3VR’s CrimeDex Extends Reach in Retail, Financial Services and Gaming Markets
Crime Fighting Collaboration Network Partners with BankersOnline.com, Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail and the World Gaming Investigator and Regulator Association
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – 3VR, the video intelligence company, today announced that the CrimeDex online collaborative network of more than 2,500 fraud, loss prevention and law enforcement professionals has entered into partnerships with BankersOnline.com (BOL), the Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail (CLEAR) and the World Gaming Investigator and Regulator Association (WGIRA).
CrimeDex is a criminal investigation collaboration network that allows the law enforcement and business communities to share business-related crime information. Alerts are created and sent via email and mobile phones to the CrimeDex network to identify criminals wanted for a variety of crimes from check fraud to shoplifting to more serious violent offenses.
CrimeDex’s success rests in its ability to link law enforcement, retail loss prevention, and financial services fraud investigators from across the country. The latest partnerships with BOL, CLEAR and WGIRA will allow all law enforcement and qualified private industry security members of each organization to access and use CrimeDex as a free benefit of their associations.
“Today’s partnerships with BOL, CLEAR and WGIRA continue our efforts to help law enforcement and private industry use the latest collaboration technologies to solve more crimes cheaper and faster,” said Jim “Gator” Hudson, creator of CrimeDex and now vice president of CrimeDex services for 3VR. “The more qualified members we add that collaborate across organizational boundaries or jurisdictions, the more effective the CrimeDex network will be in thwarting organized crime rings, fraud and retail shrinkage. I am excited to add the BOL, CLEAR and WGIRA networks to the CrimeDex family.”
BOL is a joint effort by Glia Group, Inc. and the Bankers Information Network. The online community of more than 22,000 users is focused on industry education and information sharing. BOL users include individuals from all types of financial institution charters – from community credit unions to the nation’s largest banks – all sizes of companies and all position types within the financial services community.
“We look forward to working closely with CrimeDex as we truly believe it is an incredible resource that will allow our members to better protect their assets, customers and employees,” said Mary Beth Guard, executive director of BOL.
CLEAR was formed in November 2008 by a group of law enforcement and retail loss prevention professionals that saw the need for the formation of a partnership. Today, it has grown to 2,500 members representing a vast array of organizations including CVS, Home Depot, Jared Jewelers, Kay Jewelers, St. Petersburg, Fla. Police, Boise, Idaho Police and the Seminole County, Fla. Sheriff’s Office.
“CrimeDex helps us to fulfill one of our organization’s foundational priorities: To encourage mutual cooperation between all law enforcement agencies and retail corporations throughout the United States toward the goal of detection, prevention, and investigation of property crimes and the apprehension of the perpetrators,” said Detective Jack Gee, president of CLEAR. “A partnership with CrimeDex is a natural fit.”
WGIRA is a burgeoning network of law enforcement and casino security directors focused on sharing information about criminal activity and public safety concerns. Originally formed to focus on incidents that occurred in Riverside County, Ca., the WGIRA has expanded throughout southern California and now has members in New Jersey and Wisconsin.
“We have seen criminals move from casino to casino committing the same crimes,” said Raymond Gayton-Jacob, senior investigator for the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office and founder of the WGIRA. “CrimeDex is a tool that will allow our members to both solve and prevent crimes.”
3VR, Inc., the video intelligence company, enables organizations to search, mine and leverage video to bolster security, identify and mitigate fraud and better serve customers. 3VR’s Video Intelligence Platform allows video surveillance systems to reach their true potential and deliver a measurable and sustainable return on investment. 3VR is the video surveillance standard for hundreds of global customers, including leading banks, retailers, governments and law enforcement agencies and owns CrimeDex, an online community of more than 2,500 fraud, loss prevention and law enforcement professionals dedicated to stopping crime. Based in San Francisco, CA, the company is privately held with funding from DAG Ventures, Focus Ventures, In-Q-Tel, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Menlo Ventures and VantagePoint Ventures. 3VR’s SmartRecorder is the three-time winner of the SIA Best New Video Product Award and was named Security Product of the Year from Frost & Sullivan in 2006 and 2007, among other awards. For more information, please visit www.3vr.com.
BankersOnline.com is the banking industry’s compliance, lending, security, operations, marketing, technology and ebanking information channel. With thousands of articles, Q&As, useful tools, and the internet’s most active banking forums, BankersOnline.com is the premier website serving the banking community. Founded in 2000, BankersOnline.com is a joint effort by Glia Group, Inc. and the Bankers Information Network.
The Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail (CLEAR) was formed in November 2008 by a group of Law Enforcement and Retail Loss Prevention professionals that saw the need for the formation of a partnership. CLEAR is focused on encouraging mutual cooperation between all law enforcement agencies and retail corporations throughout the United States toward the goal of detection, prevention and investigation of property crimes, and the apprehension of the perpetrators.
The WGIRA was formed to foster better communications amongst personnel tasked with investigating crimes related to gambling and regulating the gaming industry. Members are agents of casino gaming commissions, gaming regulators, casino public safety entities and law enforcement officials (federal, state, and local agencies).