Summary of 2013 WPV
January 6,, 2014
Summary of 2013 WPV
Yet another year has disappeared and with it, another year enters our consciousness with all the potential of good things happening throughout the world, including peace, goodwill, and understanding. Both on the world front as well in the realm of security. Unfortunately, it is but a pipe dream for us and the world of security.
Workplace Violence (WPV (will rear its hideous viper-like head once again. It will kill hundreds, whether it be in robberies or non-robbery, incidents. And it will wound many hundreds more. And even worse it will traumatize even more, thousands of people. Every person who endures a robbery or other kind of WPV will be psychologically scarred for a long time, some for a lifetime.
But we’re not going to talk about the future for now. I want to inform you at the beginning of this shiny New Year how bad the last one was for WPV. Remember that WPV is responsible for more than 17% of all workplace deaths. And suicide accounts for another 8% of those. That is a fairly alarming number to people.
In 2013 the numbers break down to this that I have recorded. And again remember, I don’t get all the incidents that occur across the country. And many incidents aren’t even counted in the official statistics, i.e. those that happen at night clubs or bomb threats and such. SO I will break it down by the numbers to make it simple for you and anyone reading this;
- Number of incidents: 181
- Number of Arizona Incidents: 59
- Number of those killed in non-robbery incidents: 133
- Number of those killed in Arizona: 25
- Number wounded in the same incidents: 164
- Number wounded in the same Arizona incidents: 28
- Number of states where incidents occurred: 50
- Number of Businesses affected by WPV: 100%
In previous blog postings I explained what WPV actually is and that because of the definition I place, and other WPV experts, it is safely noted that the last 2 statistics are exact. They can be startling to some not in security, however, if you look at the many facets of WPV, even one or two person companies will experience an incident of WPV at one time or another. (If you want to read what some of these many facets are, look at the blog of December 22, 2013)
The reasoning’s for WPV go beyond the easily spouted & digested ‘They’re just crazy’. They dovetail into the warning signs, mental health, economy, and many other factors. There is never just one reason why an incident occurs in a non-robbery event.
It takes a comprehensive and complete approach to solving this and ‘connecting the dots’. No one issue can be blamed in all cases. Neither can he idea that someone ‘just snaps’. That just absolutely never happens. There are always warning signs to someone who is likely to ‘pop their cork’.
And also keep in mind that WPV takes in many different forms of crimes. Whether it be a threat or arson. And of course it involves the murder of someone at work as well. And also away from the business too.
The solution is not complicated. Lots of people, including security professionals, try to make it that way for their own reasons, whatever they may be. But the truth is it isn’t. It is time consuming and nothing else – and most companies simply don’t have the time or money to devote to it. But in order to defend themselves against any lawsuit that may come about they need to begin to expend the resources, in some fashion, to combat this threat.
I can only hope that my book will help both small and large company’s recognize and prevent an incident. And while they is never a guarantee or fool proof prevention strategy, we can at least keep the possibility even more remote than it may seem at this point.
Robert D. Sollars is a recognized expert on workplace/school violence prevention. He has appeared in more than 130 media outlets in the past 30 years of being in the field and 22 studying, writing, and speaking about WPV/SV.
He utilizes his years of field knowledge to give real life examples of incidents pulled from both his own experiences and the news headlines. Let him do this for you as well. Contact him at 480-251-5197 or visit the website at;