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ARTICLES, MEDIA & NEWS REPORTS

WITH A CLEAR PATTERN OF INCIDENTS, HERE’S WHY CITIES MUST PAY ATTENTION – AND WHAT SIA IS DOING TO DRIVE AWARENESSWhy Hostile Vehicle Incidents Like Waukesha Can’t Be Ignored, by Rob Reiter for the Security Industry Association

​MANAGING RISK AL FRESCO: RISK MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS FOR OUTDOOR DINING. 
California Joint Powers Insurance Authority.

REDUCING PARKING LOT INJURIES, STOREFRONT CRASHES, AND TORT CLAIMS: SAFETY BOLLARDS, ADA PARKING SIGNPOSTS, AND “WHEEL STOPS” (A Joint Position Paper of the Storefront Safety Council and Richard Avelar & Associates)

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A VEHICLE CRASHES INTO YOUR SMALL BUSINESS (AND WHY YOU NEED BUSINESS INSURANCE) by Kathy Simpson, The Hartford.

LET'S ELIMINATE PARKING 'WHEEL STOPS' AT BUSY STOREFRONTS by Lonnie Haughton, Joel Agnello, David M. Field, Richard Avelar

BARRIERS PREVENTING STOREFRONT CRASHES AREN'T ALWAYS REQUIRED. By Tony Pipitone and Arlene Borenstein. News 6 Florida

STOREFRONT CRASHES INJURE THOUSANDS, KILL HUNDREDS EACH YEAR. Brian Pia, Investigative Reporter,News Channel 9

NYC ATTACK: WHY ISIS AND TERRORISTS USE TRUCKS TO KILL PEOPLE AND SPREAD FEAR. By Max Kutner, Beatrice Dupuy and Christianna Silva

CAR VS. BUILDING: STOPPING STOREFRONT CRASHES IN FLORIDA.News 6 South Florida

CALIFORNIA EMBRACES PEDESTRIAN SAFETY LEGISLATION. Cindy Campbell, International Parking Association

BOLLARD BOOT CAMP - HOW TO PROTECT PLACES AND PEOPLE FROM VEHICLE INCURSIONS. American Planning Association

AKRON POLICE ON ALERT FOR NEW YEARS FOLLOWING GERMAN TRUCK ATTACK. Lauren Wilson, News 5 Cleveland

U.S. CITIES ADD SECURITY MEASURES TO PROTECT FROM VEHICLE ATTACKS. Security Today

FOR STORE PATRONS, DANGER AT THE DOOR. By Alina Tugend and Stuart Silverstein, FairWarning

EDITORIAL - AWARENESS, BARRIERS NEEDED IN FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM BY VEHICLES. The Daily Herald Editorial Board

OLDER DRIVERS CRASHING INTO BUILDINGS AND PEDESTRIANS – THERE IS A SOLUTION!
Matt Gurwell, founder of Keeping Us Safe and retired Ohio State Trooper explains “These crashes are completely avoidable.

STOREFRONT SAFETY COUNCIL CO-FOUNDER, ROB REITER, RECEIVES SIA STATESMAN AWARD. The Statesman Award is presented to SIA member volunteers who have made an extraordinary contribution of professional time, leadership and resources to position SIA to address the public policy challenges impacting the security industry. Read more...

FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO PADUCAH (KY) TRUCK INTO BUILDING. Paducha Fire Engine 4, Engine 3, Ladder 7 and Rescue 2 were dispatched along with Engine 3 crew and quickly made a life safety assessment of this building and called for additional resources. The pickup driver had his injuries treated and was removed from the structure.

1.65M SETTLEMENT REACHED IN CASE OF WOMAN KILLED WHEN CAR CRASHED INTO A STOREFRONT.
The owners of a shopping center where a car crashed into a nail salon and killed a 74-year-old woman have settled the wrongful death lawsuit against them for $1.65 million, lawyers announced Monday, May 4, 2018.

STOREFRONT CRASHES INJURE THOUSANDS, KILL HUNDREDS EACH YEAR. by Brian Pia, Investigative Reporter. WBMA BOSTON.
 
PREVENTING VEHICLE ATTACKS. Security Industry Association (SIA) Policy Briefing, May 10, 2018. Washington D.C.

​HERE'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A VEHICLE CRASHES INTO YOUR SMALL BUSINESS (AND WHY YOU NEED BUSINESS INSURANCE. By Kathy Simpson. The Hartford. SmallBizAhead

HOW CAN YOU STOP CARS FROM PLOWING INTO CROWDS. Slate Magazine, by Henry Grabar.  "Bollards" are our best defense against the use of vehicles as weapons. They’re also the rare anti-terrorism policy that makes cities more pleasant. Storefront Safety Council Statistics quoted.

PROTECTING STUDENTS FROM DANGEROUS THREATS. Private University Products and News, by Rob Reiter, Co-founder, Storefront Safety Council. Neither rare nor unusual. Colleges and Universities push towards greater security measures on campus.

​HITTING THE GAS: EFFORTS TO PREVENT VEHICLE-INTO-BUILDING CRASHES GAIN TRACTION ACROSS THE US. Parking Professional Magazine. By Mark Wright, Co-founder Storefront Safety Council.

HOW RETAILERS CAN AVOID A CRASH COURSE IN STOREFRONT SAFETY.  By Len Lewis. STORES contributor.

STOPPING VEHICULAR ATTACKS. CLAIMS Magazine

STOREFRONT CRASHES A GROWING CONCERN NATIONWIDE AS GROUPS COLLECT DATA IN EFFORT TO MITIGATE PROBLEM. Santa Fe New Mexican. 

FLORIDA IS ONE OF THE TOP STATES WITH VEHICLES CRASHING INTO BUILDINGS. Channel 10News, Florida.

CITY OF MALIBU PASSES NEW PARKING LOT SAFETY STANDARDS ORDINANCE. 

CHILD HIT WHEN DRIVER-LESS SUV CRASHES INTO CONVENIENCE STORE. 12NewsNow, Texas. 

EASY LESSONS. A blog post by Mark Wright, Co-founder, Storefront Safety Council

IS GRANDPA MORE DANGEROUS THAN A TERRORIST? A statistical look at vehicles into buildings. By Sherman Smith, Topeka/Capital Journal.

STOREFRONT CRASHES:  WHY THEY OCCUR AND HOW TO PREVENT THEM. Interview with Rob Reiter by David Hochman, founder of DJH Marketing Communications Inc., for Convenience Store Decisions.

KEEPING CARS AND STOREFRONTS APART in ASTM STANDARDIZATION NEWS, an UPDATE on prior release of new standard. Protective barriers are becoming an increasingly important component of preventing or minimizing the damage from such accidents. Now, a new ASTM standard quantifies the dynamic performance of vehicle protective devices at speeds of 50 km/h (30 mph) and lower.

NEW ASTM LOW SPEED IMPACT TESTING STANDARD TO AID IN LOWERING RISK OF STOREFRONT CAR ACCIDENTS. Protective barriers are becoming an increasingly important component of preventing or minimizing the damage from such accidents. Now, a new ASTM standard quantifies the dynamic performance of vehicle protective devices at speeds of 50 km/h (30 mph) and lower.The procedure described in ASTM F3016 will establish a penetration rating for vehicle protective devices subjected to low-speed vehicle impact. The determined penetration rating will provide end users with the ability to select an appropriate barrier for site-specific conditions.

KEVIN MOORE ON INSURANCE:  WITH STOREFRONT CRASHES, AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION GOES A LONG WAY. Keven Moore is director of Risk Management Services for Roeding Insurance (www.roedinginsurance.com).

OUT OF CONTROL: CARS CRASHING INTO HOMES AND BUILDINGS HAPPENS MORE OFTEN THAN YOU THINK. ABC NEWS, WORLD NEWS TONIGHT Vehicle-Into-Building crashes; statistics provided by Storefront Safety Council.

TEXAS TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE (TTI) PLAYS A KEY ROLE IN CREATING NEW SAFETY STANDARD TO PREVENT STOREFRONT CRASHES. Storefront Safety Council co-founder Rob Reiter named driving force behind ASTMF-3016 test standard.

IS RISK COMING AT YOU HEAD ON? by Rob Reiter, published in Claims Journal.

BREAD, MILK AND MAYHEM: STOREFRONT CRASHES MORE COMMON THAN YOU THINK, AND OFTEN PREVENTABLE. (Rob Reiter quoted), Fair Warning.

"THE OVERLOOKED THREAT OF VEHICLE-INTO-BUILDING ACCIDENTS" by Rob Reiter, published in Risk Management Magazine.

RAM-RAIDERS HAVE HAIRY TARGET. Rob's interview with Amy Canfield in Security Director News.

"GONE IN SIXTY SECONDS - CRASH AND GRAB CRIME ON THE RISE" by Rob Reiter, published in ATM Marketplace

"HOW SAFE IS YOUR PARKING LOT?" by Robert Reiter and Mark Wright, Storefront Safety Council,  published in Development Magazine.

"SXSW CRASH RAISES CONCERNS ABOUT BARRICADE SAFETY" Radio and Print Interview by Kate McGee, NPR Station KUT in Austin Texas

"WE'RE SHAMEFULLY BAD AT PROTECTING PEDESTRIANS AT EVENTS", article by Sarah Goodyear, The Atlantic Cities

"SAVING LIVES AT STOREFRONT PARKING"  by Robert Reiter, Parking Magazine

"IS YOUR STORE READY FOR PEDAL ERROR?"  by Robert Reiter & Mark Wright, Storefront Safety Council, published in Convenience Store News.

"THE HIDDEN EPIDEMIC OF STOREFRONT CRASHES", article by Sarah Goodyear, The Atlantic Cities

"STOREFRONT CRASHES: A BIGGER URBAN DESIGN ISSUE THAN WE THINK", by Marlis Harris, MINNPOST

DRIVER, BABY DIE IN STORE FRONT CRASHA 31-year-old, nine-months-pregnant Canton woman and the baby girl she was carrying died when their SUV crashed in to Home Depot.

"PARKING IS A FULL-TIME JOB" - Co-authored by Rob Reiter, Texas Traffic Institute at Texas A&M University publishes definitive article on how the convenience store industry suffers from as many as 20 storefront crashes per day. Their findings? Testing standards can help prevent low-speed crashes into buildings!

RETAIL STORE SAFETY CRASH PREVENTION CASE STUDY ON STARBUCKS
Mark Wright interviews Rob Reiter on the impact of storefront crashes on Starbucks. 

CRASH VICTIMS' LAWSUITS TAKE AIM AT STOREFRONT SAFETY, BY MARK WRIGHT AND ROB REITER
Fifty to sixty times per day in the U.S., a vehicle crashes into a commercial building, retail store, or restaurant. The result is millions of dollars in damage and lost business, injured employees and patrons, and tragically, dozens of fatalities. Predictably, these crashes also tend to generate lawsuits. This article reviews recent and pending court cases in California,  Illinois, Massachusetts, New York,  and Texas. -

INNOVATIVE PARKING GARAGE SAFETY- BY MARK WRIGHT, CO-FOUNDER, STOREFRONT SAFETY COUNCIL
Thanks to some smart choices by Brookfield Properties, plus innovative design work and fabrication by their solutions providers, patrons at the recently revitalized FIGat7th parking garage in downtown Los Angeles are better protected from wayward vehicles.

"LOW SPEED VEHICLE BARRIERS" from Standardization News, ASTM International

PARKING LOTS: WHEN MOTORISTS BECOME PEDESTRIANS - BY JOHN A. STARK
When thinking about the interactions between automobiles an pedestrians, most discussions revolve around how to separate the two modes of traffic or how to make street interactions between the two safer. What is often overlooked, however, is the subtle yet obvious fact that every motorist must be a pedestrian before and after every motorized trio. It is here, in parking lots, that safety and integration are often overlooked.

CURBING THE MALL DRIVE-THRU  - BY RICCARDO A. DAVIS
In the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers, one of the most famous scenes is an over-the-top car chase in which Dan Aykroyd and James Belushi, on the  race through the streets of Chicago and ran smack dab into the middle of a bustling mall, plowed into the entrance — shattering the glass doors — and then fueled pandemonium among shoppers and retailers as it careened through the mall's concourse.  More than 25 years later, that image has now been replayed — possibly in a mall near you.