Violence in the Workplace Still Number One Security Threat for Fortune 1000

Corporate Security Managers -- Pinkerton's Annual Security Survey Also Shows

Concern about Pre-Employment Screening






Story Filed: Tuesday, April 03, 2001 8:02 AM EST


LOS ANGELES, Apr 3, 2001 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Violence in the workplace, and

the damaging trauma caused by such events, continues to be the leading

concern of security managers at America's largest corporations, according to

"Top Security Threats," a survey of Fortune 1000 companies conducted annually

by Pinkerton, America's leading security firm.


"For three years now, security managers have told us workplace violence is

their number one security threat. But this year, a related concern,

pre-employment screening, advanced from fifth to third place. In a tight

labor market, managers are worried about who they are hiring and the related

security concerns," said Don W. Walker, president of Pinkerton, adding,

"Clearly, the threat of employee-generated or employee-related violence is

causing consternation. This is a wake-up call to all managers to increase

their awareness of the issues and establish crisis plans in the event of such



Internet/intranet security, including threats posed by hackers' viruses such

as the "I Love You" Virus, placed second on the list, for the second year

running. As Walker stated, "The potential for theft of trade secrets and

customer information, damage to sensitive data and interruption of commerce

presents unprecedented vulnerability to businesses."


Ranked in order, the study revealed the following "Top 10" issues of greatest

concern to corporate security directors:


    1.  Workplace Violence


    2.  Internet/Intranet Security


    3.  Employee Selection/Screening Concerns


    4.  Fraud/White-Collar Crime


    5.  Business Interruption/Disaster Recovery


    6.  General Employee Theft


    7.  Hardware/Software Theft


    8.  Drugs/Alcohol in the Workplace


    9.  Unethical Business Conduct


    10. Property Crime (external theft, vandalism)


The annual Pinkerton survey has become the standard in annual measurement of

Corporate America's thoughts on security. Of the 1,169 questionnaires mailed,

220 were completed, representing a 19% response rate.


Pinkerton's survey results underscore the pervasive nature of the workplace

violence problem:



    --  Each workday, an estimated 16,400 threats are made, 723

        workers are attacked and 43,800 are harassed (Workplace

        Violence Research Institute).


    --  More than 1,000 U.S. workers are victims of homicide at work

        each year (OSHA).


    --  A study by a major life insurance company found that one in

        four full-time workers has been harassed, threatened or

        attacked, and that co-workers accounted for most of the

        harassment, followed by customers.


    --  Approximately two million assaults and threats of violence

        occur each year in the workplace (United States Department of



    --  Estimates suggest that workplace violence costs U.S.

        businesses as much as $4.2 billion annually.


The Pinkerton "Top Security Threats and Management Issues Facing Corporate

America" report is available by mail or downloadable from Pinkerton's Web

site, Media can register for download from the Web site

or request a copy by mail by calling 800/232-7465.


Pinkerton was America's first private investigation firm, founded in 1850,

and is the leading provider of security solutions, including uniformed

security officers, consulting and investigations, business intelligence,

security systems integration and employee selection services. The company

lists more than 80 percent of the Fortune 1000 as its clients and has its

U.S. headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. Pinkerton is a member of the

Securitas Group, which is listed on the Swedish Stock Exchange. Securitas is

a world leader in security with operations mainly in Europe and the USA in

Security Services, Security Systems and Cash Handling Services. Securitas has

annual revenues exceeding $5 billion USD and more than 210,000 employees.