full perimeter and interior patrols at over 100 locations across the region. When a particular location is subject to a rash of undesirable activity and/or occurrences, Securitas is often requested to increase the frequency of patrols outside of normal school hours in order to detect and deter unwanted activity.

Securitas received one particularly challenging request during the Christmas and New Year holiday period in 2007. Securitas was asked to provide 2 separate patrols for each of the 225 schools in the York Region District School Board. One patrol at each of the locations was to be completed between December 22nd and December 24th and a second patrol was to be completed at each location between the 29th and the 31st. Securitas was able to manage an amazing 98% completion rate, compared with previous security provider's 40% completion rate, an accomplishment that astounded our client.

Providing timely alarm response and patrols to over 325 locations spread across such a large area presents some unique challenges. Long distances between locations and adverse weather and traffic conditions combine to challenge the Securitas officers. Securitas has risen to the challenge and has provided a consistently reliable service to meet every requirement the client sets.

"Securitas has consistently performed well in carrying out its various duties and responsibilities. The firm has proven to be accommodating and responsive to the school board's changing requirements. A particular strength of the firm is the excellent on-line reporting tools. I would have no hesitation in recommending Securitas to any other interested customer."

Walter Olenych, Manager, Facilities Services Unit
York Catholic District School Board

via Securitas Canada website

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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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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

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Security Trend Alert: Is it more economical for police or private companies to respond to burglar alarms?

Posted by Angela Bertolo on Aug 20, 2009 3:37:00 PM

When a security alarm is triggered, alarm companies or business owners typically have the option of having local law enforcement or a private security company respond. As I've talked about in previous posts, municipalities are continuing to cut budgets, implement and increase false alarm fines and in some cities, refuse to respond to any alarms until they've been verified.  This leaves alarm companies and burglar alarm users with fewer options.  On the one hand, they can continue to have police respond and cross their fingers there are no false alarms.  Of course, the odds are against them.  Or they can pay a private security company like Securitas to respond if their burglar alarm is triggered.   

Let's take a look at how this would work in a city like Chicago.  Chicago Police respond to 300,000 burglar alarms each year, 98% of which are false alarms.  As a result, they too have implemented false alarm fines for businesses.  If I am a business owner and my burglar alarm is triggered, I am allowed 3 false alarms at no charge. After the first three, I will be charged $100-$200 per false alarm by the City of Chicago.

Now, if I decide to have Securitas respond to my alarms, I will pay approximately $45/month which includes 1 free alarm response/month at no charge and $45 for any additional responses.  In most cases, this will prove to be the more economical option.  Visit your local police department website to determine what types of fines apply in your city.

For more information on Securitas alarm response, visit our website.

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Security Trend Alert: Municipalities Issue False Alarms Fines

Posted by Angela Bertolo on Aug 11, 2009 3:43:00 PM

In cities like Kansas City, 97% of triggered burglar alarms turn out to be false alarms which might be tolerable if there were just a few.  Instead, there are a staggering 20,000 occurring annually!  This means that Kansas City police are responding to 19,400 false alarms each year.  In an effort to reduce the number of false alarms and save the city time and money, Kansas City now requires alarm permits and after a designated number of false alarms, begins charging up to $250 per false alarm response.  In Omaha, after only 1 false alarm, fines range from $50-$200 per false alarm. In Phoenix, after two alarms, companies are charged $85 per false alarm.

This is a growing trend that doesn't appear to be stopping any time soon.  If you're municipality doesn't fine for false alarms now, there's a good chance they will in the future. 

In the meantime, we recommend taking the following precautions:

  • Familiarize employees with alarm system operations including how to cancel accidental alarm activations
  • Secure doors and windows before turning on your system
  • Be aware of changes in the environment or items that may falsely set off motion detectors
  • Notify monitoring facility if any changes occur such as a change in pass code
  • Equipment should be routinely inspected, and maintained
  • Explore opportunities for more cost effective response

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Security Trend Alert: Verified Alarm Response

Posted by Angela Bertolo on Aug 4, 2009 2:13:00 PM

As the average number of false burglar alarms continues to climb to nearly 95%, municipalities across North America are looking for ways to reduce expenses and the amount of time police officers spend responding to false alarms.

One trend we're continuing to see is Verified Alarm Response.  Verified Alarm Response requires alarm companies to have a third party first responder verify that a triggered alarm is indeed an emergency.  In cases of emergency, the responder must contact local law enforcement from a secure location.  More than 30 cities including Milwaukee, Salt Lake City, Dallas, Las Vegas, and Winnipeg have already adopted verified response policies.

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