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January 18, 2012
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  Hospitality Risk Management 
  • Security breaches, terrorism concerns remain hoteliers' top concerns
    Terrorism and breaches in information technology remain the top security concerns for hoteliers in 2012. Industry leaders note that many mobile devices remain unprotected, and companies could potentially have thousands of devices, any of which could provide a gateway to criminals. The officials note that keeping employees and guests aware of terror threats without creating an alarmist mentality is a persistent challenge. (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Royal River, S.D., casino complex to receive $2M in upgrades
    The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe plans to spend $2 million to upgrade its casino complex in Royal River, S.D. The money, which is part of a $4 million loan and grant package provided by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, will be used for new slot machines, surveillance cameras, signage, landscaping and technology upgrades., Minn. (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cameras record theft of hotel televisions
    Security cameras recorded a man carrying TV sets out of hotels in Fresno, Calif. James McGovern was arrested in connection with several burglaries in the area. Police officials suspect that checks for open doors at hotels were being made before the burglaries. KFSN-TV (Fresno, Calif.) (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Risk Management 
  • Report: N. America's retailers lose more to staff than shoplifters
    Employees are responsible for 44.1% of retail shrink in North America, while shoplifting and organized retail crime account for 43.2% of the total, according to the Centre for Retail Research's Global Retail Theft Barometer. Retailers worldwide spent $28.3 billion on loss prevention and security last year, up 5.6% from 2010, the report found. STORES magazine (1/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Shoe release teaches effective crowd management
    On Dec. 23, crowds of hundreds of people lined up outside malls and shopping centers throughout the nation. The reason? A much anticipated release of the Nike Air Jordan XI. With more shoe releases imminent, this article provides tips to help shopping mall management and security best prepare for special events and sales at their properties. Valor Security Services. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The truth about flash mobs and pranks
    Ruth Carter provides an interesting perspective on the law and flash mobs in this Q&A. A proponent and participant in flash mobs, Carter "drew from her own experiences and tapped into the cultural zeitgeist to pioneer an entirely new category of law," Jay Pinkert writes. "Flash mobs are about doing the unexpected, but it should never go so far that it interferes with others' rights or gets you arrested," Carter explains. "It's about entertaining, amusing and surprising an unsuspecting audience." Shatterbox blog (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation & Developments 
  • Hotel search platform aims to list 80,000 properties by mid-2012
    Six major hotel chains -- Hyatt Hotels, Choice Hotels International, Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide, InterContinental Hotels Group and Wyndham Hotel Group -– have linked up to create a global search platform for travelers in need of lodging. Room Key aims to list about 80,000 properties by the middle of the year. (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Accor maintains cautious optimism over situation in Europe
    Hotel group Accor has maintained its goal of increased profits and is expected to reach $675 million in earnings before interest and taxes as it adopted a cautiously optimistic outlook for 2012 despite the economic uncertainty in southern Europe. Accor reported sales failing to meet analysts' projections at about $1.9 billion in the fourth quarter and a slowdown in underlying sales growth to 3.6%, compared with 5.8% in the previous period. However, like-for-like hotel revenue grew 3.7% in the fourth quarter, led partly by a 4.5% increase in revenue growth in the U.S. market. Reuters (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business Operations & Strategy 
  • Businesses should evaluate ID-theft provisions in insurance policies
    As identity theft becomes more prevalent, one step small businesses can take to protect themselves is evaluating whether their insurance policies would cover damages, experts say. "Most small-business packages don't cover data breaches or really anything data-related," said Matt Cullina, CEO of Identity Theft 911. Experts note that independent retailers that handle thousands of transactions are vulnerable to identity theft. Security breaches can also catch larger companies off guard. The Washington Post (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Does your company have a failure to communicate?
    Companies need to make internal communications a top strategic priority, writes Chris Edmonds. Failure to communicate strategic goals leads to gossip, lost productivity and declining worker morale, Edmonds warns. "The trick is for you to find mechanisms ... that proactively and effectively educate staff about strategy, goals, opportunities, celebrations, and more," he writes. Driving Results Through Culture blog (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Travel Watch 
  • IT security tips for business travelers
    A business trip can mean IT security threats. Make sure important data are password-protected and encrypted before heading out. Don't forget to switch on your firewall before logging online from a remote location, and use a secure connection whenever possible, especially for e-mail. Because software at cybercafes and on public computers can record your every move, carry a USB key to hide your keystrokes from would-be thieves. ExtremeTech (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative & Policy Monitor 
  • TSA scanner operators will receive radiation tests
    The Transportation Security Administration will test employees who operate its scanners to determine if they are exposed to unhealthy amounts of radiation. "TSA is dedicated to the health and safety of its employees," TSA spokesman Nico Melendez said. "We continuously test our technology to ensure it is safe for both passengers and our officers and post all results to our website." Some critics say the TSA's scanners expose travelers to levels of radiation that could be dangerous. However, the TSA at this point has no plans to retest the machines, which it says are safe. Los Angeles Times (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News from Valor 
  • Valor Officers credited with saving lives
    Over the years, Valor Officers have been credited with saving the lives of many individuals. In 2011, Valor officers were credited with saving the lives of 19 people by using AEDs and/or CPR. Valor Security is a Faculty Partner of the American Heart Association. All of Valor's regional vice presidents are certified as instructor trainers with AED, CPR and First Aid, and their officers receive certification in these life safety skills. This training can help you to meet the OSHA requirement for CPR trained staff on property. To learn more, contact LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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