About the Author

Garett Seivold

Garett Seivold

Garett Seivold is a contributing writer for LP Magazine. He is a trained journalist who has been covering corporate security for industry professionals for eighteen years. Since 1998, he has served as the principal writer and editor of Security Director's Report, a monthly publication highlighting trends and best practices in corporate security management. Seivold has been recognized by several organizations for outstanding writing, investigative reporting, and instructional journalism. He has authored dozens of survey-based research reports and best-practice manuals on security-related topics. Seivold can be reached at GarettS (at) LPportal (dot) com.

Articles by Garett Seivold

The Real Danger of Workplace Harassment and Threats

Workplace Safety

The Real Danger of Workplace Harassment and Threats

America may have had a brief Kumbaya moment when it elected its first black President, but that now seems in the distant past.

Today, troublesome signs of conflict and workplace harassment abound. Anti-immigration rhetoric is running strong; there has been a surge in bomb threats called into Jewish community centers, and

How to Keep Data Secure from Insider Threats

Data Protection

How to Keep Data Secure from Insider Threats

Just as online marketplaces made shoplifting worse by providing thieves with an easy avenue to sell their stolen goods, the dark web is raising risk by offering employees a venue for doing the dirty business of selling stolen information. According to a new report, the number of employees who did

The Legal Implications of Self-Defense at Work

Workplace Safety

The Legal Implications of Self-Defense at Work

Many retailers have policies for handling a security event, and employees who fail to follow such policies can—under the “employment at will” principle—be subject to punishment, including termination. That happened to a group of asset protection associates at a Utah Walmart, but they challenged their firings in a lawsuit, claiming

You Got Hurt? Let’s Check the Surveillance Footage

Retail Security

You Got Hurt? Let’s Check the Surveillance Footage

Security surveillance footage provides value in many ways, including theft prevention, suspect identification, and as key evidence in defending against per¬sonal injury lawsuits.

Case in point: A Philadelphia County Court judge last summer cut a jury award nearly in half in the case of a woman who alleged she sustained a

Building an Unbreakable LP–IT Bond

Loss Prevention

Building an Unbreakable LP–IT Bond

Listening to loss prevention leaders discuss their relationships with information technology (IT) departments and offer advice for strengthening them can seem a bit like eavesdropping on marriage counseling. There is admission of a “love-hate” dynamic, occasional hand-wringing over who gets final say, and counsel to “listen, don’t just talk” and

Does Employee Monitoring Technology Change Staff Behavior?

Employee Theft

Does Employee Monitoring Technology Change Staff Behavior?

New employee monitoring tools regularly emerge that allow retail organizations to keep a closer eye on employees. What is your sense of these products? Does technology-based employee monitoring reduce misconduct? Does it dampen or enhance worker productivity? Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology examined these questions by analyzing two

What Would You Do if a Customer Had a Gun on His Hip?

LPM Voice

What Would You Do if a Customer Had a Gun on His Hip?

Loss prevention practitioners today face long-standing yet persistent threats, such as employee theft and shoplifting, and increasingly contend with new ones ushered in by a more virtual world. As difficult as it is to combat these risks, they are fairly clear-cut. The battle lines are clearly drawn. LP’s mission is

Tips for Executive Protection in Dangerous Times

Professional Development

Tips for Executive Protection in Dangerous Times

CEOs and top company executives are increasingly visible embodiments of their companies. Indeed, some top executives are now brands unto themselves, and the celebrity of entrepreneurs has reached new heights. One businessman/brand/celebrity has ridden his profile all the way to the White House.

But with greater visibility comes increased risk—and an

Old Expense Report Fraud Scheme Has Worsened With Time

Employee Theft

Old Expense Report Fraud Scheme Has Worsened With Time

Reviewing current and historical fraud data reveals an implausible finding. Despite the refinement of company fraud prevention programs and a corresponding sophistication in employee fraud schemes, the old bogus expense report is a bigger problem now than 16 years ago.

Semi-annual surveys conducted by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)