Labor Day & Crowd Control Tips for Businesses & Home Owner Associations

  1. Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 12.00.25 PMTrain your employees how to identify people under the influence and what your company policy is for their behavior. Never suggest they engage, but recommend they observe and call security to intervene if they are concerned.
  2. When crowds come in, security needs to increase visibility. Make sure to have security guards in uniform or authoritative clothing to let crowds know their present.
  3. Hire a security service to train your staff on the basics of what to do in the case of an emergency or intrusion and how to handle difficult people. Call us to schedule a complimentary training for your employees (310) 539-3505.
  4. Set up a clear path around your store or HOA with a defined border to show where your property starts and ends and be sure to brand it with no loitering signs or your logo. Then keep loiterers moving to respect your boundary (transient or skateboarders).
  5. There is safety in numbers, so alert your residents, shopkeepers and employees to scan and greet anyone who on your property. Typically vandals are opportunists—so alert employees engaged with eye contact will discourage your property’s selection.
  6. Provide employees with whistles or noisemakers that can help them attract more help. Let them know that their safety is more important to you than your merchandise.
  7. Make sure that employees & anyone handling deposits from your shops get security to their cars or to their bank. When crowds come in, receipts go up and so does robbery incidents. Criminals watch to see when money leaves the store.
  8. Events at your locations are opportunities for distraction. Make sure someone is assigned to watch the crowd while everyone else is watching the show.
    Train your staff to open and close your establishment with others. When one employee opens, they should request mall security or to wait for others to be present.
  9. Know your neighbors and local business owners and keep connected with your neighborhood watch leadership who can keep you informed of suspicious characters.
  10. Add a mobile security service, like ours, to keep your employees and your property safe this holiday season. Starting at $250/month, it can really make a difference.

South Bay Security is the local security authority of the South Bay providing patrolling, security and safety programs for residents and businesses in cities from El Segundo to Long Beach. They specialize in protecting their clients’ properties, while upholding the respect and dignity of their clients and their employees, as well as the public.  For more information on their mobile security or full service, contact them at 310-539-3505. Set up a time to review your security needs and address concerns. South Bay Security is located in the Rolling Hills Plaza where they also provide the security, as well as at many other South Bay locations. Visit their website at: southbaysecurity.com.

Respectful Security Secures Your Property and People

There are many ways to approach security and some methods are better. After providing security to homeowner groups, malls, commercial and personal property owners, our company has developed a process of securing property, while also keeping the respect of the people we must confront to keep the property secure. The key is respect. If you respect folks that have nowhere else to go or who are under the influence, they typically will not become a bigger problem for the land owner. So while we secure the property, we remember that people are people. I encourage you to teach your employees do the same.

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  1. For tips on dealing with people who are under the influence, download our best practice tips on our Facebook page.
  2. Always use professional terms like “please”, “thank you”, “I would appreciate if you and your friends could skateboard elsewhere”. This approach typically is met with compliance.
  3. Security presence is sometimes enough to stop all behavior that is troubling, simply by making sure the officers do regular rounds and use eye contact with people who are looking for trouble. They also should note unwelcome visitor’s frequency and where they locate themselves around or on the property, and monitor them.
  4. Treating people with respect can avoid problems later. When you disrespect people they feel obliged to do the same when you are not looking and that means taking it out on your property.
  5. Ask helpful questions to see if you can move unwelcome visitors on without incident. “Is there something I can do to help you?”, “Is there something in particular you are looking for?” are often words that move people on without embarrassing them or making them feel diminished. They move on if they are watched and noted.
  6. If there are regular transients or people who are hanging out without a purpose it is a good idea to ask their names and get to know them, so if there is a problem later you have more information to give the authorities. Also it is more difficult for people to act violently with people they feel they know and that includes your security team and employees.

South Bay Security is the local security authority of the South Bay providing patrolling, security and safety programs for residents and businesses in cities from El Segundo to Long Beach. They specialize in protecting their clients’ properties, while upholding the respect and dignity of their clients and their employees, as well as the public.  For more information on their mobile security or full service, contact them at 310-539-3505. Set up a time to review your security needs and address concerns. South Bay Security is located in the Rolling Hills Plaza where they also provide the security, as well as at many other South Bay locations. Visit their website at: http://southbaysecurity.com.

5 Tips For Shopkeepers During Summer Crime Season

Memorial Day weekend starts the beginning of summer with barbecue’s, parties and increased crime. Here are a few tips to help you keep your business and your employees safer this summer:

  • Watch loiterers around your 16_019_TlrMd_SouthBaySecurity_1394front door and inside your store. Set up a system to tag team wanderers as sticky fingers increase with store traffic.
  • Increase your foot patrol security more frequently. Crowds embolden criminals. They know you can’t be everywhere, so add a pair of eyes to your team who’s job is to alert you to any changes in staff or traffic.
  • The high season is accompanied by increased receipts, so make sure your cash & deposits are escorted by a security team or two careful & watchful employees.
  • If you display any items outside your store, make sure they are watched regularly or tethered. Criminals watch for you to be distracted to grab and go.
  • Smash & grabs when you are closed are on the rise, so be sure your storefront is brightly lit and valuables are removed or covered to discourage criminals.

South Bay Security is the local security authority of the South Bay providing patrolling, security and safety programs for residents and businesses in cities from El Segundo to Long Beach. For more information on their mobile security or full service, contact them at 310-539-3505. Set up a time to review your security needs and address concerns. South Bay Security is located in the Rolling Hills Plaza where they also provide the security, as well as at many other South Bay locations. Visit their website at: http://southbaysecurity.com.

Burglary Prevention Tips For Business

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  1. Master Key Control. Who has your keys? If management cannot answer these questions, your security risk factor is high. Keep a record of all keys issued. Master keys and extra duplicates should be locked away for safekeeping. When a particular key is needed, everyone must sign for its use. All keys should be stamped with the words “do not duplicate.’’
  2. Higher smart. efficient, alert, well-informed and understanding employees are necessary to help you protect your business. Familiarize your employees with your security systems and procedures.
  3. Light everything, particularly at night, to ensure that anyone lurking near your business can be seen from a distance and will be easier to see and identify.
  4. If stand alone, the entire perimeter of your property should be well fenced. Depending on location, barbed-wire topping is recommended.
  5. Electronic gates, alarms, closed circuit television, two-way communications and electric-eye gate openers assist in the detection and identification of intruders.
  6. Gates should have a predetermined opening and locking schedule with one employee responsible for that duty. When not in use, gates should be secured with good padlocks and chains
  7. Post warning signs encouraging customers and employees to always lock their unattended vehicles and to lock valuables in the trunk because valuables left in plain sight attract thieves.
  8. Secure ladders, pallets, boxes, and crates away from your building to protect roof entries.
  9. Do not store property outside of your main buildings, instead use a locked storage shed.
  10. Deny burglars a place to hide by keeping grass and shrubs trimmed and debris cleared away from your property.
  11. Alarms, trained guard dogs, security cameras and regular security patrols will also help to secure property that must be stored outside.

South Bay Security is the local security authority of the South Bay providing patrolling, security and safety programs for residents and businesses in cities from El Segundo to Long Beach. For more information on their mobile security or full service, contact them at 310-539-3505. Set up a time to review your security needs and address concerns. South Bay Security is located in the Rolling Hills Plaza where they also provide the security, as well as at many other South Bay locations. Visit their website at: http://southbaysecurity.com.

How to Train Your Family to Deal with Strangers at Your Door

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Strangers at Your Door

  1. An election year will bring people to your door along with other solicitors, so make sure you are safe, before opening the door, by asking them to show you ID and do not open the door if you are alone-ask them to come back.
  2. Legitimate solicitors do not come to the door at night. Never open the door for them after dark.
  3. It’s always a good idea to look out your window before exiting your house in case someone is waiting outside your door.
  4. Criminals sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts. If this happens, ask them to show you what they are delivering before the door is open and if you are still not sure, ask them to just leave it at the door instead of opening the door for strangers.
  5. Always train your kids not to open the door for anyone. Deliverers can come back when you are home.
  6. People who are soliciting donations door-to-door for charitable cause often are likely to be a scam and no charity is involved. Let them know through the door that you will send your donation by mail. Always ask for their identification, and find out how the donated funds will be used. If you are not satisfied, do not donate.
  7. When you approach your home in a car and there is someone at your door, do not get out of your car or open your windows unless you recognize them. Get on the phone and let someone else know what is happening and if you are frightened contact the police. You can always drive away if you are in charge of the vehicle, but you are vulnerable on the way to the door.
  8. Cell phones can be a deterrent so teach your family to take a photo of anyone who approaches your door and will not identify themselves or go away.
  9. Some criminals will come to your door and ask you for money. Do not give them money. And do not open the door. It is illegal so call the police.. The criminals are looking to prey on people who give them money over and over again.

South Bay Security is the local security authority of the South Bay providing patrolling, security and safety programs for residents and businesses in cities from El Segundo to Long Beach. For more information on their mobile security or full service, contact them at 310-539-3505. Set up a time to review your security needs and address concerns. South Bay Security is located in the Rolling Hills Plaza where they also provide the security, as well as at many other South Bay locations. Visit their website at: http://southbaysecurity.com.

10 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe at Home & in Public

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Family Safety

The best way to keep your kids safe is to role play with them and teach them how to handle challenging situations to keep themselves safe.  Here are some tips to teach them and role play with them so they will be comfortable acting on these if they find themselves alone and in need of help.

  1. If possible, never leave small children at home alone, invest in a trusted babysitter.
  2. Most incidents happen with people that are familiar to kids so make sure you communicate to your kids that you want to know about anything that makes them uncomfortable, even it that is with people they know.
  3. Teach your child to go to a store clerk and ask for help in case your child is separated from you. If they are approached, teach them to yell out.
  4. Always have your contact information in the pocket of small children in case they cannot talk.
  5. Teach children to stay close to you at all times while shopping, in fact ask them to hold onto your clothes so you are aware when they step away.
  6. Never allow small children to make unaccompanied trips to the restroom.
  7. Children should never be allowed to go to the car alone and they should never be left alone in the car.
  8. As soon as possible, teach children their full name (and yours) as well as their address, your cell or telephone number.
  9. Teach children to immediately inform you if a stranger or someone they know is bothering them.
  10. Add a latch your child can reach to your home door and teach them how to latch it if you do have to leave them at home. Also provide emergency numbers they are not afraid to use so an adult can advise them on what to do if they are frightened or notice something that concerns them.

South Bay Security is the local security authority of the South Bay providing patrolling, security and safety programs for residents and businesses in cities from El Segundo to Long Beach. For more information on their mobile security or full service, contact them at 310-539-3505. Set up a time to review your security needs and address concerns. South Bay Security is located in the Rolling Hills Plaza where they also provide the security, as well as at many other South Bay locations. Visit their website at: http://southbaysecurity.com.

12 Tips to Avoid a Burglary at Your Home or Office

There are a few simple steps that can help you deter burglary at your home or office. It really is true that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Let your family & employees know that you care about their safety and security and be sure to share these tips with them, especially if they open or close your business when traffic is light.

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  1. Always close & lock all doors & windows before leaving your home or office. Try them yourself to be sure they’re locked.
  2. Close all shades & minimize observation from outside.
  3. Look out the window before opening the door to leave to ensure no one is waiting outside. Leave and arrive with someone else when possible and make sure they leave ok.
  4. Contact security if you feel the need (strangers or shady characters), don’t think twice.
  5. Have a neighbor or mobile security patrol arranged for your absence or if your store is closed for a period of time.
  6. Set indoor and outdoor lighting on a timer to keep observation of your building easy for neighbors to see.
  7. If possible, leave music or TV on at your location to project a feeling that someone may still be inside.
  8. Keep valuables unobservable from the street or windows.
  9. Move any property inside before you leave (or lock it up).
  10. Provide neighbors & fellow shopkeepers with your emergency contact information and let them know you want to be alerted if someone, or suspicious activity, is near your property.
  11. Let property managers or local authorities know when you or employees are not following your normal routine (i.e. new employees—particularly the alarms).
  12. Do not let flyers, newspapers, trash, vandalism or other items build up around your location.  Have someone clean or fix it daily.

South Bay Security is the local security authority of the South Bay providing patrolling, security and safety programs for residents and businesses in cities from El Segundo to Long Beach. For more information on their mobile security or full service, contact them at 310-539-3505. Set up a time to review your security needs and address concerns. South Bay Security is located in the Rolling Hills Plaza where they also provide the security, as well as at many other South Bay locations. Visit their website at: http://southbaysecurity.com.

Keeping Your Home Safe For the Holidays— Safety Tips

The following Holiday Safety Tips were compiled, in cooperation with the LAPD Crime Prevention Section, to contribute to the safety and security of people during the holiday season. The holiday season is always a special time of year. When we are busy, people become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. Please share these 11 Tips with family, friends and neighbors. South Bay Security wishes you a safe, happy and peaceful holiday season.

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11 Tips to Keep Your Home and Family Safe During the Holidays:

  • Make sure you lock doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.
  • When leaving home for an extended time, have a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail.
  • Indoor and outdoor lights should be on an automatic timer.
  • Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.
  • Large displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows and doors of your home.
  • When setting up a Christmas tree or other holiday display, make sure doors and passageways are clear inside your home.
  • Be sure your Christmas tree is mounted on a sturdy base so children, elderly persons, or family pets cannot pull it over on themselves.
  • If you use lights on your Christmas tree ensure the wiring is not damaged or frayed. Frayed or damaged wiring can cause a fire.
  • Place your Christmas tree in water or wet sand to keep it green.
  • Never place wrapping paper in your fireplace.
  • Be aware that criminals sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts or as individuals soliciting donations.

8 Tips to for Hosting and Attending Holiday Parties:

  • Have non-alcoholic beverages available for party guests.
  • Find alternative transportation for intoxicated guests.
  • Arrange for an official designated driver for your party who will not drink at all.
  • Have something to eat before consuming alcoholic beverages.
  • Eat high protein foods that will stay in your stomach longer and slow the absorption of alcohol into your system.
  • Remember only time will eliminate the alcohol from your body.
  • Know your safe limit.
  • Never drink and drive.

Holiday Shopping Tips

The following Holiday Safety Tips were compiled, in cooperation with the LAPD Crime Prevention Section, to contribute to the safety and security of people during the holiday season.

The holiday season is always a special time of year. It is also a time when busy people become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. We can never be too careful, too prepared or too aware. Please share this information with family, friends and neighbors. South Bay Security wishes you a safe, happy and peaceful holiday season.

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14 Tips to Keep You Safe While Holiday Shopping:

  • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.
  • Dress casually and comfortably.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
  • Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible.
  • Always carry your California Driver License or Identification Card along with necessary cash, checks, and/or a credit card you expect to use.
  • Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.
  • Keep cash in your front pocket.
  • Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen, or misused.
  • Keep a record of all of your credit card number in a safe place at home.
  • Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse. They are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, transportation terminals, bus stops, on buses and other rapid transit.
  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
  • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, “con-artists” may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.

3 Tips to Stay Safe When Using ATM:

  • If you must use an ATM, choose one that is located inside a police station, mall, or well-lit location. Withdraw only the amount of cash you need.
  • Protect your PIN by shielding the ATM keypad from anyone who is standing near you.
  • Do not throw your ATM receipt away at the ATM location.

Holiday Parking Tips To Stay Safe

The following Holiday Safety Tips were compiled, in cooperation with the LAPD Crime Prevention Section, to contribute to the safety and security of people during the holiday season.

The holiday season is always a special time of year. It is also a time when busy people become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. We can never be too careful, too prepared or too aware. Please share this information with family, friends and neighbors. South Bay Security wishes you a safe, happy and peaceful holiday season.

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12 Tips to Park Safely During Holiday Shopping Trips:

  • Avoid driving alone or at night.
  • Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car and use an anti-theft device.
  • If you must shop at night, park in a well-lit area.
  • Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows.
  • Park as close as you can to your destination and take notice of where you parked.
  • Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside.
  • Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. This creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.
  • Be sure to locate your keys prior to going to your car.
  • Keep a secure hold on your purse, handbag and parcels. Do not put them down or on top of the car in order to open the door.
  • When approaching or leaving your vehicle, be aware of your surrounding.
  • Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area.
  • Ask mall or store security for an escort before leaving your shopping location.
  • Cell phones can distract you from watching your surroundings and keep your hands encumbered. Don’t multi-task on your way to your car.