“Everything changed after 9/11” was a frequently heard refrain—from the president and other politicians and in law enforcement and private security circles. The same may, in time, be said of the Paris attacks in November 2015. Targets included restaurants and bars and seemed to cement a disturbing trend: public spaces Read More
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Several recent manmade disasters, including the attack at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL, and the Brussels airport terrorist bombing, highlight the vulnerability of the workplace. Terrorism and workplace violence costs employers over $120 billion a year, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). As the chance Read More
Retailers want employees and shoppers alike to feel secure in their establishments. But violent crime has been surging in recent years. The Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC) and University of Florida are therefore collaborating with US retailers to ensure retail store safety and prevent workplace violence.
“The VCWG has several research and development initiatives underway, including: • Store robbery protection on front-end, cash room, and pharmacy issues for drug stores and other store types. • Parking lot protection and shaping outside behavior. These projects include multiple chains working together to discuss incident footage reviews, event data analyses, and locational testing.”Hayes has other news to share as well. For years, loss prevention executives have also sought a single, comprehensive resource that aggregates all LP and AP research and white papers in a searchable, logical place. “The LPRC team has worked hard to bring this industry need to fruition,” says Hayes. “The LPRC Knowledge Center launches in May. As it turns out, LPRC has produced over 250 research briefs and reports over the last fifteen years, and these are combined with video clips and other industry reports to create an amazing LP reference library.” In addition, the LPRC and University of Florida Innovation Lab 3.0 is making progress and will hopefully improve retail store security through its more than 40 detection and action technologies. Check out “Working Together against Violent Crime” to read the full column. You can also visit the Table of Contents for the May-June 2016 issue or register for a free subscription to the magazine.
Read Hayes, Ph.D., CPP, writes Read More