Analyze IT: Texas A&M off campus party shooting

(Event: October 2019) Understanding the venue and patrons in attendance, are critical to anticipating potential problems. Awareness of the venue’s past issues and knowledge of groups attending can provide a reasonable amount of information for determining if the location is unsafe based on violent incidents and groups associated with the facility.

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Think SAFE: Failing To Maintain A Safe Environment

The recent $800 million settlement for victims of the Route 91 Music Festival tragedy (Las Vegas, NV) in October 2017 provides a well-deserved light on the negligence of businesses failing to remedy safety and security measures for protecting their employees and the public.

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Analyze IT: Paris Police Department Attack

(EVENT: October 2019) A dedicated attacker will seek out ways to by-pass security measures both physical and procedural. An aggressor with a focused mindset should be matched by an organization dedicated to exceeding minimal security requirements. Attacks are committed using aggression, surprise, and planning, therefore, those responsible for securing a facility MUST design their protocols to mitigate these tactics. This includes employee over site and review.

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Analyze IT: Savo Technical College Attack

(EVENT: October 2019) The abilities associated to rapid response in a crisis are directly connected to a mindset geared towards mental awareness and practice.Planning for an emergency, in your mind, is like an athlete visualizing their performance. This practice is not defined as paranoia, but rather an important step to a faster reaction time during a hostile event.

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Analyze IT: California Ford dealership

Former presumptions of how termination meetings transpire have changed. No longer can we assume that the former employee will quietly leave and begin a new stage of their life. If you haven’t already enhanced and/or changed the way your organization handles termination proceedings, I implore you to look at this process as a potential threat to everyone’s safety and security.Photo credit:

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Analyze IT: Costco emergency doors

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The strategy needs to be simple since the execution of the strategy will likely be quick! Plan several escape routes based on your current location in the event your primary route is either blocked or inaccessible. Know your environment to the best of your ability and plan before, not during the crisis. Be prepared to alter the plan if needed while remaining calm and calculated in determining your next course of action.

 

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Analyze IT: The Virginia Beach municipal building attack

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(EVENT: May 2019) If we, as a society, business owner, human resources director, manager, or employee continue to ignore training in the process of identifying, reporting, and mitigating potential violence, we are doomed to witness repetitive tragedies. A mere one-time background check and reference verification is NOT a workplace violence program! This epidemic is growing, primarily due to a lack of training. I agree that not every mass shooting or violent encounter is predictable or preventable, but many incidents could have been stopped using the proper approach. A comprehensive strategy for identifying unusual and critical behavior is the proper approach. This comprehensive strategy involves stopping an “insider threat” from continuing using specific protocols.

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Scott O’Brien is the Director of Operations at APB Consulting Solutions. To read his bio click HERE

Analyze IT: The Kawasaki Bus Stop Attack

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(EVENT: May 2019) Ever consider how you stop the “unthinkable attack”? Is it possible? The answer is YES. The problem isn’t whether the “unthinkable” may be avoided but rather, the question should be asked, what type of training are you doing? Preemptive planning and thinking are skills which must first be taught and then applied. Applying these principles should be a daily function for any safety team in order to prevent the unexpected.

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Analyze IT: Understanding the R.A.H.L.F. Model: FIGHT

(EVENT: APRIL-MAY 2019) How will you react during a crisis incident? What decisions will you make to enhance your safety and the security of others? Most individuals will assume they know the answer to these questions; however, it is difficult to truly understand how you or anyone else around you will react in the face of danger. TRAINING = SURVIVAL means repetitive training will assist you in making the right decisions during the emergency. Fighting back may be your last resort…. are you prepared?

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Analyze IT: The Attacks Against Religious Institutions

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(EVENTS: OCTOBER 2018- APRIL 2019) Paying close attention to rhetoric spoken or written by individuals for promoting hate and discord among their audience should become a part of security procedures for identifying potential threats to an organization. Consistently overt and aggressive opinions, though protected by free speech, remain a potential indicator, particularly if the speech is directed towards a specific group or individual.

Social media has provided platforms for diverse sentiments to be regarded as serious, comical, educational, and at times hateful depending on the author. What it also has provided are “cues” for expanding an organizations informational intelligence as it relates to security. Cues are important resources for determining security changes. In order to understand the cues as they pertain to a specific group or individual’s safety requires training. Used properly, this skill of “social media situational awareness” becomes quickly relevant for maintaining a safe environment.

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Scott O’Brien is the Director of Operations at APB Consulting Solutions. To read his bio click HERE