NAHB Takes Action
In response to increased ELF activity, NAHB is setting up meetings with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to discuss what additional efforts association members can take to better secure their job sites against potential attacks.
Additionally, at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) in June, Laer Pearce & Associates made a presentation that focused on how builders can keep themselves from becoming victims of “green collar crime” and also get their projects out from under the barrage of community opposition. Panelists suggested a number of strategies for combating environmental extremists. To read the story in the July 17 edition of Nation’s Building News Online, click here.
Further, according to its Web site, the grassroots organization, Stop-Eco Violence! (www.stopecoviolence.com) is committed to raising the awareness of eco-terrorism and the harm it causes others and to advancing legislative and law enforcement efforts to eradicate violence committed in support of environmentally motivated agendas. The group states that these homegrown terrorists put people at great physical risk and cause very real harm. Visit the site for more information and alerts, or read the July 21, 2003 NBN Online story by clicking here.
Precautions Builders Can Take
In the meantime, NAHB is urging members to take appropriate measures and institute precautions as they see fit to ensure security at their job site, especially after-hours. These precautions could include:
- Meeting with security companies, local law enforcement officials, fire departments and insurance providers to learn how to better protect their construction sites from arson
- Installing security video cameras and signage stating that the job site is monitored and protected via security cameras
NAHB will report progress on this issue to the membership in NBN Online and through the local executive officers.
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