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Easter Holiday Weekend + Pandemic + Economic Hardships = High Crime: Protect Your Business with These Tips

Posted by AMAROK on 4/8/20 9:57 AM

Holiday weekends are notorious for being high-crime weekends and a criminal’s paradise. This is especially true given the state of the current economy with the COVID-19 pandemic.  We have also noticed a trend of businesses having more assets than usual on their yard due to the economic slowdown.

We recommend putting in place a few basic measures to protect your property and assets for this holiday weekend.

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Just remember CPR – Check, Prepare, Report – and then have a great Easter Holiday Weekend!

For Facilities:

Check

  • Check that alarms and surveillance systems are working.
  • Walk the perimeter to make sure it's properly secured.
  • Check on lighting. Replace non-working fixtures.
  • Review timer so lights come on while facility is closed.

Prepare

  • Perform a security system test. Is your monitoring service receiving signals?
  • Use an alarm backup system with verified response capabilities.
  • Remove keys from all equipment (like forklifts) and secure them.

Report

  • Report system faults right away.
  • Ensure that the company alarm call list is current with valid phone numbers.
  • Contact law enforcement and request additional patrols in the area.

For Freight In-Transit:

Check

  • Perform an initial overall check of the vehicle before leaving it unattended for any length of time.
  • Check on unattended vehicles as frequently as possible.

Prepare

  • Secure the tractor and trailer with a steering wheel locking device, kingpin locks, and glad-hand locks. All three.
  • Lock all trailer doors. NEVER leave keys inside the tractor.
  • Leave vehicles in secured lots with ample lighting and constant, live surveillance.
  • Park vehicles within view of security cameras.

Report

  • Frequently notify dispatch of your whereabouts.
  • Use tracking in the freight with geo-fencing and alert notification.
  • Gather with your team to discuss perimeter security today.

You don’t have to wait for holidays to protect yourself this is something that is a best practice all year long. Apply these suggestions to help maintain the integrity of your security system and keep the criminal element on the outside. Contact AMAROK™ today for a site security evaluation, free of charge!

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