2012 Summer Update

Hope all of you are having a great Summer! It’s been a while since our last blog, and we’ve had a lot going on around here…

Some of the fun things we did in 2011: participated in the Rogers Santa Clause Parade again, the St. Patty’s Day Parade again, AND the Vaisakhi Parade (just to name a few…).

We also welcomed back BC Place in September, and performed security for the Cloverdale Rodeo once again (10 years running now!).

Internally, In 2011 we hired Isabel Egan as our right-hand ‘person’ and Camil’s Executive Assistant, Jason Baron as our Ops Manager, and Betty Letain in Ops as well.

So far in 2012, we’ve hired Darren Brown as our Business Development Director, and Kevin Boyle in Business Development.

Finally – we’ll be at BC Place on the 18th for a Whitecaps Game and again the 20th for a BC Lions Game…….. We’d love to see you there! Come on out and show your support.

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Identity Theft- It’s No Joke!

Identity theft, the fastest growing non-violent crime in America, occurs when someone steals another person’s personal information—name, social security number, credit card numbers, and so on—and uses it to commit fraud.
Identity thieves use this information to open credit card accounts in your name, take out loans, buy cars, establish wireless service, and more—all at no expense to the thief. A person has his or her identity stolen about once every 60 seconds.
The information needed to steal a person’s identity is acquired by stealing a wallet or mail, rummaging through trash to acquire old credit card or bank statements, or even posing as a landlord or employer to obtain a credit report.

Now that we understand what identity theft is and how it can occur, we can start to think about prevention.

There are concrete measures you can take to greatly reduce the risk of becoming one of the 900,000 new victims of identity theft:

1. Use strong passwords for your credit card, bank and phone accounts: Avoid easily guessed passwords such as your Mother’s maiden name, a birthday, your address, etc. You can view the Passwords Newsletter for more suggestions.
2. Secure personal information in your home, especially if you live with a roommate.
3. Stay up to date on information security procedures within your workplace.
4. Never give out personal information over the phone, mail, or Internet unless you have initiated contact with that person.
5. Protect information in your mail and trash by shredding credit card applications, bank statements, and anything else that could be used to steal your identity.
6. Carry your Social Security, credit, and bank cards only when necessary. Otherwise, leave them in a secured place.
7. Check your billing statements to look for purchases that you have not made.
8. Periodically check your credit report and rating to look for any malicious activity. Some signs to look for include:
• Inquiries of your credit report: This will often include requests for credit from employers, collection agencies, or someone else with a legal right to check your credit report.
• Incorrect address: Thieves will often change billing addresses of accounts you may have and forgotten about. All unused accounts should be closed as soon as possible in all cases.
• Unexpected public record: This shows court judgments, liens, foreclosures, and other public records. Look for occurrences that you are unaware of or are not yours.
• Unexpected derogatory information: Look for unexpected past-due items. If you suspect that you have become a victim of identity theft, you should contact the fraud departments of each of the three major credit bureaus (www. Equifax.com, http://www.Experian.com, and http://www.transunion.com), file a police report both with your local police or the police in the community where the identity theft occurred, and close the accounts that you know or believe have been tampered with or opened fraudulently. Your personal information is irreplaceable. By taking the steps mentioned you will have better peace of mind about who is spending your money and using your good name.

Please take the necessary measures to protect your identity. If you can take the time to search the web on Identity Theft and see the damage that many people had been faced with in trying to get their lives back to how it was.

Top Ten Spring Cleaning Safety Tips

1. Do not rush because you are tired or in a hurry.
This is really the most basic spring cleaning safety tip, and all the other ones, at least to a certain degree, stem from this one.
Spring cleaning can be tiring work. Do not forget safety even if you have worked hard all day and want to get it done.
The better thing to do when you are exhausted is to stop and take a break, drink a glass of water, sit under a nice cool fan, and rest instead of being unsafe.
2. Be careful moving large pieces of furniture and appliances.
Use proper lifting techniques, keeping your back straight and lift with your legs.
Also, wear shoes when moving heavy items so you don’t hurt your feet.
Finally, if you feel it is just too heavy and you can’t find someone else to do it for you, just don’t move it. It won’t be the end of the world….  just clean around it.
Always have spring cleaning safety in mind.

3. Be safe while on ladders and step stools.
When doing a task, such as washing windows, where you need to be on a ladder use extreme caution.
Do not lean too far to either side. A good rule of thumb is that your belly button should not go beyond the sides of the ladder.
Also, have someone available to hold the ladder steady for you if possible, and make sure before you step on the rungs that they are not wet, and wear non skid shoes.
4. Be careful when walking on wet surfaces.
This spring cleaning safety tip is applicable every time you clean.
We all know how easy it is to slip on a wet floor. Make sure you take the proper precautions to prevent falls.
Communicate to your family, including children,  warn them of the wet floor to keep them safe.
You may need to block small children’s access to wet floors because they just don’t understand not to run and slide on them.

5. Keep stairs, landings, and walkways clear of boxes, bags and other clutter.
Spring cleaning is a great time to de-clutter your home, but you need to make sure all the boxes and bagged items you are getting rid of don’t cause a safety issue.
Make sure you place items outside walkways and especially away from steps and stairs where someone may trip on them.
6. Don’t carry too much stuff at once, especially on stairs.
During spring cleaning you will also probably go up and down your stairs a lot carrying things if you live in a home with stairs.
Make sure you keep a hand free to hold onto the stair railing.
Whether you have stairs or not, always make sure you can see over the load you are carrying so you do not lose your balance or trip.
7. Always follow cleaning product label safety instructions and recommendations.
Cleaning supplies can create nasty fumes, so make sure you get some fresh air by opening windows, turning on the exhaust fan, or placing a fan in the room.
In addition, do not mix ammonia and bleach together, both of which are common household cleaners, because they create toxic fumes when combined.
When in doubt don’t mix products, just use one product to get the job done.
You should also wear rubber gloves to keep your hands from getting dry and cracked from the hot water and chemicals.
8. Wear a mask when cleaning dusty areas.
This may seem like overkill to some, but if you are allergic to dust this tip is very important.
9. Do not leave buckets filled with water around your home.
Even if you need to take a quick break make sure you empty your cleaning bucket, or at least put it in an inaccessible area.
Even small amounts of water are a drowning hazard for small children.
10. Put away all your cleaning supplies when you are done.
When you finally finish your spring cleaning tasks for the day it is easy to say to yourself, “I’ll put these away later,” or “I am just going to use these again tomorrow, so I will keep them out.”
Cleaning supplies are an attractive nuisance for our children and pets, something inviting that they should definitely not be getting into.
Put the cleaning products away in a child-proof cabinet for your children’s safety and well-being as soon as you are done with them.
Follow these spring cleaning safety tips to have a safe and productive spring cleaning!

Tips for Celebrating New Years Eve!

 
 

 

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Top 10″ New Years Eve Safety” Tips

With 2011 coming to an end, it’s time to get your party hats, confetti, and noise maker’s ready for celebrating 2012. New Years Eve can be enjoyable for individuals of all ages if it is done right and in a safe mannerGenesis Security has created  Top 10“Celebrating New Years Eve Safety” Tips that should be used to keep your family and friends safe on December 31, 2011.  

Going out 

  1. If you are planning to go out and drink it is important to know how you are going to get home.  Consider the following options:
    a. Decide on a designated driver for the night.
    b.You can also use a country wide service that helps prevent drinking and driving.   This service focuses on using volunteers to pick and drop you home in your vehicle.  For further details, click here -http://operationnezrouge.com/en/cont.asp?F=242
    c.Transit provides a free service after 5p.m. and runs late for the evening. For information on schedules, click here.
  2. It is important to only carry necessary Identification cards such as license, credit card, and debit card.  Avoid carrying valuables and a lot of cash.
  3. Do not leave your drink unattended and accept drinks from strangers! 
  4. Travel in a group.  New Years Eve can be a dangerous evening with people drinking, creating conflicts and acting in a disruptive manner.
  5. Always carry your cell phone, and make sure your family and friends know where and who you will be going out with for the evening.                                                                                                                  

   Staying In and Hosting a Party

  1. Limit your guest list to people you know and trust.
  2. Decide on who the designated drivers will be for the evening.  Provide a box to hold car keys at the front door for individuals who are going to be drinking.  In your RSVP state that individuals who plan to drink and drive to the party should leave their car keys in the box at the front door and pick them up the next day.
  3. Have someone monitor the alcohol intake!  It is important to watch your guests to ensure that everyone is drinking in a responsible way, and if anyone is out of control they should be escorted out.
  4. If children are invited to the party, it is important to have someone supervise them especially if alcohol is being served.  Consider providing entertainment for the children.
  5.  Fireworks can be enjoyable to watch; however, they can be dangerous!  It is important to have someone who is over the age of 19 and is sober to be in charge of lighting and monitoring the fireworks.

Bonus Tip ****Be alert, be safe, and have a fun while participating in your New Year’s celebrations.

Need more information?

Operation Red Nose
Vancouver Seasonal Tips
Noo Events- New Years Eve Tips
Zing’s New Years Eve Tips
Gail Seymour New Years Tips

New Years Eve Safety Tips

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Holiday Shopping!!

 
Tips for Holiday Shopping
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Top 10 “Holiday Shopping Tips”

Tick Tock! Tick Tock!  The Holiday clock is ticking!  With less than a week left for purchasing gifts for your loved ones, your stress meter may be exploding.  No worries Genesis Security to the rescue. Here are Top 10 “Holiday Shopping Tips” you can use to make your shopping less stressful and more enjoyable.

  1. Plan ahead! Make a list of individuals that you need to purchase gifts for.    If you know specific gifts then you should add them to the list.  This will prevent you from wandering frantically through the mall.
  2. Parking in the mall can be difficult to find.  It is important to park in well lit and busy areas to avoid confrontations from suspicious individuals.
  3. Avoid carrying large quantities of cash while shopping.  Use a credit or debit card to make purchases.  If you have to use cash, make sure to keep it in your front pocket to avoid pickpockets. 
  4. When using a debit or credit card that has a pin, make sure to hide your pin when typing it into the machine. 
  5. Don’t overload yourself with shopping bags.  Keep expensive items such as jewellery, purses, and wallets close to your body with a firm grip.
  6. Children get distracted by toys.   You should organize a babysitter to look after your children while you shop.  If this is not possible, make sure to supervise your children at all times.
  7. If planning to take your children shopping, ensure you know where the lost and found area is located in the unlikely event your child wanders off.
  8. Shopping at night?  Try to shop with a group of family and friends.  If shopping alone is the only option, have a security officer escort you to your car after your shopping adventure is complete.
  9. Leaving the mall?  When backing out of your stall, check your rear view mirrors to ensure no one is crossing behind you.  Fasten your seatbelt as soon as you get in the car because parking lot accidents can occur.
  10. Have Fun while shopping, and try to remain calm as you venture around the mall!

Click Here to watch Holiday Shopping Video

Need more information:

Vancouver Police Holiday Tips

The BBB’s Top 10 Tips

SHE Knows Shopping

Holiday season safety tips from police

Happy Holidays
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Importance of Preparing for an Emergency

 

Top 10 Emergency Preparedness Tips

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Top 10 “Emergency Preparedness Tips”

 

With the recent natural disasters that have occurred around the world, it is important for everyone to start preparing themselves.  During an emergency, you may not have access to assistance for upwards of 72 hours. In order to be better prepared, Genesis Security Group presents the Top 10 “Emergency Preparedness Tips”.

  1. It’s important to know the natural disasters that can occur in your region in order to anticipate what your needs may be. Examples of natural disasters include: avalanches, earthquakes, extreme weather, and floods.
  2.  Create an emergency plan for you and your family.  Information to cover and discuss should be: location of the fire extinguisher, the exit route, establish a meeting spot outside the home where everyone can meet in the event you are separated.  Also have a list of contacts of who can pick up your child if you are unable to.
  3. Practice emergency preparedness procedures such as “duck and cover” (earthquake), “stop drop and roll” (fire), and how to exit in a timely manner.
  4. Pets are not usually allowed in the emergency shelters, so make prior arrangements to ensure your pet is safe.
  5. Check with your local community centre, and familiarize yourself with the emergency evacuation plan.
  6. Prepare a basic emergency kit.  Make sure you have water to last three days, non perishable food items, batteries, flashlights, battery operated radio, emergency contact list, first aid kit, and clothing.
  7. Replenish the emergency kit every six months.  Check expiry dates on food and batteries, and ensure contact lists are correct.
  8. Evaluate and make sure your insurance policies are up to date and cover disasters that are common in your region.
  9. It is important that an emergency contact list is placed on the fridge and by the phone to ensure that they are accessible.  Also make sure if you have smaller children they understand to call 911 in an emergency situation.
  10. The key to staying safe during an emergency situation is to stay calm and focused and follow your plan.

If you have questions or comments post below and the Genesis Security Expert will respond.

Video on Preparing a Emergency Kit

Additional Reference Links:

http://vancouver.ca/emerg/prepyourself/supplykit.htm

http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/index-eng.aspx

http://www.lloydminster.ca/emobroc.html

The Significance of Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day Poppies

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 Top 10 Poppy Day Facts

Remembrance Day is an important holiday…. a day where we pause and wear a poppy  to honour the many war veterans who fought and gave their lives in the First and Second World wars.  Here are the Top 10 “Poppy Day Facts” to better understand the significance of November 11th:

  1.  Armistice Day (1918), now known as Remembrance Day (1945) was founded November 11, 1918 when Germany ended World War One by signing and declaring peace.
  2. The first Armistice Day was celebrated in Britain on November 11, 1921 and raised £106 000.00.
  3. The Red Poppy icon is used to mark November 11th.  The symbol was taken from the poem  “In Flanders Field” (Canadian Lt. Colonel John McCrae).  The poppies grew wild on many of the graves of the fallen, and most people thought it represented the blood that was shed.
  4. Individuals can purchase (by donation) a poppy from a variety of locations (i.e. Coffee Shops, retail stores, libraries, schools etc.).  The money is used to assist veterans, primarily with medical costs.
  5. On November 11th at 11:00 a.m. individuals are requested to stop and take two minutes of silence to reflect and pay their respects to the many people who fought and died in the wars.
  6. Remembrance Day is celebrated in churches by laying a poppy wreath on the Cenotaph during the ceremony. “The most famous Remembrance Day ceremony is held at the Cenotaph located in London near the House of Parliament.  The attendees at the event include: The Royal Family, Prime Minister, Heads of State and other Service Personnel”. (source).
  7. There are various names used to symbolize November 11th including: Poppy Day, Veterans Day, and Remembrance Day.
  8. Important songs and poems heard during Remembrance Day ceremonies are: In Flanders Field (Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae), Last Post (Carol Ann Duffy), Poppy Petals (Buckley-Clark/ Wedgbury)
  9. Remembrance Day events will be celebrated at various locations in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Richmond, and Delta.  Some include: Victory Square, Chinatown Memorial Square, UBC etc.).  Click Here for further details.
  10.  On November 11th show your solidarity, “Poppy Up” and at 11:00am take 2 minutes out of your busy day and stop and reflect upon the freedoms you enjoy today and how they were protected with the lives of others.

With gratitude we at Genesis pause and give thanks to all the brave souls that gave their lives, so that we may continue to enjoy the liberty and freedoms that we sometimes take for granted today.

Click Here to view a sneak peek to Remembrance Day

 
Remembrance Ceremony

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