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Offices: Atlanta | Dallas
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Security Tips Blog

Mar 01



Since the events of December 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut, Crescent Guardian has been actively reaching out to school administrators to offer guidance as well as meticulously following news stories and developments in technologies designed to specifically secure our children's schools. Some schools, such as Emerson Academy in Dayton, Ohio, have gotten creative with an automated 'machine' called the Lobby Guard, whereas others are still in debate over the presence of armed or unarmed guards in their schools and whether that is a good use of community funds. The answer is simple: Yes, it is

While a robot monitoring the halls seems like a good idea on paper (maybe not the balance sheet), the fact is that someone - teacher, police officer, armed guard - still needs to be present to dispatch any serious threat. The few minutes that could take could be the difference between a peaceful resolution or something more dire. One example of an elementary school facing this dilemma, of many across the country, is Eliot Elementary in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While they have finally been able to hire an armed guard for $10,000 (this article does not state if the duration is for a year or specific times on duty), the school is still receiving push-back from parents who do not want guns present on the campus—at all.

We applaud the school for this effort, and without getting into whether or not the option of an unarmed or Taser/pepper spray-yielding guard could have been an option, the fact remains that a person devoted to the security of an area is better than no protection at all. Could $10,000 have gone to computers? Absolutely. But without anyone to ensure they stay on premises, they're only useful tools until they walk out the door. 

Our children's security should never be up for discussion. The options are plentiful: Guards, cameras, RFID badges... Even a robot. Something is better than nothing.

Sidenote: If you have not received an email or call from one of our team regarding a free assessment to keep our schools safe, please reach out to us at 504-483-7811 or email rcavanagh@cgiprotects.com



Jun 08


Port Authority to replace security firm involved with fake ID scandal at Newark Airport

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey wants to replace the private security firm that employed a supervisor at a Newark airport who authorities said was an illegal immigrant using the identity of a dead man. The bi-state agency said it will seek bids on services to replace the previous firm. [Read more of the story here]
 
Identifying The People Behind An ID

It’s truly unfortunate what happened at Newark Airport, but thankfully nothing more serious occurred. Regardless, the situation brings up an incredibly important topic that must be discussed, especially in this day and age.

Security vetting, a.k.a. background checks, is a critical aspect of true security. Whether it’s your child’s babysitter, the pilot of a commercial airliner, a government official or just someone applying to work for your company, it is imperative you know who they really are and if you can trust them.



These days identify theft is rampant, but as criminals become more and more technologically savvy, it’s only going to increase. That’s may be bad news for individuals, but it can mean even greater consequences for critical infrastructure environments such as airports and transportation, where the theft can affect more than one person at any given time.

Having your credit cards stolen or your bank account compromised can be traumatic enough, but having personnel who are not properly scrutinized can significantly impact the lives of hundreds of people at the one time, such as passengers on an airliner.



Bargain Bin Security?

Additionally, proper training and focused education play a key role in keeping our nation’s airports, rail lines and shipping lanes safe for all. Too many companies bid out these services and award the contract to the lowest bidder. But the question we all must ask ourselves is: Wouldn’t you rather pay a little bit more to absolutely ensure your safety?



At Crescent Guardian, we believe background checks are essential and a major part of what responsible security companies do every day. Like the old saying goes, you get what you pay for—So make sure you aren’t selling your safety short.

Call 504-483-7811 or email info@cgiprotects.com us at CGI to discuss how we can properly ensure the security of your facilities, infrastructure and more.


Safety Tips for the Winter

// posted on Monday, November 28, 2011

Nov 28

As the weather gets cooler and it gets darker earlier there are some very wise safety strategies that can be employed to ensure your businesses and loved ones are safe.

Change the batteries in your Fire Alarms and Carbon Monoxide detectors
As daylight savings time comes twice a year- this is the perfect habit to develop for safe house and business keeping. Just remember: when you change your clocks, change your batteries.

Prepare a disaster supply kit
Another great thing to do twice yearly: As the hours jump back and forth make sure your employees and family are protected from unforeseen tragedies. If you’ve already created an emergency kit, now is a great time to double check all the supplies in it to make sure nothing’s forgotten or expired. Great things to remember: water, food, toothbrushes, flashlights, batteries (test & replace them if necessary), and blankets.

Don’t forget a “winter emergency kit” for your car!
A cold winter is coming. Make sure you’re prepared for any circumstance by packing the essentials along with some cold weather clothes just in case.

Stay safe when you turn your heaters on
Make sure all flammable materials are a safe distance from electric and hot water heaters.

Clean or change your furnace filter

It’s always wise and even recommended that you have your heating system inspected or serviced once yearly to ensure safety, longer life and better performance.

Discard all expired meds
Some common, over the counter medications can cause serious problems due to change through aging. May sure to check your medicine cabinet for any expired meds and keep ALL medication safely stored from children and household pets.

Slow! Children at play!
As it gets darker earlier make sure you’re keeping an eye out for the neighborhood kids walking home or playing the streets.
Parents: suggest that your child wears lighter/ more reflective clothing to increase visibility and ensure safety.

Security Tips

// posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011

Nov 10

CGI Protects wants to help make our community a safer place. We are offering our security tips to help businesses and families be prepared for whatever comes their way.

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