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Facilities Management by Joel D. Levitt

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Building Security

In a 2002 article, Loren Snyder describes the horrific April 1986 incident at Lehigh University where an intruder raped and killed a student. Compromised security was partly at fault. On the night of the student’s murder, her killer had gained access to the dormitory by passing through three doors—each one had been propped open.

This story and other similar ones graphically illustrate the role of building security in protecting facility occupants and operations. Although security has come under greater scrutiny following the September 11 attacks, both maintenance and engineering managers have long been concerned about protecting facilities, personnel, and other assets.

Most security is not protecting against the Virginia ...

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