Dissing Distracted Driving

Dissing Distracted DrivingMost of us have done it at one time or another. We’re driving in our car, the phone rings, we glance down and see it’s “important” and we think “I’ll just make it quick.” “I’ll tell them I can’t talk as I’m driving” or we realize we forget to tell somebody something...

Understanding Terrorism as a Precursor To Fighting Terrorism

By Laura-Lee WalkerAlthough there is a lot of research about terrorism, there is a large gap between ideas popularly held about terrorism and what experts know to be true.There are numerous widespread myths about terrorism. It’s crucial for citizens and leaders to have accurate information to effectively combat terrorism. Decisions must be made based...

The Price We Pay for Wrongful Convictions

"It's tough to put a value on those things… I'm not sure how you value one year in prison for a crime you didn't commit, let alone 25." –Taylor Koss, Jonathan Fleming’s (seen above) attorney.Written by Laura-Lee WalkerIvan Henry, a British Columbia man, spent 27 years in prison for 10 counts of sexual assault,...

Vancouver: A Utopia for Counterfeiters

Counterfeits have flooded Vancouver marketplaces. The Vancouver Police Department estimates that $2 billion worth of knockoffs enter Vancouver every year.Virtually every product that’s popular has counterfeits. You can find a wide range of counterfeits in Vancouver from apparel and cigarettes to airbags and icewine.It's not just companies that are headquartered outside of Vancouver that are being affected. Vancouver-based companies, such as Lululemon,...

3D Printers: Should Brand Owners Be Worried?

3D printing marks a new wave of printing technology that has wide-reaching implications on both sides of the law.The impact of this technology on intellectual rights is significant. 3D printing is becoming more affordable for businesses, consumers and counterfeiters. This presents a new challenge, for brand owners, in the fight against counterfeiting.3D printing can...

Drones in Canada: Interview with David McKay

“I think there is a lot of applications for [drones] and I think they will change our lives.”–David McKay, principal owner of Blackstone ForensicsDavid McKay was interviewed as a knowledgeable source in drone technology. He recently gave a speech about drone use at the PIABC’s (Private Investigators’ Association of BC’s) annual general meeting.McKay was...

The Future of Professional Investigation

"Growing demand for private investigation and related security services across the country has spurred greater professionalization within the industry." –Taras Hryb, President of the Private Investigator Association of British Columbia (PIABC) There are numerous incentives for investigators to join their professional associations, such as the PIABC. Members are able to participate in networking events, support professionalism...

How to Spot a Counterfeit Website

“Counterfeit goods can be alluring when the prices are significantly lower than consumers would normally pay for the genuine articles... but in exchange for lower prices or the promise of delivery, consumers can end up with lower quality or non-functioning goods, often with no recourse for repair, replacement or refund.”—Jeannette Kopko, spokesperson for BBB...

The Smart Consumer and the Problem With Counterfeit Websites

“Global sales of counterfeit goods via the Internet from illegitimate retailers will reach $135 billion.”—MarkMonitor, Seven Best Practices for Fighting Counterfeit Sales OnlineThere is an increase in websites selling knock-off products online as counterfeiters move away from selling their goods locally at markets and swap parties to tapping into the global demand for counterfeits...

How Brands Can Fight Counterfeiting on Kijiji

We’ve explored how brands protect themselves on eBay, Craigslist and Alibaba in previous blog posts, and now we will explore counterfeiting on Kijiji, an online marketplace for posting local advertisements.Kijiji is a subsidiary of eBay, and is available in countries around the world such as Canada, Italy, China and Japan.Counterfeits on Kijiji have been a significant problem from selling fake...