Crime Prevention

"If you suspect Criminal Activity, call the Crime Reporting Tip Line at 871-4888. You will remain anonymous!"

Random Anti-Terrorist Measures (RAMs) will be conducted to present a robust security posture. Randomly inspected vehicles at base gates deter, detect and disrupt terrorist attacks and heighten Anti-Terrorism awareness. You are required to participate in all RAMs, refusing to allow your vehicle to be inspected can result in department and driving privileges revoked.

Crime Prevention and Education

Preventing Pilferage

Pilferage by definition is considered the partial theft of contents from a package. The thief may also steal the contents, but leave behind the resealed package filled with bogus contents. Broader aspects of theft may include taking the entire package, pallet load, truck load, shoplifting, etc. There are two types of Pilferers; the Casual Pilferer and the Systematic Pilferer. The Casual Pilferer steals primarily because of an inability to resist the temptation of an unexpected opportunity and has little fear of being caught. The thefts are usually not premeditated and the pilferer usually acts alone. Items are taken for which the pilferer has no immediate need or use or he may take small quantities of supplies for family or friends. Systematic Pilferers steal with a premeditated plan and with a specific desire to sell pilfered items for cash or barter for other valuable commodities or services. The pilferer may work with another person or with a lager group of people, of which one or more may be in the position to locate or gain direct access to the stolen items. The act may be a one time occurrence or may extend over a period of time. Pilfering may be encouraged to steal through "targets of opportunity." This element of pilferage is the most controllable. The opportunity for theft of an item is decreased by limiting access to the item, maintaining strict inventories for early detection and increased personnel involvement in spotting and preventing loss. Personal need or desire for an item may be the basis for stealing and it can only be offset by serious deterrents. Stiff security measures and harsh penalties may persuade an individual that the cost of obtaining the item illegally is not worth the cost of getting caught. The pilferer may find it easier to take an item if he can rationalize the theft. Altering this pattern of destructive behavior may be accomplished through education. Decreasing the availability of access to the items may be achieved through periodic self assessments to detect weaknesses in the facility’s security system. Also a strict Key and Lock Control Program will greatly reduce an individual’s ability to gain access to areas containing highly pilfered items. Strict inventory control allows commands to keep a tight control on the locations of items and allows early detection of loss. All commands are responsible for setting up an asset inventory program for items which do not fall under an already established inventory program. They must also continue to increase employee involvement and heighten awareness that theft of government property hurts everyone. If you feel pilferage is occurring within your department please call Security at (228) 871-2361.

Violence in the Workplace: Increased Awareness for Early Warning Signs Indicating Possible Violent Behavior in the Workplace

The recent shooting incident at Ft. Hood, TX, has caused Americans everywhere serious concern about unexpected violence in the workplace and possible domestic terrorism. Domestic Terrorism involves groups or individuals who are based and operate entirely within the United States; or its territories, without foreign direction. Domestic terrorism acts are directed towards the U.S. government or its population. Their motivations spring from issues relating to American political and social concerns. It is not unusual for domestic terrorism groups to attempt to recruit U.S. Service Members. Not all violence in the work place is based on acts of domestic terrorism.

Often an employee can become angry with an organization, organizational policies, or coworkers. Some anger is based on stress, stress related incidents or stressful environments. It is important for anger directed towards the work place to be taken seriously before it escalates into aggression or violence. Those who are likely to commit an act of violence in the work place are likely to express their frustrations. Often serious violence in the workplace should not be a total surprise because the suspect often displays numerous early warning signs. Some warning signs are as follows:

  • Direct, or veiled threats of harm to self, others or property
  • Intimidating, belligerent, harassing, bullying, or other inappropriate and aggressive behavior;
  • Numerous conflicts with family, supervisors and other employees;
  • Bringing a weapon to the workplace, brandishing a weapon in the workplace, making inappropriate references to guns, or fascination with weapons and explosives;
  • Statements showing support or fascination with incidents of workplace violence, indicating approval of the use of violence to resolve problems, or identifying themselves with perpetrators of workplace homicides or domestic terrorism;
  • Statements indicating desperation (over family, financial, and other personal problems) to the point of contemplating suicide;
  • Drug/alcohol abuse;
  • Extreme changes in behaviors, ideas, or life style to include the addition of radical political views.
  • Internet postings (personal web pages, myspace, facebook, etc.) about suicide, bombings and other threats.

One of the early indicators listed above involves weapons. Carrying personally owned weapons and ammunitions, storing them in a personal vehicle, housing or barracks is a violation aboard NCBC, Gulfport. All weapons are expected to be claimed and checked with security upon contact with security’s sentries at entry points. Though harboring a personal weapon is a violation of installation law and may cause sever penalties to the suspect, it may also be a clear indication that something serious is wrong and must be reported. To report suspicious observations or request assistance from the Naval Security Force call NCBC’s Security Emergency Dispatch directly at (228) 871-2361 or use Security’s Emergency telephone number (228) 871-2333.

You have heard the request to remain vigilant before. Being vigilant, identifying any early warning signs and reporting indicators of possible aggression may prevent violence in the work place. To report suspicious or criminal activity and remain anonymous, call (228) 871-4888. You can still receive immediate emergency assistance by calling 9-1-1.

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