Daily Report – 11/23/16

Top Stories
Review cites poor communication in JFK Airport panic (New York) – Newsday
Top security officials tasked with a top-to-bottom review of the bungled response to last summer’s false reports of a gunman inside Kennedy Airport concluded that poor communication and lack of coordination among police, private security and other personnel fueled a mass panic. (read more)
 
Is the World’s Biggest Surveillance Camera Maker Sending Footage to China? – VOA News
Imagine a world where almost everyone can be tracked, and everything can be seen by cameras linked directly to the Chinese government. (read more)

Global Security

Belgium draws inspiration for security measures from Israel (Brussels, Belgium) – The Jerusalem Post
Belgium has launched new security measures at Brussels Airport after suicide bombings there in March, taking inspiration from controls at Ben-Gurion in Israel, among the most heavily protected airports in the world. (read more)
 
The UK is About to Wield Unprecedented Surveillance Power – Here’s what it Means – The Verge
The UK is about to become one of the world’s foremost surveillance states, allowing its police and intelligence agencies to spy on its own people to a degree that is unprecedented for a democracy. The UN’s privacy chief has called the situation “worse than scary.” Edward Snowden says it’s simply “the most extreme surveillance in the history of western democracy.” (read more)
 
Federal, State and Municipal Security
Security for Trump and family costing New York City more than $1.4 million a day (New York) – The Straits Times
Security for US President-elect Donald Trump and his family is costing New York City more than US$1 million (S$1.42 million) a day, and those costs may not drop significantly once he moves to the White House, according to city officials. (read more)
 
Police Boost Security at Thanksgiving Day Parade Amid ISIS Threats of Truck Attack (New York) – NBC New York
Police are busy securing the Thanksgiving day parade route after a recent article in an ISIS propoganda magazine called the nationally televised event an “excellent target.” (read more)
 
Report: Insured metal theft claims take dramatic dive – SecurityInfoWatch
In a dramatic drop-off that extends a multi-year trend, insured metal theft claims in 2015 were down 23 percent from 2014 levels and 29 percent over the past two years.  (read more)
 
Canton City Council approves 10 security cameras for downtown (Canton, Ohio) – CantonRep.com
The city will be installing 10 security cameras downtown in an effort to improve safety. (read more)
 
Camera registry can help solve violent crimes faster, Surrey RCMP says (Surrey, Canada) – CTV News Vancouver
One day after a terrifying public shootout near a Surrey hotel, Mounties have unveiled a new tool designed to help combat violent crime in the city. (read more)
 
Redlands considers private security to patrol downtown (Redlands, Calif.) – The Press Enterprise
With the approaching holiday season upon us – during which Redlands officials expect an uptick in activity – the city is considering hiring a private security firm to mitigate crime downtown as authorities continue to work on long-term solutions.(read more)
 
 
Campus Security
Temple University Upgrades Police Communications Center (Philadelphia, Pa.) – Campus Safety
Temple University announced a series of technological upgrades to its Department of Campus Safety Services Communication Center Nov. 1. (read more)
Faculty members create Canvas site for campus safety (Ann Arbor, Mich.) – The Michigan Daily
A group of University of Michigan faculty members have developed a monitored Canvas site called Teamworks, which will allow students who do not feel safe on campus to connect with one another to walk home and around campus. (read more)
Attacks on hospital’s nurses blamed on ER overflow, congestion (Abbotsford, Canada) – OHS Canada
Violence against nurses has continued at Abbotsford Regional Hospital in Abbotsford, B.C., and incidents over the last few months have led to a recent WorkSafeBC inspection report noting an emergency room (ER) running over capacity. (read more)
Program providing OKC elementary school security faces elimination (Oklahoma City, Okla.) – NewsOK
A 2-year-old program to staff elementary schools in the Oklahoma City district with police officers is facing elimination. (read more)
 
Transportation Security
 
4 free apps you need for Thanksgiving travel: airport security wait times, holiday road traffic and more – Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles International Airport says it’s expecting 2.3 million travelers to pass through this year between last Friday and Monday (Nov. 28). (read more)


 
 
Cyber Security
 
Congress tackles IoT security – SecurityInfoWatch
In the wake of recent headline grabbing distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, the House Energy and Commerce Committee last week held a hearing to examine the role that connected devices have played in these attacks and what can be done to prevent them from being so easily compromised by hackers moving forward. The issue is critical for the security industry on two fronts. (read more)
Fears of government spying under Trump spur encryption use – SecurityInfoWatch
The day Donald Trump ascends from president-elect to commander in chief, he will assume control over U.S. intelligence agencies and some of the most advanced surveillance systems in the world. (read more)


 
 
Cargo Security
 
‘America’s Invisible Crime’: Cargo Theft Expected to Surge During Holidays – NBC Los Angeles
Truckers are being warned about the risk of cargo theft during the holiday weekend, especially in Southern California. (read more)


 
 
Home Security/Automation
 
Video Doorbells the Hot Trend at ISC East – Security Sales & Integration
Considering ISC East is the largest physical security trade show in the northeast, it would be fair to say it’s also a good place to spot emerging trends. (read more)
How to make home IoT more secure: Assume the worst – CSO
Sometimes the truth hurts but you just have to face it. The internet advisory group BITAG lays it on the line for the IoT industry in a new report: No, consumers aren’t going to update the software on their devices. (read more)


 

Body Worn Cameras

 
City Council approves purchase of MPD body cameras (Midland, Texas) – MRT
Midland City Council on Tuesday approved the purchase of 133 body cameras and related storage from Axon for the Midland Police Department, according to a press release from the city. Axon was chosen after 34 vendors were sent proposals after conducting studies among officers and evaluating the systems based on qualities such as ease of use, software, integration and cost. (read more)
What’s the Future of Body Cameras in Austin? (Austin) – The Austin Chronicle
A trial that may break the city’s stalemate over the initial purchase of 500 newbody cameras for Austin Police Department officers remains slated to begin Nov. 28. Sources familiar with the case say it will almost certainly be postponed because of appeals currently pending in the 3rd U.S. Court of Appeals, with the holdup potentially lasting until early 2017. Equipping the first group of officers with devices will be delayed even longer. A spokesperson at APD reports the department has to date provided only 26 cameras to its patrol officers, though an indeterminate number of cops have bought cameras on their own. (read more)


 
 
Security Industry
 
Johnson Controls partners on $600M Pro Football Hall of Fame Village –SecurityInfoWatch
Johnson Controls International said Friday it has secured naming rights for a $600 million redevelopment at the Pro Football Hall of Fame as well as for the annual event that enshrines new members in the hall. (read more)

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