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Kids Safety Tips at a Bus Stop

Parents and caretakers should discuss bus stop conduct and kids safety rules with school-going children. Stressing the importance of these kids safety tips will help reduce the death rates that result from carelessness around and on the bus. Since we care about the well-being of the kids of our nation, we've created some simple kids safety tips focused on the bus stop environment. Kids Safety Rule #1 First and foremost, when waiting at the bus stop, kids should stay a safe distance of about ten steps away from the bus. It’s always important that kids understand the need to remain where the bus driver can see them before crossing the road or boarding the bus. They should cross the street in front of the bus and never behind it. Kids Safety Rule #2 Kids should always walk toward the bus stop and should never run to the bus. Additionally, when [...]

2017-04-26T10:22:29+00:00 School Security|

PSIM: Prison Escape Prevention

Throughout the years, there have been some pretty spectacular prison escapes. With PSIM (Physical Security Information Management) technology, prison escapes can now become a thing of the past. So, just how important is this security development? Revisiting some the most infamous prison escapes helps society learn how PSIM can help fix the previously flawed prison security systems. Alcatraz Escape Alcatraz, located on the Alcatraz Island of the San Francisco Bay area, was once considered one of the most high-tech and escape-proof prison facilities. However, in 1962 everything changed when Frank Morris, Clarence Anglin, and John Anglin managed to escape Alcatraz. How was is done? They used the ventilation system as an escape route. To this day, this prison escape is still considered one of the greatest escapes in American history. Ted Bundy This instance is perhaps one of the most dramatic prison escapes. Ted Bundy, the serial killer who was [...]

2017-04-26T10:19:30+00:00 Prison Security|

Physical Security For Businesses

It doesn't matter if you own a small business or a larger corporation, there are still concerns for physical security. As a business owner, it is your responsibility to protect the physical assets of the company, your employees, and your clients. Security Access Procedures Are you controlling the physical access to your business and the areas within it? Valuable assets and confidential information should only be accessible to employees who require access to them in order to perform their job duties. These assets should be secured in a locked room and a procedure for key distribution put in place. You want to ensure that only those who need access are given access. Entrances to the building should be locked from the outside to prevent non-employees to enter the building. In most cases, customers only need one entrance which should be monitored at all times. Security Systems for Businesses You should [...]

2017-04-26T10:17:09+00:00 PSIM|

5 Tips to Improving School Safety and Security

It shouldn't take national media attention of a crisis, such as a tragic school shooting, to make you think about your schools safety and security. We already know the dangers that face our students. It is our job to try to prevent these issues and be prepared to quickly respond to any emergencies when they do happen. Below you will find the Top 5 tips to help you improve school safety and security. School Safety & Security Evaluate the school campus for areas where safety and security could be improved. This might include adding additional lighting in the parking lot, the installation or repair of fences, security camera installation, or emergency power solutions. The first step to school safety and security is knowing what current problems exist and what you need to do to correct them. Create an emergency response team. In the event of an emergency situation, your staff [...]

2017-04-26T10:19:49+00:00 School Security|

4 Warning Signs of a Troubled Teen

Nobody said raising a teenager would always be easy. Some children go through the normal acts of rebellion, which most of us go through, but others cross the line and head down the wrong path. As parents, we need to be both understanding and constantly be on the lookout for warning signs. Below you will find 4 warning signs of a troubled teen. 4 Warning Signs of a Troubled Teen Your teen starts showing signs of being antisocial. If you notice that your teenager is spending an abnormal amount of time secluded in their room and not wanting to participate in family activities, such as eating dinner together, watching movies, attending any family outings, or engaging in conversation, there could be an issue that needs to be addressed. They might also show signs of not wanting to interact with non-family members or limit their circle of friends to others who [...]

2017-04-26T10:22:42+00:00 School Security|

Frequently Asked Questions about PSIM

Physical Security Information Management or PSIM is the absolute best system to manage security in a well-organized and communicated manner. So what exactly is PSIM and why do you need to know about it? Here are a few frequently asked PSIM questions: Q: What is PSIM? A: PSIM is software that is designed to integrate multiple unconnected security application devices and control them through one comprehensive user interface. Basically, PSIM brings your security systems together to work as one efficient unit. Q: What does PSIM do? A: PSIM collects and correlates events from a wide variety of security devices and information systems (video, access control sensors, analytics, networks, building systems, etc.) to empower personnel to identify and proactively resolve situations. Q: What is the benefit of integrating PSIM into your organization? A: Some benefits of integrating PSIM into your organization include increased control, improved situational awareness, system management, and reporting. [...]

2017-04-26T10:22:09+00:00 PSIM|

Keep your school safe with security systems

School security is not something to be taken lightly. The past few decades have shown that violence in schools has escalated dramatically from the days of school yard bullies. A survey done in 2007 showed that 5.4% of students in grades 9-12 polled had carried a weapon onto school property. Of those same students, 5.9% reported that they avoided going to school because they were afraid. At OSSI, we believe that even one student carrying a weapon on school property is too much. Since 1966, there have been 90 school shootings which have resulted in 231 deaths (13 of the shootings did not result in a death). The United States has more school shootings than any other country, by far. For over a decade, OSSI has installed many school security systems in K-12 schools and Universities. The software and hardware, called Compass 6e, started off as a basic access control system and evolved to include integrated CCTV (closed-circuit television), intrusion and elevator [...]

2017-04-26T10:19:43+00:00 School Security|

Thoughts and prayers to Newtown

OSSI would like to offer our deepest sympathies and condolences to the families and friends affected by the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut last Friday morning.  I know that we are not the only ones who could not stop thinking about this horrifying tragedy these last few, long days. Our philosophy and mission is to make the world a safer place so while this tragedy occurred a thousand miles away, it truly saddens us. We offer our thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.

2017-04-26T10:23:15+00:00 School Security|

Educating teachers on school safety: Part One

This is part one of a two part series on how teachers can be educated on school safety to protect the future of our country: students. Many of the heroes of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting were teachers. In a time of intense crisis, they were able to face one of the worst possible dangers to their lives and their student’s lives: a shooter while not having any kind of protection. The result could have been much worse. Many of the staff at this facility were trained and educated on how to deal with this type of situation. While the government works out ways to protect schools by discussing gun control and other tactics, schools are still potential targets for crazed shooters.  However, there are ways for teachers and school personnel to protect their school from shooters before they become targets; and while a shooting is in progress. Ways to [...]

2017-04-26T10:20:39+00:00 School Security|

Educating teachers on school safety: Part Two

This is part two of a two part series on how teachers can be educated on school safety to protect the future of our country: students. View part one here.  Once you are aware of a shooting in your school, there are some specific actions you can take to protect yourself and your students: Barricade your door: Move all the desks and chairs to the door. A normal shooting lasts seven minutes, so the shooters is not going to waste time trying to push through a door if it is barricaded. Contact authorities: Text or call 911, alerting someone that there is an attack going on at your school once you and your students are secure. Turn off the lights: This prevents the shooter from being able to see clearly through the door or windows. Hide:  The best places to hide are to get on the floor against a wall out of line of sight [...]

2017-04-26T10:20:53+00:00 School Security|