Daily Report 4/19/17

Top Stories
These surveillance robots will work together to chase down suspects – Recode
When security cameras capture someone leaving a suspicious package at a train station, a person monitoring the camera feeds may, if they act fast enough, be able to coordinate with an agent on the ground to follow the perpetrator before he dodges out of the security camera’s field of vision. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
Synthetic drugs found inside state penitentiary prompt new security (Fort Madison, Iowa) – The Daily Nonpareil
The prison that houses Iowa’s most dangerous offenders has seen a sharp increase of inmates using and possessing synthetic drugs in what a union is calling the worst infiltration in its history. (read more)
 
New camera system to provide extra security at some Fiesta events (San Antonio, Texas) – News4SanAntonio.com
Crews all over the city are working quickly to set up everything for Fiesta. (read more)
 
Security risks in new courthouse call for $3M more in staffing (San Diego, Calif.) – San Diego Union Tribune
It will cost an extra $3.3 million a year in staffing to resolve security risks caused by the design of the $555 million downtown county courthouse set to open this summer, county officials say. (read more)
 
Searches of electronic devices by border agents on the rise – SecurityInfoWatch
American and Canadian travelers carrying cell phones, tablets or laptops across the Thousand Islands or Ogdensburg-Prescott International bridges may find themselves subject to an increasing nationwide trend of having their devices searched. (read more)
Campus Security
Video cameras stolen from Medford elementary school (Medford, Ore.) – KOBI5.com
Police are looking for two suspects who were caught on surveillance video stealing from Howard Elementary School on Easter morning. (read more)
 
Several area schools increase security while manhunt for Facebook shooter continues (Cleveland) – Cleveland19.com
In an effort to provide a safer and more comfortable school atmosphere, several local schools in northeast Ohio will have an increased security presence during the active manhunt for the Facebook shooting suspect. (read more)
Gonzaga campus security warns of Spokane spanker (Spokane, Wash.) – MyFoxSpokane.com
Two female students from Gonzaga say they’re feeling violated and disrespected. They were walking on Centennial Trail over the weekend when a man came up from behind and spanked them. (read more)
Fallbrook High School ramps up security after gun scares (Fallbrook, Calif.) – Fox5SanDiego.com
An armed San Diego County Sheriff’s deputy is now patrolling the campus of Fallbrook High School after two gun scares within two months on the North County campus. (read more)
Kern High School District will install security cameras on all campuses (Bakersfield, Calif.) – Turnto23.com
The Kern High School District said they plan to install cameras on all campuses in hopes of preventing vandalism and thefts. (read more)
Security aides provide safety resources in residence halls (Kent, Ohio) – KentWired.com
As night approaches, security aides begin their rounds throughout the residence halls on Kent State’s main campus. At a time when students should be quiet and settling down for the evening in their dorm rooms, a select few are dubbed “runners” to act as the messenger for their floormates. (read more)
U of A Researching for Razorback Stadium Security (Fayetteville, Ark.) – NWAHomepage.com
There are less than five months away from the Arkansas Razorbacks first football game of the season. Due to the state’s recent passing of its concealed carry law, there’s been legitimate cause for concern about people packing. Now, the University of Arkansas is currently researching the installation of metal detectors. (read more)
Improved visitor management needed in schools nationwide, experts say – SecurityInfoWatch
Last week’s murder-suicide at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, Calif., which claimed the lives of a teacher and a student, was a grim reminder that no organization is immune from the threats posed by workplace violence. For years, security practitioners have warned about the potential dangers of domestic violence spilling over into the workplace and this shooting, which also resulted in another student being wounded, is a prime example of the catastrophic consequences resulting from such a situation. What’s more, school security experts say this most recent tragedy should spur more districts across the country to review their visitor management procedures and make changes where necessary. (read more)
Transportation Security
Winnipeggers in favour of transit police, survey reveals (Winnipeg, Canada) – Winnipeg Free Press
The union representing Transit employees hopes the results of survey on bus safety will prompt city hall to support the creation of a dedicated transit police force. (read more)
Home Security/Automation
Research Points to Big Uptick in Smart Home Device Adoption, Awareness – Plum Choice
Consumers see more clearly how home smart devices can directly benefit their lives, and are planning to purchase more smart home devices in the future. Those are the key insights from a consumer survey commissioned by PlumChoice, Inc., the leading provider of premium technical services for IoT and cloud brands, and the Z-Wave Alliance, an open consortium of leading global companies deploying Z-Wave. This second annual consumer benchmark survey, titled, “2016: Year of the Smart Device,” also highlights the need for companies to provide consumers a user experience that allows their smart home devices to fit easily into their lives. (read more)
Worship Security
Alabama church moves a step closer to having its own police department (Birmingham, Ala.) – SecurityInfoWatch
Briarwood Presbyterian Church and Briarwood Christian School have moved a step closer to having their own police department. (read more)
Body Worn Cameras
Police Body Cameras (New York) – Up & Coming Weekly
The New York Police Department’s long-anticipated plan to outfit its officers with body cameras is being rolled out this month. Some critics are trying to block it. About 50 officers working the 4 p.m. to midnight shift in Manhattan’s 34th Precinct will be the first to add body cams to their standard uniforms. “We have hit the point where we really can’t learn anymore by reading and talking,” said Assistant Commissioner Nancy Hoppock of the NYPD’s risk management bureau. The NYPD’s policies do not vary much from those adopted years ago by Fayetteville Police. The FPD was one of the first major North Carolina city police departments to outfit its patrol officers with cameras. As in New York, policy does not require that cameras record all police encounters, despite the potential for low-level encounters to quickly escalate. (read more)
Security Industry
Aiphone names Dana Pruiett new marketing manager – SecurityInfoWatch
Aiphone Corp., a leading international manufacturer of intercom and entry security products, has announced Dana Pruiett has joined the company as marketing manager. She will be responsible for managing the marketing team and overseeing corporate communications, including the development of brand guidelines and strategies for marketing key products.  (read more)

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