Daily Report – 12/15/17

Top Stories
Democrats say Trump to seek federal pay freeze and cuts to domestic security – The Washington Post
Federal employees dodged a bullet this year, with the flop of proposed cuts to their retirement and health benefits, but they shouldn’t put away the flak jackets yet. (read more)
 
Rail security efforts don’t always target greatest threats, report says – NJ.com
The Transportation Security Administration, tasked with protecting the nation’s rail systems, doesn’t know where the highest risks are, according to a government watchdog report. (read more)
Federal, State and Municipal Security
High-security fortress: New U.S. embassy in London cost more than $1B (London) – CBS News
The special relationship between the U.S. and Britain apparently requires a very special U.S. embassy in London. The new one, opening next month, cost more than $1 billion. (read more)
 
FCC evacuates net neutrality vote after bomb threats (Washington, D.C.) – The Verge
In a shocking moment right before its vote on a rollback of net neutrality rules, a security team abruptly evacuated the FCC’s high-profile hearing. (read more)
 
FBI Releases 2016 NIBRS Crime Statistics – Security Magazine
The FBI has released details on more than 6.1 million criminal offenses reported via the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) in 2016. (read more)
 
Under City Council plan, citywide surveillance could expand to places that sell alcohol (New Orleans) –Gambit
Bars, breweries, music venues, restaurants, corner stores and any of the hundreds of businesses selling booze in New Orleans would be required to install street-facing cameras outside their doors and submit that footage to the city’s new crime camera nerve center, shared with the New Orleans Police Department and state and federal law enforcement, under the current language of a proposed ordinance that could face the New Orleans City Council as early as Dec. 14. (read more)
 
City of Brookhaven: Access to MARTA cameras could help identify suspects (Brookhaven, Ga.) – CBS46.com
The City of Brookhaven is working on a partnership with MARTA to hopefully fight crime. (read more)
 
After backlash, animal shelter fires security robot, “effective immediately” (San Francisco) – ARS Technica
As of Thursday morning local time, a San Francisco animal adoption agency will immediately halt its recent use of a controversial security robot. (read more)
Campus Security
Five years after Sandy Hook, Connecticut school districts violating safety laws, newspaper investigation finds (Connecticut) – SecurityInfoWatch
Five years ago, the world was stunned by a crime unprecedented in its horror – the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School that took the lives of 20 first-graders and six adults. (read more)
Huntsville City Schools increase security measures to protect students and faculty (Huntsville, Ala.) –WHNT.com
Thursday marks five years since the tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary. The 26 lives that were taken that day continue to be remembered. The mass shooting changed the way many schools across the country handle their security including Huntsville City Schools. (read more)
Ohio State police urge students to take security measures (Columbus) – 10TV.com
Friday is the final day of final exams for Ohio State University students and police are urging them to take security measures before heading home for the long winter break. (read more)
Transportation Security
New Security Measures at D/FW International Airport Create Lines (Dallas) – NBCDFW.com
Travelers should prepare for longer security lines at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport this holiday season. (read more)
 
New TSA camera scanner aims to spot concealed explosives – CBS News
A new security screening technique is being tested a week before what’s expected to be a record-breaking holiday travel season. The scanning system is designed to spot hidden explosives and suicide vests, similar to the one used in Monday’s botched terror attack in a pedestrian tunnel in New York City. The TSA equipment is now being tested in Los Angeles, and it’s also been tested at rail hubs in Washington. (read more)
Home Security/Automation
Canary bringing AI-powered Person Detection to its home security cameras for free
 9to5Mac.com
Canary has announced that it plans to introduce new AI-driven features to its home security cameras early next year. The first new AI-powered feature will be Person Detection, and Canary will offer it to all customers at no extra charge. (read more)
Retail Security
How to curtail holiday retail shrink with access control tech – SecurityInfoWatch
There is no bigger time for retail than the December holidays. Beginning long before Thanksgiving, nearly every retail store boosts personnel levels with temporary workers to prepare for the holiday rush. But with higher levels of inventory and greater numbers of employees and shoppers, another thing that amps up during December is theft – and adding seasonal workers can add to that risk. (read more)
Security Industry
Security company names center for Las Vegas shooting victim – Las Vegas Review-Journal
At the classroom doorway, Jay Purves told the room of new recruits to his branch of event security company Contemporary Services Corp. that the night of the Strip shooting proved why their job is necessary. (read more)
Allied Universal Adds Robotic Technology to Portfolio With RAD Partnership – Security Sales & Integration
Robotic Assistance Devices (RAD), a wholly-owned subsidiary of On the Move Systems (OTC PINK: OMVS), has entered into a strategic agreement to supply its intelligent robotic solutions through Allied Universal. (read more)

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