Site Map - Crime

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.

Gang Problem at Worst Level Since 1990s

- National Youth Gang Survey highlights from 2007 reveal that nearly one-third of surveyed jurisdictions experienced gang problems in 2007, which is the highest level since before 2000.

Bank Crime Surges in 4th Quarter 2008, but Down for Year

- The amount of bank crimes rose significantly in the last quarter of 2008 but is down overall from the past two years, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Fighting Stalking

- A recent survey finds that approximately 3.4 million Americans have experienced stalking over a 12-month period, although what constitutes the crime makes it difficult to prosecute.

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