From Local to GLOBAL…….
Thanks for taking the time to read about the exciting direction N-Tact Security is taking. N-Tact Security is based out of Ocala, Florida and is a family owned Security Agency. We recently have decided after numerous inquiries to take N-Tact from local to global, the change in our logo will help to better identify with our clients abroad. Mr. Maurice Thornton has recently taken a position as Lieutenant with N-Tact Security and we are very excited to have his experience and training on our team. Mr. Thornton will be handling our clients abroad and will over see our Executive Protection Agents. His training and experience make him an idea candidate for this position. He has served both in the United States Military as well as an Executive Protection Agent all around the world protecting presidents, CEOs, VIPs and dignitaries. We are dedicated to excellence with all our clients and we are committed to keeping that promise with our local customers as well. Same great service with a brand new logo.
7 Reasons Why Security Is Needed On Your Construction Site
As a General Contractor, site manager and or project manager you hold a lot of responsibility ensuring the safety and security of both employees on site as well as material for the project. Construction sites are often volatile even when everything is on schedule and going smooth. It doesn’t take much and small accidents, mistakes and or theft can prove to be very detrimental. This is why most will agree that is not only a good idea but often times essential to have a well-trained Security Officer on site. Issues such as theft, vandalism, and waste can drain budgets quickly and cause the relationship between the construction company and owner to be very difficult to say the least! Many of our customers started off with security cameras thinking it was the fix all and soon come to realization that nothing replaces having a trained officer on site. Here is a list of 7 reasons every construction site should have highly trained professional Security Officer on site.
Construction materials such as copper, concrete blocks, wood, siding and shingles are a very short list of things that are commonly stolen on a construction site. Most of the above items can bring top dollar on the black market and are not marked or labeled in anyway making it near impossible to ever recoup your material once it’s gone. Many companies choose to gamble and wait until something happens but often times it only takes one incident to drain a budget which can put stress on a relationship between owners and contractors. This more than once has proven to be the most costly option! We recently were contracted by a general contractor to supply security for a construction site. The phone call went like this: “Yes, I’m looking to get an estimate for security at one of our sites. We recently had an incident and management is mandating we have security.” Me wanting to know all the details before starting the job I asked what was the incident? They replied by saying: “last Saturday we had 90 THOUSAND DOLLARS worth of equipment stolen!” Obviously this wasn’t just lumber and a few cinder blocks, the thieves took some heavy equipment and used that same equipment to load thousands of dollars worth of material into a trailer before loading the tractors and pulling off the job site never to be seen again! In this case the construction company could have hired security 24 hours a day 2 times over before even coming close to exceeding that hefty price tag! Theft can be detrimental and is easily preventable.
Ensuring that the correct personnel are on site and that unauthorized persons are not go hand in hand with safety, theft and vandalism. Having unauthorized persons on site can cause a distraction at best and can lead to much worse if not handled properly. Often times construction companies will have fired an unruly or angry employee. Unless everyone on the site knows they can often times slip through the cracks and cause havoc on your site out of spite or monetary gain.
Trained Security Officers on site can help in reducing waste as well. Security Officers can ensure that all scrap material is managed properly and placed in the proper locations. Often times employees look at this material as “extra” and don’t consider it theft to take it or give it away. These materials can often times be used on other construction sites and or given to charities.
4. PREVENTS CONFLICTS IN BUDGETING
Like mentioned before relationships between general contractors and owners can be great …..until budgets are drained and things come up missing. Then the “great debate” begins. Who is responsible and who is going to pay to replace the material that was stolen.. Discussing these budget responsibility is never easy. These conversations are much more easier to have prior to the project starting. If having security on site is billed into the over all budget before the project begins it looks like pennies to the owners and is often never even consider to be an “extra cost.”
Vandalism is often a problem on construction sites. Unauthorized people can cause damage to material and equipment for “fun” and or for their own agenda in order to slow or hinder your progress on site. This can cost money to repair and or replace items and can also cause a lot of stress on both the construction company and owner.
Safety is always or at least should always be of top importance on a job site. Even when all policies are followed accidents can occur from simple mistakes to mother nature herself. Adding the risk of having unwanted or unauthorized guest on site only amplifies your risk or safety issues. Having trained Security Officers on site ensures that only authorized persons are on property. Security Officers can also enforce policies such as eye protection and hard hat usage.
7. UNRULY WORKERS
Security Officers and can also assist in the event that employees become unruly and or show up in a condition unfit for work. Although this may not be a common issue it can and has been issues for our customers in the past. Our Officers are trained to handle unruly, intoxicated or angry individuals and can do it in a safe and respectful manner. This allows work to continue undisrupted and with minimal distraction to other employees.
Every site has its own specific challenges to deal with from theft to safety and vandalism. It only takes one incident to cost you more than a year worth of security. Often times insurance rates are raised which result in thousands of dollars over a course of time. Contact us today to ensure your site stays secure and profitable! WWW.NTACTSECURITY.COM
ICE….Do I need it?
ICE, which stands for “In Case Of Emergency,” was originally developed in the mid 2000s and has most certainly saved countless lives sense it has been implemented. It was originally designed to instruct individuals to make “ICE” contacts in their phone, this way if you were hurt badly and could not speak, paramedics could access your phone and talk to someone on your behalf.
This idea is great, and it worked wonderfully for years but now days we have smart phones and everything has become more secure. With that being said the majority of all cell phones have some form of password in order to access the phone, causing the original idea to be null and void!
There is good news though! There has been a new and improved version of ICE now implemented which I believed is even better than before.
As a deputy I responded to many emergencies where individuals couldn’t speak for themselves. Some were hurt traumatically such as a car accident or a fight and others were experiencing medical emergencies like strokes and seizures. The first thing professionals will do is check your purse and or wallet for identification. We do this so that we can search your name and find any information on you that may be beneficial. If not at your house we can find an address to send a deputy to, if we are at the victim’s house we would be searching for next of kin in order to answer medical questions.
With the ICE card the best placement is directly behind the driver’s license. This ensure that when a law enforcement officer and or a medical professional pulls your identification, they will see your ICE card. Your ICE card should have your complete medical history with a list of all current medications and allergies along with your next of kin and their contact information.
By implementing the ICE card behind your identification, professionals can figure out who you are, your medical condition, allergies that exist and be able to contact your next of kin for any further questions. What would have taken several steps and an extensive amount of time, can now be done in matter of minutes with an ICE card.
Simply google free ICE card and you may take your pick of several different styles you can print, for free! I suggest after printing and filling it out that you have it laminated to keep it from wear and tear.
This article was not written for only the elderly or individuals with sever medical conditions. I have responded to several calls for service where individuals well under the age of 21 were injured seriously and they had no ICE card.
If you are reading this, take a few minutes today and implement this life saving idea into your life. If you already have, please share this article with someone else and together we may save a life 😊
For years our options have been extremely limited as to who we can use for a credible, affordable security alarm. It has been even worse for people living in apartments or other places for a temporary amount of time.
Introducing the Ghost Guard Secure! The Ghost Guard Secure is the first and ONLY plug and play security and home automation device. 10 years in law enforcement I have seen alarms defeated and what people thought was true security was only a false sense of security.
The Ghost Guard is by far the most impressive resilient alarm you will find on the market! Ghost Guard uses top of the line, cutting edge technology that was originally developed and used in the military while dealing with explosives!
We have taken that same technology and turned it into the most impressive state of the art alarm. With the alarm pictured above you can literally plug it in and within 30 seconds every door and window in your residence is secure. No wires, sensors or annoying double sided tape! Its one device the size of a DVD player that is able to protect your entire house.
The Ghost Guard comes with a list of other accessories and capabilities if your the techy type and want to really unleash all the benefits and technology Ghost Guard has to offer! If you can imagine it, the Ghost Guard Secure can more than likely do it! Below is a short list most certainly not all inclusive on what the Ghost Guard Secure can really do!
Ghost Guard also offers:
1.) Energy savings
2.) Home automation
3.) Live video feed
4.) Compatible with Alexa
5.) Wifi capable
6.) Compatible with most smart home devices!
5.) Complete control from anywhere in the world.
6.) Peace of mind knowing your secure!
Ghost Guard is scheduled to reach the market in July 2018!
For more information be sure to click on the link "Ghost Guard" above and enter your information. This guarantees you a discount on your Ghost Guard as well! We will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible with more information!
The Basic 5 Steps to Ultimate Home Security
Nothing is more important to most of use than the safety and security of ourselves and loved ones. So many of us don’t take security into consideration until its to late. I don’t know if there is a way to fact check this fun fact, but I was once told the average victim of burglary or home invasion installs an alarm on their residence within 72 hours of the crime.
Its great they are taking that small step to ensure their families safety, however if they were focused on being proactive instead of reactive they could have potentially prevented themselves and their family from being a victim.
I wanted to keep this short enough that most would take the time to read it, but long enough to give the needed information so I decided to break it down to the infamous 5 D’s of home security. If you haven’t heard the 5 D’s of security before, please take notes and complete a self-evaluation of where you are weakest. If you have continue to read and comment below your thoughts or opinions.
So what steps should you take?
When we think of detection, two forms of detection that come to mind are: low tech and high tech. Most of you can probably get a good idea of some high tech methods of detection such as basic alarms, driveway motion alarms and motion detecting lights. However what are some basic free and or cheap low tech methods of detection. First and for most our neighbors are our biggest allies! If you don’t know your neighbor get to know them. Once you find out that they aren’t quite as creepy as you once thought then trim your bushes! If your neighbor knows who should and shouldn’t be at your house and they are able to see your house, this is often times the best form of detection!
Placing things such as gravel around your windows or walkways makes noise that can alert you or a dog that an intruder is nearby.
Delaying a criminal into your residence employees a lot of the same techniques that you would use to “deny” access. Good locks, security window film, thorny bushes and simply LOCKING doors and windows. I can not begin to tell you all the burglaries I worked while in law enforcement where the criminal just opened an unlocked door, rather it be your house or vehicle.
Thanks for taking the time to read the blog if you have any questions, comments and or an idea for our next topic be sure to leave a comment below!
Stay Safe, Stay Vigilant, Stay Trained!
Many people believe that making their residence more secure will be costly including purchasing top of the line security systems and the newest tech and gadgets. Let us share with you a simple trick to secure your residence for a massive investment of $2.50!
Working as a Deputy Sheriff, I have kicked in a few doors myself. I remember the first time I kicked open a door like it was yesterday! I wish it was more exciting story for you but it wasn't. I responded to a call where an elderly female had fallen and needed help. I was able to make contact with her through the window and asked her if there was a spare key outside. Her exact words were: "No, just break in, please I need help." I ran to the front door to make entry. I was so new at this point the closest experience I had to kicking in a door was watching actions films : ). I pulled up my gun belt, took a couple steps back and hit the door as hard as I could. The door came flying open with little to NO resistance. My momentum carried me into the living room and over a coffee table, causing a decent size hole in the wall behind the door and me breaking a coffee table ; / My sergeant responded and said: "Wow, next time why don't you just run your squad car into the front of the residence" Its funny now, but wasn't then! You see we are all under the impression when we lock and dead bolt our doors they are secure, but in fact they are not secure at all!
As a Deputy Sheriff, I responded to countless calls where the "bad guy" made entry into the house right through the front or rear door of the residence. In some of these cases the family was home causing them to experience one of the scariest most dangerous incidents of their life. In fact I would be willing to say that most burglaries and home invasions the "bad guy" makes entry through the front or rear door over 60% of the time!
Most strike plates on doors are secured with screws no longer then 1" long! That means your front and rear door, yes even when you deadbolt your lock its all being secured by a 1" screw, screwed into some pretty trim work that my 9 year old could break over his knee! So what do we do to reinforce our doors?!
Simple! Replace the screws! By replacing the 1" screws that come with most locking systems and using a 4" deck screw you secure your strike plate and door frame to the 2x4 stud which is used to frame out your door.
This ensures your door is much harder to kick in! Its not the very best option of corse, but for the price of $2.50 it is an investment worth making. No one purchases life insurance planning on dying, we do it because we love our family and our safety. Make the $2.50 and 5 minute investment this week for the same reason!
This is not the very best of the best in securing your residence but does make it very more secure and much more difficult to kick in your door. For more options on making your door more secure feel free to contact us, we would love to share with you some more tricks and tips!
From patrol to robberies and narcotics if its been done I have seen it! Let me share with you the knowledge i've gained while on the job to ensure you and yours stay safer!
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