Prepare Like It’s Your Christmas Shut Down

If your construction or civil site is forced to close or shut down due to COVID-19, are you prepared?

With the Government’s recent Alert Level system introduced to combat and fight against the spread of COVID-19, Crosbies Security are preparing a number of measures to assist our clients with the possibility of a shut down should we reach Alert Level 4.

These measures are the same as what we implemented for many of our clients during Christmas shut down.

As you know, during Christmas shut downs, construction & civil sites are left as sitting ducks due to no or skeleton staffing. This means you would typically have the standard heightened risks around theft, burglary and vandalism during these times, with the reduced presence of staff on site and able to check on the sites.

A potential shut down to your site as a result of COVID-19 could be no different, and in many cases could even hold slightly higher risk.

Admittedly, as the owner of Crosbies Security, even I am unsure about what could be different during this type of shut down, as opposed to a normal Christmas shut down.

We want to be sensible with our approach to a potential shut down, which is why we’re basing our contingency planning on our Christmas shut down approach.

So what are we doing for our current customers?

All of our current customers will have a standard shut down plan generated for their site security.

This is the same as for during Christmas. So, if you don’t request any additional security, then we will simply activate your unique shut down plan.

This could be:

  • shifting to arming the cameras 24/7

  • providing security patrol checks

  • or adding extra security to your site through a combination of either cameras, solar powered lighting towers, or security guards.

This is absolutely no different to Christmas.

If your security is a little light

If you are not a current customer or you think your security is a little light, there are things we can do.

We can:

  • Install solar powered security cameras & alarms

  • Provide random patrol checks to your site to increase visibility

  • Provide security signage

  • Place a static guard on any high risk projects

  • Add solar lighting to illuminate the site to reduce overall vulnerability.

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We are experienced in protecting civil & construction sites throughout the North Island. We are Auckland’s only dedicated civil & construction security company. 95% of our client base is in the industry, and we actively manage nearly 80 camera systems and multiple guard sites.

If you would like a quick chat on how to protect your site, call me directly on 022 100 1413.

When To Call 111

I was recently asked to join and contribute advice to a local Facebook community group dedicated to crime and safety.

Here is my first post.

Have you ever avoided calling Police after seeing something suspicious, because you thought it might waste Police time, or that it wasn’t an emergency?

Even after years of experience, I still feel the same way before picking up the phone.

I phoned Police a few weeks ago to report a suspicious vehicle driving up and down the street. This was actually while I was on the way to complete a quotation for a home alarm system down that very street.

The single occupant was looking into houses as he drove on slowly (with a hood up) during a very quiet weekday.

A car jam search on the number plate revealed that the car hadn’t had a warrant of fitness since 2011. The model of the vehicle he was driving was also different to the plate on car jam.

The combination of everything together fitted a classic 1C event – that’s Police for suspicious car/person. In other words, I thought he was going to commit a burglary.

A burglary happens in NZ every 7 minutes. So it wasn’t at all impossible that he was up to no good, seeking an easy opportunity to target a vulnerable home.

But even I delayed ringing Police.

The thoughts entered my mind: he hasn’t DONE anything criminal (apart from the number plate), so is it an emergency? Who am I to judge if this person is suspicious? What if he’s genuinely in the area?

But then I reminded myself. Most Joe abiding citizens don’t drive at 5km/h, while wearing a hoody up, in an unwarranted vehicle (7 years unwarranted at that) with mismatched plates, down a quiet street during midday.

Right now, Police don’t operate a non-emergency line (other than *555). I believe that’s about to change.

So I phoned 111. I immediately questioned my decision (you shouldn’t feel guilty for doing your bit!)

The conversation was very brief. Enough details to get a job in the system.

It felt as though the call taker wasn’t interested – but this is not the case at all!

They are desperately needed to answer the next call (and the next… and the next…)

Once the jobs in the system, Police staff on the ground receive a general broadcast of the details.

If they’re free, they might take a look. If their dealing with something serious – they probably won’t.

But the record is there. And I did my bit. And down South we’re lucky to have a pretty well resourced Police.

I never minded attending a job like that and it turned out to be nothing. In fact, I’d rather attend and it turned out to be nothing than not be called and then a burglary report comes through the next day!

➡️➡️➡️ So don’t feel guilty if you feel something truly isn’t right, and you ring 111!

If you’re unsure whether it’s an emergency – ring anyway and ask.

Police will tell you what to do.

Facebook is a great medium for sharing events but by no means at all should be your first port of call for reporting!

You can also take steps to protect your home. Installing window stays is a great start. And of course, having an alarm system is a massive deterrent.

The newest space in home security is CCTV. As costs come down, home CCTV is becoming more and more affordable – so you can keep an eye on your home while you’re not there.

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Prepare Like It’s Your Christmas Shut Down

If your construction or civil site is forced to close or shut down due to COVID-19, are you prepared? With the Government’s recent Alert Level system introduced to combat and fight against the spread of COVID-19, Crosbies Security are preparing a number of measures to assist our clients with the possibility of a shut down […]

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Crosbies
Mar 23,2020
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When To Call 111

I was recently asked to join and contribute advice to a local Facebook community group dedicated to crime and safety. Here is my first post. Have you ever avoided calling Police after seeing something suspicious, because you thought it might waste Police time, or that it wasn’t an emergency? Even after years of experience, I still […]

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Crosbies
Aug 08,2018

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