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4th of July Safety Bulletin

Enjoy your hotdogs and fireworks safely this summer. Check out these quick reminders to guarantee your 4th of July weekend is a "booming" success.

  Fireworks and hotdogs await but don’t forget about water safety and social media dangers. Enjoy a Stress-Free 4th Fireworks, hot dogs, and ice cold beverages rule our thoughts as we approach this Independence Day weekend.  Beaches are beckoning, mountains are calling and swimming pools promise to lend a refreshing escape from the heat.  At Safelutions, we are exited about celebrating too.  Consider these quick tips to make your holiday safe and enjoyable.    Delay Facebook Posts. Watch your social media postings.  Criminals know that millions of homes and businesses will be left unattended while people vacation this weekend.  Be mindful of your social media traffic and keep the advanced notices to the bad guys to a minimum.  Instead of telling everyone on the internet that you are going to Grandma’s beach house for the weekend, wait until you return to post the...

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Stay Alert-Stay Alive Safety Tip #5

Learn a quick tip for protecting yourself and those you love against burglaries and other dangers to you and your home.

Stay Alert-Stay Alive tip #5.   Door Bell Bandits   Scenario: You are at home during daytime hours when your doorbell rings.  You see a white male, approximately 30 years old standing at your door.  He is relatively clean cut and dressed in a polo shirt and jeans.  Your initial impression is that he is a solicitor.   He appears to be carrying some papers in his hand that look like flyers for a local restaurant. Your compassionate side compels you to open the door and talk with the individual.  You assume that he will hand you a flyer and tell you of a special promotion at your favorite restaurant.    The Real Situation: The person at your door is not a salesman nor is he working to promote local eateries.  He is actually a career criminal whose long history of violent crimes including robbery, burglary and theft.  He...

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Conflict of Interest: Security vs. Convenience

This is a helpful post that is designed to help the reader embark on a simple self-examination of their security program. Remember that security should always work to improve and complement your business, not impede your progress.

Security vs. Convenience The best security programs offer high levels of security that seamlessly integrate with your business operation and workflows. We often think of “conflict” in terms of scheduling problems or clashing ideas.  However, conflict is also defined as “an opposition of interests” and “incompatibility of one idea, desire, event or activity with another”. Conflicts between security and efficiency exist because they were implemented with little consideration for the operations they are securing.  For example, new locks are often added after vulnerabilities were exploited such as after a burglary.  Not surprisingly, this piecemeal approach solved one problem (fewer burglaries when bars were installed on windows) but created another (lost business because unsightly and uninviting bars also deter customers).  While the bars may have reduced the appeal for...

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Back To School Emergency Notification Service

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School emergency notification systems increase safety and communication with parents and staff.

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Low Cost – High Return Security Tip #105: Coffee Keeps Cops Close by

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In this post, we share 3 simple and inexpensive things you can do to help increase the frequency and amount of time that you'll have a police car in your parking lot and reducing the chances of crime on your property.

For as long as police officers have existed, business owners have found ways to keep them nearby to provide an extra security presence.  Although police officers are unable to accept gifts, gratuities or other free items because of department policies and ethics conflicts, businesses can still accommodate customers as they wish.  Convenience stores, late night diners and other businesses all benefit from increasing the amount of time and frequency that a police car will be in their parking lot each day. At Safelutions, we seek to provide our clients with valuable information and insight so they can improve their security levels with minimal financial investment.  Here are three ways you can increase the presence of law enforcement at your business without spending money or jeopardizing ethics standards. 1. Be friendly Although they may not always seem it, Law Enforcement Officers...

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Easy Way To Inventory Your Property Before A Storm

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As you prepare your familiy for the upcoming storm season, you have to plan for the possibility of evacuating your home for safer ground. In this post, we explain how you can use your smart phone to document and inventory your personal property.

Storm season is upon us. Now is a perfect time to start documenting and inventorying your valuables. Having accurate records and descriptions speeds up the insurance claims process after a disaster and it reduces your stress. Use your cell phone camera to take pictures and a quick video of the contents of your business and house today and again just prior to evacuating for a storm. Doing so immediately prior to the storm will help you with the claims process and limit disputes over what property was actually in your possession at the time of a natural disaster. Don’t forget to film the facility or dwelling from the outside as well to show the condition of the house structure before any damage. The same is true for your cars, motorcycles, boats etc.  The added benefit of the cell phone is that you will almost always take it with you and you can send or post the pictures/video to...

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