Tag: facility security

Back to Basics: Using Bollards for Security and Safety

Back to Basics is an article series that highlights important, but possibly overlooked, information facilities management professionals should know. Bollards are short, mounted vertical posts that create a barrier to prevent vehicles from entering facilities, utilities, pedestrian areas, and sensitive components inside facilities. Facilities professionals should install bollards on their properties for asset protection and […]

North Carolina Awards $35M in School Safety Grants

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s Center for Safer Schools has awarded $35 million in safety grants to 230 school districts and charter schools. The funding will be used for safety equipment, training, and services for students in crisis. Safety equipment covered by this grant includes items such as cameras, vape detectors, radios, and […]

Navigating the Permacrisis: How Facilities Managers Can Prepare for the Unexpected in 2024

Risk management for facilities managers has undergone a significant transformation in recent years. What was once centered on physical concerns like injuries, security, and equipment failures now encompasses a broader range of challenges. The evolving landscape demands a more comprehensive and adaptive approach to risk management, encompassing digital, environmental, and public health considerations to mitigate […]

The State of Business Physical Security in 2024

A quarter of businesses saw a rise in physical security incidents in 2023, and more than half are more worried about crime than they were a year ago. That’s according to “The State of Physical Security Entering 2024,” a newly published report from Pro-Vigil. Despite an increase in physical security incidents, the report said businesses’ […]

Pennsylvania Offers $155 Million in School Safety and Security Grants

Pennsylvania has opened applications for $155 million in school safety and security grants, including $90 million in new investments for mental health counselors and resources. “As a new father, I understand how much Pennsylvania parents care about keeping their kids safe at school and healthy in body and mind,” said Lt. Gov. Austin Davis, chair of […]

TSA Catches Record Number of Guns at Airports in 2023

During 2023, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) intercepted a total of 6,737 firearms at airport security checkpoints, preventing them from getting into the secure areas of the airport and onboard aircraft. Approximately 93% of these firearms were loaded. This total surpasses the previous year’s record of 6,542 firearms stopped at checkpoints and represents the highest […]

Security Industry Confidence Remains High Going into 2024

The security industry is forecasting a strong 2024, according to the results from the Security Industry Association’s (SIA) latest Security Market Index. The report is a bimonthly measure of confidence that is based on a survey of industry leaders. The November-December edition of the Index asked how respondents are expecting their businesses to perform in the […]

Challenges of Deploying Physical Security for Multi-Site Organizations

Managing the security at multiple sites for an organization is no small feat. Facilities managers often confront a myriad of challenges, especially when considering physical security and the networking infrastructure to support it. Whether it’s about setting up the right alarm and video monitoring system or harnessing business intelligence and analytics with cameras, an organization’s […]

AI Dominates Security Megatrends of 2024

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has released its 2024 Security Megatrends report, which identifies the top 10 factors influencing both short- and long-term change in the global security industry. SIA’s 2024 Security Megatrends were selected based on fall 2023 survey data and focus group input received from hundreds of security business leaders, association leadership, key volunteers, and […]

DHS Releases Physical Security Performance Goals for Faith-Based Organizations

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released new resources to help houses of worship and other faith-based organizations enhance their physical security. The Physical Security Performance Goals—modeled after previous Cybersecurity Performance Goals—are in response to the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict and a heightened threat environment, in general. These new resources build on a longstanding partnership […]