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Business owners and managers have openly expressed concerns regarding property crime and physical damage to buildings and corporate campuses. Rightly so, as the 2017 Freedonia Report states that property crime accounted for 87 percent of all reported crimes in the U.S. in 2015. 
 

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Will you know what to do if an active shooter entered your healthcare facility?

Next week, Allied Universal is co-hosting with John Jay College and the Metropolitan Healthcare Security Directors Association (MHSDA), a “Plan to Live” seminar to educate healthcare providers on best practices to handle an active shooter situation and other threats. 

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It was not that long ago that disaster management professionals handled crises primarily through landlines and press conferences. Thankfully, over the past 10 years, technology has redefined global emergency management and disaster communications. One of the first national disasters to heavily rely on technology, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), was Hurricane Sandy, as users sent more than 20 million Sandy-related tweets. 
 

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With the wave of hospital mergers and consolidations, as well as private donations that underwrite the development of new wings and specialties, many hospitals are getting larger. When patients or visitors enters an expansive and unfamiliar hospital—usually in an unpleasant state—they are in much need of assistance. Enter the security officer, who is often the first and last person they see. 
 

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Commercial property managers face a number of challenges on a daily basis. They must keep existing tenants happy, attract new ones, and remain competitive in the real estate market. All of these areas are linked to their ability to control costs, provide great customer service, and decrease risk and liability.
 

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Regulatory compliance is an ongoing priority in the healthcare industry. While healthcare administration and staff understand the importance of maintaining regulatory compliance, that understanding should not end with the medical team. It should extend to vendors and business partners as well, so that everyone on site can contribute to a facility’s commitment to regulatory compliance. 
 

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Recently CEO Steve Jones spoke with CEOCFO Magazine about merger particulars. Following is an excerpt. To view the full Q & A, click here.
 

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Facility managers, organizational leaders, and anyone responsible for maintaining safe and secure environments for a specific population must lend careful consideration to the selection of a security provider. 
 

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A short six months ago, Allied Universal formed as a result of two strong entities that combined to create a world-class organization. Under our new identity, we strive to provide unparalleled service, systems and solutions to serve, secure and care for the people and businesses of our communities, putting our relationships with our employees and clients at the heart of everything we do each and every day.

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As companies may be assessing their operational teams at the start of the new year, we thought we’d repost one of our more popular blogs on the subject of outfitting your security personnel to best reflect the role served.

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