$4.8 million awarded to family of murdered woman

January 31, 2014 - (Contract Security / Guard)

Facts: Lidia Giangrandi lived in a gated community that was protected by guards employed by a security services company that was obligated by contract to provide a patrolling guard.

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Chain of custody

January 31, 2014 - (Private Investigation)

Physical evidence that is received, recovered, discovered or collected in any manner by an investigator must be marked for identification without delay.

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Alarm company liability

January 31, 2014 - (Electronic Security / Alarm)

As stated elsewhere in this newsletter, an alarm company was sued for faulty installation of a home alarm system. The following case indicates a continuing rise in lawsuits filed against alarm companies.

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Race and gender complaint

December 31, 2013 - (Contract Security / Guard)

Heatherlee Finn was employed by a security company, and her duties included hiring and placing security guards at clients' locations.

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False info on background report

December 31, 2013 - (Private Investigation)

Susan Moreland applied to lease an apartment. The landlord was under contract with SafeRent to conduct criminal and financial background checks for applicants who wanted to lease an apartment.

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Guide for users of home alarm systems

December 31, 2013 - (Electronic Security / Alarm)

Have the alarm installed by a licensed company.

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Inadequate security results in gang shooting

November 27, 2013 - (Contract Security / Guard)

Elmer Meraz went to a bar with his cousin and other friends. While at the bar, Meraz's cousin started arguing with another patron

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Long Island Private Investigator Provider, The Protective Group, Comments on the Risks in China

November 27, 2013 - (Private Investigation)

Private investigator provider, The Protective Group, comments on an article published by The Wall Street Journal, which discusses how private investigators are being detained in China.

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Openings and closings and panic situations

November 27, 2013 - (Electronic Security / Alarm)

More and more, the alarm industry is using wireless technology

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Patient Escapes from Psychiatric Unit

November 05, 2013 - (Contract Security / Guard)

Jason Aiello was taken by his family to an emergency psychiatric unit at a university hospital. The hospital was under contract with Burns International Security Services to provide guard and patrol services.

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Collection of Latent Prints

November 05, 2013 - (Private Investigation)

Friction ridges on the underside of fingers, hands, toes and soles of the feet form unique patterns that may be found on surfaces of objects touched by a person of interest in a crime investigation.

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Not A False Alarm

November 05, 2013 - (Electronic Security / Alarm)

The high rate of false alarms plaguing the police is consistently and widely reported; in some communities the rate is 95 to 1, or greater. It is refreshing to hear a story of a true alarm and the capture of a burglar

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Motel Not Liable for Attack on Guest

September 09, 2013 - (Contract Security / Guard)

Phillip Neiman was a guest at the Motel 6 when he was walking to his room from his car in the parking lot.

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Chain of Custody

September 09, 2013 - (Private Investigation)

Physical evidence that is received, recovered, discovered or collected in any manner by an investigator must be marked for identification without delay

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Surveillance Officer Terminated For Misconduct

September 09, 2013 - (Electronic Security / Alarm)

Facts: Robert Swan worked as a surveillance officer at a casino from 1989-2005 before he was accused of misconduct and terminated from employment. His employer alleged that Swan and three other guards misused security recording devices to observe and zoom in upon selected parts of female anatomy in violation of casino regulations.

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Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems

September 09, 2013 - (Electronic Security / Alarm)

The concept of automatic fire sprinkler systems dates back to the 1800s, most notably to English inventor John Carey.

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Apartment Complex Sued for Lax Security

August 01, 2013 - (Contract Security / Guard)

Dominique Simmons and Bennett Smith, who resided apart, argued by telephone over childcare arrangements for their daughter.

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Investigative Consumer Report

August 01, 2013 - (Private Investigation)

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) gave birth to the term “investigative consumer report.”

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Fire Alarm Systems: Two Basic Types

August 01, 2013 - (Electronic Security / Alarm)

The two basic types of fire alarm systems in use today are known as manual and automatic.

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Security Guard Assault

July 05, 2013 - (Contract Security / Guard)

Sharka Webster worked as a security guard at an apartment complex. He approached a resident, Deunithe Cireus, who was standing outside her apartment.

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Service of Process

July 05, 2013 - (Private Investigation)

Service of process is a procedure used by a court (or administrative body) to inform a person that the court has legal jurisdiction over the person and instructs the person to respond in the manner specified.

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Dallas Loses $1.6 million in Uncollected Alarm FeesDallas Loses $1.6 million in Uncollected Alarm Fees

July 05, 2013 - (Electronic Security / Alarm)

In Dallas, Texas, a business or property owner must obtain a permit from the city before installing a burglar alarm.

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Moonlighting Officer Chokes Teen

June 03, 2013 - (Contract Security / Guard)

Sixteen-year-old L.C. went to a concert at a venue owned and operated by a company that contracted with a township to provide off duty police officers for crowd and traffic control.

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Kinesics

June 03, 2013 - (Private Investigation)

Kinesics is the study of body language and is based on the behavioral patterns of nonverbal communication.

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Thwarting Burglars

June 03, 2013 - (Electronic Security / Alarm)

Burglars dislike noise because noise attracts attention. An audible burglar alarm is an excellent deterrent in preventing burglaries

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Gang-Related Shooting

April 01, 2013 - (Contract Security / Guard)

Teenager Jerome Ellington and his friends, all of them members of a gang, went to a bowling alley. A rival gang was at the bowling alley when they arrived.

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Private Investigator Exposes $400 Million Ponzi Scheme

April 01, 2013 - (Private Investigation)

Michael G. Kessler Featured on CNBC's American Greed as Private Investigator

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Burglar Alarm Factoids

April 01, 2013 - (Electronic Security / Alarm)

Here are snippets of findings from various studies of burglary prevention.

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Moonlighting Officer Chokes Teen

March 01, 2013 - (Contract Security / Guard)

Sixteen-year-old L.C. went to a concert at a venue owned and operated by a company that contracted with a township to provide off duty police officers for crowd and traffic control.

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Security Guard and Hotel Guest Altercation

March 01, 2013 - (Contract Security / Guard)

Dillon Bracken went to a restaurant at a resort hotel on New Year’s Eve. Bracken did not know that the restaurant was reserved for a private party and closed to the public.

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Sprinkler Systems Explained

March 01, 2013 - (Electronic Security / Alarm)

Alerting people to the presence of fire is important. But, so is putting the fire out. When a fire starts, it quickly heats the air directly above it. This air rises and is pushed out to either side when it hits the ceiling. As this hot air reaches a sprinkler head, the sprinkler head is activated.

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Guard Claims Discrimination

February 01, 2013 - (Contract Security / Guard)

Facts: Rocky Hunter was employed as a security guard by a grocery store for over 20 years. Although Hunter, who is African American, received mostly positive annual performance evaluations over the course of his employment, he had received reprimands for tardiness, absenteeism, poor job performance and coming to work while intoxicated

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An EEOC Guideline

February 01, 2013 - (Private Investigation)

An employment policy frequently applied by employers in the security services industry is to deny employment to a person convicted of a felony.

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Robbery Alarms

February 01, 2013 - (Electronic Security / Alarm)

A robbery alarm is typically activated by an inconspicuous device such as a hold-up or panic button, a hidden foot rail or a device that is built into or attached to the item being taken.

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Guard Fired for Improper Firearms Storage

January 01, 2013 - (Contract Security / Guard)

Facts: Juan Crespo worked as an armed guard for a private security contractor.

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Casino Patron Alleges Assault by Guard

January 01, 2013 - (Contract Security / Guard)

Facts: On July 18, 2010, Rohan Brijall went to a casino in Atlantic City. While there, Brijall began smoking in an area that was designated as a non-smoking area.

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The Intentional Tort of Intrusion

January 01, 2013 - (Private Investigation)

Private investigators who conduct surveillance are often sued by the people they have watched. Examples of “watching” include:

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Internet Media and Burglary

January 01, 2013 - (Electronic Security / Alarm)

Burglars have found a new way to identify targets:

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$4.8 million awarded to family of murdered woman

January 31, 2014 - (Contract Security / Guard)

Facts: Lidia Giangrandi lived in a gated community that was protected by guards employed by a security services company that was obligated by contract to provide a patrolling guard.

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