Investing In The Right CCTV Cameras Is Simply The Right Thing To Do For Safety And Security

Most people are now warming up to the idea of having at least one system of the CCTV camera in their homes, offices and any other place they own so that there is a 24×7 security ensured for them and their family. What is amazing about these high tech gadgets is that these are capable of clicking pictures and transmitting these to the monitor installed somewhere inside. Many prefer to keep these camera systems far away from public view as it might offend some people. Or it might make thieves or any other unwanted outsider aware that the prying eyes of the camera is capturing details and thus they might act smart and hide somewhere where the camera vision is unable to reach. However, it is very difficult to escape the prying eyes of these smart gadgets as these are fitted with extremely sensitive lenses that are capable of capturing images from some 50 to 80 feet. The sensitive cameras are highly resilient and transmit extremely clear pictures which makes it crystal clear as to what exactly is going on outside.

There are highly sensitive CCTV cameras available these days. Most cameras are fitted with infra red light that means these are in full function mode even in extreme dimly lit situations or dark conditions like night. With life becoming more and fuller of uncertainties there are very few people left in this world who have full confidence that their lives are completely safe and secure. Every human is well aware that in order to live peacefully it is very essential to invest properly in high tech gadgets that have the capability to bring about some amount of security in life. Therefore, these innovative high tech gadgets have gained a lot of attention and market as more people are now investing in such gadgets to bring in a relaxed form of life.

The concept of having a secured bank balance with huge amounts of money stocked away and a place to live in so that one does not have to depend on others in old age, is just not enough to lead a happy life these days. The magic of leading a successful and secured life will only come if one invests wisely. What is that wise investment? Well, investing in CCTV camera of course. The fact of the matter is that with a need for absolute security for one’s own self and all associated with him, it is essential to see to the fact that one can live safely. What is the use of stacking money in accounts when one cannot lead a proper life in reality? A sensible and practical approach to life is necessary. Investing in the right things and gadgets will ensure a life full of peace and contentment. Thus, in order to get perfect solutions for safety and security it is important to contact the experienced professionals in the field. Well established companies provide excellent products and services with after sales helpline and support available 24×7. Thus, there is always peace and contentment if the right moves are made at the right time.

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service: Important Tips to Consider

The food safety refers to a scientific discipline that describes the handling, storing and preparing the food in a preservative way. It enhances the way to prevent the food borne illness. It involves the number of routines that would be following to avoid the potentially serious health hazards. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service guarantees that nation meat, processed egg supply, poultry is wholesome, secure, and labeling is proper.

10 Quick Tips Regarding USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service:
There are several tips that would help the individuals to cook the food in a proper and eat the scrumptious food prepared with utmost consideration.

• While serving the food, make sure to use the clean utensils and container. Do not use the plate that previously held the raw meat, poultry or any seafood unless the washing is properly implementing in the hot water. When the dish is empty, there should be the replacement with a fresh container of food, and discards the previous container.

• While going for a drive, there must be proper handling of food to prevent it from spoilage and pathogenic bacteria. There is a division of cooked food into a shallow container and further cooling in the refrigerator prior to driving.

• The insulated lunch bag or boxes serve the perfect way of keeping the perishable food cold, although metal or plastic lunch boxes is also used. The proper packaging helps to keep the food insulated thus maintain the freshness and quality of food. An ice source, such as a small frozen gel pack or frozen juice box packaging is to be with perishable food in any type of lunch bag or box. Of course, if there is the availability of refrigerator store the perishable items there upon arrival.

• Storing the perishable food in the cooler except for brief times when serving. It is advisable to cook only the required quantity in order to avoid the leftover at the same temperature.

• Place the cold food in a container on ice. There is a need to hold the cold food at or below 40 °F.

• Cover foods during cooking. Remember to mix or rearrange food and swivel the dish to eliminate cold spots where harmful bacteria can survive and to endorse more even cooking.

• While using the frozen meats, remember to be placing it in the refrigerator but not on the counter. Never allows the raw meat or poultry to drip on other foods.

• Cook all raw ground pork, lamb, and veal to an internal temperature of 160°F as measuring with the help of food thermometer.

• There is a need to place the cold food in a container on ice. The container placing inside a deep pan filled partially with ice to keep the food cool. Some food like, chicken salads and desert individually either placing directly on ice or in a shallow container that has been filled with ice from inside.

• Keep the hot food with the use of heat source. When the food is thoroughly heathen over an oven place the dish into chafing dishes, preheated steam tables or slow cookers.

Summary:

Therefore, these are top quick regarding USDA Food Safety and Inspection that would help to understand the safety measuring before or in middle of preparing food.

Backpacker Advice – Safety and Security

I will start by saying, that I personally have never had any safety or security problems whilst travelling – other than having a bottle of half empty shower gel going missing after I left it in the shower (I was gutted!). If you follow basic advice and use your common sense then neither should you.

Destination Safety

You should always check your country’s foreign office for information on how safe your destination is. This will provide the official position of your government on that destination’s safety.

However a travel warning from your foreign office doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t go. Often there may only be a small part of that country that isn’t safe, but the foreign office will declare the whole nation unstable. Therefore it is a good idea to cross check with other foreign offices and bureaus.

What To Do If Your Destination Becomes Unsafe Once There

You are not likely to experience political change, especially outside of cities, but it can happen – military coups in Bangkok seem to happen every 3 or 4 years.

Usually tourists are not a target and your trip will be unaffected, but you should always avoid any mass protest or demonstration.

If you find yourself in the highly unlikely situation of feeling unsafe or a target, you have two options. The first is to go to your embassy. Be aware that embassies can sometimes become targets themselves – if your embassy is a target, then neighbouring embassies will often provide refugee – I.e. a British Citizen, should be fine to go to the Australian, American or Canadian embassies and vice versa.

Note down embassy addresses before you go.

The second option is to get out as quickly as possible. This may be as simple as getting a bus out of town, but as complex as calling the foreign office back home for specialist advice. I must reiterate that this is extremely rare, and has not happened to me or anyone I have met.

Safety Precautions For Females

You should dress appropriately when travelling to certain destinations. Respect religious customs in regards to dress code and avoid sexual harassment by dressing conservatively. Consider wearing shoes you are capable of running in, when in high risk areas.

Avoid being alone after dark. If it is unavoidable stick to well lit and crowded areas.

Keep a rape alarm with you when you go to places where you may be vulnerable. Make sure it is easy to access – in your pocket or attached to (not in) your bag.

Western women can often appear promiscuous to some cultures, so if harassed either ignore it or tell them you don’t like it and they should back off. If followed walk into a store or hotel and tell the owner. If necessary ask them to call the police.

If grabbed or attacked, scream as loud as you can or activate your rape alarm, don’t try to plead or bargain. Fight back, use any objects around you and aim for the head, knees or privates.

If you are sharing a dorm with another traveller that is making you feel uncomfortable, you should let them and the hostel management know – ask to move rooms if necessary. Most hostels provide female only dorms, so if you are uneasy about sharing with men this is the ideal solution.

How To Avoid Getting Robbed

A similar principle to not getting robbed anywhere – use your common sense.

Don’t show off your valuables, particularly not in a risky area or in a country where valuables are uncommon or hard to come by.

Never have too much on your person and ensure valuable items are secure and concealed, either in a zipped pocket or locked bag. Keep other valuables safe in your hostel.

Blend in. What I mean by that is don’t act like a tourist. Don’t sift through that big wad of notes in your wallet, looking for the right currency.

Seek safety advice from your hostel. Don’t go to an area that you have been advised not to or an area where you will stand out and become a target.

Stay Alert. Especially when at ATM machines and when handing over currency. Prime locations for pickpockets are markets and transport terminals.

If you are going to be drinking, don’t take any valuables out with you and be extra cautious.

Don’t fall asleep on public transport or store items you don’t want to lose in the overhead compartments. From what I have heard from fellow travellers this is the most common scenario where people have items stolen.

Don’t keep valuables together. Particularly cash – always have an emergency stash, I.e. in a pair of socks. Documents also, you should have photocopies of your passport kept separately from the original.

I am not a big fan of security pouches/ wallets/ belts, I believe they act like magnets to thieves – alerting them to the fact you have something valuable on you. If you insist on taking one, never get it out in public, always move to a discreet place.

If you feel under threat, look for exit points and consider leaving or even running.

How To Protect Your Belongings In Hostels

Everyone has these false misconceptions that it is the locals who are out to get their belongings, but the sad reality is the biggest threat is from your fellow travellers.

Pretty obvious really, considering you are sharing a room with an average of 6 strangers per night. However it is important to remember only a tiny minority of people resort to theft.

Most backpackers aren’t wealthy and it can be very tempting for some people to help themselves – even to things you wouldn’t expect. Don’t put anything past people – from chapsticks to chargers; tuna to toothpaste – I’ve heard the lot.

The problem is most people are too trusting; the golden rule in hostels though is not to trust anyone with your belongings, particularly not complete strangers.

The majority of crime is opportunistic, not planned.

Leaving your iPhone on charge unattended is just giving someone a opportunity to steal it – don’t give people opportunities.

If you are leaving something unattended ensure it is locked away – that goes for when you are sleeping too. Always keep valuables in a locker or hostel safe.

Scams

Although I mentioned above I have never been a victim of crime whilst backpacking, I have certainly come across a scam or two – and you will too.

They target tourists, so you are likely to find them in most tourist destinations you visit, particularly in developing countries.

Some scammers have very good methods of getting your money. Go on gut feeling, you can usually sense when something is awry and if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Never hand over money, possessions or details until you can be sure everything is legitimate.

Only use licensed taxis, don’t use cards in non reputable stores or hostels. Again common sense is key, use it and you won’t fall victim.

Personally, the hotbed for scams is Hanoi, Vietnam – every hour I was there I was targeted by scammers.

Here is a list of some scams you may encounter, some more serious than others:

Scams

The Over Friendly And Generous Salesman. Someone starts a conversation with you on the street, usually very friendly; “where are you from?… Oh I love it there… Do you know such and such?”. After a while they will offer you a “mates rate” package for a massage for example, which they will arrange for you over the phone. However when you get there, you find the owner of the massage parlour wasn’t aware of this deal, or the parlour doesn’t even exist.

How To Avoid: After a few of these you just know, and ignore the conversation in the first place. Never pay for something until you can see it.

The English Student. Again someone will come up to you being very friendly, they will ask if they can talk with you in English because they are learning. They then ask for help with student fees or books, etc.

This may sound like it could be genuine, but it happened to me 3 times in 3 days in Hanoi. There are many scams like this – that play to your emotions – but most of these sob stories are scams.

How To Avoid: Just say sorry, I can’t help or I have no money on me. If you feel bad then donate to a registered charity.

The Scooter Salesman. A guy on a moped will pull up next to you and offer to sell you something. Usually they will just take your money and ride off without giving you the product.

How To Avoid: Simple, don’t buy anything from someone sitting on a getaway vehicle.

The Distracter. Extremely common. A distraction will be put in place like children coming up to you, people wanting a photo with you, someone spilling something on you, etc. All the while someone else will be picking your pocket.

How To Avoid: Don’t carry too many valuables on your person. Ensure your bag is locked and pockets are zipped. Be alert and protect your valuables when smoke screens like this are put in place.

The Fixer. You will be walking along the street minding your own business when someone will start pointing at your shoes (or bag, or whatever) saying it is broken and needs fixing. Then one or two more people will start saying the same thing. They will try to fix your shoe whilst you are still walking and charge you for the service.

How To Avoid: This happened to me on more than one occasion. I started by just saying “no”, if that didn’t work I crossed the street and then finally would start running.

The Drug Seller. Simple, someone will offer you drugs. If you buy them, they will tip off a police officer for a reward.

How To Avoid: Obviously don’t buy drugs. If you absolutely have to, buy from other travellers, or from someone a traveller has said they have brought from before.

The Fake Police Officer. Someone claiming to be a police officer will ask to see your passport and claim it is forged, or claim money you just gave to a vendor was counterfeit, and ask you to pay a fine.

How To Avoid: A difficult one, but extremely rare as the penalties for the scammers are very high. Tell them you have been advised to always pay fines at a local police station to avoid con-artists. If they are genuine police officers they should have no problem with this. Never get into an unmarked police car, ask for them to take you to the station in a marked one. If they have a problem with this they are most likely a scammer, so call the police or your embassy.

The Fake Ticket. Someone will sell you a bus or other ticket, that is actually just a piece of paper with writing on it.

How To Avoid: Buy direct, from an accredited travel agent, or from somewhere a fellow traveler has successfully bought from.

The Credit Card. You card will be scanned twice or numbers copied.

How To Avoid: Never let your card out of your sight. Make sure merchants swipe your card in front of you – if they “need to take it out the back to the machine”, ask to follow them. Ask for, and keep receipts.

The Border Crossing. You will be asked to take something across the border, for someone waiting on the other side. This almost certainly means you are being used as a drug mule – and if you get caught doing that in some places it is goodbye for you.

How To Avoid: Never, ever take anything across a border that isn’t your own. Ensure your bag hasn’t been tampered with as well.

If You Become A Victim Of Crime

Firstly, if you are ever threaten with a weapon always give up your belongings, it really isn’t worth it, especially as you should be fully insured. Also these days it really doesn’t take long to cancel and get replacements for passports, cards, etc.

You must act immediately if you are a victim of crime. The first step is filing a police report (this could be vital when claiming your insurance). You may however need/ want to visit your embassy first depending on the nature of the crime.

You will also need to cancel any items stolen as soon possible.

Contact your insurance company (which is often free), they may help you cancel cards and provide emergency cash or aid.

Let your family or friends know, they can help with cancellations and emergency money too, but will also help you with the moral support you need.

Key Safety and Security Planning Tips for Successful International Corporate Events

Post-financial crisis has seen many companies and sponsors return to the international events scene with renewed enthusiasm, evident by increased volume, along with a whole new generation of offerings from providers in the sector. However, despite many internal, mature risk management processes, the majority of international events still continue to present an Achilles heel when it comes to business travel health, safety and security.

Despite the fact the event may be held offsite or away from the usual place of employment, it still does not discharge a company from their usual duty of care or workplace health and safety obligations.

When it comes to international corporate events, meetings, incentives, conferences and gatherings, here is what every planner needs to know to ensure a successful, safe and secure event. In this article you will learn the most important safety and security planning tips starting with location, activities, emergency planning, monitoring and communications. By the end of this article you will have a rapid evaluation criteria and consistent, safe approach to ensure all your international corporate events run smoothly and prevent the majority of avoidable incidents that ruin otherwise great gatherings and corporate events.

Location Selection

Too many planners leap to an ideal location and then attempt to force all the solutions and planning solutions around this ideal destination. The best location must meet the requirements for an enjoyable, successful and functional site for all the planned activities but also provide for all the support needs such as routine medical, reliable transport, secure locations and safe environments. Any location that fails these initial criteria will only amplify any emergency situation and likely result in a higher overall risk to all involved.

While the initial location is important, it is just as important to evaluate all the activities needed for the event and identify any and all social activities that will take place in conjunction with the event.

International Corporate Events

Activity Focused

Corporate meetings, incentives, conferences, and events can be high activity situations with lots of people coming and going along with information sharing and enjoyment opportunities. Therefore all proposed and possible activities must be considered and included in the final plan. This should include everything from arrivals, reception; check in, conference events, networking, social/entertainment, sightseeing, ground transport, shopping, internal travel and departures.

It is paramount that all activities available be considered in the chosen location, not just those provided on the official program as attendees or accompanying partners/families always seek out alternate options, with a high potential for emergency situations outside the traditional plans.

A commonly overlooked element is parallel or simultaneous events and activities. Other company functions, public holidays, climate changes, religious festivals and even internal company events such as product launches or press releases need to be considered and how they will impact the running of the event along with any altered threat or emergency planning concerns.

Only after all the activities, internal and external to the event, have been identified and mapped out can you progress to the emergency management and planning stage.

Emergency Planning First

This may seem counter intuitive but in my experience it is the far superior approach. With a set location and a list of activities you can now start to create broad and detailed emergency planning sessions. The reason this is a better approach is that you do not want to discover areas that require minor or major treatment solutions late in the budget, promotion, and management or confirmation cycles. For example, if you discovered that the local medical services were routinely overwhelmed on a weekend due to peak tourist activity in your chosen location, you would need to either reconsider the location as a plausible option or include onsite medical support as part of your budget and risk mitigation solution. Especially when you consider in your planning the impact and support demands should you have a group emergency such as food poisoning or the collapse of a viewers stand.

With an emergency support plan in place first, almost all your routine concerns and considerations will be itemized for completion. Rooms, transport, ushers, communications, medical, security, service providers and many more will have been considered and prioritized in the planning stage and now await procurement and confirmation in a far more organized sequence by the planning team. These services and requirements in the emergency plan, almost always have a routine and day-to-day requirement anyway, and both cost efficiencies and planning time can be reduced considerably.

No plan or assumptions are ever one hundred percent accurate; therefore a system for continued monitoring and review is also mandatory to ensure success.

Continued Monitoring

Change is inevitable, especially if your event was scoped and planned weeks or months in advance. Therefore a reliable and effective system is required to identify and manage change in accordance to the priority required by the altered outcome.

Dedicated systems and resources, often already present as part of the overall event administration, needs to be harnessed to support the inevitable change management issues. Timings, resources, weather, personnel and services are all likely to alter in some shape or form prior to or during your ideal plan. Clearly defined information requirements, lines of communication, prioritization of response and follow up procedures need to be in place and communicated to those affected or influential to the process. This should be supported with an appropriate vehicle in which to share information such as email, SMS, radios, blogs, bulletin boards and so on.

The more information you collect, the more you have to process but the better informed you will be when making routine and emergency decisions.

Information, Information and more information

Plan to capture and access as much information as possible when managing successful corporate events. Too few planners and event managers appreciate or successfully capture and process routine information that could dramatically improve the efficiency and productivity of an event but also prove pivotal to emergency situations.

Consider well in advance how to store and access information. The right information should be accessible in the easiest possible way by those that need it and the coordination and evaluation of all input should be ongoing. Flight schedules, media events, meals, contact numbers, agendas, weather activity, emergency services, support resources, capabilities, response times, preparation time, cost, expertise, and all other requirements must be pre-prepared, captured and managed throughout the event. All this information should not die with the event’s conclusion but provide a template for future events and even return options for routine and extra ordinary business activity.

With all this preparation, it is almost criminal that too few prepare their attendees adequately in advance with pre-arrival preparations.

Pre-Arrival Preparations For Greater Corporate Event Safety and Security

With all the preparation and information activity up to this point, it remains illogical why so much of it is then not shared with attendees and planners. A centralized body of knowledge in which elements can be extracted to provide and prepare attendees is neither difficult nor indulgent.

Group pre-arrival guides, information and key updates should be delivered in a “readable” or “digestible” format to all those likely to attend and support the event. This channel and focus group should be regularly updated with the most salient points regularly until the completion of the event.

A more focused demographic such as organizers, supporters, families, technical personnel, alternate language groups, men, first time travellers/visitors, women and mixed national or cultural groups should be isolated and communicated to with more specific and relevant content. This is not just in the form of a general “goodies bag” that seem to dominate a lot of these events and are rarely read or retained by the majority of attendees. Any further segmentation such as those with dietary restrictions, medical conditions and so on should also be catered for and engaged. Event providers and suppliers could learn a lot in distinguishing themselves from the general market by providing this as part of the attraction and delivery offering. All this does not need to be the sole responsibility of the attending company but could easily be provided by the host facility/entity. Don’t forget, this is a two way street also with many social media platforms available for rapid and widespread distribution should attendees seek to share their opinion, dissatisfaction or even during a crisis. Therefore, channel monitoring is also advisable.

Routine and continued updates should be available that could easily be altered to include priority/emergency information updates should the need arise. Prior development and regular use of any communication platform will only enhance the success and engagement of the event.

Communications For Corporate Event Security

Event planners and managers are almost spoilt by choice with the various means and mediums for communications. The consolidation and consistency of message is the challenge, along with ensuring segmentation of both content and receiver. Facebook, YouTube, SMS, email, blog, website and numerous other social media platforms are all viable means for two-way communication. Planners should have already identified in their emergency planning what local options, limitations or nuances prevail and the best or most reliable for the task.

Regular and enjoyable communications are never a burden but frequent, irrelevant communications puts any emergency communication at risk as users may have already dismissed or blocked specific channels due to abuse. This must also be collaborated with all aspects and planners of the event.

Like all the afore mentioned elements, these systems don’t run by themselves. They need supervision and constant management throughout the lifecycle of the event and should not be shutdown or turned off until the event is officially complete and all attendees under care are safely on their way back to their point of origin.

Continued Management

It is not the plans that are important, it is the planning. Continued management and monitoring is a close second. All events, locations and activities require care and management to ensure they go as close as can be reasonably expected to plan.

Continued management is a team event and not solely dependent upon one or two individuals. Succession planning and redundancies should have been identified in the emergency-planning phase to prevent the vulnerability presented when one or two key people are unavailable momentarily or for extended periods.

Each stage, action and even event should be reviewed and analyzed for opportunities to improve the process or identify overlooked aspects.

Conclusion

When it comes to international corporate events, meetings, incentives, conferences and gatherings, these are the key health, safety and security points that every planner needs to know to ensure a successful, safe and secure event. You now have the most important safety and security planning tips starting with location, activities, emergency planning, monitoring and communications. Use this as a reference and checklist to ensure you have an evaluation criteria and consistent, safe approach to ensure all your international corporate events run smoothly and prevent the majority of avoidable incidents that ruin otherwise great gatherings and corporate events.

Retail Safety and Security or “The Manager’s Special”

Businesses exist to make money. Some are more successful at this endeavor than others, but because money is a factor, each and every one of them is a potential target for some type of criminal activity and each employee is a potential victim.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, homicide is the second leading cause of death to American workers, claiming the lives of 912 workers in 1996 and accounting for 15 percent of the 6,112 fatal work injuries in the United States (BLS, 1997). Violent incidents at work also resulted in 20,438 lost work-day cases in 1994 (BLS, 1996).

Additionally, each year millions of dollars is paid out in compensation claims to victims of violence that occurred in their place of employment.

From 1980 to 1992, the overall rate of homicide was 1.6 per 100,000 workers per year in the retail industry, compared with a national average of 0.70 per 100,000 workers (NIOSH, 1996). Job-related homicides in retail trade accounted for 48 percent of all workplace homicides in 1996 (BLS, 1997).

The wide diversity within the retail industry results in substantial variation in levels of risk of violence. Homicides in convenience and other grocery stores, eating and drinking places, and gasoline service stations constituted the largest share of homicides in retail establishments (BLS, 1997).

From 1990 to 1992, the highest annual homicide risks among retail industries were as follows:

Liquor stores: 7.5 per 100,000 workers
Gasoline service stations: 4.8 per 100,000
Jewelry stores: 4.7 per 100,000
Grocery stores (including convenience stores): 3.8 per 100,000
Eating and drinking places: 1.5 per 100,000 (NIOSH, 1996).

Who were the perpetrators of these violent acts? They were fellow employees, clients or customers, family members, friends and complete strangers who were on the premises to commit a crime such as robbery, theft or worse.

While there may not be a history of violent incidents having ever occurred at YOUR establishment, it is important to understand the likelihood maybe low…but the possibility is 100%, EVERYDAY!

There are a number of factors that make employees of retail establishments and other businesses prime targets:

Unrestricted access by the public
Cash on the premises
Working away from the establishment itself
Late or extended hours
Working alone
Young, inexperienced employees

The most likely risks for employees and businesses involve robbery and assault, shoplifting or theft, belligerent customers and clients and otherwise members of the public that are unwelcome.

In some cases, actual physical assault and resulting injury could have been avoided, but the situation escalated as a result of the employee’s actions. This is not to say that the employee brought the action upon him or herself, but out of a desire to stop a crime, protect the business and its assets, or simply acting out of fear or instinct, the employee put themselves at risk.

Most employees want to do a good job and do the right thing, and while their heart may be in the right place, it must be understood that it is much safer for everyone if the employee practices proper security and safety procedures and situational awareness. Business owners, supervisors and managers do not expect their employees and co-workers to be a hero. Money and property can be replaced; a life cannot.

The security industry has a rule of thumb called the “Three D’s of Security” These three D’s are 1- Deter, 2- Detect and 3- Delay. The first, “Deter”, relates to deterring an offender from attempting to commit a crime at your establishment. Any measures you can take that would cause a potential criminal to decide that the risk of being caught outweighs the rewards of getting away with the crime. Examples would be efficient lighting inside and outside the business, visible cameras and signs stating that surveillance is in effect. Signs stating that the clerk or cashier DOES NOT have access to the safe may cause a robber to consider another target. Acknowledging each customer that enters a retail establishment is not only good customer service, but it lets everyone know they have been seen and are likely being observed which may deter potential shop lifters.

The second “D”, Detect refers to being discovered. The sooner a crime is discovered the sooner action can be taken to decrease the damage caused by the act. Often deter and detect overlap. The use of cameras and alarms can both discourage criminals as well as detect them should they choose to ignore their presence. The same goes with convex mirrors. They are obvious to customers and potential thieves and they also assist the staff in detecting deviant behavior.

The third “D”, delay suggests that management should take physical measures to slow down a crime. The use of heavy duty security locks, superior lighting and certain landscaping practices can cause a criminal to take longer than anticipated to commit a certain crime. There is no such thing as an invincible lock, but many are better than others and when it comes to security locks, there are more bargains at $100 than there are at $10. By delaying a criminal, the chances of detection are enhanced; the smarter offender may realize this and convince him or her to seek a target that has a higher chance of reward and a lower chance of being caught.

The 3D’s can be applied to every business and residence. Consider each of the 3D’s for the perimeter of your establishment or facility. The perimeter would be considered the boundary of your responsibility. This would include parking for both clients and employees, the walkways to and from all entrances as well as outbuildings and refuse collection points.

The exterior would be all entrances, windows and rooftop access points. Rooftops by the way are fast becoming the most popular access point for burglaries of business establishments. The burglars, once on the roof of a flat top building are, for the most part, out of the line of sight and sound of passersby and patrols and with the right tools have ample time to cut a hole through the roof for unencumbered access to the interior. This aspect of exterior security should be included when considering installation of alarm systems.

Interior considerations include the sales floor area, the cash/clerk station and anywhere customers and clients are likely to go as well as places in the establishment where they can possibly hide.

Putting the 3D’s to work on the perimeter, exterior and interior of your establishment will greatly reduce the likelihood of your business being targeted while at the same time enhance the chances of an offender being apprehended for a crime should he follow through on his or her attempt.

Prior to implementing any security or safety program for your business it is important to see where you currently stand. An assessment should be conducted to determine what you have in place that is effective, non-effective or could be modified to make effective. It is recommended that the services of a security consultant be retained to assist in the evaluation. While the cost may seem at first to be somewhat prohibitive, the reduction in injury, liability and likelihood of fewer compensation claims far outweighs initial monetary concerns.

After your assessment is complete you’ll have to prioritize the recommended solutions to identified problems. A simple but effective priority matrix consists of three categories: MUST DO, SHOULD DO and NICE TO DO.

Prioritizing helps you determine issues that need to be addressed first. When you are done, everything on your list should not only enhance safety and security but boost the confidence of your employees as well.

Once you are satisfied that all reasonable concerns have been addressed, you will need to develop a Safety & Security Plan (SSP)

Because there is no overall blanket answer the plan must be tailored to the specific needs and concerns relative to your establishment. Development of the plan should begin with addressing both Physical Controls and Procedural Controls.

Physical control measures can include equipment and device installation, such as cameras, mirrors, and monitors, arrangement of furnishings and other measures that are permanent or “fixed”.

Procedures in the work place or lack of procedures are a definite determining factor in worker safety and security. With well thought out procedural controls, workers are able to prevent most accidents and mishaps on the job and avoid or prevent violent incidents from occurring. A procedure, no matter how well intended is of no use if it is not followed. Once a procedure has been implemented for a specific task, time frame, job, etc, it must be enforced. Rules, policies and procedures without enforcement are only advice. Too often, good advice is only followed if it is convenient.

Staff needs to be trained on all procedures before they start a job and the procedures should be job specific and not general in nature. There should be separate written procedures for duties such as:

Money deposits
Opening/closing/cashing out the till
Trash disposal

The safety and security risk involved in the specific job should be considered in the procedure. Some jobs inherently carry more risk than others and staff needs to follow the procedures specific to that job:

Working alone
Handling money
Working late hours

Additionally there needs to be emergency plans and procedures in place in case of fire, natural disaster or….a violent incident. The procedures should also include necessary action for the staff member to take after the incident.

Procedural controls also include dealing with customers and clients. Staff should be trained on techniques effective on discouraging theft and robbery; eye contact, greetings, offering assistance, observing unusual behavior, etc.

There is no need for these procedures to be complicated. On the contrary, they should be as clear, concise and as simple as possible, while still being effective. Ask for input from employees and co-workers. They are the ones doing the job under the conditions that may put them in danger. They will likely have ideas that can be thought of only by someone in their position. Make your staff and employees part of the team.