Do Retailers Really Maintain A Secure Environment?

This wonderful piece comes courtesy of that time-honored daily newspaper tradition, the police blotter. You really should read the details in this story in New York's Saratogian newspaper, but the essence is that a woman walks up to an ATM at a Hannaford's grocery store. (Just what Hannaford needs right now. More police-oriented publicity.)

She connects a laptop to the ATM until an alarm goes off, at which point she packs up and leaves. Turns out that she worked for the ATM company, but the story asks why no one bothered to ask her what she was doing. Indeed, it's a fine question. How many retailers have strict file access procedures, but would likely let a stranger plug a laptop into equipment without any questions? No, please, don't answer that question. It's too depressing to hear.