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Practical Security in Commerce and Industry, 5th ed.

Practical Security in Commerce and Industry, Fifth Edition

Eric Oliver and John Wilson have enjoyed a highly respected reputation in the security industry over the past 20 years as a result of the outstanding success of their book Practical Security in Commerce and Industry. The fifth edition by John Wilson and Ted Slater, like its predecessors, is directed at security in Britain. The revised text discusses the many new challenges facing security personnel. Legal concepts relevant to many offenses against security are skillfully explained from both a practical and theoretical perspective.

Practical Security in Commerce and Industry contains eight major sections with each section containing several related chapters. The general information provided in the first section of the book guides the reader through all eight sections - from formulating security policy to basic hiring and training. This section alone is so valuable that it makes the book a necessity for even the novice security practitioner's library.

Also, Practical Security in Commerce and Industry has 29 appendixes that serve as valuable and practical reference guides. I was particularly impressed by their scope and substance. For example, Appendix Seven contains six pages on standing orders for a security staff, and Appendix Eight has three pages on books and records needed in the security office. This section also contains numerous examples of checklists, job descriptions, various security forms, schedules, internal cash procedures, and samples of other valuable forms.

Despite these factors, however, the subject matter covered in the book is too broad. Many subjects such as explosives, security in offices, industrial espionage, commercial fraud, and security in hotels and hospitals are only briefly discussed. Even the sections devoted to specialty subjects such as security and control of road transport cannot be adequately addressed in a book this size. As they are presented here, they seem isolated from the main theme of basic guard force responsibilities and support functions.

Though not exciting, the book is well written. It is worth reading and adding to the library of any practitioner, whether a novice or a professional in the field.

Authors: John Wilson and Ted Slater (previous editions by Eric Oliver and John Wilson) Publisher: Gower Publishing Company Limited, Hants, England/ Gower Publishing Company, Brookfield, VT, 1988; 708 pages, hardback: $74.95 Reviewer: Allen Crawford, CPP, President, Allen Crawford and Associates Inc., Hollywood, FL.
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Author:Crawford, Allen
Publication:Security Management
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Sep 1, 1989
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