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Behaviour Detection Methods Advised To Prevent Further Car Bomb Attempts

Pro-24 Security And Investigative Services : 05 May, 2010  (Technical Article)
In the aftermath of the failed Times Square car bomb, Pro-24 Security expert in Israeli behaviour analysis techniques believes a change in mindset is required in order to prevent further attempts
Security Expert Kevin Dougherty of Pro-24 Security commented today on the latest failed attack in Times Square. "We are fortunate that the device did not detonate, had it done so, we would be talking about a whole different scenario today." The failed car bomb attack in Times Square has caused new security concerns for the United States. It has also caused Governmental officials in New York City to demand that the Department of Homeland Security beef up both its funding and security measures.

But Dougherty thinks that isn't enough. "It's imperative that we respond to potential threats before they occur and not react after the fact. I believe this is best achieved through the use of behaviour detection methodology," said Dougherty.

The behaviour detection methodology of which he speaks is based on the Israeli model for National Security. Israeli military and law enforcement are considered to be the most well prepared and highly trained specialists in the world. Dougherty who is Operations Director for Pro-24 and spent some time touring the US teaching the Israeli strategies says the model is based on a three tiered approach that law enforcement and citizens alike can utilize and apply.

"The first step is Familiarization," Dougherty says. "People have to become more aware of their environments and what may be out of place. It's about the usual verses the unusual." In the Times Square incident, reports indicated that there were cylinders connected to wiring, timers and additional gasoline in the back of the Nissan Pathfinder. "Items like these should raise a red flag," Dougherty added.

"The second step is Evaluation," said Dougherty. It's imperative that people assume the role of participant and not bystander. "It's important that you trust your instincts enough to take the next step and notify law enforcement," Dougherty said.

"The final step is Communication. Once a potential problem is identified, it's critical that the necessary authorities are notified immediately," said Dougherty. In the Times Square incident, a Tee Shirt Salesman's suspicions were triggered by several items. He subsequently noticed smoke and contacted the police. According to Dougherty, that was the right move, but it would have been too late had the device detonated. "Likely, there were other witnesses who saw something suspect but didn't want to get involved. That's the wrong mindset," Dougherty said.

Kevin Dougherty isn't new to crisis situations such as the Times Square incident. He is a former Sergeant with Miami Dade SWAT and spent over thirty-two years on the Miami Dade Police Department. Pro 24 Security, the company for which he is Operations Director, provides specialized training in Israeli based behaviour detection strategies, dignitary protection and event security.
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