How to Keep your Home Safe While Traveling

Are you planning a trip out of state or the country either for business or pleasure? Then you must certainly be concerned about the security of your home, especially if there’s no one you’re leaving behind to watch it. With these ten helpful home security pointers, you can rest assured that you’ll find your home just as you left it:

1. Let Technology Lend You a Hand

With today’s brimming options of surveillance technology at affordable prices, it’s easy and wise to incorporate a monitoring system that lets you keep an eye on things from afar. You can even get a live two-way system that allows you to talk with people who come to your door to find out what they want. If you see strange figures hanging around suspiciously, you can trigger your alarm and scare them away.

2. A Security Guard Presence Goes a Long Way

Surveillance technology is good, but it requires quite a lot of work, which beats the purpose of your vacation. Compliment this equipment with a qualified and experienced security guard who can take care of the hard work for you. Aside from ensuring no one goes where they shouldn’t, the mere presence of a security guard is enough to deter anyone from attempting a burglary.

3. See To it That Maintenance Work Goes On

Thieves are usually on the lookout for signs of ‘abandoned’ homes in the form of overgrown lawns and pilling snow, among other things that indicate you’ve not been around for a while. So it’s best to ensure your pool guy, gardener, or any other maintenance personnel keeps up with the chores even while you’re away.

4. Have a Friend Keep an Eye on Things

Sure, you can put off the mail and newspapers, but your front door may become littered with delayed or mismatched orders and flyers, so it helps to ask a trusted friend or family to lend a hand. Have them stop by every so often, preferably twice daily (in the morning and evening) or at least once every 24 hours. They can also help ensure maintenance services are going on as usual.

5. Wait Until You're Back to Post Those Vacation Pictures on Social Media

Is your home address engrained somewhere on your social media account, or are there any visual pointers (selfies, videos, etc.) that might give away where you live from past posts? Then you should probably keep a low profile on your social networks until you’re back otherwise you’ll be letting the unscrupulous know that you’re away, and this is their chance.

6. Get a Safe For Your Most Valuable Items

For expensive jewelry and other precious items, you could get a safe deposit box for that added layer of security just in case. Alternatively, ensure such valuables are out of sight, i.e. not near windows.

7. Set timers for your lights

A lit home gives off the impression that someone’s around and interior and exterior timers for your lighting can do that for you. People will know you’re away if your house is constantly dark at night, or the lights are always on even throughout the day. Besides, your electric bill won’t be looking too good if you do that.

8. Disconnect your garage door

In a world where security solutions are matched by the technical prowess of hackers and motivated criminals, your automated garage door can be an Achilles’ heel. It’s not uncommon for one garage door to respond to a couple of remotes, so always go for the manual lock alternative when traveling for long durations.

9. Leave your curtains as you normally would

Your first instinct will be to close tje curtains so that prying or criminal eyes cannot peep inside. However, is this how they’d typically be when you’re around? Any changes can tip off the wrong people that you’re not home, especially if you’re not one for leaving curtains closed for vast periods.

10. Take Out The Spare Key From Under the Mat

Crooks know it all: the old spare key under the rag, that seemingly ordinary plastic rock you think you’ve concealed too well, and the odd flower pot in plain sight. If you must leave a spare key, it should be in the trusted hands of family or friends as opposed to your front yard.

Last but not least, it’s also great to not only implement security solutions but also let people know you have these security measures in place. You can get a bunch stickers with bold writing showing you have a security guard or video surveillance at the ready. In many cases, that’s more than enough to make a would-be burglar opt-out of an attempt.

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What is Workplace Violence?

OSHA (The Occupational, Safety, and Health Administration) defines workplace violence as violence or the threat of violence against workers. It can occur at or outside the workplace and ranges from threats, verbal abuse, and bullying to physical assaults and homicide – the latter being one of the leading causes of job-related deaths.

Why should your organization have a violence prevention program?

The following statistics are compiled from reported incidents. Note: these are not simply incidents of intimidation or situations that cause workers to fear for their safety – they are actual cases of reported violence. Like you, we are aware that many individuals in the workplace have experienced workplace bullies who intimidate and threaten. Not surprisingly such intimidation, bullying, and threats sometimes lead to violent incidents.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the American Institute on Domestic Violence:

  • Homicide is the leading cause of death to women in the workplace.
  • Partners and boyfriends commit 13,000 acts of violence against women in the workplace every year.
  • In 2002, 609 fatalities resulted from homicides in the workplace.
  • In 2001, 17,215 nonfatal injuries resulted from assaults and violent acts by individuals in the workplace.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), there were 639 workplace homicides in 2001 in the United States, out of 8,786 fatal work injuries.
  • During the decade of the 1990s, there were approximately 1.6 million incidents of workplace violence each year.

What are the indicators of potential workplace violence?

Incidents of workplace violence are often culminating events that have been brewing over a period – and eventually festering anger explodes. The violent act does not always reflect the action of an employee. An employee’s spouse or significant other, intent upon inflicting damage, may perpetrate the violence. Other disgruntled or grudge-bearing individuals may also pose a possible threat. This group might include vendors, shareholders, clients, and former employees.

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Workplace Violence Employee Risk Factors

Signs to look for include:

  • Increased absenteeism
  • Decreased attention to hygiene
  • Use of illegal drugs and / or alcohol
  • Increasingly depressed
  • Episodes of domestic violence
  • Paranoid behavior
  • Interest in weapons
  • Bullying in the workplace
  • Perpetual negative demeanor

A combination of several of these risk factors would signal cause for careful scrutiny of an employee’s potential for acting out. For more information regarding this topic, you may contact Off Duty Officers at 888-408-5900.

Companies with sophisticated workplace violence prevention programs in place recognize that certain actions and events call for use of specialists in violence prevention. These events include:

  • Terminations
  • Downsizing
  • Shareholder meetings
  • Press conferences
  • Company gatherings
  • Disciplinary actions

What are solutions to workplace violence?

Off Duty Officers, Inc™. offers a force of security personnel specifically trained and equipped to deal with violence in the workplace. Our security team – comprised of off duty police officers, retired police officers, as well as military personnel and trained security guards – can provide the services required for businesses seeking workplace violence prevention.

Off Duty Officers, Inc™. is proud of its record in preventing workplace violence, and indeed, in saving lives of potential victims of such violence. Our ten-year history reflects a business presence that offers safety in the workplace. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies, midsize companies, and small businesses.