May 2012 - Report Exec

UMD takes security precautions to prepare for new rail line

31 May 12

In an effort to improve campus security, the University of Maryland is negotiating with the Maryland Transit Administration to keep the upcoming metro purple line’s doors closed at several stops after 10 p.m. The proposed initiative will seal some of the school’s borders to unauthorized individuals, making it easier for campus security guards to monitor crime, according to a College Park Patch report. The construction of the 16-mile purple line is planned to begin in 2015 when the funding is […]

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Virginia Tech may add thousands of security cameras

30 May 12

Since the shootings that occurred in 2007, Virginia Tech has been testing new university security management solutions to improve the safety of students, faculty and staff around campus. A recent contract may influence the school to install up to 2,500 additional surveillance cameras throughout the 2,600-acre campus over the next several years, according to a report by the Roanoke Times. “You never stop trying to make the campus safer,” Virginia Tech spokesman Mark Owczarski told the news provider. Although the university has […]

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Local Tennessee colleges experiencing decrease in crime, despite statewide trends

30 May 12

Although the number of crimes in college campuses increased throughout Tennessee in the past year, the trend is not necessarily applicable to every school. According to a report by local newspaper Bristol News, several campuses experienced a decline in criminal activity, including King College in Bristol and Northeast State Community College in Blountville. Citing statistics by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Bristol News noted that theft is one of the most common crimes committed on college campuses throughout the state. […]

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Louisiana school tries to stay ahead of crises

30 May 12

Although Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, hasn’t experienced too many traumatic crimes over the past several years, security officials continue to invest money in new technologies to provide a safe environment for faculty, students and visitors, according to a report by Houma Today. “Our first responsibility from a safety perspective is prevention,” NSU security director Craig Jaccuzzo said, according to the news source. “That involved a whole bunch of things, whether it was security cameras or staffing a sufficient […]

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Ontario hospital reviews processes after patient death

29 May 12

By taking a look at and improving an existing incident reporting system, healthcare administrators can review patient trends to determine if any patients are a threat to themselves or others. This is exactly what officials at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, Ontario, plan to do. The need to review how administrators assess risk is largely due to a recent occurrence when one mental health patient beat another to death, according to a report by the Spec. “This is obviously a very […]

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Surveillance systems often inherently vulnerable

29 May 12

Video surveillance technologies often help hospitals, schools and private companies deter criminal activity, thereby making the grounds safer for employees and visitors. A recent blog post by security services company Gotham Digital Science, however, revealed the security management softwarein many closed circuit television surveillance systems is inherently insecure out of the box. “Typically, in over 70 percent of cases the device is still configured with the default vendor password which allows trivial access to real-time video, the ability to control [pan-tilt-zoom] […]

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