I asked criminals whether security measures ever deterred them.

This is what I learned

Ask offenders why they choose the target they do and they often reply: Because it was easy. And this is true despite the fact that security measures are in place. This tells us there is a real difference between having security and having security that works, Indeed, offenders tell me when I interview them in prison that they rely on security not being excellent; when it is excellent it puts them off.

So the key question is not the difference between poor security and good security as it is all too often mistakenly framed it is: What is the difference between good security and excellent security? That is the key question to address as we move forward. Some people say that the trouble with security measures is that they can all be circumvented, that nothing works. I believe this to be taking the wrong emphasis. The truth is everything works but only when effectively delivered developed and matched to risks in context. Now despite what some people say this is a really difficult task. Underestimated skill sets Many, including in my view many security professionals, have underestimated the skills sets required to be excellent at security. It is serious stuff. Think of it like this.

Every business process is a potential security risk. An excellent security professional team will understand all of these. Every single person is a potential security risk. Every excellent security team will understand all corporate roles. Every business process and every person will in fact be a key ally in excellent security. Security people who are excellent will understand the business, the risks, internal and external threats, match measures to risks, be proportionate, take account of freedoms, be sensitive to the aims of the business and ensure security complements these. Good measures needed to be matched by well trained people and they needed to work together and that rarely happened It is for this reason that I have been involved in developing the Outstanding Security Performance Awards . I think there is a good case for having standards, regulation and training; they are all in different ways potential contributors to good security and maybe excellent security too, sometimes. But we must realise that excellent security requires business expertise, a deep knowledge base, an ability to relate to many business departments (and therefore there is a requirement to understand them), and to engage people meaningfully in supporting actions that are not always their core interests.

I recall an interview I had with an armed robber a few years back now, but the message sticks with me. I was talking to him about the risks of getting caught, pretty serious if you are an armed robber. I thought this would be a constant worry. He said that he never worried. Assuming too much He was a prolific robber and rarely got caught. He argued that the trouble with security measures and security personnel was that they assumed too much. His point was, put simply, that good measures needed to be matched by well trained people and they needed to work together and that rarely happened. Well he was caught in the end of course although he said he was grassed (maybe, a lot say that!). Security needs to speak up for itself, argue its case: that it is a key business function, enabling the organisation to make a profit even in risky contexts.

Security people excellent ones at least are crucial parts of business, not nice to haves. We have shown this time and time again in successive Security Research Initiative reports. The question is: Is the security sector and its personnel ready for the challenge? Professor Martin Gill among, by the way, our Top 50 influencers in security and fire 2017 is sitting on a panel discussing current trends and the future of the security industry at IFSEC International 2017. Details below: Professor Martin Gill / Current trends and the future of the security industry / Security Management Theatre / IFSEC 2017, ExCeL London / 20 June 2017 / 10:20- 11:10 IFSEC International takes place between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL. Get your free badge now. Visit Europe s leading security event in June 2017 Visit IFSEC International for exclusive access to every security product on the market, live product demonstrations and networking with thousands of security professionals. From access control and video surveillance to smart buildings, cyber, border control and so much more. It is the perfect way to keep up to date, protect your business and enhance your career in the security industry.

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Good Engineers Are Almost Impossible To Find  : Recruitment Crisis Highlighted By FIA Survey

The shortage of engineers in the fire industry is as bad as ever, according to feedback gathered for the latest FIA Market Conditions Report. Several respondents to the FIA (Fire Industry Association) survey, which canvasses the views of businesses in the fire industry twice a year, reported ongoing problems with the recruitment of engineers. In line with other economic trends plunging sterling aside the effects of June s vote in favour of Brexit on the fire sector has apparently been less significant than may have been expected.

A decline in sales was reported, but this was only slight , according to FIA CEO Ian Moore, who commented on the findings during a recent webinar. The FIA, which works with the DIT (formerly UKTI) and BSi to promote and support its members exports overseas, also found that exporters were most likely to report that they had seen slightly more exports or that they had broadly stayed the same in the last six months. What happens after or even if the UK actually leaves the EU, obviously remains to be seen. Moore also noted the strong appetite for increasing training provision over the next six months. One figure from the fire industry who completed the survey said the recruitment problem was so bad that good engineers are still almost impossible to find on the open recruitment market. In our case, this seems to be particularly so in the M1 corridor. Noting that skilled labour is hard to find and comes with a premium, another respondent offered this prescription for remedying the problem: Companies should therefore look to the future and invest in apprenticeships and implement multi-skilled training programmes for existing engineers the results of which will improve customer experience while reducing project costs. Another of those polled noted a rise in wages, as well echoing the widespread sentiment about the skills shortage: Recruitment of engineers is becoming more difficult and salaries are higher so I take that as a sign of an upturn in the economy. Among other notable feedback from manufacturers and service providers was an observation about price pressure: Due to increased routes to market of fire vendors and increased number of installers quoting for fire jobs, price pressure is increasing across the board, this is reducing margins for distributers and installers alike and this creates an offset between profit requirements and the obvious need for training of installers.

Is the FIA aware of the pressure and are there plans to tackle this issue? Ian Moore agreed that the industry had a major role to play in combating the dearth of skilled talent. Speaking in the webinar he noted: We are not known as an industry by people leaving school or university that you d naturally go to, and we need to make sure that we raise our profile there is a problem right now, quite clearly, so we must change and invest . Right now, the training IS available, the apprenticeships ARE available, but we need to make sure that these are more taken up by everybody in the future, and this will solve this medium to long-term problem. In the webinar, Moore also discussed the merits of mandatory certification to improve the competence of engineers. Download the latest FIA Market Conditions Review and listen to the webinar in which FIA CEO Ian Moore discuss the results and their implications for the fire industry. Free download covering legal requirements for responsible persons under the FSO, courtesy of the IOSH, BIFM and USHA approved UK provider of health, safety and environmental information.

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If you enjoy checking information and using logical thinking, this job could be perfect for you. Private investigators carry out secret enquiries for their clients to find out information and check facts. You’ll need to have excellent observational skills. Honesty and knowledge of the law are very important.

There are currently no set entry requirements to become a private investigator. This is under review and in the future you may need to have completed recognised training and be licenced by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) before you can operate as a private investigator. Experience in a security-related sector would be useful.

Work activities

As a private investigator, your enquiry work could range from personal issues, for example divorce, to company issues, like suspected theft.

You would normally do background research, which may involve asking questions and analysing information. Your work may also include:

  • surveillance
  • fraud investigation (for example, for insurance or accident claims)
  • tracing missing people or pets
  • handing legal documents to people (process serving)
  • investigating commercial piracy (such as copying software illegally)
  • background checks on employees.

You would usually work alone and you would often be self-employed.

Working hours and conditions

Your hours of work could be irregular, and could include nights and weekends. You would work in an office, but you would also spend a lot of time travelling and gathering information.


Salaries will vary and can depend on many factors, for instance whether you are self-employed, working for an organisation, the type of case and the length of the investigation.

Entry requirements

There are currently no set entry requirements to become a private investigator. This is under review and in the future you may need to have completed recognised training and be licensed by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) before you can operate as a private investigator. See the SIA and GOV.UK websites for updates.

Experience gained from working in an enforcement or investigative role, for example, in the police, armed forces or local authority would be useful. A driving licence is usually essential for this type of work. If you want to be self-employed, you would need the ability to run your own business, promote your services and have some legal knowledge around information laws and data protection. Check out the websites of professional bodies for more information about becoming a private investigator.

Training and development

Once working, your training will vary depending on how you are employed. For example:

  • if you have a franchise with an investigation company, a range of courses may be available as part of your franchise agreement
  • if you are employed by an investigation agency, you will usually receive training on the job from your employer
  • if you are self-employed, you would need to organise your own training.

There are training courses and qualifications available that can give you an insight into this career and help you develop your skills. Some are accredited by national awarding bodies, others by the professional bodies themselves. These include:

It is important to check exactly what is being offered when looking for training and to make sure it meets your needs. See the professional bodies in the More information section for more details about the training they offer.

Skills, interests and qualities

To become a private investigator, you will need to have:

  • good spoken and written communication skills
  • excellent observational skills
  • strong analytical skills
  • self-confidence to present information in court
  • basic computer skills
  • a knowledge of the law
  • honesty and integrity
  • the ability to work independently
  • a logical approach to your work
  • patience and perseverance
  • empathy with clients who may be distressed by your findings.


Opportunities for work have increased in this area. However, competition is still strong. You could find work with an investigation agency or buy a franchise. You could also set up your own business.

You can find lists of investigation agencies that you could contact about employment on the ABI, IPI and WAPI websites. You could also check publications such as the Professional Security Magazine for job opportunities. With experience, you could progress to senior investigator or team manager, or set up your own agency and have other investigators working for you.

Job market information

This section gives you an overview of the job area that this profile belongs to. You can use it to work out your next career move. It can help if you re looking for a job now or want to do some further training. The ‘Market statistics’ charts are based on figures from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) and the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The list of job vacancies under ‘Apply for jobs’ is from the Universal Jobmatch database.

The vacancies are not from the National Careers Service.

The Expanding Surveillance Society: Getting You to Buy Into Being …

One of my buddies as of 2007 could not get over his disbelief that people shopped online. He was not technologically unsophisticated; indeed, he knews more about the various flavors of PGP and how to send private messages without using encryption than I care to inquire about (no doubt as a result of doing more than a bit of contested business in Russia). He thought it was crazy to give up that much personal information to anyone unless absolutely unavoidable, and certainly not a mere retailer.

Cheaper online prices weren t enough of an inducement for him to make that trade. (I have no idea whether he has changed his mind as of 2012; being a spooky sort, he s done a disappearing act).

Like it or not, you in the not too distant future are going to have to submit to personal surveillance to get many types of insurance and financial products.

And that future is closer than you probably realize.

Matt Stoller wrote in the spring about how the info tech industry is pushing the idea hard and finding a receptive audience1:

Profit-driven surveillance does not starts and stop with young adults. It is, in fact, becoming pervasive. The main theme of a recent IBM consulting document on the future of the insurance industry is how much more money an insurance company can make if it tracks and tags its customers.

This is particularly true for auto insurance companies, some of whom like Allstate and Progressive are experimenting on new technologies.

For instance, IBM suggests that A pay-as-you-live product would trade some location and time-of-day privacy data for lower insurance bills overall.

IBM is recommending these companies stick a sensor in your car, measure where you go and when, your speed, acceleration and deceleration, etc.

The progression over time could be to withdraw traditional insurance products, so that you won t be able to get an insurance product without sensors attached.

As this presentation offers, The aforementioned rising tide of technology also empowers insurance underwriters to bring their products closer to realtime interaction via sensor networks and enlightened privacy regulations.

It s not just sensors in your car insurance companies are modeling tighter and tighter risk chunks. IBM goes on, saying that new products will facilitate just-in-time insurance as a person moves through a set of spaces. Each step of the journey represents a different risk such as car-to-train-station, train-to-city-station, station-to- office, and so on.

Each leg of the trip truly represents a varying amount of risk.

Tracking these movements could require nothing more than downloading an app on a smart phone, or some other device.

But it is literally the application of financial engineering to your very liberty, or the toll-boothing of your life.

That future is arriving sooner than you might think. The New York Times cheerfully ignores the privacy implications of having a monitoring device installed in presenting surveillance as a benefit: yes, you can PROVE you are a good driver by letting your insurer snoop and he ll reward you with a better rate. And this idea will probably get tons of takers, since 93% of all drivers thinks they are above average2.

Here is how the Times makes this plan sound non-threatening.

Headline: So You re a Good Driver?

Let s Go to the Monitor3

LAST week, under my car s dashboard, I installed a small wireless gadget that would monitor my driving.

I wanted to see how it felt to have my driving behavior captured, sent to an insurance company and analyzed.

More drivers, seeking discounts on auto insurance, are voluntarily doing just that .

Driving data is collected with a device that policyholders must be persuaded to install; it connects to the car s computer system via a diagnostic port found in all cars since 1996.

Such user-based insurance, the name for individualized pricing based on data collected from a vehicle, is spreading.

Drivewise from Allstate is in 10 states; Drive Safe and Save, from State Farm, is in 16, with 11 more to be added next month; and Snapshot, from Progressive, is in 43 .

The Snapshot device records the time of day and distance traveled, along with the vehicle s speed, second by second.

But Progressive deliberately left GPS out of the device so the car s exact location is not known; otherwise, more drivers might be nervous about using it .

The day after I installed it, I could log on to the Drivewise site and see graphs showing miles driven, the number of incidents of hard braking and extreme braking sensed by an accelerometer, how many miles were driven at more than 80 miles an hour, and the number of miles driven at what times of day or night. That is all. The device is semiblind by design.

It does not know what road I m traveling or whether I m stopping for a red light.

It also remains oblivious to whether I m going 70 miles per hour in a 30 m.p.h.


Allstate says the lowest-risk time for accidents is 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends, with the highest risk from 11 p.m.

to 4 a.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

on weekends.

So I couldn t earn the maximum discount if I worked at a job that put me on the road in the highest-risk times.

There is a very strong correlation between the driving behaviors we re monitoring and accidents, Mr.

Birchfield says.

Allstate says the discount for its participants also averages 10 percent.

I had thought I d be uncomfortable knowing that the Drivewise gadget was accompanying me everywhere, But that wasn t the case perhaps because my driving behavior was translated into charts with innocuous titles like miles driven and braking events.

The data can be used in post-accident investigations and litigation, however, so I wonder how innocuous it would all look in court in the hands of a plaintiff who has sued me.

Now this doesn t sound that bad, right?

Not that much data is collected.

But a buddy who runs a small insurer is vehemently opposed to the idea precisely because he has heard both from other insurers and tech vendors where this is going.

The entire strategy is to go at this incrementally. This is now a cost savings pitch to drivers who think they are good and don t mind what looks like a little bit of monitoring to get a price break. But let s say you are like my privacy conscious buddy, you don t care, there isn t a price break big enough to get you to agree to surveillance.

Well, guess what? Now the monitoring is to prove you are a good driver. It will then be offered to various higher risk groups, again for price breaks, to carve out the better drivers (say the notorious men under 25, or people who ve been in accidents).

The remaining unsurveyed driver will be in a pool of largely higher risk drivers, so their rates will be higher than they d have been earlier, encouraging even drivers who aren t confident in their abilities to get scored.

By the time all that segmentation is done, the remaining pool will be small and largely high risk.

The insurers can then require them to get monitored as a condition of getting insurance.

And once the surveillance is accepted in this and other areas, rinse and repeat on pushing the margins out: say maybe if you are speeding near certain designated high risk areas (query what those might be) entailing limited use of the GPS.

And once that has started, it won t be long before full tracking is required to get auto insurance.

Stoller suggested where this is going, based on the plans of vendors who developed these technologies to track prisoners to find profitable opportunities to use them on the general population:

In fact, whether you are tracked because you get a discount on your auto insurance or whether you have broken some arbitrary rule or fit in a non-mainstream class of person, innovation in technology and autocratic organizational forms means that there will be a whole new category of constraints on freedom.

It is very much like the plain vanilla loan, which could be held by banks, being disaggregated into its component parts and sold to investors with varying degrees of risk. This then led to investors demanding more exotic loan products whose risk attributes they wanted to own. This can happen with human freedom.

Based on what you are willing to pay, how much power you have, and your desires, our culture will begin offering extremely granular freedom zones.

Many people think that the current Supreme Court and political arrangement means that America is heading back to a 19th century political economy, with 21st century technological possibilities.

Thinking about for profit prison and parole companies combined with GPS is a way to imagine what this might look like.

When you layer on the clear trend of insurance companies that seek to track you with sensors, and school districts who want to track kids for accounting purposes, it s becoming increasingly clear that the systems we ve set up to run our society are increasingly, well, running our society.

The financial engineering of component parts of freedom, and the removal from the state of the monopoly rights to track and/or restrict movement, represents a novel form of social organization.

It could be nothing less than a new form of authoritarianism, a soft version in which there are political choices and a measure of openness, but a jello-like network of corporate cartels holding power.

In this society, you ll get whatever zone of freedom you can pay for, and if you can t afford any freedom, you won t get any.


  1. ^ pushing the idea hard and finding a receptive audience (www.nakedcapitalism.com)
  2. ^ 93% of all drivers thinks they are above average (money.cnn.com)
  3. ^ So You re a Good Driver?

    Let s Go to the Monitor (www.nytimes.com)

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Client's Testimonials- Said I love You But I lied | SK INVESTIGATION …

Life is full of drama, and love and relationship must be the drama hub of the world. Women do love to be romanced and once you tell them that you love them, those three magic words can make them loose their senses! Common sense and caution is thrown to the wind all in the name of love. Men can be devious creatures (no offense), especially when it comes to getting laid. A married man had an affair with a young girl who had a bright future ahead of her. The man wooed and chased the girl and she eventually gave in to his advances. Not only did the girl discover that her prince charming was a married man but also she was the other woman.

She confronted her lover with the news of him being married and just using her for his sexual needs. He claimed that he was in the process of divorcing his wife and went as far as claiming that he and his wife did not share the same bed: they slept in different rooms and had not had sex in a long time. As I said earlier, love makes a little dumb so she stayed on in the relationship for a number of years and even got pregnant by him. She saw pregnancy as a ticket to finally getting married to her lover. Shock on her! The man told her he had no intentions of leaving neither his wife nor his children. The stress led her to have a miscarriage and at long last, the wool that was pulled over her eyes disappeared and she went on and started a new life.

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  1. ^ SK Private Investigator (www.sk.com.sg)

Victim Support: PCCs should make five promises to victims

Victim Support: PCCs should make five promises to victims Crime-fighting charity Victim Support has launched a manifesto and pledges for Police and Crime Commissioners with support from campaigners Brooke Kinsella and Nick Ross. The promises Victim Support is asking Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) candidates to make are as follows: Be open and accountable to victims and witnesses, seeking out and acting on their views (this includes consulting constituents on the local services they think are needed, creating a broad advisory group of victims, witnesses and organisations that support them, publishing an annual report (and an impact report) with the numbers of victims and witnesses helped, services provided and future plans and hosting regular open meetings to allow victims and witnesses to raise their concerns and offer suggestions on improving services and information provision) Ensure that victims and witnesses receive the high quality help and support they need, and when they need it (to encompass safeguarding budgets for victim support services, ensuring every victim of crime has access to help regardless of the severity or nature of the crime and ensuring that standards for services to victims meet or exceed the standards in place before local commissioning) Make the police service more victim-focused and more effective at meeting the needs of victims (ensuring that police and crime panels are victim-focused with victim and witness support as a standing agenda item, holding the police to account for meeting targets for referring victims for support and ensuring all victims receive regular and up-to-date information about their case from the police service) Help victims and witnesses to have a louder voice in the wider criminal justice system and the community (holding an annual victims survey to monitor satisfaction with the police, identify areas for improvement and track progress, building satisfaction targets and a needs analysis into the annual victims survey, working with the CJS to assess and improve victim satisfaction, encouraging statutory agencies to promote and develop their links with voluntary organisations – and hold victim and witnesses needs as a key priority – and, lastly, developing ways for victims to share their views and experiences) Constantly improve the experience of victims (to include extending the use of restorative justice and effective alternatives to custody, promoting greater partnership working between offenders and victims organisations, regularly reviewing the provision of services for victims of crime in a given area and promoting the use of proven new technology and other developments to enhance victims and witnesses interaction with the justice system) Research on Police and Crime Commissioner awareness As part of the launch, Victim Support commissioned research into public awareness of the PCC elections, which take place in November. The YouGov survey revealed a number of issues and concerns to support the charity’s manifesto in the fight to safeguard the future of victims’ and witness services.

The research revealed that: Only one-in-five people think PCCs will make a positive difference to the support victims receive 91% of people think that it’s important for the new PCCs to listen to victims when carrying out their role Less than a quarter of people surveyed (23%) believe that victims will be a priority for PCCs in practice Less than half of respondents to the survey (47%) in PCC election areas across England and Wales know about the PCC elections Almost nine out of ten people do not know what PCCs will do (55% do not know very much and 30% do not know anything) Support from high profile campaigners Javed Khan, CEO at Victim Support, said: “The future of support for victims is in the hands of PCCs, but our survey shows that most people don t know about PCCs, what they ll do or have little faith that they ll prioritise victims needs. It’s now time for PCC candidates to stand up and prove to the public that they are committed to victims. That s why we are calling on all PCC candidates to sign up to five promises which put victims first.” A number of high profile campaigners have pledged their support to our campaign.

Actress and anti-knife crime campaigner Brooke Kinsella MBE, whose brother Ben was killed in a knife attack, said: “My family and I know how important it is to get emotional and practical support after a crime. I don’t think anyone traumatised by crime should be left to fend for themselves. People should use their vote on 15 November to elect PCC candidates who will put the needs of victims and witnesses first.” Broadcaster and campaigner Nick Ross – famed for his presenter role on the BBC’s Crimewatch – added: “As November’s PCC elections draw closer it’s clear few people know much about them, including the fact that the new Commissioners will be responsible for looking out for victims.

Victims and potential victims should be at the heart of their concerns.

When candidates ask for your vote please make sure they ve signed up to Victim Support’s five pledges.”

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Truly, once you undergo a security guard uk1 training, you will be given essential tips and pointers on how you can perform your job very well. You will be given different training components geared towards developing your public relations, rendering safety and security to the people around you and protecting yourself. Though you need to spend some amount of money in undergoing a security guard training, it will be all worth it because it will hone you as the best security guard ever.


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Atlanta turns to Motorola for video-surveillance solution (with related …

Motorola Solutions is in the process of integrating public and private surveillance camera systems as part of a video-surveillance upgrade for the city of Atlanta.

In the initial phase of the project, Motorola and ADT Commercial Security have upgraded the city’s existing analog cameras to digital cameras, according to Mrinalini Lakshminarayan, video portfolio manager for Motorola Solutions. In addition, much of the backhaul for the system has been moved from leased lines to a private wireless network that utilizes mesh, point-to-point and point-to-multipoint technologies that operate on licensed and unlicensed spectrum, she said.

While the contract with the city of Atlanta only stipulates replacement of the existing camera system, the Motorola solution with wireless backhaul makes the system “pretty modular,” so adding cameras in the future should be relatively straightforward, Lakshminarayan said.

“That provides them with the latest IP camera technology, which gives them more capability,” Lakshminarayan said. “Also, by transitioning to the wireless system, they now have the capability to expand pretty quickly and not wait for the fiber network currently used for backhaul to expand.”

In the next phase of the project, Motorola Global Services will integrate CIBER’s advanced Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) solution1, which will allow officials at Atlanta’s E911 Video Integration Center (VIC) to view video from both public and private surveillance systems. This flexibility should be valuable to the city as video technology evolves, Lakshminarayan said.

“The common platform that we put in for the customer is also future-proof,” she said. “As new technology comes on, we could easily expand the new video-management systems that they have with their public and private partners.”

Being able to leverage information gathered from both public and private surveillance cameras should help public-safety entities in the city of Atlanta perform their tasks, according to Dave Wilkinson, president of the Atlanta Police Foundation.

“For some time, we have been excited about the potential of integrating Atlanta’s disparate public and private video systems into one system, to more efficiently fight crime and protect the citizens and businesses of our community,” Wilkinson said in a prepared statement. “I’m happy today that we soon will see our efforts become reality with a state-of-the-art video surveillance system upgrade that is among the best in our country.”


  1. ^ CIBER’s advanced Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) solution (www.ciber.com)

Private Investigation Firm Franchises Business Nationwide

Pittsburgh Post Gazette1:

Louis Gentile spent much of his career in high-ranking law enforcement jobs for the state and federal governments. But after running his own private investigations business, Gentile-Meinert & Associates, for more than a decade, he decided his name, while widely known in the criminal justice network, might not carry much value for future generations of his family who expect to keep the company going.

So nearly three years ago, he changed the firm s name to CSI Corporate Security and Investigations2, and started to explore growing the operation through franchising.

Last month, the Beaver County-based company opened franchises in Atlanta and Denver; it already owns franchises in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio.


  1. ^ Pittsburgh Post Gazette (www.post-gazette.com)
  2. ^ CSI Corporate Security and Investigations (www.csiinvestigators.com)