Just like the rest of the world, since 9/11, I have watched foreign and domestic terrorism, school shootings and just unbridled violence take control of our peace of mind and turn us into nervous and suspicious people. We look at our neighbors with narrowed eyes trying to gauge if they can be trusted. Do they wear a baseball cap, a hijab, turban or hoodie?
Guardian Zone has created a mobile application that answers the growing need for people in medium and large public places on how to protect themselves from criminal activity, lone shooters and terrorist attacks. It is a simple, intuitive product that allows users during high stress to connect immediately with venue security.
No matter where you sit right now, in the past few months or years, you have questioned if you are safe. Maybe as you strolled through the mall, went to a concert, sent your children to school or you entered the high rise building where you work in the city, you asked yourself what would you do if a lone shooter entered your life to wreak havoc. Law enforcement is overburdened with the same questions, knowing they can’t save everyone every time. Realizing they can’t predict where the next tragedy will take place. So, what do you do? Guardian Zone wants to be part of your solution. We want to help smartphone users with our app immediately contact venue security during these emergencies or threats. Guardian Zone wants to empower its app users, to give them some control and allow them to be the eyes and ears of venue security
On 9/11, I was serving in the U.S. Consulate in Mexico when we received a bomb threat. All members of the U.S. mission were asked to scour our immediate environment looking for anything out of the ordinary. At first, I thought, what am I doing? I don’t want to find the bomb. But little by little as I moved boxes from deliveries past, I began to feel empowered. I was taking a role in my own security, and from that day forward, I looked at my relationship with venue security and law enforcement differently, as a partnership. Guardian Zone allows for casual visitors to medium or large venues to become a part of a venue’s temporary network in order to communicate with security via their Guardian Zone app. Most importantly, Guardian Zone app users do not need to be a part of an established community.
In 2015, DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier said it best, when she said, “Your options are run, hide, or fight”. “Confronted with the rash of school and workplace “soft-target” shooting scenarios that now include possible terrorist acts like those in Paris, police departments are no longer preaching the passive approach of calling 911. Active shooters like the terrorists in Paris call for more active responses, including running away, hiding or actually attacking the attacker.” Watch the full interview that aired on November 22, 2015 at http://www.cbsnews.com/news/when-calling-911-isnt-enough/.
The men and women in blue will continue to do their best to protect us, but I believe we need to start thinking about how to protect ourselves and our loved ones until the cavalry arrives. Our lives depend on it.
Sheryl Maas CEO Guardian Zone (www.guardianzone.com)
Two Security Tips to Keep in mind
- When in large venues with the family, do you have a designated meeting point in case someone gets separated from the group? If you have small children, take a picture of them with your smartphone, so security can have an actual photo of the child and what they are wearing.
- Workplace violence is very real and on the rise. Do you know where all the exits are at your company and where they lead? Does your company have a security guard and do you know how to contact them?