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Department of Public Safety Crime Prevention Unit
700 All America Wy
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Phone (408) 730-7140
Fax (408)749-0166

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Crime Prevention Guidelines for Developers

Comments specific to this project can be found on the PRC general comments sheet.  The following is a list of specific areas of planning Project interest.  Implimentation of the applicable items can help to increase security.  Please call (408) 730-7140 with any questions.

Apartment and Condo Security 
Bank or Credit Union Security 
Commercial and Industrial Security 
Health Studio Security
Multi-Unit Residential Security 
Park Security     
Parking Structure Security 
Residential Security
Church and School Security

Apartment/Condo Security Recommendations:

Comments specific to this project can be found on the PRC general comments sheet. The following is a list of safety recommendations, as conditions of approval.  Implementation of the applicable items can help to increase security at this location. Please call (408) 730-7140 with any questions.

Addressing:

  • An address monument and complex map shall be erected which is illuminated during the hours of darkness and positioned so as to be readily readable from the street. Numbers that are a minimum height of 12" recommended.
  • Each individual building and unit shall be clearly marked with the appropriate building number and address.

Lightning:

  • Adequate lighting of parking lots and associated carports, driveways, circulation areas, aisles, passageways and recesses. Grounds contiguous to buildings shall be provided with low pressure sodium lighting with sufficient wattage to provide adequate illumination to make visible the presence of any person on or about the premises during the hours of darkness. Lighting should provide a safe, secure environment for all persons, property and vehicles on site.

Landscaping:

  • Landscaping shall be of the type and situated in locations to maximize observation while providing the desired degree of aesthetics. Security planting materials are encouraged along fence and property lines and under vulnerable windows.

Signage/Parking Lot:

  • All entrances to parking areas shall be posted with appropriate signs per 22658(a) CVC, to assist in removal of vehicles at the property owners/managers request.

Fencing/Access Control:

  • Pedestrian and vehicular access control should be implemented
  • Perimeter fencing of open design, such as wrought iron, should be installed in order to establish territoriality and defensible space, while maintaining natural surveillance.

Line of Sight/Natural Surveillance:

  • Stairwells and elevator lobbies should be of open design whenever structurally possible.
  • It is highly desirable t design an elevator shaft and cab to be transparent, making occupants of the cab visible from the outside.
  • Convex mirrors should be installed in elevator cabs and at stairwell landings.Trash enclosures should be located at the perimeter of the parking lot, not adjacent to buildings.
  • Other line of sight obstructions (including recessed doorways, alcoves, etc.) should be avoided on building exterior walls, and interior hallways.

Parking Structure:

  • The interior of the structure should be painted a light, highly reflective color.
  • Metal halide or other bright white light source should be utilized. No dark areas should exist inside the structure.
  • Alcoves and other visual obstructions that might constitute a hiding place should be eliminated whenever structurally possible. Pillars, columns and other open construction should be utilized over a solid wall design.
  • Whenever possible, stairwells should be of open design. When, by necessity, a stairwell is enclosed, convex mirrors should be placed at each stairwell landing, and the stairwell doors should employ as much transparent material as fire code allows.
  • Convex mirrors should be placed inside elevator cabs
  • Bars or grating should be utilized to impede pedestrian access to the structure from ground-level openings.
  • Access control should be utilized for vehicular and pedestrian traffic
  • Clearly marked, hands-free emergency phones/panic alarms should be placed throughout the structure.
  • No trespassing/loitering signage should be placed at entrances and other appropriate locations.
  • Digital security cameras with instant viewing capability surveillance should be utilized throughout the structure.

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Bank or Credit Union Project Security RecommendationsSpecial Considerations:

  • Floor to ceiling bulletproof glass between tellers and public for prevention of robbery and take over.
  • Mantrap - two sets of doors with empty space between before lobby entry. When alarm is activated, doors lock and "trap" suspect in space between.
  • ATM can be located within dead space in mantrap to help to prevent ATM robbery and nighttime walk-up robberies. Entry access by ATM card after business hours offers additional customer protection.
  • No tinted windows. They prevent patrol and/or SWAT action by obstructing interior view in the event of a take over or other emergency situation.

Security Systems:

  • Silent or audible alarm system to be installed
  • Equipped with panic alert
  • Comprehensive security alarm systems should be provided for the following:
  • Perimeter building and access route protection

- Safe area

- High valued storage areas

- Interior building door to shipping and receiving area

- Perimeter fence and security gating especially in delivery/dock area

Digital security cameras with instant viewing capabilities are recommended, covering the following areas:

  • ATM area
  • Teller counters
  • Safe area
  • Lobby entrances
  • Building perimeter
  • Shipping and receiving areas
  • Parking lot/structure at entrances and exits
  • Exterior entrance
  • Stairwells
  • Interior hallways

Addressing:

  • Address numbers shall be easily readable from the street. Numbers a minimum of 12" and of contrasting color is recommended
  • Businesses with rear alley entrance doors shall be numbered with the same address numbers or suite number. Numbers that are a minimum of 4" are recommended
  • Industrial and commercial buildings shall have doors clearly marked with numbers corresponding to the appropriate alarm zone
  • Each distinct unit within the building shall have its address displayed on or directly above both the front and rear doors

Doors:

  • Adequate security hardware, such as dead bolt locks, should be installed. All glass doors shall be secured with a dead bolt
  • Dead bolt locks shall be of the type whose dead bolt and deadlocking latch can be retracted by a single action of the inside door knob/lever/turn-piece

Windows:

  • No tinted glass windows. Tinted glass prevents patrol and/or SWAT action due to lack of visibility. This applies to all floors.
  • Bullet resistant glass should be installed at attendant’s kiosk
  • Louvered windows shall not be used
  • Large display-type window, and any window accessible from the side and rear, but not visible from the street, shall consist of rated burglary-resistant glazing or its equivalent. The "lock wrap" type that attaches to the window frame is recommended

Rooftops and openings:

One of the following shall be utilized on all skylights: 

  1. Rated burglary-resistant glass or acrylic material

  2. Iron bars of at least on half-inch diameter or flat steel bars of at least one quarter inch width, spaced no more than five inches apart under the skylight and securely fastened

  3. Grill of at least one eighth-inch steel and two-inch mesh

Iron bars of at least one half-inch diameter, or flat steel bars of at least one quarter-inch width, spaced no more than five inches and securely fastened

Grill of at least one eight-inch steel and two-inch mesh

If the barrier is on the outside, it shall be secured with galvanized rounded-head, flush bolts of at least d" diameter

Signage:

  • Signs identifying business should be clearly visible and easily read from street during day or night.
  • Signs should be placed on all sides of building that face the street.

Lighting:

  • Monument signs shall be well-lighted during hours of darkness
  • Interior night-lights shall be used during hours of darkness when premises are closed for business.
  • Parking lots, associated car ports, driveways, circulation areas, aisles, passageways, recesses, and grounds contiguous to buildings shall be provided with lighting of sufficient wattage to provide adequate illumination to clearly identify any person on or about the premises during the hours of darkness to a distance of 25 feet. Lighting should provide a safe, secure environment for all persons, property and vehicles on site.

All exterior doors shall have their own light source which will adequately illuminate entry/exit areas at all hours in order to:

  • Make any person on the premises clearly visible to a distance of 25 feet
  • Provide adequate illumination for persons entering and exiting the building

Landscaping:

  • Landscaping shall be of the type and situated in locations to maximize observation while providing the desired degree of aesthetics. Security planting materials are encouraged along fence and property lines and under vulnerable windows. Landscaping shall not conceal doors or windows from view, obstruct visibility of the parking lot from the street, nor provide access to the roof.

Line of sight/natural surveillance:

  • Stairwells and elevator lobbies should be of open design whenever structurally possible.
  • It is highly desirable to design an elevator shaft and cab to be transparent, making occupants of the cab visible from the outside
  • Convex mirrors should be installed in elevator cabs and at stairwell landings
  • Trash enclosures should be located at the perimeter of the parking lot, not adjacent to buildings
  • Other line of sight obstructions (including recessed doorways, alcoves, etc.) should be avoided on building exterior walls, and interior hallways.Signage/Parking Lot
  • All entrances to parking areas shall be posted with appropriate signs per 22658(a) CVC to assist in removal of vehicles at the property owners/managers request.
  • Pedestrian and vehicular access control should be utilized
  • Compact parking spaces shall be clearly marked on the pavement.
  • Specially marked parking spaces for company presidents/CEO, etc. should be eliminated.

Fencing/Barriers:

  • Whenever possible, open fencing design such as wrought iron or chain-link should be utilized in order to maximize natural surveillance while establishing territoriality.

Other barrier considerations include:

  • Block walls
  • Decorative cement planters
  • Access control to high valued storage areas
  • Locked cages, rooms and safes
  • Shipping and receiving door screens
  • Bullet resistant enclosures with pass through for pick up and delivery.
  • Interior man trap enclosures to secure and separate shipping and receiving areas.

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Commercial/Industrial Project Security Recommendations

Implementation of the applicable items can help to increase security at this location. Please call (408) 730-7140 with any questions.

Security Systems:

Silent or audible alarm system recommended

If an alarm system is installed, then a comprehensive security alarm system should be provided for the following:

  • Perimeter building and access route protection
  • High valued storage areas
  • Interior building door to shipping and receiving area
  • Perimeter fence and security gating
  • Digital security cameras with instant viewing capabilities are recommended, covering the following areas:
  • Lobby entrances
  • Building perimeter
  • Shipping and receiving areas
  • Parking lot/structure
  • Exterior entrance
  • Stairwells
  • Interior hallways

Addressing:

  • Address numbers shall be easily readable from the street. Numbers a minimum of 12" is recommended
  • Businesses with rear alley entrance doors shall be numbered with the same address numbers or suite number. Numbers that are a minimum of 4" are recommended
  • Rooftop addressing (for police helicopter) shall be applied in a contrasting color, with a minimum size of 1’X4’ for high-rise buildings.
  • Industrial and commercial buildings shall have doors clearly marked with numbers corresponding to the appropriate alarm zone
  • Each distinct unit within the building shall have its address displayed on or directly above both the front and rear doors

Doors:

  • Adequate security hardware, such as dead bolt locks, should be i nstalled. All glass doors shall be secured with a dead bolt
  • Dead bolt locks shall be of the type whose dead bolt and deadlocking latch can be retracted by a single action of the inside door knob/lever/turn-piece
  • Overhead roll-up doors shall be secured from the inside by a cylinder lock or padlock which cannot be defeated from outside the door

Windows:

  • Consider alternatives to tinted windows. They can prevent patrol and/or SWAT action by obstructing interior view in the event of a take over or other emergency situation.
  • If tinted windows are used leave lights on at night to allow patrol to view interior activity.
  • Bullet resistant glass should be installed at attendant’s kiosk
  • Louvered windows shall not be used
  • Large display-type window, and any window accessible from the side and rear, but not visible from the street, should consist of rated burglary-resistant glazing or its equivalent. The "lock wrap" type that attaches to the window frame is recommended
  • Rooftops and openings:
  • One of the following shall be utilized on all skylights:
  • Rated burglary-resistant glass or acrylic material
  • Iron bars of at least on half-inch diameter or flat steel bars of at least one quarter inch width, spaced no more than five inches apart under the skylight and securely fastened
  • Grill of at least one eighth-inch steel and two-inch mesh
  • All hatchway openings on the roof of any building shall be secured as follows: If the hatchway is wooden, it shall be covered on the outside with at least 16 gauge sheet steel or its equivalent, attached in a manner that makes removal difficult. The hatchway shall be secured from the inside with a slide bar or slide bolts. Only a crossbar or padlock provided by the fire marshal shall be used. Outside pin-type hinges on all hatchway openings shall have non-removable pins.
  • Exterior rooftop ladders should be eliminated or incorporated into the interior design
  • All air duct or air vent openings exceeding 8" by 12" on the rooftop or exterior walls of any building shall be secured by means of:
  • Iron bars of at least one half-inch diameter, or flat steel bars of at least one quarter-inch width, spaced no more than five inches and securely fastened
  • Grill of at least one eight-inch steel and two-inch mesh
  • If the barrier is on the outside, it shall be secured with galvanized rounded-head, flush bolts of at least " diameter

Lighting:

  • Mounment sighs shall be well-lighted during hours of darkness
  • Interior night-lights shall be used during hours of darkness when premises are closed for business.
  • Adequate lighting of parking lots and associated car ports, driveways, circulation areas, aisles, passageways, recesses, and grounds contiguous to buildings shall be provided with Low pressure sodium lighting with sufficient wattage to provide adequate illumination to make clearly visible thepresence of any person on or about the premises during the hours of darkness and provide a safe secure environment for all persons, property and vehicles on site. 

All exterior doors shall have their own light source which will adequately illuminate entry/exit areas at all hours in order to:

  • Make any person n the premises clearly visible
  • Provide adequate illumination for persons entering and exiting the building
  • Landscaping:
  • Landscaping shall be of the type and situated in locations to maximize observation while providing the desired degree of aesthetics. Security planting materials are encouraged along fence and property lines and under vulnerable windows. Landscaping shall not conceal doors or windows from view, obstruct visibility of the parking lot from the street, nor provide access to the roof.
  • Line of sight/natural surveillance:
  • Stairwells and elevator lobbies should be of open design whenever structurally possible.
  • It is highly desirable to design an elevator shaft and cab to be transparent, making occupants of the cab visible from the outside
  • Convex mirrors should be installed in elevator cabs and at stairwell landings
  • Trash enclosures should be located at the perimeter of the parking lot, not adjacent to buildings
  • Other line of sight obstructions (including recessed doorways, alcoves, etc.) should be avoided on building exterior walls, and interior hallways.
  • Signage/Parking Lot
  • All entrances to parking areas shall be posted with appropriate signs per 22658(a) CVC to assist in removal of vehicles at the property owners/managers request.
  • Pedestrian and vehicular access control should be utilized
  • Compact parking spaces shall be clearly marked on the pavement.
  • Specially marked parking spaces for company presidents/CIO, etc. should be eliminated.
  • Fencing/Barriers
  • Whenever possible, open fencing design such as wrought iron or chain-link should be utilized in order to maximize natural surveillance while establishing territoriality.
  • Other barrier considerations include:
  • Block walls
  • Decorative cement planters
  • Access control to high valued storage areas
  • Locked cages, rooms and safes
  • Shipping and receiving door screens
  • Bullet resistant enclosures with pass through for pick up and delivery
  • Interior man trap enclosures to secure and separate shipping and receiving areas

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Health Studios-State automatic external defibrillator(AED) safety code

“health studio” means any facility permitting the use of its facilities and equipment or access to its facilities and equipment, to individuals or groups forphysical exercise, body building, reducing, figure development, fitness training, or any other similar purpose, on a membership basis. “Health studio” does not include any hotel or similar business that offers fitness facilities to its registered guests for a fee or as part of the hotel charges.

legislative counsel’s digest:

AB 1507, Pavley. Cardiac health: automatic external defibrillators: health studios. Existing law establishes the State Department of HealthServices and sets forth its powers and duties, including, but not limited to, conducting a program for the control of cardiovascular disease.  Existing law, the Emergency Medical Services System and thePrehospital Emergency Medical Care Personnel Act (EMS act), establishes the State Emergency Medical Services Authority to oversee the local implementation of the emergency medical services system. The EMS act permits each county to establish an EMS program and designate a local EMS service agency (EMS agency).

Existing law authorizes the authority to establish minimum standards for the training and use of automatic external defibrillators and requires persons or entities that acquire the defibrillators to comply with maintenance, testing, and training requirements which are scheduled to change commencing January 1, 2008. Existing law, until January 1, 2008, provides immunity from civil damages for those persons or entities.

This bill, commencing July 1, 2007, and until July 1, 2012, would require every health studio, as defined, to acquire an automatic external defibrillator, would provide immunity for providing the devices, and would, notwithstanding existing law, establish standards for providing the devices, including, but not limited to, maintenance and staff training regarding proper use. The bill would require each health studio that elects to continue the installation on or after July 1, 2012, to maintain and train personnel in the use of an automatic external defibrillator, and would provide for related immunity.

Assembly Bill No. 1507:

The people of the State of California do enact as follows: SECTION 1. Section 104113 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read: 

 (a) (1) Commencing July 1, 2007, every health studio, as defined in subdivision (g) shall acquire an automatic external defibrillator. The requirement to acquire an automatic external defibrillator pursuant to this subdivision shall terminate on July 1, 2012.

(2) Commencing July 1, 2007, and until July 1, 2012, every health studio, as defined in subdivision (g), shall maintain, and train personnel in the use of, any automatic external defibrillator acquired pursuant to paragraph (1).

(3) On or after July 1, 2012, a health studio that elects to continue the installation of an automatic external defibrillator that was acquired pursuant to paragraph (1) shall maintain and train personnel in the use of an automatic external defibrillator pursuant to this section, and shall not be liable for civil damages resulting from the use, attempted use, or nonuse of an automatic external defibrillator as provided by this section.

(b) An employee of a health studio who renders emergency care or treatment is not liable for civil damages resulting from the use, attempted use, or nonuse of an automatic external defibrillator, except as provided in subdivision (f).

(c) When an employee uses, does not use, or attempts to use, an automatic external defibrillator consistent with the requirements of this section to render emergency care or treatment, the members of the board of directors of the facility shall not be liable for civil damages resulting from any act or omission in rendering the emergency care or treatment, including the use or nonuse of an automatic external defibrillator, except asprovided in subdivision (f).

(d) Except as provided in subdivision (f), when an employee of a health studio renders emergency care or treatment using an automatic external defibrillator, the owners, managers, employees, or otherwise responsible authorities of the facility shall not be liable for civil damages resulting from any act or omission in the course of rendering that emergency care or treatment, provided that the facility fully complies with subdivision (e).

(e) Notwithstanding Section 1797.196, in order to ensure public safety, a health studio shall do all of the following:

(1) Comply with all regulations governing the placement of an automatic external defibrillator.

(2) Ensure all of the following:

(A) The automatic external defibrillator is maintained and regularly tested according to the operation and maintenance guidelines set forth by the manufacturer, the American Heart Association, or the American Red Cross, and according to any applicable rules and regulations set forth by the governmental authority under the federal Food and Drug Administration and any other applicable state and federal authority.

(B) The automatic external defibrillator is checked forreadiness after each use and at least once every 30 days if the automatic external defibrillator has not been used in the preceding 30 days. Records of these checks shall be maintained.

(C) Any person who renders emergency care or treatment on a person in cardiac arrest by using an automatic external defibrillator activates the emergency medical services system as soon as possible, and reports any use of the automatic external defibrillator to the licensed physician and to the local EMS agency.

(D) For every automatic external defibrillator unit acquired, up to five units, no less than one employee per automatic external defibrillator unit shall complete a training course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automatic external defibrillator use that complies with the regulations adopted by the Emergency Medical Services Authority and the standards of the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross. After the first five automatic external defibrillator units are acquired, for each additional five automatic external defibrillator units acquired, a minimum of one employee shall be trained beginning with the first additional automatic external defibrillator unit acquired. Acquirers of automatic external defibrillator units shall have trained employees who should be available to respond to an emergency that may involve the use of an automatic external defibrillator unit during normal operating hours. Acquirers of automatic external defibrillator units may need to train additional employees to assure that a trained employee is available at all times.

(E) There is a written plan that exists that describes the procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency that may involve the use of an automatic external defibrillator, to ensure compliance with the requirements of this section. The written plan shall include, but not be limited to, immediate notification of 911 and trained office personnel at the start of automatic external defibrillator procedures.

(F) Subdivisions (b), (c), and (d) do not apply in the case of personal injury or wrongful death that results from gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct on the part of the person who uses, attempts to use, or maliciously fails to use an automatic external defibrillator to render emergency care or treatment.

(G) For purposes of this section, “health studio” means any facility permitting the use of its facilities and equipment or access to its facilities and equipment, to individuals or groups for physical exercise, body building, reducing, figure development, fitness training, or any other similar purpose, on a membership basis. “Health studio” does not include any hotel or similar business that offers fitness facilities to its registered guests for a fee or as part of the hotel charges.

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Multi-Unit Residential Security Recommendations

Comments specific to your project can be found on the PRC general comments sheet. Implementation of the applicable items can help to increase security at this location. Please call (408) 730-7140 with any questions.

Addressing:

An address monument and complex map shall be erected which is illuminated during the hours of darkness and positioned so as to be readily readable from the street. Numbers that are a minimum height of 12 " recommended.

Each individual building and unit shall be clearly marked with the appropriate building number and address.

Lighting:

Adequate lighting of parking lots and associated carports, driveways, circulation areas, aisles, passageways and recesses. Grounds contiguous to buildings shall be provided with lighting with sufficient wattage to provide adequate illumination to make visible (in detail to a distance of 25 feet) the presence of any person on or about the premises during the hours of darkness. Lighting should provide a safe, secure environment for all persons, property and vehicles on site.

Landscaping:

Landscaping shall be of the type and situated in locations to maximize observation while providing the desired degree of aesthetics. Security planting materials are encouraged along fence and property lines and under vulnerable windows.Signage/Parking Lot:

All entrances to parking areas shall be posted with appropriate signs per 22658(a) CVC, to assist in removal of vehicles at the property owners/managers request.Fencing/Access Control:

  • Pedestrian and vehicular access control should be implemented
  • Perimeter fencing of open design, such as wrought iron, should be installed in order to establish territoriality and defensible space, while maintaining natural surveillance.Line of Sight/Natural Surveillance:
  • Stairwells and elevator lobbies should be of open design whenever structurally possible.
  • It is highly desirable to design elevator shafts and cabs to be transparent, making occupants of the cab visible from the outside.
  • Convex mirrors should be installed in elevator cabs and at stairwell landings.
  • Trash enclosures should be located at the perimeter of the parking lot, not adjacent to buildings.
  • Other line of sight obstructions (including recessed doorways, alcoves, etc.) should be avoided on building exterior walls, and interior hallways.Parking Structure:
  • The interior of the structure should be painted a light, highly reflective color.
  • Metal halide or other bright white light source should be utilized. No dark areas should exist inside the structure.
  • Alcoves and other visual obstructions that might constitute a hiding place should be eliminated whenever structurally possible. Pillars, columns and other open construction should be utilized over a solid wall design.
  • Whenever possible, stairwells should be of open design. When, by necessity, a stairwell is enclosed, convex mirrors should be placed at each stairwell landing, and the stairwell doors should employ as much transparent material as fire code allows.
  • Convex mirrors should be placed inside elevator cabs
  • Bars or grating should be utilized to impede pedestrian access to the structure from ground-level openings.
  • Access control should be utilized for vehicular and pedestrian traffic
  • Clearly marked, hands-free emergency phones/panic alarms should be placed throughout the structure.
  • No trespassing/loitering signage should be placed at entrances and other appropriate locations.
  • Digital security cameras with instant viewing capability surveillance should be utilized throughout the structure.

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Park Project Security Recommendations

Lighting:

Adequate lighting of parking lots, driveways, circulation areas. Lighting of sufficient wattage to provide adequate illumination to clearly identify any person on or about the premises to a distance of 25 feet, during the hours of darkness. To provide a safe, secure environment for all persons, property and vehicles on site.Landscaping/Natural Surveillance:

Landscaping:

Landscaping shall be of the type and situated in locations to maximize observation while providing the desired degree of aesthetics. Security planting materials are encouraged along fence and property line. Landscaping shall not obstruct visibility of the parking lot from the street. Other line of sight obstructions should be avoided.

Signage/Parking Lot:

Readily legible signage should clearly indicate park hours and rules (such as no alcohol, etc.)

Vehicular access should be controlled by means of a fence, chain or gate during the hours the park is closed.

Fencing/Barriers:

Whenever possible, open fencing design such as wrought iron or chain-link should be utilized in order to maximize natural surveillance while establishing territoriality.

Emergency vehicles should have access to the grounds.

Security Systems:

  • A clearly marked, hands-free emergency phone/call box should be placed in an easily accessible location of the park.
  • All entrances to parking areas shall be posted with appropriate signs per 22658(a) CVC, to assist in removal of vehicles at the property owners/managers request.Fencing/Access Control:
  • Pedestrian and vehicular access control should be implemented
  • Perimeter fencing of open design, such as wrought iron, should be installed in order to establish territoriality and defensible space, while maintaining natural surveillance.Line of Sight/Natural Surveillance:
  • Stairwells and elevator lobbies should be of open design whenever structurally possible.
  • It is highly desirable to design elevator shafts and cabs to be transparent, making occupants of the cab visible from the outside.
  • Convex mirrors should be installed in elevator cabs and at stairwell landings.
  • Trash enclosures should be located at the perimeter of the parking lot, not adjacent to buildings.
  • Other line of sight obstructions (including recessed doorways, alcoves, etc.) should be avoided on building exterior walls, and interior hallways.Parking Structure:
  • The interior of the structure should be painted a light, highly reflective color.
  • Metal halide or other bright white light source should be utilized. No dark areas should exist inside the structure.
  • Alcoves and other visual obstructions that might constitute a hiding place should be eliminated whenever structurally possible. Pillars, columns and other open construction should be utilized over a solid wall design.
  • Whenever possible, stairwells should be of open design. When, by necessity, a stairwell is enclosed, convex mirrors should be placed at each stairwell landing, and the stairwell doors should employ as much transparent material as fire code allows.
  • Convex mirrors should be placed inside elevator cabs
  • Bars or grating should be utilized to impede pedestrian access to the structure from ground-level openings.
  • Access control should be utilized for vehicular and pedestrian traffic
  • Clearly marked, hands-free emergency phones/panic alarms should be placed throughout the structure.
  • No trespassing/loitering signage should be placed at entrances and other appropriate locations.
  • Digital security cameras with instant viewing capability surveillance should be utilized throughout the structure.

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Parking Structure Security Recommendations

  • The interior of the structure should be painted a light, highly reflective color.
  • Metal halide or other bright white light source should be utilized. No dark areas should exist inside the structure.
  • Alcoves and other visual obstructions that might constitute a hiding place should be eliminated whenever structurally possible. Pillars, columns and other open construction should be utilized over a solid wall design.
  • Whenever possible, stairwells should be of open design. When, by necessity, a stairwell is enclosed, convex mirrors should be placed at each stairwell landing, and the stairwell doors should employ as much transparent material as fire code allows.
  • Convex mirrors should be placed inside elevator cabs
  • Marked parking spaces for company presidents/CEOs, etc. should be eliminated for safety reasons.
  • Bars or grating should be utilized to impeded pedestrian access to the structure from ground-level openings.
  • Access control should be utilized for vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
  • Clearly marked, hands-free emergency phones/panic alarms should be placed throughout the structure
  • No trespassing/loitering signage should be placed at entrances and other appropriate locations.
  • Digital security cameras with instant viewing capability surveillance should be utilized throughout the structure.

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Residential Project Security Recommendations

Security Systems:           

  • Silent and/or audible security alarm recommended
  • Awareness of False Alarm Ordinance

Home Security Survey:

  • Free service by appointment, phone (408)730-7116 to schedule
  • Includes Operation Identification service when requested.

Lighting:           

  • Adequate lighting around building exterior
  • Recommend dusk to dawn timer or motion sensor for lighting

Landscaping: 

Landscaping should be of the type and situated in locations to maximize observation while providing the desired degree of aesthetics.  Landscaping should be trimmed so as not to provide concealment opportunities or means to access roof.  Security planting materials are encouraged along fence and property lines and under vulnerable windows.

Address Numbers:

Addresses should be clearly marked and visible from the street.

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School/Church Project Security Recommendations

Comments specific to your project can be found on the PRC general comments sheet. Implementation of the applicable items can help to increase security at this location. Please call (408) 730-7140 with any questions.

Security Systems:

  • Silent or audible alarm system to be installed
  • Panic alarms and /or emergency phones with outside lines shall be installed in each room
  • Digital security cameras with instant viewing capabilities are recommended, covering the building perimeter.Addressing:
  • Address numbers shall be illuminated during the hours of darkness and positioned so as to be readily readable from the street. Numbers that are a minimum height of 12" recommended.

Doors:

  • Adequate security hardware, such as deadbolt locks, should be installed. All glass doors shall be secured with a dead bolt.
  • Dead bolt locks shall be of the type whose deadbolt and deadlocking latch can be retracted by a single action of the inside door knob-lever/turnpiece.
  • Overhead roll-up doors shall be secured from the inside by a cylinder lock or padlock, which cannot be defeated from outside the door.

Windows:

  • Louvered windows shall not be used.
  • Large display-type windows and any window accessible from the side and rear, but not visible from the street shall consist of rated burglary-resistant glazing or its equivalent. The "lock wrap" type that attaches to the window frame is recommended.

Roof Tops and Openings:

One of the following shall be utilized on all skylights:

  • Rated burglary-resistant glass or acrylic material
  • Iron bars of at least one half-inch diameter or flat steel bars of at least one quarter-inch width, spaced no more than five inches apart under the skylight and securely fastened
  • Grill of at least one eight-inch steel and two-inch mesh
  • All hatchway openings on the roof of any building shall be secured as follows: if the hatchway is wooden, it shall be covered on the outside with at least 16 gauge sheet steel or its equivalent, attached in a manner making removal difficult. The hatchway shall be secured from the inside with a slide bar or slide bolts. Only a crossbar or padlock provided by the fur marshal shall be used. Outside pin-type hinges on all hatchway openings shall have non-removable pins.
  • All air duct or air vent openings exceeding 8"X12" on the rooftop or exterior walls of any building shall be secured by means of:
  • Iron bars of at least one half-inch diameter or flat steel bars of at least one quarter-inch width, spaced no more that five inches and securely fastened
  • Grill of at least one eight-inch steel and two-inch meshIf the barrier is on the outside, it shall be secured with galvanized rounded-head, flush bolts of at least three eighth-inch diameter.

Lighting:

  • Monument signs shall be well-lighted during hours of darkness
  • Interior night-lights shall be used during hours of darkness when school is closed
  • Adequate lighting of parking lots and associated carports, driveways, circulation areas, aisles, passageways, recesses and grounds contiguous to buildings shall be provided with low-pressure sodium lighting. Sufficient wattage to provide adequate illumination to make clearly visible the presence of any person n or about the premises during the hours of darkness and provide a safe, secure environment for all persons, property and vehicles on site.

All exterior doors shall have their own light source which will adequately illuminate entry/exit areas at all hours in order to:

  • Make any person on the premises clearly visible
  • Provide adequate illumination for persons entering and exiting the building.
  • Landscaping shall be of the type and situated in locations to maximize observation while providing the desired degree of aesthetics. Security planting materials are encouraged along fence and property lines and under vulnerable windows.Line of Sight Surveillance:
  • Stairwells and elevator lobbies should be of open design whenever structurally possible.
  • It is highly desirable to design an elevator shaft and cab to be transparent, making occupants of the cab visible from the outside.
  • Convex mirrors should be installed in elevator cabs and at stairwell landings
  • Trash enclosures should be located at the perimeter of the parking lot, not adjacent to buildings
  • Other line of sight obstructions (including recessed doorways, alcoves, etc.) should be avoided on building exterior walls and interior hallways.

Signage/Parking Lot:

  • Compact parking spaces shall be clearly marked on the pavement
  • Specially marked parking spaces for school administrators, staff, etc., should be eliminated.

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