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In the wake of the shooting at Pathmark in Old Bridge, NJ and the shooting just outside the Empire State Building in New York City the week before, David Boehn, a 20 year NYPD veteran and COO of Security USA, Inc. provides some tips for people to keep in mind if they are ever confronted witht he threat of workplace violence. Having a strategy in place in advance can mean the difference between being injured or killed as a result of workplace violence.
David Boehm, a retired NYPD Lieutenant and COO of Security USA, a security and bodyguard firm located in midtown Manhattan explained that the first thing that needs to be in place to keep you safe in the event of workplace violence is a good strategy. You need to know the location of all exits and keep your cell phone handy, in the event that you need to call for help. He also agrees with the video entitled, "Run, Hide, Fight," which was produced by the state of Texas in response to recent shooting incidents.
Your first and best defense is always avoidance. If there is a threat of violence and you can get away, do so. Run, crawl or do whatever you have to do to get away. Take cover or hide if escape isn't possible. And if all else fails and you are forced to come face to face with an attacker, fight back. Do whatever you can to stop them. Smart action taken by regular people can prevent an attack or minimize the damage done.
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