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Security Risk Assessments – Does Your Business Need One?

Security Risk Assessments

Security Risk Assessments – Does Your Business Need One?

Security risk management planning can help you avoid problems by making sure you’re in compliance with regulations and implementing proper security procedures and protocols.

Whether physical security, location security or risk mitigation in general, risk management planning can lead to an increased awareness of just how vital security is to your company’s health.

Even for small offices, stores or manufacturers, security matters. Workplace violence, safety from physical hazards, the importance trained security officers and their response protocol, emergency security response plans and more fall under the heading of security. Effective risk management planning would entail addressing them with your entire staff, once you have been fully assessed by a certified and experienced security company.

Why a Security Risk Assessment is Important for Your Business

Let’s first understand what all is involved in having your business assessed for security risks.

Most security risk assessments begin with a thorough review of your business and daily operation. The risk assessor will want to conduct a walk-through, ask to talk to critical staff members, or analyse your current security program to identify risks or potential loopholes. The information provided by the customer is then used to determine where opportunities for improvement exist, and an action plan for rectification can begin.

A security risk assessment may include (over and above the aforementioned points) some of the following:

The assessor may want to assess your goals for security improvement and business plans to gain further insight into how best they can develop a plan that suits you and your needs.

A site visit to evaluate your site in person is non-negotiable. There is no way to effectively determine the exact threats a premises faces other than a physical inspection thereof.

The assessor will likely request floor plans and security policy documents. This helps ensure that the assessor relays the precise information the security company needs, and aligns it with your current policies. Floor plans help the assessor identify “weak point” which you may not even be aware of yourself.

The security company will want to get to know your business – and its people. Learning the culture of a company, having a personal relationship with key staff members as well as general employees instils a sense of trust between the security company and the customer – which further fosters a security plan that covers each and every aspect.

Meeting key employees, such as owners, CEOs, CFOs, CIOs and other critical workers allows for the assessor to garnish further pain points and issues the employees might have.

A review your business security incident history may be requested; this aids the assessor and security company in defining current threats, past threats, their frequency, establishing a pattern and finally finding a way to immediately eliminate present or persistent threats. The security company will also formulate a plan to not only avoid similar incidents, but forecast and monitor possible alternative methods criminals may employ in posing a threat to your business.

If you have an existing security company, the assessor and new security company will likely want to meet with your current or previous security company. They many want to find out what the previous companies biggest threats were, where they though the “weak spots’ may have been, etc.

Security risk assessors may go so far as to inspect your site for risks not directly related to security, such as broken equipment, lack of warning signs, etc.

An assessor may want to spend a few hours “observing” your business in regular operation; they have the experience necessary to identify risks that may not have ever been considered, such as a regular visitor to your company who the current security team no longer requests sign-ins from.

They may check your neighbourhood for location-specific risks, such a s high crime rates, high business invasion rates etc. This prepares the security team for more possible threats, based on location alone.

Ultimately, the goal of every security assessment is to give your business the information it needs to make good decisions about security. Most security assessments also include conclusions and suggestions to fix any identified problems. One of the most common suggestions made is to hire security officers to remain onsite. Whether you’re running a manufacturing plant or a clothing store, having on-site security lets you preserve your assets and prevent dangerous scenarios before they cause harm.

 

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Security Dogs – Should Your Business Security Guard Have a Guard Dog?

Should Your Business Security Guard Have a Guard Dog

Security Dogs – Should Your Business Security Guard Have a Guard Dog?

There are a variety of reasons why you might find the need for an extra level of security. From making sure your home and family are secure to ensuring the safety of yourself and employees safety at the workplace, taking appropriate precautions can truly be a lifesaver and save you financial headaches, emotional distress and a myriad of other negative consequences.

An option people consider, either alone or paired with a security system or security guard, is having a security dog or guard dog. Large breed dogs with a propensity for guarding, such as German Shepherds, Rottweilers, and Dobermans, can scare off a burglar, particularly if they are inside your home instead of your yard, or accompanied by a trained canine specialist security guard t the perimeter or entrance to your business premises.

Burglars also dislike smaller dogs with a tendency to bark as this noise can draw attention to their attempts to break in. Dogs that bark the most include Dachshunds, Chihuahuas, Beagles, and several small terrier breeds. Special consideration should be taken if you are gravitating toward having a smaller dog breed as a criminal deterrent; the sad reality is, due to their size, they are easily “quietened” by a determined criminal.

If you do decide to use a dog for protection, make sure you have one that is properly trained and socialized. Using a canine specialist from a security company such as Mantis Security provides you the peace of mind that both the canine specialist security guard, as well as the dog itself, are fully trained to handle any situation.

Reasons You May Want to Get a Security Dog

Security Guards Offer Extra Protection

While all businesses in high-crime areas can benefit from a monitored security system, in some cases you may need to couple this with security guards or other forms of protection. Consider what the policy in your county is for police response to alarm calls. Some departments will not respond right away to calls from an alarm service, and some may have a policy of not responding at all due to too many false alarm calls. In this case, hiring a security guard service is an extra level of protection.

Security guards are a good option for private businesses worried about crime, as well as for public and government buildings and transport buildings concerned about not only criminal activity but possible terrorist threats. Uniformed security guards are also an effective visual deterrent in these situations. Security guard services vary and may provide guards who stay constantly at the property or who visit the property at intervals or respond immediately to notifications from your alarm system. They may also be armed or unarmed depending on your needs and may have additional specialized training.

You Are a High Profile Person

If you are a “high profile” individual, such as a celebrity, politician, or a wealthy person, you may feel the need to have a personal bodyguard. People in this group tend to be targets for overzealous fans, thieves, and individuals who wish to hurt them physically. In this scenario, a personal bodyguard service is a smart choice.

Personal Protection Dogs Minimize Risks

Having a personal protection dog trained that travels with you is also an effective visual deterrent, especially since the dogs most often trained for this service are large, intimidating breeds. These dogs work best for people who feel they are personally at risk for the same reasons they might hire a bodyguard and who prefer a canine companion, or they may use a dog in conjunction with other protection services. The drawback to a personal protection dog is they come with considerable expense and may cost a considerable amount – due to their high level of training and breeding. You also may not be able to take them with you everywhere you go.

You or Your Business Transfers Cash or High-End Goods

If your business needs to move cash deposits to a bank or ship expensive items, such as jewellery, electronics, or even sensitive materials like pharmaceuticals, then you may need additional security systems. In this instance, you can hire a security guard service on a short-term basis to stay with staff during the trip to the bank until the funds are secure. You can also hire them to travel with goods during transport or provide guards in patrol cars to monitor the car or truck making the delivery.

Should Your Existing Security Guard Have a Guard Dog Accompany Him? Considerations to Make

Guard Dogs Provide Extra Precaution

As a way to add an extra precaution, working with a security dog could be a good idea. As long as the animal is well-trained and able to handle itself well in the field, it could work as a great addition to the team. The staff members must all know how to handle the animal, though, to ensure it does not become a problem.

Dog Patrol Security Officer License

Not all security officers are trained to handle dogs. They have to obtain the proper licensing and gain sufficient experience if they want to have a guard dog on duty with them. This license indicates an understanding of how to handle the animal in the field and knowledge of dogs in general. You should never work with an animal of any kind unless you feel comfortable doing so.

Guard Dog Welfare Requirements

Rightly so, there are particular requirements when it comes to the welfare of guard dogs. Private security companies that wish to have them on their roster must keep the animals adequately caged or within a safe room. Their living quarters must remain clean and well-kept so as not to expose the animal to unsanitary conditions. They must all be properly fed and provided with water, including a portable water source that can be taken on duty. Regular vaccinations are necessary as well.

Guard Dog Registration

There are also further requirements for canines labelled as guard dogs. They must be registered with the right authorities.

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Event Safety Management – How to Stay Safe At Public Events

Event Safety Management

Event Safety Management – How to Stay Safe At Public Events

Are you planning on hosting a large public event? Have you considered and strategized your event safety plan? Making sure your event runs smoothly may require a team of planners, chefs, caterers, waitrons, bartenders – but have you thoroughly researched your security requirements – such as personnel, plans and backup in the event of an emergency? When an event goes mobile, it doesn’t mean health and safety should go out the window – in fact – it should be a top priority. It is naturally more difficult to plan for unknown variables, but safety procedures should be put in place and well-documented. For every event, you’ll need a documented safety plan, detailing the hazards and the ways you’ll eliminate or reduce those hazards.

That being said, you’re likely feeling the pressure of planning the actual event – to the point where other factors including security may go by the wayside. Mantis Security holds nearly 3 decades of experience is threat management and mitigation and pride themselves on their multi-layered safety approach. There is no need for you to worry about the finer details of securing your event – simply get in touch with us to discuss your needs and allow us to tailor a solution for keeping your public event safe and secure.

Certain steps need to be taken prior to the event.

Event Safety Management Plan – What Does it Include?

Planning is the foundation for the success of any event. To save time and money, professional event safety consultancies – such as Mantis Security – should be contracted at the earliest stages where professional safety advice can be considered before substantial costs are incurred and losses avoided. Crowd Management and Safety can be adversely affected through the occupant capacity and number of fire exits required for the capacity in a marquee structure can be identified at an early stage providing the event organiser with accurate budgeting forecasts.

  • Risk Assessments

The complexity of the event will determine the length and thoroughness of your health and safety risk assessment. For a simple event, a standard risk assessment is sufficient, addressing specific issues that may arise at the event – that would endanger any staff, any people attending the event, and any members of the public/anyone who could be impacted.

For complex events, you may need an event safety management plan when conceptualising the event. You could also hire a safety adviser to make sure that all ideas are taken into account.

  • Take all measure to reduce possible risks and threats

Managing and mitigating risk at your event involves identifying what could go wrong – within reason – and putting measures in place to make sure those risks are lessened or eliminated, if possible. This may include bag searches, armed guards, patrols and even law enforcement as a backup if the event is on that scale.

  • Implement an emergency plan that covers all aspects and possible threats

Every event safety plan needs an emergency plan in case there’s need to evacuate, in case of a fire, or any other circumstances. You want to train staff on what to do in case of emergency, decide who will take action, how you will let people know about the emergency (i.e. radio, mobile phones, coded messages), who will make statements about the incident to the authorities and emergency services. You’ll also need a contingency plan as part of your safety plan. The contingency plan should be discussed with the security group you’re working with, as well as emergency services. They should have a copy of your finalised plan. They will need to know, for example, the number of guests and staff and their names, if possible, as well as contact details for each. For lesser emergencies, there needs to be a first –line responders such as fire-fighters and paramedics – on site too.

  • A crowd management plan needs to be drawn up and implemented beforehand

When there are large crowds of people, safety is immediately compromised, so your event safety plan needs to include a way to control crowds. For example, if there are tickets sold at the door, how will manage large influxes of people in certain areas? Make sure you have a plan for ensuring that guests go where they should, and that there are no back doors or gates that allow people to go outside the event area where they could potentially be injured.

There are also ways that you as an event-goer can ensure your safety at large events.

How to Keep Yourself Safe at Public Events

Be Aware

We have a tendency to blur out environmental details, and often won’t notice subtle but important changes. Make a conscious effort to stay aware no matter where you go. If you see someone trying to avoid cameras, carrying a strange bag or just seemingly suspicious, trust your instincts. Your own intuition is a powerful way to keep yourself safe.

Know How to Leave – Quickly

The first thing to do when you arrive at a public event is to figure out exactly how you leave in an emergency. Try to identify at least two or more exit points. Panic in a crowd can lead to altercations, and though it doesn’t necessarily lead to shooting events, it’s a concern in and of itself. Be ready to leave through whatever means possible should something arise.

Locate Security Constantly

Along with knowing where the exits are you should also be able to put eyes on a security officer at any time during the event. You don’t have to follow security around (nor should you; it may appear suspicious) in order to be safe, but you should stay in close proximity if you can.

Knowing where security officers are located in the event also increases the likelihood that you can seek their assistance or notify them of anyone acting suspiciously or causing problems.

Have a Plan

Discuss with your family and friends what to do in case you get separated. Make sure you have a designated meet-up location just outside of the event. Have charged cell phones on hand and be sure to program each other’s numbers in on speed dial options.

When promoters plan public events, safety is a top goal. Hiring professional security officers, providing a safe location and creating rules for the event are just a few of the important ways they strive to keep you safe.

 

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Private Security vs Public Security – Differences Explained

Private Security vs Public Security

Private Security vs Public Security – Differences Explained

Private security and public police provide some of the same services and sometimes they even mirror each other, but there are distinct differences among the similarities. The scopes of their duties are different and each has advantages and disadvantages

Private security is contracted services to companies, people or organizations for the protection of personnel and property. Private security includes guard services, private investigators, body guards and retail (in-house) detectives. All of these positions have limited police powers, and need some training and licensing, but have fewer restraints than public police.

Public police are part of a government entity–local, county, state or federal. All public police are based on a paramilitary model and have strict requirements, training and certification.

Public police are controlled by politics and government establishments, and restrained by laws and rules, but their role is the safety and welfare of the public.

Is Private Security Better than Public Security in South Africa?

Private security companies are trained security personnel employed and managed by private companies. Unlike government-employed police forces that are governed by politics, the government and the law, private security are contracted by an organization to protect personnel and property.

This means that private security working on your property may deny unauthorized access to your business, while enforcing the rules of your company. They are also allowed to search employee’s belongings in the interest of your company. All of these powers allow private security to act in real time to any threats that may occur on your property. Public police cannot enforce the rules of your company, and may only aid after the crime has been committed due to governmental restrictions on private property.

To be part of a legitimate private security company, security personnel must be license, trained and certified by the governing authorities. This license proves that the security officer has skills required to conduct his or her job satisfactorily.

Mantis Security ensures that their employees meet these requirements, and have performed rigorous background checks on each employee. They also enforce training practices on the job, and supervise their employees to maintain a high standard of work.

Another advantage of hiring a private security company is the increased scope of protection they may offer you. Private security covers personal bodyguard protection, uniformed or unmarked security, patrols, or even undercover security. They will first consult with you the needs of your company’s safety, and will set up an appropriate force tailored perfectly to your needs. This includes Point of Access gate houses and camera security – which are perfect for schools, businesses and estates. Private security also often has newer and more effective equipment, because they are not restricted by government funding. This allows them to truly ensure full coverage without compromising your safety.

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Active vs Passive Security – How Can Different Security Measures Work Hand-in-Hand?

Active vs Passive Security

Active vs Passive Security – How Can Different Security Measures Work Hand-in-Hand?

Active security can be categorised as a system which itself either reacts to an unwanted situation, or gives off a (typically) silent alarm to notify those responsible for reaction that something is amiss. A good example of an active security system would be a motion detector. This system picks up even the slightest of movements, and triggers an alarm to the control room. The monitored control room will then respond accordingly. Perhaps an even simpler way to explain an active security system is that it allows for immediate response, alerts and notifications.

A passive system – such as a non-monitored surveillance device is there mostly for record-keeping purposes. Think of a CCTV camera placed at the entrance to a residential complex. This will record the number-plates and capture a facial image of every person entering the complex. It does not alert security to any breaches, nor does it send silent signals. Rather, it keeps visual record of all parties which can be referred back to in a situation where an incident or breach of security has occurred.

Both security system types have their unique benefits:

Active and Passive Security For During An Intrusion

During an Intrusion – Passive security: records what happens as accurately as possible.

During an Intrusion – Active security: detects what happens as accurately as possible and notifies the proper authorities. Here are some questions active security can help answer during an intrusion:

  1. When is there a potential intrusion?
    Monitored 24-hour control rooms will be alerted to any suspicious activity via CCTV real-time streaming, and may be able to diffuse the situation or at least warn you of the possible threat.
  2. Is this a legitimate alarm or a false alarm?
    Passive systems may be liable to sending off false alarms, which result in a waste of time and resources for the responding company as well as unnecessary call out fees and worries for the customer.
  3. Which authorities should be notified? (e.g. property manager vs. send law enforcement).
    The monitored control room can see whether a van of masked robbers is attempting a home invasion and alert police and dispatch their own backup, or see if it’s a spiteful ex trying to gain access to your property.
  4. Where is the intruder in the facility?
    Criminals will either hide or flee at the first sign of police or security; active security gives the upper hand in being able to locate the criminal via real-time CCTV and notify the responding authority (or their own teams) – which is far more likely ot lead to a successful apprehension and arrest.
  5. Is the intruder still on site when the police arrive?
    The intruder(s) may be armed and simply waiting for police to arrive; active security allows for the criminals whereabouts to be noted and passed onto law enforcement to ensure they are not taken by surprise. 

Active and Passive Security For After An Intrusion

After an Intrusion – Active security: helps start review process as soon as possible after the incident.

After an Intrusion – Passive security: allows for review and analysis. Here are some questions passive security can help answer after an intrusion:

  1. Who broke in?
    Surveillance cameras are able to record faces, movements, vehicles and number plates. Passive security may help trace the criminal “after-the-fact”.
  2. How did the intruder enter the facility?
    Again, camera footage may be pulled up for a specific period in which you suspect the crime was committed. You can see where entry was gained and inspect that area for weak spots, tools left behind, perhaps an identifying item such as a cell phone etc., which may help lead law enforcement to a successful arrest.
  3. When exactly did the intrusion occur?
    For insurance purposes it may be beneficial to you to be able to pinpoint exactly where and when an incident occurred; it also aids law enforcement by providing a timeline to help ascertain here they can begin looking for the perpetrator.
  4. What might have been taken?
    You may be overwhelmed to come home to a burgled home, and the last thing on your mind is to look for antique jewellery which may have been stolen. Surveillance footage may be able to help you trace the steps of the burglar to see what they were looking for and what they got away with. It may also help law enforcement uncover their modus operandi to assist in similar future crimes, helping by establishing their pattern.
  5. How can changes be made in the future to prevent this situation?
    Other than finding the weak spots which allowed the perpetrators to gain entry in the first place, you may want to make changes to your existing security setup – i.e. – implementing active security systems.

 

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Private Investigators – Who Uses PI Services The Most?

Private Investigators

Private Investigators – Who Uses PI Services The Most?

The old idea of a mysterious man wearing a long coat, a hat and carrying around a magnifying glass is probably the first image that comes to mind when you hear the term Private Investigator. This couldn’t be further from the truth; PI’s play a crucial role in decoding mysterious crimes, assisting in legal matters, and helping private and public clients.

Mantis Security is proud to offer Private Investigator services to the public. Here are a few major roles Private Investigators manage that you may not be aware of.

Who Uses Private Investigators?

  • Police and Law Enforcement

The first expert’s private investigators reach out to are typically police officers. That should be a no-brainer, as cases sometimes involve criminal activities.

For example, if a client hires a private investigator to find their missing child, the investigator will reach out to the detectives already assigned to that case for the information they’ve already gathered. But just because private investigators work with the police, it doesn’t mean that they work for the police. It’s important to remember that Private Investigators can NOT make a legal arrest, and they can’t impersonate an officer.

The job of a PI is to gather information, not enforce the law.

  • Lawyers

Crime and law go hand in hand. If private investigators work with officers, it stands to reason that they would work with lawyers. In fact, they work with lawyers so often that’s where a big bulk of their clients come from.

Exceptional Private Investigators are so helpful for finding evidence for legal cases that law firms generally have an in-house investigator to do surveillance.

  • Insurance Companies

In special cases, insurance companies may hire private investigators to assess the scene of an accident, and cross-reference stories to ensure they correlate.

Insurance companies don’t just need investigators for collision disputes, there’s a big demand to investigate worker’s compensation – a huge industry rife with fraud.

An insurance company sends out private investigators to get photographs of a subject bending over to pick up heavy things, playing golf, or riding bike. This is a problem for the insurance company, because “the subject is supposed to be disabled, but those images show that they’re not.”

With the private investigator’s help, the insurance company can stop people from taking advantage of their services.

  • Private Clients

As thrilling as it would be to join your private investigator on your case, clients cannot join the investigator during the investigation or surveillance.

Clients are involved to the point that they want certain info – and private investigators find that info. Do away with the Hollywood ideal of ride-along’s stakeouts. While the private client’s emotions may run high during an investigation, private investigators remain a non-interested third party, and have no emotional interest in the case.

 

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Five Easy Ways to Improve Building Security in South Africa

Improve Building Security in South Africa

Five Easy Ways to Improve Building Security in South Africa

More than ever, South Africans are aware of the need to protect their businesses. There is a huge responsibility to protect the occupants and assets inside of your building from all kinds of aggressors including criminals, disgruntled employees, vandals and intruders. There are many ways to improve the safety of your building.

  • Limit Entrance Points

One easy and proven way to improve the security of your building is by limiting the amount of entrances there are. Having a central entrance to come in and leave through is a deterrent for many trespassers because it means that it could be easier to get caught. If more than one entrance is necessary, a great feature to have are automatic locks installed on the doors that lock automatically when someone leaves.

  • Regular Gate/Door Maintenance

In some instances, keeping your building secure could be as easy as keeping it maintained. Be sure to continually check the entrance doors for any damage or faulty hardware. Pay special attention to the locks, latches and hinges. Installing face plates on you doors can also help prevent them from being jimmied open. Inspect all exterior lighting and replace as needed. Well-lit areas are a great deterrent to trespassers.

  • Implement Visitor Logs

Having each visitor log in is another way to enhance your building security. Security logs can either be done through paper log books or through newer technology. Many businesses today are implementing digital systems for guests to check in with. A digital visitor log system provides an accurate, and easier to access, audit trail of all visitors. When businesses use paper for logging visitors, it is easier for information to be illegible and even falsified. There are many benefits of having an electronic visitor management system. Some benefits include added security, accuracy of visitor information and ease of reporting in case of evacuations and police involvement.

  • Consider Gated Parking

Limiting access to the parking area and building is another way to improve building security. Not only do they reduce unauthorized entry of vehicles, they also limit foot traffic as well. For many businesses, reducing traffic is a big step in securing the premises and deterring criminal activity.

  • Hire Security Guards

One of the best options a business can do to ensure their building is secure is through hiring security guards. There are many benefits to hiring security officers for your business and the following are some of those benefits:

Sense of Security– Having a security guard can offer peace of mind and a sense of security to the owner of the business, its employees and customers.

Prevention– A security guard is proven to be a great crime deterrent. Thieves will think twice before targeting a business that has a guard.

Customer Service– Security officers are also great as customer service agents. They can keep control of a central area and work with customers and clients as well as maintain the security of the area.

Handling of Crime– Security officers are highly trained to observe and report any type of criminal activity. They can be in charge of making sure the police are contacted immediately and are experts at taking down details of any incidents that occur.

Monitoring– Not all guards spend their days patrolling the property of the business. Some are able to monitor video surveillance cameras, check for contraband, restrict areas when needed and also check credentials.

When it comes to the security of your building, it is best not to leave it up to chance. Take away as many of the variables as possible through following the tips outlined above. Make certain that you have made every effort to keep your property, employees, and visitors protected.

If security is of any concern to you, you should consider having your security measures evaluated by a reputable company. Mantis Security, we offer free security consultations for businesses. We will take the time to meet with you to discuss your security needs, draft a plan of action that suits your needs and budgets – and give you that priceless peace of mind.

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Home Invasion South Africa – Mantis Security Wants You To Know These Top Facts About Local Intrusions

Home Invasion South Africa

Home Invasion South Africa – Mantis Security Wants You To Know These Top Facts About Local Intrusions

As excerpted from SouthCoastHerald:

“In Statistics South Africa’s recently published annual victims of crime survey (VOCS), just over 128 000 households experienced robberies where the criminals came into contact with the residents during the period under review (April 2016 to March 2017).

While this number has been on a downward trend since 2013 with a 0.8% decrease from the previous year, the number of incidents is still high.

Approximately 7% of households in South Africa were victims of crime in 2016/17, compared to about 9% of households in 2015/16.

Ivan Govender, district manager (KwaZulu-Natal) for Fidelity ADT says crime is at an unacceptable level and it is important to be prepared. “The first thing we encourage residents to do is to stay calm and try to think rationally in the situation. A home invasion is a very frightening situation especially when you have to worry about other family members,” says Govender.”

 

Home Invasion Avoidance South Africa

  • Burglars tend to avoid homes with security systems.

Based on a report by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, about 60% of convicted burglars stated the presence of a security system influenced their decision to target another home.

  • Most burglaries take place between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Contrary to popular belief, the majority of home burglaries take place during daylight hours, not at night. That’s because most people are at work or school—which reduces the chance the burglar will be noticed.

  • The majority of break-ins are committed by burglars who live nearby.

The typical burglar resides within two miles of the target home. Because they live close, it’s easy for them to learn your family’s daily schedule and strike when they know you’re not home. They may also check for signs that you’re on vacation—such as flyers or newspapers piling up at your door, an un-mowed lawn, or trash cans left at the curb.

  • Most criminals can burglarize a home in less than ten minutes.

Burglars look for homes that are easy targets. That’s why it doesn’t take long for most intruders to break into a house, get what they want, and take off before being noticed.

  • Almost 30% of burglars enter a home through an unlocked door or window.

A surprising number of burglars gain access to homes through open or unlocked entrances. First floor windows and doors are especially well-liked by burglars—particularly when a burglar can be concealed behind overgrown vegetation.

  • An astonishing 34% of burglars enter through the front door.

Whether they walk through an open front door or kick in a locked one, burglars aren’t shy about using your home’s primary entry point.

  • Burglars usually go to the master bedroom first.

Unfortunately, most people don’t hide their valuable items carefully, and burglars know it. Once they break in, burglars head straight for the master bedroom, where they scavenge through dresser drawers and nightstands, look under mattresses, and search closets. Cash, jewellery, and weapons are some of the things a burglar wants most from your home.

  • Someone is home during nearly three out of every ten burglaries.

Coming home to find your material possessions stolen is frightening enough, but victims who are home when the burglary occurs experience even more trauma. According to a crime victimization survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, a household member is present during approximately 28% of burglaries, and 7% of these victims experienced some type of violent crime.

 

 

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Benefits of Having a Security Company on Call

Benefits of Having a Security Company on Call

Benefits of Having a Security Company on Call

When it comes to private security, you can hire a person or team of people to provide the security you need or you can work with a private security company to provide the people for you. Some people try to save money by hiring the individuals outright, but that may not be the best plan. You can cut corners on your budget by renting or buying cheaper materials, but when it comes to security, you really do get what you pay for.

Advantages of Security Companies in South Africa

  • Security Guards Lend a Human Element to Protection

Video cameras and other types of surveillance equipment have their place in keeping a facility secure. However, these tools can never take the place of having an actual security guard on site.

A security camera doesn’t have a mind of its own; it does what is programmed to do. Typically, this means that it always points in one direction, or it follows a set pattern of surveillance. Savvy troublemakers may find it easy to outsmart the predictability of a camera.

A security guard, on the other hand, can add an element of unpredictability to surveillance. Guards may continually shift their pattern of activity while on duty, which makes it harder for criminals or vandals to avoid their line of sight.

If security guards catch someone causing trouble on your property, they can intercept the perpetrator right away. A camera might record the act, but it can’t stop it from happening.

 

  • Security Guards Reduce the Chance of Workplace Unrest

You may hire a security team to protect your facility from outsiders, whether they are vandals, robbers, or people looking to start a fight. However, not all trouble at a business comes from outside influences; some problems start internally.

As a business owner or leader, it’s distressing to think about your own employees doing anything that threatens your company. Unfortunately, it’s possible that not every team member is as committed to your business’ success as you are.

Having a security guard on site can help deter negative behaviour from your employees. When a guard is keeping an eye on all activity that happens in the building, workers will be more likely to follow the rules and abide by company policies.

Furthermore, if your employees go on strike or engage in other forms of protest at work, you’ll be glad that you already have a security team in place. Guards help promote order and safety during uneasy times.

  • Security Guards Know What to Do in an Emergency

The benefits of hiring a security guard extend far beyond crime prevention. A guard can also lend a critical hand during natural disasters and health crises.

Security guards are often trained as first responders, so they know what to do in emergency situations. A trained professional knows how to keep a calm, clear head during a crisis. He or she can help usher people to safety during disasters like fires, earthquakes or storms.

When a guard is trained to operate an AED or perform CPR, his or her presence can mean the difference between life and death in emergency medical situations.

In an emergency situation, there is not always time to wait for police or EMTs to show up. An on-site security guard can provide critical services right away.

  • Security Guards Promote a Sense of Well-being

In an ideal world, your security team would never have to intercept delinquent behaviour. In reality, that’s not always the case. But even if nothing bad ever happens at your establishment, having a security guard in place can be beneficial for your business.

Unfortunate events are a fact of life, and everyone knows that. Sometimes, the world feels like a scary place. People are searching for a sense of safety.

Knowing that someone is looking out for you can provide this peace of mind. Employees may feel more comfortable at work when there is a security guard on site.

A security presence can also put customers and clients at ease. With this peace of mind, they may be more likely to frequent your business or to stay for longer periods of time. Security officers communicate to visitors that you care about their well-being.

  • Security Guards Provide Customer Service

Often, security guards serve on the front lines of your business. They may be posted near the doors or other common areas, where they have the opportunity to make a good impression on those who come to your establishment.

In fact, a security guard may be the first face that a customer sees when arriving at your business or the last one that he sees on his way out the door. Guards who greet visitors with a smile or hold doors open help your company develop a reputation for being helpful and caring.

Security guards can also lend assistance to those in need. When visitors have a question or need help, it is common for them to seek out a person in uniform to lend a hand. Your security team may be able to answer inquiries, help with lost items, provide directions, or escort visitors to where they need to go.

An experienced security guard knows how to balance helpful services with his or her main responsibility of ensuring safety and protection.

When something goes wrong at your place of business, a video camera might record evidence, but it can’t respond to the situation like a human guard can.

 

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Home Invasion vs Home Burglary – Differences Explained and Solutions Outlined

Home Invasion vs Home Burglary

Home Invasion vs Home Burglary – Differences Explained and Solutions Outlined

As excerpted from PowerLinkLLC.com:

“Burglary is defined as entering a structure that is protected, such as a store or home, with the intent to commit a crime once inside. Most common forms of burglary include entering a bank and threatening the teller with a weapon, whether real or implied, demanding a sum of money (normally as much as possible) and leaving the premises. Typically burglars are only in it for the money and actually have no intention of committing a crime past stealing.

How can you protect your home or business against a burglary? Having a security system in place will lessen your chances of being robbed.

Home Invasion – in comparison to burglar – is defined as when an individual or group of individuals enters a home by using significant force. Force can include breaking down a door, smashing a window, or even using physical violence against a person to gain access to the home. Unfortunately, some home invasions result in causalities when the entrant becomes enraged or out of control.”

It is easy for most people to confuse a home invasion with a home break-in or a burglary, mostly because they tend to occur in the same spaces. However, it should be noted that home invasions have a particular tinge of malice that is not associated with regular home break-ins or burglaries. This is not to say every home invasion turns violent, but there are many recorded cases in which violence has been the end result of a home invasion.

The key difference between a home invasion and a home break-in is that not all break-ins and burglaries constitute the use forcible entry into an occupied property. However, home invasions are sometimes synonymous with doors being kicked in, door locks being broke and windows being smashed in, peppered in with the endangerment of homeowners who are present at the time.

Home invasions are much rarer than your run-of –the- mill home robbery, and it is not always the case that the main driving force behind a home invasion is to steal an individual’s property. There are some home invasion cases that are fuelled by the intention to harm another person, through some type of assault. In other instances, people are simply targeted because they might have suddenly achieved the notoriety that comes with instant success like winning the lottery.

What Dangers Do You Face From A Home Invasion?

It is important to be aware of the dangers of home invasions so that you take steps to actively avoid them or respond accordingly if you ever find yourself as a victim of a home invasion.

Some of the dangers posed by home invasions include loss and damage to property, the threat of physical harm, and the subsequent loss of the peace of mind that you experienced while being in your home. There are many well-documented cases of home invasion victims and survivors who no longer feel safe and secure in their own homes, all because they have endured something as arduous and taxing as a home invasion.

 

Home invasions can happen either sporadically or as a result of a targeted effort. Similar to one of the many tricks that burglars use, home invaders who target a specific home or individual often stake out this person’s property to get a better idea of the best time for them to strike. Not only are your livelihood and sanity at stake, but also your privacy.

How Can You Stay Protected From A Home Invasion?

  • Either Implement or Use Additional Security Deterrents

Combine multiple security deterrents that allow you to effectively combat any threats that are thrown your way. Security deterrents are vital to keeping unauthorized individuals away from your property and they should be employed effectively to that end.

Using multiple security deterrents simply follows the school of thought that the best form of security is the one that exists in layers. A layered security mechanism makes will make it much harder for home invaders to victimize you and put you in a life-threatening position. The security buffers that you employ should be meant to seal any cracks that exist in your security. These kinds of cracks will become evident if you conduct a home security assessment as was suggested earlier.

Ideally, your security deterrents should be implemented in a way that reduces any of the ways in which a flaw in your security can be compromised by home invaders and used against you. Some common security deterrents include using surveillance cameras, installation of monitored alarm systems, and burglar proofing solutions that can be applied to both doors and windows.

When it comes to choosing security deterrents, homeowners should be mindful of the nature of the deterrent that they are using. Some security deterrents can be classified as active, and some can be classified as passive. For example, security cameras are a more passive type of security deterrent, which does not necessarily make them suited for protection purposes.

Mantis Security’s Approach To Security Is Based On The Integrated Layered Approach

The multi-layered approach allows for the full integration of all individual security elements, ensuring the delay, timely detection and appropriate response to any security related threat. In addition, this approach affords the client the opportunity to make changes to individual layers without compromising the integrity of the overall security, thus minimizing the potential resource wastage associated with ‘pre-manufactured’ security solutions.

A multi-layered approach allows for protection of all Personnel, Assets and Information by integrating the other associated HSSEC components of:

  • Health and safety in terms of the OSHAS act and other relevant legislation
  • Medical incidents
  • Fire prevention and management
  • Contingency planning
  • Natural disasters
  • Terrorism and terrorist related activities
  • Specific action plans to address the threat analysis

If you’re ready to protect your home (and business) from burglaries or invasions, click here to find out more about Mantis Security’s offerings today!