NEWS & ANALYSIS

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.

Chicago Public School System's Anti-Violence Plan Pins Its Hope on Data Analysis

The head of Chicago's public school system, Ron Huberman, is hoping data analysis can do what traditional security policies could not: protect those students most at risk of becoming victims of violent crime and then flood them with adult supervision, reports The New York Times.

ELF Topples Two Radio Towers Outside of Seattle

Environmental extremists have laid claim to toppling two radio towers last week outside of Seattle, reports the Associated Press.

Stolen or Lost Gadget's Owners Frustrated by Manufacturers' Policies

Owners of lost or stolen hi-end gadgets—such as Amazon's Kindle, smartphones, and Internet radios—have discovered an enraging, frustrating fact: the manufacturer knows where their property is but will not do much to help them get it back, reports The New York Times.

Do Gangs Get Too Much of the Blame for Street Violence?

Some criminologists suggest the violent crime we blame on gangs may be obscuring an even scarier reality.

Security Concerns Arise With Medical Marijuana Centers in Rhode Island

A state police officer voiced some security concerns at a Rhode Island Department of Health meeting yesterday, relating to the state's recent decision to allow the sale of medical marijuana to chronically ill people, reports the Associated Press.

Research Shows DNA Evidence Can Be Faked

They say there's nothing certain in life but death and taxes. Still, when it comes to prosecuting a criminal case or defending against it, it seemed that DNA evidence was hard to challenge. Now, a team of Israeli researchers shows why we can't be so certain of that either.

ASIS Foundation Publishes New Report on Organized Retail Crime

The ASIS Foundation's new CRISP report provides a general primer on the practice of organized retail crime so retailers can understand why they may be more susceptible to it than other retailers and what they can do about it.
 




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