Are Your Children Safe from Bullies?

27 September in Personal Safety, School Safety

Some authorities estimate that up to 30% of US students have been victims of bullying. Students who are victimized by bullying can be two to nine times more likely than other children to attempt suicide. Parents who are alert to the signs of bullying and who intervene quickly and aggressively may be doing more than protecting a child from hurt feelings - they may be saving his or her life.   Here are 10 potential signs that your child may be the subject of bullying at school: 1....

Your Home is Your Refuge – 8 Tips for Home Security

27 September in Personal Safety

We all want to feel safe and secure in our homes, but even our most sacred place of refuge can be a target for criminals who either seek to steal from us or do harm. Residential security concerns are centered on a number of factors - deliveries, (scheduled and unscheduled) extended absences, travel pattern duplication, unawareness of surroundings, and telephone usage. Here are 8 tips to enhance your security at home: 1. Deliveries– Never accept strange deliveries or allow workers or delivery persons into your home without...

Shopping Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

27 September in Personal Safety

With the Holiday Season in full swing, spirits are high, mall parking lots are full, and the streets are congested with shoppers inching their way to retail stores to find that perfect gift. Even with the vast onset of online shoppers, there still exists those incredibly tenacious folks who love to brave the elements, the traffic, and the pushing and shoving that goes with the exhilaration of the holiday retail shopping experience. While shoppers focus on the season, big bargains and discounts - the criminal element...

Can Domestic Violence Impact Your Business?

27 September in Workplace Violence

Did you know that 21% of full-time employed adults report being the victim of domestic violence? Interestingly, 64% of those same adults has stated their work performance suffered as a result of domestic abuse. Our society has clearly shifted the paradigm through which we view the issue of domestic violence, and how we deal with this issue in the workplace. On March 8, 2013, President Obama signed into law the expanded version of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWRA) of 1994.   Originally enacted in 1994,...

Who Owns Security in Your Restaurant?

27 September in Corporate Security, Personal Safety

A common definition of security is: “precautions taken to guard against crime, attack, sabotage, espionage, etc.” And for most of us, we often think of security in this way - as a thing or something we get, or even something we hire or buy.  But consider another correct definition of security: “freedom from danger or risk - safety.”  When viewed in this manner “security” is a state of being - a condition to be achieved and not something to be purchased or provided by another....

Reducing Workplace Violence Through Training

27 September in Workplace Violence

In my first supervisory role many years ago, I was delighted to learn that generally my subordinates were anxious to do the right thing and only needed clear communication of my expectations to diligently go in the direction of the organization’s vision. I’ve now seen that behavior repeatedly throughout my career. People generally want to do the right thing. So I ask you, on the issue of workplace violence, have you clearly communicated your expectations that employees report threatening behavior? Have you clearly communicated what behaviors are possible...