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Responding to Telephone Bomb Threats.

Responding to Telephone Bomb Threats.The inscidence of explosion and bombing is now a commonplace all over the world, and all this come with various reasons. Many government have set up various anti bomb prevention team, Nigeria Now has Police Anti-Bomb Squad to help in preventing explosion of a bomb threat that’s promptly discovered. A bomb threat is an information or warning claiming knowledge that a dangerous device, such as a bomb or similar type of explosive, has been or will be placed in a building, aircraft or other facility

Each threat received through any means of communications should be treated as real and must be forwarded immediately to the proper authorities. A popular means this threat is passed is via the Telephone. When you receive such call, you must remain calm and courteous. Try to obtain as much information as possible from the caller. Take note of the following procedures:

  1. Get the identity of the caller.
  2. Take note of the following characteristics: male or female voice; young, middle-age or old sounding voice; accent of voice; speech impediments or peculiar voice characteristics; any background noise; does the voice sound familiar.
  3. The exact words of the person placing the call.
  4. Show no emotion on the phone.
  5. Know the exact location of the bomb.
  6. Ask for a description of the bomb/composition of the explosive.Write down all the information you receive about the situation. Ask the caller precise questions about the bomb. Find out where it is located, the type of bomb used, and when it will be detonated. If there are people nearby, try to notify them of the emergency by writing a note while you are on the phone. Tell them to call the Police immediately.
  7. Repeat the message to the caller whenever possible and ask for confirmation.
  8. As the receiving party, you should remain calm,  courteous, listen carefully and write down the information accurately as the caller supplies you.
  9. If possible, refer the caller to a supervisor or a person in authority to extract more information.
  10.  Apply delaying tactics and engage the caller in prolonged conversation.
  11. Take note of the exact time the suspect hung up.
  12. The person receiving the bomb threat should attempt to ask the caller certain questions:
    When is the bomb going to explode?/ Where is the bomb right now?/ What type of bomb is it?/ What does the bomb look like?/ What will cause it to explode?/ Why did you place the bomb?
  13. Remember that the caller may not answer your questions, but any additional information that he may relate will be helpful.
  14. It may be advisable to inform the caller that the building is occupied and the detonation of a bomb could result in death or serious injury to many innocent people.
  15. Do not hang up the phone, even if the caller has already disconnected his or her line – so the police can attempt to trace the call. If possible, use a different phone to alert authorities of the emergency but avoid using a cell phone as the radio frequencies could detonate the bomb. If you only have one land line, call the police with a cell phone from outside the building.
  16. Discuss this matter only with administrators to ensure that misinformation does not cause panic. Pull the fire alarm and evacuate the building immediately. Once outside, notify the police.
  17. While waiting for their arrival, take the following steps:
  • Identify the danger area. Generally, a 300-foot area should be considered in the danger zone, including floors below and above the object.
  • Follow your evacuation plan and evacuate the building. As you do this, also take simple safety measures for avoid external attack concurrently.
  • Open all door and windows in order to minimize damage in the event the device explodes.
  • Do not reenter the building until bomb squad personnel tell you it is safe.
  • Bomb threats can also appear in the form of a letter, email, or package. Never discard or delete the message. If the threat arrives in a physical form, handle it as minimally as possible as your fingerprints could contaminate the evidence. Evacuate the building and notify authorities immediately.

 

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Office & Store Armed Robbery Prevention Tips

The high incidence of armed robbery is not a news in our place of work now. This has cost many lives and it’s increasing Office & Business place Armed Robbery Prevention Tipsday by day. Every business owner, manager and employee plays a part in making businesses safe. Here are some things you can do to help prevent Armed robbery attack:

  • Have at least two employees open and close the business.
  • Do not release personal information to strangers.
  • Keep purses and personal valuables locked in desks or lockers.
  • Install a robbery alarm.
  • Install surveillance cameras.
  • Place a surveillance camera behind the cash register facing the front counter. Replace videotapes regularly.
  • Vary times and routes of travel for bank deposits.
  • Don’t use marked “moneybags” that make it obvious to would-be robbers you are carrying money for deposit.
  • Keep a low balance in the cash register.
  • Place excess money in a safe or deposit it as soon as possible.
  • Cooperate with the robber for your own safety and the safety of others. Comply with a robber’s demands. Remain calm and think clearly. Make mental notes of the robber’s physical description and other observations important to law enforcement officers.
  • If you have a silent alarm and can reach it without being noticed, use it. Otherwise, wait until the robber leaves.
  • Be careful, most robbers are just as nervous as you are.
  • Keep your business neat and clean. A tidy, orderly place of business is inviting to customers, but not to robbers. Dressing neatly also sends the right message.
  • Stay alert! Know who is in your business and where they are. Watch for people who hang around without buying anything. Also, be aware of suspicious activity outside your place of business. Write down license numbers of suspicious vehicles if visible from the inside of your business.
  • Make sure the sales counter can be seen clearly. Don’t put up advertisements, flyers, displays, signs, posters or other items on windows or doors that might obstruct the view of the register from inside or outside your business. The police cruising by your store need to see in.
  • Try to greet customers as they enter your business. Look them in the eye, and ask them if they need help. Your attention can discourage a robber.
  • Keep your business well-lit, inside and outside. Employees should report any burned-out lights to the business owner or manager. Keep trees and bushes trimmed, so they don’t block any outdoor lights.
  • Encourage the police to stop by your business.
  • Learn the names of the officers who patrol your business.
  • Use care after dark. Be cautious when cleaning the parking lot or taking out the trash at night. Make sure another employee inside the business keeps you within eye contact while you are involved in work details outside of your building.
  • If you see something suspicious, call the police. Never try to handle it yourself. It could cost you your life especially with the high incidence of bombing around now.
  • Handle cash carefully. Avoid making your business a tempting target for robbers. Keep the amount of cash in registers low. Drop all large bills right away. If a customer tries to pay with a large bill, politely ask if he or she has a smaller one. Explain that you keep very little cash on hand. Preferably, install a POS Machine, it’s mostly free, would reduce the amount cash you would have in your possession and ensure easy audit trail of your stock at all times.
  • Use only one register at night. Leave other registers empty and open. Tilt the register drawer to show there is no money in it.
  • Leave blinds and drapes partially open during closing hours.
  • Make sure important signs stay posted. For example, the front door should bear signs that say, “Clerk Cannot Open the Time Lock Safe.”
  • If your business is robbed put your safety first. Your personal safety is more important than money or merchandise.
  • Don’t talk except to answer the robber’s questions.
  • Don’t stare directly at the robber.
  • Prevent surprises; keep your hands in sight at all times.
  • Don’t make any sudden moves.
  • Tell the robber if someone is coming out of the back room or vault or working in another area of your business.
  • Don’t chase or follow the robber out of your place of business.
  • Leave the job of catching the robber to the police.

After the robbery:

  • Lock your business.
  • Ask any witnesses to stay until the police arrive.
  • Call the police and remain on the line.
  • Call your business owner, manager, or other designated person.
  • Call the security hotline, if applicable.
  • Don’t touch anything the robber may have touched.
  • Write down a description of the robber and the weapon as soon as you are able.

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Self Defense Tips (CONFRONTING DANGER)

Self Defense Tips (CONFRONTING DANGER)Have you ever asked yourself the question, if am confronted with a dangerous situation like someone attacking you now, what would you do? This is a question that ought to be asked and many alternative answers should be pre-planned as to your immediate course of action to protect yourself.

Find below some ediaro.com Self defense tips to protect yourself when confronted with a dangerous situation:

  • Awareness is the key: Increasing your personal awareness is an integral part of crime prevention, and perhaps the single most important element of effective self-defense. An awareness of the reality of crime and violence, as well as an awareness of your environment, are the keys to your personal security. Being aware does not have to involve paranoia. You can’t live your life expectancy a problem, buy you can train yourself to be more alert, and adjust your level of awareness as needed. For instance, if you have good locks and live in a decent area, you shouldn’t have to be constantly on guard. On the other hand, if you’re out late at night, perhaps a little paranoia is a good thing. Just use good common sense and remember to pay attention to what’s happening around you, and you will go a long way towards keeping yourself safe, in an increasingly hostile world.
  • Develop a survival mind set: No one has the right to harm you or the ones you love, buy violence does exist and it can touch your life at any time. If it does happen, and you aren’t mentally prepared to deal with it, you will most likely become frozen in fear. The best way to avoid this is to develop a survival mind set. Imagine yourself in a dangerous situation and visualize what actions you might take to survive and escape, the key is to address your fears before you are confronted with them. While it is unpleasant to visualize yourself as the victim of a rape, robbery or assault, it’s necessary to prepare the mind to deal with the trauma. Preparation (while you’re still in a safe environment) is the key.
  • Trust your instincts. If something feels wrong, something is probably wrong. Learn to trust your instincts and listen to what your intuition tells you. Trust those “little a voice” when they tell you that something (or someone) “just doesn’t look right.” All of your senses should come to full alert, and you should be prepared to take action (if it’s necessary) to get out of the situation or away from that person as fast as possible.
  • Look confident – avoid presenting a victim profile: Crime victims are frequently chosen because they are easy targets. Criminals prey on the weak or unsuspecting, and usually avoid people who are aware of what’s going on and might put up a fight. When out in public place, look people in the eye, keep your head up, and walk with a confident stride. This tells the predator that you are more likely to see him coming and resist. Without the element of surprise, they will likely pass you up for someone who’ll put up less of a fight.
  • Lights, people and noise: “Just use good common sense and remember to pay attention to what’s happening around you, and you will go a long way towards keeping yourself safe.” Always remember that your greatest allies are lights, people and noise. These are the three things that criminals fear most, because they increase the likelihood that they will be seen or caught. Whenever possible travel in groups and in open, populated areas – especially at night. Steer clear of dark areas or isolated places where criminals will have the advantage – especially if you are by yourself.
  • Your first priority is escape: If you do end up in a dangerous situation, remember that your number one priority is not to fight, but to escape. Obviously, the best plan is not to be there in the first place, but if you do find yourself in trouble, don’t hesitate to take every available escape route. If you are confronted and you cannot immediately escape, you may want to consider complying, at least until you can escape. When faced with someone who demands your wallet, purse, jewelry etc – give it to them, and get out of there. No possession, however valuable, is worth risking your life over.
  • You must react quickly: One of the greatest challenges to defending yourself is that in the real world (unlike in the movies) acts of violence usually happen very quickly. When an attack occurs suddenly (even though there are usually warning signs), you are at an extreme disadvantage, if you are not prepared to react. This is especially true if you rely solely on some form of weapon for your defense. Pepper spray, stun guns and firearms are useless if you can’t get to them instantly when you need them. So try to anticipate dangerous situations in advance (such as walking to your car at night) and prepare yourself to take quick action.
  • Almost anything can be a weapon: In an extreme situation, you can use many everyday objects as a weapon. A pen or pencil can be used as a dagger, or a phone or lamp could be used as a club. Anything that is harder, sharper or more resilient than your hands can be used effectively, so take the time (preferably in advance) to look around for everyday objects that you could use to defend against a violent attacker.
  • When attacked…attack back: One of the most importance tenets of self-defense is that when attacked – you must attack back! You need to make your attacker worry about their own safety, instead of how they’re going to hurt you. In an extreme situation, you may have to be vicious. Attack your assailant’s weaker points, like their eyes, groin or throat. Do not hesitate, since it will only give your attacker more time to formulate their own attack. Overwhelm your assailant, trying to momentarily disable them, so you can escape! Our article on Women’s Safety Tips – Rape Prevention and Women Personal Security tips would be a valuable asset for men and women at this point.

Take Attacks and counter measure actions

  1. Scream for help; if not possible use your teeth to bite his hand.
  2. If he still does not release the grip, get hold of his gripping hand with your free hand and go under his armpit twisting his arm outside inwards this will injure or even break his arm.
  3. If that site has mud or sand, bend down scoop some and splash in his eyes to distort his visibility.
  4. If you can reach his face, harden your two fingers or one and poke very hard in his eyes to distort visibility.
  5. It is good practice to wear hard soled shoes, you can use them to hit very hard on his kneecap or shin and this will automatically immobilize him.
  6. With your leg you can also hit very hard in between his legs and you will have demolished his organ temporarily.
  • Using your other hand, pass it over the gripped hand and get hold of the fingers of your gripped hand tightly and tilt it backwards upwards to release the grip.

Strangulation either front or hind with both his hands 

  1. Tighten your neck muscles so that you may not run out of oxygen.
  2. With your hands, try to get hold of his last small fingers and forcefully thrust pulling them outside and away from your neck.
  3. Use your knee and hit very hard in between his legs to disable him.
  4. Alternatively you can hit his knee, or shin with your hard soled shoes.
  5. Body grab from behind.
  6. Use elbow to hit his body sides very hard and also lean forward a bit and hit between his legs in a reverse position, or you can hit his solar plexus.
  • If you notice him coming in haste avoid his grabbing hands by quickly leaning down wards depending on the level of his attack.
  • The element of surprise: Second to awareness, surprise is perhaps the most important element of effective self-defense. Using it to your advantage can give you a devastating edge in a confrontation. The number of deceptive counterattacks is limited only by your imagination. For example, you might pretend to be passive, by appearing to submit to your assailants wishes, only to attack them when they least expect it. You might also try to talk to your attacker, then suddenly throw something at their face – and run. In any case, it will be your ability to stay as calm as possible, while you keep thinking, that will make the difference.
  • Walk close to the curb, facing oncoming traffic.
  • Carry bags close to your body – to Prevent Purse Snatching, Pickpockets and Petty Theft .
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back.
  • If you are being followed, head for a crowded place.
  • If people start milling around you, it could a set-up for a mugging.
  • Know yourself, how do you react in a crisis situation? Do you scream, cry, freeze? How would you defend yourself?
  • Remember there is no right or wrong approach to dangerous situations.
  • Show your anger, not your fear. A furious reaction often may stop an attack. Remember an attacker is looking for an easy victim. Yelling is always a good deterrent (a good choice is to yell FIRE) this will draw attention to those who do not want to get involved but may be concerned for their own safety and may come to help.
  • If there are other people around, yell loudly enough to get their attention to what the assailant is doing.
  • If you are alone and do not know anyone on the street or nearby, try calling a name out to make the attacker or assailant to believe you may be with someone. This may also help if you are alone at home.
  • If someone has a weapon stay calm and wait for an opportunity. Weapons make the situation more dangerous and difficult, but there still may be something you can do about the situation.
  • Make sure you keep a self defense product on your person at all times such as Mace, pepper spray, stun gun, personal alarm or TASER.

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Point of Sale (POS) Security Tips: For Preventing/Reducing Fraud and theft in stock.

Point of Sale (POS) Security Tips: For Preventing/Reducing Fraud and theft in stock.The introduction of the Cashless Society into the Nigerian economy has brought about attendant benefit of easy audit trail for Nigerian Business Men and Women. Nearly 50% of retail business pilfering and stealing comes from employee theft. This poses more risk thank retailers think and it’s something every business owner should take seriously.

As a plan to maximize the potentials of POS for easy audit trail using POS Software, follow the following ediaro.com security tips:

  1. Require store managers to review register transactions every day – look for excessive openings of the drawer, small cash refunds, returns, etc. (Important Tip: Make sure your employees can see you or a manager reviewing this information. Don’t hide in the back room because just by letting them watch you can reduce more theft than anything.)
  2. Look at your “voided/cancelled/deleted sales report” every day.
  3. Look at your “returned transactions” report every day.
  4. Use common system passwords. Traditionally, POS systems are configured using standard/vendor supplied passwords to simplify ongoing support, from the operating system’s administrator password to the account used to log into the POS software. The issue with using standard passwords is the challenge of changing those passwords when an employee is terminated or if the password is made public. Ensure you change default system passwords.
  5. Do not share passwords so your cashiers can logon with a different username – each user should have their logon username and password.
  6. Add password protection/security to all areas of your software and ONLY allow employees to access what they really need.
  7. Unneeded services and user accounts should be turned off with a few clicks to instantly remove their associated security implications.
  8. Look at your “inventory adjustments report” every day.
  9. Look at your “profit margin reports” every day. If your margins are low in a certain category for that day, then you should do a little research to find out why.
  10. Keep your inventory count accurate.
  11. Make it common knowledge with your employees that your stock is constantly monitored in your POS system.
  12. The POS device should always stay within the merchant’s control, especially for Portable POS.
  13. Secure the access to your customer’s personal information in your POS software… particularly, their credit card information!
  14. Clerk/merchant staff should be very vigilant of their surroundings to prevent “Shoulder surfing” from other people standing nearby in your store – which could brew bad customer perception about your store.

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