George Babnick (Street Articles Author)
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George W. Babnick, JD is a 34 year law enforcement veteran with an extensive background in training, school policing, criminal and administrative investigations, supervision and management, and criminal forensics. He recently retired as a Captain in the Portland Oregon Police Bureau where he managed the Forensic Evidence Division. He holds criminal justice degrees from Portland Community College and Portland State University and a law degree from Northwestern California University School of Law, Sacramento California. He is a member of ASIS (American Society of Industrial Security), the Western Society of Criminology, the IAI (International Association of Identification), and the IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police).

He is a physical security consultant and an Oregon licensed Private Investigator. He is the author of articles on physical security, private investigations, supervision and management, and risk management related to these subjects. He is the editor of a blog devoted to physical security and can be reached via his websites http://www.babnickandassociates.com and http://www.physicalsecurityonline.com.

Nothing in any article is intended to or should be construed as legal advice. Persons needing legal advice should seek the counsel of an attorney.

Physical Security Consultant - What Benefits Can they Bring to Your Business?
Why should you hire a security consultant? What can a security consultant do for your business? You are an expert in your business, but not necessarily an expert on physical security. While you may have some thoughts or ideas on your security needs, you recognize that effective security involves a…
By:  in  Business  >  Security   May 29, 2016  
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Fences That Deter Burglars – An Effective Compromise
In one of my previous articles, “Invisible Dogs that Deter Burglars” I wrote about residential burglaries and how people can use an Invisible Barking Dog alarm as part of an overall layered security “system” to deter burglars. As good as any alarm system may work, all security measures can be…
By:  in  Business  >  Security   May 17, 2016  
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Invisible Dogs That Deter Burglars
Before I became a private investigator and physical security consultant in my home state of Oregon I spent 34 years in law enforcement. Much of that time was spent investigating residential burglaries. I caught burglars who were stalking neighborhoods looking for an easy target. I confronted burglars as they were…
By:  in  Business  >  Security   May 15, 2016  
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Security Animals: More Than Just Dogs
After retiring law enforcement I started a private investigations and physical security consulting business in my home state of Oregon. The security consulting portion of my business is varied and usually involves assessing security vulnerabilities, reviewing or developing security procedures, recommending specific security improvements, and providing security training. Most of…
By:  in  Business  >  Security   Feb 10, 2016  
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Tailgate Theft: Who Would've Thunk?
Back in 1993 I bought a new Ford F250 PU truck. At the time I was working the graveyard shift in downtown Portland Oregon and I parked my truck on the street right next to City Hall. In the morning when my shift ended I walked a few blocks and…
By:  in  Automotive  >  Trucks   Jan 28, 2016  
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Investigative Hypnosis: Is it Effective Or Completely Bogus?
Way back in the 1970’s when I was a college student studying criminal justice I participated in a student practicum at the local sheriff’s office. Most of my “work” consisted of going through stacks of crime reports and calling back theft victims to reassure them that even though the sheriff’s…
By:  in  Business  >  Security   Jan 21, 2016  
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Namus: An Important Tool In Missing Person Investigations
As a private investigator in my home state of Oregon, I often have clients who want me to find a “missing” person. There are many reasons people disappear. Sometimes people disappear willingly for various reasons and other times people go missing under suspicious circumstances. Sometimes mental illness and cognitive impairment…
By:  in  Business  >  Security   Jan 21, 2016  
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Police Suspect Sketches – How Accurate And Useful Are They?
Some trace the history of police suspect sketches to French police officer Alphonse Bertillon (1853 – 1914). In all likelihood, some police officer somewhere was creating suspect sketches long before the 1800’s. Regardless, for hundreds of years law enforcement agencies across the world have used artist sketches to aid in…
By:  in  Business  >  Security   Oct 09, 2015  
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Clever Thieves Use High - tech Gizmo to Break Into Cars
In my job as a private investigator and physical security consultant I am sometimes asked to not only find out who is responsible for a criminal act, but also make recommendations on how to improve security so future criminal acts can be deterred. The facts of a recent case: Client…
By:  in  Business  >  Security   Jul 31, 2015  
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Steering Wheels Locking Devices – Do They Really Prevent Vehicle Theft?
Steering wheel locking devices like The Club®, have been around for decades. The Club® was originally invented by a Korean War veteran who was inspired by his military days when he and his fellow soldiers would secure vehicle steering wheels with metal chains. Today there are several “knock-off” versions of…
By:  in  Business  >  Security   Mar 31, 2015  
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Physical Security Consultant - What Benefits Can they Bring to Your Business?
Why should you hire a security consultant? What can a security consultant do for your business? You…
Fences That Deter Burglars – An Effective Compromise
In one of my previous articles, “Invisible Dogs that Deter Burglars” I wrote about residential burglaries…
Invisible Dogs That Deter Burglars
Before I became a private investigator and physical security consultant in my home state of Oregon I…
Security Animals: More Than Just Dogs
After retiring law enforcement I started a private investigations and physical security consulting business…
Crime Scene Response for Security Personnel, Do it Right the First Time, Because You Won't Get A Second Chance
With more than 2 million private security officers across the country protecting everything from shopping…
Library Security: The Challenge Of Homelessness And Library Access
A couple times each year I get together with a friend who lives in a typical middle-class neighborhood…
I Am A Private Investigator What Do I Really Do?
When I retired from police work after 34 years of service, I became a Private Investigator in my home…
Clever Thieves Use High - tech Gizmo to Break Into Cars
In my job as a private investigator and physical security consultant I am sometimes asked to not only…
A New Approach to Physical Security: Combining Blue Light And Music
In my physical security consulting business I recently consulted with the owner of a strip mall concerned…
Steering Wheels Locking Devices – Do They Really Prevent Vehicle Theft?
Steering wheel locking devices like The Club®, have been around for decades. The Club® was originally…