"Predicting Violence" and "Assessing Dangerousness"

Posted by Angela Bertolo on Nov 30, 2009 2:47:00 PM

On November 12, I had the privilege of attending an event sponsored and hosted by Pinkerton Consulting and Investigations (C&I), part of Securitas Security Services USA, Inc., titled "Workplace Violence Prevention 102" in Oakbrook, IL. Dr. Steve Albrecht, one of the nation's experts in workplace violence prevention and WPV recognition was brought in from San Diego, CA to speak at the event.  Securitas and Pinkerton clients and partners were invited to attend this breakfast event at no charge.  It was truly an incredible presentation. I walked away having a much better understanding of some of the key things to look for to help prevent workplace violence and methods for handling various scenarios.  Topics covered included:
  • How to turn a raging hot head into a calm and compliant person
  • What turns a calm and compliant person into a raging hot head
  • What really goes on behind the scenes of a WPV event
  • Real Threat Assessments that work
  • Case studies
  • Beyond the basics of WPV prevention
  • Advanced tools to add to your current skills
  • Counter-intuitive thinking while in crisis mode

According to Dr. Albrecht, while every situation involving human behavior (and especially potentially violent human behavior) is different, the following themes and questions may help you make a more accurate assessment of a person's potential behavior in a threat situation. Focus on his or her behavior in context; the level of risk to the employee or the organization; and what to do with or for all employees.

Some Possible Threat Questions:

We define the person making threats or putting others at risk as "the subject." This would include criminals with no connection to the organization; taxpayers, customers, or vendors; current or former employees; current or former partners of employees; or any person who engages in stalking behaviors toward an employee or uses e-mail or cyber-threats directed toward the organization.

  1. Is the subject troubled or troubling?
  2. How many times has the subject engaged in this behavior?
  3. In what specific ways is the subject harming our business?
  4. Who is afraid of this subject?
  5. Do we plan to keep the subject/employee or terminate him or her?
  6. Who else needs to get involved in this situation, inside or outside our firm?
  7. Are the police or legal system already involved (arrests, civil orders)?

Possible Risk Factors:

  • Does the subject seem in touch or out of reality?
  • Has the subject said or done things that make him or her seem paranoid, angry, suicidal or depressed?
  • Does the subject have a sense of the future? At work or at home? Does he or she seem hopeful or hopeless?
  • Does the subject have a history of substance abuse? A criminal history? A history of using violence, including domestic violence or child abuse?
  • Does the subject own or speak a lot about firearms or other weapons?
  • Do we have any knowledge that the subject has a head injury?
  • Would you or other people label the subject as overly entitled or a "blamer"?
  • How cooperative is the subject during this investigation or discussions?
  • Does the subject's behavior seem more emotional (loud, angry, overtly threatening, blurts things out, etc.) or does it seem more unemotional (unusually quiet, loner behavior, to the point others are concerned)?
  • Have we seen evidence of "targeted violence," that is, planning and preparation to hurt himself and/or someone else on the subject's part?
  • Do we know of any third-party threats? Has the subject threatened someone by telling another employee, rather than directly threatening the target?
  • Has the subject had a previous sexual or dating relationship with the target?

If you are interested in obtaining more information on Workplace Violence, contact Rod Fulenwider at rod.fulenwider@ci-pinkerton.com or Dr. Steve Albrecht at drsteve@drstevealbrecht.com.

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Securitas acquires security services company in France

Posted by Angela Bertolo on Nov 23, 2009 12:55:00 PM

20 November 2009

Securitas has acquired the security services company Ferssa Group in France. Enterprise value is estimated to approximately MSEK 41 (MEUR 4).

Ferssa Group had in 2008 annual sales of approximately MSEK 176 (MEUR 17) and has approximately 900 employees. The customers are mainly in the retail and industry segments, mostly in the area of Paris and in Bordeaux and Lyon areas.

Securitas is today the security services market leader in France. The acquisition will strengthen Securitas position in the French retail segment.

The acquisition is consolidated in Securitas as of December 1, 2009.

This press release is also available at: www.securitas.com

Gisela Lindstrand, Senior Vice President Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Securitas AB, phone +46 10 470 3011 or mobile +46 70 287 8662

Securitas is a knowledge leader in security. By focusing on providing security solutions to fit each customer's needs, Securitas has achieved sustainable growth and profitability in 40 countries in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Middle Eat and Africa. Everywhere from small stores to airports, our 240,000 employees are making a difference.

Securitas AB discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Markets Act and/or the Financial Instrumets Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at 09.00 (CET) on November 20, 2009

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Chicago Ranks #1 for Vacant Warehouse and Factory Space

Posted by Angela Bertolo on Nov 6, 2009 12:30:00 PM

Chicago is not only a transportation hub with numerous logistics and distribution companies, it's also the home of over 12,000 manufacturing companies directly and indirectly responsible for over 1.8 million jobs.  As the global economy changes, many manufacturing facilities are shifting their production overseas or going out of business as they continue to conduct business the way they always have.  The continuous decline of this industry has left Chicago the #1 city in the country for vacant warehouse and factory space.  According to Chicago Business Today, the Chicago area has 140 million square feet of vacant property, roughly the equivalent of all the office space in the downtown area!

With vacant properties come a plethora of issues.

  1. Theft and Vandalism - Can you think of a better place to break into than a building with no one occupying or watching it?  Neither can the burglars looking to steal any scrap metal, piping, or appliances you may have left behind.
  2. Wintertime Disasters - Freezing temperatures can lead to bursting pipes and water damage, something no one wants to deal with.
  3. Vagrants - Drug use, prostitution and squatting are all common issues for vacant property owners.  Plus, it's a great place for teenagers to throw parties!
  4. Critters and Creatures - Raccoons, bats, squirrels, cockroaches and mice need homes too, but you don't want to be their landlord.  With nobody there to kick them out, your property is the perfect place to set up shop.

Hmmm, what tipped you off that this was a vacant building?  Was it the trash all over the premises, the overgrown landscaping, real estate signs, "no trespassing" signs or the constantly empty parking lot?  While there are some things beyond your control as a property owner, there are steps you can take to decrease the likelihood that your building becomes a target.


  1. Hire a security firm like Securitas to conduct random Security Patrols of your property.  These periodic Interior and Exterior Property Inspections of the premises can be used to identify if regular maintenance such as trash removal is being taken care of and if there are any intruders on the property. 
  2. Install an alarm system.  There are a variety of products available to meet your needs including wireless systems for properties without access to electricity.
  3. Install steel window screens and doors

Tags: Foreclosure, safety tips, Security Patrols, Community

Securitas AB to publish Interim Report on Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Posted by Angela Bertolo on Nov 4, 2009 5:27:00 PM

3 November 2009

Securitas AB will publish the Interim Report for January-September 2009 on Wednesday, November 11, at 8.00 a.m. (CET).

8.00 Report release
The report will be sent as a press release from Cision (www.cision.se) and will automatically be published on www.securitas.com when released.

9.00 Presentation slides available
For presentation slides, follow the link http://www.securitas.com/presentations

9.30 The information meeting starts
Securitas CEO Alf Göransson to present the report and answer questions.
Venue: Securitas, Lindhagensplan 70, SE-102 28 Stockholm, Sweden. No pre-registration.

To follow the information meeting via telephone (and participate in Q&A session), please register via the link: https://eventreg2.conferencing.com/webportal3/reg.html?Acc=441461&Conf=199924 and follow instructions, or call +44 (0)20 7162 0177 or +46 (0) 8 505 201 14.

To follow the web cast of the information meeting, please follow the link http://www.securitas.com/webcasts.

Recorded versions
A recorded version of the web cast will be available at http://www.securitas.com/webcasts after the information meeting and a telephone-recorded version of the information meeting will be available until midnight on November 13 on: +44 (0)20 7031 4064 and +46 (0)8 505 203 33, access code: 849470.

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Micaela Sjökvist, Head of Investor Relations
Phone: +46 10 470 30 13. Mobile: +46 (0) 76 116 7443
Gisela Lindstrand, Senior Vice President Corporate Communications and Public Affairs
Phone: +46 10 470 30 11. Mobile: +46 (0)70 287 86 62

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