Category: Risk Management

Oh Crap!

Some time back I was a passenger in a car that my friend was driving.  We were sideswiped by a 17-year-old driver in a massive truck.  This smashed the passenger side.  We were pushed into the central freeway barrier.  This smashed the driver’s side.  Then we spun around several times and ended up on the shoulder,

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Arson

FIRE ACCOUNTING Click on the link for my manual on school arson.  I have dealt with three major school fires in my career.  And believe me, there was no manual.  The first thing I did ten years ago when confronted with my first school fire was to Google “accounting for school fires” and couldn’t find anything terribly useful. I

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Stealing from Children, Part III

How do they do it? Sometimes the details of crimes are left vague.  Probably the thinking is that if we provide an explanation of exactly how something was done it will be a blue print to thieves for future bad behavior.  I take the opposite view.  People who are bent on stealing already know how to do it. 

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Stealing from Children, Part II

Why do People Steal Think of an excuse, any excuse, that people might give as to why they stole.  It has probably been used. The reasons that thieves use to justify their behavior are really not instructive. In the movie The Big Chill  Jeff Goldblum’s character says: rationalizations are more important than sex. We can go for weeks

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Stealing from Children, Part I

Who Steals? When it comes to stealing, I can share some awful details and they won’t actually reveal where the crime occurred.  Why? Because the details are depressingly similar. But the similarities are not what you think they are.  We are not talking personality types.  There are two pretty consistent themes in school theft: Opportunity (which YOU provide)

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Inventory, Computers and Mobile Devices

If you work in a large enough district long enough you’ll experience not just one but multiple instances of major property loss.  These losses are not just the result of theft, but are due to fires, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornados to name just some of the most common forms of catastrophic property loss.  Then,

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