Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Local SWAT training amid recent kidnappings - How you can help them and you

Local SWAT training amid recent kidnappings - The Monitor: Local News

This is excellent training, and a great way to address an issue we are seeing all to often here in the Valley.  The use of the team perhaps has not been called for yet.  But training like this is very forward looking and will probably save lives as well as injuries if they are called upon.

Training like this also allows the Departments to see what works and what does not.  Great job, all Departments involved.

Now how can we citizens help. Basically it is to be aware of what is going on around us.  The lady found dead was taken in broad daylight, on a fairly busy street.  But most of the time the abductors will plan a little better, but still if people are aware they may well notice more subtle more professional attempts.

Keep aware of vehicles following another, with an unusual amount of attention.  You have a better chance of noticing it that the victim probably does.  They do not want to spook the victim, but usually do not realize others may detect them.

In fact most Executives I have taught security awareness training, have detected other surveillance of cars around them very often.  When you have been trained to look for the out of place actions of a surveillance team, you tend to find them even when they are not directed at you.

This is true of purse snatchers, pick pockets, every type of crime.  All the perpetrators, tend to be very successful of masking their intentions from the victims, but not people nearby trained in awareness.

I have walked into a Bar/Restaurant to pick up a carry out order in the Mission area.  In the short time I was waiting, I noticed two men trying to hide interest in  a young lady sitting at the bar, obviously drunk.  The interest of the men around her, where obvious and predictable, the two sitting away from the girl had obviously been attracted, but were trying hard to hide their interest.

It was to obvious to me, so I asked the Host-es, if she knew the young lady, they did.  I suggested they take care of their client and call a friend to take her home.  They did.

Being aware, makes us safer, but also make those around us safer.  If you notice an abduction in progress even if in the surveillance stages, report your suspicions,  It will give a highly trained team like these Police Officers the time they need to act.

Monday, November 10, 2014

FBI,Crime Statistics for 2013 Released, Is it time to rethink crime reports

FBI — Crime Statistics for 2013 Released

I disagree with these figures, as we have seen here in the valley the FBI really needs to update it's crime stats forms and allocations of crime into groups.

The Texas DPS, in their Texas Public Safety Threat Overview 2013. Which can be found on line here http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/director_staff/media_and_communications/threatoverview.pdf   In that report they found that many crimes, and perhaps as important if not more so, was the effect on the victims, which really exceed the grasp of the FBI stats and even reporting.  The Texas DPS actually did develop names and broad categories for the the new direction crimes are taking.  It also took into its nomenclature a stab at a broad class of victims.

Which when taken into account even under the FBI URS forms, would make the numbers expand immediately.   Perhaps the shift all criminology needs to take is looking at victims not the perpetrators.  This would be a very big shift, and change our crime numbers for years, but I think is a better reflection of what crime actually encompasses. IE the number of  people effected other than the criminals that cause the problems..

Is it time to rethink crime reporting to more reflect the victims effected than totally focusing on the criminals them selves.