Paradigm Security and Gwinnett Place CID: Partners in Safety

(Thanks to our friends at Gwinnett Place CID for originally posting the blog below)
Do you work, dine or shop in Gwinnett Place? If you do, you likely have seen or interacted with a Paradigm security officer. As the president and CEO of Paradigm, I’m proud to serve the more than 160,000 people who live and work in the area in cooperation with the Gwinnett County Police Department and local State Patrol.

Paradigm is a private security firm that has been helping to keep the Gwinnett Place area safe and secure since 2013 as part of the CID’s community security patrols program which began in 2007. Every day the Paradigm security officers monitor Gwinnett Place businesses to ensure that owners and visitors feel safe throughout the day and especially late at night.

Besides monitoring the area, Paradigm officers also inspect area buildings and lighting, report on graffiti or trash for removal and assist patrons and motorists passing through Gwinnett Place.

What makes Paradigm different from any other security service is its level of training and communication between its clients. Paradigm has its own training academy, which is a three day mandatory class that covers a wide range of topics along with many additional training modules which exceed all State mandates. Every patrol officer comes out prepared for a variety of different situations.

Paradigm communicates closely with all clients, including the GPCID’s Director of Operations, Glenn Wisdom. Each night, a patrol officer reports to Glenn with information regarding trash that needs to be collected, lighting that needs to be replaced and any suspicious activity so that the CID is aware and can work to keep the area clean and safe can get it all in order the next morning. Communication is key for the CID and Paradigm; and without it, the area would not be as safe and well-maintained for the community.

Now that you know what Paradigm does for Gwinnett Place, I hope you will stop and thank the next security officer you see. In the meantime, take a look at some of our tips on how to ensure your safety when shopping at Gwinnett Place or any other shopping center.

Tips to Keep You Safe

•Be Aware of your surroundings.

•Focus on your surroundings, not your phone or electronics.

•Keep your purse tucked in and close to you.

•Subscribe to the “Clean Car Campaign” – Never leave valuables visible in your vehicle, place them in the trunk.

•Do not draw cash from ATMs; knowing this might attract unwanted attention.

•Walk with a friend or group of friends.

•Ask security to escort you to your vehicle, if you feel uncomfortable.

•Look inside and underneath your vehicle before unlocking and loading packages. (A small flashlight always comes in handy.)

•Make sure you have not been followed by paying attention to the vehicles around or behind you.

•When in doubt, err to the side of caution.

•If you see something suspicious, never hesitate to report it to law enforcement or security.

How Safe is your Parking Lot?

One area that all businesses have in common is a parking lot. Whether you are in an office building or have a store front your employees and customers/clients need a place to park their cars. With parking lots comes a whole other security issue for your organization to deal with, one many people don’t think about until after something bad has happened.
A 2003 article in Parking Today (a trade magazine for the paring industry) talked specifically about how this should be addressed. In the article they stress the importance of bright lighting, good signage, trimmed landscaping, surveillance cameras and patrols as being keys to providing a safer environment. All of this, plus reminding your employees to be aware of their surroundings can go a long way in providing a safer parking environment. If you have not assessed your parking security, call us today.

Summer Heat and Security

As we move into the heart of summer, enjoying the warm weather and extended daylight hours, we should also be more aware of what is going on around us. According to a U.S. Justice Department report in June of 2014 Rape, Sexual Assault, and Aggravated Assault see peaks in Spring and Summer. For businesses in particular, this means keeping a better watch on what is going on around your business. The warmer weather means more people hanging around and more tempers flaring. The best way to keep yourself and your employees safe is to stay aware of your surroundings and to report anything that doesn’t look right. It’s summer time, have fun but be safe!