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State Legislation: Utah: Metal Theft

- A new Utah law (formerly S.B. 90) amends existing law to help deter metal theft. Under the new law, any metal that has been burned is classified as “suspect metal” requiring the purchaser to keep records of the transaction, including the name, address, vehicle, and license plate number of the seller. (Burned metal often indicates that it was stolen and the insulation burned off prior to sale.)

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.

Security Camera Catches Unusual Thief on Video

- After being robbed again and again, a nursery in Richardson, Texas, put up security cameras to nab the thief. What they witnessed after viewing the surveillance footage blew their mind.

Thieves Get Surprise at South African ATMs

- A commercial banking company in South Africa has invested in ATM machines that squirt pepper spray to deter robbers.

Violent Crime Down in Most Big Cities

- Despite an economic recession and the summer, violent crime rates are down in most metropolitan areas, reports The Washington Post front page today.

Hearing Weighs Pros and Cons of Cell Phone Jamming Inside Prisons

- Advocates for allowing state prisons to jam cell phone signals battled with critics at a Senate hearing over the best ways to respond to inmates using contraband cellphones to illegally communicate with the outside world.

State Legislation: North Dakota: Contraband

- A new bill (S.B. 2114) introduced in North Dakota would make it illegal for an inmate in a correctional facility to manufacture, possess, or use any type of wireless communication device. The measure would also make it illegal for anyone to deliver or attempt to deliver such a device to an inmate.  

U.S. Congressional Legislation: Retail Theft

- Three bills currently under consideration in Congress would establish programs to combat organized retail theft: S. 470, H.R. 1173, and H.R. 1166.

Do Improvement Districts Cut Crime?

- Researchers find greater reductions in business improvement districts, but experts say the model is not a panacea.

Confessions Corrupting Witnesses

- Eyewitness misidentification is the number one cause of wrongful criminal prosecutions, accounting for 75 percent of the prisoners exonerated due to DNA evidence.

Transnational Organized Crime Threatens U.S. Economy, National Security, CRS Says

- As organized crime gets more and more transnational, the Congressional Research Service warns it threatens U.S. national security and the U.S. economy.

Retail Crime, Security, and Loss Prevention: An Encyclopedic Reference

- Retail Crime, Security, and Loss Prevention is poised to become the authoritative security reference for the retail industry.

Eyewitness Testimony

- Would knowledge of a confession influence your memory of a crime you witnessed? Researchers say it could. See the research online.
 




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