Nov 06 2017

Identifying Suspicious Behavior Through Behavioral Analytics

Security officers must deal with a wide range of constantly evolving threats. At the top of any list of such grim possibilities are bombings and active shooters/killers. While developing effective responses to such events remains critical, it is increasingly the goal of security professionals to identify individuals on the brink of committing a violent incident before the event can happen, thus containing the individual or defusing the situation, preventing damage and injuries before they occur.

Behavioral analytics is an emerging field that studies human behavior to identify behavioral clues that may signal when an individual is contemplating violent actions. The field has drawn attention from academics, businesses and the United States military. Researchers have noted that violent incidents tend to be brief in duration—typically lasting between 10 and 15 minutes. Unfortunately, in that span of time, much harm can be done.

In attempting to prevent violent incidents, behavior analytics looks to identify suspicious behaviors that have been regularly observed as precursor behaviors exhibited prior to violent incidents. This involves an understanding of both individual behavior and the behavior of people in groups. Security officers are then trained to observe such suspicious behaviors and respond in a manner which best prevents a violent incident from occurring, or limits the damage resulting from the incident.

In order to take advantage of the latest findings and techniques offered by behavioral analytics, Summit has created a Predictive Behavioral Analytics Training program. Summit clients may opt to include Predictive Behavioral Analytics Training for Summit security officers assigned to their locations for an additional fee. This training is provided in both classroom and online courses. Security personnel are taught to recognize suspicious behavior exhibited by individuals, as well as dangerous group dynamics.

Summit’s Predictive Behavioral Analytics Training integrates understanding kinesic indicators, biometric cues, proxemics, group dynamics, and other behavioral signals with response techniques originally developed by the U.S. military. Summit security personnel, assigned to clients who select this option, are taught to read nonverbal behavioral anomalies and identify potentially violent individuals, allowing for proactive security measures to prevent a harmful incident.

While behavioral analytics cannot prevent every violent incident, for security personnel it provides a critical tool for maintaining safe and secure environments.

Call Dave Roth today at 516-663-6291 or email at to learn additional information about Summit’s wide range of services can enhance your security program and get a customized quote.

CATEGORIES:  Security 

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