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Physical Security and Safety

A Field Guide for the Practitioner, 1st Edition

Edited by Truett A. Ricks, Bobby E. Ricks, Jeffrey Dingle

CRC Press

179 pages | 13 B/W Illus.

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How-To Guide Written By Practicing Professionals

Physical Security and Safety: A Field Guide for the Practitionerintroduces the basic principles of safety in the workplace, and effectively addresses the needs of the responsible security practitioner. This book provides essential knowledge on the procedures and processes needed for loss reduction, protection of organizational assets, and security and safety management.

Presents Vital Information on Recognizing and Understanding Security Needs

The book is divided into two parts. The first half of the text, Security and Safety Planning, explores the theory and concepts of security and covers: threat decomposition, identifying security threats and vulnerabilities, protection, and risk assessment. The second half, Infrastructure Protection, examines the overall physical protection program and covers: access and perimeter control, alarm systems, response force models, and practical considerations for protecting information technology (IT).

  • Addresses general safety concerns and specific issues covered by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and fire protection regulations
  • Discusses security policies and procedures required for implementing a system and developing an attitude of effective physical security
  • Acts as a handbook for security applications and as a reference of security considerations

Physical Security and Safety: A Field Guide for the Practitioner offers relevant discourse on physical security in the workplace, and provides a guide for security, risk management, and safety professionals.


"This book is the perfect primer for both the security professional novice and those wishing for a basic refresher course on everything from best practices to basic available technologies. The book begins with a general overview of what security encompasses from an operational standpoint and expectations an organization might expect its department to deliver. The book then moves into the basic building blocks of security: assessing risk and creating a strategic mitigation plan. … The book charts an easy-to-follow course of processes and procedures to make sure most operational bases are covered. … The fact that the authors have laid out a logical roadmap for everything from the creation of concept through policy writing and technology makes for a clear understanding of how the security process works. By emphasizing the operations, policies, compliance, and collaborative aspects of security, they have chosen to paint a complete picture of what a successful security department needs to build on. …This book is a must read for security beginners and veterans alike. For those just entering the industry, it provides an excellent foundation for a broad spectrum of topics from theory, operations, risk assessment, and establishing your program’s policy roadmap to what basic security technology every security pro should possess. For those who are veteran security practitioners, this book serves them well as a reference tool. The range of topics and the expertise of the writers make this a book most security professionals should add to their collections. I know I will."

—Steve Lasky, Cygnus Security Media Group, USA

"A great reference for those new to the field of physical security and for students in the discipline"

—J. Branch Walton, Broward County Crime Commission Advisory Board

Table of Contents

Part I Security and Safety Planning

Theory of Security; Jeff Dingle

Concepts of Security; Bobby Ricks and Jeff Dingle

Threat Decomposition; Bobby Ricks and Tom Schneid

Risk Assessment and Security Surveys; Tom Woodall and Bobby Ricks

Community Surveys; Jarred Ball

OSHA; Tom Schneid

F ire Safety and Security; James Pharr

Writing Effective Policies and Procedures; Truett A. Ricks, Bobby Ricks, and Truett Graham Ricks

Part II Infrastructure Protection

Overall Physical Protection Program; Jeff Dingle and Bobby Ricks

Locks and Access Control; Jeff Dingle

Intrusion Detection Systems; Bobby Ricks

Security Lighting; Bobby Ricks and Truett Ricks

Closed-Circuit Television Systems; Bobby Ricks

Response Force; Bobby Ricks

Information Technology and Security; Truett Graham Ricks

Appendix: On-Site Survey Checklist

About the Editors

Jarred Ball, M.S., is a certified law enforcement instructor for the Commonwealth of Kentucky in homeland security. He has a master’s degree in safety, security, and emergency management from Eastern Kentucky University and has taught homeland security at the college level. Jarred has conducted antiterrorism risk and vulnerability assessments of critical infrastructure for the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Office of Homeland Security.

Jeff Dingle, CPP, is the director of security for PCI Gaming in Atmore, Alabama. He is a former special agent with the National Security Agency, and has held senior security management positions with both the Carter Presidential Center and corporate Home Depot. He has written and taught physical security courses for over 25 years for private companies and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), including being the program manager for the FLETC Advanced Physical Security Training Program and the Physical Security Managers Training Program. He has written numerous articles on security and has presented at industry security conferences.

James L. Pharr, M.S., is an associate professor of fire and safety engineering technology at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). Professor Pharr specializes in fire dynamics, building and life safety, leadership, emergency scene operations, and fire investigation. Prior to joining EKU, Pharr was the emergency management director and fire marshal in Gaston County, North Carolina.

Truett A. Ricks, Ph.D., was the retired dean of the College of Justice and Safety at Eastern Kentucky University. He wrote several textbooks on physical security and crime prevention. He was the former owner of a security company and was president of his own consulting company. He was a former Certified Protection Professional (CPP).

Bobby E. Ricks, J.D., is an associate professor at Midway College. He has written books on security and management. He has been teaching security for over 25 years for private companies and for the FLE TC. He is a former special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, former director of Crime Prevention for the Richmond, Kentucky, Police Department, and was a member of the U.S. Air Force Security Forces. He has consulted with numerous law firms on security matters.

Truett Graham Ricks, MBA, works as an IT systems analyst specializing in IT security and the creation and review of IT-related policies. He has experience with a wide range of systems and clients.

Thomas D. Schneid, J.D., LL.M., is the chair of the department of safety and security in the College of Justice and Safety at Eastern Kentucky University. Tom has worked in the safety and human resource fields for over 30 years at various levels, including corporate safety and industrial relations. In Tom’s legal practice, he has represented numerous corporations in OSHA and labor-related litigations throughout the United States. He has authored or coauthored numerous texts on safety and labor law.

About the Series

Occupational Safety & Health Guide Series

The aim of this series is to develop books to address the myriad of unique topics which are encompassed within the areas of responsibility of a safety professional. The scope of the series is broad addressing traditional occupational safety and health topics as well as emerging and correlating topic areas such as ergonomics, security, labor, school safety, employment, workplace violence, and other topics. Safety professionals often assume a broad spectrum of responsibilities, depending on the organization, which go beyond the traditional safety professional’s role. This series should become the "one stop" source for safety professionals to locate texts on traditional as well as emerging and correlating subjects related to the safety and health function.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Security / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety