Carolina Medical Center

Administrators, Claims Reps, and Customer Service: The Forgotten Healthcare Workers

Healthcare Saftey

Without a doubt, healthcare facilities are among the most dangerous workplaces in the United States. Healthcare workers are about 25% more likely to be injured on the job than the average American worker, and are especially likely to suffer violent assaults while on the job. But violence in healthcare doesn’t just target emergency room nurses and pharmacists. Billing representative, benefit consultants, …


Bulletproof doors and windows at entrance of San Antonio school building

Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Comprehensive School Security Systems

School Security and Safety

As school administrators and school security professionals begin to consider security upgrades, budgeting and planning tend to be front of mind. “But there are some pitfalls to keep in mind,” Total Security Solutions CEO Jim Richards notes, “background assumptions or biases that sometimes get administrators off course, and lead to some bad decisions.” Too Much of a Barrier First and foremost, administrators …


section of yellow police tape on chain link fence

Rising Security Concerns for Jewish Community Center Schools and Daycares

School Security and Safety

According to data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Hate Crime statistics, over the last five years the U.S. has averaged around 120 anti-Semitic “intimidation” crimes per year. Although it’s difficult to determine what portion of those are bomb threats (the FBI’s publicly available statistics are limited), it appears that there are usually fewer than two dozen JCC-targeted bomb threats in a given year. By contrast, on January 9 and 18 of this year American JCC’s experienced dozens of bomb threats—those two days alone accounted for roughly twice as many JCC-targeted bomb threats as all of 2015.


Bulletproof Glass Fence Proposed Around Eiffel Tower

Industry News

The security improvements are intended to provide a more well-thought-out and permanent solution to the metal fences and temporary structures that went up in the wake of recent events. The proposed plans must be approved by two different committees, one for historical preservation and one for environmental impact. Once approved, construction could begin by the end of 2017.


Protecting Pharmacists with Custom Physical Barriers

Healthcare Saftey, Pharmacy Security

According to a 2015 report from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, “Pharmacy robbery is a serious and growing problem. … [R]obberies of pharmacies in the United States increased 82 percent from 2006 to 2011.” The report’s authors hasten to add that this phenomenon is not limited to the United States. There are similar trends …


Bulletproof barrier for a financial institution

High-Function Custom Bullet Resistant Solutions for Banks

Bank Security

Because most banks have similar needs—a secured teller line with bullet resistant windows, secured ballistic doors, and bulletproof fiberglass to reinforce counters—many security companies try and push a one-size-fits-all solution. With decades of experience designing, engineering, fabricating, and installing custom bandit barriers in banks and credit unions, Total Security Solutions knows how rarely this turns out well. Bullet Proof Barriers …

Arch Window System installed at a national bank located in Chicago, Illinois

Small Increase in Bank Robberies, Big Jump in Hostages

Bank Security

When asked why he robbed banks, Willie Sutton famously quipped “Because that’s where the money is.” Although that quote may be fanciful (in his second memoir—he wrote two—Sutton denied ever actually saying those words), the sentiment remains true. As Total Security Solutions CEO Jim Richards notes, “The bank is the oldest target there has ever been. Even as banking changes—and …