Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Christmas Trees and Fire Safety

With the Holidays upon us it is important to keep safety first. Fires caused by Christmas trees are a major area of concern. Here are a few fire prevention tips to be used with your tree.

Always select a tree that whose needles are green.

Make sure that needles are not falling off the tree.

Cut about an inch or two from the trunk before setting it in the tree stand.

Water your tree daily.

Check your lights to make sure that they are not frayed or have exposed wire.

Never light a tree with candles.

Shut your tree off when you go to bed or leave home.

Never place a Christmas tree where it blocks an exit.

Never place a Christmas tree near an operational fire place or space heater.

Never overload the electrical outlet to light the tree, use a surge protection strip.

Make sure that tree is stable and will not fall onto a table where there is a lit candle, stove, or heater.

Check your smoke detectors, and make sure you have a fire extinguisher.

For security reasons never leave presents in plain site under the tree with the window open for crooks to see.

Install a home security system.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Amazing Story -Thief Sends Money and Apology

I just came across a story that shows that good can come out of a bad situation. a convenience store owner in Shirley, NY received a note and $50 from that man that robbed him. The store owner, Mohammad Sohail was robbed by a tearful individual that stated that he needed the money for food for his family. Sohail showed compassion and gave the man $40 and a loaf of bread and made him promise not to rob anyone again. When Sohail went to get milk, the robber fled. In the unsigned note the robber thanked him and stated that he was now employed, had a new child and was staying out of trouble.

It just goes to show that doing what is right even when you may suffer the wrong can make a difference. Not every situation works out like this one, but it goes to show that what the bible says about a man stealing to feed himself is true. Although the bible says that the individual should pay more, there is no evidence that the robber knew about this biblical passage when he made retribution for his wrong. Let us all strive to make ammends for our wrongs and make the world a better place.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Security Proverb Poem

I often think about about security in terms of the criminal and victim relationship. It is ironic that in a civilized society that the laws of nature and the wild seem to come into play. I was recently reading an African proverb that inspired this poem.

Perhaps you may find it hard to understand.
That it is the silent and calm water that drowns a man.

What seems familiar you do not fear,
Allowing the burglar to draw ever so near.

Like a magician your stuff disappears
making the need for security ever so clear.

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All to often people don't realize that the individuals that will break into their homes look like they belong. They blend into their surroundings and don't draw suspicion to themselves. They may use the guise of a jogger, contractor, landscaper or meter reader. They may wave to you as you leave. You may even have a conversation with them, and never suspect them. This is why it is so important to have a security consciousness and install a security system. Another important thing to realize, burglars don't wear all black and a stocking cap.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Holiday Safety Tips for Retailers

These are some valuable tips distributed by the Chapel Hill, NC police department. Follow these tips and you will have a much safer holiday season.

Ø Greet all customers as they enter your location. Good customer service goes a long way in robbery prevention. Make eye contact and make transactions personal.

Ø Always know who is in your store or business at all times.

Ø Keep your business clean and uncluttered. Interior and exterior should be well lit. And remember not to block the view throughout the store with displays, do not place posters on your windows etc,

Ø Enforce store policy at all times. Clearly post rules to eliminate any confusion.

Ø Increase visibility. Lighting and Trim landscaping.

Ø Vary times and routs of travel when doing bank deposits.

Ø Don’t use marked money bags when doing your deposit.

Ø Keep money in a safe at all times and not laying around unattended.

Ø Learn the names of the officers who work your area of town.

Ø Remember if an employee steals from your business, it’s a felony.

Ø If something does not seem right, call 911. If you know what’s wrong please give the 911 operator as much detail as possible. Get a good description, color of clothing, hair, shoes, pants, accents and tattoos if possible.

Ø If you are robbed. Do what you are told. Don’t make sudden unexpected moves. You may be hurt. Make eye contact and remember to get a good description of the suspects and direction of travel. If they ask for money, give it to them. Money can be replaced your life cannot.

Ø After a robbery. Lock your door and call 911. Make sure everyone is safe and not injured. Separate employees from each other and have them write in their own words what happened during the event. Stay on the phone with 911 until the police arrive and the scene is secure. Don’t touch anything.

Ø Customers may try to pass counterfeit money during your busy time. Just be aware of this activity. You may see hundreds, fifties and twenties.

Ø Have a safe and fun filled holiday season!