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Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 874-2116

‘Locks, Safes, and Security: Analyzing Bypass Potential’
to be discussed at the URI forensic science seminar

KINGSTON, R.I. -- September 27, 2002 -- The University of Rhode Island’s Forensic Science Seminar Series presents a lecture on "Locks, Safes and Security: Analyzing Bypass Potential" on Thursday, October 3 at 4 p.m. in Room 124 Pastore Hall on the Kingston Campus.

Marc Weber Tobias from Investigative Law Offices will present the lecture, which is free and open to the public.

There has been a great deal of litigation surrounding security in the industry. Tobias will discuss how law enforcement and manufacturers are often unaware of bypass potential of their products and/or not disclose their knowledge of problems. He will also lecture on the importance of understanding what tools and techniques are available to criminals so investigators can properly assess a crime scene or potential crime scene. Locks, along with security in the hotel industry, are among the topics to be discussed.

Tobias has an undergraduate degree in law enforcement and a law degree from Creighton Law School, 1973. He was chief of the Organized Crime Unit, Office of Attorney General in South Dakota for several years. He has consulted and lectured around the world to government agencies regarding surreptitious entry, surveillance, interrogation, and polygraph exams, including a two-week course with the internal Security Ministry in Russia and a week in Bulgaria. He has written five police textbooks, including Locks, Safes, and Security: an International Police Reference, and holds several U.S. and foreign patents. Tobias is also a member of a number of professional organizations including the American Society for Industrial Security, American Academy of Forensic Scientists, and Association of Firearms and Toolmarks Examiners. In addition, he practices law and specializes in technical fraud investigations.

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