Protecting Houses of Worship

Security Engineers, Inc. is proud to have sponsored the InfraGard Birmingham Members Alliance in their partnership with The FBI Citizens Academy, the City of Homewood and Homewood PD in bringing valuable information about protecting houses of worship from active shooter events. While mitigation is always the number one goal, learning to respond and recover in the event of an incident is also critical. During the Security Engineers, Inc. sponsored Threat Preparedness Workshop: Protecting Houses of Worship: Active Shooter and Violent Crimes Preparedness, attendees learn the importance of creating an Emergency Action Plan as well as learned how to do so. 

Check out this brief feature by WBRC Fox 6 news. http://www.wbrc.com/2019/04/05/threats-facing-places-worship/  If your house of worship is in need of security assessments, training or security officers, please contact us below and we will happy to partner with you.

SEI Managers Go Live as ‘Guests’ News Anchors

 

SEI leaders received a rare opportunity April 4, 2019 to be WDEF News Anchors for a few moments before attending a Business Trends Marketing workshop hosted by the WDEF team. SEI’s Regional Manager, David Debuty and Security Solutions Support Group Director, Rebecca Strobl were able to sit at the News Desk in front of the camera thanks to WDEF news anchor, Emily Cassulo sharing her desk.

David, Rebecca and SEI Operations Manager, Dwayne Smith then discovered the current spending habits of today’s consumers, which forms of media are grabbing consumer’s attention and how to deliver your organization’s story to the largest audience possible. They were provided a quick opportunity after the workshop when networking with the WDEF team to share the exciting story of SEI being the nation’s leader in relationship focused integrated security solutions.

SEI wishes to thank everyone at WDEF, News 12 Now in Chattanooga for their hospitality and the excellent educational opportunity.

Contact Rebecca Strobl today at *protected email* to learn more about how SEI can provide your organization a customized, integrated and professional security service.

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SunTrust Bank Shooting

Soft Target Falls to Hard Violence Unmitigated: SunTrust Bank Shooting

Few words carry quite the gravity within the private security and public safety arenas as, ‘active shooter.’ While the frequency with which these situations happen is often misinterpreted in an overly polarized and politicized climate, the threat is real, and businesses must account for their potential. 

Wednesday January 23, 2019, a lone gunman entered SunTrust Bank in Sebring, FL with the intent to maim and destroy. The shooter reported his own actions, calling the local police and telling the dispatcher he had fired shots inside the bank.

After establishing a perimeter, police officers and sheriff deputies were unable to get the gunman to surrender through negotiation. Eventually SWAT teams breached the bank using an armored vehicle and apprehended the shooter. Upon retaking the building, officers discovered the bodies of five victims who had been murdered by the shooter prior to law enforcement’s arrival. 

The five victims had been executed by the shooter who was armed with a handgun and a bullet resistant vest. An Indiana native, the shooter had been reported to Michigan State Police after a female reported him for stating he was considering “suicide by cop” and a desire to “take hostages.” When the authorities contacted his mother, she declined assistance. 

Four of the slain victims were employees and one was a customer- all were females. One bank employee escaped when she heard gunshots in the front of the building. She exited through the back and contacted law enforcement. At the time of this article, the shooter is being held without bond on five charges of capital murder.

While specific details about the SunTrust bank are still unknown, it is reasonable to infer the location did not have a security presence at the time of the shooting. It is impossible to know exactly how an armed Security Officer might have affected the outcome of this situation. Whether by providing a deterrent through presenting a harder target or through physical intervention with defensive force, a security professional most certainly would have had some impact. 

Simply placing an officer on the scene is not a cure-all to these sorts of situations. They are not invincible and, like any person, are limited in their ability to mitigate and respond. That being said, as part of a wholistic, integrated security plan, highly trained Security Officers, remote asset monitoring, mass notification and access control lockdowns all work together to drastically increase the survivability of a given property. 

Security Engineers, Inc. does over 8,000 hours per week of security coverage for banks across the southeast, with specific training programs that address the unique characteristics of the financial environment. As we all know, financial institutions are not the only facilities at risk for the sort of violence displayed at SunTrust Bank. If you are not totally sure your facility/place of business is prepared to mitigate and/or respond to a violent crime, please use the boxes below to contact us at our Field Support Center. We can provide highly trained Security Officers (armed & unarmed) as well as site assessments/hazard vulnerability analyses, workplace violence/active shooter training and set you up for a more modern, integrated security solution by connecting manpower assets with superior technology- all while decreasing costs/risk at an incredible value!

Mark B. Quimby

Senior Security Consultant

Security Engineers, Inc. 

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