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Introduction to Security.

Although targeted primarily to students, this text would also benefit security practitioners and academics. General security issues are covered, such as theft and controls, security surveys, the law, and security hardware. Additional chapters on history, career opportunities, and education in the security industry make the text especially appealing to college students seeking a future in private security.

Discussion of each subject is short and to the point, making for more interesting reading than many textbooks. However, the brevity of the author's discussion does not lessen the book's value to security practitioners.

Many security textbooks provide inadequate information because they attempt to cover too much material and quickly become obsolete in subjects such as law and regulations and security hardware. Fischer is aware of both potential problems. Thought has been given to subject-matter priority; several major subjects have been dropped from past editions and new subjects added.

Fischer is also cognizant of the second common problem. In the preface he notes, "Many changes have occurred over the past years and many more are certain to come." The fact that this is the fifth edition since 1974 illustrates this awareness. A sixth edition can be expected as new innovations and changes warrant.

The author has researched the subject matter that is currently important to the security professional. The text is easy to read, and it covers many problems faced by the security practitioner. Each problem, such as retail theft, cargo security, and drug activity, is first discussed and then solutions are suggested. This approach is not unique, but the concise, lucid, and useable format is.

The security vulnerability survey provided in the text is an example of a simple yet useful item that can be a basic guide for those new to physical security surveys. A bomb threat information form and a hazardous waste safety checklist are other examples that can be valuable to individuals developing new security programs.

Readers should find Introduction to Security a valuable reference. Instructors teaching college-level courses in security administration should consider this text.

Reviewer: J. Branch Walton is director of corporate security for Cummins Engine Company, Inc., in Columbus, Indiana, and an adjunct associate professor at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He is a member of the ASIS Standing Committee on Academic Programs.
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Author:Walton, J. Branch
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Date:Feb 1, 1993
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