Archive for the ‘Security’ Category
Thursday, May 16th, 2013
The Minister of Corrections is requesting a review of GPS tracking of offenders.
Officials will be asked to look into whether current legislation can be extended to include the tracking of high-risk domestic violence offenders.
It follows the revelation that Christchurch woman Alexsis Tovizi was murdered by Nikki Roper, despite holding a protection order against him.
Minister Anne Tolley says GPS tracking has already proved to be a valuable tool with a number of offenders identified and dealt with for straying near banned areas. (more…)
Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
Suffolk County Council is currently trialing an initiative with a group of around 20 dementia patients which sees them wear a device fitted with a GPS system so that if they get lost they can be easily traced.
A number of councils across the country also provide this technology, which has received a mixed reaction.
Annie Topping, chief executive of Healthwatch Suffolk, an independent watchdog for health and social care, said: “With two thirds of dementia patients living in their own homes, any development that gives more support and enhances the independence of those with dementia must be good news for people in Suffolk. (more…)
Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
Enfield Borough Council will spend almost £1million on installing new CCTV cameras throughout the borough to make it easier to catch criminals red-handed.
The authority announced its latest spending plans this morning, which will see £958,000 spent on CCTV cameras in 24 undisclosed locations in the borough.
The council believes the move will provide police with information about criminals more easily while reducing fear of crime in the community.
The cameras will add to the 259 cameras already filming in the borough, which provided images leading to 1,000 arrests between April and December last year. (more…)
Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013
This is the shocking moment a sneak thief snatched an iPhone out of a commuter’s hand then dashed off the train.
The CCTV shows Narinder Singh, who was jailed for 14 months this week, loitering behind the victim before snatching the smartphone.
As he jumps off the train with her phone, his surprised victim struggles to get to her feet to give chase and bumps into a pole.
Singh trips and hits his head on a stair banister as he makes his getaway, before regaining his balance and exiting the station. (more…)
Monday, April 15th, 2013
LEHIGH ACRES -
A stolen car led Lee County deputies to a string of burglaries – all thanks to a GPS tracking device. The device was able to pinpoint every spot the car stopped, which happened to be the site of other burglaries.
The Lehigh Acres crime spree was stopped dead in its tracks.
“The detective was able to compare the GPS locations of the stolen vehicle to various vehicle burglaries,” said David Velez, with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
It began with a Scion being stolen from a home off Beth Stacey Boulevard.
In the middle of the night, the crooks got the keys from an unlocked truck parked in the same driveway and their joyride began.
Little did they know their every move was being tracked. (more…)
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
A thief who allegedly grabbed the purse of a 50-year-old woman in Australia had his plans for running away quickly foiled for a moment as he sprinted right through a glass door, knocking himself out. Not knowing the man was a purse snatcher, bystanders even helped him up and he escaped.
The store’s surveillance camera caught it all.
The incident happened in Perth, accordin to 3News out of New Zealand. Shop owner Greg Rice too didn’t know initially that the person slamming into the glass door was a thief.
“I didn’t know what went on, really. I just thought somebody ran into the door, but as it turned out, when I saw how keen he was to get away, we realised something was up,” he told 3News.
The video shows the alleged thief breaking through the glass door, followed by concerned bystanders trying to help him before an accomplice tried to drag him to a waiting car.
Also caught on the CCTV camera was Jake Adams, owner of a nearby tattoo shop, going after the suspect.
“He said ‘I’ve got a gun, I’ve got a gun, I’m gonna shoot you, I’m gonna shoot you’,” Adams recalled. “So, I picked the guy up [the thief] in front of me, like they do in the movies and held him in front of me.” Adams eventually let the alleged robber go.
Ultimately, the thief and his accomplice escaped in a green Lexus, which 3News reported police saying was also stolen. The men are still at large.
Original Story: Theblaze.com
Thursday, March 28th, 2013
Members of a gang who abused shoppers, threatened staff and chased children before ripping phones and iPads off walls in 42 stores across London have been jailed for a total of 11 years.
CCTV footage from one attack on their £500,000 crime spree shows a mother sprinting to protect her terrified son as the eight men swamped and then burgled a Carphone Warehouse.
On each occasion the criminals caused ‘total mayhem’ when they stormed high street shops to wrench high-value items from the walls in a series of violent ‘steaming’ raids.
In scenes reminiscent of the recent London Riots, phones and tablet computers worth a total of £143,000 were ripped out by the thieves, while the attacks caused more than £50,000 worth of damage.
The criminals, some of whom were just 14, used the ‘steaming’ technique, where they rob shops or mug individuals by swamping them and threatening them with violence.
The clean-up operation after the raids, which forced some stores to close temporarily, resulted in Carphone Warehouse losing a total of more than £500,000, the court heard.
Passing sentence, Judge Peter Testar said: ‘This conspiracy to burgle consists of a series of offences in which a number of young men rushed into branches of Carphone Warehouse and simply grabbed whatever they were able to and ran away.
‘In some cases, efforts were made to disguise appearances, but in many cases the attitude of those who committed these offences was brazen.
‘Those who have joined the conspiracy have applied themselves to a criminal operation of which the overall effect was very great.
‘The targeting of particular premises and the mob handed means of offending indicates greater harm.
‘The success (of the conspiracy) depended on force of numbers and shock.
‘Many staff and customers were very frightened. (more…)
Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
Lawyers for the Obama administration will argue next week that US authorities are not required to obtain a search warrant before attaching a GPS device to an individual’s car in order to keep tabs on them.
The case, set to be heard on Tuesday by the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, comes over a year after a US Supreme Court decision failed to convince the Department of Justice that warrantless GPS tracking is an infringement on Americans’ Constitutional rights.
“This case is the government’s primary hope that it does not need a judge’s approval to attach a GPS device to a car,” Catherine Crump, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) told Wired magazine.
In January 2012 the Supreme Court overruled an Obama administration assertion that police should be permitted to affix a GPS device to a personal vehicle without a search warrant. Questions were left, however, when the Court declined to answer whether that type of search was unreasonable and when justices could not reach a consensus on how police would need to monitor a suspect before requesting a warrant.
“We hold that the government’s installation of a GPS device on a target’s vehicle, and its use of that device to monitor the vehicle’s movement, constitutes a ‘search,’” Justice Antonin Scalia wrote for the five-justice majority last January. (more…)
Thursday, March 14th, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY–Homeowners and business owners often use surveillance cameras as a measure of security.
Now, one advocacy group says they should be used in our state’s nursing homes as well.
Wes Bledsoe is the founder of A Perfect Cause, an organization dedicated to ending abuse in nursing homes.
Bledsoe said, “Residents when they’re in these facilities, right now we don’t know what’s happening to them. And we have residents that we know are being abused by staff.”
He says families have a right to know what goes on behind the walls of these facilities.
He said, “Well this is Senate Bill 587 and we refer to it as the Protect Our Loved Ones Act, or POLO Act.”
SB587 would require nursing homes to provide surveillance cameras in the residents’ rooms if families want it.
Bledsoe said, “It would provide video monitoring, video only, in the common areas as well as the residents’ rooms. It would also provide audio monitoring, which is recommended by the silver-haired legislature, audio monitoring in the bathrooms and bathing areas.” (more…)