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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Gun Fight Caught on Tape With AUDIO!!!

Police released surveillance video to identify gunmen captured on camera at Route 66 Bar in Toledo, Ohio. The shootout involved multiple gunmen.

What's The Deal With Safe Rooms/Panic Rooms??


Through some quick research I have found that not to many companies offer this particular service... Here's some food for thought!

But do me a favor consider Bolide Tech Cameras and equipment for the security portion of this project!! :)

The concept of the Safe Room arose in response to the increased risk of kidnaping and terrorist attacks on high-profile or wealthy individuals and their families and aides. Typically the intent of the Safe Room is to provide short-term protection for the occupants until help arrives or the attackers leave the scene. In extreme, hostage type scenarios, the safe Room may be required for an extended period.

Typically Safe Rooms, also known as panic rooms, are fitted with warning devices that communicate with persons outside the Safe Room or threatened building. Upon entering the Safe Room, the occupant triggers an alarm, or phones the police or a security agent. Audible alarms may alert the intruders to the fact that the situation is known to security forces. Consequently, unless these alarms were disabled prior to the assault, the attacker knows that he has a limited time to complete his mission.

General Design Criteria:
As with all construction, the design of a Safe Room responds to particular criteria, in this case relating to the level of risk that is anticipated. The design must also respond to such practical matters as costs and available space. Clearly there may be a difference between the design of a Safe Room for an important political leader and that of an individual who may fear some unspecified threat. A modest Safe Room may be resistant to handguns and physical attack only, whereas a more elaborate Safe Room may be designed to resist greater ballistic forces as well as chemicals and gaseous matter.
Typically the anticipated end user(s) of the Safe Room meet with a security consultant to evaluate the potential risks at the specific location where the Safe Room is to be located. A professional security consultant working in the industry will be well appraised of the current tactics and sophistication of an attacker and be able to advise on the design accordingly. A petty felon breaking into a residence in a wealthy neighborhood, for example, may arrive armed with a handgun or other small weapon. A determined terrorist intent on causing political turmoil, will more likely have researched the target location, have become familiar with the level of security in place and arrive with sophisticated weapons and electronic equipment capable of overriding or otherwise getting past some of the security that is in place.

Well-designed Safe Rooms - Panic Rooms should contain the following items:
  • Cameras & Monitors: Bolide concealed cameras located outside the room enable the Safe Room’s occupant to secretly monitor the movement and numbers of attackers on a monitor screen. It is common to locate one visible camera outside the room. An attacker disabling the exposed camera may not think to look for other hidden cameras, giving the Safe Room occupant an advantage in that situation.
  • Gas Masks: Gas Masks are necessary in the event that the attackers force poisonous gas into the Safe Room. Where an odorless gas might be used, an electronic device may be used to detect any noxious materials.
  • Bottled Water & Non-Perishable Foods: There should be a small provision of bottled water and non-perishable foods (such as dried trail mix or similar nourishment) for the occupants.
  • Ventilation: It is important to consider a protected means of ventilating the Safe room with fresh air.
Radio Communication: It should be assumed that attackers will disable land line phone service prior to entry. Safe Rooms lined with steel may interfere with cell phone transmissions. Accordingly, radio communication to the outside world is important. Typically a small radio transmitter is hard-wired directly to a concealed antenna outside the steel-lined enclosure. The radio can be pre-programed to signal the police or a security service in an emergency.

Next go extravagant with some off the wall designs, see below.

Watch the Video to a see a company put this into action! Enjoy!

Not affiliated with any of these companies!

Electro Magnetic locks insure top security with an ability to withstand tremendous forces. These locks cannot be picked or pried open.

Bullet resistant glazing materials are installed over existing windows.

Walls, floors and ceilings can be lined with plywood for entry resistance or with Armortex® for bullet resistant strength.

A 24 hour back up battery is supplied, avoiding the need to worry about electricity being cut off.

An electronic keypad allows entry only by those with knowledge of a numbered combination key code.

Sliding pocket doors are used for maximum strength & the fastest possible entry time"

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Robbers Think They've Outwitted CCTV!!

Check this out! Wide Angle Lens - for the win!

A gang of robbers who stole 12 grand from a gas station thought they outwitted the stations CCTV cameras by trying to put their faces in the way,but gave police a better description.

Dummy Camera Lawsuit!??

Have you installed Dummy Cameras Lately or EVER??? Then you must read this article regarding the Lawsuits all over the US. 
Dummy cameras have a certain place and application but don't talk yourself into installing a dummy camera for your client's home or business. There is actually a liability happening all across the United States right now with dummy cameras and the false sense of security they provide. 

There have been many instances when an owner will place dummy cameras up to deter theft or vandalism, but when an employee has their car broken into and the employee thinks the cameras caught the action, they turn to thier employer to review the recorded video. When the employee finds out that the cameras are really dummy cameras, they fire up a lawsuit for a false sense of security and guess what, they are winning these lawsuits.
As professionals we know that security is not something to take lightly. Its important for us to educate the customer of the potential problems that could run into in the future.

The time that I recommend Dummy cameras is when the budget doesn't allow for additional cameras for the system. Lets say they already have 6 cameras installed for their surveillance system, well a few more dummy cameras will provide a burglar with the notion of a large surveillance system when in fact you are concentrating on very strategic areas of coverage.
It is obviously always important to match dummy cameras with the real cameras, to keep the look identical. Having real cameras in place, while being strategic, allows for adequate surveillance coverage and the notion that the cameras all over your home or business are legit. 

The next time you decide to install that fake camera for your customer just think about the possible liability  associated with it. A lot of people are getting convicted, please don't be one of them!!