22 Sep: GSX 2019 (Educational Session)

Last week I shared product highlights from the annual GSX event. This week I am sharing lessons learned from the educational class on the Pratt Manufacturing Plant murders. Aurora Illinois Police Chief, Kristen Ziman, presented that case study. Applicability to faith-based operations were abundant. The assailant was a 12-year employee with a history of antagonistic and victim mentality. Descriptions of him by co-workers later included terms like hot-headandracistwith some recalling his feelings that others were out to get him. He had been sent home on 2/14/19 for failing to wear safety glasses. Back to work on 2/15/19, he told co-workers he would, “shoot every MF in here”if he was called into the office. He was called, and tried to make good on that warning. 5 of the 40 employees in the building that day were killed by him. Cameras throughout the facility provided a review of his movements and actions…

15 Sep: GSX 2019 (Products)

ASIS International is the largest membership association of security professionals in the world. With 34,000 members in over 125 countries around the world, it is powerful. I attend the ASIS annual convention (Global Security Exchange, or GSX) at least every other year. This year it was in Chicago. It will take two weeks to give a decent report. This week, I will focus on the trade floor; companies unveiling their latest products for the coming year. Next week I will give you the top points of some of the educational sessions I attended. The trade floor had over 500 vendors. I visit those with products relative to church security operations. I am reporting my top three for this year. MADICO Safetyshield. Madico is a 115-year-old American manufacturer that introduced window films in 1948. By 1984 they were producing safety film coverings and have been improving the bullet and blast resistance…

08 Sep: The Devil With Sun Tzu

I just re-readThe Art of War. Many modern writers have reproduced those Chinese proverbs etched onto bamboo sticks in 450 BC +/- by Sun Tzu. The reproduction I read was by Samuel B. Griffith; a Marine Brigadier General. Griffith served in China before deploying to WW II. After the war he returned to China where he continued studying Chinese culture and battle history. Griffith’s account of The Art of War (TAOW) is solid. A premise of TAOW is, “Know your enemy, know yourself.” Considering that, I read TAOW this time as a reminder of how Satan attacks us. Satan was such a powerful adversary to God that he persuaded 1/3 of the angels in his rebellion. He remains such a serious enemy, determined to destroy us.   Think about it… Read each of these lines from TAOW, as if Satan uses them to prepare attacks on you. You are the enemy as…