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Resource Library

Our resource library consists of a sampling of some of the whitepapers, articles, and presentations produced by the Security Advisors team.

Take some time to peruse our publications and if you are interested in a subject not addressed here please feel free to reach out to us.

Whitepapers Published by Security Advisors

Benchmarking Healthcare System Security Department Composition, Staffing, Training, and Prevalence of Defensive Tools

In this whitepaper Drew Neckar discuss findings of several studies completed by Security Advisors Consulting Group into that can provide some insight into standard practices amongst healthcare security departments related to staffing, department composition, training, and use of weapons and defensive tools.

Combatting “flash mob” and “smash & grab” organized retail crime.

In this whitepaper Drew Neckar discusses recent trend in retail theft en masse at luxury goods and other retailers, identifies risk actors that increase a business' exposure to this type of crime, and suggest potential measure a business can take to reduce their risk.

Benchmarking Healthcare Visitor Management & Weapons Detection Practices and Technology

In this whitepaper Drew Neckar discuss findings of a study completed by Security Advisors Consulting Group to identify prevalence of the use of visitor management software and weapons detection technology in US hospitals. 

Preparing the Private Sector for responding to Civil Unrest

In this whitepaper Bob Nordby and Drew Neckar discuss ways in which businesses can prepare to be able to better respond to protect their people and assets in case of civil unrest occurring in their cities.

The Need to Adjust a Security Program to Account for a Changing Environment

In this paper Drew Neckar illustrates how changes made to one organization's environment in response to the pandemic had unintended consequences for their security program.

The Financial Case for Investing in a Security Program Review

This whitepaper discusses and provides examples of how some organizations have seen the value of engaging a security consultant and have been able to demonstrate a quantifiable financial return on investment from engaging security consulting services to conduct a thorough program review of their organization's security function.

Building a Safer Facility by Using Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

In  this paper we discuss how our recommendations to the members of an expatriate community in a Central American country who were concerned about their safety in light of increasing levels of home invasion robberies centered around the application of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design or CPTED (pronounced sep’ted) principles.

Clery Act Enforcement Actions Taken by the US Department of Education 2013-2019

In recent years, the Department of Educations has placed increased emphasis on enforcement of the provisions of the Clery Act. In this paper we will examine common challenges institutions have faced as revealed by The Department’s Clery Act related findings during program reviews issued between 2013 and 2019.

An Analysis of the Department of Education's Clery Action Against UC Berkeley

On September 10th, 2020 the University of California Berkeley announced that it had reached a settlement with the United States Department of Education to resolve Clery Act non-compliance issues identified by ED during audits of UC Berkeley’s Clery Act documentation. In this whitepaper we discuss how these missing compliance elements mirror other program reviews which are part of an increased emphasis on Clery Act compliance during the program review process. 

Benchmarking Security Program Elements for Non-Residential Career Colleges

The measures used to secure small non-residential career and technical college campuses are necessarily different that those used to secure large public university systems, in this paper we seek to quantify what methods are currently in use within this sector.

Lessons on an Effective Security Program from the "Manifesto" of an Active Shooter

We discuss how elements that should be fundamental to our security programs and work generally to suppress crime, provide the added benefit of potentially deterring a shooting during the planning phase reinforces the importance of the basic elements of an effective security program.

Articles Published in Journals, Periodicals, and Whitepapers by the Security Advisors Team

Violence Prevented: The Anatomy of a Near Miss

Although actual shootings in hospitals may occur rather infrequently, incidents that threaten such outcomes occur with more regularity than any of us would like to admit. In this article Drew Neckar relates such an incident, which, thanks to the combination of an engaged population, effective physical security controls, and an effective response allowed for the successful diffusion of the situation without loss of life. Originally published in The Journal of Healthcare Protection Management.

Strategies to Enhance Security's Role in Reducing Violence on Behavioral Health Units

In this Whitepaper published by the ASIS International Healthcare Security Council Drew Neckar and other Council members discuss how Security officers are an integral part in reducing disruptive behavior and assaults on behavioral health units, in Emergency Departments, and clinics by preventing patients from harming themselves and others. To better incorporate security services into the patient care team, hospitals should support in-service programs that foster collaborative working relationships for both security officials and hospital staff to improve the inpatient experience. These innovative programs and strategies are outlined within this document.

Strategies in Security and Risk Policy to Help Mitigate Violence

In this article originally published in Security Technology Executive Magazine, Drew Neckar and Bill Nesbitt discuss how effective Security and workplace violence prevention programs should be developed with a holistic view of the safety and security of the organizations and are necessarily more than the sum of their component parts.

Improving Staff Safety and the Patient Experience Through Redesign of Security's Role in the Emergency Department

In this article originally published in The Journal of Healthcare Protection Management Drew Neckar describes how a project that used a multi-pronged approach to provided training to ED staff so that they would be more comfortable in dealing with emotionally disturbed patients and which realigned Security ’s role from patient observation to more of a response and support role has had positive results. These include a significant improvement not only in staff's perception of personal safety, and real monetary savings, but also in the perception of care by the patients themselves. The project has also resulted in a decrease in security officer time spent in patient observation.

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