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New York City Murders Fall Once Again

- New York City's murder rate could be its lowest in 40 years.

EU Expansion Poses Security Problems

- Security technologies' prospects rated, EU fears expansion of crime with expansion of borders, advice on reducing false alarms, and more

Weapons of mass destruction

- A bill (H.R. 2939) introduced by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) would amend federal law to enhance the prevention and prosecution of crimes committed using weapons of mass destruction. The bill would make illegal any threat, attempt, or conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction within the United States on any property, including property owned, leased, or used by a foreign government. penalties for certain crimes carried out at ports. Under the bill, it would be illegal to damage or destroy a vessel or maritime facility. Enhanced penalties would apply if the vessel carried high-level radioactive waste or spent nuclear fuel.

Violent Crime Down in First Half of 2007

- A new report shows that violent crime is down in aggregate, but police are still frustrated by a stubborn rise in violent crime in certain jurisdictions.

Terrorism hoaxes

- A bill (H.R. 1678) introduced by Sen. Lamar Smith (R-TX) that would make it a federal crime to fool people into believing that an act of terrorism had taken place has been approved by the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. The bill would also require anyone convicted under the measure to reimburse law enforcement for any costs of investigating the hoax.

Violence: A Contemporary Reader

- Violence exists in myriad forms, from school bullying, to workplace brutality, to large-scale terrorist attacks. In this volume, the editors have compiled articles that address violence from many angles, including its social implications and origins, as well as the patterns and psychology of various types of violent criminals. Detailed accounts of violent crimes are accompanied by statistical charts and graphs.

Many Colleges Not Seeing Clery

- When a LaSalle University female student was allegedly raped by two of the school's basketball players in June, the case grabbed national headlines. But many serious crimes on campus continue to go unnoticed, despite the Clery Act's mandate that colleges and universities that receive federal funds report crime data. That's underscored by data that the nonprofit group Security On Campus (SOC) obtained from the Department of Education (DOE). The data showed that since mid-2002, 123 schools violated the Clery Act.

Computer crime survey.

- Denial-of-service (DOS) attacks have emerged as the type of computer-security incident that costs companies the most money, supplanting the top risk for the previous five years--theft of proprietary data--for the first time. That's one statistic from the ninth annual 2004 CSI/FBI Computer Crime and Security Survey. The survey also found that overall dollar losses have diminished dramatically from a year before, from more than $200 million to less than $150 million. Despite the reduction, the report suggests that DOS attacks have become an increasingly common threat because they are often entwined with viruses

Quick Bytes: PDA forensics guide

- PDAs are more popular than ever, with 2.75 million hand-held devices shipped in the second quarter of 2004 alone. PDAs are more popular than ever, with 2.75 million hand-held devices shipped in the second quarter of 2004 alone. Because criminals are among the loyal users of the devices, those who are tasked with performing forensic examinations of computers must also know how to get data off a PDA in a way that preserves evidence for a court case. A Special Publication of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been developed to help organizations create policies and procedures for dealing with PDA forensics. The document includes information on forensic tools and proper procedures. @ is available through SM Online.

Money laundering

- The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has announced its auditing procedures for ensuring that banks and other financial institutions are in compliance with security measures established under the U.S. Patriot Act. The measures, designed to fight money laundering, focus on a customer identification program through which bank officials verify the identity of customers.

Did You Know That?

- After a ten-year plunge, the average national rate of U.S. property crime leveled off in 2003. Property-crime rates nudged higher from 2002 to 2003 in households in the northeast, south, and midwest. The rate declined slightly in the west, but that region maintains by far the highest rate of property crime. @ More data is available from the Bureau of Justice Statistics' Crime Victimization 2003.

Gun control

- Researchers look at the effect of the former ban on assault weapons.
 




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