5 Tips to Handle Heated Crowds Better Than United Airlines

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More and more we are seeing confrontations at businesses, malls, in traffic, and on the streets. Often the key in handling them without hurting your company reputation is to listen— particularly to your customers. Imagine if United Airlines had listened to the first person who asked them to not eject a customer from their flight. The situation could have been handled so much better by acknowledging they had a point and finding another solution. Here are a few steps your company can take to make sure that your team does better.

  1. Stop and listen to your customer and the public’s concerns.
  2. Find another alternative and seek a win-win solution.
  3. Sometimes an objective observer can find a better solution. In the case of United Airlines and the person they ejected from their seat, it would have been better to explain their crew shortage honestly and offer more money for a ticket.
  4. Offer empathy. Listen to the complaint and repeat it back to them in an empathetic and understanding way. As you do so, actually pretend it was you or someone you care about with the complaint and you will likely find a solution that addresses their concerns. Most times we just want to feel heard.
  5. Teach your staff when to contact a manager especially if something is escalating at your property.
  6. Give your staff the authority to solve problems on the front line and make company policy clear on when it’s okay to be physical (imminent danger) or not.
  7. Express your concerns so that onlookers can hear and understand your issues and observer your company being professional, reasonable and helpful. If they only hear from the person complaining your company looks like the problem.
  8. Always try to resolve issues verbally and be friendly and professional-never physically.
  9. Respectful conversation trumps aggression every time. It calms everyone and the company looks better.

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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.

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.

Protecting Your Business When Crime is Up In Los Angeles

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Crime is up in Los Angeles for the 2nd year in a row. So what does that mean for your South Bay Business? Consider it a warning shot that you can use to strengthen your business protection plan. Information is the best deterrent to crime because you can form a plan now to keep your employees and your customers safe and your business reputation strong.

When a crime occurs at your business, it can suffer a reputation bump in the wrong direction. The cost is hard to quantify when your customers don’t feel safe at your business, even if they love your goods. So the key for your company is to ensure that your customers and your employees always feel you can keep them safe. Here are a few more ideas on keeping your South Bay business safer for you, your employees, and customers.

  1. Remember that people who live or work near you have a vested interest in keeping an eye on their locations to feel safe as much as you do. Make friends with them and keep their phone numbers in your smart phone.
  2. Report any new transients or people hanging out near your space as well as others in the neighborhoods. Let them know what you see so they are more likely to let you know when someone is lurking near your property. More eyes the better.
  3. Treat transients with respect and firmly let them know the company will prosecute trespassers.
  4. Keep your parking lots free from transients, graffiti and garbage.
  5. Dedicate one employee or a security company to regularly check your building exterior and parking spaces for any wanderers or trouble and promptly report it to the police and you.
  6. Ask employees to let you know if they ever feel unsafe with a co-worker or customer.
  7. Be aware of the characters in your area and ask your employees to be polite but to ask them to please avoid your property. The key here is to be polite but let them know they are trespassing.
  8. Have an officer or security company provide safety and reporting tips.
  9. Ask local authorities to drive by if you see any new, unwelcome activity.
  10. Consider adding mobile security and an escort for money transfers.

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.

Halloween Security Tips Curbs Trouble At Your Business

Halloween is always a busy time for South Bay Security as security needs step up for the holiday season. But last Halloween we had a few more challenges with #Clownsightings reported throughout the Country, including in the South Bay. So let’s be vigilant and recognize that sometimes a clown costume can be innocent or it can also be used to distract security to look in the wrong direction while vandalizing or theft occur somewhere else. Here are some tips for your staff and your property to keep your business and employees safer this #Halloween.

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Tip 1: If someone shows up in a costume, it is okay to ask them to remove their mask so you can see who they are. That typically intimidates anyone who is not an innocent trick or treat visitor. It also shows you are watching and can identify them. If they refuse, contact authorities.

Tip 2: Follow real time social media posts and the news for any news in your area. Local newspaper and local station’s twitter accounts typically report or retweet first. Always follow the local police department feed, but remember that government posts are not always timely.

Tip 3: Construct a policy that gives your staff immediate instructions on what to do if someone has come into your store or on or near your property in a costume that makes them feel unsafe or shows a behavior they find concerning. Let them know that over-reporting is not a problem for you—their safety comes first. Provide a cell phone number or text to report the behavior to in case they cannot use a phone.

Tip 4: Make noise. Most people who are trying to intimidate your employees do not like noise. At the first sign of trouble be loud, so that others can hear and may be able to report the problem or help keep an eye out if you are constrained later.

Tip 5: Always look in the other direction as this year due to the #ClownSightings, just wearing a clown costume can cause you to look in the wrong direction. Do not fall into that tactic so make sure your staff or employees know to patrol the entire property if something suspicious gets their attention.

Tip 6: Always keep one eye on the money or the most valuable item that can be taken from your property. Typically in a distraction method, the end goal is to take something they can sell or cash in on later.

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.

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.