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Detecting Potentially Violent Behavior in the Workplace
Date:3/23/2009

CNN - March 11 - At least 10 people were killed Tuesday in a shooting spree that spanned two small southern Alabama towns, state officials confirmed. The gunman, who turned the gun on himself and the wife and child of a sheriff's deputy, were among those killed.

Orange County Register - March 18 - A man police said is the suspect in the slayings of two Southern California Gas Co. employees in Pomona and Anaheim, shot himself in his vehicle outside the Anaheim police station this morning and was hospitalized in critical condition with a head wound, police reported.

SANTA ANA, Calif., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Protection Service (UPS), the largest provider of security services to the commercial real estate market in Southern California and one of the nation's top 10 largest uniform protection companies, has become concerned with the recent increase of violent behavior against employers and co-workers:

  • Workplace violence costs businesses in excess of $50 billion annually
  • Nearly 2 million employees per year are victims of workplace violence, including homicides, harassment, threats and attacks
  • 25,000+ employees are attacked by partners or spouses in the workplace every year

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The recent economic crisis, high unemployment rate and financial uncertainty have increased the risk of violent crimes, especially when associated with the workplace. These recent incidents of violence only serve to highlight the tensions between employer, co-workers and employees in an unstable market.

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