Transit Insecurity

Violent crime on city streets and around transit hubs are in the news every day. A little old lady gets punched in the face at a bus stop, someone is pushed down near train tracks in the metro, folks are being robbed and verbally assaulted at what seems like every turn.  Covid necessarily resulted in…

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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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Officer Joe’s on Post

The security industry has some unique characteristics which influence its management.  What works just fine for management in other business sectors does not work well in security. As background, decades ago, when Chameleon was an upstart consultancy, we did not benefit from a network of businesspeople we met on the golf course (although we do…

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Offensive vs Defensive Intelligence

There are two main disciplines in the field of intelligence:  offensive and defensive.  At a national level, countries may chose a defensive or an offensive intelligence posture. For example, the Canadian Security and Intelligence Services (CSIS) is considered predominantly defensive while the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is regarded as more on the offensive side of…

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Find Your Inner Security Consultant

Ask Heads of Security about the most challenging aspect of their work and they’ll tell you it’s to sell security to their organization and its decision makers. Decades of experience in military or law enforcement may have prepared you to manage a security force, to handle an investigation or tackle an emergency. However, it did…

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Paycheck Power

Law enforcement is being de-funded in many places and regardless to the degree, many police departments will be operating with less resources.   Clearly, there is a lot to distinguish security officers from police officers; the two are not interchangeable.  Besides vetting, training and equipment, the latter’s role is to enforce laws and the former’s role…

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Jumping the Gun

Last Friday, the Santa Clara California District Attorney announced that his office is pursuing charges against officials in the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office and AS Solution, a large executive protection company whose U.S. headquarters is in Seattle, recently purchased by Allied Universal.  AS Solution provides Executive Protection services to the highest echelon of Silicon Valley…

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Covid-19 Impact on Security

The challenges of Covid have touched nearly every aspect of our global lives – if and how we socialize, finances, schooling, work conditions and travel.  New security threats particular related to Covid crime include cyber schemes to get money for fake charities or phishing for data disguised as government benefits agencies or IRS stimulus package…

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Hacking Identity

False IDs are key to criminal activity that goes well beyond an underage teenager buying a six-pack of beer.  Take the case of John Colletti, who racked up over $120,000 at casinos in Michigan and Kansas using false identification. Colletti’s ploy was to withdraw cash from casino ATMs using false IDs. From online sources, he…

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Hospital Security in Times of Covid-19

Hospitals that only a few months ago were hosting kidney transplants and mending accident victims are now full time Covid-19 triage and acute care centers. Medical centers as perhaps never before are on the forefront of a global battle. Frustrated, overworked personnel are being forced to make hard decisions about distribution of limited resources. The…

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