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The class assignment in composition was to write about something unusual that happened during the past week. Little Irving got up to read his. "Papa fell in the well last week - " he began. "Good heavens," shrieked Mrs. Kroop, the teacher. "Is he all right now?" "He must be," said little Irving. "He stopped yelling for help yesterday."
Physical security starts before you even lease or purchase space. Choose a safe area of your community and look for a property that is well lit and preferably visible from the street. Protect against easy entry with deadbolt locks, metal-lined doors, and burglar-resistant glass. Don’t leave serial numbers on your locks. This can allow potential thieves to copy your keys. Your alarm system should be tested regularly and if tripped it should reach an outside organization with 24/7 response. Take the in-plain-sight approach to your office design. If you have a safe, make sure it is visible from outside so security and police will see anyone trying to break in. If you have a cash register, make sure that’s also visible. Empty the cash register at close of business and leave it open to show that it’s been emptied. Also leave the safe open if it’s empty. Having the empty safe and register visible reduces the likelihood of a break-in. Don’t tempt thieves by leaving valuable products on display in your windows. Place those items in a safe when your operation is closed. Be sure to leave lights on so that security patrols can see into your operation. Have a standard protocol for locking up and securing your business. This type of vigilance makes you a poor prospect for thieves. Keep a current inventory off site so that if you are burglarized, you are prepared with accurate information for insurance purposes. Employee safety involves setting policies for securing your business during working hours. If your operation handles expensive products or equipment, make sure that products are secure. Set a policy about how many valuable pieces of merchandise can be displayed out of locked cases at one time. If possible have at least two employees present whenever you are open for business and use mirrors to reduce the opportunity for shoplifting. Encourage employees to report any suspicious behavior on the part of a customer to you or the manager on-site immediately. One of the highest employee risks occurs when domestic violence is brought into the workplace. Encourage your employees to keep you informed of any restraining orders or other domestic issues. If possible, remove any employees at risk to a position where they are not publicly accessible. If female employees need to work after dark, make sure your parking lot is well lit and offer to accompany anyone who requests it to their cars. If possible, arrange for parking close to and within view of the office entrance. Data security is critical for both your employees and your customers. Start with a secure firewall and password-protected networks and computers. Build in automatic password changes at least every three months. Keep passwords on a need-to-know basis with your employees and change the common passwords any time an employee leaves your organization. Create a system of regular back-ups, and keep one off-site or in the cloud. Work with a skilled IT person, either on-staff or as a consultant, to ensure that you are meeting fundamental security measures for your data. If any data is compromised, notify your affected customers or employees immediately. Keeping your business secure is at the foundation of good business practices. By following these suggestions, you are well on your way to providing a safe workplace for your staff and a good place of business for your customers.
What I can't figure out is how naïve some college kids and even some adults are. I ROUTINELY see college kids leaving their keys on a desk in the library while they go to look for a book or go to purchase a drink. I have even seem some teachers throw their keys down on a desk and leave them there the entire day. And when I try to warn them that this is not a good idea, I end up feeling like I am the person to be treated with suspicion or that I should be ashamed of myself for not having enough faith in other people. I want to say to them: "You can have faith in other people all you want to, and I am fine with that but do you really want to have faith in all those sneaky people we call criminals." Their belief seems to be that because a criminal is out of sight and out of mind they do NOT exist. This completely confounds me. Sometimes I wonder if I really AM in a virtual reality of the Matrix's creation which is designed to do one thing and one thing only...drive me completely crazy.
Photograph Your House Key With This App, Then Print A Copy Anywhere The app's creators think of it as "lockout insurance." By Francie Diep Posted 08.08.2013 at 9:00 am19 Comments Screenshot of KeyMe App Scanning a Photo KeyMe You hear myths of old-school locksmiths who are so in tune with their trade, they're able to copy a key just from looking at a photo of it. The old-school-looking guys I talked with at one local shop said they couldn't do that, but now there's an app that can. KeyMe, the company that brought robot locksmiths to New York, has launched an iPhone app that is able to generate coded instructions that any locksmith can read, and make a copy of your key anywhere in the world. The coded instructions are short and sweet. There's one line that tells the smith which blank to start with. There's a second line that's a series of numbers--say "3,1,4,1,6"--that tells the smith at what depth to cut the key's teeth. Now, if you're ever locked out of your house, "you can walk into a mom and pop locksmith and give them instructions to make your key," says KeyMe founder Greg Marsh. Just as with the KeyMe robot kiosks, you must have the foresight to snap a picture of your key and store it in KeyMe's cloud database before you accidentally lock yourself out. Simply storing your key's instructions is free. KeyMe charges $9.99 to retrieve the instructions when needed, and then you'll pay whatever your local locksmith charges to cut the new key. (Those in New York City may also use their app-stored data to make a key at a KeyMe kiosk.) Overall, the total cost should be an order of magnitude less than the $100 that New York City area locksmiths usually charge to let people in after they've locked themselves out. The app also lets you share your key's instructions with someone else—perhaps a new roommate. The app is only available for Apple devices. "Android is on our radar, but it will not be super soon," Marsh says. I tried the app yesterday with Marsh looking on. You must take a picture of your key with the app, following its exact instructions, for it to work. You can't use any old picture of your key. That ensures that any key copiers must sign up for the app with a verified email address and credit card and must have physical possession of the key. The app's user instructions, which include putting the key on a white piece of paper and taking two pictures from a certain distance, help generate photos that the app's software is able to "see" and understand. After all, the app must measure the depths of all of the key's teeth in the photo and distinguish the teeth from shadows or the background. Crumbs on the paper can confuse the app, as can putting the key on a shiny surface, such as a tabletop, instead of a piece of paper. I found the app easy to follow and soon had a digital copy of my front door key stored. I mail-ordered a physical copy, too, for $4.99. (Printing an instant copy direct from a KeyMe kiosk is $20.) Sending a KeyMe Key Sending a KeyMe Key: KeyMe Marsh and his engineering team aren't the first to demonstrate they're able to automatically copy a key from a digital photo. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, made a splash in 2008 when they wrote software that could recreate the instructions to make a key from a photo of the key taken 200 feet away. Benjamin Laxton, who worked on that software as a graduate student, tells Popular Science he's not surprised someone has thought of a commercial product using computer vision to copy keys. After publishing a paper on his work, he even got calls from people who wanted help turning his idea into a product. "It seemed like it was going to happen at some point," says Laxton, who now works on computer vision software for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Having an app like KeyMe in the world doesn't necessarily make your keys much less secure, Laxton says. "Before this app or before the paper we wrote, it was entirely possible for a skilled individual to make a copy of a key after only having it for a short period of time," he says. "This lowers the bar, I guess, a bit more." People should be aware this technology exists and be careful of leaving keys lying around, he says. After generating the instructions for making my front door key in the KeyMe app running on Marsh's iPhone, I wrote the code down in a notebook and took it to a locksmith close to the Popular Science office, Elite Locksmith on East 33rd Street. The instructions looked like a jumble of letters and numbers to me, but the two men working there said they would be able to cut a key from it. They would charge more for such a job—"probably like ten bucks," one locksmith says, rather than their usual $2.50. The extra charge is for the extra work it takes to look up the different teeth depths and cut the key by hand. One of the smiths pointed to the code in my notebook and said, "You should keep that in case you ever lose your key."
Development of security systems. The origins of security systems are obscure, but techniques for protecting the household, such as the use of locks and barred windows, are very ancient. As civilizations developed, the distinction between passive and active security was recognized, and responsibility for active security measures was vested in police and fire-fighting agencies. By the mid-19th century, private organizations such as those of Philip Sorensen in Sweden and Allan Pinkerton in the United States had also begun to build efficient large-scale security services. Pinkerton’s organization offered intelligence, counterintelligence, internal security, investigative, and law enforcement services to private business and government. Until the advent of collective bargaining in the United States, strikebreaking was also a prime concern. The Sorensen organization, in contrast, moved toward a loss-control service for industry. It provided personnel trained to prevent and deal with losses from crime, fire, accident, and flood and established the pattern for security services in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in western Europe.