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Loss Prevention and Safety through Social Media Monitoring

As smart phones and social media give rise to new threats of organized crime by "flash mobs," social media monitoring services are a smart loss prevention solution and vital safeguard against "flash" crimes.

"Flash" robberies are being reported in major metropolitan areas from Chicago to Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. Thieves are getting away with thousands of dollars in merchandise, including expensive brands of sports apparel, denim, and other goods. Store employees are overwhelmed and even trampled as thieves mob the premises, storming in and out in a "flash" with as much as they can grab.

Similar "flash" crimes are also occurring on streets in tourist-packed areas. Thieves make off with cell phones and other personal belongings, often compounding theft with assault and battery.

Retail theft and street crimes are not new to law enforcement personnel or loss prevention specialists. What is new is how these crimes are being organized – by social media.

Rings of retail thieves and street criminals are using smart phones, text messages, and other forms of social media to orchestrate criminal attacks.

The Andrews International (AI) Consulting and Investigations team offers a proactive solution for businesses and others potentially at risk of being targeted by "flash mobs." Using social media monitoring technology designed to deliver predictive preventive intelligence, AI's Consulting and Investigations professionals can alert clients to suspicious social media traffic that may indicate planning of a criminal attack. Social media monitoring technology is widely used by political parties and marketing organizations to gauge public sentiment. Now, AI's Consulting & Investigations Division is using the same technology to help law enforcement agencies, retail businesses, and other organizations protect people and property from crimes engineered through social media.

For more information about social media monitoring services and other capabilities of AI's Consulting & Investigations Division, please contact:

Brian Gimlett
President Consulting and Investigations
U.S. Security Associates
New York, New York

William M. "Bill" Besse, CHS-V
Vice President, Consulting & Investigations
U.S. Security Associates
Dallas, Texas
214.254.3978 (T)
972.741.7532 (C)

About Andrews International, Inc.

Andrews International, Inc., headquartered in Los Angeles, California, is an industry-leading full service provider of security and risk mitigation services. Through local offices in the United States and Latin America and nearly 150 strategic partners around the world, the company provides security services to a wide range of business sectors in all 50 states and internationally to many of the Fortune 500. The firm's portfolio of services includes uniformed security, consulting and investigations, personal protection, special event security, training, alarm monitoring and response, and disaster and emergency response services. For more information, please visit the Andrews International website at

Andrews International. Inc.
455 N. Moss Street
Burbank, CA 91502
Tel: 818-487-4060
Fax: 818-487-4061


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