January 2023 — Tyre Nichols, Waffle House Wendy, the Tesla Terrorizer, and more security news

By Daniel Young | February 5, 2023 | 3 min read
January 2021 industry news

There’s a lot going on in the world of physical risk and vulnerability; it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the latest news and developments. We’ll keep you informed with the best content to keep your organization safe and secure. Check out the top news and headlines from the past month.

Harrowing videos show police fatally beat Tyre Nichols

From NBC News: It took 26 minutes for a stretcher to appear at the spot where Tyre Nichols was slumped over on the ground after a Memphis police officer was first seen appearing to kick him in the face. That was according to one of the four videos authorities released capturing the brutal assault on 29-year-old Nichols, who was pulled over during a Jan. 7 traffic stop and was dead three days later.

Our take: This incident is likely to ignite more violence. If history tells us anything, there are going to be protests and possibly rioting and looting. Businesses across the country need to be aware that this case gets more publicity, there is a potential for violent protests. Make sure you know when protests are planned for your city, and create a plan to harden your building and remove employees from harm’s way.

Hate Crimes Increased in Several Major US Cities in 2022

From Voice of America: From New York to Los Angeles, hate crimes continued to rise in major American cities last year, with preliminary police data showing that at least six metropolitan areas recorded levels not seen since the 1990s.

Our take: It’s no surprise that hate crimes have been on the rise. In the last several years rhetoric by leaders have made it ok for bigoted people to be public about their dislike for minority groups. It’s only natural that hate speech has escalated to violence. Until leadership starts taking responsibility for the hate they are encouraging, hate crimes are likely to — unfortunately — continue.

Deputies Look For Suspect In Big Rig Fuel Theft In Camarillo

From KVTA: Deputies in Camarillo, Calif. were investigating the theft of fuel from a tractor-trailer rig parked on a Camarillo street on the night of Friday Jan. 20. Video of the incident shows the thief takes a hose from inside the van to the fuel tank on the big rig and then pumps the fuel to what is likely a large tank inside the van. The big rig operator discovered the theft and reported it Saturday. At last report, they were still trying to identify and locate the suspect.

Our take: Fuel theft is increasing, although large-scale fuel theft tends to happen at gas stations, not from stationary trucks. The rise in gas prices is likely the cause of such theft. Drivers and companies will need to find ways of securing their vehicles against thieves.

Waffle House fight goes viral, employee ‘Waffle House Wendy’ fights off violent customers

From Twitter: A video of a violent confrontation at a Texas Waffle House in 2021 has gone viral. The video shows unruly customers throwing a metal chair at a line cook, who catches it. The employee, dubbed Waffle House Wendy, says the restaurant chain has since blacklisted her.

Our take: Any fast food worker can tell you that customer belligerence and violence at restaurants has been increasingly common over the last few years. It’s a shame to see that Waffle House corporate hasn’t provided its staff with more security than their fists, and it’s also concerning that this employee has been blacklisted by corporate.

‘Tesla terrorizer’ suspect accused of road rage attacks on drivers on California highways is identified

From The Independent: A Tesla driver accused of a string of violent road rage attacks on motorists in need in California has reportedly been identified by investigators. More than 10 people have described violent encounters with the male motorist, including one who shared a video of him attacking their car with a pipe in Glendale.

Our take: Road rage incidents have also been more common since the pandemic began, as stress and other issues have been building. This criminal however, has taken things to a new level, beating cars with pipes and slashing tires. Hopefully the police will be able to remove him from the roads.

January’s Top Security Grants

FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Fire Prevention And Safety Grants: The Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) and support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal is to reduce injury and prevent death among high-risk populations. Grant closes: Feb. 10

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