Daily Report – 11/29/17

Top Stories
The White House wants to ban cell phones, citing security risk (Washington, D.C.) – Tech Crunch
The Donald can’t seem to keep his hands off the phone while in the White House, but the same rules may not apply to his staff in the near future. The White House is mulling a personal cell phone ban for employees and possibly visitors, citing cybersecurity concerns. (read more)
 
Officials install video cameras at Trump’s border wall project, citing ‘threat environment’ – Los Angeles Times
In the weeks before construction was to begin on eight prototypes for President Trump’s border wall, Customs and Border Protection officials ordered a video surveillance system to help authorities guard the project, according to a recently released federal document. (read more)
Global Security
Mexico Is Quietly Confronting A New Security Crisis (Mexico) – Forbes
The killing of a senior executive at Televisa, one of Mexico’s most important corporations, is an unpleasant reminder that Mexico is moving backwards precipitously in the area of public security. Adolfo Lagos, the CEO of Televisa’s telecom subsidiary IZZI, was riding his bicycle on a highway outside Mexico City when he was assaulted. (A coroner’s investigation determined Lagos was actually killed by a bullet fired by one of his own bodyguards after the robbery turned into shoot-out.) (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
City of Lowell modifying security measures after woman drove into parade (Lowell, Mass.) – Fox25Boston.com
Charges are now pending against the woman who unintentionally drove a rented van the wrong way along the City of Lowell’s annual “City of Lights” holiday parade. (read more)
 
Real Time Crime Center Opens in New Orleans (New Orleans) – Security Today
New Orleans public safety officials announced last Tuesday the opening of the new Real Time Crime Monitoring Center. The center, which cost more than $5 million, is part of a citywide public safety plan. (read more)
 
Saginaw Township To Install Surveillance System, Use Computers To Fight Crime (Saginaw Township, Mich.) –WSGW.com
All Saginaw Township government buildings and athletic fields will soon be monitored by surveillance cameras. Police Chief Don Pussehl says the cameras will be recording around the clock to help solve any criminal activity. The video surveillance will not be monitored but only used to solve a crime of other suspicious activity. (read more)
 
Palo Alto Courthouse Security In Question After Inmates Pull Off Brazen Escape (Palo Alto, Calif.) – CBS SF Bay Area
After two dangerous inmates pulled off a brazen escape from the Palo Alto courthouse, questions swirl over security staffing that day. KPIX 5 has learned weren’t as many guards on duty as we were first told. (read more)
 
Council poised to sideline Toronto City Hall security crackdown (Toronto) – TheStar.com
Visitors to Toronto City Hall will not face metal detectors, bag inspections or politicians behind glass barriers any time soon. (read more)
Campus Security
Kent State Hillel completes security upgrades (Kent, Ohio) – Cleveland Jewish News
Hillel at Kent State University recently completed wide-scale security upgrades to the Cohn Jewish Student Center, including the use of internal and external cameras, a state-of-the-art security system that communicates with Kent State Police, and a blast resistant film applied to all windows and entry doors. (read more)
Fresno City College enhancing security following sexual assault on campus (Fresno, Calif.) – ABC30.com
A female student says she was raped while walking through an on-campus parking lot in late September and she just came forward about the attack last week. (read more)
Nurses union raises safety concerns after stabbing at hospital in Newark (Newark, N.J.) – ABC7NY.com
The nurses union will meet with hospital administrators in Newark to discuss safety concerns-after a nurse was attacked in the parking lot. (read more)
 
Surveillance cameras shot twice in month at school in San Jose (San Jose, Calif.) – ABC7News.com
For the second time this month, a surveillance camera was shot out at a San Jose elementary school. This time the neighbors caught the shooter in the act. (read more)
State grants enhance school security (Sandy Creek Township, Pa.) – The Herald
When a truck flipped over in front of Commodore Perry High School a few years ago, what was a serious emergency could have been something much worse – a tragedy. (read more)
 
Transportation Security
Broward increases security spending at Fort Lauderdale airport and port (Broward County, Fla.) – Sun Sentinel
With more travelers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades, Broward County is spending more for security at both locations. (read more)

LAX Is the Latest Airport to Roll Out Automated Security Lanes (Los Angeles) – Travel and Leisure
Los Angeles Airport’s Tom Bradley International Terminal has opened its first automated screening lanes, which could mean passengers will be spending less time in security lines this holiday season. (read more)
Cyber Security
Insiders Accused of Stealing Personal Data From Homeland Security – The New York Times
It was an audacious scheme: an attempted inside job at the office of a federal watchdog agency, where the cops, the authorities said, became the robbers. (read more)
Home Security/Automation
‘Hey Alexa, how secure are voice-activated assistants like you?’ – NBC News
America has fallen in love with smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo and the Google Home – but this cool technology has created new privacy and security vulnerabilities that could potentially expose personal details such as the family’s contact list or bank account information. (read more)


Worship Security
HPD, pastors brainstorm church security after Sutherland Springs (Houston) – KHOU.com
Houston Police are speaking with area pastors on how to keep their congregations safe after the mass shooting at the Sutherland Springs church on November 5 that killed 26 members. (read more)
Local churches seek to step up security (Rapid City, S.D.) – Rapid City Journal
When 25 people were gunned down inside a rural Texas church earlier this month, it became clear to law enforcement and local pastors just how vulnerable these kinds of open buildings are to acts of mass violence. (read more)
Body Worn Cameras
In Las Vegas, Body Cameras Reduced LVMPD’s Use of Force (Las Vegas) – Security Magazine
Analysts from the nonprofit research organization CNA, working with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and researchers from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, have released new research on the impact of body-worn cameras (BWCs). The study, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice, concluded that BWCs are associated with significant reductions in complaints of police misconduct and police use of force incidents. The study also determined that BWCs can generate considerable cost savings for police by simplifying the complaint resolution process.  (read more)
Grant Gives Schenectady PD Green Light For Body Cams (Schenectady, N.Y.) – Spectrum News
The Schenectady Police Department will soon have a new tool to help protect themselves in the line of duty. (read more)
Security Industry
Zero latency for real time security – SecurityInfoWatch
There’s no doubt – this year’s hottest new tech gear is the drone, or as the FAA prefers to call them, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). And while commercial use of drones is still largely prohibited, there is an application-development rush that will help accelerate the fast-growing use of drones by both hobbyists and professionals. (read more)
SSN highlights women throughout the industry – Security Systems News
For the ninth consecutive year, Security Systems News gets to shine a light on the achievements of women in security today, looking at ways in which we can get more women, in general, involved in upper management and leadership roles. While the industry still has a long way to go, most agreed it is changing for the better. (read more)
Security Camera Demand to Increase 7.2 Percent Annually Through 2021 – Campus Safety
Security cameras accounted for approximately half of all video surveillance system sales in terms of value in 2016 and are forecast to represent 70% of additional total sales growth through 2021, according to a new report by Freedonia Group. (read more)

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