Posts by Chameleon Associates

Misplacing Guns

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An Inspector General Government Accountability Office report “DHS’ Controls Over Firearms and Other Sensitive Assets” published October 25th shows that the U.S. Homeland Security Department lost 220 guns, 1,889 badges and 25 secure immigration stamps over a three year period from 2014 to 2016. In one instance, two agents had stashed their weapons and badges…

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12 to Consider when Choosing a Security Consultant

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The right security consultant can offer invaluable service and guidance to help make a protected environment safer and more secure.  But not all consultants are created equally.  What’s more, the conventional playbook is definitely not the most effective one.  To our mind, thinking outside the box is mandatory.  Here’s what to look for: 1       Holistic…

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Simple – not Simplistic – Emergency Response Procedures

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Simplistic ideas and procedures by their nature do not withstand reality tests.  This is the case for many emergency lock-down procedures where unfortunately the essence of the SOP is to pacify its intended audience and not necessarily to save their lives.  In a situation of imminent threat, one’s instinctive response is often the correct response. …

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Private Security Industry Falls Short

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The ASIS conference in Dallas, Texas last month illustrated a new trend for security guard companies. Many of them diversify their service portfolio with technology offerings that may ultimately substitute for their core business of supplying security officers by the hour.  Remote CCTV monitoring services and autonomous security robots are being marketed by some of…

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Equifarce

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Of course the IRS needs to confirm that a given taxpayer is who they say they are.  It’s step number one for all transactions.  To that end, on the IRS website an individual answers questions about their personal and credit history like “On which of the following streets have you lived?” or “What is your…

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An Investigator’s Best Friend

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We think of canine officers as helping to fiercely chase down criminals on the loose and nose out illegal drugs and hidden bombs.  But for a while now in the U.S. dogs have been providing another vital function: sniffing out electronic storage media including SD cards, USB and thumb drives, external hard drives, iPads, iPhones…

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Identity Crisis Down Under

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The issue of identity and allegiance is key to the kind of bad behavior we often write about.  Security personnel need to know how to verify the identity of the suspicious person they are dealing with; are they indeed who they say they are?  A lone wolf terrorist who goes off the deep end may…

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Fear of Terrorism

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Since as recently as January 2015, there have been dozens of terrorist attacks in Europe: in Germany, Denmark, Belgium, France, Turkey, the U.K., Sweden, Spain and most recently Finland.  Hundreds of people have been killed. With the recent stabbing rampage in Finland, the Finnish government was not quick to characterize the attack that took place…

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Prone to Violence

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On May 10th of this year, the FBI and the Homeland Security Department issued an eight-page bulletin entitled “White Supremacist Extremism Poses Persistent Threat with Lethal Violence”.  The analysis pointed to the high number of violent incidents over the last decade involving neo-Nazis, white extremists and the KKK.  Anyone who pays attention to domestic terrorist…

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The Drone Police

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Drones are prominently in the news this week.  The U.S. Department of Defense has given military bases new guidelines allowing them to shoot down consumer drones trespassing on (above) military bases.  The Los Angeles Police Department wants to finally use two drones it received from the Seattle Police Department that have been sitting unused on…

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