Tokyo tops the rankings for overall safest city this year, according to The Economist’s report: The Safe Cities Index 2015: Assessing Urban Security in the Digital Age. By ranking 50 cities under four main categories: digital security, health security, infrastructure safety and personal safety, the report found that the world’s most populous city is also the safest in the Index, especially with preparations underway for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
In the midst of mergers and acquisitions, there is still plenty of innovation and energy within the security industry, and enterprise security executives are in a position to benefit. As more and more end users attend the annual ISC West conference April 15-17 in Las Vegas, more focused solutions find their way to the forefront of booths, as manufacturers outline not only the technical aspects but the integration possibilities, risk mitigation benefits and problem-solving features of their new solutions for active end users.
Security executives in property management secure commercial buildings in a variety of ways, depending on location, risk, whether the building is public, private or semi-public, what sort of asset is being protected, hours of operation, and the like. Protecting buildings from risks such as theft, loitering, vandalism, rioting and workplace violence comes with a variety of unique challenges and can take a lot of forethought, planning and creativity.
We’ve gotten pretty good at collecting all sorts of data from cameras and other sensors – but in the end, it is what we do with the information that counts. Surveillance technologies provide the capability to capture the minutest details, but the real value in collecting information is in its analysis. While technology allows us to observe behaviors that predict criminal intent and can interdict before events occur, often this data is subverted by security professionals and law enforcement misinterpretation based on spurious factors.
Preparing for active shooter threats is an increasingly common challenge. Although these events are a low-probability risk at any given site, the magnitude of improperly handling an event of this nature can have devastating effects on your business (i.e. negative PR, public perception, lost sales), your company culture, and possibly even your career.
What can enterprises across every sector learn from sporting event security? Start with planning, customer service and teamwork. Also, learn how Wal-Mart is boosting its associates’ emergency preparedness and how to outfit your in-house security officers. Read all of this and more in the July 2015 issue of Security.