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Patrols Gone Private

- A new program in California will put private security on the street to augment an overworked police force.

Pooling Resources

- How one city reduced persistent vandalism at its outdoor pools with an integrated surveillance system.

CCTV: Panacea or Problem

- CCTV is potentially the most valuable security resource as well as the most misused and wasteful. An expert explains the paradox of CCTV. (Online exclusive)

The Importance of Being Modest Regarding Public CCTV Systems

- Advocates of public CCTV systems should steer away from misleading arguments that such technology reduces crime and rather tout its ability to solve crime.

Should the Freedom of Information Act Apply to Private Prisons?

- Lawmakers hear testimony for and against having private prisons covered under the Freedom of Information Act.

Gangs: Experts Advocate Prevention over Prosecution and Prison

- Experts tell Congress that gang prevention strategies work better and are more cost effective than prosecution and prison.

FBI: Violent and Property Crime Down in 2007

- Violent and property crime have decreased in 2007, reports the FBI, but government officials say one year does not establish a trend.

Preventing Wrongful Deportation

- The case of a mentally impaired person who was deported despite being a citizen has raised questions about the government's deportation procedures.

Police Testify On Behalf of Bulletproof Vest Program

- Senators and police tout the Bulletproof Vest Partnership during National Police Week.

College Football's Crime Connection

- New research indicates that communities that host college football games experience more assaults on game day, especially if the home team loses.

Reclaiming Stolen Assets from Corrupt Autocrats

- Anti-corruption advocates are finding international opposition to legal regimes to reclaim looted assets, but the tide may be turning.

Police Analysis and Planning for Homicide Bombings, 2nd Edition

- Using the more accurate concept, homicide bombing, this work is a superior foundation for security professionals who seek to prevent, or prepare to respond to, terrorist bombings.

U.S. Federal Legislation: Identity Theft

- A bill (S. 2168) introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) that would increase penalties for identity theft has been approved by the Senate and is now pending in the House Judiciary Committee. The bill would provide restitution for victims of identity theft for the time spent dealing with the issue as well as actual monetary damages. The bill would also expand the identity theft laws to include organizations that are victimized rather than just individuals as under current law. Such damages could be paid for using criminal and civil forfeitures of property used to commit computer fraud offenses.
 




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