I hope that you and your family are doing well during these extremely difficult times. The COVID-19 epidemic is something that is new to everyone, and the uncertainty is scary to all.
Security is one of the businesses that the Governor has determined to be essential, and we are committed to continuing our service to our clients throughout the area. Some have contacted us to increase their ongoing security, while other companies that have never utilized security in the past, are calling us to evaluate their options. Everyone has been affected by this virus in many different ways. If there is anything that we can do to assist you or your employees during these difficult times, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Thanks, and stay safe.
COVID-19 Work Schedule Update:
Both Governor DeWine (OH) and Governor Wolf (PA) have issued Stay-At-Home orders. Both orders for each respective state should be followed to help contain the spread of COVID-19. These orders do not effect your employment with CAP or your work schedule. Security has been listed as an essential business and we will continue to operate as usual until further notice. You do not need a letter from your employer to travel to or from work at this time.
At CAP, we are closely monitoring updates and information available on the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Protecting our employees while mitigating disruption to our customers is the top priority. We are following the guidance for business and employers for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) of the CDC (Center for Disease Control) to reduce the spread of the virus in our community as well as in our offices.
At this time, CAP has not been directly impacted by the virus, nor have any of our partners indicated any impact by the pandemic. However, we will be working with our providers and communicating any updates as they become available in this ever-evolving situation.
Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.
CDC recommends that employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to work or become sick during the day should be separated from other employees and be sent home immediately. Sick employees should cover their noses and mouths with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available).
Instruct employees to clean their hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol, or wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.
Visit the coughing and sneezing etiquette and clean hands webpage, staying home when sick, for more information.
Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.
We are pleased to announce that Rachel Gorecki has joined our administrative team as our assistant office manager. Her new position will support all administrative functions as well as assist business development, operations, human resources and ownership. Please welcome Rachel.
We had a very good year in 2019 thanks to a superior management team and great new and old clients and employees. We celebrated over a casual holiday lunch.
Seated Christy Beaver Office Mgr, Dan Aloe President/Owner, Mark Drear Vice President
Standing Dylan Chappell Assist Ops Mgr, Mike Virgin Director of Operations
Here's a refresher on fire extinguisher use and fire prevention. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dMAGhCsGkQ
The criminality of an individual is by itself not sufficient for a crime to occur. Though in many cases, a criminal will be so determined to commit a crime that it will be impossible to deter, the circumstances of the situation and environment need to have certain characteristics for a crime to be possible.
Situational Crime Prevention works on four principles: that if the effort needed by the criminal to commit the crime is increased, that if the risks to the criminal during perpetration are increased, if the potential rewards for the crime are reduced, and if the excuses to plead ignorance of the act being illegal are removed, then the likelihood of the crime being committed drops significantly.
In many environments it is impossible to remove the assets on site that make tempting targets for an intrusion. That leaves the best path to stopping one to be making it clear to the potential intruder that his goals in theft or vandalism will be extremely difficult to achieve, and impossible to do so without being identified. With hardening measures such as physical barriers and access control systems, and highly visible surveillance by cameras, or most effectively by live personnel that can react to an situation immediately, almost any area will be passed on for a more vulnerable and less intimidating target.
Essential to the success of a protection operation is a clear understanding of what actually threatens a property. A retail store, off-shift factory, and a high security facility will all have vastly different, but equally valid security needs. They have different assets that need protection, and different means of intrusion would be used to get to them. Implementing a security plan designed for a different type of property can be highly ineffective.
To ensure that the security plan is both reliable and flexible, and also practical enough to be effective, the property itself should be visited and explored during the plan’s creation. Consultation can be done with officers who have protected that or similar sites, and previous break-ins or incidents at similar environments reviewed. The plan should be a living document that both the security provider and client requesting the service are open to the possibility of modifying if the operational situation changes.
When there is a full comprehension of the environment and risks that it faces, a complete operation can be realized. Putting together deterrent factors, depth defenses with delay barriers, and reaction protocols help to make a property as secure as possible.
As the science of crime deterrence updates every day, so too do the crime prevention techniques applied to building design and project layout improve. While many of the new design concepts are impossible to apply to an already constructed location, some principles can be implemented anywhere that will both stop crime before it happens and improve the quality of life there.
Most important is that a location must appear to be safe, secure, and maintained to any party that is looking to intrude. Fences and property are a simple way to show that the owner cares about his property’s integrity and are a surprisingly effective deterrent. A site that is well cared for gives an impression of being secure, broken windows and downtrodden areas can give a sense of neglect and vulnerability to a potential intruder.
Good lighting is essential. Pathways and hallways are especially vulnerable due to their frequency of use. Making sure that these areas can be well observed from outside areas significantly reduces any form of risk.
Effective use of signage will keep occupants of a location safe by giving them and understanding of their responsibility in the mutual effort of security, as well as making sure that they understand the characteristics of the environment. A more extensive application of this principle can be applied with an information kiosk, concierge, or well-trained security officer.
Avoid establishing areas where surveillance is impossible. Any place that is isolated from outside observation is the most likely area for an incident to occur. Solutions to consider are adding windows if possible, cameras, or regular patrols inside, depending on the nature of the specific location.
Labor Day is the opportunity for employers and employees to be rewarded for their efforts and hard work. We hope that you enjoy a safe and secure Labor Day weekend with family and friends.
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