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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.

Fraud and Corruption Prevention and Identification

- Authors Nigel Iyer and Martin Samociuk avoid philosophical arguments on business theories regarding corporate fraud and corruption to provide practical and workable solutions for prevention and detection programs.

Shining Light on Nonlethal Weapons

- A new device that uses light to incapacitate suspects is the latest tool in law enforcement's nonlethal arsenal.

Investigating Religious Terrorism and Ritualistic Crimes

- Perlmutter, director of the Institute for the Research of Organized and Ritual Violence, examines in detail groups and religions such as Odinism/Asatru (Germanic "heathenry"), the White Order of Thule (Aryan supremacism), and the Phineas Priesthood (a white-supremacist group, of sorts), depicting the violence their members have wrought.

Software Forensics: Collecting Evidence from the Scene of a Digital Crime.

- Author Robert Slade mines solid detail, including listing specific software tools that can be used to identify and track virus creators, however unlikely corporate America might be to invest resources for such an effort. Slade discusses legal rules of evidence and emphasizes the importance of keeping evidence pristine so that its veracity is unshakable.

Global Drug Enforcement: Practical Investigative Techniques

- Drawing on 30 years of experience in law enforcement, Gregory Lee has written a definitive work on criminal drug investigations. Lee offers an objective look at the worldwide illegal-drug industry and describes various methods for conducting investigations, all the while taking care not to understate the dangers involved in undercover work. After all, as he notes, undercover agents have the highest fatality rate of all investigative positions

Duress systems

- 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.

Money laundering

- 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.

Crime against tourists

- 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.

NFL's Sean Taylor Dies After Shot in Home by Intruder

- The Washington Redskins' safety died after a bullet wound to his groin cut his femoral artery.

Introduction to Crime Analysis: Basic Resources for Criminal Justice Practice.

- 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."

IT Project Provides Lessons

- 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.

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