Protecting your business during the festive season

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The festive season is a joyful time of the year in Australia. Despite all the anticipation and enthusiasm this season brings, the protection of your business, employees and customers should not be neglected. In fact, the festive season can bring with it a host of hazards, petty crimes, burglaries and robberies. The need to be vigilant and take additional safety precautions is what your business requires right now. Similarly, if you are going away on a holiday, it is important to make sure you have taken all the possible measures to safeguard your property and possessions. If you are a business owner, it is time for you to take extra care and precaution, making it a priority to protect your business against any festive crime. Keep an eye Surveillance cameras are a popular way to monitor inside and outside your premises. With today’s technology, it is possible to record, play back video and monitor your business from anywhere via your laptop or smart phone. CCTV cameras also work wonderfully in deterring thieves and vandals as well as allowing you to view what goes on inside your business when you are not present. Let there be light If you are leaving your property for quite some time to travel during the festive season, ensure that your curtains are kept closed, but a light is left on. In fact, lighting is a basic security measure, and it should be adequate in vital areas of your property. However, too much lighting in the wrong areas can also lead to certain issues; such as light that shines directly into a CCTV camera could hinder...

The Benefits of Video Surveillance in the Workplace

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While most people believe that a video surveillance system is a method to protect a workplace against burglary and thefts, CCTV systems also provide employers with the ability to monitor the employees’ performance and behavior. CCTV cameras are connected to a video surveillance system and the live feed can be viewed and recorded at one’s own leisure. Regardless of the type of business you have, security cameras offer a variety of benefits for your workplace. Here is how they can assist both employees and employers. Misconduct and misbehavior A security camera discourages unsafe behavior by employees, and also provides protection for employees from being harassed, exploited or otherwise abused by supervisors or other work colleagues. Employees are less likely to engage in inappropriate behavior when they know there is someone or something watching them. Safety The video surveillance system ensures that the workplace has restricted access and employees can work without having to worry about any exposure to outside dangers or interference. It keeps a track of people entering and exiting your building, lifts, rooms, parking lots, etc. There could be so many potential areas for misconduct or criminal activity that you hadn’t even thought of. If you are a business owner with an office set up, a security camera system can be very useful in preventing theft of confidential and vital information. Productivity With CCTV cameras watching their every move, employees are likely to limit their personal activities such as chatting on social networking sites, playing computer games or talking on the phone for long periods of time. When they know that they are being watched, employees tend...

Can A Security Alarm System Protect Your Business?

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Crime and the fear of crime are on the rise, so it’s not surprising with more and more businesses are installing a security alarm system. If your business is within the surrounding area that has been targeted by criminal activity, installing a security alarm system will not only prevent loss but also discourage property crime in the first instance. The Importance of Security Alarm Systems Protecting your commercial property from crime is considered an essential part of doing business. Some business owners may see installing business alarm systems as an unnecessary expense. Unfortunately, the money that a business owner thinks he/she has saved ends up negligible due to damage or theft. Every year commercial crimes such as break-ins, vandalism, and property damage cost millions of dollars to businesses and insurance companies. However, this figure could have been much higher if the proactive business owners had not installed business security alarms on their properties. Installing a business security alarm can do more than just prevent loss – they are likely to reduce insurance premiums. Based on the level of protection provided by a business security system, insurance providers may offer a discount to business owners who invest in these alarm systems. Security alarms do a good job Out of all the different security systems that you can put in place to keep your business safe, security alarms are very helpful for keeping out undesired trespassers. Security alarms can be attached to your doors and other access points such as windows, etc. These alarms have the capability to sense that an individual is attempting to access the premises and in response...

The Merits of Installing Video Surveillance in Nursing Homes

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There are approximately 2,800 nursing homes in Australia and growing, 30% to 40% of which have been cited for neglect and abuse. Surprisingly, most families are unaware about the occurrence of this abuse because nursing home patients are unable to communicate to their loved ones due to embarrassment, or fear of retribution. Families driven by suspecting abuse or neglect have turned to video surveillance system to identify and record abuse. In addition to providing elderly patient families with evidence, the use of video also captures caregivers stealing money, and violation of inappropriate behavior. Adopting this legislation of allowing the cameras in nursing homes will be a positive step towards the prevention of elderly abuse, and will provide families with access to real time video footage. It has been proven that the use of video surveillance cameras has successfully deterred crime in public areas such as hospitals, shopping malls, schools, government buildings, to name a few places. Below we have described the potential benefits of video surveillance in more detail. Reduced Fear of Crime Many studies have tried to determine if the presence of cameras in public areas such as corridors etc provides an added safety benefit to residents.  Although the findings are mixed, it generally shows a reduction in the level of fear of crime amongst people in CCTV areas. Assistance for Police Investigations Apart from CCTV cameras having a significant role in crime prevention, they also make a contribution to detection. The footage from these cameras provides assistance with an offender’s conviction. Camera footage can also help identify potential witnesses who are hesitant to come forward to the...

How You Can Protect Your Warehouse from Operational Hazards

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We’ve talked about keeping an eye out on four security risks that your storage facility is exposed to in an earlier blog. This week, let’s zoom into the operational hazards that your building faces every day and how you can minimise their effect or better yet eliminate them altogether. Forklift Damage This is a common cause for worry due to the size and motorised features of this industrial vehicle. Occasional bumps, accidental punctures, and mechanical hitches may compromise the condition of various items being handled and some of the structures inside your warehouse. To prevent these things from happening, have a traffic management plan and assign key staff to go over traffic management checklists regularly. Based on this plan, furnish signs and marks that help alert workers on the ground and also aid the forklift operator in maneuvering the vehicle efficiently. Also, make sure that everyone is in proper safety gear and that the operators are properly trained to handle such a machine. You can also install column guards and post protectors in your building interiors so that any accidental bump will not damage support structures. In addition, make sure that the forklift itself is suitable for your warehouse and the type of inventory it contains. The size must be proportionate to the lanes and its load capacity should be compatible with your daily operational requirements. The vehicle should also be regularly checked and maintained. Physical Injuries Proper training will help your employees avoid developing back or joint pain, as well as keep themselves from slipping, tripping, or falling. See to it that you conduct safety orientations for all...

Comparing Crimes Committed in Commercial and Residential Areas

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Overall, Australia’s crime rate has gone down over the last 15 years. This is certainly good news as it affirms the country’s effectiveness at maintaining peace and order. Of course, this does not mean we should become slack  in ensuring  our homes and businesses are safe and secure. Theft and burglaries may occur anytime of the year – and not necessarily only during the night. These offences may also be committed by anyone, anywhere, which is why you cannot afford to become complacent with your home or commercial security. We’ve previously talked about the most dangerous states in Australia. Now, let’s take a closer look at the statistics and compare data that relates to residential and commercial settings. Comparing Locations According to the figures released by the Australian Institute of Criminology, in 2011 most robberies (5,886) took place in community areas (streets, car parks, schools, and transport facilities), especially in streets and on footpaths. Following this are retail premises (3,519), which was three times more than those occurring at residential locations (908). Looking into Property Crimes Most incidences of unlawful entry with intent or burglary took place in homes, especially residential dwellings (134,269). Following this were retail locations (24,340). The least occurrences were in transport areas (408). In addition, motor vehicle theft was most prevalent in outbuildings or on residential land (24,009) but outside the main structure. The second most notorious location for crime was on the streets (18,810). Overall, residential and community areas are hotspots for this type of violation. In other instances such as theft, including shoplifting, pick pocketing, bicycle, and bag snatching, most of these events...