koop-burglaryLindsay Lohan did it, Audrina Patridge did it, and now a couple from Atlanta is turning to YouTube to help find the criminals involved in the recent break-in of their home.

When the Koops were robbed last October, they posted the surveillance video detailing the crime on YouTube. The video shows three men kicking in the Koop’s front door and running out with the couple’s flat screen TV. Thanks to the surveillance video, the police were able to locate and arrests the burglars involved.

When the Koop’s home was broken into for a second time, they once again turned to YouTube for help. The newest video shows some men breaking into their home, grabbing an assortment of items, and making a fast getaway in a black SUV. The men were unaware of the fact that they were being watched and broadcasting to the Internet community.

Apparently YouTube is more than just silly homemade tapes and music videos, and has started to serve a serious security purpose. Only time will tell if YouTube will locate the criminals involved in the Koop’s home invasion.

(Via CBS Atlanta)



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lindsay-break-in-photoThe homes of both Lindsay Lohan and Audrina Patridge were recently broken into. Now both actresses are turning to the internet to help bring those who are responsible to justice. First, Patridge posted a surveillance video from her home security system onto her website for others to view. Then the LAPD went ahead and posted the surveillance video from Lohan’s house on Youtube in hopes that someone would recognize the perpetrators. With both of these videos on the internet, police were able to compare the two and as a result there are now suspicions that the burglaries may be related. The police believe that the people shown in Lohan’s security video and those shown in Patridge’s video are one and the same. Aside from possibly having the same suspects the two cases share other similarities.

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Ian Stafford, Former Mayor of Preesall

Female residents in Preesall, Lancashire were becoming anxious of a ladies underwear thief and were surprised to find that the lead suspect was actually the mayor of the town. Local women had begun to call police after they noticed that multiple articles of clothing began disappearing from their homes. One woman in particular was so nervous about the ongoing perverted thefts, that she installed a hidden camcorder into her home.

The video she recorded was of a half naked man breaking into her house stealing her underwear, putting them on, and then performing lewd sexual acts with them. Upon further investigation police were able to determine that the underwear thief was none other than the local Mayor Ian Stanford.  Stanford had been an independent member of the town council for years and was only recently elected as the mayor for a second term.

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lindsay-lohanActress Lindsay Lohan has had her home in Hollywood Hills Los Angeles, burglarized. It has been reported that besides a safe that had been ripped out of the wall, only a few watches were missing. The Los Angeles police have made no official arrest and are still investigating the house. Lindsey Lohan’s father Michael Lohan said he believed it was an “inside job” as the house alarm systems were left off the night of the robbery.

The celebrity news website TMZ also sited an unidentified source that stated three men were seen on the security cameras breaking into Lohan’s home. Luckily the actress was not home at the time and no one was hurt during the burglary. According to Diana Lohan, Lindsay’s mother, they discovered that the front door was off the hinges and that its handles had been removed.

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Locking the door may give some people peace of mind, but you may want to think again. There’s a whole new bogeyman in tobump-key-2wn. Beware the homemade “bump key.”

Bump keys are uniquely ground-down keys that when positioned just right, can open almost any lock of a particular brand. Think of them as the ultimate skeleton key. Both law enforcement and locksmith companies are concerned with the understanding and accessibility of bump keys at the moment because of videos and photos all over the web explaining how to make and use them.

According to Jack Flam, a professional locksmith and owner of Flams Locks & Keys in Sherman Oaks, California, “They’re showing you not only how to make a bump key, but they are selling the bump keys on the Internet. That’s scary.”

In Southern California, law enforcement says that despite the serious threat bump keys pose, they have not experienced an increase in break-ins so far in the area. They advise residents in their area to use multiple layers of protection for their home, such as alarm systems.

Flam advises that the best way to defend your home against bump keys is to install and use high security locks, ones that feature “bump-resistant” protection or biometric fingerprint access.

fingerprint-lockBrickHouse Security offers many biometric locks that can be used to combat and defeat the threat of bump keys. These locks are completely keyless, which is a godsend for anyone who constantly loses keys or is worried about loaner keys falling into the wrong hands. With keyless fingerprint entry, a homeowner can add or delete users as they see fit, locking them out or giving them access.

These tools are the first step towards having a secure home and for thwarting the steps criminals take to get around security measures. As long as homeowners are smart and realize the technology that is at their disposal, the bogeyman will fade away.

(via MyFoxLA.com)

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Top 8 Must Have Gadgets For Summer Travel

Close your eyes and imagine that you are standing at the edge of the ocean looking into a world of possibilities.  As you breathe in the fresh air, you smile and exhale the past year.  The next breath you take is the beginning of your favorite time, the beginning of endless adventures, the beginning of summer.  Take those first few steps in the salty pool of memories yet to be made slowly and be sure to have these few gadgets with you along the way.

yhst-81126207287951_2061_1019339461. Soda Can Safe – $19.95
Following the design of Jurassic Park’s Denis Nerdy’s shaving cream canister that he used to store dinosaur embryos in, so too do these authentic soda cans provide safe, unsuspecting places to put your valuables. It may not be million year old dinosaur embryos, but treasure is in the eye of the beholder. So whether it be a thousand dollars, or the first dollar bill you made at your store, your grandmother’s diamond ring, or the ring your fiancee got you out of the dispenser at Wal Mart, make sure that your treasure is safe while you travel. The Soda Can Safe is the perfect, portable vault that makes it a little easier breathe while looking at the Mona Lisa, climbing the steps of the Great Pyramids, or watching the glistening waters pass you by in a gondola. Made from real soda cans, these believable safes are guaranteed to secure your valuables.

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thief_tv_dog360In Milford Connecticut, a neighbor’s surveillance camera has given the town’s police the hard evidence they need to convict a home invader. Resident Belinda Kowalsky has a home security surveillance camera set up to protect her home against thefts, and her intricate equipment was able to capture a burglary in progress at a neighbor’s home. Police say that the video shows a man parking and entering the home and then driving away a minute later in possession of a wide screen television. The thief apparently broke in through a back window, that one other local home was targeted, and that an alarm may have scared away the burglar. The vehicle seen in the video is a Volkswagen.

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The warm weather is here, kids are getting out of school for a long break. The summer is coming. And with summer comes summer travel, the time when the family gets in the car, boat, or plane for some rest and relaxation. That is why you shouldn’t have to worry about your personal security and kids safety when out on the road or in another country. Here are some travel tips to help keep you and your family safe.

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evesdropping_cellphones_080314_mnThe amount of information stored on a cellphone is staggering. Things like your whereabouts, call times, text message logs, not to mention names and phone numbers can all be accessed from your cellphone. Cellphone Spy Technology allows you to read deleted text messages. Cutting edge software can innocuously turn any smart phone into a GPS Tracker. The fast paced field of consumer surveillance technology may be too fast for tech-hungry spies. As with all technology, spy-gear often overtakes its users, leaving behind a myriad of ethical questions in its wake. The Brickhouse Security specialists are here offer three ways to employ cellphone surveillance that won’t weigh on your conscience.

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