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Do You Know How Your Security Officers Are Paid?

There has been a major change in the contract security industry in the way contract security officers are paid. In order to reduce their overall payroll costs, most companies offer direct deposit into the security officer’s checking account. Those not having a checking account are issued Debit Cards. Some companies simply do not offer the direct deposit option and issue Debit Cards only. Doing so requires the officer to go to the bank issuing the Debit Card to obtain their funds without paying a withdrawal fee. However using these Debit Cards at retail stores does incur a transaction fee and in many cases, the issuing contract security company receives either part of that transaction fee, if not all of it. In short, your security officers may not be receiving the full hourly pay you believe they are.

Is Your Security Guard Company Overcharging You?


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Adequate Security Includes Exterior Lighting

Most business owners and managers are not aware that a huge number of law suits involving failure to provide adequate security involve exterior lighting. Most companies, property owners and managers, shopping malls and strip centers have contracts to maintain their exterior lighting. Unfortunately, many do not and those that do usually involve monthly checking and replacement of burnt out bulbs. However, one major factor that is overlooked is the accumulation of dead insects inside the lenses of the exterior lights.Over time, a large collection of these dead insects (attracted to the light) significantly reduce the illumination output of the light fixture which causes dark spots in the parking areas, etc. Vandals and perpetrators look at these areas as opportunities to commit crimes. Few if any security consultants address exterior lighting when conducting risk assessments. And if they do, it is merely to point out that there are exterior light bulbs that need replacement. At Hamilton Consulting Services, we always include light meter readings of all exterior lighting to ensure that our client’s exterior lighting fully meets established standards. Our mission is to reduce our client’s exposure to liability and improperly maintained exterior lighting is an area of concern. To that end, our consultants also are mindful of any issues that affect the illumination of exterior lighting such as foliage from large trees that may need to be pruned.We pride in ourselves in our thoroughness when conducting risk assessments. Protecting our clients assets, employees, visitors and profits is our focus.

Houston Vacation Security Issues

We all enjoy taking vacations. Before you leave for your vacation you should to take several steps prior to leaving to protect the security of your home :• Put a vacation hold on your newspaper• Place a hold on your mail or have someone pick it up daily if delivered to your home• Place a couple of inexpensive timers on lamps in two different rooms in your house where the lights come on and go off during night time hours where these lights can easily been seen from the street. This gives the appearance that someone is home.• Make sure all house doors, windows and garage doors are locked and you have the keys.• Turn your thermostats up. No need to cool an empty house.• Tell only close friends and/or selected family members you are leaving, where you are going and where you will be staying.

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Houston Hurricane Preparation Planning for the Home


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