Archive for September, 2016

Spoiler Alert

September 26th, 2016 Comments off


Seeing this story on CNN got me thinking about some of the services that AFIMAC provides, and which are best to be open about vs. not.

Active Shooter (AFIMAC): Absolutely, not only would you want to let your staff know you have a plan, but you would want them to practice it, and even invite the local police/fire department to participate in drills.

Loss Prevention (ASAP): With the amount of shrinkage in retail outlets, the public just cannot be blamed for all of it. Keeping a loss prevention agent’s identity and schedule confidential would be best for potentially identifying internal theft.

Duty of Care for Travel (FocusPoint): Effectively managing a travelling workforce relies on employees practicing safe travel habits and keeping communication open with the company. Training staff on travel safety dos and don’ts as well as describing how falling outside of a travel plan could slow or halt response to an emergency for the traveller is key.

Investigation (AFIMAC): When trying to obtain evidence on drug use in the workplace, a suspicious benefit claim or similar, keeping the undercover agent undercover, is critical. It would be difficult to get evidence with a hidden camera when the subject is aware, like this Aviva Canada case.

Emergency Medical Transport (Going Home Medical): Having a company on call for a travel nurse, air ambulance or medical evacuation is important, but knowing details of your travelling workforce in advance is also essential. Advise staff on the plan, and get specific information about allergies, medical conditions, hospitals of choice, etc.



Miss Florida Stripped

September 20th, 2016 Comments off

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While in Florida at the ASIS annual conference on behalf of AFIMAC and FocusPoint, I caught a story on TV about a recent Miss Florida contest.

After Genesis Davila had won the crown, it was alleged that she had used professional hair and makeup services in her room, which is against pageant rules. Ms. Davila was stripped of her title and crown in the days following. Although there were alleged complaints from eyewitnesses, the damning evidence against Ms. Davila came from her Instagram account, showing her having her makeup done by a 3rd party.

Currently, Ms. Davila is suing for damages in excess of $15 million, sighting amongst other things, that the photo she posted of having her makeup done was taken the week before, not on the pageant day. If what Ms. Davila claims about the photo is true, it is possible pageant organizers jumped the gun without a thorough investigation.

In the corporate world, dealing with rule breakers, theft, WPV, harassment, and employees using drugs is something you would like to deal with quickly. Also, although a social media investigation is a good first step, following up with an employee interview and physical investigation is beneficial to support a termination and court proceedings if required.


They Did What to a Duck!?

September 7th, 2016 Comments off

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Working in the security industry and following social media, I have learned not to be surprised by the sheer stupidity and lack of morality of some people.

Recently, some vandals decided to topple an iconic sandstone rock formation, nicknamed the ‘Duckbill’. Why would someone do that? Luckily it was caught on video, but unfortunately, the Duckbill is in thousands of pieces.

Last week my street was the target of several car break-ins again. I live on a cul-de-sac with very little traffic and a forest at the bottom of the street that is attractive to criminals. Two thieves simultaneously worked each side of the road, checking every car door to see if it was unlocked and took what was of value and moved on.

They even stole an unlocked car with the keys in it.  The owner thought he would help his wife out by leaving the keys in the vehicle on his way to work just minutes before the criminals came walking by.

I know the details of what happened because my home security cameras caught some of the action.

I heard neighbours saying, “How could someone do that?” and “How do they sleep at night?” Well, as noted above, you just cannot be surprised at what some people will do. So prepare for it. To start, leave your exterior lights on and lock your vehicles.

If you are a business, have a site security audit performed and put contingencies in place. Ensure your parking lot lighting is adequate. Have clear plans for an emergency evacuation. Run mock exercises, educate and provide training for workplace harassment and bullying. Also, don’t forget to provide refresher courses from time to time, so nothing falls through the quacks.

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