Active Shooter incidents are statistically rare, but devastating events (low probability-high consequence). They can be the end point of a long progression along the workplace violence continuum and should be integrated into the organization’s overall violence prevention posture.
Every year at the BOMA International Conference & Expo, Allied Universal, a BOMA Cornerstone partner, welcomes attendees from the commercial real estate sector. We exhibit and host a reception to let clients know how much our company appreciates their business. It’s slated for this weekend, June 24-27 at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn.
Our nation’s police departments are under intense pressure to keep crime rates low despite reduced manpower and budgets. As President of the Northeast Region for North America’s leading physical security services company, I believe in the power of public-private partnerships. Three decades ago, very few private security and law enforcement liaison programs existed. Today, New York and other cities across the country boast many collaborative initiatives.
It’s that time of year when colleges and universities are preparing for graduation. As Allied Universal provides on-campus and residential safety and protection for students and staff across the country, there is one graduation ceremony that has a very special connection to our company. We partnered with The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI), a program operated by University City District (UCD) in Philadelphia and have been an active educational instructor and employer of their graduates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.