Healthcare Security Cameras Aid in Capture of Alleged Kidnapper

physec_healthcareAuthorities are crediting security cameras installed at hospital with helping them identify subjects of an Amber Alert.

Video surveillance footage shows alleged kidnapper and his victim entering the hospital around 9:30 p.m., and being escorted out of the building 45 minutes later.

The security officer who escorted them noticed that they fit the description provided by an Amber Alert.

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Police Seek Live Security Cam Access

B99288436Z.1_20150722230926_000_GR4I4I58.1-0From downtown Detroit restaurants to neighborhood liquor stores and gas stations, to private residences, video surveillance is rolling — and recording crime.

Detroit Police say video is a valuable crime-fighting tool, and hope to expand its use by joining a growing number of cities with “real time crime centers” that allow officers to tap into private and public video surveillance systems to monitor their live video feeds watching for crimes and responding as events happen.

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School Visitor Management Best Practices

Guarding_the_Front_Door_School_Visitor_Management_Best_PracticesDistricts across the country are facing similar problems in regards to front entrance safety and security. Many school sites were constructed prior to the 1999 Columbine massacre, which brought campus safety and security to the attention of administrators, boards of education and the general public. Many of these school sites have lobbies that fail to prevent unwanted and unscreened persons from entering portions of the school that should be secured from unauthorized persons.

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Biometrics Making Mark in Mainstream Security

Biometrics_security-300x190Biometric technologies have been around for years, primarily providing physical access control or time and attendance. With the mounting integration of biometric readers into physical security network devices, such as desktops, laptops and mobile wireless devices, the shift has started a trend toward a more all-encompassing credentialing solution that strives to unify chief security officers (CSO) and their security colleagues. Another significant trend centers on the integration of biometrics into access card readers and badges that could be replaced with biometric devices.

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10 Keys to Testing Campus Preparedness

Man_pulling_fire_alarm_ThinkstockThere have been many instances where lives have been lost at a school, hospital or institution of higher education because emergency preparedness concepts were unsound.  One powerful example of this occurred nearly 60 years ago when 95 students and staff died as a result of a faulty approach to fire drills. The 1958 Our Lady of Angels Sacred Hearts School fire in Chicago serves as a deadly example of how unreliable crisis plans can appear to be sound and seem to work fine during regular drills.

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12 Methods to De-Escalate Violent Situations

Workplace-ViolenceEvery day, says Jim Sawyer, CHS-III, CPP, CHPA, Director of Security Services for Seattle Children’s Hospital, there are 16,000 threats of workplace violence. Sawyer is a crime prevention and personal safety presenter, a nonviolent crisis intervention certified instructor, a member and presenter with Homeland Security, and a president and past president with the Washington State Crime Prevention Association.

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