Thursday, January 11, 2018

Guardian's Concierge Officer Of 2017

Guardian Security is proud to congratulate Tahirou Boundy as Guardian's Concierge Officer Of 2017. We received a complimentary letter about Tahirou from a tenant in regards to his fast response and care of the building during a snow storm. Tahirou has worked tirelessly to keep his building safe and secure.



He always provides the highest level of service to every tenant, continuously striving to uphold Guardian’s Security Services standards. Tahirou’s professionalism, knowledge, and dedication reflect Guardian Security Services, Inc.'s overall dedication to the safety and well-being of our clients and their tenants.

About Concierge/Front Desk Ambassador

Our concierge services go far beyond those offered by more traditional concierge companies. Our reputation for going that extra mile, combined with our years of experience mean our clients can relax, knowing even the tiniest details are being taken care of.
We have worked hard to ensure that we have the very best concierge services. Every one of our highly trained employees receives comprehensive training in aiding and meeting all the needs of your staff and your residents alike.
Training involves all aspects of front desk duties, such as: properly greeting tenant and guests in a cheerful welcoming manner, assisting with all reasonable requests, becoming an integral part of the property, answering questions, serving as a general presence and visible deterrent to infractions; detecting suspicious activities reporting all incidents, accidents or medical emergencies to the building property manager.
In addition, our concierge team wear distinctive uniforms bearing our logo and name, varying from venue to venue but always looking highly presentable, clean and visible for people who may be looking for them. The next time you find yourself in need of the finest concierge services, contact Guardian. We are one of the top concierge companies for a reason.
http://www.guardian-service.com/services/conciergefront-desk-ambassador/

Guardian Security Employee Of The Year - 2018

Guardian Security is proud to congratulate Kimberly Simmonds as Guardian's Security Officer Of 2017! Kim has shown time and time again her passion and commitment towards Guardian and servicing her building.



Her willingness to carry out her duties day in and day out set the standard for security officers under her watch. We at Guardian salute Kimberly Simmonds for her hard work and dedication! 

About Guardian Security



Who Needs a Security Guard?

Our job isn’t to appraise what you produce, how you produce it, or whom you sell to. We believe every business is entitled to function safely and without threat of damages or loss. At our core, we are intensely interested in keeping you and your business secure. A few of our typical clients include:
  • Hotels
  • Retail Stores
  • 24-hour businesses
  • Hospitals
  • Office Buildings
  • Residential Communities
  • Airports
Virtually any place of business can benefit from our security protection and we can tailor that to the proper safety that your business needs. Full customization of security guard schedules, presentation (plainclothes or uniform?), and equipment means that this security feature caters to the image you have cultivated for your business, and makes this a necessity for the safety of your assets.

What Can Security Guards Do?

We understand that each of our client’s needs are unique. That is why our security guards are trained to provide a variety of services. Some of the things we offer include:

MONITORING

You may want to establish a security guard service that does more than patrol. You may need someone to review surveillance or even walk employees or customers to their vehicles after hours. A security guard can help defend a number of aspects of your business that doesn’t involve simply walking around the perimeter (although, that can certainly be an option as well!). It boils down to asking yourself what are your security needs? We have years of experience in creating the ideal protection package by asking the questions no one else thinks to ask. We find the weak links in your armor and, instead of attempting to hide them, actually find ways to fix them.

PREVENTION

Hiring a security company as part of your overall safety plan will go a long way in preventing criminals from targeting you. Unfortunately, businesses are a target for vandalism and theft. A secure presence will certainly discourage criminal activity and help your business keep a safe reputation. Guardian recognizes the line between creating a crime-free zone (like a prison cell) and a place wherein crime is significantly deterred all the while business is still encouraged. Your business is not a jail cell, it shouldn’t feel or behave like one. There should be a balance between safety and claustrophobia. Our experience in protecting businesses means we know where that line is for your business.

MANAGING CRIME

The security guards from Guardian are top of the line. We train our professionals to handle crimes that range from theft, violence, vandalism—and everything in between. We want our clients to feel confident when they call on our services; they get the most competent people in the industry. We understand that quality service means constantly evolving with the changes that occur in society. That is why our personnel is required to continue training and implement those new security techniques in their positions. Our constant and consistent training does not stop at physical reactions to physical crimes. Our personnel are trained in everything from reading surveillance and interpreting body language and micro expressions to categorizing anonymous threats and responding to the newest trends of criminal activity in the age of the Internet. Just as you and your business change and evolve with time, so too do our security guards — by remaining adaptable at all times.

PEACE OF MIND

It has been proven that the presence of a security guard actually offers people a sense of safety. People simply feel better when they know that a trained professional is keeping an eye out. As a business owner, it lets you know that someone else also has your best interest in mind. When you succeed, we know that we have succeeded as well. It’s a win-win from both sides of the spectrum.

Monday, January 8, 2018

How much safer can New York City get?

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, January 7, 2018, 5:00 AM

The statistics out of New York’s police headquarters for 2017 are nothing short of wonderful. This crazy polyglot metropolis of 8.5 million reported a total volume of homicides under 300, a rate per 100,000 citizens of 3.4, and a decline from the Gotham’s bad old days of 1990 of 89%. The city is bigger than ever, just as diverse and vastly less dangerous.

How did this happen? What happens next?
Two further details about public safety in New York deserve special mention before addressing the mystery of causes. First, it isn’t just homicide that has declined in unprecedented fashion; street crimes like robbery, burglary and auto theft have also dropped by close to 90%. Homicide numbers are worth special attention because it is the crime we most fear and the event that is the most difficult to hide from notice.
Second, the crime news remains rosy even when 2017’s totals are compared to non-crisis periods. By 2001, the city’s police force had already expanded by 40% and changes in police strategy had already produced the massive declines that made mayors and police chiefs into celebrities.
But the 649 homicides in 2001 produced a population rate of 8.1 per 100,000, more than twice as high as 2017, and 2001’s burglary and robbery rates also have dropped by half. Using homicide as a standard, New York is now the safest big city in the United States, with a homicide rate half that of Los Angeles.
So do we just applaud the NYPD? The effectiveness of New York policing is a major part of the city’s quarter-century of progress, but that doesn’t mean that the department should get the credit for every year-to-year improvement, just as it shouldn’t get blamed if the numbers turn negative. The almost 14% homicide drop from 2016 reported last year cannot be confidently linked to any of last year’s changes in policing.
And assuming that police patrols can micromanage citywide crime risks is not only bad science but is unfair to the police. Why not expect them to generate a homicide rate of zero?
It is of course reassuring that New York has the most successful municipal crime reduction achievement in modern history, but that distinction carries an important handicap. When the Los Angeles police chief is asked whether his city’s homicide rate can be reduced from its current rate of about 7 per 100,000, he can confidently say progress is possible because of New York City’s much more dramatic declines.
But New York City has no example of more successful crime reduction to point to as it tiptoes toward reducing street crimes to one-tenth of their historic highs.
Sure, there are cities in the world with homicide rates of 1 per 100,000, but not in a nation with at least 60 million handguns . New York is testing the limits of American possibility.
There are two important lessons that concern the capacity of effective policing to control crime. The first is the continuing preventive importance of street police. Whether or not the city’s homicide rates go up 6% next year or down another 12%, what a well-conceptualized and now better-behaved street police presence contributes to safe streets is substantial.
But New York is also a case study in the sturdiness of police effectiveness even when public and governmental criticism of cops becomes an important civic presence.
When crime rates turned up in many U.S. cities in 2015, right-wing pundits suggested that criticisms of police excessive force were undermining police morale and lessening police capacities to enforce the law and prevent crime. This theory was given an evocative label, “the Ferguson effect”; we were warned that the “war on cops” was producing a new crime wave.
If any city in the United States should be suffering from a Ferguson effect crime wave, it is New York City. The mayor who now enters his second term ran against established policing tactics when he got elected the first time. Police unions turned their backs on leadership at an official memorial service. A federal judge enjoined stop-and-frisk and the official rate of such stops has plummeted.
For the full article click here. 
Zimring is professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley, and author of “The City That Became Safe: New York’s Lessons for Urban Crime and Its Control.”

Friday, January 5, 2018

Sniffs and coughs are NOT the only signs of sickness to look for: How eyes, lips and skin tell you who is ill!

When someone says 'you don't look so good,' you might want to listen and head to the doctor, according to new research. Detecting illness is essential to survival from an evolutionary perspective, but it was previously unclear if and how humans could identify signs of it just by looking at one another. 


With a particularly bad flu season upon us, symptoms like a runny nose or a persistent cough seem like good potential indicators of who to avoid if we want to dodge the bug.  
But researchers in Sweden, the US and Germany collectively found that we are able to tell the difference between a sick person and a healthy one just by looking at their faces.  

The annual flu epidemic has already reached widespread status and claimed the lives of a number of people, including at least 12 children. Reports have been swirling around that the flu shot may not be as effective against this year's strain, leaving many looking for alternative preventative methods.

The new study, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society, shows that we might just be able to keep ourselves safe from sickness by searching for physical signs in peoples' eyes, skin and lips.Researchers from Stockholm University and New York University injected half of their 22 subjects with a placebo and the other half with a drug that causes brief but notable inflammation and signs of sickness. 

Two hours later - just as those given the real injection were starting to get puffy - the researchers snapped photographs of all of the study participants.  

The study used two different groups of 60 observers to assess the 16 pictures after eliminating six images from the original batch for being too inconsistent. 
Observers with no medical or related training were able to correctly guess that 13 out of 16 of the people whose photos they saw were sick. Looking back at the side-by-side pictures of sick and healthy people, the researchers identified eight factors that make a person look sick, though, surprisingly, the features most drastically affected by the injection were not the ones that observers most closely associated with looking sick. Of those eight, three signs stood out as making people look sick.

For the full article click here. 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Winter is officially here! Watch Your Pipes!

Winter is officially here! As a reminder, please pay special attention to the following in your facilities: Any construction that has been done in the last year or penetrations that did not affect pipes last year, could freeze this winter. Those areas should be walked with a thermometer and checked. Pay attention to “curtain” or outside walls where work was done.

Sprinkler work that is open to outside air penetrations: • Loading docks • Outside air plenum rooms • Roof mechanical rooms • Stairwells on outside walls • Fire stairs that exit directly to the street • Please make sure all heat trace that is supposed to be working is in fact pulling amps • Cooling tower lines • Hose tank lines • All OA dampers should be air tight when closed • Some buildings may have to shut outside hose spigots (this could apply to your home as well) Remember, if a sprinkler system is in danger of freezing, YOU MAY BE ABLE TO isolate a drain a portion of it (CHECK LOCAL CODES AND YOUR LOCAL FIRE HOUSE), BUT YOU MUST NOTIFY CENTRAL STATION AND FDNY DISPATCH.

For more details on the winter storm click here.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing During Brutal NJ Cold Snap

The bitter cold is not just an inconvenience, in many cases it can lead to property damage due to frozen pipes. Here's how to prevent that.


By Kara Seymour, Patch National Staff  | Updated 

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Don't Let Pipes Freeze - and Steps to Take If They Do

What's worse than a major home maintenance disaster? Try several major home maintenance disasters at once. When a house's water pipes freeze, the situation is not as simple as calling a plumber. A 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can spew up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flooding, serious structural damage, and the immediate potential for mold.
Frozen water pipes are a problem in both cold and warmer climates, affecting a quarter-million families each winter, and it can happen in homes with both plastic and copper pipes. It's all too common, especially considering this damage is largely preventable.
In addition to taking the usual preventive precautions, here are a few steps you can take to keep your pipes from turning frigid nights into inconvenient, and expensive ordeals.

Before winter arrives

The three central causes of frozen pipes are quick drops in temperature, poor insulation, and thermostats set too low. You can prepare your home during the warmer months.
  • Insulate pipes in your home's crawl spaces and attic, even if you live in a climate where freezing is uncommon. Exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing. Remember, the more insulation you use, the better protected your pipes will be.
  • Heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables can be used to wrap pipes. Be sure to use products approved by an independent testing organization, such as Underwriters Laboratories Inc., and only for the use intended (exterior or interior). Closely follow all manufacturers' installation and operation instructions.
  • Seal leaks that allow cold air inside near where pipes are located. Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes, and use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out. With severe cold, even a tiny opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze.
  • Before winter hits, disconnect garden hoses and, if possible, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. This reduces the chance of freezing in the short span of pipe just inside the house.

When the mercury plummets

Even if you've taken the right preventative steps, extreme weather conditions can still harm your pipes. Here are a few more steps you can take:
  • A trickle of hot and cold water might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing. Let warm water drip overnight, preferably from a faucet on an outside wall.
  • Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during both day and night. You might be in the habit of turning down the heat when you're asleep, but further drops in the temperature—more common overnight—could catch you off guard and freeze your pipes.
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to un-insulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.

Before you skip town

Travelling in the winter months might be good for the soul, but don't forget to think about your pipes before you leave. What can you do?
  • Set the thermostat in your house no lower than 55°F (12°C).
  • Ask a friend or neighbor to check your house daily to make sure it's warm enough to prevent freezing.
  • Shut off and drain the water system. Be aware that if you have a fire protection sprinkler system in your house, it may be deactivated when you shut off the water.

If your pipes do freeze

What if your pipes still freeze, despite your best preventive measures? First step: Don't panic. Just because they're frozen doesn't mean they've already burst. Here's what you can do:
  • If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out, leave the faucets turned on and call a plumber.
  • Do not use electrical appliances in areas of standing water. You could be electrocuted.
  • Never try to thaw a pipe with a torch or other open flame because it could cause a fire hazard. Water damage is preferable to burning down your house!
  • You may be able to thaw a frozen pipe using a hair dryer. Start by warming the pipe as close to the faucet as possible, working toward the coldest section of pipe.
  • If your water pipes have already burst, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve in the house; leave the water faucets turned on. Make sure everyone in your family knows where the water shutoff valve is and how to open and close it.