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Not A False 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

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Collection of Latent Prints

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. These unique patterns are almost

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Patient Escapes from Psychiatric Unit

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. After Aiello arrived at the check-in desk he

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Openings and Closings and Panic Situations

More and more, the alarm industry is using wireless technology as a means to detect and report openings and closings at residential and commercial premises, summon help in emergency situations, such as robbery and sudden injury or illness, and determine

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Inadequate Security Results in Gang Shooting

Elmer Meraz went to a bar with his cousin and other friends. While at the bar, Meraz’s cousin started arguing with another patron, Santiago Lopez. Lopez was a known troublemaker and regular customer at the bar and had been regularly

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Guide for Users of Home Alarm Systems

• Have the alarm installed by a licensed company. • Have the alarm company provide you with an orientation and training. • Select dual technology sensors when possible. • Make sure all motion detectors have a second sensor on the

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False Info on Background Report

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. When the landlord received the report on Moreland from SafeRent, the

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Race and Gender Complaint

Heatherlee Finn was employed by a security company, and her duties included hiring and placing security guards at clients’ locations. Finn, who was not a security guard, filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) complaint against the company, alleging violation

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Alarm Company Liability

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. ADT was judged at fault for not having

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