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A Spectrum of Work Site Theft Probability

Posted on: June 6th, 2014 by Taylor Vargas No Comments

BeFunky_ConstructionSecurity.jpgTheft and vandalism at building sites costs contractors, owners, and insurance companies billions of dollars each year. Some industry experts estimate that it accounts for as much as 1 to 2 percent of building costs. When you’re deciding how to secure the goods and materials on site, it’s important to distribute your resources wisely. Here’s a handy spectrum that shows the likelihood of theft for one item over another.

Priority 1: Tools. These are the most likely to be stolen, hands down. Having a plan before the project starts is key to minimizing loss. Set up a clean up protocol for employees before they leave for the day. Make sure workers take their own tools home, if possible. For the remaining tools left on-site, be sure to assign the best lockdown accommodations. Assign areas for the tools to be placed, and then beef up your security around those areas with motion activated illumination and security cameras.

Priority 2: Appliances. These need to go in as late as possible, during the build. After the appliances are installed, it may be a good time to invest in security patrols. Another option to secure your site would be wireless monitored video verification system, where a local Central Station would be able to verify intruders on site and dispatch help immediately. When properly administered, police can be at the scene when thieves are exiting your property with stolen merchandise. Talk about real time protection!

Priority 3: Copper and other scrap metals. These are pretty much everywhere, making them difficult to secure. Talk to your local security system experts about how to keep strong fences, gates, and surveillance running.

Priority 4: Heavy equipment. This is the most difficult to steal, and least likely to be stolen. However, vandalism remains a big concern for heavy machinery. A patrol, or a good guard dog, is often your best bet for watching over equipment.

Good luck out there, builders! Let’s work together to keep the money in the buildings, and not in criminals’ pockets.

iPhone Apps to Keep You Safe

Posted on: June 30th, 2010 by mculmer No Comments

The iPhone is one of the most popular cellular phones available on the market. One of the features of an iPhone is its ability to run a variety of different applications for entertainment and utility. This feature can turn the iPhone into a great safety tool. We’ve put together a handful of useful apps that you can use to help keep yourself and your family safe.

Crime Reports iPhone App – is quickly becoming one of the internet’s best places to get information about crimes in your area and it is now available on iPhone. This app includes several interactive ways to stay up-to-date on crime in your area.

Some of the features of the app are:

  • Filter crimes by location or type. You can also apply a date range to your search.
  • View crime data in a map or a list view.
  • View national sex offender data on a map of your area.
  • Sign up for free, automated emails to alert you of crime in your area.
  • Request the participation of your local law enforcement.

The Crime Reports iPhone app is available for free from the iPhone app store.

iDistress iPhone App – The iDistress iPhone application offers users a variety of ways to stay safe. The app works by tracking your location via the GPS in your iPhone. Once the emergency signal is triggered, an email or text message is sent to three contacts of your choice plus dialing 911. The messages sent to your contacts will include a map of your location, to make it easy for you to be located.

Some of uses of this application are:

  • Safety while walking alone.
  • If you are in a car accident. The application is especially handy for situations where you might not be able to speak.
  • You are injured or involved in a violent crime.
  • You are in an emergency situation where you are unable to speak.

The iDistress iPhone app is available in the iPhone app store for $2.99.

Pocket First Aid – This app was recently credited with saving the life of a film maker during the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti. You just never know when you might need first aid – from something as simple as a bee sting or as complicated as a compound fracture. The Pocket First Aid app for iPhone can walk you through first aid for a variety of situations.

The Pocket First Aid iPhone app is available for $3.99 and is sold in the iPhone app store.

Offender Locator – This app is one of the top paid iPhone apps sold in the US. You can use this app to track sex offenders in several ways:

  • Search for offenders near your current location.
  • Enter a street address for information about offenders nearby.
  • Enter the address of any of your stored contacts for information in their area.
  • Enter the name of a sex offender to get information about them.

Offender Locator has been featured by several media outlets, including CNN, Fox & Friends, and ABC Today. This application is available on the iPhone app store for $1.99.

Auto Accident Safety Application – Although we hope you are never in an auto accident, the fact is that they do happen.  RediVideos, a division of RediMedic, has developed an iPhone application to help you know what to do in case of an auto accident.

The Auto Accident Safety Application contains information on what to in the event of an auto accident with simple to understand instructions on legal and safety procedures. You can use this application to obtain information on:

  • Procedures for injuries
  • Warning devices
  • Needed documents
  • What to sign and what to have others sign
  • Witness statements

You can purchase the Auto Accident Safety Application for $.99 on the iPhone app store.

Learn About Crime in Your Neighborhood

Posted on: June 24th, 2010 by 33d-ionlineBargain 2 Comments

Whether you just bought your house or are a long-time resident, when is the last time you checked the crime in your neighborhood?  Most people don’t think about crime in their neighborhood. They are too busy worrying about their day-to-day lives to consider who their neighbors are. However, you may want to start keeping track of the people and happenings in your neighborhood. Being armed with this knowledge can help keep you and your family safe.

Find Out About Your Neighbors

The majority of your neighbors are probably good people. However, you should be aware if there are registered sex-offenders in your neighborhood, especially if you have children. You can find information about sex-offenders in your neighborhood through the U.S. Sex Offender’s Registry provided by the U.S. Department of Justice. On their website, you can find information about sex offenders in your area, links to other public registries, and education and prevention information. Being informed about sex offenders in your area can help keep you and your family safe from harm.

Crime in Your Neighborhood

Another excellent resource for finding out about crime in your neighborhood can be found by visiting provides a variety of tools to help you find out about crime in your neighborhood. You can use their interactive map to check your area or simply provide a location in their search box.  Each search that you do will provide you with a map of your neighborhood with a listing of recent crimes, including their location and type. You can also check an analytics report of crime in your area and sign up for alerts about crime in your neighborhood.

No matter where you live, your family’s safety is always a top concern. Help keep your family safe by being aware of crime in your neighborhood.

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Posted on: May 26th, 2009 by mculmer 4 Comments

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