April 30, 2013
When will we forget – Again!
We have a short memory in this country of ours. I think that it started with the war in Europe and then Korea. After that came the long drawn out conflict in Vietnam (our longest, by far, involvement(,the 1st Gulf War, Bosnia, Somalia, the 2nd Gulf War, Afghanistan, and on and on and on it goes.
We want to forget about these things, simply because they are bad memories. We get to the point that we really don’t give a ‘rat’s booty’ whether the rest of world turns against us, attacks us, or just ignores us. The public sometimes just doesn’t seem to care!
It has happened after each shooting at the Post Office 30 years ago. Columbine in 1999. 911. Va. Tech in 2007. The dead and wounded fighting for our freedoms. Sandy Hook (ask the Democrats who tried to pass gun control and couldn’t). And now the Boston Marathon. What’s next?
Below is an article I’ve copied from my Security Management daily security briefs. It kind of tells the entire story. But my question is the same; when we will forget about the bad things that have happened to us?
I started working for First Response, Inc. in Mission Kansas in October 2001. Less than a month after the September 11th terrorist (cowardly and despicable act) of bringing down the Twin Towers in New York City. I saw in the few months I was there, just starting out, how our perception changed. And changed so dramatically it was scary how fast some companies back-pedaled!
First Response didn’t have the manpower to handle all of the requests they had for new accounts and extra coverage on existing accounts. So we turned down numerous (at least 25) new clients in the span of 3 months. We didn’t have either the existing manpower, recruiting muscle, nor the office staff/field supervision to handle it.
By February of 2002, nearly every client we had that wanted extra coverage decided that ‘No we don’t want it any more’. The reasoning’s were just as numerous as the clients we turned away.
We don’t have the money
The employees are starting to complain
Management believes that it’s a waste of time and resources
Employees are circumventing the new crack down
Employees and management think that it’s an invasion of their privacy
They think that we’re watching them
And the list goes on and on. Extra security isn’t meant to be over-bearing. It’s meant to keep those employees and managers safe from a potential idiot who wants to do harm to that business or its employees. But we forgot why we had the extra coverage. Therefore they dropped it.
In WWII we had a strong belief in what we did was right. Not everyone bought into that and in a free society we can withstand criticism and those who don’t think the same way as the majority. But when that attitude starts to become more prevalent than saving ourselves or our allies, then it becomes dangerous.
We fall into the trap of CHH. It can’t happen here is a dangerous attitude for anyone e to have. Whether it be in school violence, workplace violence, or terrorism. It basically means that we’ll stick our heads in the sand and wait until we get bit in the butt before we worry about it! And that can cost us lives, money, bankruptcy, our business, or friends/family/loved ones.
So without further ado, here is the brief I promised you a few hundred words ago.
Marathon Tragedy Should Bring Security Back to where it Should Be, Security Official Says
Security Director News (04/22/13) Canfield, Amy
While security is on the mind of nearly everyone following the Boston Marathon bombing, such vigilance is prone to waning, according to George Rosebrock, the security manager for the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago. Rosebrock said there was a similar concern for security following the Sept. 11 attacks that faded in the period of relative calm that came after them. He said security is always on his mind, especially when it comes to protecting McCormick, a 2.6 million square-foot convention center that sees some 3 million visitors annually. He said he oversees an unarmed security force that patrols the location constantly and knows the ins-and-outs of the massive complex. The key to keeping the convention center secure is to be proactive.
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