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Loss Prevention Through Crime Analysis.

Author: Francis James D'Addario, CPP

Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann, 80 Montvale Avenue, Stoneham, MA 02180; 1989, 83 pages, softback: $17.95

Reviewer: Jerry L. Wright, CPP, Director of the Crime Prevention Unit of the Ann Arbor, MI, Police Department and Chairman of the ASIS Standing Committee on Crime/Loss Prevention

Loss Prevention Through Crime Analysis is a worthwhile book that offers numerous resources for supporting crime analysis as a verifiable objective of your organization's business plan. The book thoroughly discusses the cost of crime to the private sector and, more importantly, the art of conveying loss prevention financial needs to the boardroom.

Crime analysis is an objective, quantitative method for depicting loss prevention objectives and the security department as a profit center. This book provides anecdotes about corporate programs that help illustrate the difference crime analysis can make.

As those in private industry know, a security manager must be able to devise a loss prevention program that shows a return on investment. Crime analysis, combined with efficient selection of countermeasures, ensures that prevention design meets or exceeds managers' expectations.

Crime analysis is an information management tool that allows security managers to keep abreast of rapidly changing crimes. Crime analysis features the diverse collection of crime data: the who, what, when, where, why, and how; policy decisions; allocation of resources; selection of countermeasures hardware; and development of training objectives for crime prevention and suppression.

Communicating the need for corporate crime prevention requires an understanding of profit and loss. To make a case for prevention investment, it behooves the security manager to understand it as well. Crime in the private sector is loss, and loss prevention is profit. Crime analysis and its subsequent countermeasures can deter crime. Moreover, the mere investment in a functional crime analysis department or staff person may preclude court judgments of gross negligence.
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Author:Wright, Jerry L.
Publication:Security Management
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Date:Jul 1, 1991
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