In a previous post, we wrote about thieves increasingly targeting smartphone owners — and the unwillingness of cell service providers to address the problem. We’re happy to report that the major carriers have finally agreed to do the right thing and are set to begin blacklisting stolen smartphones later this year.

So what does this mean for the average cell phone user?

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Joshua Kaufman, or @jmk as his followers on Twitter know him, has a problem: someone stole his MacBook on March 21, 2011, and the police haven’t been nable to recover it for him. This is a common enough occurrence that I doubt many readers have batted an eyelash. It’s a rough world, and there are lots of people out there who have no regard for the property of others.

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Criminals are always on the lookout for how they can use modern technology to make crime easier and more efficient. Their latest tool is one that we all know and use on a daily basis: the Google search engine. But instead of looking up random facts and links to websites, the criminals use the search engine to research potential kidnapping victims, and if valuable enough, hold them as hostages until a ransom is paid.

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cctv_1405281cThe Public Security Ministry in the State of Israel has announced that they will be setting up CCTV systems in many of Israel’s cities. These surveillance systems will be part of the City Without Violence program which has the goal of deterring criminals, terrorists, and making it easier for Israeli authorities to more efficiently track down these criminals.

The cameras will be mounted in industrial zones, residential neighborhoods, schools, major intersections, and parks, but the Ministry spokesman promises that the CCTV systems will not adversely affect individual people’s privacy.

This new surveillance network initiative is part of a 5 point plan that Prime Minister Netanyahu started last year in order to reduce violence. The plan also includes limiting alcohol sales at night, harsher penalties for violent crime, and anti-violence education in schools.

(Via Israel National News)

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cameraThere has always been somewhat of a struggle involved when trying to get people to actively participate in their communities safety. However a new innovative and cooperative system used to get people to participate in their safety, has been implemented in England.

Internet Eyes is a new “game” where the public is invited to watch thousands of CCTV cameras for criminal activity. The way the game works is that they have thousands of people watching thousands of cameras and when someone observes a crime they can report it. There are even prizes given being awarded to those who aid in the capture of criminals. Along with the streaming cameras there will also be a gallery posted that will display the images of wanted criminals. Internet Eyes is totally free to participate in and it is scheduled to launch next month.

According to Internet Eyes, “The locations of the feeds are not disclosed and Viewers reporting remain anonymous. Viewers can earn money by detecting an event that matches the above scenarios. The Viewers notification is sent to an SMS device of the owner of the video feed. The owner of the video feed is known as a Customer. The customer will also get a screenshot sent to their Customer Control Panel. As a Viewer you’ll need to be quick if you’re certain of activity as there maybe other Viewers watching the same video feeds. Only the first notification gets through.”

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Hopefully this new system will help lower crime rates and give people another reason to pay attention to security in their neighborhoods.

(Via Boing Boing)

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A Contract Security worker from Winfield Monitoring the Security feeds

Until recently, the Newark Public Housing Complex was a regular spot for drug dealers to do their business. The drug dealers would hold up a parking lot, customers would make a purchase and they would drive away. But police have made strides in reducing the crime thanks to the over 700 cameras that were recently installed on rooftops, poles and hallways.

The cameras are under 24/7 surveillance and keep a watchful eye on 10,000 city residents and 27 housing complexes. The surveillance systems have helped keep the drug dealers from making open air transactions as well as keeping crack junkies and prostitutes from using the local residences as a hang out. Along with the security cameras, the Housing Complex also taps into the New Jersey state police department to make regular rounds through the houses and the Winfield security company has also been hired to monitor the video cameras.

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gps_ankle_braceletPolice plan to use GPS coordinates to try and determine the location of a teen involved in the shooting of a five year old girl. Lamont Davis was wearing a GPS ankle bracelet that police cut off when he was arrested. Davis’ defense attorneys have also stated that at least three other witnesses identified another person as the shooter.

A motion was filed in the Baltimore Circuit Court stating that the makers of the GPS ankle device device have records showing that Davis was in violation of his parole at 4:09 pm. The defense attorney’s hope to prove that because the company is based in Nebraska the records reflected Central Daylight Time which would mean that Davis had violated his parole in Baltimore at 5:09 pm. Vicki Anzalone will testify that Davis “no more than 150 feet” from his residence which is half a mile away from the shooting site.

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liverycabshootingIn a tragic incident that underscores the need for companies and individuals to secure their vehicles, a livery cab driver was shot and killed in what was believed to be an attempted robbery Monday morning.

According to police, 46-year old Ndiaye Amadau was shot once in the chest just after 12:30 a.m. Monday by his passenger in Baychester. The police believe he was shot in an attempted robbery. After the attack, the cab slammed into a silver car waiting for a light. The gunman was able to flee, but the driver of the silver car got a got a good look at him and the NYPD are undergoing an extensive search for the killer.

Amadau’s vehicle was not properly secured at all, as it did not have either a partition (a secure barrier for protecting the driver from their passenger in a cab) or a security camera. Because he didn’t have a partition, Amadau was not protected from any dangerous or unruly passengers if an unfortunate situation were to occur. Additionally, by not having a security camera, Amadau did not have an extra pair of eyes with which to secure his vehicle and protect himself. Without these layers of security, his cab and himself were  completely vulnerable.

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According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, a vehicle is stolen every 26.4 seconds. Don’t be fooled by the quality of the car you own. According to the NICB, the average cost of stolen cars is $6,649. Car theft can be avoided with GPS Tracking or Car Security Cameras. Here are the top ten stolen autos of 2006. Is your car one of them?

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