www.hannonsecurity.com Janury 2012
 In this edition
Hannon Shining Moment
4 Risky Places to Swipe Your Debit Card
It's Only a Test! Police and Military to Conduct Security Exercise on Thames Ahead of Olympics
News of the Weird

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Hannon Shining Moment

Hannon Security Services Receives 2011 Best of Minneapolis-St. Paul Award

Hannon Security Services has been selected for the 2011 Best of Minneapolis-St. Paul Award in the Fingerprinting Services category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2011 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.
Hannon Securities Award is a reflection of the hard work of not only Hannon, but of many people who have supported their business and contributed to the success of their organization.

The U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a New York City based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

Source: CSO Online

4 Risky Places to Swipe Your Debit Card

Would you give a thief direct access to your checking account?

No? Unfortunately, you may be doing just that by regularly using your debit card. Debit cards may look identical to credit cards, but there's one key difference. With credit cards, users who spot fraudulent charges on their bill can simply decline the charges and not pay the bill. On the other hand, debit cards draw money directly from your checking account, rather than from an intermediary such as a credit card company.

Because of that, even clear-cut cases of fraud where victims are protected from liability by consumer protection laws can cause significant hardship, says Frank Abagnale, a secure-document consultant in Washington, D.C.

He cites the example of the The TJX Companies Inc.'s T.J. Maxx data breach that exposed the payment information of thousands of customers in 2007. The incident resulted in $150 million in fraud losses, and much of it was pulled directly from customers' bank accounts. While credit card users got their accounts straightened out and new cards in the mail within a few days, the case created major problems for debit card holders who waited an average of two to three months to get reimbursed, Abagnale says.

While debit card fraud is always a possibility, being careful where you use it can help keep your checking account balance out of the hands of criminals.

Read the complete article at bankrate.com...

Source: Bankrate.com, — By Claes Bell

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It's Only a Test! Police and Military to Conduct Security Exercise on Thames Ahead of Olympics

LONDON - Don't worry, London. It's only a test.

London's Marine Policing Unit and Royal Marines will be conducting training tests next week on London's famed Thames river as part of security operations ahead of the Olympics, police said in a statement Friday. The tests are designed to make certain that security forces become familiar with the river and make sure their tactics work together.

"The Thames runs through the very heart of our capital and will be a popular place for people who want to be part of the Olympic spirit," said Chris Allison, the national Olympic security coordinator. "This is all part of our planning to ensure this summer's events take place safely and securely."

Authorities say the exercise will include patrol vessels, inflatable boats and helicopters — a massive show of might that will be visible at certain parts of the river. Allison said the exercises are an example of how the military can bolster the Olympic security effort, but are not in response to any specific threat.

The tests will involve up to 44 police officers and 94 military personnel. The show of force will underline the seriousness of security forces ahead of the July 27-Aug. 12 event.

Security has long been a high priority for the Olympics. A terror attack at the 1972 Olympics in Munich killed 11 Israeli athletes and coaches, an incident that put a high state of readiness in the forefront of all planning.

London has had its own experience with terrorism. Four suicide bombers targeted the city's transit network in 2005, killing 52 commuters on the day after the Summer Olympics were awarded to the city.

Officials have previously raised concern over the potential that terrorists could attempt to use the river, pointing to the use of boats to launch the 2008 attacks which killed 166 people in Mumbai, India.

The British government is planning for the national terror threat to be "severe" during the Olympics, meaning an attempted attack is highly likely.

About 12,000 police officers will also be on duty on the busiest days of the games — together up to 13,500 troops deployed on land, at sea and in the skies. A huge presence of private security guards will also safeguard Olympic venues.

Source: Star Tribune, Published 1/13/12— By Danika Kirka , Associated Press

News of the Weird

How does an extortionist (or kidnapper) safely collect the money that has been dropped off for him? In July, police staking out a vacant field in Colerain Township, Ohio, after leaving the $22,000 ordered by alleged extortionist Frank Pence, waited for about an hour, but Pence failed to show. Then, one officer noticed the money slowly moving across the field and finally caught up to Pence, who was pulling a very, very long, partially concealed rope from a location a distance from the drop site. [Cincinnati.com, 10-21-2011]