Security and Safety Tips

Options to Help Create a Safe and Secure Environment

The Chicago Police Department, Crime Prevention & Information Center recently released the following security preparedness bulletin to help in providing a safe and secure environment for Chicago’s private sector. Below are useful options for you to consider.

Scope

The Chicago Police Department has compiled the following options for consideration to assist the City of Chicago’s private sector in creating a safe and secure environment. Given the nature of mass gatherings, predicting who will attend and what their motivations will be is difficult and unreliable. It is possible that individuals unassociated with the group will imbed themselves to exploit the group’s emotions and/or to incite and/or conduct acts of violence.

Options for Consideration

  • Secure items that can be easily used to cause damage such as construction materials, outdoor seating, tables, garbage containers, etc.
  • Have security conduct outside sweeps and look in areas where items could be secreted such as in planters, bushes, and dumpsters. If anything is found of a suspicious nature, immediately report it by calling 911.
  • Identify alternate egress and ingress for building occupants and first responders. If main entrance is not accessible, ensure that alternate access location is communicated via 911 and if safe to do so, have someone positioned to guide first responders to area of needed assistance.
  • Identify alternate vehicular and pedestrian pathways in the event of roadway or sidewalk impediments.
  • In the event of criminal behavior, utilize CCTV systems to capture relevant behavior and secure it for follow-up investigation.
  • Review existing security plans and procedures to ensure they address issues such as shelter in place and/or lock-down procedures.
  • If any information is identified that could impact public safety, contact 911 immediately.

As always, if you “See Something, Say Something”. For life-threatening emergencies, call 911. To report suspicious activity, call 855-RPRT-2-S4 (855-777-8274).

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