October 2021 — Someone Called the Cops on this Halloween Display and Other Top News in the Security and Risk Industry

By Daniel Young | October 28, 2021 | 7 min read
October news

This Dallas homeowner’s gory Halloween display is getting confused for a crime scene

From KSAT: A Dallas homeowner’s gory Halloween display is once again catching the attention of neighbors, parents, and police. Why? Because it looks like a crime scene. This isn’t the first time this has happened, according to homeowner Steven Novak, and it most likely won’t be the last. His home went viral last year for how horrific his decorations were, and this year is no different. The thing is, people keep calling the police, believing it’s a real crime scene.

Our take: People love Halloween and some of them are going to set up gory displays in their yard. To keep unnecessary calls to 911 to a minimum, I would encourage law enforcement to ask their community to call in ahead of time if they’re going to set up a display. It’s important that the police know, but it doesn’t have to ruin the Halloween fun. In fact, there’s no reason that your police department shouldn’t hold a contest for the most believable crime scene display.

TikTok video spreads unsupported claim of human trafficking trap

From Rolling Stone: This month, a TikTok video of a woman pointing to abandoned car seats by the side of the road, went viral. The carseats, she said, were a ploy by traffickers to lure people out of their cars, where they could then be abducted. She later clarified that she had read about the car seat ploy in a Facebook post. This, however, was debnunked by both law enforcement and anti-human trafficking groups. On Oct. 12, the Wilkesboro Police Department published a post on Facebook about the car seat rumor. “The attached photos were posted on Facebook and shared discussing an issue at the Wilkesboro Wal-Mart,” according to an October 12th post from the Wilkesboro Police Department. “The post referenced sex traffickers leaving child seats in parking lots to lure people in for sex trafficking. The Wilkesboro Police Department has investigated this incident and discovered the circumstances of how the seat was left in the parking lot.” According to the post, two Wal-Mart customers simply had left their old car seat in the parking lot after buying and installing a new one.

Our take: While human trafficking is a real threat to everyone — women, children, and even men — well-meaning people spreading misinformation about how traffickers lure victims is also dangerous. Unsupported claims about traps and lures often obscure the facts about trafficking. According to anti-trafficking groups, victims are often trafficked by those they already know, and tend to be from disenfranchised groups — in many cases, homeless and with substance abuse problems.

Video of Smash and Grab in Chicago shows brazen retail theft

From LinkedIn: A video posted online earlier this month showed a smash and grab in process in a cosmetic store, allegedly in Chicago in the middle of the day. In the video, three men pull cosmetics off a shelf, clearing it off and stuffing the merchandise in plastic garbage bags before running out of the store. Despite the fact that an alarm is going off and the men are being filmed, no one stops the theft.

Our take: Retail theft is becoming more and more common, with stores willing to take a loss rather than face a lawsuit for any injury caused by someone trying to stop the perpetrators. We don’t believe anyone needs to be injured trying to stop a smash and grab. There are options. One option presented by a security glass company is the foyer of any shop can be outfitted with bullet proof glass to become a mantrap that will hold perpetrators — and their stolen goods — until law enforcement arrives.

What other options can help with this type of crime? We would love to hear your thoughts?

Women's March holds hundreds of peaceful rallies nationwide in support of abortion rights

From NBC News: Thousands of people rallied nationwide Saturday, Oct. 2 for the Women's March in support of abortion rights after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a new law that bans nearly all abortions in the state. In Washington, D.C., a group of pro-life protesters held a smaller rally on the plaza in front of the Supreme Court, blocking the abortion rights advocates from reaching the steps. U.S. Capitol Police were on hand but both sides stayed peaceful.

Our take: We are happy to hear that these protests were peaceful and no incidents came from the actual demonstration. Within the risk scope, remember that a peaceful demonstration can turn into a riot if provoked by either party who is anti-of the other or even by response itself. Knowing that there is a protest in an area of one of your locations is important, just in case something peaceful evolves into full-scale riot.

General Colin Powell, first Black US secretary of state, dies of Covid-19 complications amid cancer battle

From CNN: Colin Powell, the first Black US secretary of state whose leadership in several Republican administrations helped shape American foreign policy in the last years of the 20th century and the early years of the 21st, has died from complications from Covid-19, his family said on Facebook. He was 84. Powell was a distinguished and trailblazing professional soldier whose career took him from combat duty in Vietnam to becoming the first Black national security adviser during the end of Ronald Reagan's presidency and the youngest and first African American chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George H.W. Bush. His national popularity soared in the aftermath of the US-led coalition victory during the Gulf War, and for a time in the mid-90s, he was considered a leading contender to become the first Black President of the United States. "We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American," the family said in a statement.

Our take: We at Circadian Risk were deeply sorry to hear the news that General Powell had passed; he was a great man, highly intelligent, and with tremendous integrity. We truly have lost a great American, for whom we had deep respect, and our hearts go out to his family.

October top grants

FY 2022 AmeriCorps State and National Public Health AmeriCorps: Public Health AmeriCorps will include a 400 million dollar investment, over five years, from the American Rescue Plan Act workforce funding that will enable the recruitment, training, and development of a new generation of public health leaders who are ready to respond to the public health needs of the nation by providing public health service in communities. Grant closes: Nov. 8, 2021

E-Learning Collaborative for Sexual Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Prevention:

Sexual violence (SV) and intimate partner violence (IPV) are preventable public health problems that have long-term physical and mental health impact on victims and affect millions of Americans. The purpose of this grant from the CDC is to support an E-Learning community and peer learning platform that uses multiple communication channels, including interactive web conference series, podcasts, online education resources, translation products, and planed and strategic social media to build and strengthen violence prevention systems for the Division of Violence Prevention’s funded recipients, sub-recipients and prevention practitioners nationally. Grant closes: Nov 17, 2021

Fiscal Year 2021 Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA): The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program makes federal funds available to states, U.S. territories, federally recognized tribal governments, and local communities to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). It does so with a recognition of the growing flood hazards associated with climate change1, and of the need for flood hazard risk mitigation activities that promote climate adaptation and resilience with respect to flooding. These include both acute extreme weather events and chronic stressors which have been observed and are expected to increase in the future. Grant closes: Jan. 28 2022

Fiscal Year 2021 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC): The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program makes federal funds available to states, U.S territories, federally recognized tribal governments, and local communities for hazard mitigation activities. It does so with a recognition of the growing hazards associated with climate change1, and of the need for natural hazard risk mitigation activities that promote climate adaptation and resilience with respect to those hazards. These include both acute extreme weather events and chronic stressors which have been observed and are expected to increase in the future. Grant closes: Jan. 28, 2022

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