Vigilance is defined as “the action or state of keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties.”
Today, owners of commercial and residential properties must prepare for a wide range of threats and emergencies. These include damage from severe weather and natural disasters, as well as attacks from terrorists, cybercriminals, disgruntled employees, active shooters, vandals taking advantage of otherwise peaceful mass gatherings – and the list goes on.
Just a few days ago, Kansas police arrested three men in connection with an alleged attempt to bomb an apartment complex in Garden City.
The Department of Homeland Security recently met with The Real Estate Round Table to discuss escalating threats from international and “homegrown” terrorism, cyber-attacks, and other hazards. As a security company, we felt it was our duty to bring the situation to our community’s attention.
“Real estate is one of the few critical infrastructure sectors that terrorists have attacked successfully,” the Department stated. “In today’s environment, with increased security at official government and military sites (as well as iconic structures), it is not surprising that terrorists and violent criminals may increasingly view civilian-centric ‘soft targets’ — hotels, offices, shopping centers, train or metro stations, and other public spaces — as primary targets.”
At GSI, we feel it is crucial to raise awareness of these threats. The Department of Homeland Security agrees, saying there is a need to “maintain a vigilant posture” in anticipation of emergencies. Being prepared also includes mitigating risks from incidents that do not specifically target buildings such as the attempted car bombing in Times Square or emergencies that are not defined as “terrorism” like the Aurora, Colorado movie theater massacre in 2012.
Incidents that don’t explicitly target buildings can still adversely impact property owners through potential liability risk, collateral damage, and economic harm from shopper and tenant avoidance due to fear. Here are 15 steps property owners and managers can take to help mitigate these risks.
15 Steps to Remain Vigilant
Make safety and security a fundamental part of your culture and include everybody in the process – e.g., staff, tenants, leaders, etc.
A security site assessment will be beneficial even if you currently have a security program in place. A fresh, independent, and objective view may uncover previously overlooked issues.
During our assessment, we examine all aspects of your security program in depth. We identify any critical security weaknesses and look for opportunities to both reduce costs and boost operational efficiency. Where necessary, we will suggest updated security measures and other improvements.
We are offering this to our community to help ensure your safety and security in these trying times.
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