How to Develop More Accurate Hospital Crime Data

Driving your security program with data will ensure it is properly supported by hospital executives and other stakeholders.

In his presentation at this year’s IAHSS annual conference, Karim Valleni of Threat Analysis Group LLC offered some suggestions on how hospitals can doing a better job of gathering data on crime. Doing so will help security professionals provide more accurate information to hospital executives so that appropriate resources can be allocated to workplace violence prevention.

Valleni’s suggestions include:

  • Align with Canadian Criminal Code / UCR
  • Incorporate Workplace Violence Typology
  • For patient aggressors, include patient type (e.g.  BH, substance abuse, drug seeking, etc.)
  • Injuries (e.g.  verbal, contact, time off, etc.)
  • Location of incident (e.g. ED, BHU, etc.)
  • Single point data collection
  • Identify the best denominator(s)
  • Drive the security program with the data


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Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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