Gun Detection Technology

Security professionals are always looking for ways to prevent crime and attacks from happening, particularly mass shootings.  Since 9/11, we have endured terrorist attacks and active shooter attacks (similar insofar as the perpetrator is prepared to sacrifice their life).  Regardless of the motivation behind a shooting, be it ideology or mental illness, both pose a…

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Duty to Protect

To what extent is a business obligated to provide security for its customers?  And to what extent does security influence which businesses a customer choses to frequent?  These questions are particularly relevant in light of the recent shooting at a grocery store location in Colorado which left ten people dead. Some would say that businesses…

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Ramming is on the Rise

Over the course of only a few weeks, there have been at least 50 vehicle ramming attacks in the U.S.   This method of using a vehicle be it a car, truck or tractor to inflict death and injury on pedestrians is not new. There have been dozens of vehicle attacks across the globe, from Berlin…

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G4S Pulse Club Case Ruling

It’s been almost three years since the shooting attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida in June 2016.  The gunman Omar Seddique Mateen was employed as an armed security guard by G4S, although he was not working for them at the time of the attack.  Mateen had received firearms training during the nine years…

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Sixteen Years of Predictive Profiling

Back in 2002, I was driving with a colleague to see a client in Palmdale, California, a couple hours’ drive outside of Los Angeles.  This was only a few months after 9/11 when the country and the world were looking for an understanding of and solutions to the specter of terrorism.  We were talking about…

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Safety Act

After an active shooter event or act of terrorism in the U.S., victims and their representatives often file suit against just about anyone they can. In the case of the Las Vegas shooting by Stephen Paddock, the concert promoters, the Mandalay Bay Hotel and bump stock manufacturers were all sued.  Victims and their families of…

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Guns in Israel

Some people have the idea that in Israel, gun laws are very liberal.  In fact, the very opposite is true. There are strict requirements to gun acquisition and ownership.  Gun ownership in Israel is a privilege, not a right. Guns per Capita The United States has one firearm per capita, the highest in the world. …

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Simple – not Simplistic – Emergency Response Procedures

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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No Such Term as Active Shooter

The term Active Shooter is not used in Israel. That might seem surprising to hear, given the terrorist threats against that country.  Although there is an ebb and flow in violence, terrorist attacks in the form of knife stabbings, Molotov cocktail throwing, car and truck ramming and of course shootings are an intermittent reality there. …

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Mandating Security to Help Prevent Attacks

New Jersey Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) has introduced a bill that requires local law enforcement to work with various state and local agencies to develop security protocols to preserve public safety during events that attract large crowds. Under the Community Protection Act, agencies such as Homeland Security would work directly with local police to…

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