On April 15, 2013 during the Boston Marathon, two explosions occurred close to the finish line. This led to numerous injuries and killing at least three people. Since the incident the Chicago Police Department, the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security have released statements regarding public safety, indicators, and public safety measures.
The Chicago Police Department’s statement was released April 15, 2013 at 3:51pm. At the time the statement was issued there was not any indication of threats to Chicago. The CPD will provide updates as necessary and has requested that any suspicious activity or packages be immediately reported by calling 911.
Remind all of your tenants and residents to follow “See Something, Say Something”.
The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security suggest utilizing the following indicators and protective measures to identify and mitigate potential threats.
Potential indicators may include:
- Unusual or prolonged interest in security information
- Interest in speaking with building personnel
- Observation or questions about facility security measures
- Suspicious purchase of items that could be used to construct an explosive device
- Attempted or unauthorized access to potentially sensitive areas
Consider implementing the following protective measures:
- Establish a comprehensive security plan and emergency response plan
- Test communication systems with emergency responders
- Establish checkpoints for access control into the facility
- Ensure personnel receive training in threat awareness, emergency communication, response actions, and reporting of suspicious activity
- Develop evacuation procedures in case of a threat
- Identify and designate egress and ingress routes for emergency vehicles
- Institute strategies for detecting and reporting suspicious activities
Please contact your Titan representative for support at any time. Any additional information regarding public safety in the Chicagoland area will be shared as we receive them.