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...

Australia’s Most Dangerous State in 2012 Revealed

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You’ve probably heard about the most dangerous or unfit cities in the world. But do you know which state, territory, or city in the Land Down Under has the highest crime rates? It’s hard to think of Australia this way as it’s known to be one of the most orderly, secure, and peaceful countries in the world. It’s not a place known for violence, although there’s the occasional sensational murder case taking over local headlines. But even so, you would agree when we say this is not a common occurrence. According to the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC), there has been a “continuing decrease in crime levels around Australia.” This affirms the state of peace and order in the country, reflecting the efficiency with which governing laws and policies are being implemented. Despite this, the fact remains that crime DOES happen. And you would not want it to happen to YOU. If you’re planning to open a business, start a commercial venture, or move to some other part of the country, consulting this list will help you make better entrepreneurial and personal decisions, as well as boost your chances of avoiding security risks in the process. The Statistics Out of 6 states and 2 territories, New South Wales (NSW) has recorded the most number of homicide victims: 119. When you compare this with bigger states, such as Western Australia (53) and Queensland (104), this appears to be quite an eyebrow-raising figure. However, this could be attributed to some incidents not reported to authorities in some areas due to certain factors. The Australian Capital Territory logged the least number of...

Integration of Security Services and Its Growing Popularity and Use

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In the last decade, there have been a number of corporate acquisitions and mergers resulting in the expansion and enhancement of security products and their service offerings. Cisco is a most recent example. The networking giant just bought Sourcefire, a network security solutions provider, in a bid to “add better intrusion prevention systems, firewalls, and malware protection to Cisco’s mix,” according to a statement provided to CNN. The company did not balk at spending over $2 billion in this acquisition, emphasizing the importance of protecting data. “The notion of the ‘perimeter’ no longer exists and today’s sophisticated threats are able to circumvent traditional, disparate security products. Organisations require continuous and pervasive advanced threat protection that addresses each phase of the attack continuum,” cited Cisco Security Group head Christopher Young. Meanwhile, one of Canada’s largest cable services provider, Eastlink, has included home security to its menu of services. “We consider home security a natural extension of the integrated services we currently offer and another step towards achieving the fully connected household,” said Deborah Shaffner, COO and President of the company. In Australia, The Sydney Morning Herald reported that McDonald’s stores are being equipped with an innovative commercial security system that sprays burglars with synthetic DNA, which has a tracer that is only visible under UV light, as well as a “unique DNA code” that links the robbers to the crime scene. You may also have heard of security that allows one to view or manage the establishment being monitored via a smartphone or a tablet PC. These are just some of the consequences of the efforts to integrate various security...

Eversafe Joins Herald Sun’s Home Show Exhibit this August!

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Last April we attended the Home Ideas (HIA) Melbourne Home Show. It was a fantastic experience for the team at Eversafe as we got to meet new faces and shake hands with fellow exhibitors in the industry. Most of all, we were able to present ourselves to home and business owners seeking an excellent security solution for the protection of their property. Were you there? If you missed that event, here’s another wonderful opportunity for you: the 2013 Herald Sun Home Show which will be running from Thursday August 15th to Sunday 18th. If you’re living in or around Melbourne, come on down and see us! Eversafe will be exhibiting an array of CCTV cameras and demonstrating various features of these devices. You can also enquire about any security concerns you may have and arrange for a free assessment or quote! And that’s also without any obligation to make a purchase. All you need to do to take advantage of this offer is to simply be there! Aside from that, you’ll also be able to check out around 300 exhibits that feature a wide range of landscaping, renovating, interior design, and building products and services. This particular show is very important as it is a major event that has been running for a long time now. In fact, it’s been dubbed as “Melbourne’s longest running Home Show for all the latest products, services and innovations”. New and innovative offerings featured in this event will sure to be talked about in the media and in various news outlets. If you’re there, you’ll have the distinct advantage of being one of...

Four Security Risks You Should Protect Your Warehouse From

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A headline from The Daily Telegraph published at the beginning of the winter season reads: “Wild weather blamed for warehouse roof collapse in Western Sydney” Fortunately, nobody was harmed by this incident, which was said to be “caused by the wet weather overnight.” This kind of situation could happen to a warehouse in Melbourne, a State that’s no stranger to adverse weather disturbances. If you own a storage facility as well, you should protect your commercial building from risk in order to reduce losses and keep your business profitable. To combat the effects of environmental disturbances, it pays to reinforce your building’s structure and to perform regular maintenance so that your premises holds up well against the elements. Investing in commercial security will also help keep your business afloat and prevent other risks such as the following: Fire This can be caused by a number of things. It can be an electrical short, combustion of flammable products or substances, or warehouse staff negligence – factors that can be managed. In an earlier blog, we spoke of preventing house fires by doing regular checks of heaters and chimneys – components that produce heat. You can apply the same practice in your own warehouse, with a few adaptations. You should ensure that the interiors are well ventilated and that all machinery and equipment is regularly checked. In addition, you should prohibit your employees from smoking on the premises and help enhance their knowledge and practice of fire safety. You can install signs at strategic locations for this purpose. Operational Errors It’s possible that some of your inventory may be damaged due...

Dummy CCTV Cameras: To Use or Not To Use?

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They look real, they have blinking LED lights, and some even come with warning signs. So, why not use them? In a previous article we spoke about the use of dummy cameras and how they can lower your insurance premium with an Eversafe security system. We quoted Leon Reid, a convicted burglar, as saying that a fake surveillance device could discourage would-be thieves from targeting a house. However, not all would buy into this theory. Those new into the burgling circuit may be fooled but more experienced robbers can tell a fake CCTV camera from a real one. According to Christopher Middleton in his piece featured in The Telegraph, “burglars bypass the cheap systems and spot dummy alarms a mile off.” As such, you should not be scrimping on your home security. The Case for Dummy Devices Those who are trying to balance their finances and stretch their budgets are more likely to find fake cameras an attractive option. After all, keeping burglars from entering your home is the main purpose for installing them, right? There is no need to fuss over the electrical connections and other things connected to using such devices. Some models which are solar powered even reduce the need for the homeowner to be mindful about replacing the batteries every now and then. Also, those subscribing to this option may also believe that despite the CCTVs capacity to monitor activity 24/7, they remain silent observers, unable to stop burglars from acting out their plans. Why It Makes Sense to Invest Although cameras may be silent observers, they provide powerful evidence that can help the authorities...

Eversafe August Newsletter

TAGS: Welcome to the August edition of the Eversafe newsletter. It’s been a hectic month in the Eversafe offices where we have been busy working on new commercial and residential projects for many Melbourne residents.  With the unusually high temperatures, Melbournians are finding that the warmer weather is allowing them to complete home projects that previously might have had to wait until spring. Have you considered investing in a home or business security system or perhaps upgrading your current system? One of our articles this month discusses how the installation of a security system can reduce your insurance premium. We’d also like to mention that we will be holding a stand at this year’s Herald Sun Home Show, which is taking place from Thursday 15th August until Sunday 18th August.  Come along and visit us at Stand L08 where we will be showing visitors our range of home security systems and business security systems, including CCTV and alarms. If you are interested in discussing security system installations or upgrades, give our team at Eversafe a call on (03) 900 10...

Preventing House Fires: Don’t Let Some One Take Your Precious Home

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The Daily Telegraph reported of two separate house fires which occurred on Tuesday 9th July 2013. Both blazes were in suburban areas of Melbourne. In one of the reported incidents, a man, aged 60, was killed. According to the news, the man was staying at his neighbour’s inner-west residence because “his other two homes had burned down as a result of his habit of smoking in bed.” This third house was that of his next-door neighbour’s – a middle aged lady who made her home available to him while he was looking for a new place to live. Unfortunately, her residence was destroyed by the fire, the cause of which is still under investigation by the authorities. Shane Sutton, CFA operations officer, said that the man managed to escape from the Sibley Court bungalow. However, he returned to the burning house to save his hostess’ dog and was killed. The dog was later found unharmed. The middle aged woman was able to flee the property by climbing through a bedroom window, although unfortunately was unable to save anything from her home. The second incident occurred in Prahran. Fortunately, no one was killed. The survivors, 2 young men, woke to find their ceiling had collapsed. Despite this, they were able to escape without sustaining significant injuries. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire within 20 minutes. The cause of the blaze is still being investigated. MFB chief fire officer, Shane Wright, said: “Every life lost is tragic and I urge all Victorians to take preventive action to prevent fires occurring in their homes in the first incidence and by knowing...

Can an Eversafe Security System Reduce Your Insurance Premium?

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Can a home alarm system or a CCTV system lower your insurance premium? The answer is YES! It is interesting to note that the installation of your home alarm system, CCTV cameras or home automation system, can not only deter intruders, but also provide you with another benefit.  And if you don’t have some sort of security system in place yet, you’re probably missing out on a host of benefits! Perhaps you’re wondering how exactly a home security system can decrease your insurance premium? It’s because if you install one it gives insurance providers the assurance that your home is burglar-proof and poses a reduced risk of encountering losses due to theft or fire and therefore the odds are less likely that in any given year you will make an insurance claim. Surveys and interviews with burglars have revealed that they were less likely to target a residence if they knew there were security surveillance cameras or the house was equipped with an alarm system. Take for example Leon Reid. Reid is a convicted burglar who has successfully raided 70 homes or more without even having to force his way in. Reid commented that alarms are deterrents, even if they are “fake.” He also stated that he had never attempted to break and enter a house that has a home alarm system. He also said that a CCTV camera, even a “dummy” one, would also do the job of discouraging burglars from making your house a target. Additionally, modern security systems are more sophisticated and reliable than ever, alerting you to intruders, smoke or other signs of fire. These...