Drivers who text may become more dangerous

I was never one to go along with the argument that driving while talking on one’s mobile phone or texting was a constituional right under Free Speech.

That is not to say that I have never driven and talked on the phone at the same time. One thing that I do not do however, is to text and drive. That is pure idiotic and I don’t need a law to tell me not to do it.

Common sense should prevail, but unfortunately, common sense does not seem to be all that commmon. I was listening to the car radio while driving back from an Executive Board meeting in Virginia Beach of our State Association; PISA, today.

The news story was about States which have outlawed texting and the fact that drivers would drive more dangerously now as they would still continue to text and drive, they would just do it looking down at their lap instead of at the steering wheel.

I hope the Police are listening (and reading TheBulletProofBlog)so that they can detect those who attempt to drive while hiding their phones in their lap. It is frightening to think of the injuries that these reckless drivers are capable of inflicting on innocent road users – pedestrians, cyclists and other drivers, by their selfish actions.

If your text message is that important to you, there is a simple solution; pull over to a safe location and deal with it. Driving is a privilege, not a right.

ATF not hopeful of finding out where the Pentagon shooter bought the weapons

WTOP radio today informed listeners that the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Agency were not hopeful of discovering where Patrick Bedell bought the weapons he used to shoot Police Officers near the Pentagon on Thursday evening.

Despite being a very disturbed individual, Bedell managed to walk up to Police without them becoming alarmed. One of the officers later said that he appeared as if he was approaching them to ask a question.

Fortunately, they were able to act quick enough, despite getting shot, to stop the crazed gunman. Ironically, this incident closely resembled a number of scenarios which SEXTON trainers engaged in with several dozen E.P. agents in Puerto Rico last week.

Students had to react to a number of real-life scenarios, such as a person walking up to them and perhaps pulling a weapon on them. Just as in the shooting on Thursday evening, some of them were able to respond in time, but those who did not, were shot by the bad guy and learned how fast an incident can turn tragic.

This is why we teach students to always be aware of their surroundings and expect the unexpected. When you are on duty protecting a Prinicpal, there can be no time for “zoning out” or daydreaming. You must be ready to react in an instant.

Trusted employees caught stealing from employers

The attached article from the Wall Street Journal on employee theft in the workplace is a good reminder that often those who are least suspected of theft are using that to their advantage.

This in itself is nothing new, although some of you who are operating your own security companies may very well come across clients who do not yet realize that this does occur across the board.

Unfortunately, the smaller companies experience the greatest losses. Ironically, they are the least well equipped to take a loss and continue in business – depending on the size of the loss/losses.

Keep in mind that a rise in employee theft could very well be a by-product of this poor economy. The attached article quotes a victim as saying she did not bother doing a background check. That should always be step number 1. A con artist can dress up in a suit and say the right things to get hired. Unfortunately that method often works.

Clients should be careful about how they handle a suspected in-house thief. Tolerating it and hoping that they stop, is not a solution. It might sound silly, but there are employers out there who suspect an employee and have heard rumors for years, but they prefer not to believe it.

The article speaks of the Police conducting an undercover investigation over a $1200 theft. In my experience, it is rare for the Police to get involved in a theft of this amount. Most often, the employer will have to hire a Private Investigation firm and have an undercover investigator conduct the investigation.

Once the evidence has been obtained, it will be up to the employer/business owner if they wish to pursue the matter by reporting the results to the Police or if they use the evidence to get rid of the culprit. As long as a professional investigation has been conducted by a legally registered firm and P.I., the Police can proceed with a prosecution.

Either way, a message has been sent out to the other employees that internal theft will not be tolerated.

Security companies may not be able to hire Afghan police in future.

This Canadian report states that the Government of Afghanistan may start cracking down on security companies who lure Afghan police officers away for bigger pay.

It is little wonder why police officers would be enticed to resign – they are currently paid approximately $160 a month by the Afghan Government, but they could make quadruple that by working for private companies.

Afghan officials put the figure of lost police at around 19% of the Force. With a total force opf 97,000, those leaving account for nearly 20,000. One measure they may introduce is to put a “cap” or ceiling on the amount that police may be paid if they leave.

When I headed up the United Nations’ Special Investigations Unit in the former Yugoslavia, we also had former Balkan Police working for us. One young guy who acted as our official interpreter/police liaison in Croatia had only earned about $100 a month from the Croatian Government, saw his earnings skyrocket overnight when he began working for the U.N. for around $700 a month.

Hopefully both sides can come to some kind of mutual agreement so that the locals will be able to make and save a bit more money than they can now and thereby improve their living conditions and better help their families.