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Month: January, 2015

Copy Cat WPV

There is always the discussion that someone was carrying out a copycat shooting spree. And it really doesn’t matter whether it was in a school or a business. I don’t believe in copycat shootings, especially within a few days of a shooting. It just can’t happen
Of course there will always be those who will try to carry out a killing because they see one on the TV. But, as far as being a copy-cat? Not on your life. I certainly believe that this is a wrong assumption to believe. I am of the firm opinion that it is the mentality of the media and gun control advocates, who wish to usurp the 2nd Amendment.
I don’t believe there has ever been a copy-cat shooting spree. IF someone goes on another immediate shooting, then it is very rarely successful. The reasoning for this, to me is simple. These rampages take time to plan, as seen by the numerous acts and premeditation they employ. If they do this on the spur of the moment, then like most things, it’s poorly planned and executed, therefore it will probably fail.
On another point, school and businesses are on higher alert and more concerned with such acts of violence. Therefore, they, and we as security professionals, are more aware of what we can do to prevent one. Or at the very least lessen the impact of our charges being injured or killed.
In a so called copy-cat shooting, the only one who gets injured or killed is the shooter themselves. Because it’s so poorly planned they haven’t thought it through to the logical conclusion of what can and will happen.
Now whether suicide by their own hand or by cop isn’t clear at the beginning. Just keep in mind that 66% of all shooters will commit suicide at the end of their spree.
Very few things in this world can be called copycats. The exceptions are in the business world where companies fall all over themselves to put out a similar product as their competitor i.e. smart phones and computer operating systems. And few companies will come close to the iPhone and Windows.
So, the next time you hear about a copy-cat killing you have to think if it really was not. If it was meticulously planned and executed then more than likely it had been in the planning stages for months, if not years (and yes some are).
If the incident looks like a kindergartener planned it, then it was poorly planned and executed likely to be a true copy-cat. But another item is that a copy-cat must be carried out within a week or so of the original incident. And more than likely it will be only a couple of days after the original.
What the media, businesses (C-Suite mainly), and regular people need to realize is that is that most of these sprees are like a military operation being carried out by Seal Team 6. They are meticulously planned and then carried out.
Does that mean they will be successful? Not likely, unless the perpetrator was ex-military and was involved in the planning of such operations. And unless they were a higher ranking sergeant or officer, then that is unlikely.
I know that a few people will disagree with me, and that’s okay. I’ve always been in the ‘dark corner of the parking lot’ with a lot of my thinking until years later. I’m used to being second guessed. I do enjoy the debate.

Robert D. Sollars is a recognized expert on workplace violence prevention and other security issues. With numerous interviews, a twice weekly blog, articles, and 2 books he has proven himself in the security field for more than 31 years, and 23 studying workplace violence issues.
He utilizes his years of field knowledge to give real life examples of incidents pulled from both his own experiences and the news headlines. Contact him at 480-251-5197 or through his Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/oneistoomany. Here you will see and read about other items related to security as well as WPV.

Cold, Hard, Realistic WPV Statistics

Many times I talk to people and get asked “It isn’t that important is it? I mean it’s not like it hits close to home or me”. But in that respect they’re wrong. Workplace violence (WPV) impacts every single one of us in.
Whether it is your family member or friend that is assaulted or your job goes away because of an incident, it hits everyone. And the one aspect of this is that no matter what industry it hits or how many people are affected directly, we all pay the price.
So in order to get my point across to everyone, here is a list of cold hard statistics about WpV. I have culled these from numerous different sources. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2011 was the latest), a study by Allied-Barton (2010), and another by the University of South Florida in 2005;
• 25% of employees view their jobs as the main cause of stress
• 75% of employees believe their job is more stressful than a generation ago
• Employees come back, usually, within 6 months to commit their ‘rampage’
• 100% of companies have experienced a form of workplace violence
• 52 percent of employees have witnessed, experienced, or heard about an event that could lead to WPV
• ONLY 17 percent of workers believe their employers have a high interest in preventing WPV
• 70% of companies have no plans to deal with it
• 29% who do witness violence say they never report it * Murder is the #3 cause of death in the workplace
• Murder is the #1 cause of death for women
• 11% of workplace fatalities are homicides.
• 365 – 525 people are murdered while at work
• 50% of all employees a year are threatened or harassed
• 10% of employees a year are assaulted either verbally or physically
• 40% of all murders in the workplace involving women are related to domestic violence
• 3 – 4 women are murdered by their significant others every single day of the year
66% of * perpetrators will commit suicide – either by themselves or by police
• 2% of total nonfatal lost work-time injuries are by assault.
• $4.2 billion in costs to American businesses per year in missed days and legal costs
• $35.4 billion yearly
• $5.6 million settlement for each employee killed
• $1.2 million inadequate security lawsuits
• $30,000 for psychological therapy for each employee affected
• 33%- 66% of employees will leave due to the incident
• $25,000 – $50,000 to replace each employee who leaves
• $50,000 to clean-up and replace office supplies and furniture
• 6 – 8 weeks for productivity to get back to 100%
• 85% is criminal intent- meaning it occurs because of another crime i.e. robbery
• 7% is the traditional worker-on-worker
• 5% is conducted by someone with a personal relationship to a worker.
• 3% is perpetrated by someone with a connection to the business i.e. student, patient, client, or inmate. (While this category is lowest, the majority of non-fatal violence is in this group.)
• 21%of homicides are committed by work associates
• 12%of assaults are by co-workers
• 9% of all assaults are by customers
So, you think that it won’t affect you so much? Remember WPV can strike anywhere, at any time, for any reason, to anyone. It happens in hot and sweaty manufacturing plants to the offices of prestigious law firms as well and everything in between.

Robert D. Sollars is a recognized expert on workplace violence prevention and other security issues. With numerous interviews, a twice weekly blog, articles, and 2 books he has proven himself in the security field for more than 31 years, and 23 studying workplace violence issues.
He utilizes his years of field knowledge to give real life examples of incidents pulled from both his own experiences and the news headlines. Contact him at 480-251-5197 or through his Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/oneistoomany. Here you will see and read about other items related to security as well as WPV.

CHH and Denial –

CHH is one of the most dangerous attitudes when dealing with workplace violence (WPV). It occurs in every business and person, for the most part, who is employed. That’s why when an incident does occur you get all of them on TV saying the following;
• I didn’t know it would (or could) happen here
• I didn’t see it coming
• We never had any warning
• Crying, anguish, anxiety, depression, & lawsuits follow
So what is it and how come it’s so often ignored when it causes so many traumas in business? And why wouldn’t a business do something about it if it’s so insidious?
CHH is the simplistic attitude that stands for, Can’t Happen Here’. The C-Suite, managers, & employees are completely and totally oblivious to the potential for an incident of WPV in their business. Sometimes it’s not their fault, the employees that is. On the other hand the C-suite and managers are at totally at fault.
Why do I say that you may ask? Because these are the people that are charged with the safety and security of the employees. Whether they are in an office or manufacturing plant, they are the ones that recommend, approve, & implement the policies & procedures that help to prevent such incidents. And most of the time they don’t see it as an issue, which means they are in denial of the problem.
No matter how intelligent or responsible the C-Suite or managers are, they never think that it can happen to them or their company. And it is a facet of the WPV problem that is of paramount importance, to everyone who is employed or depends on the business being there.
So why do they deny the problem or act like an ostrich and stick their head in the sand over it? Fairly simple I believe;
• It costs money to do what’s necessary to upgrade security and write a plan
• They aren’t not invested in security except as an insurance break
• They don’t have time
• It’s such a small problem, unlikely to affect us
• Out and out denial of any issues
• Won’t listen to either their human resources or security people, even if they have them
Is that enough excuses from the C-Suite or managers. I will say it again; check out the number of people affected by WPV every year. Over 17 million will be assaulted in some fashion in 2015. And more than 75 million bullied, harassed, & hoaxed as well. And this every single year
So yes, it is a dangerous attitude for any business or employee to have. Would you ignore the steam coming from under the hood or fire from under the car? Probably not. Would you pay attention to the warning light of a problem and have it checked out before either of those happened? More than likely, yes.
So why do businesses ignore the problem? I still haven’t figured that part yet. Even after all the stories, statistics, articles, books (including mine), and security people harping on it, it still gets ignored. They brush it off like a bug on their shoulder.
But if they don’t pay attention to it then one day they may be facing down lawsuits that can and probably cost them the business and force them into bankruptcy.

Robert D. Sollars is a recognized expert on workplace violence prevention and other security issues. With numerous interviews, a twice weekly blog, articles, and 2 books he has proven himself in the security field for more than 31 years, and 23 studying workplace violence issues.
He utilizes his years of field knowledge to give real life examples of incidents pulled from both his own experiences and the news headlines. Contact him at 480-251-5197 or through his Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/oneistoomany. Here you will see and read about other items related to security as well as WPV.

A Commercial for Robert – The Blind Workplace Violence Specialist

I have been in the security field for more than 31 years and have also spent 23 years within the WPV field;
Studying
Researching
Writing
Consulting
Speaking (presentations & seminars)
Standing post for more than 4 dozen potential and actual incidents

I have 2 books on preventing violence;
Never to Grow-Up: Preventing Violence in our Schools
One is too Many: Recognizing & Preventing Workplace Violence.

If you wish to hire me or learn more about WPV or other security issues, contact me at 480-251-5197 or through my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/oneistoomany. Here you learn more about WPV as well as incidents you may not have heard or thought about.

WPV update for 2014

There is no way that every incident of workplace violence (WPV (was reported in 2014, on the national news, it rarely is. So many incidents go unreported to the media because they are not deadly, which seems to be the only way they get covered by the media.
Yet according to a study from the University of South Florida in 2005, more than 17 million employees will be affected by WPV every single year. And most of these will be considered an internal issue, and not reported to either the police or media.
AS I stated, most of these will go unreported to management, human resources, or security. Bullying, harassment, some threats, and someone throwing a pen in anger will be allowed to slide off the backs of employees. And why are they allowed too? Because the employee is too scared to report it or they figure it’s not worth it. And in those 2 excuses are a dozen that are even worse!
And keep in mind that there were innumerable events throughout the world that took precedence over reporting of WPV. The Ukraine, 3 passenger jets lost (off Indonesia and the Ukraine), Ebola, ISIS, the mid-term elections and other issues. They had a tendency to push WPV off of the national and local headlines. Therefore most incidents were reported only in the local media, which means you know more about the many incidents than I do.
However what I have collected over the past 12 months may open your eyes to the immensity of WPV. And since schools are also workplaces I’ve included them into my compilation of incidents.
Number of nationwide incidents: 167
Number of dead: 103
Number of wounded: 209
Arizona
Number of incidents: 54
Number of dead: 12
Number of wounded: 65
If you would like to read about more than just what happened in your local area, look at the Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/oneistoomany and you’ll see the incidents that I’ve collected every week. I try to post them within a day or so of the incident and to ensure that they are WPV and not a different crime, not also involving WPV i.e. robbery & etc.
Stay safe and keep your employees/clients safe and alive as well.

Robert D. Sollars is a recognized expert on workplace violence prevention and other security issues. With numerous interviews, blogs, articles, and 2 books he has proven himself in the security field for more than 31 years, and 23 studying workplace violence issues.
He utilizes his years of field knowledge to give real life examples of incidents pulled from both his own experiences and the news headlines. Contact him at 480-251-5197 or through his Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/oneistoomany. Here you will see and read about other items related to security as well as WPV.