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Management Buzz 07/04

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Jeepers, Creepers

When Anthony Crews was looking for office space for his Chicago startup, Leading Edge Recovery Solutions, a debt-collections agency, security was at the top of his list. He had worked at collections agencies with such loose security that when laptops were stolen, accusations were leveled at every employee in the complex.

Tenants at one-story and unguarded office facilities have reason to be paranoid. Thieves hang around, then strike-spiriting off small, expensive electronics. Atlanta security company Barton Protective Services Inc. has come up with a name for these thieves: creepers. They peek in windows, enter offices with groups, or act like they are lost while they are casing the joint. If they see something they want, they walk out with it, explains Daniel Millhouse, Barton's general manager.

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