The All-Seeing Eye Of Target Stores’ Investigation Unit

You may not have known of the alliance between law enforcement and Target; authorities turn to the forensics lab at the retail chain’s national headquarters to crack difficult cases involving the analysis of surveillance footage. Now I Know writes:

The first Target store opened in the U.S. in 1962. Today, there are over 1,700 locations throughout the United States…Target found itself having to investigate things like slip-and-falls, shoplifting, theft by employees, and the like. To do so, they created a centralized investigation unit in their Minneapolis, Minnesota headquarters.

Over time, this unit became more and more advanced. Today, it and a sibling outfit in Las Vegas are, combined, one of the more sophisticated crime labs out there, as described by Forbes. And even that may be an understatement. In 2006, an FBI agent familiar with the labs told the Washington Post that “[o]ne of the nation’s top forensics labs is located at Target’s headquarters building in downtown Minneapolis. They have abilities and technology that far surpasses many law enforcement agencies in the country.”

Target shares their facilities and abilities. About 70% of the labs’ work is for Target. The other 30% of its time is donated by the corporation to law enforcement under the moniker “Target Forensic Services.” Its specialty is in closed-circuit and surveillance video — they have the technology to enhance it and the people who work there have the experience to know what to look for and where.

9 Comments on "The All-Seeing Eye Of Target Stores’ Investigation Unit"

  1. The truth is more logical. | Aug 8, 2012 at 2:02 pm |

    …and? What are you actually saying? That’s why conspiracy theories can never ever be proved. Your article is all hot air, like a soap opera, keeping people in suspense until the next,coming soon revelation.

    • Jin The Ninja | Aug 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm |

      it isn’t a conspiracy theory when in fact there a documented relationship between governmental bodies and a corporate entity.

    • "The Truth" -Zardoz | Aug 12, 2012 at 2:38 am |

      yes the world is filled with drama and suspense. that’s what news delivers to you catered to your wants, if this sort of (dis)information is unsuited for you, the truth is more logical(what inherent truth are you implying, that fucking target is not enslaving one part of the planet to sell shit to to another part that they ultimately hope to enslave(imprison) as well) then you should check out cnn, mbc, newscorp broadcasters, the bbc(maybe). I know the washington post has an excellent online publication that adamantly defends institutions such as Target

  2. wow
    yet another good reason never to shop at Target
    if this is what Target has
    Walmart probably has something even bigger and more sinister

  3. “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.” — Benito Mussolini

    • Anarchy Pony | Aug 9, 2012 at 12:43 am |

      Hard to argue against that when it came from the mouth of Il Duce himself.

  4. Anarchy Pony | Aug 9, 2012 at 12:41 am |

    Wake me up when they start employing Pinkertons. Now there were some fascist pigs.

  5. buffalo beano | Aug 11, 2012 at 3:41 pm |

    Last time we shop at target , all we needed were clothes , not surveillance and privacy invasion …

  6. lanqiu332 | Aug 13, 2012 at 9:17 am |

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