l-r: Sgt. McQueen, Deputy C. McQueen, Deputy Marroquin, Deputy Green,
Sgt Hernandez, Deputy Soto, and Deputy Davis

Harris County Pct. 1 has partnered with the Spring Branch Management District and created a specialized unit which patrols the Spring Branch community. The unit is comprised of two sergeants and five deputies. The responsibilities of the unit are to target and reduce crime within the Spring Branch district. The deputies proactively address issues within the community by foot, vehicle, and on bicycles. In addition to patrols, Pct. 1 deputies work closely with the citizens of Spring Branch and other local law enforcement agencies to effectively reduce crime and enhance the safety of our community.

Virtual Security

Any business which has computer networks that are accessible by internet must implement a system to ensure that all data is protected. The first step is to install anti-virus software on every computer. Secondly, firewalls must be installed on every computer, laptop, and mobile device, such as smart phones, that accesses the company’s network. A firewall is software which blocks incoming and outgoing access from a computer network. It is designed to guard against spyware that may be used to secretly audit a firm’s data. A company must also develop a plan of action to be used in case of security breaches. For example, a business might choose to back up all data and store it in a separate location. This will ensure that damaged or deleted records can easily be recovered.

Physical Security

According to security alarm provider ADT, 65 percent of all nonresidential break-ins happen at night. Businesses are often vulnerable during this time because all employees have left the facility. There are tricks companies can utilize to deter would-be burglars. Ample lighting should be used during non-business hours. Every point of entry, including doors and accessible windows should be brightly lit with tamper-proof lighting fixtures. Facility interiors should also be well lit. In addition, window treatments should be left open. This will enable passers-by to notice any strange activity which may be occurring inside. Security alarms should be installed and set to activate if doors and windows are opened or broken. Motion detectors should also be installed throughout the facility. Window locks should be positioned so that they are unreachable if the windows are broken, and large doors – such as those that open to loading docks – should be secured with high-quality padlocks.

Security Tips for Businesses

Every business has a responsibility to safeguard their propriety and customer information. This task has become increasingly difficult during the information age. While the advent of the Internet has increased operational efficiency of many companies, it has also left them vulnerable to attacks by hackers looking to infiltrate organizational data. In addition, business owners are still faced with the challenges of protecting their business from traditional criminal offenses such as breaking and entering. With this in mind, businesses can take a few steps to minimize their risk of becoming a victim.

Things to Remember

Although installing virtual and physical security systems is a good start, policies and procedures must be put into place to ensure their effectiveness. For example, each password used for computer systems and physical alarm systems should be unique. In addition, only specific members of the organization should be privy to the information. Employees must also be trained to watch out for certain tactics used by hackers, such as phishing emails designed to capture company passwords. Keeping these things in mind will help protect your business, your employees, and your customers. Remember, working together we help keep our community safe!

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