Center of Excellence – Homeland Security Emergency Management

November 10, 2012

Securitas USA – Advances in Technology Aid in Identifying Campus Threats

Securitas USA – Advances in Technology Aid in Identifying Campus Threats

Security on a college campus presents a unique set of challenges. A safe and secure campus is one of the highest priorities for administrators and parents, while students crave an open environment. Security officers must manage to observe not just outside threats, but also be aware of a young population living on their own

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for the first time. Technology and training are making a huge difference. Computing mobility changes the way security officers can report observations, and with advanced campus awareness training an officer can report an incident as it occurs by using a tablet. Securitas USA officers log daily activity reports through similar mobile technology, and through their observations, certain pre-incident indicators can be “red tagged.” Tagged data allows Campus Threat Assessment Teams – typically comprised of school administrators – to highlight perceived vulnerabilities and generate notifications as patterns emerge. Capturing consistent information is vital and without the ability to assess the data on a frequent basis, vulnerabilities and threats may go unnoticed. To learn more about how Securitas USA can assist your college or university in managing risk, please contact Barbara McCormack at (617) 568-8743.

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