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

Real-World Lessons from Hostage Situations

Workplace Safety

Real-World Lessons from Hostage Situations

Late in August, on a trendy stretch of one of America’s most iconic streets—King St. in Charleston, SC—a fired dishwasher returned to the restaurant where he had worked and shot and killed a former coworker. Announcing, “There’s a new boss in town,” he took another person hostage for several hours

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)

Loss Prevention Issues in Recent Research

Loss Prevention

Loss Prevention Issues in Recent Research

Academics who examine crime and security-related issues aren’t always seeking practical solutions, but some recent research studies have pragmatic applications and impart some actionable advice on relevant loss prevention issues. Below are questions that researchers have recently looked at and what loss prevention should know about what they found.

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How to Recognize Signs of Employee Fraud

Employee Theft

How to Recognize Signs of Employee Fraud

A comprehensive study of injuries and illnesses in retail several years ago surprised researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). They said that despite the perception of retail work being non-risky, they found that retail workers account for 20 percent of reported injuries and illnesses while

Is Workplace Harassment on the Rise?

Workplace Safety

Is Workplace Harassment on the Rise?

In the aftermath of the last holiday shopping season, brawls erupted in shopping malls across the country. Cell phone videos captured chaotic, frightening scenes that went viral and earned repeated play on television. The images may have solidified a burgeoning impression that many people hold—that the boundary between acceptable and

Technology in Retail Stores: Who’s Responsible?

Loss Prevention Technology

Technology in Retail Stores: Who’s Responsible?

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