Top Top Ten Security Threats to the Healthcare and Social Assistance Industry

Posted by Samantha Dutcher on Apr 13, 2011 12:18:00 PM

Workplace Violence Prevention/Response was the security threat of greatest concern in the Healthcare and Social Assistance industry again in 2010. Internet/Intranet Security moved up to 2nd place from 9th and Inadequate Security moved up to 3rd from 12th position.

1. Workplace Violence Prevention/Response
2. Cyber/Communications Security: Internet/Intranet Security (including e-mail/e-commerce)
3. Litigation: Inadequate Security
4. Environmental/Social: Pandemics
5. (tie) General Employee Theft
5. (tie) Employee Selection/Screening
7. Property Crime (e.g., external theft, vandalism)
8. Environmental/Social: Shootings (malls, schools)
9. Identity Theft
10. Substance Abuse (drugs/alcohol in the workplace)

 

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Top Ten Threats for Real Estate, Rental and Leasing

Posted by Samantha Dutcher on Mar 9, 2011 4:27:00 PM

For management security threats in the Real Estate, Rental and Leasing industry, Workplace Violence Prevention/Response remained in 1st place as the security threat of greatest concern in 2010. Robberies moved into 2nd place from 9th place and tied with Property Crime, which moved up to 2nd place from 5th place.

1. Workplace Violence Prevention/Response
2. (tie) Environmental/Social: Robberies
2. (tie) Property Crime (e.g., external theft, vandalism)
4. (tie) Cyber/Communications Security: Internet/Intranet Security (including e-mail/e-commerce)
4. (tie) Environmental/Social: Pandemics
6. Business Continuity Planning/Organizational Resilience
7. (tie) Terrorism
7. (tie) Employee Selection/Screening
7. (tie) Environmental/Social: Shootings (malls, schools)
10. Bombings/Bomb Threats

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Top 10 SecurityThreats to the Retail Industry

Posted by Samantha Dutcher on Mar 2, 2011 10:15:00 AM

For Fortune 1000 retailers and related companies, Robberies, which ranked 14th in 2008, moved to 1st place as the security threat of greatest concern in 2010. General Employee Theft dropped from 1st to 2nd position and Workplace Violence Prevention/Response moved up from 4th to 3rd position.

1. Environmental/Social: Robberies
2. General Employee Theft
3. Workplace Violence Prevention/Response
4. Unethical Business Conduct
5. Intellectual Property/Brand Protection/Product Counterfeiting
6. (tie) Property Crime (e.g., external theft, vandalism)
6. (tie) Cyber/Communications Security: Internet/Intranet Security (including e-mail/e-commerce)
8. Employee Selection/Screening
9. Identity Theft
10. (tie) Fraud/White-Collar Crime
10. (tie) Crisis Management and Response: Political Unrest/Regional Instability/National Disasters

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Finance and Insurance Top 10 Security Threats

Posted by Samantha Dutcher on Feb 16, 2011 4:26:00 PM

The top security threat for 2010 in the Finance and Insurance industry was Workplace Violence Prevention/ Response, moving up from 2nd place in 2008. Internet/Intranet Security dropped from 1st place in 2008 to 2nd place in 2010. Business Continuity Planning/Organizational Resilience remained in 3rd place. Executive Protection moved into 4th place and Political Unrest/Regional Instability/National Disasters moved into 5th place, both moving up from a tie for 9th place in 2008.

  1. Workplace Violence Prevention/Response
  2. Cyber/Communications Security: Internet/Intranet Security (including e-mail/e-commerce)
  3. Business Continuity Planning/Organizational Resilience
  4. Executive Protection
  5. Crisis Management and Response: Political Unrest/Regional Instability/National Disasters
  6. Fraud/White-Collar Crime
  7. Identity Theft
  8. Travel Security
  9. Unethical Business Conduct
  10. Employee Selection/Screening

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Top Security Threats in the Manufacturing Industry

Posted by Samantha Dutcher on Feb 9, 2011 3:35:00 PM

The top concern among security directors at Fortune 1000 manufacturing companies in 2010 was Internet/
Intranet Security, moving up from 5th place in 2008. Workplace Violence Prevention/Response remained 2nd and
Business Continuity Planning/Organizational Resilience dropped from 1st place to 3rd place. Business Espionage/
Theft of Trade Secrets dropped to 4th place from 3rd place in 2010.

  1. Cyber/Communication Security: Internet/Intranet security
  2. Workplace Violence Prevention/Response
  3. Business Continuity Planning/Organizational Resilience
  4. Business Espionage/Theft of Trade Secrets
  5. Global Supply-Chain Security
  6. Travel Security
  7. Intellectual Property/Brand Protection/Product Counterfeiting
  8. Unethical Business Conduct
  9. Employee Selection/Screening
  10. Fraud/White-Collar Crime

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2010 Top Security Threats

Posted by Samantha Dutcher on Jan 20, 2011 10:35:00 AM

Securitas USA surveyed a wide range of security managers and directors, facilities managers and others responsible for the safety and security of corporate America's people, property and information from Fortune 1000 companies. The objective was to identify emerging trends related to perceived security threats, management challenges and operational issues. This has created a reliable data-driven tool for security professionals to apply as they define priorities and strategies, develop business plans, create budgets and set management agendas.

The 2010 survey drew 298 responses from corporate security directors and other executives with primary responsibility for their companies' security programs, yielding a 22.5% response rate.

The study revealed the issues of greatest concern to corporate security directors in rank order.

2010 Top Security Threats

  1. Cyber/Communication Security: Internet/Intranet Security
  2. Workplace Violence Prevention/Response
  3. Business Continuity Planning/Organizational Resilience
  4. Employee Selection/Screening
  5. Unethical Business Conduct
  6. Crisis Management and Response: Political Unrest/Regional Instability/National Disasters
  7. Property Crime
  8. General Employee Theft
  9. Travel Security
  10. Fraud/White-Collar Crime

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2010 Top Security Threats

 

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Saving Money through Security

Posted by Samantha Dutcher on Jan 13, 2011 2:29:00 PM

In this economic climate, saving money is a major priority for business owners. There are many ways for a business to save money such as going paperless, lowering temperatures and installing energy efficient appliances and fixtures just to name a few. But have you considered how private security could save you money in the long run?

Unfortunately it’s not just businesses that are making budget cuts. Much of the public sector is slashing budgets as well, which could affect the free safety and security related services that they provide. This could have a negative impact on many small businesses that are trying to save money.

An investment in some form of security will reduce your risk of loss due to theft or vandalism. While the traditional idea of security (full time security officer) might be beyond your budget or something that isn’t practical for your situation, there are other options. As you move forward in the 2011, consider some of the following ideas to help prevent theft or vandalism on your property:

Random Patrols: Specially trained security officers in highly visible patrol cars inspecting your property at random times helps to detect and deter illegal activity.

Wireless Alarm Systems: Wireless alarm systems allow you monitor portable items. This often helps prevent vandalism as well as the theft of tools or supplies.

Alarm & Incident Response: Fast and professional response to your alarm systems by trained security officers gives you the peace of mind that your property is protected.

Motion Activated Security Systems: Motion activated systems are ideal for off limit areas, or during your closed hours.

Video Surveillance Systems: Video surveillance allows you to monitor your sites remotely.

Working with a security firm to decide what options would work best for you will allow you to have the benefits of private security, at a cost you can afford, and could save you money in the end.

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Area Manager Speaks with College Students

Posted by Samantha Dutcher on Dec 22, 2010 1:22:00 PM

Recently one of our Securitas Mobile Area Managers, Dustin Lambert, spoke with criminal justice students at a community college about private security management.  During this speech Dustin covered several topics, including: 

  • Company structure levels
  • HR and Training
  • Officer wages
  • Verified Alarm Response – (some cities are moving toward this to save police officers time responding to false alarms) someone must verify it is a true alarm before the police will be dispatched.
  • Specialized services – patrol inspections, alarm response, investigations, emergency response, crisis management and executive protection.
  • Security Assessments for corporations
  • Certifications CPP (certified protective professional) & PSP (physical security professional)

Some of the students had some previous experience within the private security field and had excellent questions regarding various topics.  Dustin was able to answer their questions and give them a better understanding of how we operate. Dustin was very appreciative of getting the opportunity to help these students with their curriculum, and looks forward to going over future topics in more detail.

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L.A.'s business improvement districts help reduce crime with private security

Posted by Angela Bertolo on Feb 9, 2010 10:17:00 AM

In August 2009, I posted a story titled Security Patrols Help Reduce Panhandling describing how Securitas Mobile helped reduce panhandling in a Special Service Area (SSA), Six Corners, on Chicago's Northwest side. SSA's are designated areas of Chicago that fund expanded services and programs, not currently provided through the city, through a localized property tax levy.  Projects may include security services, area marketing and advertising assistance, promotional activities such as parades and festivals, or any variety of small scale capital improvements. 

According to the Los Angeles Times, a similar program referred to as Business Improvement Districts (BIDS) exists in L.A. where business and property owners in common areas have joined forces to keep their neighborhoods safe and clean.  Over the past twenty years, local law enforcement in L.A. has lacked the resources to keep up with increases in crime and dilapidated streets.  As a result, more than two dozen of these BIDS now employ private security in their area.  Rand Corporation conducted a study on Los Angeles BIDS, focusing on a 12-year period from 1994 to 2005.  According to an article titled L.A.'s business improvement districts help reduce crime, study finds, results from the study include:

  • No evidence exists suggesting that private security in the BIDS simply displaced crime to other neighboring areas.
  • In their examination of the city's 30 improvement districts, researchers found that violent crime dropped on average an extra 8% compared to the drop throughout the city during that period. For example, the study found that improvement districts saw an average drop in crime of 7% compared to 5.7% in areas without them.
  • Areas that spent the most on security were generally the most successful. The Hollywood Entertainment and Fashion District improvement districts each spent more than $1 million a year on public safety and security, while at least three others spent more than $300,000.

The article states, "The rise of the districts dovetails with Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton's push for community-based policing, based in part on the "broken-windows" theory that pushes for prosecution of small-scale crimes as a way of cutting down on blight in troubled areas...LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith, who oversaw the department's Central Division downtown for several years, said the improvement districts act as a 'force multiplier for our officers. There is no doubt in my mind that our success in reducing crime downtown was due in large part to our partnership with the [improvement districts]. Those folks are terrific to work with.'"

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Security Trend: Construction for a Cause

Posted by Angela Bertolo on Dec 15, 2009 1:40:00 PM

Habitat for Humanity is a non profit organization working to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness throughout the world.  With the combined efforts of volunteer labor and donated funds and building supplies, Habitat for Humanity constructs homes for those in need. Unfortunately, these projects are not immune to theft and vandalism.  In fact, like any other construction site, theft and vandalism is common concern.  These sites often fall victim to theft of equipment, tools, supplies and vandalism.

In May 2009, $50,000 worth of copper disappeared from a Habitat for Humanity project in Omaha, NEHabitat for Humanity partnered with Securitas after one of their partners utilized mobile services during a corporate build and didn't incur any losses.  Securitas Mobile began arming homes that were in the process of being built and completed homes that were awaiting a family with alarm systems, with alarm response services and occasional patrol inspections.  In the past four months, Securitas Mobile has documented three incidents that have proved successful in deterring crime.  The first day service began for one property, the Tattletale alarm system was triggered.  A Securitas Mobile patrol officer immediately responded to the alarm and saw three people running from the house.  Luckily, nothing was stolen and there wasn't any damage to the property.  Daniel Brewer, Construction Manager, Habitat for Humanity said, "Impressed with the performance of the system and good customer service, we installed similar systems on a number of our projects throughout the summer and this fall.  We know it works because of several "near misses," where would-be thieves have forced open doors and been frightened away before they could steal materials or damage the homes, saving us thousands of dollars and valuable construction time."

To find out how to secure your construction projects or vacant homes, contact angela.bertolo@securitasinc.com.

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