Airport Watch Program

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THE INSIDER THREAT

IT IS PERHAPS ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS SITUATIONS INSIDE AIRPORTS TODAY. WE ARE ABLE TO INSTAL FORMAL AND INFORMAL INTELLIGENCE AND COUNTERINTELLIGENCE PROGRAMS IN AIRPORTS. RESEARCH CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR ASSETS SUCH AS CHICAGO O’HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, WHICH EMPLOYS 45, 000 EMPLOYEES WITH A BADGE/ACCESS AND CLOSE TO 100,000,000 PASSENGER TRAFFIC. 

Three areas of focus:

1) Airport Security

A. Formal Security Programs
B. Informal Security Programs
C. Airport Watch Programs

2. Maritime Services

3. Ground Transportation Services

 Transportation Security Consulting:

Airport Security Consulting Services: Airports have challenges like no other places in field of security. With the number of different security and police personnel in an airport the focus is on stopping someone from bringing something into an airplane. Little focus is on the surrounding areas of the airport, the employees in the cargo areas and inside the airport, leaving a significant window of opportunity for crime to occur.

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Airport Watch Program:

This crime prevention initiative is composed of people who have an interest in various aspects of aviation and who spend time in the vicinity of the airports. The program is able to link the fans of the airport with airport authorities to prevent crime.

Our organization has been involved in this program at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, which is the busiest airport in the world. Some members also combine their aviation “spotting” activities with their photography hobby to produce very interesting photos, some of which are found on various internet sites dedicated to aviation topics.

O’Hare’s Airport Watch Program aka ORD Airport Watch Program just logged 5000 hours of the club around O’Hare Airport in 2012. It is estimated that this may be only about 1/2 of the time spent from the club enjoying a hobby with tremendous ties to national security.  

 

The Airport Watch Program members also assist on occasion at various area events related to aviation in surrounding airports. From time to time, the Watch enjoys familiarization tours of aviation facilities primarily at the host airport.

At the same time, Airport Watch volunteers provide the same sort of security as the Neighborhood Watch Program. Members monitor aviation procedures, the condition of the fencing, wildlife activity, parking lots, suspicious behaviors and flying debris (FOD) while they enjoy their favorite pastime.

Joel Vargas, Director of Sales & Operations explains:

“Our program is designed with a hobby and social network in mind. Today, everyone is networked with somebody. This program forms clubs with similar interests. We can then seek their help to prevent crime. The members in the ORD Airport Watch Program have been valuable for law enforcement and administrators of the airport. They are eyes and ears.”

Their task is to “Observe, Record and Report.” In 2009, Airport Watch in Ottawa (Canada) logged in over 3800 surveillance hours. These members have ample opportunity to park on the streets of the industrial parks and at the same time spot suspicious activity in these areas. By reporting suspicious activity, the town is able to take a proactive approach against crime and criminal’s opportunity to commit crime.

Some of the members are law enforcement, military people (active and retired), major airline employees, Fortune 500 employees and managers, and residents of different parts of the state of Illinois. Members get crime alerts and are able to activate as volunteers in case of a major aviation disaster.

Get a turn key crime prevention program with little investment and a huge return on investment. 
Training programs for the liaison agency to train members on crime prevention.

Links to media regarding the program:

http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/04/travel/plane-spotters-versus-terrorists/ 

https://www.mspairport.com/security-and-public-safety/airport-watch.aspx

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/fl-mia-watch-20140320,0,6512166.story

This program is a best practices program by InterPortPolice. Airports and other transportation organizations can build similar programs.