Acquisition of Sheppard Detective System, Inc.

  Chicago, IL-October 23, 2012 – LaSalle Capital Group (‘LaSalle Group”) and its portfolio company, United American Security (“UAS”), are pleased to announce the acquisition of Sheppard Detective System, Inc. (“Sheppard” or the “Company”). Sheppard is a provider of unarmed security guard services to a variety of industries, including sites, hospitals, condominiums, schools, hotels, hospitals and retail facilities. The Company serves the greater Philadelphia area and is regarded as one of the top security providers in the region. Sheppard’s guards have developed an outstanding reputation for customer service and responsiveness. Sheppard is the fifth acquisition by UAS since its formation in April 2010 and expands the platform’s geographic reach and service capabilities in the Philadelphia and southern New Jersey markets. UAS management expects to achieve significant cost savings by consolidating the operations of Sheppard into the larger UAS platform. “Adding Sheppard to our platform, gives us a stronger presence in Philadelphia and southern New Jersey, and will allow us to better serve our clients as the premier security services provider in the region,” stated Steve Frost, CEO  of UAS. If you have any questions regarding this acquisition or would like to discuss other opportunities in the security guard series industry, please contact Nick Christopher or Kelly Cornelis of LaSalle Capital at (312)236-7041. About LaSalle Capital LaSalle Capital is a Chicago-based private equity firm with over $330 million of assets under management that focuses on controlling investments in lower middle market companies across the United States. The teams of nine investment professionals at LaSalle Capital have over 75 years of investing experience. LaSalle Capital targets companies operating in the food...

4 steps retailers can take to combat flash robs

(GREAT Article worth reading!) News about large crowds of organized thieves is popping up in the headlines. But should retailers really worry and prepare? By Joan Goodchild, Senior Editor          November 29, 2011— CSO— As the start of holiday shopping season kicks off, retailers know they will no doubt deal with inevitable amounts of theft this year, particularly in a difficult economy. But this season, news of a phenomenon known as flash robbing is putting a new twist on smash-and-grab tactics. The National Retail Federation says the trend of flash mobbing, or using social networks such as Twitter and Facebook to organize en masse and get together in one place, has taken on a nefarious form called flash robbing. Flash robs, technically known as multiple-offender crimes, occur when a group of people coordinate to overcrowd a retail outlet and steal items by overwhelming staff with their numbers and speed. According to a poll the NRF conducted among retailers around the country, over three-quarters (79 percent) of retailers report being a victim of a multiple-offender crime in the past 12 months, some of these incidents (10 percent) have involved so-called flash mob tactics. Earlier this month, a crowd of youths in Maryland, some estimate as many as 50, made headlines when they flash robbed a 7-Eleven in Silver Springs, the third time such an incident has happened in that area this year. But crowds getting together to steal is nothing new, according to J.R. Roberts of J.R. Roberts Security Strategies. Roberts said flash robs, known also as swarming, have been utilized for decades, often by traveling groups of people, gangs...
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