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The Problem: Terrorism is the unknown and unseen enemy, and it is a frightening one. Predators live among us, suddenly striking where and when we least expect it. We ask: “What are the warning signs, who’s at risk, and where are they likely to target?” An attacker’s greatest weapon is the element of surprise. A terrorist’s goal is to create havoc and paralyzing fear by making us think they can get us any time at any place. Business owners are scrambling to secure their working environments. Card access systems, security cameras, and security guards only give a false sense of security unless proper risk management systems are in place.

The Solution: Systems and strategies will prevent attacks at your place of business. Know what your options are and incorporate the fundamentals of premises security into your daily functions. We provide you with the fundamentals of safety and the strategies for security to help you make smarter time, money and life-saving decisions.

You Learn How To:

  • Assess risk and determine risk management.
  • Put systems in place to keep the bad guys out.
  • Secure surrounding areas against sabotage.
  • Keep all departments safe from intruders.
  • Identify the best means of security technology.
  • Train employees to become security partners.
  • Point out red flags and effective remedies.
  • Train to defend yourself and staff non-violently.
  • Work safely, securely and with less stress.

10 Tips To Anti Terror Premise Security by Robert Siciliano ©

  1. Terrorism: Terrorism is the unknown and unseen enemy, and it is a frightening one. One, who lives among us, hides within our society and suddenly strikes where and when we least expect it. We ask the questions, “What are the warning signs, who’s at risk and what are the likely areas they will target. An attacker’s greatest weapon is the element of surprise. A terrorists goal is to create havoc and paralyzing fear by making us think they can get us any time at any place.
  2. In the Air: FAA has mandated no-fly zones over specific sporting events. Blimps are becoming obsolete and observation helicopters are being restricted. At airports local to larger sporting events security is tighter than ever. Bomb sniffing K-9 dogs and high-tech machinery are being implemented at airports nation wide.
  3. Not Permitted: You will be hard pressed to find an event that allows bottled water any more. Furthermore, coolers, cameras, blankets, backpacks, fanny-packs or sizable handbags are being increasingly being turned away.
  4. Checkpoints: Fencing with security personnel checking IDs and tickets to functions as far as 3 blocks away from the venue. Counterfeit tickets and IDs are being discouraged with bar coding laser devices. The most important consideration in any event is WHO gets in.
  5. Point of entry: It should be considered that one single point of entry, when feasible, would allow more control over who gets in the building or event. This is sometimes not feasible nor possible. At the entrance, trained guards who serve a real purpose of identifying potential threats are better than someone who just checks IDs. Metal detectors, scanners and bomb-sniffing dogs might be a part of going to the mall someday.
  6. Barriers: On the exterior of the building or event should be concrete highway dividers that prevent a car or truck from driving into the building or event. These barriers can take the form of large bush or flowerpots, concrete benches or even elegant sculptures. Fencing with security personnel checking IDs and tickets to functions. You will also notice parking bans around some buildings and events up to three blocks away.
  7. Trash barrels and waste receptacles: Unfortunately these have been known in Europe as a great place to put a bomb. These receptacles should be removed from close proximity to vulnerable areas.
  8. Ground floor vents: Street-level fresh-air intake vents are designed to bring air in for heating and cooling systems. These vents should be fenced off or moved to higher levels to prevent tampering or sabotage. Inside and outside air should be filtered with HEPA filters that remove 100% of particles larger than one micron, and help keep bioterrorist chemical agents from being dispersed through the duct system. The invention of smoke detectors has evolved to carbon monoxide detectors, and now these early warning devices detect teargas, pepper spray, and some nerve gases and chemical weapons.
  9. Security cameras: This is one of the greatest inventions for security. A security camera is the eye in the sky and the eyes behind your head. The only problem is you need qualified people watching the monitor. One single security guard sitting in a room with 50 monitors is not effective. What is effective are a few trained and motivated plainclothes guards inside and outside of the property. They should be monitoring every aspect of the property, working hand-in-hand with whoever is watching the cameras. Scanners that use biometric technology such as iris and facial recognition software, finger, thumb and palm prints and even voice recognition will ultimately ID everyone everywhere.
  10. Shipping and receiving: This is a weak point in most security plans. A loading dock is sometimes backed up with FedEx, UPS, RPS, USPS, caterers, exhibitors, vendors, and everyone on-line doesn’t want to wait another second because they have other deliveries to be made. This is the unfortunate dilemma of the shipping manager. Security personnel should be making sure no one is entering the building through this area. Additionally, all deliveries should be checked and scanned before they enter the building.

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