Home Security 101 : Doors and Windows

It’s true, the stats are troubling. Roughly 2 million home burglaries are reported each year in the US alone. Of these burglaries, thirty percent of the perpetrators entered through entry points (ie doors or windows) that were left open or unlocked. Summer is the worst time of year for this type of crime, and homes that don’t have security systems are by far the most vulnerable. Those homes without the added protection of a social security can be three hundred times more likely to be burglarized than those homes that have this sort of protection. These statistics make plain the fact that all homes – (both those that have been rented and those that were purchased by the homeowner) are extremely vulnerable.

However, these statistics also reveal the fact that a few simple steps can severely decrease the likelihood of burglary. Below are 10 steps to help secure your home and prevent burglary.

Doors and Locks

Equip all exterior doors (ie those that open to the outside of the building, and to common hallways in the case of apartments or condos) with locks…and make sure that you lock the doors! As for locks, make time to research the strongest deadbolts that work with your door. Take the time and money necessary to invest in this…your safety is on the line here.

The best kinds of doors to use are those that are made of metal or have an extremely durable core. This is more difficult for potential burglars to maneuver or cut into.

As for the type of lock, a hefty deadbolt with a 1” throw bolt is a great choice.

As for the doorknob, many people often select these based on either convenience or aesthetics. However, this is another area to spend some time researching. Look for a high quality and weighty knob-in-lock set. Ensure that this high quality set is equipped with a sturdy dead latch mechanism as well. Additionally, when installing this set, don’t forget about investing in the strike plate too. This may seem like a small thing, but you don’t want there to be any gaps in quality when it comes to selecting your door and its associated components. Use three inch screws when you install a heavy duty strike plate. Also, don’t forget to install a wide angle peephole in order to get the best view of the area outside of your door. And most importantly, ALWAYS install new locks when you move into a new place. Whether this is an apartment or a new home that you have just purchased, change the locks ASAP. And always keep in mind that front and back doors are the most common point of entry for burglars in the case of residential theft.

When it comes to doors there are other things to consider. While sliding glass doors look great, they are very vulnerable. However, inserting a wooden dowel into the track or installing metal track blockers are great options.

Windows

In summer, or in warmer months, windows are an extremely common point of entry for burglars, therefore make sure to invest in secure windows, and to exercise caution when leaving them open. With this in mind, make a point to lock windows, install secondary locking devices outside of the latches. As for ventilation, leave no more than a four to six inch window opening.

Source – http://jaygotra.net/home-security-101-doors-and-windows/

Alliance Security Takes on ALS Ice Bucket Challenge With a Different Approach

WARWICK, RI — Alliance Security has added its name to the list of participants in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and is calling out the entire community to follow suit.

Here’s the twist: Alliance will take care of the $10 donation to The ALS Association (Rhode Island Chapter) on behalf of anyone who accepts the challenge. Participants are asked to share their videos on social media and use #AllianceSecurity and #IceBucketChallenge.

We were planning on making a contribution in support of the cause, and figured tapping into the ice-bucketing craze would be a good way to get more people talking about this terrible disease,” said Alliance Security COO Brian Fabiano, whose family member was diagnosed with ALS six months ago.

On Friday morning, 150 of Alliance’s employees along with company executives convened in the parking lot of their Warwick location, and took on the challenge of pouring a bucket of ice water on their heads to raise money and awareness for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), which is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

About his company’s unique approach to the cold-water dare, Fabiano continued, “More participants who step up to the plate means increased awareness among their friends and loved ones, and that’s what we care about.”

According to The ALS Association, approximately 5,600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year. “That may seem like a small number in the grand scheme of things, but I can tell you that ALS has touched me personally, so it’s important to know that we’re all at risk,” added Fabiano.

Alliance Security—which operates in 35 states throughout the country and is headquartered in Rhode Island—has helped protect homeowners and their loved ones through the installation and monitoring of home security systems over the past 11 years. For more information, visit www.alliancesecurity.com.

Sourcehttp://www.risbj.com/alliance-security-takes-on-als-ice-bucket-challenge-with-a-different-approach/

Coalition, Alliance team for home protection

WARWICK – The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Alliance Security, a company that installs and monitors home security systems, are teaming up to offer home protection to domestic violence victims.

The nonprofit and the company are introducing a Friends of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence program that provides victims of domestic violence with installation, professional monitoring, and maintenance of Alliance home alarm systems for a year at no cost.

In order to participate, individuals must be a victim of domestic violence and referred by the coalition or one its member agencies (Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County, Elizabeth Buffum Chase Center, Sojourner House, Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships, Women’s Center of RI, or Women’s Resource Center).

Initially, the Friends program will focus on transitional apartments and homes operated by these member agencies.

The fact that domestic violence touches so many people has infuriated us,” said Alliance COO Brian Fabiano on the motivation behind his company’s partnership with the coalition. “But we knew that resentment wasn’t enough and wanted to turn compassion into action, so we reached out to RICADV and simply asked how we can help.”

Earlier this year, Alliance made a $10,000 contribution in support of the nonprofit’s education and awareness efforts for Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month in February.

We commend Alliance Security for making an investment in the RICADV through both financial resources and employee engagement in the work required to end domestic violence,” said Deborah DeBare, executive director of the coalition. “Our foremost goal is victim safety, and through this partnership, we are able to add yet another component to the critical safety net of services and precautions that must be in place for victims of abuse.”

Source http://pbn.com/Coalition-Alliance-team-for-home-protection,100128

5 Effective Ways to Increase the Employee Turnover

After ensuring that employee turnover is an important factor, in the success of the organization, so here are some of the ways, which can help you in retaining the potential employees in your company:

  1. Employee Recognition:

Every employee seeks a valuable recognition. The manager can send the “Thank You” message to the employees or can call a meeting for appreciating the work, which they have done so far for the company. You can also ask for a feedback from them for the company culture or policies.

  1. Share personal experiences timely:

It is not possible to have a daily communication with every employee of the company, so that everybody can know each other personally. So the best way is to have timely get together or meetings, where everybody can get the chance to share his likes and dislikes, where one can share what he had for dinner last night. In this way the relationship between manager and peers can be encouraged.

  1. Avail them productivity tools:

No job is so easy, this is the reason they are called work. Every employee must have a tool through which he can ensure his productivity. The powerful hardware, software and apps must be provided at no cost to them, where they can track their billable hours easily. Even for a particular project, human resource documents and for sharing the documents, the employees must have the access to all of the utility tools.

  1. Offer them the Competitive Benefit Packages:

Since we are here due to our employees, so offering them some of the beneficial and attractive packages can be one of the best ideas to retain them. The health insurance, flexible working hours, disability in life, etc. can make a huge difference in their performance.

  1. Volunteer Commitment:

The company can ask to their employees, to stay for a certain period of time at their position in the company. Even by asking for such a favor where you can be assured as the guaranteed employee for at least aforesaid period of time, so as on the other hand the employee can also be ensured for his guaranteed employment without breaking certain mentioned clauses.

Related Article – http://pbn.com/Five-Questions-With-Jay-Gotra,94842

Source – http://providence.storeboard.com/blogs/employment/5–effective-ways-to-increase-the-employee-turnover/658475

AllianceCARES: Securing A Brighter Future for Children with Books

This is the second of a series of posts about Alliance’s CSR by Jake Murray, Vice President of Operations and leader of our employee-driven AllianceCARES initiative. Follow along our journey of building stronger communities.

True, National Reading Month came and went. But that shouldn’t stop any of us from continuing to embrace its essence.

Besides, we’d all agree that rules are sometimes worth breaking — especially when it concerns a child’s access to learning.

And that happened to be the case on Wednesday when we delivered books to Carnevale Elementary School students in Rhode Island’s capital city. This was all made possible through working with an amazing local organization called Books Are Wings.

Books Are Wings

This is a tiny nonprofit with a huge purpose: putting free books in the hands of children. Books_blog-01.jpg

Our culture at Alliance Security centers around learning, teaching, and growing. And this needs to be alive — inside out, head to toe among our 500+ employees. After looking into it, Books Are Wings’ tremendous work and focus on empowerment immediately caught our attention.

Later, we discovered that we shared something else in common: we both officially began our work in 2003 (a random fun fact).

A totally relevant fact that we should all know is that children who read at home have higher chances of doing better in school. For more on child literacy, the National Education Association nicely bullets it all out here.

Sadly, huge disparities exist. And they’re pretty upsetting. According to one study, two-thirds of kids in America are incapable of reading at grade level by the 4th grade. Research shows that this leads to poor school performance in later years.

Helping 1 Is Enough, But 400 Is Better

We knew we had to do something. Thankfully, Books Are Wings coordinators Jocelyn White and Kim Nelson showed us how — helping us directly connect 400 kids with books.

Jocelyn and Kim inspired us to run a two-week book drive in March. A huge box in our lobby served as a daily visual reminder for employees to get involved.

Dozens of books later, the next step was to deliver them. A big thank you goes out to Alliance’s Cindy Miranda, Jaime Lee Bunton, and Nathan Brown for making this happen.

This was much more than a drop-off, too. The trio took the time to help the students choose books to take home with them. During the process, happiness and excitement filled the air. I was told that some kids were even in shock because they couldn’t believe all of those books were for them, and for free!

Books_blog_ATeam.jpgCindy, Jaime Lee, and Nathan had their hands full with the students — helping out with the book selection process. Requests ranged from books about Spiderman to ones by Dr. Seuss. A picture book on sign language also ended up in the hands of a student with autism who’s learning this form of manual communication to enhance his ability to connect with others.

An elementary school is just one of the many places that Books Are Wings helps. Others include early learning centers and local libraries, as well as Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Rhode Island.

This incredible experience is part of the Book Party Program — a way for Books Are Wings to reach children from low-income families, a group that experiences the largest gaps in reading. To do something and help, go here.

At Alliance, a focus on people in need especially touched our hearts because we’re always looking for ways to help. However we can. For instance, we donate clothes and toys to kids every year during the holidays.

A Special Thanks to Our Partners

This all wouldn’t have been possible without the passion and commitment from certain individuals. One is Michelle Durrance, Carnevale Elementary School’s English Arts Language Reading Coach — who coordinated this experience.

Last but not least — on behalf of our family at Alliance — I’d like to once again salute Jocelyn White and Kim Nelson. We truly admire your unrelenting commitment to motivate children to learn through reading.

Thanks for allowing us to be part of your mission at Books Are Wings!

Source – http://blog.alliancesecurity.com/securing-a-brighter-future

Warwick home security company donates alarm systems to victims of domestic violence

WARWICK, R.I. — Feeling safe at home is a luxury for most victims of domestic violence — even long after they have cut ties with their abusers.

Knowing that, a national home security company based in Warwick recently partnered with the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence to give victims that peace of mind.

Alliance Security is donating home alarm systems to clients referred to them by the coalition.

“Feeling secure in your own home is an incredible feeling, and until you’ve lost it, it’s a feeling that most of us take for granted,” Deborah DeBare, executive director of the coalition, said last week.

“I know that firsthand from talking to the families in our shelters,” she said. “Even [when someone] may not want to be in a shelter, we hear people say that they got the best night’s sleep they ever had because they felt safe.”

DeBare said that the idea came from Alliance, which approached the coalition late last year.

“We’ve always believed in giving back to the community, and now, as we’re celebrating our 10th anniversary, we felt we were in a position to do something like this,” Brian Fabian, chief operating officer for Alliance, said Friday.

The company’s executives, he said, felt that providing an added sense of safety for victims of domestic violence was a good fit with their company’s professional mission, particularly because it’s a societal problem that affects so many people.

“It’s a good cause that hits close to home,” he said. “We protect people’s homes and families for a living.”

Alliance has about 100,000 customers in 35 states, Fabiano said, with most of its customer base consisting of residences and small businesses.

The partnership with the Coalition Against Domestic Violence is still getting off the ground, and the first step is to install security systems for families that are just getting back on their feet by moving into “transition apartments” after living in a shelter, DeBare and Fabiano said.

Alliance, Fabiano said, will treat the clients who are referred to the company by the coalition just like any other customer — inspecting their residence and determining what security system is best for them.

“Actually, our commitment is to see if we can continue this commitment beyond Rhode Island,” Fabiano said. “We’d like to help as many people as we can.”

Alliance this year also made a $10,000 contribution to the coalition to support some of its education and prevention programs.

“This gives us great satisfaction,” Fabiano said. “We want to do the right thing … and that’s part of the culture we breed for our employees.

“And we certainly want to help those in need.”

Source – http://www.providencejournal.com/news/content/20140929-warwick-home-security-company-donates-alarm-systems-to-victims-of-domestic-violence.ece

Alliance Security on State of Mind

(WPRI) — Dan Yorke State of Mind is a television program on myRITV that will tackle the issues affecting everyday Rhode Islanders – from the economy to education, local politics to the lighter side of life – this half hour show promises to be informative and entertaining.

Alliance Security, a local company that helps support victims of domestic violence with RICADV, joined Dan Yorke State of Mind on Monday, October 13th.

Dan Yorke State of Mind airs every weeknight at 7:30 p.m. and will be posted on WPRI.com each night.

Source – http://wpri.com/2014/10/13/1013-alliance-security-on-state-of-mind/