The security week that was: 1/16/09

A weekly surveillance of news shaping your profession

Why surveillance can pay for itself
How a grocer beat a trip-and-fall scam artist at his own game.

I was reading The News of the Weird this week; this is the column by Chuck Shepherd which collects the oddball security stories from around the world. My favorite section is usually “Least competent criminals”, and this week was a good one. Shepherd wrote about a man who faked a trip-and-fall at a Farm Fresh Market grocery store, only to find out that the grocer’s surveillance cameras had captured him disturbing the rug at the store’s entrance. Undoubtedly, the surveillance system saved Farm Fresh Market thousands of dollars of litigation costs and a potential insurance payout. Shepherd also has a tremendously humorous story about a bank robber who robbed a bank before the money was delivered. You can read his full report for the week of Jan. 11 to get more details on these stories.

In other news:
BSIA access control guide, Inauguration security, Super Bowl security

If you’re looking for a simple overview of office access control that you can read in less than 5 minutes, then look across the pond to the British Security Industry Association (BSIA). The organization has released its “Guide to Access Control for Offices.” While the document clearly promotes high-tech solutions (the BSIA membership is generally comprised of technology product vendors, so it's no surprise that the docuement would tout ANPR more than basic key locks), it does put together a nice summary of the components involved in an electronic access control system.

High-tech inauguration security is well under way in Washington, D.C., for what is expected to be the highest-attended inauguration in our nation’s history. … Meanwhile, a report from Tampa indicates that U.S. intelligence has not discovered any "credible threat of terrorist attacks" for the 2009 Super Bowl.