Trouble viewing this email? Click Here to Read the Web Version

  Offering big business solutions with a small business touch!

2nd Quarter 2014 

 
NSA Named in The Security Letter Top Security Companies Annual List

The member owners of the National Security Alliance are pleased to announce that for the second year in a row the alliance has been named as one of the top security organizations in the United States. The annual list compiled by Robert McCrie, PhD, CPP and publisher of The Security Letter comprises of the top security organizations in the U. S. based on annual revenues. The publication lists the NSA as the ninth largest security entity with combined revenues of $234 million dollars. The sheer size of our combined member companies enables us to quickly and efficiently respond to customer requests for services in practically every major market in the U.S. and Canada. Small enough to care, large enough to "handle any assignment." Click here to view larger image

NSA Prepares For September Meeting

The next meeting of the National Security Alliance will be conducted in conjunction with the ASIS International Seminar & Exhibits in Atlanta, Georgia the last week of September, 2014. The members will meet at Morton’s The Steakhouse in downtown Atlanta for a working luncheon meeting on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. The fall meeting is an opportunity for the group to get together and set the agenda for the coming year as well as be introduced to potentially new technologies that can improve the efficiencies of the member companies. Member companies continue throughout the year to communicate on topics of mutual interest, network and refer business opportunities to one another. Gary Kuty, President & CEO of Kuty & Associates, LLC serves as the Managing Director of the NSA, coordinating the twice yearly meetings and coordinating communications among the member companies. To learn more about the NSA visit our web site at: www.nationalsecurityalliance.net.

Black Mass – Film Production

RSIG Security has begun working security for the production of Black Mass. Due to this being a period piece (1970’s) the added challenge has been to secure locations throughout Boston and adjoining cities where filming is taking place. Our role is to secure not only the sets, production offices, equipment and talent but also to prevent anything that would conflict with 1970’s background.

Johnny Depp has been cast to play Whitey Bulger in this film that is set to be released in October of 2015. The story line to the film is about John Connolly and James "Whitey" Bulger growing up together on the streets of South Boston. Decades later, in the late 1970s, they would meet again. By then, Connolly was a major figure in the FBI's Boston office and Whitey had become godfather of the Irish Mob. What happened between them - a dirty deal to trade secrets and take down Boston's Italian Mafia in the process - would spiral out of control, leading to murders, drug dealing, racketeering indictments, and, ultimately, to Bulger making the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List.

This is the 24th major film production that RSIG Security has been contracted for and several more are currently in negotiations.

DrugFreeAz.org – Progress. Promise. Passion – Community Breakfast

In May, Kimberly Anderson – Matich chaired the annual community breakfast. More than 100 community leaders from around the valley joined together to raise more than $30,000 for DrugFreeAz.org, whose mission is to prevent and reduce youth drug and alcohol use through community education and awareness.

The Progress. Promise. Passion breakfast was held at the Phoenix Country Club and was sponsored by Anderson Security Agency, Ltd. and our President/CEO Kimberly Anderson – Matich.

Guest Speakers included Doug Coleman, Special Agent in Charge, DEA Phoenix Division and Surprise Police Chief Mike Frazier, President of the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police who spoke on current drug trends, research and education programs.

Personal stories from families were shared in videotaped messages detailing the devastating impact that drug use has on families.

Seattle's Minimum Wage Law

Summary of the Law
Seattle enacted an ordinance increasing the minimum wage. While the law takes effect in July 2014, the earliest minimum wage change starts April 1, 2015. The law provides escalating rates of pay depending on the size of the employer and whether or not employees get tips or healthcare benefits. Starting from 2017 – 2021, employers will be required to pay $15 per hour. The law also includes notice requirements and anti-retaliation protections. The ordinance is poorly drafted, yet it empowers a department to write regulations for later clarity.

Please click here to download the pdf version of the legal analysis compiled by Rocke Law Group of Seattle, WA. Our thanks to Puget Sound Security for sharing this information.

Seattle’s Sick/Safe Leave Means Paid Time Off for Employees

Summary of the Law
Employers must provide paid time off for those employees who work in Seattle effective today. The paid time off may be used for sick leave or “safe” leave. Sick leave includes taking care of family members and domestic partners with an illness, injury or medical appointment. Safe leave includes reason related to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, and closure of business or school for health reasons. Benefits vary depending on the size of the company and is highly regulated. Regulations govern accrual and rolling over, asking for proof, record-keeping, posting requirements, and anti-retaliation protections. The following is a summary. Please contact a lawyer if you need advice about applying the benefits to your existing policy or to a particular case.

Please click here to download the pdf version of the legal analysis compiled by Rocke Law Group of Seattle, WA. Our thanks to Puget Sound Security for sharing this information.

Increased Client Satisfaction With GuardTrax

Guard Management, Inc. (GMI) has been utilizing the GuardTrax systems, and is continuing to adapt this software to new smartphone technology as it becomes readily available and widely used. GuardTrax is an embedded GPS modem that is installed in each GMI-issued cell phone and patrol vehicle; it provides an exact location of the officer and vehicle in real-time. GMI also utilizes Network Fleet, a GPS-based software that compliments GuardTrax by generating a variety of reports to measure the exact status of a vehicle’s location, speed, maintenance needs, etc.

GMI has found the implementation of GuardTrax to be highly successful, and the use of the GPS and RFID tracking allows security supervisors and managers to be virtually on foot patrol with the officers in the field. Should any events or deviations occur, these supervisors and managers are immediately notified by phone, email or text, which allows our 24/7 Dispatch Center to monitor this activity in real-time. Following these alerts, reports are generated and can be exported for any critical operational information that the account manager or client needs to be notified about.

Overall, we have had a positive experience with this software, and are excited to continue its use. Having the ability to be alert and aware of the happenings in the field in real-time gives us an edge over our competition, and we have seen a great deal of client satisfaction with this product as well.

Heat…it is Real – Take Precautions

Recently the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) kicked off its annual heat illness prevention campaign to protect outdoor workers.

Although many security officers are indoors; a large amount of security officers spend a majority of their time outdoors in the element. Many of who are standing for extended periods of time or walking. Throughout the country Security Officers can spend anywhere from 8-12 hours standing or walking outside in the elements on uneven terrain in the blazing sun. Baseball caps and uniforms will not protect all body parts from the elements that present themselves; therefore, it is important for security companies to provide educational materials, training and alternatives to these Officers.

“Thousands of employees become sick each year and many die from working in the heat,” said David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. New and temporary workers are especially at risk as they have not had the time to build up a tolerance to heat.

Heat exposure may not occur immediately but rather over time. Contributing factors include:

  • Moderate to high air temperature, especially in high humidity areas
  • Direct sun exposure
  • Heavy clothing
  • Lack of adequate water
  • Lack of rest periods
  • Limited access to cooling-off conditions or areas

Acclimating yourself to a physical change the body undergoes allows individuals to build up a tolerance to heat. Acclimation is a critical part of preventing heat illnesses and fatalities.

There are several things that can be done to prevent and avoid heat-related illness.

  • Proper training for supervisors and workers
  • Implement a heat-acclimatization program
  • Provide and encourage proper hydration
  • Establish work/rest schedules
  • Ensure proper access to shade or cooled areas.
  • Monitor workers during hot conditions.
  • Always, provide prompt medical attention
  • Evaluate work practices to reduce exertion and environmental heat stress
  • Constantly and consistently monitor weather reports

OSHA has developed heat-illness education materials which can be found on-line at https://www.osha.gov.

Submitted by Anderson Security Agency

 

Announcements

Steve Tittel, joins King Security as Senior Vice President. Steve will work closely with all customers and security personnel to ensure state of the art security measures are developed and implemented for their customers. Steve recently retired from the San Francisco Police Department after 30 years of dedicated service. He also brings over 20 years of experience in the private security industry.


RSIG Security has been awarded the security contract for the Nantucket Music Festival. This festival will take place over a four day period in August and is a celebration of music benefiting the Celebrate Music Foundation. The 2014 beneficiary is the Nantucket Community Music Center. NMF features a host of both world renowned and locally based performers. NMF will be held at Tom Nevers Field, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on Nantucket Island.


Member Companies

Advantage Security, Inc.
13693 East Iliff Avenue, Suite 200
Aurora, CO 80014-1367
(303) 755-4407
www.advantagesecurityinc.com

Anderson Security Agency, LTD
2555 W. Morningside Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85023
(602) 331-7000
www.andersonsecurity.com

ASAP Secured, Inc.
8160 Parkhill Drive
Milton, ON, L9T 5V7
(905) 875-3764
www.asapsecured.com

Executive Security Systems
1100 N. Bowser
Richardson, TX 75081
(972) 480-0101
www.essitexas.com

Gateway Security Service, Inc.
5 Nepperhan Ave., Suite 200
Elmsford, NY 10523
(212) 222-2056
www.nycgss.com

GMI Guard Management
8001 Vickers Street
San Diego, CA 92111
866.803.4464
www.gmiweb.com

Guardian Guard Services
18000 W. Eight Mile Road
Southfield, Michigan 48075
(248) 233-1430
www.guardianguards.com

King Security
1458 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 556-5464
www.kingsecurity.net

Per Mar Security Services
1910 E Kimberly Road
Davenport, Iowa 52807
(800) 473-7627
www.permarsecurity.com

Puget Sound Security
13417 NE 20th St., Suite 200
Bellevue, WA 98005
(425) 454-5011
www.pugetsoundsecurity.com

RSIG Security - MA
1290 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 881-3023
www.rsiginc.com

Sunstates Security, LLC
801 Corporate Center Drive,
Suite 110
Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 398-6445
www.sunstatessecurity.com

Vinson Guard Service
955 Howard Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70113
(800) 228-3801
www.vinsonguard.com