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  • Research into downtown security zones

    By PublicSafetyWatch blog - Monday March 22, 2010
    I stumbled across an interesting research paper today titled " The Closed City: Downtown Security Zones and the Loss of Public Space ." The paper apparently was published as part of City Futures 2009 , "an international conference on globalism and...
  • Don’t forget to maintain security systems

    By PublicSafetyWatch blog - Monday March 22, 2010
    Public schools in Detroit, like many others in our big cities, are suffering on many fronts. This June, more than a quarter of the Detroit Public Schools’ 172 campuses will be shut to help close a $219 million budget deficit. Enrollment is dropping...
  • Tips for mass transit security

    By PublicSafetyWatch blog - Wednesday March 17, 2010
    When the conversation turns to convergence, IP cameras and NVRs, it’s easy to see why even the most experienced transit security director would look for a proven, professional systems integrator when the time comes for a new installation or system...
  • Capitol security needs improvement

    By PublicSafetyWatch blog - Monday March 15, 2010
    How important is security at our state Capitols? The answer seems obvious to security professionals but the reality is, security at many Capitol buildings is seriously lacking. A shooting in January was a wake up call for officials in Texas; and state...
  • Stopping registered sex offenders before they reoffend

    By PublicSafetyWatch blog - Wednesday March 10, 2010
    The recent murder of Poway, Calif. high school student Chelsea King, killed while she was running at a public park, is one of the most tragic stories in recent memory. It gripped the nation and is begging some very important questions about how state...
  • YouTube – crime fighting superhero?

    By PublicSafetyWatch blog - Sunday March 7, 2010
    A few years ago we started seeing police departments and local officials use YouTube to help solve crimes and catch criminals. It seems to have worked with varying degrees of success from case to case, yet the video-sharing Web site has grown in...
  • Prepare – or it could happen here

    By PublicSafetyWatch blog - Thursday March 4, 2010
    With each campus shooting, you can almost hear the cries, followed by “But that can’t happen here” from administrators across the country. Looking back at school shootings over the past 10 years you can see they happen at elementary...
  • Bring-your-lawnmower-to-the-park day

    By PublicSafetyWatch blog - Tuesday March 2, 2010
    Cities across the nation are going bankrupt and local governments are cutting public jobs at a fever pace to try to make up for lost revenue. In fact, things have gotten so bad in the city of Colorado Springs that the city has decided to stop...
  • Parking lots – a hot spot for crime

    By PublicSafetyWatch blog - Friday February 26, 2010
    Parking lots are notoriously dangerous areas that are difficult for police and security officers to monitor. Often open 24-hours a day with little to no access control, parking lots attract loitering, vandalism, theft and leave visitors vulnerable to...
  • Concerns of public transit riders

    By PublicSafetyWatch blog - Tuesday February 23, 2010
    We recently talked to Larry Mays , group director for transportation and logistics for ADT Security Services, about his experiences helping protect passengers of public transportation. He had some ideas of what most concerns those passengers...