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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Holiday Security

Posted by Samantha Dutcher on Dec 8, 2010 3:51:00 PM

The holiday season is here, and with it comes security and safety lapses. You’ll see many common sense tips out in the news right  now to ensure your safety. Keep them in mind to prevent theft and burglaries from marring your holidays.

Some excellent home security tips to consider are:

  • When you buy new appliances, like televisions, stereos, or computers, be sure to hide or destroy the boxes. New valuables are an invitation to a burglar's already distorted senses.
  • Burglars hate light. You should replace outside perimeter lighting with motion activated lamps. These are very inexpensive these days and readily available at most hardware and electronic stores. The protection they will provide, coupled with the convenience of having a well lit area to come home to, make them a must have.
  • Don't leave a purse, wallet, or laptop on counters that can be seen from a window. This will almost always trigger a forced entry.

For more home security tips visit http://ezinearticles.com/?Holiday-Security-Tips&id=96965

Holiday security doesn’t stop at home. The Minneapolis Police Department has some great tips for holiday shopping security.

Credit Cards: Credit cards are as good as cash and clerks rarely check identification. Most credit card companies hold the owner responsible for all purchases until the card is reported lost. To prevent credit card loss:

  •  Keep your cards in a safe place.
  •  Report any card losses immediately.
  •  Take only the cards you need for shopping.
  •  Check your credit card transactions for accuracy.
  •  Keep a record of all your credit cards and phone numbers of  the credit card companies to call if they are lost or stolen.

Transporting gifts in your car: Gifts left unattended on the back seat of your car can be tempting to a thief.

  • Always lock your car.
  • Pick up major items at the end rather than the beginning of your shopping trip.
  • Lock all purchases in the trunk of your car.
  • Immediately remove all purchases from your car when you return home.
  • Consider a locker at the shopping center.

Holiday Scams: Know your charities and retailers.

  • Fake charities: if you’re asked for a donation, verify the legitimacy before giving.
  • Gift Cards: Only purchase gift cards from trusted retail outlets. Make sure gift cards have not been tampered with before buying them.
  • Scam emails and online shopping: Shop only at trusted retail websites. Do not respond to unsolicited emails or click on links in them.

For the full article, click here. http://site.folwell.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/hsholidy.pdf

Many shoppers are now choosing to do much of their holiday shopping online, but this doesn’t eliminate the need for security! Rutgers Office of Information Technology has some helpful hints to help you stay secure online.

  • Secure your computer. Make sure your computer has the latest security updates installed. Check that your anti-virus and anti-spyware software are running properly and are receiving automatic updates from the vendor. If you haven’t already done so, install a firewall before you begin your online shopping. Upgrade your browser.
  • Upgrade your Internet browser to the most recent version available. Review the browser’s security settings. Apply the highest level of security available that still gives you the functionality you need.
  • Secure your transactions. Look for the "lock" icon on the browser's status bar and be sure “https” appears in the website’s address bar before making an online purchase. The "s" stands for "secure” and indicates that the communication with the webpage is encrypted. Also look for a broken key symbol indicating a non-secure connection. Some browsers can be set to warn the user if they are submitting information that is not encrypted.
  • Do not e-mail sensitive data. Never e-mail credit card or other financial/sensitive information. E-mail is like sending a postcard and other people have the potential to read it. Beware of emails requesting account or purchase information. Delete these emails. Legitimate businesses don’t solicit information through email.
  • Do not use public computers or public wireless to conduct transactions. Don’t use public computers or public wireless connections for your online shopping. Public computers could potentially contain malicious software that steals your credit card information when you place your order. Criminals could be monitoring public wireless networks for credit card numbers and other confidential information.
  • Make payments securely. Pay by credit card rather than debit card. Credit/charge card transactions are protected by the Fair Credit Billing Act. Cardholders are typically only liable for the first $50 in unauthorized charges. If online criminals obtain your debit card information they have the potential to empty your bank account.
  • Use temporary account authorizations. Some credit card companies offer virtual or temporary credit card numbers. This service gives you a temporary account number for online transactions. These numbers are issued for a short period of time and cannot be used after that period.

If you have problems shopping online, contact the seller or site operator directly. If those attempts are not successful, you may wish to contact the following entities:

• the Attorney General's office in your state (www.naag.org)
• your county or state consumer protection agency.
• the Better Business Bureau at: www.bbb.org
• the Federal Trade Commission at: www.ftc.gov

To view the full article go to http://rusecure.rutgers.edu/content/monthly-cyber-tips-newsletter-november-2010-online-holiday-shopping-security-tips Hopefully these tips will help you have a safe and happy Holiday Season.

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Vandalism 101

Posted by Samantha Dutcher on Nov 15, 2010 4:34:00 PM

What Is Vandalism?

The intentional destruction of property is popularly referred to as vandalism. It includes behavior such as breaking windows, slashing tires, spray painting a wall with graffiti, and destroying a computer system through the use of a computer virus. Vandalism is a malicious act and may reflect personal ill will, although the perpetrators need not know their victim to commit vandalism. The recklessness of the act imputes both intent and malice.

Because the destruction of public and private property poses a threat to society, modern statutes make vandalism a crime. The penalties upon conviction may be a fine, a jail sentence, an order to pay for repairs or replacement, or all three. In addition, a person who commits vandalism may be sued in a civil tort action for damages so that the damaged property can be repaired or replaced.

The peak period for committing relatively minor property crimes is between the ages of fifteen and twenty-one. In the United States adolescent vandalism, including the wanton destruction of schools, causes millions of dollars of damage each year. Apprehending vandals is often difficult, and the costs of repairing the damage are passed on to taxpayers, private property owners, and insurance companies. Some states hold parents financially responsible for vandalism committed by their minor children, up to specified limits. These statutes are designed to encourage parental supervision and to shift part of the cost of vandalism from the public to the individuals who are best able to supervise the children who destroyed the property.

From the Free Online Law Dictionary

Vandalism In The News:

Students at a North Texas elementary school got an unexpected holiday Wednesday, November 10, after vandals broke into their school and caused so much damage, administrators were forced to cancel classes.

Workers at Plummer Elementary in Cedar Hill ISD arrived this morning to find windows smashed, computers strewn on the front lawn, phone and power lines cut, and equipment stolen.

The damage is so extensive, school officials aren't sure when classes will resume. A decision will be made today whether Thursday classes will be held somewhere else.

At this point, police have no suspects in the crime, but are investigating.

From myfoxdfw.com

Vandalism Prevention Tips:

1. Use good lighting in and around your business. This ensures that potential vandals are more visible and increases their chances of getting caught.

2. Use unbreakable fixtures or glass when possible.  This reduces a person's opportunities to vandalize.

3. Lock any gates, garages and external doors around your business to prevent unauthorized access. Also lock up any equipment or tools that may be easy targets for vandals.

4. Clean up any signs of vandalism as soon as they appear. This may involve repairing broken or damaged signs or equipment.

5. If you see someone committing an act of vandalism, report it to the police.

From crimeprevention.rutgers.com

For some tips on preventing and removing graffiti check out http://www.sandiego.gov/police/prevention/graffiti.shtml

For information on how Securitas Mobile can help prevent vandalism on your properties contact us at mobileservices@securitasinc.com or 877-686-0822

 

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