Safety Tips at a Public Venue

By | Safety Tips

Here are some tips for if you ever find yourself in a situation where your life & safety are being threatened. Share with your friends and family so you can be prepared!

When in a public venue or at a public event…
  • Observe the exits, where they are, and how to get to them if needed.
  • If you hear loud pops or gunfire, find cover not concealment. Meaning, find something to hide behind or under that a bullet can not penetrate.
  • When hiding, do not draw attention to yourself. Other than staying quiet yourself, be sure to silence your phone & wipe off cologne or perfume.
  • Lastly, you need to remain quiet until police come and give the all clear. They will announce themselves in their search for you.
You can hear more #safetytips on my podcast The Security Brief episode 170 HERE 

 

 

 

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The risks of Ride Sharing & tips to stay safe!

By | Safety Tips

You’ve heard of companies that use an app to send someone in their car to come pick you up & take you where you need to go right?

In episode 168 of The Security Brief, you will hear exactly what my opinion is of this new trend! But first, check out these numbers from 2015- mid 2018 associated with ride sharing.

52 deaths
102 assaults
395 sexual assaults
22 kidnappings
26 felons who should have been disqualified from being behind a wheel
102 reports of someone impersonating a ride share driver

 

Keep in mind, ride sharing does not have to adhere to the same regulations as taxis. Taxis have to follow to specific guidelines by the city. Yes, each driver has to go through background checks, but they are doing a Cheap IS Expensive kind of job with the back ground checks. They are not good enough!!

My advice…. listen to Mom! Do not get in a car with strangers!!

Listen to more advice in ep 168, these 22 minutes could save your life!

Listen >> HERE

 

 

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Chief Joe Dowling, NYPD, on Law Enforcement & Cyber Security

By | The Security Brief

“When you look at these crimes, there’s no borders.”

– Chief Joe Dowling, NYPD

In episode 164 of The Security Brief, we are honored to have Chief Joe Dowling with us to weigh in on how Law Enforcement, nationwide, will be seeking future talent to join the ranks in the fight against cyber-crime.

Cyber crime will create over 1.5 trillion in profits for cyber criminals in 2018. Which is why we, at The Security Brief, believe it is very important that we talk about what we are doing as a country & what current law enforcement leaders along with educational leaders are doing to prepare. Here are some more staggering numbers breaking down that profit for 2018…

  • 860 billion in illegal online markets
  • 500 billion in trade secrets
  • 160 billion in data trading
  • 1.6 billion in crime ware
  • 1 billion in ransom ware

Recognizing the ominous threat coming from the cyber world, we are also joined by educational leaders from Holy Cross High School (Flushing, NY) and Cal State University (San Bernardino) for captivating conversations surrounding the astounding steps being taken to educate tomorrows leaders.

>> Listen to the full episode HERE

 

 

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How to spot a Suspicious Package

By | Safety Tips

Given what we are contending with as a country, it is imperative for all Americans to embrace safe mail handling techniques & how to spot a suspcious package.  They are as follows:

Suspicious signs:

  • Excessive postage
  • Misspelled common words
  • No return or incomplete return address
  • Restrictive markings such as ‘DO NOT X-RAY’
  • Oily stains and or traces of powder-like substances
  • Odors
  • Excessive tape
  • Sounds

If observed:

  • Remain calm
  • Do not open or move
  • Shut off the ac/hvac and or fans
  • Do not use cell phones or radio communications
  • Call 911 via a landline away from the area
  • Safely and calmly evacuate the area to predetermined fall back areas

 

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The warning signs of Domestic Violence

By | Safety Tips, The Security Brief

 

What warnings signs should you take note of in the victim?

 

  • Batterer will be good at striking the victim where you can’t see, so markings or bruising will not be obvious, initially. When they’re visible, it hasn’t been the first time.
  • They are receiving harassing or controlling phone calls.
  • Being isolated from friends and family
  • Reporting to work early and leaving late.
  • Finds it difficult to remain focused, mainly in a conversation of any kind.
  • Forced to make excuses for the batterer and for non-attendance of events
  • There will be an increase of unexplained absences from work, normally Mondays.

 

How to identify the batterer…

 

  • Seen as charming.
  • Overly controlling about every aspect of the victim’s life.
  • History of abusive relationships.
  • Blames the victim and others for all his lot in life.
  • Extremely jealous.
  • Viscous towards others that seek to spend time with the victim.
  • Overtly manipulative.
  • Abusive to animals.

 

 

What to do once you’ve seen any of the red flags…

Give the victim options and resources.

National Domestic Violence Hotline

1-800-799-7233

 

Listen to more and how we can help anyone in a domestic violence situation HERE at episode 159.

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Active Shooting | How to protect yourself

By | Safety Tips

Active Shooting Safety & How to defend yourself in a Terror Situation

• Be prepared
• Know your surroundings
• Be alert & refrain from wearing headphones
• If you hear gunshots, remain calm & scan the area you’re in
• Take cover & hide
• Cover chest & Head
• Be as undetectable as possible, & even silence your phone

• Wait for the all clear

Watch the full interview HERE

 

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The Warning Signs of Suicide

By | The Security Brief

On Episode 146 of The Security Brief, we discuss the warning signs of suicide & identifying them before it strikes.

 

D…depression (exhibiting signs of sadness, change in sleep patterns, appetite, less energy, not enjoying life, isolation, “world better off without me”)

A…alcohol/drugs (increase to the level of abuse)

N…negativity (Hopeless/helpless)

G…giving things in life away (property/people)

E…estrangement (pulling away)

R…rage/revenge (toward all that are to blame)


Listen to episode 146 joined by mental health expert, Bob Vandepol HERE

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Examples of “something” to tell Law Enforcement

By | Safety Tips

With 4th of July celebrations all this week, & other mass gatherings year round, I wanted to share some examples of the “something” that if you see, you should contact law enforcement:

Individuals wearing clothes clearly inconsistent with the weather and or surroundings

Packages, backpacks, unusual devices such as crockpots left unattended in public places

Someone placing an object down and walking away especially at outdoor special events such as parades

Unusual or alarming posts on social media expressing disdain toward the country, democracy, law enforcement/military or hate filled comments about the US involvement in other countries

Unsettling comments about allegiance with any form of Islamic radicalism’s way of life

Vehicles parked out of place or having been parked for extended periods of time

👉Remember the more eyes Law Enforcement have, the safer our national community is!!

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Crimes against our Houses of Worship

By | The Security Brief

I am a man that has always taken pride in my faith. As revolting it is to think that we must formulate a security plan to protect our Houses of Worship, it has, in fact, become a necessity.

A while back I launched an episode on my Podcast “The Security Brief” about Crimes committed against Churches, the one place we are supposed to feel total peace. We covered an eye opening amount of statistics from the Justice Department about crimes committed at a Church, Mosque, or Synagogue.

• At any 10 day period, dozens of crimes will be committed.
• Tens of thousands every year are committed, ranging from Theft to Homicide.
• In the past 2 years, 200 locations were victims of Arson.
• Also in the past 2 years, $100,000,000 in property losses were reported.
• Leading cause is domestic violence.

In the podcast episode, I am joined by a 35 year Pastor, Andrew Surace of Christ Fellowship in Ocean View, NJ, who has decided to become an EMT and Certified Protection Professional to keep his congregation safe.

You can hear more statistics, about Pastor Andrew, & what is being done to keep our Houses of Worship safe HERE. Look for episode 110 titled “Crimes against GOD”.

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