Intelligence reporting indicates that Al Qaeda continues to target for attack
commercial and financial institutions, as well as international organizations,
inside the United States. The New York City Police Department has deployed its
resources accordingly, including Hercules and Atlas assets and Critical Response
Surges. The NYPD recommends that corporate and institutional security directors
review their protection of HVAC systems, parking installations, and security in
general. We are distributing previously circulated information on surveillance
indicators, as well as general security tips below.
The alert level for New York City remains unchanged at "Orange" or "High."
Pre-Op Surveillance Indicators
threats designed to evaluate your response
* Infiltration of your operation
by individuals seeking employment
* Visitors to your facility who claim to be
lost or appear disoriented
* Maintenance work that isn't announced or
scheduled in advance
* Deliveries that are not anticipated
* People asking
directions to sensitive areas (utility rooms, HVAC systems)
* People asking
questions regarding security force capabilities, staffing, etc.
taking unusual videos or photographs
the following measures to detect/discourage potential surveillance
* Quickly engage loiterers
* Report and identify
* Challenge and identify maintenance workers when maintenance
has not been requested
* Properly screen new hires and new vendors
Instruct employees not to divulge sensitive information and report suspicious
General Security Measures
* EMPLOYEE IDENTIFICATION CARDS: Instruct all employees to wear
identification cards and enforce this directive. Contractors and temporary
workers should be properly screened and issued temporary expiring passes or
identification cards which they should wear on their outermost garment.
EMPLOYEES TO GREET PERSONS AT ALL ENTRANCES: Security personnel or customer
service representatives to engage persons by "greeting" them as they enter the
premises, should be utilized. This practice has been found to be an effective
tool in deterring criminal activity.
* BOMB THREATS: Place bomb threat
checklists at all areas where employees may receive incoming calls.
EMERGENCY SUPPLIES/UPDATED PLANS: The shelf-life of items such as battery
operated flashlights and other emergency supplies should be checked and outdated
items replaced. Emergency plans should be updated; staff should be knowledgeable
in their implementation, and the plans should be properly secured but readily
available for review by first responders.
GENERATORS/LIGHTING/ELEVATOR RECALL/LIFE SAFETY SYSTEMS: Emergency generators
should be tested under load. Emergency lighting should be tested and repairs
made where necessary.
* PERIODIC INTERIOR/EXTERIOR ROVING PATROLS: Should be
conducted by uniformed security personnel, at irregular times.
CIRCUIT TELEVISION SYSTEMS (CCTV): High quality digital equipment to capture
faces of persons at key locations, such as entrances and exits. Cameras should
be positioned to ensure a full frontal photograph is obtained of possible
perpetrators. Use digital recording systems capable of easy viewing and
retrieval of high quality images (i.e., a sufficient number of pixels for
improved zoom capabilities), and of transferring the images to a portable form
of media such as CD-R or DVD with a minimum amount of technical knowledge.
Businesses that do not have digital equipment installed should have analog
CCTV equipment of sufficient quality to accomplish the identification and
coverage goals described above. For time-lapse analog recorders, it is
imperative that tapes are changed daily, properly labeled, used no more than
five to eight times and kept for at least one month. Recorder heads should be
cleaned at least every six months and tape playback quality checked on another
machine. Recording equipment (digital or analog) and CD's, DVD's or tapes should
be secured in a locked area to prevent tampering. When considering replacement
or additional equipment, businesses should install high quality digital
* LIGHTING: Cameras or interior lighting positioned so lighting does not
interfere with processing images of persons captured on security video. Exterior
lighting should be sufficient to observe activity and deter criminals and
* SIGNAGE: Appropriate signage should be posted indicating
restricted areas, persons are trespassing and will be arrested.
SYSTEMS: Test existing alarm systems, to ensure they are functioning properly.
Proprietary alarm systems should be enhanced to include doors to critical areas
such as utility closets, HVAC, rooftops and street level fire exits.
HVAC/UTILITY ROOMS: Ensure utility rooms and doors leading to HVAC areas have
appropriate and functioning locking hardware. Ensure cameras/staff/security
patrols are positioned to view these areas. Consider posting a security officer
at the fresh air intake if it is accessible to the public.
Areas should be devoid of clutter to ensure suspicious items can be readily
observed and quickly identified.
For further information contact DCPI at 646-610-6700.