Copper Theft an Issue for Your Business?

Like most major cities San Francisco has a problem with Copper theft.  They are enacting a new law requiring permits for anyone who sells Copper to recyclers.  In theory it sounds like a great idea but what is preventing people from driving to a neighboring  city to sell their Copper?

Check out the article here: http://blog.sfgate.com/stew/2013/07/01/s-f-and-junk-dealers-at-odds-over-tough-copper-theft-law/

and if Copper theft is an issue for you or your business reach out to Grid Squared Squared Systems where we can design an effective security system to help protect your equipment.

Andrew Kowitt, Grid Squared Tech, Finalist in Eating Competition

Grid Squared Technician, Andrew “2 Chainz” Kowitt, has made it through the qualifying round of GoGo Currys 5th Annual Eating Championship and is on to the U.S. finals.

The next competition will pit Andrew against 4 other contestants, they will have 5 minutes and 55 seconds to devour as many bowls of  Curry Rice as they can.  When the clock hits 0:00 the person with the most bowls eaten will be crowned the United States Champ and will be flown to Japan for the final round in 2014.

Andrew will be up against some stiff competition, including the US Champions from 2012 and 2011 as well as the Japanese preliminary winner.

Lon Bazelais, Managing Member of Grid Squared Systems told us, ” Andy, or rather 2 Chainz as we call him, is a great tech, he always goes out of his way for our clients and we are proud to sponsor him and his foray into the competitive eating world.  We wish him the best and will rooting hard for him”.

When asked how he feels about his chances Andrew told us that he is confident and that he has been training well.  The big unknown for him is the competitor from Japan.

Grid Squared Systems is encouraging all of its friends and associates to come down and cheer on Andrew on Saturday July 6th at JaNet Hall 2 W. 47th Street 7th Floor.  Pre-show starts at 4pm with the contest slated to begin at 5pm.

Study Says Alarms, Security Cameras Deter Burglars

New study from UNC Charlotte that gets into the criminal mind to help understand why criminals burglarize and what deters them.
Article is from Campus Safety Magazine.

There’s no better way to figure out what motivates a burglar than to go directly to the source: Just ask the burglar.

A majority of burglars considered the presence of deterrents such as alarms, outdoor cameras and other surveillance equipment when choosing a potential residential or commercial target, according to results of a study recently released by a researcher at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Approximately 83% of the offenders said they would attempt to determine if an alarm was present before attempting a burglary, and 60% said they would seek an alternative target. This was particularly true among the subset of burglars who were more likely to spend time deliberately and carefully planning a burglary.

Among those who discovered the presence of an alarm while attempting a burglary, half reported they would discontinue the attempt, while another 31% said they would sometimes retreat. Only 13% said they would always continue the attempt even after an alarm had been discovered.

Other findings included:

  • The presence of video surveillance was also an effective deterrent. Nearly 60% of the burglars said they would consider the presence of cameras or other video equipment when selecting a target, and more than 40% said that would be a factor in prompting them to choose another target.
  • Nearly 90% of the respondents indicated their top reason for committing burglaries was related to the need to acquire drugs (51%) or money (37%), which was often used to support drug habits.
  • About half reported engaging in residential burglary, while 31% committed commercial burglaries.
  • Most burglars reported entering open windows or doors or forcing windows or doors open. Only about one in eight burglars reported picking locks or using a key that they had previously acquired to gain entry.

A considerable portion of the research dealt with differences between male and female burglars. For example, men tend to plan their burglaries more deliberately and are more likely to gather intelligence about a potential target ahead of time. Women appear to be more impulsive overall, engaging in “spur-of-the-moment” burglaries.

Women also indicated a preference to burglarize homes and residences during the afternoon, while men tend to focus on businesses in the late evenings. And drug use was the most frequently reported reason given by women (70%) as a motive for burglary, while men cited money as their main motivation.

One thing didn’t change across gender, however: The impact of alarms and surveillance equipment on target selection did not vary, although female burglars were more often dissuaded from attempting a burglary if they noticed signs suggesting that a particular location was protected by alarms.

You can read the study here: http://www.airef.org/research/BurglarSurveyStudyFinalReport.pdf

Panic Buttons in Schools

Pennsylvania county to install panic buttons in schools

Students, teachers and faculty at schools in Delaware County, Pa. will return in September to find their buildings have been equipped with panic buttons as a response mechanism to an attack by an armed intruder.

According to CBS Philadelphia, the suburban Philadelphia county began discussing the idea of the Delaware County Panic Alarm School System program just two days after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last December.

“That was certainly not the first school shooting that shattered our nation, but it certainly the one that caused us to reexamine our security measures,” Delaware County Council Chairman Tom McGarrigle told CBS Philadelphia.

He added that selected staffers in every school will be instructed in how to use the panic button, which will be connected via a dedicated phone line directly to a 911 operator.

“The person doesn’t have to speak, doesn’t have to find a phone or cell phone,” McGarrigle added. “They don’t have to figure out what to say or report the location.  They simply push the red button.”

Police will automatically be dispatched if the button is pushed. There is also a one-way intercom in the panic button so the 911 operator can hear what’s going on inside the school.

“All law enforcement will come once that button is pushed. It will save minutes and it will save lives,” Jack Whelan, the Delaware County district attorney, told ABC Philadelphia.

The county is funding the panic button for all 230 of its public, parochial and private schools thanks to the help ofa $188,000 state grant. While schools aren’t required to have the panic button installed, few schools are expected to decline it.

For the most part parents seem to be on board with the concept.

“This is the best thing they can do,” Marianne Rhodes told CBS Philadelphia.  “I am so glad they got the grant. I am so glad they are putting it to good use, immediately.”

“We need to do something to protect the children and the teachers and it’s about time,” Lisa Bambach added.

According to Pennsylvania Department of Education spokesman Tim Eller, Delaware County is the “first county statewide that has done something like this with panic buttons in every school on a countywide basis.”

By  /// June 24, 2013

Nat Buzzone to Join Grid Squared Systems

January 2, 2013

Grid Squared Systems welcomes Nat Buzzone as Vice President of Cabling Division.

Nat Buzzone, formerly of Market Communications, has an impressive 25 years of experience in structured cabling and project management.  He has directed some of the largest data cabling and infrastructure build outs in the New York Metro area for a clientele portfolio that includes Gap Corporation, Tullett Prebon, Leerink Swan and Andrews International

Lon Bazelais, Managing Member of Grid Squared Systems, states. “We are very excited to have Nat join our team.  Over the past 7 years, Nat and I have collaborated on many installations.  This is a natural fit for both Grid and Nat’s specializations.  His experience and reputation will allow us to grow our already expanding presence in the cabling infrastructure market.”

For information about Grid Squared Systems and how they can help your organization go to www.gridsquared.com.