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Applied Security Management.

Applied Security Management. By Clay E. Higgins, CPP; published by Charles C Thomas, 217/789-8980; 261 pages; $43.75.

Few professionals would quarrel with Clay Higgins's contention that security managers should integrate a business perspective in their function, which he espouses throughout the book. He is obviously an experienced security practitioner with much to say and offer.

His experienced and controversial writing style--although lacking supporting documentation--would no doubt be well received in a presentation or seminar format. However, it frequently makes for difficult reading and can leave all but the experienced practitioner in mental limbo, making it difficult for the reader to draw the conclusions the author intended.

By the author's own admission the book was "written directly for the security manager and the executive responsible for the day-to-day functional requirements of a security department."

The book is impractical for the novice or for undergraduate adaptation. This is unfortunate because the author possesses the knowledge and experience that could benefit a wider audience, especially security and loss prevention students.

On the other hand, some portions of the text are quite basic and not commensurate with the experience of the intended audience. Some consistency in this regard would have enhanced the text considerably.

I believe Higgins's perspective--applied security management--could have been further advanced had he focused attention exclusively on security management concerns and avoided the occasional diversions to such issues as extinguishing fires in wastebaskets and conducting security patrol among others.

Applied Security Management doesn't completely fulfill the objective of being a reference guide because it lacks specific references that would direct users in further research.

The text and the author's premise have a great deal of relevance to the security industry, but the book's objective promises more than the book actually provides.

The author omitted some critical why's, how's, and wherefore's from his discussion, which is unfortunate because if he had integrated pertinent examples, the book would have a broader application.

Unfortunately, I must recommend this book for only the experienced practitioner who is able to conceptualize its intended objective. For those who purchase the book, I urge them to keep in mind the author's experience, enthusiasm, and dedication to the professionalization of the security and loss prevention industry.
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Author:Moberly, Mike
Publication:Security Management
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Dec 1, 1991
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