SECURITY EXPERTS SAYS FLEEING IS YOUR FIRST OPTION IN AN ATTACK

By Miya Shay
Monday, November 16, 2015
HOUSTON (KTRK) — Anastasia and Dmitry Gudkov know all too well about threats and violence in their homeland.

“It’s a difficult situation in my homeland, Ukraine,” said Anastasia.

So when the attacks struck Paris, they were relieved to be in Texas.

“It could happen anywhere,” said Dmitry, “But we feel much safer here, than be in Europe, and Europe is much prone to terror attacks because so close to the Middle East.”

Rob Kimmons, a local security expert, says even though the security risk may be lower in the United States, it’s always important to be prepared.

“Put a plan in mind just as if you’re on an airplane, what you’re going to do, if something happens. Where are the exits, where are the security checkpoints,” said Kimmons.

Kimmons says it’s not a matter of if, but when, a terrorist attack will occur on US soil again. His advice, even for people who conceal and carry guns, to always run from a threat first.

“Fleeing is the first option, hiding is the second, if you hide you need to be quiet, turn off the ringer.”

Meanwhile, the Harris County Sheriff’s Department says it is in constant communications with state and federal authorities, however there is no active credible threat.

“We have not yet identified any threats that would cause us to heighten our state of alert or readiness if you will. There an ongoing effort to maintain terrorist watch activities in the area,” said Sheriff Ron Hickman.

MAN USES FACEBOOK TO BEFRIEND, THEN SCAM ELDERLY WOMAN

By Jessica Willey
Friday, April 08, 2016
HOUSTON (KTRK) — A Houston widow was swindled out of thousands of dollars by a man she met on Facebook.

The 74-year-old wants to remain anonymous because she’s embarrassed but she also wants to tell her story to warn others. There are hundreds of online dating scams and she is now a victim.

“She was actually the third (client). I had two others and they lost more,” said Rob Kimmons, a former Houston police officer turned private investigator. Even Kimmons is surprised by how rampant the scam is.

The woman says she got a friend request on Facebook from a man calling himself Brock Carl. They first communicated on Facebook. He would also comment on posts she had commented on and they hadmutual friends, or so she thought.

“He was very carefully and very professionally insinuating himself into my life,” she said.

The two eventually started talking on the phone. It was three months before he asked for money saying it was for a business deal in India. He sent her a copy of what she thought was his passport. It earned her trust. By then, she also thought she was in love.

“He’s a fabulous actor.”

She sent him more than $60,000 in several wire transfers. None of it was real. After investigating, Kimmons believes the money went to Nigeria.

“If you’ve never met them and you’re talking on social media and they ask for money, stop it right there,” Kimmons said.

This victim has lived and learned.

“I hate it. I’m sorry I got sucked in, but I won’t lose another penny. I would assure you that.”

Trust but Verify

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Ronald Reagan gave us this quote, and it is a reality in a world full of “reality TV.”  We all know that wrestling is staged, and we know that reality TV is a whole lot of made-up stuff too.  We choose to enjoy these things anyway, but we do so with a knowing that it’s not real.

We all want to live in a world where we feel that we can trust people around us.  Those of us who are business owners or managers are tasked with managing through delegation to others.  Especially after a number of years we come to know and trust long time employees.  Unfortunately, a short-circuit can develop in this trust conduit.  Your trust is abused in ways that can be quite costly.

Pre-hire Background Checks

Corporations and even small businesses have become accustomed to doing background checks on job applicants and new hires.  Some do a simple Internet search, others hire firms like Kimmons Investigative Services, Inc. to do thorough checks, and many do something in between.  This is an effective approach to avoid hiring the wrong person.  But, we all know that life changes, and business changes right along with it.  Five years from now, will that employee you checked at hire still be the same person with nothing negative in their background?

Too many businesses have found out the hard way that change is happening all around them, and their employees are experiencing life changes that can dramatically alter their personalities or what they feel they must do to survive in their new world.  Financial adversity has changed many employees from loyal and honest into petty thieves or far worse.  Companies with trade secrets or sensitive information are particularly vulnerable if their competition offers incentives to struggling employees to share that information.

Scheduled Ongoing Background Checks

In our business it is not uncommon to sit across the boardroom conference table talking to a shocked executive who just found out through our investigation that a trusted employee has been stealing from them for some time.  Many times it is someone who has been with the company for a decade or more.  The more you have to protect, the more you need to hire professionals to do scheduled background checks of existing employees, even middle and upper management.

By scheduled we don’t mean advertised.  We are scheduled to periodically conduct these employee background checks, but the schedule is secret and if nothing derogatory is found, your employees need never know about them.  It is just sound business practice that can save you far more than it costs.  Sometimes it can save a company.

Trust but verify.

 

To Catch an Escaped Thief…on Camera

KHOU 11 News Houston, Texas

Houston police have literally chased down a serial burglar who is back behind bars after escaping from a prison mental hospital.

On the west side of Houston, businesses big and small have recently been visited by a thief.

It’s someone that’s been stealing everything from money to computers.

D.A. Smith with Trammel Crow decided to hire Kimmons Investigative Services to put in a high-tech digital video security system. And it paid off.

“We got notified that someone broke into our property on Friday,” says Smith. “On Monday, we checked the cameras out. We saw the guy come in posed as a construction worker.”

Rob Kimmons is a former Houston police officer and president of Kimmons.

He showed how his cameras caught the suspect walking up after business hours with a hard hat.

The doors were locked, but when a woman leaves the building he is able to get inside.

Minutes later the suspect comes out with a computer.

Kimmons took his video to police.

“To be able to add the technology aspect of it that we didn’t have as cops, and to be able to give the police department the benefit of this is a lot of fun,” says Kimmons.

When HPD officers looked at the video, they initially told Kimmons they knew the suspect.

Later they found out he was serving a burglary sentence in the East Texas town of Rusk at one of the state’s mental hospitals, and so they figured it couldn’t be him.

But it was, police soon learned that 43-year-old Glen Archie Woods had somehow escaped.

The prisoner who had already been convicted of burglarizing more than 27 west Houston businesses, was back in the area.

He was spotted by HPD over the weekend and was caught in a stolen truck after a short high-speed chase.

Jeff McShan, KHOU 11 Houston News, May 26, 2005

Keeping A Hidden Eye On Nanny

Nannies are drawing a lot of flack these days as media reports about abuse fuel rising anxiety over child care. In response, some entrepreneurs have emerged to capitalize on the growing concern.

Kimmons Investigative Services, Inc., a Houston-based investigations and security firm, now offers nanny background checks to confirm previous employment, civil litigation history and driving records. The background checks also confirm the validity of a person’s Social Security number.

But that’s not all. If a parent suspects that a child isn’t being properly treated by hired help, the firm also offers a hidden surveillance monitoring system. Surveillance cameras located inside a functioning clock radio sends a signal to a VCR placed in another part of the house. The remote surveillance cameras can be used from room to room while the VCR tapes all day, says Kimmons Investigative Services, Inc. President Rob Kimmons, a former Houston police officer.

Kimmons says nanny watching is definitely in vogue these days. “The surveillance video monitoring is becoming increasingly popular with parents,” He says. “They can watch how nannies handle children in a particular room, or videotape their cars to make sure they’re not leaving the house.”

But yuppie espionage doesn’t come cheap. According to Kimmons, the surveillance equipment costs about $150 to install and test, plus $150 a week for rental.

Houston Business Journal, July 5-11,1996

Houston Detective Sues Donald Trump – Claims He Didn’t Pay For Probe

Financially beleaguered New York City tycoon Donald Trump and ex-wife Ivana’s marital split may have cost a Houston private investigator $5,394.90.

Rob Kimmons, owner of Kimmons Investigative Services Inc., claims in a lawsuit Donald Trump failed to pay him for keeping an eye on another Houston private investigator, retained by Ivana to monitor her then husband.

“It just shows you – who knows who really has wealth?” said Kimmons, whose company was tracking Clyde Wilson and his staff as they monitored Donald Trump’s relations with model Marla Maples.

“We work so many cases involving the cream of the crop, who you would think were financially set for life, and the next thing you know, they’re in bankruptcy.”

The Trumps were divorced in December, but distribution of property and the validity of any pre-and post-marital agreement is expected to be settled in an April 11 trial.

Kimmons said Thursday his agency was hired by Trump last summer but has not received a penny for three weeks of work.

His company stopped the investigation, Kimmons said, because Trump failed to deliver a retainer fee as promised. Trump representative’s only explanation was that lawyers hadn’t been paid either, and they would try to get me my money,” Kimmons said, “After that they avoided my phone calls.”

Judd Burnstein, a New York City attorney who represents Trump said, “Our defense will be that services performed were worthless.”

But, Kimmons said he was never given any indication Trump was unhappy with the investigation.

His firm learned that Wilson had confirmed that Trump had an affair with Maples and that his organization was making payments to her.

Wilson said Thursday he uncovered the payments and information at a time Trump denied any such relations. The National Enquirer published his findings, he said, and Kimmons probably verified the information from the Enquirer.

Kimmons said he has never read the Enquirer.

He and Wilson do agree on one thing: They do not get along with each other.

By Jerry Urban, Houston Chronicle, Feb 15, 1991