A License Plate for Your Other Stuff

A License Plate for Your Other Stuff

All you need is a screwdriver to remove a license plate, yet the simple strategy of linking your licence plate number to your vehicle identification number (VIN) on a police database, is an extremely powerful law enforcement tool that leads to the recovery of 60% of...
October is Crime Prevention Month

October is Crime Prevention Month

There are only five widely-accepted, well-researched, crime-prevention strategies recognized in the United States. Yes, there are some other strategies that might have some promise, but it’s the Big 5 that still reign supreme. It’s not about crime...
Custody, Custody, Custody

Custody, Custody, Custody

There are three rules of federal government property regulation: custody, custody, custody. If it’s not nailed down, it has to be tracked. If you are doing any kind of work for the federal government, the Department of Defense or NASA, you must have a robust...
The Backstory Of MyPropertyID

The Backstory Of MyPropertyID

I’m from Des Moines, Iowa USA, and I have a criminal justice and youth advocacy background. I worked at the Iowa Homeless Youth Centers many years ago, and then at the Woodward Academy up until I launched my small business in 2015....
The Power of the VIN

The Power of the VIN

Have you ever noticed that all you need is a screwdriver to remove the license plate from even the most expensive car? There is a very simple reason for this. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is registered in your name, too. Because of this mandatory, global...
The Power of Crime Prevention

The Power of Crime Prevention

Crime prevention is an approach and philosophy distinct from crime deterrence and crime fighting. Crime prevention strategies take time to implement, but are dollar-for-dollar the most productive use of criminal justice budgets. This post will explore the differences...
National Night Out

National Night Out

National Night Out is one of the top five crime-prevention strategies in America. Established in 1984, its purpose is to build bridges between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Many police officers work in isolation, and mostly interact with people in...
The Odds of Recovering Stolen Property

The Odds of Recovering Stolen Property

Playing the odds in crime-prevention is a long game. When the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) was established in 1967, there were many skeptics who questioned the cost-benefit of such an expansive system for capturing seemingly insignificant information like...
Anatomy of a Decision: DFARS Case 2015-D035

Anatomy of a Decision: DFARS Case 2015-D035

On April 30, 2019, a long-time exception to the use of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) clause 52.245-1 was removed. Now, “acquisition value alone…is not an indicator of the criticality or sensitivity of the property.” In other words, it is no longer an option...
Jailhouse University

Jailhouse University

Jailhouse University is where petty criminals go to learn. The reality is that earning convictions in the age of security cameras and alarms systems still isn’t working. Sure, an arrest, but no convictions, so the revolving door of Jailhouse University churns...