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The constituencies of America’s colleges and universities are changing. Many institutions of higher learning are enrolling new populations of students and facing new challenges, and as a result, the entire campus needs to adapt accordingly. Disruptive forces come from every direction these days.

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If you were like 41 percent of Americans, before the ball dropped in New York City to ring in 2018, you already made a few New Year’s resolutions. According to Statistic Brain, although a mere 9.2 percent of people report following through with the resolutions they make, individuals who make them are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than those who fail to make them at all. So, this year, why not make a New Year’s resolution that could literally save your life? In 2018, resolve to be safe!

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The year 2017 has been a banner one for physical security with the advent of increasingly sophisticated technology to manage threats. As we approach 2018, the field widens with regard to solutions that will expand the capability of security teams seeking ways to shore up their risk exposure and expand situational intelligence. Here’s a recap of milestones and areas we see as important in the new year.

 

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More and more schools, universities and hospitals committed to ensuring their campuses and communities are safe, are looking to align with contract security partners who can provide efficient and effective security solutions while reducing overall labor costs. How can these institutions ensure maximum priority for safety and security while managing restrictive budgets? Integrating video analytics into the security officers’ response tool-sets enables hospitals, colleges and universities to be more proactive, preventive and strategic.

 

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When I hear the term “security guard” used in popular culture, why does it personally elicit a reaction of disappointment for me? As Chief Administrative Officer for America’s largest security firm, how our security professionals are perceived is part of my job. Words have the ability to shape our perception, and when I hear the term “security guard,” I feel  that the important role our security professionals play is diminished.

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It’s a tradition to express gratitude during Thanksgiving time, whether you visit family and friends, enjoy a prepared meal at home or your favorite restaurant, or simply spend the day watching football.

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Men and women who have served in the military are an integral part of Allied Universal. Since 2013, the company has hired over 25,000 veterans.

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No organization or geographic area is immune from extreme violence. Having an Active Shooter Response Plan is no longer enough. Organizations and institutions must be prepared for new attack methods by developing policies, plans, procedures and exercises aligned with today’s realities.

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Safety and security on a college or university campus is critical. The right blend of resources can create a dynamic security program that helps campus community members feel safer, deter crime, improve safety awareness and control costs.

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The theme for the 2017 National Preparedness Month, observed in September, was “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” Though the official observance has passed, it shouldn’t deter businesses from adopting plans to be prepared all year long. 
 

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