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Crime Stoppers

Hate snoops? You won't when they're working on your side. These three guys pride themselves on being called busybodies when it comes to discovering the truth.

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This story appears in the September 2000 issue of HomeOfficeMag.com.

A major concern for every business is the potential for loss--loss of money, loss of equipment, loss of valuable assets. The problem is so prevalent that it's an anticipated aspect of any industry; in fact, more than $400 billion is lost annually to both internal theft and external crime. Well, John Dolezal and Martin Mittelstadt, both 31, and Brian Dixon, 21, have proven you don't have to take that loss sitting down. Their Casper, Wyoming-based business, Assets Protection & Investigation Inc., was founded to help companies improve their bottom lines by increasing profits and decreasing losses due to stock shortages and employee dishonesty.

The seeds for the company were planted after Mittelstadt recruited Dolezal to work in the loss prevention department of the local Target. The two soon decided to take their knowledge and help out small businesses by founding Shurlock Investigations & Security Services in 1993. After some restructuring and the addition of partner Dixon, they renamed the company Assets Protection & Investigation in 1999.

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