Catalytic converter theft has been rampant across the country for the past several years, with many states introducing legislation to crack down on the crime. In September, California’s governor signed two bills designed to make it harder to steal and resell catalytic converters.
Security cameras are widely regarded as an effective measure of defense against burglary, as well as tool for protecting workers and patrons. But what about using it to protect workers from patrons? This is another critical need that can be met by implementing quality video surveillance. Los Angeles employers need this, as workplace violence is on the rise right now — and it does not discriminate by occupation, with cases reported in industries ranging from fast food to healthcare.
Slip and fall claims have impacted countless businesses throughout the decades, and they continue to show up in the post-pandemic era. These liability suits can come seemingly out of nowhere, whether filed by customers or employees. Now is the time for businesses of all types to protect themselves, using reliable CCTV video surveillance that can show exactly what happened in a slip and fall incident. Here are some points to consider as you weigh your options about protection from slip and fall claims.
The Los Angeles area has already seen two high profile, deadly vehicle crashes in August. The first involved a vehicle crashing into five other cars in a busy Windsor Hills intersection, setting three of the cars on fire and ultimately killing five people. The other resulted in a vehicle fire, the death of the driver and major damage to a residence in the Mar Vista neighborhood.
Contractors are just as susceptible to theft as any other type of business; in fact, many contracting businesses are at a very high risk of being victimized. Here are some of the greatest theft vulnerabilities contractors face, in addition to security solutions that can help defend them against the thieves that perpetrate these crimes.
Incidents of robbery and vandalism tend to spike in the summer every year — but in summer 2022, that spike is causing a major company to shutter many of its locations throughout the U.S. That company is Starbucks, which announced on July 13 that it will close 16 stores across the country (six of which are in Los Angeles).
The California fire season arrived early this year, with more than 13,000 acres burned to date in 2022 (source: Cal Fire), despite the traditional fire season not starting until July. In fact, the Los Angeles Times reported that more than 4.6 million properties throughout the state have the potential of being involved in a wildfire this year.
Portable surveillance units, also known as mobile video surveillance trailers, are solar-powered devices that deliver a live video feed of a monitored area to a central station. They are becoming increasingly popular for monitoring the parking lots of big box stores, drugstores and other retail spaces. But are they as effective as the live video guards who perform virtual guard monitoring? Here are some of the reasons portable surveillance units are inferior to ValleyGuard, our virtual guard monitoring service offered throughout Southern California.
Because of a rise in specific types of burglaries, law enforcement is bracing for the possibility of a crime-ridden summer. In May, the Los Angeles City Council proposed to increase the LAPD budget by $87 million in order to hire 780 new officers. One of the reasons for this is an uptick in retail robberies, especially at establishments that have jewelry, electronics and other high end merchandise displayed in windows or near entries.