BUILDINGS’ Year in Review: 2018 Security Trends

12/11/2018 | By Janelle Penny

2018 was a tumultuous year in many ways, from acts of violence in the news to startling legal developments stemming from last year’s mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. Yet these same developments also allowed us to explore opportunities for BUILDINGS readers to protect their own occupants with safer facilities.

Everyone wants to be safe at home, at work, at school and at play, but the ways to accomplish that aren’t always immediately obvious.

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As we dug into the whys and hows of safety and security incidents in the media, BUILDINGS media explored the impact on facilities managers and building owners and the ways readers, manufacturers and decision-makers can work together to create a safer world.

Active Shooter Preparation

2018 saw a frustratingly common topic repeatedly return to the headlines – mass shootings.

However, this year also yielded some important strides toward creating facilities that can deter or delay people who are determined to do harm to building occupants.

Active Shooter Training Eye Openers

Mass shootings are unfortunately becoming more common across the United States. Does your building have a plan?

Find out how you can increase the survivability of the occupants in your facility and prepare them for this horrific situation.

Here’s more: Active Shooter Drills: An Eye-Opening Encounter

National Fire Protection Association released provisional standard for planning and responding to and recovering from hostile events.Hostile Event - NFPA 3000

In May, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released NFPA 3000, its landmark provisional standard for planning for, responding to and recovering from hostile events, including shootings.

Global Security Exchange Expert PanelGlobal Security Exchange Mass Shootings Panel

Editor-in-chief Valerie Dennis Craven journeyed to Global Security Exchange (GSX) in September to explore the latest security technology and learn from experts.

One notable panel presented a holistic look at preventing mass shootings in schools, from physical building infrastructure to developing communication avenues for students to report threats.

Active Shooter Drills - An Eye-Opening Encounter

My personal most memorable security coverage came in November, when I participated in active shooter training. It’s one thing to write about what to do during incidents – it’s another thing entirely to practice escaping from your own workplace.

Mandalay Bay: One Year Later

Mandalay Bay ShootingOct. 1 marked one year since the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival at Las Vegas’s Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

MGM Resorts International, which owns the hotel, drew considerable criticism for offering a charitable donation to the more than 1,900 people affected by the 2017 shooting.

It also sought a release from liability under a post-9/11 law incentivizing the use of anti-terrorism technologies certified by the Department of Homeland Security and requested that all cases related to the Harvest Festival shooting be moved to federal court.

Two attorneys walked us through the meaning of MGM’s complaint and the potential implications for property owners.

Security practices have changed in Vegas.Security in Vegas a Year Later

Jeff Heilman, a longtime contributor to BUILDINGS’ sister publication Meetings Today, also examined how security practices in Las Vegas have changed in the year since the Harvest Festival shooting.

Access Control Evolves

Access control for smartphonesSecurity has always been a core value for facilities managers, but the ways facilities professionals keep their tenants safe evolves alongside technology, staff writer Sarah Kloepple wrote in September. She was referring to smartphone credentials for access control, a solution that eliminates the expense of re-keying and managing physical credentials.

Innovative solutions like these are a win-win for building occupants and facilities managers alike. Users love that the readers detect their credentials inside their purse or pocket as they approach.

Facilities teams are able to create and revoke access permissions instantly without the time, expense and hassle of printing badges or cutting keys.

It’s hard to guess what new safety and security developments 2019 will bring, but we’re committed to staying on top of it. Our resolution for the new year is to help you keep your occupants and your facility safe no matter what the future holds.

Access control optionsWe also looked at six ways to strengthen access control systems, from figuring out levels of access to specifying the right features.

It’s easy to become complacent if what you have seems to be working, but if there’s one thing the events of 2018 have shown us, it’s that staying vigilant is crucial. Periodically revisiting your access control system and other security measures is a key part of keeping people safe.

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Fire Hazards

Codes and standards for fire safety systems and materials that deter fire spread have existed for years, but that doesn’t mean they’re always followed. This year delivered a pair of surprising fire safety standard violations.

Fire Code Violations at University Dorms

We examined how the University of North Carolina Asheville had to pay $2,500 per day to post firefighters in its newest dorms after an inspection revealed that the buildings fall short of fire safety standards. Not long after that, fire code violations were in the news again, this time at an assisted living center in Virginia with a malfunctioning dry sprinkler system, an extinguisher in need of maintenance and an emergency escape light that didn’t work.

Ways Your Fire Safety System Could Be Failing

Code guru Rob Neale, principal of Integra Code Consultants, shared some of the most egregious violations he’s spotted in his more than 40 years in municipal fire protection, training, consulting and investigating.

Combustible boxes next to a heater in a fire stationAll of the photos were disturbing in their own way, but the one I personally found most jarring was the pile of cardboard and other combustibles stacked right next to the heater at a fire station – in other words, somewhere you’d expect everyone to know better.

It’s hard to guess what new safety and security developments 2019 will bring, but we’re committed to staying on top of it. Our resolution for the new year is to help you keep your occupants and your facility safe no matter what the future holds.

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