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1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 450 (424)

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition
1945 Theatre Catalog
1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 450
Page 450

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 450

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Applicants for positions with rhis company must be willing to have rhcir'pasr r

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It 50. (Give Details)

Have You Ever Bern Complaincd Ot', Indicted For or Convicted of Any Violation of the Law or Ordinanui

Last Employer

Your Salary?

THE WILLIAM J. BURNS INTERNATIONAL DETECTIVE AGENCY LIST PAST EMPLOYERS EMPLOYED This organization and its employees archnder the protection of rho above named Agency. NAME ADDRESS FROM To Name Street Ciry Srnre Telephone Social Security No. Date and Place of Birth Married Age Hcichr Wcichr Eves Hair complcxion PERSONAL REFERENCES (DO Not Give Relatives) Trade or Profession U. s. Ciri:cn NAME l ADDRESS Buswzss Formcr Occuparion i wrm War '

Are You Still Employed!

In What Capacity?

By \Vhom Employch Are You Bonded?

TYPICAL OF THE PERSONNEL INVESTIGATION made by private detective agencies

Ar \Vhar Salary? Have You Ever Been Rcfuscd a Bond?

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Employers: . . . Mail This Card to

Signarurc of Applicant


is placed in the hands of the theatre manager or the organization's personnel

is this card form used by the William J. Burns International Detective Agency otiicer. Thus the decision to hire or not can be made quite dispossionately and

(reproduced here by courtesy of the company). From the data obtained on this form, the whole post personal and employment history of the prospective employe

quented by individuals liable to cause disturbances, and thus affect the reputation and patronage of the theatre.

In addition to various investigations, certain recommendations are made to clients for the purpose of reducing losses and irregularities to a minimum. For instance, one large theatre has declined to accept ladies, furs and fur coats for checking. Notwithstanding this rule, occasionally a claim is made for the loss of a fur coat, which readily shows that a false claim is being made.

All personal injury accidents occurring upon the premises, notwithstanding public liability insurance coverage, when promptly investigated by a competent service organization will reveal where there has been carelessness or neglect by an employe, if the cause of the injury is as alleged, and what proper measures are possible to prevent recurrence. Such investigation, conducted by the direction of management, serves to maintain alertness on the part of all employes functioning within the same or similar circumstances.

Thus do agencies come within the category of itservice companies? As a rule, they operate on the basis of a per diem charge for each representative (operative) assigned, plus the necessary expenses actually incurred. No charges are made for consultation in agency-office cities, since their purpose is to encourage management having perplexing problems to consult experienced ofiicials in order that, where agency facilities are adap POSTING OF PROPERTY as a deterrent on the commission of crimes is a part of the work of SUCh companies as the William J. Burns International Detective Agency, through whose courtesy this sample is reproduced. Another form includes the statement, "A liberal reward for information leading to arrest and conviction of any persons committing crimes against this concern or their empioyes on these premises." This supplements police protection.


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table to the solution of the problem, an application can be offered. By virtue of

-long and extensive experience in deal ing with crimes perpetuated by both professional and amateur criminals, detective agencies are in a position advantageously to serve Americais theatres.


The police departments in every American city encourage theatre managers to utilize all the services rendered by the police. In many cities these include two-way radio patrol cars; emergency patrol cars, which are constructed for either patrol or ambulance work; the mounted policemen, who may prove invaluable particularly in the central part of the city; the foot-traffic policemen; the detective force, which makes special investigations mainly inside theatres; and all the other specialized units which assist in safeguarding life and property.

In emergencies, policemen in radio patrol cars or on foot, when requested by a theatre manager, will, when he is conveying large sums of money, accompany him to the bank. However, several concerns are engaged in the business of conveying money to and from banks in armored cars manned by armed guards. In many cases, theatres have contracts with such firms.

Policemen, those in the central section, as well as in the outlying areas, generally carry on them information on the





strictly on the merits of each individual case. Besides property protection, other services of these companies include checking box offices and crime prevention.

location of theatres, so they may direct inquiring citizens.

When shows draw huge crowds, which necessitate people standing in long lines to purchase tickets, police are assigned to keep order, prevent confusion, and arrange orderly procession to the ticket window.

The police are not for a moment unmindful of the dangers resulting from theatre fires, and are constantly instructed to prohibit parking in restricted areas in the vicinity of theatres, so that fire apparatus may enter without difficulty.

Theatre managers are usually informed of the police' department's telephone number, so that in case of disorder, crime or other violations, police may be immediately summoned.

Radio patrol cars will generally reach any location to which directed within less than three minutes, and many times within seconds, after receiving the call.

Theatre management can be assured that the nations police departments are prepared to render assistance in any police problems which may arise.

Services given to theatres by members of fire departments are, of course, for the protection of the public.

Other than the regulated services, firemen can be of service in suggesting ways of easing crowded conditions and manner of having patrons wait for seats; suggestions to the management to check heating systems before cold weather sets in and to check the ventilating systems before the warm weather arrives and to correct all defects; and in arranging instruction to theatre staffs on the procedures of fire-prevention, courses of action in emergencies, and operation of various types of tire-fighting equipment.

The most important suggestion is for the strict supervision of smoking at the termination of the show, to prevent the discarding of lighted matches or cigarettes on the carpet, and so forth.

As most of the fire departments work is regulated, there is not too much extra that can be Offered in the way 0f itservice." But it should always be remembered that the fire department, like the police department. is in the business to serve and to protect. When questions arise, it is a mark of managerial incompetence not to seek the best information from the knowu authorities.

1945 Theatre Catalog, 4th Edition, Page 450