Sunday, January 11, 2009

Could ShowTime’s Dexter give Rise to another former ADT security employed serial killer?


Showtime’s Dexter Morgan, the fictitious Miami Dade police forensic blood spatter expert and serial killer, always manages to elude detection much like Dennis Rader the former ADT security installation manager and true serial killer, best known as the BTK Killer. Rader, admitted to killing ten people over the course of two decades. BTK stands for his method of operation: blind, torture, kill. During the height of his crime spree he worked for the security giant ADT security systems. Rader was employed from 1974 until 1988. The fact that Rader worked within an industry that demands the public trust is almost unconscionable. Morgan, the new age dark hero, is lauded for his heinous exploits because he only kills serial killers that are a threat to public safety. The question is how can industries that preserve the public safety do a more efficient job of employee screening in order to weed out potential societal threats.
Every company takes a risk in its employment practices. However, more stringent standards minimize the risk and plug potential loopholes. The North Carolina Alarm board requires background checks that identify past criminal convictions that may bar an individual from receiving a registrant or installer license. With the standards set at past convictions there are no steps to uncover potential red flags that may jeopardize the general populous. Companies such as Guardsmark have an exceptionally high standard of employee screening that mirrors a federal background check. All Guardsmark applicants are subjected to a psychological evaluation, a lie detector test, drug testing and an intense criminal background that includes interviews with people in ones life dating back to elementary school. Alarm Boards across the country should pass legislation that follows this model to best assure that public safety is best assured. Lenient alarm licensing laws could allow a real Dexter Morgan or give rise to the next Dennis Rader and society can not afford for history to repeat itself. No value can be placed on human life so licensing standards should have the highest standards possible.

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