The construction industry is booming and shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects it will be one of the fastest growing industries by 2020. All that construction is great for the economy. It will create new residential and commercial properties and provide more construction jobs to the labor force. One disadvantage will be the increase in vandalism and theft on sites. Read more
Being a parent of a graduating High School student is stressful enough. Parents and students alike have a lot on their minds with applying to colleges and end of school year activities. One thing to keep in mind when evaluating schools is once there how you can make sure your child will be safe on campus. Being fully aware of the security and safety programs their chosen school offers is crucial. Awareness is the key to preventing most campus related crime. As students enter a new environment for the next chapter in their education it is important that they become familiar with how their college manages security on campus.
According to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, “As of 2014, 11,000 college campuses, representing more than 78 million students, reported criminal victimizations in the United States. Overall, campus crime known to authorities has decreased 35% since 2005.” The most common crimes committed on campus are burglary, sexual offense, motor vehicle theft, aggravated assault, robbery, and arson.
Colleges like SNHU have security measures such as video surveillance cameras, a campus escort program, and the blue light system. Use of video surveillance cameras on campus is important in order to discourage crime, while at the same time it’s being used in places that won’t affect privacy. Campus Escort programs are designed for students and visitors feeling unsafe and would like a security presence around them while walking alone on campus. The following are some tips for students to prevent being a victim to campus crime.
- Keep dorms locked: Property crimes were more than 50% of all campus crimes reported. Locking your doors is a simple yet highly effective way to avoid being a victim.
- Know your way around campus: Learn how the college campus is layed out, doing so will allow you to take safer routes with well lit populated areas compared to side paths and dark trails.
- Let your friends/family know your plans: Tell people close to you what your plans are and when you expect to be back.
- Travel in groups: Traveling in groups significantly decreases the likelihood of being approached. People walking alone are more often targets.
- Carry Emergency Money: Any time you leave your dorm/residence, always bring some emergency money with you. You’ll never know when certain situations arise and you need money for things like transportation home.
Don’t forget to share these tips with friends and family of college bound students to help further educate them about being safe on campus.
While your family sleeps, he slinks about, leaving candy and toys in pastel colors beneath cellophane wrapping. Then his furry feet pad out of your door again, with no trace of his being there. But with more families concerned about protecting themselves from home invaders, is it a matter of time before our beloved Easter Bunny finds himself captured under the bright lights and blaring sound of your home security system? Read more
Commercial real estate fires can be deadly. With the right fire alarm system, a building’s infrastructure can save lives and millions in property damage. The Union Point building that burnt down this past fall is an example of how extensive fire damage can be without an alarm system. The 4-story condominium was in development and not occupied. Because of this, there was no code required sprinkler system and fire alarm system that would mitigate the spread and alert officials. The fire that broke out in the early morning hours spread and was difficult for firefighters to put out. As a result, the building was destroyed and had to be rebuilt, costing the construction company millions in damages. Read more
Whether it’s an office, school or apartment building, secure access control is a concern for everyone. For property owners, the responsibility of keeping residents and property safe from criminals is a top priority. Surprisingly, most burglars choose the most obvious and simple ways to break in. The most common time for a break in to happen is between 10 am and 3 pm and they usually go right through the front door. If they are bold enough to do that in broad daylight, they probably have no reservations about sneaking through the gate of a complex. Read more
Much like how technology is impacting the lives of consumers, commercial real estate (CRE) is also experiencing a digital transformation of sorts. Today, consumer technology is advancing at such a rapid pace that CRE accommodations like connectivity, quality of life and security must also advance.
According to a recent Deloitte Market Report, to remain competitive or even leapfrog your competition, CRE companies must make their physical space future-ready. Here are the top three focus areas that will make the biggest impact:
What is social engineering? Social engineering is the act of psychological manipulation of people into performing specific acts (breaking normal security procedures). It is used in over sixty-six percent of all attacks by hackers whether it’s warranty exploitation or attempting to breach company data. According to the FBI, social engineering scams have cost U.S. businesses 1.6 billion since 2013. A couple types of social engineering attacks are called phishing and pretexting. Read more
Often called the “silent killer,” carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can be fatal in high concentrations. Every year, more than 400 people in the United States die from accidental non-fire related CO poisoning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of burning oil, gas, wood, coal, pellets and kerosene. The only way to tell that carbon monoxide is present is to have a working CO alarm. At lower concentrations, victims may experience such symptoms as a headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain and confusion.
All of us at American Alarm would like to wish our readers a pleasant and prosperous 2018. One thing we have been proud of in 2017 is providing our readers with solid, informative security related content throughout the year.
Here are some of our favorite stories from the past year. We hope you continue reading to stay abreast of best security practices for 2018. Read more
The blizzard pummelling parts of the country from the Carolinas to Maine this month may be over. However, the coldest temperatures of the year are still to come in the Northeast.
Frozen or cracked pipes, broken radiators, malfunctioning furnaces, flooding and leaks are just a few of the many unwanted plumbing issues brought on by this frigid arctic air.