Have you ever entered your home address in Google Maps? Does it show a clear picture of your home, vehicle or license plate? How about a picture of you or a family member? If you aren't sure, we suggest you search now by clicking on the Google Maps link below & following the simple steps to remove any images you don't want publicized.
The pictures on Google Maps can show strangers personal information regarding your home, especially if your garage door was open at the time these pictures were taken. It may also show what type of car you drive if your car was in the driveway at the time the photographs were taken. Even worse, Google maps may show your license plate and/or pictures of you or your family. Would you like to learn how to hide these images now?
There is NO way to keep your address off of Google Maps but you can get Google to blur out your property, vehicles, license plates & family so users will not be able to view them any longer. Here’s the process which is outlined at Google:
• Bring up the street view of your property.
• Look to the bottom right hand corner of the screen you should see an Icon Labeled: “report a problem.”
• Click on “report a problem.”
• You will get a page labeled “report inappropriate street view.”
• Adjust the image so your house is inside the red box.
• Fill out the form.
• Type the verification code at the bottom of the page into the box provided & click submit.
• Check back in a few days to see if the image has been blurred.
In previous blogs we've written as well as in our e-guide, we've covered the topics of reading body language and micro-expressions. We've never really spoken to much about macro-expressions, which could lead to emotional outpouring. Keeping your emotions under control is not always easy, even for the toughest of women and men. Michael Sam was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft with the 249th overall pick, becoming the first publicly gay player to be drafted in the league. If he plays in the NFL, he will also be the first active professional football player to have publicly come out. Watch the video below of his reaction when he found out he was drafted.
Did you know that according to research that our affiliate Humintell reported on
in a past blog, crying tears for emotional reasons is a trait unique to humans. Michael Trimble, a British researcher at the Institute of Neurology in London notes that if only humans cry emotionally then there must have been a time in human evolution when tears took on an additional meaning to their hitherto biological functions, namely as a signal of distress, and a cipher for suffering.
In another blog by Humintell, they commented on the emotional stirrings that many of us report having on airplanes. In 2011, Virgin Atlantic ran a survey asking customers to describe their on-flight emotional experiences. Overall, 55% of travelers said they had “experienced heightened emotions while flying,” and as the stunning statistic previously mentioned, 41% have also shed some in flight tears. These statistics are something that I can personally relate to due to a previous experience.
I began writing my autobiography on a commercial flight from Baltimore, MD to Houston, TX. After writing the entire introduction of my still-in-progress book on that flight and proofreading it a few times, there were tears that actually came to my eyes during that time. Reading what I'd written made me reflect upon where I started in life and where I was on that particular day. I've actually decided to include that part of the of the book in this blog. These are the actual words used, so you can get a brief sneak peek at my first soon to be NY Times best seller.
"It has taken me many years of requests,
suggestions and thoughts to basically start with this opening sentence in my
first book. There have been many different people in my life throughout the
years that I have shared my various life accounts with, whom after hearing the
story, would ask "Why don't you write a book?" After being asked that
question many times throughout my life by people from all walks of life that included my family, my children, personal friends, doctors, lawyers and even
by people who sold drugs and committed other criminal acts. It wasn't until a
very dear friend of mine had asked the same question -"Why don't you write
a book?" It only took her once to ask that before the proverbial light
bulb above my head was actually created and the decision was made to follow
through, or at least in theory. She asked that question on numerous occasions
since the first time and it wasn't until approximately 3 years later that I began to
type these words on my smartphone while flying from Baltimore, MD to Houston,
So, after living 44 years, 7 months, 19 days and
some odd hours, it is this day that I begin to share with you my life story. My
hope is to at least touch just one young person and let him or her know, that no
matter what your upbringing, no matter what path you've chosen or are
currently on, there is a way to change, adjust, improve and succeed. As I wrote
that last line, I began to get choked up and a tear fell from the corner of my
left eye. As I re-read what I just wrote, again, I became even more choked up and emotional.
I guess after living hopefully what is at least half of my life, reflecting upon how I changed and then thinking of how I can help someone today by sharing my story, has made me quite sentimental........."
So in closing, macro-expressions can lead to emotional outpouring and I certainly identify with the 55 % of respondents that stated they'd experienced heightened emotions while flying, since I did as well. Please feel free to share any of your in flight stories below or to learn more about macro-expressions and micro-expressions, please click here. If you have a security issue, we have a credible solution! CSS1
Have you ever conducted an interview and were
unsure if the individual was being 100% honest? If so, then this article is
for YOU! We all know that the largest cost in any business is usually
payroll. In order to have loyal, hardworking and HONEST team members, you
NEED to hire appropriately. As private investigators, we have an obligation
to our clients to ensure the highest levels of integrity and that all starts
with us as business owners and who we HIRE. This article will assist you with hiring the
‘right’ candidate within your business.
According to the
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, $50 billion is stolen annually from
U.S. Businesses by their employees. That is almost equivalent to $137 million a
DAY that comes right off the bottom line from all of the companies combined throughout
the nation. This is a staggering amount, which can possibly be blamed on our
economy, maybe a company’s culture but I personally believe it ALL starts and
can be prevented during the hiring process.
There have been
dishonest people throughout the world for thousands of years and obviously this
will continue but the question is not one’s level of integrity but why are we
hiring someone who is being dishonest during the interview? Since, I am sure no one would knowingly hire
someone who was being deceptive during an interview; I could only assume it is
because the interviewer is not aware of the non-verbal modes of communication
that occur during every conversation. We are going to cover
eight CREDIBLE steps that will assist you within the hiring process as well as
make your interviews more effective, which in turn will help you make a better
choice when attempting to hire the ‘right’ person for the job.
CONDUCT A THOROUGH REVIEW OF THE RESUME:
According to the
Society of Human Resource managers, 53% of people lie on their resume. So, that
means more than half of the people you interview will have inaccurate
information on their resume/application. If reviewing a resume, you should be
aware of time gaps, numerous employers, education level and experience in the
position they are applying for. If you are reviewing an application, you should
be pay close attention to the reasons for leaving prior employment, criminal
convictions and missing names/numbers of previous employers. This is the
information you can use to base some of your questions on during an actual
2. REVIEW THE REFERENCES:
Now, some business
locations will not give you any information regarding an applicant and may have
you contact their corporate office. However, it doesn’t hurt to try and who
knows, you may get some very insightful information that you could use in your
interview. So, please ensure you are taking notes while conducting your
reference checks and use these notes as a guide with regards to their prior
employment, education and additional skills they CLAIM to have on their resume
You can do this by
placing a ‘DO NOT DISTURB’ sign on the door, turning off your mobile phone,
asking them to turn their phone off and/or unplugging any landline phones in
the interviewing area. Then remove the barrier that most interviewers have when
conducting an interview. You know the barrier I am referring to. Come out from
behind your desk and place two chairs facing each other in the middle of the
room with nothing in between them. Now, you the interviewer should be sitting in
a rolling chair, preferably one with a back and arm rests. The interviewee
should be sitting in a stationary chair without wheels or arm rests. This will
help you read their body language during the interview and they will not be
able to roll their chair to release nervous energy.
DON’T ASK CLOSED ENDED QUESTIONS:
You should be doing
20% of the talking as they should be doing 80% of the talking, which can be
accomplished by asking open ended questions. For instance, "Tell me about a time you were terminated
by one of your previous employers." as opposed to "Have you
ever been terminated by one of your previous employers?" The first
question is open and will cause the guilty party to think more about the
answer, which in turn may cause non-verbal modes of communication or body language
markers of discomfort. This can help you identify the dishonest candidate and
actually motivate them to be honest about their previous performance issues as
well as why they were terminated. We will talk more about that in step # 5. The
latter of the two questions is closed and could be easily answered with a
simple ‘no’, whether they were or were not terminated in the past.
An honest person will
usually speak with confidence and in a timely manner to the question being
asked. Using the example above, an honest person after hearing the question "Tell me about a time you were terminated
by one of your previous employers." will quickly reply; “I have never been
terminated!” if they in fact have not been. However, the dishonest candidate
may pause and take a moment to think before answering that question because of
how it was asked. Since a simple yes or no doesn’t fit, they will need to think
a bit more about the actual time they WERE terminated! That pause in answering
can mean a few things such as them thinking about, which job of the many they
may have been terminated from or they may be deciding whether to be honest with
you or not (Internal Dialogue). That is when your rolling chair comes into play
and is used to move in just a bit closer and with a soft spoken tone of voice
say something like: “Hey, we're both human and we all make mistakes and bad decisions sometimes. What happened?” This
rationalization is how you can motivate them to be more honest with regards to
answering that question.
6. BE AWARE OF THE NON-VERBAL CLUES:
Please keep in mind
when reading body language, these markers or ‘tells’ must come in clusters and
be timely with the questions asked. Just observing one or two of the body
language markers below does NOT mean
the candidate in being deceptive. These behaviors are usually associated with
individuals who are nervous in general and that would be a normal feeling
during an interview. However, we all know that a person being deceptive will most
likely be nervous as well. So, be mindful of the following ‘tells’:
closed body language
changes in body position
tone on specific questions
of hands/repeated rubbing or scratching
Once again, please
keep in mind when reading body language, the aforementioned markers or ‘tells’
must come in clusters and be timely with the questions asked. Just observing
one or two of the body language markers above does NOT mean the candidate in being deceptive. You are merely
evaluating comfort levels to the questions being asked.
LOOK FOR FACIAL MICRO-EXPRESSIONS:
Another body language
marker to pay close attention to are the facial micro-expressions that happen
in a fifth of a second, which can let you know what emotion they are truly feeling
at the very moment the question is asked. The Seven Basic Emotions are Anger,
Contempt, Disgust, Fear, Happiness, Sadness and Surprise. These emotions have been
scientifically proven to have a certain facial expression associated with them,
which you can see below in the photos that were provided by Credible Security
Solution’s affiliate, Humintell. To learn more about micro-expressions, please click here.
ENSURE THAT THREE FORMS ARE PROVIDED:
So, you feel this is
the person you would like to hire? I would strongly suggest having EVERY
potential employee read and sign a background check consent form, credit check consent
form as well as a drug test consent form.
Once they are provided
with these documents, they have been informed that these extra preventive
measures are in place, which may in turn make them reconsider employment if
they KNOW you are checking all three areas. If they sign the forms, ensure all
three checks are actually completed. To learn more about background checks, please click here.
In conclusion, there
are numerous tools you can use to ensure you are conducting a successful
interview. The eight steps mentioned above are a few of the basics needed in
order to become a successful interviewer and assist you within the hiring process. If you truly want to master the art of interviewing, then you should NOT miss our presentation entitled "Interviews For Success: An insiders approach to reading body language." We discuss open ended questions, facial micro-expressions and how to read body language effectively. We only conduct this presentation publicly ONCE a year so don't miss the opportunity or you can have us speak at your next corporate gathering. To learn more about our class on detecting deception, please see the video below.
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The main points in this article were published in The Texas Investigator Magazine, Winter 2014 edition.
The first documented report of shoplifting was in London, sometime in the 16th century. The people responsible for these acts at the time, were called "Lifters" Today, this problem has increased and is causing retailers throughout the United States, $13 billion in losses. According to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP), that is equivalent to $35 million a DAY in losses or what retailers call "shrink".
There are numerous tools that can be used to deter shoplifters such as good customer service, noticeable employees in uniform and name tags as well as a neat and orderly location. In addition, a security guard at the entrance/exit area of the location, CCTV, and an EAS system could assist as well. However, even with all of these tools, shoplifting continues to plague retailers throughout the country. Below are some statistics that were provided by the NASP and I am sure you will agree, are quite alarming.
More than $13 billion worth of goods are stolen from retailers each year. That's more than $35 million per day.
There are approximately 27 million shoplifters (or 1 in 11 people) in our nation today. More than 10 million people have been caught shoplifting in the last five years.
Shoplifting affects more than the offender. It overburdens the police and the courts, adds to a store's security expenses, costs consumers more for goods, costs communities lost dollars in sales taxes and hurts children and families.
Shoplifters steal from all types of stores including department stores, specialty shops, supermarkets, drug stores, discounters, music stores, convenience stores and thrift shops.
There is no profile of a typical shoplifter. Men and women shoplift about equally as often.
Approximately 25 percent of shoplifters are kids, 75 percent are adults. 55 percent of adult shoplifters say they started shoplifting in their teens.
Many shoplifters buy and steal merchandise in the same visit. Shoplifters commonly steal from $2 to $200 per incident depending upon the type of store and item(s) chosen.
Shoplifting is often not a premeditated crime. 73 percent of adult and 72 percent of juvenile shoplifters don't plan to steal in advance.
89 percent of kids say they know other kids who shoplift. 66 percent say they hang out with those kids.
Shoplifters say they are caught an average of only once in every 48 times they steal. They are turned over to the police 50 percent of the time.
Approximately 3 percent of shoplifters are "professionals" who steal solely for resale or profit as a business. These include drug addicts who steal to feed their habit, hardened professionals who steal as a life-style and international shoplifting gangs who steal for profit as a business. "Professional" shoplifters are responsible for 10 percent of the total dollar losses.
The vast majority of shoplifters are "non-professionals" who steal, not out of criminal intent, financial need or greed but as a response to social and personal pressures in their life.
The excitement generated from "getting away with it" produces a chemical reaction resulting in what shoplifters describe as an incredible "rush" or "high" feeling. Many shoplifters will tell you that this high is their "true reward," rather than the merchandise itself.
Drug addicts, who have become addicted to shoplifting, describe shoplifting as equally addicting as drugs.
57 percent of adults and 33 percent of juveniles say it is hard for them to stop shoplifting even after getting caught.
Most non-professional shoplifters don't commit other types of crimes. They'll never steal an ashtray from your house and will return to you a $20 bill you may have dropped. Their criminal activity is restricted to shoplifting and therefore, any rehabilitation program should be "offense-specific" for this crime.
Habitual shoplifters steal an average of 1.6 times per week.
There is a tool that can not only deter shoplifting within your business but also assist you with recovering the merchandise if there is a theft and even possibly allow you to recover restitution from the perpetrator (Civil Demand). Store detectives can blend within your shopping environment and are trained to observe the five elements of proof that are needed in order to successfully apprehend a shoplifter. Notice, I did not state "suspected' shoplifter because a well trained store detective will not make a stop unless all elements of proof are present. The elements, which are listed below; guarantee that a productive stop will be made.
The store detective must:
1. Observe the subject enter the store and/or the department
2. Observe the subject select merchandise that has been verified as store property
3. Observe the subject conceal the said merchandise
4. Maintain constant and uninterrupted surveillance on the subject
5. Apprehend the subject after he or she passes ALL points of payment
Some retailers have their own Loss Prevention or Asset Protection officers, yet other retailers may not have the budget for such a department. Our store detectives that are apart of our Shoplifting Response Team are fully trained on the aforementioned elements and have years of experience detecting, apprehending and processing shoplifters. They are the perfect solution for the retailer that has a shoplifting issue but can not justify creating a department and supplying store detectives at every location. To learn more about our investigative techniques, please click here.
This article is not to claim that there was or wasn't a conspiracy on 09/11. However, it does seem pretty clear that George Bush was going to use the word "conspiracy" during the interview that took place on Nightline, 04/24/13, which is posted below. The fact that the word 'another' was used right before that word slip, it does pose the question as to what OTHER conspiracy the he was referring too. Since Diane Sawyer's question was related to the possibility that the Boston bombing took him right back to the horrific events on 09/11, one could assume that the phrase he nearly stated, 'another conspiracy' was connected to his thoughts about 09/11.
To shed light on this theory, right before that comment was almost spoken; his body language and facial micro-expressions seemed as if he was attempting to conceal a thought. This concealed thought was obviously in response to the question related to 09/11. This can be seen when he pierced lips while taking a gasp for air before speaking, which then leads to him almost using the word 'conspiracy'. (39 seconds into the video)
In addition, please notice his wife's eyes at exactly 41 seconds into the video when he nearly utters that word 'conspiracy'. Her micro-expression seemed to show a very quick flash of surprise or fear. These two emotions can look similar to some but since her lips weren't stretched across her face, I personally would assume her look was that of surprise.
Also, was the question ever answered? Again, the question/comment was "The terrorism in Boston, many people have wondered if it took you right back to 09/11 when you heard it?" His long winded answer of 33 seconds, along with body language, never really did address the question. One thing we know for sure now is that "It's really hard to protect the homeland."
What are your thoughts on the word slip as well as his wife's reaction?
There are two characteristics one should look for when
conducting an interview in order to read an individual’s body language
appropriately and those would be comfort and/or discomfort.
If the interviewer is asking open ended
questions, such as “When is the first time this investigation would show you
causing a loss?” As opposed to “Have you ever caused a loss?” Or, with job screening questions such as "Tell me about a time you were terminated by one of your previous employers." as opposed to "Have you ever been terminated by one of your previous employers?" This will
cause the guilty party to think more about the answer, which in turn may cause
non-verbal modes of communication or body language markers of discomfort.
Some of these markers may include a facial micro-expression
of fear or sadness, a slouching body posture, the slight shrug of a shoulder
and/or manipulators such as tugging upon one’s ear. There may also be signs of soothing such as
stroking ones leg or hands during particular questions. It is important to remember though, that these behaviors need
to be in clusters and the body language markers need to be timely with the
To be a successful
interviewer, one needs to learn how to ask open ended questions, listen to the
subject’s responses word for word as well be able to decipher the body language
and micro-expressions that occur during every interview. To learn more about
micro-expressions, please click here .To learn more about our Interviews for Success luncheons, please click here and to obtain our FREE e-guide; 8 CREDIBLE STEPS TO A SUCCESSFUL INTERVIEW, please CLICK HERE.
Credible Security Solutions is an official re-seller of Humintell’s Facial Expression Recognition Training Tools. Humintell’s emotion recognition training features images of individuals portraying the seven basic emotions: Anger, Contempt, Fear, Disgust, Happiness, Sadness and Surprise. But what exactly are basic emotions and where do other emotions such as shame, guilt and pride fit in? Read on to learn more…
Basic emotions are emotions that have been scientifically proven to have a certain facial expression associated with it. For example, the basic emotion of “Anger” can be recognized by this picture all around the world, no matter what age, religion or gender you are, or what language you speak. Anger can be characterized by these characteristics below:
Similarly, Fear is also a basic emotion. Fear is recognized all around the world by this facial expression of emotion, with the characteristics which can be seen below. Its important to note that other words describing fear are also expressed by this same face (or portions of this face). Emotions such as scared, mortified, horrified and petrified all have characteristics of this expression.
There are other basic emotions such as disgust, contempt, happiness, sadness and surprise. Their characteristics can be seen below:
We often get asked about emotions such as shame, pride, jealously and guilt. While these emotions are important ones, they are still not considered part of the basic emotions set. For example, there is no scientific evidence showing that there is a universal expression of shame that is recognized around the world as shame. Be weary when you see or hear people labeling expressions as emotions not in the basic emotion set. There is little evidence backing up their claims.
Do you want to accurately read people’s emotions, know when they are lying, build rapport, enhance relationships and gain the upper hand in negotiations?
Well, you can......... If you would like to learn micro-expressions through an online training format that you can complete in the comfort of your own home or office in as little time as just one hour, please click here. If you would like to obtain our FREE e-guide; 8 CREDIBLE STEPS TO A SUCCESSFUL INTERVIEW, please CLICK HERE.
A micro-expression is a brief involuntary expression of emotion. They usually occur when an individual experiences a strong emotion but tries to conceal his/her feelings. They may also occur because a person experiences multiple emotions in rapid succession. Unlike normal facial expressions, it is difficult to voluntary produce or neutralize micro-expressions. They can express any of the seven emotions universally expressed in the face: disgust, anger, fear, happiness, sadness, surprise and contempt. They can occur as fast as 1/15th to 1/30th of a second.
The History: Micro-expressions were first discovered by Haggard and Isaacs (1966). In their study, Haggard and Isaacs outlined how they discovered these “micro-momentary” expressions while scanning motion picture films of psychotherapy hours, searching for indications of non-verbal communication between patient and therapist. At around the same time, Condon and Ogston (1967) pioneered the study of interactions at the fraction-of-a-second level.
In Condon’s famous research project, he scrutinized a four-and-a-half hour film segment frame by frame, where each frame represented 1/25th of a second. After studying this film segment for a year and a half, he discerned interactional micro-movements, such as the wife moving her shoulder exactly as the husband’s hands came up, which combined yielded micro-rhythms. Condon’s work, however, did not focus on facial expressions.
Subsequently, Ekman and Friesen (1969, 1974) included the concept of micro-expressions in their studies of deception. The results of this work were reported in the book Telling Lies (Ekman, 1985), and were popularized in the mass media through the television series Lie To Me. They also play a central role in Robert Ludlum’s posthumously published The Ambler Warning, in which the central character, Harrison Ambler, is an intelligence agent who is able to see them [micro-expressions].
Similarly, one of the main characters in Alastair Reynolds’ science fiction novel Absolution Gap, Aura, can easily read micro-expressions. On Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Detective Robert Goren was adept in detecting micro-expressions. Although the existence of micro-expressions was reported in the 1960′s, the first report published in a peer-reviewed, scientific article validating their existence was Porter and ten Brinke (2008). The first report published in a peer-reviewed, scientific article about tests of the ability to recognize micro-expressions was Matsumoto et al.’s (2000). Some studies have indicated that the ability to read micro-expressions is indeed related to the ability to detect deception. If you would like to learn micro-expressions through an online training format that you can complete in the comfort of your own home or office in as little time as just one hour, please CLICK HERE
If you would like to obtain our FREE e-guide; 8 CREDIBLE STEPS TO A SUCCESSFUL INTERVIEW, please CLICK HERE.
Tell us about your experiences with reading micro-expressions during past conversations and/or during interviews........
References Cited: Condon, W., S,, & Ogston, W. D. (1967). A segmentation of behavior. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 5, 221-235.
Ekman, P., & Friesen, W. V. (1969). The repertoire of nonverbal behavior: Categories, origins, usage, and coding. Semiotica, 1, 49-98.
Ekman, P., & Friesen, W. V. (1974). Nonverbal behavior and psychopathology. In R. J. Friedman & M. Katz (Eds.), The psychology of depression: Contemporary theory and research (pp. 3-31). Washington, D. C.: Winston and Sons.
Haggard, E. A., & Isaacs, K. S. (1966). Micro-momentary facial expressions as indicators of ego mechanisms in psychotherapy. In L. A. Gottschalk & A. H. Auerbach (Eds.), Methods of Research in Psychotherapy (pp. 154-165). New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts.
Matsumoto, D., LeRoux, J. A., Wilson-Cohn, C., Raroque, J., Kooken, K., Ekman, P., . . . Goh, A. (2000). A new test to measure emotion recognition ability: Matsumoto and Ekman’s Japanese and Caucasian Brief Affect Recognition Test (JACBART). Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 24(3), 179-209.
Porter, S., & ten Brinke, L. (2008). Reading between the lies: Identifying concealed and falsified emotions in universal facial expressions. Psychological Science, 19(5), 508-514.
The chances of a robbery happening in your place of business
is likely if you accept cash and don't practice some of the techniques mentioned
below. To simplify these suggestions, they have been categorized in the three
How to prevent a robbery from occurring.
What to do during a robbery if it occurs.
What to do after a robbery has occurred.
1. How to prevent a robbery from
· Always be ALERT and AWARE of your surroundings.
· Any actions concerning cash should be done
· Use codes words or phrases with your employees
such as "Code 1" as opposed to "I need change of a $100 bill."
· Be alert
of ALL customers or shall I say "non-customers" who seem to be
loitering or glancing around your store while appearing to shop or browse
through a magazine or newspaper.
for suspicious persons outside your business - especially in parked cars and
around telephone booths/vending machines.
· If you
see someone who is acting suspicious inside or outside your location, notify
the police immediately.
· Keep the
front doors and windows clear of signs and posters to allow good, two way
visibility. You and your employees can see suspicious persons outside.
Passers-by and police can see you, your employees and customers inside.
· Keep the
outside of your business well lit at night and any trees or bushes should be
trimmed to allow clear visibility.
opening time, one person should enter the store and check to see if it has been
closing, one person should check the office, back rooms and rest rooms to
ensure no one is hiding inside.
· Keep a
minimal amount of cash on hand that is visible in the tills. Using a drop box
or securing in a drop safe compartment could assist with this procedure.
· Only keep a minimal amount of $10's, $5's and
$1's in the till, either dropping all $100's and $50's while keeping $20's
under the change till out of sight.
deposits in a safe that is equipped with a 5-10 minute delay.
ALL of your employees and ensuring that your cash policies are being followed.
· Hiring an armored car service or an armed escort
while going to the bank to make a deposit and/or obtain change. Also, having an armed uniformed security officer at the entrance of your location greeting all customers and observing activity, is an overall great deterrent. (CLICK HERE
to learn more about security)
· Having a CCTV system with a Public View Monitor
showing everyone who enters the business.
· Obtain panic buttons from your alarm company to
activate safely during a robbery.
· If using a safe, there have been less reported
robberies in locations where the safe is in the front of the store where
everyone can see it as opposed to in an office with a locking door and no
· Use the
staggered exit technique with your employees while exiting the building. This
is where one person exits and enters their vehicle while the other employee
safely observes them from within the building. Then the employee who has made
it to their car safely, should observe the employee who is exiting the building
to ensure that they make it to their vehicle safely as well.
2. What to do during a robbery if it
calm. The perpetrator is nervous as well so don't do ANYTHING that will
increase his/her emotions.
your hands visible and your fingers spread in a submissive position up and in
front of your body.
your actions so that the perpetrator knows exactly what you are doing. ("I
am opening the register, I am taking out the cash, I am handing you the
lie. If the perpetrator asks you to open the safe, DO NOT tell him/her that you
don't have a key or the combination. They may have visited the location earlier
in the day and witnessed you open the safe proving that you have access.
surprises. If someone went to the back of the store to use the bathroom, inform
the perpetrator that someone may be coming out from the back so he/she isn't
Cooperate. Cooperate.....Give the perpetrator exactly what they ask for. There
is NO amount of money worth losing your life or causing the injury of another
the perpetrator states that he/she has a firearm or a knife but hasn't
brandished one, assume that they have a weapon.
to obtain the best description of the perpetrator as you possibly can (height,
weight, color of skin, markings, scars, tattoos, piercings, eye color, color of
clothing and footwear, certain phrases used, facial hair, left handed or right
handed, kind of weapon, etc.... Vehicle description, make model, year, color,
dents, scratches, no/missing hubcaps. license plate number, etc....)
3. What to do after a robbery has
· LOCK THE DOOR. If the perpetrator hears a siren
and returns to your location, you no longer have a robbery situation, you now
have a hostage situation.
· Activate panic buttons and/or call 911.
· Ask all of employees and customers to stay
within the location and move back from the doors. If anyone decides to leave
the location, try to obtain that person's name and contact information for the
· Obtain descriptions of the perpetrator from all
persons present. Ensure that everyone gives their own description and that they
are not sharing the details with one another.
· Do not
touch anything that the perpetrator may have touched. Block off all areas
where he/she was located to ensure that
the crime scene isn't contaminated.
with the police by answering all questions and providing any video evidence
that you may have obtained.
· Wanted posters offering a cash reward can be
helpful but please refer to the police on this matter.
Your comments, experiences and suggestions are always welcome. Please let me know what you think about the aforementioned robbery prevention techniques and what else could be done in order to deter, detect and/or detain the perpetrators.
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feel free to contact Mr. Abiona in order to schedule a training session with
your employees today to raise their level of awareness regarding robberies.
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this article have been documented in order to build awareness regarding robbery
prevention techniques and in no way imply that these suggestions will eliminate
robberies from happening and/or ensure the public's safety. This article was
submitted in order to suggest and recommend some ideas that may assist with
deterring robberies from occurring in retail establishments. The reader will
not hold the author accountable or liable for any actions that occur due to the
reader applying and/or adhering to any of the information provided within this
This blog has been updated as of 09/17/16 since its last entry in 2012.
The total amount of those crimes committed with which the suspect had a firearm was at 59.3% and 27.3% of the crimes resulted in violence. The most common day of theft was on a Thursday between the hours of 10:00 am-11:00 am, with Sunday's being the least common day of offense. There were 441 arrests made in 2015 of suspects who committed crimes against the jewelry industry, which basically leaves just about 736 more suspects who are still at large and capable of conducting another heist.
Incidents involving attacks on jewelry industry personnel while engaged in transporting their merchandise are occurring with more frequency and greater violence. Some of the most common perpetrators are gangs of criminals from South America commonly referred to as the South American Theft Group or South American Terrorist Group (SATG). There sole objective is to intimidate with or possibly cause serious bodily injury and even death against your sales representatives in order to obtain your company's assets.
The SATG criminals may be targeting you or your company's sales representative right now as you are reading this blog. They use tools such as GPS tracking devices in order to track your location as well as conduct surveillance's to ensure the precise time of attack. So, while you or your sales representatives are traveling you must ALWAYS assume that you are a target.
You can, however, take some aggressive steps to lessen the risk and reduce your vulnerability. First off, protect yourself by becoming educated on these gangs as well as their techniques. In addition, the use of personal protection officers or armed uniformed security officers at the front door of your establishment will greatly reduce your chance of becoming a crime victim.
MIAMI -- Frightened NFL players are carrying guns and hiring bodyguards as they seek to avoid becoming victims of violent crime which has already claimed the lives of two players.
Seven players told the latest edition of ESPN The Magazine, to be published on Friday, that the murders last year of Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor and Denver Broncos defensive back Darrent Williams, had raised the alarm among some of the country's toughest sportsmen. "We are targets. We need to be aware of that everywhere we go," said Tampa Bay Buccaneers corner Ronde Barber.Taylor was shot during a botched robbery at his home in South Florida while Williams was shot and killed outside a nightclub in Denver on New Year's Eve 2007. This year, Oakland receiver Javon Walker was robbed and beaten unconscious in Las Vegas and Jacksonville Jaguars lineman Richard Collier had to have his leg amputated after being shot and left paralyzed below the waist.The response has been an escalation in security for the players and NFL Players Association president Kevin Mawae, of the Tennessee Titans, estimates about half his teammates carry guns. "If I had to guess about our locker room, I'd say it's 50-50 when it comes to gun ownership," he told the magazine. "I don't own a handgun. I have a hunting rifle. My job is to protect my family. If someone comes into my house? Game's on," he said. Fred Taylor, a Jaguars teammate of Collier, said that not being able to carry guns at the team's facility makes him feel vulnerable. "I have all the security measures at my house -- systems, cameras, I can watch everything from my computer, but I still don't think I have enough. Who knows what is enough?" he said. "League officials tell us we need to take measures to protect ourselves. But the NFL says we can't have guns in the team facility -- even in the parking lot. Crooks know this. "They can just sit back and wait for us to drive off, knowing we won't have anything in our vehicle from point A to point B."Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told the magazine that he now has a bodyguard with him at all times. "The one time I was scared the most, I didn't have anybody with me. I don't want to relive all the details, but this guy brandished a weapon in my face," he said. "I kept my cool and talked my way out of it. People showed up and helped get rid of the guy. That's when I decided to have someone with me all the time." Houston Texans corner Dunta Robinson suffered an armed robbery at his home, having a gun pointed in his face and being tied up, and says that was proof that even stay-at-home players, not just those who enjoy nightlife, can be at risk."It was the scariest moment of my life," he said. "You hear lots of stories of guys getting robbed and you say, 'Man, what were they doing, how did they get into that situation? Flashy guys. Rude guys, guys who act like they're better than everyone. I don't roll like that, and it still happened to me. "Big salaries, high profiles, and with easily available travel schedules make the players easy targets, but Dave Abrams, appointed as head of Denver's security following the murder of Williams, worries their families may soon be prayed upon. "What's the next layer? Wives and children: a kid kidnapped for ransom, or some other kind of craziness. I'm scared to death that's where criminals perceive the next vulnerability is for our players: their families."
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Due to our current economical status and various levels of greed, counterfeiting once again is on the rise. Another reason for this is the ease and speed with which large quantities of counterfeit currency can be produced using modern photographic and printing equipment. In fact, according to the United States Secret Service Annual Report for 2011, approximately 60 percent of the counterfeit currency passed
domestically in 2011 was produced using digital printing
means, compared with less than one percent in 1995.
According to the same report, there were 2,857 domestic and foreign arrests made for counterfeiting offenses and more than $154 million in counterfeit U.S. currency removed from circulation. In 2010, there were 3,028 arrests made with more than $261 million in counterfeit U.S. currency removed from circulation and in 2009, there were 2,866 arrests with $182 million seized. Overall in three years, that is a total of more than half a billion dollars ($597 million) removed from the streets of our great country. So, how much more is still in circulation today being distributed by petty street crooks, drug cartels and terrorist groups? They are endangering our nation's financial infrastructure by attempting to destroy the integrity of our economy and we need to take an aggressive approach to reduce/eliminate the issue.
Countless businesses have been using a counterfeit detection pen for more then 20 years and are still using them today to hopefully detect counterfeit currency. These pens perform a PH test and are not as effective considering today’s advanced technology. Since bills can be coated with an easily obtainable spray starch, it prevents those pens from identifying counterfeit bills. In addition, a large percentage of the counterfeit currencies in America today were once five dollar bills, which were then bleached and altered in order to create a more valuable denomination. These bills subsequently will be identified as authentic when marked with the pen since they are in fact already printed upon American currency.
Today, many businesses have opt-in to purchasing an ultraviolet counterfeit detection unit at every point of sale location, which enables the user to spot a fake bill quickly and efficiently.
These units can be used to accurately detect counterfeit currency; state issued driver licenses/identification cards, checks, money orders, credit cards, traveler's checks, casino chips and event tickets. If you are the Owner/Manager or the Director of Security of a financial institution, nightclub/bar/restaurant, retailer, stadium or any other business that handles any of the aforementioned items, then the CSS-1 is a must and an effective method of taking an aggressive stance against counterfeiters.
If you have received any counterfeit bank notes, investigated a counterfeit currency case and/or would like to share a story, please feel free to leave a comment.