Category: Facility Security

Every organization has its own unique facility security needs, but the basics of gatekeeping are nearly universal. We take a look at all levels of facility security, including building access, protocol and procedures, visitors, security staffing, the common challenges for specific types of facilities, and much more.

Mass. Soup Kitchen Upgrades Security with Integrated System

My Brother’s Table (MBT), the largest soup kitchen on Massachusetts’ North Shore, has replaced its analog surveillance cameras with a new security solution from Axis Communications—enhancing safety and efficiency at the facility and alleviating the workload of its lean staff. “Being so understaffed, we rely heavily on our new technology to keep our volunteers, service […]

New Jersey Passes Law Requiring ‘Age-Appropriate’ School Security Drills

On Jan. 10, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation requiring school security drills in the Garden State to be “age-appropriate” and to prevent unnecessary traumatization of schoolchildren. Among other requirements, the new law prohibits the use of fake blood, real or prop firearms, or the simulations of gun shots or explosions in school security […]

Less Pain, More Gain: Why Now Might Be the Time to Upgrade Your Access Control System

Today’s access control systems are much more than just tools to manage locking and unlocking doors. Over the last decade, advances in digital technologies have transformed how these systems work and the benefits they can offer you. Features like mobile credentials, biometrics, cybersecurity, and integration with building systems can not only be used to restrict […]

TSA Unveils 2021’s Top 10 ‘Most Unusual’ Items Caught at Security Checkpoints

Security is serious business, but who says industry professionals can’t have a sense of humor? The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has unveiled a Top 10 list of the “most unusual” items found nationwide at airport security checkpoints in 2021. The agency released the list in a quirky online video available on its Twitter and YouTube accounts, as […]

How to Prevent Workplace Violence

In an increasingly dangerous world, the need for providing a safe workplace is even more important than in the past, whether that workplace is a healthcare facility, food service provider, lodging, retail, or something else. Jim Sawyer, Director of Security Services at Seattle Children’s Hospital, was recently a guest speaker for a webinar entitled “Hard […]

Maintaining Security in Offices with a Hybrid Work Model

In March 2020, companies around the world closed their offices and sent employees home to work remotely. Since then, many offices have reopened, but not all companies are returning to a pre-2020 work environment. Some companies are embracing a hybrid work model that puts workers in the office on certain days and allows them to […]

Retail Smash-and-Grab Robberies Surge Amid Holiday Season

A recent spree of “smash-and-grab theft,” a category of organized retail crime (ORC), in major U.S. cities has retailers and shoppers on alert this holiday season. The size, audacity, and violence of incidents in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago have drawn major media attention; however, ORC has been a growing threat for decades. The […]

Oxford High Shooting Tragedy Highlights ‘Significant Increase’ in School Violence

The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) expressed its sincere condolences to the Oxford, Mich., community in the wake of the recent tragic shooting at Oxford High School. The organization of school resource officers (SROs)—sworn law enforcement officers assigned to work in schools—also offered information it believes will help schools throughout the country prevent or mitigate […]

NCS4, CISA Offer Best Practices for Touchless Security Screening at Public Venues

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), an academic center housed at the University of Southern Mississippi and partially underwritten by grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has announced the publication of the Public Venue Security Screening Guide – Touchless Screening Annex. Produced in […]

Implementing a Vaccine Passport Reader Application to Help Businesses Enforce Health Security Protocols

Recent tracking finds around seven out of 10 Americans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Furthermore, Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that around six out of 10 remote workers support vaccine requirements to gain entry into places like high-rise workplaces or other such business centers. So, how can […]