11/27/2007 - In the oft-spoofed television ad for a personal alarm, an elderly woman cries "I've fallen and I can't get up." As security professionals are well aware, it's not just the elderly and infirm who benefit from duress systems. Correctional officers, who are constantly at risk of being attacked, also need a quick way to call for assistance. The National Institute of Justice and the Department of Defense have pulled together information on commercial systems and prepared a selection guide for correctional officers. Correctional Officer Duress Systems: Selection Guide provides detailed information on nine commercially available systems and vendor contact information. The guide divides duress alarms into three types. First are panic-button alarms, which are often found in banks. Second are identification alarms, which officers carry; they work by broadcasting a wireless signal to a nearby sensor, which forwards the alarm to a central console. Third are identification/location alarms, which are similar to ID alarms but can also track corrections staff and pinpoint alarm locations. The guide describes the benefits and drawbacks of each type of alarm. For example, while identification/location alarms provide the most information, they are also most costly and difficult to install. Links to both the report and a summary of it can be found on SM Online.
11/27/2007 - A global anti-money-laundering survey conducted by KPMG suggests that money laundering has captured bank executives' attention because of potential impact on profits. Anti-money-laundering (AML) "has become a key issue for senior management because the possibility of an AML-related failure now poses significant potential reputational risk, both domestically and for banks' international operations," says the report. Attention to AML measures has increased even as the cost of complying with money-laundering regulations has jumped by 61 pe, bankrcent over the past three years, according to the survey, with most of this increase devoted to transaction monitoring and staff training. Two-thirds of the 209 responding banks, representing 41 countries, indicated that they have generated more suspicious activity reports over the last three years. "This can be attributed in part to increased use of electronic monitoring systems," say the report's authors, "suggesting that the marked investment in these tools has proved beneficial; it also confirms the benefits accruing from the increased investment in training confirmed by the survey." Find the 51-page report on SM Online.
11/27/2007 - Police in New Orleans and Orlando have created special units dedicated to protecting tourists. Officers are trained to be sociable with tourists, and the units are allied with tourism associations and organizations, according to a new problem-oriented-policing guide on tourist crime developed by the U.S. Department of Justice. Hotels and other sectors of the tourism industry in those cities are strongly encouraged to perform background checks on employees, and police urge that these staff members be heavily punished if found guilty of crime against tourists. Other jurisdictions make it easier for victimized tourists to testify against criminals; Hawaii, for example, has enacted a statute allowing victims to testify from their homes via teleconferencing. Various other measures are in use around the United States, such as creating business-improvement districts in downtown areas, and encouraging hotels to adopt practices to reduce guest victimization, including requiring guests to show identification before entering the building. Disney World uses crime prevention through environmental design techniques to protect visitors. "Virtually every pool, fountain, and flower garden serves both as a visual attraction and a means to direct visitors away from, or toward, particular locations," the guide says. The document is on SM Online.
Daily Headline : Crime
11/27/2007 - The Washington Redskins' safety died after a bullet wound to his groin cut his femoral artery.
Book Reviews: Crime
11/16/2007 - Written by two police crime analysts, the book is replete with resources to assist in gathering evidence for analyzing crime. Moreover, the authors explain the "Ten Commandments" of crime analysis as a way to inculcate best practices in the reader. The first commandment, for example, is "Thy Task is Crime Analysis. Thou Shalt Have No Other Tasks Before It," and the sixth commandment is "Thou Shalt Know Thy Jurisdiction from One End Unto the Other."
11/16/2007 - A large IT project that ran into problems offers lessons for others who might want to embark on a similar journey. The project was called the Citizen and Law Enforcement Analysis and Reporting (CLEAR) system developed by the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and Oracle Corporation.
11/16/2007 - The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a suite of updated software tools designed to evaluate the quality of fingerprint scans. NIST Fingerprint Image Software--Version 2 helps users ensure that fingerprints collected from criminal suspects, employees, visa applicants, and others are clear and distinct enough to be matched against fingerprints on file.
11/16/2007 - The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a suite of updated software tools designed to evaluate the quality of fingerprint scans. NIST Fingerprint Image Software--Version 2 helps users ensure that fingerprints collected from criminal suspects, employees, visa applicants, and others are clear and distinct enough to be matched against fingerprints on file. Find out how to get a copy at SM Online.
11/14/2007 - A British financial services firm discovered that a fake Web site bearing its name had been set up, presumably to "phish" for customer passwords and account information. Unfortunately, it took ten days before the firm could find out a way to have the site taken down. (They ultimately went to the U.S. Secret Service for help in getting the American Internet service provider to take down the site.)
11/14/2007 - A British financial services firm discovered that a fake Web site bearing its name had been set up, presumably to "phish" for customer passwords and account information. Unfortunately, it took ten days before the firm could find out a way to have the site taken down. (They ultimately went to the U.S. Secret Service for help in getting the American Internet service provider to take down the site.) @ Countering Financial Crime Risks in Information Security: Financial Crime Sector Report is available through www.securitymanagement.com.
11/14/2007 - Only about 17 percent of police chiefs believe that terrorism or violent crime are "extremely serious" or "quite serious" problems in their communities. By contrast, 63 percent believe that drug abuse reaches that level of gravity. The figures come from a survey commissioned by the Police Foundation and Drug Strategies. @ Survey results are on SM Online.
11/13/2007 - More than just the newest cool toys, iPods have become a tool of the trade for crooks and, consequently, a rich source of evidence for forensic experts who know how to take note of their incriminating content.