Swimming Pool Safety Tips for the Upcoming Swim Season

swimming pool safetySafety Tips for The Upcoming Use of the Swimming Pool

If you are like millions of people across the globe, who enjoy taking a cool dip in the local pool once in awhile, or even in your own, if you are lucky enough to afford one, there are many precautions you should take and a number of rules that must be established before anyone even enters the water. Now obviously if it is a local community pool, the staff should be responsible for making sure everyone adheres to the rules that must be enforced to ensure everyone’s safety at all times.

When kids are in the pool, it is always advisable that there is an adult close by at all times to keep an eye on what is going on in the water. Accidents can happen very quickly, and even experienced swimmers can run into difficulties that may impede their swimming abilities. A severe cramp, for example, can happen to anybody, at anytime, and this can turn into a really dangerous situation if it is not dealt with immediately.  If there are young kids, and especially infants in the water, then there should be a capable adult in the water within arms length to them at all times. It is sadly estimated that over 200 young children alone suffer an accident in a pool or hot tub that resulted in their tragic deaths every year, and this is why the American Red Cross has put together some guidelines that may help in making your swim spa environment safe for all those that want to enter the water.

You always want to make sure that there is adequate barriers around the pool or hot tub, so there is no chance someone could accidentally fall into the water. This means the barriers should be around 4 feet or higher, and there should be a self-closing and self latching gate, so again there is no chance of someone getting into the area of the water by mistake. Always keep the pool or hot tub covered when not in use, and some individuals actually have installed an alarm that lets them know when anyone enters the water at any time, which is quite comforting to them.

Learning how to swim is a necessity if people want to use a pool, and there are online sites through the Red Cross that can help you with teaching your children how to swim, as well as teaching them basic skills of first aid, such as CPR for example. These sites also provide you with a checklist of how you can work to prevent any type of tragedy around the water area.

Rules like having all types of toys away from the pool when not in use, and if you are using a blow up pool, always make sure it is emptied after you are done using it. Obviously keep all electronic devices away from the water at all times, and this means any type of music device, like a ghetto blaster for example. Never allow people to dive if the water is not deep enough, and always enforce the rule of no running anywhere near the deck of the pool.

Keep your water always at the proper PH level and make sure the water is kept clean at all times with the proper amount of chemicals, making sure never to overdo it, as this is just as bad as not doing it at all. If you have questions, there are many sites online, including the Red Cross that can help you out with all your needs when it comes to providing a safe and enjoyable swim spa experience for you and your entire family.

Be sure to check out the Safety Turtle Pool Alarm that is available at Pre-Lock.

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The Basic Steps for Retail Security

security safeOperating a business nowadays is not always an easy task, as there are many steps involved to be successful. Especially if you are thinking of opening a retail business of some type, you will have to consider everything ahead of time if you want to do well and keep a tight reign on how the business operates on a daily basis. With a retail business, you will have to remember you will most likely be dealing with a lot of cash, as well as credit and debit cards.

The information that you have at your disposal can be worth a lot of money for unscrupulous individuals who specialize in identity theft. This type of crime is now one of the biggest ways that thieves are cashing in, as there are billions of dollars lost every year to this type of criminal enterprise. In addition to all the sensitive information you have, there is also the issue of how much cash you have on hand at any given time as well. The best way to avoid many situations of theft of cash is by doing a deposit every day or night. Unfortunately, depending on the type of business you operate, that is not always possible.

The information that you have at your disposal can be worth a lot of money for unscrupulous individuals who specialize in identity theft. This type of crime is now one of the biggest ways that thieves are cashing in, as there are billions of dollars lost every year to this type of criminal enterprise. In addition to all the sensitive information you have, there is also the issue of how much cash you have on hand at any given time as well. The best way to avoid many situations of theft of cash is by doing a deposit every day or night. Unfortunately, depending on the type of business you operate, that is not always possible.

As stated, the private information you have collected on your customers is very valuable, so you should invest in a computer system that has the most up to date security features, making it as least harder to break into, if at all. It may cost you a little more in the beginning, but you will be surely glad you made the decision as time goes on.

When it come to cash, if you are not able to make daily deposits, it is always a good investment to purchase a decent safe where all your valuable items can be stored. Again, just like your computer, you should make sure you don’t try and save a few dollars by purchasing a safe that perhaps is not the top of the line, or even close for that matter. Spend the few extra dollars and your money will be safe, and you will have peace of mind that all is protected.

With that being said, having a good security system is a definite must for your protection if your run a retail business. In addition to cameras that can be monitored or not by a security staff, you should invest in an automated system that informs you when someone is trying to leave the store with something they have not paid for.

A scanning system is truly not expensive any longer and can be a great deterrent to many would be shoplifters. Depending on what your retail business entails, such as whether you run a jewelry store or a Dollarama for example, will somewhat dictate whether you need any additional security people on the floor, and even whether they should be armed or not.

Many businesses find that having one or two undercover security professionals also really cuts down on theft, especially when all the would be thieves tell their friends not to steal from your store.

Having good locks for both front and back doors are also a necessity, and it is wise to have your security company help you out with what is best for your type of retail location. Hopefully these few tips can help you get started in setting up your retail store and making it secure and profitable at the same time.   Be sure to contact us here at Pre-Lock for all your business security needs.

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Security for the Future

 

New Security Products on Display at ISC in Las Vegas

The security industry had their wares on full display at the recent ISC show in Las Vegas and the products introduced there were the absolute latest in technological advancements and show the world exactly where the emphasis will be placed on security in coming years and for future generations.

A very important theme that took center stage this year was the increased challenges in cyber security realm that may not have had the same importance in past years.

The emphasis on preventing security cameras from being used as potential gateways to gain access to the full I.T system was used as part of the planning process for multiple demonstrations by the camera manufacturers to show exactly how serious they see the issue and the ways they are changing their products and software to combat this ever growing security concern.

Both ComNet and Razberi introduced new products designed to fight this issue by both alerting the admin when a breach has occurred and simultaneously shutting down that port from a particular camera so that the bad actor cannot go any further and access anything from that port.

Another very prominent component on display this year was the growing amount of biometric solutions to both business and residential security.

One of the new products, and the winner of the SIA New Product Award was the BACS or Biometric Access Control System that uses a full five different cameras contained in a single orb-like device that instantly captures the images of the users fingerprints, palm print and iris without the need for touching the orb, you simply need to hover the hand over the orb for it to perform its functions.

In addition to the access security that this will provide it also performs a secondary function by stopping the spread of potential contaminants or germs in wider public areas like hospitals and universities.

This and other technological advancements on display show the entire world just how much emphasis and progress is being made on developing security systems that will further protect our business and our homes and families both now and in the future.

If you want to talk about this or any other security issue or product be sure to contact Pre-Lock Security Services and we will be happy to answer any and all questions you may have with regard to security devices or procedures.

Our exceptionally knowledgeable and courteous staff never tires of talking security and we would relish the chance to discuss any concerns that you may have with regard to your own security issues or product needs.

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Will The Legalization Of Marijuana Make You Safer?

Taking a Look at What the Legalization of  Marijuana will mean

Marijuana securityCrime, any crime, whether violent or not is threatening to the communities that are experiencing it.

Even so called victimless crimes such as drug related crimes have a massive impact on those communities that are involved as the impact is almost always felt by the folks who live in those particular areas.

Drug addiction fuels crime because the people who are addicted have to support their drug habits and the way the vast majority of them do that is by committing what are commonly referred to as “property” crimes.

Break and enters of businesses and residential houses in addition to random “opportunity” thefts are in a high number of instances related to the need of drug addicts to generate some form of “income” in order to fuel their drug taking habits.

There are many who feel that the legalization of marijuana will help to curtail those types of activities and have actually used that as plank in their platform to try and get the dreaded/glorious weed (depends on your perspective!) finally legalized.

While the legalization of marijuana WILL help to curtail certain types of crimes most of those have nothing whatsoever to do with the abovementioned property crimes.

Cutting out the “middleman” by legalizing pot will most certainly help to stem the involvement of organized crime in the growing and selling and even importation of marijuana, unfortunately the crimes committed by the drug addicted will not be affected in the way that some were led to believe.

The primary reason for this is that marijuana is NOT habit forming in the same way the say opioids are.

Opioids are the class of drug that include both Heroin and Opium and prescription drugs like Oxycontin and Fentanyl.

These types of drugs and even cocaine to a much lesser degree are the true cause of the vast majority of property related crime as the nature of the addiction is such that when you are unable to “score” your drug because of lack of funds you WILL do just about anything to get the money required to feed that habit.

The main reason for that is that opioid drug addiction comes with a huge PHYSICAL component that marijuana use simply does not have.

In essence, if you partake in the use of marijuana you cannot become physically dependent on it the same way you would with an opioid class of drug.

You CAN however, become mentally dependent and feel like you NEED the drug but it will not manifest itself with the horrible physical withdrawal symptoms associated with Heroin and its cousins Oxycontin and Fentanyl.

There are apparently many good things about the use of marijuana from a medical standpoint, but if anyone tries to sell you on the fact that legalization will reduce street crime tell them that that is simply NOT true.

YOUR security is the #1 priority of the staff here at Pre-Lock Security Services.

For any questions relating to security or security systems be sure to give us a shout, we would be happy to answer any and all questions you may have!

 

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Keeping Up on Home Automation and Security Protection

home automation and security Tips on Home Automation and Security Protection

Especially for the older generation, with everything we see on TV it may seem like we are in a futuristic movie. In reality, technology has progressed so far in such a short amount of time, that things we may have only dreamed of are becoming a reality already. There have been movies made where locations have been totally controlled by computers, such as 2001 a Space Odyssey, which was one of the first movies to show where a computer gained awareness. Perhaps that is still a ways to go, but as far as smart home automation goes, especially in the security sector, that technology is now available, and can truly change how you can make your home far more secure, giving you greater peace of mind than ever before possible.

There are an abundance of things you can now control on your home with the new security systems on the market, where you can use your computer tablet, or even your phone, to control them even from a great distance. As far as integration goes, it is becoming easier and easier to accommodate just about every situation you may need these services for. Nowadays, depending on the actual system you purchase, you can control far more than whether your locks are engaged and your security system is operating properly. You can turn your lights on and off when you decide, and if you have kids that perhaps don’t always lock the door behind them when they get home from school, by having a simple notification the automated security system sends to you, you yourself can lock the doors behind them, and even ask how their day went through a voice system hooked up to your cell phone.

It goes even farther than that, as now you can even control how hot or cold your home is through an automated system that actually regulates the thermostat for you. If you want it cooler at night and warmer through the day this is an easy task. This technology may not seem so advanced, as you could set your thermostat to do this for quite a while already. The difference is that now if you want to change it and you are not at home and the changes have not been programmed, you can now access the thermostat by remote and change the settings to whatever you desire.

If you decide to follow the new advances in home automation as they come out it will seem more futuristic than ever. Even some of the new appliances have control options you can utilize from wherever you have a cell phone connection. You can even access security cameras at any time from anywhere and alert the authorities if you have any concerns at all about security.

The bottom line is the future is here when it comes to home security. With the right security company, combined with the proper home automation system, it will ensure you and your family will feel safer. Also, no matter where you are, you will always be able to check on what is going on in your home, any time of the day or night giving you peace of mind your family is well looked over.

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Setting Up Shoplifter Security

SHOP LIFTERS SECURITY Security from Shoplifters

A question that gets asked very often by the public to security specialists is in regards to shoplifters and the law.

Does a store, or employees of that store who are NOT security officials, have the legal right to detain and/or search a person suspected of shoplifting.

The answer is yes….and no.

Let us explain.

Under the current criminal code of Canada, section # 494 the law does give people the ability to stop a person who has committed a shoplifting crime but only under certain conditions that have to be met.

The code says that:

  1. Anyone may arrest without warrant a) a person whom he finds committing an indictable offence; or
  2. b) A person who, on reasonable and probable grounds, he believes
  3. i) has committed a criminal offence AND ii) is escaping from and freshly pursued by person(s) who have lawful authority to arrest that person.
  4. Anyone who is a) the owner or a person in lawful possession of property;

or b) a person authorized by the owner or by a person in lawful possession of property, may arrest without warrant a person whom he finds committing a criminal offence on or in relation to that property.

  1. Anyone other than a peace officer who arrests a person without warrant shall forthwith deliver that person to a peace office

Basically the law says that you must have “witnessed” the person actually commit the crime in question.

It is simply not enough for someone to tell you a crime has been likely committed; it must actually be witnessed by the person making the stop.

Another caveat to the law says that the person must also be given “every” opportunity to pay for the item in question before you can assume they are stealing it. This means that it is not enough to see someone place an item in their bag or pocket and walk around the store. They must be allowed to completely exit the store before you can assume they are stealing whatever the item maybe.

If you detain the person BEFORE they exit the store all they have to do is to say they intended on purchasing the item and from a legal perspective they cannot be prosecuted for theft as they never left the store without paying.

The best course of action for security guards or loss prevention personnel is to stop the individual after they have left the store and escort them to the manager’s office or similar private area and then call the police to do the searching of the person for any items they may have illegally taken.

If the confrontation leads to violence the best thing to do is to simply let the person leave and let the police and the security cameras do what they are supposed to do.

There is never a good reason for a person, security or perpetrator to get hurt over any material possession.

Knowing the law and understanding what your legal rights are is the best way to protect both your store and your staff.

For a more in depth discussion on this or any other security matter be sure to contact the security professionals at Pre-Lock Security Services. They will answer any questions you may have with regard to security in a professional and courteous manner.

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Stepping Up Senior Security

When people hear the word security, it usually conjures up an image of something physical like a bodyguard or a set of bars across a window or even an advanced security system designed to make one feel safe and secure when they are in their homes.

All of these would be good interpretations of security but they are not exclusive nor are they an exhaustive representation either.

True “Security” encompasses many other things; it can mean financial security as well as protecting against non-physical threats like cyber security which we have discussed in earlier posts.

It also means physical security in a different sense than the one we usually think of and that is health security.

With an aging population of baby boomers who are still able and willing to live on their own yet may suffer from certain ailments that make them less safe from a physical perspective the focus has been on finding ways for them to do this comfortable but still be protected when we are not there to check and make absolutely certain that they are ok.

This is where medical monitoring alarms come in. Very much like a security system in that they are designed to monitor the home in case an unwanted event was to occur.

These types of alarms range from the simplest, a small pendant that the elderly person wears that has a button to press if they are experiencing trouble to the most advance where there are sensors that can detect if the person has fallen to everything in between.

The case for having this type of alarm if you have an elderly parent who lives alone but suffers from ailments related to getting older cannot be overstated.

Not only does it represent the opportunity for those seniors to live alone for longer periods knowing that they have a way to communicate with the outside world should something untoward or unexpected happen but they also give the children of these elderly persons the true peace of mind knowing that their parents or relatives are safe and secure in their own homes.

This can and does remove the often times burdensome commitment to having your aging parents either live with you or the task of finding them a suitable home to stay in that has the required levels of care that they may need. The main problem is that many seniors feel like they are losing their independence when they are moved from their homes and this seems to have an effect on their health in a negative way as many studies have shown.

This is the reason why medical alert alarms have become so popular in the past decade or so and with advancements in technology making them even more effective and much cheaper they are becoming the go to solution for many baby boomers and their children.

If you would like further information on this or any other security related topic please contact the staff at Pre-Lock Security Services and they will graciously and knowledgeably answer any questions you may have.

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Maintaining Your Travel Security

travel protectionMost of us place a huge emphasis on our security when we are at home or even our places of business. We install security systems designed to protect us so that we are not victimized while we are at home or work and make sure that we are aware of where we go and what we do so that we are under a constant state of heightened vigilance in order to avoid becoming a victim.

That is not necessarily a bad thing either. The world has changed, and the cold hard facts are that crime rates have gone up over the years and the types of crimes committed have changed as well.

What many of us fail to do however is to consider our security when we head off for a vacation. We tend to assume that since we are heading out for some much needed R&R and that the resort or cruise we are heading out on will provide all the security we require and therefore it is not something we need to worry about.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

No matter where we go or who we go with our personal security is our own responsibility and it is incumbent on us to know and understand the dangers we may face when we do travel.

The sad fact is that there is crime in every part of the world, and some of the countries that rely the heaviest on tourism are in parts of the world where the law enforcement apparatus is much less organized and as efficient as counterparts in the West.

Recognizing that these areas are sometimes havens for people who would like nothing better than to part you from your hard earned money or belongings.

Understanding that electronic items like computers and laptops and especially smart phones are very likely targets of theft in some of these areas can help you to plan and strategize for any eventuality that you may face while abroad.

One important tip is to always book your trips with a reputable travel agency that knows the country you are traveling to and to heed any advice that they give with regards to where you can and cannot safely go while in a foreign country.

In many vacation countries, the most popular advice is to stay on the resort itself and avoid going into areas where the security of the resort has no ability to help you if you find yourself in jeopardy of some sort.

Always keep your personal items within your sight and make sure not to flaunt your wealth if you do venture off the resort grounds as this can be an invitation to an enterprising thief.

No-one is suggesting that you cannot have fun while abroad you just need to remain aware of your surroundings and exercise a little more caution is all.

Have a good time but be ever vigilant, that way you will return home refreshed and feeling good instead of becoming a statistic of another country’s crime problem.

Remember that security at home is also a major concern and Pre-Lock security can help you with all the protection you need to keep your family and home safe.

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Personal Cyber Security

security and cyber crimeFor anyone who follows the news, the issue of cyber security on both a personal level and a national or corporate level have all been called into question in the past few years.

All of the talks of the hacking in the elections down south this past year have left the masses both there in the U.S and up here in Canada curious and concerned about their own security from a cyber-perspective.

While there has been growing concern over identity theft across the globe in recent years it seemed that that issue faded somewhat until the allegations emerged that the U.S elections had been compromised by certain “bad actors” who attempted to compromise the security of the national parties in the U.S.

The vast majority of people now wonder exactly what they can do to prevent anyone from accessing their personal information especially after the Ashley Madison breach and the attacks on the elections south of the border.

Cyber Security professionals have some very good tips on exactly how you can protect yourself on a personal level in this very daunting age of technological advancements that truly seem like they are emerging faster than we can keep up.

The number one tip is to be absolutely sure that you try and come up with passwords that are either impossible (if that is even possible!) or exceptionally difficult to break.

This means to avoid using passwords that relate to information that is easily accessible to those who may seek to do you harm either personally or financially.

Never use birthdays or children’s names or anniversary dates that may be easy to detect for accomplished hackers.

Another tip is to be sure that you never use the same password for multiple devices or accounts. This should make sense in that if your password IS compromised at least it will only be for that particular device or account and not give access to ALL of your information or devices.

Be sure to update your passwords on a regular basis keeping in mind the tips above to ensure that your passwords are as difficult as humanly possible to break for hackers of any level of expertise.

Another very important step in personal security is to maximize all of your security settings on any social media platforms that you choose to use on a regular basis. This will further ensure that you are only providing information to the public at large that you are truly comfortable with and not putting things out there that may come back to bite you in the end.

One thing to constantly be aware of is exactly what you click on when web surfing. If you EVER have even the slightest concern about the site or click baits that you are considering accessing simply DO NOT CLICK!

Always update your security systems when prompted and never store your passwords in your browser!

While these are all very good steps there are many others that you may need to consider depending on your potential exposure.

For all of your security questions or advice on how you can make yourself safer from a security perspective be sure to contact Pre-Lock Security to get the advice you require.

The professional staff will answer any and all questions you may have.

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Protecting Yourself and Family From Terrorism

being terrorist vigilentAfter yet another attack on a Western style democracy by a lone terrorist in the U.K just this week many people in both Canada and the U.S are asking the question of how they can protect themselves in the event something un-towards happens while they are either traveling or at home.

While law enforcement does an excellent job in Canada of making sure that we are as protected as possible we are also responsible for making sure that we are aware of what is going on around us.

Attacks like the San Bernardino shooting last year make it quite clear that people around the perpetrators knew that something was not right yet failed to tell the authorities of their concerns despite seeing things occur that would have led them to believe that there was criminal activity taking place.

While it is certainly not the job of ordinary Canadian to supplant Law Enforcement there are things we CAN do to make sure that as Canadian we are all as safe as we can be and that includes keeping our eyes and ears open and being sure to report things that we think may be of concern.

Some of the tips that CSIS, the Canadian spy agency, and American intelligence counter parts suggest that we do as regular citizens are compelling and can be of utmost importance in identifying those who may seek to do us harm.

What these agencies suggest we, as citizens, should be aware of are those who seem to be very interested in public fixtures or icons of the community such as the C.N Tower or other highly visible things of that nature. We also need to be aware of anybody who tries to elicit information on military or law enforcement capabilities or who is attempting to test the security of buildings or structures of importance.

Of course, if you know of anybody who is trying to acquire explosives or weapons that may be used in attacks you need to immediately notify your local law enforcement contingent.

In no way is anybody suggesting that you take matters into your hands or to profile people from another country or religion as history has shown that attacks can happen from just about any one and the vast majority of incidences were committed by people who were citizens in the country that was involved.

All the professionals suggest is that you, as a citizen, keep your eyes open to any thing that may be out of the ordinary and relay that information to your local law enforcement whenever you feel it is warranted.

We are all citizens of a global community and it is incumbent on all of us to try and thwart the plans of those who hold our freedoms and democracy in contempt.

While we are fortunate here in the Toronto area not to have to deal with terrorism on a large scale we still have to be astute about our regular security precautions for your home and business and Pre-lock are the experts to help with that.

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