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Big thanks to those who nominated for our ’20 under 40’ awards

Friday, August 29, 2014

I would like to thank everyone who submitted a nomination for Security Director News’ “20 under 40” awards to honor outstanding and up-and-coming end users.

I’ve just gone over the nominees' list, and once again it’s stellar! It will be difficult to choose just 20.

The Security Director News staff will be reviewing the nominees in the coming weeks and will be notifying the winners. Then, we’ll be interviewing each of them for profile articles on

The award has meant a lot professionally to past winners, and I’m so looking forward to presenting our Class of 2014 with their awards at our TechSec Solutions conference in Delray Beach, Fla., in early February.

Much more about the winners and our TechSec conference to come, so stay tuned!


Wait, what? Suit-wearing, Mercedes-driving bank robber had what job title?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A man arraigned Aug. 26 in Tyler, Texas, for a Capital One Bank robbery earlier this month was employed by the bank as its corporate security consultant/investigator.

Daniel River Burson, 37, is accused of robbing two female employees as they were collecting weekend deposits from overnight slots, according to a report from the Tyler Morning Telegraph.

He apparently was wearing a suit at the time of the robbery, the report said.

And, he was driving a Mercedes.

Go figure.


Who will be at ASIS 2014?

Friday, August 22, 2014

I’m looking forward to the ASIS conference in Atlanta late next month, and I am beginning to put my schedule together for the event.

I’d like to meet up with my readers, you end-users out there, who will be at the show. It’s always helpful to know what news you like to read, what topics matter most to you and how Security Director News can supply the most useful information to you. Please get in touch with me at if you’d like to have a cup of coffee or even just a 10-minute conversation.

I like seeing all the new tech on the show floor, but I especially enjoy meeting with the security pros who put that technology to use. Booth visits are great, but if you’re a company who can set me up with one of your customers who can tell me how they’re benefiting from your product, so much the better—I’ll be there. And I’ll probably write about that visit for Security Director News.

I apologize in advance for not being able to accept all invitations.

I also want to carve out some time to attend a few of the educational sessions ASIS has planned. The schedule looks great! I won’t be able to get to all I have bookmarked, but I hope to get to as many as possible in between meeting with end users.

I look forward to hearing from you and, I hope, meeting you in person in Atlanta. My colleague, Martha Entwistle of Security Systems News, will also be at the 60th annual ASIS show.

See you there!


Pssst! Still time left to nominate for '20 under 40' awards

Monday, August 18, 2014

So here’s some inside scoop: I was out of the office all last week and was tied up all Monday responding to phone messages and emails, getting articles written and news out.

What this means is that I haven’t had a chance as of yet to pore over the dozens of nominees we’ve received for Security Director News’ “20 under 40” awards—although I can’t wait to do so.

What this means for you is that if you haven’t had a chance yet to nominate your most impressive up-and-coming end user in the physical security industry, you still have time.

You can read here why past winners say it’s important that you take the few minutes it takes to nominate.  Please go here to do so.

This'll be your last chance! I look forward to congratulating you on your choices!


Mission 500 looking for security pros' help for border kids

Friday, August 8, 2014

Mission 500 and World Vision are looking for security companies that will help provide basic necessities for children currently being held along the U.S. border.

They especially are reaching out to participants of the Security 5/2K, which Security Director News and Security Systems News helps sponsor.

The first company to participate in this relief effort is Monitronics, one of the nation's largest alarm monitoring provicers, which has made a pledge to provide backpacks, school supplies and hygiene items to the children.

"Our industry is made up of people who believe in safety and security," Barb Holliday, Monitronics’ director of dealer services, said in a prepared statement.

Mission 500 invites other security professionals to participate in this relief effort to help children on both sides of the border. There are three ways to help, it says.

Let me know if you or your company participates in this, and I’ll be sure and post that good news here in the future.



Follow-up: Hospital found negligent in patient's sixth-story jump

Thursday, August 7, 2014

FOUNTAIN HILL, Penn.—St. Luke’s University Hospital failed to provide a safe patient environment in June when a trauma patient jumped out of a sixth-floor window to his death, according to a report in The Morning Call newspaper.

The security guard assigned to keep constant watch on Jonathan Hanchick had not been adequately trained, a state Department of Health investigation found, the news report said.

Hanchick was being treated for injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. He had attempted to leave the hospital before.

Finally, he went into a bathroom, locked the door and jumped from the window.

While nurses usually provide the so-called “continual observation” ordered in Hanchick’s case—and are trained for it—security staff had not received the training, a hospital official told the newspaper.

The death led to operational and physical changes at the hospital, the newspaper said.

Read the full news report here.


Chalk one up for the mantrap!

Monday, August 4, 2014

A man walked into a Citizen’s Bank in Newark, Del., last week and gave a teller a note demanding money.

The teller gave the man cash, but as the robber went to leave, bank personnel activated the bank’s “mantrap,” which remotely closed the interior and exterior bank doors.

The result? The man was trapped in the mantrap.

The robber reportedly did damage to the vestibule between the two locked doors in an attempt to escape.

Police arrested Stephen Dunfee, 38, of Newcastle. He was charged him with robbery and criminal mischief, AP said.

I’m awaiting a call back from Citizen’s Bank about its use of mantraps at its branches and to see why brand of mantraps it uses. Stay tuned.


Thieves targeting construction equipment to tune of $1B a year, LoJack says

Thursday, July 31, 2014

California remains the highest-ranking state in terms of construction equipment theft, part of a $1 billion a year problem that has become increasingly difficult to detect, according to an annual report from the LoJack Corporation.

The Construction Equipment Theft and Recovery study, which reviews theft trends specific to construction equipment and tools equipped with the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System, finds that many equipment owners and rental companies don’t realize how big of a target they are for theft.

"It has become harder to detect construction theft, and combined with the fact that job sites are often poorly secured, thieves are finding the theft of construction equipment is a lucrative opportunity," Courtney DeMilio, associate vice president for LoJack Commercial, said in a prepared statement.

Among the study’s findings, according to JoJack:

  • Light utility vehicles / work trucks and trailers are the most common type of commercial equipment stolen.
  • Newer equipment models were stolen more often than older equipment—largely due to the fact that the resale value of new equipment is greater. In fact, 46 percent of equipment stolen in 2013 was less than five years old.
  • In 95 percent of the cases, the stolen equipment was recovered in the same state that the theft was reported.
  • Construction theft is prevalent in suburban areas, particularly in areas where construction growth is widespread.

California again tops the states’ list because it has many active construction projects and an international border with access to major shipping ports, LoJack said. The other nine states in the Top Ten are, in order: Texas, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, North Carolina, Arizona, Maryland, Ohio, and, with a tie for tenth place, Colorado, Illinois and New York.

"LoJack's data reveals that 44 percent of equipment installed with our system was recovered in less than five hours after being reported stolen," DeMilio said. "A swift recovery time of equipment is growing in importance, as modern economic conditions have led construction businesses to increasingly rent rather than purchase equipment. This rising demand for heavy-duty rental equipment has made rental companies, and the businesses they supply, vulnerable for not only theft, but significant monetary losses as a result of theft.”

The complete LoJack report can be found here.


Mission 500 and ESA Gives Back

Monday, July 28, 2014

Back at work after five days off and I have hundreds upon hundreds, literally, of email to get through. Here's one that caught my eye right away.

During ESX 2014 in Nashville last month, Mission 500 and ESA Gives Back raised more than $10,000 towards a mission trip to bring aid and education to families in the San Luis Potosi region of Mexico. Mission 500 and ESA Gives Back will continue to seek additional donations towards their goal of $30,000.

The families in San Luis Potosi need clean, potable water, the groups say. The mission trip, Oct. 27-30, will not only strengthen and construct water sanitation systems, it will also promote health awareness and education in those communities.

Meanwhile, Mission 500, which Security Director News and Security Systems News are proud to sponsor, has recently set up Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts. Check them out. It's a great organization that does great good in the world, thanks to you in the security industry.


Massachusetts makes school security recommendations

Friday, July 18, 2014

BOSTON—The Massachusetts Task Force on School Safety and Security has released 29 recommendations for schools.

Recommendations include that schools have only one public entrance, a crisis response team and active shooter training, according to news reports.

The task force also recommends that schools install safer doors—they should open outward and have keyless interior locks—and upgrade security systems if needed, and employ school resource officers at middle schools and high schools, the news reports said. Visitors, including parent volunteers, should wear visible ID badges. School landscaping should promote visibility and safety.

Establishing community ties is also important for school security, the task force said. Schools should work closely with local municipal administrators and police and fire departments.

The state will establish a technical assistance team to help districts improve school safety and security and a $200,000 grant program for districts to make their campuses safer, the newspaper said.

So, no unfunded mandates. Some money to help out. It took 22 members of the task force to come up with the 29 recommendations in the 30-page report.