Safety & Security: Facility Security
- Girl Shot During Dispute at Birmingham Rec Center
by Andy Berg April 2018
A 17-year-old girl is in critical condition after being shot in the head at a Birmingham rec center.
- Gym Robbery Goes Wrong as Suspect Falls from Roof
by Tiffany Caldwell April 2018
A 57-year-old man pointed what looked like a gun — police suspect it was either a BB gun or a toy — at an employee of a Tooele gym on Monday afternoon.
- Report: Public Housing Playgrounds Equipment Unsafe
by Rich Calder April 2018
Nearly 70 percent of playgrounds at city public-housing projects are plagued with broken equipment and other hazards — and in many cases the problems were swept under the rug through bogus inspection reports.
- Man Arrested After Sneaking into Clubhouse
by Erik Boland April 2018
Twice in the Yankees' last two trips to Rogers Centre, an unwanted visitor has gained entry to their clubhouse. Local law enforcement on Saturday arrested a man who snuck into an empty clubhouse in the early-morning hours.
- Two Individuals Shot on Basketball Court at Health Club
by Paul Steinbach March 2018
Two individuals were shot and wounded Friday on a basketball court at a Fitness Connection location in Mesquite, Texas.
Police responded to a report around 1:20 p.m. that a man had been shot at the health club, but found two wounded individuals — a club employee and a member — upon arrival. One was treated at the scene, while the other was taken to a local hospital. Two nearby high schools were put on lockdown as a precaution.
Three male suspects headed for Interstate 635 in a silver car before police arrived, according to a report by The Dallas Morning News.
Fitness Connection's Facebook account posted a message Friday that included phone numbers for members to call with information, as well as these sentiments: "All of our thoughts and prayers are with the two victims and their families. The health and safety of our members and our employees is always our utmost concern. Our Mesquite gym will remain open, and we will continue to assist the authorities in any way we can."
- Community Centers May Get Active-Shooter Training
by Deidre Williams March 2018
A recent scare and lockdown at a South Buffalo (N.Y.) community center, coming in the wake of the nation's most recent mass shooting, has Common Council members poised to implement active-shooter training for city facilities.
- Ex-Recreation Official Accused of Stealing $540K
by John Futty March 2018
The former deputy director of the Hilliard Recreation and Parks Department is accused of stealing more than $540,000 from the city's swimming pools and altering documents to cover up the thefts.
- Preparing for an Active-Shooter in Your Sports Venue
by Andy Berg February 2018
Some travelers leaving AB Show this past November faced a small hiccup while trying to depart Orlando International Airport. An exploding camera battery put security on high alert, and the entire airport had to be evacuated. Transportation Security Administration officials on the scene told people waiting in security lines to drop their bags and run, while others were sequestered within jet bridges. It was a reminder of the unpredictable times in which we live.
- KU Police Called for Loiterer Offering 'Free-Throw Advice'
by Courtney Cameron January 2018
On Wednesday afternoon, student-athletes made a distressed call to University of Kansas campus police to report a non-student who was loitering outside campus housing and harassing residents with unwarranted “free-throw advice,” according to the Lawrence Journal-World.
- New NCS4 Lab Trains Safety and Security Professionals
by Daniel Ward December 2017
On Sept. 1, the University of Southern Mississippi's National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Sport Security Research, Training and Operations Center at the National Sport Security Laboratory (NSSL). The new center helps bring to life NCS4's vision of being the world's leading academic research institution in addressing sports safety and security risks and threats.