Protecting Your Business When Crime is Up In Los Angeles

Keep Your Biz Safe
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.

Stop Clowning Around Your Property This Halloween

Halloween is always a busy time for South Bay Security as security needs step up for the holiday season. But this Halloween we expect a few more challenges with #Clownsightings reported throughout the Country including the South Bay. We will be very vigilant for our customers and also aware that sometimes a clown costume can be innocent or it can also be a distraction tactic designed to get security looking in one direction while trouble happens somewhere else. Here are some tips for your staff and your property to keep your business and employees safer this #Halloween.

Scary clown robot in clown mask.

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

Bunch of different keys on wooden table

  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

Delivery direct to your door.

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.