Sunday, September 3, 2017

Maine Security Weekly Newsletter - September 3, 2017

Maine Cyber Safety Summit. Thomas College and the Maine State Chamber are hosting a two-day event in three locations to assist Maine businesses in protecting themselves from possible losses. The summit will cover topics relating to cyber security and safeguarding information. Speakers from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and security firms will provide presentations. Read more in "Thomas College and Maine State Chamber collaborate to provide Maine Cyber Safety Summit: Keeping Maine Businesses Safe", Bangor Daily News, August 28, 2017. See also Maine Cyber Safety Summit.

View a calendar of safety and security events in Maine.

Military Hardware for Police. The restrictions on the sale or transfer of surplus military hardware, equipment, and weapons to law enforcement agencies has been loosened. Jeff Sessions, the U.S. Attorney General, made the announcement recently during the Fraternal Order of Police conference held this month. Listen to a podcast on the topic in "Trump Administration Lifts Limits on Military Hardware for Police", Maine Public On Point, August 28, 2017.

Maine LE and Marijuana. The ability for cannabis to be legally grown and sold in Maine does not mean that Maine police and the U.S. Border Patrol will be ignoring the current laws and regulations on the books. Read more in "U.S. Border Patrol in Maine warns legalization won't halt marijuana seizures", Press Herald, August 28, 2017.

Safety - Planning Ahead for Disasters. September is National Preparedness Month and it is a great time to make a plan for your family and friends. Read more in "Disasters don't plan ahead, but you can", Boothbay Register, August 28, 2017.

Citizen Soldier and Border Patrol Officer Serves Maine. A member of the 185th Engineer Support Company of the Maine Army National Guard also works as a member of the U.S. Border Patrol. Read how Specialist Justin Theriault serves the state of Maine in two capacities in "Maine Soldier Serves Country On and Off Duty",  DVIDS, August 17, 2017.

Map of Officer Shootings in Maine. The Maine Attorney General's office reported 53 officer-involved shootings in Maine since the beginning of 2012. View an "Interactive Map: Police Use of Deadly Force in Maine", Press Herald, August 18, 2017.



Sunday, June 25, 2017

Maine Security Weekly Newsletter - June 25, 2017



FBI Report on Internet Crime. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has published the 2016 Internet Crime Report. This 28-page report introduces the "Internet Crime Complaint Center" (IC3) of the FBI and tells us how the IC3 supports law enforcement. The report also covers the topics of business email compromise, ransonware, tech support fraud, and extortion. A bunch of statistics is presented as well - 2016 overall statistics, victims by age group, and crime types.
https://pdf.ic3.gov/2016_IC3Report.pdf

Sail Boston 2017 Labelled High Security Threat. The highest threat level has been designated for the upcoming tourist event to be held in Boston, Massachusetts. Read more in "Boston Tall Ships Event Designated with Nation's Highest Security Threat Level", Security Sales & Integration, June 16, 2017.

Fatal Police Shootings in Maine. 2017 has seen a big jump in the number of people who have died in police shootings in Maine. There is an average of one police shooting per month. (GovTech.gov, June 20, 2017).

Road Rage. Aggressive driving is a big problem on America's highways. Learn what causes road rage and take the road rage quiz to see if you are are possible road rage perpetrator! Aggressive Driving and Road Rage by SafeMotorist.com.

Banning Cellphone Use While Driving in Maine. Both chambers of the Maine Legislature have passed a bill that will outlaw the used of hand-held cellphones while driving. Phones capable of hands-free operation would still be legal. See "Maine Legislature votes to ban cellphone use while driving", Bangor Daily News, June 20, 2017.

No 'Safe' Drug Houses. The Maine House of Representatives rejected a bill that would create two safe houses in Maine where people could take illegal drugs with supervision from medical health professionals. Read "Maine lawmakers reject call to create drug safe houses", Bangor Daily News, June 16, 2017.

Home Lightning Safety. Now that summer is here in Maine we will see more thunderstorms. When the thunder is heard it could be a good time to head indoors. But lightning can also it houses as well. Read Lightning Safety around the Home, Maine.gov.
www.maine.gov/mema/prepare/prep_display.shtml?163526


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Maine Security Weekly Newsletter - June 18, 2017


Maine Navy SEAL Honored. Governor LePage directed that flags be flown at half-staff across the state of Maine on Tuesday, June 13th in honor of Senior Chief Petty Officer Kyle Milliken. The Navy SEAL - a native of Falmouth, Maine - was killed in combat in Somalia on May 5th. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday. Milliken grew up in Falmouth,Maine and graduated in 1998 from Cheverus High School in Portland. He is survived by his wife and two children. Read more in a news report by the Press Herald, June 12, 2017.

Maine Law Enforcement Update

Fryeburg, Maine Police Office Dies. Officer Nathan Desjardins was injured and subsequently died during a search for a missing canoeist over Memorial Day weekend. Maine Public, June 8, 2017. A memorial tribute was held on Friday in Augusta, Maine for Officer Desjardins (Press Herald, June 13, 2017).

K9 Has Successful First Day on Job. A Maine State Police K9 had a very good first day on the job. Watch a video by WMTW 8 ABC News, June 14, 2017.
www.wmtw.com/article/maine-state-police-k9-jumps-into-action-first-day-on-the-job/10025314

Capital Police Doing Their Job! The recent shooting in Virginia of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La) brought into focus the job that the nation's Capital Police are doing everyday. See "Shooting Highlights Role of Capitol Police", Maine Public, June 14, 2017.

Protecting Public Officials. The wounding of a Congressman on June 14th highlights the need to protect elected members of government who could be targets. Robert L. Oatman, CPP - a leading expert in personal, executive, and VIP protection - wrote an article a few years back that is of interest. Read "Reducing Risk for Elected Officials", Security Management Online, February 1, 2011.

Guns and Those Who Carry Them

Arming Maine's Forest Rangers? The Maine House has voted 132-15 to support a bill that would arm forest rangers. Read more in "Maine House strongly endorses new effort to arm forest rangers"Bangor Daily News, June 8, 2017.

Gun Problems at Maine's Criminal Justice Academy. Two trainees undergoing a five-week basic corrections training course are likely to be dropped from the training program. Seems they were involved in an incident where a gun discharged injuring a third trainee. Read more in "Trainees involved in shooting at police academy violated rules, director says"Bangor Daily News, June 14, 2017.  Read more with an interview of the shot correction's officer in "Wounded cadet calls shooting 'freak accident'", Bangor Daily News, June 16, 2017.

College Students and Guns in Maine. Maine House members recently shot down a proposal that would have allowed people with concealed carry permits to carry their firearms on public colleges. Read more in "Lawmakers gun down bill that sought to arm more college students"Maine Sun Journal, June 6, 2017.

Safety and Health News

Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is recognized each June 15th throughout the United States and many other countries. Elder Abuse is considered by some to be the 'crime of the century'. Read more in an article posted by Maine.gov, June 13, 2017.

New Helicopter for LifeFlight. The medical helicopter service for Maine is expanding with a third helicopter. See "Maine's LifeFlight gets 3rd air ambulance helicopter"Press Herald, June 9, 2017.

Lyme Disease and Awareness.The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held the 8th Annual Lyme Disease Awareness Poster Contest to raise awareness and knowledge about prevention against tick-borne illnesses. Read more in "Maine CDC highlights the importance of Lyme disease awareness and prevention"Maine.gov, June 13, 2017.

Over 65? Then More Susceptible to Lyme Disease. See "Adults Over 65 Years Old Had the Highest Rates of Lyme Disease in 2016", Maine.gov, June 15, 2017.

Tornadoes in Maine? Our state usually has two a year - usually accompanied with severe thunderstorms. Maine.gov has some safety tips for tornadoes in Maine.
www.maine.gov/mema/prepare/prep_display.shtml?163532


Misc Security and LE News

Covertly Tracking Lobster Boats. A controversial bill will allow the Department of Marine Resources to track lobster boats with tracking devices covertly placed on the boats - without the boat owner's permission. Read more in a news report by WCSH 6 Portland, June 7, 2017.

History Channel's 'Alone'. The survival series returns for another season. Seven teams of 2 family members each are competing in the wild woods of Vancouver, Canada. One of the teams hails from Central Maine and features a former Green Beret.
www.history.com/shows/alone

Driver's License Loss and Drug Convictions. It may be possible to lose your driver's license for six months if convicted of a drug offense. The folks at Central Maine.com (editorial board) think this is a bad idea. Read more in "Our View: Mandatory suspension won't help drug crisis", Central Maine.com, June 16, 2017.

TIEMS USA 2017 Annual Conference. The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) held their Annual Conference this past week (June 12-16, 2107) at the University of Maine. Read more about it at the following link:
http://tiems.info/images/pdfs/TIEMS2017USAMaineConferencever1.pdf

488th MP Company. The Maine Army National Guard military police company has been training at the Plymouth Training Site in Plymouth, Maine. Read up on their two-week long annual training activities in a news report by Army.mil, June 15, 2017.

REAL ID and Maine Compliance. Maine is one of the states that resisted implementation of the federal requirements for new technology to be used for driver's licenses. But eventually it will need to comply. Read more in "Maine gets extension on REAL ID compliance", Central Maine - Portland Press Herald, June 15, 2017. For more info read "Homeland Security agrees to extension of REAL ID compliance period for Maine", Maine.gov, June 15, 2017.

Money for County Jails. Mary-Anne LaMarre, executive director of the Maine Sheriffs Association and a board member of the Maine Juvenile Justice Advisory Group, has penned an article about increasing funding for Maine's jails. Read "Funding county jails: Why it matters to all families in Maine", Press Herald, June 9, 2017.

Opinion: Public and Independent Oversight Needed for Prisons. A opinion contributor writes "Without public oversight, abuse and neglect rarely comes to light", Bangor Daily News, June 15, 2017.


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Maine Security Weekly Newsletter - 20170611


Death in Whitewater Rafting Accident. A whitewater raft flipped over and seven passengers were ejected. One man died in the incident. The accident took place on a remote portion of the river in West Forks Plantation. See "York man, 67, killed in whitewater rafting accident on Dead River", Press Herald, June 3, 2017.

Boating Safety. Maine deaths in 2017 due to boating mishaps have matched its total fatalities from last year. And summer isn't even here yet! See "Boating safety gets more emphasis as Maine deaths reach 6 early in season", Portland Press Herald, June 4, 2017.

"Maine Prepares" Daily Tip. Maine.gov sends out daily safety tips via email from "Maine Prepares". You can sign up for them at the following link - https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/MEMEMA/subscriber/new.

Gun Deaths in America. The vast majority of gun deaths in the United States are not mass shootings like the recent one in Orlando, Florida where 5 people were killed. Most American gun deaths are suicides or one-on-one shootings. Read "Most Mass Shootings Are Smaller, Domestic Tragedies", by Maine Public.org, June 5, 2017.

Article about Security System Integration. "Optimal security solutions can only be achieved by integrating security systems that fit each business's unique requirements." Learn more in 7 Benefits of Having an Integrated Security System by Security Sales & Integration, June 5, 2017.

Anti-Flea Products and Animal Safety. The Maine Emergency Management Agency provides a quick tip on how to control fleas on your pets yet not hurt them. See Use anti-flea products for your pets safely published June 6, 2017.

Defenses against School Bullying. In 2016 there were a total of 746 incidents of bullying and harassment in Maine public schools. Learn how some families are coping in "Bullied Out of School: Maine families look to cyber schools for success", WLBZ 2, June 5,2017.

Benefits of Thermal Imaging Cameras. Thermal cameras let people see what their eyes can't - they register heat radiation whether it is light or dark. Thermal cameras can operate in low light environments, are immune to visual limitations, in instances where objects have similar colors or patterns, register fewer false alarms, and provide a higher return on investment. Read more in "The 5 Benefits of Thermal Imaging Cameras", SDM Magazine, May 18, 2017.

Portable Weather Radio. A portable weather radio is the best way to keep track of changing weather conditions when enjoying the outside. You can keep track of the weather with NOAA Weather Radio. http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Maine Security Weekly Newsletter - 20170604



Travis Mills. Watch an inspiring video about a retired Army staff sergeant who hails from Maine. Mills is a quadruple amputee who has recovered from his wounds in Afghanistan. He now has a movie and book in progress. (May 2017).
http://video.foxnews.com/v/5453186586001/

Workplace Safety Classes. The Maine Department of Labor is offering safety classes for the workplace in June. Read more in an article by on the topic published May 30, 2017.

Ready for Hurricanes? The season for hurricanes in Maine - when we do see them - is late summer and early fall. But it is never too early to get ready. According to the State of Maine, hurricane season starts on June 2nd!

Security Industry Associations Support Educational Institutions. A recent article in Security Sales & Integration (June 1, 2017) provides information on how security institutions like the Electronic Security Association (ESA) and Security Industry Association (SIA) are providing info to educational institutions on how to secure their campuses and facilities. Read "How to Use Industry Associations as a Resource in the Education Vertical".

How Quickly Do Companies Detect Cyberattackers? A report from the Aberdeen Group that was sponsored by McAfee (computer security software company) says that it took an average of 38 days to detect attackers responsible for data breaches. Read "Most Companies Take More Than a Month to Detect Cyberattackers", Security Management Online, June 2, 2017.

Target Practice with an Axe. So there are quite a few recreational hobbies out there to keep one busy. One that is quite different than the others is the art of axe throwing. Read "Grab an Ax and Join the Latest Trend in Target Practice", Maine Today, May 15, 2017.

New Cybersecurity Firm in Maine. "Launch Security" is a new security firm in Portland, Maine that provides cybersecurity services to small businesses. Read more in "Launch Security looks for cybersecurity to take off", Security Systems News, May 31, 2017.

Protecting the Country's Electrical Grid. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has released a 50-page report on protecting U.S. critical infrastructure from cyberattacks. Read "What The U.S. Government Can Do to Protect The Grid", Security Management Online, June 1, 2017.

Maine's Deputy Sheriff of the Year for 2016. Deputy Clayton Jordan of Whitefield was recognized for his long career in Maine law enforcement dating back to the early 1970s. Read more in "Lincoln County Sheriff recognized before Maine Senate", Boothbay Register, June 1, 2017.

K-9s in Maine. Nick McCrea, staff writer for the Bangor Daily News, tells us "Why more police departments in Maine are recruiting dogs to their ranks" in a May 31st news article.

Flying and Facial Recognition. It was only a matter of time. A news report says that JetBlue will institute a pilot program where it will use biometrics technology at Boston's Logan Airport to test a self-boarding process where paper tickets are replaced with facial recognition scans. Read more in "JetBlue to Test Self-Boarding Program Using Facial Recognition", Security Sales, June 1, 2017.

Bear Alert! Northern New England's bear population is now out of hibernation and is searching for food. The bears may be coming for your bird feeder or garbage. In 2016 there were a total of 719 complaints of nuisance bears - highest in Maine since 2007. Read more in "With bears on rise, Maine, NH hope to limit human conflicts", Fosters.com, May 29, 2017.

The Two Cultures of Hacking. Most security professionals look at the hacking environment from a defensive standpoint. But one report says we should look at the problem from the hacker's perspective. Read "Hacking Culture", Security Management Online, June 1, 2017.

ASIS International White Paper on School Bus Security. The ASIS School Safety and Security Council has published a report on School Bus Safety. Read more about the paper here. (ASIS International, June 2, 2017).

Museum Security. Every big city has one or more museums. There are a large number of museums in Maine secured by Maine security firms. Read a recent article about museum security in "Secure the Perimeters", Security Today, June 1, 2017.

Maine's Inmates Need Jobs, Not Prison - Says ME's Gov. Maine's Governor LePage is flipping the political scene on its head with his recent advocacy of shorter prison terms for some of the prisoners found in Maine jails. Read "Maine's Governor Wants Inmates to Fill Jobs, Not Prison Beds", The New York Times, June 1, 2017.

Boat Safety - Paddling Deaths. This is the time of year where we see a rise in boat safety incidents. Read more in "Rise in paddling deaths spurs Coast Guard to ramp up safety efforts", Bangor Daily News,  May 31, 2017.



Sunday, May 28, 2017

Maine Security Weekly Newsletter - 20170528





ME Inmates to be Released. Governor LePage is considering the release of Maine prison inmates. The move will relieve some over-crowding in Maine's prison facilities. Read more in "Maine's tough-on-crime talking governor to release inmates"Miami Herald, May 25, 2017.

Falmouth, Maine SEAL Remembered by NE Patriots. Kyle Milliken visited the New England Patriots training facility in August 2011. During a service for the Navy SEAL who was killed in Somalia the Patriots remembered Milliken. Read "Brady remembers SEAL, native son KIA", Boston Herald, May 27, 2017.

Terrorism in UK Affecting Events Here in Maine. The acts of terrorism occurring overseas are contributing to a higher level of caution here in Maine. Read more in "Maine venues beef up security after concert attack", The Washington Times, May 24, 2017.

"Click It or Ticket". Using a seat belt while driving is the law. Maine law enforcement officials are stepping up enforcement during the holiday weekend. See "Stepped up 'Click It or Ticket' enforcement begins in Maine", WGME.com, May 22, 2017.

Pedestrian Safety Improvements Needed in Searsport. The town of Searsport is looking to fund safety improvements for pedestrians through the Maine Department of Transportation's Bicycle and Pedestrian Program. See "Searsport considers pedestrian safety improvements", The Republican Journal, May 21, 2017.

Paddlecraft Safety. Cold water, treacherous currents, and unpredictable weather will turn an outing on the water into a danger zone. 49 people were killed in recreational boating accidents in New England in 2016. This upcoming boating season the Coast Guard and State of Maine are focusing on paddlecraft safety. See "Coast Guard and state of Maine unified on paddlecraft safety", Press Herald, May 20, 2017.

Drug Smuggling by Substitute Teacher. A Mountain Valley Middle School (Mexico, Maine) substitute teacher has been charged with smuggling heroin and cocaine into Maine. Read more in a news report by the Press Herald, May 19, 2017.

58 New Police Officers in ME. The Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro recently graduated police officers from around Maine. See "Maine graduates newest police officers, deputies and troopers", Penobscot Bay Pilot, May 19, 2017.

Bowdoin College Security Officer Profiled. Read a news article about a college security officer - Sonny Toscano in "Safety, security and some music: Officer Sonny Toscano shares his life beyond the badge", The Bowdoin Orient, April 27, 2017.



Sunday, May 14, 2017

Maine Bill - Increased Victim Rights

Proposed Law for Victims Rights. A bill that would give crime victims of violent crimes more rights is being discussed at the state house by legislators. Read more in "Bill would give victims of violent crimes more rights in Maine"WGME.com, May 11, 2017.

Ransom Malware Hits Maine

Ransomware Virus in Maine. The Brewer, Maine school department had to pay $1,400 in 'ransom' to be able to access its computer system. A school department employee clicked on a link that allowed a 'ransomware virus' to corrupt the system. The ransom was paid in bitcoin - an anonymous online currency. Other organizations in Maine have had to pay a ransom to regain access to their computer files - to include several Maine police departments. Read more in "Brewer School Department pays $1,400 in 'ransom' to unlock computer system", Bangor Daily News, May 12, 2017.

Harvard Security Expert on Ransomware Attack. A cybersecurity expert at Havard's Kennedy School is interviewed about the latest cyber attack by Maine Public (NPR). See "Security Expert Weighs in on Worldwide Ransomware Hack", Maine Public, May 13, 2017.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Maine Security & Safety News Update

White-Collar Crime Registry for Maine? One lawmaker in the Maine legislature believes that an online, public list of white-collar criminals would give senior citizens a place to check up on people who they suspect are likely to prey on them. However, many other lawmakers don't seem in favor of it - citing reasons why it probably would not work. Read "White-collar crime registry proposed to skeptical lawmakers", The Sun Journal, May 1, 2017.

Food Safety for Maine Cheesemakers. Artisan cheesemakers in Maine are taking food safety seriously. One particular safety problem is creameries that test postive for Listeria monocytogenes. A recent article describes some of the safety procedures Maine cheesemakers take to ensure a safe food product. Read "How Maine's cheesemakers are keeping food safety a top priority", Bangor Daily News, May 2, 2017.

Drug-Impaired Driving in Maine. "Drug-impaired driving is a growing concern for highway safety officials. But, as a recent report makes clear, its actual impact is still difficult to measure". "Measuring Drug Impairment In Drivers Is Easier Said Than Done"Maine Public Radio, May 5, 2017.

Should Maine Allow Guns on College Campuses? A bill before the legislature will allow concealed carry of weapons on Maine college campuses. Hmmmm. The governors office and NRA supports this. Read more in "Schools, cops say concealed guns on campuses would jeopardize safety", Bangor Daily News, May 8, 2017.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Navy SEALs and Falmouth Native Kyle Milliken

Kyle Milliken of Falmouth, Maine enlisted with the Navy SEALs in 2002. He was killed on Friday during a special operations mission in Somalia. His unit was conducting an operation along with members of the Somalia military forces against the terrorist group al-Shabaab about forty miles from Mogadishu - the Somalia capital. Read more in "Navy SEALs one of U.S. military's most elite forces", Portland Press Herald, May 6, 2017.


Kyle Milliken - Navy SEAL from Maine KIA in Somalia

The Department of Defense announced the death of a U.S. Navy Sailor who died in Somalia. He was deployed in support of a Somali National Army operation. Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Kyle Milliken, 38, of Falmouth, Maine was killed during an operation against al-Shabaab on May 5, 2017 in a remote area of Somalia approximately 40 miles west of Mogadishu. He was assigned to an East Coast based special warfare unit.


www.defense.gov/News/News-Releases/News-Release-View/Article/1175308/dod-announces-navy-casualty/source/GovDelivery/


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

UMaine Hockey Player & Green Beret Fondly Remembered

A popular member of the University of Maine hockey team recently died. After playing for UMaine he went on to a movie actor career and then serving as a Green Beret with the 1st Special Forces Group. He served a tour in the Middle East with Special Forces in the fight against the Islamic State terrorist group. He recently committed suicide in Washington state. He leaves behind a wife and two children. See "Hockey player, actor remembered by former UMaine teammates", Bangor Daily News, May 2, 2017.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Legislature Considers Strengthening Sex Assault Laws

"State lawmarkers are considering a bill that would make it easier for victims to report sexual offenses and increase convictions for crimes that now go unpunished . . ."

"Legislature considers bill to strengthen sex assault laws", Maine Sun Journal, April 28, 2017.

Maine to Soon be in Real ID Compliance

Gov. Paul LePage has signed a bill that will put Maine in compliance with federal regulations for the Real ID program. This will avoid Maine citizens from having problems accessing federal facilities or boarding domestic airline flights. Read more in "LePage signs bill to bring Maine into Real ID compliance", Bangor Daily News, April 28, 2017.

NEACC Annual Golf Outing

The New England Alarm & Controls Council (NEACC) will be holding their annual Golf Outing at the Heritage Country Club in Charlton, Massachusetts on Wednesday, May 17th.

www.neacc.org/golf-outing.html

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Guide to Body Armor

If you are a security officer, bodyguard, or close protection specialist in the corporate world then protective clothing and equipment should be an important part of how you defend yourself. Body armor could be a piece of equipment that would offer you some protection in some circumstances. While the vast majority of security officers do not need body armor there are those that should have this basic piece of equipment available. One of the selection factors for choosing body armor is the type of job you have. Those security officers performing VIP or Executive Protection duties should consider the use of body armor. Certainly, if you are a security contractor in a war zone (Afghanistan or Iraq) then the use of body armor is a must. If your presence is one that must be minimized then concealable body armor is appropriate. If you are doing open carry work in a war zone then an overt body armor like the graphic displayed in this post is applicable. Learn more about body armor in a recent article (March 2016) entitled:

Security Operatives and Protective Equipment: A Guide to Body Armor
http://www.mainesecurity.com/articles/guide-to-body-armor.htm


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Dexter Man Killed in Afghanistan

Former Knox County Sheriff Deputy and Dexter resident Corey Dodge was one of three American contractors working for DynCorp in Afghanistan who were killed during a suicide vehicle borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) attack on their convoy on Saturday, August 22nd. He is survived by his wife and their four children. Twelve people died and 66 people were injured during the bombing. Read more in "Dexter man killed in Afghan suicide car bombing", WCSH 6, August 23, 2015.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

New Maine Law Helps Protect Against Identity Theft

The Maine legislature overrode a Governor Paul LePage veto of L.D. 382 which, once enacted, provides free protection against identity theft for Mainers. In 2013 there were more than 500 identity theft complaints in Maine. Read more in "New law provides identity theft guards", Lakes Region Weekly, June 12, 2015.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Communications and Homeland Security

Shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in September 2001 many in the homeland defense community criticized the lack of communications commonality among the various security, safety, and law enforcement organizations. It seems that the radios of the different agencies couldn't communicate with each other. Millions of dollars and years later the problem still exists. Read more in "After Spending Millions on Communications, Homeland Security Fails Radio Test", MPBN News, June 8, 2015.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Maine Gun Safety

It appears that Maine will soon see a legislative bill that is currently awaiting signature by Governor Paul LePage that will do away with the permit requirement to carry weapons and with the requirement that people demonstrate the ability to handle a firearm. Gun safety courses will not be required. Some of the things that people should know about guns are pointed out in a June 10th news story by the Bangor Daily News in "13 ways to avoid shooting yourself or someone else".

Monday, August 25, 2014

Maine School Security Workshop (Sep 18, 2014)

The Maine Department of Education (DOE) is sponsoring a Maine School Security Workshop to be held September 18, 2014 at the Hampden Academy and September 19, 2014 at the Westbrook Middle School. The workshop is free - and is designed for superintendents, principals, athletic administrators, school resource officers, and others. Participants will receive training in aspects of school safety and security. You can learn more about this event at the link below.

http://mainedoenews.net/2014/08/22/upcoming-maine-security-school-workshop/

Friday, August 22, 2014

USM Cyber Security Lab To Teach Hacking

The University of Southern Maine has opened its Cyber Security Lab that will teach students to protect computer data. The cybersecurity curriculum will examine technical, legal, and ethical issues about sensitive data. Read more in "USM will teach students how to hack, and how to stop it", Portland Press Herald, August 22, 2014 at this link.

Monday, March 10, 2014

133rd Engineer Battalion Serving in Afghanistan

The Maine Army National Guard 133rd Engineer Battalion is currently serving in the Afghan Conflict. With the retrograde mission in Afghanistan currently underway the 133rd is playing a key role. The 133rd is serving at Bagram Air Field (just north of Kabul) and in other areas of Regional Command East. This battalion has been augmented with engineer companies from other states to include New Jersey and Alabama. One of the attached companies is the 1151st Engineer Company of the Alabama Army National Guard. It is somewhat interesting that an Alabama Army National Guard company is assigned to the 133rd giving the history of the civil war (the 133rd carries on the lineage and traditions of the 20th of Maine and the Battle of Gettysburg and Battle of Little Round Top). Someone with a perverse sense of humor at National Guard Bureau? Hmmmm. What would Joshua Chamberlain say?

Monday, February 10, 2014

CyberCrime a Serious Concern for Shoppers

Crime experts are predicting a uptick in serious cybercrime as hackers become more aware of how to breach the nation's antiquated payment systems. The cyber thieves from Russia, Eastern Europe and elsewhere will concentrate their attacks on the United States as Western Europe has adopted more robust cyber defenses. Read more in "Experts predict wave of serious cybercrime", Portland Press Herald, February 10, 2014.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Maine Threatened With Growing Drug Problem

Maine, along with other Northern New England states, has seen a significant rise in drug use. There are differing ways of combating the problem. Some say stiffer penalties for drug pushers and a more robust drug enforcement is the answer. Others want to increase funding for drug treatment programs. Some think that a combination of both might be key to reducing drug use. Read more in "Northern New England tackles growing drug problem", Seattle PI, February 9, 2014.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Federal Chemical Safety Law Needs Updating

An opinion piece by Mike Michaud and Mike Belliveau provide us with information on the lack of control over chemical substances that are found in almost every aspect of our lives. They advocate for a stronger federal chemical substance control law and more powers given to the Environmental Protection Agency. Read more in "Updating federal chemical safety law will mean healthier Maine families", Portland Press Herald, February 6, 2014.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Fake Firearms Bill in Maine Legislature Facing Opposition

A bill before the Maine legislature to make possession of a toy gun in a school or on school grounds a crime is under consideration. The proposed law carries a penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. So I guess the student who gets caught will repeat that grade and have to get a paper route to pay off the fine once released from the six month prison sentence. Some critics say this law is an overreaction and that school rules exist that are harsh enough. Read more in "Fake firearm bill fires up debate", WGME 13, February 5, 2014.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Jobs in Law Enforcement and Security Fields - Panel at Thomas College Provides Info

A panel of nine speakers including local, state, federal law enforcement officials and members of private security presented their views on opportunities to work in law enforcement and security fields to Thomas College students. Read more in "Criminal justice experts offer advice to Thomas College students", Kennebec Journal, January 28, 2014.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Maine Army National Guard Detachment 14 Returns from Afghanistan Deployment

Detachment 14 of the Maine Army National Guard has just returned from a year-long deployment to Afghanistan. The unit, part of Operational Support Airlift Command (OSACOM) flies fixed-wing aircraft for the Army. While deployed to Afghanistan they were under the command of Task Force Odin - a very secretive intelligence gathering organization. The Maine flying unit provided intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support to ISAF.  The intelligence work is instrumental in the conduct of counterinsurgency in Afghanistan. The U.S. contribution to the Afghan War has moved from combat operations to Security Force Assistance - advising and assisting the Afghan National Security Forces that now have the lead for security. However, intelligence operations are still key to the advising effort. Read more in "Bangor Guard unit returns from secret Afghanistan intelligence mission", Bangor Daily News, February 3, 2014.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Portland Man Jailed for False Social Security Cards

A Portland, Maine man will go to jail for producing false Social Security cards. Roman Garcia-Lopez will receive 10 months jail time for selling the cards to illegal aliens. It seems he was ordered removed from the United States in 1997 . . . but never left. One wonders how many illegal aliens are now on the unemployment and welfare rolls driving up our taxes every year. At the same time that Congress is cutting the promised Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) for military veterans who have fought in our wars the last twelve years we continue to have others receiving free rides who don't deserve it. Instead of 10 months Roman should get 10 years - because in two years he will find his way back here and go back to doing the same thing. Read more in "Portland man gets 10 months for role in creating false Social Security cards", Bangor Daily News, January 22, 2014.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Maine Lags Behind Europe in High-Tech Credit Cards

According to a recent news report Maine lags behind most of Europe in adopting high-tech credit cards. Europe has moved to a more secure chip system. Credit card fraud rates in the U.S. have doubled in ten years. More secure credit cards carry a computer chip and security software that hides important information. It is estimated to take ten years and about $8 billion to catch up with Europe's technology. In the meantime crooks will target U.S. consumers because of their weak credit card security system. Read more in "U.S. slow to adopt high-tech credit cards", Portland Press Herald, January 21, 2014.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Maine Hospitals Rank High in Report

Maine's hospitals rank high in a recent report by the American College of Emergency Physicians. Only Washington, D.C. (No.1) and Massachusetts received a higher overall ranking than Maine. This was a move up in ranking from 2009 when it placed 7th. Some strong points included emergency care. An identified weak area was disaster-preparedness.

Read a recent news report by Maine.Biz dated January 17, 2014
"Maine hospitals get B- in emergency care report"

View the report card for Maine at the following link.
www.emreportcard.org/Maine/

Read the "Maine Press Release".
www.emreportcard.org/Content.aspx?id=464

View or download the Maine Report Card (Adobe Acrobat PDF).
http://www.emreportcard.org/uploadedFiles/States/Maine/Maine.pdf

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Heroin Use on Rise in Maine

Reports from the state attorney general's office indicate that heroin abuse has grown in Maine. 2012 saw the death of 28 people in the state dying from overdoses. The increase in heroin use is partly because of the increase in regulations to restrict prescriptions for oxycodone. The price of heroin has become cheaper and the supply more plentiful as Afghanistan is flooding the world market with opium from its ever-increasing crop of poppy. It is anticipated that 2013 heroin related deaths in Maine will exceed the number in 2012. Read more in "Fatal overdoses quadruple as heroin tightens grip on Maine", Portland Press Herald, January 16, 2014.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Arming Maine Forest Rangers

A task force was established by Governor LePage to recommend whether forest rangers should be allowed to carry firearms. The task force agreed that rangers need protection and that they should be armed. The cost of the initiative will be expensive - because of training and purchase of weapons. The training would likely take place at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. Equipment that may be purchased includes firearms, ammunition, bulletproof vests, and cleaning kits. The legislature is considering LD 297 to authorize the funding for the arming of the forest rangers. The Portland Press Herald recently published an editorial endorsing the task force recommendations. See "Our View: Maine forest rangers shouldn't face hazards unarmed" dated January 15, 2014.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Maine Delegation Pushes for Funding for New DDG-51 Destroyer Construction at BIW

The Maine congressional delegation is pushing for the authorization of $100 million in funds for construction of a fifth DDG-51 Arleigh Burke destroyer at Bath Iron Works. The DDG-51 class of ship program was authorized for nine with an option of an additional DDG-51. The funding is for the construction of a 5th destroyer to be built at BIW. Five of the ten are built at a different shipyard in the south. The new ship has a increased stealth capability and advanced anti-missile ship defense systems. Read more about the DDG-51 at a Wikipedia site and learn about the prospects of the approval for funding in "Delegation pushing for $100M to start new destroyer at BIW", Banger Daily News, January 7, 2014.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

ObamaCare May Affect Costs of Volunteer Firefighters

Small towns throughout Maine may find themselves in a difficult financial situation when it comes to funding their volunteer fire departments. Volunteer firefighters receive no pay; however, under the ObamaCare health plan communities may be forced to provide health care to them - which will be costly. Read more in "Health care law may add volunteer firefighter costs", Portland Press Herald, January 6, 2014.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Police to Receive Training in Mentally Ill

The Portland police department has ensured that its members have received training in crisis intervention of mentally ill citizens. The training is 40 hours long. Read more on this in "Training to aid mentally ill a priority for police", Portland Press Herald, January 6, 2014.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Snowmobile Safety

The Maine Warden Service and the Snowmobile Association is passing on some snowmobile safety tips for 2014. Read more in the news article published in Bangor Daily News on January 1, 2014.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Bill to Ban Fake Guns in Maine Schools

A State Senator in the Maine legislature wants to outlaw fake or replica guns on school grounds. Read more in "Maine bill would ban fake guns at school", SeacoastOnline, January 4, 2014.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Revenge Porn - A Problem for Mainers

Revenge porn is something that is difficult to overcome. Once a picture of you is out there on the Internet it is hard to take it off the Internet. Learn more about revenge porn in this news article - "Houlton police chief wants Maine to make revenge porn criminal", Bangor Daily News, January 5, 2014.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Do Maine Forest Rangers Need Sidearms?

The Maine legislature is debating whether Maine's forest rangers need firearms. Read more in "Maine forest rangers seek safety in a sidearm - but do the need it?", Bangor Daily News, January 3, 2014.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Military Recruiting in Maine Schools

A contentious issue is once again to be discussed by the Maine legislature. The bill would ensure that military recruiters can wear their uniforms in schools. Last year a Republican-backed bill that would support the recruiters was defeated by the Maine legislature. Read more in "Military recruiting bill returns, aiming for less rancor", Portland Press Herald, January 6, 2013.

Safety Tips in Snow and Cold

Maine is seeing its fair share of snow and cold weather. A recent news article provides some safety tips for dealing with the snow and cold. Read "Myths about snow, safety and staying warm", Portland Herald Press, January 4, 2014.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Wood Stove Safety

The bitter cold of winter weather has many Maine folks working their wood stoves overtime. An improperly used wood stove can cause some safety issues and it doesn't hurt to review the safety basics of wood stove operation. The following link provides some safety tips for using a wood stove.
http://www.mainesecurity.com/safety/wood_stove_safety.htm

In addition, an informative article was published in the Maine Sunday Telegram on January 5, 2014 by Tux Turkel entitled "Air-pollution solution could be as easy as funding woodsheds". Very informative about the benefits of burning dry wood and he offers the solution of a wood shed to keep the wood dry. You can learn more about building storage sheds for wood here.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Gun Owners Deter Crime in Detroit (and Maine)

A former police chief in Portland, Maine - and now the police chief in Detroit - has come out in favor of legal gun ownership as a method to deter crime. He stated that Maine is one of the safest places in America and believes that part of that safety is due to the high percentage of Maine citizens who own guns. Thieves and other criminals realize that Maine citizens are not always easy targets and therefore serious and violent crime takes place at a lower level than in other parts of America. Read more in Detroit police chief: Legal gun owners can deter crime"Detroit News, January 3, 2014.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Snapchat Appears Cavalier About Security Breach of 4.6 Million Users

Despite the compromise of the names and phone number of over 4.6 million of its users Snapchat would appear to be very cavalier about the event. The message service popular with young people got hacked despite warnings from security firms that it was at risk. Learn more in "In wake of data theft, Snapchat finally talks", Portland Press Herald, January 3, 2014.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

First Responder Communications

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will soon auction off air wave spectrum for mobile broadband use. Part of the proceeds from this auction will go to establish a communications capability for emergency responders that will be called "First Net". Learn more about First Net in "Let's make sure first responders get needed communications capability", Portland Press Herald, January 2, 2014.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Technology and Internet Make Homes Smarter . . . and More Secure

As technology in the home grows in capability more and more residences are getting smarter with the addition of high-tech equipment that works with the Internet and smart phones. These new "smart" homes are now relying on sophisticated technology to run the air conditioning, heat, lights, and home security systems. The systems are becoming more affordable and going into more and more homes. Read more in "Consumers getting smart with high-tech homes", Portland Press Herald, December 29, 2013.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Troop Greeter Bill Knight Died on Christmas Day

A Maine troop greeter, Bill Knight, passed away at age 91 on Christmas Day. Bill had met troops returning from overseas deployments (many from Iraq and Afghanistan) at Banger International Airport in Maine. A great majority of the troop transports (C5As and C17s) would stop at Banger for refueling. Bangor airport is the home of the 101st Air Refueling Wing of the Maine Air National Guard. Bill played one of the starring roles in a documentary produced in 2009 entitled "The Way We Get By" - a film about the Maine troop greeters. The Maine Troop Greeters have met almost every single plane returning from Iraq or Afghanistan carrying troops home in more than a decade. Read more in a news story entitled "Troop greeter Bill Knight dies Christmas Day at the age of 91", Stars and Stripes, December 26, 2013.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

The 1% Who Serve in the Military

An interesting blog post was published on another blog site (Afghan War News) that provides insight on the very small amount of citizens who serve in the military and that great majority who don't. He cites the sacrifices that the service members and their families have made over the past twelve years during the Afghan and Iraq conflicts. He also sheds light on how the efforts of the military members are not recognized and how little the other 99 % know about their jobs and difficult life. Read the blog post "The Other 99% (1 % Serve in Military)".

Friday, December 27, 2013

Maine's Newest Police Officers

Fifty new police officers have graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro, Maine. The police officers come from a variety of departments at the municipal, county, and state levels. They are required to successfully complete 18 weeks of training to graduate. The topics trained include criminal and traffic law, domestic violence, sexual assault, firearms, first aid, emergency vehicle operation, and other subjects. The link below provides the names of the latest academy graduates.

Penobscot Bay Pilot, December 23, 2013
"New police officers graduate"
www.penbaypilot.com/article/new-police-officers-graduate/26055

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Are Retail Stores Shaking Down Shoplifters?

An interesting news article was posted by the Portland Press Herald about shoplifters being harassed by retail stores. According to the article retail stores and their security personnel have wide latitude in how to conduct themselves when they suspect someone has been shoplifting in over 27 states in the country. Read more - "In Focus: Are shoplifters being shaken down?", Portland Press Herald, December 24, 2013.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Safety Tips for Generators During Power Outage

Back-up generators can be very useful during winter months in Maine. Especially when the ice or snow brings down power lines and your residence loses power for an extended period of time. A recent news story was released that provides some safety tips for the use of a back-up generator to restore electricity to your dwelling. See "Electricians address generator safety, likelihood for no power", WCSH 6 Portland, December 21, 2013.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Maine Drivers Rank High in Safety Across Nation

According to a Seattle-based organization Maine drivers rank among the safest in the nation. The data is based on several different sources and takes into account fatalities, tickets, drunken driving, failure to obey, and other factors.All the states were ranked from 1 to 51. The highest score means your state is safe from a driving standpoint - Maine stands at 46 in rank. Read more in "Maine drivers among safest in the nation, says study", Bangor Daily News, December 23, 2013.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Details on How Target's Magnetic Stripe Card was Compromised

In most countries outside the United States folks carry cards with digital chips that hold information; not magnetic strips. The digital chips are more difficult to compromise. The breach exposed over 40 million Target customers to fraud. Learn how easy it is to steal the customers information in "Weak US Card Security Made Target a Juicy Target", AOL.com, December 22, 2013.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Event Data Recorders (EDRs) in your Automobile!

You probably thought that accidents for trains and planes had event data recorders or EDRs. What you probably did  not know is that your automobile most likely has one as well; and that the police (using a search warrant) can determine how fast you were driving and whether you were wearing your seat belt! Read more in a recent news article provided by the Portland Press Herald entitled "Speeding? It's your word against your car's" by Bill Nemitz.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Factors to Consider When Picking a Home Security Systems Company for Your Residence

If you are thinking of installing a home security system for your residence you may want to do a little homework first. There are a lot of home security companies out there. Most of them are reliable and provide a great service. There are some companies that are less reputable. Learn more about picking a home security system company.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Future of Home Security Systems

As technology gets better and better in today's society we see it add capability to all sorts of areas of our life. This includes the home security systems (many now integrated into home automation systems) that are offered by the various types of firms that provide equipment, products, and services for the home. For instance, Time Warner Cable now offers a home security system for the home with many technological features. For a humorous look at the future of home security read "Just what do you think you're doing, Dave?", My San Antonio.com, March 26, 2013.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Different Types of Body Armor

Law enforcement, military, and security professionals engage in high-risk occupations. Efforts are constantly made to keep these professionals safe. One such effort is the use of body armor to protect them from gunshots, knives, and explosive devices. There are different types of body armor. Read more in an online article entitled "Different Kinds of Body Armor".

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Maine Considered as East Coast Missle Defense Site

Maine is being considered as a potential site for an East Coast-based missile defense system. Nuclear proliferation continues with rogue states such as North Korea and Iran acquiring nuclear and ballistic missile technology. Many believe that a missile defense system is now a prudent course to take in defense of these rogue states. The Limestone-Caribou area is under consideration for the basing of a missile defense system. Read more in "Defense system welcome in Maine", Maine Sunday Telegram, March 13, 2013.