SOURCE: Cygnus Business Media

July 20, 2012 20:01 ET

Editorial Feature: Colorado Shooting Brings Questions of Urban Security

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - Jul 20, 2012) - ATLANTA, GA The topic of urban security has been front and center this week following a bar shooting in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Tuesday and today's massacre at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. Secured Cities Conference Director Geoffrey Kohl was interviewed by ABC NEWS about the story and how it might have been avoided.

"This is a rare occurrence and I'd like to think this would stay a rare occurrence," Kohl told ABC News. "I don't know if you could ever really avoid this." According to the Motion Picture Association of America, more than two-thirds of Americans, over 170 million people, went to the movies in 2010. Although such incidents may be impossible to prevent, Kohl says plans could be instituted that would keep employees more vigilant and allow businesses to respond more appropriately - all while aiding law enforcement response efforts.

Kohl and his team launched Secured Cities in May of last year. The upcoming event in Philadelphia (Oct. 10-11, 2012) has not only expanded to include Secured Campus and Secured Transit programs, the event has also grown, focusing on urban security, universities, mass transit and surveillance operations. The fall conference in Philadelphia includes topics on active shooters including seminars titled "Mitigating, Preventing, Responding, and Recovering from Active Shooters Incidents" and "How to Conduct an Active Shooter Exercise."

Kohl has been covering many aspects of the security industry as editor-in-chief of, the leading online security portal. Urban security has become one of its fastest growing content areas. Secured Cities ( will provide information on training, technology solutions, response plans and collaborative public safety efforts - all aimed with the goal of creating more efficient public safety teams that help save and improve citizens' lives.

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