The rapid rise in mass shooting incidents across the country can create a sense of fear in people’s minds that a shooting can occur anywhere at any time and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. This is absolutely not true. As a school administrator, property owner, or building manager, you can take steps to significantly decrease your location’s likelihood of being a target. What Do We Know About Shooters? The FBI produced a powerful document, A Study of Pre-Attack Behaviors of Active Shooters in the United States Between 2000 and 2013. From this in-depth review of all major attacks over this period, the FBI was able to identify specific demographics and common behaviors of mass shooters prior to an attack. What did they learn? They learned that 94% of shooters were male and 64% were white. They learned that few shooters had adult convictions of violent crimes or abuse, but 62% had a history of acting in an abusive, harassing, or oppressive way (such as bullying or intimidation). Similarly, though only 25% had been diagnosed with mental illness, at least 62% had exhibited signs of mental illness that went untreated. But perhaps the most critical piece of information the document discovered was that these men did not just snap – they planned their attacks in advance, and in some cases, far in advance. About 75% of shooters took between two weeks and two years to plan their attacks. Shooters selected their targets, did surveillance, determined site access, studied schedules (especially if the shooter had particular victims in mind), evaluated the transportation and weaponry needed, considered the best method of attack to have the greatest effect, and more. What Can You Do to Protect Your Buildings and Your People? With this information, school administrators, building supervisors, and property owners can do much to prevent attacks and target-harden locations against attacks. To “target-harden” means to strengthen the security of a building or location to reduce vulnerabilities and discourage targeting of that site for acts of violence. This can take many forms. At ZeroEyes, we recommend you do a complete risk assessment, with the help of your local law enforcement or a risk assessment specialist, to determine your location’s strengths and vulnerabilities. This thorough review should include security systems, physical barriers, technology, safety protocols, mass shooter emergency response plan in the event of an attack, and compliance. Keep in mind that the best security systems and safety protocols are worthless if they are not followed by your people. An intended mass shooter only needs one vulnerability to slip in and wreak havoc. Do students at your school open the door for a nice grandfatherly-looking man who knocks? Do your employees enter through the employee entrance without badges being checked? Is your security guard watching your cameras at all times? This last point is where ZeroEyes can help. Even with the best security, human error can occur. With ZeroEyes gun detection integrated with your existing security camera system, our AI gun detection software will alert you and first responders the instant a gun is detected. Your security guards could miss it, but we will not, saving precious seconds when every second counts. Mass shootings only last an average of 10 minutes. If you know immediately that a gun has made it onto your campus, you can instantly implement your emergency response plan, giving law enforcement the opportunity to neutralize the threat quickly, decreasing or possibly preventing casualties. While you may not be able to entirely prevent a mass shooting, especially if a shooter is targeting specific victims, you can target-harden your facility, making a shooting less likely. And in the event that an attempted shooting occurs, have an emergency response plan prepared and have ZeroEyes to alert you and law enforcement immediately. Contact us to see how we can help you.
Each active shooter situation has unique aspects; therefore it is critical that your emergency plan includes some flexibility to respond dynamically to any active shooter scenario. The short-lived nature of active shooter scenarios – usually completed within 15 minutes – means your plan has to immediately activate procedures to secure or evacuate your people, alert first responders within seconds for rapid response, and provide emergency personnel with accurate, real-time data to quickly neutralize the threat. A.L.I.C.E. Emergency Protocol Developing an emergency plan must, of course, include a training component, so your staff or teachers are fully prepared to respond appropriately in an emergency situation. Regular drills are recommended to help instill the protocols. One very popular approach is the A.L.I.C.E. protocol, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. These five aspects of the plan do not have to all be used, nor do they need to be used in a particular order. They are meant as a guideline to help you develop each of the five critical parts of any effective emergency plan. Alert: Often the first alert is when shots are fired. With ZeroEyes gun detection software, administrators and first responders will be immediately alerted the moment our artificial intelligence identifies a visible gun, possibly allowing lockdown before the shooter even enters a building or fires a shot.Lockdown: Train your people in lockdown procedures for each location in your building. You may have the ability to lockdown wings, keeping the shooter out of other areas and therefore protecting everyone in those other parts of your campus. You should also identify safe areas throughout your school or business where people can hide. With ZeroEyes monitoring the movements of the shooter, you and emergency personnel will know exactly where the shooter is and be able to keep more people safe.Inform: Passing on information about the whereabouts and actions of a shooter is almost impossible without a well-integrated security camera system. When ZeroEyes is attached to your security cameras, it transmits information about the location of the shooter directly to emergency responders so they have the real-time intel they need to act quickly and save lives.Counter: This step is one that we hope you and your people never need: what to do when you come face-to-face with an active shooter. There are protocols and behaviors that are found to be effective. Consider the options and train your people in the most appropriate procedures.Evacuate: If at all possible, have several evacuation routes and options. This flexibility will be critical in order to get people to safety regardless of the direction the shooter is coming from. Evacuation plans should include instructions on how to escape through a window, patio, or roof in a safe manner. When you know where the shooter is, you can better direct the escape plan. Staying Ahead of the Shooters The constantly evolving nature of these situations demonstrates the value of having immediate, real-time information to end a conflict quickly, and self-learning artificial intelligence that continuously refines and improves based on new data. Contact us here at ZeroEyes to determine how we can enhance your existing security system to speed up identification of a shooter, dramatically improve response time and situational awareness for first responders, and keep your people safe.
In an active shooter situation, seconds count. The sooner law enforcement arrives on the scene and finds the shooter, the fewer lives are endangered. But this can be a real challenge with standard security systems and response tactics. ZeroEyes AI gun detection dramatically cuts response time and provides first responders with the critical intel they need to stop threat actors. The moment a gun is visible, even before shots are fired, ZeroEyes, attached to your security cameras, will send a message to the critical people whom you choose to alert – your administrators, security personnel on location, and the law enforcement dispatch in your area. This allows you to immediately set into play your active shooter protocols and protect your people. Unique to the ZeroEyes system is our team of former military special ops and other security personnel who provide personal, human surveillance of your system 24/7. When a threat is detected and our system sends the alert, our team of military veterans go into action, coordinating the distribution of mission-critical information in real time, so that the forces on the ground can respond immediately and decisively to neutralize the threat. Real-time updates as the shooter moves through the facility give first responders the military-level intelligence they need to find the shooter quickly. These alerts also allow administrators time to lock down the building or the wing in order to trap the shooter in a given area and prevent further movement. Because all shooters are different, ZeroEyes is equipped with machine-learning algorithms to constantly evolve into a stronger and more effective weapon against gun violence. ZeroEyes removes the potential for human error; a security guard who is distracted from the screen for even a moment may miss early detection, but ZeroEyes is always on watch. Schools and universities, stadiums, theme parks, museums, airports, corporate campuses, hospitals, office buildings – wherever people congregate, there is potential for a live shooter scenario. People deserve to feel safe. You can upgrade your security significantly and increase the safety of your premises dramatically by adding ZeroEyes Gun Detection System to your existing security cameras. Call us today to find out how we can help you target-harden your facilities.