Daily Report – 12/20/17

Top Stories
Security to be beefed up at NYC tourist spots, governor says (New York) – CBS News
Don’t be alarmed if you see more police activity near New York City bus stations, airports, subways and bridges this holiday season. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the deployment of additional personnel from the State Police and the National Guard at key transportation points throughout the holidays. (read more)
 
Federal, State and Municipal Security
DHS finds first responder apps are plagued by security issues – Engadget
While it’s great that a consumer app like Waze started offering traffic data to help first responders avoid traffic, emergency professionals have been using their own suite of apps for awhile. But how safe are they? The Department of Homeland Security initiated a pilot program to vet the security of 33 different apps provided by 20 developers — and found that 32 of them had potential security and privacy concerns and more serious vulnerabilities. (read more)
 
Council member decides against camera project (Wichita, Kan.) – KFDI.com
After hearing concerns from citizens, Wichita city council member Lavonta Williams has decided not to move ahead with a project to install surveillance cameras in her district. (read more)
 
Ga. Southern Police’s K-9 gets protective vest (Statesboro, Ga.) – WJCL.com
Since July 2016, the Georgia Southern University Police force have had the services of a bomb sniffing K-9. (read more)
 
Denver shoplifter fires shot at Nordstrom security outside Cherry Creek Mall (Denver) –TheDenverChannel.com
Police in Denver are looking for a pair of shoplifting suspects, one of whom fired a gun outside Nordstrom. (read more)
 
DHS Approves Terrorist Protection Plan for St. Louis Cardinals (St. Louis) – Security Magazine
The St. Louis Cardinals have received federal certification giving the organization legal protections in the event of a terrorist attack at Busch Stadium. (read more)
 
Study Says Engaged Citizens Keep Crime Rates Down – Security Magazine
A team of researchers at New York University say that everyday citizens who decide to improve their communities deserve much of the credit for falling crime rates. (read more)
Campus Security
Parents outraged after they claim a kindergarten student brought a loaded gun to school (New Kensington, Pa.) – WTAE.com
Parents are outraged after, they claim, a kindergarten student at Martin Elementary School brought a loaded gun to school. The parents claim the New Kensington School District never informed them of the incident. (read more)
Hastings schools plan to lock classrooms in safety step (Hastings, Neb.) – Lincoln Journal Star
Administrators say Hastings Public Schools will be locking all classroom doors when classes resume in January. (read more)
Transportation Security
Councilor wants ART security officers to have more training (Albuquerque, N.M.) – KRGE.com
With the Albuquerque Police Department busy and short officers, a city councilor wants to give Albuquerque Rapid Transit security guards more power in order to keep riders safe. (read more)
 
How Edmonton’s city staff and police fight crime on the LRT (Edmonton, Canada) – CBC News
Reports of violent crime on Edmonton’s LRT system have dropped by more than half since 2015, when a pilot project started to put more police officers on the trains. (read more)
 
Aldermen want Chicago airport security to be police officers again (Chicago) – SecurityInfoWatch
Chicago aldermen are again fighting city Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans’ decision to remove the word “police” from airport security officers’ titles after an infamous dragging incident on a United Airlines flight at O’Hare airport. (read more)
Security Industry
15 Nonprofits Win $10K Worth of Security Services, Equipment From Security 101 – Security Sales & Integration
Security 101 announces the winners of its 6th Annual Gift of Security corporate giving program. (read more)
Convergint Technologies Acquires Genesis Security Systems – SDM
Convergint Technologies acquired Maryland-based Genesis Security Systems, bringing Convergint further electronic security systems and utilities market expertise. (read more)

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