How Many Guards Do You Need on Site?

how many guardsCan a single security person patrol an entire job site? How about two or three? What is the optimal magic number? In other words, how many guards do you need for your place of business, institution, or event?

The Importance of Having the Right Number of Security Personnel

You don’t need a guard at every key location at every moment. However, security officers should be able to patrol the entire premises within a reasonable timeframe. Also, having more staff on hand decreases response time should an incident occur. Furthermore, the multiple guards on duty can act as eyewitnesses. We can’t emphasize how important this is should police be called, resulting in the need to file a criminal report.

That’s not all; often, security guards also perform double-duty as guest service representatives or guides for customers as they enter and exit the facilities. A sufficient number of personnel need to be on hand to multi-task while staying vigilant for suspicious activity. Continue Reading →

What to Look for in a Daily Activity Report

daily activity report, security reportCompanies that hire on-site security should expect a daily activity report. It communicates what the security personnel observe and makes note of any suspicious activity. What should you expect and scan for in the completed report?

What Is a Daily Activity Report?

A daily activity security report is pretty self-explanatory. It’s a written report submitted after a shift that outlines what took place within the patrolled premise. Companies that require a daily activity report have their own expectations of what the report should include, its layout, format, etc. Reports may be written with pen and paper, though these days most reports are submitted digitally.

A reputable security service trains their personnel to submit reports daily and on-demand.

What a Daily Activity Report Should Include

Every company has its own guidelines for a formal, written, daily activity report. More or less, the guidelines include these provisions.

  • Date: Timestamped reports are crucial because they can be presented as evidence in court when prosecuting a trespasser.
  • Arrival and departure times: This includes the actual time personnel arrive and leave, and not the scheduled arrival and departure. No rounding off times.
  • Shift Start Notes: There should be a section allotted for the security personnel to log in required details. This includes the shift start/end time, supervisor instructions, and task list of the day.
  • Image and Video Files: Because most reports are submitted digitally, personnel can also attach timestamped audio and video files.
  • Deviations from the Norm: Incident reporting isn’t limited to suspicious activity. It also includes oddities, such as safety hazards, unexpected visitors, and unlocked doors that are supposed to be locked.

We Submit Professional Daily Activity Security Reports

Whether residential or commercial, we submit daily activity reports with every shift change. Contact Squadron Protective Services today for on-premise security patrol. The daily activity reports we submit ensure that you are always in the know.

Professional Security Patrol

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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.

Security Services for Church, Synagogues, and Mosques

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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.

Apologize

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 →