PRIMA RiskWatch
Aug. 15, 2013

While city debates, community expands own surveillance system
While the city is embroiled in a debate about public safety versus personal privacy when it comes to surveillance cameras, one Seattle neighborhood has taken it upon itself to install a communitywide, privately owned security system.More

The prisoner suicide puzzle
The Atlantic
Three inmates in Washington, D.C.'s city jail have killed themselves in the last two months. Add in a fourth, who took his own life in November, and that's a staggering figure for a lock-up system that hadn't previously seen a suicide in three years.More

Increased St. Louis City Fire rating causes spike in residents' insurance
The ISO rating for the St. Louis City Fire District is higher than it should be which is forcing resident's homeowners insurance to rise. The city received a two instead of a one meaning higher rates for city residents. The rating is given based on things like water supply and how quickly the department responds to emergencies.More

Municipal workers 'beg' Houston to lower health insurance cost
VideoBriefFor rank and file municipal workers it was the deepest kind of cut — the kind that clips hard at a paycheck and cleans out savings. In February, Houston Mayor Annise Parker lifted health insurance premiums by nearly 15 percent and drastically raised co-pays and deductibles across the board. Five months later, city employees are struggling to meet their medical costs.More

New crew may not be insurable
The Republic via
Rebuilding the Granite Mountain Hotshots team could make Prescott uninsurable, a city official said recently. Prescott, which is now insured through a pool that covers many smaller Arizona municipalities, already faces an almost-certain increase in insurance premiums because of the cost of paying out benefits to the families of the firefighters who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire.More

Liability concerns raised about Park Ridge, Ill., police doing charity plane pull
Chicago Tribune
A 20-member team from the Park Ridge Police Department, near Chicago, planned to compete in a "plane pull" Sept. 21 at O'Hare International Airport to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Illinois, but Mayor David Schmidt has concerns that may force them to pull out.More