Risk Management

Tap that App, and Keep it Safe.
Date: 19.01.2017
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So, it’s Friday night! Friends are in the lobby and you’re all about to hit the town. Shoes are on, last look in the mirror, and you’re closing the door… WAIT! Keep these tips in mind to better protect your home, yourself, and your loved-ones. 1. Lights Out In a rush, many people forget to turn off appliances, such as stoves, ovens, or taps. The obvious risks are Fire, or Flood, and you don’t want to come home to either. Do a last check to see that all is off. Turn off those lights to avoid an annoying surprise at the end of the month. 2. Bells and Whistles Turn on the in-suite alarm system if you have one (and […]

5 Common Mistakes new Security Companies make
Date: 11.04.2017
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Thinking of starting a Security company? There is money to be made in security. With talks of privatization of non-core policing function, global unrest and increasing hate and terrorist attacks, the opportunity is definitely there to make it big not only in Canada, but also in the US and world-wide. The business model of security is fairly simple – you sell hours of guarding labour, quantities of system licenses, or amounts of certain hardware. However, the Canadian landscape is littered with corpses of security and systems companies that died either instant, or slow and painful, death. Here are 5 reasons that account for the failure of most security companies, in no particular order: Short on Cash – To make money, […]

You and I care for guards (and their wages)
Date: 05.10.2016
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A spectre is haunting Ontario’s Security industry – the spectre of Wage and Representation for its front lines. From CEO to part-time guard (faithfully holding Access Card) the issues of wage and representation are boiling in the hearts and minds of everyone. These are issues of fairness to workers, responsibility to the front lines, and of an industry suddenly realizing its own power and influence. My post titled “Who Cares about the Guards (and their Wages)” received tremendous response. In the text below, and as a follow-up – I lay out the plan of how we in Ontario, all segments working together, can achieve the much-needed legislated minimum wage, and adequate professional representation for our guards, and ourselves. Guards, Field […]

Who cares about guards (and their wages)?
Date: 03.09.2016
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I don’t know where to start, maybe someone can help. I have been in this industry for coming up to 12 years, and I am yet to see any security association putting up a meaningful campaign to raise guard wages, or at least raising the professional profile of the guard….ASIS, IAHSS, IFPO and others…as the top echelons of the industry gear up for the ultra-posh, suit-and-tie ASIS 2016 Seminar in Orlando (entrance fee is $895 if you’re an ASIS member – hotel, flights, meals are all extra – probably all paid by the employer), the struggle of Ontario’s security guards to afford new backpacks for their kids this September, surely continues. I started as a guard at a slaughter-house back in 2005, at a time […]

#CraneGirl – 1 / Construction Security – “Standard Exceeding”
Date: 28.04.2017
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This is amazing! I have been voring the internet for the past two days literally obsessed with #CraneGirl. Absolutely amazing – the powerful calmness amid such danger, the seemingly impossible feat of sliding down the greasy wires at that height, the mystery of the “why”, and of course, the rescue operation. There are those unhappy with the waste of tax-dollars (which none have enough info to calculate…and which CraneGirl also pays BTW); Others decry the waste of resources…(Oh my God! the firefighters rescuing her missed a hockey tourament that morning. Unacceptable!). But once they all get over that, they too admit it was good training for Police and Fire, and when they are finished ranting about wasted youth they are […]

“Show & Sell” – The ridiculousness of Condo Security
Date: 27.08.2016
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True Story Monday morning @ 0745 hours, I got out of my condo apartment, took the elevator down to P1 and walked to my car, with the usual tunnel vision and early morning emails on my mind. As I neared my parking spot, I noticed that my front-driver window looked open. Weird, I never forget to close my windows…OK… Small pieces of glass scattered around the parking spot…something happened…looking around…WHAT? MY CAR GOT VANDALISED???? As this was kicking in, I leaned on the car, and noticed….”AND MY ROOF RACK IS MISSING”???? IN A CONDOMINIUM THAT HAS 24-7 SECURITY????????? WHAT? NO! HOW? HOW THE HELL?????? Immediately up I went, to see the concierge, who had a whole pile of people in […]

“I’ve got training coming out of my…”
Date: 14.07.2014
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“How much more training do I need to take?” It’s everywhere – at work, online, in school…and more and more of it is being pushed into our lives. We have become apathetic to the amount of mandatory training being pushed on us. We take it all, and if we have a choice of whether to take something on our own, we usually start with a “No. Well, maybe in the future…” A great deal of training is a Checkbox that either you, or your employer literally fill out as having completed for whatever reason…be it for a promotion, a stepping stone, or a compliance thing that needs to be…well…complied with. BUT, have there been training courses you’ve come out of, and […]