Terrorism: How Do You Secure Your Property?

security guard on site working to prevent terrorismThis week’s attacks in Brussels and the tie to terrorism raises concerns again about how to keep property and businesses safe and secure.

ISIS immediately claimed credit for the attacks that killed 31 and wounded more than 180. Today Fox News reports that one of the terrorists killed at Zaventem Airport outside of Brussles also made explosives for November’s attacks in Paris.

Terrorism In the U.S.

While these attacks happened in Europe, residents of Southern California learned the hard way that terror can strike here as well. Last December 14 people were killed and 22 injured when terrorists struck a holiday party in San Bernardino.

It appears that the ideology that fuels this brand or terror is present in the United States.

What Can Citizens Do?

As individual citizens, we must all be vigilant. That means looking out for and reporting suspicious activities. The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is asking for help:

It’s a fact that certain kinds of activities can indicate terrorist plans that are in the works, especially when they occur at or near high profile sites or places where large numbers of people gather—like government buildings, military facilities, utilities, bus or train stations, major public events. If you see or know about suspicious activities, like the ones listed below, please report them immediately to the proper authorities.

What Can Businesses Do?

Take the necessary steps to secure your property or business. If you have not done a risk assessment for your business, plan one soon. If you aren’t sure where to begin, call American Security Force for help. That assessment will identify areas of weakness in your security and also detail steps for taking care of them.

You should also consider onsite security guards for your property or business. Physical security serves as both a deterrent to would-be criminals and also as a means to protecting your employees and customers. After all, the safety and protection of our clientele is our top priority.

Our officers are highly trained at their jobs. They must successfully go through required training by a certified training facility or private patrol operator. They also have to submit to and pass background checks performed by the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Finally, our guards receive additional training from our senior training officers here at American Security Force.

Don’t hesitate to do what you can to protect your property and the people at it today. Call American Security Force at 877-722-8585 to see how we can help.

After San Bernardino We Need More Security

Terrorism stencil print on the grunge white brick wallSan Bernardino was the site for a horrible fatal shooting last week.  Being based in Southern California, it really hit home for us. Fourteen innocent people were killed and 20 others wounded at a get together to celebrate the holidays. Since the shooting, we’ve learned that it was planned terrorism: An attack by a married couple, Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the couple was planning an even larger attack involving locations with more people than the one carried out.

Avoiding Another San Bernardino

The incident raises many questions about our readiness as a nation to prevent terrorist attacks. SecurityInfoWatch.com addresses some of these concerns in an article this week that looks at some of the gaps in our terror defenses and why we were unable to detect this shooting before it happened.

While questions at the national level will continue to be asked, at the local level, it seems obvious that the need for additional security will be a must. Our police forces cannot be everywhere at once. Because of that fact, they are largely a reactive force, typically arriving at a scene after an incident has occurred.

Security solutions are needed that are proactive with the ability to stop or deter terrorists before shootings begin. That means additional security officers are needed at places where large numbers of people gather. After all, it was this type of location that was being considered by Farook and Malik as another potential target.

After San Bernardino. large business owners, shopping areas, schools and universities should all reexamine their security measures, looing for potential gaps and then plan to fill them. Quickly. Before another terror incident happens.

American Security Force not only supplies security guards to businesses, it also helps create individualized security plans that fit the needs of your property or company. For more information on how we can help, call us today at 877-722-8585.

 

Source:

http://www.securityinfowatch.com/article/12148121/san-bernardino-shooting-exposes-gaps-in-us-terror-defenses
https://security-today.com/articles/2015/12/08/san-bernardino-steps-up-security.aspx
http://www.latimes.com/local/crime/la-me-sb-shooting-20151211-story.html

Terrorism is on the Rise: Are You Ready?

A graphic that reads Are You Ready for terrorism?

The latest terrorism news coming out of Paris, France today is that two are dead and seven have been arrested after a seven-hour raid by French Authorities. The raid comes just days after ISIS operatives attacked multiple targets in the city on Friday November 13. Those attacks killed 129 people and wounded 345.

Sadly, terror is on the rise in Europe, and ISIS has promised that the United States will be hit, as well.

It is not just the job of local, county and state governments to prepare for a terror attack. Individuals should, as well.

Are You Ready if Terrorism Strikes Your City?

George Kline, a former member of the NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force, told Westchester.News12.com that people should be aware of their surroundings. No matter what public space you might be in, take note of exits so you will have a way out if something happens. Also learn where the alarms are so in the event of an emergency, you can use them to get help.

Public transportation is a special challenge, because of the confined space. But Kline recommends that riders be vigilant and aware of those around you. The best place to sit is near exit or a bathroom, if there is one. If individuals notice suspicious behavior, they should report it.

There are multiple resources available to help citizens be ready. The Red Cross suggests making a disaster plan with your family, and lists things you can do if an attack occurs. Safety.com details the steps you need to create an evacuation plan from your home after a terror strike. Ready.gov has multiple resources for you and your family to prepare for a wide array of emergencies.

Being personally prepared is wise, because officials admit that keeping U.S. cities safe will be a challenge. Former assistant FBI Director Ron Hosko tells CBS News, “There are simply not enough police, law enforcement — on duty, off duty, hired security — to cover every potential gathering spot where Americans enjoy their liberty.”

Here in Southern California, emergency plans call for involving private security.   Deputy police chief Michael Downing with the LAPD says, “There’s 45,000 private security guards in the Los Angeles area alone, there’s 10,000 LAPD,” he says. “When you combine that with community members that are interested as well, we have some good leverage.”

Hopefully, that plan will never need to be implemented. But in the event of such an emergency, American Security Force is ready and proud to help.

If you ever have questions about security for your property or business, please call us at 877-722-8585.

Sources:

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/terrorism

https://www.safety.com/family-safety-terrorist-attacks/

http://www.ready.gov

https://www.securityinfowatch.com/security-executives/article/12141501/lessons-learned-from-the-paris-terror-attacks

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-challenge-of-keeping-u-s-cities-safe-from-terror-attacks/