Daily Report – 3/17/17

Top Stories
Trump budget eliminates three post-9/11 airport security programs – The Washington Post
The Trump administration wants to eliminate three airport security programs put in place after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, diverting the money to help build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. (read more)
 
Congressman: We need a National Guard for cybersecurity – CNN
There are few people with computer science backgrounds who work in the federal government. Long hours coupled with smaller salaries make it hard to recruit techies to Washington, according to Representative Ruben Gallego. (read more)
Global Security
French school shooting: ‘heroic’ headmaster among injured after ‘weapon-obsessed’ student with grenades and guns opens fire (Grasse, France) – The Telegraph
A  17-year student is being detained for attempted murder after opening fire in an A-level college in Grasse on the French Riviera, injuring 14 and prompting the government to briefly issue a terror warning. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
Stamford police praise surveillance for catching criminals (Stamford, Conn.) – Connecticut.News12.com
Stamford police are praising the surveillance technology they use to round up criminals caught in the act that lead to the arrest of a burglar. (read more)
 
New security cameras installed at courthouse (Durant, Okla.) – Durant Daily Democrat
The Bryan County Courthouse is a 20th century building with 21st century technology as officials install state of the art surveillance cameras. (read more)
Beaufort security cameras now up and running (Beaufort, S.C.) – Bluffton Today
Beaufort’s downtown now has extra eyes to aid the police department in deterring and solving crime. (read more)
 
Monroeville’s success has DA looking to expand surveillance camera program (Monroeville, Pa.) – Trib Live
Citing Monroeville’s recent success in catching criminals using newly installed surveillance cameras, the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office now wants to expand the program. (read more)
 
Forsyth County, Alpharetta firefighters targeted by crooks (Forsyth County, Ga.) – Fox5Atlanta.com
While firefighters were hard at work keeping the community safe, thieves were hard at work too, smashing the windows of firefighters’ cars. Police said the thieves took whatever they could find including guns. (read more)
 
Bar Closed Because Security Measures Too Expensive, Lawyer Says (Hartford, Conn.) – Hartford Courant
The attorney for the owner of the Angry Bull said Thursday the bar turned in its liquor permit because of the financial constraints imposed by new security measures that would have been required after the recent death of a college student who fell off the roof. (read more)
 
Visa is floating the idea of paying for stuff with your sunglasses – CNBC
Visa wants to make “keys, phone, sunglasses” your new mantra before leaving the house. (read more)
Campus Security
Jefferson City Public Schools look for new security camera system (Jefferson City, Mo.) – ABC17News.com
Jefferson City Public Schools may soon be getting a new security camera system to keep students safe. (read more)
Technology trends that help keep our campus safe – eCampus News
History was made on August 1, 1966, when Charles Whitman reached the top of the UT tower and opened fire, killing several people with which he had no personal connection. The UT tower shooting was the first mass campus murder in America. As we observed the 50th anniversary of this tragedy last year, we’ve lost count of how many school shootings and threats to campus safety that has since come to pass. (read more)
McAuliffe signs legislation letting ex-cops work as armed guards in Virginia schools (Virginia) – Culpeper Star Exponent
Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed legislation that will allow some retired police officers to carry guns while working as security guards in Virginia schools, a reversal from last year when McAuliffe vetoed a similar bill with weaker training requirements. (read more)
Transportation Security
Trump proposes to hike TSA fee on airline tickets – USA Today
President Trump rekindled a fight Thursday over Transportation Security Administration funding by proposing to raise the fee on airline tickets that already aggravates travelers and airlines. (read more)
Biometrics
Cops’ startup uses facial recognition to improve security (St. Louis) – St. Louis Post-Dispatch
At one MotoMart, you can’t enter at night unless you look into the camera. (read more)
Home Security/Automation
Majority of U.S. broadband households willing to pay more than $20 per month for comprehensive smart home system – Parks Associates
New Parks Associates consumer research indicates 50% of U.S. broadband households consider $20 or more per month for a comprehensive smart home service to be a good value. More than 26 million U.S. households own at least one smart home device, which represents a 35% increase from the beginning of 2016. (read more)
Worship Security
Protecting the faithful – SecurityInfoWatch
Acts of violence and destruction are all too commonplace at houses of worship. In a single day in late February, 13 U.S. Jewish community centers received bomb threats – and they continue at other centers almost daily. Cemeteries in St. Louis and Philadelphia recently had hundreds of headstones toppled and damaged. (read more)
Body Worn Cameras
Providence finance committee approves contract for body worn cameras (Providence, R.I.) – TurnTo10.com
The Providence City Council Committee on Finance Wednesday approved a contract with Taser International to supply the Providence Police Department with 250 body worn cameras and accompanying equipment, training, and video storage at an approximate first-year cost of $292,000. (read more)
Security Industry
CSAA Pushes Forward on Name Change – SecurityInfoWatch
The very nature of security systems monitoring is rapidly changing thanks to smart home innovations, do-it-yourself technologies and monitor-yourself offerings – to name a few. For these and other reasons, the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) has voted to change its name to “The Monitoring Association” – with the official rollout of the new name, logo and mission statement set for this month. Learn more at www.csaaintl.org. (read more)
Security 101 Donates Eight Surveillance Systems to Nonprofits – SecurityInfoWatch
National security systems integrator Security 101 recently completed its fifth annual Gift of Security program, providing complete video surveillance and recording systems to deserving nonprofit organizations. The award also includes design, engineering and installation by the local Security 101 office. (read more)

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