Should You Ever Respond to an Alarm Yourself?

respond alarmIt’s certainly alarming (no pun intended) when the security alarm goes off in your place of business. You have a dilemma: should you contact security or respond to the alarm yourself? Is the latter a safe option?

More People Responding to Alarms by Themselves

More business owners are responding to alarms instead of calling in professional assistance. This is due to the high rate of false alarms, which accounts for roughly 90% to 99% of all alarm triggers. These are often due to rodents or floating debris that trip the motion sensors. Business owners may feel stupid contacting professional security to respond to yet another false alarm. While we understand this sentiment, it’s in your best interest to leave the response to a professional.

Why You Shouldn’t Respond to an Alarm Yourself

The obvious reason is safety. Yes, chances are that it’s another false alarm, but what if it’s an actual break-in? You could be confronting a potentially dangerous burglar and maybe more than one. Furthermore, the intruder(s) might be armed and might resort to committing bodily harm. Continue Reading →

Security for Places of Worship: How to Protect Your Congregation

worship securityYou expect to be safe in your place of worship. Unfortunately, there are people who attack such places. There is always a risk of vandalism from delinquents. But sometimes there is the potential of a hate-inspired terrorist attack. Security for places of worship is a sad, albeit necessary, facet for ensuring worshipper safety.

Plan with Your Community

Implement an emergency response plan. Devise it as a group that involves staff, security detail, and most important of all, the congregants. Actively involving your worshippers fosters trust. When your members trust you, they are more likely to report suspicious activity.

Establish a Contraband List

The list of contraband should be similar to that established in airports, stadiums, and conventions. The usual items include firearms, knives, switchblades, etc. Other forms of contraband include:

  • Scissors, nail cutters, or anything with a blade
  • liquids other than water
  • anything in a tube
  • e-cigarettes
  • blunt instruments, such as baseball bats and Billy clubs

Secure the Parking Lot

Safety begins outside the worship building. Be sure all vehicles are registered before entering the parking lot. Have a special designated parking area for first-time visitors that haven’t registered their cars. A vehicle patrol outside the facility further helps secure the perimeter.

External Lockers

As a safety precaution, prohibit members from bringing backpacks to the facility. However, don’t turn someone away who shows up with a pack. Instead, have security personnel check and scan the bag for prohibitive items. After inspection, have the guest store the bag in a locker. Keep the locker as far away from the worship area as possible.

We Provide Security for Places of Worship

People have a right to feel safe in their chosen place of worship. Whether you run a church, synagogue, or mosque, call Squadron Protective Services. Security for places of worship is an unfortunate necessity in a time of religious strife.

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Live Gated Community Security: Why It’s More Important Than You Think

gated community security, live security, community securityYou may think a gated community is relatively safe; after all, the premise is surrounded by a fence and/or a wall. Nevertheless, gated community security adds a layer of protection for ensuring that residents stay safe from would-be intruders or vandals.

Gated Communities Are Prime Targets for Thieves

Gated communities aren’t as safe as you might think. The gates and walls just provide an illusion of security. When burglars think of gated communities, they think of well-off homeowners. Well-off people are also less likely to be home due to vacations and business trips. Because this fact isn’t lost on seasoned burglars, homes inside these communities are prime targets.

The factors below outline why live security is an invaluable asset. Continue Reading →

De-Escalation Techniques for Diffusing a Tense Situation

de-escalation techniquesMost tense situations involving an irate person can be diffused before the incident gets physical. Even with onsite security, you or your staff may have to calm a situation before security personnel arrive at the scene. Here are some of the de-escalation techniques professional security and law enforcement teams use.

Listen Intently

Angry people want to vent and be heard. Provide a listening ear to understand the person’s source of frustration. To de-escalate the situation be an active listener and only interject when you need clarification.


To resolve conflict, listen and apologize even if you believe the angry person is unreasonable. This isn’t about right and wrong; it’s about resolving conflict peacefully. A violent confrontation isn’t worth standing your ground by insisting that you are right. Remember, angry people earnestly believe they have a legitimate grievance even if others may not think so. Continue Reading →

Parking Garage Security: How to Minimize Suspicious Activity

parking garage security, garage security, parking securityAccording to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 11% of property crimes occur in public parking garages. Parking lots have fewer attendants these days due to automation, such as ticket-dispensing kiosks. This makes parking garage security all the more important for civilian safety and the prevention of car break-ins.

1. Emergency Stations

Install emergency stations throughout the garage. These are wall-mounted buttons that patrons can press for immediate assistance from security personnel. This is far more expedient than phoning for help on a mobile phone. The heavy concrete walls may interfere with reception on personal devices.

2. Video Surveillance

With real-time security footage, security personnel can spot suspicious activity remotely and be on the premises within seconds. Install cameras near entries/exits, pay stations, stairwells, and elevators. Cameras serve as a deterrent, so make sure they are highly visible. As an added measure, include signs announcing that the premises are monitored 24/7. Continue Reading →

How to Prevent Construction Site Theft

construction site theftThe retail sector isn’t the only industry susceptible to theft. The construction industry is also at risk. Expensive equipment and tools are vulnerable to theft and can sell for a handsome price in the black market. Here’s how to prevent construction site theft.

Consequences of Construction Site Theft

Construction site theft accounts for about $1 billion in financial loss every year in the industry. The figure has increased every year since 1996. Aside from the loss of equipment and the cost of replacement, companies may also have to rent in the interim. Stolen equipment may also result in downtime in the work zone, leading to further financial losses. In addition, if the stolen equipment is insured, this could result in higher premiums. Continue Reading →

Summer Break-Ins: Why Do Burglaries Spike During This Season?

Carlsbad Summer Break-InsAccording to FBI statistics, burglaries increase by about 10% during the months of June, July, and August. Why are summer break-ins so common? For apartment owners and Homeowner’s Association managers, what can they do to protect their community?

Why Summer is Burglary Season

So why ARE break-ins more common in summer?  The cause can’t be pinpointed to a single factor; multiple variables are at work. For one, school is out, which means teens have more free time.  For some teens, this means mischief.

Another reason is that more families are on vacation, spending extended time away from home. The majority of burglars actively scout for unoccupied homes. Piling mail and other signs are indicators of a vacant residence. Continue Reading →

What to Do After a Storage Facility Break-In

Squadron Protective ServicesFor storage facility owners, safeguarding customers’ belongings is their first and foremost priority. Nevertheless, even with cameras and barbed wired fences, storage facility break-ins can still occur. Should a burglary take place at your facility, you’ll need to take swift action.

Follow Procedure

Your company should have a standard operating procedure in place should a break-in occur. Aside from the obvious like calling the police, you also need to notify tenants whose storage was broken into. They’ll need to file an incident report even if nothing was taken. They should also be taken through the process for filing an insurance claim.

Consider Notifying All Tenants

Many commercial facilities only notify tenants whose storage was targeted. For transparency purposes, though, you may choose to inform every tenant. This can be via email or traditional mail with details of the account and recommendations on how they can better protect their stored possessions (e.g. cut-proof locks, locks with un-duplicable keys). If you don’t notify tenants and they find out, it can harm your company’s reputation. Continue Reading →

Secure Your Home from Halloween Vandalism

Squadron Protective ServicesHalloween is one of the most favored holidays, second perhaps only to Christmas. While this is a time for dress-ups, parties and trick-or-treating, Oct 31st is also associated with a spike in crime. Juveniles, clad in their costumes/disguise, may use the opportunity to target homes and businesses for vandalism. Sometimes, the damage is negligible, such as a door getting egged or toilet paper getting strewn over the property. Other times, the damage is severe and warrants a police investigation. Prevent Halloween vandalism this year by following a few protective security measures.

Keep Your Property Well-Lit on Halloween Night

Your home should be well-lit even if you’re not home or don’t plan on giving out candy. Dark areas make it easier for mischief makers to carry out their bidding under the cover of night. If you’re wary of keeping the porch light on for hours on end, then install motion flood sensor lights.

Give Out Candy on Your Driveway

Give out treats by the edge of your property as opposed to your doorway. This gives you an open view of people around your property and prevents vandals from committing a “destroy-and-run” act, such as knocking over your mailbox with a baseball bat or throwing a brick through your window and quickly fleeing the scene. Continue Reading →

College Campus Security for Student Safety

Squadron Protective ServicesAccording to Daily Beast, aggravated assault committed on college campuses has dropped 8%. Other crimes like car theft and robberies have dropped by 24% and 7% respectively, between 2006 and 2008. Experts believe the decline is due to the increased presence of campus security personnel patrolling school grounds. On-site security has proven to be an effective deterrent for preventing crimes of opportunity.

Make Your School Safer with Campus Security

While school security can’t be everywhere at once, just having them around provides a safer environment by preventing the following from becoming prevalent: Continue Reading →