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After there’s an incident, Scott Zimmerman usually sees a spike in calls.

Zimmerman is a Frederick resident and the founder and CEO of K17 Security in Rockville, which provides services including security awareness training, risk and vulnerability assessments, and active shooter response training.

Zimmerman said he saw a dramatic increase in calls after the shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February, in which a gunman killed 17 students and staff, especially from private schools looking to update their security plans and communications systems.

He hasn’t seen a similar number of people checking on his services after a man killed five people at the offices of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis on June 28.

But June and July are always his slowest months, and companies may be hesitant to do new training during the summer, when people are traveling or out of the office more, he said.


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