The security week that was: 12/19/08

A weekly surveillance of news shaping your profession

Dumb criminals: Mall security officers at Cross Creek Mall in North Carolina discovered a bag filled with drugs and cash left in the food court area after a couple enjoyed some of the fine cuisine typically found in such places. The bags contents included thousands of dollars, cocaine and marijuana. They turned the matter over to police and an arrest of the couple followed.

Dumb security: A security guard at Harrah's New Orleans casino was the victim of a shooting and has no one to blame but himself. The poor chap was spotted playing with his gun via the casino's video surveillance system just before he shot himself in the leg. He was in stable condition following the self-inflicted shooting, and thus doesn't earn a Darwin award, but we'd guess he's not a likely candidate for more armed security jobs in the future.