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CCTV, Small Business, and Loss Prevention [05 Jun 2008|03:07pm]

My name is Greg and I work in the CCTV industry at the distributor level.  My brand's focus is upon small business - all of our solutions are designed for small business owners who work on limited budgets but who still want to invest in a system.  A part of this is a simple desire to do some research.

So, I am looking for your experiences.  Do you lose things from your business?  Is this slippage/shoplifting a problem?  Have you considered installing a CCTV system?  Why or why not?  When you think CCTV, what do you think? 

Thank you for your help and I would appreciate it if you encouraged other people you know to answer these questions.  While I will never identify any of you, I plan to incorporate some of these findings into research that I will publish/send along to my clients/post in my blog/my community page.....

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You started it [13 Jul 2006|04:52pm]

Yet another user installed an application that tries to sidestep firewalls -- in this case, some Yahoo VOIP thing that first tries port 5061, but if it can't get through then it falls back to 443 and finally 80, even though it's using SIP and not HTTP or HTTPS.


The best definition I know of for "firewall" is "Network Policy Enforcement Device". So if you engineer an app to bypass typical firewalls, what you've created is, by definition, a "Network Policy VIOLATION Device". So the end users you're trying to help go from just not being able to use an unauthorized application, to potentially being FIRED for trying. User friendly? Hardly.

Look, guys: If you build your nifty thingamabob assuming that network security is your users' enemy, guess what? IT WILL BE.

Play nice. Use your own ports, register and document them. I routinely Google on "product name" and "firewall" to learn what I have to do to allow my users to use said product, and make the appropriate adjustments, usually within 24 hours of the first request from a user that gets approved.

But pull a stunt like Yahoo, and I have to start blocking addresses and checking the status of funding for an SSL proxy and possibly making it a bit hard for our users to get to some approved destinations while figuring out how to block your crap. Result is that I'm not happy, and neither are my users, and so when it reaches someone who can approve the use of your app -- or NOT! -- on our network, my recommendation is going to be "No, we can't trust them" and odds are that the blocks will be made permanent.

And it will be your own fault.
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Hey newbie here:) [30 Jun 2006|01:32am]

Hey All!
If you haven't noticed I've joined this community:)
I just wanted to say hellllllllllo to everyone out there and look forward to having many fun filled conversations!:)
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[01 Apr 2006|09:47pm]

Bruce Schneier has announced a movie-plot threat contest:
Post your movie-plot threats at Bruce Schneier's Blog! And spread the word!
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Brainchild. . . [27 Jun 2005|01:37pm]

[ mood | contemplative ]

Gee. . .

Seeing what I've seen in the past few years, and just reading the news I'm sure we can all see that Meth is a big problem.

It taxes the resources of any community, and it is a virus that will tear down our society.

With this in mind, a security company coulld make a killing if they could guarantee the security and clean up, and possibly a hand in the tactiacal raid of any suspected site.

If you could bring the costs in under what they shell out now.

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Okay, here's the story. . . [23 Jun 2005|11:40am]

[ mood | annoyed ]

Lady X: what happened with your job?
Chaz: oi
Chaz: I was put back on patrol last night, with a suspended 30 day suspension, and a 90 probation period, was demoted, and am now un-armed until further notice
Chaz: I am going to request a review board, I believe the sentence is too harsh
Lady X: yikes
Chaz: The captain wrote me up for a safety violation with my weapon, but didn't write up anything else, so part of my beef is his lack-luster efforts
Lady X: ah
Chaz: So, I am working patrol un-armed, and there was a shooting about a block away and people reported the shooter running right past our location
Chaz: I think this is a very un-safe sentence
Lady X: sounds it
Chaz: yup
Chaz: so I'll roll the dice see if I can get it lifted, or lightened
Lady X: good idea... can't hurt

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My Night. . . [05 Jun 2005|12:29pm]

[ mood | exhausted ]

I was the patrol officer again.

At about 11 pm [2300 hours] I went to Angel's and stood the duty shift while they play ranchero music, drink, and dance.

About 25 minutes into the shift i watch one guy turn around and shower another table with beer. It wasn't a twitch, or an accident either.

I reached over the table and lifted the guy up, grabbing the scruff of the neck. So all of his weight was in the armpits of his t-shirt. When he realized he was being tossed out, it was too late. I had already walked him down the ramp and had him near the front door. He turned around and decided to fight at this point. I kinda chuckled as he put his fists up.

The ownder of the bar scopped him up, and got him a cab as I sat by waiting for the Captain to arrive.

Later, about an hour and a half, I was doing a patrol hit at the condos near Lake and Nicollet. There is a bar across the street and the problems just spill over. I was driving around the lot checking stuff out, and was alongside some people talking. One lady standing outside of a car with two men inside.
As I pulled up, a van entered and made a super lazy turn in front of us, so the car alongside of me was stuck there as this guy talking on his cell phone made the slow turn. The two guys in the car bitched, so I said to the van driver.

"Hang up, and drive. . ."


""Which word didn't you understand?"

"Man you just security. You aint no po-lice."
At this point I peeled out as I whipped a "shitty" and bought the patrol vehicle to spin, and aim right at him.

As I approached on foot, I made the following statement.

"I don't need a fancy title to come fuck with you."

"You better back off, I live here."

"No you don't."

"I got my ID, you wanna see it?"

"Yeah." I called his bluff. Meanwhile he was still on the phone. So he reaches into his back pocket, and pulls out his wallet. Started to flip through it, then puts it away.

"Man, I don't have to show you anything. . ."

"Cuz you are lying."

At that point he stopped, smiled, chuckled and said.

"Man, you is my nigga." As he reached out to shake my hand.

"Cool, take off."

He put the phone back to his ear as he slowly drove out of the lot.

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Sheesh, Finally. . . [27 May 2005|11:43am]

[ mood | accomplished ]

I called Don, my boss to see if he'd cut me a make-up check. Some of my investigative hours were not paid at the full rate. He said he would cut that soon, then he mentioned something else.

"You'll be getting a disciplinary memo soon." He deadpanned.

'Oh great.' I though.

"It's about a uniform issue. . ." He went on to explain. Uniform? I'm the best looking officer he has. "It's because you aren't wearing Corporal stripes."

"I got some of those." I replied.

"Well, put 'em on, and you'll be getting a raise. I need people that show up and do a good job. I think you've proved that." He finished.

"Thank you, but the thing I really want is the check."

"I'll cut the check, don't worry." He said.

I guess this is his way of giving me a promotion.

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Lindsey likes my uniform. . . [12 May 2005|08:29pm]

[ mood | impressed ]


Apparently. . .

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My day so far. . . [09 May 2005|06:02pm]

[ mood | determined ]

I awoke to the sound of my phone ringing. I looked at the Screen and could see that it was my boss Don.

"Good morning." I said.

"Hope I didn't wake you." He stated.

"Nah, I had to get up to answer the phone. . ." I deadpanned.

"Go over to Sarge's house, and get his gear from him. He's got case notes and his badge, along with uniforms." He said.

"Okay, I guess he resigned?"

"More or less." He answered.

I got up, and put on a pair of jeans and a golf shirt with tennis shoes. I don't have an "off-duty" holster, so I just tucked my sigsauer into the small of my back and pulled it closer to my right side. I drove the three miles to his house, and spotted his mustang.

As I rang the bell, his face appeared inside the formidable iron screen door. He smiled at me.

"Where's Don?" He asked.

"I'm all alone." I claimed.

He quickly scanned his entire neighborhood as he let me in. John Sarge was our staff investigator, he trained me in. Don had told me that he suspected John of having a substance abuse problem. Both of them were ex-law enforcement with extensive criminal investigations backgrounds. Don had a few more years than John, but John's experience was nothing to sneeze at.

We sat around and chatted about stuff. I was sad to see John go, but he hadn't bothered to call anyone in close to two months. I briefly wondered what Don was gonna do about the staff investigator position. I extended my hand to shake, and John quickly looked it over before even moving his arm to shake back.

I dialed Don as I drove away.

"Did you get everything?" He asked.

"Yeah," I listed off everything handed over to me. "and there's a book I wanna look over."

"Go ahead, now put his badge in your pocket and head over to XX XXXX On Lake. Apartment four one nine, noise complaint." He seemed in a hurry.

"Gottcha, I'll turn on my radio." I answered.

"Okay call me when you are done." He hung up.

When I got there it quickly materialized into a definite "Culture Clash" type of argument. It was between a Gay male, and an Elderly Black Female. The Gay guy works in a bar, and comes home around three in the morning. She is a light sleeper, and doesn't approve of his lifestyle. So they make constant noise trying to piss each other off all the time.

This has been going on for almost five months now.

Over an hour later, I leave after having talked to each person for about a half an hour. I implored each to understand the other make a new concerted effort to get along. [I really wanted to utter the famous Rodney King line.]

I guess I'm the new investigator.

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Update [03 Aug 2004|01:10pm]

As of yesterday, I recieveda phone call from the Insurance personnel of the young lady in the accident I helped out.I just figured some of you would like to know.

The Insurance investigator advised me that the tractor double trailor has not been found. That is sad.However, she thanked me for being with her client at the time of her accident. She advised me that since no one stopped except me,I was a true gentleman.

One of the officer's also advised her that I did the right thing.I also advised her that I checked her cleint's back to see if there was any back injury and I was First Aide/CPR trained. I advised her that I hoped that her client did not think of anything else. She said that I did do the right thing all the way.

Anyways, I have the knowledge that I did the right thing and being there at the right time.

Also, the next morning, I was driving through Lake Oswego. A small city south of Portland. I was going through the main street.After geoing three miles, a forked horn cut right through my path on the road. I stopped quickly. After that, I stayed motionless for at least a couple of minutes.

WIthin another minute,a Lake Oswego Police officer drove next to me. I gave a "Deer like expression" and he looked at me and just left. I felt stupid! Maybe, I better suggest that they have "deerxing" signs through Country Club Road!
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A Loss for Clark County [02 Aug 2004|11:13am]

Last Friday evening, Clark County lost a deputy. Deputy SGT. Crawford was rammed by a suspect when he was fleeing officers.
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Update(x-posted) [26 May 2004|06:30am]

I have decided to use DePauls as a stepping stone to a Federal Work Study Program. My reason is that five other people who has less experience than I have got the positions I was hoping for me to be hired. That is okay. I spend four and a half hours watching Lloyd Blvd during the night to make a building safe for democracy.
Last Friday, I had an interview in Forest Grove.It is $10.96 an hour with benefits.But, it is 52 miles round trip.So, we will see for that.I would not mind that. It would be four tens and three days off.
I also was turned down on two internships that would of given me credit for time served in security.Maybe, I need to wade accross the river an internship. Oh well. Such is life.
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[28 Apr 2004|08:41am]

Okay. I have a question about the airport security issues going on in the US. I'm not really sure if I can actually fly with the new restrictions they've added on.

I was kind of a dipshit and I have some unpaid tickets back in Texas that there's no way I'll have the money to pay off any time soon. However, I will have the money to fly up to Sacramento (way cheaper) and I kind of need to get up there for awhile, I think. My license has been expired for over a year. I'm not quite sure if I can get a state id, but I'm almost positive I can't renew my license with those warrants.

Basically I'm wondering if an expired license with another form of ID will be a problem. Will they really know about my traffic violations and such when I'm attempting to get on the plane? My mom said they would, that they would actually do a background check, but I'm really not sure if I trust her on these matters anyway.

If it's not going to work, then I can deal. But an hour and a half or so sounds a lot more exciting than over ten hours by bus, so I'd like to know if I can work it out. Thanks.
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[24 Dec 2003|11:46pm]

How many of you guys are Personal Body Guards
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Off-topic: Please describe your job to help others choose one. [17 Dec 2003|08:29pm]


I just started a new community, aboutmyjob, where I invite all of you to post your thoughts about your current or past jobs. I'm hoping my community will help young people to answer that very difficult question "What do I want to be?".

Please check out the description via the link above. If you want to post, there's no need to join the community, you can do so right away.

Thanks in advance for sharing, and helping.
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Not sure if anyone can help, but.... [07 Nov 2003|04:00pm]

I joined this community because it was the only community with 'private investigation' as an interest.

I am getting my PI license within the next month, and was wanting to know if there are any other PI's on this list.

Thanks in Advance,

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HI! [26 Sep 2003|12:46pm]

[ mood | Focused ]

well... it's my first post in this community, even though I've been a member of livejournal for over a year now... I just found this community, and thought I'd give it a shot.

I'm a Customs Inspector in Quebec. I studied to become a police officer in 1995, and graduated in 1998. Eventually, I would like to make a move and join the RCMP... we'll see where this will path will lead me!

I am sure it's an interesting community here... See you around!


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[06 Jul 2003|12:00pm]

[ mood | aggravated ]

Heres a security issue for security guards around the globe......I don't know if they get the same treatment or worse but i would like to know, i need to expose my company for the shittheads they are, they fuck with your schedule with your life and if you dare tio call off you get more and more hours thrown at you, which takes away your personal life a lot trust me, i am a assistant watch commander and my regualr days off should be friday and saturday, this is why i took the position, i didn't care if i was on call 24 hours a day that has never bothered mee.. what has bothered me is that i ahve worked every weekend for the past 21 weeks, and have not has a day off in almost 3 months w/no overtime mind you, cause the way my company has it set up is complete bullshit, our union is worthless and so is the company, and if you dare to stand up for it you must have to pay the reprocutions, which i have stuck my neck out on the line tooooo many times to stand up for myself and my fellow officers, now the security issue would be is haveing an ego matistical watch commander that thinks she is god, now i am not harping that she is a femal, i think its great that she is the boss, but once it is coming to scheduling and write ups, it is all unfair, the other security issue would be how do you protect the job site your at when you have to deal with what we call here is a "hitler" of aboss, and a company that will do nothing about it...I know i should leave i know i should find something else but the job market sucks, but for one last security issue would be if you didn't have a day off in 3 months, how alert would you be??????????????

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New Member [06 Jun 2003|03:30pm]

Hi all!

I'm new to LJ and new to this community, so I just thought I'd post a bit of an intro.

I'm female and currently working as a security officer in Australia. At the moment I am posted at a technical college doing campus security, but this often varies. I have also done cash & valuables escorts, close personal protection, special response teams as well as some of the more boring jobs like events, factories and the like.

I'm interested in finding out about the security industry in other countries as well as making contacts with other female officers.

If you have any questions about the industry here in Australia, fire away!
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