A community should not have to experience police no-shows, screaming drug abusers, people using building alcoves for bathrooms, all while people selling drugs and committing property crimes are not held accountable. While the reasons for this state of affairs are varied and complex, there are solutions.
RSU’s Neighborhood Security program can be an important piece of a community’s public safety infrastructure. Quickly evolving public safety challenges now require private, flexible security solutions.
RSU understands the complexities of local government, business, and community public safety challenges and provides services that meet the moment. We use well-trained security personnel who know how to build relationships, de-escalate situations, use force of personality to gain compliance, help others feel safe in their presence, and represent our clients’ interests, even in tough situations.
Our Neighborhood Security services have been proven effective for our municipal, building ownership, and business clients by creating a “safety bubble” throughout a neighborhood or central business district.
RSU Neighborhood Security personnel are accepted as a helpful presence even for citizens who are reflexively opposed to police and security presence.
While a community should be able to expect public safety on its sidewalks and neighborhoods, in this extraordinary time our cities, businesses, and citizens, need extra help in providing order, safety, and preservation of public and private property. RSU is here for that.
We want to bring a safety bubble to your neighborhood.
We begin by understanding your community, what security challenges you are facing, who the key partners for change are, and how this change would happen. We start by building relationships with those most effected, ask a lot of questions, then build a security change model specifically for your community
A Neighborhood safety bubble relies on us working closely with local government officials, other contract holders, law enforcement, neighbors, businesses, and the people creating the chaos themselves. This is their community as well, and it is imperitive to us that they are communicated and interacted with with dignity, respect, and as a member of the community that we are here to serve. This is how a community works: Good relationships, clear communications, and accountability to one another.
We establish feedback loops with our clients and community partners to learn and improve from all the people we work with as we grow. Our Neighborhood Security teams listen to all of the community members, making sure to not only serve our clients, but to also advocate for those that have trouble being heard.
This is where we begin to build our RSU Neighborhood Security team, by hiring from within the community we are partnered with to bring change. We Provide these community members with our unique and proven Neighborhood Security Training and oversight.
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a commonly-used term for designing the built environment to contribute to a sense of safety. The four elements of CPTED are: natural surveillance and visibility; lighting; territorial reinforcement and space delineation, and natural access control. Together with our partners we can make our Neighborhood design work for us.
Our team has deep knowledge of all aspects of public and private security; how businesses, communities and cities actually work; and how to be good effective partners. We make it our business to understand the political, social, and operational context of every community, county and state we operate within.
LAW ENFORCEMENT agencies in the State of Washington are desperately understaffed and losing morale. They have had many of their enforcement powers minimized by the state legislature and courts. While Alternate Response Teams (ART) staffed with behavioral health first responders are in place in some jurisdictions, PEOPLE EXHIBITING ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIORS are not being held accountable for their actions. They are often in need of treatment that is either unavailable or undesired. Communities have entered a new era where police may not be able to protect citizen’s property and personal safety as they have in the past. An RSU Neighborhood Safety program, while not a replacement for law enforcement, is a needed addition to fill this gap.
Who gets blamed for signs of chaos in a City? The MAYOR and the City Council. They can take action by collaborating with DOWNTOWN & BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS, BUILDING OWNERS & PROPERTY MANAGERS, and BUSINESS OWNERS to create and grow an RSU Neighborhood Safety Bubble. The City contracts for services in public places while building owners, and businesses, and associations pay for services on private property.
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH WORKERS play an important role in our communities and are essential support for PEOPLE EXHIBITING ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOR. In the State of Washington, behavioral health workers are on mobile crisis outreach teams or Alternate Response Teams (ART) working with both fire and police. Close contact and contextual awareness, give RSU Neighborhood Safety Agents a unique position to call upon behavioral health workers for people in crisis. Behavioral health teams are hindered from a quick response (or response at all) due to call triage and short-staffing. RSU Agents fill the gap by de-escalating, relationship-building, and guiding people in crisis toward services.
SHOPPERS, WORKERS, VISITORS, and PATRONS need to feel a sense of safety and belonging in their community. Their economic activity that creates community vibrancy. It supports shared civic resources such as parks, plazas, and sidewalks. It pays for the very services that help and mitigate the actions of PEOPLE EXHIBITING ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOR. RSU is dedicated to building relationships with ALL people in your community, no matter their circumstances or behaviors. RSU is dedicated to the safety and security of everyone in the communities they serve.
BUILDING OWNERS & PROPERTY MANAGERS face myriad challenges when their neighborhood is under pressure from PEOPLE EXHIBITING ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOR. Will their retail tenants lose customers and staff? Will residential tenants decline to renew their leases in favor of quieter, cleaner, and safer neighborhoods? Worries mount: Graffiti damage. Break-ins. Human waste and trash clean up. Growing a Safety Bubble with an RSU Neighborhood Safety program allows building owners and property managers to protect their investments. By partnering with DOWNTOWN & BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS and the MAYOR’S OFFICE, they work together to protect and improve their neighborhood while sharing costs, making the program affordable and sustainable.
Residents are the beating heart of any neighborhood. It is their backyard and front yard, day and night. They raise their children here. They relax, shop, sleep, walk their dogs, and gather outside their homes. Their economic activity, watchful eyes, community involvement, and very presence are its life-blood. RSU Neighborhood Safety Agents ensure Residents feel more secure and safe in their homes and when they leave their front door. We build relationships with residents and are friendly, familiar faces in the community, ready with a helping hand when necessary.
PEOPLE EXHIBITING ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOR deserve understanding, help, and the respect. RSU does not use violence in any of its forms as Neighborhood Safety Agents. Communities in Washington State have always, and will always, need to provide safety and free enjoyment of public and private spaces for citizens. Recently, for a variety of complex social, economic, and political reasons, there has been a proliferation of people exhibiting criminal behavior, experiencing mental health crises, and causing environmental health hazards. This creates a sense of chaos and endangers others. RSU Neighborhood Safety is a community-based solution that provides safety and security for ALL people.
BUSINESS OWNERS & STAFF are on the front lines in managing the actions of PEOPLE EXHIBITING ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOR. While running small businesses, often on slim margins, they need to offer a safe, hygienic, and positive customer experience. When trouble happens, they have the added burden of dealing with the issues themselves. They know police must triage high call volumes, and that property destruction, theft, vagrancy, and open drug use are often at the bottom of the response queue. RSU Neighborhood Safety is able to help business owners, customers, and staff feel safe, trespass people exhibiting anti-social behaviors, and protect private property, allowing them to get back to business.
Up to 90% of FIRE & EMS calls are related to people experiencing anti-social behaviors. RSU Neighborhood Safety Agents are in close contact with PEOPLE EXHIBITING ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIORS and are a lifeline for someone in crisis needing immediate medical attention. RSU staff have good contextual awareness and can help direct people with needs away from emergency services when unnecessary and toward other more appropriate helping services.
DOWNTOWN & BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS are an important part of growing an effective Safety Bubble. Once the first contract with RSU is in place Associations can spread the word to business and building owners helping them to attain private contracts, then work with the City or other jurisdictions to sign public contracts. The goal is to quickly grow the SafetyBubble, increase protection and lower costs for everyone.
SHELTERS & OTHER HELPING SERVICES are a critical part of our community infrastructure. Due to a 9th Circuit Court decision, each jurisdiction must have enough shelter beds for everyone in need or they may not enforce restrictions on public camping in parks, on streets, or at public buildings. Community action agencies, religious organizations, and many other governmental and nonprofit agencies work in our communities to create a safety net (albeit, with gaps) for people experiencing homelessness, poverty, and behavioral health issues. RSU Agents are familiar with shelters and other helping services, referring people when they are ready for help.