• Workplace Violence: Be Prepared: Businesses and Employees Should Also Be Trained and Prepared for Violence
    West Central Tribune (04/13/14) Lange, Carolyn

    Vikki Sanders, a member of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry’s workplace violence prevention resource center, says that businesses should train their employees to be prepared to handle incidences of violence in the workplace. Though businesses are responsible for ensuring the safety of their employees, Sanders noted that most do not have a plan that would guide the response to an active shooter. During a recent presentation, Sanders detailed a new campaign developed by the Department of Homeland Security to encourage businesses to develop such plans. The campaign urges employees to follow three tips: run, hide, and fight. The first priority is for employees to get out of the building or the shooter’s line of fire and call 911, but if that is not possible, employees are advised to hide, silence their cell phones and remain as quiet as possible. The last resort, according to the campaign, is to fight against the shooter with whatever is available, though this action is only to be considered if an employee is cornered with no escape route. Sanders noted that another part of the campaign focuses on ways to prevent workplace violence, including listening to all employee concerns and not discounting any potential threats made against an employee or the organization.

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  • Survey: Small Retailers Feeling Insecure
    Security Director News (04/10/14) Canfield, Amy

    A new survey commissioned by ADT has found that only a third of small- and medium-sized retailers have complete confidence in their current security systems. The remaining respondents were split between those who felt that their business was only a little or not at all secure and those who felt that they were reasonably secure. Though 66 percent felt that video surveillance would improve security, only 46 percent reported having implemented such systems. Similarly, though the majority of respondents felt that having indoor/outdoor cameras or alarm systems would help their security, the percentage of companies that had implemented such solutions was smaller than the number that believed they would help. The survey revealed that small- and medium-sized businesses considered real-time and recorded surveillance, remote viewing of critical areas, and triggered text alerts to be the most desirable security solutions. ADT Small Business President Luis Orbegoso commented that in addition to having few resources to devote to security, small businesses often have little understanding of the various solutions available, adding that they generally believe “that just by having a camera visible they could cut back on shrink and shoplifting.”

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  • Mitigating Retail Shrink with Better Monitoring
    Security (04/14) Meyer, Claire

    Some retailers are using improved security monitoring systems, including both live and recorded video, to reduce the amount of money lost through retail shrinkage and to track and identify suspected thieves. For example, a new Century 21 store in New Jersey has begun using an Internet Protocol (IP) surveillance system that includes cameras placed in domes over the sales floor. Company officials say the system reduces lag time in camera control and allows for real-time tracking of suspicious behavior. “We have very proactive LP (loss prevention) policies in place to protect our inventory and guest experience so we needed the lowest latency and best quality picture from these domes as possible,” says James Betesh, the vice president of loss prevention at Century 21 Department Stores. To achieve these goals, Century 21 also installed a unified video management system that can condense video clips for faster investigations and allow security employees to access the video on mobile devices.

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    How Remote Monitoring Adds Value from Afar
    Security (04/14) Finkel, Ed

    Remote monitoring is an important part of security for many businesses, but some organizations require more complex systems than others. The four hospitals that make up the University Health Network in Toronto, for example, use about 500 cameras, alarm systems, and panic devices at each facility. Todd Milne, the senior manager of security operations for the network, commented on the system supplied by Johnson Controls Canada. “We have to balance safety and security with the need of healthcare for a person,” he says, which is where remote monitoring comes in. And IHS Research study has found that Milne is not alone in his support for remote monitoring, which the study expects will grow in the next several years, particularly in the education, government, data center, and hospitality markets. As Sam Grinter, a market analyst for building technologies at IHS explains, remote monitoring helps save costs for security departments being asked to do more with less.

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  • Teen Sneaks Past Security, Climbs Atop 1 World Trade Center
    ABC News (03/20/14) Margolin, Josh; Newcomb, Alyssa

    Security at New York City’s One World Trade Center is being investigated following a recent incident in which a teenager was able to climb the building’s spire. Authorities say that 16-year-old Justin Casquejo of New Jersey squeezed through a 12-by-12-inch hole in the middle of the night on March 16 to reach the spire. Casquejo, who has admitted to climbing the spire, was arrested by Port Authority police after a construction supervisor saw him coming down from the top of the building. Security at One World Trade Center was thought to be impenetrable before this incident took place.

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