NEWS & ANALYSIS

Morning Security Brief: Bank Crime Stats, Airport Security Wait Times, and Whole-Body Scanners

Only 4 percent of bank crimes are violent, says FBI; Government wants to track your personal device at airport to assess wait times; and whole-body scanners at airports could become compulsory.

Surveillance Camera Catches Violent Beating as Three Security Guards Watch

The vicious beating of one teenage girl by another inside a downtown Seattle transit tunnel as three private security guards watched has led the city's metro department to rethink its security policies.

ASIS Report Tackles Preventing Burglaries at Businesses

While burglary rates continue to slide internationally, the crime continues to victimize businesses disproportionately more than houses, according to a new CRISP report.

Hear About a Court Ruling on "Suicide by Cop" and other issues from the December Podcast

Join editor Laura Spadanuta as she talks with staff editors and security practitioners about issues covered in this month's magazine, including the problems encountered when someone decides to commit "suicide by cop" and how stores are using technology to fight loss from internal and external theft.

The Facebook Alibi: A Status Update Helps Prove a Suspect's Innocence

Rodney Bradford's status update on Facebook helped him prove his innocence after he was arrested for a crime he didn't commit.

Internet Posting by Alleged Ft. Hood Killer Showed Sympathy with Suicide Bombers

Before entering the Ft. Hood Soldier Readiness Center and murdering 13 soldiers and wounding 30 more yesterday afternoon, the alleged killer may have already been on law enforcement radar for online postings he made, according to the Associated Press.

Ft. Hood Gunman Alive After Killing 12, Wounding 31 in Shooting Rampage

The shooter, Malik Nadal Hassan, was an Army psychiatrist about to be deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq. (Updated @ 10 P.M.)

Retail Industry Presses Congress to Pass Bills to Fight Organized Retail Crime

A congressman, a police officer, and representatives from the retailer sector today called on Congress to pass federal legislation to close loopholes that allow organized criminal gangs to resell massive amounts of stolen goods from retailers for hefty profits across state and national boundaries.

Global Fraud Report Finds Effects of Recession Mixed

A new report on global fraud examines trends by sector and by geographic region. Overall, the incidence of fraud year-over-year from the 2008 survey is about the same, but average loss per company has edged up from $8.2 million to $8.8 million. And that average masks larger differences among specific sectors.

South Africa Investigates Rise in Illegal Security Firms

The government body that regulates South Africa's private security industry is re-vetting everyone in their databases to weed out security professionals and companies that have a criminal record, reports the Independent Online.
 




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