Magazine article Security Management

Home on the Page. (News and Trends)

Magazine article Security Management

Home on the Page. (News and Trends)

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Homeland security efforts continue to move at a blinding pace. Security Management Online keeps you up to date by providing the latest reports, articles, and proposals in "Beyond Print." Also refer to "Beyond Print" anytime you see the @ symbol in the magazine to take you to supplemental material. (And don't forget to check for ASIS workshops and other resources.) Here's some of what you'll find new at SM Online.

Security officers. Ten U.S. states--including Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri--have virtually no state legislation governing private security officers, though some cities in Kansas and counties in Missouri have passed local ordinances. Except for a few states, the requirements elsewhere in the country are "far from stringent," according to a recent article by Helene Astrom in Securitas Magazine, a publication of the global security firm Securitas AB, Stockholm, Sweden. The situation is far different in Scandinavia, however. For instance, Swedish law requires that guards be screened and that they undergo a 217-hour basic training course at the Swedish Institute of Guard Training. In contrast to the astronomical numbers seen in other countries, average security officer turnover in Sweden is five to ten percent.

The Scandinavian model is starting to take hold in other parts of Europe, Astrom writes in the piece, now on SM Online. Also online are two other articles in the same issue, one focusing on the security industry in Spain, the other on the situation in Germany. The latter describes how new legislation in the works will stiffen training requirements and create an "official checklist for buying security services."

Retail burglary. One of the latest in a series of guides prepared by the Justice Department's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services pulls the mask off of retail burglary. Businesses and communities must understand the nature of the problem before attempting to tackle it, and the guide lays out specific questions for doing just that. The guide probes topics such as how long burglars are on the premises and whether the criminals appear to be familiar with the premises they burgle.

The guide also lists 14 potential responses to retail burglary that can be taken by police, retailers, and city planners. Besides typical measures such as burglar alarms and crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED), less obvious tacks include minimizing stock with "just-in-time" deliveries and leaving empty cash registers open after-hours so that they aren't broken into. For each measure addressed, the author explains how it is best used and what factors to consider; for example, since business watch programs are hard to develop, one alternative is a temporary "cocoon" watch program around recently burgled businesses. Get the full story on SM Online.

ADA. Federal courts have ruled on hundreds of cases involving it. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission periodically issues guidance on it. Scores of journal articles have explicated it. And countless companies have contacted attorneys to comply with it. Still, even 12 years after its passage, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) remains a hotly contested piece of legislation. In the 2001-2002 Supreme Court term, the high court took on three major cases arising from the statute. …

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