Security Systems of America adds New Director of Operations

Robert LombSecurity Systems of America in Pittsburgh, PA is pleased to announce that Robert Lomb, CPP, PSP, RCDD, BSCP, has been named Director of Operations. Rob will be a core member of the executive team responsible for driving revenue, growing the design and consulting division of the company, as well as general management responsibilities.

Rob brings 18 years of experience as a recognized industry leader in the technology and security disciplines. He has extensive experience in a wide scope of client-driven solutions for projects encompassing single site and shared use facilities to corporate campuses and global enterprise clients. He has a wide breadth of knowledge with experience in design and installation projects spanning five continents, 38 countries, and 49 U.S. states.

Rob is a sought-after speaker on security topics as well as an accomplished author with a currently published book, “Building Security Rating System: Checklists to Assess Risks, Consequences, and Security Countermeasures” with credit as a contributing author, along with two new books on the way. We are excited to have Rob on the SSA team and believe his diversified experience will be a great asset to SSA as we grow and move into the future.

Rob holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from West Liberty State College and has earned the CPP and PSP credentials from ASIS International, the RCDD from BICSI, and the BSCP from the Building Security Council.

When asked about his move to SSA, Rob said “I am thrilled to be part of the SSA team. I have spent my career in the security industry and look forward to continuing that tradition by providing flexible and holistic solutions to SSA’s current and future customers.

Springtime Can Increase Commercial and Residential Burglary.

Risk of Commercial and Residential Burglary Can Increase in the Spring

More people are out and about in the warmer spring weather, including criminals who will be looking for an opportunity to burglarize your business or your home while you are out enjoying the outdoors or away on vacation.

In FBI’s most recent Uniform Crime Report, it is estimated that 7,919,035 property crime offenses occurred in the nation in 2016.  It was also reported that in Pittsburgh alone there were 4,487 property crimes committed in 2016, including burglaries, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. To avoid becoming part of these statistics, it is important to have a security plan in place to protect your property.

What Puts Your Business at Risk?

There are many factors that can put your business at a greater risk of being burglarized. Some of these factors include:

  • Overgrown shrubbery/trees
  • Damaged or burnt out exterior lighting
  • Unlocked windows or doors

It is important to secure all windows and doors, keep shrubbery and trees trimmed to eliminate hiding spots, and repair or replace exterior lighting to keep your building well-lit to deter burglars. In addition to these basic measures, having a security system installed is a very effective option for protection.

Protecting Your Business from Burglary

Burglary can cause monetary loss and property damage that some business owners may not be able to recover from. Good exterior lighting and durable doors are helpful in deterring crime but it is highly recommended that business owners also consider using video surveillance, access control or alarm systems to secure their business.

  • Video surveillance No matter where you are or what time of day it is, a digital video surveillance system offers you instant information and clear imaging, allowing you to keep a sharp eye on the inside and outside of your business.

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  • Access control systems– This system will help you control who can enter and when they can enter your place of business with a series of codes or programmable cards. These cards can be programmed for employee, visitor, and vendor level access.
  • Burglar AlarmHaving an alarm system installed will help you prevent the break-in, theft and vandalism of your business by deterring criminals and can also help catch them when a break-in occurs by alerting the monitoring company of a break-in.

These effective security systems can help protect your investment in your business while keeping you and your employees safe. It is important to consult with security experts like SSA to determine the specific security measures best suited for your business.

Residential Security Options to Keep Your Home Safe

Securing your home is important to prevent break-ins that could put you or your family at risk. Video/CCTV surveillance is available for your home and can be controlled and monitored while you are working or enjoying your vacation. The presence of a security camera can act as a deterrent against burglary but can also provide crucial evidence if a burglary does occur. Residential alarm systems are also recommended to keep you and your family safe from a break-in.

Contact the experts at SSA today to learn more about our commercial and residential security options to help safeguard your home or business this spring.

 

Summer Vacation Home Security Tips

Wile on Vacation Burglar Breaking into Home belongings safe while you’re away? Security Systems of America share their summer vacation safety tips so you can focus on what’s important when you’re away – relaxing!

Invest in a Security System. The best way to curb intruders is to invest in a home security system. While many homeowners are turned off by the cost, you don’t have to spend a ton to sway criminals. While there are several levels of security, a simple burglar alarm can help ward off thieves. If you’re still unsure, remember the physical loss and mental cost of having your home broken into is hard to overcome.

Tell a Neighbor. Ask a friend or neighbor to keep an eye on your home. If it’s a long enough trip, consider giving them a key to get in to give the impression that someone is home. It’s also an easy way for someone to check on any appliances you may have left plugged-in or the dreaded faucet you may have left running.

Cutback on the Mail Stack. Grocery flyers, department store mailers and bills can really cause your mail to stack up. If your mailbox is exposed, ask someone to collect it each day to avoid anyone stealing your credit card statements or simply figuring out you aren’t home.

Social Media No’s, No’s. While enticing and almost second nature, don’t share your travel plans on your social media feed and do your best to avoid posting photos or tagging yourself while at your destination location. All it takes in for one person with bad intentions to see this information and attempt a break-in. You wouldn’t give a complete stranger your email password, don’t tell the entire world your house is empty!

What about the Curtains? It’s the age-old question, do you close your window curtains or not? The best advice is to just leave them as you normally would. Too many obvious signs that you’re not home, is a sign that you’re not home! Potential thieves are familiar with what to look for in vacationing home owners. Only do what’s necessary to tidy up before you leave.

What about the Lights? While some homeowners tend to leave several lights on, your electricity bill will be through the roof when you return. It’s also going to be obvious to trespassers if there is a light on for 24 hours straight. Invest in a few light timers to turn on randomly to sway intruders.

For 45 years, Security Systems of America has protected Pittsburgh homes and businesses from burglary and fires. We’ve seen it all, we’ve don’t it all! Don’t sacrifice the security of your home or the safety of others, contact SSA today at 1-800-544-5003 or visit us online today!

Preventing Workplace Violence: Commercial Security Systems in Pittsburgh

Workplace violence or crimes against an employee can happen to anyone, anywhere and at any time. The hard facts about workplace violence is that an average of 2 million workers in the United States will fall victim to some form of incident this year. While some crimes may occur at the hands of an unknown assailant or even a random act of violence, other crimes may occur between coworkers.
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Individuals at the highest risk include:

  • Persons whom exchange money
  • Individuals who work late nights or early morning hours
  • Individuals who work alone
  • Employees located in a high-crime area
  • Retail workers
  • Healthcare or social workers

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The Importance of Home Security

Your house is more than just four walls, it’s your home. It’s where we lay our heads down at night, where our children feel safe and where we keep our valuables. Whatever makes your house a home, we want to do everything we can to protect it from intruders.

Maybe it’s Time to Consider a Home Security System.

A burglary attempt may be foiled at the sound of a blaring alarm system. If an intruder still makes their way inside your home, authorities are automatically notified. Without an alarm system, you may be unaware someone is trying to break in, let alone already inside your house.

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Keeping Your Car Safe During the Winter Months

7 Tips to Keeping Your Car Safe During the Winter Months

Out of concern for personal security and car theft, it’s not uncommon for car owners to take heed when parking their cars in an undesirable neighborhood, dark alleyway or even a parking garage. However, most of us don’t think twice about parking a vehicle in front of our own home and many would be shocked to find that stealing an automobile right out of someone’s driveway is shockingly, very common.

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Security Tips for Fall

Fall Security Tips

Fall can be a vulnerable time when it comes to safeguarding your home. School is in session, fall activities have your attention, days are shorter, the weather is becoming cooler and your neighbors are no longer outside enjoying the summer evenings. With less daylight and unoccupied homes, there are more opportunities for potential intruders looking for their next target.

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