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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

“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

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Home Invasion Prevention Products – Best Ways to Prevent Home Intrusion

Home Invasion Prevention Products

Home Invasion Prevention Products – Best Ways to Prevent Home Intrusion

Keeping your home and family safe from an intruder takes a lot more than most would imagine. Home invasions are the kind of statistically high-probability, high-consequence nightmare that is difficult to guard against without seeming and feeling like a hopelessly paranoid person. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared.

Mantis Security is here to safeguard your home, your business – but most importantly – what matters to you.

How to Protect Your Home from Invasion

While there is no sure-fire way to ensure your home will never be the target of a robbery, hi-jacking or intrusion, there are measures you can take to prevent, deter and catch criminals.


Doors are the primary entrance points for burglars. Garage doors are often the easiest to breach, followed by the back door. Once hidden from view a burglar has more breaking-and-entering options available to them. Follow these safety tips for a secure entrance:

Replace deteriorating door frames so thieves cannot pry the door off its hinges. Use heavy-duty strike plates in sturdy wooden door frames.

All entrance doors should have a solid core (preferably metal).

Use heavy-duty, quality deadbolt locks with a dead-latch mechanism.

Prevent fraudulent entry by installing door chains and wide-angle peepholes mounted.


Since windows can provide access for an intruder, it is essential that you take the proper measures to secure them. Particular attention must be paid to ground floor windows and windows visible from the street. Even upper floor windows can present a threat to your home, especially if they can be accessed via a stairway, tree, fence or by climbing on balconies. The following are some recommendations to secure your windows:

Use blocking devices to prevent an intruder from being able to slide a window open from the outside.

In bedrooms, any window blocking devices should be capable of being removed easily from the inside to ensure your safety in the vent of a fire.

Use anti-lift devices to prevent intruders from lifting your windows up vertically.

Installing burglar bars is a permanent and cost-effective solution to provide physical barriers to would-be intruders.


Alarm Systems

Alarm systems are most effective as a deterrent to burglars when used properly, and when properly maintained.

Keep your yard sign visible and put alarm company decals in your windows and doors.

Do not write your alarm code anywhere near the keypad.

Be sure to update your security company with any pertinent information including your response call list.

Test your alarm regularly to ensure all access to your property is protected.

Consider Active Security

While all the above-mentioned measures are passive forms of security, active security (such as motion sensor beams and emergency keypads linked to a 24 hour control room are a great solution to having backup on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Some major benefits of having a private security company on your side includes:

They have a superior knowledge of area security needs

Who knows the sort of dangers you confront better than somebody who lives and works in a similar territory? Mantis Security guards are extremely knowledgeable about the security issues homeowners and area businesses face and are in this way in the best position to offer an ideal security solution.

You can rely on better customer service

Local home security companies depend on their reputation to help them pull in new clients and keep them. This usually means you are probably going to get preferred treatment over using a large national firm. As a bonus, you can usually talk with local representatives instead of calling a long distance number and being rerouted to various offices.

Local alarm companies give quicker support

Should you encounter a need for repair, emergency response or service, Mantis Security offers 24 hours 7 days a week service support. Bigger organizations frequently have longer waiting times since they have just a couple of professionals that must be dispatched from some distance away. Local security companies have staff who can respond to issues rapidly, guaranteeing you experience as little of a downtime as possible.

It helps your economy and local community

Purchasing locally is useful for your local economy, and keeps a significant amount of dollars in your own community. Additionally, you are helping everyone around you get paying jobs – meaning more employed people, more security and a great contribution to the economy.

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Off Site Monitoring Companies – Common Site Security Risks and How to Prevent Them

Off Site Monitoring Companies

Off Site Monitoring Companies – Common Site Security Risks and How to Prevent Them

The aim of securing premises, in principle, is based on being able to prevent losses, while not hindering day-to-day business. This is to be achieved within a budget that should be as low as  possible. Bearing that in mind, security, whether physical measures or manpower, is not cheap, so the answer is to ensure that it is kept proportionate to the related risk.

A risk assessment should be undertaken as this will help quantify what is required to help the business operate in a normal manner. Read more about security risk assessments here.

While good security may not visibly contribute to the profitability of a business, the losses and disruption of inadequate security will have cost implications if it disrupts or stops the business operations. Security risk assessments should focus on all threats to the business. A common risk for any business is theft and criminal damage, including arson. However, depending on the nature of the business, there can be other threats, including business espionage, sabotage, activists

There are, however, some common risks that every company faces in terms of security.

Site Security Risk Factors

Business Location – High Risk, Medium Risk or Low Risk?

A major feature that determines the level of vulnerability of your job site is location. If your business is located in an area that faces daily crime, you are at a greater risk of criminals trying to steal from you, vandalize your property, or otherwise harm you. Even if your site is located in an area that doesn’t experience a great deal of crime (medium or low risk areas), you still have to be concerned if other variables are in play. For instance, many businesses are in areas that become quite deserted overnight and on weekends. If criminals feel that there is a minimal chance of them being noticed by police or security company patrols, they are far more likely to attempt targeting your site.

Prior Security Breaches or Incidents of Invasion or Break-In

An important aspect of risk factors for your business sites relates to your past experience with security. As unfortunate as it is, if you’ve been targeted by criminals before, it’s highly likely that you’ll be targeted again. Criminals want the job to be as easy as possible and they generally won’t go out of their way to target highly secured sites.

However, if your site has sub-par security, property criminals will take advantage of the situation and likely target or hit your property repeatedly until you bolster your security. If you’ve been targeted, you need to fix the problem now before it gets worse and you lose more money, or worse, lives.

Industry-related Risk Factors

The type of industry you’re in and what types of equipment, machinery and goods you have on your premises is also a determining factor in how high a risk your premises are. Criminals tend to be interested in the biggest payoff for the least amount of effort; it then makes sense that if your business is part of an industry that involves heavy, expensive equipment, or hols high-value goods in easy-to-reach places – you’ll typically face a higher threat of theft (or at least costly theft).

These are very good reasons to consider implementing some “beefed-up” security measures. If you’re in the warehousing, trucking transportation, or distribution industry, criminals are aware that you have expensive products being trafficked regularly in and out of your premises. This is an incentive to try to gain access to your site and steal your products.


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Home Security – Tips And Tricks To Deter Criminals From Your Space

Home Security

Home Security – Tips And Tricks To Deter Criminals From Your Space

In a country rife with crime of every nature, it’s natural that most citizens would want to protect themselves by means of physical barriers, backup, surveillance, access control – the list is endless. But the reality is that not everyone has the chance to make use of state-of-the-art technologies to secure their homes.

Who knows better how vulnerable your home is to a potential break-in than those who do the breaking in? In an age of ever-increasing technology, from smartphones to smart homes, it’s not surprising that criminals are stepping up their game as well. More “bad guys” are taking a professional, ordered approach to burglary, casing homes for days and doing research about homeowners, neighbours and neighbourhoods.

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How to Deter Criminals

  • Lock It Down

Even though locking your house up seems like a no-brainer, there are many ways your home can remain vulnerable even if you think you’ve done all you can. A locked door is useless if you leave a spare key in an easily accessible location like under a flower pot or door mat. It’s much safer to leave a spare key with a trusted friend or neighbour. Leaving a window open even a crack can be an open invitation to a burglar. For added security, make sure all windows are locked and add a wooden or metal dowel to the track to prohibit a bad guy from pushing their way in.

  • Clear the Way

While it may look lovely to have a hedge of bushes lining the front or side of your house, those decorative shrubs can be akin to leaving out a welcome mat for a thief. Robbers love to hide out in bushes under windows and near doors. Not only does it give them a place to remain concealed, but bushes also give ne’er-do-wells the perfect vantage point to observe your comings and goings and get a peek at all the goodies you have inside that they want to take. Make sure that any landscaping is well-maintained and designed to avoid becoming either a blind spot or hidey-hole. You don’t want your ability to see what’s happening outside your house obstructed by overgrown hedges and trees.

  • Think Outside the Chest of Drawers

Believe it or not, burglars know that you really do hide your valuables in the drawers, freezer or empty cereal box.

Consider getting a safe or, better yet, move items you don’t need regular access to into a safety deposit box. The small annual fee to maintain a safety deposit box is well worth the peace of mind you’ll enjoy knowing Grandma’s pearls are safe and sound.

  • Be Less Hospitable

Dark perimeters and nicely paved driveways just beckon a burglar to take a closer look at your home. Outside lighting is crucial, and listed as one of the best deterrents for keeping thieves away. Look into flood lights that are triggered by motion – nothing’s more off-putting to a bad guy than being in the spotlight. In addition, a gravel driveway or pathway is another way to make burglars think twice. Since you can hear their footsteps, it might be enough to make them feel like your house isn’t worth the risk.

  • Fight Fire With Fire

The bad guys are getting more sophisticated and professional, so it’s time for you to do the same. One of the best ways to ensure on-going security for your belongings and family is to install either an alarm system or surveillance system, linked to an armed response company. There are a variety of options available to meet your budget and security needs. From a DIY system you can set up on your own to a professionally installed alarm with round-the-clock monitoring, there’s really no reason to risk going without. With video monitoring and live links to local police, it’s just not worth it for a burglar to take the chance with a home that’s protected professionally.


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Security Control Room – Benefits Of Having A 24 Hour Control Room As Part Of Your Security Package

Security Control Room

Security Control Room – Benefits Of Having A 24 Hour Control Room As Part Of Your Security Package

Security Control Rooms can be defined as a facility that houses an information security team responsible for monitoring and analysing an organization’s security posture on an on-going basis. The security team’s goal is to detect, analyse, and respond to any and all security incidents or threats, using a combination of technology solutions and a strong set of processes.

Control rooms are typically staffed with security analysts as well as managers who oversee security operations. The security staff working within a control room work closely with organizational incident response teams to ensure security issues are addressed immediately upon discovery.

Control room operators monitor and analyse activity on perimeters, parking lots, entrances, “weak spots” or areas which are easily breached, high-risk areas and more, looking for anomalous activity that could be indicative of a security incident or compromise.

The control room operators are responsible for ensuring that potential security incidents are correctly identified, analysed, immediately reported to response teams, further analysed and further reporting to “the powers that be” of where improvements can be made to avoid a similar situation arising.

What other benefits does a 24 hour control room offer those seeking around-the-clock security?

The key benefit of having a security control room is the improvement of security, incident detection through continuous monitoring, analysis of activity and assisted mitigation of further incidents.

The 24/7 monitoring provided by security control rooms allow homes, businesses and more an advantage to defend against incidents and intrusions, regardless of source, time of day, or attack type. The gap between attackers’ time to gain entry or commit a crime, and the control rooms time to detection is absolutely crucial. Having a 24 hour security control room helps individuals and organizations close that gap and stay on top of the threats facing their environments.

At Mantis Vision, we employ proactive guarding services using state-of-the-art cameras and software, detecting suspicious behaviour every second of every day. Linked to a state of the art control room and highly trained personnel, Mantis Vision will contact the armed reaction partner of choice to inform them of any unusual sightings at your premises, business or residential. Clients are also notified of suspect events by means of a video clip sent to your cell phone or by email notifications.

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