From WABC New York, “Government Alert: Hospital Security Breach”
New York “” Imagine – people posing as doctors and inspectors, just walking into a hospital and demanding information and patient records. Now the Department of Homeland Security is taking action.
The last two hospitals where it happened were in Newton and New Brunswick, New Jersey.
This really has federal authorities puzzled – intruders masquerading as doctors and inspectors probing hospital security. But there is no evidence the cases are connected, including two in New Jersey. Hospital officials and security experts say the similarities are disturbing.
It happened on Easter Sunday. Three men of middle-eastern descent entered a Sussex County hospital posing as physicians.
Dennis Collette, Newton Memorial Hospital President: “They said they were physicians and wanted a tour of hospital and wanted information about hospital, bed capacity, and wanted a tour of the emergency department.”
Two days later, a man and woman walked into the emergency room at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick, also requesting a tour.
Similar suspicious activity at hospitals in Boston, Detroit and Indiana prompted the Department of Homeland Security to issue a alert. It warns about intruders posing as hospital inspectors and doctors trying to gain information…
William Daly, Control Risks: “That’s the most troubling thing, they’re more sophisticated.”
This former FBI counter-terrorism expert says these cases have all the markings of classic reconnaissance…
Dennis Collette: “It is unusual for three people to come claim to be doctors on an Easter Sunday and ask for a tour.”
The identity of these intruders remain unknown. We do know that security cameras at the Newton Hospital did capture video of the three men pretending to be doctors. That tape is now in the hands of the FBI.