"We are living in an age of mass protest." That text comes from a study conducted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. And while we in the US are accustomed to seeing civil unrest from other parts of the globe, now we are seeing it in several parts of our own country. What happens when it comes to your town? How are people preparing their places of business and their residences, and more importantly how are they protecting the lives of those around them?
There are complex safety protocols that depend heavily on your liabilities and your, or your company's profile. If you would like an assessment of your facility, your estate, and how to protect them and the people close to you, call us anytime.
To read more about the age of mass protest, click on the link below.
Yet again, yesterday a gunman opened fire in a house of worship. The gunman shot two worshippers before himself being shot by the church's head of security, a reserve officer who was carrying a concealed weapon. The entire incident, while tragic, lasted only 6 seconds. Any longer, and the tragedy would undoubtedly have been worse.
Increasingly, worshippers of all faiths are having their sanctuaries attacked. Here in the United States, a country founded on freedom from religious persecution, we are no less vulnerable from armed attack in our most hallowed places. And specifically outside of Texas, where this particular church benefitted from a newly-passed law that allows for carrying of weapons within a place of worship, that vulnerability is amplified. The only answer is armed security to respond to such an attack.
Some hospitals have taken to screening individuals as they enter specific departments, like Emergency, Intensive Care, or Trauma. Placing security screening stations with metal detectors and agents who can check belongings and wand the individuals as they enter these departments can be a deterrent to malicious activity. The convenience cost for doing so, as always, is at issue. What do you think? Click on the picture for additional information on the subject, and feel free to leave a comment to express your opinion on the subject.
A fellow business owner recently asked me why we offer only top-tier agents when there are so many lucrative contracts out there for uniformed security. The reason is simple: Mindset. Our agents are trained and experienced at responding by thinking like an assailant, and as such, thinking ahead. The lesser-trained, less-experienced agents who are more of a deterrent than a responder will get a different result. The article linked to the picture below explains the science behind the mindset. Take a look, it's a fascinating read.
This has been a tragic week in a horrible year for gun violence in the United States. As we close in on the end of summer, we have racked up more mass shooting incidents in this country than days of the year. While we are certainly glad to have purpose as an organization, we lament that we see a large lack of preparedness in many of our clients' neighboring businesses and properties. This trend seems to be correcting in some places where public gatherings make the liabilities too great to ignore. Click on the photo below to see how some companies, campuses, and police departments are planning more thoroughly and preparing for faster responses to outbreaks of violence, and how seconds can make the difference in a major tragedy.
I have been backstage at Disneyland. The inner workings of that operation are top notch. The fact that in its more than six decades of operation there are really no catastrophic occurrences of violent crime is no accident. There are well-trained and highly skilled planners and operators concentrated on guest safety and the organization spares no expense to empower them to do a stellar job. And still there is opportunity for some mayhem.
The well-trained Disney staff kept bystanders safe, in spite of what may have looked to the casual viewer as a slow response. Click on the picture above to see an article in the Orange County Register that explains the situation and the response to it, and let us know if your team would have acted as astutely.
There is one place that sees the result of extreme violence more than any other, and that is the Emergency Room of a hospital. In urban areas, the ER can become more than a place for treatment, it can also become a place to seek retribution or to finish an unsuccessful attempt to take someone's life.
DynaSec Protection offers active shooter training for medical professionals and in all work and home environments. Of course our agents are always available to provide discrete protection to executives, teams, or families in all environment, even while traveling. But the strategic advantage of active shooter training whether there are protection teams in place or not could make all the difference.
The picture above provides a link to an article on Nurse.com that expresses the importance of, and their encouragement for, more preparedness.
Anywhere at anytime, where there are employees there is discontent. And increasingly those employees are expressing their frustration with violence. Yet another shooting, this time at the Ford dealership in Morgan Hill, has resulted in three dead as an employee who had recently been fired walked into the Service Department and shot two of his managers before turning the gun on himself. Click on the photo above for more details.
"His ignorance of the law and the Fourth Amendment should disqualify him from being able to wear a CBP badge - but maybe fear and detention is the new mission of the CBP and the Constitution is a mere suggestion,"
- Hassan Aden, Greenville NC Police Chief (ret)
Hassan Aden has a distinguished career of service, having retired as the Greenville NC Police Chief. He now runs a consulting firm that requires him to travel extensively around the country and abroad. At the Greenville airport, his name and face are recognizable to most of the agents. Not so at JFK, where he was recently detained for 90 minutes by Customs and Border Protection agents. While their reasons for scrutinizing Mr. Aden in particular are unclear, it seems that his name, very common among Muslims, was the initial red flag.
"Hassan Aden is like Bob Smith," Aden said in a statement following his detention. "I think there's a lot of rhetoric on travel bans, homeland security and measures around national security. I do think it has something to do with the new administration ... I don't think it's a coincidence."
Mr. Aden also believes that his American citizenship should have warranted a quick check of his passport travel history and perhaps a call to Greenville to substantiate his identity, and that such steps would have cleared him in a matter of a few minutes. Instead, continued to be detained while foreign nationals were brought in and released.
"This experience has left me feeling vulnerable and unsure of the future of a country that was once great and that I proudly called my own. My freedoms were restricted, and I cannot be sure it won't happen again, and that it won't happen to my family, my children, the next time we travel abroad, he wrote in a Facebook post. "This country now feels cold, unwelcoming, and in the beginning stages of a country that is isolating itself from the rest of the world -- and its own people -- in an unprecedented fashion."
A statement to CNN by US Customs and Border Protection read, "Due to the Privacy Act, we cannot comment on specific cases, but all travelers arriving to the U.S. are subject to CBP inspection. At times, travelers may be inconvenienced as we work through the arrival process to ensure those entering the country are doing so legitimately and lawfully."
As a retired law enforcement officer, Aden was quick to acknowledge the, "difficult and dangerous" task that CBP officers undertake every day. "But when you're dealing with US citizens, reasonableness should [come] into play."
Shopping malls are soft targets, and desirable to many different kinds of assailants. The larger, higher profile malls around the world are high headcount targets for international terrorists, but even smaller malls in lesser known locations have a profile with built-in notoriety on a more local level. The potential for causing hysteria exists everywhere there are groups of innocent consumers.
Video surveillance systems have gotten much less expensive over the years, allowing many shopping malls to employ fairly sophisticated, centrally controlled systems with impressive clarity and ability to capture and archive days or weeks of footage at facial recognition-quality resolutions. And facial recognition software is more available and less expensive as well.
Security teams are increasingly finding the usefulness of plain clothed agents making soft contact with shoppers and positive touch experiences across all age groups. These contacts not only serve to enhance confidence among valued consumers in the environment throughout the mall, but subtly break down the comfort of anonymity that serves to empower the mischievous. Psychologically, having had contact makes a potential assailant or shoplifter identifiable, and many will likely move on to another location to perform their malicious deeds.
A recent Time Magazine article explored the expanding sophistication of the tactics employed by security teams to keep us safe to shop and be entertained in the malls and movie theaters around us.