Secure Your Business Safety with Tech Tools & Foot Patrol

As the world goes high tech, so does security. While security presence deters crimes, there are new apps and social media tools that keep you in touch with crime in your neighborhood to know what surrounds your business. Creating your own neighborhood watch program has gotten easier if you embrace technology and our tips here as part of the puzzle.

Tip 1:  Google Satellite & Google Maps help you review your business from the street and above your rooftop. That sometimes means discovering what is going on that has changed lately (not for the best). Make a habit of reviewing any changes that happen around your building. Do a parameter walk weekly to see if bushes or trees or anything else obstructing view have put you at risk of someone approaching without being noticed. Remember that what the police or your security team cannot see that cannot protect.

Child found at mallTip 2: Create a facebook security private group page. Consider introducing yourself to neighboring businesses in person and relevant neighbors. Ask them if they would connect with a facebook group of neighbors including local businesses. Ask the group to report any sighting of trouble, crime or loiterers and if anyone sees regular drive bys, to report that too and even take a picture. All you have to do is walk around and report anything you see and  your group will do the same. Include your security company in the facebook group to keep them up to date on local sightings and what’s gone on lately.

Tip 3: There is an app called Next Door that keeps residents up to date on crime and reporting which has replaced a neighborhood watch for younger individuals. The app makes you go through hoops in order to confirm you are indeed a resident of that neighborhood, but once inside people report sightings and crime to the app. It is also helpful to local police to show patterns that can be observed by anyone who reviews the app.

South Bay Crime Stats

Tip 4: Review the crime stats in your area to see if crime is going up or down. We provide in our newsletter a link to the local South Bay Crime Stats so that business owners and residential communities can keep up to date on local South Bay Crime and the increases in their neighborhoods. Here is the most recent report of the changes in crime from 2015-2016 as published by the Daily Breeze. This link to their crime report stats can keep you current on what you think crime is like in your neighborhood and what is actually being reported. Remember that not all crime is reported and many items missing from homes and backyards as well as businesses are underreported.

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. Their experience has helped their staff diffuse many difficult security situations. 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 or by email. 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.

Security Tips: Suspicious Package, Explosion or Bomb Threat

A suspicious-looking box, package, object or container in or near your work area may be a bomb or explosive material. Or a bomb sound or explosion goes off while you are at work, what do you do? Here are a few tips to help your staff prepare for either situation:

If There Is A Suspicious Package:

  1. Do not handle or touch the object.
  2. Move to a safe area and call 911 immediately.
  3. Evacuate anyone in the vacinity of the package.
  4. Use a telephone in a safe area.
  5. Do not operate any power switch and do not activate the fire alarm.

If There Is An Explosion:

  1. Take cover under sturdy furniture, or leave the building you cannot reach 911 for advice.
  2. From a separate space, Dial 911 and do as advised.
  3. Stay away from windows.
  4. Assume there may be another device.
  5. Direct customers and employees to evacuate if indicated by responders or 911.
  6. Keep everyone calm, speak in a confident voice to avoid panic.
  7. Do not light matches.
  8. Move well away from the site of the hazard to a safe location.
  9. Use stairs only; do not use elevators.

If You Receive A Bomb Threat:

  1. Call 911 and follow their advice.
  2. Stay calm and try to keep your voice calm.
  3. Pay close attention to details. Talk to the caller to obtain as much information as possible, listen to any background conversation or noise.
  4. Take notes on all you hear and any nams. Ask questions if possible.
  5. Evacuate ASAP.

If you are told by emergency responders to evacuate the building, follow the evacuation tips above with the following additional steps:

  1. Check your work area for unfamiliar items. Do not touch suspicious items; report them to campus authorities.
  2. Take personal belongings when you leave only if not urgent-get out!
  3. Leave doors and windows open; do not turn light switches on or off.
  4. Use stairs only; do not use elevators.
  5. Move well away from the building and follow instructions of emergency responders.
  6. Determine with 911 if you should lock the doors.

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. Our security guards are trained for emergencies.  We specialize in protecting property, while upholding the respect and dignity of your clients, employees and the public.  For more information on our mobile security or full service, contact us at 310-539-3505 or by email. Set up a time to review your security needs. South Bay Security is located in the Rolling Hills Plaza where we also provide the security. Visit their website at: southbaysecurity.com.

Fence Jumping at The Whitehouse —How To Secure Your Property

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It happened again in March 2017. A man was able to breech the white house fence and wander the grounds for 17 minutes. So how are you supposed to keep your business property secure if the top talent in Washington D.C. can’t keep secure the house of the President? While you may not be able to afford the security at the White House, here are a few tips to help you secure your facilities:

  • Set up a security route throughout your property that is randomly and regularly monitored.
  • Check the doors and windows. Many times the first sign of a breech is broken glass or a door ajar. Any entry that is not secure is more likely to be used.
  • Create noise on the property irregularly to deter transients or others from resting on your property.  This makes it less desirable than another property.
  • Add lighting to your outdoors and indoors areas (motion detectors help). By lighting it, you create noticeable shadows and light movements to helps secure the grounds.
  • Add cactus and unfriendly brush is more difficult to scale noisy for intruders.
  • Lock fences and doors to garage and other buildings around the property.
  • Add a camera or a digital monitoring system that you can monitor remotely.
  • Hire a mobile security unit, to monitor the property and check all access areas.
  • Remove anything scalable outside your gates including trash cans, basketball structures, fences that are easy to climb, ladders or other handy tools.
  • Talk to your neighbors on either side of your property and ask them to keep an eye out for you and you will do the same for them. Make sure they have your contact info.  The first people to notice problems are those that know our everyday habits.

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 or by email. 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.

Crowd Control Tips for Events

How can you be sure your next event is safe and under control? Southbay Security has some tips for you and of course we can help if you need security for your next event. The best experience for your company is a safe experience for your attendees; which means that keeping crowds in control creates a successful event and public relations.

  • Make sure your team knows what to do in the case of fire, fights, burglary or violence.
  • Have a rapid notification system. Arm your staff with the right phone numbers, text numbers, Twitter or Facebook message or police response team contact to get help ASAP. Use technology to get the word out for a safe exit.
  • Keep everyone calm. Any time there is a crowd they can get riled up based on politics, comments, and peer pressure. So train your staff to take a deep breath and calm the group down as much as possible.
  • Do an event briefing alerting your staff to the hour by hour agenda so they can be prepared & not surprised.
  • Do a follow-up and ask your team to improve your plan over time.
  • Before & during your event, ask your staff what they would do in the event of a shooter, fire, fight, or other actions that happen in a crowd. Educate them.
  • Have a team plan to get resources where they need to be in minutes.
  • Keep your team in touch with each other. Remember that when there are crowds, there is confusion and some criminals know how to work it. Make sure someone is assigned to your front desk or cash register and your inventory. By assigning responsibility to keep an eye on those at all times, distraction techniques will not work.
  • Shut down any aggressive behavior right away. It has a way of accelerating if you do not make your rules clear and provide physical support to enforce those rules if people choose to ignore your rules. Don’t hesitate to call in the authorities. Make sure they know about your event in advance.
  • Remember that the area outside your venue is also your concern. If your crowd expands to the sidewalks and the property of others, you can be held liable. Don’t let that happen, make sure you have security to monitor outside your venue.
  • Have adequate, trained staff during and after events. If your event ends at 5pm, do not abandon your employees or property until that crowd disburses. Don’t try to save an hour of security cost and end up paying for injured attendees, broken windows, or damaged property.

Crowd Security

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 or by email. 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.