NEW WHITEPAPER - Workplace Violence: Prevention and Response

Posted by Adam Koehler on May 13, 2014 1:38:00 PM

Workplace violence can happen anywhere.

Unfortunately, thousands of non-fatal workplace violence incidents occur every day. From verbal threats to unwanted visitors, workplace violence does not always involve a deadly weapon. But by providing training and awareness for security guards and employees alike, you can take steps to help prevent an incident from occuring.

In this whitepaper, Securitas USA and Pinkerton present the reasons why having a Workplace Violence Program in place can help reduce the chance that anything harmful will happen at your workplace.

Read the full whitepaper here.

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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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Guns in the Workplace Seminar- Kansas City, MO

Posted by Angela Bertolo on Jan 20, 2010 10:38:00 AM

Guns in the Workplace: Planning for an Active Shooter & Workplace Violence 

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

11:00 a.m.

Kauffman Stadium

I-70 and Blue Ridge Cutoff

Herk Robinson Conference Room

Kansas City, MO

New laws granting employees the right to keep guns in their vehicles at work raises the risk of every company's worst nightmare - an active shooter at work.

Find out what you need to know-and what you need to do.

Please join Securitas Security Services USA on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. for a practical look at new gun laws, and how to adapt employee and security policies to comply while maintaining your security and investigative and enforcement authority.

Featured Speaker: Eben Hall, Sergeant, Kansas City, Missouri Police Department

Eben is a Sergeant for a major metropolitan city in the Kansas City area.  He has served his agency for 17 years, with most of that time focused on service as a SWAT team sniper and entry specialist, and teaching firearms and defensive tactics at one of the nation's leading police academies.  He works closely with area businesses and police departments in the prevention and management of workplace violence. He is a nationally certified instructor in all categories of firearms and defensive tactics training, and a veteran of the United States Marine Corp.

Space is limited, so we ask that you please respond with your acceptance as soon as possible to Renee Wakefield-Campbell at (816)564-5706 or via e-mail to

We look forward to seeing you!

Click here for DIRECTIONS to Kauffman Stadium.

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"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 or Dr. Steve Albrecht at

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Substance Abuse in the Workplace

Posted by Angela Bertolo on Oct 28, 2009 3:34:00 PM

There seems to be an endless supply of stories about illicit drug use, alcohol abuse and misuse of prescription drugs by Hollywood stars, on-air TV and radio personalities and music icons. But it's not just celebrities who struggle with alcohol and other drug problems.

Substance abuse is widespread in the United States. And people with substance abuse problems are not likely to leave those problems behind when they come to work.

Possible Substance-Abuse Indicators

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the following performance and behavior problems may (but do not necessarily) indicate possible substance abuse:


  • Inconsistent work quality
  • Poor concentration
  • Lowered productivity
  • Increased absenteeism
  • Unexplained disappearances from the worksite
  • Carelessness, mistakes
  • Errors in judgment
  • Needless risk taking
  • Disregard for safety
  • Tardiness, extended lunch periods, early departures


  • Frequent financial problems
  • Avoidance of friends and colleagues
  • Blaming others for own problems and shortcomings
  • Complaints about problems at home
  • Deterioration in personal appearance
  • Complaints and excuses of vaguely defined illnesses

If you observe signs or behaviors that indicate someone at your workplace may have a substance abuse problem, report it. Don't worry about jeopardizing a person's job. If someone is abusing drugs, he or she is in far greater danger if you do not report your concern. Identifying a problem can be the first step in helping an individual overcome it.

This is an excerpt from the November 2009 Security Spotlight, an informational guide for Securitas USA Clients and Employees.  Click here to read the full article.

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Free Seminar: Workplace Violence, Managing Today's Threats

Posted by Angela Bertolo on May 19, 2009 4:39:00 PM

Date: 06/02/2009

1st Presentation: 7:00am - 8:45am

2nd Presentation: 9:00am - 10:45 am

Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Conference Room

Town Square, 6671 S. Las Vegas Blvd #300, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Incidents of workplace violence are on the rise fueled by the difficult economic climate. This in-depth seminar will address the current deadly trends emerging in today's difficult world and the methods, techniques, and technologies that can help to limit your company's exposure to liability.

This free seminar will give you the information and tools to help protect yourself, your employees and your company. There will be two sessions to choose from.  Both will last approximately 90 minutes and include time for networking. Continental breakfast will be provided.

Please RSVP by May 26, 2009 to Jason Porter at or call 702-691-3326.  The sessions will be limited to the first 90 people. When you RSVP, please indicate which session you want to attend.


Robert L. Dodge CPP, VP West Region Pinkerton C&I

Mr. Dodge has been involved in security, investigations and security consulting for nearly 18 years. His experience includes stints with a large Multinational High Tech Corporation as a Corporate Investigator. He has worked for contract investigation firms providing investigation and security consulting services on a global level to corporate clientele. His security expertise includes working with American Protective Service, and the Securitas Group. In his current role as VP Western States, he is responsible for managing Pinkerton's operations for the Western US and client needs globally. He has conducted and managed numerous Workplace Violence investigations and security details for Workplace Violence threats.  He has operated on security & investigative projects in more than 50 countries around the world. He has special expertise in corporate investigations and risk/vulnerability/threat assessments.

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