Halloween Safety Tips

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Halloween can be a festive and fun time for children and families. Forgo the stress and dangers this year by following these easy tips. Keep costumes both creative and safe.

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hour

Walk Safely

  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
  • Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Trick or Treat With an Adult

  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

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Register your Closed Circuit Cameras with the Police

No, this isn’t so police can view the images from the cameras whenever they want. It’s so they can have a record of where cameras are and what they are viewing, so that if there is ever a need, they can request footage to aid in the investigation.

Boyd & Associates, police departments all around California, and our customers are partnering to catch and even deter criminals in a way that never existed in the old days.

A few months ago, there was a stabbing outside a commercial building where we had installed HD cameras and a NVR (network video recorder). The business had registered the system with the local police department. When detectives came calling, they knew that there were cameras covering the area. A perfect view of the license plate on the getaway car allowed the police to find the assailant.

Ask you local police department if they have a program. Here is what some departments are saying.

“Video surveillance is one of the best methods to apprehend criminals and convict suspects in the act of committing a crime. Installing video surveillance is a great example of community-police partnerships and is highly valued as a police agency serving our community.”

Boyd & Associates is committed to partnerships with local police departments. That commitment, coupled with our expertise, community involvement and the service we provide means total security.

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Welcome to the future: Robotic Security Guards.

Welcome to the future, we have reached the point that robotic security guards could be patrolling your business. They can provide round-the-clock monitoring of buildings. RAMSEE scans its environment to identify motion and signs of fire, smoke and gas leaks, as detailed by the Daily Mail. Gamma 2 Robotics designed the robot.

RAMSEE uses infrared vision, laser radar navigation, 360-degree cameras, heat sensing and toxic gas detection when scanning its surroundings. If they detect anything awry, they contact their human overseers.

Watch the video below to see RAMSEE in action.

 

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BOYD & ASSOCIATES BRINGS 50 NEW JOBS TO VENTURA

Draganchuk SignBoyd & Associates, the largest family owned security company in Southern California has relocated its Corporate Offices to 2191 E. Thompson Boulevard in Ventura.  The 8,000 square foot office building located on a two acre plot was formerly a car dealership, a water company, and more recently the home of Draganchuk, a local security alarm company.  Boyd purchased the Draganchuk company in 2013 in an expansion fueled by several prior acquisitions, including Bay Security & Communications, Get Alarmed in Indio, and Locktronic Security in Los Angeles County.  Boyd services its customers from three branch offices located in Costa Mesa, Palm Desert, and North Hollywood.  In addition to relocating the Corporate Offices, several of the principals at Boyd & Associates have moved to Ventura location as well.

Plans are well underway to build a state-of-the-art central monitoring station at the Thompson Boulevard headquarters.  This will replicate the current monitoring facility in North Hollywood. In addition to service and installation technicians Boyd is unique among alarm companies by sending their own manned patrol cars to the scene of intrusion alarms

Boyd was founded in 1967 as an investigation firm.  It has been family run ever since.

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How To Hide Your House on Google Street View

google-street-view-logoGoogle Street View may be giving crooks information about your home.  In this age of the internet, criminals don’t even have to drive to your home to “case it” for a possible burglary.  By using Google Street View, these criminals can determine possible hidden entry points and even determine if you have a nice car.  For more information about how to hide your house on Google Street View, please watch the following video news report courtesy of CBS 13 in Sacramento… http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2014/05/15/call-kurtis-how-to-hide-your-house-on-google-street-view/

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Prevent Burglars from Targeting Your Home

BurglarFollowing these tips can dramatically reduce the chance of being burgled and having precious valuables and memories stolen from your home. Be safe and secure.

Home security is one subject where the old adage still rings true: prevention is better than the cure.

Sure, home insurance can cover you in the event of theft, but you still have to go through the hassle of submitting a claim – not to mention the psychological damage suffered. Similarly, security cameras or vandal paint can help when attempting to capture criminals after the event, but again there is distress and potential loss of possessions in the meantime.

So how can you make your home less attractive to burglars? There are some tips that we can provide that will help make your home seem less appealing. A few of these ways include:

Keeping it Locked

A lot of burglaries are the result of opportunistic thieves spotting the chance for a quick score and grabbing it.

An open door, even if you’re in the house and are bringing things in and out, is enough of an invitation for a quick-footed burglar to nip in and grab smaller valuables. Similarly, a flimsy looking door or frame can have the best locks in the world – they won’t protect your home from a swift kick or a robust shoulder charge

Statistics show that 30% of all illegal entering of buildings occurs through a window, so this is obviously an area that needs focus. If you have sash windows at ground level, invest in strong and visible locks and dead bolts to ensure they cannot be forced open by a passing intruder. Double glazed or laminated windows are a must. Opportunists will immediately be put off by their strength, and they bring a host of other benefits, such as heat insulation, to prevent energy loss.

Nobody Home?

Leaving your home for a while? Just because your home is empty, it doesn’t have to look that way.  Security checks when you go on holiday should be a fundamental necessity for all homeowners, as many houses are targets if it is obvious the home is unoccupied for a lengthy period of time. Keep lights on and, if possible, a radio or TV. Any small valuables, such as laptops, purses, phones, tablets and more, should be well out of sight from anyone peering through the window.

Security lights might not put off hardier criminals, but the alarm they may cause passing chancers may be sufficient to scare them away.

When going away for a longer period, try to arrange for someone to park their car in your driveway or on the street outside. If they’re someone you trust, give them a key and ask them to open and close curtains at appropriate times, move mail from the doormat and generally keep an eye on the place.

Alarms and Visible Deterrents

Along with motion sensor lighting, as mentioned above, having a noticeable burglar alarm installed for your home is base-level burglary prevention. If the sight of an alarm isn’t enough to deter a would-be intruder, then its noise should be sufficient to frighten them away and alert your neighbors.

There are different types of burglar and security systems that you can purchase which will be suitable for your home. If you want to upgrade your security even more then installing CCTV is also a sure-fire way of reducing the chances of burglars stepping onto your premises. This can also be used as evidence for prosecution and your insurance.

Dogs can be beneficial as visible/audible deterrents, but selecting the right balance between noisy and aggressive can be tricky, and it’s important to ensure that home security isn’t the only reason you’re buying a dog.

Keep Your Keys Safe

This could be the most obvious advice, but it is the one that is most forgotten. As stated before, the majority of burglars are opportunists and if they have easy access to your keys then they will take them.

For this reason we advise that you don’t place your keys anywhere near your door or window of your home. If they are out of sight then it doesn’t give the thieves the opportunity for an easy break-in. We would also advise to NOT purchase any fake rocks for putting your spare key in. This goes for leaving it under a plant or the mat on your front door step as well.

Follow our advice to dramatically reduce the chance of being burgled and having precious valuables and memories stolen from your home. Be safe and secure.

This article by Richard Peat was published on the Security Today website:  http://security-today.com

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