School Security

7 Steps to Changing Security Culture

ADVERSARIAL THINKING Step one is knowing what it is we are securing against. You might be surprised how many security personnel are not familiar with the security mission of the place or people they are meant to protect. Understanding the threat begins with understanding the adversary. Think like the adversary and from there derive the…

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Proactive School Security – Online

Chameleon Associates has worked with dozens of schools over the past few years, helping them make their campuses safer. In the course of our security consulting, one thing came up again and again: faculty and administrative staff were unclear as to how to identify and deal with threats, be they internal or external. We found…

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What risks are you not willing to take?

Many clients have asked me to evaluate their risk exposure to a terrorist attack or extreme violent act against their organization. They want to know if the risk is high or low. My honest answer to all my clients is “I don’t know.”   The decisions made by terrorists to attack a specific target at…

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Is Broken Window Theory, Broken?

The “Broken Window Theory” is a criminological theory developed and introduced by social scientists James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling in 1982. It states that environmental conditions influence the behaviors of criminals to perpetrate or refrain from criminal activities. It posits that a car with a broken window is more likely to be stolen…

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Training Hired Guns

A recent CNN report entitled Hired Guns has been getting a lot of attention.  In a nutshell, the reporters highlight the lack of training and oversight of armed security officers in the United States.  They write, for example, that in 15 states, officers with no firearms training can carry guns openly on the job.  …

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Security Awareness

Earlier this month on a bus near Tel Aviv, a passenger noticed an unattended bag left on a seat and immediately alerted the bus driver. The driver asked his passengers if the bag belonged to anyone? When no one claimed ownership, he immediately pulled the bus over to the side of the road and asked…

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School Security Shift

schools security is no longer just an overhead expense but also a (potential) marketing plus. Having good security in place at a school adds both a comfort level for parents, teachers and students but can also lend prestige and value to the school brand.   We are all and have always been concerned for children’s…

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Another Shooting

The Navy Yard shooting highlights challenging security issues. Some suggest that the facility’s security procedures were inadequate yet the shooter, Aaron Alexis, used a valid ID to enter the perimeter yard and then through another access point into Building 197. The Yard is secured by both private and military security. The gate guards were armed…

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The Prime Directive

During recent months, I have been involved in several large proposals for security guard services. My role is to evaluate, on behalf of our clients, their security contracts and the companies and officers meant to support those contract services. After reading hundreds of RFP pages, and talking to everyone from the CEO to the most…

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It’s Just Not Sexy

Quality Control/Quality Assurance is something we might sooner associate with widget manufacturing or transit operations, than with physical security operations. In fact, quality is very important to security services. Too often, security is evaluated according to its failures, and not by its successes. Success in security is when it appears that nothing has happened –…

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