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Important Tips for Security Patrol Guards while Performing Their Duty

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Security patrol guards walk day and night around properties they are assigned to secure. They provide a safe and secure environment to the property and prevent violence and thefts. Unlike normal security officers, security patrol officers do not secure small business, gates or personal premises. They work for the state or a local law enforcement department or a big organization or property. They Patrol and respond to emergencies such as robberies, kidnappings, assaults, homicides and other incidents in only a particular geographic area. When they are appointed on highways and roadways, they control traffic, issue citations and arrest criminals. At the time of accidents, they assess damage, assist injured motorists and assist other local law enforcement agencies. These duties require patrol officers to be in good physical condition. It requires a lot of energy and smartness to make right decisions at crime scenes.  Here we have got some tips for security patrol officers that they can follow while working in the field.

Always Stay Awake in the Field:

I know it is hard to stay awake while doing long hours while patrolling in shifts. But staying awake is the most important thing that a security patrol officer should work on. It is very difficult to stay awake when your eyelids start drooping and your head starts bobbing down. Here you have to apply some common sense tips to get rid of feeling sleepy.

  • Eat nutritious and small meals.
  • Eat in small breaks.
  • Drink a lot of water.
  • Get a good scheduled sleep.
  • Make a routine for exercise.

When all of these do not work, just take a pinch of coffee grounds and put it between your cheek and lower gum, it is similar to chewing tobacco. It might taste nasty and bitter, but it will surely work. A pinch of coffee grounds will easily get into your system within 5 to 10 minutes, which is faster than drinking a cup of coffee.

Do Not Have any Doubts about Patrolling Parameters

To ensure the effectiveness of guard tour system, it is very important for security officers to know about the different parameters of tours such as patrolling timing, intervals timing and tour routes. It is important that patrol officers should not have any doubts about how to execute guard tour but should be aware of specific actions that are required to accomplish in predefined time. Security patrol officers are also expected to be aware of predefined routes to follow while managing staff. They should know appropriate directions as to how security patrols are executed.

Always Carry Required Security Equipments

Do not forget to carry important security equipment with you. As a security patrol officer, carry security equipment that you are allowed to carry such as a gun, baton, pepper spray and knife.  Security equipment is an important item that every security patrol officer should carry in their duty belt. Always have a quick access to your security equipment so that you can fight and protect yourself in a critical situation. Ensure that your defensive gear is in good working order. Carry a light torch or wear a helmet torch for night tours.  Make sure your light equipment is working and will not fail during tours. Wear a chest west inside your uniform and make sure you are wearing a comfortable pair of shoes.

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Increasing importance of security management systems at schools and college campuses

The security of an educational campus, students, visitors and staff would be of paramount concern for all educational institutions. From the past few years we have seen a vast increase in crime and violence in schools and college campuses. Increasing crime in schools and college campuses is adversely affecting the academic environment along with the personal lives of students and teachers.  For this reason ensuring the security of the campus is very important. For every educational institute it is very important to take preventive steps to reduce the risk of crimes, and this can be possible only if right security management systems are in place. Have a look at the reasons why having security management systems are incredibly important for ensuring a secure environment at school and college campuses.

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Security management system protects educational institutes against terrorist attacks

The population of schools, colleges and universities is increasing day by day. A large population is arriving into educational institutes every year. With the increasing population at educational institutes, the risk of being jolted by terrorist attacks is also increasing. Just for the reason that places with large population are more prone to threat of terrorist attacks.  Educational institute campuses with a large population can be an easy target for terrorist groups. For reducing the risk of being jolted by terrorist attacks educational institutes should have a feature of visitor registration within their security management systems. Educational institutes should have an eye on each visitor. They cannot ignore the importance of managing and tracking visitors in their campus.

Having Security management system protects educational campuses against fire and burglary

The typical fire alarm system, fire extinguishers and burglar alarm systems are necessary elements that should be adopted by every educational institute for their campus security. Whether you own a small school or a large university,  fire alarm systems , fire extinguishers and burglar alarm systems should be a part of your educational institute’s security management system. They are very critical to keep an educational institute secure from the risk of potential fire accidents and various unlawful acts. For educational institutes it is very important to give their students and staff members’ proper training of using fire extinguishers and security alarms to lower the effect of fire accidents and other criminal acts.

Security management system prevents violence at educational institute’s campus

Violence at educational institute is a major issue that affects student’s learning environment and performance. For stopping educational institute’s violence educational institutes should hire security guard officers. In case a violent activity of any kind erupts in the campus, the guards should be able to stop it and inform the higher authorities and emergency services about the incident.  As guards are properly trained and they know how to deal with adverse violent situations, they will be able to deal with such kinds of incidents in an efficient and professional manner.

Security management systems prevent thefts, drug usage, bullying and other crimes at educational institutes

Theft, drug usage, bullying and other crimes at educational institutes are increasing almost every day. Security management system with CCTV systems and access control system is very important to give protection to school and college campuses against theft, drug usage, bullying, and other harmful activities. CCTV systems and access control systems on educational institutes are the perfect solutions to stop theft, bullying, and other harmful activities. There are many restrictions on the installation of CCTV systems inside schools and colleges thus they can only be installed in cafeterias and high traffic areas, and cameras cannot be monitored constantly. Despite of this installing CCTV systems and access control systems in cafeterias and high traffic areas should help increase campus safety.

5 Event Management Security tips: Keep your Guests Safe

Security at big events, such as festivals and concerts should be a priority since these events have a lot of footfall from the general public and are prone to attacks and mismanagement. Terrorist attacks in Bataclan concert hall in Paris on the evening of 13 November 2015 is one of the recent examples that tell us why effective security management is important in events. If an event’s security is not handled deftly, security issues could lead to incidents that prove embarrassing and costly for the hosting company and guests of the event. Event security is extremely important. An effective event security management does not only help to prevent breeches of safety and other illegal activities however it also make guests of such events feel safe and ease. Let us discuss most important safety measures that we as a security company or as an event manager for an event should swear by. These security measures and guidelines are very important to provide a good foundation for mitigating risks at events.

1. Make a Definite Budget for Event Security

Hire a security team that is professional and dedicated to the event’s security. It is very important that your budget for event should allocate around 20% to security. Professional security companies such as Trackforce provides a comprehensive package for event security that includes guard security, guard patrol security, security management software, visitor management system, CCTV monitoring and emergency alarm monitoring. Trackforce deploys only the best security guard companies, trained to handle different scenarios. To ensure the seamless integration of security into an event’s operations a professional security provider company should be involved in event planning from Day 1.

2. Research and Mange Your Guest with the help of Visitor Management System

It is very important in high profile events to have the same procedure as is employed at airports for security checking. You are essentially required to have metal detectors, bomb-sniffing dogs and X-ray machines at all entry points along with armed security guards. Tell your guests to come ahead of time, on the invitation, that any bags or briefcases will be searched and/or passed through an X-ray machine. Cut-off time for late arrivals, if some guests arrive late don’t let them in. Manage your visitors through a visitor management system in real time. Provide entry badges to your guests to ensure that the guests are authorized.

3. Choose a safe Venue and Get a Detailed Layout of Event Venue

When selecting the location for an event, select a safe venue. It is very important to prepare a checklist of security questions, don’t forget to ask for evacuation plans in case of an emergency, the location of all emergency exits, access for paramedics, and contingency plans in case of bomb threats or power outrages. It is very important to get a detailed layout of event venue to avoid unauthorized entry. Get updated with the floor plan of the venue. This way you can keep security covering all entrance and exists.

4. Keep Communication up Throughout the Event and after

For a better security management or to look after something that is valuable, ensure that it is communicated to all involved. If someone important arrives late to the event that should be communicated to the event security detail to prevent unauthorized entries and security breaches. After the event reporting problems that arise or that could have been avoided should also be communicated and discussed, so as to learn from them and to provide better services to the guests in future events.

5. Have an Emergency Planning

For a good event security management you should have at least one backup plan in case of emergency. An effective backup plan includes venue evacuation plans, the availability and accessibility of emergency medical care and thoroughly briefing event staff prior to the start of the event. Do not forget to examine you existing event contracts and review your insurance policies to check on specific coverage.

Trackforce Introduces CARES, our Client Success Program

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Trackforce, a software company who specializes in web-based and mobile app platforms to optimize the management of physical security services, is leading the industry in client support.  Currently we offer no-cost support, free deployment training, unlimited software updates, no annual maintenance fees and cost-effective device-based subscription pricing.  To better help our clients grow their business as well as create strong client success relationships, Trackforce is introducing a new program called CARES.

Existing GuardTek subscribers will be given a designated Client Success Specialist (CSS) who will monitor, manage and mentor each client throughout their relationship with Trackforce. In addition, each CSS will provide enhanced support through a series of informative web and email campaigns, new database tools and interactive events.

CARES is a construct of five words that express the commitment each of our CSS agents makes to our clients.  These words define the level of effort we undertake to educate, empower and improve the experience of our subscribers.

Communicate

Amidst the variety of ways to connect, the telephone is the most popular source of help at 61%, followed by email at 60% (eConsultancy). We are increasing the tempo of customer communication through regular calls and emails to check-in and see how you are doing and how we can help.

Anticipate

The more we understand about our clients, the better we can anticipate needs and address any complications. We strive to know exactly who our clients are, about their business, how it runs and how we can best foster the most successful use of Trackforce products and services.

Respond

Trackforce promises to respond quickly and effectively to all client requests for assistance. Security is 24/7 and we are committed to providing the highest quality service when you need us most.  This will help ensure that our clients can keep their clients happy.

Engage

Each client will be given a dedicated CSS.  Although the entire Client Success Team is available to help, engaging in meaningful collaboration creates trust. We want to earn our client’s loyalty and help them grow their business.

Sustain

Success of the Trackforce CARES Project will be measured by customer satisfaction. We will ask for feedback, suggestions and recommendations.  Only by actively listening can we know what we can provide to help clients achieve their strategic objectives.

To drive the success of our CARES Project, we rely on the commitment and experience of our Client Success Team.  Recently we changed the name of our group from Customer Support to Client Success.  This is more than just a change of words, it expresses the caring commitment we make to our clients.

 

Curious about how Trackforce and our security operations management software can help modernize your operation? Contact us for a demo!

Security Mobile Apps Transforming the Construction Industry

Managing and handling a construction company is not an easy job.  It is very tricky to handle various projects, contracts, subcontractors, bids, scheduling at one time flawlessly. Construction companies have to maintain a balance between high value projects and low value projects while they also has to save time and money, finish contracts on time and have to complete projects within budget. To be successful in this industry construction companies not only have to hire diverse workforce with specialized skills and high tech equipments but also have to ensure safety and security while complying with various laws. Recent advancements in security mobile apps for construction sites have features that help to ensure safety and security and also provide new avenues for keep visual records of construction projects from start to finish for better project management.

Role of Mobile Security Apps for Managing Construction Sites

For ensuring a smooth and safe works flows on his different construction sites, construction site owner has to keep track of construction teams, progress, equipment, bylaws, and hours in real time. For doing this it is very important for Construction Companies to adopt security management systems software along with mobile security apps. Construction sites are increasingly subject to theft of expensive equipment and materials. Statistics shows every year Construction Companies bear a loss of minimum million dollars due to equipment and metal theft. Security management system software with mobile security apps is a technology being used to streamline construction project management, eliminate delays, and reduce overall project costs. Here are four ways mobile security apps are making a difference in the construction industry.

  1. Eliminate Construction Delays

Mobile security apps help owner to gather critical information of all his construction sites such as trades and contractors present at the site, climate conditions, and construction progress. This important information helps to reduce overall project delays. Mobile security apps keep construction on schedule and bring issues to light that might put projects on hold.

  1. Improved Communication and Office Efficiency

Combination of Mobile security apps and security management system software works together 24/7 and monitors each single area of the different construction sites in real time. Owners and project stakeholders can read daily reports of their different construction sites on mobile devices. Security management system software automatically sends alerts via emails to smart phones, or a monitoring center for immediate assessment and response. This enhances communication and increases back-office efficiency. It reduces errors and issues and ensures required attention faster. It helps construction managers to run projects smoothly and complete on time and on budget.

  1. Better Accountability and Documentation

Mobile security apps have a big advantage that they provide better accountability of workers and reduce labor costs. Through mobile security apps owners can track staff travel times GPS locations and time spent on-site consistently. Using mobile apps to capture information at the job site improves accuracy and reduces issues that arise from illegible handwriting, inconsistent data, and information gaps. Photos, GPS and time stamps captured on-site provide an accurate and indisputable audit trail for the project, delivering accountability. It gives evidence in legal disputes and also helps to take instant required action if any emergency situation arises.

  1. Better Equipment Management

Through database-driven mobile security apps owner can better manage and track their equipments or machinery in real time from anywhere. He can have all important information about maintenance schedules, availability, and equipment locations. Security mobile apps help construction mangers to improve inventory planning and use. It enhances security of their equipments.

 

 

 

 

How to Identify Internal Security Threat to Your Business

According to business threat researchers SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises), lack in the understanding of the security threats. Many administrators neglect to even consider internal threats when securing an organization. They don’t know that most security breaches are perpetrated by people inside the company. Most of business entrepreneurs think security threats are posed by outsiders and visitors but they do not know that 90 percent of criminal computer crimes were committed by employees of the company.

Entrepreneurs are not aware of the security threats that can be posed from internal business environment. They ignore possibility of internal attacks. They don’t realize business criminal attacks are particularly likely to happen from the inside due to internal knowledge of the organization. Internal security attacks can be much more costly than an attack from external security attacks. It is hard to identify the internal security threat of your business organization but these four most likely causes of security breaches will protect your business against them.

Identify what are internal security threats

In order to protect your business organization against internal security threat, it is necessary to understand what they are. Internal security threats occur when the resources inside the organization are used to harm just for the reason that the organization has poor workforce management system. Harm can be executed by employee, contractor, or third party support technician. With the use of secrecy of internet they can easily walk on their wrong tracks. They can do it by running software or by making a change that has a negative impact on the organization.

Disgruntled or Unhappy Employees

Every organization has some disgruntled or unhappy employees. Reason might be many like- low income,  extra work load, demotions, no raise or promotion, swiping of their ideas, and fight with the boss. These types of employee can be pissed off or frustrated with company and companies’ terms and conditions. They think they are not treated fairly by the company. These employees are the biggest threat for the company security. They can use company’s confidential information against company that can harm company. They do it with the intention of revenge.  Some of disgruntled employees know how to use authority data against company.  They can hack your company’s important software and passwords with the help of their knowledge and job experience. They can break and steal the company’s assets with the intention of vengeance.

Careless or Uninformed Employees

There are also some employees who are careless and uniformed. They can harm your business organization and its confidential information and assets not by the intention of harm but for the reason of carelessness. With their carelessness they can misplace, delete and drop organization’s important papers, documents, and data. These types of workers can be a serious threat for your company and can be easy targets for competitors who want to harm your company’s reputation.

Mobile Devices (BYOD)

Make sure you have a carefully spelled out BYOD policy. Mobile devices pose a big threat to your business organizations. Data theft is at high vulnerability when employees are using mobile devices to share company ‘information and access company’ information. Disgruntled employees can misuse their phone and phone cameras for stealing company information for the intention of harm.  68 percent of security breaches are perpetrated inside the company just because of the misuse of mobile devices.

How The Impact of Terror Attacks In Paris Could Have Been Lower If Security Management Systems Had Been In Place

France was jolted by multiple terror attacks in Paris and its northern suburb, Saint-Denis. It was a deadly terrorist attack on evening of 13 November 2015. It was an attack on humanity. Over 130 people were killed across Paris including 89 at the Bataclan theatre on Friday evening. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are the masterminds behind the Paris terrorist attacks. They are the biggest threat for our security and the world. A Syria –based jihadi was suspected of planning the attacks in France. This deadly violence across the city raised a serious question that how a most wanted man from Europe could travel freely around the continent and easily challenge France’s national security. How a top terrorist suspect could travel through Europe from Syria in past 12 months, passing checks in countries without security alarm being triggered.

The impact of Paris attack could have been lower if right security systems had been in place. Security management system is an integrated solution for overall world security. It is a part of the overall management system that provides the structure identify potential threats to a particular organization, event, and place. It establishes implements, operates, monitors, reviews, and maintains all appropriate measures to provide assurance of the effective management of the associated security risk. It is a key strategy and national strategy for the physical protection of critical infrastructure. But there are some clear fallings in that security management system which allowed terrorist to go on rampage. Let us take a quick look on some of falls.

Flawed Use of Schengen Rules

After the Paris attack it became clear that some of the terrorists travelled freely from Syria on EU passports. Majority of the militants involved in Paris attacks are the terrorist with EU passport. They misused schengen rules which were passed on 14 June 1985 by five member of the then European Economic community in a town of Schengen. There was no systematic check on Schengen entry points. Security personnel only checked passports which were not verified.

Wrong PNR (passenger names record)

There was a lack of security checks at the airports. This was a major mistake of border security. There were many wrong entries in internal as well as external flights. This was a big reason behind averting the France attacks and bombings. There were many flaws in visitor management system at the airports.

Flaws in Intelligence Agencies

This attack is a big failure for the France intelligence industry. It may be possible that the number of person who are suspect of 13 November attack such as Omar Mostefai and Sami Amimour, were very well known to the intelligence. The failure of intelligence agencies led to the suspected terrorists to get back to France apparently undetected.

Poor Surveillance Monitoring

There was definitely a big mistake in security monitoring through surveillance. If there were good security monitoring under surveillance than how suspected militants could be dropped from the lists of militants maintained at airports and other check point.

Role of Security Guards and Security Agencies in Overall Security

Security is the prime requirement for all countries. Generally this is a responsibility and the concern of the country’s government to provide security to common people of the country and they do fulfill their responsibilities and concerns, but many a times, it is not possible for the government to catch up all the events and people to provide safety and security services, thus comes the role of security guard agencies. Security guard agencies provide the best required services to all persons, group of people, building and society. The role of a security guard agency is very much important since it affects one’s life. These agencies offer security services in form of security guard and security software to private as well as public organizations and institutions. Public safety is primary role of a security guard and security agencies. These security guard agencies not only offer excellent security services but also perform well in terms of surveillance, crowd security and risk assessment duties. Security agencies became an essential from safety point of view for the whole country.

Importance of Security Guard Agencies

Security has become a primary concern after food and shelter. It is very much important nowadays. Honestly the world is becoming unsecured place day by day. New threats are coming up almost everyday because of terrorism and corruption has exploded in many countries. The importance of security agencies realized better after 911 terrorist attack on twin towers. In the present day there is a critical need of security services and trained guards. People are surrounded by a lot of risk. Every person and business organization are faced with new threats and challenges, to deal with these challenges people need an expert team which can handle these threats and challenges effectively. Hiring a security guard or security guard agency ensures that you are protected all the time from all insecurities and threats like risk of human crimes, threats and mishandlings.

Tips for Selecting Trustworthy Security Guard Agencies for Yourself

Reputation of Provider: –

Security is an area of life that cannot be compromised. Make sure the security guard agency you are selecting has a good track record and reputation. It is very important to confirm that the security agency you are selecting is valid in the eyes of law.

Global Presence: –

It is very important to know that the security agency you are going to hire has global presence or not? If you go for a security provider which serves globally it will be beneficial for you since they are going to bring in state of the art technology and professionalism while guarding your organization from the various threats your organization faces from outside and inside threats.

Research the Internet and Check Reviews: – Be a smart customer. Before selecting a security agency for you it is very necessary to search on the internet. Check the website of a good security guard agency which you want to select. A good security agency must have a good and well designed website. Check the reviews of the customers for services and product for that particular security guard agency.

Importance of Security Guard SIA License

Security guard companies in the United States cannot allow people to work as a security guard without a valid SIA (security industry authority) license. It is a law for all security companies to have their security guards certified with this license. SIA (security industry authority) license is a law created under the private security industry in 2001. This license was created to regulate the security industry and in order to reduce criminality. Security officer license ensures that private security operatives are properly trained and highly qualified to do their jobs and they can effectively manage security roles as well as CCTV surveillance. When a security guard holds an SIA license, you can make sure that the private security operative is completely trained, skilled, qualified and vetted to complete his/her job.

Why you need a SIA licensed Security Guard

The primary role of a security guard is to protect the public and the facility that they have been assigned to. Security guards are employed to ensure that people inside or outside the facility are safe and that no harm comes to them. SIA licensing ensures that private security guards you are hiring are ‘fit and correct people and they are properly trained and qualified to do their job. The training and skill of the security guards is the most vital factor for the accomplishment or failure of a security company.

How to procure a SIA Licensed Security Guard

It is very essential to take the right decision when you are going to invest on security guards for the security of your business and home. Selecting a trustworthy security guard provider company is very important. This decision cannot be taken for granted, if you are paying a good amount of money. It is very important that you should have the peace of mind that you have hired a company that trains their guards well and keeps their guards accountable. Apart from that the Security Company makes sure that their guards are SIA licensed. Before hiring a security guard you should consult a good security company because a good security company hires their security officers with a minimum of two years of experience. A good security company also provide classroom and on the job training for their security officers and keeps train their security guard thorough background checks and employment history checks. They also make sure that the customer meets all supervisors and security consultants that can be involved in securing their property. Only the security operatives who are fully licensed by SIA can respond proficiently to any situation they may experience out in the field.

It is imperative to talk to your security company and see if all their security guards are SIA licensed and have undergone the necessary training and certification that entails them to stand guard at your premises. Apart from that check on the web and the local community websites to ascertain the reputation of the security company from where you are hiring your security guards.

Airport Security a Challenge For Airport Security Companies

Travelling by air from one country to another or one city to another country or city is one of the major advances of the modern age. Number of businessmen, women and vacationers fly to their destinations in order to reach early. 250 million people travel from airports every year and more than 200 million pieces of their baggage are screened –for explosives and other dangerous items. Thousands types of peoples visit airports on a daily basis. Airports have become busiest places of any city.

Why Airport Security is Important?

This a time when terrorism is a major problem for humanity and airlines along with air travelers. Hijacking and bombings have become the method and choice for subversion by militant organizations all around the word. It is very important that security at airports should always be tight and strong. Some people travel from one place to another only for the motive of smuggling of drugs and arms. These types of activities are totally illegal in the eye of law and can cause severe damage to innocent lives. It is very important to keep a check on these types of people who travel only for doing illegal activities or crimes. It is necessary for airport security to decide what security measures might stop these criminals from their unlawful activities.

Airport Security is a Challenge

Airport security is a big challenge. According to the airport security companies securing an airport is a tough task. Airport security companies have many responsibilities and hazards in this work. These companies have to find high tech solutions and technology to be used for making flying as safe as possible. They have to consider whatever they are doing currently and what they are doing is enough for the security or not, or they have to do more for providing a secure environment in the airport or in the airlines. With their security system airport security companies secure lives of millions of people who are traveling by air along with people who are visiting airport the airport for one or the other reason. They have the responsibility of millions of lives. They cannot afford to commit a single mistake. One mistake can result the worst which may sometimes mean a loss of thousands of lives just because one airport security officer could not deliver effectively. Thus it can be said that airport security is challenge.

Airports are the most important component of the border security of a country. Border security is an economic issue it is just not immigration. Airport security companies follow basic approach for securing the airports that rely on multiple finding techniques, combining technology with the human agent.

Current airport security is a complex and dynamic question, but, with the support of the right security solution provider or with the help of good security company, a most effective solution is more accessible than ever.