It’s standard practice for companies and organizations to utilize past data to influence decision making in the future. It’s a way for them to ensure the success of a product, service, or both, or expand into new opportunities. The same rings true for safety and security decisions. At Armoured One, we have extensively studied past active shooter incidents to influence our own decision-making as well as inform our customers so that they can make informed decisions. Our building security vulnerability assessments provide customers with realistic and data-driven recommendations so that they can better harden their buildings and protect their people inside.
Difficulties in Accessing Comprehensive Data
Extensive research around past active shooter incidents is severely limited. The numbers reported by government agencies follow certain criteria that often leave out the majority of incidents that are relevant and important. There are several organizations that have created their own databases around shooting incidents, but they are often created and utilized to influence policy or public sentiment on specific issues. They often leave out numerous incidents that don’t fit into their narrative or factors that are important for better overall understanding of shooting incidents.
One of the most extensive databases that exists for research, and because of research, is the K-12 School Shooting Database created by the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School. Their comprehensive data set consists of more than 1650 gun-related incidents on school grounds dating back to 1970. This list provides incredible detail that helps us to better understand who shooters are, victim profiles, weapons used, as well as details about the incidents. In addition to their raw data set, the CHDS provides various charts and graphs that help in assessing information to make important comparisons and conclusions. While their data includes “when a gun is brandished, is fired, or a bullet hits school property for any reason, regardless of the number of victims, time of day, or day of week,” these details are equally important when discussing hardening the exterior of a building and overall safety and security.
As a company that focuses on physical safety and security, this data is critical for us to provide strategic and realistic recommendations to our customers. These building security assessments can be conducted anytime throughout the year, even with COVID-19 restrictions in place. They can also be done during the planning and design phases of capital improvements, in partnership with building owners and their architects. Our assessments were developed with help from professionals across law enforcement agencies and experts in physical security to ensure that we cover all possibilities. Every attack is unique so it’s important for clients to have an assessment that takes every possibility into consideration. In addition to existing building conditions, our team looks at operational practices that can have an impact on the efficacy of certain safety measures.
In an assessment, our team will conduct in-depth field work in order to help identify any vulnerabilities that may exist at every layer of security. Interviews with building or district administrators will be conducted while physical security conditions from the property line to the inside of the building will be assessed for each building. We will provide recommendations around technology, best practices, past attack analysis, and practical, , cost-effective solutions that districts can implement to increase safety and security. Our recommendations will also help with developing effective and comprehensive Emergency Operations or Action Plans. Security vulnerability assessments are important considerations across industries because they help create cover or concealment from an attacker, buy time for people inside the building to react, and increase the chances of survival in the instance of an attack.
National Safety & Security Protection Association
An Armoured One Assessment is an approved NSSPA Security Vulnerability Assessment.
The National Safety & Security Protection Association (NSSPA) provides safety and security education, information, research, accreditation, and guidance to our communities. The NSSPA brings together experts and research from across the board to help school district administrators, community members, and parents better understand the landscape and how they can make changes to better protect their people. They also provide summits to bring those individuals together to help share knowledge and discuss solutions. In addition, the NSSPA is actively engaged in developing standards and legislation across the country, utilizing experts from a diverse professional background.
If you’re interested in learning more about our security assessments, please connect with us today. We would love to talk with you about a specialized plan to meet the needs of your district.