Attached is the February security incident summary. Following the tragic events that happened on Feb 14th in Parkland Florida, at Majorie Stoneman Douglas High School, several Minnesota high schools reported lockdowns in varying degrees. Some of the lockdowns announced were precautionary in nature, but the decision was made from analysis of posted social media comments from students. Hyper-sensitivity allows us to report unsafe acts and potential threats to security & safety. We use screening, searching and detection as integral parts of preparation and deterrence. Our challenge to our campus community team is to report signs of aggression/hostility before a future incident occurs.
Prevention also centers on our accurate ability for public information and early warning.
We accomplish our Emergency Notification System through:
- Mobile radios (spread out throughout the campus)
- Cisco public address system (loudspeakers and phone speakers throughout campus)
- Star Alert messaging (individuals pick the format and to what schools they want the information shared)
- Sign up at https://staralertarccatc.bbcportal.com/
- Campus Social media mediums
Find College News
Linked (College Blog) – Anoka Technical College and Anoka-Ramsey College
- Public Safety Campus Blog posts
- Anoka County websites
- Coon Rapids and Cambridge police websites
During the MSDHS, Parkland event, the police radios and 911 dispatch center was overloaded with calls and caused delays in communications. Broward county used their county website to provide directives and marshalling areas for parents and students who evacuated the area with success. One important lesson learned is to not call 911 or emergency lines unless you have a valid input to the emergency. This includes mobile radio traffic as well, as we “clear the net” and only provide pertinent information as it relates to the incident.
I have also attached a working task checklist/document on procedures for Lockdown for your work area, classrooms, common areas, etc. It is a practical application used to secure your area, and coincides with our Emergency Operations Plan. Lockdown declarations will be declared when there is an outside threat to the campus, and that credible threat causes our campus to lockdown to prevent entry into the building. The other area of Lockdown deals with Run/Hide/Fight and an armed intruder within the campus area. There may be a situation when a work area is directly at the incident location of the hostile event and you need to secure your area immediately due to proximity. The objective is to secure your door, and use the Hide strategy to lower your “footprint” in the area.
Finally, we would like to thank the many team members who have either emailed or spoken to our office about questions or concerns relating to security and safety. We truly have a campus community who are engaged with providing a safe/secure learning environment. It all starts with you! Thank you!
Be Aware, Be Safe!
More than 50,000 crashes occur in parking lots and garage structures annually, resulting in 500 or more deaths and more than 60,000 injuries. And, around the holidays, parking lots become even more dangerous.
Auto insurers report the number of claims spike on Black Friday and run above normal throughout the holiday shopping season. The number of incidents is probably higher than insurance claims indicate, as many fender-benders go unreported.
So Many Distractions
Thousands of pedestrians end up with broken bones, tissue damage or even worse because of cell phone or other distractions in parking lots.
In a National Safety Council public opinion poll, 66% of drivers nationwide said they would make phone calls while driving through parking lots. Respondents also said they would:
- Program GPS systems (63%)
- Text (56%)
- Use social media (52%)
- Send or receive emails (50%)
- Take photos or watch videos (49%)
NSC found teens (59%) were more likely to engage in personal grooming than adults (53%) while driving in parking lots, but less likely to be on the phone (60% vs. 66%).
During the hectic holiday season, drivers and pedestrians also are likely to be distracted by extensive to-do lists and are hurriedly trying to get from one place to another.
Safety isn’t guaranteed just by driving slowly in parking lots. Following are some safety tips for drivers courtesy of the Oswego (IL) Police Department:
- Stay in lanes and avoid cutting across lots
- Drive slowly and use directional signals
- Anticipate the actions of other drivers
- Obey stop signs and no-parking signs
- When backing out, be mindful of vehicles and pedestrians
- Watch for small children and parents with baby strollers
Tapping into Technology
NSC analysis of government data indicates more than one-third of pedestrian deaths in parking lots result from backup incidents. Many vehicles today are equipped with backup cameras, which provide a wide view behind a vehicle operating in reverse, but that view may not be clear if the camera lens becomes obstructed.
Three safety reminders:
- It’s best to conduct a quick, 360-degree walk-around before backing, keeping an eye out for low-lying objects
- Don’t rely completely on technology; look over your shoulder and use your mirrors as you back up
- When parking, pull through on arrival whenever possible and if it works with the flow of traffic
Monitoring systems can alert drivers of vehicles in blind spots. Typically, drivers are warned of another vehicle’s presence via symbol, sound or vibration. These systems may not detect motorcycles, smaller objects or people, however.
Other Parking Lot Pitfalls
Inadequate pavement striping, potholes or cracks, lack of signage, debris, poor lighting, puddles, and snow and ice also can lead to pedestrian injuries. Slips, trips and falls are common in parking lots, and falls in general are the leading cause of death for older adults.
Choosing the right parking spot can go a long way toward deterring theft and crime. Consumer Reports provides some simple safety rules:
- Pick spots that are well-lit and close to stores you will be shopping at
- Lock your doors
- Store purchases in places that are out of sight (in the trunk or tucked under dark-colored blankets)
Large parking lots, such as those found at shopping malls, are considered most vulnerable to crime, according to the Urban Institute Justice Policy Center. One way for consumers to steer clear of trouble is to pick a lot where pedestrian traffic is restricted and video surveillance equipment is used to monitor the facility.