Daily Report – 6/5/17

Top Stories
DIY attackers opt for soft targets, exposing security holes – Financial Times
The weekend attack in London appears to mark the confluence of two trends in terrorism on western soil: the choice of “soft” targets and the employment of DIY techniques. It is a combination exposing holes in the UK’s security. (read more)
Eight minutes on London Bridge: years of training led to lightning police response (London) – Homeland Security News Wire
Eight minutes. That is the length of time from the start of the London Bridge attack to the three terrorists being killed by armed police. The Metropolitan Police Service is rightly being heralded for the speed, courage and effectiveness of its members in ending a terrorist atrocity. But the success in their response which prevented more people from being injured and killed is, besides individual bravery, about learning from previous terrorist attacks, training, and resources. (read more)
 
No U.S. terror threats after London attack, Homeland Security says – USA Today
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Sunday said it had no evidence of “a specific, credible terror threat in the United States” but was monitoring the situation in London. (read more)
 
US Homeland Security offers UK help on attacks probe, governments worldwide condemn incident – CNBC
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said late Saturday that it is working with counterparts in the U.K. on the attacks in London after assailants mowed down pedestrians on London bridge and then went on a knife attack rampage in nearby Borough Market. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
Nation’s security experts headed to Buffalo this week (Buffalo, N.Y.) – The Buffalo News
The survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing will recount the anguish of victims in mass tragedies. (read more)
 
After London and Manchester, we need better public venue security – The Hill
Several fatal security failures have occurred over the last months, including the armed attack at a crowded Manila casino leaving 36 dead; the attack on London Bridge; a suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester Arena killing 22, and a fleeing suspect killing a tourist by careening a vehicle through Times Square, one of the most heavily policed areas in the world, closed to vehicle traffic since 2010. (read more)
 
Christie Hopes To Boost Trenton With $11.5 Million Revitalization Initiative (Trenton, N.J.) – Jersey Digs
With Newark and Camden on the rise, Gov. Chris Christie is now turning his attention to Trenton, announcing last week an $11.5 million revitalization initiative that will include the demolition of 500 vacant homes and the installation of 150 surveillance cameras. (read more)
 
How to Fix Philly: Getting to gunshots faster (Philadelphia) – Metro
Shootings around Philly sometimes seem like an unstoppable problem. But innovative technology designed by a Philly cop could be part of the answer to stemming the bloodshed. (read more)
 
Detroit may force venues to share surveillance (Detroit) – The Detroit News
Detroit police and city officials are drafting an ordinance that would make it mandatory for all venues that serve customers after 10 p.m. to join Project Green Light, a program that allows officers to monitor businesses’ high-definition video feeds in real time. (read more)
 
Local security expert anticipates more terrorist attack attempts (Baltimore) – FoxBaltimore.com
It was a beautiful day to grab a bite to eat at the Inner Harbor, or attend a festival in Charles Village Sunday – similar to the leisure activities families in London were enjoying Saturday when terrorists struck. (read more)
 
“Great opportunity:” 1,200 train for security positions at Erin Hills during U.S. Open (Hartford, Wis.) – Fox6Now.com
Security will be tight during the U.S. Open in Erin Hills, and 1,200 people will be hired to make sure it runs smoothly. (read more)
 
Ottawa Mayor confident with security plans for Canada Day (Ottawa, Canada) – CTV News
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson says he is confident in the security plans for Canada’s 150th birthday. (read more)
Campus Security
Dorm Troopers: Life as a College Security Guard (Canterbury, England) – The New York Times
A wallet soaked in urine with nothing inside except a driver’s license from Bermuda. That’s probably the weirdest thing I’ve had to file in the lost and found, the handling of which I help oversee as a security guard at Canterbury Christ Church University in England. (read more)
Transportation Security
Spokane Transit bus drivers seek protection after recent assaults (Spokane, Wash.) – The Spokesman-Review
Assaults and threats against Spokane Transit Authority drivers appear to be on the rise, and that has drivers concerned, according to the leader of the union that represents many of the drivers. (read more)
Body Worn Cameras
Connecticut bill that would help police buy body and dash cams moves to Senate (Connecticut) – New Haven Register
A bill that makes it easier for municipal police departments to access state funding for body cameras and dash cameras has moved through the state House of Representatives for consideration by the Senate. (read more)
Security Industry
Convergint Technologies acquires Integrated Security Systems – SecurityInfoWatch
Convergint Technologies on Thursday announced that it has acquired Miami-based Integrated Security Systems. This is the company’s 10th acquisition in the past 18 months. (read more)

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